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Caledonia gearing up for Easter egg hunt


William Browning



Caledonia's annual Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt is set for April 12 at Ola J. Pickett Park. 


Rissa Lawrence, who is coordinating the event, updated the town's board of aldermen on the event's status during its monthly meeting Tuesday. 


The hunt will take place on the park's baseball fields. The free event -- which will feature 7,000 eggs hunted by children with flashlights -- will kick off at 7:30 p.m. 


Children who take part will be divided among four age groups, with 3-year-olds and younger on Field 4, and 4- and 5-year-olds on Field 3. At 8 p.m., 6- and 7-year-olds will be on Field 5, and 8- to 10-year-olds on Field 1. 


Lawrence said in years past as many as 900 people have attended. Roughly 2,000 fliers advertising the event will be distributed throughout the next week. Door prizes will be awarded. 


Lawrence said organizers are still looking for volunteers. People interested in helping can call Town Hall at 662-356-4117. 


Following the hunt, at 8:30 p.m., the town's "Movies on the Mound" will show the Alvin and the Chipmunks movie, "Chipwrecked." The G-rated movie will last a little under an hour-and-a-half. The concession stand will be open, Lawrence said. 


Other matters taken up at the meeting included: 


■ The board voted to hold a public hearing regarding the state of the property at 147 Sanders Lane, which is in Myers Estate Subdivision. 


Mayor Bill Lawrence explained that the town had received a petition for the property to be cleaned that was signed by nearly landowner within 400 feet of the property. 


The purpose of the hearing is for the landowners to defend themselves against the petition or show that they are working toward cleaning the property up. If neither happens, the board can take the next step to have the property cleaned if it is determined to be a "menace to public health, safety and well-fair," according to the board's attorney, Chris Hemphill. 


The hearing will take place at Town Hall on May 6 during the board's next monthly meeting. 


■ The board voted to purchase a $2,400 white, ornamental 4-foot tall fence to be installed between the town's Community Center and the parking lot. 


The current fence is 14 years old and in need of replacement, Lawrence said. 


"That fence, if you walked up to it and punched it, it would fall over," the mayor said. 


■ Bridge & Watson Inc., an Oxford-based firm doing a preliminary annexation study for the town, has requested "a lot of information" from the town. The information will not be available until after tax season, Lawrence said. 


"We're not at a standstill but it's slowed down right now," he said. 


In the meantime, the mayor encouraged aldermen to study town maps and decide where the town's boundaries could potentially be expanded and they could discuss it during the next monthly meeting. 


Bridge & Watson Inc. is being paid roughly $5,000 to conduct the study.


William Browning was managing editor for The Dispatch until June 2016.



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