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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 601-743-5760 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.



SIMMONS RIDGE BAPTIST CHURCH

The Simmons Ridge Baptist church, 5062 Hwy 493, DeKalb, invites your pastor and entire membership to our building fund Program on September 28, at 6 p.m. We will have different people praising the Lord with singing. We are asking everyone to come out and support our program, Pastor John Clark. 



PORTERVILLE ZION MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH FALL REVIVAL

Everyone is invited to our annual Fall Revival, which will begin on Sunday, October 6 through October 10. Service will begin Sunday at 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, service will begin at 7:30 p.m., nightly. The guest speaker for the occasion will be Rev. Calvin Finch of St. Emmanuel M.B. Church, York, AL. We hope to see you there. Pastor Paul Ford.



2019 GULLY REUNION

On Sunday, October 6, beginning at 11 a.m at the old Cleveland School, about 12 miles west of DeKalb on the north side of Rt 16, between 493 and 495. Picnic lunch starts at 12:00, bring your own picnic lunch. All and any Gully cousins are welcome. Contact Robert Mitchell Gully 251-847-3097 or Jack Gully Gathright 303-554-6771 for any questions.



ANNUAL CHOIR DAY

Greater Outreach Missionary Baptist Church would like to invite your church choir, soloist, praise team, etc. to our Annual Choir Day. This will be held October 6, at 2 p.m. Please register on arrival. For more information call 601-604-3724



NEW BEGINNING UMC FAMILY AND FRIENDS DAY

New Beginning UMC, 1013 Hwy 45, Porterville, Ms will have their "Family And Friends Day" program Sunday Oct. 13th, 2019 (2nd Sunday) beginning at 1:30pm. The speaker will be our new pastor, Rev. A.J. Murray and refreshments will be served after the program. Everyone is invited to attend. Call 601-616-1210 FMI.



ST. MARK UMC FAMILY AND FRIENDS DAY

St. Mark United Methodist Church in DeKalb will host Family and Friends Day on Sunday, October 6, at 11 a.m. during the regular worship service. Dinner will be served. Everyone is welcome to join our Friends and Family for this occasion. Elder Steven Owens is the host pastor.



MISSION PROGRAM- MT. SINAI MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH

On October 13, at 2:30 p.m., we will host our annual Mission Program. The guest speaker for the occasion is the Reverend Marvin Brown.



KEMPER COUNTY 2019 PLAT BOOK

The new 2019 edition of the Kemper County Plat Book is now available for purchase at the Kemper County Soil and Water Conservation District office located at 197 Hopper Ave in DeKalb. Premium wall maps are also available. For more information contact their office at 601-743-9588 extension 3. Traditional landownership maps by township and range, a landowner index for easy cross referencing, and other county information are all available in the new plat book. Visit mappingsolutionsGIS.com for digital versions of Kemper County landowner maps. Mapping Solutions is the publisher.



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 

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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





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



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

Narconon New Life Retreat would like to remind families to stay educated on the signs and dangers of drug abuse. Methamphetamines and opioids are on the rise in both rural and city areas. Learn the signs and protect your loved ones from drug abuse and addiction. 

 The amount of deaths caused by Methamphetamines has almost tripled since 2014. To learn more, visit: https://www.narcononnewliferetreat.org/blog/the-other-drug-epidemic.html

 Free Drug Education

Narconon provides free drug education materials covering a wide range of topics.  Please call today for your free drug education materials at: 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.