Community calendar 02/07/18

Newton County Elementary School to host blood drive
Newton County Elementary School will be holding a blood drive with Mississippi Blood Services from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8. The MBS donor coach will be at the school. Donors will receive a T-shirt or spinner pen (while supplies last). Donors must be at least 16 years old (16-year-olds need signed parental consent, visit msblood.com for a copy of the form), weigh at least 110 pounds and have a valid ID.
Visit us at msblood.com or call us at (888) 90-BLOOD (902-5663) for more information.

NCES to host Parent Expo on Thursday
Newton County Elementary School will host its annual Parent Expo on Thursday, Feb. 8. The event will include progress report pick-up from 4-5:30 p.m. in the classroom; uniform swap from 4-6:30 p.m.; community exhibits including the Kemper County Regional Library System, the Newton County 4-H Club, and MDOT, beginning at 4 p.m. in the Danny Lindsley Gymnasium; ELL parent training from 5-5:45 p.m. in the gym; iReady rotations from 5:45-6:30 in the gym; second and third grade parent meeting on preparing for the Reading Gate Assessment in the cafe'; and a PTO meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the gym.
For more details, call Janine Vincent at The Parent Center, 601-635-4902. 

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. Feb. 8 and 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. Feb. 15 and March 29.
The NXT robotics club will be for youth ages 8-13 who are interested in developing skills to build and program robots. The program will kick off at 4 p.m. Feb. 13 via interactive video or Scopia. Call the 4-H office at 601-635-7011 for more information.

ECCC to host Father/daughter Valentine Dance” Friday
The East Central Community College Choral Department will host a Father/Daughter Valentine Dance on Friday, Feb. 9 on the Decatur campus. The event will feature a Princess Theme for ages five and up and will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Mabry Memorial Cafeteria. The cost is $30 per couple and if a father has more than one daughter, it is an additional $5 per child.  Light refreshments will be included. For more information, contact Denise Riley, ECCC choral director, at 601-635-6225 or email mdriley@eccc.edu.

NCHGS to host Special Response Team on Saturday
The Newton County Historical and Genealogical Society will hold its February meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10 at the Newton County Human Resources building in Decatur. The guest speakers for the meeting will be Joedy Pennington, Decatur Chief of Police and Kris Hollingsworth, Newton County Deputy Sheriff. They will be speaking to the NCHGS members about the Newton County Special Response Team and the duties and capabilities of this special task force. The two will also talk to the members about scam awareness and ID theft awareness as well as safety measures for senior citizens. Membership dues are being accepted now. A one-year member ship costs $30. 

ECCC WDC to offers certified nurse aide course
The East Central Community College Workforce Development Center will offer a certified nurse aide course beginning Monday, Feb. 12 on the Decatur campus.
Classes will meet from 3:30-7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday for six consecutive weeks. Clinical dates and times will be announced at a later date. Cost is $766 per person and includes everything except the TB Skin Test. A WorkKeys test will be given and participants must score at the Silver Level to attend this class. Theresa Cole and Niva Alexander will serve as instructors. For more information, contact Debra Hutchins, workforce development coordinator, at dhutchins@eccc.edu  or call 601-635-6295.

Busy Hands Quilt Guild to hold February meeting
The Busy Hands Quilt Guild monthly meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 13 in the fellowship hall of Decatur United Methodist Church on Broad Street in Decatur. The program will be given by Sandra Amis. This is the Guild’s month to bring canned food for the DUMC Food Bank. The Guild welcomes new members. 

Newton County 4-H Club to host Poconos photography club
The Newton County 4-H Club will host its Poconos photography club for youth ages 8-18 at 5 p.m. Feb. 26 and March 26 at Poconos Studio in Newton. All youth involved will need to have parental supervision. No children can be left alone in the studio at any time while the classes are being conducted.

Chunky to host  ‘Let’s Play for D’Jay’ blood drive
Mississippi Blood Services will be holding a special blood drive for Derrick “D’Jay” James at the Chunky Softball Fields from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10.
The MBS donor coach will be on hand. Donors will receive a T-shirt (while supplies last). 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 msblood.com or call us at (888) 90-BLOOD (902-5663) for more information. 

Union Summer League registration is underway
Registration for the Union Summer Recreation Summer League is underway. Parents can register at the Union City Hall until Feb. 16. The cost will be $45 for all ages and this does not include uniforms. For more information, call 601-774-9422. 

Newton County 4-H Club to host art club
The Newton County 4-H Club will host an art club for youth ages 8-18 at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 12 and March 5. mdriley@eccc.edu.

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, 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. 

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. Feb. 26 and 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.

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@­newton­countyappeal.com.

Obituaries

Annie Mae Lewis Vance, 89, passed away on Mother’s Day, May 13, 2018, at Rosemont Assisted... READ MORE