Meridian Star


June 8, 2014

Collinsville Community Development Club

MERIDIAN —     "Pay Attention!" warned Lauderdale County Deputy Sheriff Ward Calhoun in a presentation on ways to keep safe at the May 19, 2014, meeting of the Collinsville Community Development Club.

    Because of increasing crime in Meridian and Lauderdale County, Calhoun urged members to think. His focus was on paying attention to your surroundings and he provided the following safety tips:

    • Home: Keep doors to house locked; lock car doors; do not leave keys in cars, do not open door at home to people you do not know, but let them know you are at home; do not confront outlaws. 

    • Shopping: Pay attention to surroundings at all times; do not carry purse inside store —put what you need in your pocket; put a $20 bill in your pocket and if someone approaches you and asks for money, throw the bill as far as you can and then go fast; before walking out of the store, look around for anything that looks suspicious.

    Calhoun said to think like a bad guy. Bottom line: Call 911 if you see anything suspicious.

    "We are here for you,” he said. "Meridian and the county must pull together to stop crime."

     President Faye Houston welcomed members and guests to the May meeting. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Polly and Ross Roberts.

     For devotion, 14-year-old Beau Roberts performed a medley of hymns on keyboard.

     The Yard of the Month Committee announced Yard of the Month honors: Darrel and Judy Harwell, first place; Dan and Faye Houston, second place; and Anthony and Wanda DeLee, third place.

     Members agreed the 25th Annual Collinsville Day was a great success. Everyone had plenty to eat, good entertainment and lots of fun. Cupcakes were provided for the “Run for the Wall” motorcycle runners.

     The meeting adjourned and club members and guests enjoyed a time of refreshments and fellowship.

The serving committee included Imogene Joyner, Hope Mabry, Gloria Jean Miller and Majorie Nabors.

     The next meeting will be June 16


• Submitted by June Gibson.

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