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Don’t be afraid to ask God! He loves you!

“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him!”  (Matthew 7:9-11)

3A state semifinals

Forest High School mixed doubles tennis team of Kelly Atkison and Kayro Serrano-Arteaga competed in the Mississippi High School Athletic Association Tennis 3A state championship tennis tournament held in Oxford on May 7-9. The mixed doubles pair made it through the playoff bracket to the semi-finals.

Judge and Mrs. Lee go to Washington

Judge Tom Lee and wife Norma Ruth were in Washington D.C. May 6-8 for the Ninth Quadrennial Conference of the Federal Judges Association.

The national gathering of Article III Judges was held at the Washington Georgetown Marriott and featured a variety of speakers, book fairs, tributes and museum tours.

Scholar Athletes

Forest High School recently recognized the exceptional academic achievement of students who participated in sports during the 2017 – 2018 school year.  The Scholar Athlete awards are presented each year to the student with the highest first semester grade point average on their respective team at FHS.

Memorial Day 2018

Memorial Day, a federal holiday to honor and memorialize those men and women who have died while serving our great nation, will be observed Monday, May 28. 

Appropriate ceremonies will be held throughout the nation, and government offices, banks, post offices, and some businesses will be closed in observance of the holiday.


Capital Area Spring Meeting

Scott County MHV members recently attended the Mississippi Homemaker Volunteer Spring Capital Area meeting and Fashion Revue held in Vicksburg. Those participating were first row, from left, Helen Watkins, Cathy Johnson, Mae Lee and Bobbie Hodges.  Back row, Kathy Warren, Shirley Sawyer, Betsy Comfort, Frisky Roland, and Myra Murrell Davis.

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Enjoy life with your kids while they are young

Sylvester UMC will hold its Annual Women’s Day Program on Sunday, May 6 starting at 1 p.m.  The guest speaker for the program will be Sister Jasmine Haynes of Middlebrook UMC.  The colors for that day will be cream or ivory with a peach corsage.

Book Donation

Scott County administrators and lead teachers celebrated the National Library Week 2018 theme, Libaries Lead, at their workshop held on April 11. The educators expressed their appreciation to the Forest Public Library for use of the meeting room and support of the staff at their ongoing meetings throughout the year.


James L Ott, 82, was at home with his heartbroken family, as he quietly slipped from life into death. Because of his strong Christian faith, he left with neither regrets or disappointments about the life he had been given.  He loved his life but did not fear death.


Second Annual Toy Drive underway

The Scott County Sheriff’s Department began accepting donations Monday in their second annualy Sheriff’s Toy Drive. There is a drop off box at the Scott County Sheriff’s Department in the lobby which is open to the public 24 hours a day. There will be a small drop box at Petals & More in Forest.

Circuit Court

The Circuit Court of Scott County, Mississippi cases for trial under the Honorable Judge Collins. The following cases be set for trial and/or disposition in the February, 2018, term of Circuit Court of Scott County, Mississippi, as follow:

First Monday January 29, 2018



Arrest Report October 11

The following persons were entered into the docket at the Scott County Detention Center September 27 – October 5. All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law:
Crystal K. Watford, 34, 51 Young Hill Dr, Monticello, improper equipment, drug possession- methamphetamine, no driver’s license.

Forestry Banquet Oct. 26

The Scott County Forestry Association Banquet will be held Thursday, October 26 at Roosevelt State Park Lodge.  Registration will begin at 6:00 p.m. with the meal and program beginning at 6:30 p.m.  Please call the Scott County Extension Office at 601-469-4241 by October 16 to register for the banquet.