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  • 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
    Protecting the United States from harm to its citizens and its interests by foreign powers was described as team effort during the annual Kemper County Veterans Day program Friday.
  • Wildcats looking for redemption as basketball tips off
    The Kemper County basketball team has started practice for the upcoming season which tips off Nov. 3 with the Pearl Classic.
  • Israel Consul General visits ‘Last Chance U’
    Israel Consul General Lior Haiat and U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker visited East Mississippi Community College as special guests during Thursday night’s football game on the Scooba campus.
  • Evans: Rural Mississippi deserves a voice
    Until this week, Michael T. Evans has quietly run a grass roots campaign in his quest to become the next congressman from Mississippi’s Third District.
  • EMCC hosts  Boy Scouts ‘Camporee’
    MAYHEW — More than 120 members of the Boy Scouts of America and volunteer leaders representing troops from six Mississippi counties descended upon East Mississippi Community College’s Golden Triangle campus Friday, Sept. 21, through Sunday, Sept. 23, for the annual Pushmataha Area Council Fall Camporee.EMCC hosts 
    Boy Scouts ‘Camporee’
  • EMCC Lions score 7 different ways in posting 54-13 win 
    SCOOBA – The reigning national champion and top-ranked Lions of East Mississippi Community College scored seven different ways during a 47-point opening half on the way to claiming a 54-13 home victory over Mississippi Delta Community College during Thursday’s MACJC North Division contest played at Sullivan-Windham Field.
  • Hardy new director of nursing at hospital
    MERIDIAN – Rush Health Systems recently announced that Jessica Hardy has been appointed director of nursing of John C. Stennis Memorial Hospital in Dekalb.
  • EMCC graduates fill new LPN to RN program
    MAYHEW — Twelve graduates of East Mississippi College’s Licensed Practical Nursing program are returning to the college this semester as enrollees in the newly created LPN to RN Transitions Track program, which will allow them to become registered nurses.
  • EMCC to sponsor Comic-Con
    COLUMBUS — The Golden Triangle Comic-Con, a gaming, sci-fi and cosplay event that combines popular culture genres, returns to the Trotter Convention Center in Columbus Saturday, Aug. 18. Doors open at 10 a.m.
  • EMCC’S ‘Mr. Johnny’ serving up food and hospitality for decades
    SCOOBA — Johnny Boyd, 60, began working in in the cafeteria on East Mississippi Community College’s Scooba campus as a dishwasher before he was old enough to drive. Forty-five years later, “Mr. Johnny,” as he is called by students, can be found most days in the same cafeteria where he now serves as head chef.
  • Nicholson named EMCC’s assistant softball coach
    SCOOBA – Nettleton native and former ICC and Blue Mountain College softball standout Kimmy Nicholson has been named East Mississippi Community College’s assistant softball coach, as announced Friday by first-year EMCC head softball coach Austin McNair.
  • EMCC Taps Castleberry to fill wellness director position
    Castleberry, who has worked for EMCC since 2010 as an adjunct health and physical education instructor, will oversee the Scooba Wellness Center and the college’s numerous health and wellness programs and activities for students, faculty, staff and the community.
  • EMCC like home for many Ikthoos Camp attendees
    Children, pastors and chaperones from churches across Mississippi are taking part in the annual Ikthoos Camp held each summer on East Mississippi Community College’s Scooba campus.  
  • EMCC Installing championship quality greens
    COLUMBUS — East Mississippi Community College’s Lion Hills Center & Golf Club is in the final phase of converting the golf course greens to a premium grass that has become the industry-leading standard at high-end golf courses across the country.
  • Roebuck Receives ‘Sonny’ Montgomery Patriot Award
    Wesley Tillman Roebuck was awarded the G.V. ‘Sonny’ Montgomery Patriot Award last Wednesday at the annual Kemper County Independence Day ceremony. A Kemper County native, Roebuck served one tour during the Korean War and three tours during the Vietnam Conflict.
  • Couple donates memorabilia to EMCC 70 years after graduating
    On May 20, 1948, then East Mississippi Junior College students Virginia Rutledge and Jim Hobert Taylor walked to downtown Scooba to celebrate Rutledge’s 18th birthday at Briggs Café’, which was located at that time near the U.S. Highway 45 and Mississippi Highway 16 intersection.
  • Cancer survivors gather for luncheon
    This past Friday, a large group of cancer survivors and family members gathered at the Ruby Rankin Farmers’ Market Building for the annual Survivors Luncheon, which is co-sponsored by the Mississippi Tobacco Free Coalition, Kemper County Homemaker Volunteers and Relay for Life Team Members. The luncheon is a prelude to the annual Relay for Life. Attendees were treated to a delicious meal of catfish, hushpuppies, french fries and various desserts, survivors were also given their Relay for Life t-shirts.
  • Capacity crowd attends KCHS graduation
    Extremely heavy rain and stormy weather did not discourage friends and family as an overflow crowd gathered at the Kemper County High School Gym, this past Friday night to witness the members of the KCHS Class of 2018 transition from students to alumni.
  • Day of Service highlights County Line MHV Club anniversary
    County Line Mississippi Homemaker Volunteers decided to celebrate their 20th anniversary by designating it as a Day of Service to the Preston community.
  • MSU-Meridian graduate Watson finds fulfillment
    MERIDIAN — Even as a young girl, Abby Watson used to play “school.”
  • KCHS freshmen get taste of real life at 'Reality Store'
    Tuesday morning, for the fifth consecutive year, Kemper County High School freshmen participated in the PACES Reality Store which affords them the opportunity to get a taste of real life.
  • EMCC students excel at DECA competition
    East Mississippi Community College Marketing students who competed in the 2018 Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference walked away with numerous awards.
  • EMCC students to perform 'The Glass Menagerie'
    East Mississippi Community College’s drama production students will perform ‘The Glass Menagerie,’ a two-act play by Tennessee Williams in the Lyceum auditorium on the Golden Triangle campus in Mayhew.
  • Zabia Burton Takes Top Honors at 2018 PACES Award Banquet
    Last Thursday night was one Zabia Burton will long remember.
         The Kemper County High School senior stabled a first in the history of PACES, as she walked way with most of the top honors at the annual banquet, which was held in the student union building on the Scooba campus of East Mississippi Community College.
  • EKE students fare well in writing contest
    East Kemper Elementary sixth grade students, Sha’laisha Darden, Dillon Little, and Alicia Coleman, along with Principal Tyresia Brown, and sixth grade English teacher, LaWanda Shields, traveled to Jackson on Friday, April 13 to a state award’s ceremony.
  • Elementary students enjoy conservation carnival
    Last week third through sixth grade students from East Kemper Elementary and Kemper Academy traveled to Kemper Lake where they enjoyed a Conservation Carnival. The Carnival was an open air event, featuring beautiful weather.
  • EMCC's Williams honored by MACJC
    East Mississippi Community College’s Camryn Williams has been named the MACJC Softball Player of the Week twice this season
  •  EMCC student living life  with a purpose
    Republic of Honduras resident Gissela Perdomo’s push to obtain a U.S. education is fueled by a passion to create a start-up business in her home country to provide hope, direction and employment to some of the poorest women in the western hemisphere.
  • Facial creams, football link Kemper County and Israel
    Kemper County may seem an unlikely place to have high level ties to the government of Israel, but thanks to one of the area’s largest employers and EMCC’s 'Last Chance University' reality television show, the ties between DeKalb and Tel Aviv are strong, and apparently getting stronger.
  • Cotton, Wood assume new posts at East Mississippi CC
    Two familiar faces at East Mississippi Community College have been tapped to double-team the college’s alumni relations efforts.
  • Longtime Kemper County Fire Coordinator Ray Luke saw VFDs grow during his tenure
    Life-long Kemper County resident, Ray Luke retired from his position as County Fire Coordinator Dec. 31 after many years of selfless, dedicated service. Luke was Fire Coordinator for 27 years; his retirement was due to health reasons.
  • Kemper Academy boys take district victory
    The Kemper Academy boys basketball team improved to 3-0 in the Class A district standings as the Rams picked up a win last week.
  • Longtime EMCC art instructor's works featured in exhibits
    Eclectic works spanning 20-plus years by East Mississippi Community College art instructor Terry Cherry will be on exhibit through March at two Mississippi institutions of higher education
  • Passion to teach, love of students drives WKE award-winning teacher
    It’s her passion for teaching students as if they were family.
        That’s what admirers say sets apart West Kemper Elementary School 5th grade math teacher Leigh Pilgrim — Mississippi’s Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Teacher of the Yea
  • KA Rams off to 2-0 start in district play
    The Kemper Academy Rams are off to a good start in district basketball competition as they picked up two victories last week.
  • EMCC's Tyeisha Juhan claims weekly NJCAA hoops award
    A day after earning statewide honors, East Mississippi Community College sophomore guard Tyeisha Juhan has now reeled in national accolades as the NJCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for her pair of standout performances a week ago for the Lions.
  • Chris King chosen to lead Mighty Lion Band
    Chris King has been tapped to fill the position of director of East Mississippi Community College’s Mighty Lion Band and its various subsets, which includes the marching band, the EMCC Symphonic Winds, a jazz band, a rock band, a percussion ensemble, a dance team and the color guard.
  • Wildcats lose region games in overtime
    The Kemper County Wildcats dropped a pair of Region 5-3A games in overtime on the road in prep basketball action this past week.
  • Local residents honor Dr. King
    This past Saturday afternoon, a determined group of Kemper County residents braved extreme cold as they gathered at the Courthouse to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Another big year for PACES in the books
    An eventful year of activities was experienced once again by the members of PACES (Parents and Community Equals Educational Success) in 2017. Kicking of the school year in September with the PACES Kick-Off Rally for all seniors followed by three informative college campus visits for the KCHS class of 2018 seniors that qualified to become members of PACE
  • Kemper Academy gears up for district schedule
    The Kemper Academy basketball teams may have started playing their 2017-2018 schedule back in November, but the real season for the KA teams is coming up with six region games.
  • Emilia's expansion plans discussed with Gov. Phil Bryant
    A delegation from Kemper County and Emilia Resources met with Governor Phil Bryant and Mississippi Development Authority executive director Glenn McCullough Jr. last week to discus plans for expansion of the county-owned building occupied by Emilia.
  • London fashion agency to distribute EMCC merchandise globally
    T-shirts, jerseys and jackets emblazoned with East Mississippi Community College’s name and logo could soon begin showing up at major retail stores around the world.
  • Wildcats play three games, looking to get on track
    The Kemper County Wildcats have three games scheduled for this week as they try to get on the winning track in prep basketball action.
  • A WINTERY VIEW
    The low temperatures did nothing to diminish the beauty of Kemper County Lake. The lake consists of 595 acres and is located three miles north of DeKalb There are 48 camping pads with electrical, water and sewer hook-ups available. There is public fishing available at the lake. For more information you can contact 1-601-743-5505.


  •  2017 Successful Year for Board of Supervisors
    According to Kemper County Board of Supervisors President,Johnny Whitsett 2017 was the best year during his tenure as a supervisor, and he and the rest of the Board look forward to 2018 and continuing to move Kemper County forward.
  • Winston Plywood and Veneer donates gifts to kids
    Christmas 2017 was made much brighter for many Winston County children due to the efforts of the Winston Plywood and Veneer team members through their “Christmas From the Heart” program.
  • EMCC sends 18 more players to 4-year schools
    When football coaches seek junior college players who might be able to step right in and contribute, they know East Mississippi Community College is a great place to look. Following the Lions' fourth NJCAA National Championship in seven years, eighteen EMCC players signed letters of intent with four-year colleges during the early signing period and two others will be preferred walk-ons.
  • Stephens named NJCAA Football Coach of the Year
    East Mississippi Community College head football coach Buddy Stephens continues to add to his impressive coaching resume on the heels of guiding the Lions to their fourth NJCAA national championship in seven years.  As announced Wednesday by the NJCAA office, the 10th-year EMCC head coach has been recognized by the NJCAA Football Coaches Association as the 2017 Spalding® NJCAA Football Coach of the Year.
  • Wildcats defeat Philadelphia to claim first basketball win
    The Kemper County Wildcats claimed their first basketball victory of the season last Friday night as they took a 60-56 victory over Philadelphia.
        It was one of three games the Wildcats played last week. They lost a 68-62 decision to West Lauderdale. On Saturday, they traveled to Tupelo to play defending Class 2A state champ Coahoma County in a classic game. The Wildcats had a chance to win in regulation but dropped a 62-56 decision in overtime.
  • Cawthorn receives doctorate degree from DSU
    On Dec. 9, Dr. Jeri Craig Cawthorn was hooded at Delta State University receiving her doctorate of education degree.
  • Winter: Museum opening 'Momentous occasion'
    A glorious and momentous occasion,” is how former Gov. William F. Winter described the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and the adjacent Museum of Mississippi History in downtown Jackson on Saturday, Dec. 9.
  • Rams roll past visiting Clarkdale for first win of season
    The Kemper Academy boys claimed their first victory of the season Friday night as they defeated Clarkdale 60-42 in prep basketball action.
  • Lions, Stephens, look to keep amazing bowl record unblemished
    Buddy Stephens has an outstanding record in his 10 years as head football coach at East Mississippi Community College, going 97-13 for an .882 winning percentage, best ever in the junior college ranks among coaches with at least 100 games.
  • Open House gives public glimpse into future of DeKalb Library
    Over the past several months, the DeKalb Library has undergone an extensive renovation, including new technology, new furniture, new resources including many children’s books, and some painting.