Community News February 13, 2020

Annual Tree


The Sunflower County Soil & Water Conservation District will host its Annual Tree Giveaway TODAY at the USDA Service Center, located at 212 N. MLK Jr. Drive in Indianola. Come early, supplies are limited.

Community Blood Drive

The Miss. Blood Service Donor Coach will be at the Planters Bank Hwy. 82 location TOMORROW from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for a Valentine’s Day Community Blood Drive. T-shirts will be given to all donors while supplies last. MBS asks that you please bring ID and suggests that all donors eat at least four hours within giving blood and drink plenty of fluids before and after making a donation.

Retired Education Personnel

The Retired Education Personnel of Sunflower County will meet at 1 p.m. TOMORROW at the Henry Seymour Library.

Bears Den Meeting

The Bears Den Reunion Committee 2020 will meet at 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16 at Betty’s Place.

Girl Scout Book


Girl Scout Troop 30099, under the direction of Troop Leader Sherease Monroe, will host a “Love for Books” giveaway, along with treat bags, at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 17 at Minnie Cox Park. Everyone is invited to stop by and choose a book!

S.O.S. for Healing


The monthly "Safe Online Space (S.O.S.) for Healing Conversations" local chatroom session for sexual assault victims/survivors will be held from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17. The topic for discussion will be “Love Yourself: You Deserve It.” Victims/survivors log on at 

B.B. King Museum Events

♦ Vote for The B.B. King Museum as Best Music Museum at USA Today's 10Best Readers' Choice 2020 ( You may vote once per day until polls close on

Monday, Feb. 17 at 11 a.m. The Museum won best tourist attraction in the state two years ago as part of

USA Today's 10 Best.

The “Tune in to Black History Month” weekly series continues on Thursday, Feb. 20 with Revisit the Dream with Rep. Otis Anthony at 6 p.m. The series is FREE and open to the public.

Be Smart – Take Control of your Diabetes meets during the noon hour every 4th Thursday (Feb. 27) of the month.

Piano and Guitar Lessons! Come by the museum to register!

Alcorn Alumni


The Sunflower County Chapter of Alcorn State University National Alumni Association, Inc. will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18 at Bell Grove Missionary Baptist Church, located on B. B. King Road in Indianola.  All members are encouraged to attend.

MSU Extension


♦Sunflower Stitchers meets from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. the 3rd Wednesday (Feb. 19) of every month. Please call the office (887-4601) if you are interested in joining this group.

♦The Private Applicator Certification Program training will be offered at the Sunflower County Extension Office at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19 and Thursday, Mar. 19. A $20 fee per person is required. A check payable to MSU-ES is the preferred method of payment (NO CASH). For more info, contact Alex Deason, Extension Agent, at 601-562-7200 or

♦Improve your health habits by joining the Fit4Life Senior Citizen Exercising Class in a FREE video-led fitness class from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Thursday at the Extension office. Please call 887-1901 to sign up.


Committee Meeting

The Ram Alumni Homecoming Committee invites all Gentry graduates to join them at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19 at the Bethune Center to make plans for the first summer reunion event weekend. They request input from all Gentry grads to make this a special event.

GHS Class of ‘75

The Gentry High School Class of 1975 will meet at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 at Betty’s Place to complete plans for this year’s 45th Reunion. All class members are encouraged to attend.

Black History Month Program

On Saturday, Feb. 22, in honor of Black History Month, A.C.T. (Achieving Community Transformation) presents “A Community Dialogue Session” from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and a performance featuring MADDRAMA from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Fannie Lou Hamer Museum and Multipurpose Center, 710 Byron Street, Ruleville. Admission is FREE and refreshments will be served. A.C.T. is a project of the Mississippi Workers Center for Human Rights, with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. For more info, call 662-931-0111.

Pancake Supper

The St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church annual Pancake Supper will be held at the Parish House, located at 204 E. Gresham on Tuesday, Feb. 25. EVERYONE is invited as hot, delicious buckwheat pancakes and sausage will be prepared and served by the men of the church from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Tickets are $6 and are available from the men of the church prior to the supper or at the door that night. Takeouts will be available. For more info, contact the church office at 662-887-4365.

Black History


Greater New Jerusalem COGIC, located at 1111 Garrard Road, will celebrate their annual Black History Program at 3 p.m. Sunday, February 16. Dr. Gloria Sample McIntosh will be the guest speaker.

The Sunflower County NAACP Branch (5333) will be having its annual Black History Program on Feb. 23 at 3 p.m. The program will be held at the B.B. King Museum and Senator David Jordan will be the featured speaker.. The award -winning Gentry High School Choir will render music for the occasion.


The near-incessant rains are continuing to play havoc with the Gentry High Rams baseball schedule.


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