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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.



COOK ONCE, EAT TWICE

February 13

Presenter: Natasha Haynes, Extension Agent IV, Rankin County

Give yourself a break with cooking. By planning ahead you can make some of the dinner tasks you're constantly juggling easier. Spend a few extra minutes planning menus where you "cook once and eat twice."

Contact Kemper County Extension office at 601-743-2837



FEBRUARY QUICK BITES 

PROGRAM

Quick Bites programs are offered through the Mississippi State University Extension Service and provide information on varied topics over interactive video. The programs are held during lunch (12-1) on Thursdays at your local Extension office. Contact Kemper County Extension office at 601-743-2837 to participate via interactive video



PRAYER BREAKFAST

The Kemper County Chamber of Commerce will host its annual free Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, February 13. The breakfast will be held in the Barney Brown Senior Center, at 7 a.m. Please join us as we start a new year with prayer and fellowship. For information contact Faye Wilson 601-743-5060



SIMMONS RIDGE BAPTIST CHURCH BLACK HISTORY

 PROGRAM

The pastor and members of The Simmons Ridge Baptist Church are inviting you to come and be with them as they celebrate their Black History Program. This program will take place, February 16 at 2 p.m. with Rev. James Young, pastor of Calvary Apostolic Church and along with his church family. 



KEMPER 4-H SAFETY SHOOTING MEETING

Kemper 4-H SAFETY (formerly shooting sports) has scheduled a safety meeting for 4:00 p.m., Monday, Feb. 17 at the Sheriff's Department in DeKalb. This is a mandatory meeting that all Kemper 4-H Shooting Sports members must attend. If you are interested in joining Shooting Sports there is still time to sign up before the meeting; however, after this February 17th meeting Kemper 4-H Shooting Sports registration will close. Members have the choice of participating in  rifle or pistol disciplines. Members participating in rifle and pistol will need to bring their firearms to the meeting, unloaded and in a case.  4-H SAFETY is a program that strives to teach 4-H'ers the safe and responsible use of firearms  and promote the highest standards of safety, sportsmanship and ethical behavior. Members will have practice sessions at a local shooting range with certified instructors. Members will also have the opportunity to compete in regional and state competitions to be held in 2020. If you have questions, please contact Extension Agent Malikah Jones at the Kemper County 4-H office, (601) 743-2837



NEW BEGINNING UMC BLACK HISTORY PROGRAM

New Beginning UMC, 1213 Hwy 45, Porterville, Ms will have their "Black History Program" Sunday, Feb. 23rd, 2020 after regular service. Everyone is invited to attend.

Call 601-616-1210 FMI. 



SEWING WORKSHOPS: TIPS & HINTS

February 27

Presenter: Sylvia Clark, Extension Associate, 4-H & Family and Consumer Science

Sewing is a creative, inventive, and resourceful art. Join in to learn the need and value of sewing workshops for both youth and adult audiences. We will talk about fun projects and how to engage your sewing clients

Contact Kemper County Extension office at 601-743-2837



GOD CARES MINISTRIES CHURCH ANNIVERSARY

Beginning February 28, 29, and culminating on Sunday, March 1, will be the annual Church Anniversary. Bishop Zachary Operton of Prince of Peace Christian Fellowship Church in Meridian, MS will be the guest speaker on Friday night beginning at 7 p.m. Apostle Annie Cross of I Care Ministries in Chicago, IL will be guest speaker for Prayer Breakfast on Saturday at 12 a.m. Bishop Effell Williams of Tabernacle of Praise Church in Selma, AL will be the guest speaker on Sunday morning at 11 a.m. Annie Brown, Pastor of God Cares Ministries.



ADULT JIGSAW PUZZLE

Adult Jigsaw Puzzle meet-up every 3rd Friday from 2-4 p.m. beginning January 17th at Kemper County Extension Office located at  587 Old Scooba Road in DeKalb.

Join us for some jigsaw making in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Jigsaws will be provided and you can drop in for as long or as little as you like.

MSU Extension will provide reasonable accommodations to persons with disabilities or special needs. Please contact our office at 601-743-2837 prior to a program or event to request accommodations.



4-H County

 Leadership Team

Youth ages 14-18 who want to build their leadership abilities are invited to serve as members of 4-H Leadership Team. This group will meet once a month at the Kemper County Extension Office. Members will help promote the 4-H program through public speaking, preparing and manning exhibits, emceeing programs, organizing and/or teaching 4-H events and workshops. Members will also help plan and participate in numerous 4-H and community service events throughout the year. There are also opportunities to apply for leadership roles at the state level. To sign up or get more information call Malikah Jones at 601-743-2837



EARN YOUR 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 



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 



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.







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 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.



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