Community calendar 5/16/18

Newton to host community blood drive at Walmart

Mississippi Blood Services will be holding a community blood drive from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 17 at the Newton Walmart. The MBS Donor Coach will be on hand, and donors will receive a T-shirt. Donors must be at least 16 years old (16-year-olds need signed parental consent, visit the MBS website for a copy of the form), weigh at least 110 pounds and have a valid ID. Visit or call (888) 90-BLOOD (902-5663) for more information. Donors can also visit our Facebook page at and follow MSbloodservices on Twitter.

Dixon Day to be held at Neshoba County Fairgrounds

Dixon Day will be Saturday, May 19, at the Neshoba County Fairgrounds beginning at 10 a.m. Lunch will be picnic style. Former students, teachers, neighbors and friends are invited to attend. For more information, call Patsy Davis at 601-656-3795.

St. Cloud to host  women’s day program

St. Cloud MB Church, Morgan Field Road, Newton, will  have its women’s day at 11 a.m. The speaker will be St. Cloud’s own first lady Sis. Toyriea Rasco. Everyone is invited. The pastor is the Rev. Jimmy Rasco.

WoodmenLife Chapter 332 to host Memorial Day service

WoodmenLife of Union Chapter 332 invites the public to its Memorial Day service at 10 a.m. Monday, May 28 at the Union Mini Park flag pole.

Newton Chamber banquet to host 66th annual banquet

The Newton Chamber of Commerce will host its 66th annual Chamber Banquet on June 7 at the Historic Depot. The keynote speaker will be Richelle Putnam, Mississippi humanities speaker, author and talk show host, and music will be provided by pianist Beau Roberts. June 7. The silent auction will begin at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Only advanced tickets will be sold for $20. Contact the Newton Chamber of Commerce at 601-683-2201.

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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