Thursday, August 23, 2007
Marshall County Humane Society News
“Dog Days” of summer are here
The term “Dog Days” comes to us from the ancient Romans and is connected with Sirius, the Dog Star, the brightest star in the night sky. Dog Days began then when Sirius rose just at sunrise (the stars’ positions have changed since then) and were believed to be a time “when the seas boiled, wine turned sour, dogs grew mad and all creatures became languid, causing to man burning fevers, hysterics and phrensies(sic).” Brad’s Clavis Calendarium, 1813.
The ancients made sacrifices at the beginning of the Dog Days to appease the wrath of Sirius thinking that the hot, sultry weather was a result of his displeasure.
Dog days have evolved to have meaning on Wall Street during slow summer trading. Denmark and Sweden call it “the rotting month,” referring to food spoilage from the heat.
It may not make you any cooler to know that people have been sweating like this forever but it will soon be over. The hummers know and are already getting ready for their long migration.
In the meantime, replenish those water bowls and bird baths often and provide plenty of shade for your creatures, both tame and wild. Keep activities like walking or even playing for the morning or late afternoon when it’s cooler.
If your animal needs to be spayed (females) or neutered (males), call 662-252-6196 for an appointment at the Marshall County Humane Society sponsored, low-cost Spay/Neuter Clinic.
For information on adoptions, fostering or anything but the Spay/Neuter Clinic call 662-564-2900. Correspondence and donations should be sent to the Marshall County Humane Society, P.O. Box 625, Holly Springs, MS.
Pages from the Past
10 Years Ago - August 21, 1997
Named new postmaster at Ackerman
Jimmie Cathey Sr. of Holly Springs has been named the new postmaster at Ackerman. Jimmie brings 20 years of postal experience to the new position. He was a letter carrier in Memphis, Tenn., a distribution clerk in Trenton, Tenn., a clerk in Holly Springs, officer in charge at Ashland Post Office, postmaster in Valley Park and customer service analyst in Jackson. A graduate of Rust College and Lemoyne-Owen College in Memphis, he is a Vietnam veteran, married to Mary Cathey and has three children.
Fair sign erected
Members of the Benton County Fair Association celebrates the erection of a new sign at the fairgrounds where a Kansas City Barbecue Association sanctioned contest will be held in conjunction with the fair. Attending the ribbon cutting were fair president Sonny Childers, who cut the ribbon; Don Moody, B.J. Snow, Tanya Snow, Margo Moody, Marie Cheatwood, Mary Frances Moody, Bradley Johnson, Sandra Derrick, Steve Thompson, Cathy Samples, Rufus Miller, Patrick Thompson, Clara Pipkin, Thomas Daniel, Pete Duke and W.S. Childers. The sign was painted by Margo Moody, materials were supplied by Quartet and the sign was built by Don Moody and Rufus Miller.
25 Years Ago - August 26, 1982
Rust graduate commissioned
Patricia Gipson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Quentell Gipson of Holly Springs, was recently commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army during ROTC advanced camp activities in Ft. Riley, Kansas. Gipson is a 1982 graduate of Rust College and was a four-year ROTC student.
David Allen appointed to mission service
David Allen, formerly of Holly Springs, now of New Albany, was among 70 persons appointed to mission service by the Southern Baptist Home Mission Board. Allen is a church planter apprentice and pastor of Moss Hill Baptist Mission in New Albany.
Moore wins award
Linda Marie Moore of Byhalia has been awarded an upperclassman academic scholarship at Mississippi State University. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest B. Moore, she was valedictorian of her graduating class at Mt. Pleasant Christian Academy.
50 Years Ago - August 22, 1957
The South Reporter has new owners
The South Reporter, owned and operated for the past four years by Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Taylor Jr. and Miss Gertrude Johnson, has been purchased by Joe Hurdle and Cliff Harviel of Holly Springs and Harlan Hilbun of Louisville, Ky., who will operate it and serve as editor. Mr. Hilbun has been in the Methodist ministry for the past 18 years. Before entering the ministry, he published the Magee Courier. Mrs. Hilbun is the former Mildred Pomeroy of Columbus. Her father was in the publishing business there for a number of years. She worked with Mr. Hilbun at the Courier and will work with him here. They have four children and are currently staying with Mr. and Mrs. Humphreys until they can find a house or apartment.
Mother, daughter graduate
A Holly Springs mother and her daughter were both graduated from the University of Mississippi Sunday. The mother, Mary Bitzer Doxey, received her master of music degree. Her daughter, Mary Helen, received a bachelor of science in commerce.
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