Ida B. Wells activities this Friday–Sunday
The annual Ida B. Wells Birthday Celebration will be held July 10-12 in Holly Springs. The theme this year is “Preserving, Protecting, Promoting – Ida B. Wells’ Legacy.”
The opening ceremony is set for 11 a.m. Friday at the Ida B. Wells Museum, 220 Randolph Street. There will be tours of the museum with a catfish lunch (donation $7).
Afternoon activities include music and storytelling, “Art At Its Best,” and a reception from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. featuring Michelle Duster, author of “Ida: In Her Own Words” and great-granddaughter of Ida B. Wells.
Gospel hour begins at 6 p.m. with a barbecue dinner ($7 donation).
Guests will gather at the museum at 8 a.m. Saturday to begin a Holly Springs tour ($40 adults and $30 students) – including the Marshall County Historical Museum, Montrose, Rust College and the Ida B. Wells Post Office. The group will eat lunch at Phillips Grocery.
The Ida B. Wells Commemorative Banquet will be held Saturday at 7 p.m. at Annie’s Restaurant (donation $25). Speaker is Dr. Gemma Beckley of Rust College.
Activities will conclude Sunday with breakfast at Asbury United Methodist Church.
Sheriff’s department seeking grant funds
The Marshall County Sheriff’s Department is applying for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program, fiscal year 2009 local solicitation.
The proceeds from the grant, if awarded, will be used to purchase vehicles.
This announcement is being made public to the extent of applicable laws to afford the citizens of Marshall County an opportunity to comment.
Any comment in regards to this public service announcement may be made by calling 662-252-1311.
House fire caused by explosion of bottles
A house at 22 Mockingbird Lane off Tunstall Road in the Victoria area was gutted Sunday after some oxygen bottles got too hot and exploded, said chief Leland Reed with the Byhalia Fire Department.
Reed said no one was at home at the time of the fire.
“They were all at church,” he said.
Reed was first to arrive at the scene, then the Victoria Fire Department followed immediately thereafter, he said. Byhalia assisted by mutual aid in putting out the fire, Reed said.
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