Local News Notebook

Public forum set on
today on Louisville
Street improvements

The City of Starkville is holding an open forum this evening to discuss proposed improvements to Louisville Street between Yellowjacket Drive and Lynn Lane.
The meeting will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. today in the boardroom of the new multipurpose center at the Starkville Sportsplex on Lynn Lane.
During the meeting, those attending will view a brief presentation on the project and then be able to offer input on project design and sidewalk location.
For more information, contact the City Engineer’s Office at 323-2525.

Dees’ MSU appearance to be rescheduled

The scheduled Mississippi State appearance by a noted civil rights attorney to receive an award has been postponed.
Morris Dees, who co-founded the Montgomery, Ala.-based Southern Poverty Law Center, was to receive the Pre-Law Society’s Distinguished Jurist Award and give a public lecture during an evening ceremony today on campus
Due to a family emergency, however, Dees on Monday notified MSU officials that he will be unable to attend the ceremony, which is being rescheduled for a later date. Information on when Dees’ appearance has been rescheduled will be announced as soon as details are finalized.
The annual recipient of the Distinguished Jurist Award is selected by a committee of political science faculty and Pre-Law Society student members.
Dees becomes the 34th to receive the honor, which also has been awarded to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox and, most recently, Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice William L. “Bill” Waller.
Dees, a University of Alabama law school graduate, founded SPLC after a successful career in business and law.
His initial cases set ground-breaking precedents in civil rights and established him as one of the most active voices against racial and social injustice.
Today, the SPLC continues to provide free legal services and advocacy in the areas of civil rights, immigrant justice, and children at risk, as well as tracking hate crimes and providing educational resources through its Teaching Tolerance program.

Humanities lecture series to feature Ward

A West Point-based historian and cultural observer will discuss folklore and history of Tombigbee River steamboats on Thursday at 4 p.m. at Mississippi State University.
Rufus Ward, a contributing author to two books and regular columnist to the Columbus Commercial Dispatch newspaper, will deliver a talk titled “Rollodores, Dead Heads, and Sidewheelers: The Lost Story of Tombigbee Riverboats” in McCool Hall’s atrium.
Part of the distinguished lecture series at MSU’s Institute for the Humanities, the event is free and open to the public.
Active in the fields of history and historic preservation for more than 35 years, Ward lectures on history-related topics and consults on cultural projects.
He serves as an adviser emeritus to the National Trust for Historic Preservation and was honored with the Calvin Brown Award from the Mississippi Association of Professional Archaeologists for his historic preservation work.
The university’s Distinguished Lecture Series is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of Research and Economic Development and the Office of the Provost.
It hosts scholars, writers and artists from around the world.
For more information about the scheduled lecture, contact College of Arts and Sciences Dean Gary Myers at 662-325-8071 or gmyers@deanas.msstate.edu.