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Coffee drinking ripple-effect; Junior Miss a week away

By Staff
July 22, 2001
A followup about our friends in the coffee shop.
I'm getting reports that an alarming incident happened at Jack's last week. On most days, the regulars of the "Breakfast Bunch" occupy their favorite stool. They serve coffee, answer the phone, and it is generally understood that nobody sits on anyone else's stool.
According to owner Deloris Oglesby, there was a clear violation of that rule Tuesday when Donna Jill Johnson put her purse on Lee Shumate's stool. Johnson was expecting an out-of-town friend to join her, and wanted to save her a place.
There was a ripple-effect that lasted the entire day.
Compounding the problem, Johnson said that her friend did not show up in time for breakfast. Will she ever take Lee's stool again?
Junior Miss coming up
Hampton Thames was busy Friday morning, answering the phone and sending out e-mails. But along with his regular duties as senior vice president of Citizens National Bank, Thames was working on the upcoming State Junior Miss Program, which will be held in Meridian Aug. 2-4 at the Temple Theater.
Thames started working with the state program as an usher in 1989. He worked as a stage hand a few years and then was the producer. This is his third year as program director.
There are so many things that happen during the week, and communications are so important. For example, one year the program choreographer planned to have the girls walk down two different ramps when they were introduced, and only one ramp was set up.
Tickets for the program go on sale Monday at the Temple Theater, starting at noon.
Cleaning out the notebook
Donna Knight says preparations for the annual Art For Heart are under way. Last year, the activities surrounding Art For Heart raised nearly $80,000 for the American Heart Association, according to Knight.
Art For Heart will be held Feb. 21 at the Northwood Country Club. A Patron's Viewing Party will be Feb. 1, and a Preview Party will be Feb. 2. For more information, call the Lauderdale County Chapter of the American Heart Association at 693-7500.
The Neshoba County Fair is opened for business. Meridian Day will be Wednesday from 11 a.m. until noon.
Don't forget that the Meridian Area Coin Club's 37th Annual Coin and Currency Show is coming up Aug. 4-5.
It will be held at the Howard Johnson Inn, starting at 9 a.m. each day. For more information, call 626-8805.
Other events coming up in August include the Ralph Morgan Rodeo on Aug. 17-18, and the Sandy Ridge Bluegrass Camp and Jam on Aug. 24-26. The rodeo is always held at Lauderdale, while the Bluegrass camp is held behind Clarkdale School.
The tryouts for the Meridian Little Theater's upcoming production of "Annie" are set for Aug. 5-7, starting at 7 p.m. each night. Tryouts for the role of Annie and the orphans will be Aug. 5, while the other roles are set for Aug. 6 and Aug. 7.
See the MLT's complete schedule for the 2001-2002 season in next Sunday's edition of The Meridian Star.
Steve Swogetinsky is regional editor of The Meridian Star. Call him at 693-1551, ext. 3217, or e-mail him at sswogetinsky@themeridianstar.com.

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