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  • 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.
  • A natural gas leak closed traffic on a section of Hwy. 16 from Old Scooba Road. to John C. Stennis Drive earlier this mont
  • DeKalb mayoral court case set for Feb. 8
    The four-term mayor who lost his bid for reelection in June has filed a complaint in circuit court that is set to be heard by a specially appointed judge on Feb. 8.
  • In many deer camps throughout Mississippi, it is not uncommon to hear someone refer to a white-tailed buck’s headgear as “horns.” In reality, those “horns” are actually antlers.
  • JACKSON — Now that colder weather has arrived, Commissioner of Insurance and State Fire Marshal Mike Chaney says having your heating equipment checked and using it as it is intended greatly cuts the risk of a fire in your home.
  • KCSD set to host Celebrate Success awards night
    Kemper County School District will host a Celebrate Success awards night on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 6 p.m., in the old gym at Kemper County High School.
  • Lyme disease is an infection caused by a spirochete bacterium (Borrelia burgdorferi), which is transmitted to people by the bite of the tiny tick Ixodes scapularis, or deer tick.
  • Wildcats host playoffs Friday at 7
    The Kemper County Wildcats open play in the MHSAA Class 3A football playoffs Friday night when they host Franklin County.
  • No. 5 EMCC eyes MACJC state playoffs with big win over HCC
    Pitting a pair of No. 2 seeds in the MACJC’s upcoming state football playoffs, fifth-ranked East Mississippi Community College outlasted No. 7 Hinds Community College, 51-41, during an entertaining Top 10 showdown Saturday afternoon at Joe Renfroe Stadium/Gene Murphy Field.
  • Rankin 5K
    Runners get started on a cold morning last Saturday for the Ruby D. Rankin 5K Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness.

  • Webb, Clark honored by EMCC
    Two East Mississippi Community College alumni were honored Saturday during the college’s 2017 Homecoming.
  • School board approves land lease agreements
    In their regularly scheduled meeting, on Oct. 12, the Kemper County School Board heard from Mike Ainsworth concerning 16th-Section Land leases and voted unanimously for lease agreements with Mack Coleman, James Rush and Anthony Bourrage.
  • Preston native awarded prestigious $1K scholarship
    While standing in the cafeteria lunch line on East Mississippi Community College’s Scooba campus, student Hunter Cumberland almost deleted an email on his phone titled “Congratulations!”
  • $265K grant helps enhance EMCC wellness center
    The Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation has awarded a grant totaling nearly $265,000 to East Mississippi Community College to enhance the Wellness Center at the Scooba campus and provide an outdoor fitness facility that will be open to the public.
  • Community Leaders: Electronic billboard in Scooba would benefit entire county
    Community and business leaders in Kemper County are excited about the possibilities of East Mississippi Community College placing an electronic billboard near the intersection of Highway 45 and Highway 16 in Scooba.

    "I completely support this," said Johnny Whitsett, president of the Kemper
  • On Saturday wildlife enthusiasts will celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day. Over a century ago, hunters and anglers were the first supporters of conservation and wildlife management. They recognized that the rapid development and unregulated uses of wildlife were threatening the future of many species. Laws were needed to restrict the commercial slaughter of wildlife. They urged sustainable use of fish and game, created hunting and fishing licenses, and lobbied for taxes on sporting equipment
  • Multi-county job fair set for Neshoba Coliseum Tuesday
    An ongoing effort for five counties in the region to work together for economic development has led to a job fair being held at the Neshoba County Coliseum in Philadelphia this Tuesday from 1-7 p.m.

    "We have been working on a regional approach to economic development and this is a result of that," said Craig Hitt, executive director of the Kemper County Economic Development Authority. "We are going to have representation from several employers, including Gibson Steel out of Meridian and Taylor Machine Works from Louisville."
  • Marcus Dupree enters Mississippi Sports HoF
    JACKSON — Marcus Dupree talked about family, friends and the community support he has enjoyed over the years during his address Saturday night at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

    Dupree was one of six people inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame during ceremonies at the Jackson Convention Center. Joining him were longtime Jackson State baseball player and coach Bob Braddy;
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) recently announced his support for legislation to ensure that rural Mississippi hospitals are fairly reimbursed for the services they provide to seniors.

    Cochran is cosponsoring the Fair Medicare Hospital Payments Act of 2017 (S.397). This bipartisan, budget-neutral legislation would correct a flawed Medicare formula that pays disproportionately low reimbursement payments to hospitals in rural, low-wage areas.
  • The old Alply building on Willow Ave. in DeKalb is slated to become the new home of DACO, LLC.

    DACO is a public relations and marketing firm which offers a broad range of services including event planning, strategic planning, printing, apparel and graphic design. The primary purpose for purchasing the Alply building was to relocate DACO’s corporate office from Gulfport to DeKalb
  • Walk-in registration for new, full-time students planning to take classes at East Mississippi Community College in the fall will take place on the Scooba and Golden Triangle campuses Aug. 10-11 and Aug. 14-18 beginning each day at 8:30 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. Walk-in registration for new students taking online classes will take place Aug. 21-22 beginning at 8:30 a.m. and again at 1 p.m.
  • Kemper County's version of a P16 Council, an organization designed to come alongside struggling school districts in Mississippi, is expected to select it's members during a meeting scheduled for Aug. 15.

    This past Thursday evening a small group of individuals came together for a meeting of the Council at the Kemper County High School Cafeteria. A P16 Council is formed whenever there is a school district that is deemed to be failing.
  • Nanih Waiya’s football schedule has been largely the same over the past four seasons, but there will be five new opponents on the slate in 2017.

    In fact, Warrior fans won’t have to wait long to see one of them – as Nanih Waiya will open its 2017 slate on Thursday, Aug. 17 with a trip to Hatley.

    The Tigers, a Class 3A school, were 4-7 a year ago.
  • The new boys basketball coach at Kemper County High School called the Wildcats "A dream job."

    Daryl Osby, a Meridian native, was hired to replace John Darnell, who left after three years to become basketball coach at Lake High School.
  • Local athlete brings close to outstanding softball career
    Walking away from something that’s been familiar for so long isn’t always the easiest task, but sometimes it’s the wisest one.

    Jones County Junior College softball player Brittany Baty, a Northeast Lauderdale alumna, did just that when she retired after her sophomore season in May to focus on a nursing career.
  • Project helps students 'Uncover' Kemper County
    Late last month a number of students gathered in the Kemper County High School library, along with family and distinguished visitors, to present what they had discovered on a journey they called Uncovering Kemper County.

    The project, which was a result of a 21st Century Learning Grant, took the students to different locations around Kemper County to see what they could uncover about the history of the county.

  • In a special called meeting this past Thursday, the Kemper County Board of Education heard a detailed budget briefing from Lotis Johnson. After discussing the amounts of different types of expenditures it was determined that the Board should come together for a more in-depth budgeting work-session. That session was scheduled for Monday at 5 p.m..
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee today approved legislation cosponsored by U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) to help veterans challenge their rejected bids for Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits.

    The Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 (S.1024) was approved by voice vote.  The bipartisan measure is intended to tackle the troubling backlog of appeals pending with the Veterans Benefits Administration.  The bill would create three new options for veterans to appeal the denial of VA benefits.
  • Twelve percent of Americans suffer from five or more chronic conditions, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes. This fraction of the population accounts for 41 percent of total health care spending.  

    If we don't do more to prevent people from acquiring chronic disease, the resulting health care bills could blow a gaping hole in the federal budget.
  • Human trafficking is believed to be the third largest criminal activity in the world and it’s happening in Mississippi.

    Organizations dedicated to preventing the heinous crime are now working to inform first responders, community members and anyone  they can about how to spot a victim.
  • Farm ponds are a mainstay across the Mississippi landscape. Nearly all, except those in extremely productive parts of Mississippi need to be limed and fertilized. Most ponds require 2 to 3 tons per acre of lime. This treatment will usually last from 2 to 5 years, depending on the acidity of the soil.

    Fertilizer, which stimulates growth of microscopic plants and animals, will cause the water to turn green or “bloom,” in addition to discouraging growth of some problem aquatic weeds. Phosphorus is essential to increasing fish production; triple superphosphate (0-46-0), when applied at the correct rate, is the most economical. A simple soil test will determine the amount of fertilizer needed and if liming is needed.
  •  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).  
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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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 
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    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
  • 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.

  • 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.

    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
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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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kemper County High School has hired Joshua Pulphus as its new head football coach. The hiring was made official on Tuesday night.
  • 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. 
  • One of the biggest annual events in Kemper County is just two months away.
  • East Mississippi Community College’s annual Pine Grove Arts Festival returns to the Scooba campus April 3-7.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 or by calling 601-696-3035. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.”
  • 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.
  • 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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