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  • Civic League Holiday Flea Market and Bake Sale Friday, Dec. 7, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Courthouse Square
  •  Most people think that diabetes means no more good foods during the holidays.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • DeKalb Mayor Clark Adams was released on bond Monday after turning himself in to the Neshoba County Sheriff’s Office.
  • If you are planning to visit someone in the Neshoba/Kemper Correctional Facility, Sheriff James Moore has some advice.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Charles Brandon Beard, 29, 571 Wayne Street Macon, MS,  Charges: Circuit Court Order
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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-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.
  • 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 County Board of Supervisor agreed further meetings were meeting regarding a potential ordinance targeting heavy haulers in the county.
  • 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.
  • For the first time, students will be able to take classes at East Mississippi Community College during the month of May.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A jury trial that could compel a new DeKalb Mayoral election is now pushed back six weeks, from February 8 until March 26.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • There is good news and bad news for Kemper County in the latest unemployment figures from the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A natural gas leak closed traffic on a section of Hwy. 16 from Old Scooba Road. to John C. Stennis Drive earlier this mont
  • 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 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.   
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Rankin 5K
    Runners get started on a cold morning last Saturday for the Ruby D. Rankin 5K Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!”
  • 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.
  • Webb, Clark honored by EMCC
    Two East Mississippi Community College alumni were honored Saturday during the college’s 2017 Homecoming.
  • $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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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..
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.