Calendar of Events

Order your JuneFest t-shirt
Deadline May 8
JuneFest t-shirts are being sold by the Ackerman Twentieth Century
Club to support the Distinguished Young Woman Program. A short sleeve
t-shirt youth sizes – Adult XL are $12. Adult 2XL and 3XL are $15.
Tank tops are available in youth and adult sizes for $15. To purchase
a t-shirt contact any Twentieth Century Club member or Chamber of
Commerce office at 662-285-3778 by Wednesday, May 8 to place your order.
Mother’s Day Bake Sale May 10
Grace Christian School will have a Mother’s Day Bake Sale on Friday,
May 10 at 8:30 a.m. until they are sold out. The bake sale will be in
front of the Winston County Courthouse.
VFW meeting
May 11
The VFW will meet Saturday, May 11 at 9:30 a.m. at Cagle’s Corner in
Ackerman.
Afternoon of
Bluegrass May 11
The French Camp Historic District will host “An Afternoon of
Bluegrass” on Saturday, May 11 at 1 p.m. as part of the Pioneer Day
festivities. Featured will be local bluegrass acts including Pilgrim
Family Bluegrass, The Russell Burton Family, and Uncle Pug’s
Bluegrass Band. The concert will be held in the lawn beside the
Council House Café in French Camp. Enjoy sitting under the tent or
bring your own lawn chairs and blankets. Admission is free. For more
information on Pioneer Day or An Afternoon of Bluegrass, visit
www.frenchcamp.org/historic or contact Tekoa Miller at 662.547.6482.
Shirley Farmer
benefit May 11
A benefit for Shirley Lucas Farmer of Eupora, who is suffering from
brain cancer, will be May 11 at the Sherwood Community Center on
Highway 15. A bake sale and auction begin at 5 p.m. Kay Bain and
Saving Grace will perform beginning at 7 p.m. Auction items will
include living room suits, house arrangements and a ladies diamond
ring. Tickets, which are $2 each, are available at Pap’s Place,
Forget Me Not Florist and Carquest in Ackerman. The Lucas Reunion
will be held the same day and Farmer will be there from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Historical Highlight Luncheon
May 14
The Historical Highlight Luncheon will be held Tuesday May 14 at 12
noon at French Camp Presbyterian Church. The speaker will be 1975 FCA
graduate and former staff member, Nadine Ramsey. Nadine held a
variety of jobs from 1978 – 2003. Historical Highlight Luncheons are
held the 2nd Tuesday of each month, featuring a speaker who shares
some aspect of French Camp’s history and a delicious, home-cooked
meal for a $2 donation. The public is invited. RSVP by calling
547-6520 (leave a message) or email marynellcoblentz@gmail.com.
The next Historical Highlight Luncheon will be June 11; Bill Adams,
former FCA Business Manager will be the speaker.
Memorial Services at Salem Independent Methodist Church May 20
The Salem Independent Methodist Church annual Memorial Services will
be held Sunday, May 20. Services will begin at 10:30 a.m.
congregational and group singing. Following the singing Br. Jim Reed,
Pastor, will deliver our memorial message. Dinner will be on the
grounds at noon. No singing in the afternoon and no evening services.

NAACP meeting
May 20
The NAACP of Choctaw County will meet April 15 at 6 p.m. at Mt.
Hermon Church in Ackerman. New members are welcome. The NAACP meets
the third Monday of every month.
Dedication at Simpson Cemetery
June 2
Dedication of new tombstones at the Simpson Cemetery on June 2 at 2
p.m. Descendants of Charles and Elizabeth Simpson are welcome to join
in this memorial occasion. For more information contact Margie
Simpson Gilmer 662-285-2356.
JuneFest Vendor Applications
The Choctaw County Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications
from food and arts and crafts vendors for JuneFest. JuneFest will be
held Saturday, June 1st in downtown Ackerman. To request an
application please call 662-285-3778 or e-mail
d.mckay@choctawcountyms.com.

Choctaw County Farmers’ Market
The farmers’ market will kick off June 1 at JuneFest. Then, it will
be held every Friday in June & July from 3-7 pm. The vendor fee for
JuneFest is $15. Farm Bureau has offered to pay the vendor fee for
the first 10 vendors to register! After JuneFest, there is no vendor
fee. The farmers’ market is part of the MSU Extension Service-
Choctaw County’s Turning the Tide on Poverty Project. Applications
are available online at http://msucares.com/counties/choctaw_10/
info.html.
Blood Drive at
Hospital May 10
Pioneer Community Hospital of Choctaw is hosting a blood drive with
United Blood Services on Friday, May 10 from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. at the
hospital, located on Cherry Street in Ackerman. Please donate blood
to help save a life.
Ackerman/Choctaw County Homecoming for Terry Blackwood June 2
Joyful Noise Quartet invites you to an “Ackerman/Choctaw County
Homecoming for Terry Blackwood”, Sunday, June 2, 6 pm at Ackerman
Baptist Church. This will be a Spirit-filled evening of gospel music
featuring Ackerman’s own Terry Blackwood, son of Doyle Blackwood, the
original co-founder of the famed Blackwood Brother’s Quartet of
Choctaw County. Terry’s passion to share the love of God and coupled
with his acclaimed musical gift have taken him around the world
singing the Gospel. His distinctive vocal styling has been featured
on many Christian chart-topping singles while associated with two
highly acclaimed vocal groups, The Elvis Imperials and Andrus,
Blackwood & Co. Terry is often a featured soloist on the Bill Gaither
Homecoming videos. Come and bring a friend to this Spirit-filled
evening of gospel music featuring Ackerman’s own Terry Blackwood,
complete with a Homecoming Choir. For more information, visit
www.JoyfulNoiseQuartet.com.
VBS at AUMC
June 3-7
Ackerman United Methodist Church invites children Pre-Kindergarten to
6th grade to Vacation Bible School from June 3-7 from 8:30 a.m.-noon
to enjoy “Everywhere Fun Fair.” Commencement Ceremony will be June 9
at 5 pm in the Sanctuary with a BBQ dinner to follow. Tickets can be
purchased for the dinner during the week of VBS or that night. Van
transportation will be provided. Please call 662-722-0166 if you need
a ride!
Library Fun
June 4
“Dig into Reading” this summer at the Choctaw County Library in
Ackerman for the annual Summer Reading Program on every Thursday of
June from 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Grades Pre-Kindergarten to 6th grade are
encouraged to attend. Dates of the programs are June 4, June 11, June
18 and June 25. Call 285-6348 for more information.