by: Deanie Graves, Resource Guide Committee member
Choctaw County now has a Resource Guide available. The Guide is a direct result of “Turning the Tide on Poverty” project by the Mississippi State University Extension Service – Choctaw County.
In 2012, six community circles met for five weeks in Ackerman, Weir, Panhandle, Reform, Chester and Bywy to discuss poverty in our area and ways to assist residents. Most of the groups talked about the need for a resource guide. After a county-wide action team meeting, a committee was formed. Committee members include: Jan Ballard, Kay Blake, Lara Bowman, Deanie Graves, Juli Hughes, Linda Jenkins, Donna McKay, Joanne Potts, Sara Stephens, Peggie Turner and Shirley Wilson.
Committee members researched and compiled a database of services and agencies which help those in need. The guide also contains valuable information for all Choctaw Countians. For example, topics such as where to get a building permit, post office hours, recreational opportunities and utility companies. Interesting historical facts related to the area and notable citizens are included. The Guide will be a helpful tool for newcomers to the county as well. “We hope this Resource Guide will help people in our area know about places they can go for help,” said Linda Jenkins, chairperson of the action committee.
“We are very excited about the Resource Guide. I appreciate all of the committee’s time and effort spent on this project. Their hard work and dedication has resulted in a great resource tool for residents of Choctaw County ,” stated Juli Hughes, County Coordinator, with MSU Extension Service in Choctaw County. “We would like to thank businesses and individuals who made donations and purchased advertisements in the Resource Guide. Their generosity enabled us to print 2500 copies which we will distribute, at no cost, to households in Choctaw County.”
The 8.5-by-11 inch spiral bound publication is available, free of charge, at the Choctaw County Extension Office in the Courthouse Annex in Ackerman as well as the Chamber of Commerce office in Ackerman. There is a limit of one per household.