Community calendar 4/18/18

ECCC to offer course in ‘How to Develop a Business Plan’

The East Central Community College Small Business Development Center will offer a free workshop titled “How to Develop a Business Plan” Thursday, April 19  from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Workforce Development Center located on the college’s Decatur campus. 

The seminar is designed to assist in preparing a business plan, industry research, description of company products and services, identifying target customer groups and developing a marketing plan. Financial components discussed are startup costs and preparation of a projected cash flow statement.

Ronald Westbrook, SBDC director, will serve as facilitator. For more information, contact Westbrook at 601-635-6297 or email

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. Saturday, 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. 

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.

Newton County FFA to hold annual awards banquet

Newton County Future Farmers of America is holding their annual awards banquet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26 at First Baptist Church, Newton. Alumni are invited to attend. Please contact Jill Wagner for ticket information at 601-635-4138 or

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.

American Legion Post 173 to host barbecue fund raiser

The American Legion Hickory Post 173 will host a barbecue fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 4 at Hickory Baptist Church. Squealers barbecue plates will be sold for $7 each and will include pulled pork, potato salad, baked beans and bread. Ten or more plates can be ordered, and delivery will be available. The deadline to place orders is Saturday, April 28. For more information, call Joan Goodwin at 601-683-3430 or 601-613-4626, or Charles Massey at 601-479-8810 or Linda Massey at 601-479-9910.

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.

Newton County NAACP to host annual Freedom Fund Banquet

The annual Newton County NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 5 at East Central Community College. Keynote speaker will be Nola Bryant, superintendent of the Newton Municipal School District.  Tickets can be purchased from any NAACP member for $20 or may be purchased at the door.  

Three UHS classes plan joint reunion

Union High School Classes of 1957, 1958 and 1959 will join for their respective reunions on Monday, May 7 at the Ole Union Opry House on Bank Street in Union. Friends are most welcome to visit after the noon hour. The Class of 1957’s record turnout for their 60th reunion last May inspired the class to meet every year, and it motivated the  other classes to meet with them this year. 

Organizing the Class of 1958’s 60th reunion is Wayne Carleton (601-774-9394),  Betty Thomas Henry (601-774-8447) is in charge of the Class of 1959’s 59th reunion. Jeanette Beevers Thrash (601-635-2699) is arranging the Class of 1957’s 61st gathering.  For further information, one may contact any of these three.

ECC offering May semester courses

General Biology I & II, English Composition I, and Public Speaking I are just some of the for-credit courses being offered this May during East Central Community College’s May Semester.

The three-week May Term begins on Monday, May 7, and ends on Friday, May 25. The last day to register is Tuesday, May 8. All courses are on the campus in Decatur.

Registration for all three terms can be done online at 

Other May Semester courses available are Intermediate English, Nutrition, Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab, Microbiology with Lab, Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, and General Psychology.

For additional information about the May Semester at East Central Community College, call 601-635-6375 or email

NCSWCD to hold annual meeting

The Newton County Soil and Water Conservation District will be having its annual meeting starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 8 at East Central Community College Cafeteria. The speaker will be Sen. Terry C. Burton. The price for this event is $15 per person. To purchase tickets, please contact the Newton County SWCD office at 601-635-2327, Extension 3. Tickets may also be purchased at the door the night of the meeting.

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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