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  • 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.”
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    Marshall Terrell Grace, 38,  85 Hayes Cherry Rd De Kalb, MS,  Charges: Probation Violation


    Christieon Crump, 21, 843 Blackwater Church Rd, Charges: Disturbance of Family

    There will be no trash pickup on Tuesday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. Regular trash pickup will resume on Wednesday, July 5. For questions/comments, please contact the Solid Waste Office at 601-743-9345.

    Is your family member one of the 21 million people currently affected by a drug or alcohol addiction
  • A P16 Community Engagement Council meeting will be held at 5:30 this evening, in the Kemper County High School Library. According to Learnard Dickerson of DACO, LLC, whenever a school in a district is at a D-level or below, state law requires that a P16 Council be formed.

    Dickerson stated, “The status of Kemper currently, we know that one of the schools is at an F, and one or two schools is at a D. So therefore it becomes required by the state to have a P16.”
  • 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 currently offering new cyber security degree
    MAYHEW — East Mississippi Community College is offering a new program in cyber security to help meet the growing demand for information technology security professionals.

    Students who complete the program will earn an Associates of Applied Science degree in Network Security Technology.
  • Wallace arrested on DUI charge
    Former Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace was arrested late Saturday on a charge of driving under the influence, hours after appearing at a youth football camp.

    Wallace is a first-year quarterbacks coach at East Mississippi Community College. According to the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, he volunteered at a youth football camp in Tupelo earlier Saturday.
  • Scooba mayor-elect wears many hats
    Scooba mayor-elect Marion Smoot is a lady who wears many hats. In addition to her new responsibilities as mayor, she is an instructor at East Mississippi Community College, a boutique owner, a cosmetologist and the mother of a two-year-old daughter, Paisley.

    A Scooba native, Smoot began her teaching career in the Noxubee County school system as a math interventionist, who worked with students who were not performing at grade level, in one-on-one or small group settings, to help bring them up to the proper level. She then transitioned to a position as a math teacher working with full classes.
  • Hall conducts box review of DeKalb election
    Four-term DeKalb Mayor Homer Hall, who lost his re-election bid by 13 votes to Clark Adams on June 6, conducted an official box review of the results on Monday.

    Taking part in the review were Hall, Adams, election commissioner Jimmy Spinks, town clerk Brenda Nelson, and a handful of official observers.
  • Heart O’ Dixie sponsors working checklist as race nears
    PHILADELPHIA — Preparations are well under way for the 38th annual Heart O’ Dixie Triathlon which is slated for July 22.

    “It’s sneaking up on us real fast,” said race director B.J. Morrow. “There isn’t that much that changes year-to-year. We have a pretty good check list and now we are going over it.
  • Panel gives students answers to real-life scenarios
    Late last month State Senator Sampson Jackson and the Kemper County Improvement Organization held a panel discussion for Kemper County High School Seniors, about dealing with real life situations outside of the classroom.  

    Topics included Job Readiness, Employment, Police Stops, If Not College — Then What, Social Media, Attitude,  Perseverance, Appearance and Presentation.
  • 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.
  • School Board approves personal finance class grant
    The Kemper County School Board considered a number of issues including unanimous approval to accept an Accellus Personal Finance Grant in the amount of $40,910.00 during its regularly scheduled meeting last Thursday.

    This grant would provide resources and materials for a personal finance class at Kemper County High School.
  • After three years, and a state championship at Kemper County, John Darnell is headed out of town.

    Darnell recently stepped down as head boys basketball coach at Kemper County to take the same position at Lake.

    Darnell will take over for Eddie Wade, who is moving to coach the girls team at Lake. Former girls coach Kotreece Bender left to take the girls job at Petal.
  • Bids for new backhoes came from Puckett Machinery and Stribling Equipment. The Puckett Machinery bid was for a Caterpillar 420-F rubber-tire backhoe, with a $1,401.91/month lease price for 60 months. There was no purchase option at the end of the lease. The Stribling Equipment bid was for a John Deere 310-L, with a $1,045.41/month lease price for 60 months, with a purchase price of $60,500 at the end of the lease. The bids include all maintenance and upkeep for the length of the lease.
  • Kemper Co Forestry Assn. KCFA will meet today (Thursday), at 6:30 p.m. Kemper Co Extension office / Farmers market 587 Old School Road Hwy 16 East DeKalb, MS. 39328. Speaker : David Bean - Advisory Services, Ltd Subject :   Landowners Estate Planning / Heir Property Issues David is a Financial Advisor, specializing with Agricultural and Forest Properties, who presents an understandable program on Estate Planning and Landowner Heir Issues. If you plan to attend this Meeting, please contact the Kemper Co Extension office by 4:30 pm on Tuesday June 13. Attendee count needed to plan meal. Phone :  601 743 5581,Fax : 601 743 5581 or E-mail :  kemper@extmsstate,edu.
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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 
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    Robert Currie, 31, 3147 Luke Rd Preston, MS,  Charges: Driving while license suspended  

    Mark Allen Strong, 64, 977 Old De Kalb Scooba Rd De Kalb, MS, Charges: No DL; Careless Driving
  • VBS JUNE 12-14

    Porterville Zion Missionary Baptist Church will be having Vacation Bible School une 12-14 from 6 p.m. - 8p.m. The theme for this year is "The Faith Run". Any and everyone is invited, especially our youth. Please join us on this occasion. In the event that you cannot participate, your prayers will be greatly appreciated.
  • Mississippi Blood Services will be holding a community blood drive at Noxubee General Hospital on Wednesday, June 14, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

    The MBS Donor Coach will be at the hospital. Donors will receive a T-shirt (while supplies last). Donors can now check their overall cholesterol levels on their MBSConnect account.  All donors are automatically registered for a chance to win a new Ram 1500 Big Horn 4 X 4 truck in the Mississippi Blood Services Road to Life 9 Blood Drive when they donate blood now through August 18.
  • Challengers win in Scooba town elections
    When all the votes were tallied in the Town of Scooba election this past Tuesday night, incumbent three-term Mayor Allen Beaty and incumbent Ward 3 Alderman Jane Williams had lost their reelection bids. Beaty and Williams were the only candidates to face a challenger in the general election. Beaty was gracious in defeat, offering victor Marion Smoot a congratulatory handshake.
  • Adams edges Hall in DeKalb mayor's race
    Solid victories in Ward 4, his home ward, and Ward 1 propelled Democratic Challenger Clark Adams to an apparent 13-vote win over four-term incumbent DeKalb Mayor Homer Hall on Tuesday night.

    With more than a third of the 465 votes cast being by absentee ballot, Adams garnered 239 votes to 226 for Hall. Mary Grady totaled 12 votes. There were 27 affidavit ballots set to be counted at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.
  • Remembering Ruby Rankin
    Ruby Rankin served 33 years with Mississippi State University Extension with her last role as County Coordinator and Extension Agent in Kemper County. She was the epitome of a public servant who always worked to improve the quality of life of others by giving her knowledge, wisdom and time.

    Ruby dedicated her professional life to serving her community, mentoring new agents and growing leaders through 4-H. Ruby served on numerous regional and state committees that supported the work of MSU Extension and the University.
  • KCHS students receive academic Awards
    Last month Kemper County High School seniors gathered in the old gymnasium for the Awards Day ceremony. As their names were called, many students came forward to receive awards. And in an interesting turn of events, three students, Apricota Clayton, Tamra Moore and Brandon Hooks, received the Salutatorian Award. Lavonta Griffin was named the 2017 Valedictorian
  • 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.
  • Sam Dale remembered for historic contribution
    As you drive south on Hwy. 39, approximately 15 miles north of Meridian on the left- hand side of the road, you will see a towering monument to frontiersman, army scout and soldier, Sam Dale.

    Dale is an important figure in the history of Mississippi and Alabama, but sadly, most Mississippians know very little about this man. This past Saturday a small group of people — including historical re-enactors, representatives of the Natchez Trace Parkway Association, members of the Choctaw Indian Tribe and spectators — gathered at the Sam Dale Monument, in the small community of Daleville to honor this historic figure.
  • Kemper County High School graduates 80 'excited' seniors
    Friday night at the Kemper County High School gymnasium 80 nervous and excited seniors prepared to walk onstage and receive their diplomas, before a standing-room-only crowd of family, friends and well-wishers.

    Before the ceremony, the students gathered in the lobby as they prepared their caps and gowns, and engaged in lively, excited conversation and laughter. Teachers and other staff members were there to assist in the last-minute preparations.


    Pleasant Springs Presbyterian Church at Preston, Ms will have their Homecoming service Sunday, at 11 a.m.
  • East Mississippi Community College is scheduled to conduct three separate summer football camps during the month of June on the Scooba campus.

    EMCC will first hold a two-day quarterback/skills camp on Monday and Tuesday, June 12-13, at Sullivan-Windham Field.  Open to all students of high school age, the skills camp fee is $150 per overnight camper and $120 for day campers.  Registration will take place Monday morning between 10 a.m. and noon.
  • The East Mississippi Community College baseball program is scheduled to host a Senior Showcase on Tuesday on the Scooba campus.  EMCC’s tryout session will begin at 10 a.m. at Gerald Poole Field.

    Available to unsigned high school seniors, the cost of EMCC’s Senior Showcase will be $25 per player. 
  • In 2012 Sheila Aust received the news that no one ever wants or expects to hear. On September 5, Aust, a lifelong resident of Kemper County, was diagnosed with large-cell, non-hodgkin’s lymphoma.

    The diagnosis came after about a month of experiencing symptoms that led her to believe she might have a gallbladder problem. The symptoms included bloating and a dull ache and discomfort behind the navel
  • East Mississippi Community College is among four community colleges nationwide chosen to take part in a new initiative to improve student success rates through a grant funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

    InsideTrack, which works with colleges and universities to help increase student enrollment, degree completion and career readiness, will partner with EMCC, Austin Community College, Northeastern Wisconsin Technical College and a California-based college yet to be selected to implement the new initiative
  • With municipal elections less than two weeks away, the three candidates in the hotly contested race for mayor of the Town of DeKalb were posed five questions from the Kemper County Messenger.

    The first four were related to their qualifications for office and plans for the future, while the fifth allowed each candidate to ask their opponents any question of their choosing. The candidates will get an opportunity to answer those questions in the June 1 edition of the Messenger.


    New Beginning United Methodist Church, 1013 Hwy 45, Porterville will have a one day "Camp Meeting Revival" Sunday, beginning at 6 p.m. Our theme is "Rekindling the Fire" and focus is on rekindling the fire of the Holy Spirit in our hearts for Jesus Christ. Our guest speaker will be Rev. Albert Shields and Rev. Charlotte Malone is our pastor. Call 601-938-6789 for more information.
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    Patrick Demetrious Scott, 50,  11761 Old Jackson Rd DeKalb, MS,  Charges: Telephone Harassment
  • 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.
  • PEARL – It took Nanih Waiya a couple of innings for the bats to warm up Tuesday. But once they did, the Warriors rolled to a 14-2 victory over Smithville in the opening game of the MHSAA 1A baseball championship series.

    Nanih Waiya will have a chance to win a state championship in Game 2 of the best-of-three series scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday at Trustmark Park, home of the Southern League Mississippi Braves. If a third game is necessary, it will be Saturday.
  • The Kemper County School Board unanimously approved to accept an Educator in Residence Grant, in the amount of $85,500.00, between the Mississippi Department of Education and the Kemper County School District during its monthly meeting last Thursday.

    According to Kemper County Superintendent of Education Jackie Pollock, this grant, which is funded by the MDE, provides the salary and all fringe benefits for one teacher who is technically an employee of the district, but does not work in the district. The teacher is normally assigned to lower-performing districts by the MDE. The grant must be renewed on an annual basis.


    Ray Luke, Kemper County Fire Coordinator, announces that Kemper County Volunteer Fire Departments are encouraged to attend the Spring Fire School which will be held Monday, May 22; Tuesday, May 23 and Thursday, May 25 at the DeKalb Fire Station. The topic will be Essential Skills II. Instructor will be Brian Brown from the State Fire Academy. Classes will be 6-10 each night.
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    Andre Strong, 25,  69 Catherine Ford Rd Porterville, MS,  Charges: Court Order

    Shamarious Q, Brown,  28, 61 Jiles Rd Scooba, MS, Charges: Possession of Marijuana in a motor vehicle

  • The Kemper County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to contract with Enhanced Environment and Emergency Response Services to remove unknown chemicals in barrels and cans located in the old Alply Building, which is currently owned by the county.

    A business has a 60-day option to purchase the building, but the waste products need to be removed in order for the deal to go through.
    EMCC students who helped renovate and paint the Scooba Public Library were on hand last month for the library’s grand opening to celebrate work done there. Members of EMCC’s Scooba chapter of Phi Theta Kappa spent months helping renovate and repaint the library, with help from other EMCC students and organizations. The students also organized a book drive and donated about 500 books to the library.

    School photos
  • EMCC Instructor named 2017 Moody Institute fellow
    East Mississippi Community College history instructor and Honors Program Director Kelly Cantrell has been named a 2017 Moody Institute Fellow.

     Cantrell was chosen to receive the award from the Moody Institute Trust Fund. Members of the organization are chosen by the Mississippi Community College Foundation Board.
  • Faith and support help Hopewell's Linda White survive cancer
    It was on Christmas Eve 2013 that Linda White of the Hopewell Community received the type of news that no one wants to hear. On that day White received a call from her doctor informing her that she had Stage 3 breast cancer.

    “You hear about it, but you don’t really expect to hear those three words, ‘You have cancer,’” White said. “When I heard it, I really went numb. You don’t expect it, so for that moment I went numb.” She went through several months of chemotherapy, before having mastectomy surgery.
  • 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.
  • Youth football camp begins Monday
    The Kemper County Youth Football League will be hosting a spring football and cheerleading training camp at the park in DeKalb beginning this Monday, as well as May 18, 22, and 25 from 6-8 p.m. each day.

    The purpose for the camp is to fundamental skills and begin preparing the athletes for the upcoming season, as well as to allow parents and players to meet the coaches and league staff.
  • Investigation leads to sex crimes arrest
    A year long investigation into sex crimes has led to the arrest of a Kemper County man. Investigators say Michael Holliday was first arrested for a warrant that had been issued by a state agency.

    "These type cases are always sensitive," said Kemper County Sheriff's Department investigator Jeff Jowers.
  • Kemper Relay for Life drawing near
    The theme of this year’s Relay for Life is ‘Fishing For a Cure.” The Relay is scheduled for Friday, June 2, beginning at 6 p.m., to be held on the Kemper County Courthouse square.

    The evening’s events begin with honored cancer survivors speaking to the crowd, followed by the Survivor’s Walk around the square. Individual teams follow the survivors on the walk. The entertainment roster for the evening is still in the works.
  • Faith-based dental practice changes helping hands in DeKalb

    For Kemper County residents, Tuesday, May 9  marked the end of one era and the beginning of another as Dr. Brandon Goza cut the ribbon on the dental practice that had belonged to Dr. Dan Fulton for 43 years.

    Dr. Fulton began his practice in Dekalb in December 1974 and officially retired this past New Years Day. Goza, who was born in Pearland lived in Brandon throughout dental school, purchased the practice in January. He studied at UMC in Jackson, and then spent four years in the Army at Fort Hood, Texas, as the military had paid for dental school. He then returned to Brandon and worked for a year.
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    Dionte Trevonne Naylor, 19,  427 Old Scooba Rd De Kalb, MS,  Charges: Simple Assault

    Kathy Madison, 54, 977 Old De Kalb Scooba Rd De Kalb, MS, Charges: Shoplifting


    Union Hill Church  located on Gholson Road  in Kemper will have Revival May 14-17 at 6:30 nightly. Brother Mike Hunter will bring the message.
  • The Public Service Commission recently added a new feature to its website to connect job seekers with employment and internship opportunities in the utility sector across the state of Mississippi. The site offers links to employment pages for dozens of Mississippi utility providers as a one-stop shop rather than searching multiple websites.
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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

    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

  • Positions are available for students interested in trying out for East Mississippi Community College’s Mighty Lion Band.

    Those interested in auditioning for the band can schedule an appointment by emailing Band Director Stephen Stringer at
  • KCHS freshmen experience life at PACES reality store
    What is a ‘reality store’?

    This past Friday morning Kemper County High School freshmen discovered that it is a place where they experienced real life in a way they never had. The PACES Reality Store is a concept which confronts high school students with a life exercise which will hopefully help them make better and wiser decisions about their educations and careers.
  • Power plant completion delayed

    Mississippi Power Co. is again delaying completion for its $7.3 billion Kemper County power plant.

    The subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Co. says it still can't reliably run parts of the plant, including units that convert lignite coal into gas.
  • EMCC set to graduate more than 600
    East Mississippi Community College sophomore Brittany Turner, 19, is an honor student, a member of the college’s Eastern Belles dance team and a martial arts instructor who will represent the U.S. in the 2017 World Martial Arts Games in September.

    She is also among more than 600 EMCC students who will graduate Friday and Saturday during ceremonies at the Scooba and Golden Triangle campuses.
  •  Click it or ticket campaign launched

    East Mississippi Community College’s Scooba campus hosted the launch Monday of area law enforcement agencies’ Click It or Ticket campaign, which runs from May 22 to June 4.

    Participating law enforcement agencies included representatives from sheriff’s departments in Lauderdale, Kemper and Neshoba counties and officers from police departments in Marion, Meridian and Scooba. The EMCC Police Department was represented, as was the Mississippi Highway Patrol.       Guest speakers were Tawni Basden with the Mississippi Youth Highway Safety Program and Mississippi House Rep. Michael Evans.
  • Choctaw Indian Fair announces stage entertainment
    The platinum-selling duo Dan + Shay, five-time Grammy nominee and multi-instrumentalist Hunter Hayes and Grammy Award winning sibling trio The Band Perry will take the stage during the 68th annual Choctaw Indian Fair.

    The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians will showcase their unique cuture once again at this year’s fair, set for July 12-15.
  • EMCC alumni Langston Rogers inducted into MACJC Sports Hall of Fame
    As this year’s East Mississippi Community College honoree, veteran sports publicist Langston Rogers was one of 15 individuals inducted into the Mississippi Community and Junior College Sports Hall of Fame during Tuesday night’s 11th annual induction banquet held at the Clyde Muse Center on Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus.

  • East Mississippi Community College’s Scooba campus recently hosted its annual Awards Day.

    During the program, instructors in both academic and career-technical programs recognized their outstanding students from the past year. The students were awarded plaques and certificates.
  • SCOOBA — An open house is set for tonight (Thursday) at 6 to celebrate the completion of Scooba Public Library’s renovations. The celebration will include a recognition of our donors and volunteers and their accomplishments. Light refreshments will be served.

    This event, free and open to the public, will mark the exciting conclusion of work that began many months ago by a team of volunteers including a professional cataloger from the Huntington Library in California and the East Mississippi Community College (Scooba) chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. Community members will be able to see “before” photos of the library project and compare them to the finished interior.

    The Kemper County Homemaker Volunteers and the Kemper County Extension Staff will host the second Volunteer or Service Worker Appreciation luncheon today (Thursday), between the hours of 11a.m. and 12:30 p.m.  All volunteer fire fighters, EMEPA workers, Law Enforcement, Emergency Management and others are invited to attend.


    There will be a Financial Literacy Seminar  Friday, from 10 a.m. until noon at the Senior Citizens Center in downtown DeKalb. Registration is required. Call Multi County at 601-743-5752 to register. Please make arrangements for care of your child. Deadline to register is today (Thursday). The seminar is presented by The Citizens Bank of Philadelphia and sponsored by Multi County Community Service Agency. It is free and open to the public.
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    Jemery Rencher, 35, 626 Philadelphia Rd De Kalb, MS,  Charges: Sentenced by Circuit Court Judge

    Shuntarius Seales, 24, 44 Baptist Spring Rd De Kalb, MS, Charges: Sentenced by Circuit Court Judge
  • 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.
  • A Kemper County resident came before the Board of Supervisors on Monday asking that the unnamed road he lives on in District 2 be added to the county road inventory and eventually be given a name.

    Oscar Holiday said there were three homes located on the half-mile dirt road located off Firetower Road and another would be added soon.
  • On Thursday, April 27, all Kemper County volunteers and service workers will be treated to a luncheon hosted by the Kemper County Homemaker Volunteers and County Extension Staff. The luncheon will begin at 11:00 a.m. and go until around 12:30 p.m. It will be held at the Kemper County Farmer's Market.

    This event was first held in 2016, and according to Ruby Rankin, County Extension Advisor, it will be annual or bi-annual, depending on turnout.
  • The Kemper County board of Supervisors voted unanimously to give Kemper County Economic Development Authority Executive Director Craig Hitt authority to pursue a $94K grant from the Mississippi Development Authority.

    The grant, if awarded, would go toward getting an economic market impact assessment done on the property the county purchased with the idea of building an industrial park at the intersection of Hwy 16 and Hwy 39.
  •  'The Big, Bad Musical' set for Friday
    Help decide the fate of the Big Bad Wolf during East Mississippi Community College’s production of “The Big, Bad Musical” by Alec Strum and Bill Francoeur, this Friday in the Dottie Smith Family Center for Instrumental Music Education on the Scooba campus.

    During the play, the notorious Big Bad Wolf is slapped with a class-action lawsuit by fairytale characters that include Little Red Riding Hood, the Three Little Pigs, the Fairy Godmother and more.
  • PAID POLITICAL AD/Homer Hall, Jr. For Mayor of   DeKalb
    On June 6, 2017, you the citizens of DeKalb will go to the polls. I ask that you will cast your vote for me, Homer Hall, Jr. It has been an honor and privilege to serve you as Mayor the past 16 years.

    Recent Improvements and Accomplishments through tm: Mayor's Office:
  • State winner
    East Kemper Elementary School can proudly say that they have a state winner. EKE 5th grade student, Serena Williams recently participated in an art contest hosted by the Mississippi Tobacco Free Coalition. Students were asked to draw a cartoon that encouraged students to not use tobacco. Students from across the state participated. Serena won first place in the state. Serena was presented with an X-box 4 as a prize. Beverly J. Knox, Project Director, personal came and presented Serena with her prize at the East Kemper Elementary School at their 3rd 9 weeks award ceremony.

  • Pender takes weekly MACJC honors
    East Mississippi Community College’s Averi Pender has been tabbed the MACJC Softball Player of the Week for her outstanding performances at the plate a week ago.

    During the Lions’ 3-1 week, Pender batted .667 by going 8-for-12 with five extra-base hits, including two home runs, two doubles and a triple, along with 14 runs batted in and eight runs scored.
  • Severe weather preparedness can make difference
    According to the National Weather Service in 2016 Mississippi experienced 44 twisters, resulting in one fatality and two injuries.

    This past February, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant declared the week of February 20-24 as Spring Severe Weather Preparedness Week since March, April and May are Mississippi’s primary months for severe weather. With this in mind, it is always good to review the precautions one should take.
  • Board hears about interest in Kemper Lake
    After hearing from developers, landowners, businessmen and government officials regarding the future of Kemper Lake, the Kemper County Board of Supervisors asked Craig Hitt, executive director of the Kemper County Economic Development Authority, to come back to the board with recommendations as to how the county should move forward.

  • An event featuring Britt Gully and the Water Moccasins, Steve Wilkerson, and other local artists. is set for Saturday at  6 p.m. on "The Hill".  It's $5 per person and there are bounce houses for the kids. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs. Concessions will be available with proceeds support Kemper Academy's music and arts program.
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    Lamarcus Hailes, 27,  523 56th Ave Meridian, MS,  Charges: Domestic Violence

    Guy Wilson McRae, 32, 129 Street Thomas Drive Gun Town, MS, Charges: Taking Motor Vehicle & D.H.S Incarceration Order
  • The citizens of Scooba are invited to attend a Town Hall Meeting tonight (Thursday) at 6:30 at the Scooba Town Hall.

    Elected officials from Scooba, DeKalb and Kemper County, along with members of the Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Authority will attend a planning retreat in Columbus, April 19-20, which will focus on the future development of Kemper County and its communities.
  • 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.
  • The Community Choir will perform the cantata, THEN CAME THE MORNING, on Sunday Evening at 6 p.m. at the DeKalb Baptist Church.  Choir members are from various churches from our area.  The director is Larry Gibson from Pleasant Ridge Methodist.  Fellowship will follow.  Come and enjoy this special Easter performance.
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    Rondal Todd Anderson, 44,  219 Kent Road Preston, MS,  Charges: Grand Larceny, Fleeing or eluding law enforcement in a motor vehicle
  • KCHS' Cherry signs with Coahoma

    The scholarship is the culmination of years of hard work and a high school career which features many accomplishments. Among those are: joining the 1,000 point club this past January 13; led 3A Division in scoring with a 20.5 points-per-game average in her junior year; 10th in 3A in scoring her senior year; led the team in scoring her junior and senior seasons; 1st team All-District in 2016 and 2017; 2nd in assists and steals her sophomore, junior and senior seasons; and a member of the Meridian Star All-Area Team in 2017
  • New football coach ready to become part of KCHS family
    The Kemper County School District Board of Directors approved Joshua Pulphus as the new Head Football Coach of the Kemper County High School Wildcats last Tuesday.

    “I am honored to have been chosen to serve as head coach of Kemper County High School,” said Pulphus.  “I am committed to building upon the success of our program as we look toward future championships, but I am equally devoted to making sure our students graduate with a quality education and become great citizens.”
  • Stennis commander shares experiences with local JROTC
    On Tuesday morning members of the Kemper County High School JROTC welcomed Capt. Gregory C. Huffman, Commander of the USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier.

    Huffman was accompanied by Margaret Womble, daughter of legendary U.S. Sen.John C. Stennis of DeKalb, for whom the carrier was named.
  • East Mississippi hosts pine grove festival
    Members of East Mississippi Community College’s Student Christian Fellowship are treated to lunch during the Pine Grove Arts Festival on the Scooba campus.
  • East Mississippi Community College’s annual Pine Grove Arts Festival returns to the Scooba campus April 3-7.
  • One of the biggest annual events in Kemper County is just two months away.