Ida B. Wells Festival set for this weekend
The annual Ida B. Wells Arts and Crafts Festival and Birthday Celebration will be held this weekend in Holly Springs.
Opening ceremonies are set for 10 a.m. Friday at the Eddie Lee Smith Multi-Purpose Center, 235 North Memphis Street.
Other activities Friday include music, African dance and poetry (10:30 a.m.); tours of the Ida B. Wells-Barnett Museum, plus games, basketball and other activities (11:30 a.m.); a catfish luncheon (12 noon); storytelling, praise teams and face-painting (1 p.m.); “Art At Its Best” with guest artists Betty Jean Arnold and Gloria Gipson Suggs (3 p.m.); “Meet and Greet” the family of Ida B. Wells (4 p.m.); reception for guest authors – Gloria Gipson Suggs and Michelle Duster (4:30 p.m.) and gospel hour (6 p.m.).
Saturday, there will be a tour of historic Holly Springs from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a picnic at Chewalla Lake.
The Ida B. Wells Commemorative Banquet is set for 7 p.m. Saturday at the Hudsonville Church Family Life Center. Guest speaker is Tiana L. Ferrell, great-granddaughter of Ida B. Wells.
There will be a breakfast Sunday at 8 a.m. at Asbury United Methodist Church.
Arts, crafts, jewelry and other vendors are welcome. For more information, contact Rev. Leona Harris at 662-252-3232.
Byhalia police officers go to accidents, more
The Byhalia Police Department responded to 44 calls during the past week.
Chief Gary Looney released the following report – alarm calls, 6; motor vehicle accidents, 3; disturbances, 4; escorts, 2; animal-related calls, 1; medical assistance, 12; fires, 1; and miscellaneous, 15.
Byhalia police officers also made eight arrests during the past week.
Blood drive Sunday at St. Joseph’s Church
The American Red Cross and the Knights of Columbus will sponsor a blood drive, honoring Albert E. Jones on July 11 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Church, 305 Van Dorn, Holly Springs.
Recently, Jones required major emergency surgery for a life-threatening situation that demanded the use of more than 30 units of blood.
Jones and his family are very grateful for the Red Cross’s ability to respond and be prepared to meet such a great demand.
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