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Saturday, August 19, 2017
  • Wednesday, August 9, 2017 6:00 PM
    The Kemper County Board of Supervisors met with representatives of Mississippi Power Company for more than an hour in executive session near the conclusion of Monday's regular meeting of the board.

    The declared reason for the executive session was pending litigation in connection with the fee-in-lieu agreement between the county and MPC. The agreement, which was to allows the Kemper County Energy Facility to pay just a percentage of the taxes associated with the company for a designated period of time, was set to go into place when the lignite portion of the plant went fully on line.
  • School board presents $15.25M budget for FY18
    Wednesday, August 9, 2017 6:00 PM
    The Kemper County public schools unveiled a projected budget of $15.25M for Fiscal Year 2018 during a budget hearing held Friday night. The adoption of the budget is expected to be voted on during the Aug. 14 meeting of the Kemper County Board of Education.

    Lotis Johnson, financial consultant for the district, gave a presentation explaining the different elements of the budget.
  • Town of Scooba in search for new police chief
    Wednesday, August 9, 2017 6:00 PM

    This past Monday night, the Scooba Board of Aldermen heard several concerns relating to the Police Department.

    Lt. Derone Mosley, speaking for the department, pointed out that with the resignations of Police Chief Derrick Williams and officer Tony Furline, the department is extremely shorthanded. The Board unanimously agreed to hire three part- time officers — Mark McCoy, Kiley Culpepper and Clifford Sheffield, contingent upon having their training certifications in order.
  • Homemaker's club hosts annual fundraiser
    Wednesday, August 9, 2017 6:00 PM
    This past Friday, many Kemper County residents took advantage of the opportunity to partake of a delicious hamburger meal, while helping the Mississippi Homemaker Volunteers raise funds, at the same time at the Ruby J. Rankin Farmers Market Building on Friday.

    The Volunteers annual hamburger dinner, is their largest fundraiser, and helps them with many projects in the community throughout the year. Homemade baked goods were also available for purchase.
  • Wednesday, August 9, 2017 6:00 PM
    Former Meridian resident and author Hewitt Clarke will sign copies of his latest book, “Dark Secrets: Good and Evil in the Deep South,” in the library on East Mississippi Community College’s Scooba campus on Thursday, Aug. 17, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

    Students and the public are invited to attend the free event, which is expected to last an hour or more.
  •  KA Lady Rams impress in split
    The end result for Kemper Academy’s softball team in a pair of rematches last week was the same as in a season-opening tournament.

    But there was no doubt the Lady Rams had a different look to them.

    Kemper had its highest hit total of the season in a 9-5 loss to Newton County Academy last Tuesday, then the Lady Rams blew that out of the water in a 24-9 romp over Starkville Academy last Wednesday.
  • Dollar General enjoys new DeKalb location
    A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the new Dollar General location in DeKalb this past Saturday morning, even though the store has been open for business for about two weeks.

    “There is no comparison," manager LaDonna Henry said of the new store. "It’s bigger, it’s better. It’s a lot better space-wise.” One of the advantages of the new location is a wider range of merchandise, and customers will be able to find what they need, ranging from frozen foods to grocery items, toiletries, cleaning products and even apparel.
  • Clayton transfers from JSU to familiar turf at EMCC
    The nation's most successful junior college football program has added another weapon. After leading Kemper County to the MHSAA Class 3A State Championship with a sensational senior season, D.J. Clayton will be suiting up for the Lions of East Mississippi Community College this year.

    Clayton enrolled at Jackson State in May, but after one month decided that his immediate future lay in Scooba, giving him a chance to play for a team synonymous with winning nearer his home.
    
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BREAKING NEWS

  • Wildcats ready to take on Houston in jamboree
    Wednesday, August 9, 2017 6:00 PM
    Everyone likes to win.

    But victory on the scoreboard won’t be the No. 1 goal of the Kemper County Wildcat football team Friday night when they play in the Mississippi State jamboree.
  • Wednesday, August 9, 2017 6:00 PM
    Nanih Waiya will not field a slow-pitch softball team this fall.

    Courtnee Graham, who coached the Lady Warriors’ slow-pitch program three of the last four years, said the school could not drum up enough interest to field a team this season. School officials have discussed adding another sport to possibly replace slow-pitch in the future.
  • Wednesday, August 9, 2017 6:00 PM
    Kemper County athletic director Maurice Naylor said the school is preparing to field teams for the fall slow-pitch and spring fast-pitch softball seasons. Volleyball is also being considered.

    “We are going to build a well-rounded program that will be competitive in all sports,” Naylor said. “School has just started and we have a new coaching staff. Everyone is excited about the potential and we are starting to figure things out.”
  • Wednesday, August 2, 2017 6:00 PM
    A quick glance at Kemper Academy’s 2017 football schedule will show it might be the most difficult it’s been since the Rams began playing 8-man football.

    The size of Kemper’s district has doubled and KA will face no less than four teams with championship aspirations.
  • Wednesday, August 2, 2017 6:00 PM
    Kemper County football fans will long remember the 2016 season.

    The Wildcats lost their opener to Columbus, but didn’t lose again as they finished the season with a 15-1 record. They would defeat Charleston 12-8 for the school’s first state championship in football.
  • 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.
  • DUNCAN/“What is the Kingdom of God Like”
    Wednesday, November 9, 2016 6:00 PM
    This week we will look at Luke 13:18-21. In this passage Jesus tells two parables describing the kingdom of God. ‘Kingdom of God’ refers to the reign of God in this world and especially in the hearts of men and women and boys and girls. Jesus talks about it all the time. His gospel is bringing in the kingdom, and the kingdom creates the people of the kingdom, the church of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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