Calendar of Events

National Day of Prayer at French Camp
May 2
6:45 a.m. and noon at French Camp Town Hall. At the 6:45 a.m.
program: Welcome: H. Glen Barlow-Mayor, Opening Prayer-Alex Coblentz-
Pastor FCPC, Devotional: Larry Littlejohn-VP FCA and Closing Prayer:
Randy Bridges-Pastor French Camp Baptist. At noon-1 p.m. come to Town
Hall for open prayer time with Tom Dickson leading.
French Camp Presbyterian Church will be open all day for prayer.
Choctaw County Medical Foundation meeting
May 2
All Choctaw County Medical Foundation members, and anyone interested
in becoming a member, are invited to the annual meeting on May 2 at 7
p.m. at the Choctaw County Community Center in Ackerman. Dues are $25
per individual member. Send to: Choctaw County Medical Foundation, PO
Box 860, Ackerman, MS 39735. Visit our website
AHS Academic Awards Day
May 3
The Ackerman High School Academic Awards Day programs will be held in
the Ty Cobb Complex auditorium on Friday, May 3, 2013. The junior
high program will begin at 8 a.m. The high school program will begin
at 9 a.m.
Fundraiser trail ride upcoming
May 3-5
The Webster Search and Rescue Team will be having a fundraiser trail
ride on May 3-5 on Mount Vernon Road in Webster County. Cost for the
weekend will be $20/adults, $10/kids (12 and under). Day riders can
come and enjoy the ride only on Saturday for $10/adults, $5/kids (12
and under). Breakfast and supper will be provided on Saturday (day
riders can enjoy the meals for an extra $5). The weekend stay will be
primitive camping/no hookups. Saturday night entertainment will be
provided. Gates open at 2 p.m. Friday. For more information, contact
John Ballard at 662-552-1176 or Mitch Jackson at 662-552-8431.
Weir Flea Market
May 4
A flea market will be held in Weir on Saturday, May 4 from 7 am-2 pm.
There is no vendor fee! For information, call the Choctaw County
Extension Office at 285-6337 or email
Application is available at
Mayfest in
Mathiston May 4
The Civic League of Mathiston is putting together their first annual
MayFest to be held on Saturday, May 4 starting at 9 AM. We will have
vendors, food, fun for the children, live entertainment and the fun
goes on into the night with a silent auction, raffle giveaway and
karaoke. Vendor spots are only $10 and location is on a first come,
first serve basis. Also, all church, praise and worship and drama
teams are invited to perform as well as soloists and
groups. A PA system will be provided for the entertainment. For more
information or for a vendor form, please call Betty at 312-8724.
Bowling Family Concert May 5
The Bowling Family will be in concert on Sunday night, May 5 at 6 pm
at the Ackerman Church of God. The church is located at 8162 Highway
12 West, Ackerman, MS 39735. There is no admission charge but a love
offering will be taken. There will be a nursery provided. For more
info, please call 662-769-3201.
4-H Pet Club
May 6
The 4-H Pet Club will meet Monday, May 6 at 6 pm in the 4-H building
(former Prairie Opportunity Building across from the Library) in
Ackerman. All youth ages 8-18 are invited to attend. Dr. Rita Morris
will work with youth on dog training, using pets from the shelter.
For more information, call 285-9006.
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
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 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. Nadine will be talking about the
influence the town of French Camp and French Camp Academy had on her
life. The title of her talk will be “Because HE Built It, They Will
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 The next Historical Highlight
Luncheon will be June 11; Bill Adams, former FCA Business Manager
will be the speaker.
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
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