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  • Kemper County’s Gordon brings home national award
    Alkeydra Gordon, a junior at Kemper County High School, had some good news to report to the school board during their Thursday night meeting at Central Office.
  • Fred’s closing expected to sting
    News that the Fred’s store in DeKalb will be one of 129 closing in the coming weeks was a cause of great concern for Mayor Clark Adams.
  • All Candidates on the August Primary Ballot are welcomed and invited to participate at the Meet & Greet Program on July 13, 2019, Saturday at 5 p.m. at Kemper Springs Community Center, 2397 Kemper Springs Road, DeKalb MS 39328.  All are welcomed to come out and meet the candidates.  For more information, contact 601-743-4371 or 601-490-0808 or 601-513-3598
  • The Kemper County Board of Supervisors voted to accept the property rolls for the 2019 tax year Monday during their regular meeting.
  • In a little more than a month, Kemper County Democratic and Republican party voters will be going to the polls for the primary elections.
  • 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.
  • Mississippi’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April 2019 was 4.6 percent, decreasing two-tenths of a percentage point from the previous month’s rate of 4.8 percent.
  • The KA Pack #15 Scouts will be having a yard sale at the old Pilgrim's parking lot on Saturday, June 1 begining at 7 a.m.
  • Represents Kemper County
    Ms. Sherry Hickman Clemons of Preston recently attended the NAACP State Mother of the Year Program in Jackson, MS on May 18, 2019.
  • Shuqualak’s McNeese recognized at UWA Honors Day
    LIVINGSTON, Ala.—The University of West Alabama recently recognized outstanding students for their academic achievements and leadership roles at the institution’s annual Honors Day.
  • The Cancer Survivor Luncheon will be held at the Ruby Rankin Farmer’s Market on Friday, May 24th.  If you are a survivor and do not receive an invitation from the Cancer Society by May 22nd, please call Grace Gibson at 601-743-5560.
  • Hearn graduates from EMCC before receiving Kemper County diploma
    DEKALB — Kelsey Hearn, 18, graduated from East Mississippi Community College May 4, prior to receiving her high school diploma.
  • JACKSON (AP)  -  A utility giant faces a federal investigation over a $7.5 billion coal-fueled power plant that Mississippi regulators pushed the electrical utility into partly cancelling.
  • The Kemper County supervisors passed an order that transferred $6 million three ways into the general fund account, the road and bridge fund account and the East Mississippi Community College fund accoun
  • The Teachers of Kemper County
    The Teachers of Kemper County were honored on April 24, 2019, during a celebration hosted by the Kemper County Civic League.  
  • Kemper County was not hit as hard by the violent storm system that caused so much damage in other Central Mississippi counties on April 18.
  • Keivon L Watts, 18, 291 Six Mile Rd Scooba, MS, Charges: Simple Assaul
  • Each year Zaner- Bloser, hosts its National Handwriting Contest, for students across the United States in grades K-8.
  • Representatives of the Kemper County school district asked supervisors if they would consider a land swap so the district could build a new school.
  • 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.
  • Nursing Class at East Mississippi Community College
    All students in the 2018 Associate Degree Nursing Class at East Mississippi Community College passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) on their first attempt.
  • Editor’s note: The Kemper County Messenger publishes the Community Calendar weekly in this space. It covers events, announcements and happenings in Kemper County. We welcome your news and comments. If you would like to have something placed in the Kemper Messenger, contact the office at 601-743-6770 during business hours; or mail it to Kemper Messenger, P.O. 546, DeKalb, MS, 39328. The Messenger’s writer, Steve Swogetinsky, may be reached at 601-776-6102.
  • Made lemonade and smoothies
    The toddlers in Unit F Early Head Start had a great deal of fun this week
  • 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.
  • Candidates submit election paperwork
    Candidates are already signing as they seek the different offices that will be open during the 2019 elections.
  • Michael Guest announces congressional staff
    Congressman-elect Michael Guest has announced his new staff that will operate from his Washington, D.C. and Mississippi offices. “We believe we have assembled a staff of individuals who are dedicated to the people of Mississippi and who also possess the experience to be successful
  • 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.
  • When the temperature drops below 50 degrees, we all crave comfort foods, such as soups. Making healthy choices for our comfort soups requires a little planning. We can still enjoy soups, we just need to modify our recipes. Instead of grilled cheese sandwiches, make cheese quesadillas, low carb cheese sticks, or low carb tortilla chip. Enjoy the cold weather comfort soups, and be healthy at the same time.
  • The Little Rock Community Center is under consideration for Mississippi Landmark Designation.
  •  Most people think that diabetes means no more good foods during the holidays.
  • Civic League Holiday Flea Market and Bake Sale Friday, Dec. 7, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Courthouse Square
  • The runoff election for the U.S. Senate seat that was vacated by Thad Cochran earlier this year will be held Tuesday
  • 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.
  • DeKalb Mayor Clark Adams was released on bond Monday after turning himself in to the Neshoba County Sheriff’s Office.
  • The Wildcats defeated West Lauderdale 71-49 last Tuesday. They stopped Quitman High School 55-38 last Saturday. And Tuesday, they stopped Louisville 61-50.
  • If you are planning to visit someone in the Neshoba/Kemper Correctional Facility, Sheriff James Moore has some advice.
  • DACO adds $2K toward student achievement incentive
     The Kemper County School Board agreed to accept a $2,000 donation from DACO LLC, during their Thursday, October 12 regular board meeting.
  • EMCC grant helps women stay in college
    East Mississippi Community College has been awarded a $20,000 grant by the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi to launch the P2P, or Plan2Postpone, campaign to educate students about methods to avoid unplanned pregnancies and to provide resources to expectant mothers and those with children.
  • The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the death of Emmanuel “Gator” Morries, 38, in Kemper County last year according to a press release submitted recently by the bureau.
  • 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.
  • Paramedics Plus, of Tyler, Texas, a for-profit emergency medical service company, is in the process of acquiring LifeCare EMS which services a six county area, including Leake, Kemper, Winston, Scott, Newton and Noxubee Counties.
  • The Kemper County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved at $47,790 bid for the construction of the Sinai Fire Department building last Wednesday during their regularly scheduled meeting.
  • 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.
  • Kemper names 2 new principals
    The Kemper County School Board recently named new principals for Kemper County Middle School and West Kemper Elementary School by naming Joseph Stone and Carol Newton respectively to the positons.
  • 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.
  • EMCC’s Scooba campus offering certified nursing assistant program
    SCOOBA — East Mississippi Community College’s Workforce Services Division on the Scooba campus is taking applications for students who wish to enroll in the Certified Nursing Assistant program.
  • KCHS names McKenzie new head football coach
    A new face will be seen on the sidelines leading the Kemper County High School football team this fall in the form of John McKenzie, who was named the new head football coach of the school Monday.
  • The Town of Dekalb Board of Aldermen agreed that it would be willing to provide water for the Kemper Crossing site if Kipling Water Association or another company is unwilling or unable to do so.
  • 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.
  • Bust leads to recovery of firearms
    Kemper County Sheriff James Moore said his office and the Mississippi Alcoholic Beverage Commission found the seized merchandise and made the arrest at 10 Highway South. The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks assisted by securing search and arrest warrants. No federal agencies were involved.
  • Roberts credits God with cancer recovery
    On April 16, 2017 Terry Roberts was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer which was discovered during an annual mammogram, an examination that she encourages all women to have on a regular basis. The cancerous tumor was eight centimeters when discovered.
  • 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.
  • In a special called meeting, this past Thursday night, the Kemper County School Board began initial discussions concerning budgeting for the upcoming fiscal year. Many of the items had to be taken up in a closed executive session.
  • 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.
  • Kemper County's unemployment rate for April remained at 6.9 percent according to preliminary figures from the Mississippi Department of Economic Security, the same as for revised March figures. But the rate decreased from 7.3 percent over the past 12 months.
  • Two EMCC employees graduate from leadership Academy
    Two East Mississippi Community College employees graduated from the Mississippi Community College Leadership Academy Thursday, May 10, during a ceremony at the Hunter Henry Center on the campus of Mississippi State University.
  • Kemper Wildcats coach Joshua Pulphus said his team reached most of its goals set for Spring training, which ended Saturday in a 14-14 tie with Stringer in the Southern Miss jamboree.
  • WASHINGTON , D.C. — The American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCS) honored Ruby Bolen, Administrator of Mississippi Care Center of DeKalb with the 2018 Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award
  • EMCC graduates more than 650 students
    East Mississippi Community College held spring 2018 graduation ceremonies May 8 at the college’s Golden Triangle and Scooba campuses. The ceremonies included more than 650 academic and career-technical students who completed their coursework at the Scooba, Golden Triangle, Columbus Air Force Base, Naval Air Station Meridian, Lion Hills, West Point Center and online/eLearning campuses.
  • SCOOBA – The four-time national champion Lions of East Mississippi Community College will look to bid for additional championship hardware during the upcoming football season with a 2018 regular-season slate that features four home games and five road contests.
  • Charles Brandon Beard, 29, 571 Wayne Street Macon, MS,  Charges: Circuit Court Order
  • When our bus driver, Randy Hearn, turned left, heading east at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 20, 18 members of the JOY group from East Philadelphia Baptist Church were leaving for a short trip (we will be back by 1:30 p.m., we thought), as usual were filled with excitement and expectation as to what lies ahead since we love to eat and travel.
  • EMCC student turns to art to overcome grief
    MAYHEW — When East Mississippi Community College art major Audrea Powell’s mother passed away in November, she immersed herself in artwork as a means to take her mind off of her lo
  • EKE student wins handwriting contest
    Tylaja Cross, a student at East Kemper Elementary School, has been named Mississippi’s 4th grade-level winner for public schools in the 2018 Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest.
  • Sonya McGraw named Teacher of the Year
    Sonya McGraw of East Kemper Elementary School was named Teacher of the Year at last week's annual Teacher Appreciate Tea held at the Senior Citizen's Center and sponsored by the Civid League and VFW.
  • Local Republicans host congressional forum
    The decision of U.S. Representative Gregg Harper to not seek reelection has opened the door of opportunity for new candidates in the Mississippi 3rd District Congressional race, including six Republicans.
  • On Tuesday, April 24 at around 9 p.m. the Scooba Police Dept. and Kemper Co. Sheriff’s Office responded to the report of shots fired at the Chevron station, at the Hwy. 45/Hwy. 16 intersection in Scooba.
  • The Kemper County Board of Supervisor agreed further meetings were meeting regarding a potential ordinance targeting heavy haulers in the county.
  • During their regular monthly meeting this past Thursday, the Kemper County School District Board of Directors heard from Terrell Temple concerning a proposed land swap with Kemper County. The County proposed the land swap as they are in need of additional acreage on the northwest corner of the existing landfill
  • The Kemper-Noxubee County Republican Parties are co-hosting a forum to showcase the six Republican candidates vying for Mississippi’s Third Congressional District seat for the United States House of Representatives on Monday, April 30, 2018 at 7 P. M., at Tanner Farm 743 Field Road in Shuqualak.
  • It took approximately 20 minutes for a jury to decide that Clark Adams legally and fairly won the most votes in the DeKalb mayoral election this past June. Former Mayor Homer Hall, Jr. contested the election after losing by only 13 votes and citing irregularities in the process. Trial proceedings began Monday at the Kemper County Courthouse and concluded early Tuesday afternoon.
  • Special team has left its mark on MSU women's basketball fans
    Just a couple minutes following Mississippi State's 71-56 win over Oklahoma State a week ago Monday at the Humphrey Coliseum, Victoria Vivians, Morgan William, Blair Schaefer, and Roshunda Johnson stood on the school's emblem at center court and waved to the crowd as if they were four Miss America's taking their celebratory curtain calls.
  • 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
  • For the first time, students will be able to take classes at East Mississippi Community College during the month of May.
  • A bill moving in the Mississippi Senate would require all Mississippi school board elections be held concurrently with the state general election, and reduce members’ terms by two years.
  • This week Kemper County supervisors approved the list of roads to be paved and improved this year, the third year of the county’s four-year road plan.
  • Kemper Academy gears up for Class A North State tournament
    The Kemper Academy basketball teams ran into to some tough competition in the final three games of the regular season. All three were district games.
    The Lady Rams went 1-2 as they defeated Calhoun 56-14 and dropped two games to Columbus Christian, 44-16 and 51-29.
  • C.J. Johnson joins EMCC football coaching staff
    Former Ole Miss defensive standout and Philadelphia High School graduate C.J. Johnson has returned to the Scooba campus as East Mississippi Community College’s newly hired defensive line coac
  • Senate bill would relocate graves from UMC property
    We passed Senate Bill 2895 that allows the University Medical Center to remove from its campus and reinter in a mausoleum on the grounds of the old Farmers Market, the graves of up to 7,000 persons who once lived in the former state asylum. It would free land for future development at UMC and would cost $2 million to $3 million
  • Kemper County man arrested  on charges of rape and incest
    A man from Kemper County is facing life in prison after being arrested last Thursday on allegations of raping a relative who is a vulnerable adult, announced Attorney General Jim Hood.
  • The most recent figures from the Mississippi Department of Employment Security show that Kemper County and the State of Mississippi are continuing to reduce unemployment rates.
  • A jury trial that could compel a new DeKalb Mayoral election is now pushed back six weeks, from February 8 until March 26.
  • The Kemper County Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual prayer breakfast at 7 a.m. next  Thursday (Feb. 8) at the Barney Brown Senior Center in DeKalb with Chris Gully, pastor of Lynville Methodist Church, as the speaker.
  • Sorrels Honored
    The 73rd Annual Meeting of the Mississippi Association of Conversation Districts (MACD) was held January 17-18 at the Hilton Conference Center in Jackson. David Sorrels, chairman of the Kemper County Soil and Water Conversation District commissioners, was recognized during the Awards Banquet for 50 years of distinguished service. The Kemper County Soil and Water Conversation District Assists the local Natural Resources Conversation Service in promoting conversation and protection of our natural resources. Special guest speaker was Robert St. John, chef, author, and restaurateur. Pictured above is Pete Hunter, MACD President, presenting Sorrels, right, with his service pins.
  • Officials at Dollar General’s headquarters won’t confirm it’s a done deal, but a site adjacent to the Preston Post Office is anticipated to be Kemper County’s third Dollar General location.
  • If all goes well, a facility at the John C. Stennis Industrial Park supporting the three group homes in the county will be completed by the end of the year.
  • In an action that required Mayor Clark Adams to cast the deciding vote, the Board of Aldermen for the Town of DeKalb voted to change the name of Philadelphia Road to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • There is good news and bad news for Kemper County in the latest unemployment figures from the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.
  • The Mississippi National Guard has returned the DeKalb Army National Guard Readiness Center to the city and Kemper County as part of a force structure reduction, cost-savings, and facility consolidation plan.
  • As 2017 faded away and 2018 came into existence, Kemper County, like most of the country, was caught in the icy grip of extreme and unusual cold with lows falling to the low to mid-teens. These extreme temperatures present special problems for those living in the South and unaccustomed to dealing with the cold.
  • The head football coaches at Nanih Waiya and Noxapater are in agreement that a proposal to change Mississippi High School Activities Association 1A football from four to eight regions is not a good idea.
  • The Kemper County Chamber of Commerce has been active in 2017 according to Chamber Executive Director Faye Wilson. The Chamber of Commerce serves all of Kemper County including DeKalb and Scooba, and works with the Economic Development Authority to promote business in the county and benefit the residents. The Chamber is funded through membership dues and is open to corporations, businesses, families and individuals. Anyone can join.
  • With colder temperatures in the forecast, Commissioner of Insurance and State Fire Marshal Mike Chaney urges all Mississippians to make heating safety a high priority.
  • During its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, December 18 the Kemper County Board of Supervisors heard from Kemper County Economic Development Director Craig Hitt told the Kemper County Board of Supervisors during its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday that he had received a release agreement from the Mississippi National Guard concerning the armory.
  • A statewide initiative launched earlier this year to help former higher education students who did not complete courses needed to earn their degrees is off to a good start at East Mississippi Community College.   
  • The P16 Council meeting of Tuesday, Dec. 12 featured presentations from several of the different categories represented within the council. P16 is a community engagement council that is formed by different sectors of the community. The Mississippi Department of Education provides guidelines concerning how to form a council and which cross sections of the community will be represented. Implementation of any plans and strategies is left to the council itself.