Community calendar 03/07/18

Newton High Booster Club to host Big Blue Barbecue

The Newton High School Athletic Booster Club will sponsor a “Big Blue Barbecue”

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday March 9 at Cash Money in Newton. Chicken and rib plates will be available.

Present Day Club Union birthday calendars on sale

The Present Day Club of Union is taking orders through March 10 for the community birthday calendars. Calendars cost $6 and each listing is .50 cents.

To place orders, call Melissa Carleton 601-416-8989 or Coreen Van Devender 601-416-0690. Proceeds help fund club community, educational and art projects in Union.

NCHGS to host John Sharp for March meeting

The Newton County Historical and Genealogical Society meeting will be held in the Multi-Purpose Building in Decatur at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 10.

John Sharp is scheduled as guest speaker of the day. On his trips to the “Holy Land,” he has been fortunate to take part in archaeological digs finding artifacts; pottery and coins, some of which dates back to the time of Moses. 

Sharp is also an enthusiastic collector of old bottles. Also Harold Graham will be addressing the membership regarding the decision to appoint an editor of the society’s remembering journal. 

Union Riding Club to offer clinic for vaccinations

The Union Riding Club will offer a Coggins Clinic on March 10 from 9-10 a.m. The clinic will offer Coggins testing and vaccination, power float, tube worming and vaccinations for EWT and West Nile, Equine 5 and 1, rabies and strangles.

Busy Hands Quilting Guild to hold March meeting

The Busy Hands Quilting Guild will meet on Mach 13 in the fellowship hall of Decatur United Methodist Church beginning at 9 a.m. The guild is continuing to work on our lap quilt project for hospice. This will be the month for pot luck lunch. The guild welcomes new members.

Newton Chamber to host violence prevention workshop

The Care Lodge Domestic Violence Shelter will be hosting a workshop on community-based bystander intervention techniques from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 14 at the Newton County Chamber office at the Historic Newton Depot. The workshop will be a part of the shelter’s Green Dot program, which is an experiential learning program that introduces forms of power-based personal violence and implements strategies for individuals to be proactive and reactive in preventing acts of violence from occurring in their community. This program also highly encourages methods to increase personal safety.

The workshop is designed for working professional who interacts within the public domain, fraternities, sororities, civic clubs, student groups and members of the community who want to work together to prevent violence. Certificates of attendance are available via e-mail after completing the workshop.

All those interested in attending must RSVP by Friday, March 9.

Newton County 4-H Club hosts robotics and LEGOS club

The Newton County 4-H Club will host a youth LEGOS and robotics club for children ages 5-7. The dash robotics will be at 3:30 p.m. March 22 at the MSU Extension Service Office in Decatur. Space is limited for this program. The LEGOS club will be for children ages 5 and up and will be at 3:30 p.m. March 29.

Call the 4-H office at 601-635-7011 for more information.

Union Chamber of Commerce to host annual banquet

The Union Chamber of Commerce will hold its 2018 membership banquet at 7 p.m. Friday, March 23 at First Baptist Church Union’s family life center. This year’s keynote speaker will be Union native U.S. Rep. Trent Kelly. Entertainment will be provided by The Josh Dickerson Band and will be sponsored by Quinns Family Pharmacy and Mississippi Power.

Newton County 4-H  Club to host Sewing 101

The Newton County 4-H Club will host a Sewing 101 class for youth ages 10 and up and adults at 3:30 p.m. March 26. There is no cost to join but there may be some expense involved in the program. For more information, call the MSU Extension Office at 601-635-7011.

ECCC invites vendors to participate in Expo

East Central Community College will host its 16th annual Business, Education, & Healthcare Expo from 9:30-11 a.m. Thursday, March 29, in Brackeen-Wood Gym on the Decatur campus.

Vendors interested in setting up a booth at the expo should contact Linda Vance at 601-635-6210 or The deadline to register is March 27.

Loose Caboose vendor applications now available

The Newton Chamber of Commerce is now accepting craft and food vendor applications for Newton’s 15th Annual Loose Caboose Arts and Crafts Festival on Saturday, March 31. To enter, visit our webpage, or call 601-683-2201 to receive a mailed application.

ECCC to hold cheerleader tryouts April 7, clinics April 3-5

East Central Community College in Decatur will hold tryouts for the 2018-19 cheerleading squad from 8 a.m. until noon Saturday, April 7 in the South Campus Gymnasium. There is a $25 fee for all participants. Pre-tryout clinics will be held from 7-9 p.m. April 3-5 in the South Campus Gymnasium. During these sessions, participants will learn the cheer, fight song routine and stunts necessary for tryouts. Those wishing to tryout must attend at least one clinic.

Those selected for the squad receive full-tuition scholarships. For more information, contact ECCC Cheer sponsor Pauline Karcher at or contact the athletic department at 601-635-6310.

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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