Community Calendar 7-19-2018

It may be time to evaluate our position regarding alcohol sales


To all my friends and neighbors in Simpson County,


In past months, there has been some intermittent discussion, some newspaper articles and a random petition, aimed at getting enough signatures and support to justify getting alcohol sales in our county. There has been pretty even distribution in several areas, between those who would like to see alcohol sold locally, and those who don't. But I don't believe that anyone has ever openly discussed some of the reasons why it's become increasingly important for us to put this measure into place.

First of all, I'm doing this because I love this area, and I'm wanting to see Mendenhall, and the entire county, move forward into the future and new business growth in the area, which will bring increased tax revenue to our city, allowing us to fix our streets, keep the cities clean, improve public areas and just not have to be putting things off or not being able to provide needed items or services to keep our cities vibrant and healthy.

As a nearly 20 year resident and two-term Alderman for the City of Mendenhall, I've had the opportunity to serve under 3 different mayors, to go to various seminars and classes, and to attend yearly municipality-related conferences. All 3 of the mayors have shared stories of industries or restaurants calling or coming into town, inquiring about bringing their business to Mendenhall. I'm sure Mayor Clyde or Mayor Berry have probably had similar encounters. But invariably, one of the very first questions they ask is "Do you have alcohol sales?" And when you say you don't, they say they'll move on down the road. I don't have the reasoning behind this; but it's something almost universal for businesses relocating to other areas of the state or country. I asked a business friend of mine in Atlanta about it recently, and he said, "It's just a fact of life, today; if you don't have alcohol sales, you don't have growth."

About 3 years ago, I was able to take part in a meeting that illustrates my point. Many area municipal officials attended a seminar at Co-Lin, where the Economic Development people from Jackson told us about a proposed "Medical Corridor", that would extend along a 5 mile wide strip from Florence to Hattiesburg. It would come in the next 10 to 15 years, and include any types of business, related to the medical profession. You can imagine the growth, financial prosperity, job development, etc. that could come along with this. About a year and a half ago, I became curious as to how this project was evolving. Somehow, it had been moved....sadly; to the I-20 area, between Jackson and Clinton. We can all come to conclusions as to why; but I believe it’s in big part because Rankin, Simpson, and most of Covington counties do not have alcohol sales. Hinds County does.

I'm not in any way advocating that anyone drink alcohol, that doesn't want to. Many are very much against it, for various reasons; and I fully understand that. But, I also believe it is a choice, we should be allowed to make on our whether or not to smoke cigarettes, or whether or not to otherwise put our health in danger by eating too much, or the wrong types of food. Having a package store in the neighborhood doesn't mean that everyone in the town is going to rush out and become an alcoholic. But is does mean that many good and prosperous business opportunities are bypassing our communities, taking growth and prosperity through increased tax revenue elsewhere.

There are few dry counties remaining in Mississippi. We've had slow to no progress in getting the support to get this issue on a ballot. I do not really know how much business and revenue have already been lost, in the last 10 years or so; but it could be rather simple to make sure it doesn't happen in the future, if we work together to bring it about.






July 15-19

Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, 512 Rockport-New Hebron Rd, will be in revival on July 15, 16, 18, and 19, starting at 7 p.m. Revival speaker Bro.  Luke Edwards, pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, Ebenezer. Music, Bro. Ken Boyette, interim pastor at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.


July 15-20

James Chapel Church and pastor invite you to our annual revival. Revival services start Sunday, July 15, at 2 p.m. with Rev. George Dawson, pastor of Rocky Valley M.B. Church in Collins delivering the message. Guest speakers for the week are: Monday & Tuesday, July 16 & 17, Rev. Tryone Dixson, pastor of St. Paul Church in Vicksburg; Wednesday, July 18, Rev. L.B. Owens, pastor of Dry Ridge M.B. Church of Mize; Thursday, July 19, Elder Sean Coney, pastor of Kingdom Seekers of Prentiss; Friday, July 20, Rev. Cornelius McDonald Sr., pastor of John the Baptist of Vossburg. Nightly services will begin at 7:15.


July 20-21

Kennedy Springs Baptist Church "Mission Center"--- - HUGE SUMMER SALE! Friday and Saturday, July 20 & 21 (8 a.m.-12 noon). Children grades k -12  will receive 2 FREE school supplies! Most  clothes are * $1  including scrubs, hundreds of shorts, swimsuits, tank tops, flip flops.  They receive new clothing donations from local shops such as CATO and Ballyhoo. Hundreds of books are available for 10 ¢.  It is open to the public the first and third weekend each month selling toys, dishes, linens, knick knacks and much more at unbelievable prices! They offer free Bibles, Sunday School books and daily prayer devotional books.    Follow the pink signs from Polks Pharmacy 9 miles from downtown Magee and 10 miles out Highway #540E from  Highway #49 to 2034 Highway #540. (601/847-0702). Share their fb page "Kennedy Springs Mission Center Ministry.” (* Indicates some slightly higher)


2018 Mississippi Watermelon Festival 40th year, in downtown Mize in the City Park. The festival is a fundraiser for the Mize Volunteer Fire Department.  Two days of food, fun, entertainment and Watermelons! Friday, July 20, gates will open at 3:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 21, gates open at 8:30 a.m. with live music, arts and crafts, games, fun and great food. Saturday features 5K run/walk and a car show! Saturday live performance by Jamie O’Neal at 8 p.m.


July 21

Join us for a fun, informative day about the Shoebox Ministry where we will share ideas, crafts, videos, food, fellowship. Saturday, July 21, 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Grace Baptist Church, 62 Big Richardson Road, Laurel (5 miles east on Hwy. 84 -- look for church sign between Myrick sign and Dollar General; turn North from 84)  Lunch provided. Session 1: “How to Be A Great Project Leader” Session 2: “Things You May Not Know About OCC and SP” Session 3: “What Goes in Is FUN—What Comes Out Is ETERNAL!” Hosted by the OCC Northern Pine Belt Area Team For more information, call Lane at 479-228-1648 or email at


The Youth Dept. of the Oak Ridge M. B. Church welcomes everyone to their Annual Activity/Fun Day.  It will begin at  9 a.m. on Saturday July 21. We plan to to have bingo, tire hops, basketball and other fun activties.  Food will be provided. Come join us.


Join us for the next Ranch House Opry on July 21 with entertainment by professional musicians Buddy Mullins and DeAnna Emhovick. The Ranch House Opry is held in the Pearl Community Center, 2420 Old Brandon Road in Pearl. Admission is $5 at the door, and concessions are available. Visit our Facebook page, our website (, or call 601-992-4716 for more information.


July 21-26

The Magee 1st Baptist Church family invites you to our annual revival on Sunday, July 22-July 26. Sunday speaker Rock Pisgah pastor Scottie Irving at 1:30 p.m. Speaker nightly at 7:15 Monday, Zion Hill Bernard Mitchell; Tuesday, Emmanuel M.B. Church Dr. Jessie Horton; Wednesday, New Galilee Church and Greater Center Dr. Sidney Jones; Thursday Hillside M.B. Church Dr. Anderson.


July  22

Nazareth M.B. Church Family & Friend Day 100th Year Church Anniversary, 611 Dixie Avenue Mendenhall, Pastor Rev. Willie B. Hobbs, Jr.  On July 22 at 2:30 p.m. Program Theme is “Looking Back Many Years.” Scripture, Deuteronomy 2:7 Speaker will be Rev. Reginald Bernard, pastor of King Solomon Baptist Church in Vicksburg.


The Greater Dry Ridge Missionary Baptist Church annual revival July 22, at 1:30 p.m. You are invited to worship with us on the 4th Sunday in July. Rev. Richardo McNair of New Zion M.B. Church will be the speaker for Sunday. Monday-Friday speaker will be Rev. Terry Davis of First Hyde Park Church, Jackson. Service will begin each night at 7:15 p.m.


The Tribute Quartet from Nashville, TN, will be in concert at Salem

Baptist Church, 2380 Salem Rd, Lake MS, Sun., July 22, at 6 p.m.  Everyone is invited to attend.  For more information contact Bro. Larry Duncan, 601-775-8272.  A love offering will be taken.


July  29-August 2

Good Hope M. B. Church invites you and your church to our annual revival beginning Sunday, July 29.  Our morning service will begin at 12 noon and afternoon service will be at 1:30 p.m. Rev. Scotty Irvin, pastor of Rock Pisgah M. B. Church, Mendenhall, will be our guest speaker. Evangelist for the week Monday-Thursday, July 30 – August 2, will be Rev. Cornelius McDonald, pastor of John the Baptist, Barnett. You are welcome to join us any night of your choice. Please be in prayer for the success of this revival.


August 4

Rho Iota Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. will have our annual Z-Pack It Up School Supply Drive on August 4, from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.  This event will take place at the Hope Center at 102 Springhill Drive, Mendenhall, MS 39114. Parents from Simpson County communities and surrounding areas are invited to bring your children out to receive free school supplies to help start them off for the new school year. For more information, contact Cassandra Walker at (601) 382-1371 or Sandrena Durr at (601) 506-8863.


August 5

The descendants of Jim and Jake Roberts (sons of Phillip Roberts) are invited to attend a family reunion Sunday, August 5, at the VFW, 2474 Hwy 49 in Mendenhall. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. with lunch at noon. Bring your favorite dish and drinks. Paper products and ice will be furnished. Bring any photos or memorabilia. Call Ruby Shelton for more information at 601-849-2874.


August 5-8

Annual Homecoming Revival for Shiloh M.B. Church beginning Sunday, August 5, 2018, at 1 p.m. Speaker will be Rev. Perry Fletcher of Greater New Friendship Baptist Church, Brandon.

Weeknight services August 6-8 will begin at 7:15, and guest speaker will be Rev. Earnest Slaughter, New Caney Creek Baptist Church.


August 12-17

Pastor Rev. Dr. Eric Dixson, Sr,. and the membership of Oak Ridge M. B. Church invites everyone to their annual revival. This will begin on Sunday, August 12, at 1:15 p.m. Our nightly services will begin at 7:15 p.m. on August 13-17.  The theme is "The Great Deliverance" (Luke 1:74 - 75).


August 20-22

The St. Mary Church Family cordially invites you to come and worship with us during our annual revival beginning Monday, August 20, through Wednesday, Aug. 22. Rev. Samuel C. Newton from Pineville Baptist Church, Waynesboro, will be the guest speaker. Service will begin nightly at 7:15 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend.


Mt. Pisgah M. B. Church invites you to fellowship with us during our four night annual revival beginning Monday, August 20- Thursday, August 23, at 7:15. Monday and Tuesday night messenger is Pastor Darnell Moffett of Calvary Baptist Church in Magee; Wednesday and Thursday night messenger is Pastor Michael McGee of First Baptist in Stringer.



A Bible study on the book of Revelation is being offered every Sunday night at 6 p.m. led by Pastor Bro. Donald Green at Fellowship Baptist Church, Hwy. 13 South, Mendenhall.


Morning prayer and afternoon luncheon is held every Thursday at Mt. Moriah Church. Prayer time is 11 a.m. until noon. Lunch and fellowship time is 12:15-1:15 p.m. Prayer and lunch are open to all people to get spiritually fed and natural food for the soul. Senior citizens, the needy and the homeless, come and bring a friend. Mt. Moriah Church is located at 160 Mt. Moriah Church Road, Magee.


The Books-n-Lunch Club meets at the Magee Library at 12:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month to discuss a book chosen for adult readers. New participants are welcome. Pick up or prepare a lunch item to share and join the group, or just visit to see what goes on. Call the library at 601-849-3747 for more information.


Magee First UMC livestreams Sunday morning worship services at 10 a.m. weekly via Services are also archived for viewing convenience.


The Simpson County Federation of Democratic Women meets at the E911 Building in Mendenhall the third Saturday of each month from 10-11 a.m.


Drug problem? Narcotics Anonymous can help. NA toll free helpline: 866-643-6792. Local NA meeting schedule: Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. at Overflow Church in Magee.


American Legion Post 74 meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month. at the VFW, Hwy 49, Magee, at 6:30 p.m. Veterans and active duty service personnel welcome.


Lunch and Prayer is held every Tuesday from 12-1 p.m. at BridgePointe Church, 123 Choctaw Street E., Magee. Hosted by Genesis (a BridgePointe Ministry.)


Weekly Prayer will be held every Thursday at noon at the Faith Tabernacle COGIC located across from the Goodwater Barber School in Magee. For info call 601-849- 4007.


Preschool story time is held at Mendenhall Public Library on Thursdays at 10 a.m. Bring your preschooler for stories, songs and crafts.