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Meridian High School football game starts at 6:00 pm Friday, Oct. 27th !!!

Event Dates and Times

10/26/2017 - 10/27/2017
Meridian High School - Ray Stadium
Due to threat of inclement weather in the forecast, the Meridian High School football game tomorrow night (October 27) against Terry will now start at 6pm.

Tomorrow night is a MUST win game for the Cats, so please come out and support Coach Hampton and the Gridiron Cats. We need you at The Ray!

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EMCC FOOTBALL A GRIDIRON LEGACY FOR COGGINS FAMILY

Event Dates and Times

10/26/2017 - 11/4/2017
East Miss. Community College
EMCC FOOTBALL A GRIDIRON LEGACY FOR COGGINS FAMILY

SCOOBA — When Charles “Bulldog” Coggins suited up in 1964 as a member of the East Mississippi Junior College Lions football team, little did he know that would be the start of a family tradition that would span more than five decades and three generations.
Coggins’ son, Keith Coggins (Class of 1993) also played for the Lions, as does his grandson, Stuart Coggins, who is a member of the team’s current squad.
“It’s neat the way it all intertwines,” Keith Coggins said. “Dad started this for all of us. If it had not of been for him, none of us would have been here.”
A high school football standout, Bulldog Coggins was recruited by former Lions’ Coach Bob “Bull” Sullivan.
“Coach Sullivan was kind of a special guy,” Bulldog Coggins said. “For me, he was my messiah. My dad had been dead and gone and I needed somebody who would provide me with structure.”
Bulldog was brought in as a tight end to play on Sullivan’s pass-centered offense, long before the term West Coast offense was dubbed and the playing style was adopted by pro football teams. Bulldog, an All-American, also long-snapped and even briefly lined up behind the center after quarterback Bill Buckner, another All-American, suffered a broken jaw.
“We would have played for the national championship had Bill not have gotten hurt,” Bulldog Coggins said.
After graduating, Bulldog played tight end for Delta State University. He was later moved to center, where he snapped to Buckner, who was also playing for DSU.
After finishing school, he served as a high school football coach for seven years before beginning a career in the insurance industry.
“In 2001, the Lord pulled me off into his business,” Bulldog Coggins said. “I am a Methodist preacher now.”
Keith Coggins was a football fan from a young age and fondly recalls attending practices at Columbia Academy when his dad was the head coach there. He played the game from an early age, first for the YMCA, then Oak Hill Academy and later West Point.
Keith Coggins was a center and long-snapper throughout his football career.
“At West Point, we won three state championships in a row, two in 4A and one at 5A,” Keith Coggins said. “Back then, 5A was the biggest classification they had in the state.”
After a disappointing season his freshmen year at EMCC, Keith Coggins considered transferring to another college but changed his mind when former pro football player Tom Goode was hired as EMCC’s head coach and athletic director.
“Coach Goode said to me, ‘I need you to stay here and help me,’” Keith Coggins said. “So, I stayed and we went 6-4. That was the best thing I ever did in my life.”
He later played for Mississippi State University, making the traveling squad as a redshirt junior and playing in the Peach Bowl. After school, Keith worked for Kerr-McGee and later for Monroe Gas Storage in Amory, where he is still employed.
Like his father and grandfather before him, Stuart Coggins plays center for EMCC. In high school, he played left guard and right tackle.
“I played everywhere,” Stuart Coggins said. “I didn’t play center until the last two games of my senior year.”
A dual-sport threat, Stuart Coggins was also a high-school standout in baseball, earning second best in the state with 58 RBIs this past season. He plans to try out for EMCC’s baseball team and wants to major in athletic training at a four-year university once he graduates.
So which sport does he prefer?
“I think I can maybe go further in baseball than football but I think I enjoy football a little better,” Stuart Coggins said.
Michael Stewart, publications coordinator
Office: (662) 476-8417 Cell: (601) 701-1490

Rocky Higginbotham, director of public information
Office: (662) 476-5013 Cell: (601) 604-2056

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City of Meridian Police Drug Take-Back is scheduled this Saturday, October 28th

Event Dates and Times

10/26/2017 - 10/28/2017
Bonita Lakes Mall
The City of Meridian Police Department will give the public one last opportunity to clean out their medicine cabinet of unused, expired, or no longer needed prescription drugs that are potentially dangerous.

The City of Meridian Police Drug Take-Back is scheduled this Saturday, October 28th from 10am-2pm at the Bonita Lakes Mall Meridian Police Precinct near the entrance to the Bonita Cinema and a goody bag will be given to each individual who participates.

The National Drug Take-Back Initiative saves lives, protects the environment, provides for proper disposal of prescription medicines, and prevents addiction, diversion, misuse, and abuse of controlled substances.

Lieutenant Rita Jack
Meridian Police Department
Accreditation Manager/Special Operations
Cell: (601)917-7992
Fax: (601)484-6832
Email: ritajack@meridianms.org

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UMMC AIRCARE CREW CONDUCTS CLASS FOR EMCC PARAMEDIC STUDENTS

Event Dates and Times

10/25/2017 - 10/31/2017
East Mississippi Community College
UMMC AIRCARE CREW CONDUCTS CLASS FOR EMCC PARAMEDIC STUDENTS

East Mississippi Community College students in the Emergency Medical Technician program got a first-hand look at the work performed by critical care nurses and paramedics with the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s Helicopter Flight program. A medical flight crew with UMMC landed the AirCare 3 helicopter in a parking lot at EMCC’s Golden Triangle campus Tuesday, Oct. 24, and spoke to the students about procedures for caring for in-flight patients. The students were also allowed to climb inside the helicopter, which is based in Columbus and is capable of transporting two patients at a time.

http://www.wtok.com/content/events/453066543.html | 453066543

Haunted Hayride at Flint Creek Water Park

Event Dates and Times

10/25/2017 - 10/28/2017
Creek Water Park
Haunted Hayride at Flint Creek Water Park
Oct. 28th ...
Rides start at dusk .......
(228) 297-0962
(228) 297-0962

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The City of Meridian announces that milling and paving will begin on Monday, October 30th

Event Dates and Times

10/25/2017 - 11/5/2017
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The City of Meridian announces that milling and paving will begin on Monday, October 30th on the following streets for approximately one week:

Paving Schedule:
8th Street between intersections of 23rd Avenue and 22nd Avenue
8th Street between intersections of 22nd Avenue and 6th Street
6th Street between intersections of 22nd Avenue and 21st Avenue
Intersection of 6th Street and 21st Avenue

For more information Contact: Hugh Smith, City of Meridian
hughsmith@meridianms.org

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MSU Riley Center Is Honored With ConventionSouth’s Annual Readers’ Choice Award

Event Dates and Times

10/25/2017 - 11/15/2017
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MSU Riley Center Is Honored With ConventionSouth’s Annual Readers’ Choice Award
GULF SHORES, Ala. (Oct. 17, 2017)—It is with honor that the publishers and editors of ConventionSouth, the
national multimedia resource for planning events in the South, present MSU Riley Center with a 2017 Readers’ Choice
Award.
“ConventionSouth readers and fans have voted to decide the best meeting sites in the South, and it is no surprise to
us that MSU Riley Center has been selected to receive our annual Readers’ Choice Award,” said ConventionSouth
Publisher J. Talty O’Connor. “The value in receiving this prestigious recognition is that it comes from the United
States’ top meeting professionals who hold events in the South. These planners demand the highest level of customer
service and quality facilities, and they have contributed in determining that MSU Riley Center indeed displays the
commitment to professionalism, creativity and service that they require.”
MSU Riley Center is among 300 convention and visitor bureaus (CVBs), meeting facilities and hotels located across the
South to receive this year’s Readers’ Choice Award. Throughout the year, meeting professionals nominated the meeting
sites they believe provide exemplary service for group events. The nominated sites are then compiled onto an online
ballot where meeting professionals and fans are asked to vote for the best of the best. With over 6,000 voters
participating in the selection process and the highest social media interaction to date, this has been the most successful
and engaging year yet!
Since creation in 2001, this is the seventh time that MSU Riley Center has received the award, making it an even greater
honor to present it with a 2017 Readers’ Choice Award. MSU Riley Center will be featured as an award recipient in the
December 2017 Awards Issue of ConventionSouth magazine. This exciting issue will also showcase some of the most
talented meeting professionals in the nation as ConventionSouth also presents planners with its annual “Meeting
Professionals To Watch” designation. “Featuring peer advice and trade secrets from our Meeting Professionals to Watch
in 2017, our Awards Issue is one of the most popular must-read resources within the meetings industry,” O’Connor
said.
Celebrating over 30 years as a leading meeting planning resource, ConventionSouth magazine is based in Gulf
Shores, Ala., and is distributed to more than 18,000 meeting professionals located across the country who book
meetings held within the South, according to O’Connor.
A complete list of award winners can be found online at:
http://conventionsouth.com/2017rcaawards/
The ConventionSouth Readers’ Choice Award logo is available for use at:
http://conventionsouth.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/RCA.png

http://www.wtok.com/content/events/453064073.html | 453064073

Haunted House at the Temple Theatre

Event Dates and Times

10/25/2017 - 10/31/2017
Temple Theatre
Haunted House at the Temple Theatre:
Runs thru Saturday October 28, 2017 and Monday, October 30, 2017-Tuesday, October 31, 2017 from 7:00pm-11:00pm each night. For more information 601-460-0052.

http://www.wtok.com/content/events/453062253.html | 453062253

VOLUNTEERS ANNOUNCE COLLECTION SITES FOR GLOBAL CHRISTMAS PROJECT

Event Dates and Times

10/25/2017 - 11/20/2017
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VOLUNTEERS ANNOUNCE COLLECTION SITES FOR GLOBAL CHRISTMAS PROJECT

NOV. 13–20: Community Donates 24,200 Shoebox Gifts for Children in Need

MERIDIAN, Mississippi, Oct. 25, 2017—This month, several locations in the multi-county East Central MS Area Team will serve as drop-off sites for the Samaritan's Purse project, Operation Christmas Child—joining nearly 5,000 U.S. locations collecting gift-filled shoeboxes for children in need around the world.
During the project's National Collection Week, Nov. 13 – 20, Meridian residents will transform empty shoeboxes into gifts of hope filled with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys. Operation Christmas Child will deliver these shoebox gifts to children affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine.
This year, the East Central MS Area Team hopes to contribute more than 24,200 shoebox gifts toward the 2017 global goal of reaching 12 million children.
"We are honored to join the nationwide effort to collect gift-filled shoeboxes for children who may have never experienced the true meaning of Christmas," said Regional Director Shelli Wishard. "Through these simple gifts and a message of hope, children learn that God loves them and has not forgotten them.”


LOCAL COLLECTION SITES:

Lake, MS- First Baptist Church
80 S Main Street
Lake MS 39092-0157
Mon, Nov. 13: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tue, Nov. 14: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wed, Nov. 15: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thu, Nov. 16: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Fri, Nov. 17: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sat, Nov. 18: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sun, Nov. 19: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Mon, Nov. 20: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Decatur, MS - Clarke Venable Memorial Baptist Church
362 W Broad Street
Decatur MS 39327-9803
Mon, Nov. 13: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Tue, Nov. 14: 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wed, Nov. 15: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Thu, Nov. 16: 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Fri, Nov. 17: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sat, Nov. 18: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sun, Nov. 19: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Mon, Nov. 20: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Philadelphia, MS - East Philadelphia Baptist Church
635 E Main Street
Philadelphia MS 39350-3701
Mon, Nov. 13: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tue, Nov. 14: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wed, Nov. 15: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Thu, Nov. 16: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Fri, Nov. 17: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sat, Nov. 18: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sun, Nov. 19: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Mon, Nov. 20: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Meridian, MS - Fifteenth Avenue Baptist Church
1318 15th Avenue
Meridian MS 39301-4205
Mon, Nov. 13: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tue, Nov. 14: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wed, Nov. 15: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thu, Nov. 16: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Fri, Nov. 17: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sat, Nov. 18: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sun, Nov. 19: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Mon, Nov. 20: 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM Collinsville, MS - First Baptist Church at Collinsville Community Club
9161 Old Highway 19 N
Collinsville MS 39325-8703
Mon, Nov. 13: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tue, Nov. 14: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tue, Nov. 14: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wed, Nov. 15: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thu, Nov. 16: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thu, Nov. 16: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Fri, Nov. 17: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sat, Nov. 18: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sun, Nov. 19: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Mon, Nov. 20: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Carthage, MS - First Baptist Church
402 N Van Buren Street
Carthage MS 39051-3750
Mon, Nov. 13: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tue, Nov. 14: 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Wed, Nov. 15: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Thu, Nov. 16: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Fri, Nov. 17: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sat, Nov. 18: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sun, Nov. 19: 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Mon, Nov. 20: 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Kosciusko, MS - First Presbyterian Church
603 Smythe Street
Kosciusko MS 39090-4223
Mon, Nov. 13: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Tue, Nov. 14: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wed, Nov. 15: 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Thu, Nov. 16: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Fri, Nov. 17: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sat, Nov. 18: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sun, Nov. 19: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Mon, Nov. 20: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Morton, MS- Parkway Baptist Church
2221 Highway 13 S
Morton MS 39117-0433
Mon, Nov. 13: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tue, Nov. 14: 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Wed, Nov. 15: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Thu, Nov. 16: 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Fri, Nov. 17: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sat, Nov. 18: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sun, Nov. 19: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Mon, Nov. 20: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Hours subject to change. A full list of area collection locations can be found online.



For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child or to view gift suggestions, call 770-777-9342 or visit samaritanspurse.org/occ. Participants can donate $9 per shoebox gift online through "Follow Your Box" and receive a tracking label to discover its destination. Those who prefer the convenience of online shopping can browse samaritanspurse.org/buildonline to select gifts matched to a child's specific age and gender, then finish packing the virtual shoebox by adding a photo and personal note of encouragement.
Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan's Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God's love in a tangible way to children in need around the world and, together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 146 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.

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World Stroke Day is Sunday, October 29th

Event Dates and Times

10/25/2017 - 10/29/2017
Anderson Regional Health System Call for Informatio
World Stroke Day is Sunday, October 29th. In observance of this day, Anderson Regional Health System wants to remind the community to “Dial, Don’t Drive” when signs of a stroke appear.

Elizabeth Wiggins
Director of Marketing

Anderson Regional Health System
2124 14th Street
Meridian, MS 39301

601-553-6335
ewiggins@andersonregional.org

www.andersonregional.org


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