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Local Digest

By Staff
March 16, 2002
MIDD-Meridian celebrates 20th anniversary
March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and the 20th anniversary of the founding of Mississippi Industries for the Developmentally Disabled-Meridian Division.
In an effort to make people more aware of developmental disabilities and to celebrate this important anniversary, MIDD-Meridian is hosting an open house from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Tuesday. The public is invited. MIDD-Meridian has been visited by and used as a model by nearly all the other businesses for the developmentally disabled in the state.
MIDD-Meridian is at 1405 College Drive, across from Webb Hall on the Meridian Community College campus.
For more information, call Shannon Ainsworth or Bryan Burt at 693-5219 or Bill Whitworth at 693-7035.
Hubbard to speak at seminar
Ret. Air Force Col. Edward L. Hubbard will be the featured speaker Wednesday at a financial services seminar hosted by Edward Jones Investments. Hubbard, a published author and motivational speaker will convey his message "the power of human potentials boundless."
The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the East Mississippi Electric Power Association auditorium. The seminar is open to the public. For information, call Fred J. Porter at 483-6777.
Civitan Club presents concert
The Meridian Civitan Club will present Terry Joe Terrill, Angelina McKeithen and Tony Gore and Majesty live in concert on March 23, at 7 p.m., at the Temple Theater. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. They are available at the Bible Book Store and Fishes &Loaves. All proceeds go to local charities.
Benefit trail ride set for March 23
A benefit trail ride and dance will be held March 23 at the Union Riding Club Arena. Proceeds will go to restore the Confederate Soldier Monument at the Neshoba County Courthouse. Tickets are $10. The ride begins at 10 a.m. An auction and concert featuring Britt Gully and Scott McQuaig will begin at 7 p.m. For information, call Linda Spears or Ellie Davis at 774-9704 after 6 p.m.
Enterprise VFD holds barbecue
The Enterprise Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Service will have a chicken barbecue beginning at 11 a.m. on March 23. Plates are $5. Proceeds benefit the department.
Johnathan's Day set for March 23
A Family Fun Day to benefit Johnathan Andrew Mars will be held March 23, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., at the Lauderdale County Agri-Center. A softball tournament will be held the same day at First Assembly of God. Four-year-old Johnathan Mars is once again receiving chemotherapy. A prayer vigil will take place at 6:30 p.m. All proceeds will go to Johnathan's Cancer Fund.
To volunteer, or for information, call Angie Denney at 693-6003 or 679-7107.
Silverleaf Manor hosts Spring Fling
Silverleaf Manor will host a Front Porch Spring Fling March 28 at 2 p.m. Entertainment and hot dogs will be provided. In the event of rain, the fun will be held indoors. It is open to the public.
Way of the Cross set for March 29
Way of the Cross, Way of Peace, an annual march in remembrance of Christ's last day is set for Good Friday, March 29. The event will begin at noon at the courthouse on Constitution Avenue and continue through downtown Meridian, making stops at 14 stations representing Holy places. The public is invited to walk along. For more information, call Sister Andre Burkhart at 693-1321.
Vimville VFD holds fund-raiser
The Vimville Volunteer Fire Department is holding its annual fund-raiser. Volunteers will be out in the fire district handing out flyers about how to make donations through your East Mississippi Electric Power Association and Long Creek Water Association bills. Donations will go to training and equipment at the fire department.
Martin VFD holds fund-raiser
The Martin Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual fund-raiser on March 30, beginning at 9 a.m. Chicken plates are $5. Antiques, gel candles, baskets, wood crafts, painted gourds and more will be on sale. All money raised will benefit the department.
Seminar to help fathers set for March 30
The Seven Secrets of Effective Fathers seminar will be held March 30, from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., at Union Station. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. For information, call Bill Harper Sr. at 482-9863 or Barbara Smith at 481-1961.
HeadStart registration to begin
HeadStart registration for the 2002-03 school year will be held March 18-22, from 9 a.m. until noon each day at:
March 18: Eastern Gardens
March 19: Reece Courts
March 20: Highway Village
March 21: Magnolia Courts
March 22: Western Gardens and Cedar Bend (at Western Gardens site)
Children must be 3 or 4 by Sept. 1 to be eligible for programs. Please bring birth certificate, Social Security card, updated immunization card and verification of household income. For information, call 482-5211.
Hudspeth Center helps children
Hudspeth Center Early Intervention Program provides services to children up to 3 years old who demonstrate a delay in two or more developmental areas, or who are at risk of developing delays.
Services are provided according to individual needs and may include educational services, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, parent training and support, behavioral intervention and transition to school.
For information, call Tanzie Brown at 692-2765.
Care Lodge seeking volunteers
Care Lodge Domestic Violence Shelter is seeking volunteers for the agency. If you are interested in becoming an important part of the Care Lodge team, please call the office for an application. The Volunteer Training Workshop is scheduled for April 8, from 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. For information, call 482-8719.

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