NEWS BRIEFS

** BIG BROTHERS/BIG SISTERS NEEDS KIDS **
School is back, and for their third year, Big Brothers/Big Sisters is in full swing.

Last year BB/BS had 90 matches countywide, a number that's almost tripled in the past year-and-a-half.

“This year we really want to recruit some children in grades kindergarten through fourth,” said Michelle Rouse, Itawamba's BB/BS director.

Children can be referred to the program for any number of reasons. The program is not just for children with severe problems.

“Every child can use one more person in his or her life who cares about them, someone who focuses their attention solely on them,” Rouse said.

To volunteer or to enroll a child in the program, contact Rouse at 862-7257.

** IAHS HOSTS OPEN HOUSE **
Itawamba Agricultural High School will host an open house on Thursday, Aug. 21, at 6:30 p.m. in the IAHS commons. Hot dogs will be served. Parents are invited to meet with the faculty and principal.

** ICDC FUND SHOOT **
The second ICDC Fund Shoot will be Friday, August 29, with the first flight of shooters beginning at 3 p.m. The event will be held at the Whitetail Ridge Shooting Center in Blue Springs.

Entry fee is $60 per person which includes a 50 target clay shoot, a steak dinner and a special gun drawing for shooter's only. For more information, call 862-4571.

** OAKLAND WORK DAY **
The floors are more stable and the roof is like new at the Oakland Normal Institute because of a $20,000 Mississippi Landmark Grant.

Of the funds, approximately $17,400 has been spent on removal and replacement of roof materials, damaged and rotted flooring, and the purchase of needed materials.

The work that is yet to be done includes replacement of flooring in the auditorium and classrooms, bracing of roof rafters, repair and replacement of windows, repair of exterior siding, replacement of electrical components, painting and minor repairs.

A volunteer work day has been set for Saturday, Aug. 23, from 6:30 a.m. until noon.

Anyone who is interested in helping should bring carpentry tools like hammers, saws and pry bars and cleaning items such as brushes and sponges.

The Oakland Normal Institute is also seeking historical information about the school that will be displayed once the renovation project is completed.

Anyone with such knowledge can send a copy to Mark Holley, 4025 Horns Crossing Road, Tremont, MS 38876.

** MANTACHIE PARK **
The Mantachie Park Committee has bricks for sale in honor of or in memory of people for an arched wall which will be constructed close to the Mantachie City Park pavilion. The proceeds from the $25 bricks will be applied to the matching grants for the park's renovation.

To purchase a brick, call Mandy Kirksey at 282-7605 or Nina Googe at 282-4449.