Calendar of Events

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Maben Church of God VBS

July 13-16, 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m., 3965 Crowley Dr., Maben. The theme is “Submerged-finding the truth below the surface”. Details: Linda R. Williams (662) 263-5107, Sister Beth Wells (662) 769-8171.

Elegant Glassware Etching

July 14, Noon, Choctaw County MSU Extension Office, Ackerman. Turn plain glass into personalized glassware. Glass etching is an easy process that you can do for yourself or for a wedding, housewarming, or birthday gift. Glass etching can be performed on stemware or glass bakeware in a matter of minutes. Join Extension Agent, Tracy Robertson, as she teaches (by interactive video) about this simple, creative process. This presentation is free and open to the public. Feel free to bring your lunch.

Old Lebanon Presbyterian Church Camp Meeting

July 15, 7:30 p.m., July 16-20, 7 a.m., 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., Old Lebanon Presbyterian Church, South Union Rd., Ackerman. The 11 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. services will be under the direction of Rev. Richard Wiman of Belzoni. Music by Eugene Worrell of Magee. Pianist will be Rena Aurell of Ackerman. Children activities at 2 p.m., July 16 & July 18-20. Come bring someone with you and worship with us.

Canoe Day

July 16, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Noxubee Wildlife Refuge, Bluff Lake. Canoes, kayaks, paddles and life jackets will be available free of charge. Details: (662) 323-5548.

Who Made That

July 16, 10 a.m., Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center, milepost 266, Tupelo. Children and their families are invited to a special Junior Ranger 45-minute program. Discover how animals leave unique signs that let you know who lives along the Natchez Trace Parkway. Everyone will play games to learn how to identify animal tracks and other signs of animals. Junior Rangers will use paint to decorate a bandanna with animal tracks; children should be sure to wear paint-friendly clothes. This program is free and ideal for children seven to 12 years old, but everyone is welcome. Details: (800) 305-7417.

Bluegrass Show

July 16, 1 p.m.-9 p.m., Choctaw County Community Center, Ackerman. The Magnolia State Bluegrass Association’s Summer Show will include the Russell Burton Family, the Ellis Family Bluegrass Band, Tyler Carroll and Pineridge Bluegrass, and Alan Sibley and the Magnolia Ramblers. Admission is free to MSBA members; $15 for non-members. Children age 12 and under free with paying adult. MSBA memberships available for purchase at the door. Concessions available. Details: (662) 258-2334.

Pastor/Wife Appreciation Program

July 17, 3 p.m., Mt. Pisgah M.B. Church, Louisville. Rev. Donald Bryant and his wife, Dr. Nola Bryant will be honored for 16 years of service. The guest speaker will be Pastor Dr. L.B. Hathorn of Mt. Sinai M.B. Church of Louisville. Dinner will be served following the program. The public is invited to attend. Details: please contact any member of Mt. Pisgah M.B. Church.

Safe Sitter Class

July 20, 9 a.m-4 p.m., First Floor Classroom, OCH Regional Medical Center, Starkville. Nationally-recognized baby sitting program for boys and girls ages 11-14 that uses hands-on practice in rescue skills, small group interactive learning, games and role playing and covers a variety of topics. $35 fee includes student manual, backpack, lunch and graduation ceremony. To register on a first come first serve basis go to or call (662) 615-3067.

CDI Headstart Enrollment

July 20-22, 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Weir Public Library, Children must be 3 years old by Sept. 1, 2016. Please bring proof of income, birth certificate and proof of residence. Details: (662) 212-5289.

Camp Meeting at South Union

July 22-27, 8 a.m., 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., South Union United Methodist Church, Ackerman. Pastor Kevin Yearber and the members of South Union United Methodist Church cordially invite you to the 144th Camp Meeting. There will worship services daily under the 102 year-old open Arbor. The camp meeting theme is “To Spread Scriptural Holiness over the Land” and includes daily activities with children and youth. The Evangelist is Dr. Ray Rooney and song leaders are Buddy and Carol Smith. Sherry Griffin will serve as the pianist. Details:

Pioneer Day

July 23, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center, milepost 266, Tupelo. The Tombigbee Pioneer Group will demonstrate pioneer era crafts and skills. The demonstrations will show the challenges faced and creative solutions developed by those Americans who lived in the area from the 1700s to around 1840. This program is free and open to the public. Details: (800) 305-7417.

McIntire Reunion

July 24, 10 a.m., Chester Community Center. Please bring your favorite food to the annual reunion and enjoy a great day with family and friends.

Kingdom Covenant Connections Ministries

July 24, 4 p.m., World Outreach Bible Training Center, 323 South Jones Street, Louisville. Come expecting to receive a blessing from the Lord. Everyone is invited to attend. Details: (662) 547-5234. Summer Revival July 24th, 6 p.m., July 25-27, 7 p.m., Salem Independent Methodist Church, 1649 Hwy. 415, Ackerman. The message during these services will be brought to us by Bro. Chris Williams, who is Pastor at First Independent Methodist Church in Rose Hill. Come join us in the sharing of God’s Word.

Coach Charles Rich Retirement Ceremony

July 31, 2 p.m.-4 p.m., Hall Lodge, Lake Anne, Camp of the Rising Son, French Camp. Rich has 54 years of service and teaching at FCA. Keep the celebration alive by writing down your memories, stories, prayers and wishes for Coach Rich and his wife, Rose, to enjoy for many days. Bring cards, letters, photos, newspaper clippings, etc. that they can take with them and savor through the years. If you cannot attend, send your cards and letters to: Coach Charles Rich, French Camp Academy, 1 Fine Place, French Camp, MS  39745.

Blackwood Brothers Quartet Homecoming Concert

July 31, 6 p.m., Ackerman Baptist Church. Joyful Noise Quartet and Ackerman Baptist Church cordially invite you to a Choctaw County Homecoming for the legendary Blackwood Brothers Quartet. Joyful Noise will open for the Blackwood Brothers. The Blackwood Brothers Quartet had their beginning here in Choctaw County in 1934. A love offering will be received. Details: Ackerman Baptist (662) 285-3211 or Joyful Noise (662) 285-2962.

Summer Bull Bash

Aug. 12-13, 5 p.m., Louisville. Entertainment and lots of great stuff for kids including concessions with BBQ. Bullriding begins at 7 p.m. CM Bulls will be sponsoring this event for Colton Mewbourn to go NJHSRA Finals in Las Vegas November 2016. Details: Kristi Mewbourn (662) 285-8495.

Forks and Corks

Aug. 13, 6:30 p.m., The Mill at MSU, Starkville. Tickets are now available for this annual fundraiser organized by the Starkville Area Arts Council (SAAC). Local chefs and restaurants compete to receive various awards. Each ticket is $75 and includes sample bites from each chef plus wine. Tables may be purchased. Each table seats eight and cost $800 to reserve or $600 for SAAC members. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting or by calling (662) 324-3080.

WFCA Summer Concert

Aug. 20, 5 p.m., Ty Cobb Auditorium, Ackerman. WFCA FM 108 in French Camp is the host. Groups performing at the concert include The McKameys and OneWay Quartet. For a complete list of ticket locations go to WFCA.FM or call (662) 547-6414.

Radio Praise and Worship Service

Sundays, 8 a.m.-8:30 a.m., 98.3 FM. The program is “Heaven is My Goal” with Pastor Howard Lewis and Evangelist Martha Jones.

Bible Study

Mondays, 6:30 p.m., Attala County Library, Kosciusko. Evangelist Martha Jones will lead the Bible Study.

AA Meetings

Mondays and Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., Alcoholics Anonymous, East Louisville Baptist Church Choir Room, Louisville. Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Alcoholics Anonymous, Choctaw County Library, Ackerman. Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., Saturdays, 5 p.m., Alcoholics Anonymous, North MS Medical Center, Eupora.

Full Circle Knitting and Crochet Group

Tuesdays, 9 a.m. until noon, MSU Extension Office, Ackerman. Anyone who knits or crochets, or would like to learn how, is welcome. There is no charge, but participants are asked to bring their own yarn and needles. Details: (662) 285-6337.

Girlfriends 2016

Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Enon Church, Ackerman. An inter-generational, inter-ethnic, inter-denominational and variously challenged women learning to become women of God by studying, doing art and Bible study. Details: (662) 285-3347.

Longview Opry

Saturdays, 7 p.m., Highway 12, Longview. Enjoy music, refreshments and fun. Talent is welcome. Free and open to the public. Worship Service First, third and fifth Sunday of the month, 10 a.m., Mount Olive MB Church, Sallis. Pastor Howard Lewis will lead the worship service.

Sisters Steppin’ Up

Every second Sunday of the month, 2 p.m., SportsPlex , Starkville. For more information look us up under events on Facebook.

NA Meetings

Second, fourth and fifth Mondays, 7 p.m., Narcotics Anonymous, Choctaw County Library, Ackerman. Details: (662) 552-0966.


Broken Wings Free Job Training

Are you a woman who has a desire to learn skills for employment, further your education, or improve your quality of life? Broken Wings Christian Women’s Job Corps in Ackerman is taking applications for a Free 16 week program, beginning Tuesday, August 16. Class topics include Bible Study, Jobs for Life program, computer skills, money management, healthy relationships, and marriage and family. GED tutoring is also offered. Applications may be picked up at Broken Wings on Tuesday or Thursday mornings until August 11. Details: (662) 285-9133.

MACD Scholarship Applications

The Mississippi Association Of Conservation Districts will award five scholarships from $3,000 to $5,000 in January 2017. These scholarship awards are open to any college sophomore, junior or senior enrolled in a college in the state of Mississippi. The scholarships may be used at a two-year community college or a four-year college. Applications will be evaluated based on student’s grade point averages, activities and leadership qualities, financial need, and supporting materials. Any student may apply, no matter what field of study the student is pursuing; however, an applicant who has a conservation-related field of study will be automatically awarded extra points. The deadline for submitting applications is October 1, 2016. To obtain an application, information or specific evaluation criteria, visit the Choctaw County Soil and Water Conservation District at 151 South Louisville Street in Ackerman or call (662) 285-6250

Computer Donations

Please donate your old out of date or broken computer to Broken Wings, 169 Jailhouse Road, Ackerman. Help to continue the success of academically gifted school students in the area by letting a needy family have the gift of learning. Details: or Scott Broughton (662) 285-9133

Free Civil Legal Assistance

North Mississippi Rural Legal Service provides free legal assistance to low income residents of north Mississippi needing representation on civil legal matters such as consumer, housing, education, taxes, family law, public benefits and self-determination issues. Application for NMRLS’ services can be made by calling (800) 498-1804 Monday through Thursday 9:30 through 3:30.  Applications can also be made online at or

CodeRED Sign Up

Choctaw County E 911 is encouraging everyone to sign up for the new CodeRed Notification System. Receive emergency messages via a telephone call to your landline telephone, mobile telephone or through text and email. The service is free and open to all Choctaw County Citizens. For details and to sign up visit www. or call (662) 285-9205.

Album of Choctaw County Service Members

Circa May 1944, The Choctaw Plaindealer is reproducing this special edition of our paper in book form. Features over 740 photographs and bios of servicemen and women who served and died in the armed forces from Choctaw County in WWII. Also includes a roster of all who served in the Spanish American War, WWI and WWII from Choctaw County. Details: (662) 285-6248 or email:

Public Meetings

July 14, 6 p.m., Ackerman Volunteer Fire Department, Ackerman Fire Station. To volunteer call (662) 285-8575.

July 14, 7 p.m., Panhandle Volunteer Fire Department, Pandhandle Fire Station. To volunteer call (662) 722-2220.

July 18, 9 a.m., Choctaw County Board of Supervisors, Choctaw County Courthouse Boardroom, Ackerman.

July 25, 3 p.m., Prairie Opportunity, Inc. Community Action Agency, Choctaw County Library, 511 Louisville St., Ackerman. This meeting is to inform the public of proposed funding and to gather information regarding service needs in the community. Details: Laura Marshall or LaKonja Jones at (662) 323-3397.