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Calendar Notice

If you know of an event coming up, send it to us as soon as possible and it will be placed in the calendar to run as often as possible between now and the date of your event.

This is especially important if the event is one that you would like for us to attend and cover for the paper because our staff gets stretched like a big ol' rubber band trying to get around the county to cover special events.

And before we go any further, let me say this: we may be many things but mind readers/psychics we are not.

If you know of an event that we should be aware of, please do not assume that we know about it. Just this week someone called to ask why we were not at a particular event. Well, it’s simple ... we weren't there because nobody bothered to call and tell us about it.

We cannot attend an event we don't know about, and on that same note, our small staff often sets its schedule so that we can be at as many events as possible, and if someone waits until the last minute to call us, we may or may not be able to drop everything and travel halfway across the county to be at a meeting that is about to start just at the moment that the person decided to tell us about it.

Just give us as much advance notice as possible because this will help us more than you know.

You can email your announcements to, fax them to 251-843-3233, bring them by in person, mail them by U.S. Mail to P.O. Box 269, Gilbertown, AL 36908, or take them by our friend Ron Mason's Southern Oaks Land and Realty / The Mason office on Ala. 17 north in Butler and leave them in the drop box by his front door.

We again remind our readers to please keep in mind a few simple rules for submitting your announcements for the calendar.

#1 -- Make sure that all information is clear and concise.

#2 -- Include a short description of the event, the date and time (including the day of the week), location, and any other vital information such as guest speaker, etc. If listing a phone number for people to call for additional information, please list ONE number only.

#3 -- If emailing, please, please, please, don't send your announcement typed in "all caps" (all capital letters). Our typesetting software will not properly convert this formatting which means that it has to be manually re-keyed ... which means that if we are extremely busy, the announcement may be delayed.

#4 -- Remember, "for-profit" events and those that are NOT open to the general public do not qualify for a free listing in the calendar. Political events that endorse/favor an individual candidate likewise do not quality (such as fundraisers, etc.)

We love to publicize your events in the calendar, and by following these simple rules you can help us to get your announcements published in a timely manner.


Every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday
TUTORIAL PROGRAM, Choctaw Co. Elementary School, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Free to CCES students. Parents must provide transportation and pick up students by 4:30 pm.

Every Third Saturday
CHOCTAW CO. GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY, 10 a.m., Choctaw Co. Public Library, Butler.

Every First Monday
LUPUS SUPPORT MEETING, White Smith Memorial Library, Jackson, 2 p.m. Contact Jocelyn 251-769-5294 or Leslie 251-246-7261 for more info.

Every Third Tuesday
RELAY FOR LIFE MEETINGS, Willow Trace Nursing Center; Committee meeting, 5:15 p.m.; Team Captains’ meeting, 5:45 p.m.

Every Monday
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS meetings, Lisman Town Hall library, AA meeting 6 p.m.; NA meeting, 7 p.m. For information call 205-398-3889.

Mon., Feb. 17th thru Fri., Feb. 21st
BLACK HISTORY WEEK, Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church, 7 p.m. nightly, hosted by the Indian Spring Branch of N.A.A.C.P.

Saturday, February 22nd
PRAISE AND WORSHIP NIGHT, Salem Baptist Church, 6:30 p.m., feat. the CGH Unity Choir.

Sunday, February 23rd
BLACK HISTORY PROGRAM, Mt. Nebo Missionary Baptist Church, 11 a.m.; Rev. Marvin Dixon is pastor.
16TH PASTOR ANNIVERSARY, honoring Pastor Larry and Sis. Ann McLaurin, New True Light Baptist Church, Millry, 2:30 p.m., guest speaker: Rev. Sammie Newton.
BLACK HISTORY PROGRAM, New Rock Missionary Baptist Church, 2 p.m., Speaker: Deacon Wayne Longmire.
FAMILY AND FRIENDS DAY, Church of God Pentecostal, Butler; 1:30 p.m. Guest speaker Bishop Christopher Holcombe of Lisman, Ala.; Elder Sedrick King is pastor.
ANNUAL CHURCH ANNIVERSARY, Shady Grove Baptist Church, 1760 Shady Grove Road, Silas; 2 p.m. Guest speaker Rev. Ennes Rankins, pastor of Antioch Baptist Church, Bladon Springs and Shiloh Baptist Church, Silas.
INITIAL SERMON of Trey Ruffin, John the Baptist Missionary Baptist Church, Halsell, 3 p.m.
BENEFIT SINGING for cancer patient Deryke Slade of Thomasville, Tompkins Baptist Church, 14130 Hwy 43, Grove Hill. Dixie Disciples will be singing; 6 p.m. Slade has relatives in Choctaw County.
RETIREMENT TEA for Supt. of Ed. Sue Moore, Choctaw Co. High School cafeteria, 2-4 p.m.

Saturday, March 1, 2014
WILD GAME SUPPER, Gilbertown Baptist Church activities building, 6:30 p.m. Guest speaker former Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback who played with the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs and Arizona Cardinals, Brodie Croyle. Cullomburg Quartet to provide entertainment. For tickets, call 251-843-2575.
FESTIVAL FOR A CURE, Thomasville, Blakeney-Kerby National Guard Building, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and 1st Annual Crowing for a Cure Beauty Review, Booth space is 10x10, $30, 100% of booth fee is donated to the American Cancer Society. for more info. call April Harvell at 251-463-7605 or
GOSPEL FEST, hosted by Choctaw Co. High School JROTC program, featuring JROTC Choir, 6 p.m., gymnasium. General admission, $3. To register your choir, soloists, or group, or for more information contact Choir Director Trey Ruffin at 205-398-3859 or 205-499-3599, or email
CHOIR DAY, Saint Thomas AME Zion Church, 6 p.m.

Monday, March 3rd
MINISTERS’ COUNCIL, C & J Holiness in Silas, 7 p.m. nightly. Apostle J. E Johnson and Bishop Walter McGrew presiding.

Mon., Mar. 3rd thru Fri., Mar. 7th
5TH ANNUAL CITY-WIDE REVIVAL, spons. by Baptist Ministers’ Conference, Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church, Meridian, MS., 7:30 p.m. nightly, Speaker: Rev. Dr. Kenneth Maurice Davis. For more info. call Rev. Dixon 601-479-1082 or Rev. Moore 601-527-0438.

Tuesday, March 4th
MEETING, of Mt. Sterling Cemetery, Baptist Church, 6 p.m.

Saturday, March 8th
MILLRY CATFISH FESTIVAL PAGEANT, Millry High School auditorium, 5 p.m. Entry fee $40; ages birth to 18 years; pageant dress and fishing attire. Entry forms available at Southern Class in Chatom or Millry Town Hall. Deadline to enter March 3. Call 251-242-0564 or email for information.

Sunday, March 9th
DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME BEGINS. Be sure to set your clocks, watches, and other timed appliances FORWARD one hour before going to bed on Saturday night.
SANCTUARY DEDICATION PROGRAM, Fairfield CME Church, 2 p.m. Speaker will be Elder K. Soloman William; Rev. Jeffrey Sowell is pastor.
36th YEAR APPRECIATION PROGRAM, honoring Pastor Kennedy Gray, Oak Grove Baptist Church, 2 p.m.

Saturday, March 15th
MILLRY CATFISH FESTIVAL, Millry State Lake, beginning at 10 a.m. Admission $3, children under 4 free; food, puppy contest, car show, vendors, entertainment by Center Stage Entertainment featuring Karl Richerson and Larry Tyson; Catfish Idol Contest, entry $10, all ages can enter. Contact Kim Anders at 251-846-2698 or email for information.
BEAUTY PAGEANT, sponsored by Tender Love & Care Daycare, No fee, 6 weeks old to 5 years, boys and girls, Lisman Gym. Call Terry Dixon for more info. 205-398-2459.

Sunday, March 16
MEN’S and WOMEN’S DAY PROGRAM, Mt. Nebo Missionary Baptist Church, 11 a.m.; Rev. Marvin L. Dixon is pastor.

Saturday, March 22nd
ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION, honoring Elder Pierre McGrew for 11 years in ministry, Knights Chapel gymnasium, Millry; 5 p.m. Guest speaker will be Overseer Ray Ford. For information, call 251-846-3369.

Tuesday, April 8th
CHOCTAW CO. RETIRED EDUCATORS meeting, Alabama Southern Community College, Investor Education & Fraud Prevention.

Tuesday, June 10th
CHOCTAW CO. RETIRED EDUCATORS meeting, American Legion Hall, Butler; Aging Agency Services.

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Mailing Address: P.O. Box 269
Gilbertown, AL 36908

Telephone: 1-251-843-NEWS(6397)
: 1-251-843-3233

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