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  • Marcus Dupree enters Mississippi Sports HoF
    JACKSON — Marcus Dupree talked about family, friends and the community support he has enjoyed over the years during his address Saturday night at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

    Dupree was one of six people inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame during ceremonies at the Jackson Convention Center. Joining him were longtime Jackson State baseball player and coach Bob Braddy;
  • Homemaker's club hosts annual fundraiser
    This past Friday, many Kemper County residents took advantage of the opportunity to partake of a delicious hamburger meal, while helping the Mississippi Homemaker Volunteers raise funds, at the same time at the Ruby J. Rankin Farmers Market Building on Friday.

    The Volunteers annual hamburger dinner, is their largest fundraiser, and helps them with many projects in the community throughout the year. Homemade baked goods were also available for purchase.
  • Town of Scooba in search for new police chief

    This past Monday night, the Scooba Board of Aldermen heard several concerns relating to the Police Department.

    Lt. Derone Mosley, speaking for the department, pointed out that with the resignations of Police Chief Derrick Williams and officer Tony Furline, the department is extremely shorthanded. The Board unanimously agreed to hire three part- time officers — Mark McCoy, Kiley Culpepper and Clifford Sheffield, contingent upon having their training certifications in order.
  • School board presents $15.25M budget for FY18
    The Kemper County public schools unveiled a projected budget of $15.25M for Fiscal Year 2018 during a budget hearing held Friday night. The adoption of the budget is expected to be voted on during the Aug. 14 meeting of the Kemper County Board of Education.

    Lotis Johnson, financial consultant for the district, gave a presentation explaining the different elements of the budget.
  • Dollar General enjoys new DeKalb location
    A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the new Dollar General location in DeKalb this past Saturday morning, even though the store has been open for business for about two weeks.

    “There is no comparison," manager LaDonna Henry said of the new store. "It’s bigger, it’s better. It’s a lot better space-wise.” One of the advantages of the new location is a wider range of merchandise, and customers will be able to find what they need, ranging from frozen foods to grocery items, toiletries, cleaning products and even apparel.
  •  Scooba initiates Citizens Appreciation Day celebration
    This past Saturday, the Town of Scooba held its first ever Citizens Appreciation Day in the empty lot behind the Town Hall.

    The event was open to all and featured free hot dogs grilled by  James Johnigan, chips and drinks, bouncy houses and a water slide and games for the kids. The event was scheduled to run from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) recently announced his support for legislation to ensure that rural Mississippi hospitals are fairly reimbursed for the services they provide to seniors.

    Cochran is cosponsoring the Fair Medicare Hospital Payments Act of 2017 (S.397). This bipartisan, budget-neutral legislation would correct a flawed Medicare formula that pays disproportionately low reimbursement payments to hospitals in rural, low-wage areas.
  • The striped bass, or “striper,” is native to most of the East Coast and along portions of the Gulf of Mexico. While stripers mostly inhabit the whole coast surf, reefs, tide rips, in-shore bars, estuaries and bays they have also been widely introduced in the Mississippi River system. They are particularly active in areas with tidal currents and in the wash of breaking waves. Striped bass are the largest fish in the temperate bass family and grow as long as 6 feet. While the striped bass lives mostly in Coastal marine waters, they are anadromous and will swim into fresh water to spawn.
  • Wildlife Mississippi has recently voiced its support for the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works’ (EPW) passage of S. 1514, the Hunting Heritage and Environmental Legacy Preservation Act, or HELP for Wildlife Act. U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi) is a member of the committee. The bipartisan bill, which includes a range of provisions designed to improve the management of fish, wildlife, habitat and outdoor recreation, passed by a 14-7 margin.
  • WEIGHT WATCHERS

    SESSION STARTING

    Weight Watcher at J.C. Stennis Hospital will be starting a new 12 weeks Session on Monday at 5 p.m. at the cafeteria. Please call 1-800-289-8446 for more information.
  • 8-1    

    Xavier Hudson, 19,  10021 Rd 1537 Philadelphia, MS,  Charges: Hold

    Phillip Naylor,  24, 3126 Old Rock Rd Porterville, MS, Charges: Domestic Violence- Simple Assault
  • Former Meridian resident and author Hewitt Clarke will sign copies of his latest book, “Dark Secrets: Good and Evil in the Deep South,” in the library on East Mississippi Community College’s Scooba campus on Thursday, Aug. 17, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

    Students and the public are invited to attend the free event, which is expected to last an hour or more.
  • The Kemper County Board of Supervisors met with representatives of Mississippi Power Company for more than an hour in executive session near the conclusion of Monday's regular meeting of the board.

    The declared reason for the executive session was pending litigation in connection with the fee-in-lieu agreement between the county and MPC. The agreement, which was to allows the Kemper County Energy Facility to pay just a percentage of the taxes associated with the company for a designated period of time, was set to go into place when the lignite portion of the plant went fully on line.
  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR/Booster Club thankful for community support
    We the Wildcats Athletic Booster Club and the Touchdown Club would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the overwhelming support of all of our donors and supporters of the 2016 Kemper County District and State Championship Football Team. Because of support from the businesses, community, parents, volunteers and the school district Kemper County, the ring ceremony was a success. We would like to say a special "thank-you" to West Kemper Elementary's principal, Mrs. Jammy Davis; Kemper County School District Maintenance and Transportation Department; Mr. Richard Cross; Jason Dyess; and our guest speaker, Dr. Jevorious Prince.
  • EMCC announces cheer team for 2017-18
    In advance of the upcoming academic year, East Mississippi Community College has announced the school’s 2017-18 cheerleading team. The selections were made by first-year EMCC cheerleading coach Hanna Burnette.

    EMCC’s 2017-18 cheer squad will consist of three returning student-athletes and 15 new members.  Along with sophomore captain Kayla Pinter (Sebastopol HS), the team also returns Ashlyn Armstrong (Caledonia) and Leighton Moffett
  • Landscapers Pride of New Waverly, TX, a company which manufactures mulch, fertilizers and other soil amendments, will be opening its only satellite facility on Hwy. 45, a few miles south of the Hwy. 16 intersection, in the old Furniture Direct building. According to General Manager, Brad Volker, the company is on schedule for a mid- September start-
  • St. Mark U.M. Church of DeKalb will host its Annual Revival Services August 6, 7, and 8. Sunday, Aug.6 services will begin at 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday Aug. 7 and 8 services began 7 p.m. nightly. Three nights of Power. Everyone is Welcome, Elder Steven G. Owens Pastor, M. Div. Revival Speakers: Sunday 4 p.m. Pastor Ada Clay of Philadelphia Parish-Choir, Monday 7 p.m. Pastor Terry Roberts St. mark Daleville-Choir and Tuesday 7 p.m. Pastor Steven Willis New Mt. Zion, Shubuta-
  • Odarius Prince, 24, 60 School House Ln De Kalb, MS, Charges: Careless Driving, No Motorcycle Helmet, No Ins, Improper Equipment, Driving on the wrong side, Disorderly Conduct

    Phillip Rush,  32, 2575 Estes Mill Rd Walnut Grove, MS, Charges: No Tag, DUI 2nd
  • A man is in custody in relation to a Monday night shooting death on Sonny Jones Road in Kemper County.

    The name of the man in custody or that of the victim has not been released at this time. The location of the incident is on the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indian Reservation in the county, according to Sheriff James Moore and jurisdiction over the case had not yet been decided
  • With the future of the Kemper County Energy Facility in question, the Kemper County Board of Supervisors authorized board attorney Robert Bailey to send correspondence to Mississippi Power Company and Mississippi Development Authority discussing the Fee-in-Lieu agreement with MPC.

    District 5 Supervisor Chris Cole made the motion which was seconded by District 2 Supervisor Johnny Whitsett. The motion passed 4-0 with District 4 Supervisor Mike Luke being absen
  • The DeKalb Board of Aldermen heard a report from Library System Director, Meredith Wickham concerning a recent renovation at the Dekalb branch which was funded with a $17K federal grant during their Tuesday night meeting.

    The renovation included new furnishings and updated technology which includes the fastest wireless internet connection in Kemper County. Wickham also reported that library usage had increased greatly, with more books checked out in June than ever
  • Kemper County's version of a P16 Council, an organization designed to come alongside struggling school districts in Mississippi, is expected to select it's members during a meeting scheduled for Aug. 15.

    This past Thursday evening a small group of individuals came together for a meeting of the Council at the Kemper County High School Cafeteria. A P16 Council is formed whenever there is a school district that is deemed to be failing.
  • Walk-in registration for new, full-time students planning to take classes at East Mississippi Community College in the fall will take place on the Scooba and Golden Triangle campuses Aug. 10-11 and Aug. 14-18 beginning each day at 8:30 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. Walk-in registration for new students taking online classes will take place Aug. 21-22 beginning at 8:30 a.m. and again at 1 p.m.
  • The old Alply building on Willow Ave. in DeKalb is slated to become the new home of DACO, LLC.

    DACO is a public relations and marketing firm which offers a broad range of services including event planning, strategic planning, printing, apparel and graphic design. The primary purpose for purchasing the Alply building was to relocate DACO’s corporate office from Gulfport to DeKalb
  • EMCC Wellness Center continues memberships for area residents
    Scooba resident Marshetta Little has lost eight pounds and her once high blood pressure has dropped to the ideal range since June when she began working out at East Mississippi Community College’s Wellness Center on the Scooba campus.

    “I feel great,” Little said. “I have more energy and have lost an inch-and-a-half off my waist.”
  • 7-18    

    Michael Gemans Lewis, 44,  904 Dove St Aliceville, Al,  Charges: Improper Equipment, Driving while License Suspended
  • The Beautification Committee of the Brown Ridge MB Church is pleased to announce its one year anniversary. In this year we have set a goal to purchase new pews for our beautiful sanctuary. To further our commitment to purchasing the new pews, on the first Saturday, Aug. 5, we will be hosting a GOSPEL MUSICAL beginning at 5 p.m. at Brown Ridge. There will be many local artist, groups, and mass choirs performing some of the best gospel hits around. Later in the evening will be blessed by our special guests the Renewed Singers from Decatur, Deborah AND Generation from Jasper County, and the Mississippi Hummingbirds of Columbus.
  • Following the heat advisory issued by the National Weather Service, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reminds local residents about steps they should take to protect their health from the extreme heat.

     People suffering from heat stress may experience heavy sweating; weakness; cold, pale, and clammy skin; fast, weak pulse; and nausea or vomiting.  Early signs include muscle cramps, heat rash, fainting or near-fainting spells, and a pulse or heart rate greater than 100.
  • On Tuesday evening, July 18, a group met at the Kemper County Public Library in Dekalb to discuss the Friends of the Library. Present to explain the purpose and function of the organization were Meredith Wickham, Library System Director and Demetrius Thompson, Friends of the Library Treasurer.

    Thompson explained that the library is considered a government entity, as it is funded with city, county and state funds. The library is prevented from doing many fundraising activities, due to the government funding.
  • During their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, July 17, the Kemper County Board of Supervisors accepted bids for rehab on the homes of Lee Brown, Mary Tisdale and John Bourrage.

    The low bid for the Brown home came from Ridgeway Contractors for $110.154K; for the Tisdale home, John Tate Construction for $86.924K; the Bourrage home, Ridgeway Contractors for $118.250K.
  • It was decided at Tuesday's meeting of  the Kemper County Local Emergency Planning Committee  that full-scale disaster exercises would be held sometime in September. The exact date is expiated to be determined at an Aug. 15 meeting of the comity.

    Representatives from local healthcare, nursing and long-term care facilities along with Kemper EMA Director,
  • Collins, Stills to take Riley Center stage Aug 7 in Meridian
    MERIDIAN — The MSU Riley Center presents two musical legends: Judy Collins and Stephen Stills, performing live on Monday, August 7, at 7:30 p.m.

    Making an exceptional event even more special, the Riley Center will offer a pre-show party featuring free refreshments in the Grand Lobby starting at 6:30 p.m.
  • Choose annual perennial salvias for summer beauty
    Home gardeners in Mississippi need colorful plants that hold up to the hot conditions we have every year. One group of plants that is a great choice for summer color is salvia, which includes both perennial and annual top performers.

    The annual Salvia Splendens, as the name suggests, can’t be beat. It is commonly called scarlet salvia, but it comes in a variety of bright colors.
  • Zoo animals delight children, adults at local library events
    The zoo came to Kemper County on Friday, as the public libraries in DeKalb and Scooba played host to animals from the Hattiesburg Zoo Outreach program, accompanied by Outreach Coordinator, Aimee Foster.

    The program began with Foster explaining that animals,
  • Allergic reactions to insect stings are a common and often serious medical problem. Insects that sting are divided into two major subgroups: the group consisting of the yellow jacket, hornet and wasp; and the one made up of the more docile honeybee and bumblebee. The fire ant is a non-winged member of the first group and is responsible for an increasing number of allergic reactions.
  • The new boys basketball coach at Kemper County High School called the Wildcats "A dream job."

    Daryl Osby, a Meridian native, was hired to replace John Darnell, who left after three years to become basketball coach at Lake High School.
  • The Gerald Mills family of Newton will be sporting a new cabin 512 when the 128th edition of the Neshoba County Fair officially opens Friday for eight exciting days featuring top musical entertainment, arts and crafts, the popular Heart o’ Dixie Triathlon, harness and running horse races and much more.

    The Fair will continue through Friday, July 28.
  • DATES SCHEDULED

    Registration for the upcoming year for the Kemper County Public Schools is July 24-28 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. This registering are asked to bring the two proofs of residency with physical address such as a June or July utility bill; immunization records for incoming seventh graders; birth certificate and social security card for new students; as well as photo ID of parent/guardian. The first day of class is Monday, Aug. 7.
  • Three East Mississippi Community College students competing against their peers from colleges and universities across the nation took home a gold medal and two silver medals in the SkillsUSA Championships in Louisville, Ky.

    The national championships took place June 19-23 at the 53rd annual National Leadership and Skills Conference. Ten EMCC students earned a combined eight gold medals in the Mississippi SkillsUSA competition in Jackson earlier this year to earn a shot at the national championships in which only state champions are allowed to compete.
  • Summer is upon us and thousands of anglers will take to Mississippi’s waters to try their luck at fishing. Whether it is a seasoned angler competing in a local bass tournament, or a father and child spending a quiet afternoon catching bream on a farm pond, everyone who goes fishing wants to be successful.
  • Representatives from different healthcare organizations, utilities and emergency response were took part in a meeting of the Kemper County Local Emergency Planning Committee in the Kemper County Sheriff’s Department conference room last Thursday.

    The purpose of the LEPC is for planning and conducting exercises that will help emergency responders and the community better prepare for an actual disaster. These exercises are mandated by both state and federal governments, according to Kemper Emergency Management Director
  • On July 27 from 9 a.m-3 p.m. The United Way of East Mississippi will have a drop location for collecting school supplies and donations for elementary aged students at the Pilgrim’s Foodliner Grocery Store located on Highway 16 West in DeKalb.

    Kemper County residents are asked to donate school supplies and bring them to place on the bus that day. Volunteers from various community organizations will be there to accept the donations and load them on a school bus loaned by the Kemper County School District. 
  • During the regularly scheduled meeting of the Kemper County School Board this past Thursday, board member James Creer expressed concerns about duplication and waste in the school system. He pointed out that all districts are cutting back and that the Board must be good stewards of the available funds. He proposed that all purchases of $2K or more should come before the board for approval.
  • Project helps students 'Uncover' Kemper County
    Late last month a number of students gathered in the Kemper County High School library, along with family and distinguished visitors, to present what they had discovered on a journey they called Uncovering Kemper County.

    The project, which was a result of a 21st Century Learning Grant, took the students to different locations around Kemper County to see what they could uncover about the history of the county.
  • "Discovering the God of the Universe"
    New Hope United Methodist Church held its Vacation Bible School June 16-28 under the direction of coordinators Geraldine Hickman and Mary Coleman, There were 24 students in attendance. The church's pastor is Steven Owens.


  • Landscapers Pride expected to bring jobs to Kemper County
    A manufacturer of various types of mulch, potting soil and soil amendments, will be opening its only satellite facility in Kemper County, which will employ approximately 20 people when running at full capacity.

    Landscapers Pride of New Waverly, Texas will be located in the old Furniture Direct facility located on U.S. Hwy. 45 several miles south of the Hwy. 16 intersection. They hope to be up and running by Sept. 15.
  • East Mississippi Community College’s accreditation has been reaffirmed following an exhaustive review of the college’s financial records, academic programs, faculty credentials and student outcomes.

    At a June 15 meeting, the Board of Trustees for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) approved EMCC’s accreditation, which is up for renewal once every 10 years.
  • 7-4

    Willie Lee Burrage Jr 53

    2538 Shiloh Church Rd De Kalb, MS
  • FARMER'S MARKET

    DEDICATION SET

    The Kemper County Board of Supervisor has approved to rename the Farmer's Market Building in memory of Ruby Rankin. The event is set for Monday at noon. The building is located at MSU Extension office in DeKalb.
  • The Kemper County Sheriff's Department is still seeking information surrounding an apparent homicide in connection with the death of a Preston man found lying on the side of Indian Branch Road early Friday afternoon.

    Sheriff James Moore said Emmanuel Morries was apparently shot near the same spot he was found by a passing motorist around 1 p.m. The Sheriff said he could not release all of the information he has gathered
  • The Kemper County Board of Supervisors unanimously accepted a bid of a little more than $1.5M  on a state aid road project that would reseal and re-stripe eight roads in the county,

    The bid of T.L. Wallace Construction
  • The decision by the Mississippi Public Service Commission to include that the Kemper County Energy Facility, commonly known as the coal plant, be recertified to allow for it to operate only as a natural gas facility could lead to a massive loss of jobs to the area, as well as a significant decrease in the county's tax base.
  • On July 6 the Dekalb Board of Aldermen held its first meeting of a new term with Mayor Clark Adams at the helm.

    The Board heard from Kemper County Emergency Management Director Ben Dudley concerning a regional hazard mitigation plan. Dudley explained that there are nine counties in the region, and the plan is 1,400 pages; the section that concerns Dekalb is 400-plus pages.
  • The Hattiesburg Zoo Outreach will visit the Kemper County Library, in Dekalb, on Friday at 2 p.m., and the Scooba Public Library at 4 p.m., according to Library System Director Meredith Wickham.

    Aimee Foster, the Zoo Outreach Coordinator, will be bringing different types of animals that the public will be able to touch and interact with. The types of animals will be determined on the day of the visit.
  • DUNCAN/‘The New Covenant in My Blood’
    Turn in your Bible to Luke 22:20-23. The Gospels are designed to highlight the cross-work of Jesus and the meaning of that work. In the passage we looked at last week, Jesus explained His death as a substitutionary sacrifice in His word about the bread. He has identified Himself as the bruised and crushed servant of Isaiah 53, and He has called on His disciples to ritually remember His death and the fullness of its meaning perpetually, as Paul says, “Until He comes.” But Jesus has yet more staggering announcements to make. I want to direct your attention to 5 things here.
  • Jenkins hired as EMCC athletic academic advisor
    Abby Jenkins has been hired as athletic academic advisor at East Mississippi Community College, as announced recently by EMCC Director of Athletics Dr. Randall Bradberry.

    In her role, Jenkins is responsible for monitoring the academic well-being of EMCC’s student-athletes.  In acting as a liaison between the EMCC faculty, student-athletes and coaches, she assists in course selection and also monitors the daily academic progress of all student-athletes on the Scooba campus.
  • DeKalb, Scooba mayors take oaths of office
    This past Friday afternoon, as raindrops began to fall, Clark Adams stood on the front steps of the Kemper County Courthouse to take the oath of office as administered by Kemper County Chancery Clerk Sherline Watkins. A sizable crowd gathered to be a part of the event.

    Earlier in the day a small group of family members gathered at the Scooba Town Hall to witness newly-elected Mayor Marion Smoot take the oath from City Clerk Patricia Clay. Adams, the father of five, was born in the New Hope Community and moved to Dekalb at age six. He said he has been a resident of the town ever since.
  • Twelve percent of Americans suffer from five or more chronic conditions, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes. This fraction of the population accounts for 41 percent of total health care spending.  

    If we don't do more to prevent people from acquiring chronic disease, the resulting health care bills could blow a gaping hole in the federal budget.
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee today approved legislation cosponsored by U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) to help veterans challenge their rejected bids for Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits.

    The Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 (S.1024) was approved by voice vote.  The bipartisan measure is intended to tackle the troubling backlog of appeals pending with the Veterans Benefits Administration.  The bill would create three new options for veterans to appeal the denial of VA benefits.
  • All landowners must face the decision of what to do with their land. Most people are interested in creating revenue from their land from agriculture, forestry or perhaps leasing for hunting and fishing or other recreational uses. Others are content with just owning their property for personal enjoyment, or keeping it as a legacy to hand down to future generations.
  • 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.

    Food plots are very attractive to wildlife enthusiasts because they can supplement daily nutritional needs at a low cost. These plots can be designed to serve as a source of food and cover. Well-manag
  • STARKVILLE —Mississippi State University is helping facilitate a program that will allow students in rural Mississippi school districts to take Advanced Placement courses from leading American scholars.

     Beginning in the 2017-2018 school year, the Mississippi Public School Consortium for Educational Access is implementing a pilot program to teach Advanced Placement subject matter in select rural and low-income school districts which currently do not offer the courses. As part of the program, over 20 students from seven participating school districts are taking part in a two-week preparatory summer academy for AP physics at MSU
  • DEDICATION SET

    The Kemper County Board of Supervisor has approved to rename the Farmer's Market Building in memory of Ruby Rankin.Please join us on July 17 at noon for this momentous event. This is such a well deserved honor and we look forward to celebrating with her family, friends and colleagues. The building is located at MSU Extension office in DeKalb.
  • JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) won $2.7 Million from the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) for an innovative initiative to provide policy makers with real-time data concerning workforce development in our state.  Mississippi is the first state ever to receive this grant.

  • In a special called meeting this past Thursday, the Kemper County Board of Education heard a detailed budget briefing from Lotis Johnson. After discussing the amounts of different types of expenditures it was determined that the Board should come together for a more in-depth budgeting work-session. That session was scheduled for Monday at 5 p.m..
  • Two newly-elected officials took their places at the table in Scooba’s regularly scheduled Board of Aldermen meeting on Tuesday night. Those officials are Mayor Marion Smoot who officially took the oath of office on Friday, and Ward 3 Alderman Craig Nave.

    The Board took action on a number of items, including whether or not to allow a private citizen to use the softball field for a private function. It was pointed out that the softball field is in a state of serious disrepair, and that there was a possibility of injuries for which the town might be held liable. It was decided by a vote of 4-1, with Ward 1 Alderman Maxine Puckett voting ‘no’, that Mayor Smoot, Alderman
  • A Mississippi utility, faced with a regulatory ultimatum, is stopping efforts to complete a first-of-its-kind coal fueled power plant.

    Mississippi Power Co., a unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co., said Wednesday that it could lose another $3.4 billion from the Kemper County power plant if it can't reach a settlement with regulators. Shareholders have already lost $3.1 billion on the $7.5 billion plant.
  • Pat McKee, who says she has been a resident of Kemper County all of her 73 years, came before the Kemper County Board of Supervisors on Monday morning asking for improvement to Spanish Oak Church Road.

    "I have called and called and can't get anybody to answer the phone," she said of her frustration in trying to get help. "We do not have a ditch anywhere. When it rains it makes a ditch in the middle of the road. We have nice vehicles and deserve a good road to drive on."
  • State Senator runs through key bills passed
    Senate Bill 2689 would restrict political campaign expense spending and disallows personal use of campaign funds. It makes the process more transparent. The bill requires candidates to disclose credit card expenditures. It also states that once a campaign account has been closed, the candidate can return the funds to donors, donate the funds to another political cause or charity, or send to state coffers. The Ethics Commission will oversee enforcement
  • Program aimed at filling need for skilled machinists
    MAYHEW — Retiring baby boomers are fueling a nationwide shortage of skilled precision machinists that has been exacerbated by technological advances requiring a more skilled workforce.

    Beginning this fall, East Mississippi Community College will offer an Associate of Applied Science degree in Precision Manufacturing and Machining Technology to help meet a local demand for skilled workers in the field.
  • Dunn graduates from high school and college within six months
    Once a student graduates from high school, he or she usually works for a period of years before graduating from college. However, Kemper County High School graduate Demetrica Dunn completed an incredible feat by graduating from East Mississippi Community College only six months after her high school graduation. Dunn graduated from KCHS on May 27, 2016 and from EMCC on December 9, 2016.
  • Annual July 4th event set for DeKalb Tuesday
    Whether there be a handful or hundreds, it's not July 4th in DeKalb unless Independence Day is celebrated on the Kemper County Courthouse lawn.

    Over the years, the guest speakers have been such respected leaders as U.S. Rep. G.V. "Sonny" Montgomery, U.S. Rep. Chip Pickering and U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper. This year State Rep. Michael Ted Evans will take the honors.
  • Commission asks Kemper plant to run on natural gas
    State utility regulators are telling Mississippi Power Co. to ditch coal and operate as a natural gas facility at the company’s $7.5 billion Kemper County energy facility.

    The move comes after years of missed project deadlines and cost increases from building a one-of-a-kind lignite coal power plant to produce electricity and reduce carbon emissions.
  • Hall officially challenges DeKalb election
    Citing what he considers multiple concerns with the municipal election held earlier this month, four-term DeKalb Mayor Homer Hall has officially filed paperwork challenging the results of the election that saw him fall 13 votes short of a fifth term.

    Hall filed the challenge in Kemper County Circuit Court Friday afternoon, giving Clark Adams, who is set to be sworn in as the new mayor of DeKalb, 30 days to respond. The challenge asks the circuit court to overturn the election and declare Hall the winner, or call for a new election.
  • Litter or trash in streets and roadway ditches is much more than an eyesore, and it continues to be a problem across Mississippi.

    Tossing a can out the car window is often viewed as a pretty minor offense, but it is a major form of pollution. Whether you enjoy hunting, fishing, birdwatching, hiking, kayaking, taking a scenic drive or laying on the beach, it’s important to understand how litter impacts environments and wildlife locally and on a global scale.
  • Shopping at farmers markets is one way to get delicious and fresh produce to enjoy at home.

    “Getting plenty of fruits and vegetables helps families live healthier lives and reduces the likelihood of chronic disease,” said Elaine Auld, CEO of the Society for Public Health Education .  “Lack of nutritious foods puts people at high risk for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity.”
  • Farm ponds are a mainstay across the Mississippi landscape. Nearly all, except those in extremely productive parts of Mississippi need to be limed and fertilized. Most ponds require 2 to 3 tons per acre of lime. This treatment will usually last from 2 to 5 years, depending on the acidity of the soil.

    Fertilizer, which stimulates growth of microscopic plants and animals, will cause the water to turn green or “bloom,” in addition to discouraging growth of some problem aquatic weeds. Phosphorus is essential to increasing fish production; triple superphosphate (0-46-0), when applied at the correct rate, is the most economical. A simple soil test will determine the amount of fertilizer needed and if liming is needed.
  • Human trafficking is believed to be the third largest criminal activity in the world and it’s happening in Mississippi.

    Organizations dedicated to preventing the heinous crime are now working to inform first responders, community members and anyone  they can about how to spot a victim.
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    Michael Evans, 49,  Hwy 39 Deville Apts. 14 De Kalb, MS,  Charges: Trespass after warning, disturbing the peace
  • JULY 4TH

    CELEBRATION

    The Annual July 4th celebration at the Kemper County Courthouse Square is set for 10 a.m. on Tuesday. State Rep. Michael Ted Evans is the featured speaker.
  • The threat of severe weather from Tropical Storm Cindy in the Gulf of Mexico caused the postponement of some Kemper County events set for  June 22.

     According to Learnard Dickerson, of DACO, LLC, the P16 Community Engagement Council meeting was postponed after several people expressed concern about the weather. The meeting was to be held at the Kemper County High School Library and was open to the public. The meeting has not been rescheduled as of this week's deadline for the Kemper Messenger
  • 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.
  • 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

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