August 7, 2008
Marshall County Humane Society News
Humane Society hosts first annual Dog Days Festival August 16
The “dog days” of summer were described by ancient Romans as 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).” Brady’s Clavis Calendarium, 1813. Dog days began at that time when the Dog Star, Sirius, rose just at dawn. (The stars’ positions have changed since then.) The Romans, thinking the miserable heat was caused by Sirius, made sacrifices to him to assuage his displeasure.
August 16 is the feast day of Saint Roch, the patron saint of dogs and, this year, will be blessed with a full moon.
Put all this together with the fact that the Marshall County Humane Society needs to raise money to complete Higher Ground, our animal shelter that we’ve been working on for lo these many years, and you’ve got a party.
Our Humane Society’s first annual Dog Days Festival will be Saturday, August 16, at the VFW in Holly Springs. We will be auctioning all kinds of things from 6-9 p.m. including trips like two nights in a cabin in the Smoky Mountains, a golf trip to the Gulf Coast, trout fishing or a spa experience at an Arkansas resort; delightful yard art from the Garden of Aden; exquisite, one-of-a-kind, handcrafted jewelry; original art work; Lennox china pieces; and all kinds of things like a food processor and tools for the more practical among us.
A live band will strike up the music at 9 p.m. and play until the stroke of midnight. There will be plenty of food and drink available throughout the evening and we invite you all to join us. All the money we make will be spent to help the needy animals right here in this community.
The Humane Society will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 19, at the VFW. If you are interested in animal welfare come and see what we are up to.
For appointments at the Humane Society sponsored, low-cost Spay/Neuter Clinic, call 662-252-6196. For information on adoptions, fostering or anything else about our Humane Society, call 662-564-2900. Correspondence and donations should be sent to the Marshall County Humane Society, P.O. Box 625, Holly Springs, MS 38635.
Humane Society receives grant
The Marshall County Humane Society (MCHS) has been awarded $2,800 from the “I Care for Animals” Car Tag Program to be used to expand their spay/neuter program.
MCHS actively pursues its goals in the provision of spay and neuter services, humane education, animal rescue and rehabilitation, aid to local law enforcement, and disaster relief services. Those interested in supporting the Marshall County Humane Society through contributions, volunteering or adopting an animal may call 662-564-2900. Donations may be mailed to MCHS, P.O. Box 625, Holly Springs, MS 38635.
The “I Care For Animals” Car Tag program allows Mississippians to purchase a special license plate for an additional $31, the proceeds from which help homeless, injured and abused animals in humane shelters and rescue programs across the state. The money goes into a state animal care fund which is distributed to city and county animal shelters and rescue organizations which make application and meet the criteria for award.
To date the program has awarded over $200,000 to organizations with spay/neuter and other animal-welfare-related programs.
This program is in its fourth year of assisting animal shelters primarily with spay/neuter programs but also with general projects which benefit homeless animals.
It is being administered by the MS Board of Animal Health. An advisory panel comprised of knowledgeable volunteers from various animal shelters located throughout the state assists State Veterinarian Dr. Jim Watson and the Board of Animal Health in selecting qualified applicants.
Pages from the Past
10 Years Ago - August 13, 1998
After playing together seven years Maholm and Minor win the AABC world series
Paul Maholm and Chad Minor have just returned from the AABC Mickey Mantle World Series in Dallas, Tx. Chad and Paul have been playing baseball together for the last seven years. Paul pitching and Chad catching have brought much success to the Marshall Academy Patriots for the last two seasons. The World Series in Dallas was amazing for the Memphis Tiger team, coached by Paul Stewart and Johnny Beard. Paul went the full distance and was the winning pitcher for the Mickey Mantle AABC World Series. He was also awarded the MVP for the series. Both young men will receive gold World Series rings.
Courthouse ADA renovations begin
Marshall County is putting the finishing touches on the first phase of improvements to meet the Americans with Disabilities Act. Although this phase did not include the courthouse, a new ramp has already been built on the south side. Other renovations, including installation of an elevator to the second-story courtroom, will soon begin.
25 Years Ago - August 11, 1983
Hurdles host boat party
Mr. and Mrs. Walker Hurdle entertained Miss Mindy Miller and Mr. Steve Gresham with a boat party and fish fry at their beautiful Pickwick home on July 30. Guests enjoyed finger sandwiches, cheeses, fruits and dip on the Hurdle’s deck overlooking the Tennessee River. Guests then enjoyed spending the afternoon aboard the hosts’ pontoon boat and sailboat. That evening, delicious catfish, hushpuppies, slaw and homemade French fries were thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Congressman Whitten given peace leadership award
Congressman Jamie Whitten (D-Miss.) recently was presented the 1983 American Security Council Coalition for Peace Through Strength Leadership Award.
Classes begin next week
August is not only hot, it is also when many of the schools resume classes. Marshall County Sheriff Osborne Bell has issued a statement urging motorists to be careful and on the lookout for buses and children.
50 Years Ago - August 7, 1958
Southern Bell awards employee
Bettie Colston received her five-year service pin from Southern Bell Telephone Company on August 3. Mrs. Lanie B. Rose, evening chief operator, presented the pin. Bettie was given a tea in the lounge of the telephone company after Mrs. Rose presented the pin. All employees are presented service anniversary pins for each five years they work.
Defense leaders called to Oxford
Mississippi’s plan for survival from a nuclear attack will be presented to public officials and interested citizens of seven north Mississippi counties at a meeting at the University Continuation Center in Oxford on Aug. 6. The meeting will be conducted by a special Mississippi Civil Defense staff which has recently completed a detailed state survival plan ordered by the National Civil Defense Administration. If this nation were subjected to a nuclear attack, Memphis would be a likely target. Mississippi would receive and care for most of the Memphis population. The plan also tells what Mississippians should do in case of a nuclear attack.
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