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  • DeKalb sets curfew to battle COVID-19
    The town of DeKalb set a curfew that went into effect Wednesday in response to the Coronavirus.
  • East Mississippi Community College alumnus C.T. Salazar has been named the recipient of the 2020 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL) Awards in Poetry.
  • The Kemper County board of supervisors took actions last week to protect employees and the public from the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • Mississippi reports 67 new cases of Coronavirus
    The Mississippi State Department of Health announced Sunday morning that they had 67 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 207 cases.
  • 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.
  • SCOOBA – For the first time in a decade, East Mississippi Community College will serve as the proud host of the MACJC Basketball Tournament on the Scooba campus. 
  • 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
  • Gearing up for ‘Blackberry Winter’
    Get ready for Blackberry Winter 2020, which is probably right around the corner.
  • Whether you are a photographer, a hunter or just like viewing wildlife on a sunny afternoon, anyone who has spent time overlooking a food plot will have a deep appreciation for wildlife plantings.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • C Spire, Mississippi’s technology leader, has long recognized the ripple effect of not having a strong computer science foundation in all its public elementary and high schools on the state’s economy, business expansion, workforce development and overall quality of life.
  • Former Miss. Gov. Phil Bryant has joined the newly branded Bryant Songy Snell Global Partners, formerly Songy LLC – the strategy and business development firm launched last September by Joey Songy, the governor’s former chief of staff – as founding partner. As part of the move, the firm will be rebranded Bryant Songy Snell Global Partners.
  • 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.
  • Michael Brandon Stokes, 33, 7539 Binnsville Rd Scooba, MS, Charges: DUI Refu
  • SCOOBA — The Wellness Center on East Mississippi Community College’s Scooba Campus is accepting applications from the public for spring memberships, which began Monday, Jan. 6, and runs through May 7. The cost of the four-month membership is $120.
  • SCOOBA – The East Mississippi Community College basketball teams return from the semester break to tip off a three-game home stand with Monday’s hoops doubleheader against Meridian Community College on the Scooba campus.A 5:30 p.m. women’s game will be followed by a 7:30 p.m. men’s contest at Keyes T. Currie Coliseum.
  • 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.
  • Make the most when repotting your plants each year
    My leaf and compost pile is breaking my mind’s heart. Heaps of once-had-to-have plants have been left to rot into more useful soil amendments.
  • DECATUR – The East Mississippi Community College basketball teams completed their season series sweep over East Central with a pair of double-digit road wins Thursday evening at Brackeen-Wood Gymnasium.
  • 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
  • The Kemper County Board of Supervisors heard from representatives for the U.S. Census Bureau during their Monday meeting
  • 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 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.
  • The Kemper County Board of Supervisors will meet Friday morning at 8 a.m. to approve the Fiscal Year 2020 budget.
  • 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.
  • 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.