Calendar of Events

Project Fit America at EES Students and teachers at Eupora Elementary School will officially kick off the Project Fit American program at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 21.

The PFA physical fitness equipment and curriculum is funded through a grant from the Blue Cross & Blue Shield Mississippi Foundation.

Pickin’ at the Lake The 11th annual “Pickin’ at the Lake” will be Sept. 21 starting at 2 p.m. and Sept. 22 starting at 10 a.m. at the Grenada Lake spillway.

Bluegrass, gospel and old-time country/western music will be featured; acoustic instruments only. Pickers and listeners are welcome; admission is free. Crossroads Cruisers car club will provide concessions and proceeds will be used for local charity. The weekend will include an antique vehicle and car show (no trophies). Call 226-8693 regarding campsites available at the lake or 226-4934 for cabin rentals.

Sponsors are the Crossroads Cruisers car club, Bank of Kilmichael, Renascant Bank of Winona and The Meadows-Fulton.

For more information call Toad Donahoo at 262-7600 or 417-7300, or Neil Wrenn at 227-1491.

Girl Scout kickoff Saturday Girl Scout kickoff will be from 10 a.m. until noon Sept. 22 at the VFW on VFW Road.

Come learn about Girls Scouts and the adventures they have to learn. The kickoff will include food, fun, a jumper and activities for all young girls.

For more information, call Rebecca Vaughan at 617-5922. Go Girl Scouts!

Gospel singing A gospel singing will be at 6 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Stewart fire station on U.S. 82. Performers will include Family Tradition from Alabama, Voices of Faith from Carrollton, Linda Odom of Mendenhall, Heavenly Journey of Crystal Springs and Joy Card of Eupora. A love offering will be received.

Quick Bites Quick Bites programs are held at the Webster County Extension Office, noon-1 p.m. on Thursdays. Call 258-3971 to register.

Sept. 20: Minor Fruits in Mississippi Dr. Wayne Porter, area Extension horticulturist. Dr. Porter will share the basics of growing unusual fruit in your garden.

Sept. 27: Growing Beautiful Landscape Plants Dr. Jeff Wilson, area Extension horticulturist. Summer is almost over and fall planting season is coming up! We will discuss how to plan for, purchase, select the best location, install and maintain beautiful landscape plants.

FM 108 Day 2013 FM 108 Day will be Sept. 29 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the campus of French Camp Academy.

The day will feature fun, food, fellowship, door prize and a silent auction. Singing starts at 9 a.m. featuring local performers. For vendor information, contact Glen Barlow at 547-7254.

VA Mobile Health Clinic The G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery VA Medical Center will set up a mobile health clinic in Ackerman at 9 a.m. Sept. 29 at the National Guard armory.

The armory is located at 9540 MS Highway 12 E.

Services that will be available will be eligibility determination, registration, enrollment in MyHealtheVet, physical exams, patient education, Vet Center information, benefits information, cemetery information and female veterans’ information.

Veterans must bring their DD214, VA card or military ID.

For more information on the mobile rural health outreach call Ruby Jackson of the Vet Center at 601-965-5727, Belinda Okafor at 601-364-1300 or the local veterans service officer. Sonya Griffin

Peterson benefit A fundraiser for Sonya Griffin Peterson will be Sept. 29 at Sherwood Community Center (Hwy. 15 North) in Choctaw County. Peterson is fighting breast cancer. She is the granddaughter of Kenneth and Emma Lou Nickels and Herbert and Ann Griffin. Food will be sold starting at 5:30 p.m. and a womanless beauty pageant will be at 6:30 p.m.

Little Miss, Mr. Clay Co. Pageant The Little Miss and Mr. Clay County Pageant in honor of the late Doug and Petty Childs (his father) will be at 5 p.m. Oct. 20 at the West Point Civic Center. A $500 scholarship will be awarded to the winner of the 16-18 age group. Doug Childs was from Maben.

The pageant is open to boys and girls through age 18; they do not have to be residents of Clay County. Registration packets may be picked up at the Clay County chancery clerk’s office, Pheba One Stop, Cannon’s Corner or Sun Beauty. Registration forms and the $40 entry fee are due Oct. 1. Forms can be emailed to entrants by emailing Sara Jo Jones at

USDA Outreach Meeting Oct. 2 The Webster County USDA Office, Winston County Self-Help Cooperative and other local groups will sponsor a USDA outreach meeting at 6 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Eupora Community Center, 150 N. Dunn.

The meeting is for small farmers, landowners and concerned citizens. It will focus on services offered through Farm Service Agency (farm loans to purchase farms and equipment), Natural Resources Conservation Service (cost-share assistance with fence and grasses) and Rural Development (housing loans and grants).

Anyone concerned about their children and grandchildren’s future should attend this historic meeting to make a difference in Webster County.

Refreshments will be served. For more information contact Frank Taylor, WCSHC team leader, at 601-291-2704. Retirement reception to honor hospital employee

North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora employee Shirley Griffin will be honored with a retirement reception on Oct. 3 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in the hospital dining room.

Griffin will be recognized for her 42 years of service to the hospital and the public is invited to attend.

Benefit for Joyce Pittman A drawing is scheduled for an H&R .35 Whelen Handi-Rifle with a 3x9x40 Nikon scope to benefit Joyce Pittman. Tickets are $5 each or three for $10. The drawing will take place at the Eupora Homecoming game on Oct. 5 at halftime. For more information contact Stacy Farley at 552-8389, Jody Johns at 242-6533 or Turner Shaw at 258-7791.

Voter registration deadline announced Deborah Hood Neal, circuit clerk for Webster County, announces that the deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 6 general election is Oct. 6 from 8 a.m. to noon.

“If you have never registered to vote in Webster County, this is the deadline to do so,” Neal said. Anyone with questions may contact the circuit clerk’s office at 258-6287.

Black-eyed Pea Festival Mantee’s third annual Black-eyed Pea Festival will be Oct. 27. Events and contact information: • Black-eyed Pea Cooking Contest: no entrance fee; 567-2362. • Vendor information: booth fee is $15 for one booth or $25 for two; 456-2628, 456-5501, 552-2625 or 694-0301. • Cakewalk: 456-4197. • 5K run and fun run: entrance fee is $15 for the 5K and $10 for the fun run; 552-4229. • Antique car show: car entrance fee is $25; 312-8930 or 448-1194.

Story Hour Story Hour at the Maben Public Library is every Friday at 10 a.m. Come enjoy stories, music and other fun learning experiences for ages 3 to 6.

Story Time Story Time at Webster County Public Library in Eupora is every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Children ages 3-6 are invited to attend and enjoy stories and activities.

AA meetings Alcoholics Anonymous meets Wednesdays from 7:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 5-6 p.m. at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora in the Education Conference Room.

Bingo at VFW Bingo is every Saturday at 6 p.m. at VFW Post 3806 in Eupora.

Longview Opry Enjoy music, refreshments and fun at the Longview Opry on Highway 12 in Longview every Saturday at 7 p.m. Talent is welcome. Admission is free.

Church news

Church of God of Prophecy The Church of God of Prophecy on Hwy. 15 North in Maben will have homecoming Sept.23 beginning at 10 a.m. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Doug Akins. After lunch Souled Out will be the guest singers.

Pine Forest Baptist Revival services at Pine Forest Baptist Church will be Sept. 23-26. Sunday services will be at 11 a.m. with lunch to follow then an abbreviated service will be at 1:30 p.m. No evening service will be held Sunday. Services Monday through Wednesday will be at 7 each evening.

The speaker will be the Rev. Leon Holly of Vaiden. Benny Rigby will lead the music and the pianist will be Tommie Overstreet. The church is located seven miles north of Stewart.

Grove Chapel Grove Chapel M.B. Church, located at 281 Fifth Ave., Maben, will have its Men’s and Women’s Day Program at 3 p.m. Sept. 23. The Revs. Robert Townsel and Charles Goss will be the guest speakers for the event.

Maben Church of God Tim Frith and the Gospel Echoes will be singing at Maben Church of God at 11 a.m. Sept. 30.

The church is located at 3965 Crowley Drive (Sturgis-Maben Road).

Spring Valley Baptist A fifth Sunday singing featuring Souled Out from Sturgis will be at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at Spring Valley Baptist Church in Mathiston. The church is located on Spring Valley Road.

Pleasant Hill Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church will host a PUSH (Praise Until Something Happens) gospel musical at 6 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Zion District building in Winona.

The featured guests will be the Hebrew Boys of West Point. All choirs, groups, soloists and praise teams may take an active part in the program.