Thursday, July 19, 2007
Marshall County Humane Society plans big fund-raiser for weekend
The Marshall County Humane Society was originally established in 1988. The organization was fairly dormant until 1998 when Audrey Peterson, Sherrie Janssen, Bill and Norma Baston, Ann Moore and other humane supporters reactivated the group. A bequest from Muriel Perkins jump-started this effort.
The lack of any type of permanent facility was a problem; however, early on, Dr. Isis Johnson’s spay neuter bus became a recognizable symbol of the Humane Society’s efforts in the county. Realizing that the most effective way to make a difference was a comprehensive spay-neuter program, the group made that one of their primary goals.
Since 1998, over 5,875 animals have been spayed or neutered through their volunteer efforts. The Humane Society is an all volunteer organization. There are no paid members on staff. A leader in the spay-neuter program, MCHS has been awarded grants through the DJ&T Foundation and Mississippi State Government car tag programs.
The Marshall County board of supervisors has greatly supported this program with their provision of a site for the clinic.
The year 2004 saw another dream come true. Approximately three acres was purchased on Eddie Lee Smith Drive. Construction was undertaken on an adoption center. Even though we are a limited admission facility, typically we assist 150 animals in any given year. Sometimes, our efforts are as joyous as reuniting a lost pet with an owner. Other times, we see the darker side of human nature in the case of an abused or neglected animal.
Recognizing that education is the key to resolving many of the animal issues, we are always open to “getting the word out.”
All of our efforts involve “sweat equity.” Since the beginning, we have always operated a thrift store or flea market, along with our annual spaghetti dinner and pancake breakfast.
We completely depend on members of the community supporting us in all of our efforts, as we do not receive any city, county, state or federal monies.
So our fundraiser, a political rally and silent auction at the VFW in Holly Springs, on July 21 is critical to our continued efforts to assist abused and neglected animals. Activities begin at 12 noon. Sign up for auction as you enter. Auction closes at 3:30 p.m. with winners announced promptly at 4:00 p.m.
Pages from the Past
10 Years Ago - July 17, 1997
Kirkwood named No. 3 golf course in Mississippi
Kirkwood National has earned a top rating in Mississippi. The 18-hole championship course has been named the number three resort/semi-private course in the state. The course was also rated the number four semi-private course in Golf Digest earlier this year.
Dollhouse collection donated to MC Historical Museum as memorial
The Marshall County Historical Museum is the beneficiary of an extensive miniature collection donated by a Nesbit man in memory of his wife. Albert Taylor came to the museum to set up the collection of miniatures, which includes two doll houses and five display cases. All of the displays were made by Taylor’s wife Jeanete, who passed away in February. She had been collecting and designed the displays for over 30 years.
‘Faithful servant’ honored at retirement
Lynn McCallum, biology teacher extraordinaire at Potts Camp High School, retired at the end of the 1996-97 school year.
25 Years Ago - June 17, 1982
Mark Rowe wins meet in Caribbean Islands
Mark Rowe is in the news again. Four months ago Rowe was setting near record paces in the 400-meter races in the USA. Now, he is setting records in other countries. Rowe was in the Caribbean Islands a few weeks ago, setting records in Trinidad and Tobago. A native of Byhalia, Rowe came within two seconds of setting the world record in the 400-meter jump. He is setting records in other events as well, including the 440-yard indoors. Rowe’s mother, Addie Lee Rowe, lives in Byhalia and says Mark has plans to participate in the 1984 Olympic games. Rowe is currently a junior at Jackson State University.
Pam Kloha of Holly Springs was a participant in the 1982 summer yearbook clinic at the University of Mississippi recently.
Sonny Orrell receives IT water rating
John S. (Sonny) Orrell Jr., of the Northwest Junior College faculty, received Instructor/Trainer in water safety. He is the son-in-law of Constance Golden of Holly Springs, married to the former Emily Golden.
50 Years Ago - July 18, 1957
Rita Cochran honors Lou Ann Burris
Rita Cochran entertained Monday afternoon with an informal party on the lawn of her home, honoring her house guest, Lou Ann Burris of Shelby. The hostess, assisted by her mother, Mrs. Vadah Cochran, and Ethel Cavett, served soft drinks, chicken salad sandwiches, open faced sandwiches, potato chips and date muffins to about 20 guests. Beds of blooming flowers made an attractive setting for the party. The hit tunes of the week played continuously on a record player.
Casualty evacuation by helicopter, perfected in the Korean War, was demonstrated at the Federal Civil Defense Administration’s up-to-date rescue school at Olney, Md. A street of carefully engineered “bombed-out buildings” confronted rescue course students with a variety of situations, including rescue from actually flaming structures of persons made up as “victims.”
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