Belinda Stewart loves old buildings and historic places

She has always enjoyed listening to stories of local history. And those stories and those buildings lead to her fascination with architecture.

Belinda Stewart of Belinda Stewart Architecture will share her love of old buildings and historic places in Webster County at the October JOY Club potluck luncheon set for 11:30 a.m. Oct. 31 in the First Baptist Church of Eupora fellowship hall.  After a few brief announcements, lunch will be served. There will be a brief devotion around noon, and then Stewart will share a powerpoint presentation about some of her favorite historic homes in the area.

Stewart said she is not sure which is the oldest building in Webster County, but there are several very early log cabins that are mostly in ruin, but still around. The oldest building still in use is the Shady Grove Presbyterian Church, originally built around 1820, with the current building constructed in the 1840’s or 1850’s. Continue reading

Webster-Choctaw County D-NOW set for this weekend

20170110162025_00001Students will be able to tell this year’s Disciple Now (D-NOW) Weekend will be different almost immediately.

Cody Robertson, youth minister at First Baptist Church of Eupora, said FBC Eupora will be partnered with multiple churches and will not hold services in Eupora. D-NOW will be Feb. 10-12.

“We plan to spend Saturday afternoon involved with mission work, intentionally reaching out to areas of poverty in Choctaw and Webster County,” Robertson said. “With a large number of churches involved, we can expect everything to be done on a larger scale. Worship service, recreation, even eating will all be done with every church that is involved.”

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Webster County packed 5,433 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child in 2016


Faye Dewberry dropping off shoeboxes from First Baptist Church of Mathiston to the Webster County Relay Center at FBC Eupora’s Family Life Center.

The Webster County Relay Center at First Baptist Church of Eupora took 306 cartons containing 5,433 shoeboxes to be shipped to needy children throughout the world for Operation Christmas Child.

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Scott and Danyelle Yeatman: 4-H Shooting Sports volunteers make GREAT chili


Scott and Danyelle Yeatman (standing at the far ends of the back row) with members of their shooting sports team. (Photo submitted)

They needed a way to raise money for the 4-H Shooting Sports program without doing the “usual” thing.

“We took a chance on selling a hot meal during the Christmas market (eight years ago) and it has become somewhat of a tradition now,” said Danyelle Yeatman, volunteer with the Webster County 4-H Shooting Sports program.

The money raised from the chili sale goes toward targets, equipment, and range maintenance for the 20-30 students involved in the program.

Danyelle and her husband, Scott Yeatman, will be selling homemade chili at the Eupora Christmas Market this year to raise money for the shooting sports 4-H program.

It is a major undertaking with lots of volunteers meeting at the Stewart Fire Department before the sale to make chili. Baldy Collins and David Morelan also come by and help cook the chili the night before the sale.

They will sell a “meal” for $5 that includes a 16 oz. cup of chili, crackers and a drink. They sell a quart cup of chili only for $9. Yeatman said a lot of people like to bring their own containers and will be priced accordingly. For instance, bring a gallon container for $36. The Chili Sale will be held 10 a.m. until they are sold out on Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Eupora Christmas Market.

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Locals reflect on 9/11 anniversary


Most Mississippians were going about their typical morning routines on September 11, 2001, but it was one of those days in the history of the nation that everyone can recall exactly where they were when they learned the news.

Stephanie Bullard, Murray Collum and Amy Schepemaker were attending classes at Wood Junior College in Mathiston on that fateful day.

“Several of us were hanging out in the library at Wood Junior waiting for our next class to begin,” said Stephaine Bullard. “Someone came in and turned the television on when the news started reporting what had happened. I remember us all being in shock and disbelief hearing the news reports.

Collum said they did not continue classes that day, but about 250 Wood Junior students gathered at the flagpole to pray for the nation and the families and friends of those killed or injured in the attacks. Continue reading