Calendar of Events

Annual Fruit Sale The Choctaw County Career and Technology Center is having their Annual Fruit Sale. See any VoTech student or call 285-4152.

30 Day Giveaway The Ackerman Athletic Booster Club is sponsoring a 30 day giveaway during the month of November. Among items to be given away are: $100 cash, rifles, oil change, mani & pedis, gift certificates, and other items too numerous to mention. Tickets may be purchased from any athlete or booster club member. Tickets are $30 and offer 30 chances to win. If your name is drawn as a winner, it goes back in the pot for another chance. For more information, or to purchase a ticket contact Mike Brasher, Margaret Blackwell, John Furr, or Mariann Beals. Your continued support of our student-athletes is greatly appreciated.

Ackerman Band selling discount card Get your discount card for $10 to receive discounts at participating local businesses. Participating businesses and discounts are listed on the back of the card. The fundraiser benefits the Ackerman Band. All band members and band booster members will have these cards available for purchase. For more information call 285-7528.

Christmas Parade t-shirts on sale Deadline November 7 If you would like to purchase a Christmas Parade t-shirt, please contact a Ackerman 20th Century Club member. Forms can also be picked up at the Chamber office (Economic Development) across from the Courthouse. T-shirts are $12 for short sleeve and $15 for long sleeve (add $1 for 2xl & 3xl). Funds raised will benefit MFWC President’s Special Project: Veterans & Military Personnel. Deadline is Wednesday, November 7th. For more information contact Tinker Forrester at 312-1532.

Photography program offered Nov. 8 Exploring Photography will provide beginning tips and techniques for creating better photographs. Instruction will provide some basic rules of composition and design, how to make photographs of awards presentations, photographing groups and more. Scott Corey, Photographer, Office of Agricultural Communications at MSU, will present the program November 8 from 12- 1 pm via interactive video at the Choctaw County Extension Office. Everyone is invited to attend. For information, call 285-6337.

AHS Take a Vet to School Day Nov. 8 The JROTC program is sponsoring the Ackerman High School Take a Vet to School Day on November 8 at 10 a.m. at the Ty Cobb Auditorium. For more information call Major Bruce Morris (R) at 285-4101 ext. 114.

Christmas Open House Nov. 8 Christmas Open House will be held Thursday, November 8. Hours will be set by each individual participating Chamber business with the Open House ending by 8 pm. If you are a Chamber member and would like to participate in Christmas Open House, please contact our office. If you would like to join the Chamber, please call 285-3778. More details to be announced in the upcoming weeks.

Benefit set for David Edwards Nov. 10 There will be a benefit for David Edwards (Chief Deputy Winston County) to help with expense for a liver transplant on November 10 from 12-6pm at the Louisville Coliseum, Ivy Avenue. Live music and singing, jumpers for the kids, face painting, buggy rides, womanless beauty review, cake auction, bbq plates, bbq sandwiches, hotdogs, chicken plates, popcorn, drinks. Bring the whole family and enjoy a great time!

Veteran’s Day Program Nov. 10 A Veteran’s Day Program will be held Saturday, November 10 at 11 a.m. at the National Guard Armory in Ackerman. Cookies and cokes will be served at 10:30 a.m. More details to be announced soon.

Brunswick Stew Sale Nov. 10 Enon C P Church will be cooking Brunswick Stew for donations on Saturday, November 10. If you would like to reserve a gallon, prior to the 10th, bring your jar with your name on it to the church and we will fill the reserved jars first. The stew should be ready for pick up by noon.

Genessee Travelers Homecoming Concert Nov. 11 The Genessee Travelers of Chicago in their 6th Homecoming concert on November 11 at 3 PM. There will include many guest artists. First Unity Family Life Center in Weir. Tickets in advance: $10. Admission at the Door: $12. For Tickets or more information call: Sam or Margaret Jenkins 285-2264, Onasis McKinney 285-8644, Mattie Robinson 547-6028 or Larry Pratt 312-9947.

American Legion meets Nov. 12 The American Legion Post 82 and Auxiliary will meet Monday, November 12 at the American Legion building in Ackerman. We will eat at 6 p.m. and have a business meeting at 6:30 p.m. Please attend.

Full Circle Knitting/Crochet Group Nov. 13 ONLY Full Circle Knitting/Crochet group USUALLY meets every Tuesday morning from 9 a.m.-noon at the Choctaw County Extension Office in the Courthouse Annex. On November 13th, group members, plus anyone else who would like to participate, will start the day in French Camp knitting/crocheting in public! Members will work on projects from 9-11 am in the area of the Council House or Gift Shop. Just look or listen for clicking needles. Next will be a Dutch treat lunch at the Council House Café in French Camp. Finally, some of the group will be going to the Choctaw County Nursing Center in Ackerman to help residents make flowers out of recycled plastic bags, from 1:30-2:30. For more information, please call 285-6337.

Historical Highlight Luncheon Nov. 13 The next Historical Highlight Luncheon at French Camp Presbyterian Church will be Tuesday, November 13 at noon. Our speaker is Carol Cannon, the wife of French Camp Academy’s former President Rich Cannon. Carol will be sharing “Memories of a Former First Lady” and will share stories about the years she and her husband served the Academy. All are welcome! Lunch is provided for a $2 donation. Our December meeting will be December 11; we’ll enjoy a lunch together and share Christmas memories.

“Grief Share: Surviving the Holidays” Seminar Nov. 13 French Camp Presbyterian Church will be having a Grief Share: Surviving the Holidays” Seminar on November 13 at 6:30 p.m. To attend the seminar is free. Our Surviving the Holidays seminar will help you prepare for the challenges that can make this time of year so difficult for those who are grieving, and find the strength, comfort and hope you’ll need to make it through the holidays, and every other day. To register, contact Mary Nell Coblentz at or call Margie Newman at 662-547-5282. Leave your name and the number (and names) of all people attending, and whether they are adults, teens, or children in need of a nursery.

All About Camellias Nov. 15 Blooming from fall to late spring, there is a camellia to fit in everyone’s garden! Find out more November 15 at noon at the Choctaw County Extension Office. Dr. Wayne Porter will present the program via interactive video. Everyone is invited to attend. For information, call 285-6337.

Christmas Parade Dec. 6, Entry deadline Nov. 30 The Town of Ackerman would like to announce plans for the 2012 Christmas Parade. This year’s theme will be A Picture Perfect Christmas. It will be held in downtown Ackerman on Thursday, December 6, beginning at 6 p.m. Entry forms must be completed and returned no later than November 30 to: Ackerman Christmas Parade, PO Box 394, Ackerman, MS 39735. For more information call Ackerman Town Hall at 285-6251.

Yarn Spinners Book Club Dec. 4 Yarn Spinners Book Club meets at the Choctaw County Extension Office at 10:30-12:00 on the 1st Tuesday of each month. Participants take turns choosing which books to read, so there is a wide variety of subjects; some fiction, some non-fiction. Because Holiday preparations and events can be so hectic this time of year, on December 4th participants will share a little about one of their favorite books. If you have any questions, please call the Extension Office at 285-6337.

Christmas Brunch Dec. 8 Celebrate the Season at a Christmas Brunch on December 8th from 9am-11am at the Community Center in Ackerman. Come enjoy the beautiful tablescapes delicious dishes and door prizes to be given away. Vendors will be on hand so plan to shop for Christmas. Special music will be provided and you don’t want to miss the featured speaker – Rita Sweatt. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased from any club member. This event is hosted by GFWC Ackerman Twentieth Century Club.

Christmas Parade in Weir Dec. 11 “Christmas in My Hometown” is the theme of the 2012 Christmas Parade in Weir. The parade will be Tuesday, December 11 at 6 p.m. All churches, organizations, and individuals are invited to march or ride in the parade. Call Town Hall at 547-6123 or Floyd Patterson at 547-6834 for a registration form or more information.

Christmas trees needed for Holiday Open House Christmas trees needed for Holiday Open House on Thursday, December 13 at the Choctaw County Library. We would like school groups, church groups, businesses and other organizations in the county to decorate Christmas trees. Each group is responsible for securing their own tree, live or artificial. We ask that no food items or glitter be used in decorations. Trees must be up by December 12 at noon. A Peoples’ Choice Award will be given again this year. To sign up to decorate a tree, contact the Choctaw County Extension Office at 285-6337 or email This event is sponsored by the Choctaw County Extension Office and Choctaw County Library.

Full Circle Knitting/Crocheting Group Location: Choctaw County Extension Office Full Circle Knitting/Crocheting group meets every Tuesday from 9 a.m.- Noon. Beginners through experts are invited to attend. Bring your needles and yarn. Want to help out with a community service project, but can’t attend? Contact us at 285-6337 for other ways you can help.

Fall Bazaar Nov. 10 Fellowship Baptist Church will have a Fall Bazaar on Saturday, November 10 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Items include handmade items, baked goods and “white elephants.” Fellowship Baptist is located at 2335 Old Trace Road, Mathiston (Choctaw County). This it to benefit Operation Christmas Child and other missions. For more information call 662-263-4035.