Community calendar 03/21/18

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. Thursday, 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.

Retired Education Personnel to hold monthly meeting

The Newton County Retired Education Personnel will meet at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22. The gifted students at the Newton County High School will present a program on robotics in their classroom at NCHS. Attendees are asked to please park in the parking lot behind the school.

Any Retired Mississippi Education personnel who are not a member are also invited to attend to learn more about this organization.

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 Quinn’s Family Pharmacy and Mississippi Power. Tickets can be purchased from any chamber board member or at Quinn’s Family Pharmacy, Citizen’s Bank or State Farm of Union.

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.

15th Annual Loose Caboose Festival on March 31

The 15th Annual Loose Caboose Festival will be on March 31 with the kickoff free concert and Midway Carnival on March 30. The free concert featuring the band Doctor Zarr’s Amazing Funk Monster will be in the Historic Depot parking lot from 6-10 p.m. and will be sponsored by Biewer Lumber, Mississippi Power and BankPlus. The festival will be form 9-4 p.m. for food, shopping and pure fun with over 100 plus craft and food vendors, the Midway Carnival, the ECCC Warrior Wellness 5K-2Mile Walk, live entertainment, monster truck rides, the BankFirst Car Show, inflatables, a petting zoo and more.

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.

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/formal alcohol-free, drug-free, tobacco-free event that will help highlight the future citizens the county. 

Adults interested in being a chaperone for the dance, are asked to please attend a parent education meeting at 5:30 p.m. April 3 to inform the parents about the dance as well as the importance of this dance being an alcohol/drug/tobacco free event.

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.

CMRC to host community wide yard sale

Central Mississippi Resident Center will host a community-wide yard sale on the campus from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 7. The sale will be sponsored by Friends of CMRC, and the set up fee for vendors is $25.  All sales go to the vendors, and there is a $1 parking fee for shoppers.

For more information or to reserve a spot, call Suzi McDill at 601-683-4211.

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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