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.



HERITAGE DAY

Heritage Day at the Kemper County Historical Museum will be held this year on Saturday November 2, from 11-1 p.m. Mark your calendar early for a fun day of fellowship, music, and BBQ! Tickets may be purchased from Association members in advance or onsite.



ALL ABOARD!

The DeKalb Regional Model Railroad Museum will be open on Heritage Day from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Come and see the new items that have been added since you last visit.



GRACE COMMUNITY CHOIR

The Grace Community Choir will present “An Evening with Dottie Rambo” on Saturday, November 2, at 6:30 p.m. at Grace Fellowship Baptist Church, 7330 Hwy. 493, Meridian. A love offering will be taken. Refreshments will follow.



SOULE LIVE STEAM FESTIVAL

The 17th Annual Soulé Live Steam Festival in Meridian, Mississippi will show how things were made and how hard people worked back in the early 20th century. This year the festival falls on Friday and Saturday, November 1–2, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event attracts visitors from across the country. Last year visitors came from 21 states. Students of are encouraged to attend and will receive free admission courtesy of the Mississippi Industrial Heritage Museum.



EMCC/OLD WAVERLY GOLF 

CLASSIC RESCHEDULED

The 24th Annual EMCC/Old Waverly Golf Classic (in memory of Buddy Faulkner) has been rescheduled for Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 at the Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point. Spots are still available. Registration begins at 9 a.m., with lunch served at 11 a.m. Tee times begin at noon, with dinner and awards following the 4-person scramble. BankFirst Financial Services is the presenting sponsor, Sodexo is the lunch sponsor and Southern Ionics Inc., is the dinner sponsor. Tournament spots and additional sponsorships are available for individuals, groups and corporate entries. Dozens of prizes and drawings will be available - in addition to four hole-in-one awards including a new vehicle provided by Carl Hogan Chevrolet Toyota Mazda of Columbus. Please contact Marcus Wood (662.476.5025 or mwood@eastms.edu) or Gina Cotton (662.476.5063 or gcotton@eastms.edu) for additional information



GREATER MERIDIAN CHAPTER OF MISS VALLEY STATE 

The Greater Meridian Chapter of Miss. Valley State University Alumni will have their meeting Thursday, Nov. 7th, 2019 beginning at 5:00pm at the Council of Organizations Building, 814-45th Ave. We will be distributing Raffle Tickets for our annual fund raising and collecting large can goods to be distributed to local charitable organzations for the up-coming holiday season. We are asking all Valley alumni in Meridian and surrounding counties to attend so we may have a more successful year. Call 601-350-0255 FMI.



KEMPER CO WOMEN'S CIVIC LEAGUE ANNUAL BAZAAR

This event will be held Friday, November 8, (Weather Permitting) at 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Kemper County Courthouse Square in DeKalb.



SIMMONS RIDGE MISSIONARY 

BAPTIST CHURCH

The members of the Simmons Ridge Missionary Baptist Church would like to invite you to come out and share with them as they celebrate their pastor, John Clark and First Lady MeLinda Clark's first year anniversary. This will take place on November 17, at 2 p.m. The guest speaker will be Pastor Billy Lyles, along with his church family of the Mt. Zion Moscow Baptist Church of DeKalb. 



LEARN AND GROW-DIABETES AWARENESS

November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Join us as we learn more about diabetes risks, symptoms and management during our monthly Learn and Grow Session, November 19th at 11 a.m. at Barney Brown Senior Building in DeKalb. 

Our guest presenter will be Denise Roberts, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. One in 10 Americans have diabetes; that’s more than 30 million people. Another 84 million adults in the United States are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. 



KEMPER CO 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

The Kemper County Economic Development Authority and the Kemper County Chamber of Commerce will hold the 2019 Annual Dinner on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.

The Dinner will be held at East Mississippi Community College - Cafeteria.  Tickets are $15.00 each and may be purchased at the Kemper County EDA office located in the Business Incubator

or at the Kemper County Chamber of Commerce office located in the Barney B. Brown Senior Citizens Center.  

For more information, contact Cindy Cumberland or Craig Hitt at (601) 743-2754 or Faye Wilson at (601) 743-5060.



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 



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.



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.



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



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.