Calendar of Events

Driver Ed.


Classes will be July 8-July 26, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., daily. Cost $150. Students receive ½ credit. Students are responsible for obtaining driving permit or drivers license before assigned driving time. Contact Lynn Scribner at the school 285-4101 to sign up. Class is limited to the first 20 to sign up.

JuneFest 5K Run/Walk

Registration is open for the JuneFest 5K Run/Walk benefitting French Camp Academy. $25 for pre-registered adults ($30 on race day). $15 for pre-registered 10 & under ($20 on race day). $75.00 for pre-registered Family Pack (4 runners). T-shirts are limited, so register early! Register online at Registration forms available at the French Camp Welcome Center or the Choctaw County Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call 662.547.6482.

Choctaw Cruisers Car Show

Receive recognition for your business at June Fest Car Show. Donate a door price for our antique car show guests and your business will be recognized during June Fest. Call Jerry Sanders at 285-7720.

Flea Market

Vendors Needed For Treasure Alley

JuneFest will incorporate Flea Market Vendors in the area around the walking track called Treasure Alley on Saturday, June 1. Application fee is $15 and all vendors must pay sales tax at the end of the day. Call the Chamber of Commerce Office for a vendor application form at 662-285-8683.

Insects Affecting People Outdoors

May 30

Insects Affecting People Outdoors will be presented by Dr. Jerome Goddard, Associate Extension Professor, Medical & Veterinary Entomologist, May 30 from 12:00-1:00pm at the Choctaw County Extension Office by interactive video. Insects and other arthropods may negatively affect people’s health as they work or play outdoors. These pests include ticks, mosquitoes, fleas, and various biting flies. This presentation discusses what these pests are, how to recognize them, and various ways to protect yourself while outdoors this summer. Everyone is invited to attend. There is no charge. Feel free to bring your lunch.

McAdams and

Dudley Reunion

June 1

The McAdams and Dudley Reunion will be June 1 at the Sherwood Community Center, 4 miles south of Mathiston, on Hwy 15. Family, Relatives and Friends are encouraged to come. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the Day. Contact Inez Taylor 285-6193.

Company Reunion

June 1

American Bosch, AMBAC, United Technologies, Johnson Electric and former employees to hold a reunion and lunch, beginning at 10 a.m., June 1 at Cattlemen’s Steak and Fish at 301 Tuscaloosa Road, Columbus, MS.




June 2

Bethany Baptist Church, located at 2225 Reform Sturgis Road, Ackerman,, will hold their Annual Homecoming Services on Sunday, June 2. Worship service will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by lunch and an afternoon singing will start at 1p.m., featuring “Souled Out”. For more info, contact: Rev. Kenneth Reaves, Pastor at 662-552-8410.

Pisgah Ind. Methodist Church Memorial

June 2

Pisgah Independent Methodist Church will celebrate Memorial Day on June 2 with service at 11 a.m. and lunch served at noon.


Services at Mt. Airy Church

June 2

Annual Homecoming services will be held at Mt. Airy Church on Sunday, June 2. A short business meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. followed by a worship service at 11 a.m. Lunch will be served following the service. Everyone is invited to attend. The church is located approximately 4 miles east of Ackerman just off Hwy. 12.

Reform School

Reunion June 2

It is time once again for the annual Reform school reunion. It is scheduled to be held at the Sherwood Community Center on Sunday, June 2 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Community Center is located on Highway 15 approximately 4 miles south of Mathiston and 13 miles north of Ackerman. Come join your former classmates and friends for a day of reminiscing and please bring any yearbooks, stories or anything that you would like to share. Lunch will be potluck. Bring one or two of your favorite recipes to share. Look forward to seeing you there.

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.

Bake Sale at


June 1

The Nursing Home Auxiliary invites everyone to support the residents of the Choctaw County Nursing Center by purchasing backed good at their Bake Sale at JuneFest, June 1, in front of Regions Bank. Please come buy a cake. If you buy a cake, your name will be entered into a drawing to win a landscape painting by local artist Libby Owens.

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

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


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!

VBS at Chester Baptist Church

June 3 – 7

Grab your tickets and head on over to Colossal Coaster World™! Come join us as we experience the thrill and excitement of a day at the park! As we explore the park, kids will enter Worship Rally at the Main Gate and make their first stop at Coaster Alley for Bible study. While touring the park, kids will also visit the Cotton Candy Cafe for snacks, the Adrenaline Zone for recreation, Tune Town for music, and the Scissors and Stuff Emporium for crafts. It’s Vacation Bible School at Chester Baptist Church like you’ve never experienced before! Children age three through grade six are admitted free from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. June 3 – 7. Call 387-4490 or 286-3577 for more information. Colossal Coaster World™ will be an event to remember! Come join us!

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.

Historical Highlight Luncheon

June 11

This month’s Historical Highlight Luncheon will feature Mr. Bill Adams, former French Camp Academy Business Administrator and Executive V.P. of Operations and the current Director of Planned Giving. Historical Highlight Luncheons are held the 2nd Tuesday of each month at French Camp Presbyterian Church, featuring a speaker who shares some aspect of French Camp’s history and a delicious, home-cooked meal for a $2 donation. he public is invited. RSVP by calling 547-6520 (leave a message) or email The next Historical Highlight Luncheon will be July 9; Glen Blaine, former FCA student and the current Ackerman Elementary Principal will be the speaker.

Registration for Choctaw County High School

June 11-13

The Choctaw County School District will hold a pre-registration at Choctaw County High School (currently Ackerman High School) June 11-13 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for all students who will enter 7th through 12th grade in the 2013-2014 school year. This registration process is for any Choctaw County students wishing to register at Choctaw County High School. All students who attended Ackerman High School and those who will be transferring from Ackerman Elementary School to the 7th grade have completed this registration process and do not need to register again. If you have any questions concerning this registration process, please feel free to call the high school at 662-285-4101.

NAACP meeting

June 17

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.

Kinfolk Family

Reunion July 25

Kinfolk Family Reunion will be in Detroit, MI July 26-28. Our bus will leave Ackerman on Thursday, July 25 at 10:30 a.m. and return Sunday, July 28. Come and ride and enjoy the fun with us. For more information call Ernestine Kennedy 662-285-3088 or 662-285-8894.

Make “World No Tobacco Day” your Quit Day

May 31 is World No Tobacco day. If you are tired of being addicted to tobacco, it’s the perfect time to call the Mississippi Tobacco Quitline. You can receive counseling and up to 12 of nicotine replacement therapy at no cost. Take the first step to becoming tobacco-free. Help is just a phone call or a click away. Call the Mississippi Tobacco Quitline today at 1-800-quit-now (1-800-784-8669) or visit