Calendar of Events

Chester Community Center Annual Meeting Sept. 27 The people of Chester Community Center will have its annual meeting Thursday, September 27 at 7 p.m. at the Community Center.

NARFE to Meet Sept. 27 The National Active & Retired Federal Employees Association will meet Thursday, September 27 at the Hilton Garden Inn on Highway 12 East in Starkville. he guest speaker will be Lynn Phillips-Gaines and she will speak on the “Bridges Out of Poverty” program. The meeting starts at 11: 30 a.m. All active and retired federal employees and their guests are encouraged to attend.

Appreciation Banquet at First Unity Sept. 29 We know October is designated as ‘Pastor Appreciation Month’, but why wait to give flowers when flowers are due? First Unity will honor their pastor and wife, Lyndon B. and Thelma Geeter and all local pastors and spouses on Saturday, September 29 at 6 p.m. in the First Unity Life Center. For more information call Serena Thompson at 285-8857 or Clara Hemphill at 547-9671.

Got questions? About Marriage Sept. 29, deadline Sept. 24 Come to the Starkville Sportsplex on Saturday, Sept. 29 from 9 a.m.- noon to get your questions about marriage answered. Event is sponsored by Pastor Larnzy and First Lady Carpenter of First Baptist of Longview. The event is free but you must register by Sept. 24. Call 662-324-6191 to register. The Sportsplex is located at 405 Lynn Lane, Starkville.

Flea Market in Ackerman deadline Sept. 29 FREE to participants! Flea Market in Ackerman on Nov. 3. Looking for artists, craftsmen/women, at home business owners, farm producers, anyone with something to sell! For more information and registration please contact: Kay Blake at Broken Wings 285-9133 or email: or Judy Cooper 285-7593. Deadline to register is Sept. 29.

VA Mobile Health Clinic Day Sept. 29 The G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center will setup a Mobile Health Clinic in Ackerman on Saturday, September 29 beginning at 9 a.m. at the National Guard Armory. The National Guard Armory is located at 9540 MS Highway 12 E in Ackerman. Services that will be available will be: eligibility determination, registration, enrollment in MyHealtheVet, physical exams, patient education, Vet Center information, benefits information, cemetery information and female veterans’ information.

Veterans must bring their DD214, VA card or military id.

For more information on the mobile rural health outreach call Ruby Jackson at the Vet Center 601-965-5727 or Belinda Okafor at 601-364-1300. Or call your local veterans service officers.

Fundraiser for Peterson Sept. 29 A fundraiser for Sonya Griffin Peterson will be held September 29 at 5:30 PM at Sherwood Community Center. Peterson is fighting breast cancer. She is the granddaughter of Kenneth and Emma Lou Nickels and Herbert and Ann Griffin. A WOMANLESS BEAUTY PAGEANT will be held at 6:30 for the delight of everyone. Food will be sold starting at 5:30. Please come one and all to help out this family in need. This is her birthday, let’s make it a little brighter and pray she has many more. See you all there.

Church wide Yard/Bake Sale Sept. 28-29 Fellowship Baptist Church is having their annual church wide yard sale and bake sale on September 28-29 at 7 a.m. both days. Rain or shine, inside sale. This is to benefit Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Ministry. Fellowship Baptist Church is located at 2335 Old Trace Road, Mathiston. For more info. contact 662-263-4035.

5th Sunday Singing Sept. 30 Providence Baptist Church will have their 5th Sunday Night Singing on Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served afterwards. We invite everyone to come worship with us in song. Bro. Randle Poss, pastor.

5th Sunday Singing Sept. 30 Tim Frith and Gospel Echoes will be singing at Maben Church of God on Sunday morning, Sept. 30 at 11 am. All welcome. The church is located at 3965 Crowley Dr. in Maben (or same as Sturgis-Maben Road).

VFW meeting Oct. 4 The VFW will meet October 4 at 5:30 p.m. at Pap’s Place. LeFevre Quartet and Joyful Noise Quartet in concert nOct. 6

LeFevre Quartet and Joyful Noise Quartet will be in concert at Ackerman Baptist Church on Saturday, October 6 at 6:30pm. A Love Offering will be received. Call 662-552-7726 or 662-285-2962 for information.

Huge Yard Sale Oct. 6 Huge yard sale to benefit Grace Christian School on Oct. 6 at 7 a.m. in the Dixie Wholesale Waterworks parking lot in Louisville.

American Legion meeting Oct. 8 The American Legion will meet October 8 at 6 p.m. at the American Legion building. They meet the second Tuesday of every month.

Health Fair Oct. 9 Choctaw County Farm Bureau is sponsoring a Health Fair on October 9 from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. at the Choctaw County Community Center in Ackerman. Open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend.

Choctaw County Farm Burearu Supper Oct. 9 The Choctaw County Farm Burearu will host their Annual Supper on October 9 at 6 p.m. at the Choctaw County Community Center in Ackerman. All Choctaw County Farm Buearu members are invited to attend.

Shooting Sports Training Oct. 19-20 4-H is offering training for adults interested in becoming certified 4-H Shooting Sports instructors. Training will be held October 19-20 in Marion County or November 9-10 in Lee County. Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age. For information on this training, contact Juli Hughes, County Director, at Choctaw County Extension Office at 285-6337.

Chamber of Commerce Annual Reception Oct. 25 The Choctaw County Chamber of Commerce Annual Reception will be held Thursday, October 25 at 6 pm at the Community Center in Ackerman. Celebrating 25 years of service to Choctaw County. Tickets will go on sale after October 1. $10 for Chamber members and $12 for Non-Chamber members. For more info. call 285-3778.

Spooktacular Parade and Trunk-or-Treat Oct. 30 The Spooktacular Parade and Trunk-or-Treat will be held Tuesday, October 30. It is hosted by the Choctaw County Chamber of Commerce. Parade begins at 6 pm at the walking track pavilion in Ackerman with the Trunk-or-Treat immediately following in the Main Street parking lot. Contact the Chamber office at 285-3778 for a registration form or for more information.

Christmas Open House Nov. 8 Christmas Open House will be held Thursday, November 8. Hours will be set by each individual participating Chamber business with the Open House ending by 8 pm. If you are a Chamber member and would like to participate in Christmas Open House, please contact our office. If you would like to join the Chamber, please call 285-3778. More details to be announced in the upcoming weeks.

Christmas Parade plans announced The Town of Ackerman would like to announce plans for the 2012 Christmas Parade. This year’s theme will be A Picture Perfect Christmas. It will be held in downtown Ackerman on Thursday, December 6, beginning at 6 p.m. Other information will follow in the weeks ahead.

Full Circle Knitting/Crocheting Group Location: Choctaw County Extension Office Full Circle Knitting/Crocheting group meets every Tuesday from 9 a.m.- Noon. Beginners through experts are invited to attend. Bring your needles and yarn. Want to help out with a community service project, but can’t attend? Contact us at 285-6337 for other ways you can help.

Yarn Spinners Book Club Location: Choctaw County Extension Office. Yarn Spinners Book Club meets the first Tuesday of each month at 10:30 AM until Noon. For more information, call 285-6337.

Our Heritage Community Chorus practice Oct. 6 Anyone interested in joining the Our Heritage Chorus traveling choir should attend practice on Saturday, October 6 at 4 p.m. at Faith Temple Pentecostal Church on Hwy. 12N in Sturgis. All are welcome to join the chorus including musicians and choirs. Other chorus practices will be Oct. 13 at 11 a.m., Oct. 20 at 4 p.m. and Oct. 27 at 11 a.m. For more information call Bishop Eloise Thompson at 662-547-6869.

King Family Reunion Oct. 7 The descendants of Ben and Annie Franks King will have their annual reunion at the Chester Community Center on Sunday, Oct. 7. All relatives and friends are invited to bring a covered dish and come join in the fellowship. Lunch will be served around noon. For more information call 662-387-4757.

Revival Oct. 7-10 Providence Baptist Church invites everyone to Revival October 7-10. Sunday, October 7 services will be at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. October 8-10 service at 7 p.m. nightly. Bro. David Hamilton pastor of West Heights in Pontotoc will bring the message. He is originally from Maben. Steve and Becky Carver of Mathiston will lead the music. Bro. Randle Poss, pastor. Come and worship with us.

Discover Your Roots this October In honor of Family History Month this October, the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library invites the public to Discover Your Roots.

The following is the schedule for Discover Your Roots: October 1 Genealogy for Beginning Researchers October 10 People, Not Property: Tracing Your African American Roots October 16 Publishing Your Family History October 23 Genealogy Resources in the Library

Each program will begin at 2 p.m. and will be held in the meeting room on the second floor of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library Chebie G. Bateman Building. They are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Mona K. Vance at (662) 329-5304.