Community calendar 12/13/17

Newton County School District to host MDE’s‘Celebration of Excellence” tour

The public is invited to the Mississippi Department of Education's "Celebration of Excellence" assembly honoring Newton County Schools for its "A" rating set for Friday, Dec. 15 beginning at 1:30 p.m. in the Newton County High School gymnasium, 16255 Highway 503, in Decatur. 

Mississippi's Department of Education Superintendent Dr. Carey Wright will be making a presentation at this time. For more information, visit or call Janine Vincent at 601-635-4902.

Relay for Life announces meeting dates

The Relay for Life planning committee has announced five meeting dates for this 2018.  The dates are:

• 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9

• 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13

• 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13

• 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10 (Bank night).

For more information, call 601-562-4830.

Extension service holding third annual Project Purse

For a third straight year the MSU Extension Service of Newton County is sponsoring a community service project by collecting new or gently used purses filled with toiletry items to distribute to individuals living in community-based housing. Call 601-635-7011 or 601-482-9764.

For a list of suggested toiletry items. Donations can be dropped off at the MSU Extension office at 65 Seventh St., Decatur. The donation deadline is Dec. 15.

Elf training returns to county libraries

The Kemper Newton County Regional Library System will again be hosting elf training for kids ages 5-12 in December. Children will be able to learn skills to be ready to assist Santa as honorary elves this holiday season.

Activities will include designing their own wrapping paper, creating a unique holiday ornament, decorating and eating cookies and enjoying a special interactive story. The Newton library session will be from 4-5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, the Union library session will be from 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20 and the Decatur library session will be from 2-3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21.

For more information, call 601-774-9297.

Lawrence Community Club to host visit with Santa

The Lawrence Community Club is hosting its first ever "Come visit

Santa" from 2-4 Saturday, Dec. 16 at the Old Lawrence School. The community is welcome to come out and see Santa.


Ministry hosts support groups

Free Indeed Ministries, 110 Main St., Union, is hosting weekly addiction support groups sponsored by Mending Broken Lives ministries at 7-8 p.m. every Tuesday night.

For more information, call Teresa Talbert at 601-697-9015, or Jennifer Wilkerson at 601-253-6758.

Email announcements to dthompson@­newton­