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ncfMississippi’s Giant Houseparty will kick off its 2009 season on July 24 through July 31. Entertainment this year will not disappoint, on Tuesday, July 28 Bucky Covington; Wednesday, Atlanta Rhythm Section; Thursday, Neal McCoy and on Friday, July 31 Little Big Town will close it down. As with every year, the Fair features amusement rides from Mitchell Brothers and Sons along with tasty foods  and on first Saturday of the fair, the flea market. Click here for The Neshoba County Fair web site.

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djYou are invited to a media benefit for Meridian’s DJ Wayne Sheffield Saturday July 11th Dumont Plaza Downtown Meridian. Wayne is fighting cancer and we want to help him with his medical bills. Free admission: Donations only. Good food, refreshments, cold beverages, sno-cones and great music featuring Kabana Productions Presents – Kabana with Kenny Suire, Chris Etheridge, Steve Watson and Adam Box, Track 45, Britt Gulley and the Water Moccasins, Ginger Grissom Stevens, Chad Peavy and more. BBQ and Sno-Cones provided by Squealer’s and adult beverages provided by Mitchell Distributing. Sponsored by The Meridian Star, B103, WTOK-TV, Meridian Family of Stations 24/30 FOX, Talk Radio 910, The Radio People, Country Legends 102.1 and WMOX. Please donate what you can to the “Wayne Sheffield Fund” at either location of Community Bank in Meridian. Don’t miss the fun Saturday, July 11th Dumont Plaza Downtown Meridian. For more information call Bill Smith or Ellie Massey at WMOX 601.693.1891 email or Scotty Ray and Debbie at B103 601.693.1103 email
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msu riley centerThe season’s September 3rd premiere features Mississippi’s own B.B. King, nationally recognized as the “King of the Blues” and as a musician whose talents are renowned across nations and over decades. His collaborations with artists such as Eric Clapton and hits such as “The Thrill Is Gone” led him to win multiple Grammy awards and also reserved him a spot in both the Blues and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The MSU Riley Center’s historic theater will provide an incredibly intimate environment for patrons to enjoy the famous cries and wails of King’s guitar “Lucille,” courtesy of the theater’s superior acoustics, ideal for instrumental and vocal performances.


“It is a great honor to have B.B. King perform here,” said Dennis Sankovich, Executive Director for the MSU Riley Center. “We take great pride in having a living legend open our fourth season and look forward to significant attention for what is sure to be an incredibly memorable performance in our historic, fully restored Grand Opera House in his home state of Mississippi.”


Continuing the momentous season of performers are many other true-blue singer/songwriters such as Lyle Lovett, Keb’ Mo’ and Nanci Griffith, as well as Mississippi’s own jazz vocalist and 2009 Grammy award-winner Cassandra Wilson. Lovett makes his second appearance in the Grand Opera House, but this time brings along his large band, producing a sound the rounded walls of the opera house will only enhance and beautify. Making a first-time stop at the MSU Riley Center, Rhonda Vincent and her band The Rage are sure to satisfy bluegrass fans. Dubbed “The New Queen of Bluegrass” by Wall Street Journal, Vincent and the Rage represent one of many diverse performing artists with solid connections to American roots music.


“In a lot of ways, this season celebrates the best of American music born out of Mississippi- from blues to rock to country and bluegrass. We strive to showcase the very best of a large variety of genres that Mississippians can relate to while at the same time celebrating our rich musical heritage,” said Penny Kemp, Marketing Director for the MSU Riley Center.


The list of unforgettable performances keeps growing with artists such as popular rhythm and blues artist India Arie, mutli-decade spanning groups like The Spinners, The Oak Ridge Boys, and Los Lobos, and a highly-unique Christmas show by Bela Fleck and The Flecktones.  


As Robert Earl Keen noted following his performance at the MSU Riley Center in 2007, “The Riley Center is the crown jewel of Mississippi. In the future, music fans worldwide will make pilgrimages to Meridian and renew their faith.”


Along with the wide range of musicians and vocalists come attractions that have traveled the world with their one-of-a-kind performances. A few include live performances from nationally-acclaimed companies such as Montana Repertory Theatre, presenting Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Charlotte’s Web presented by Theatreworks USA and emerging Celtic sensation The StepCrew.  Log onto MSU Riley Center’s website at to see a complete listing of the 2009/2010 season.


Season ticket sales will begin immediately. The center is offering first-time season ticket buyers $100 off their first season ticket order. This is a one-time special promotion encouraging those who have contemplated a full subscription to give it a chance this year. 


The center continues to offer its popular “Pick 5” package, allowing patrons to select five or more shows receiving a slightly-lowered price and securing seating ahead of individual ticket buyers when they purchase at one time.  “Pick 5” packages go on sale Monday, July 27th.


Tickets for individual shows go on sale Monday, August 3rd and will be available for purchase in the MSU Riley Center box office or online at  Call or stop by the MSU Riley Center box office with questions or to purchase tickets Monday-Friday, 10 am to 6 pm.



MSU Riley Center

2200 Fifth Street

Meridian, MS 39301


Box office hours: Monday-Friday, 10 am – 6 pm



Key dates:

·         Season tickets – on sale now!

·         Last day for prior season ticket holders to secure their same seats – Monday, July 20

·         “Pick 5” packages on sale – Monday, July 27

·         Tickets for individual shows on sale – Monday, August 3



Special offer:

First time season ticket buyers receive $100 off their first season ticket order.

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msu riley centerMississippi State University Riley Center for Education and Performing Arts will announce its fourth annual performing arts season on Wednesday, July 8, 2009.  The center is hosting an after-work social from 5 pm to 7 pm for theater patrons, the media and public at large to hear the line-up of nationally and internationally touring artists that will make up the 2009-2010 season.  Complementary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be provided. 


“There will be plenty of surprises including a strong group of headliners as well as up-and-coming artists, covering a variety of genres.  We expect significant attention regionally and beyond for several of the artists we’re bringing in this year, and we have a few changes planned for this season in response to patron feedback,” said Penny Kemp, marketing director for the MSU Riley Center.  “I encourage anyone who has a passion for performing arts, whether they’ve attended a Riley Center performance to date or not, to come down and learn about this year’s season.  If you can’t make it, be sure to check out our website on July 9th for full details.”


Event details:

MSU Riley Center’s 2009-2010 Season Announcement & Celebration

Wednesday, July 8th ~ 5:00 to 7:00 pm

MSU Riley Center Exhibit Hall

2200 Fifth Street in downtown Meridian

Event is free and open to the public

The Mississippi State University Riley Center for Education and Performing Arts is located at the corner of 5th Street and 22nd Avenue in downtown Meridian. The MSU Riley Center is owned and operated by Mississippi State University and is affiliated with the MSU-Meridian Campus. For more information about the multi-faceted center, which provides educational programming, conference space and 30+ performing arts events annually, visit or call 601-696-2200.  

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Meridian Inauguration Ceremony

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meridian msThe newly elected mayor and members of the Meridian City Council will be sworn in during an inauguration ceremony on Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 6 p.m. in the Temple Theater. A reception in the Temple Ballroom will immediately follow the ceremony.

Mayor-elect Cheri Barry; incumbent council members George M Thomas, Ward 1; Mary Perry, Ward 2; Barbara Henson, Ward 3; and Jesse E. Palmer, Sr., Ward 4; and returning council member, Bobby Smith, Ward 5, will all be sworn in by Municipal Court Judge Robbie Jones.

The invocation will be delivered by The Rev. Helen Tester, pastor of Episcopal Church of the Mediator. A prayer for elected officials will be offered by Lee Drake, pastor of BridgeBuilders Church, and the benediction will be delivered by Dr. Tom Sikes, pastor of First Christian Church.

Prelude music will be presented by Upbeat!, an ensemble under the direction of Lora Tucker. The National Anthem will be sung by Vel Young, youth court judge at the Lauderdale County Juvenile Detention Center, and a musical selection will be sung by Cassandra Hall, coordinator of purchasing and fixed assets for the Meridian Public School District. The Presentation of Colors will be by the ROTC unit at Meridian High School, under the direction of Colonel Truitt Breazeale, and the Pledge of Allegiance will be led by Eugene Ramsey, a Red Cross volunteer who coordinates services to the armed forces through the Veterans Center. A welcome will be given by Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors President Hank Flory. Master of Ceremonies will be Mike Partridge, owner of The Rustler restaurant.

The public is invited to attend both the inauguration ceremony and the reception. Free parking will be provided in the Arts District Parking Garage, directly across Eighth Street from the Temple Theater. The entrance to the parking garage is on 24th Avenue, between Seventh and Eighth streets.

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State Games of Mississippi

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state games of ms logoWe invite you to enjoy Opening Ceremonies—sponsored by AT&T—Friday, June 19, 2009 in downtown Meridian. All athletes will again participate and towns will be recognized during the parade of athletes. This year, the lighting of the State Games torch will signal a spectacular fireworks display lighting up downtown Meridian. This year’s Opening Ceremonies will also feature a “Downtown Get Down,” from 5 until 7 p.m., with entertainment and food for all.

Click here for State Games of Mississippi web site.

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Miss House District 82 Forum

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state capitalBill Marcy and Wilbert Jones will join The Morning Show for a political forum Wednesday, June 17th 7:15a-8:15a. The run-off is June 30th. The two candidates for the Mississippi House District 82 seat will answer questions from Bill Smith, Dumpster Dog and Fredie Carmichael. Questions may also be called in, emailed, posted to the WMOX Forum or @WMOX on Listen Wednesday or watch the event via Star Cam on The Meridian Star web site. Click here.

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mcc logoThe 2009 NCAA Division I College World Series may be a first for the University of Southern Mississippi baseball team but it won’t be the first College World Series for USM coach Corky Palmer.

Coach Palmer guided the Meridian Community College Eagles to three NJCAA World Series appearances during his time at Meridian. During his time at Meridian he was named NJCAA National Coach of the Year two times while winning over 400 games at MCC.

Palmer isn’t the only former MCC Eagle headed to Omaha for the College World Series this year, he is just one of seven College World Series coaches or players that strong connections with MCC baseball.

USM soon-to-be head coach, Scott Berry, who guided the MCC Eagles to two NJCAA World Series appearances during the 1990’s, will be making the trip along with former MCC head coach and current USM assistant, Chad Caillet.

Golden Eagle players, Tyler Koeling and Wade Weathers also played for MCC.

Koeling played for MCC coach Chris Rose in 2008 earning All-American, all-state and all-region honors while hitting .348 with 12 home runs and 43 RBI in leading MCC to the MACJC State Championship.

Weathers also played for MCC coach Chris Rose and earned first team all-state in 2007, he was 11-1 with 88 strikeouts and a 2.53 ERA in 66 innings as a sophomore at MCC and was 5-1 with 49 strikeouts and a 2.42 ERA as a freshman.

The Arkansas Razorbacks of the Southeastern Conference are going to Omaha and so is former MCC catcher Chris Curry. Curry serves as an assistant coach for the Razorbacks, he spent two years at MCC as a standout catcher before attending Mississippi State University where he led Southeastern Conference catchers in fielding percentage during the 1999 season.

Louisiana State University, also form the SEC, will once again be making the trip to Omaha and with one last MCC connection. Louis Coleman, from Schlater, Miss, was a 2005 high school graduate that signed with MCC for the 2005-2006 season before leaving to play for the Tigers. Coleman was the first player from Mississippi taken on the second day of the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft, a 28th-round selection of the Atlanta Braves. He has become one of the leading pitchers on the LSU staff.

So, while most of these coaches and players with be wearing their current teams colors in an effort to claim the College World Series title, don’t surprised to see a little MCC Green & White underneath in Omaha.

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meridian family of stationsThe final  forum for Mayor of Meridian and first Mississippi House District 82 media forum will air Monday, June 1 5:30p – 7p on WMDN 24 (CBS), WGBC 30 (NBC) and FOX Meridian. The forum sponsored by the Lauderdale County Human Relations Commission and MCC.

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ypmThe Young Professionals of Meridian (YPM) will be joining forces with the Meridian Chapter of Public Relations Association of Mississippi (PRAM) to host a meet and greet with the District 82 Mississippi House of Representative candidates.  This will be YPM’s fifth such event and the second to partner with PRAM.  “PRAM has been a huge help with pulling this event together, and we are looking forward to a successful event,” said Russell Keene, Enhancement Committee Chair.  This event will take place on June 4, 2009, at 5:15 p.m. in the conference rooms of the Hilton Garden Inn of Meridian.   The public is invited to attend.  

The event is split into three portions, the first being a social gathering allowing the public time to mingle with the candidates.  The second portion allows the candidates time to address the audience and deliver their prepared message.  The third and final portion is a question and answer segment.

The late Charles Young Sr. represented District 82 for twenty-nine years.  As a senior statesman, he represented the Meridian and Lauderdale County area with honor and dignity.  This is why YPM and PRAM feel it is such an important election and would like to encourage the residents of District 82 to vote in this special election on June 9th.  We would also like to encourage the public to vote in the municipal elections on June 2nd.

YPM is a community service organization that is geared for professionals aged 21-39.  If you are interested in joining YPM, we have regularly scheduled meetings the second Tuesday of every month at Union Station. You can email for more information.

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