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  • Cross Mountain will host its annual Candlelight Service on Friday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. There ail be a special night of celebrating Jesus' birthday with singing, food and fellowship.  For more information contact 601-513-3348
  • Deer management is becoming more important to hunters with each passing hunting season. Some clubs have selective harvest strategies that are used to meet certain goals. The criteria can include gender, minimum antler measurements and minimum age. In order for these strategies to work, hunters must be able to accurately judge the deer in the field.
  • Chancellor Joseph Kilgore of Philadelphia recently completed a term as chairman of the  Conference of Chancery Judges.
  • Kemper Counties two official Christmas Parades will be Tuesday, Dec. 5 in Scooba and Thursday, Dec. 7 in DeKalb. The theme for both parades is “Peace and hope for the Holidays.”
  • Former students plant tree for class sponsor
    Early last week several members of the DeKalb High School Class of 1956 gathered at the home of their former sponsor, Mrs. Cora Mitchell, to plant a tree in honor and memory of Mitchell’s son, Lance, who passed away earlier this year.
  • Lions, Stephens, look to keep amazing bowl record unblemished
    Buddy Stephens has an outstanding record in his 10 years as head football coach at East Mississippi Community College, going 97-13 for an .882 winning percentage, best ever in the junior college ranks among coaches with at least 100 games.
  • MDOC discovers 24 cellphones in KNRCF search
    A surprise shakedown by the Mississippi Department of Corrections resulted in the confiscation of 24 unauthorized cellphones at the Kemper-Neshoba Regional Correctional Facility in DeKalb along with chargers and small quantities of spice and tobacco.
  • DeKalb, county to take control of armory building
    The Mississippi Army National Guard no longer has a presence in Kemper County and ownership of the armory on Highway 16 West will be transferred to the county and the city of DeKalb.
  • JACKSON — Now that colder weather has arrived, Commissioner of Insurance and State Fire Marshal Mike Chaney says having your heating equipment checked and using it as it is intended greatly cuts the risk of a fire in your home.
  • In many deer camps throughout Mississippi, it is not uncommon to hear someone refer to a white-tailed buck’s headgear as “horns.” In reality, those “horns” are actually antlers.
  • On Saturday, November 18 there will be a pre-Thanksgiving lunch at the B.MW., Clark Adams building in downtown DeKalb, across from Commercial Bank. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. There is no charge. — Mayor Clark Adams
  • The 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month; this is the time of the normal observance of Veterans Day. However, Kemper County will observe Veterans Day this coming Friday, November 10, at 11 a.m., on the Courthouse lawn. It is a time to come together to honor those who have given their service to the country.
  • Officials representing Weems Mental Health reported to the Kemper County Board of Supervisors during their regular meeting on Monday morning that more than 29,000 hours of direct client service has been provided in Kemper County so for this year.
  • Scooba chief concerned by accidents at 16/45 crossing
    Scooba Chief of Police Steven Jackson expressed his concerned about what he termed an inordinate number of traffic accidents at the railroad crossing on Hwy. 16 and the Hwy. 45 intersection to the Scooba Board of Alderman during their meeting on Monday night.
  • DeKalb mayoral court case set for Feb. 8
    The four-term mayor who lost his bid for reelection in June has filed a complaint in circuit court that is set to be heard by a specially appointed judge on Feb. 8.
  • Brandley Lamar Lackey, 26,     3836 Hwy 82 Leland MS,  Charges: Possession of Drug Paraphernalia 
  • New Beginning UMC, located 1013 Hwy 45 in Porterville, will have a Recognition For Veterans during its regular service at 11a.m. Sunday, Nov. 12. All veterans are invited to attend. Call 601-483-6475 for more information.
  • Lyme disease is an infection caused by a spirochete bacterium (Borrelia burgdorferi), which is transmitted to people by the bite of the tiny tick Ixodes scapularis, or deer tick.
  • The unemployment rate for Kemper County has decreased in the past year, but remains among the highest in Mississippi.
  • Rankin 5K
    Runners get started on a cold morning last Saturday for the Ruby D. Rankin 5K Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness.

  • Kemper Countians had place in Civil War history
    The 43rd Mississippi Regiment had more than 1,700 members during the Civil War – and one camel.
  • KCSD set to host Celebrate Success awards night
    Kemper County School District will host a Celebrate Success awards night on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 6 p.m., in the old gym at Kemper County High School.
  • Kemper Crossing work moving forward
    According to Kemper County Economic Development Director, Craig Hitt, work at the Kemper Crossing site is well underway, with clearing and debris removal moving along at a good pace.
  • For the third time since 2014, EMCC has been named to the Aspen Institute’s Top 150 Community Colleges in the Nation.
  • Adam l. Dowell, 19, 123 Cohill Dr Alabaster,  Charges: Hold for Alabama
  • Ruby D Rankin 5K Run/Walk For Breast Cancer Awareness Saturday at Kemper Lake starting at 7 a.m. Preregister by Friday. $20 for adults and $10 for kids. All proceeds fo to the Ruby D. Rankin Scholarship Fund, Sponsored by Kemper County Sheriff Department. For more information Contact Aimee Cole 601-616-3123 or Email:
  • Preston native awarded prestigious $1K scholarship
    While standing in the cafeteria lunch line on East Mississippi Community College’s Scooba campus, student Hunter Cumberland almost deleted an email on his phone titled “Congratulations!”
  • School board approves land lease agreements
    In their regularly scheduled meeting, on Oct. 12, the Kemper County School Board heard from Mike Ainsworth concerning 16th-Section Land leases and voted unanimously for lease agreements with Mack Coleman, James Rush and Anthony Bourrage.
  • County in urgent need of volunteer firefighters according to leaders
    As with many rural areas, Kemper County depends heavily upon its volunteer firefighters, and their importance cannot be over emphasized, as there are no full-time paid firemen in the county.
  • New tag and title system at tax office
    The Mississippi Department of Revenue has implemented a new tag and tile network at all county tax collector offices in the state. MARVIN, an acronym for the Mississippi Automated Registration Vehicle Information System, went live throughout the state Oct. 9.
  • Kemper County School District on probation
    A recent report that the Kemper County School District had been placed on probation raised concern with many residents that the District had been taken over by the State. However, that is not the case.
  • Webb, Clark honored by EMCC
    Two East Mississippi Community College alumni were honored Saturday during the college’s 2017 Homecoming.
  • The Kemper County School Board will have a special called board meeting on Monday, Oct. 23, beginning at 5 p.m. at the District Office.
  • Jamie Kentrl Hatch, 31, 2071 Sucanotchee Rd Porterville, MS,  Charges: Disturbance of family
  • A newly formed advisory council for the Kemper County School system continued putting together its game plan during a recent meeting.
  • One new historical marker and one replacement marker are goals of the Kemper County Historical Association.
  • The Partners for Kemper County Advisory Council is accepting proposals for 2018 grant funded programs. The deadline for submission of proposals is Friday Dec. 1.
  • EMCC set to celebrate homecoming Saturday
    A parade and a free gospel concert are a couple of the many activities on tap for East Mississippi Community College’s Homecoming, which includes a Saturday football showdown as the EMCC Lions take on Coahoma Community College.
  • Cancer 5K set to honor Ruby Rankin
    The Rudy D. Rankin 5K Run/Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness will be held Saturday, Oct. 28 at Kemper Lake beginning at 7 a.m. Proceeds will be donated to the Rudy D. Rankin Scholarship Fund. The run will be part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.
  • An innovative partnership between the University of Mississippi Medical Center and Mississippi State University is tackling one of the state’s greatest challenges: the health and development of its youngest children.
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    William Smith, 31, 105 St. Francis Philadelphia, MS,  Charges: Parole Violation
  • The Kemper County Historical Association will meet on Monday Oct. 9 at 3 p.m. at the Museum. The agenda will be planning for Heritage Day Oct. 28th.  Visitors and new members are welcome.
  • National Fire Prevention Week will be observed Oct.8-14. This year’s theme is “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!”
  • During the regular meeting of the DeKalb Board of Aldermen, on Tuesday, Sept. 5, Alderman Tracy Naylor was appointed Mayor Pro-Tem on a 4-0.
  • A two-vehicle accident shortly before midnight Monday on Hwy. 21, near the Kemper/Neshoba County line claimed the lives of four family members.
  • EMCC expands business technology offerings
    MAYHEW — East Mississippi Community College’s Business and Office Technology department has revamped its course offerings and added three new programs of study.
  • Wings over Winston set for Oct. 7 in Louisvile
    The Louisville-Winston Airport will host the 4th Annual “Wings over Winston” aerobatic air show on Saturday, Oct. 7.
  •  Nurse dedicates career to parents
    Life prepared Denise Blair for what would become her calling as a nurse
  • NW stretches region winning streak to 28
    For those of you still counting, Nanih Waiya’s football team has now won 28 straight district ball games.

    Head coach Ryan Keeton, of course, is only worried about the next one.
  • EKE students enjoy book club
    The East Kemper Elementary School “Once Upon a Time” Book Club met on Sept. 21 for their first book club meeting of the year. The students read “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” by Kate DiCamillo.
  • $265K grant helps enhance EMCC wellness center
    The Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation has awarded a grant totaling nearly $265,000 to East Mississippi Community College to enhance the Wellness Center at the Scooba campus and provide an outdoor fitness facility that will be open to the public.
  • Major renovation taking place at Emilia
    Emilia Resources, an over-the-counter pharmaceutical manufacturer, has been in operation in Kemper County for almost four years. The company manufactures creams, lotions and ointments for a number of large retailers including: Walmart’s Equate brand Target, CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, and others.
  • The Kemper County P16 Council held its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, September 12, in the Kemper County High School cafeteria.

    Learnard Dickerson of DACO, LLC stated that there was a good turnout, approximately twice as many people as the last meeting.
  • We are now in the peak years of the 50th Commemoration of the Vietnam War and have an obligation to do something meaningful and substantive to show honor and gratitude to each Vietnam-era veteran residing in Mississippi.  

    With the help and generosity of Mississippi’s citizens, business and philanthropic leaders, Mississippi will present a special First Mississippi Edition Commemorative Gift of a hardbound book and eBook, “A Time to Honor: Stories of Service, Duty and Sacrifice” with accompanying feature documentary The Journey Home to Mississippi Veterans who served in the Vietnam War.
  • On Saturday wildlife enthusiasts will celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day. Over a century ago, hunters and anglers were the first supporters of conservation and wildlife management. They recognized that the rapid development and unregulated uses of wildlife were threatening the future of many species. Laws were needed to restrict the commercial slaughter of wildlife. They urged sustainable use of fish and game, created hunting and fishing licenses, and lobbied for taxes on sporting equipment
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    G.W. Reynolds, 45, 235 Southgate Dr. Richland, MS,  Charges: Possession of Marijuana by an inmate


    MSU Extension in DeKalb will hold a 4-H Volunteer Interest Meeting and Training on Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Ruby Rankin Farmer's Market Building located at 587 Old Scooba Road in DeKalb. Adults ages 21 and older are encouraged to attend if would like to know more about 4-H or if you're interested in helping to get a club started in your church or local community. For more information contact Malikah Jones at 601-743-2837.
  • To recognize the National School Lunch Program and the 30 million children it serves every day, Kemper County School District schools will recognize National School Lunch Week from Oct. 9-12. The theme, “Recipes for Success” is an opportunity to emphasize the healthy foods that are offered daily at Kemper County School District schools. Through this week each cafeteria will display decorations, school spirit and try out new recipes along with some of our regular recipes.
  • Coming off back-to-back Top 10 national finishes the past two years, the East Mississippi Community College men’s rodeo team successfully opened the 2017-18 National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s Ozark Region slate by claiming first-place honors this past weekend in an event hosted by Pearl River Community College. The three-day PRCC college rodeo concluded Saturday night at the James Lynn Cartlidge Forrest County Multi-Purpose Center in Hattiesburg
  • During it's regularly scheduled meeting on Monday the Kemper County Board of Supervisors heard from Economic Development Director, Craig Hitt, Kemper County Tax Assessor Jocelyn Robertson, and Jim Copeland of NAS Meridian.

    At the end of the regular meeting the Board went into extended executive session to deal with personnel and possible litigation matters.
  • Community Leaders: Electronic billboard in Scooba would benefit entire county
    Community and business leaders in Kemper County are excited about the possibilities of East Mississippi Community College placing an electronic billboard near the intersection of Highway 45 and Highway 16 in Scooba.

    "I completely support this," said Johnny Whitsett, president of the Kemper
  • EMCC tops online degree rankings
    East Mississippi Community College has garnered top billing in a national ranking by Nonprofit Colleges Online.

    EMCC was named first in “The 50 Best College’s for Online Associate’s Degrees” in the ranking that considered factors such as tuition rates, student-to-teacher ratios, percentage of students receiving scholarships or grant aid from the college, number of associate’s degree programs offered, and U.S. News scores.
  • KA homecoming set for Sept. 29
    Kemper Academy will celebrate its 2017 Homecoming the week of Sept. 25-29, with the homecoming football game against Unity Christian set for 7 p.m. on Sept. 29.

    The Homecoming Court will be presented at 6:30 p.m. on Friday,. The 2017 Homecoming Queen will be selected from the three Senior class maids — Leah Bobo, Kristin Kynerd, and Abby Rose.
  • Nine Kemper Countians graduated from Mississippi State University this past spring, while 10 were named to either the president's or dean's list.

    Kirbi McIntosh of DeKalb graduated Cum Laude with a BS from the college of education. Other Kemper Countians graduation from MSU were David Bond of Preston, Lamonica Little of Scooba and La'Keisha Clark, Laura Coleman, Ravon Dudley, Trenetta Grace, Tora Hearn and Leslie Pevey of DeKalb.
  • The Scooba Board of alderman heard from Beverly Knox during its meeting last Thursday, who requested that the Town pass an ordinance making Scooba a smoke-free town.

    Knox pointed out that such an ordinance would make the town eligible for certain grants. Alderman Chris Collins made a motion to table the matter until the next board meeting, which was seconded by Alderman Craig Nave. The motion passed unanimously.
    SET FOR OCT. 1
    The Gully Reunion is set for Sunday, Oc. 1 at the old Cleveland School, about 23 miles west of DeKalb on Hwy 16. The socializing is set to begin at 11 a.m. with a picnic lunch beginning at 1 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring their own picnic lunch and all Gully cousins are invited. For More information contact Robert Mitchell Gully at 251-847-3097 or Jack Gully Gathright at 303-554-6771.
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     Jeremy Dewayne Rush, 32,  10364 Jackson Military Rd Daleville, MS,  Charges: Exhibiting a weapon; resisting arrest; possession of a controlled substance
  • Jackson – Governor Phil Bryant recently signed a proclamation declaring September as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, drawing awareness to a public health issue that affects people of all ages and backgrounds.

    He was joined by not just representatives from the Department of Mental Health (DMH), but his wife, First Lady Deborah Bryant, who has worked with DMH in suicide prevention efforts in the past. DMH
  • Officers and investigators of the Kemper County Sheriff’s Department faced a much busier day than normal this past Saturday, as they investigated two shooting deaths in the county, one that appears to be a suicide and the other accidental.

    According to Chief Investigator Robert Joyner, 21-year-old Quinten Pollock died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound; the department is awaiting an autopsy report before making a conclusive ruling.
  • The Kemper County Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted an operating budget just shy of $19M for fiscal year 2017/18 following a public hearing on Friday afternoon.

    The millage rate remains at 90 mils for the coming year with the estimated value for a mil being $257.
  •  EMCC student awarded prestigious PTK scholarships
    An East Mississippi Community College student has been awarded two highly competitive scholarships administered by the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

    Malerie Guess of Hamilton, a sophomore at the Scooba campus, was among a handful of PTK members worldwide named a 2017 Oberndorf Lifeline to Completion Scholar. In addition to the $1,000 Oberndorf scholarship,
  • EMCC's Shaunak lands excellence in government award
    Dr. Raj Shaunak wasn’t looking for a career when he volunteered in 1991 to teach math to adult basic education students at East Mississippi Community College. He had already achieved the American dream.

    He stayed through the exodus of the area’s major manufacturers, rose to the top of the college’s Workforce Services division and helped spawn a manufacturing renaissance that has retooled the Golden Triangle.
  • Fall brings nekkid ladies to Southern landscapes

    This is the time of year many gardeners have been waiting for all summer.

    If you’re thinking about the cool front that blew through this past weekend, I’m afraid you’re incorrect. What I’m talking about is the emergence of naked ladies in gardens all across Mississippi.
  • Multi-county job fair set for Neshoba Coliseum Tuesday
    An ongoing effort for five counties in the region to work together for economic development has led to a job fair being held at the Neshoba County Coliseum in Philadelphia this Tuesday from 1-7 p.m.

    "We have been working on a regional approach to economic development and this is a result of that," said Craig Hitt, executive director of the Kemper County Economic Development Authority. "We are going to have representation from several employers, including Gibson Steel out of Meridian and Taylor Machine Works from Louisville."
  • Navy to begin private water well testing
    The Navy will begin testing drinking water wells in late September in and around Naval Outlying Landing Field (NOLF) Joe Williams as part of the its commitment to ensuring local drinking water well supplies are not impacted from past Navy use of firefighting foam (AFFF). These tests will be at no cost to the well owners. This is part of the Navy's ongoing testing of drinking water wells that is currently taking place at and near Navy installations across the nation.
  • A coalition of higher education agencies in Mississippi is partnering to help former college and university students complete their degrees.

    The Mississippi Institutions of High Learning and the Mississippi Community College Board  have launched Complete 2 Compete, a statewide initiative that targets adult learners 21 years or older who did not complete their degree and have been out of college for two years or more.
  • United Way of East Mississippi will host its fifth annual Power of the Purse, a Women’s Leadership Council fundraiser for United Way’s Imagination Library.

    The event will be held on today (Thursday) at the MSU Riley Center in downtown Meridian, starting with a 5:30 p.m. sneak peek and silent auction starting at 6 pm. The night will include a sile
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee 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.
  • The President just signed into law the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017, also known as the “Forever GI Bill,” named after the American Legion commander who wrote the original GI Bill language in 1944. This legislation contains 34 new provisions, the vast majority of which will enhance or expand education benefits for veterans, service members, families and survivors.
  • Rush Health Systems is pleased to announce that Lon F. Alexander, M.D., a board certified Neurosurgeon, has joined the team of specialists at Rush Medical Group and will begin seeing patients on the 2nd floor of the Rush Professional Office Building located at 1800 12th Street in Meridian.

    Dr. Alexander received his Doctorate of Medicine degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine located in New Orleans, Louisiana.

  • Fire ant mounds are eye sores. However, looking at one isn’t nearly as painful as stepping in one. Fire ants, with their copper-brown head and body with a darker abdomen, came into Mobile, Alabama, on a South American cargo ship in the early 1900s. They are now all across the southern part of the United States and have even moved into parts of California.
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    Michael D. Holliday, 49,  342 Bilman Rd De kalb, MS,  Charges: Incest

    ON SEPT. 3

    Homecoming at Antioch will be Sept. 3 at 11 a.m. The message will be delivered by Bro. Scott Wiggins with dinner on the grounds at Noon. All are welcome to come, bring a lawn chair and enjoy a good service and fellowship. Donations go to cemetery and church upkeep
  • 4-H provides students with opportunities to learn by doing. Kids can experience hands-on projects through in-school and after-school programs. On August 31 from noon to 1 an opportunity will be given to learn how to get involved in 4-H.

    Interested individuals must contact the Kemper County Extension office at 601-743-2837 in order to participate in this interactive video program.
  • For the second consecutive board meeting residents of Huffmaster Road came before the board of supervisors to confront District 3 Supervisor Justin Creer about the condition of their road.

    In previous meetings residents of multiple areas in the district have come before the board to express their concerns.
  • EMCC names former Gulf South standout as pitching coach
    Former All-Gulf South Conference standout Whitney Hawkins has been named assistant softball coach at East Mississippi Community College, as announced last week by EMCC head softball coach Kyndall White.

    Serving as EMCC’s pitching coach, Hawkins was a former dual-position player at the University of Alabama in Huntsville before spending the past three seasons as an assistant coach on Ashley Cozart’s staff at the University of North Alabama.
  • MCCSA holds annual public hearing
    Multi-County Community Service Agency, Inc. held its annual public hearing on Friday at the Barney Brown Senior Citizen Building in DeKalb.  

    Shirley Glover, supervisor for all nine counties, conducted the public hearing and discussed eligibility criteria, the changes pertaining to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) and all other programs that the agency offers.
  • Electronic billboard considered for 16/45 intersection in Scooba
    EMCC President Dr. Thomas Huebner shared plans for a large electronic billboard to be placed near the intersection of Hwy 45 and Hwy 16 with the Kemper County Board of Supervisors on Monday morning.

    He said property for the sign had been donated by Prince Oil Company and that the Mississippi Department of Transportation had approved the location. Dr. Huebner indicated he would be seeking possible financial assistance from the county, saying that several ads promoting countywide events could be displayed on the sign daily. Dr. Huebner said that the college had reached out to a potential major sponsor for the sign.
  • Dirt work to begin soon on upcoming Kemper Crossing project
    Work on the Kemper Crossing industrial/recreational development located just west of DeKalb is expected to begin sometime in October, with the first stage being completed as early as June.

    A bid was let for 1.4M to Joe Magee Construction of Lake — well under the estimated cost of 2.2-2.4M — for the dirt work portion of the 49 acre project on Monday, during the regular board meeting of the Kemper County Board of Supervisors .
  • Settlement between MPC, PSC not finalized
    According to a staffer at the Mississippi Public Service Commission, the governing body for utilities in the state is expected to order a status conference by the end of the week to check on the status of negotiations between Mississippi Power Company and the Pubic Utilities Staff in regards to the Kemper County Energy Facility owned and operated by MPC on Hwy 493 near the Liberty community in the southwestern portion of Kemper County.
  • FOOTBALL ARRIVES! Local high school teams kick off 2017 season
    All three local high school football teams began their 2017 football season last week. Inside today's edition of the Kemper County Messenger you will find the 2017 Football Preview, featuring Kemper County High School, Kemper Academy, Nanih Waiya, and East Mississippi Community College.

    Defending MHSAA Class 3A State Champion Kemper County High School suffered a disappointing 35-34 loss, surrendering a 28-point halftime lead against homesteading Northeast Lauderdale,
  • 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.