Community calendar 4/11/18

Friends of Newton County Libraries to host book sale

The Friends of Newton County Libraries will continue its book sale through Friday, April 13 at the J. Elliot McMullan Public Library, Newton. Items for sale will include paperbacks, magazines, children’s books, non-fiction books, reference books, VHS and DVD movies and will start at 10 cents.

The library will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

Union Lions Club to host annual pancake breakfast

The Union Lions Club will hold its annual pancake breakfast from 7-10 a.m. Saturday, April 14 at First Baptist Church. Tickets cost $5 for adults, $2.50 for children, and $10 for families (4 people max).

NCHGS to host history author for April meeting

The April meeting of the NCHGS will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 14 at the Multipurpose Building in Decatur. Historical nonfiction author Hewitt Clark will be the guest this month as he previews his latest book "Dark Secrets: Good and Evil in the Deep South."

Newton to host first ever seventh/eighth grade dance

The Newton Chamber of Commerce, the Smarter Choices Community Coalition and the Newton Municipal School District Parent Teacher Organizations will host a community dance for Newton County’s seventh and eighth graders from 5-7 p.m. April 21 in the Historic Newton Depot. This will be a semi-formal/alcohol-free, drug-free, tobacco-free event that will help highlight the future citizens the county. 

American Legion Post 89 Recruitment drive

The American Legion Post 89 will be having its regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. April 17 at the American Legion Hut in Decatur. The Legion will be grilling hamburgers with all the trimmings, and the guest speaker will be Cody Perkins with the Jackson VA. The Legion will also be accepting new members and invites those interested, to come out and see what the Legion can offer them.

Union Elementary to host kindergarten registration

Union Public Schools will hold kindergarten registration for the 2018-2019 school year from 1-6 p.m. Wednesday, April 25 in the high school library. All children will be evaluated verbally to determine a level of academic skill. In order to register a child for kindergarten, parents must bring the following items to the registration: two (2) proofs of residency in the Union Public School District, with one showing township and range; a certified birth certificate (child must be 5 years of age on or before Sept. 1, 2018); the child’s social security card; and the child’s immunization record.

NCES to host art show, kindergarten pre-registration

Newton County Elementary School will host a campus art show with more than 800 exhibits from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26 in the Danny Lindsey Gymnasium. On the same day, the school will be holding kindergarten pre-registration for the Class of 2031 (Students turning 5 years of age on or before Sept. 1, 2018) from 3:30-6:30 p.m.

Beulah Hubbard Fire Department to host chicken cooking

Beulah Hubbard Volunteer Fire Department will host a chicken cooking from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 28. Tickets are on sell now until April 14 so the department can get a plate count. The plates will include a half chicken, coleslaw, bake beans, bread, dessert and tea for $8. We are also going to raffle a Ruger 10/22 and a 20-quart cooler on the day of the event. Tickets can be purchased from any of the BHVFD.

Lawrence Community Club to host yard sale

Lawrence Community Club will host a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 5. The event will also include presold hamburger plates for $5 that can be picked up from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on that day.  All proceeds to go to the Lawrence School Restoration Fund.

Lake Pushmataha to undergo dam repairs

Lake Pushmataha, located in the Pearl River Community in Neshoba County, will be undergoing some mandatory dam repairs to meet new safety requirements.

The repairs will begin in late spring of 2018. Prior to repair activities, Choctaw Wildlife and Parks has lowered water levels at the lake to help decrease some pressure on the levee structure.

The lake is still open and boaters are asked to use caution when launching their boats.

Crossroads Head Start and Newton Early Head Start now accepting applications

Crossroads Head Start and Newton Early Head Start is now accepting applications for students. Children who will be eight weeks to 4 years of age on or before Sept. 1 are eligible as well as children with disabilities.

Parents or guardians must submit one document for proof of income, including a 2017 tax return or W2 form; and proof of the child’s age.

Applications can be submitted at Crossroads, 401 East Railroad St., Newton, 601-683-3161, or at Newton Early Head Start, 403 Third St., Newton, 601-683-0205.

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