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Friday, July 21, 2017
  • Wednesday, July 19, 2017 6:00 PM
    During the regularly scheduled meeting of the Kemper County School Board this past Thursday, board member James Creer expressed concerns about duplication and waste in the school system. He pointed out that all districts are cutting back and that the Board must be good stewards of the available funds. He proposed that all purchases of $2K or more should come before the board for approval.
  • Wednesday, July 19, 2017 6:00 PM
    On July 27 from 9 a.m-3 p.m. The United Way of East Mississippi will have a drop location for collecting school supplies and donations for elementary aged students at the Pilgrim’s Foodliner Grocery Store located on Highway 16 West in DeKalb.

    Kemper County residents are asked to donate school supplies and bring them to place on the bus that day. Volunteers from various community organizations will be there to accept the donations and load them on a school bus loaned by the Kemper County School District. 
  • Wednesday, July 19, 2017 6:00 PM
    Representatives from different healthcare organizations, utilities and emergency response were took part in a meeting of the Kemper County Local Emergency Planning Committee in the Kemper County Sheriff’s Department conference room last Thursday.

    The purpose of the LEPC is for planning and conducting exercises that will help emergency responders and the community better prepare for an actual disaster. These exercises are mandated by both state and federal governments, according to Kemper Emergency Management Director
  • Wednesday, July 19, 2017 6:00 PM
    Summer is upon us and thousands of anglers will take to Mississippi’s waters to try their luck at fishing. Whether it is a seasoned angler competing in a local bass tournament, or a father and child spending a quiet afternoon catching bream on a farm pond, everyone who goes fishing wants to be successful.
  • Wednesday, July 19, 2017 6:00 PM
    Three East Mississippi Community College students competing against their peers from colleges and universities across the nation took home a gold medal and two silver medals in the SkillsUSA Championships in Louisville, Ky.

    The national championships took place June 19-23 at the 53rd annual National Leadership and Skills Conference. Ten EMCC students earned a combined eight gold medals in the Mississippi SkillsUSA competition in Jackson earlier this year to earn a shot at the national championships in which only state champions are allowed to compete.
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  • Local athlete brings close to outstanding softball career
    Wednesday, July 12, 2017 6:00 PM
    Walking away from something that’s been familiar for so long isn’t always the easiest task, but sometimes it’s the wisest one.

    Jones County Junior College softball player Brittany Baty, a Northeast Lauderdale alumna, did just that when she retired after her sophomore season in May to focus on a nursing career.
  • Wednesday, July 12, 2017 6:00 PM
    Headlined by the softball program’s eighth consecutive NJCAA Academic Team Award, East Mississippi Community College had 21 student-athletes and three teams garner national recognition for their academic excellence during the 2016-17 school year.  The NJCAA’s team and individual honors for academic achievement were recently announced by the national office headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • World Series of Stickball matches determined by luck of the draw
    Wednesday, July 12, 2017 6:00 PM
    The brackets for the World Series of Stickball are made up by a blind draw.

    This year, the drawings put some of the traditionally strong teams playing in the first and second rounds of the single elimination tournament. According to stickball commissioner Thomas Ben, people were happy about that … some weren’t.
  • First-time competitors look forward to Heart O’ Dixie challenge
    Wednesday, July 5, 2017 6:00 PM
    This may be the 38th running of the Heart O’ Dixie Triathlon, but there are still plenty of first times each year.

    Every year, there are people who return to challenge the hilly course, the heat and humidity, and themselves on almost a regular basis. And likewise, each year brings on the first-time competitors.
  •  Ron Polk to receive 'Rube Award'
    Wednesday, June 28, 2017 6:00 PM
    STARKVILLE – The Board of Directors of the Mississippi Sports Foundation have announced that former Mississippi State University baseball coach, Ron Polk will be awarded with the "Rube Award" given each year at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame Induction banquet presented by Sanderson Farms and the Sanderson Farms Championship.  The award is named after Michael Rubenstein, who served as the Hall of Fame's first Executive Director and is to honor lifetime achievement dedicated to improving Mississippi sport
  • Wednesday, July 19, 2017 6:00 PM
    JULY 23, 1937

    Fred Smith, of this county, was one of the sixteen boys who were awarded all-expense trips to State College 4-H Club Congress July 19-24.
  • DUNCAN/‘I Am Among You As the One Who Serves’
    Wednesday, July 12, 2017 6:00 PM
    Turn to Luke 22:24-27 as we continue looking at the events of the last night before Jesus’ crucifixion. In this passage we find the disciples arguing about who is the greatest, and Jesus rebukes them for it. This is a pretty humiliating story about the disciples, but Luke doesn’t tell it to shame them. He tells it to teach us a lesson. You see, Jesus is getting at one main thing in his rebuke: our attitude, our ambition. He’s exhorting us to a life of other-centered, Gospel-motivated service. As we look at what Jesus says, I want you to see four ways Luke gets this point across: the blindness of the disciples, the blindness of the world, the nature of the kingdom, and the motivation for our service.
  • DUNCAN/‘My Words Will Not Pass Away’
    Wednesday, June 14, 2017 6:00 PM
    Turn to Luke 21:25-38 as we continue to make our way through a passage in which Jesus has been addressing His disciples about future events. There is a criticism of the Christian teaching on the end times that goes something like this. Because the Bible teaches that Jesus is coming again and that this earth will pass away, this keeps Christians from being involved in this world. Jesus’ teaching shows that that criticism misunderstands what the Bible's teaching on the last things is for. Jesus’ teaching about the last things is designed to equip us for today, and He shows us this specifically in this passage in several ways. Let me just give you four words as we work through the passage together: confidence, trust, watch, and pray.
  • “DUNCAN/Blessed is He Who Comes in the Name of the Lord”
    Wednesday, April 26, 2017 6:00 PM
    Turn to Luke 19:28-44. This passage takes place on the Sunday before the Friday of Jesus’ crucifixion. Jesus does things here that He does nowhere else prior to this point. So often in the gospel story, when someone comes to Jesus and says, “You’re the Messiah,” Jesus says, “Do not tell anyone this.” That doesn’t happen here. Here He is acclaimed as the Messiah, and He says, “That’s right. I am.” Why is that different here? Luke wants you to pay attention to that question. In this passage Luke is saying, “Behold, this is your King. This is what He’s coming to do.” He’s directing our attention to Jesus’ person and work.
  • DUNCAN/‘Temptation, sin, and faith’
    Wednesday, January 25, 2017 6:00 PM
    Turn in your Bible to Luke 17:1-6. I want to remind you that throughout Luke 16 Jesus has been dealing with both the Pharisees’ lives and their teaching. Their sin is leading the people of God astray, so here Jesus is concerned to say to His disciples, “Do not live and teach like the Pharisees.” In many ways it's a contrast; it's a positive exhortation in light of His negative criticism of the Pharisees in Luke 16.
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