12/14/04 — Briefly

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By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on December 14, 2004 2:08 PM

MOC graduation

Mount Olive College's 51st fall commencement will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in College Hall.

About 315 students will graduate.

The speaker will be Dr. Donald Ribeiro, a Greenville physician, a Free Will Baptist minister and trustee of the college.

A commencement worship service will be held at 10:30 a.m. in Rodgers Chapel, with Dr. K. David Hines, chairman of the Department of Religion, as speaker.

North Pole

'instant message'

For the holiday season, Wayne County public schools is presenting an instant message service from Santa. Children can go to the district website, www.waynecountyschools.org and click on the "Instant Message from Santa" link. Answer a few questions, and Santa will instantly respond with a personalized message that can be printed.

Gene Jackson, lead instructional technology specialist for the district, spent many hours setting up a private, secure connection to the North Pole.

Flu-shot list

The Wayne County Health Department said today it will compile a waiting list for the flu shot.

Josa Raynor-Vaughn, communicable diseases program manager, said the first line of defense is to contact your doctor.

"We prefer they go to their physician first," she said. "If they don't have one, we'll put them on a list."

Ms. Vaughn said she did not know how many vaccines will be available, and there is no guarantee that everyone on the list will receive the shot.

She asked that requests be made at 731-1000 or 731-1271 between 1 and 4 p.m. weekdays.

Shelter to hold

open house

Sara's Refuge battered-women's shelter in Warsaw will hold an open house from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Wednesday at the new office at 222 W. Hill St.

The open house is held each year to feature the shelter's annual Angel Tree donation drive, which will continue through Dec. 17. The angels are cards placed on a Christmas tree at the shelter with information about families in need. For information or to adopt a family by telephone call 910-293-3467.