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  • MAYHEW — East Mississippi Community College has revamped its Engineering Technology Drafting & Design program to reflect technological advances some say are already revolutionizing the manufacturing industry.

    “A lot of what we do now focuses on Building Information Modeling (BIM) generating 3D models,” Engineering Technology Drafting & Design instructor Carlton Hollis said. “BIM results in faster design times, faster everything. If I am working on one page in a drawing and I change something, it updates all the way through the drawing.”
  • Kemper unemployment rate seventh highest in state
    Mississippi’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.9% in May, the lowest level since the U.S. Department of Labor began publishing state unemployment rates in January 1976.

    Kemper County is nearly double the state's at 8.3 percent, the seventh highest rate among Mississippi counties.
  • EKE honors Comans as top teacher for 2016-17
    Miriam Comans was chosen as East Kemper Elementary Teacher of the Year for the 2016-2017 school year. Comans has been a teacher for three years. All of those three years have been spent at East Kemper Elementary School. Comans teaches Third grade ELA at the school.

    Comans says that she has always loved to read, and that it is her goal to nurture that same love in her students. While in high school, Comans worked with struggling readers. She noticed that students who struggled in lower elementary continued to struggle throughout school unless something was done. It was this experience that inspired her to become a teacher.
  • Financial scams target trusting Mississippians
    STARKVILLE — King Solomon wrote thousands of years ago that there is nothing new under the sun, a truth played out daily by unscrupulous people putting modern spins on the age-old practice of fraud.

    The Federal Trade Commission reported 20,588 Mississippians fell victim to some type of consumer fraud in 2016. Another 2,378 were victims of identity theft.
  •  EMCC posts Top 10 finish at College National Finals Rodeo
    The East Mississippi Community College men’s rodeo team earned a second straight Top 10 national finish by placing seventh this past week at the season-ending College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming.  .

    With five competitors making up EMCC’s first-ever CNFR appearance as a team, Coach Morgan Goodrich’s Lions recorded 425 points to finish seventh overall nationally and first among the 11 teams affiliated with the Ozark Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA).  
  • Local library has full schedule of summer fun
    The Kemper-Newton Regional Library has a full slate of interesting events scheduled for children and their families at both its DeKalb and Scooba branches.

    The events get underway this Friday at 10:30 a.m. in DeKalb with Mother Goose on the Loose. It includes music, games and stories for the youngest learners from birth to age four and their caregivers. It is a relaxed, fun program designed to support growing brains and get every child ready to read.
  • AG's office expected to visit DeKalb
    The Mississippi Attorney General's office is expected to be in DeKalb sometime later this month in connection with the recent municipal elections in DeKalb.

    The election division of the AG's office had not returned inquiries about a possible investigation before deadline for this week's edition of the Kemper County Messenger.
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    Harmon Odell Donald III,50, 307 Cornelius Drive Lafayette, LA,  Charges: 2 Count of Trespass; 2 Count of Petit Larceny; Poss. Marijuana in Motor Vehicle 
  • East Mississippi Community College is scheduled to conduct three separate summer football camps during the month of June on the Scooba campus.

    EMCC will first hold a two-day quarterback/skills camp on Monday and Tuesday, June 12-13, at Sullivan-Windham Field.  Open to all students of high school age, the skills camp fee is $150 per overnight camper and $120 for day campers.  Registration will take place Monday morning between 10 a.m. and noon.
  • EMCC Wellness Center Memberships now available to residents
    Area residents can now sign up for a membership to the East Mississippi Community College Wellness Center on the Scooba campus.

    There is a June 9 deadline to submit an application for the summer membership, which runs from June 12 to Aug. 4. The Wellness Center will be closed July 3-4 for the Independence Day holiday. The cost is $60 and includes full access to the Wellness Center, which will be open Monday through Thursday each week from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Fridays from 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Cancer survivors treated to Luncheon
    Last Tuesday was a day for many cancer survivors and caregivers to come together in a time of fellowship and sharing at the Kemper County Survivor’s Luncheon.

    The luncheon, held in the County Extension building, was sponsored jointly by the Mississippi Tobacco Free Coalition of Kemper/Noxubee and Neshoba Counties and the Kemper County Homemaker Volunteers Coalition for a Healthy Kemper County. Those attending were treated to a lunch of catfish, french fries, and many delicious desserts
  • DeKalb, Scooba town elections set for Tuesday
    Two mayor's races and four contested seats for the board of aldermen highlight local municipal elections in DeKalb and Scooba that are set for Tuesday.

    Incumbent DeKalb Mayor Homer Hall is facing opposition from Democrat Clark Adams and independent Mary Grady, while Scooba Mayor Allen Beatty is being opposed by Marion Smoot.
  • HELPING HAND
    EMCC students who helped renovate and paint the Scooba Public Library were on hand last month for the library’s grand opening to celebrate work done there. Members of EMCC’s Scooba chapter of Phi Theta Kappa spent months helping renovate and repaint the library, with help from other EMCC students and organizations. The students also organized a book drive and donated about 500 books to the library.



    School photos
  • The largemouth bass is one of the most sought-after game fish in Mississippi. Each year, thousands of anglers take to the water with hopes of catching that once-in-a-lifetime bass.

    The largemouth bass is the largest of the basses, known as black bass. Black bass are members of the sunfish family, but differ from other sunfish because of their longer, more streamlined body. Other black bass that are native to Mississippi’s waters include smallmouth bass and spotted bass. Largemouth bass get their name from their large mouth in which the upper jaw reaches far beyond the rear margins of the eye.

  • SCOOBA – The East Mississippi Community College men’s rodeo team has qualified for next month’s College National Finals Rodeo for the first time in program history after finishing the regular season as reserve champions of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s Ozark Region. The 2017 CNFR will take place June 11-17 at the Casper Events Center in Casper, Wyoming.
  • EMCC magazine, student earn top literary honors
    East Mississippi Community College graduate Teon Taylor’s poem “’Black’ Thoughts” earned him first place in the Poetry category of the 2017 Mississippi Community College Creative Writing Association Workshop & Contest.

    In addition, the 2015-16 issue of EMCC’s literary magazine, “Syzygy,” took top honors among in-house college publications that were professionally bound in the contest that took place April 21 at the Eagle Ridge Conference Center in Raymond.
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    Linda faye Griffin, 44,  De Kalb, MS,  Charges: Simple Assault

    Cary Hickman, 59, 1069 Co Rd 773 Bogue Chitto, MS, Charges: Suspended DL, No Seatbelt
  • MEETING SET

    Women's Ministry meeting on Saturday at 3:30 P.M. Come out and fellowship with

    women from Kemper County and other areas. Hear the teaching of Prophetess Jean Hawkins.

    Refreshments served. Elder Rosie Wilkins, President
  • Thirteen of the 24 participants expected to take part in a two-day planning retreat held this week in order to map out the direction of Kemper County's future are elected officials.

    The retreat was set to begin on Wednesday afternoon at the EMCC Lion Hills Campus in Columbus and was to conclude this (Thursday) afternoon.
  • Warriors claim district title, prep for playoffs
    Nanih Waiya’s perfect run through division play came to an unsuspecting end last Thursday with a historic loss to cross-county rival Noxapater.

    But the Warriors are still the Region 5-1A champions, and they’re still headed to the playoffs.
  • Area leaders meet new KCHS football coach
    Last Thursday night several Kemper County residents had the opportunity to meet new Kemper County High School head football coach Joshua Pulphus at a gathering held at the school.

    Pulphus was accompanied to the gathering at the KCHS library by his wife, ShaRonda, his three daughters, Tyleria, Saniyah and Jocelyn, along with other family members. They were greeted by a number of school and elected officials from around the county. Pulphus spoke briefly to those gathered, as did several other officials.
  • Mississippi Power Co. said Monday that it needs one more month and another $99 million to finish its $7.2 billion Kemper County power plant.

    The subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Co. said in a stock filing that it has finished repairs from a March tubing leak. The company aims to have the plant fully running by April 30, completing work more than three years behind schedule.
  • East Mississippi Community College’s annual Pine Grove Arts Festival returns to the Scooba campus April 3-7.
  • One of the biggest annual events in Kemper County is just two months away.
  • Librarians in DeKalb, Newton, Decatur and Union are celebrating their library users during National Library Week with free refreshments, special services, fine forgiveness, and other tokens of appreciation. 
  • Kemper County High School has hired Joshua Pulphus as its new head football coach. The hiring was made official on Tuesday night.
  • High school Seniors on track to graduate Spring 2017 from either Kemper County High School, Kemper Academy, or a homeschool program and plan to attend East Mississippi Community College (EMCC) should apply for the Community Foundation of East Mississippi scholarship. Students may get an application from their high school counselor(s) or contact the Community Foundation by emailing office@cfem.org or by calling 601-696-3035. 
  • JACKSON – Drew Marshall said he could have gone to a four-year university, but chose Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville where he feels at home.

    “I had the scholarships and I had the opportunity, but I knew that I was not ready for that kind of transition,” he said.
  • Supes dealing with waste products at Alply

    The Kemper County Board of Supervisors are close to closing out a deal with DACO, LLC of Gulfport on the sale of the old Alply Building in DeKalb that has been vacant for years.

    A preliminary deal was worked out earlier in the year, but further investigation found several drums and cans of an undetermined substance in the building and an outbuilding on the property that needed to be disposed of properly before the sale.
  • DeKalb voters encouraged to check registration
    The DeKalb municipal election commission is asking all of those interested in voting in the town's municipal elections this June to make sure they are properly registered and at the correct address.
  • After one contest was postponed and another rained out, Kemper Academy’s baseball team is scheduled to return to action this week.

    The Rams, who are 1-1 so far on the season under new head coach Tony Cawthorn, were slated to take on Scott County on Tuesday and will travel to Winston Academy in Louisville Saturday night in this week’s action.
  • Nanih Waiya’s baseball team rolled up four more victories last week, running the Warriors’ quick-start record to 10-0 on the season.

    Coach Tyler Rogers’ bunch started the week with a thrilling, 5-4 win over Eupora on Monday. On Thursday, they pounded French Camp Academy 17-4, then ventured to Stringer on Saturday and came away with a pair of solid wins. Nanih Waiya topped North Forrest 6-3 Saturday morning, then got past Jackson Academy 5-2 Saturday afternoon.
  • The budget situation is very concerning for many of us. We are already about $133 million short for this current fiscal year, and it doesn’t look any more hopeful for next year. At the risk of stating the obvious, these appropriation and revenue measures we are passing are based on a projection that may not have any basis in fact. We finally have an education funding bill, but it is just copied from last year’s appropriation, and that had to be cut by $7 million
  • We passed House Bill 996 that would allow the over the counter purchase of opioid antagonist drugs like Naloxone that counter the effects of a drug overdose on opioid substances such as heroin, which have increased in recent months throughout the country. It would allow first responders to have immediate access to the life saving substance. It could possibly allow family members of persons who have addictions to obtain it.

    In late 2016, north Mississippi experienced a surge of such overdoses as did other parts of the country.
  • Last week’s activity in the House was mainly focused on voting on bond bills and other measures for projects and improvements around the state.

    We are well aware that projected revenues continue to fall lower than was estimated for this fiscal year. That was brought home when, in the middle of the week, Governor Phil Bryant announced a third budget cut for this fiscal year. This time, the revenue shortage was so bad that he had to slash the MAEP fund. It is really bad when our public schools, many of which are on life support already, have their budgets cut.
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    Kerry Leshawn Holliday, 29, Deville Apt #49 De Kalb, MS,  Charges: Disturbance of the Peace
  • High school students tour two EMCC campus locations
    MAYHEW — About 300 Lauderdale County high school students are touring East Mississippi Community College’s Golden Triangle campus and Lion Hills Center to learn about educational opportunities in the college’s Career Technical and Manufacturing Technology & Engineering divisions.

    Last Friday, some 160 students from Northeast Lauderdale High School visited the EMCC facilities. This Friday, about 140 students from West Lauderdale High School will do the same. The tours were timed to coincide with February’s designation as National Career and Technical Education Month.
  • Wildcats win thriller at home against Choctaw Central
    It just seems like every district game seems to come down to the final possession for the Kemper County Wildcats this season.

    The Wildcats dropped a heartbreaker to Southeast Lauderdale 48-46 last Tuesday before beating Choctaw Central 61-60 on senior night on Friday night.

    "I've started calling us the "Cardiac 'Cats," said coach John Alan Darnell. "Every division game seems to come down to the last play for us."
  • Kemper County boys take two key region victories
    The Kemper County Wildcats took the driver's seat in district play this week with a pair of big road wins.
       The Wildcats held off Philadelphia last Tuesday night 56-53 and then avenged an earlier loss to Choctaw County with a 56-51 win to move to 6-1 in district play.
  • Naval Air Station Meridian will participate in Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2017 Exercise set for Jan. 30-Feb. 10 on board all Navy installations located in the continental United States.
  • JACKSON — Arbor Day in Mississippi is Friday, February 10, 2017. February 10-17, 2017 is also Tree Planting Week in Mississippi as designated by Governor Phil Bryant's Arbor Day/ Tree Planting Week Proclamation. 
  • While the graduation rate for Kemper County Schools rose six percent it is still well below the state norm.

    The Kemper County rate rose from 68.3 percent to 74.3 percent. Kemper has 1,100 students for 2016-17 year, with 88 listed as seniors. Mississippi’s rate rose to 82.3 percent. The U.S. high school graduation rate is 83.2 percent.
  • The Mississippi Wildlife Federation and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks are currently taking applications for a youth squirrel hunt to be held at Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge on Feb. 11. The hunt targets youths ages 10 to 15 with little or no hunting experience who are interested in learning about the sport. 


  • Rep. Sonya Williams-Barnes is sponsoring a new bill aimed at closing the gender wage gap in the Magnolia State.

    Women working full-time, year-round continue to earn on average 79 cents for every dollar earned by a man working the same job. In 40 percent of households in the United States, women are the primary breadwinners.
  • Energy conservation is the practice of decreasing the quantity of energy used. It will not only help to reduce energy costs and the need for new power plants but it will also reduce the need for energy imports. The United States is currently the largest single consumer of energy in the world.

    America has become a very wasteful society. We need to make it a habit to be more conscious of our resources and environment. Developing a habit takes time. By spending time considering our actions and doing things to save energy each day, our actions will become a habit
  • Three East Mississippi Community College students are among 207 Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society members worldwide selected as 2016 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholars.

    EMCC students Leah Bentley, Rachel Rooney and Elizabeth Shurlds will receive scholarships of $1,000 each to be used toward their associate degrees.
  • Nanih Waiya splits pair with arch-rival Noxapater
    Nanih Waiya’s basketball teams opened district play last week with a pair of losses to Leake County and a split against Noxapater.

    The Lady Warriors dropped a 56-30 decision to No. 4 ranked Leake County, while the Warriors fell 63-49 last Tuesday.
  • Wooden bridge soon to be replaced on Bealman Road
    After nearly two years of waiting a wooden bridge in poor condition is excepted be replaced on Bealman Road, about five miles east of DeKalb.

    Kemper County road foreman Glenn Williams said it was hoped that work on the bridge could begin in three months and perhaps be completed by early summer.
  • Old Christmas trees can be fire hazard in homes
    Dragging your heels on taking down the Christmas tree? Here’s a fact that may motivate you: Nearly 40 percent of U.S. home fires that begin with Christmas trees occur in January. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is strongly encouraging people to remove Christmas trees from their homes promptly after the holiday season.

    “Christmas trees are combustible items that become increasingly flammable as they continue to dry out,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “The longer you keep a Christmas tree in your home, the more of a fire hazard it becomes.”
  • Kemper murder investigation linked to Meridian
    What was thought to be a New Year's Day murder in rural Kemper County, may actually have occurred in Meridian.

    Kemper County Sheriff James Moore said after his investigators interviewed murder suspect Ladarius Naylor, 26, of Meridian at the sheriff’s office in DeKalb on Tuesday following his release from the hospital, the suspect fully confessed to the murder of his estranged wife Ariana Naylor.
  • The long-awaited annexation of portions of Highway 16 west between the current DeKalb town limits and the proposed industrial park at the intersection of Highway 16 and Highway 397 should officially begin in February.

    DeKalb Mayor Homer Hall asked board attorney Marvin Wiggins to have everything necessary prepared by the Board of Aldermen's regularly scheduled meeting in February.
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