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Editor’s note: The Kemper County Messenger publishes the Community Calendar weekly in this space. It covers events, announcements and happenings in Kemper County. We welcome your news and comments. If you would like to have something placed in the Kemper Messenger, contact the office at 601-743-6770 during business hours; or mail it to Kemper Messenger, P.O. 546, DeKalb, MS, 39328. The Messenger’s writer, Steve Swogetinsky, may be reached at 601-776-6102.

 

NEW BEGINNING UMC

1013 Hwy 45, Porterville, Miss. will have their "Women Day" program the 1st Sunday in May, May 5, beginning at 1p.m. Mrs. Mable Oatis, a former teacher in the Meridian Public School System will be our guess speaker. A meal will be served after the program and everyone is invited to attend. Our pastor is Elder Paulette Buford James. Call 601-693-7995 FMI.   



CENTER RIDGE CEMETERY ASSOC. MEETING

Center Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery Association, in Kemper County,  will hold its annual meeting on Homecoming Day after the noon day meal on May 5. Families and friends who have loved ones buried in the cemetery are invited and to help with the maintenance and up-keep of the cemetery. The meeting will start at 1:15 p.m. We have bought a half acre to the south and plans are to get the trees cut and the new fence finished. Donations may also be made to Center Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery Association, 7246 Hwy 39 S, DeKalb, Miss.



CENTER RIDGE 
HOMECOMING & REVIVAL

Center Ridge Baptist Church will have Homecoming on Sunday, May 5, at 11 a.m. with lunch following. Rev. Harvey & Wendy Troutman will bring special music.

Revival services will be held at the church Monday-Wednesday, May 6,7, and 8, at 7 p.m. with Rev. Bobby J.Henley.



FIRST SERMON SUNDAY 2019

Mercy & Peace Pentecostal Church, 1324 Sinia Road, Preston, MS 39328, presents First Sermon Sunday 2019 on May 5, at 3:30 p.m. 





WANT TO BE A TEACHER?

Learn more Wednesday May 8, 5 p.m. at West Kemper Elementary Library. Email questions to cnewton@kemper.k12.ms.us



KEMPER COUNTY 
HISTORICAL ASSOC. 
MEETING

The Kemper County Historical Association will meet on Monday, May 13th at the Museum in DeKalb.  Guests and new members are welcome!  Monday’s meeting will include refreshments, a brief business session, and fellowship among folks who care deeply about Kemper County and our heritage



RELAY FOR LIFE 
LUMINARIA FORMS

The annual Relay for Life will be held on June 7. Purchase Luminarias ($10) and Torches ($100) for this event to honor survivors, in memory, and caregivers. Forms for these luminaries will be in this paper or contact Jeannie Kilpatrick 601-743-5410 or Grace Gibson 601-743-5560.



EARN YOU HS DIPLOMA

Earn Your High School Diploma in just 22 weeks! Tuition, Room and Board is absolutely Free! Youth Challenge, located at Camp Shelby Mississippi, is the Premier Alternative Education Program for 16 to 18 year old youth, who are struggling in the traditional school environment and for those who are no longer attending. Challenge also offers nationally certified job skills and College classes through a local University. 

We accept both Male and Female Applicants, 16 to 18 years of age. For an Application or more information call: 1-800-507-6253 or visit our web-site: msyouthchallenge.org 



KEMPER COUNTY SOIL & WATER 
CONSERVATION DEISTRICT ANNOUNCES BEAVER CONTROL COST-SHARE PROGRAM

Applications are now being accepted by Kemper County SWCD for the Kemper County Beaver Control Cost-Share Program. The Mississippi Soil and Water Conservation Commission and the Kemper County Board of Supervisors have funded the program to aid non-industrial private landowners in beaver control. For more information or to make application, contact the Kemper County SWCD located in the NRCS Office, USDA Service Center, Daws Building, 197 Hopper Avenue, DeKalb, MS or call 601-743-9588, extension 3.

BETA CLUB

East Kemper Elementary School Jr. BETA Club is collecting new coloring books, unused crayons, and old eye glasses. Please send these items to East Kemper Elementary School care of Ms. La Wanda Shields or Mrs. Genetrice Doss. 



VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT CIVIL AIR PATROL

Headquarters Mississippi wing civil air patrol united states air force auxiliary  1635 Airport Dr. Jackson, Miss. volunteers needed! G.V. "Sonny" Montgomery squadron, civil air patrol, Meridian, is looking for new members. meeting time is Monday nights (except holidays) at 5:30 p.m. in building 308 at  key field. membership categories: 

cadets (youth) ages 13 - 18 (but may remain as a cadet until age 21.) senior members: age 18 and up. contact: captain Carolyn Holiman 601-490-0206 ms102-cc@mswg.cap.gov. 



FRIENDS OF CHILDREN OF MS, INC. 

Head Start/Early Head Start is accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school term. The child must be: 3-4 years of age on or before Sept. 1 from (Head Start) or 8 weeks of age on/before Sept. 1 for (Early Head Start). The following information must be presented: Proof of income: 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ tax return, Child Support, TANF letter, copy of college grants/scholarship, and any other source of household income. Social Security or SSI statement. Proof of age: Birth Certificate or form 121. If you have any questions please contact Deborah Spencer, Helen McCoy, or Ronnica Roberts at (601) 743-2607 or email us at dekalbetr@fcmi.ms.us . Hours of operation are 7:30a.m. until 4:30p.m.



COMMUNITY/PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT:

Voters/Potential Voters the Local Primary Election is coming.  If you have not registered to vote, have moved into the county, changed your addressed, or have not voted in two Presidential Election you need to visit our Kemper County Circuit Clerk Office soon!  



TODAY'S MOM

A FREE educational program is being offered to help moms-to-be learn how to make healthier choices for themselves and their baby. Today’s Mom, is comprised of a series of six free lessons that includes: Keep Baby Safe, Food Safety, Pregnancy Concerns, Healthy Choices, Physical Activity, Recipe Testing and Breastfeeding .If you are interesting in this program .Please call Mary Bennamon at the Kemper County Extension office 601-743-2837 to find out about classes or if you have any questions. Email: mlb267@msstate.edu



FREE & FREE

EATING SMART BEING ACTIVE! 

You’re invited to a Eating Smart Being Active Class 

Being overweight or obese can lead to health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.  Southern cooking and our love of soul food might make you think healthy eating is difficult. Join us for a 9 session course where you will learn about healthy eating, cooking with new recipes, saving money at the grocery store, and getting physically active. You’ll learn all these topics and MORE! There will be goodies given away, and you can taste a new recipe while discussing and sharing valuable information. Bring a friend and come expecting to have fun! Please call Mary Bennamon at the Kemper County Extension office 601-743-2837 to find out about classes or if you have any questions. Email: mlb267@msstate.edu



CUB SCOUTS SEEKING SCOUTS 

Pack #4 of Kemper County Cub Scouts is looking for interested individuals (boys and girls) from the ages of six year olds to twelve year olds that are interested in scouting. Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m. at the Barney Brown Senior Citizen Building. Point of Contact: Billy J. Rush, Cub Master.



4-H SHOOTING SPORTS VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT

Kemper County 4-H Shooting Sports will soon be gearing up for another year. Through the 4-H Shooting Sports program youth ages 8-18 are given the opportunity to learn responsibility, sportsmanship, self-discipline, and other qualities critical to the development of productive citizens. We are currently seeking volunteer instructors in archery, shotgun, rifle and pistol. Training opportunities will be available in January. Adults 21 years of age or older must pass a background check and submit an application. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer instructor for our county 4-H shooting sports program please contact Malikah Jones at 601-743-2837 or malikah.jones@msstate.edu



NEW LIFE RETREAT DRUG & ALCOHOL REHABILITATION & EDUCATION

With the opiate crisis running rampant, families are looking for ways to help those they love who need treatment. Getting them into treatment becomes even harder if their loved one is not willing. This is when Intervention can become key. To learn more about successful interventions, please visit,

https://www.narcononnewliferetreat.org/blog/intervention-101.html



ADDICTION SCREENINGS 

Narconon can help you take steps to overcome addiction in your family. Call today for free screenings or referrals. 1- 800-431-1754



FREE BOOKS TO CHILDREN UNDER 5 YEARS OLD

Kemper County is a participant in the Dolly Parton Imagination Library Program providing a free book mailed monthly to the child in the child’s name from birth until the child reaches the age of five. This project is sponsored by the United Way of East Mississippi, the Strasser Family Foundation and the Partners for Kemper County, Community Foundation of East Mississippi.  To enroll your child on the website enter uwem.org and click on Impact Programs Imagination Library  or imaginationlibrary.com and select the “PARENT” tab located at the top of the web page. Registration cards may also be picked up at the Kemper County Library or the Kemper County Economic Development Authority office during normal business hours. Contact Loretta Hulin, Kemper County Imagination Library Coordinator on 601-416-8279 for additional details.