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  • KCSD welcomes students back to class
    After nearly six months, students are back on the campuses of Kemper County schools.
  •  Kemper Academy Rams
    The Kemper Academy Rams will be back in action Friday night when they host Manchester Academy.
  • Tribe encouraging entrepreneurship in 2020-2021
    CHOCTAW, Miss. -- Although the United States has seen a stagnant economy during much of 2020, the Director of Economic Development for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians says this is actually an advantageous climate for starting a new business.
  • Buses provide hotspots
    The Kemper County School District has seven new wifi hotspot buses that are being used to provide internet access to students and families in the school district.Buses provide hotspots
  • Wildcats take 19-0 jamboree win
    The Kemper County football team geared up for its 2020 season opener with a 19-0 jamboree victory over Leake Central last Friday.
  • Preparation key for safe environment
     – Kemper County School District is getting ready to play its first high school football jamboree game against Leake Central this Friday night at East Mississippi Community College Football Stadium.
  • Safety important in return to school
    Welcome back to school! While we may be starting this year off with some distance between us, we couldn’t be happier to see students getting back into their (virtual) classrooms, reconnecting with old friends, making new ones and getting to know their teachers.
  • COVID-19 testing provided for students on campus
    SCOOBA — Dr. Cameron Huxford and registered nurse Kathleen Hilbun with OCH Regional Medical Center in Starkville tested 101 East Mississippi Community College students for COVID-19 Thursday afternoon at the college’s Scooba campus in a community outreach effort to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.
  • Florist brings ‘Added Touch’ to DeKalb
    Kemper County has a new florist business located in DeKalb Business owner David Traywick said Added Touch Flowers and Gifts shop will be opening soon on Hopper Avenue, next to Commercial 
  • Schools delay start date
    Kemper County School District (KCSD) has announced it would delay the start of the school year until August 17 with virtual learning.
  • Kemper Academy opens

50th school year on Monday
    Kemper Academy will be celebrating its 50th year as it scheduled to open the 2020-2021 school year next week.
  • Dr. Thigpen prepares as new Kemper County principal
    Dr. Kory Thigpen has spent the past month getting to know his students and staff as he prepares for his first year as principal at Kemper County High School.
  • Suspect in murder found dead in his cell
    A man suspected in a shooting death in Kemper County earlier this month was found dead in his jail cell Sunday night.
  • COVID-19 infections climb to 209 in Kemper
    Kemper County’s numbers of infections from the Coronavirus Pandemic increased by 11 in the past week.
  • stuff the bus
    The annual “Stuff the bus”  effort was held in DeKalb last week.
  • COVID-19 infections climb
    Kemper County’s numbers of infections from the Coronavirus Pandemic increased by 14 in the past week.
  • Sheriff investigates slaying
     The Kemper County sheriff’s department is investigating a homicide that occurred last week near the Kemper-Neshoba County line.
  • Kemper County school announcing reopening plans
    Thank you for your continued support of our district as we plan for the 2020-2021 academic year.
  • Local student qualifies to compete at world’s largest rodeo
    Matt Watt, a 2020 graduate of Kemper Academy has earned a position on the Mississippi National High School rodeo team and will be traveling with fellow teammates to Guthrie, OK, July 17-23 to compete at the 72nd annual National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR) in the calf roping and team roping competitions.
  • Westerfield getting to know the Wildcats
    Coach Ray Westerfield says the Kemper County Wildcats have performed well during summer workouts and are looking ahead for whatever comes.
        Westerfield was named the head football coach of the Wildcats back in March. But then the schools closed because of the Coronavirus Pandemic. They were out for the rest of the school year,
  • EMCC names Dr. Rush new VP of instruction
    SCOOBA — Longtime East Mississippi Community College employee Dr. James L. Rush has been named the college’s vice president of instruction.
  • The Magnolia State
    What says “forever Mississippi” to you? 
  • Emilia’s receives new contract
     Emilia Resources has received a long-term contract to make a hand sanitizer product for Suave that will more than double its current product output, its work force and its production facilities.
  • Kemper County’s Brown ‘powers’ way to science fair nations
    William Michael Brown, Jr., a ninth grader at Kemper County High School, continues to be recognized for his participation and achievements in science fairs since the fifth grade.
  • Granger: COVID-19 still a serious health threat
    There have been no new cases of the Coronavirus reported in Kemper County but sadly, there was one additional death.
  • Two DeKalb businesses stay strong together
    A Taste of Heaven and Village Cloth Shoppe are situated adjacent to each other in downtown De Kalb, and in the harsh times of the coronavirus pandemic, the two businesses have become quite close.
  • Stennis Pharmacy fills needs for Kemper
    October 16, 2019, was a dark day for Kemper County when the only Pharmacy (Fred's) in the county closed its doors and went out of business.
  • Senator Sampson Jackson Weekly Report
    We passed House Bill 1387, that would create the Mississippi Workforce Incentive Act of 2020 by transferring $50 million of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, COVID-19
  • cleaning up
    Work is ongoing to have the Kemper County schools clean and ready to go when 
  • EMCC student scores internship with Kansas City Chiefs
    East Mississippi Community College Golf and Recreational Turf Management student Payton Smith landed a paid summer internship working at the training camp for the Kansas City Chiefs, the reigning Super Bowl champions.
  • Nature’s magnificent flowers
    Dang it. I just discovered a young tree seedling in my garden that will sooner or later have to be cut down, but it seems wrong, maybe unpatriotic, to do it.
  • KCSD announces new administration leadership team
    As part of the reconfiguration to build a high performing school district, Kemper County Superintendent Hilute Hudson and Kemper County School District welcomes the new leadership team structure and team appointments for the 2020-21 school year.
  • Woman loses everything but faith in house fire
    Fire takes all but faith from DeKalb woman Longtime Meridian radio personality Carrie Boyd believes the Lord spared her when the DeKalb home her father built 40 years ago burned last mon
  • Memorial Day holiday at Kemper Lake
    Lance Stewart of Decatur gets his boat ready to enjoy a final day of the long Memorial Day weekend Monday morning at Kemper Lake.
  • Virus changes graduation
    Kemper County’s two high schools have held very different graduation services as they have sought to stay within the guide lines concerning the Coronavirus Pandemic.
  • MBCI member selected to Mississippi Economic Council’s leadership class
    Sarah Swanner-Medlock, a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians (MBCI), was recently selected as one of 48 standout Mississippians to participate in the Mississippi Economic Council’s (MEC) Leadership Mississippi Class of 2020. Medlock, a native of the Bogue Chitto Community, is the first MBCI member to be selected into the prestigious program and currently serves as Operations Manager for the MBCI Office of Economic Development.
  • EMCC donating safety mask comfort straps to area industries
    East Mississippi Community College is using a 3D printer to mass produce straps designed to make it more comfortable to wear surgical masks for long periods of time. The comfort straps will be donated to local industries for use by their employees.
  • DeKalb passes mandatory mask order
    The DeKalb board of aldermen approved an order last week that will require anyone entering a business in town to cover their nose and mouth with a mask
  • Graduation plans released
    Kemper County High School will appear to hold its 2020 graduation services on May 22.
  • Jackson family legacy continues

    Steven Jamal-Warrick Jackson is continuing his family’s of service both as a highway patrolman and a member of the armed forces.

    Jackson family 

    legacy continues

  • Grady finds fulfillment in her job
    Ask Mary Grady what she does at the Wells Lamont glove plant here and she will tell you, “everything.”
  • 48 people tested in DeKalb Friday
    Nearly 50 people were tested Friday for the Coronavirus in the marketing lot of Kemper County High School.
  • EMCC to conduct virtual tryouts
    SCOOBA – East Mississippi Community College will be conducting virtual cheer and mascot tryouts for the upcoming 2020-21 academic year during a week-long (May 8-15) span next month.
  • Kemper Lake back open
    A couple of fishermen were back on the water Monday as Kemper Lake was re-opened to the public. 
  • EMCC to receive share of $310K
    From East Mississippi Community College, along with other colleges in the state, will receive grant funds to help qualifying Mississippi community college students impacted by COVID-19 stay on track towards graduation. 
  • Gene Craig plans to stay busy during retirement
    Gene Craig of Preston may be retiring after working at different places for more than 50 years.
  • Easter prayer for Kemper County
    Easter is a very special day in our country.  Unfortunately, because of the Coronavirus, Easter sunrise services, family get-togethers, Easter egg hunts, and church services have been canceled this year.
  • DeKalb sets curfew to battle COVID-19
    The town of DeKalb set a curfew that went into effect Wednesday in response to the Coronavirus.
  • Bus drivers for Kemper County Schools are delivering grab-and-go meals to students during the school closure.
  • EMCC Lady Lions claim 
MACJC hoops title
    SCOOBA – The host Lady Lions of East Mississippi Community College won their 19th consecutive game to claim the school’s first MACJC women’s basketball championship in 36 years with a thrilling 87-73 double-overtime victory over 10th-ranked Jones College during Thursday’s title tilt of the MACJC Basketball Tournament held this week on the Scooba campus.
  • Kemper schools moving forward with restructuring
    Across our district, our teachers are preparing for the home stretch before state testing.
  • Jackson learning new job as Kemper County circuit clerk
    Shirley Steele Jackson may be new to her office as circuit clerk of Kemper County. But she knows her way around the Kemper County Court House. Jackson was elected as the new circuit clerk in November and took office in January.
  • Community Calendar
    Quick Bites programs are offered through the Mississippi State University Extension Service and provide information on varied topics over interactive video. The programs are held during lunch (12-1) on Thursdays at your local Extension office. Contact Kemper County Extension office at 601-743-2837 to participate via interactive video
  • Plan calls for restructuring Kemper elementary schools
    The Kemper County School District will hold a district-wide meeting Monday at 6 p.m. at the West Kemper Elementary School library.
  • EMCC to host intercollegiate rodeo
    MERIDIAN — East Mississippi Community College’s 8th Annual Intercollegiate Rodeo will take place Feb. 20-22 at the Lauderdale County Agri-Center in Meridian.
  • EMCC hires Regan McFerrin as recruiting coordinator
    MAYHEW — Regan McFerrin of Starkville has been hired as a recruiting coordinator for East Mississippi Community College.
  • Homemakers honored for service
    The Kemper County Homemaker Volunteers are a busy group.
  • EMCC Most Beautiful, Most Handsome
    Alexis Rogers of Starkville and Joshua King of Columbus were crowned Most Beautiful and Most Handsome during EMCC’s 2020 Beauty & Beau Pageant.
  • EMCC Beauties
    Alexis Rogers of Starkville was crowned Most Beautiful during EMCC’s 2020 Beauty & Beau Pageant, held Tuesday, Feb. 4 in Stennis Hall Auditorium on the Scooba campus.
  • Unemployment drops in Kemper
    Kemper County’s unemployment rate fell by 1.7 percent during the month of December 2019, according to the Mississippi Department of Employment Securities.
  • REEVES BROTHERS BAND AND SHOOTING TEAM
    The Reeves Brothers Band made a special appearance on the Hill at Kemper Academy last week. They played a few songs for the students and met with the Shooting Team. The Reeves Brothers Band was last year's ACMA Band of the Year. 
  • New superintendent discusses plans for change
    We have gotten off to a great start for the new year and new semester in our school district. I am proud to serve the students, families, educators, and the community of Kemper County.
  • Mississippi Miracle from Kemper County
    As a competitive dancer and tumbler, Sybil Cumberland of Preston moves to a musical beat. Thanks to Children’s of Mississippi cardiologists and surgeons, she steps to that beat with a healthy heart.
  • EMCC staff assume new leadership duties
    SCOOBA — Three East Mississippi Community College employees with more than five decades of combined service at the college are assuming new administrative duties.
  • Lady Lions Softball team
    This past Saturday, the Lady Lions Softball team of East Mississippi Community College hosted two softball camps for ages 7-12 and 7th-12th grade.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Breakfast with Santa
    Everyone had a good time during ‘Breakfast with Santa’ festivities this past Saturday.
  • 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 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.
  • Pilgrim’s Foodliner, Nelson, EMCC workforce services honored during annual dinner