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  • 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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