Calendar of Events

Please email your calendar of events, notices and public meetings to reporter@choctawplaindealer.com

New AWANA Year

Aug. 24, 6 p.m., Enon Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Ackerman. Begins with registration in the Lighthouse. Children ages Pre-K through 5th grade are welcome to attend. 

Mid-South Forestry Equipment Show

Aug. 26, 8 a.m-4p.m., Aug 27, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., MSU John W. Starr Memorial Forest, Hwy. 25 South, Starkville.

Pioneer Day

Aug. 27, 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.
The public is invited to participate in pioneer lifestyle activities that often include crafting baskets, spinning, weaving, making corn husk dolls, leather working, and other traditional craft demonstrations. Children are invited to dress up in pioneer clothes and participate in craft activities. This program is free to the public. Details: (800) 305-7417. 

Revival

Aug. 28-31, Maben Church of God, 3965 Crowley Dr., Maben. 28th-Rev. Lewis Maples, 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., 29th-Rev. Judd Vowell, 7 p.m., 30th-Rev. Brett Cooper, 7 p.m., 31st-Rev. Chris Moody, 7 p.m. Details: Linda R. Williams (662) 312-0947 or Bro. Brian Wells (662) 769-0242.
Missing Persons Family Meet & Greet
Aug. 28, 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Community Room, Whole Foods Market, 4500 I-55 N., Jackson. A learn and care event featuring guest speaker, Wendy Mahoney, Executive Director, MS Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Details: www.namims.org.

Gospel Choir Day

Aug 28, 3 p.m., Millspring MBC, Weir. Apostle Vincent Coleman, Pastor.  Gospel Choir Ministry will be hosting this annual event. Come out and help us lift up the name of Jesus through songs of praise.

Kingdom Covenant Connections Ministry

Aug. 28, 4 p.m., World Outreach Bible Training Center, 323 S. Jones St., Louisville. Come expecting to receive a blessing from the Lord. Everyone is invited to attend. Details: (662) 547-5234.

Ann Downing In Concert

Aug. 28, 5 p.m., Crossroads Baptist Church, Choctaw County. Dove Award-Winning Christian Singer, Author, and Speaker to make a local appearance. She is also a popular soloist on the Gaither Homecoming Video Series. Details: (662) 617-1456. 

Wild Hog Management Workshop

Aug. 30, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Choctaw County Chamber of Commerce, 55 E. Quinn St., Ackerman. Wild hogs are a growing concern in Mississippi and avoiding behaviors that encourage them from coming to your land or your neighborhood are critical to the long-term management and control of these animal pests. This program will help clientele better manage the wild hog problem. Topics discussed will include: what damage is caused by wild hogs, why control is necessary, and effective techniques and strategies for control. If you plan to attend, please R.S.V.P. to Darrell Banks by Friday, August 26, 2016 at darrell.l.banks@msstate.edu or call the Choctaw County Extension Office at (662) 285-6337.

New South Weekend

Sept. 2-4, Downtown Starkville. Night Market from 7p.m.-9 p.m. at Fire Station Park is an eclectic Friday evening event prior to the Saturday South Alabama vs. MSU football game at 11 a.m., plus special shopping hours on Sunday afternoon during Bulldog Brunch & Browse. Details: www.starkville.org/visit/events/new-south-weekends/‎

Fall Sale

Sept. 3, 8am-Noon, Fellowship Hall, Mathiston United Methodist Church, Hwy. 15, Mathiston. Delicious home baked goodies and white elephant items will be featured. This event is sponsored by the United Methodist Women. Details: Jimmie Whitt (662) 263-4987.

Trees Have Families, Too 

Sept. 3, 10 a.m., Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center, milepost 266, Tupelo. Children and their families are invited to a junior ranger program “Trees Have Families, Too”. Join a park ranger for this 45-minute program and play leaf bingo to learn how to recognize tree families such as oak and maple by the shapes of their leaves. Participants will also find out how people and animals depend on the trees that live along the Natchez Trace Parkway. This free hands-on program is ideal for children seven to 12 years old, but everyone is welcome. Details: (662) 680-4027. 

Mountain Bike Race

Sept. 4, 8 a.m., Noxubee Hills Trail System at Choctaw County Lake. Boardtown Bikes and the Starkville Cycling Club present the 7th Annual Skool of Hard Nox races featuring a 50 mile and 25 mile race. Entry fee $75 before Sept. 3 at 10 p.m. $90 day of race. Register at BikeReg.com/the-skool-of-hard-nox-50. Details: https://starkvillecyclingclub.wordpress.com/skool-of-hard-nox-50 or Landon Vollar at lando67@gmail.com

Yarn Spinners Book Club

Sep. 6, 10 a.m., Choctaw County Library, 511 S. Louisville St., Ackerman. Will feature the book “When She Came Home” by Patricia Bradley-Winner of a Daphne du Maurier Award and a Touched by Love Award, Bradley is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. Details: (662) 285-6337.

Women’s Conference

Sept. 8-10, Highways and Hedges, Hwy. 9 S., Eupora. Just Believe Ministry with Overseer/Prophetess Jeanette Walker will host a women’s conference with the theme “A Redeemed Woman!” Sept. 8 at 7 p.m.–Evangelist Annie Jackson, Prophetess Peggie McNutt, and Apostle Monica Harris. Sept. 9 at 7 p.m.–Evangelist Lawanda Stokes, Prophetess Carolyn Love, and Evangelist Dondriea Blanchard. Sept. 10 at 9 a.m.–Elder Linda Joiner, Pastor Linda Stone.

New South Weekend

Sept. 9-11, Downtown Starkville. unWine Downtown an eclectic Friday evening event prior to the Saturday South Carolina vs. MSU football game at 6 a.m., plus special shopping hours on Sunday afternoon during Bulldog Brunch & Browse. Details: www.starkville.org/visit/events/new-south-weekends/

Food Safety Training

Sept. 27-29, MSU Bost Conference Center, 190 Bost Extension Drive, Starkville.
Food safety professionals who work for meat, poultry and other food processors can earn certification mandated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service. The course is open to individuals who have food safety responsibilities for red meat, poultry, catfish, or other food products. Those who want refresher training or updated information on regulatory requirements regarding food safety also are welcome. Registration is $125 per person and $55 for students. The fee covers course materials and refreshments. Lunch is not provided. Deadline to register is Sept. 19. Register online at http://www.fsnhp.msstate.edu/workshops/HACCP.

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.
Opportunities

Jack O’ Lantern Jam Committee Meeting

Aug. 25, 5:30 p.m., Choctaw County Chamber of Commerce, 55 E. Quinn St., Ackerman. If you are interested in helping make this community wide event even better for our children, please join us! For more information, call the Chamber at 662-285-3778 or email Donna at dmckay@choctawcountycoc.com or Amanda at amcbride@choctawcountycoc.com.

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

Internship Opportunities

Are you working on your undergraduate or associate’s degree and interested in an internship in a Congressional office? U.S. Congressman, Trent Kelly, provides internships for college students each semester and during the summer. Interns will work with staff to learn the legislative process, assist with daily tasks, perform administrative duties, and aid in constituent services. If you would like to apply to be an intern with Congressman Kelly for the current fall 2016 semester or future semesters, please go to http://trentkelly.house.gov/constituent-services/internships.htm.

Volunteer Firefighters Needed

The Choctaw County Fire Departments are in need of volunteer firefighters. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer firefighter, please contact your local fire chief or Choctaw County Fire Coordinator, Blaine Adams (662) 312-3514.

Resource and Adoptive Parents Needed

MDHS needs resource and adoptive parents to provide safe homes for children and youth in care. Details: (800) 821-9157.

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. Choctawcountyms.com or call (662) 285-9205.

Special Greetings

Are you interested in having a special greeting or flag flown over the U.S. Capitol to mark a notable birthday, anniversary or life event? Please call U.S. Congressman Trent Kelly’s office at (662) 258-7240 or visit the website for assistance with Congressional Commendation, flag, and Presidential greeting requests at http://trentkelly.house.gov/.

Visiting D.C.

U.S. Congressman Trent Kelly is pleased to serve as a resource to you in booking tours for your trip to Washington. Visiting Washington is an exciting and educational experience. His door is always open, so please stop by the office to visit with him and his staff. Details: (662) 258-7240 or visit the website at http://trentkelly.house.gov/.

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: reporter@choctawplaindealer.com

Natchez Trace Volunteers

To commemorate the centennial year for the National Park Service, the agency encourages everyone to take part in the celebration. Volunteers who contribute 201.6 hours during the 2016 calendar year are eligible to earn a Centennial Volunteer Challenge coin. Potential volunteers can learn more about volunteering for the Natchez Trace Parkway at www.volunteer.gov.

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 www.nmrls.com or www.mslegalservices.org

Public Meetings

Aug. 24, 1 p.m., Choctaw County Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees, Choctaw Regional Medical Center Multi-purpose Room, Ackerman.
Aug. 25, 5 p.m., Ackerman Board of Alderman Proposed Budget Public Hearing, Town Hall Boardroom, Main St., Ackerman.
Aug. 29, 9 a.m., Choctaw County Board of Supervisors, Choctaw County Courthouse Boardroom, Ackerman.