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  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
    More than 700 students will graduate from East Mississippi Community College during commencement ceremonies at the college’s Scooba and Golden Triangle campuses.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.   
  • 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.
  • 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 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kemper County girls pick up region win over Morton
    The Kemper County Lady Wildcats have been coming on strong since the Christmas holiday.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Local legislators discuss hopes for 2019 session
    Kemper County state Rep. Michael Ted Evans said he will be pushing legislation that would change state testing policies for Mississippi’s public schools during the 2019 session of the Mississippi Legislature.
  • Traffic stop by Scooba PD solves missing person case
    What started as a stop for a minor traffic violation in Scooba last week resulted in a potentially lifesaving rescue for two Pearl residents who had been missing for at least two days.
  • 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.
  • Julia Bailey makes community  better as homemaker volunteer
    When Julia Bailey returned to her native DeKalb in 1992, she wanted to get involved in her
  • EMCC’s Buddy Stephens earns third NJCAA Football Coach of the Year honor
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. – For the third time in five years, East Mississippi Community College head football coach Buddy Stephens has been named the NJCAA Football Coach of the Year.  The announcement was made Wednesday by the NJCAA national office headquartered in Charlotte, N.C.
  • Rams fall to Newton Academy
    Kemper Academy’s River Keaton (12) drives to the basket against Newton County Academy on Friday night.
  • Kemper HOSA students enjoy ‘Adopt a Grandparent’ program’
    The HOSA chapter from the John C. Stennis Vo-tech Center recently visited the MS Care Center residents during their annual Christmas Party.
  • No. 1 East Mississippi claims fifth national title in eight years
    The nation’s leader in scoring defense rose to the occasion once again, as the top-ranked Lions of East Mississippi Community College claimed their fifth national title in eight years with a hard-fought 10-9 victory over No. 2 Garden City (Kan.) Community College during Thursday’s NJCAA eTeamSponsor Football National Championship.
  • Bringing Christmas Cheer
    Members gathered at the MS Care Center of DeKalb Tuesday morning to decorate the Christmas tree as a part of their community service.
  • Hyde-Smith carries state, not Kemper County
    U.S. Sen. Cindy Hype-Smith may have carried the state of Mississippi in her campaign Tuesday to defeat Democrat Mike Espy in a special runoff election.
  • Kemper County School District celebrates success at awards night
    The Kemper School District honored students throughout the school district earlier this month who scored proficient, advanced and growth levels on the Mississippi State Assessment tests last spring.
  • EMCC Math Club food drive
    The Math & Science Club at East Mississippi Community College has been busy this fall with efforts to give back to local communities.
  • Centenarian recalls time at East Mississippi Junior College
    After graduating from high school in 1934 at the age of 16, then Frances Gray didn’t believe she would be able to attend college.
  • Sparkman named Kemper Citizen of the Year
    Cheryl Sparkman was named Kemper County’s Citizen of the Year Thursday night during the Annual Meeting of the Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Authority
  • No. 1 EMCC Lions claim third straight MACJC state championship
    ELLISVILLE – The top-ranked and reigning national champion Lions of East Mississippi Community College parlayed a pair of big second-half scoring plays and three pass interceptions on defense into a hard-fought 19-14 road victory over No. 4 Jones College in the 2018 MACJC State/NJCAA Region 23 football championship game played Saturday afternoon at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field.
  • Lions gear up for Nov. 29 title game vs. Garden City
    SCOOBA – Fresh off claiming a third straight MACJC state football championship and securing a spot in this year’s NJCAA eTeamSponsor Football National Championship, the top-ranked and reigning national champion Lions of East Mississippi Community College feature 13 players who have garnered postseason honors for their season-long individual efforts on the gridiron. 
  • Veterans recognized for military service on their special day