The 28th annual Lafayette County Wildlife Seminar will be held Thursday at Lafayette High School Commons. Registration will be at 6 p.m., with the Welcome and Tasting Buffet at 6:30. Attendees are asked to bring a wildlife dish or a side dish of their choice. Bread and drinks will be provided. Following the buffet, a program will be presented by Mike Stewart, titled “Conservation The Wildrose Way.” Local hunting stores will have wildlife displays. This event is sponsored by the LHS FFA Chapter, Lafayette County SWCD, NRCS, MFC, Mississippi Homemaker Volunteers and MSU Extension Service. For more information, contact Margaret N. Webb at 234-4451, Robert Massey at 234-8701-x-3 or Garron Hicks at 234-1182. (March 1, 2011)
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)
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)
Designing and creating hand-tied jigs can be an enjoyable hobby, especially during the winter months. At 2 p.m. Saturday, Gwin Jackson, the owner of Jiggy With It in Pope, will present a jig-tying seminar at the North Mississippi Fish Hatchery and Visitor Education Center at Enid Lake. Attendees will find out the inside information before hitting the lake for crappie fishing this spring and to learn the different stages of tying hand-made jigs from hook to final product. The program is free with paid admission. The North Mississippi Fish Hatchery is located off I-55 at Enid exit 233 east. For more information, call 662-563-8068 or visit the North Mississippi Fish Hatchery and Visitor Education Center website at http://home.mdwfp.com/nmfh. (January 19, 2011)
The 29th annual Mid-Winter Bald Eagle Survey will be conducted at Sardis Lake on Saturday. Volunteers are asked to report to the Sardis Lake Field Office at 7 a.m. for a brief presentation and breakfast before going out. Dress warmly, bring your binoculars, and join us for a chance to see the national bird. For more information, call Ranger Cody Scruggs at the Sardis Lake Field Office at (662) 563-4531. (January 5, 2011)
Trained docents will lead guided Double Decker bus tours at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday. The tours will go through Oxford and the University of Mississippi. Tickets can be purchased at Oxford City Hall prior to the tour or the day of the tour beginning at 10 a.m. in Skipwith Cottage. Tickets are $5 for adults, and $2 for children 12 and under. Space is limited. For more information, call Mary Allyn Roulhac at 232-2477. (November 10, 2010)
The annual Halloween Spooktacular Safestop will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday on the Lafayette County Courthouse. This free event will feature games, candy, information, a costume parade and more. The costume parade will be held at 5. This event is free for the children and families of the community.
The Spooktacular Safestop is sponsored by Family Crisis Services of Northwest Mississippi Inc., Domestic Violence Project Inc., Lafayette County Department of Human Services: Family and Children Services, Lafayette County Law Enforcement Association, Lift Inc., Lafayette/Oxford School Attendance Office and the Lafayette County 4-H. (October 27, 2010)
Cossar State Park, located not too far outside of Lafayette County, will hold its annual Halloween festivities on Saturday. Games will be held at the visitor’s center in the park. A cake walk will be featured and a haunted trail will be open. Activities will begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 10. (October 27, 2010)
The Northwest Side Civic Club (Harmontown Community Center) just off Highway 310 on CR 511 is having a Haunted Hayride from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at a cost of $1. There will also be a costume dance at the community center from 6-9 this evening at a cost of $3 per person, couples $). There will be a costume contest with two categories: age 12 and under, or age 13 and up. Prizes for first through third place in each category. Concessions will be open. For more information, contact Dee Jones at 526-0495. (October 27, 2010)
The North Mississippi Storytellers Guild will close its Halloween season at 6 p.m. Friday by sharing ghostly tales and songs under the Bodock tree at the L.Q.C. Lamar Museum. The Telling Teens will join the tellers to showcase their tales learned in workshops offered through a grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission by master storyteller Rebecca Jernigan. The public is invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets and join the tellers and musicians for this first-ever telling under the spectral shadow of the ancient Bodock tree. (October 27, 2010)