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  • 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.
    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.
  • Kemper County Wildcats advance in MHSAA Class 3A State Football Playoffs
    The Kemper County Wildcats advanced to the second round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 3A football playoffs as they blew past Franklin County 36-9 Friday night.
  • DeKalb Library to host open house Tuesday afternoon
    The DeKalb Library will host an open house on Tuesday, from 2-4 p.m. Library leaders are inviting the community to come and see the newly renovated facility.
  • EMCC jumps to top spot in NJCAA rankings with road win over Jones
    The new No. 1 football team in the NJCAA is East Mississippi Community College.
  • Kemper Academy Rams close out 2017 football season
    Kemper Academy dropped its final contest of the 2017 football season last Friday night, falling to visiting Marvell (Ark.) Academy 48-0 on “The Hill” in DeKalb.
  • Kemper Crossing work moving forward
    According to Kemper County Economic Development Director, Craig Hitt, work at the Kemper Crossing site is well underway, with clearing and debris removal moving along at a good pace.
  • Heritage Day deemed big success
    In spite of unusually cold weather and overcast skies on Saturday, Kemper County Heritage Day was deemed a big success. Many people braved the elements to enjoy the food, fun and fellowship.
  • Region title on the line when Kemper County hosts Forest
    Despite losing their first seven games, the Kemper County Wildcats are one win away from winning the Region 5-3A football championship.
        The Wildcats will host Forest Friday night in the game that will decide the issue. Forest comes in at 7-3 overall and 3-0 in the region. The Bearcats picked up a 35-11 win over Morton last week.
  • Webb, Clark honored by EMCC
    Two East Mississippi Community College alumni were honored Saturday during the college’s 2017 Homecoming.
  • DeKalb Regional Model Railroad Museum to open doors Saturday
    The DeKalb Regional Model Railroad Museum is set to open its doors to the public on Saturday at 9 a.m. It is probably safe to say that most Kemper County residents are not aware of the existence of the museum which is located in the old Sciples’ Grocery Store building on Main Ave. in DeKalb.
  • Bohannon leads Wildcats to first win of season
    Senior quarterback Quanderius Bohannon had a night to remember as he led the Kemper County Wildcats past Choctaw Central 35-7 Friday night in prep football action.
  • Supervisors hear concerns about 2020 census
    The Kemper County Board of Supervisors were updated on the upcoming 2020 census during its regular meeting on Monday, and it was noted that a poor count could cost the county federal funds.
  • Wings over Winston set for Oct. 7 in Louisvile
    The Louisville-Winston Airport will host the 4th Annual “Wings over Winston” aerobatic air show on Saturday, Oct. 7.
  •  Kemper Academy falls to Delta, 37-6
    Both visiting Delta Academy and homesteading Kemper Academy let opportunities slip away in the first half of their matchup on "The Hill" last Friday night in DeKalb.
  •  Local emergency responders TAKE PART in disaster preparedness exercise
    On Tuesday the Local Emergency Planning Committee conducted a disaster preparedness exercise in the general vicinity of the John C. Stennis Memorial Hospital, the Health Department and the Mississippi Care Center of DeKalb.
  • Kemper plays host to Wilkinson in battle of Wildcats
    The Kemper County Wildcats will be looking for their first victory of 2017 when they play host to Wilkinson County in a battle of Wildcats this Friday at 7 p.m.
        The Kemper Wildcats dropped to 0-5 after their 30-6 loss to West Lauderdale last Friday night. The Wilkinson County Wildcats, meanwhile, lost to St. Charles (La.) last week. They come in at 1-3. Wilkinson County’s only win came against Amite County, 38-12.
  • Job seekers find opportunities at first regional event
    Representatives from at least 35 businesses and industries gathered at the Neshoba County Coliseum this past Monday in an effort to network with potential job-seekers from around the region. The coalition sponsoring the event consisted of the East Mississippi Business Development Corp., Neshoba County Community Partnership District, Mid-Mississippi Development District, and the Kemper County Economic Development Authority.
  • EMCC's Shaunak lands excellence in government award
    Dr. Raj Shaunak wasn’t looking for a career when he volunteered in 1991 to teach math to adult basic education students at East Mississippi Community College. He had already achieved the American dream.

    He stayed through the exodus of the area’s major manufacturers, rose to the top of the college’s Workforce Services division and helped spawn a manufacturing renaissance that has retooled the Golden Triangle.
  • Big first half helps Lions roar past Gulf Coast, 49-10
    Compiling nearly 400 first-half yards of total offense while mounting a 35-3 halftime advantage, the second-ranked Lions of East Mississippi Community College cruised to a 49-10 home victory over Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Thursday evening during MACJC inter-divisional football action at EMCC’s Sullivan-Windham Field.    
  • PACES kicking things off at Kemper County High School for ninth year
    Last Thursday, the 2017-18 PACES Kick-off Rally was held in the Kemper County High School cafeteria, attended by approximately 80 members of the senior class. According to Bernard Hulin, PACES Project Manager, this was essentially the entire senior class. Hulin also stated that this was the ninth Kick-off Rally at KCHS.

    The students were given an overview of the requirements for participation in PACES, including, standard attendance, satisfactorily completing 3 of 4 subject area tests, being on schedule to graduate, and a good, overall disciplinary conduct record.
  • Wildcats still looking for first win Friday at Quitman
    Win or lose, one game does not make a season.
        The Kemper County Wildcats were disappointed Friday as they saw their halftime lead evaporate into a 35-34 season opening loss to the Northeast Lauderdale Trojans.
  • Settlement between MPC, PSC not finalized
    According to a staffer at the Mississippi Public Service Commission, the governing body for utilities in the state is expected to order a status conference by the end of the week to check on the status of negotiations between Mississippi Power Company and the Pubic Utilities Staff in regards to the Kemper County Energy Facility owned and operated by MPC on Hwy 493 near the Liberty community in the southwestern portion of Kemper County.
  • FOOTBALL ARRIVES! Local high school teams kick off 2017 season
    All three local high school football teams began their 2017 football season last week. Inside today's edition of the Kemper County Messenger you will find the 2017 Football Preview, featuring Kemper County High School, Kemper Academy, Nanih Waiya, and East Mississippi Community College.

    Defending MHSAA Class 3A State Champion Kemper County High School suffered a disappointing 35-34 loss, surrendering a 28-point halftime lead against homesteading Northeast Lauderdale,
  •  KA Lady Rams impress in split
    The end result for Kemper Academy’s softball team in a pair of rematches last week was the same as in a season-opening tournament.

    But there was no doubt the Lady Rams had a different look to them.

    Kemper had its highest hit total of the season in a 9-5 loss to Newton County Academy last Tuesday, then the Lady Rams blew that out of the water in a 24-9 romp over Starkville Academy last Wednesday.
  • Dollar General enjoys new DeKalb location
    A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the new Dollar General location in DeKalb this past Saturday morning, even though the store has been open for business for about two weeks.

    “There is no comparison," manager LaDonna Henry said of the new store. "It’s bigger, it’s better. It’s a lot better space-wise.” One of the advantages of the new location is a wider range of merchandise, and customers will be able to find what they need, ranging from frozen foods to grocery items, toiletries, cleaning products and even apparel.
  • Clayton transfers from JSU to familiar turf at EMCC
    The nation's most successful junior college football program has added another weapon. After leading Kemper County to the MHSAA Class 3A State Championship with a sensational senior season, D.J. Clayton will be suiting up for the Lions of East Mississippi Community College this year.

    Clayton enrolled at Jackson State in May, but after one month decided that his immediate future lay in Scooba, giving him a chance to play for a team synonymous with winning nearer his home.
  • Kemper County stuffs the bus to aid school children

    Residents of Kemper County had the opportunity to Stuff the Bus with all types of school supplies to aid elementary school children last week.

    All of the collected goods will be distributed between East Kemper and West Kemper Elementary schools. From there, school personnel will determine how to distribute the merchandise.
  • EMCC announces cheer team for 2017-18
    In advance of the upcoming academic year, East Mississippi Community College has announced the school’s 2017-18 cheerleading team. The selections were made by first-year EMCC cheerleading coach Hanna Burnette.

    EMCC’s 2017-18 cheer squad will consist of three returning student-athletes and 15 new members.  Along with sophomore captain Kayla Pinter (Sebastopol HS), the team also returns Ashlyn Armstrong (Caledonia) and Leighton Moffett