Calendar of events

NARFE Will Meet
Feb. 27

The National Active & Retired Federal Employees Association will meet Thursday, February 27 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Starkville.  Doors open at 11 a.m. and lunch is served at 11:30.  February is Heart Month and Mrs. Liz Varco, RN from Oktibbeha County Hospital’s Cardiac Rehab, will present the program addressing Recent Advances in Heart Disease.

Cyberbullying: What Can You Do About It?
Feb. 27

Noon-1 p.m. at the Choctaw County Extension Office (interactive video). Jamie Varner and Connie Templeton will discuss tips to address bullying and ways to recognize, research, and react to cyberbullying with students. The public is invited to attend this free program. Feel free to bring your lunch.

CCHS Jr. & Sr. Prom Dues
Feb. 28

Each CCHS Jr. & Sr. must have their prom dues paid in full by Feb. 28 in order to attend prom. Junior class dues are $80 and senior dues are $20. Mrs. Beals at CCHS will issue a receipt once money is paid. Any junior or senior at CCHS who does not pay their class dues this year will not be allowed to use a date ticket and will not be admitted to prom so please be sure to get your money paid on time.

First Responders Dinner
Feb. 28

The Choctaw County Chamber of Commerce will host the third annual First Responders Appreciation Dinner on Friday, February 28 at the Community Center in Ackerman. Doors will open at 5:30pm, dinner at 6:30pm. For more information please contact the Chamber office at 662-285-3778 or

It’s a Wonderful Life
Feb. 28 & March 1

French Camp Academy in French Camp, presents the play, It’s a Wonderful Life, by James Rodgers on Friday and Saturday nights at 7 pm in the King Auditorium. Enjoy this stage performance of a favorite all-American story where Clarence earns his wings and George Bailey realizes his is a wonderful life. Tickets are available at the door for $8 for adults and $3 for 18 years old and under. For more information contact Sylvia Dickson at (662) 547-6482.

NWTF Annual Turkey Banquet
March 1

NWTF Annual Turkey Banquet, Sat., March 1 — Choctaw Co. Community Center. Contact NWTF members for tickets or call 662-285-3629 for tickets or information on being a sponsor. Seafood buffet, auction, games, etc. Family friendly fun for all!

Grace Christian School Open House/Silent Auction
March 1, 10 a.m. – 12 a.m.

Please join us for our annual open house and silent auction. Bid on a quality item and win a great deal.

Items up for bid can include but are not limited to: a gun safe, gift cards, party packages, knives, tools, toys, home décor, delicious cakes and other baked goods, bicycles, electronics, furniture, hunting, fishing, camping gear, & floral items. There will also be a delicious BBQ sack lunch available for $5. For more info call GCS at 662-773-8524.

4-H Pet Club meeting
March 3

The 4-H Pet Club will meet Monday, March 3 at 6 pm at the Choctaw Animal Clinic (Hwy 15, Ackerman). Dr. Rita Morris, club leader, will teach how to conduct physical exams on pets. They will also make a craft. Youth ages 8-18 are invited to attend. There is no charge to join 4-H. For more information, call 285-9006 or 285-6337.

Starting a Business the First Steps Thursday, March 6, 6-8 p.m. at the J.P. Coleman Building

Are you interested in starting your own business, but don’t know where to begin? This seminar outlines the basic steps to start a business. Topics include: regulations such as licenses and permits; legal forms of business ownership; basic marketing concepts to help analyze the revenue potential; lending terminology; outline for a business plan and other resources to assist in starting a business. The Choctaw County Chamber of Commerce is offering this class for anyone interested in starting a business. The class is free open to the public. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED! Please call the Chamber at 662-285-3778 to sign up.

4-H Plate Lunch Fundraiser
March 10

Choctaw County 4-H will have a Plate Lunch Fundraiser Monday, March 10 from 10:00-2:00 at the Ackerman Church of Christ.  Dine in or take out. Delivery is available inside city limits of Ackerman. Brisket Plate $6, Spaghetti Plate $5, Hotdog Plate $4.  To pre-order, call the Choctaw County Extension Office at 285-6337. Dawg Bites cookbooks are also available for $10.

Creating a Business Plan
March 20

Thursday, March 20, 6-8 p.m. at the J.P. Coleman Building

This seminar is designed to assist in preparing a business plan. The parts of the business plan are explained, i. e., industry research, description of company products and services, identifying target customer groups and a marketing plan. Financial components discussed are start up costs and preparation of a projected cash flow statement The Choctaw County Chamber of Commerce is offering this class for anyone interested in starting a business. The class is free open to the public. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED! Please call the Chamber at 662-285-3778 to sign up.

5K Run to benefit Wounded Warriors
March 29

GFWC 20th Century Club of Ackerman is sponsoring a 5K Run to benefit Wounded Warriors on Saturday, March 29 at 8am and a Kid’s Fun Run at 9am in downtown Ackerman. One hundred percent of all proceeds will go to the Wounded Warrior Project. For more information, call 1-808-372-2259 or register online at

Volunteers needed for Flea Market

The MSU Extension Service – Choctaw County is looking for volunteers to assist with the Choctaw County Flea Markets.  Flea markets are held each spring and fall. Anyone interested in serving on the flea market may contact Juli Hughes at 285-6337 or email

NAACP monthly meeting
March 17

The Choctaw County NAACP will meet Monday, March 17 at 6 p.m. at Mt. Herman Church in Ackerman. Everyone is invited to attend. The NAACP meets the third Monday of every month.

Blackwood Brothers in concert
March 29

The Blackwood Brothers will be in concert on Saturday, March 29 at 6 PM
at Ackerman Baptist Church Ackerman. A love offering will be received.

Ladies Conference
April 12, 5 p.m.

Providence Baptist Church’s 8th Annual Ladies Conference will be held on Saturday evening, April 12 at 5 p.m. in the Family Life Center. Our program will feature Karen Peck and New River, a 3-time Grammy Award nominated and 2-time GMA Dove Award (Winning Southern Gospel Group). Come and enjoy this special treat with us. Admission is free. Nursery provided. Refreshments to follow.

Vendor Space Available for French Camp’s Pioneer Day

The French Camp Pioneer Day will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2014. To apply for vendor space, contact Tekoa Miller at or (662) 547-6482. To download an online application, visit, or find us on Facebook at

Vendors of woodcrafts, , needle arts, leather crafts, photography, primitive crafts, handmade crafts, etc., as well as arts & crafts demonstrators should apply.

Revival at Maben Church of God
March 3-5

Maben Church of God invites everyone to Revival on March 3-5 with Pastor Matt Hill. Special singing and preaching begins at 7 p.m. nightly. Potluck on March 5 after service. The church is located at 3965 Crowley Drive, Maben.

Pastor Appreciation Day
March 30, 3 p.m.

First Unity UMC of Weir invites the community to attend their Annual Appreciation Day Program for their pastor, Rev. Lyndon B. and First Lady Thelma Geeter. The event will be held March 30 at 3 p.m. at the church. Guest speaker will be Rev. Antra Geeter, pastor of the Columbus Circuit. For more information call Clara Hemphill at 547-9671.