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Local digest

By Staff
Feb. 20, 2001
Lauderdale County officials have announced the Norfolk Southern Railroad crossing on Hawkins Crossing Road will be closed all day today for upgrades. The crossing is adjacent to Highway 80 East and is expected to reopen by the end of the day or early Wednesday.
The Homestead Road Norfolk Southern crossing will close for upgrades immediately after railroad officials complete work on the Hawkins crossing. The Norfolk Southern crossing on Marion Russell Road will be the next to receive upgrades. Officials say that crossing will probably close for upgrades Thursday.
WalkAmerica to kick off today
The Meridian WalkAmerica kick-off will be held today at 5:30 p.m. on the fifth floor of Citizens National Bank, located at 22nd Avenue. At the meeting, participants will receive information on the Meridian WalkAmerica that will take place April 28. The walk is sponsored by the March of Dimes, Union Planters Bank and Citizens National Bank. There will be food and beverages, door prizes and entertainment at the meeting. For more information, call the March of Dimes at (800) 842-5117.
Pat Parelli gives free seminar
Equestrian Pat Parelli will hold a free seminar and demonstration today at the Scott County/Forest Coliseum in Forest. The session will last from 4-9 p.m. Parelli was a winning bareback bronc rider and successful trainer in California and is founder of the American Mule Association. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call (800) 642-3335.
MCC announces upcoming events
Look for these events, sponsored by Meridian Community College, in the coming weeks:
Today MCC Continuing education class, Ballroom Dancing from 6-8:45 p.m. in the Damon Fitness Center. For more information, call Jeanette Norment 482-7445.
Wednesday Lifetime Quest lecture from 3-5 p.m. at the Meridian Room in Meridian Hall. Sambo Mockbee of Auburn University will be the featured speaker. For more information, call Michele Thames at 484-8696.
Saturday EMT Refresher course from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in Health Center Room 215. For more information, call Glenda Kopf at 484-8778.
Saturday Health Occupational Students of America (HOSA) district competition. Area high school senior and community college students will test their skills and knowledge in various health fields. For more information, call Dr. Richie McAlister at 484-8779.
Sunday Casteel Gallery opening featuring the works of artist Jim Meade from 1-3 p.m. at the Casteel Gallery. For more information, call John Marshall at 484-8647.
Feb. 26 How to Manage a Business and Increase Profit class, Marketing for a Small Business from 6-9 p.m. For more information, call Milford Smith 482-7445.
Feb. 27 NASA Space Grant Consortium program, "Botanical Dietary Supplements: Issues Relating to Ensuring Quality" beginning at 4 p.m. in Ivy Hall Theater. For more information, call Dr. Angie Carraway 484-8660.
March 2 Dedication of Ivy Theater in honor of Meridianite Emma McCain and Arts and Letters Series Season performance by the MCC vocal group, The Variations. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Ivy Theater. For more information, call Anne Dowdle 484-8612.
March 3 EMT Refresher course from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in Health Center Room 215. For more information, call Glenda Kopf 484-8778.
Way of the Cross to hold meeting
The second planning meeting for the Way of the Cross/Way of Peace Ecumenical Walk will be held Thursday at 4 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. in the large meeting room of St. Patrick's Parish Building. Anyone interested in general information or learning more about the event should be present for this evening meeting. It is the final planning session. All denominations are invited to participate in the walk and are invited to carry church banners during the walk.
Jeff Anderson announces events
Look for these events, sponsored by Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center, in the coming weeks:
The American Cancer Society and The American Heart Association will sponsor "Fresh Start Smoking Cessation" class Thursday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Jeff Anderson Health and Fitness Center Auditorium. The classes are free and open to the public. To register, call 553-6622.
Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center and the American Heart Association will sponsor the 5th Annual Heart Check today through Thursday from 7-10 a.m. in the Health and Fitness Center Auditorium. The event will feature free blood pressure and weight screenings and cholesterol evaluations to include HDL/LDL ratios and triglycerides. Call 553-6876 to schedule an appointment.
Karen Peck and New River to play concert
Hazel Baptist Church, located on Highway 489, will host a concert featuring Karen Peck and New River Friday at 7 p.m. The congregation invites everyone to come and listen to good Southern gospel music. For more information, call Hazel Baptist Church (601) 683-2053.
Sorority throws Mardi Gras ball
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Omicron Beta Omega Chapter, will host the third annual Mardi Gras Ball Saturday from 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. at the Council of Organizations Building on 45th Avenue. Special Mardi Gras beads and masks will be given as door prizes. Entertainment will be provided by disk jockey Maurice Howard. All proceeds will go to the AKA Scholarship Fund. Tickets are available from any sorority member, or by calling 681-6059.
The Choice' to be performed
Weems invites public to ADHD seminar
Weems Community Mental Health Center will present a free workshop on attention deficit/hyperactive disorder on Feb. 26 in the East Mississippi Electric Power Association Auditorium. The session will run from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The workshop is open to parents, teachers, counselors, school administrators and other interested people. For more information, call 483-4821.
Aldersgate serves spaghetti dinner
The resident council at Aldersgate Retirement Community will sponsor the annual Chicken Spaghetti Dinner Feb. 26, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The menu will include chicken spaghetti, Italian green beans, bread and banana pudding. Plates are $6 and you may eat in or take out. For more information, call 482-5561.
Kennel club offers obedience classes
The East Central Mississippi Kennel Club will offer Puppy Kindergarten and Basic Obedience classes beginning Feb. 27 at the Frank Cochran Center in Highland Park. A "people orientation," no dogs allowed, will be held Feb. 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the Frank Cochran Center. For more information or to register, call 693-7194.
Some Enchanted Evening' to be performed
The musical, "Some Enchanted Evening," will be performed March 2, at 7 p.m., at the Auditorium of Carthage High School. The musical event will include music from Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. The music is from "Oklahoma," "Sound of Music" and "Cinderella."
The musical is sponsored by the Arts Development Committee of the Leake County Chamber of Commerce. Jeffrey Jones and Kinsey Goldman will direct the production. Tickets are $5 in advance for adults, and $3 for children under 12.

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