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  • Antonious Backstrom, 32, 1208 Luke Rd Preston, MS, Charges: Court Order 
  • Okay, what do you serve with your Turkey and ham that can be low carb?
  • SCOOBA – The East Mississippi Community College basketball teams remained unbeaten on the young season with a home doubleheader sweep over East Central Community College during Thursday night MACJC hoops action.
  • The Kemper County Board of Supervisors heard from representatives for the U.S. Census Bureau during their Monday meeting
  • C Spire Health mobile app redefines the traditional doctor house call
    Back in the 1930 and 40s, most doctors visited sick patients in their homes with hands-on diagnosis and prescriptions for maladies ranging from a sore throat and the common cold to pneumonia.  
  • Work underway on new EMCC residence hall
    SCOOBA — Site work has begun a new 148-bed, three-story student residence hall on East Mississippi Community College’s Scooba campus
  • Hudson named Kemper schools superintendent
    Hilute Hudson, a longtime teacher, coach and administrator in the Louisville School District, has been named superintendent of the Kemper County School District.
  • Making the best of early sunsets
    Twilight time in the garden doesn’t have to be gloomy or dangerous.
  • Celebrating Veterans Day
    East Mississippi Community College celebrated Veterans Day Monday afternoon in the Chapel in the Pines and Orr Center on the Scooba campus.
  • Now, what about appetizers? There are so many carb pit falls. Well, you can offer low carb alternatives here, too. Have a vegetable tray with ranch or onion dip. Offer a sweet dip of sour cream, vanilla, and Splenda to go with the fruit tray. Just breathe, with planning and moderation, you can successfully navigate the holiday seas.
  • The Kemper County Academic Debate Team will host their championship round of the debate competition on Friday, November 15 at 3:30pm in the school gymnasium. Brynesia Bourrage, Elizabeth Bryant, Timberlee Drummond, and Quintavious Reed will compete for the title "The Great Debater". This academic endeavor is free and open to the public. Should you have any queries regarding this event, please contact Dr. Nealy sponsor, organizer, and advisor!
  • A new pharmacy is expected to open in DeKalb sometime in December, filling a void left when the Fred’s Pharmacy closed in October.
  • The Kemper County EDA/Chamber of Commerce annual meeting will be held Thursday, November 21, at the East Mississippi Community College campus ins Scooba.
  • SCOOBA — The public is invited to attend East Mississippi Community College’s Holiday Celebration on the Scooba campus Tuesday, Nov. 19, which will include musical performances and a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony.
  • Getting fond of hardy outdoor succulents? Time to sort a few out.
       I grow several dozen, partly because as a zany relief from the same old, same old plants I deal with daily at work; and partly because, unlike needy Africa violets and such, they can hunker down and survive my hit-or-miss care, especially when I’m gone for weeks or months at a time with nobody to water anything.
  • The Greater Meridian Chapter of Miss. Valley State University Alumni will have their meeting Thursday, Nov. 7th, 2019 beginning at 5:00pm at the Council of Organizations Building, 814-45th Ave
  • Oh no! There goes your low carb diet! Well, try some carb and sugar friendly alternatives. You can find many recipes to make your stand by classics with patience and persistence. Here's a few recipes to get you going. Just remember, planning and moderation will help you keep your low carb lifestyle.\
  • Kemper man faces 35 years in prison
    A Kemper County man faces 35 years in prison after a jury found him guilty  on charges of sexual battery and incest last week.
  • Supes approve repair projects
    The Kemper County Supervisors approved motions for various repair projects for the upkeep of county buildings Monday during their regular meeting.
  • High school receives $18K check
    Kemper High School has received a donation of $18,000 earlier this year to assist with refurbishing of the high school library from Bioplate, Inc.
  • Halloween is today. That means candy, candy, candy. There goes your low carb diet. Well, that doesn't have to be the way it is. Just keep some low carb alternatives handy.
  • MERIDIAN – The Mississippi Children’s Museum (MCM) broke ground on its first satellite campus on Monday here. Construction is underway on the Mississippi Children’s Museum - Meridian (MCM-Meridian) which is located on 22nd Avenue and will include a 25,000 square foot state of the art facility featuring 9,500 square feet of exhibit and an additional 25,000 square foot outdoor exhibit experience designed for Mississippi’s youngest residents as well as their entire circle of influence. Leaders from the community, government officials, MCM-Meridian and MCM representatives, and most importantly, local children, used their shovels to break ground and share in this momentous occasion.
  • My name is Butch Lee and I currently serve as the Mayor of Brandon, MS.  I am frequently asked, “Why would you choose to run for a state office?  Why now?  Why would I want to become involved with transportation?”  This article is meant to provide you, the voter, with some insight into that decision.
  • It’s that time of year that we take to the fields, woodlands, and waters not only to experience the excitement of hunting, but also to enjoy the beauty of Mississippi’s outdoors. The increasing criticism of today’s hunting problems points directly at the misuse of the privilege of hunting. Tomorrow’s privileges may rely on our ability to correct such misuse through education and example. Hunter education is a step in the right direction.
  • Heritage Day at the Kemper County Historical Museum will be held this year on Saturday November 2, from 11-1 p.m. Mark your calendar early for a fun day of fellowship, music, and BBQ! Tickets may be purchased from Association members in advance or onsite.
  • Finally! Cool weather has arrived! So let’s talk about soups, stews, comfort foods. There goes my low carb diet? Not necessarily. Just watch your ingredients and your portions.
  • John Lang, 54, 15234 Hwy 39N De Kalb, MS, Charges: No Tag; No Driver License, Resisting Arrest 
  • Women’s Day at Mt. Zion Moscow Baptist Church will be October 20.The program will start at 2 p.m.  Billy R. Lyles, Pastor. All are welcome.
  • JACKSON  – The open enrollment period for Medicare runs from October 15 through December 7 at which time you may change your Medicare health or prescription coverage for 2020.
  • EMCC 2019 Homecoming activities announced
    SCOOBA — A host of activities are planned for East Mississippi Community College’s 2019 Homecoming, which includes alumni events, a Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony and an Oct. 26 football game when the Lions will face Northeast Mississippi Community College beginning at 2 p.m.
  • A rose in bloom right now
    Who needs tropical hibiscus, when we have so many easier and sometimes edible relatives for our gardens? 
  • homecoming
    Kemper County High School will celebrate Homecoming Friday, October 18, when the Wildcats host Clarkdale.
  • October is National Fire Prevention Month with National Fire Prevention Week being observed October 6-12, 201
  • I've been talking about eating low carb meals for nearly a year.
  • New Beginning UMC, 1013 Hwy 45, Porterville, Ms will have their "Family And Friends Day" program Sunday Oct. 13th, 2019 (2nd Sunday) beginning at 1:30pm. The speaker will be our new pastor, Rev. A.J. Murray and refreshments will be served after the program. Everyone is invited to attend. Call 601-616-1210 FMI.
  • Mr. Ben Dudley and Mrs. Mary Hardin Dudley of Scooba announce the engagement of Anna, their second daughter, to Jacob Hemphill, son of Jerry Hemphill of Nanih Waiya and Pam Burkes of Philadelphia.
  •  The age old question of all moms is what do I fix for supper tonight?
  • Mississippi Care Center of DeKalb enjoyed the BIG celebration and received a Safety Award.
  • The Simmons Ridge Baptist church, 5062 Hwy 493, DeKalb, invites your pastor and entire membership to our building fund Program on September 28, at 6 p.m. We will have different people praising the Lord with singing. We are asking everyone to come out and support our program, Pastor John Clark. 
  • Improvement planned for Lynville precinct
    There are some improvements coming for the Lynville voting precinct in the coming days.
  • kemper academy homecoming
    Kemper Academy will celebrate Homecoming Friday night during the football game between the Rams and Hebron Academy.
  • Delvin Ray Houston, 37, 3848 Kellis Store Rd Preston, MS, Charges: Possession of Meth, 2 count of Arson 
  • Those who work may be having trouble controlling your carb intake, because of the perils of fast food.
  • Bluff Springs Baptist Church of Preston, MS will be celebrating their Pastor's Anniversary, Rev. Mearlon and Sis. Mattie Coleman, on Sunday, September 22, at 2 p.m. Rev. John Clark of Simmon Ridge M.B. will be the guest speaker. Please join us for this glorious occasion.
  •  Local officials are scrambling to find a replacement for the Fred’s Pharmacy store which is slated to close soon.
  • Kemper Countians will see an increase in ad valorem taxes during the Fiscal Year 2020 which begins October 1.
  • Ryan Keith John, 28, 144 Big Spring Creek Rd Philadelphia, MS, Charges: Drivers License Suspended, DUI 1st, No Insurance, Careless Driving 
  • If you are like me, you are always looking for new ways to use your standby meats.
  •  The 15th year for Relay for Life in Kemper County ended in August.  The Relay for Life teams did a tremendous job, as usual, with an total of approximately $37,000  collected after expenses.  The theme for the year was “On the Road to a Cure.”
  • Editor’s note: The Kemper County Messenger publishes the Community Calendar weekly in this space. It covers events, announcements and happenings in Kemper County. We welcome your news and comments. If you would like to have something placed in the Kemper Messenger, contact the office at 601-743-6770 during business hours; or mail it to Kemper Messenger, P.O. 546, DeKalb, MS, 39328. The Messenger’s writer, Steve Swogetinsky, may be reached at 601-776-6102.
  • The Kemper County Board of Supervisors will meet Friday morning at 8 a.m. to approve the Fiscal Year 2020 budget.
  • Kemper County comes close but still looking for first win
    The Kemper County Wildcats rolled up more than 400 yards in offense but penalties proved to be their downfall as they lost a 36-32 decision at West Lowndes last Friday night.
  • Kemper County’s Slaughter looks for different ways to reach his students
    When someone discovers the profession they want to do for the rest of their lives, it can be like a lightbulb turning on in their head.
  • The thought makes you sad because you know it doesn't fit in your low carb diet. Well, try some sugar free options in the freezer section of the store. They're tasty and will be more carb friendly. If you want to make some, here are a few recipes to try. Remember, planning and moderation are the keys to healthy eating.
  • One man died and another was injured in a bizarre shooting incident following a dove hunt Sunday afternoon.
  • Don't you just love to dig into a good salad during the hot summer months?
  • Julian Conner, 20, 66 Sharmont Dr Hattiesburg, MS, Charges: Possession of a Controlled Substance  
  • The unemployment rate in July stayed about the same as last month across. The state.
  • The Porterville Zion church would like to invite you to join in celebrating the Pastor and First Lady's Fourth Year Anniversary. It will be held on Sunday, September 1. Rev. W.C. Brown will be the speaker for the morning service at 10 a.m. Following up with the afternoon service, beginning at 3 p.m., will be Rev. Bernard Mitchell. Rev. Paul Ford is the pastor of Porterville Zion church.
  • Memorial plants are for living and dead
    We gardeners manage to put plants in all sorts of challenging situations and expect them to perform well; four sites really stand out
  • extension service holds lunch buffet
    Justin Creer, Mary Bennamon and Les Hoops cook the steaks while Iris Roberts browns the onions and peppers .
  • Dorsyl Wright, 64, 346 Walter Reed Rd De Kalb, MS, Charges: Trespass after warning   
  • The Naval Air Station in Meridian will host one of several training sessions hosted by Mississippi Veterans Affairs to train clergy throughout the state in veteran oriented suicide awareness and prevention. 
  • There will be a 4-H S.A.F.E.T.Y (formerly known as Shooting Sports) Instructor Training in West Point, MS on September 28th. You must be a certified 4-H volunteer to participate 30 days prior to the training. If you are interested in volunteer with the Kemper County 4-H S.A.F.E.T.Y program, please contact Kemper County Extension office at 601-743-2837 for more information.
  • The Kemper County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution memorializing former sheriff Samuel Tisdale for his service to the community.
  •  I know it's been hot this summer. There's nothing better than a refreshing cool drink on a hot day. Well, you can enjoy those cool drinks and still keep a low carb diet. Just remember, with planning and moderation you can lead a low carb life style.
  • Barry Riley, 55, 3616 Highland Ave Meridian, MS, Charges: Probation Violation   
  • Editor’s note: The Kemper County Messenger publishes the Community Calendar weekly in this space. It covers events, announcements and happenings in Kemper County. We welcome your news and comments. If you would like to have something placed in the Kemper Messenger, contact the office at 601-743-6770 during business hours; or mail it to Kemper Messenger, P.O. 546, DeKalb, MS, 39328. The Messenger’s writer, Steve Swogetinsky, may be reached at 601-776-6102.
  • Kemper Academy kicks off school year
    Kemper Academy held its annual open house this past Thursday at the school.
  • Grant will help train displaced workers
     A federal grant that will help counties adversely affected by the closing of the Mississippi Power Co. coal plant retrain workers is showing dividends.
  • Primary elections set for Tuesday
    Mississippi’s primary elections will be held Tuesday, August 6, with five races being contested in the Kemper County Democratic Primary.
  • Scooba Day brings many to their Kemper County roots
    A steady crowd came throughout the weekend to be a part of the Scooba Reunion. Activities started Friday and continued through Sunday. It was a time for visiting and catching up with former classmates, friends and relatives. Some had never lived in Scooba but had family who had and wanted to returns to see what it was all about.
  • A rise in the unemployment rate in June was typical for this time of the year in Mississippi as school was out and more people are being counted as unemployed in the job market.
  • Who doesn't love a good barbeque. All these temping aromas and taste just scream for us to indulge. Never fear, we can rest assured that we can cook even barbeque in the low carb style. Remember planning and moderation are the keys to healthy eating.
  • Cordexster Grace, 24, 5780 New Hope Rd De Kalb, MS, Charges: Probation Violation  
  • Kemper County MHV will host its annual County Fair Exhibit and Fundraiser. Fair exhibits will be on display at the Farmer’s Market August 1 – 2. Viewing is open to the public from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug.1 and 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. August 2. Fair exhibit entries are open to all Kemper County residents. Contact our office for a registration form. Our annual fundraiser is set for August 2  from 11-2.
  • I find that the hardest thing to battle in this new life style of eating low carb is battling my sweet tooth. Whenever you go into a store, or turn on the tv, you are bombarded with gooey, delicious looking sweet visions that smell even better. One way to resist is to keep an arsenal of low carb sweets on hand to help battle these cravings. Remember, with planning and moderation, you can eat a healthier low c
  • Obie Drew Clifton, 29, 401 West College St Louisville, MS, Charges: Commercial Burglary 
  • Center Ridge M.B. Church,  Reverend Reginald Brumfield, pastor, will have a Children Day Program on Sunday, July 28. Guest minister is Reverend Joseph Stone from Second Baptist Church in Starkville, Miss.
  • West Kemper Elementary mourns loss of veteran educator Lucas
    On Friday, July 5, 2019, the Kemper County School District was stunned to learn of the sudden passing of longtime educator, Annette Stewart-Lucas, especially her West Kemper Elementary family.  Mrs. Lucas was the heart of West Kemper Elementary arriving at school before 6:00 a.m. most mornings to greet co-workers and students.  She was employed as a teacher and later the librarian of the school for 32 years.  
  • Local students attend Farm Bureau Safety Camp
    Campers from across the state pick up important tips to stay safe while also having fun
  • Fred’s closing expected to sting
    News that the Fred’s store in DeKalb will be one of 129 closing in the coming weeks was a cause of great concern for Mayor Clark Adams.
  • Kemper County’s Gordon brings home national award
    Alkeydra Gordon, a junior at Kemper County High School, had some good news to report to the school board during their Thursday night meeting at Central Office.
  • Big crowd expected for Scooba reunion
    With more than 1,000 people expected this Saturday for the Scooba Reunion, Mayor Craig Nave said the last couple of weeks have been pretty busy.
  • 18 Kemper County students complete EMCC Lion Academy
    SCOOBA — Eighteen Kemper County High School students who graduated from East Mississippi Community College’s Lion Academy were awarded certificates of completion in a June 27 ceremony in the college’s F.R. Young Student Union on the Scooba campus.
  • Robbins honored for service to his country
    A decorated Korean War veteran was honored with the G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Patriot award during the annual July 4th Independence Day celebration at Kemper County Court House in DeKalb.
  • How can we eat this summer favorite? Here are some summer favorites with a low carb twist. Remember low carb life style is possible with planning and moderation.
  • Sherrenda Wilson, 32, 909 Rice Rd Crawford, MS,  Charges: Petit Larceny 
  • All Candidates on the August Primary Ballot are welcomed and invited to participate at the Meet & Greet Program on July 13, 2019, Saturday at 5 p.m. at Kemper Springs Community Center, 2397 Kemper Springs Road, DeKalb MS 39328.  All are welcomed to come out and meet the candidates.  For more information, contact 601-743-4371 or 601-490-0808 or 601-513-3598
  • One member of the East Mississippi Community College football team died and two others were injured in a one-vehicle accident last Wednesday afternoon in Clarke County.
  • The Class of 1956 of the old DeKalb High School held its reunion in the Young building on the campus of East Mississippi Community College in Scooba on Saturday, June 22.
  • While we put enjoying our summer, a popular pastime is fishing. You may be saying, "I can't go fishing because I can't eat them.” Wrong! There are low carb ways to enjoy those fish and eat healthy. Here's a few ways you might try.
  • Carlos L Hampton, 31, 14799 Hwy 16W De Kalb, MS, Charges:  Speeding; Seatbelt Violation; No Proof of Insurance; Probation Violation
  • The Kemper County Chamber of Commerce and the Kemper County Historical Association proudly announce plans for joint celebrations for July 4, 2019. The Kemper Chamber's Independence Day Celebration and Veterans Memorial Service will start at 10 a.m. on the Courthouse Square, with the presentation of the "Sonny" Montgomery Patriot Award. Immediately following will be the unveiling of the Rubin Kemper historical marker, on the east side of the courthouse square. Please make plans to join us for both of these memorable events. If you have any questions call 601-743-5060. 
  • In a little more than a month, Kemper County Democratic and Republican party voters will be going to the polls for the primary elections.
  • A place to spend the holidays
    And there are campsites available so you can settle in and enjoy the beautiful scenery while trying to catch some crappie, blue gill bream, catfish, largemouth and spotted bass.
  • Kemper County Youth football now registering
    It may still be late June, but the Kemper County Youth Football Association is getting ready for its 2019 season.
  • We love shrimp in my house. I'm always looking for low carb ways to cook shrimp. Here are a few recipes that caught my eye.
  • Editor’s note: The Kemper County Messenger publishes the Community Calendar weekly in this space. It covers events, announcements and happenings in Kemper County. We welcome your news and comments. If you would like to have something placed in the Kemper Messenger, contact the office at 601-743-6770 during business hours; or mail it to Kemper Messenger, P.O. 546, DeKalb, MS, 39328. The Messenger’s writer, Steve Swogetinsky, may be reached at 601-776-6102.
  • Mississippi’s unemployment rate in May 2019 was 4.9 percent, a slight over the month increase of one-tenth of a percentage point from April 2019.
  • This week I will give you some sugar free desert recipes that will help you beat the sweet cravings and give you something to take to pOt luck dinners that you k ow you can ear. Just remember with planning and moderation you can eat healthy.
  • The KA Pack #15 Scouts will be having a yard sale at the old Pilgrim's parking lot on Saturday, June 1 begining at 7 a.m.
  • Mississippi’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April 2019 was 4.6 percent, decreasing two-tenths of a percentage point from the previous month’s rate of 4.8 percent.
  • SCOOBA — East Mississippi Community College’s Workforce Services Division is gearing up for an Introduction to Manufacturing Skills class on the college’s Scooba campus.
  • Represents Kemper County
    Ms. Sherry Hickman Clemons of Preston recently attended the NAACP State Mother of the Year Program in Jackson, MS on May 18, 2019.
  • Recognizes students
    Nanih Waiya Attendance Center recognizes Mr. Bobby Butler, star teacher, Molli Childs, valedictorian, Cody Clark, salutatorian, and Gabe Sciple, star student at the local board meeting on April 9
  • Relay chairmen turned to faith to fight cancer
    Tommy Gully and Gladys P. Johnson were honored as the 2019 honorary survivor co-chairmen for the upcoming Kemper County Relay For Life, which is set for Friday, June 7, in downtown DeKalb.
  • Hearn graduates from EMCC before receiving Kemper County diploma
    DEKALB — Kelsey Hearn, 18, graduated from East Mississippi Community College May 4, prior to receiving her high school diploma.
  • Shuqualak’s McNeese recognized at UWA Honors Day
    LIVINGSTON, Ala.—The University of West Alabama recently recognized outstanding students for their academic achievements and leadership roles at the institution’s annual Honors Day.
  • I heard about a snack you can keep in your house to help with the sweet cravings. They are called Fat Bombs. They are high in good fats, but only contain very few carbs. They often contain seeds or nuts. Just remember that planning and moderation are the keys to healthy eating.
  • The Cancer Survivor Luncheon will be held at the Ruby Rankin Farmer’s Market on Friday, May 24th.  If you are a survivor and do not receive an invitation from the Cancer Society by May 22nd, please call Grace Gibson at 601-743-5560.
  • Another step in the renovation project at the Kemper County Courthouse in DeKalb was taken Monday when the Kemper County Board of Supervisors approved $19,260 for a roofing project.
  • West Kemper County Elementary School was recently awarded a STEM grant from the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE).
  • I know staying on a low carb diet can be challenging. We have to become aware of what we are eating.
  • Editor’s note: The Kemper County Messenger publishes the Community Calendar weekly in this space. It covers events, announcements and happenings in Kemper County. We welcome your news and comments. If you would like to have something placed in the Kemper Messenger, contact the office at 601-743-6770 during business hours; or mail it to Kemper Messenger, P.O. 546, DeKalb, MS, 39328. The Messenger’s writer, Steve Swogetinsky, may be reached at 601-776-6102.