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  • Kemper County’s Brown ‘powers’ way to science fair nations
    William Michael Brown, Jr., a ninth grader at Kemper County High School, continues to be recognized for his participation and achievements in science fairs since the fifth grade.
  • Granger: COVID-19 still a serious health threat
    There have been no new cases of the Coronavirus reported in Kemper County but sadly, there was one additional death.
  • The Kemper County Chamber of Commerce will not be holding the annual July 4th celebration this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We wish everyone a safe and happy July 4th. We pray life will soon return to normal.
  • During the summer, no one likes to be stuck in the kitchen all day.
  • What kind of person are you?
    Do your plants signal what kind of person you are?
  • I have become aware many of my constituents who own small businesses with 50 or fewer employees that were forced to shut down temporarily because of the coronavirus have not received or filed for COVID-19 relief money they are entitled to receive.
  • Two DeKalb businesses stay strong together
    A Taste of Heaven and Village Cloth Shoppe are situated adjacent to each other in downtown De Kalb, and in the harsh times of the coronavirus pandemic, the two businesses have become quite close.
  • The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is urging parents to act now and schedule their child’s age-appropriate immunizations before summer is over. Mississippi state law requires children to be immunized against childhood diseases to enter public or private school, Head Start or daycare.
  • Recently, I was asked to choose only one answer for what I desired most at Kemper County School District.
  •  The Kemper County supervisors took a big step in protecting employees in the Court House from the Coronavirus during their Monday meeting.
  • Kemper Academy will hold a Summer Basketball Camp on June 8-9 BOYS Grades 3 thru 6 at 5:30-8pm, June 10-11 BOYS Grades 7 thru 9 at 5:30-8pm, June 15-16 GIRLS Grades 3 thru 6 at 5:30-8pm, and June 18-19 GIRLS Grades 7 thru 9 at 5:30-8pm. The camp is $50 PER CHILD. Call/Text Betty Lynn Haggard 601-416-5930 to register.
  • During the summer, it is always nice to plan picnic
  • Senator Sampson Jackson Weekly Report
    We passed House Bill 1387, that would create the Mississippi Workforce Incentive Act of 2020 by transferring $50 million of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, COVID-19
  • cleaning up
    Work is ongoing to have the Kemper County schools clean and ready to go when 
  • The Kemper County Schools have announced the principals for its elementary schools.
  • The Mississippi Health Department reported 500 new cases of COVID-19 this past Monday, the highest daily increase since the outbreak began earlier this year.
  • Kemper Academy will hold a Summer Basketball Camp on June 8-9 BOYS Grades 3 thru 6 at 5:30-8pm, June 10-11 BOYS Grades 7 thru 9 at 5:30-8pm, June 15-16 GIRLS Grades 3 thru 6 at 5:30-8pm, and June 18-19 GIRLS Grades 7 thru 9 at 5:30-8pm. The camp is $50 PER CHILD. Call/Text Betty Lynn Haggard 601-416-5930 to register.
  • One of many people's favorite hobby during the warm months of summer is fishing.
  • Nature’s magnificent flowers
    Dang it. I just discovered a young tree seedling in my garden that will sooner or later have to be cut down, but it seems wrong, maybe unpatriotic, to do it.
  • Kemper County’s unemployment rate stayed below the state average but went up 6.3 percent because of the shutdown and business closings caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Kemper Academy will hold a Summer Basketball Camp on June 8-9 BOYS Grades 3 thru 6 at 5:30-8pm, June 10-11 BOYS Grades 7 thru 9 at 5:30-8pm, June 15-16 GIRLS Grades 3 thru 6 at 5:30-8pm, and June 18-19 GIRLS Grades 7 thru 9 at 5:30-8pm. The camp is $50 PER CHILD. Call/Text Betty Lynn Haggard 601-416-5930 to register.
  • Michael J Dupont, 46, 32 Bell St Noxapater, MS, Charges: Burglary-Commercial Building
  • Woman loses everything but faith in house fire
    Fire takes all but faith from DeKalb woman Longtime Meridian radio personality Carrie Boyd believes the Lord spared her when the DeKalb home her father built 40 years ago burned last mon
  • Kemper County graduates receive diplomas
    Members of the Kemper County High School Class of 2020 received their diplomas last week during a different program format as compared to years past.
  • During the COVID-19 cycle, the Kemper County Veterans Service Office will be open normal hours, for appointment only.  For those Veterans or surviving spouses, please call ahead for appointments.  Walkins will be seen when  time and space allows, and iIf unable to assist an individual, an appointment will be made.  The Kemper County Veterans Service Office is located in the Courthouse Annex, 29 Bell Street, DeKalb, MS.  Hours are Monday and Tuesday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  To set up an appointment, or for further information,  please call Marie Wilson, County Veteran Service Officer,  601-743-2247, or email kcvso@att.net.
  • Now that summer is moving in and some restrictions are lifting, I hope you continue to be vigilant in staying safe.
  • Kemper Academy Class of 2020 receives diplomas
     Kemper Academy’s graduation service was different from most years because of the Coronavirus Pandemic.
  • 5-18 - Christopher J Boyd, 50, Scooba. Charges: Trespass after Warning
  • Virus changes graduation
    Kemper County’s two high schools have held very different graduation services as they have sought to stay within the guide lines concerning the Coronavirus Pandemic.
  • SCOOBA — East Mississippi Community College has been awarded a $5,000 grant that will be used in part to create a drive-through food pantry for mothers who reside in Kemper County.
  • National Fishing and Boating Week is June 6 through June 14, 2020, which is the perfect time to celebrate Mississippi’s bountiful fisheries and other aquatic resources, as well as relax.
  • During the COVID-19 cycle, the Kemper County Veterans Service Office will be open normal hours, for appointment only.  For those Veterans or surviving spouses, please call ahead for appointments.  Walkins will be seen when  time and space allows, and iIf unable to assist an individual, an appointment will be made.  The Kemper County Veterans Service Office is located in the Courthouse Annex, 29 Bell Street, DeKalb, MS.  Hours are Monday and Tuesday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  To set up an appointment, or for further information,  please call Marie Wilson, County Veteran Service Officer,  601-743-2247, or email kcvso@att.net.
  • While we're staying safe by following social distancing rules, we have time to work on ourselves.
  • Fredrick Hudson, 40, 159 Broach Rd Daleville, MS, Charges: Disorderly Conduct
  • Plants just do their ‘plant things’
    To hear some folks talk, you’d think plants have intentions, good or bad and everything in between. Ain’t so.
  • MBCI member selected to Mississippi Economic Council’s leadership class
    Sarah Swanner-Medlock, a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians (MBCI), was recently selected as one of 48 standout Mississippians to participate in the Mississippi Economic Council’s (MEC) Leadership Mississippi Class of 2020. Medlock, a native of the Bogue Chitto Community, is the first MBCI member to be selected into the prestigious program and currently serves as Operations Manager for the MBCI Office of Economic Development.
  • EMCC donating safety mask comfort straps to area industries
    East Mississippi Community College is using a 3D printer to mass produce straps designed to make it more comfortable to wear surgical masks for long periods of time. The comfort straps will be donated to local industries for use by their employees.
  • Kemper Academy to hold virtual graduation
    Kemper Academy will hold a virtual graduation service which will seen on social media May 22 starting at 8 p.m.
  • Due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19, Homecoming set for May 17 will NOT have service/dinner. Please continue to place flowers for loved one. To send memorial gifts for the Cemetery Fund: Tommy Gully, 1986 Lynville Road, DeKalb, MS 39328 or call or text 601-743-3320 or 601-677-3328 and leave a message.
  • I hope we are all practicing social distancing.
  • The Kemper County board of supervisors re-opened the courthouse and other county-owned buildings to the public this week, but anyone entering must wear a protective mask.
  • Jackson family legacy continues

    Steven Jamal-Warrick Jackson is continuing his family’s of service both as a highway patrolman and a member of the armed forces.

    Jackson family 

    legacy continues

  • In this week's column, Dale Feasel, a lifelong resident of this community, writes of the way the COVID-19 is affecting her and her family, and how she misses being with her church family. I might add as a member of her church family, we all miss her too. Dale's column is as following:
  • With spring here, and summer knocking on the door, salads are a great option for lunch or supper.
  • Victory Gardens in full bloom
    Social distancing doesn’t apply to Victory Garden vegetables; some actually do best when in stuffed into close quarters.
  • COVID-19 is forcing everyone to navigate uncharted waters, including boaters.For the annual celebration of National Safe Boating Week, held May 16-22, 2020, the National Safe Boating Council recommends boaters follow local guidance for social distancing and outdoor recreation.

  • Kemper County School District’s board of education adopted a final grading policy and procedure for all students’ last school year term based on guidance from the Mississippi Department of Education.
  • 48 people tested in DeKalb Friday
    Nearly 50 people were tested Friday for the Coronavirus in the marketing lot of Kemper County High School.
  • A new manufacturing company is coming to DeKalb and will be located in the old National Guard Armory.
  • EMCC to conduct virtual tryouts
    SCOOBA – East Mississippi Community College will be conducting virtual cheer and mascot tryouts for the upcoming 2020-21 academic year during a week-long (May 8-15) span next month.
  • The  Kemper County School District has released the elementary schools third term honor roll list for 2019-2020 school year. “We would like to congratulate all of our honor students for their hard work and academic excellence,” said Hilute Hudson, Superintendent of Education.

  • Start a new hobby or two. You could see it paint. You could watch YouTube videos and learn to knit or crochet. Take walks around your neighborhood. Ride a bike or go fishing. Start a scrap book of pictures you've taken. Start a journal. Write a story. Read a book. Begin to learn how to bake. Keep you mind and body active.
  • Since we have been homebound for several weeks with the Coronavirus epidemic, thoughts have searched for positive outcomes. A teacher/neighbor shared some thoughts she had obtained from Facebook concerning young people having to stay at home from school with their family. One would think that this extended experience would have more bad effects than good, but it can also be an opportunity for positive outcomes, such as:
  • Kemper Lake back open
    A couple of fishermen were back on the water Monday as Kemper Lake was re-opened to the public. 
  • How are you with social distancing?
  • Tyler Sullivan Smith of Meridian was recently named one of 24 Christian Leaders of the Future by Mississippi Christian Living Magazine.  A reception was held in honor of the nominees on the campus of Belhaven college March 3.
  • Eric Prince, 44, 973 MLK Drive De Kalb,MS, Charges: Disturbance of Peace
  • "Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him." Psalm 37:7
  • The  Kemper County School District has released the elementary schools third term honor roll list for 2019-2020 school year. “We would like to congratulate all of our honor students for their hard work and academic excellence,” said Hilute Hudson, Superintendent of Education.
  • 11 new COVID related deaths confirmed as Governor extends shelter in place order
    JACKSON - Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves has extended a statewide shelter-in-place order for one more week as the total number of COVID-19 cases has risen to nearly 3,800 this week with 140 deaths.
  • The Kemper County board of supervisors made several emergency actions they took earlier in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic official during last Monday’s meeting.
  • "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?" Romans 8:35

    We live in a world of uncertainty. Where do we put our trust? In banks? In governments? In people? As a child of God, we can live in absolute certainty that nothing-nothing can ever separate us from our Father's love.

  • Kemper County High School has started a new campaign highlighting their senior class on social media. The first post is a collective of senior portraits of the entire graduating class of 2020.
  • I hope you have all been practicing social distancing.
  • Kemper has single new confirmed case
    Kemper County has one new confirmed coronavirus case as the state total increased by 209.
  • Hope you are all practicing social distancing.
  • Keitha Madison, 34, 1817 Strikefield Rd Preston, MS, Charges: Court Order 
  • Mississippi Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann spoke with East Mississippi Commuinity College Early College High School students Monday, during an online classroom session in which much of the discussion centered on impacts the novel coronavirus has had on the state.
  • Easter prayer for Kemper County
    Easter is a very special day in our country.  Unfortunately, because of the Coronavirus, Easter sunrise services, family get-togethers, Easter egg hunts, and church services have been canceled this year.
  • East Mississippi Community College alumnus C.T. Salazar has been named the recipient of the 2020 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL) Awards in Poetry.
  • Coronavirus outbreak just getting started in Mississippi, top health official warns
    The coronavirus outbreak is just getting started in Mississippi, warned State Health Official Dr. Thomas Dobbs during a press conference with Gov. Tate Reeves and others today.
  • The Kemper County board of supervisors took actions last week to protect employees and the public from the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • There is nothing better than all those wonderful meats fresh off the grill. Don't forget you can also grill your vegetables. By using a little olive oil, salt and pepper you can make tasty sides for your meats.
  • Otis Henson Jr, 19, 354 Quinton Nunn Rd Preston, MS, Charges: Family Disturbance   
  • Mississippi reports 67 new cases of Coronavirus
    The Mississippi State Department of Health announced Sunday morning that they had 67 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 207 cases.
  • The Mississippi State Department of Health announced 60 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 Saturday morning, bringing the state-wide total to 140 cases.
  • Governor orders schools closed until April 17
    Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves announced this morning the closure of all public schools across the state until April 17, as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to grow across the state and world.
  • The Kemper County board of supervisors took care of a variety of business during Monday’s meeting.
  • Kemper schools moving forward with restructuring
    Across our district, our teachers are preparing for the home stretch before state testing.
  • Come join us in Revival Services to be held at Jerusalem Temple Church of DeKalb, 115 Hopper Ave, DeKalb, MS (across from courthouse) beginning on Tuesday, March 3-8, 2020. Bishop Clifton Jones, Diocesan of Philadelphia, MS is the guest speaker. Services to be held 7:30 p.m. nightly, through the week. On Sunday, March 8, 2020, Bishop Jones will be the speaker for both morning and night services. Morning service begin at 11:30 A.M. and night service begin at 7 P.M. District Elder Kelvin Woods, Pastor. Come and be blessed! 
  • DEKALB - Kemper County voters will head to the polls Tuesday to help decide which candidate from both major political parties will receive Mississippi’s 41 presidential election delegates. There are also primary races for U.S. House (District 3) and one of Mississippi’s two senate seats.
  • Spring is close. Time to begin thinking about being outside. Time to begin planting flowers, vegetables, and herbs.
  • Haji J Adams, 27, 15491 Hwy 39 North Apt #11 De Kalb, MS, Charges: Shopliftin
  • Jackson learning new job as Kemper County circuit clerk
    Shirley Steele Jackson may be new to her office as circuit clerk of Kemper County. But she knows her way around the Kemper County Court House. Jackson was elected as the new circuit clerk in November and took office in January.
  • SCOOBA – For the first time in a decade, East Mississippi Community College will serve as the proud host of the MACJC Basketball Tournament on the Scooba campus. 
  • Crappie are the third most popular freshwater fish in Mississippi, behind bass and catfish. In Mississippi crappie are referred to as white perch, but in Louisiana they are known as “sac-a-lait.”
  • Community Calendar
    Quick Bites programs are offered through the Mississippi State University Extension Service and provide information on varied topics over interactive video. The programs are held during lunch (12-1) on Thursdays at your local Extension office. Contact Kemper County Extension office at 601-743-2837 to participate via interactive video
  • How do we manage cravings for warm, thick, rib-sticking foods during cold days and still eat a healthier, low carb diet?
  • Gearing up for ‘Blackberry Winter’
    Get ready for Blackberry Winter 2020, which is probably right around the corner.
  • Plan calls for restructuring Kemper elementary schools
    The Kemper County School District will hold a district-wide meeting Monday at 6 p.m. at the West Kemper Elementary School library.
  • Whether you are a photographer, a hunter or just like viewing wildlife on a sunny afternoon, anyone who has spent time overlooking a food plot will have a deep appreciation for wildlife plantings.
  • Quick Bites programs are offered through the Mississippi State University Extension Service and provide information on varied topics over interactive video. The programs are held during lunch (12-1) on Thursdays at your local Extension office. Contact Kemper County Extension office at 601-743-2837 to participate via interactive video
  • We think we cannot because it will mess up our low carb life style. Well, we can make healthy choices even with fish. Instead of frying, try broiling, baking, or grilling. Use lemon juice to heighten the taste.
  • Homemakers honored for service
    The Kemper County Homemaker Volunteers are a busy group.
  • SCOOBA — East Mississippi Community College President Dr. Scott Alsobrooks is among a select group who will receive Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society’s “Paragon Award.”
  • Editor’s note: The Kemper County Messenger publishes the Community Calendar weekly in this space. It covers events, announcements and happenings in Kemper County. We welcome your news and comments. If you would like to have something placed in the Kemper Messenger, contact the office at 601-743-5760 during business hours; or mail it to Kemper Messenger, P.O. 546, DeKalb, MS, 39328. The Messenger’s writer, Steve Swogetinsky, may be reached at 601-776-6102.
  • Gambling hasn’t always been legal in Mississippi, but gardeners have been doing it openly for generations. Unfortunately, the house usually has better odds than even us old hands.  
  • Dewarn Sparks, 52, 3748 Bennsville Rd Scooba, MS, Charges: Shoplifting; MDOC 
  • We all need that casserole we can take to pot luck dinners. Something with a wow factor, but something we can eat and not spoil our low carb diet. Something we know we can eat and not worry about the extra carbs in it. Well, again with planning and moderation, we can be a success
  • EMCC Beauties
    Alexis Rogers of Starkville was crowned Most Beautiful during EMCC’s 2020 Beauty & Beau Pageant, held Tuesday, Feb. 4 in Stennis Hall Auditorium on the Scooba campus.
  • Unemployment drops in Kemper
    Kemper County’s unemployment rate fell by 1.7 percent during the month of December 2019, according to the Mississippi Department of Employment Securities.
  • New superintendent discusses plans for change
    We have gotten off to a great start for the new year and new semester in our school district. I am proud to serve the students, families, educators, and the community of Kemper County.
  • We will cozy up with some real sweethearts this month including great design styles, seasonal flower selection, and fabulous foliage collection ideas for February
  • C Spire, Mississippi’s technology leader, has long recognized the ripple effect of not having a strong computer science foundation in all its public elementary and high schools on the state’s economy, business expansion, workforce development and overall quality of life.
  • Former Miss. Gov. Phil Bryant has joined the newly branded Bryant Songy Snell Global Partners, formerly Songy LLC – the strategy and business development firm launched last September by Joey Songy, the governor’s former chief of staff – as founding partner. As part of the move, the firm will be rebranded Bryant Songy Snell Global Partners.
  • Who knew my cheery collection of durable potted plants had such deep roots?
  • Quick Bites programs are offered through the Mississippi State University Extension Service and provide information on varied topics over interactive video. The programs are held during lunch (12-1) on Thursdays at your local Extension office. Contact Kemper County Extension office at 601-743-2837 to participate via interactive video
  • Michael Brandon Stokes, 33, 7539 Binnsville Rd Scooba, MS, Charges: DUI Refu
  • So winter is finally here. Now is when we want good stewy comfort foods. Can we fix these and keep our healthy, low carb diet? Here's some options you can try. Remember, planning and moderation make for a healthy lif
  • Hudson brings ideas, plans to Kemper school district
    New Kemper County superintendent Hilute Hudson pulls no punches when talking about where he wants to lead the district in the future.
        “My vision is that this is a high performing district; we just have to prove it,” Hudson said. “And we are going to do things that high performing districts do.
  • East Mississippi Community College alumnus Derrick “DJ” Wilson, a football standout who helped the Lions claim a national championship during the team’s 2011 undefeated season, has turned a passion for cooking he shared with his mother into a business venture.
  • The Kemper County School Board Regular Scheduled Meeting will be held on Thursday, January 16, 2020 beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the District Office.  
  • Fast foods are not carb friendly. Most microwave lunches are not either. Well, why not do a little planning and take your lunch. A salad is a great way to eat low carb. Buy a rotisserie chicken and cut it up, add cheese, and a boiled egg to add some protein to the meal. You can even throw in some nuts or seeds. Another idea is to get a low carb wraps to load up with cheese and meats. You can also do this as a lettuce wrap. Add a bag of pig skins and enjoy keeping your diet on track for lunch.
  • Sidney Burton, 24, 9573 Billy Bell Rd Lauderdale, MS,  Charges: Disorderly Conduct 
  • Kemper supervisors get new term under way
    The Kemper County board of supervisors put their house in order Monday as the new term got under way.
         Pat Granger was elected board president while Mike Luke was elected vice president.
  • SCOOBA — The Wellness Center on East Mississippi Community College’s Scooba Campus is accepting applications from the public for spring memberships, which began Monday, Jan. 6, and runs through May 7. The cost of the four-month membership is $120.
  • The Kemper County School Board Regular Scheduled Meeting will be held on Thursday, January 16, 2020 beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the District Office.  
  • Andre L Echols, 19, 2117 Shamrock Dr Columbus, MS, Charges: Possession of Controlled Substance EMCC 
  • Well the New Year has come.Now’s time of year to make healthy diet changes
  • Color outside the garden lines
    Don’t know when or why, but somewhere along the line I stopped being an “even” numbers guy. Now I’m a happily odd guy, at least when it comes to symmetry in the garden.
  • Kemper County’s unemployment rate continued to inch up during the month of November 2019, according to the Mississippi Department of Employment Securities
  • The Kemper County School Board Regular Scheduled Meeting will be held on Thursday, January 16, 2020 beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the District Office.  
  • Mississippi's incoming lieutenant governor is setting an ambitious agenda for his first year in office.
  • CHARLOTTE, N.C. – East Mississippi Community College sophomores Jason Brownlee and Terence Cherry have been named 2019 NJCAA Football All-Americans.
  • The Kemper County School Board Regular Scheduled Meeting will be held on Thursday, January 16, 2020 beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the District Office.
  • Be sure to plan some low carb alternatives in your meals. You can smoke your Turkey or ham to add a different flavor to your meal. Roasting your meats is also a good low carb method of cooking. Try roasting vegetables such as carrots, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, or cauliflower. Wrap some in bacon such as asparagus. Make a cheese sauce to spread over the vegetable
  • Cherry garners humanities teacher award
    SCOOBA — East Mississippi Community College art instructor Terry Cherry, who teaches on the college’s Scooba campus, has been named the 2020 Humanities Teacher Award recipient.
  • The community choir will present the cantata, Messiah, at 6:00 p.m. on December 15th at the DeKalb Baptist Church. Come to experience this performance. Fellowship will follow the presentation
  • What are the holidays without holiday candies? A great way to break your diet, right? Well, let's try some carb friendly alternatives to help keep that sweet tooth at bay.
  • Make the most when repotting your plants each year
    My leaf and compost pile is breaking my mind’s heart. Heaps of once-had-to-have plants have been left to rot into more useful soil amendments.
  • Rico Benamon, 30, 4513 28th St Meridian, MS, Charges: Burglary of Dwelling