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  • Cody Bragg, 23, 10461 Rd 3406 Philadelphia, MS,     Charges: Sentenced
  • Porterville Consolidated School Reunion picnic and reunion at the "Boys and Girls Club", Meridian from Aug. 24-25, as indicated in the previous email to Friday, August 31 and Saturday, Sept. 1.
  • Kemper County’s unemployment rate went up to 9.1 percent for the month of June from the 8.6 percent rate it recorded in May, according to figures released last week by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.
  • Hardy new director of nursing at hospital
    MERIDIAN – Rush Health Systems recently announced that Jessica Hardy has been appointed director of nursing of John C. Stennis Memorial Hospital in Dekalb.
  • EMCC to sponsor Comic-Con
    COLUMBUS — The Golden Triangle Comic-Con, a gaming, sci-fi and cosplay event that combines popular culture genres, returns to the Trotter Convention Center in Columbus Saturday, Aug. 18. Doors open at 10 a.m.
  • Kemper Countians  ‘Stuff the Bus’
    The Second Annual Kemper County Stuff the Bus event was held this past Friday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the parking lot of Pilgrim’s Foodliner. It was a time for residents to bring all types of school supplies that might be used by elementary school students, as there are a number of children whose families cannot afford to purchase basic supplies.
  • David Grace, 27, 77 Purvis Murray Rd De Kalb, MS, Charges: Domestic Violence Simple Assault; Trespass; DHS
  • Porterville Consolidated School Reunion picnic and reunion at the "Boys and Girls Club", Meridian from Aug. 24-25, as indicated in the previous email to Friday, August 31 and Saturday, Sept. 1.
  • The Kemper County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved at $47,790 bid for the construction of the Sinai Fire Department building last Wednesday during their regularly scheduled meeting.
  • Paramedics Plus, of Tyler, Texas, a for-profit emergency medical service company, is in the process of acquiring LifeCare EMS which services a six county area, including Leake, Kemper, Winston, Scott, Newton and Noxubee Counties.
  • Local students from the John C. Stennis Vocational Complex Health Science program recently attended the 2018 Health Occupations Students of America’s (HOSA) International Leadership Conference held in Dallas, Texas.
  • Bryan Eades, 30,  365 A.C. Eades Rd Porterville, MS, Charges: Leaving the scene of accident; careless driving; and no liability Insurance
  • Porterville Consolidated School Reunion picnic and reunion at the "Boys and Girls Club", Meridian from Aug. 24-25, as indicated in the previous email to Friday, August 31 and Saturday, Sept. 1
  • Finding new homes for functional old plants
    Pardon my getting maudlin, but how do you get rid of old plants that you’ve carefully nurtured for decades? Those that aren’t ready for the compost pile?
  • Mississippi State Fair Announces Concerts
    JACKSON, Miss. - The 159th Mississippi State Fair will kick off Wednesday, October 3, and run through Sunday, October 14.   You will find 105 acres of fun and a mile long midway providing entertainment, fun and food sure to please folks of all ages.  One of the fair’s biggest draws is its annual concert series, on the Budweiser Stage. Steve Hutton, Mississippi State Fairground Executive Director is pleased to announce five great national acts included with your admission to the fair. Headlining acts for the 2018 Mississippi State Fair include:
  • Kemper names 2 new principals
    The Kemper County School Board recently named new principals for Kemper County Middle School and West Kemper Elementary School by naming Joseph Stone and Carol Newton respectively to the positons.
  • EMCC like home for many Ikthoos Camp attendees
    Children, pastors and chaperones from churches across Mississippi are taking part in the annual Ikthoos Camp held each summer on East Mississippi Community College’s Scooba campus.  
  • Got good dirt? Or do you prefer to call it soil?
    Hot weather aside, I don’t know what I enjoy the least between weeding, routine pruning, mowing the lawn, or digging new beds. I finally got rid of my lawn, but there’s still the other stuff, all gotta be done, and there’s little joy for me in any of i
  • Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson Announces New State Branding Program
    Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson announced the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce’s new state branding program, Genuine MS, to the public today at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum.
  • EMCC’s Scooba campus offering certified nursing assistant program
    SCOOBA — East Mississippi Community College’s Workforce Services Division on the Scooba campus is taking applications for students who wish to enroll in the Certified Nursing Assistant program.
  • SCOOBA – East Mississippi Community College will take to the road for basketball camp activity with the Future Lion Camp to take place July 23-25 at the Starkville Sportsplex.
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  • Porterville Consolidated School Reunion picnic and reunion at the "Boys and Girls Club", Meridian from Aug. 24-25, as indicated in the previous email to Friday, August 31 and Saturday, Sept. 1.
  • During the July meeting of the Town of Scooba Board of Aldermen, the members discussed the fact that the town has been paying at least a portion of premiums on supplemental insurance policies from AFLAC and Colonial Life in situations where the town shouldn’t be paying.
  • The Town of Dekalb Board of Aldermen agreed that it would be willing to provide water for the Kemper Crossing site if Kipling Water Association or another company is unwilling or unable to do so.
  • The Kemper Co. Forestry Assn. will meet June 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the MSU Ext. Office - Ruby Rankin Farmer's Market Building, 587 Old Scooba Rd., DeKalb. Program: Steps to Forest Land Reforestation after Harvest. Please call (601) 743-2837 by 4 p.m., June 18 with the number of people attending, for the meal being served.
  • Kenneth J. McNeil, 77, 10 Highway 45 Lauderdale, MS,  Charges:  Sale of Controlled substance; Poss. of Stolen Firearm; Poss. of Controlled substance with intent
  • Kemper County's unemployment rate for April remained at 6.9 percent according to preliminary figures from the Mississippi Department of Economic Security, the same as for revised March figures. But the rate decreased from 7.3 percent over the past 12 months.
  • In a special called meeting, this past Thursday night, the Kemper County School Board began initial discussions concerning budgeting for the upcoming fiscal year. Many of the items had to be taken up in a closed executive session.
  • We are into the home stretch in Mississippi's Third Congressional District primaries. Republican voters will chose from six candidates on the ballot and Democratic voters from two candidates on Tuesday to replace Gregg Harper, who is retiring after representing the district for 10 years.
  • Two EMCC employees graduate from leadership Academy
    Two East Mississippi Community College employees graduated from the Mississippi Community College Leadership Academy Thursday, May 10, during a ceremony at the Hunter Henry Center on the campus of Mississippi State University.
  • Roberts credits God with cancer recovery
    On April 16, 2017 Terry Roberts was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer which was discovered during an annual mammogram, an examination that she encourages all women to have on a regular basis. The cancerous tumor was eight centimeters when discovered.
  • Bust leads to recovery of firearms
    Kemper County Sheriff James Moore said his office and the Mississippi Alcoholic Beverage Commission found the seized merchandise and made the arrest at 10 Highway South. The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks assisted by securing search and arrest warrants. No federal agencies were involved.
  • Capacity crowd attends KCHS graduation
    Extremely heavy rain and stormy weather did not discourage friends and family as an overflow crowd gathered at the Kemper County High School Gym, this past Friday night to witness the members of the KCHS Class of 2018 transition from students to alumni.
  • MSU-Meridian graduate Watson finds fulfillment
    MERIDIAN — Even as a young girl, Abby Watson used to play “school.”
  • KA Graduation Set for May 18
    The time for high school graduations has come again, and Kemper Academy will hold its commencement ceremony this Friday at 8 p.m., marking the end of K-12 education for the 16 seniors who will receive their diplomas.
  • KCHS freshmen get taste of real life at 'Reality Store'
    Tuesday morning, for the fifth consecutive year, Kemper County High School freshmen participated in the PACES Reality Store which affords them the opportunity to get a taste of real life.
  • WASHINGTON , D.C. — The American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCS) honored Ruby Bolen, Administrator of Mississippi Care Center of DeKalb with the 2018 Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award
  • Brandon Greer, 22,  Charges: Simple Assault
  • Poll Manager Training for the June 5,  Primaries will be held Saturday, at 8 a.m. at Kemper County High School Old Gymnasium, DeKalb and alternate training date on Tuesday, at 2 p.m. location is Ruby Rankin Farmer’s Market, DeKalb, off Highway 16. If any questions contact Democratic Executive Committee Chair Charles Hollingsworth Jr, at (601) 513-3598 or Republican Executive Committee Chair Cheryl Sparkman, at (662) 476-8323.
  • The time for the annual Kemper County Relay for Life is quickly approaching. This year the event will be held on Friday, June 1 with the ceremony and festivities beginning at 6 p.m.
  • In the regular monthly meeting of the Kemper County School Board, members dealt with a lengthy agenda in a timely fashion.
  • In their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday the Scooba Board of Aldermen heard from Hayden Hamilton of Agisent Technologies, Inc. concerning a police reporting system.
  • When our bus driver, Randy Hearn, turned left, heading east at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 20, 18 members of the JOY group from East Philadelphia Baptist Church were leaving for a short trip (we will be back by 1:30 p.m., we thought), as usual were filled with excitement and expectation as to what lies ahead since we love to eat and travel.
  • Charles Brandon Beard, 29, 571 Wayne Street Macon, MS,  Charges: Circuit Court Order
  • Mt. Zion Baptist Church choir anniversary will be June 3. The program will start at 2 p.m. All church choir soloist, groups are welcome to do any A&B selection of their choice. Please register upon arrival. All are welcome. Billy R. Lyles, Pastor.
  • During their first meeting of May, this past Monday, the Board of Supervisors opened three bids on the old National Guard Armory, a property which belongs to the County and the Town of DeKalb jointly. The first bid was from Watt Equipment for $100K; the second from Southern Chevrolet for $181,080, and; the third was from EMEPA for $300,750. The Board voted unanimously to take the bids under advisement, until they can meet with officials from the Town to make a decision.
  • At their regularly scheduled meeting, on Monday the DeKalb Board of Aldermen discussed holding a festival on the weekend of June 29 & 30. Mayor Clark Adams presented the proposal, and stated that he was asking for permission to block certain streets from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m. Friday, June 29 and from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. Saturday, June 30.
  • SCOOBA – The four-time national champion Lions of East Mississippi Community College will look to bid for additional championship hardware during the upcoming football season with a 2018 regular-season slate that features four home games and five road contests.
  • EKE student wins handwriting contest
    Tylaja Cross, a student at East Kemper Elementary School, has been named Mississippi’s 4th grade-level winner for public schools in the 2018 Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest.
  • EMCC student turns to art to overcome grief
    MAYHEW — When East Mississippi Community College art major Audrea Powell’s mother passed away in November, she immersed herself in artwork as a means to take her mind off of her lo
  • EMCC graduates more than 650 students
    East Mississippi Community College held spring 2018 graduation ceremonies May 8 at the college’s Golden Triangle and Scooba campuses. The ceremonies included more than 650 academic and career-technical students who completed their coursework at the Scooba, Golden Triangle, Columbus Air Force Base, Naval Air Station Meridian, Lion Hills, West Point Center and online/eLearning campuses.
  • Local Republicans host congressional forum
    The decision of U.S. Representative Gregg Harper to not seek reelection has opened the door of opportunity for new candidates in the Mississippi 3rd District Congressional race, including six Republicans.
  • Sonya McGraw named Teacher of the Year
    Sonya McGraw of East Kemper Elementary School was named Teacher of the Year at last week's annual Teacher Appreciate Tea held at the Senior Citizen's Center and sponsored by the Civid League and VFW.
  • The Center Ridge Baptist Church, will observe their annual homecoming Sunday beginning at 11 a.m. followed by a 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday night revival. Rev. Cliff Barker is the Pastor of the Center Ridge Church. Rev. Jesse Nabb will conduct the three night revival.
  • On Tuesday, April 24 at around 9 p.m. the Scooba Police Dept. and Kemper Co. Sheriff’s Office responded to the report of shots fired at the Chevron station, at the Hwy. 45/Hwy. 16 intersection in Scooba.
  • The unemployment rate for Kemper County increased slightly for March, but remained the same for the State of Mississippi and the nation.
  • Linda Faye Griffin, 45,  Charges: Trepass after Warning
  • Kemper Academy is hosting a 5K Lantern Run/Walk on April 28. Check in will begin at 3 p.m. and the run will start at 4 p.m. followed by the 2nd Annual Night Under The Stars. A night of music, games, concessions and more at 6 p.m. The entry fee will be $15 per runner and all proceeds will go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
  • Kemper County voters wishing to cast their absentee ballot for the June 5 congressional and senate primaries can do so beginning Monday at the Kemper County Circuit Clerk's office.
  • According to Emergency Management Director Ben Dudley, residents who live within the recognized fire rating districts in Kemper County should soon begin to see a reduction in their homeowner’s insurance premiums, and may have already begun to see those reductions.
  • The Kemper County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Friday to approve a Heavy Haul Ordinance which will allow the County exercise police powers to regulate the maximum load weight carried by vehicles on county roadways, for protection and promotion of the public health, safety and welfare.
  • EMCC students excel at DECA competition
    East Mississippi Community College Marketing students who competed in the 2018 Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference walked away with numerous awards.
  • EMCC students to perform 'The Glass Menagerie'
    East Mississippi Community College’s drama production students will perform ‘The Glass Menagerie,’ a two-act play by Tennessee Williams in the Lyceum auditorium on the Golden Triangle campus in Mayhew.
  • Legislative highlights of major measures passed in 2018
    We passed a $6 billion budget that funds K-12 education under the Mississippi Adequate Education Program at more than $2.2 billion, which covers rising insurance costs.
  • ALPHA DELTA NU INDUCTION
    East Central Community College recently held an induction ceremony for the newest members of its Gamma Tau Chapter of the Alpha Delta Nu Honor Society of Nursing. Associate Degree
  • Elementary students enjoy conservation carnival
    Last week third through sixth grade students from East Kemper Elementary and Kemper Academy traveled to Kemper Lake where they enjoyed a Conservation Carnival. The Carnival was an open air event, featuring beautiful weather.
  • National Park Week, held April 21 through 29 this year, is a week in April annually proclaimed for the celebration and recognition of our national parks. Celebrations will be marked with special events and activities including National Junior Ranger Day on April 21 and Earth Day on April 22. Our national parks are living examples of the best this Nation has to offer–our magnificent natural landscapes and our varied yet interrelated heritage. Parks can provide outdoor opportunities, recreational experiences, and places of quiet retreat.
  • The Kemper-Noxubee County Republican Parties are co-hosting a forum to showcase the six Republican candidates vying for Mississippi’s Third Congressional District seat for the United States House of Representatives on Monday, April 30, 2018 at 7 P. M., at Tanner Farm 743 Field Road in Shuqualak.
  • Jerusalem Baptist Church will be hosting its annual all night long services beginning this Friday night  starting at 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. Come everyone and help us lift him up in songs, praises, testimonies and proclaiming Gods holy word. Breakfast served. Henry L. Rush: Pastor and India Ingram: Secretary.
  • Willie Bennett, 40, 1178 Neely Town Rd De Kalb, MS,  Charges: Disturbance of Family ; Disorderly Conduct
  • Twenty three elected or appointed Kemper County officials participated in a planning retreat at the Lion Hills Campus of EMCC in Columbus last Tuesday and Wednesday. Kemper County, DeKalb, Scooba, Kemper County School District, Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Authority and EMCC were all represented.
  • During their regular monthly meeting this past Thursday, the Kemper County School District Board of Directors heard from Terrell Temple concerning a proposed land swap with Kemper County. The County proposed the land swap as they are in need of additional acreage on the northwest corner of the existing landfill
  • The Kemper County Board of Supervisor agreed further meetings were meeting regarding a potential ordinance targeting heavy haulers in the county.
  • Mt. Zion Moscow Baptist Church. April 16-18 there will be 3 different speakers each night. Services start at 7:30 nightly. All are welcome. Billy R. Lyles, Pastor.
  • Jamelle Michael Poole, 28, 4048 Kellis Store Rd Preston, MS, Charges: Possession of Controlled Substance
  • For the first time, students will be able to take classes at East Mississippi Community College during the month of May.
  • The public is invited to attend the East Mississippi Community College Choral and Solo Festival Friday, April 6, in the Stennis Auditorium on the Scooba campus.
  • JACKSON – Sen. Gray Tollison of Oxford defended a proposal to change the way state funds are appropriated for K-12 education during a meeting hosted by the Mississippi Economic Council (MEC) earlier this month.
  • It took approximately 20 minutes for a jury to decide that Clark Adams legally and fairly won the most votes in the DeKalb mayoral election this past June. Former Mayor Homer Hall, Jr. contested the election after losing by only 13 votes and citing irregularities in the process. Trial proceedings began Monday at the Kemper County Courthouse and concluded early Tuesday afternoon.
  • Over the last several years, there has been significant discussion about the need to upgrade state and local roads and bridges. Multiple studies have been conducted. All agree that there is significant work that needs to be done and that existing funding is not adequate to correct the problem. Historically, county funds were supplemented by money from the state and federal government to fund major projects. However, as noted in the various reports, funding provided by the state and federal government has not kept up with inflation.
  • Media reports tend to focus on the lack of science, tech, and math skills. But more than four in 10 business executives complain that too many job applicants lack "soft skills" like creativity, teamwork, and communication. Indeed, a full half of the nation's hiring managers say the college graduates they meet are short on "critical thinking and problem solving" skills and the ability to pay adequate "attention to detail."
  • Spring revival is set for March 28-30,  at 7 p.m.  at Sunflower M. B. Church located at 366 Sunflower Road In Scooba, For more information call 662-476-5500 Rev. John E. Ball, Pastor, will deliver the sermon Wednesday night – Friday night. Everyone is invited to come and worship with us.
  • Dustin Clark, 25, 115 Artenzie Clark Rd Daleville, MS,  Charges: Possession of Marijuana
  • Earlier this month we amended and passed House Bill 387, that would mandate court officials to not automatically arrest persons who are legitimately unable to pay fines, restitution and court costs and would make parole eligible inmates who have served 25-percent of their sentence if they were not convicted of a violent crime, drug trafficking, sex crime or other crime that prohibits early release. It also would direct the Legislative PEER Committee to conduct a one-time jail population census throughout the state and to create the Mississippi Sentencing Disparity Task Force as recommended by the Re-Entry council.



    As Chairman of the Senate Corrections Committee, I have long pushed for us to rethink and reform many procedures within the Department of Corrections.



    We passed House Bill 766 that would enable the state Fair Commission to purchase property to its east when money becomes available. The vacant buildings could provide expansion space for the fairgrounds.



    We also passed House Bill 1390 that would create a voluntary whitetail deer and turkey harvest reporting system to allow hunters to inform officials with the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks of their harvest so state officials have a better idea on the populations of those game animals. It carries no penalty for not reporting.



    Our passage of House Bill 1264 would create the Mississippi Terroristic Threats Law that allows a felony charge for those who call in threats to schools or officials. It would carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison. If the offender is a youth, the case would be handled in Youth Court as is typical unless a judge decided otherwise.



    The passage of House Bill 1083 would allow school leaders the option to arm certain staff members and seek proper emergency response training through an approved course by the Department of Public Safety as a means of protecting life in an emergency until law enforcement arrives on campus.



    We agreed to House changes to certain Senate bills and we approved some House bills that bore identical language to Senate bills we already approved.



    We passed a Rules calendar that saluted some of our finest citizens and their contributions to the state.



    Other bills passed included:



    — House Bill 1510 that would ban abortions after 15 weeks of gestation.



    — House Bill 1288 would authorize the Mississippi Forensics Laboratory to charge a $300 fee for certain analysis.



    — House Bill 827 would give owners of mobile homes an avenue by which they could more easily seek mortgage loans on the structures and land like owners of conventional homes do.



    — House Bill 354 creates an avenue for funding the Local Bridge Replacement Program.



    — House Bill 1199 would authorize the Department of Finance and Administration to sell or lease 40 acres of land in Lamar County that belongs to the University of Southern Mississippi, but is not critical — House Bill 1041 would allow the Department of Marine Resources to extend from five years to 10 years, the valid time for governmental entity permits.



    — House Bill 1096 would abolish inactive boards, commissions, councils and committees.



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  • A 3-year-old child waskilled in Kemper County Tuesday night after being hit by a car.
  • The Kemper County Sheriff's Department made five arrests Sunday on charges resulting from the possession of drugs at the Kemper Neshoba Regional Correctional Facility. They were identified by Sheriff James Moore as Darron Thomas of Meridian, Valerie Terrell of Brookhaven, Nathan Nelson of Starkville, Kaleeta Ward of Starkville and Dikirra Stewart of Meridian.
  • On Monday the Kemper County Board of Supervisors heard from Kemper County Economic Development Authority Executive Director Craig Hitt concerning the expansion of Emilia Resources
  • Years of contention and threatened additional electric rate increases have ended as utility regulators approved a settlement declaring how much Mississippi Power Co. customers should pay for their share of a troubled $7.5 billion power plant.
  • JACKSON – Legislation to increase the state gasoline tax by 3 cents a gallon to fund infrastructure needs – highways and bridges – will be introduced in the Mississippi House of Representatives. The proposal would also reduce income taxes.
  • The Kemper Historical Association will meet at the Museum on Monday at 3 pm. Bonnie Thomas will lead the program with memories of growing up in Kemper County. Come and visit, or better still, become a member this year. We meet quarterly to learn about, honor and preserve Kemper County’s heritage. Annual dues are $10 per individual, $15 per couple. Life memberships are available for $200.
  • Kemper County officials are adding another “shovel ready” site to support any new economic development prospects that may come calling
  • This week Kemper County supervisors approved the list of roads to be paved and improved this year, the third year of the county’s four-year road plan.
  • A bill moving in the Mississippi Senate would require all Mississippi school board elections be held concurrently with the state general election, and reduce members’ terms by two years.
  • Kemper County man arrested  on charges of rape and incest
    A man from Kemper County is facing life in prison after being arrested last Thursday on allegations of raping a relative who is a vulnerable adult, announced Attorney General Jim Hood.
  • Senate bill would relocate graves from UMC property
    We passed Senate Bill 2895 that allows the University Medical Center to remove from its campus and reinter in a mausoleum on the grounds of the old Farmers Market, the graves of up to 7,000 persons who once lived in the former state asylum. It would free land for future development at UMC and would cost $2 million to $3 million
  • Longtime Kemper County Fire Coordinator Ray Luke saw VFDs grow during his tenure
    Life-long Kemper County resident, Ray Luke retired from his position as County Fire Coordinator Dec. 31 after many years of selfless, dedicated service. Luke was Fire Coordinator for 27 years; his retirement was due to health reasons.
  • Sorrels Honored
    The 73rd Annual Meeting of the Mississippi Association of Conversation Districts (MACD) was held January 17-18 at the Hilton Conference Center in Jackson. David Sorrels, chairman of the Kemper County Soil and Water Conversation District commissioners, was recognized during the Awards Banquet for 50 years of distinguished service. The Kemper County Soil and Water Conversation District Assists the local Natural Resources Conversation Service in promoting conversation and protection of our natural resources. Special guest speaker was Robert St. John, chef, author, and restaurateur. Pictured above is Pete Hunter, MACD President, presenting Sorrels, right, with his service pins.