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  • Evans drops Democratic Party affiliation, becomes Independent
    State Rep. Michael Ted Evans  of Preston has announced he no long affiliated with the Democrat Party and is now an Independent.
  • Hudson brings ideas, plans to Kemper school district
    New Kemper County superintendent Hilute Hudson pulls no punches when talking about where he wants to lead the district in the future.
        “My vision is that this is a high performing district; we just have to prove it,” Hudson said. “And we are going to do things that high performing districts do.
  • Extension Service program
    Making a beautiful bow is a useful skill for almost any occasion!
  • Luke reflects on past 42 years as supervisor, teacher, coach
    Kemper County’s Mike Luke is Mississippi’s longest tenured supervisor, having been elected to serve 10 terms and 42 years, starting back in 1977.
  • Superintendent Pollock retiring after 12 years
    Longtime Kemper County educator and superintendent of schools Jackie Pollock will be retiring at the end of the year.
        Pollock will be Kemper County’s last superintendent of education to be elected. The Legislature changed the law a few years back, making it to where county school superintendents would be appointed by an elected school board. Pollock was first elected in 2007 and will have served from 2008 until December 31.
  • Breakfast with Santa
    Everyone had a good time during ‘Breakfast with Santa’ festivities this past Saturday.
  • Cherry garners humanities teacher award
    SCOOBA — East Mississippi Community College art instructor Terry Cherry, who teaches on the college’s Scooba campus, has been named the 2020 Humanities Teacher Award recipient.
  • Wildcats earn all-region football honors
    Several members of the Kemper County football team have earned All 5-3A region honors for their play during the 2019 season.
  • EMCC to offer inaugural intensive winter term
    For the first time, East Mississippi Community College will offer an intensive, four-week winter term, with classes beginning Dec. 16.
  • PACES – Paths 2 success staying with time
    With PACES Kick-Off Pep Rally of early September, presentation of PACES member Tee Shirts in October and campus visits to Mississippi State University and Alcorn State University fading away into the recent past, the Parents and Community Equals Educational Success (PACES) Project is delighted to announce that it  has completed the steps to introduce its’  members to a  new Learning by Experiencing activity.
  • EMCC library to host Smithsonian exhibit
     SCOOBA — East Mississippi Community College’s Tubb-May Library on the Scooba campus has been chosen as one of six Mississippi locations that will host a traveling exhibition by the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street titled “Crossroads: Change in Rural America.”
  • Pilgrim’s Foodliner, Nelson, EMCC workforce services honored during annual dinner
    Some of the best in Kemper County were honored last Thursday during the annual Chamber and Economic Development Authority Meeting.
  • 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
  • Hulin receives leadership award
    Loretta Hulin, Kemper County coordinator of the United Way of East Mississippi’s Dolly Parton Imagination Library program, recently received the 2019 Women Leadership Council’s Judith Coursey Crowson Award.
  • 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.
  • Voters elect new District 3 supervisor, circuit clerk
    Four of the five members of the Kemper County Board of Supervisors have been re-elected for another four-year term.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lions close season with loss in state playoffs
    PERKINSTON – East Mississippi Community College’s three-year reign as state football champions came to an end with a 31-7 road setback to top-ranked and unbeaten Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College during Saturday night’s MACJC semifinals.
  • Heritage Day spotlights local history
    The Kemper County Historical Society had a good crowd Saturday as it held its annual Heritage Day at the museum in the old Stennis warehouse in downtown DeKalb.
  • EMCC defeats Northeast
    SCOOBA – It all came down to the final football game of the MACJC regular season, but the 14th-ranked Lions of East Mississippi Community College made it well worth the wait by earning the No. 2 seed in the MACJC’s North Division standings with a 30-22 homecoming victory over Northeast Mississippi Community College during Saturday’s conference action played at EMCC’s Sullivan-Windham Field. 
  • Bowman, Walker named EMCC 2019 Homecoming Queens
    SCOOBA — Rylee Bowman of Ackerman was named East Mississippi Community College’s 2019 Homecoming Queen for the Golden Triangle campus, while Lauren Walker of Collinsville was named the 2019 Homecoming Queen for EMCC’s Scooba campus.
  • Kemper County hosts Forest in battle for first in region
    The Kemper County Wildcats improved to 3-0 in the Region 5-3A Thursday as they took a 26-16 victory over Southeast Lauderdale in prep football action.
  • Rush challenging election results
    A candidate for Kemper County Supervisor is challenging the results of the August primary runoff election alleging heavy and widespread fraud.
  • 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.
  • Northwest ends EMCC’s winning streak
    SCOOBA – In a battle of top-10 MACJC gridiron powers, the third-ranked Lions of East Mississippi Community College could not overcome a 20-point halftime deficit while seeing their seven-year, 36-game home winning streak at Sullivan-Windham Field snapped with Thursday’s 56-36 setback to No. 7 Northwest Mississippi Community College.
  • homecoming
    Kemper County High School will celebrate Homecoming Friday, October 18, when the Wildcats host Clarkdale.
  • Kemper sheriff, jail employees named in new federal lawsuit
    The heirs of a man who died by suicide in a rural Mississippi jail are suing, blaming officials for holding the man 54 days when he was supposed to be jailed for two days.
  • Magee too much for winless Kemper Wildcats
     The Kemper County Wildcats found themselves outmatched last Friday as they dropped a 51-12 decision to Magee in prep football action.
  • School district receives ‘F’ from state
    Kemper school district receives F from state
  • Kemper Academy Rams celebrate homecoming victory
    The Kemper Academy Rams celebrated homecoming with a 54-18 victory Friday night in prep football action.
  • No. 6 EMCC Lions crush Itawamba
    SCOOBA – The sixth-ranked Lions of East Mississippi Community College connected on three scoring passes during the first four minutes and 26 seconds of Thursday’s MACJC North Division opener on the way to cruising to a commanding 48-3 home victory over Itawamba Community College at EMCC’s Sullivan-Windham Field.
  • Kemper County drops 27-14 decision to Raymond
    The Raymond Rangers proved to be too much for Kemper County Friday night as they handed the Wildcats a 27-14 home loss in prep football action.
  • Man charged with murder in brother's slaying case
    A man who accused of killing his brother after a dove hunt in Kemper County has been charged with first degree murder.
  • Rams defeat Prentiss 56-14
    The Kemper Academy Rams enjoyed their first victory of the eight-man football season as they defeated Prentiss Christian 56-14 Friday night.
  • 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.
  • Gully wears many hats while keeping busy schedule
    Teacher, preacher,  football coach, mentor, father of four …Chris Gully holds all of those titles and more as he balances a very busy life.
  • Cole defeats Rush in supervisor runoff
     District 5 supervisor Chris Cole defeated challenger Chandler “Bernard” Rush in the Democrat primary runoff that was held last Tuesday.
  • 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.
  • Mistakes prove costly as Wildcats fall to Lake
    The Kemper County Wildcats will be looking for their first victory of the 2019 season Friday night when they visit West Lowndes.
  • Football season is in full swing in Kemper
    Football season has kicked off in Kemper County.Football season is in full swing in Kemper
  • EMCC Lions sit atop preseason rankings
    SCOOBA – For the sixth time in the last eight years, East Mississippi Community College will kick off the upcoming football season as the nation’s top-ranked team in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Preseason Football Rankings.  As selected by the NJCAA Football Committee, the rankings were announced Monday by the NJCAA national office headquartered in Charlotte, N.C.
  • extension service holds lunch buffet
    Justin Creer, Mary Bennamon and Les Hoops cook the steaks while Iris Roberts browns the onions and peppers .
  • Runoffs set for District 5 supe, constable
    There will be two runoff elections in the Kemper County Democratic primary on August 27. The winners will advance to the November 5 general election.
  • 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.
  • Man faces manslaughter DUI charges after wreck
    A man faces four counts of DUI manslaughter from a wreck that happened two years ago on Highway 21.
  • 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.
  • Local students attend Farm Bureau Safety Camp
    Campers from across the state pick up important tips to stay safe while also having fun
  • Kemper school board takes care of busy agenda
    The Kemper County school board dealt with a variety of issues ranging from personnel matters to 16th section land leases and planting pine trees during their Thursday meeting.
  • 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.
    Matt Watt, an upcoming 12th grade student at Kemper Academy, has earned a position on the Mississippi National High School rodeo team and will be traveling with fellow teammates to Rock Springs, Wyo.
  • Historical marker honors Kemper County namesake
    A special historical marker for Rueben Kemper, the namesake of Kemper County, was unveiled in front of the Court House in DeKalb during a special program last Thursday.
  • 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.
  • Wildcats stay busy with summer workouts
    This has been a busy summer for the Kemper County Wildcat football program as second year head coach John McKenzie tries to return them to their winning ways of the past.
  • 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.
  • Historical cemetery gate taken
    Church members of the Union United Methodist Church have reported that a historical iron gate for the cemetery located next it on Firetower Road is missing.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Kemper County graduation
    There was a packed house last Friday night for Kemper County High School’s 2019 graduation services.  
  • 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.
  • Kemper Academy seniors graduate but don’t say goodbye
    Kemper Academy graduated its Class of 2019 before a packed stands full of friends, family and alumni at the football stadium
  • EMCC offers online registration for summer, fall terms
    Registration is under way at East Mississippi Community College for the summer and fall terms.
  • Leaders set goals at their annual retreat
    Kemper County leaders recently held their third retreat in as many years to discuss mutual goals, problems and plan for the future
  • Kemper teachers present at Teach to Lead Summit
    DE KALB  — A five-member team from Kemper County School District was invited to present at the 17th Teacher Leadership Summit in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on March 29-31, 2019.
  • Students finish KEYS extension service program
    Seniors at Kemper Academy are now better acquainted with local government after completing the “KEYS to Community” program