Shelter opens new
spay, neuter clinic
n TUPELO – The Tupelo-Lee Humane Society has opened a low-cost, high-quality Spay/Neuter Clinic at 1504 S. Gloster St. The surgeries are performed by appointment only.
The price for cat spay/neuter is $40. For dogs, it’s $50 for those up to 25 pounds, $60 for 26 to 50 pounds and $70 for dogs more than 50 pounds.
For more information or to make an appointment, call the clinic phone at (662) 687-1976 or the shelter at (662) 841-6500.
Gulf states tweak
n BILOXI – People from southern Mississippi and Louisiana fleeing future hurricanes will have to travel farther north along Mississippi highways before exiting.
Changes were announced Thursday during the Gulf States Hurricane Conference in Biloxi.
Transportation officials say contraflow and evacuation plans have improved since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, but they still need work.
Beginning this year, exits on Interstate 59 in Mississippi will be closed until Purvis, which is about 22 miles further north.
Mississippi officials say exits on Interstate 55 will be closed until motorists get to Brookhaven, which is about eight miles farther than in previous years.
Barbour sets election
for Young’s seat
n JACKSON – Gov. Haley Barbour has set a June 9 special election to fill the seat left vacant by the recent death of Rep. Charles L. Young Sr.
Young, a longtime Mississippi Democrat, civil-rights activist and president of a company that manufactures black hair-care products, died Wednesday at a Meridian hospital. He was 77.
Barbour said Thursday in a news release that the special election will be held in House District 82, which covers part of Lauderdale County. The qualifying deadline for the election will be May 10. If a runoff is necessary, it will be held June 30.
Young died at Rush Hospital in Meridian after a suffering a heart attack during a physical therapy session.
Mike Tonos 4/30/09 TODAY IS MAY 1
Blue Mountain College
n BLUE MOUNTAIN – Blue Mountain College becomes a tobacco-free campus starting today.
“Blue Mountain College is acting upon what we know to be in the best interests of all who enter the campus,” Dr. Bettye Rogers Coward Coward, president of BMC, said. “Being tobacco-free is just one of the manifestations of the care we have for one another and our interest in the well-being of those we serve.”
BMC is in its 136th year as a Christian liberal arts college.
Daily Journal, wire reports