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Local Digest

By Staff
Jan. 22, 2002
U.S. Postal Service to give carrier exams
The U.S. Postal Service has re-opened registration for people interested in taking the rural carrier associate's exam. The Meridian Area QWL-EI Group will present a workshop to explain the duties and responsibilities of a rural carrier, give test-taking tips and provide sample test questions. Participants will be allowed to sign up for the exam at this time.
There will be two workshop sessions, at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Thursday. Both will be held at the main post office, 2100 Ninth Street in Meridian.
For information call 626-8190.
Kipling issues boil water' notice
The Kipling Water Association No. 2 in DeKalb has issued a "boil water" notice, after a construction crew hit a water main Monday on Highway 16. Water officials recommend that customers vigorously boil their water for one minute before consuming. The notice will be lifted after tests of water samples show it is safe to drink.
MSU-Meridian hosts financial aid seminar
A free financial aid seminar is set for Tuesday in the auditorium of Mississippi State University-Meridian Campus. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. with the program beginning at 7 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome. The college is at 1000 Highway 19 North. To register, call Lynn Mudd at 692-2893.
MCC hosts business workshop Wednesday
The Small Business Administration invites minority and women business owners to attend a free workshop Wednesday, from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., at Meridian Community College. Alice Doss of the SBA's Jackson office will discuss how to successfully bid on government projects, as well as other topics of interest to small business owners.
For information or reservations, call MCC's Webb Center at 482-7445.
Affordable housing conference to be held in Philadelphia
Mississippi Home Corp. will host Mississippi's 10th Annual Affordable Housing Conference Wednesday through Friday at the Silver Star Resort and Casino in Philadelphia. About 300 government officials, educators, home builders, real estate professionals, mortgage lenders, housing-related non-profits organizations and for-profit business representatives will attend this year's conference.
For more information, visit MHC's Web site at www.mshc.com.
Silverleaf Manor to honor Elvis
Silverleaf Manor will continue to celebrate the life of Elvis Presley with a celebration on Thursday at 2 p.m. The "Singing Surgeon," Dr. Jim Matthews, will entertain guests and a Coke float party will be held afterwards. The event is open to the public.
For information, call 483-4566.
Girl Scouts sponsor blood drive
The Girl Scouts will sponsor a blood drive Saturday, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Gulf Pines Council office located in 307 24th Ave. South. Each donor will receive a free T-shirt and refreshments will be provided. In addition, Girl Scouts have begun their annual cookie sale. Cookies may be ordered from any Girl Scout or by calling the office at 693-2903.
MHS Band Boosters meet
A meeting of the Meridian High School Band Boosters Association will take place Jan. 28, at 7 p.m., in the school library. The upcoming concert band season, the annual MHS Band Banquet and other items will be discussed.
Membership in the association is $5 a year and is open to all parents, grandparents, family and friends of students. For information, call 482-2532.
Meridian to host Little Mardi Gras'
Once again this year, Meridian will experience a taste of New Orleans with the 2nd Annual Mardi Gras Celebration downtown in Dumont Plaza. The Feb. 1 event will feature live entertainment and New Orleans-style food. Admission is free and the celebration begins at 6:30 p.m.
For information, call the Lauderdale County Tourism Bureau at 482-8001.
McRae's begins school benefit
McRae's officials invite local schools and school organizations to participate in the store's annual "School Benefit Sale." This year's event will take place March 2, from 6 a.m.-10 a.m. Participants sell tickets for $5, which entitles the purchaser to special store discounts. For information, or to sign up your organization, call 484-7809.
Nominations open for arts awards
Nominations for the Meridian Council for the Arts "2002 Excellence in the Arts Awards" are now being accepted. The awards recognize outstanding contributions and achievement in the arts. There are four award categories:
Artist achievement;
Arts educator;
Arts patron (individual); and
Arts patron (business).
Nomination forms are available at the Meridian Arts Council's office on the third floor of City Hall, Room 304. They also can be found at the city of Meridian's Web site, www.meridianms.org.
Nomination forms must be postmarked by Feb. 22. Winners will be announced April 5 at an awards reception at Highland Park to kick off the 31st Annual Arts in the Park Festival.
Time to file homestead exemption
Lauderdale County Tax Assessor Jimmy Slay announces that March 29 is the deadline to file for homestead exemption.
Homeowners are encouraged to contact the tax assessor's office and fill out a new application if there has been a change in homestead exemption status for any of the following reasons:
Purchased a new home in 2001;
Death of a spouse;
First time filing for over 65 or disability;
Change in property ownership;
Change in marital status;
Change in use of property;
Change in property description;
Homestead denied the previous year; or
Change in occupancy of home.
If no changes are necessary, and you do not qualify for an additional exemption, there is no need to reapply. For information, call 482-9779.

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