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Local Digest

By Staff
Sept. 6, 2001
Brakeman's Association to honor Jimmie Rodgers
The International Singing Brakeman's Association will celebrate Jimmie Rodgers' birthday Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Best Western Hospitality Room.
Entertainment will include bluegrass, country and gospel music; refreshments also will be available. TISBA is a non-profit organization. For more information, call Leola Ezell at 485-9919.
Blood drives set for this week
The United Blood Services will sponsor blood drives this week at the following locations:
Student Union banquet room at Meridian Community College, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. today. Donors will receive a free T-shirt and Blue Bell Ice Cream.
Bloodmobile at the Burger King on Frontage Road, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday. Donors will receive a free T-shirt and Whopper.
Philadelphia to host Autumnfest
Autumnfest is set for Saturday in downtown Philadelphia. The event, sponsored by the Philadelphia-Neshoba County Arts Council, will begin at 9 a.m. with entertainment throughout the day. Autumnfest is an open-air festival that features events for children and adults; it showcases regional performing and visual arts talent.
For information, call 656-9838.
Make-A-Wish Foundation to meet in Meridian
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Mississippi has set its monthly Meridian volunteer luncheon from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. on Sept. 13 in the sixth-floor board room of Rush Medical Group.
Lynn Conerly, volunteer coordinator, must receive reservations for the luncheon by Wednesday. She can be reached at 800-819-4072.
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Mississippi is a nonprofit organization that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses.
Benefit singing for Richard Whitehead
A benefit gospel singing, featuring the "4 Praise Quartet" from Ethel, is set for Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. at Smith Chapel Church of God of Prophecy.
The event is a fund-raiser for Richard L. Whitehead, who has had both of his kidneys removed. Whitehead has been out of work for six months and is currently waiting for a kidney transplant.
The church is on Highway 491, north of Collinsville. To donate to his medical expense fund, call Hazel Purvis at (601) 986-8501.
Central UMC holds divorce recovery workshop
Central United Methodist Church will host a divorce recovery workshop from 6:30 p.m.- 9 p.m. on Tuesday nights starting next week and ending Oct. 30. A $30 fee includes a study book and resources.
For information, call the church at 693-1521.
Pecan Festival set for September
The Mississippi Pecan Festival is taking applications for arts and crafts booths at this year's festival. The 15th annual Festival will be Sept. 29-30 in Richton. To reserve booth space, call (601) 525-3792 or (601) 964-8201.
Alzheimer's Walk set for Oct. 6
The Alzheimer's Memory Walk is set for Oct. 6, at Bonita Lakes, with registration at 8:15 a.m. and the actual walk starting at 9. Participating counties include: Clarke, Jasper, Kemper, Lauderdale, Leake, Neshoba, Newton, Scott and Smith. For information, call 483-4720 or 484-6180.

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