Kemper County Messenger
Home | Sign-up for Email Updates
  • Civic League Holiday Flea Market and Bake Sale Friday, Dec. 7, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Courthouse Square
  • This fall, the state Wildlife Commission cast what could be a lethal blow for wildlife and deer hunters in Mississippi
  •  Most people think that diabetes means no more good foods during the holidays.
  • Antionus Backstrom, 32, 1208 Luke Rd Preston, MS, Charges: Warrant, Commercial Burglary X 2
  • Emilia Resources is in the process of adding a 100,000 square foot manufacturing building in DeKalb and more expansion appears to be on the way.
  • Kemper Messenger Class of the Week
    Jahmiyah Dickinson’s kindergarten class at West Kemper Elementary School is this week’s Kemper County Messenger Class of the Week.
  • Kemper County School District celebrates success at awards night
    The Kemper School District honored students throughout the school district earlier this month who scored proficient, advanced and growth levels on the Mississippi State Assessment tests last spring.
  • SCOOBA – Pitting the most recent junior college football champions head-to-head for this year’s national title, the 2018 NJCAA eTeamSponsor Football National Championship game will feature the top-ranked and reigning national champion Lions of East Mississippi Community College against the second-ranked and 2016 national champion Garden City (Kan.) Community College Broncbusters on Thursday, Nov. 29 in Pittsburg, Kan.
  • Pancake Breakfast With Santa at the Kemper Academy Cafeteria Saturday, Dec. 1, 8 a.m.-10 a.m. $10 per person / 3 and under free. For more information please call 601-743-2232.
  • Santa Claus is coming to Kemper County next week.
  • 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.
  • Kemper County Messenger Class of the Week
    Michelle Copeland’s four-year-old kindergarten class at Kemper Academy is the Kemper County Messenger Class of the Week.
  • Centenarian recalls time at East Mississippi Junior College
    After graduating from high school in 1934 at the age of 16, then Frances Gray didn’t believe she would be able to attend college.
  • We all ask, "What do I do with all my leftovers?"
  • Pastor and First Lady Greg Watkins 30th years anniversary
  • The runoff election for the U.S. Senate seat that was vacated by Thad Cochran earlier this year will be held Tuesday
  • Kemper County High School’s HOSA students brought home a first place in the competition during the state convention in Biloxi earlier this month.
  • Rules for proper disposal of deer carcass
    With the passing of each year, there appears to be an increasing number of deer carcasses appearing on roadsides and in streams or rivers. These dumping practices are not only illegal, but unsightly and unhealthy.
  • Homemakers Club bake sale
    The Kemper County Homemakers Club had a bake sale last Friday to raise money for local 4-H projects.
  • Kemper Messenger Class of the Week
    Jane Bell’s kindergarten class at West Kemper Elementary School is the Kemper County Messenger’s Class of the Week.
  • Lions gear up for Nov. 29 title game vs. Garden City
    SCOOBA – Fresh off claiming a third straight MACJC state football championship and securing a spot in this year’s NJCAA eTeamSponsor Football National Championship, the top-ranked and reigning national champion Lions of East Mississippi Community College feature 13 players who have garnered postseason honors for their season-long individual efforts on the gridiron. 
  • The Kemper County School District welcomes you to our Annual Celebrate Success Awards Night on Friday  at Kemper County High School's Old Gymnasium at 6 p.m.  We will honor and recognize student achievement for all Kemper County students who scored proficient or advanced on the 2018 State Assessment. The program is free to the public.
  • DeKalb Mayor Clark Adams was released on bond Monday after turning himself in to the Neshoba County Sheriff’s Office.
  • Some of the community’s most prestigious honors will be presented tonight during the Kemper County Economic Development Authority/Chamber banquet.
  • Most people think that diabetes means no more good tasting foods during the holidays.
  • Ricky Coleman, 58, 11761 Old Jackson Rd De Kalb, MS, Charges: Possession of Controlled Substance; Driving w/Suspend License
  • 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.
  • Israel Consul General visits ‘Last Chance U’
    Israel Consul General Lior Haiat and U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker visited East Mississippi Community College as special guests during Thursday night’s football game on the Scooba campus.
  • 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.
  • Marcus C Davis, 27, 148 Mcrae Ave DeKalb, MS,   Charges: Agg. Assault; Shooting into Dwelling
  • A few years ago, wild hogs were scattered throughout Mississippi. Now, they are found from one end of the state to the other. Although illegal, people are relocating them to new properties for recreational opportunities because hog hunting has gotten so popular. Sows with young pigs and mature boars are especially aggressive toward people. They are becoming a bigger and bigger problem for landowners, farmers, and sportsmen.
  •  MAYHEW — East Mississippi Community College sophomore Karie Pinnix, 19, is among 25 college students worldwide whose writings will be included in the 2018 online issue of “Nota Bene,” a Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society literary journal.
  • If you are planning to visit someone in the Neshoba/Kemper Correctional Facility, Sheriff James Moore has some advice.
  • The Kemper County Circuit Clerk’s office will be an extra busy place the next couple of weeks as officials prepare for the 2018 General Election on November 6.
  • If you were in downtown DeKalb last Friday around 9 a.m., you were probably wondering what in the world was going to with ambulances pulling up with their lights flashing and sirens sounding.
  • The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 5042 meets the first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Barney B. Brown Senior Center in DeKalb. For more information, please contact Adjutant Marie Wilson, 662-803-3266 or e-mail
  • Paul Michael Rodrigue, 45, 106338 Jap Little Rd Roqalusa, La, Charges: No Drivers License; Expired Tag; DUI 1st Refusal
  • 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.
  • Kemper County’s unemployment rate improved to 6.8 percent for the month of August from the 8.6 percent rate it recorded in July, according to figures released Tuesday by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security. 
  • 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.
  • EMCC to sponsor Comic-Con
    COLUMBUS — The Golden Triangle Comic-Con, a gaming, sci-fi and cosplay event that combines popular culture genres, returns to the Trotter Convention Center in Columbus Saturday, Aug. 18. Doors open at 10 a.m.
  • Cody Bragg, 23, 10461 Rd 3406 Philadelphia, MS,     Charges: Sentenced
  • Porterville Consolidated School Reunion picnic and reunion at the "Boys and Girls Club", Meridian from Aug. 24-25, as indicated in the previous email to Friday, August 31 and Saturday, Sept. 1.
  • Kemper County’s unemployment rate went up to 9.1 percent for the month of June from the 8.6 percent rate it recorded in May, according to figures released last week by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.
  • Kemper Countians  ‘Stuff the Bus’
    The Second Annual Kemper County Stuff the Bus event was held this past Friday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the parking lot of Pilgrim’s Foodliner. It was a time for residents to bring all types of school supplies that might be used by elementary school students, as there are a number of children whose families cannot afford to purchase basic supplies.
  • David Grace, 27, 77 Purvis Murray Rd De Kalb, MS, Charges: Domestic Violence Simple Assault; Trespass; DHS
  • Porterville Consolidated School Reunion picnic and reunion at the "Boys and Girls Club", Meridian from Aug. 24-25, as indicated in the previous email to Friday, August 31 and Saturday, Sept. 1.
  • 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.
  • Finding new homes for functional old plants
    Pardon my getting maudlin, but how do you get rid of old plants that you’ve carefully nurtured for decades? Those that aren’t ready for the compost pile?
  • Mississippi State Fair Announces Concerts
    JACKSON, Miss. - The 159th Mississippi State Fair will kick off Wednesday, October 3, and run through Sunday, October 14.   You will find 105 acres of fun and a mile long midway providing entertainment, fun and food sure to please folks of all ages.  One of the fair’s biggest draws is its annual concert series, on the Budweiser Stage. Steve Hutton, Mississippi State Fairground Executive Director is pleased to announce five great national acts included with your admission to the fair. Headlining acts for the 2018 Mississippi State Fair include:
  • 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.
  • EMCC like home for many Ikthoos Camp attendees
    Children, pastors and chaperones from churches across Mississippi are taking part in the annual Ikthoos Camp held each summer on East Mississippi Community College’s Scooba campus.  
  • Local students from the John C. Stennis Vocational Complex Health Science program recently attended the 2018 Health Occupations Students of America’s (HOSA) International Leadership Conference held in Dallas, Texas.
  • Bryan Eades, 30,  365 A.C. Eades Rd Porterville, MS, Charges: Leaving the scene of accident; careless driving; and no liability Insurance
  • Porterville Consolidated School Reunion picnic and reunion at the "Boys and Girls Club", Meridian from Aug. 24-25, as indicated in the previous email to Friday, August 31 and Saturday, Sept. 1
  • Got good dirt? Or do you prefer to call it soil?
    Hot weather aside, I don’t know what I enjoy the least between weeding, routine pruning, mowing the lawn, or digging new beds. I finally got rid of my lawn, but there’s still the other stuff, all gotta be done, and there’s little joy for me in any of i
  • Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson Announces New State Branding Program
    Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson announced the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce’s new state branding program, Genuine MS, to the public today at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum.
  • 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.
  • SCOOBA – East Mississippi Community College will take to the road for basketball camp activity with the Future Lion Camp to take place July 23-25 at the Starkville Sportsplex.
  • Kevin Dewayne Hopkins 51
  • Porterville Consolidated School Reunion picnic and reunion at the "Boys and Girls Club", Meridian from Aug. 24-25, as indicated in the previous email to Friday, August 31 and Saturday, Sept. 1.
  • During the July meeting of the Town of Scooba Board of Aldermen, the members discussed the fact that the town has been paying at least a portion of premiums on supplemental insurance policies from AFLAC and Colonial Life in situations where the town shouldn’t be paying.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Capacity crowd attends KCHS graduation
    Extremely heavy rain and stormy weather did not discourage friends and family as an overflow crowd gathered at the Kemper County High School Gym, this past Friday night to witness the members of the KCHS Class of 2018 transition from students to alumni.
  • The Kemper Co. Forestry Assn. will meet June 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the MSU Ext. Office - Ruby Rankin Farmer's Market Building, 587 Old Scooba Rd., DeKalb. Program: Steps to Forest Land Reforestation after Harvest. Please call (601) 743-2837 by 4 p.m., June 18 with the number of people attending, for the meal being served.
  • Kenneth J. McNeil, 77, 10 Highway 45 Lauderdale, MS,  Charges:  Sale of Controlled substance; Poss. of Stolen Firearm; Poss. of Controlled substance with intent
  • 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.
  • We are into the home stretch in Mississippi's Third Congressional District primaries. Republican voters will chose from six candidates on the ballot and Democratic voters from two candidates on Tuesday to replace Gregg Harper, who is retiring after representing the district for 10 years.
  • MSU-Meridian graduate Watson finds fulfillment
    MERIDIAN — Even as a young girl, Abby Watson used to play “school.”
  • KA Graduation Set for May 18
    The time for high school graduations has come again, and Kemper Academy will hold its commencement ceremony this Friday at 8 p.m., marking the end of K-12 education for the 16 seniors who will receive their diplomas.
  • KCHS freshmen get taste of real life at 'Reality Store'
    Tuesday morning, for the fifth consecutive year, Kemper County High School freshmen participated in the PACES Reality Store which affords them the opportunity to get a taste of real life.
  • 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
  • Brandon Greer, 22,  Charges: Simple Assault
  • Poll Manager Training for the June 5,  Primaries will be held Saturday, at 8 a.m. at Kemper County High School Old Gymnasium, DeKalb and alternate training date on Tuesday, at 2 p.m. location is Ruby Rankin Farmer’s Market, DeKalb, off Highway 16. If any questions contact Democratic Executive Committee Chair Charles Hollingsworth Jr, at (601) 513-3598 or Republican Executive Committee Chair Cheryl Sparkman, at (662) 476-8323.
  • The time for the annual Kemper County Relay for Life is quickly approaching. This year the event will be held on Friday, June 1 with the ceremony and festivities beginning at 6 p.m.
  • In the regular monthly meeting of the Kemper County School Board, members dealt with a lengthy agenda in a timely fashion.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Mt. Zion Baptist Church choir anniversary will be June 3. The program will start at 2 p.m. All church choir soloist, groups are welcome to do any A&B selection of their choice. Please register upon arrival. All are welcome. Billy R. Lyles, Pastor.
  • During their first meeting of May, this past Monday, the Board of Supervisors opened three bids on the old National Guard Armory, a property which belongs to the County and the Town of DeKalb jointly. The first bid was from Watt Equipment for $100K; the second from Southern Chevrolet for $181,080, and; the third was from EMEPA for $300,750. The Board voted unanimously to take the bids under advisement, until they can meet with officials from the Town to make a decision.
  • At their regularly scheduled meeting, on Monday the DeKalb Board of Aldermen discussed holding a festival on the weekend of June 29 & 30. Mayor Clark Adams presented the proposal, and stated that he was asking for permission to block certain streets from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m. Friday, June 29 and from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. Saturday, June 30.
  • 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.
  • In their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday the Scooba Board of Aldermen heard from Hayden Hamilton of Agisent Technologies, Inc. concerning a police reporting system.
  • 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.
  • The Center Ridge Baptist Church, will observe their annual homecoming Sunday beginning at 11 a.m. followed by a 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday night revival. Rev. Cliff Barker is the Pastor of the Center Ridge Church. Rev. Jesse Nabb will conduct the three night revival.
  • 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 unemployment rate for Kemper County increased slightly for March, but remained the same for the State of Mississippi and the nation.
  • EMCC students excel at DECA competition
    East Mississippi Community College Marketing students who competed in the 2018 Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference walked away with numerous awards.
  • EMCC students to perform 'The Glass Menagerie'
    East Mississippi Community College’s drama production students will perform ‘The Glass Menagerie,’ a two-act play by Tennessee Williams in the Lyceum auditorium on the Golden Triangle campus in Mayhew.
  • Legislative highlights of major measures passed in 2018
    We passed a $6 billion budget that funds K-12 education under the Mississippi Adequate Education Program at more than $2.2 billion, which covers rising insurance costs.
    East Central Community College recently held an induction ceremony for the newest members of its Gamma Tau Chapter of the Alpha Delta Nu Honor Society of Nursing. Associate Degree
  • Linda Faye Griffin, 45,  Charges: Trepass after Warning
  • Kemper Academy is hosting a 5K Lantern Run/Walk on April 28. Check in will begin at 3 p.m. and the run will start at 4 p.m. followed by the 2nd Annual Night Under The Stars. A night of music, games, concessions and more at 6 p.m. The entry fee will be $15 per runner and all proceeds will go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
  • Kemper County voters wishing to cast their absentee ballot for the June 5 congressional and senate primaries can do so beginning Monday at the Kemper County Circuit Clerk's office.
  • According to Emergency Management Director Ben Dudley, residents who live within the recognized fire rating districts in Kemper County should soon begin to see a reduction in their homeowner’s insurance premiums, and may have already begun to see those reductions.
  • The Kemper County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Friday to approve a Heavy Haul Ordinance which will allow the County exercise police powers to regulate the maximum load weight carried by vehicles on county roadways, for protection and promotion of the public health, safety and welfare.
  • Elementary students enjoy conservation carnival
    Last week third through sixth grade students from East Kemper Elementary and Kemper Academy traveled to Kemper Lake where they enjoyed a Conservation Carnival. The Carnival was an open air event, featuring beautiful weather.
  • 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.
  • Jerusalem Baptist Church will be hosting its annual all night long services beginning this Friday night  starting at 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. Come everyone and help us lift him up in songs, praises, testimonies and proclaiming Gods holy word. Breakfast served. Henry L. Rush: Pastor and India Ingram: Secretary.
  • Willie Bennett, 40, 1178 Neely Town Rd De Kalb, MS,  Charges: Disturbance of Family ; Disorderly Conduct
  • Twenty three elected or appointed Kemper County officials participated in a planning retreat at the Lion Hills Campus of EMCC in Columbus last Tuesday and Wednesday. Kemper County, DeKalb, Scooba, Kemper County School District, Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Authority and EMCC were all represented.
  • 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.
  • National Park Week, held April 21 through 29 this year, is a week in April annually proclaimed for the celebration and recognition of our national parks. Celebrations will be marked with special events and activities including National Junior Ranger Day on April 21 and Earth Day on April 22. Our national parks are living examples of the best this Nation has to offer–our magnificent natural landscapes and our varied yet interrelated heritage. Parks can provide outdoor opportunities, recreational experiences, and places of quiet retreat.
  • Mt. Zion Moscow Baptist Church. April 16-18 there will be 3 different speakers each night. Services start at 7:30 nightly. All are welcome. Billy R. Lyles, Pastor.
  • Jamelle Michael Poole, 28, 4048 Kellis Store Rd Preston, MS, Charges: Possession of Controlled Substance
  • For the first time, students will be able to take classes at East Mississippi Community College during the month of May.
  • The public is invited to attend the East Mississippi Community College Choral and Solo Festival Friday, April 6, in the Stennis Auditorium on the Scooba campus.
  • JACKSON – Sen. Gray Tollison of Oxford defended a proposal to change the way state funds are appropriated for K-12 education during a meeting hosted by the Mississippi Economic Council (MEC) earlier this month.
  • 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.
  • Over the last several years, there has been significant discussion about the need to upgrade state and local roads and bridges. Multiple studies have been conducted. All agree that there is significant work that needs to be done and that existing funding is not adequate to correct the problem. Historically, county funds were supplemented by money from the state and federal government to fund major projects. However, as noted in the various reports, funding provided by the state and federal government has not kept up with inflation.
  • Media reports tend to focus on the lack of science, tech, and math skills. But more than four in 10 business executives complain that too many job applicants lack "soft skills" like creativity, teamwork, and communication. Indeed, a full half of the nation's hiring managers say the college graduates they meet are short on "critical thinking and problem solving" skills and the ability to pay adequate "attention to detail."
  • Spring revival is