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Local Digest

By Staff
Dec. 28, 2000
Boil water' alert still in effect
A "boil water" alert has been issued for customers who get their drinking water from the Porterville Water Association in Kemper County. The alert affects customers who live south of the Porterville community.
The system lost pressure due to inadequate storage. Health officials recommend that customers vigorously boil their water for one minute before it is consumed. For information, call Mississippi State Department of Health at (601) 576-7518.
Don't miss these holiday events
Prolong the Christmas spirit by attending one of these concerts at area churches.
Friday, Dec. 29
The Isaac's and Liberty Quartet will be in concert Dec. 29, at 7 p.m., at The Evangel Temple. The church is located on Highway 45 South. For more information, call 693-1913.
Saturday, Dec. 30
LAKE The Freemans, Hosanna, Carole Gaddis, Renee Gibbs and The Gibbs Family will be in concert Dec. 30, at 6 p.m., at The Sanctuary. Admission is free, however a donation of $7 is requested. A love offering will be taken. The Sanctuary is located at 1197 Old 80 Road. For more information, call (601) 775-3467.
LAUDERDALE The Clouds of Joy and other groups will be performing Dec. 30, at 7:30 p.m., at Mount Carmel Baptist Church. The public is invited to attend and share the birth of Christ in song and praise.
American Red Cross opens centers for tornado victims
The American Red Cross in Meridian has two service centers to help victims of the tornado that struck Lauderdale County Dec. 16. All residents who were affected are urged to come come by and apply for disaster assistance. Please bring identification and proof of residence.
The two centers are located at Russell Baptist Church at 1844 Highway 11/80, and Dalewood Community Center at 8905 Launch Drive. Victims can call the Red Cross hotline at 482-1827.
Fund established for Katrina Hodges
A fund has been established at BankPlus for Katrina Hodges who was seriously injured Dec. 16 when her home on Willow Lake Road was struck by a tornado.
Hodges is receiving treatment at the University Medical Center in Jackson and her injuries will require a number of surgeries. Co-workers at New South Ford have established the fund to help pay her medical expenses.
Learn to play bridge
The Mississippi Bridge Association and American Contract Bridge League will host duplicate bridge lessons after the Christmas holidays. Dr. Habib Bazyari will be the instructor. The classes will be held Thursdays from Jan. 11-Feb. 22, from 6-8 p.m., in the Meridian Room at Meridian Community College.
To register, call 482-7445 by Jan. 10.
Boat ramp passes on sale now
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Year 2001 Annual Day Use Passes for boat ramps and beaches are on sale at Okatibbee Lake in Collinsville.
The passes are $25 and a duplicate pass may be purchased for $5 extra at the time of the original purchase. A vehicle license plate number is required for each pass purchased. Annual passes are not transferable.
Office hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 626-8431.
Annual passes are also available daily at Twiltley Branch Campground from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. For information, call 626-8068.

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