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  • 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.
    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
    Some of the best in Kemper County were honored last Thursday during the annual Chamber and Economic Development Authority Meeting.
  • 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.”
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • homecoming
    Kemper County High School will celebrate Homecoming Friday, October 18, when the Wildcats host Clarkdale.
  • 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.
  • Kemper Academy Rams celebrate homecoming victory
    The Kemper Academy Rams celebrated homecoming with a 54-18 victory Friday night in prep football action.
  • School district receives ‘F’ from state
    Kemper school district receives F from state
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Football season is in full swing in Kemper
    Football season has kicked off in Kemper County.Football season is in full swing in Kemper
  • 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.