An 8,000-square-foot of land located in North Meridian not only provides garden enthusiasts the tools to successful gardening, but also provides fresh produce to residents and local soup kitchens. The pitching tandem of Brittany Thomas and Shelby Anderson has proved beneficial this season for Newton County, as the Lady Cougars entered their doubleheader Thursday against Northeast Lauderdale with 14 wins.

I hope you have planned to attend Soule Mini Maker Faire Saturday and Sunday in downtown Meridian. Robbie Ward / The Meridian Star  Robocats, a team of local students, will exhibit robots they built at the Meridian Mini Maker Faire this weekend.

The students, from left, are Devontae Hunter, Anthony Bennett, Samuel Madden and Denver Todd.  Meridian resident Eagan Tilghman holds some of the artwork he will display at the Meridian Mini Maker Faire on Saturday.   This image shows a virtual snapshot of 3-D virtual reality artist Tony Boutwell sculpting a dragon. He will create his art during the Meridian Mini Maker Faire this weekend.  Meridian community leaders had lofty expectations for stude The area’s history of innovation, technology and creativity will come to life this weekend at the fourth annual Meridian Mini Maker Faire.  The Mississippi Industrial Heritage Museum at the historic Soulé Steam Works will host the event.  Organizers describe the gathering as the area’s greatest show-and-tell experience for people of all ages.

Admission is free but requires a ticket available at  “If someone likes to interact with people and learn what people are making and doing, this will be a great event to experience,” said Greg Hatcher, Meridian Mini Maker Faire producer and executive director of the museum. “We hope it will spark an interest in making with people who come.”  More than 30 exhibitors representing a rainbow of interests – technology enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, students and entrepreneurs – will convene Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  While the event is “mini” in the title, Hatcher said it has nothing to do with ages of attendees.

Mini Maker Faires have less than 10,000 attendees. Much larger versions attract hundreds of thousands attendees and international attention.  One local exhibitor will show off his younger brother, already known to more than four million Instagram viewers as a young Pennywise the clown from the Stephen King book and film “It.” Read more from…

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