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  • EKE students fare well in writing contest
    East Kemper Elementary sixth grade students, Sha’laisha Darden, Dillon Little, and Alicia Coleman, along with Principal Tyresia Brown, and sixth grade English teacher, LaWanda Shields, traveled to Jackson on Friday, April 13 to a state award’s ceremony.
  • 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.
  • EMCC's Williams honored by MACJC
    East Mississippi Community College’s Camryn Williams has been named the MACJC Softball Player of the Week twice this season
  •  EMCC student living life  with a purpose
    Republic of Honduras resident Gissela Perdomo’s push to obtain a U.S. education is fueled by a passion to create a start-up business in her home country to provide hope, direction and employment to some of the poorest women in the western hemisphere.
  • Facial creams, football link Kemper County and Israel
    Kemper County may seem an unlikely place to have high level ties to the government of Israel, but thanks to one of the area’s largest employers and EMCC’s 'Last Chance University' reality television show, the ties between DeKalb and Tel Aviv are strong, and apparently getting stronger.
  • Cotton, Wood assume new posts at East Mississippi CC
    Two familiar faces at East Mississippi Community College have been tapped to double-team the college’s alumni relations efforts.
  • 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.
  • Kemper Academy boys take district victory
    The Kemper Academy boys basketball team improved to 3-0 in the Class A district standings as the Rams picked up a win last week.
  • Longtime EMCC art instructor's works featured in exhibits
    Eclectic works spanning 20-plus years by East Mississippi Community College art instructor Terry Cherry will be on exhibit through March at two Mississippi institutions of higher education
  • Passion to teach, love of students drives WKE award-winning teacher
    It’s her passion for teaching students as if they were family.
        That’s what admirers say sets apart West Kemper Elementary School 5th grade math teacher Leigh Pilgrim — Mississippi’s Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Teacher of the Yea
  • KA Rams off to 2-0 start in district play
    The Kemper Academy Rams are off to a good start in district basketball competition as they picked up two victories last week.
  • EMCC's Tyeisha Juhan claims weekly NJCAA hoops award
    A day after earning statewide honors, East Mississippi Community College sophomore guard Tyeisha Juhan has now reeled in national accolades as the NJCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for her pair of standout performances a week ago for the Lions.
  • Chris King chosen to lead Mighty Lion Band
    Chris King has been tapped to fill the position of director of East Mississippi Community College’s Mighty Lion Band and its various subsets, which includes the marching band, the EMCC Symphonic Winds, a jazz band, a rock band, a percussion ensemble, a dance team and the color guard.
  • Wildcats lose region games in overtime
    The Kemper County Wildcats dropped a pair of Region 5-3A games in overtime on the road in prep basketball action this past week.
  • Local residents honor Dr. King
    This past Saturday afternoon, a determined group of Kemper County residents braved extreme cold as they gathered at the Courthouse to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Another big year for PACES in the books
    An eventful year of activities was experienced once again by the members of PACES (Parents and Community Equals Educational Success) in 2017. Kicking of the school year in September with the PACES Kick-Off Rally for all seniors followed by three informative college campus visits for the KCHS class of 2018 seniors that qualified to become members of PACE
  • Kemper Academy gears up for district schedule
    The Kemper Academy basketball teams may have started playing their 2017-2018 schedule back in November, but the real season for the KA teams is coming up with six region games.
  • Emilia's expansion plans discussed with Gov. Phil Bryant
    A delegation from Kemper County and Emilia Resources met with Governor Phil Bryant and Mississippi Development Authority executive director Glenn McCullough Jr. last week to discus plans for expansion of the county-owned building occupied by Emilia.
  • London fashion agency to distribute EMCC merchandise globally
    T-shirts, jerseys and jackets emblazoned with East Mississippi Community College’s name and logo could soon begin showing up at major retail stores around the world.
  • Wildcats play three games, looking to get on track
    The Kemper County Wildcats have three games scheduled for this week as they try to get on the winning track in prep basketball action.
  • A WINTERY VIEW
    The low temperatures did nothing to diminish the beauty of Kemper County Lake. The lake consists of 595 acres and is located three miles north of DeKalb There are 48 camping pads with electrical, water and sewer hook-ups available. There is public fishing available at the lake. For more information you can contact 1-601-743-5505.


  •  2017 Successful Year for Board of Supervisors
    According to Kemper County Board of Supervisors President,Johnny Whitsett 2017 was the best year during his tenure as a supervisor, and he and the rest of the Board look forward to 2018 and continuing to move Kemper County forward.
  • Winston Plywood and Veneer donates gifts to kids
    Christmas 2017 was made much brighter for many Winston County children due to the efforts of the Winston Plywood and Veneer team members through their “Christmas From the Heart” program.
  • EMCC sends 18 more players to 4-year schools
    When football coaches seek junior college players who might be able to step right in and contribute, they know East Mississippi Community College is a great place to look. Following the Lions' fourth NJCAA National Championship in seven years, eighteen EMCC players signed letters of intent with four-year colleges during the early signing period and two others will be preferred walk-ons.
  • Stephens named NJCAA Football Coach of the Year
    East Mississippi Community College head football coach Buddy Stephens continues to add to his impressive coaching resume on the heels of guiding the Lions to their fourth NJCAA national championship in seven years.  As announced Wednesday by the NJCAA office, the 10th-year EMCC head coach has been recognized by the NJCAA Football Coaches Association as the 2017 Spalding® NJCAA Football Coach of the Year.
  • Wildcats defeat Philadelphia to claim first basketball win
    The Kemper County Wildcats claimed their first basketball victory of the season last Friday night as they took a 60-56 victory over Philadelphia.
        It was one of three games the Wildcats played last week. They lost a 68-62 decision to West Lauderdale. On Saturday, they traveled to Tupelo to play defending Class 2A state champ Coahoma County in a classic game. The Wildcats had a chance to win in regulation but dropped a 62-56 decision in overtime.
  • Cawthorn receives doctorate degree from DSU
    On Dec. 9, Dr. Jeri Craig Cawthorn was hooded at Delta State University receiving her doctorate of education degree.
  • Winter: Museum opening 'Momentous occasion'
    A glorious and momentous occasion,” is how former Gov. William F. Winter described the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and the adjacent Museum of Mississippi History in downtown Jackson on Saturday, Dec. 9.
  • Rams roll past visiting Clarkdale for first win of season
    The Kemper Academy boys claimed their first victory of the season Friday night as they defeated Clarkdale 60-42 in prep basketball action.
  • Lions, Stephens, look to keep amazing bowl record unblemished
    Buddy Stephens has an outstanding record in his 10 years as head football coach at East Mississippi Community College, going 97-13 for an .882 winning percentage, best ever in the junior college ranks among coaches with at least 100 games.
  • Open House gives public glimpse into future of DeKalb Library
    Over the past several months, the DeKalb Library has undergone an extensive renovation, including new technology, new furniture, new resources including many children’s books, and some painting.
  • Kemper County Wildcats advance in MHSAA Class 3A State Football Playoffs
    The Kemper County Wildcats advanced to the second round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 3A football playoffs as they blew past Franklin County 36-9 Friday night.
  • DeKalb Library to host open house Tuesday afternoon
    The DeKalb Library will host an open house on Tuesday, from 2-4 p.m. Library leaders are inviting the community to come and see the newly renovated facility.
  • EMCC jumps to top spot in NJCAA rankings with road win over Jones
    The new No. 1 football team in the NJCAA is East Mississippi Community College.
  • Kemper Academy Rams close out 2017 football season
    Kemper Academy dropped its final contest of the 2017 football season last Friday night, falling to visiting Marvell (Ark.) Academy 48-0 on “The Hill” in DeKalb.
  • Kemper Crossing work moving forward
    According to Kemper County Economic Development Director, Craig Hitt, work at the Kemper Crossing site is well underway, with clearing and debris removal moving along at a good pace.
  • Heritage Day deemed big success
    In spite of unusually cold weather and overcast skies on Saturday, Kemper County Heritage Day was deemed a big success. Many people braved the elements to enjoy the food, fun and fellowship.
  • Region title on the line when Kemper County hosts Forest
    Despite losing their first seven games, the Kemper County Wildcats are one win away from winning the Region 5-3A football championship.
        The Wildcats will host Forest Friday night in the game that will decide the issue. Forest comes in at 7-3 overall and 3-0 in the region. The Bearcats picked up a 35-11 win over Morton last week.
  • Webb, Clark honored by EMCC
    Two East Mississippi Community College alumni were honored Saturday during the college’s 2017 Homecoming.
  • DeKalb Regional Model Railroad Museum to open doors Saturday
    The DeKalb Regional Model Railroad Museum is set to open its doors to the public on Saturday at 9 a.m. It is probably safe to say that most Kemper County residents are not aware of the existence of the museum which is located in the old Sciples’ Grocery Store building on Main Ave. in DeKalb.
  • Bohannon leads Wildcats to first win of season
    Senior quarterback Quanderius Bohannon had a night to remember as he led the Kemper County Wildcats past Choctaw Central 35-7 Friday night in prep football action.
  • Supervisors hear concerns about 2020 census
    The Kemper County Board of Supervisors were updated on the upcoming 2020 census during its regular meeting on Monday, and it was noted that a poor count could cost the county federal funds.
  • Wings over Winston set for Oct. 7 in Louisvile
    The Louisville-Winston Airport will host the 4th Annual “Wings over Winston” aerobatic air show on Saturday, Oct. 7.
  •  Kemper Academy falls to Delta, 37-6
    Both visiting Delta Academy and homesteading Kemper Academy let opportunities slip away in the first half of their matchup on "The Hill" last Friday night in DeKalb.
  •  Local emergency responders TAKE PART in disaster preparedness exercise
    On Tuesday the Local Emergency Planning Committee conducted a disaster preparedness exercise in the general vicinity of the John C. Stennis Memorial Hospital, the Health Department and the Mississippi Care Center of DeKalb.
  • Kemper plays host to Wilkinson in battle of Wildcats
    The Kemper County Wildcats will be looking for their first victory of 2017 when they play host to Wilkinson County in a battle of Wildcats this Friday at 7 p.m.
        The Kemper Wildcats dropped to 0-5 after their 30-6 loss to West Lauderdale last Friday night. The Wilkinson County Wildcats, meanwhile, lost to St. Charles (La.) last week. They come in at 1-3. Wilkinson County’s only win came against Amite County, 38-12.
  • Job seekers find opportunities at first regional event
    Representatives from at least 35 businesses and industries gathered at the Neshoba County Coliseum this past Monday in an effort to network with potential job-seekers from around the region. The coalition sponsoring the event consisted of the East Mississippi Business Development Corp., Neshoba County Community Partnership District, Mid-Mississippi Development District, and the Kemper County Economic Development Authority.
  • EMCC's Shaunak lands excellence in government award
    Dr. Raj Shaunak wasn’t looking for a career when he volunteered in 1991 to teach math to adult basic education students at East Mississippi Community College. He had already achieved the American dream.

    He stayed through the exodus of the area’s major manufacturers, rose to the top of the college’s Workforce Services division and helped spawn a manufacturing renaissance that has retooled the Golden Triangle.
  • Big first half helps Lions roar past Gulf Coast, 49-10
    Compiling nearly 400 first-half yards of total offense while mounting a 35-3 halftime advantage, the second-ranked Lions of East Mississippi Community College cruised to a 49-10 home victory over Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Thursday evening during MACJC inter-divisional football action at EMCC’s Sullivan-Windham Field.    
  • PACES kicking things off at Kemper County High School for ninth year
    Last Thursday, the 2017-18 PACES Kick-off Rally was held in the Kemper County High School cafeteria, attended by approximately 80 members of the senior class. According to Bernard Hulin, PACES Project Manager, this was essentially the entire senior class. Hulin also stated that this was the ninth Kick-off Rally at KCHS.

    The students were given an overview of the requirements for participation in PACES, including, standard attendance, satisfactorily completing 3 of 4 subject area tests, being on schedule to graduate, and a good, overall disciplinary conduct record.
  • Wildcats still looking for first win Friday at Quitman
    Win or lose, one game does not make a season.
        The Kemper County Wildcats were disappointed Friday as they saw their halftime lead evaporate into a 35-34 season opening loss to the Northeast Lauderdale Trojans.
  • Settlement between MPC, PSC not finalized
    According to a staffer at the Mississippi Public Service Commission, the governing body for utilities in the state is expected to order a status conference by the end of the week to check on the status of negotiations between Mississippi Power Company and the Pubic Utilities Staff in regards to the Kemper County Energy Facility owned and operated by MPC on Hwy 493 near the Liberty community in the southwestern portion of Kemper County.
  • FOOTBALL ARRIVES! Local high school teams kick off 2017 season
    All three local high school football teams began their 2017 football season last week. Inside today's edition of the Kemper County Messenger you will find the 2017 Football Preview, featuring Kemper County High School, Kemper Academy, Nanih Waiya, and East Mississippi Community College.

    Defending MHSAA Class 3A State Champion Kemper County High School suffered a disappointing 35-34 loss, surrendering a 28-point halftime lead against homesteading Northeast Lauderdale,
  •  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.
  • Kemper County stuffs the bus to aid school children

    Residents of Kemper County had the opportunity to Stuff the Bus with all types of school supplies to aid elementary school children last week.


    All of the collected goods will be distributed between East Kemper and West Kemper Elementary schools. From there, school personnel will determine how to distribute the merchandise.
  • EMCC announces cheer team for 2017-18
    In advance of the upcoming academic year, East Mississippi Community College has announced the school’s 2017-18 cheerleading team. The selections were made by first-year EMCC cheerleading coach Hanna Burnette.

    EMCC’s 2017-18 cheer squad will consist of three returning student-athletes and 15 new members.  Along with sophomore captain Kayla Pinter (Sebastopol HS), the team also returns Ashlyn Armstrong (Caledonia) and Leighton Moffett
  • Farmer's Market renamed in honor of longtime public servant Ruby Rankin
    An overflow crowd gathered at the Kemper County Farmers Market Building on Monday, July 17 as it was officially renamed the Ruby D. Rankin Farmers Market Building, in honor of Rankin and her many years of hard work and dedicated service to the people of Kemper County. Included in the gathering were family, friends, co-workers and elected officials.

    Rankin was the face of the Mississippi State University Extension Service in Kemper County for 33 years until her sudden death in early May.
  • Collins, Stills to take Riley Center stage Aug 7 in Meridian
    MERIDIAN — The MSU Riley Center presents two musical legends: Judy Collins and Stephen Stills, performing live on Monday, August 7, at 7:30 p.m.

    Making an exceptional event even more special, the Riley Center will offer a pre-show party featuring free refreshments in the Grand Lobby starting at 6:30 p.m.
  • 9 local 4-H'ers compete in recent district contest
    Nine area youth recently participated in 4-H Contest during the Southeast District 4-H Project Achievement Day held in Laurel.

    Participants presented visual presentations and exhibits on what they have learned. This event is for Junior 4-H members, ages 8 to 13.
  • Zoo animals delight children, adults at local library events
    The zoo came to Kemper County on Friday, as the public libraries in DeKalb and Scooba played host to animals from the Hattiesburg Zoo Outreach program, accompanied by Outreach Coordinator, Aimee Foster.

    The program began with Foster explaining that animals,
  • Lions tabbed preseason No. 2 in JCGridiron.com Dirty 30 football rankings
    Looking to make another bid for national championship consideration, East Mississippi Community College has received a No. 2 ranking in the JCGridiron.com Dirty 30 Preseason Rankings for the upcoming campaign.

    Published for the past 13 years by nationally renowned junior college football authority Brad Hoiseth, the JCGridiron.com Dirty 30 Preseason Rankings considered all 134 of the nation’s two-year schools that feature football programs. Along with the 65
  • Landscapers Pride expected to bring jobs to Kemper County
    A manufacturer of various types of mulch, potting soil and soil amendments, will be opening its only satellite facility in Kemper County, which will employ approximately 20 people when running at full capacity.

    Landscapers Pride of New Waverly, Texas will be located in the old Furniture Direct facility located on U.S. Hwy. 45 several miles south of the Hwy. 16 intersection. They hope to be up and running by Sept. 15.
  • State championship bling handed out to KCHS football team
    When you think of football championship rings, you think of images of the New England Patriots, Alabama Crimson Tide, or East Mississippi Community College. Now, residents of Kemper County can also include the Kemper County Wildcats in that picture

    The Wildcats capped off the celebration of their memorable 2016 season by receiving their MHSAA Class 3A State Championship rings Friday night. The night consisted of a meal, special speaker and the receiving of the rings.
  • World Series of Stickball began this week
    The 68th annual World Series of Stickball got under way Monday night with all games being played at Choctaw Central High School.

    There will be a full schedule of games each night during the first week with first-round games being played in the Men’s, Women’s and Men’s Over 35 divisions. The youth 14-17 division starts play Monday, July 10, with its finals set for Friday at 6 p.m.
  • DeKalb, Scooba mayors take oaths of office
    This past Friday afternoon, as raindrops began to fall, Clark Adams stood on the front steps of the Kemper County Courthouse to take the oath of office as administered by Kemper County Chancery Clerk Sherline Watkins. A sizable crowd gathered to be a part of the event.

    Earlier in the day a small group of family members gathered at the Scooba Town Hall to witness newly-elected Mayor Marion Smoot take the oath from City Clerk Patricia Clay. Adams, the father of five, was born in the New Hope Community and moved to Dekalb at age six. He said he has been a resident of the town ever since.
  • Locals brave heat to celebrate the 4th of July
    Residents of Kemper County came together on the Courthouse lawn on Tuesday to celebrate Independence Day. Those gathered braved the heat and humidity to hear from several speakers concerning our history and the importance of our liberties.

    The event began with the raising of the American flag and the Pledge of Allegiance by the Kemper County High School JROTC, which was followed by the National Anthem, performed by Jennifer Hull.
  •  Ron Polk to receive 'Rube Award'
    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
  • Program aimed at filling need for skilled machinists
    MAYHEW — Retiring baby boomers are fueling a nationwide shortage of skilled precision machinists that has been exacerbated by technological advances requiring a more skilled workforce.

    Beginning this fall, East Mississippi Community College will offer an Associate of Applied Science degree in Precision Manufacturing and Machining Technology to help meet a local demand for skilled workers in the field.
  • Drive Sober campaign kicks off for July 4th holiday
    Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over!
         That was the theme of the Troop H (District 6) Law Enforcement Liaison meeting held on the EMCC campus on Monday. The meeting drew law enforcement officials from several counties within the Highway Patrol, Troop H district including Kemper County, Lauderdale County, Clarke County, Meridian Police Department, Scooba Police Department, Marion Police Department and EMCC Campus Police.
  • Supes set to approve Kemper Crossing plans
    The official plans for the first stage of the Kemper Crossing development at the intersection of Hwy 16 and Hwy 397 will likely take a huge step forward during the June 5 meeting of the Kemper County Board of Supervisors.

    During a recessed meeting on Friday morning, the board went through options for the initial development of the property by Waggoner Engineering. The focus of the initial stages of the development of the 215 acre site is the approximate 49-acre portion of land to the North of Hwy 16 and West of
  • Kemper unemployment rate seventh highest in state
    Mississippi’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.9% in May, the lowest level since the U.S. Department of Labor began publishing state unemployment rates in January 1976.

    Kemper County is nearly double the state's at 8.3 percent, the seventh highest rate among Mississippi counties.
  • Cliff Collins named EMCC defensive coordinator
    A mainstay on Buddy Stephens’ football coaching staff at East Mississippi Community College, Cliff Collins has returned to the Scooba campus as the Lions’ defensive coordinator.  After spending eight seasons as EMCC’s defensive backs coach, Collins served in the same capacity this past year at Jackson State University.
  •  EMCC posts Top 10 finish at College National Finals Rodeo
    The East Mississippi Community College men’s rodeo team earned a second straight Top 10 national finish by placing seventh this past week at the season-ending College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming.  .

    With five competitors making up EMCC’s first-ever CNFR appearance as a team, Coach Morgan Goodrich’s Lions recorded 425 points to finish seventh overall nationally and first among the 11 teams affiliated with the Ozark Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA).  
  • Grant funds women's support program at EMCC campuses
    A program in which female sophomore students serve as mentors to their at-risk freshmen counterparts will continue for another two years at East Mississippi Community College’s Golden Triangle campus and will be introduced for the first time at the college’s Scooba campus.

    Jackson-based Women’s Foundation of Mississippi has announced the award of a $50,000 grant to fund the Empowering Mentors to Promote Women’s Retention (EMPOWR) program at EMCC through the 2018-19 school year.
  • Rankin's memory honored during Kemper Relay For Life
    Cancer is a word that means fear, despair and pain for many people, and it has brought grief and mourning into innumerable lives. It is a disease that does not play favorites, cutting across all racial and socio-economic strata.

    However, there are many who conquer this dread disease, and the numbers are increasing, as was evidenced by the many purple “Survivor Shirts” that dotted the large crowd gathered on the Kemper County Courthouse square, for the Annual Relay for Life on Friday, which is held each year on the first Friday in June.
  • Adams edges Hall in DeKalb mayor's race
    Solid victories in Ward 4, his home ward, and Ward 1 propelled Democratic Challenger Clark Adams to an apparent 13-vote win over four-term incumbent DeKalb Mayor Homer Hall on Tuesday night.

    With more than a third of the 465 votes cast being by absentee ballot, Adams garnered 239 votes to 226 for Hall. Mary Grady totaled 12 votes. There were 27 affidavit ballots set to be counted at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.
  • Reigning state champion Lions announce 2017 schedule
    Featuring five home contests and back-to-back Saturday games to conclude the regular season, the reigning MACJC state champion Lions of East Mississippi Community College have announced their 2017 football schedule.

    With their season opener slated for Thursday, Aug. 31 at home against Jones County, the Lions will be looking to avenge their lone loss from a year ago when a short-handed EMCC squad dropped a hard-fought 27-25 road decision to the Bobcats in Ellisville, despite fielding a limited roster consisting of only freshmen and incoming four-year transfers due to an MACJC-mandated suspension from the previous year. This year’s EMCC-JCJC rematch takes on increased significance because it will mark Buddy Stephens’ 100th career game as the Lions’ head football coach
  • Sam Dale remembered for historic contribution
    As you drive south on Hwy. 39, approximately 15 miles north of Meridian on the left- hand side of the road, you will see a towering monument to frontiersman, army scout and soldier, Sam Dale.

    Dale is an important figure in the history of Mississippi and Alabama, but sadly, most Mississippians know very little about this man. This past Saturday a small group of people — including historical re-enactors, representatives of the Natchez Trace Parkway Association, members of the Choctaw Indian Tribe and spectators — gathered at the Sam Dale Monument, in the small community of Daleville to honor this historic figure.
  • Year-end banquet honors KCHS student/athletes
    The Kemper County High School handed out awards to many of its athletes in its official year-ending banquet held last Tuesday. The awards ceremony was preceded by guest speaker Mike Montgomery, a former college and professional athlete.

    Montgomery spoke to the group about the importance of balance and hard work in life, pointing out that one only gets out of something what he puts into it. He pointed out that the venues would change from high school sports to dealing with employers, and the importance of developing the proper attributes to succeed in those circumstances
  • Warriors squeeze out MHSAA Class 1A State Championship title
    PEARL — Nanih Waiya used a suicide squeeze for the first time this year Saturday and it resulted in the MHSAA Class 1A State Championship for the Warriors.

    For 6 1/2 innings, Brady Jones of Nanih Waiya and Heath Noe of Smithville were locked in a scoreless pitching duel. With one out in the bottom of the seventh, Bryce Stanton lined a single to left for the Warriors' second hit.
  • Faith and support help Hopewell's Linda White survive cancer
    It was on Christmas Eve 2013 that Linda White of the Hopewell Community received the type of news that no one wants to hear. On that day White received a call from her doctor informing her that she had Stage 3 breast cancer.

    “You hear about it, but you don’t really expect to hear those three words, ‘You have cancer,’” White said. “When I heard it, I really went numb. You don’t expect it, so for that moment I went numb.” She went through several months of chemotherapy, before having mastectomy surgery.
  • Orientation looks to answer questions for incoming EMCC Freshmen
    East Mississippi Community College’s once-voluntary JourneyEAST orientation sessions will now be required for many incoming students.

    “Our hope is that a lot of the questions students would have the first two or three weeks of classes will already be answered before they even get here,” EMCC Associate Dean of Instruction William Sansing said.
  • Nanih Waiya wins MHSAA 1A Golf Championship
    Last week might have been Nanih Waiya’s best chance to win a Class 1A golf state championship in several years, both literally and figuratively.

    One year after finishing a distant second to Tupelo Christian Prep School – and one year before the Mississippi High School Activities Association plans to combine Class 1A with Class 2A for a larger field – the Warriors took full advantage of the opportunity.
  • EMCC graduates nearly 600 students over the weekend

    East Mississippi Community College held spring 2017 graduation ceremonies May 5-6 at its Golden Triangle and Scooba campuses. The ceremonies included about 600 academic and career-technical students who graduated from the Scooba, Golden Triangle, Columbus Air Force Base, Naval Air Station Meridian, Lion Hills, West Point Center and online/eLearning campuses.
  • Faith-based dental practice changes helping hands in DeKalb

    For Kemper County residents, Tuesday, May 9  marked the end of one era and the beginning of another as Dr. Brandon Goza cut the ribbon on the dental practice that had belonged to Dr. Dan Fulton for 43 years.

    Dr. Fulton began his practice in Dekalb in December 1974 and officially retired this past New Years Day. Goza, who was born in Pearland lived in Brandon throughout dental school, purchased the practice in January. He studied at UMC in Jackson, and then spent four years in the Army at Fort Hood, Texas, as the military had paid for dental school. He then returned to Brandon and worked for a year.
  • EMCC's Stockstill takes top MACJC pitching honor

    For his complete-game no-hitter against Pearl River 10 days ago East Mississippi Community College sophomore Bubba Stockstill has earned MACJC Pitcher of the Week honors.  

    During the Lions’ 10-0 run-rule, nightcap win over the Wildcats, Stockstill struck out 10 and walked only one while facing just one batter over the minimum during his six-inning shutout.  The 6-foot-7 left-hander threw just 74 pitches, including 49 strikes, while allowing only two base runners against PRCC.
  • KCHS freshmen experience life at PACES reality store
    What is a ‘reality store’?

    This past Friday morning Kemper County High School freshmen discovered that it is a place where they experienced real life in a way they never had. The PACES Reality Store is a concept which confronts high school students with a life exercise which will hopefully help them make better and wiser decisions about their educations and careers.
  • Local teachers honored at annual event

    A capacity crowd of current and retired teachers, teachers’ aides and administrators came together last Wednesday at the Senior Citizen's Center in Dekalb for a Teacher Appreciation Tea, which is an annual event co-sponsored by the VFW, the Civic League and the Kemper Volunteer Homemakers.

    It is an event intended to honor local educators who sometimes may not receive much-deserved recognition. A vast array of delicious treats awaited the attendees as they entered the center, as was the opportunity to share and fellowship with their fellow educators.
  • Warriors hammer Union in postseason tuneup
    Nanih Waiya’s only action on the baseball diamond came last Tuesday in its regular-season finale, when the Warriors hammered a playoff-bound Union team, 15-2.

    The Warriors, who received a bye in the first round of the MHSAA Class 1A state playoffs that started last weekend, improved to 20-2 overall with the victory over the Class 2A Yellowjackets.
  • Two-day retreat identifies top concerns
    A historic two-day retreat bringing together leaders from all of Kemper County's governmental bodies, as well as business leaders, was a successful venture said Craig Hitt, executive director of the Kemper County Economic Development Authority.

    The gathering, which was held at East Mississippi Community College's Lions Hills Campus in Columbus last Wednesday and Thursday, was put together by the EDA in an effort to try and identify what the county as a whole needed to focus on in the future.
  • EMCC alumni Langston Rogers inducted into MACJC Sports Hall of Fame
    As this year’s East Mississippi Community College honoree, veteran sports publicist Langston Rogers was one of 15 individuals inducted into the Mississippi Community and Junior College Sports Hall of Fame during Tuesday night’s 11th annual induction banquet held at the Clyde Muse Center on Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus.
  • KA Rams claim district baseball championship
    It was quite a week on the baseball diamond for Kemper Academy, which captured the MAIS District 2-A championship with a pair of wins – then capped off the week with a big win over a strong Grace Christian School team.

    Kemper opened the week with a 16-1 drubbing of Central Academy in Macon last Tuesday. On Friday, the Rams topped Calhoun Academy 3-1 in a pitchers’ duel to claim the district title, then they beat Grace Christian 6-1 on Saturday.
  •  'The Big, Bad Musical' set for Friday
    Help decide the fate of the Big Bad Wolf during East Mississippi Community College’s production of “The Big, Bad Musical” by Alec Strum and Bill Francoeur, this Friday in the Dottie Smith Family Center for Instrumental Music Education on the Scooba campus.

    During the play, the notorious Big Bad Wolf is slapped with a class-action lawsuit by fairytale characters that include Little Red Riding Hood, the Three Little Pigs, the Fairy Godmother and more.
  • PACES celebrates another successful year with awards banquet
    Sometimes the success that PACES has enjoyed in its young life leaves project coordinator Bernard Hulin shaking his head.
       "I's amazing what a little encouragement and direction has helped this young people achieve," Hulin said. "They have work hard and have come to understand that they can be successful."
  • KA Rams improve to 4-0 in district play
    Kemper Academy picked up two more district wins on the baseball diamond last week, winning a 16-12 thriller at Calhoun Academy on Tuesday before hammering visiting Hebron Christian School 18-3 last Friday night in DeKalb.

    The two wins pushed KA’s winning streak to four, and also improved the Rams to 7-3 overall and 4-0 in MAIS District 2-A play.
  • Pender takes weekly MACJC honors
    East Mississippi Community College’s Averi Pender has been tabbed the MACJC Softball Player of the Week for her outstanding performances at the plate a week ago.

    During the Lions’ 3-1 week, Pender batted .667 by going 8-for-12 with five extra-base hits, including two home runs, two doubles and a triple, along with 14 runs batted in and eight runs scored.
  • KCHS poets have work published
    Two Kemper County High School freshmen, Kaitlin Drake and Ladacia Hopson, have received a similar honor that comes only to a small group. They each have had two poems published in different publications.

    Drake’s poem "Killer Mirror," which deals with what young women see in the mirror and the effect it has on them, was published in a book called 'Where the Mind Dwells.' Her other poem entitled "If," was published in the book 'Images.' It speaks about loving someone who does not love you, and being willing to do anything to get out of that situation.