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The retired senior volunteer program of Meridian recently volunteered at a community Lock-Up to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association(MDA). The Lock-Up was held at Bonita Lakes Mall.
Members of RSVP helped at the event by filling out pledge slips for the organization. Lucille Cox, Nettie Swain, Michelle Williamson (MDA District Director), Nettie Johnson and Lucille Garrett were among the volunteers. MDA presented the senior volunteer group with a certificate of appreciation.
Voluntary blood donations will be accepted at these local participating places:
Today – NAS Meridian Clinic, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., in the bloodmobile.
Today – York Hospital, 1-3 p.m., in the bloodmobile.
Saturday – Longcreek Volunteer Fire Department, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., in the bloodmobile. This blood drive is for Larry Stodard who is waiting for a liver transplant.
Sunday – 186th Air National Guard, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m., in the bloodmobile.
Due to the shortage of blood, United Blood Services will remain open Saturday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. to draw blood donations. If you are at least 17-years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and have not donated blood in the past 56 days, you are qualified to give blood.
The United Blood Service is located at 1115 25th Avenue in Meridian.
Rhonda Jo Denton of Meridian has been awarded a grant for over $1,000 from the Mississippi Arts Commission and a grant of $500 from the Meridian Council for the Arts. Both of these grants were used to attend the National Arts Educators Association annual convention in New York City.
Denton is a gifted visual arts teacher at Crestwood Elementary School. She is a member of the Mississippi Alliance for Art Education, National Art Education Association, Mississippi Association for Gifted Children and National Association for Gifted Children.
The grants were made possible by continued funding from the Mississippi State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.
HATTIESBURG Newton County native Millie Swan was recently selected as one of Mississippi's Top 40 Under 40 for 2001. The program is sponsored by SunCom and the Mississippi Business Journal.
Swan serves as the director of Physician and Public Relations at Forrest General Hospital. Swan earned a bachelor's degree in radio, television and film from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Swan resides in Hattiesburg with her husband and daughter, Ivey.
The Hall of Fame of the State of Mississippi will be presented with a portrait of Pushmataha, Choctaw warrior and statesman, in the House of Representatives chamber of the Old Capitol. The portrait was painted by local artist Katherine Buchanan.
Chief Phillip Martin, Mississippi Band of the Choctaw Indians, and the Honorable William F. Winter, president of the Board of Trustees of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History will participate in the ceremony Sunday.
Pushmataha was one of the most influential Choctaws of his time. He marshaled Choctaw support for the United States in the War of 1812 and in the Creek War. He was Southern District Chief of the Choctaw from 1820 until his death.
The Hall of Fame of the State of Mississippi honors distinguished Mississippians through portraits housed in the Old Capitol Museum of Mississippi History.
The public is invited to attend the presentation ceremony. For more information, call 359-6920.
Richard L. Burton of Meridian has been awarded the 2000 Monsignor John J. Burns Award from the Knights of Columbus. His community involvement over the past decade has benefited Meridian in service to thousands of youth through countless volunteer hours to church, school and civic organizations.
The John J. Burns award is given yearly to citizens who improve life for the people in the Meridian community. Presentation of the award will be Saturday at the Knights of Columbus Hall.

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