Community News January 2, 2020

Community Blood Drive

North Sunflower Medical Center and Mississippi Blood Services are hosting a Community Blood Drive from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. TODAY (Thursday, Jan. 2) at the hospital. Donors will receive a T-shirt and $10 gift card. Start the year off right by saving a life!

Installation of F&AM Lodge Officers

Indianola Lodge No. 450 F&AM will begin celebrations of their 120th anniversary by opening their doors for the Installation of Lodge Officers Saturday at 1:30 in the afternoon. Most Worshipful Grand Master Jason Jefcoat of the Grand Lodge of Mississippi, F&AM will serve as the Installing Master and Past Grand Master Bobby Ainsworth will serve as the Installing Marshal. The installation of officers is one of the two opportunities the public has to catch a glimpse of the wonderful opportunities Freemasonry has for men in the community (the second is the eloquent and moving Masonic Burial Service). They invite you to join them for this event and learn more about this social organization that exists in the midst of your community.

MVSU Alumni

Association Meeting

The Sunflower County MVSU Alumni Association will have their monthly meeting at 4:30 p.m. Sunday in the Fellowship Hall of First United Baptist Church, located at 720 Coolidge Street.  All alumni and friends of the Valley are welcome to come.

Twice-Monthly FREE Clothes Give-Away

Jesus is the Way Seventh Day Adventist Church, located at 600 Church Street, hosts a twice-monthly FREE clothes give-away from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the first Tuesday and second Saturday of every month. The next dates will be Tuesday, Jan. 7 and Saturday, Jan. 11. Clothes and shoes are available for all sizes. For more info, contact Elder Herbert Clark at 662-303-0748.

Annual Dr.

MLK Parade

The 100 Black Men of the Mississippi Delta will hold its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 in downtown Greenville. The entire community is invited to participate and attend. If you intend to participate please contact Willie Griffin, parade chairman, (662-335-1966) or Alfred Rankins Sr., parade vice-chair (662-379-0441) for entry forms. All participants MUST submit a participation entry form no later than Thursday, Jan. 16. The parade will be followed by the annual King Day Program at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20 at Greater Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, located at 611 Gamble St., Greenville.

MSU Extension


Sunflower Stitchers meets from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. the 3rd Wednesday of every month. The next date will be Jan. 15. Please call the office (887-4601) if you are interested in joining this group.

The Sunflower County Livestock Show will take place on Saturday, Jan. 18. This year Bolivar County will join in and start at 9 a.m. followed by Sunflower County at 1 p.m. at the Livestock Barn in Sunflower. Come out and support your local livestock 4-Hers exhibit their projects!

♦The Private Applicator Certification Program training will be offered at the Sunflower County Extension Office at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23, 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

♦Make your New Year’s resolution to improve your health habits by joining the Fit4Life Senior Citizen Exercising Class, which will resume in January, 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.

B.B. King Museum Events

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

♦ Be Smart – Take Control of your Diabetes meets during the noon hour every 4th Thursday of the month. Due to the holidays, the next meeting will be Jan. 23.

Library Events

The Sunflower County Library System is now offering Hoopla, a digital media lending service. You can instantly borrow eBooks 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with your library card. So, stop by or call any branch to get started.  

♦ Please note that the Kathy June Sheriff Public Library in Moorhead is now open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

♦All library programs are free and open to the public.  For more details about these and other programs, please contact Gail Brinston at (662) 887-1672, ext. 108.

Reading and Math


Tutoring services are being offered by Trinity Outreach Church, located at 504 Roosevelt Street. Students ages 5 to 14 receive Reading and Math instruction from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Refreshments are provided. Contact Pastor Charlene Walker at 662-574-6773 for more info.

Want a Job?

If you are looking for a job, then the SHCPI/DWDA/WIOA Program is looking for you. The program is seeking out-of-school youth, high school or college graduates, from Sunflower and Humphreys counties who are 16 to 24 years of age, who are NOT working, registered or enrolled in any college or training. For more information come to Sunflower Humphreys Counties Progress, Inc., 414 Martin Luther King Drive or call Leronda Sibley at 662-887-1431 ext. 318.

Earn Your Diploma

Earn your high school diploma in just 22 weeks! Tuition, room and board is absolutely free. Youth ChalleNGe, located at Camp Shelby is the premier alternative education program for 16 to 18 year old youths who are struggling in school or no longer attending. College classes also available through a local university. For an application or more info, call 1-800-507-6253 or visit their website:


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