The 16th annual Double Decker Arts Festival is shaping up to be one to remember. Festival organizers are putting together an all-star lineup of both musical acts and art vendors. Recently is was announced that one of Mississippi’s own, the North Mississippi Allstars, will be headlining Saturday night’s music festival. A full lineup is expected to be announced within the next two weeks. (February 15, 2011, Page 1)
With another snow storm and freezing temperatures shutting down most of the community, Assistant News Editor Jeff Eubanks wonders if all those who whined about not having snow are happy now. He longs for warmer days and getting rid of weather-induced sniffles, and is excited about the prospects for the weekend and beyond. (February 10, 2011, Page 4)
If the first game is the toughest test, then Water Valley passed with ease Tuesday night, as the No. 3 seeded Blue Devils rolled to a 58-44 win over No. 6 seed South Pontotoc at Winona’s J.J. Knox Gym in the opening round of the Region 2-3A Tournament. (more…) (February 9, 2011, Page 8)
A team effort is being put in place to help raise money for the Oxford Medical Ministries Saturday night at the Powerhouse, as the Young Professionals of Oxford and Yoknapatawpha Arts Council present the second annual Valentine’s Day Vaudeville Review. Tennessee Tease, a burlesque group made up primarily of Ole Miss theater students, will perform “Venus Envy” and host a meet and greet photo/autograph session during a VIP reception before the show. (February 4, 2011, Page 3A)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Sardis Lake will host its annual Fish Habitat Day on Feb. 12. The Corps of Engineers is asking for volunteer assistance to create new fish habitats with stake beds and donated Christmas trees. Many fishermen know that one of the keys to a good fishing spot is good habitat. As reservoirs age, flooded timber and brush rots away leaving minnows and fish fry with less protective cover. Replacing this cover is important to maintain healthy fish populations. This event also gives fishermen an opportunity to become familiar with the locations of these structures around the lake.
Volunteers are asked to report to Teckville Landing or the new Sardis Lake Field Office location at the north end of Sardis Dam for registration from 7 to 7:30 a.m. Volunteers are encouraged to wear outdoor work clothing including gloves. ATV use is allowed, but ATV riders are reminded to wear helmets. Volunteers will be treated to a stew lunch at the Corps of Engineers shop or Holiday Lodge at Teckville Landing. For more information, call Hayden Sullivant or Ramon Pierce at the Sardis Lake Field Office (662) 563-4531. (January 28, 2011)
Family Crisis Services of Northwest Mississippi Inc. will sponsor “The Newly Wed Game” at 7 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Spirit of Excellence Church. Couples from throughout the area are invited to participate in the event being held as part of Healthy Marriage Week. Prizes will be awarded to the winning couples. For more information, call 234-9929. (January 28, 2011)
The annual Oxford Film Festival returns Feb. 10 to 13. An online schedule and ticketing information for all films is at www.oxfordfilmfest.com. (January 28, 2011)
New Orleans food and fun will be featured at “Jazzin’” from noon to 2 p.m. Feb. 6 in the activity center of the Oxford-University United Methodist Church. Gumbo, red beans and jazz music, featuring jazz vocalist Effie Burt, will be available. Tickets are $8.50 for adults and $5 for children, ages 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the offices of OUUMC or Burns United Methodist Church between 9 a.m. and noon Monday through Friday. Proceeds from the event will go to Burns United Methodist Church. (January 28, 2011)
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks reminds everyone that all Wildlife Management Areas with waterfowl hunting opportunity will be open for the youth waterfowl hunting weekend on Feb. 5 – 6.
Waterfowl regulations, including bag limits, for the youth hunting weekend will be the same as during the regular waterfowl season; however, youth hunters are exempt from purchasing a hunting license, WMA user permit, and duck stamps. Non-toxic shot and shotguns holding no more than three shells must still be used. Youth hunters must be accompanied by a licensed adult, and adults are not allowed to carry weapons or harvest birds during the hunts.
For more information about specific WMAs with waterfowl hunting opportunity, visit http://home.mdwfp.com/wildlife.aspx, or call the MDWFP Wildlife Bureau at 601-432-2199. (January 28, 2011)