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  • extension service holds lunch buffet
    Justin Creer, Mary Bennamon and Les Hoops cook the steaks while Iris Roberts browns the onions and peppers .
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kemper Academy kicks off school year
    Kemper Academy held its annual open house this past Thursday at the school.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Local students attend Farm Bureau Safety Camp
    Campers from across the state pick up important tips to stay safe while also having fun
  • 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.
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 County graduation
    There was a packed house last Friday night for Kemper County High School’s 2019 graduation services.  
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • EMCC offers online registration for summer, fall terms
    Registration is under way at East Mississippi Community College for the summer and fall terms.
  • Students finish KEYS extension service program
    Seniors at Kemper Academy are now better acquainted with local government after completing the “KEYS to Community” program
  • 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.
  • Local 4-H members compete in district shooting competition
    Kemper  County 4-H’ers participated in the Southeast District 4-H Shooting Sports competition this past Saturday in Stone County.
  • Guest spends two weeks at home in his district
    Freshman Congressman Michael Guest recently spent the last two weeks back in Mississippi meeting with constituents and sharing his experiences during his first 100 days in Washington
  • EMCC’S White accepted for rural physicians program
    SCOOBA — East Mississippi Community College sophomore Jordan White of DeKalb has been accepted into the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program (MRPSP) designed for students living in sparsely populated areas of the state who agree to practice medicine in a rural setting for a certain number of years once they obtain their degree.
  • Kemper County experiences some storm damage
    Kemper County experienced some damage during last week’s weather but thankfully nothing as severe as its neighboring counties
    More than 700 students will graduate from East Mississippi Community College during commencement ceremonies at the college’s Scooba and Golden Triangle campuses.
  • EMCC students excel at SkillsUSA Championships in Jackson
    East Mississippi Community College students competing in the Mississippi SkillsUSA Championships in Jackson earned one bronze, three silver and nine gold medals.
  • Relay for life Group holds breakfast fundraiser
    The Kemper County Relay for Life held a breakfast last week to raise money for the annual event.
  • EMCC’s Tyler Miller earns MACJC Baseball Player of the Week honors
    SCOOBA – East Mississippi Community College freshman shortstop Tyler Miller has been named MACJC Baseball Player of the Week for his outstanding week at the plate for the Lions.
  • EMCC Pine Grove fun
    The annual Pine Grove Arts Festival got under way Tuesday on EMCC’s Scooba campus with the first of two performances of “At The Bandstand” by our music theater department.
  • School of Dentistry at UMMC spent time at the Mississippi Legislature
    Mississippi Dental Association members and students from the School of Dentistry at UMMC spent time at the Mississippi Legislature advocating for oral health care issues such as strengthening the dental workforce and improving dental benefit coverage concerns.
  • Philadelphia’s Ham Jam set for next weekend
    April has arrived and in Philadelphia that means the annual Ham Jam Arts Festival is just a couple of weeks away.
  • EMCC Pine Grove Arts Festival set for April 8
    SCOOBA — The annual Pine Grove Arts Festival on East Mississippi Community College’s Scooba campus returns April 8-12.  Festival events on the Golden Triangle campus will take place April 11
  • Kemper County Relay For Life gala
    The 3rd annual Kemper County Relay For Life Spring Gala was held March 23 at East Mississippi Community College.
  • Kemper County Homemakers held Annual Fashion Revue
    Kemper County Homemakers recently held their Annual Fashion Revue. Members showcased their MHV Fashion Trends in the areas of clothing construction and clothing selection.
  • Community colleges ask legislators for support
    JACKSON — In an effort to get the Mississippi Legislature’s attention, community college presidents, faculty, and students from across the state took part in a press conference last month, held at the capitol building in Jackson to stress the role community and junior colleges play in providing a vast array of educational and economic opportunities for everyone.
  • New historical sign unveiled at Electric Mills
    An unveiling ceremony was held last Wednesday as the Kemper County Historical Association dedicated a new historical marker for Electric Mills.
  • Kemper CTE student places first in state
    Early Childhood Education students from Kemper County’s John C. Stennis Career & Technical Center (CTE) attended the Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) State Leadership Conference on March 6-8.
  • East Mississippi Job Fair returns April 2
    MAYHEW – Dozens of potential employers will interview job seekers and accept applications during the annual East Mississippi Job Fair, coming April 2 to East Mississippi Community College’s Golden Triangle campus.
  • East Mississippi Community College art instructor Cynthia Buob gets recognized
    East Mississippi Community College art instructor Cynthia Buob, pictured here, has earned recognition in two prestigious juried regional art competitions.
  • PACES Projects Strides Toward 10th Year Finish Line
    Each year about 40 of Kemper County High School seniors participate in the PACES Project program. Kemper County Economic Development Authority’s PACES Project (Parents and Community Equals Educational Success) is an all-volunteer, self-supporting educational advocacy and mentoring program that help prepare Kemper County High School students for life beyond high school by increasing community awareness of the value of higher education and increasing student access to information and resources about post-high s chool education and career opportunities.
  • EMCC student awarded competitive scholarship
    SCOOBA — East Mississippi Community College sophomore Jordan White was on a break during her Organic Chemistry class when she received an email informing her she had been named a 2019 Coca-Cola Academic Team Silver Scholar. 
  • EMCC claims first Juco men’s state title
    ELLISVILLE – The Lions of East Mississippi Community College made school history by culminating a successful three-day run at the MACJC State Basketball Tournament with a 61-58 victory over host Jones College in Thursday night’s title game at A.B. Howard Gymnasium to claim EMCC’s first-ever state championship in men’s basketball.   
  • Hyde-Smith announces $1M grant to advance manufacturing
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) today announced a $1.0 million Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) grant to support a Mississippi Manufacturers Association (MMA) program to improve the competitiveness of the state’s manufacturing sector.
  • Candidates qualify for Kemper County elected positions
    The entry deadline has passed and campaigns are officially underway for Mississippi’s state and county level government elected positions
  • Homemakers learn tips for healthy living
    MSU Extension in Kemper County recently held a "Learn & Grow" session at the Ruby Rankin Farmer's Market Building.
  • EMCC’s Pendergrass, White chosen as HEADWAE recipients
    SCOOBA — East Mississippi Community College humanities instructor Shannon Pendergrass and student Jordan White have been named the college’s 2019 HEADWAE (Higher Education Appreciation Day, Working for Academic Excellence) award recipients.
  • Kemper County homemakers give annual awards
    The Kemper County Homemaker Volunteers recently held their Annual Awards Tea.
        Kyla Moore welcomed everyone and Iris Roberts gave the invocation. Jane Smith then led the Pledge of Allegiance.
  • EMCC’s Steps to Success program awarded fourth grant
    SCOOBA — The Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District has awarded the Steps to Success (S2S) program on East Mississippi Community College’s Scooba campus a $277,268 grant to provide Kemper County youths training and paid work internships. 
  • EMCC, MSU partner to provide students research internships
    SCOOBA — Select East Mississippi Community College students will have the opportunity to earn money while conducting research at Mississippi State University labs thanks to a partnership between the two institutions of higher learning.
  • Dolly Patron’s Imagination Library delivers 20,000th book in Kemper Co.
    A celebration marking a milestone in the life of United Way of East Mississippi’s Kemper County Imagination Library Program was held Thursday at the Barney B. Brown Senior Center in DeKalb.
  • BCBS Foundation awards EMCC third wellness grant
    SCOOBA — East Mississippi Community College has been awarded an $115,865 grant by the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation to continue providing health and wellness initiatives to benefit the college’s students, employees and members of the surrounding community.
  • Supervisors to consider Emilia building bids Friday
    The Kemper County Board of Supervisors will hold a special meeting Friday morning at 10 a.m. to open bids for a new building for the Emilia Resources.
  • Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation awards EMCC third grant
    SCOOBA — East Mississippi Community College has been awarded an $115,865 grant by the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation to continue providing health and wellness initiatives to benefit the college’s students, employees and members of the surrounding community.
  • Kemper County girls pick up region win over Morton
    The Kemper County Lady Wildcats have been coming on strong since the Christmas holiday.
  • Kemper County girls taste first  victories of season
    After a busy holiday schedule, both Kemper High School basketball teams look ready to take on their always tough Region 5-3A schedule.