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Local Digest

By Staff
Oct. 6, 2001
Noxapater Cotton Gin holds festival
The Noxapater Cotton Gin Festival will be held today from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. in downtown Noxapater near the old cotton gin. Booth spaces are now available. For information or to reserve space, call (662) 773-9837 or (662) 724-2288.
Clarke County hosts annual forestry festival
The 12th Annual Forestry and Wildlife Festival is set today at Archusa Creek Water Park in Quitman. The event will feature live entertainment, taxidermy displays, an archery competition and tours of the lake and park .
The festival is sponsored by the Clarke County Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call 776-5701.
Alzheimer's Walk set for today
The Alzheimer's Memory Walk is today at Bonita Lakes. Registration will begin at 8:15 a.m.; the walk is at 9 a.m. Participating counties include Clarke, Jasper, Kemper, Lauderdale, Leake, Neshoba, Newton, Scott and Smith. For information, call 483-4720 or 484-6180.
St. Joseph hosts OctoberFest
St. Joseph Catholic Church will host an OctoberFest and Family Fun Day today. The event starts at 11 a.m. on the church grounds at the corner of 19th Street and 18th Avenue.
Activities include basketball, volleyball, sack races, horseshoes and tug-of-war. An early-bird rummage sale begins at 8 a.m. Barbecue chicken and fish plates will be on sale for $5.
For information, call Jesse at 485-3773 or Rhonda at 482-8494.
Benefit for firefighters' families set today
Meridian firefighters and Lauderdale County volunteer firefighters will hold a benefit for the families of firefighters killed at the World Trade Center.
The event will be held today from 10:30 a.m. -2 p.m., at the Frank Cochran Center. Barbecue plates will be sold for $6 and include, pork, potato salad and baked beans. Tickets are available from any State Farm Agent.
Oakland Heights UMC hosts Fall Fest
Oakland Heights United Methodist Church's annual Fall Fest runs through today.
Crafts will be on sale beginning at 7 a.m.
Saturday will also include a bake sale, rummage sale and barbecue chicken plates will be on sale for $5 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free delivery on five or more plates.
For information, call the church at 485-5262.
Make-A-Wish to meet in Meridian
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Mississippi will hold its monthly Meridian volunteer luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 11, from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. at Rush Medical Group, 6th floor board room.
Reservations must be made by Oct. 10, by calling Volunteer Coordinator Lynn Conerly at (800) 819-4072.
Anyone interested in becoming a new Make-A-Wish volunteer may attend the orientation session beginning at 11:30 a.m.
IRS, state offer free seminar
Tax preparers and others interested in electronically filed federal and state income tax returns in 2002 may attend a free seminar on Thursday, Oct. 11, at Meridian Community College's Webb Hall. The seminar is sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service and the Mississippi State Tax Commission.
Participants must register 10 days before the seminar. Fax your name, address, phone number and fax number to the IRS at (504) 558-3061. For information, call (504) 558-3008 or (601) 923-7055.
Calvary Christian School hosts Fall Festival
Calvary Christian School will hold a Fall Festival on Friday, Oct. 12, from 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
The family fun night will include face painting, cake walk, dunking booth and many other games for kids.
Fried catfish plates will be on sale, $6.50 for adults and $4.50 children 12 and under.
For information, call the school at 483-2305.
Genealogy fair to be held in Jackson
Family Research Association of Mississippi (FRA) will host the 4th annual Genealogy Fair on Oct. 13 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Agriculture &Forestry Museum in Jackson.
The meeting will be held in the forestry auditorium of the museum located on Lakeland Drive at I-55 North.
Exhibitors include, genealogical authors, publishers, family histories by FRA members, genealogical and historical societies.
Free admission and parking. For information, call Ronnie McGinnie at (601) 981-2277.
Salvation Army holds Christmas registration
The Salvation Army will be taking applications for needy families seeking Christmas assistance. Applications will be taken Oct. 15-20, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Those applying must bring the following:
Photo identification;
Identification for everyone in the household. Adults need driver's license, picture ID or Social Security card. Children need birth certificate or Medicaid card and Social Security card;
Proof of residence lease, utility bill or rent receipt; and
Proof of income check subs, Social Security, food stamps, child support, unemployment or retirement.
Applicants must apply in person at the Salvation Army office, 117 Sixth Ave. For information, call 483-6156.
St. Patrick hosts annual fall festival
St. Patrick School will host its annual Fall Carnival and Spaghetti Dinner Oct. 27 in the St. Patrick Family Life Center, next to the school at 2700 Davis St. in Meridian.
The event will be from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Admission is $1 per person, with a maximum of $5 per family. The carnival will feature food, lots of fun games, a costume contest, a haunted house and much more.
Spaghetti dinners, at $5 a plate, will be served from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Take-outs are available, and orders of 10 or more plates can be delivered.

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