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.



COUNTY FAIR EXHIBIT AND FUNDRAISER

Kemper County MHV will host its annual County Fair Exhibit and Fundraiser. Fair exhibits will be on display at the Farmer’s Market August 1 – 2. Viewing is open to the public from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug.1 and 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. August 2. Fair exhibit entries are open to all Kemper County residents. Contact our office for a registration form. Our annual fundraiser is set for August 2  from 11-2. We will serve Ribeye Sandwiches, chips and a drink for $8.00. Homemade cakes, pies, cookies, and pastries will also be available at the bake sale. This event will take place at the Ruby Rankin Farmer’s Market building, located at 587 Old Scooba Road in DeKalb. Tickets are available now for the Ribeye Sandwich plates. Advanced orders required. See any MHV member to purchase your ticket, stop by the Extension office, or call 601-743-2837. Proceeds will be used to fund community service projects.



NEW BEGINNING UMC 

CHOIR DAY

New Beginning  UMC, 1013 Hwy 45, Porterville, Ms will have their "Choir Day" the 2nd Sunday in August, August 11th, 2019 beginning at 1:30pm. We will be lifting up Jesus Christ with songs of praise. Everyne is invited to attend. Call 601-604-7314 FMI.



SIMMON RIDGE BAPTIST CHURCH HOMECOMING

Simmon Ridge Baptist Churh, Hwy 493 in DeKalb, is inviting everyone out to their Annual Homecoming and Family and Friends Day. It will be August 4 at 2 p.m. Guest speaker will be Pastor Gary Houston of Blackwater Baptist Church. Also beginning August 5-8, the Simmon Ridge Baptist Church will be having their Fall Revival. There will be a different speaker every night at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited. For more information call 601-743-2167.



UNION MISSIONARY BAPTIST HOMECOMING AND REVIVAL

Union Missionary Baptist Church Kemper Springs church family will be celebrating its 144th year of praising and worshiping the Almighty King. We are asking you to join in this glorious celebration. Our Homecoming and Revival services are August 4-9. On August 4, the homecoming service during morning worship at 11 a.m. Our messenger will be Rev. Robert Coats, former pastor of Union Baptist church. Revival services will beging Monday, August 5 through August 9 at 7 p.m. nightly. Rev. Perry Fletcher, pastor Greater New Friendship Baptist Church Brandon, Miss., will be the guest evangelist. Deacons and choir are invited to join us for the service on any night. 



BLUFF SPRINGS REVIVAL

Revival Services will be held at Bluff Springs Baptist church, August 12-14 at 7:30 p.m. nightly. Pastor Willie C. Rush of Goodway M.B. Church, Philadelphia, Miss. will be the guest speaker. Pastor is Mearlon Coleman.



RETIRED TEACHERS 

PLANNING SESSION

The PERS (Retired Teachers) will hold a planning session on Tuesday, August 13 at 11 a.m. at the Kozy Kitchen. All members are invited to attend.  For further info, call Carolyn Palmer at 601-677-2211 or Grace Gibson at 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 











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.











CENTER RIDGE M.B. FALL REVIVAL

Center Ridge M.B. Church, Reverend Reginald Brumfield, will be having their fall revival on August 19-21, 7 p.m. nightly. Guest minister will be Reverend John Willis of Agape Storehouse, Meridian, Miss.



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 



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.



 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



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.



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