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  • Finally! Cool weather has arrived! So let’s talk about soups, stews, comfort foods. There goes my low carb diet? Not necessarily. Just watch your ingredients and your portions.
  • John Lang, 54, 15234 Hwy 39N De Kalb, MS, Charges: No Tag; No Driver License, Resisting Arrest 
  • Women’s Day at Mt. Zion Moscow Baptist Church will be October 20.The program will start at 2 p.m.  Billy R. Lyles, Pastor. All are welcome.
  • JACKSON  – The open enrollment period for Medicare runs from October 15 through December 7 at which time you may change your Medicare health or prescription coverage for 2020.
  • EMCC 2019 Homecoming activities announced
    SCOOBA — A host of activities are planned for East Mississippi Community College’s 2019 Homecoming, which includes alumni events, a Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony and an Oct. 26 football game when the Lions will face Northeast Mississippi Community College beginning at 2 p.m.
  • A rose in bloom right now
    Who needs tropical hibiscus, when we have so many easier and sometimes edible relatives for our gardens? 
  • homecoming
    Kemper County High School will celebrate Homecoming Friday, October 18, when the Wildcats host Clarkdale.
  • New Beginning UMC, 1013 Hwy 45, Porterville, Ms will have their "Family And Friends Day" program Sunday Oct. 13th, 2019 (2nd Sunday) beginning at 1:30pm. The speaker will be our new pastor, Rev. A.J. Murray and refreshments will be served after the program. Everyone is invited to attend. Call 601-616-1210 FMI.
  • October is National Fire Prevention Month with National Fire Prevention Week being observed October 6-12, 201
  • I've been talking about eating low carb meals for nearly a year.
  • Mr. Ben Dudley and Mrs. Mary Hardin Dudley of Scooba announce the engagement of Anna, their second daughter, to Jacob Hemphill, son of Jerry Hemphill of Nanih Waiya and Pam Burkes of Philadelphia.
  •  The age old question of all moms is what do I fix for supper tonight?
  • Mississippi Care Center of DeKalb enjoyed the BIG celebration and received a Safety Award.
  • The Simmons Ridge Baptist church, 5062 Hwy 493, DeKalb, invites your pastor and entire membership to our building fund Program on September 28, at 6 p.m. We will have different people praising the Lord with singing. We are asking everyone to come out and support our program, Pastor John Clark. 
  • Improvement planned for Lynville precinct
    There are some improvements coming for the Lynville voting precinct in the coming days.
  • kemper academy homecoming
    Kemper Academy will celebrate Homecoming Friday night during the football game between the Rams and Hebron Academy.
  • Delvin Ray Houston, 37, 3848 Kellis Store Rd Preston, MS, Charges: Possession of Meth, 2 count of Arson 
  • Those who work may be having trouble controlling your carb intake, because of the perils of fast food.
  • Bluff Springs Baptist Church of Preston, MS will be celebrating their Pastor's Anniversary, Rev. Mearlon and Sis. Mattie Coleman, on Sunday, September 22, at 2 p.m. Rev. John Clark of Simmon Ridge M.B. will be the guest speaker. Please join us for this glorious occasion.
  •  Local officials are scrambling to find a replacement for the Fred’s Pharmacy store which is slated to close soon.
  • Kemper Countians will see an increase in ad valorem taxes during the Fiscal Year 2020 which begins October 1.
  • Ryan Keith John, 28, 144 Big Spring Creek Rd Philadelphia, MS, Charges: Drivers License Suspended, DUI 1st, No Insurance, Careless Driving 
  • If you are like me, you are always looking for new ways to use your standby meats.
  •  The 15th year for Relay for Life in Kemper County ended in August.  The Relay for Life teams did a tremendous job, as usual, with an total of approximately $37,000  collected after expenses.  The theme for the year was “On the Road to a Cure.”
  • Editor’s note: The Kemper County Messenger publishes the Community Calendar weekly in this space. It covers events, announcements and happenings in Kemper County. We welcome your news and comments. If you would like to have something placed in the Kemper Messenger, contact the office at 601-743-6770 during business hours; or mail it to Kemper Messenger, P.O. 546, DeKalb, MS, 39328. The Messenger’s writer, Steve Swogetinsky, may be reached at 601-776-6102.
  • The Kemper County Board of Supervisors will meet Friday morning at 8 a.m. to approve the Fiscal Year 2020 budget.
  • Kemper County comes close but still looking for first win
    The Kemper County Wildcats rolled up more than 400 yards in offense but penalties proved to be their downfall as they lost a 36-32 decision at West Lowndes last Friday night.
  • Kemper County’s Slaughter looks for different ways to reach his students
    When someone discovers the profession they want to do for the rest of their lives, it can be like a lightbulb turning on in their head.
  • The thought makes you sad because you know it doesn't fit in your low carb diet. Well, try some sugar free options in the freezer section of the store. They're tasty and will be more carb friendly. If you want to make some, here are a few recipes to try. Remember, planning and moderation are the keys to healthy eating.
  • One man died and another was injured in a bizarre shooting incident following a dove hunt Sunday afternoon.
  • DEKALB CHURCH OF CHRIST 2019 GOSPEL MEETING
  • Don't you just love to dig into a good salad during the hot summer months?
  • Julian Conner, 20, 66 Sharmont Dr Hattiesburg, MS, Charges: Possession of a Controlled Substance  
  • The unemployment rate in July stayed about the same as last month across. The state.
  • The Porterville Zion church would like to invite you to join in celebrating the Pastor and First Lady's Fourth Year Anniversary. It will be held on Sunday, September 1. Rev. W.C. Brown will be the speaker for the morning service at 10 a.m. Following up with the afternoon service, beginning at 3 p.m., will be Rev. Bernard Mitchell. Rev. Paul Ford is the pastor of Porterville Zion church.
  • Memorial plants are for living and dead
    We gardeners manage to put plants in all sorts of challenging situations and expect them to perform well; four sites really stand out
  • extension service holds lunch buffet
    Justin Creer, Mary Bennamon and Les Hoops cook the steaks while Iris Roberts browns the onions and peppers .
  • The Naval Air Station in Meridian will host one of several training sessions hosted by Mississippi Veterans Affairs to train clergy throughout the state in veteran oriented suicide awareness and prevention. 
  • There will be a 4-H S.A.F.E.T.Y (formerly known as Shooting Sports) Instructor Training in West Point, MS on September 28th. You must be a certified 4-H volunteer to participate 30 days prior to the training. If you are interested in volunteer with the Kemper County 4-H S.A.F.E.T.Y program, please contact Kemper County Extension office at 601-743-2837 for more information.
  • The Kemper County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution memorializing former sheriff Samuel Tisdale for his service to the community.
  • Dorsyl Wright, 64, 346 Walter Reed Rd De Kalb, MS, Charges: Trespass after warning   
  •  I know it's been hot this summer. There's nothing better than a refreshing cool drink on a hot day. Well, you can enjoy those cool drinks and still keep a low carb diet. Just remember, with planning and moderation you can lead a low carb life style.
  • Barry Riley, 55, 3616 Highland Ave Meridian, MS, Charges: Probation Violation   
  • Editor’s note: The Kemper County Messenger publishes the Community Calendar weekly in this space. It covers events, announcements and happenings in Kemper County. We welcome your news and comments. If you would like to have something placed in the Kemper Messenger, contact the office at 601-743-6770 during business hours; or mail it to Kemper Messenger, P.O. 546, DeKalb, MS, 39328. The Messenger’s writer, Steve Swogetinsky, may be reached at 601-776-6102.
  • Kemper Academy kicks off school year
    Kemper Academy held its annual open house this past Thursday at the school.
  • Grant will help train displaced workers
     A federal grant that will help counties adversely affected by the closing of the Mississippi Power Co. coal plant retrain workers is showing dividends.
  • Primary elections set for Tuesday
    Mississippi’s primary elections will be held Tuesday, August 6, with five races being contested in the Kemper County Democratic Primary.
  • Scooba Day brings many to their Kemper County roots
    A steady crowd came throughout the weekend to be a part of the Scooba Reunion. Activities started Friday and continued through Sunday. It was a time for visiting and catching up with former classmates, friends and relatives. Some had never lived in Scooba but had family who had and wanted to returns to see what it was all about.
  • Who doesn't love a good barbeque. All these temping aromas and taste just scream for us to indulge. Never fear, we can rest assured that we can cook even barbeque in the low carb style. Remember planning and moderation are the keys to healthy eating.
  • Cordexster Grace, 24, 5780 New Hope Rd De Kalb, MS, Charges: Probation Violation  
  • Kemper County MHV will host its annual County Fair Exhibit and Fundraiser. Fair exhibits will be on display at the Farmer’s Market August 1 – 2. Viewing is open to the public from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug.1 and 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. August 2. Fair exhibit entries are open to all Kemper County residents. Contact our office for a registration form. Our annual fundraiser is set for August 2  from 11-2.
  • A rise in the unemployment rate in June was typical for this time of the year in Mississippi as school was out and more people are being counted as unemployed in the job market.
  • I find that the hardest thing to battle in this new life style of eating low carb is battling my sweet tooth. Whenever you go into a store, or turn on the tv, you are bombarded with gooey, delicious looking sweet visions that smell even better. One way to resist is to keep an arsenal of low carb sweets on hand to help battle these cravings. Remember, with planning and moderation, you can eat a healthier low c
  • Obie Drew Clifton, 29, 401 West College St Louisville, MS, Charges: Commercial Burglary 
  • Center Ridge M.B. Church,  Reverend Reginald Brumfield, pastor, will have a Children Day Program on Sunday, July 28. Guest minister is Reverend Joseph Stone from Second Baptist Church in Starkville, Miss.
  • West Kemper Elementary mourns loss of veteran educator Lucas
    On Friday, July 5, 2019, the Kemper County School District was stunned to learn of the sudden passing of longtime educator, Annette Stewart-Lucas, especially her West Kemper Elementary family.  Mrs. Lucas was the heart of West Kemper Elementary arriving at school before 6:00 a.m. most mornings to greet co-workers and students.  She was employed as a teacher and later the librarian of the school for 32 years.  
  • Local students attend Farm Bureau Safety Camp
    Campers from across the state pick up important tips to stay safe while also having fun
  • Fred’s closing expected to sting
    News that the Fred’s store in DeKalb will be one of 129 closing in the coming weeks was a cause of great concern for Mayor Clark Adams.
  • Kemper County’s Gordon brings home national award
    Alkeydra Gordon, a junior at Kemper County High School, had some good news to report to the school board during their Thursday night meeting at Central Office.
  • Big crowd expected for Scooba reunion
    With more than 1,000 people expected this Saturday for the Scooba Reunion, Mayor Craig Nave said the last couple of weeks have been pretty busy.
  • 18 Kemper County students complete EMCC Lion Academy
    SCOOBA — Eighteen Kemper County High School students who graduated from East Mississippi Community College’s Lion Academy were awarded certificates of completion in a June 27 ceremony in the college’s F.R. Young Student Union on the Scooba campus.
  • Robbins honored for service to his country
    A decorated Korean War veteran was honored with the G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Patriot award during the annual July 4th Independence Day celebration at Kemper County Court House in DeKalb.
  • How can we eat this summer favorite? Here are some summer favorites with a low carb twist. Remember low carb life style is possible with planning and moderation.
  • Sherrenda Wilson, 32, 909 Rice Rd Crawford, MS,  Charges: Petit Larceny 
  • All Candidates on the August Primary Ballot are welcomed and invited to participate at the Meet & Greet Program on July 13, 2019, Saturday at 5 p.m. at Kemper Springs Community Center, 2397 Kemper Springs Road, DeKalb MS 39328.  All are welcomed to come out and meet the candidates.  For more information, contact 601-743-4371 or 601-490-0808 or 601-513-3598
  • One member of the East Mississippi Community College football team died and two others were injured in a one-vehicle accident last Wednesday afternoon in Clarke County.
  • The Class of 1956 of the old DeKalb High School held its reunion in the Young building on the campus of East Mississippi Community College in Scooba on Saturday, June 22.
  • While we put enjoying our summer, a popular pastime is fishing. You may be saying, "I can't go fishing because I can't eat them.” Wrong! There are low carb ways to enjoy those fish and eat healthy. Here's a few ways you might try.
  • Carlos L Hampton, 31, 14799 Hwy 16W De Kalb, MS, Charges:  Speeding; Seatbelt Violation; No Proof of Insurance; Probation Violation
  • The Kemper County Chamber of Commerce and the Kemper County Historical Association proudly announce plans for joint celebrations for July 4, 2019. The Kemper Chamber's Independence Day Celebration and Veterans Memorial Service will start at 10 a.m. on the Courthouse Square, with the presentation of the "Sonny" Montgomery Patriot Award. Immediately following will be the unveiling of the Rubin Kemper historical marker, on the east side of the courthouse square. Please make plans to join us for both of these memorable events. If you have any questions call 601-743-5060. 
  • In a little more than a month, Kemper County Democratic and Republican party voters will be going to the polls for the primary elections.
  • A place to spend the holidays
    And there are campsites available so you can settle in and enjoy the beautiful scenery while trying to catch some crappie, blue gill bream, catfish, largemouth and spotted bass.
  • Kemper County Youth football now registering
    It may still be late June, but the Kemper County Youth Football Association is getting ready for its 2019 season.
  • We love shrimp in my house. I'm always looking for low carb ways to cook shrimp. Here are a few recipes that caught my eye.
  • Editor’s note: The Kemper County Messenger publishes the Community Calendar weekly in this space. It covers events, announcements and happenings in Kemper County. We welcome your news and comments. If you would like to have something placed in the Kemper Messenger, contact the office at 601-743-6770 during business hours; or mail it to Kemper Messenger, P.O. 546, DeKalb, MS, 39328. The Messenger’s writer, Steve Swogetinsky, may be reached at 601-776-6102.
  • Mississippi’s unemployment rate in May 2019 was 4.9 percent, a slight over the month increase of one-tenth of a percentage point from April 2019.
  • The KA Pack #15 Scouts will be having a yard sale at the old Pilgrim's parking lot on Saturday, June 1 begining at 7 a.m.
  • Mississippi’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April 2019 was 4.6 percent, decreasing two-tenths of a percentage point from the previous month’s rate of 4.8 percent.
  • SCOOBA — East Mississippi Community College’s Workforce Services Division is gearing up for an Introduction to Manufacturing Skills class on the college’s Scooba campus.
  • This week I will give you some sugar free desert recipes that will help you beat the sweet cravings and give you something to take to pOt luck dinners that you k ow you can ear. Just remember with planning and moderation you can eat healthy.
  • Represents Kemper County
    Ms. Sherry Hickman Clemons of Preston recently attended the NAACP State Mother of the Year Program in Jackson, MS on May 18, 2019.
  • Recognizes students
    Nanih Waiya Attendance Center recognizes Mr. Bobby Butler, star teacher, Molli Childs, valedictorian, Cody Clark, salutatorian, and Gabe Sciple, star student at the local board meeting on April 9
  • Relay chairmen turned to faith to fight cancer
    Tommy Gully and Gladys P. Johnson were honored as the 2019 honorary survivor co-chairmen for the upcoming Kemper County Relay For Life, which is set for Friday, June 7, in downtown DeKalb.
  • Hearn graduates from EMCC before receiving Kemper County diploma
    DEKALB — Kelsey Hearn, 18, graduated from East Mississippi Community College May 4, prior to receiving her high school diploma.
  • Shuqualak’s McNeese recognized at UWA Honors Day
    LIVINGSTON, Ala.—The University of West Alabama recently recognized outstanding students for their academic achievements and leadership roles at the institution’s annual Honors Day.
  • I heard about a snack you can keep in your house to help with the sweet cravings. They are called Fat Bombs. They are high in good fats, but only contain very few carbs. They often contain seeds or nuts. Just remember that planning and moderation are the keys to healthy eating.
  • The Cancer Survivor Luncheon will be held at the Ruby Rankin Farmer’s Market on Friday, May 24th.  If you are a survivor and do not receive an invitation from the Cancer Society by May 22nd, please call Grace Gibson at 601-743-5560.
  • Another step in the renovation project at the Kemper County Courthouse in DeKalb was taken Monday when the Kemper County Board of Supervisors approved $19,260 for a roofing project.
  • West Kemper County Elementary School was recently awarded a STEM grant from the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE).
  • I know staying on a low carb diet can be challenging. We have to become aware of what we are eating.
  • Editor’s note: The Kemper County Messenger publishes the Community Calendar weekly in this space. It covers events, announcements and happenings in Kemper County. We welcome your news and comments. If you would like to have something placed in the Kemper Messenger, contact the office at 601-743-6770 during business hours; or mail it to Kemper Messenger, P.O. 546, DeKalb, MS, 39328. The Messenger’s writer, Steve Swogetinsky, may be reached at 601-776-6102.
  • Leaders set goals at their annual retreat
    Kemper County leaders recently held their third retreat in as many years to discuss mutual goals, problems and plan for the future
  • The Teachers of Kemper Count
    The Teachers of Kemper County were honored on April 24, 2019, during a celebration hosted by the Kemper County Civic League.
  • The Teachers of Kemper County
    The Teachers of Kemper County were honored on April 24, 2019, during a celebration hosted by the Kemper County Civic League.  
  • Students finish KEYS extension service program
    Seniors at Kemper Academy are now better acquainted with local government after completing the “KEYS to Community” program
  • They are very difficult to ignore. To curb those sweet cravings, I try to keep some low carb alternatives. Here are a few you may want to try.
  • KLairnell McMillan, 22, 104 Bell Drive Philadelphia, MS, Charges: Public Drunk 
  • The Brown Ridge Baptist Church Relay team will be selling Pre-Mother's Day plates on Friday May 10, at the Ruby D. Rankin Farmers Market Building. From 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Your choice of : steak, 1/2 chicken, ribs, potato salad, baked beans, bread, and a drink. $15 donation. Orders should be placed or tickets bought ahead of time, but walk-in's are welcome. Please call 601-743-2837 for your order!
  • The Kemper County supervisors passed an order that transferred $6 million three ways into the general fund account, the road and bridge fund account and the East Mississippi Community College fund accoun
  • JACKSON (AP)  -  A utility giant faces a federal investigation over a $7.5 billion coal-fueled power plant that Mississippi regulators pushed the electrical utility into partly cancelling.
  • Steven Jamal-Warrick Jackson is continuing a military legacy spanning over five decades of military service.
  • Keivon L Watts, 18, 291 Six Mile Rd Scooba, MS, Charges: Simple Assaul
  • Skyla Hailey of Preston, Mississippi, was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Hailey was initiated at University of West Alabama.
  • Kemper County was not hit as hard by the violent storm system that caused so much damage in other Central Mississippi counties on April 18.
  • 1013 Hwy 45, Porterville, Miss. will have their "Women Day" program the 1st Sunday in May, May 5, beginning at 1p.m. Mrs. Mable Oatis, a former teacher in the Meridian Public School System will be our guess speaker. A meal will be served after the program and everyone is invited to attend. Our pastor is Elder Paulette Buford James. Call 601-693-7995 FMI. 
  • EMCC’S White accepted for rural physicians program
    SCOOBA — East Mississippi Community College sophomore Jordan White of DeKalb has been accepted into the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program (MRPSP) designed for students living in sparsely populated areas of the state who agree to practice medicine in a rural setting for a certain number of years once they obtain their degree.
  • Local 4-H members compete in district shooting competition
    Kemper  County 4-H’ers participated in the Southeast District 4-H Shooting Sports competition this past Saturday in Stone County.
  • Kemper County experiences some storm damage
    Kemper County experienced some damage during last week’s weather but thankfully nothing as severe as its neighboring counties
  • Each year Zaner- Bloser, hosts its National Handwriting Contest, for students across the United States in grades K-8.
  • One product is CarbQuick. It can be found in some stores, or you can order it on line. Using this can help give you a bread option that is low in carbs.  With planning and moderation, you can live a low carb life.
  • Mississippi Care Center of DeKalb hosts its annual “Parade of Hats” every year just before Easter.
  • We accept both Male and Female Applicants, 16 to 18 years of age. For an Application or more information call: 1-800-507-6253 or visit our web-site: msyouthchallenge.org
  • Going out of town and don't want to leave your family to fun for themselves in that low carb world?
  • Traci M. McAllister, 32, 2153 Ross Store Rd De Kalb, MS, Charges: Bench Warr
  • Editor’s note: The Kemper County Messenger publishes the Community Calendar weekly in this space. It covers events, announcements and happenings in Kemper County. We welcome your news and comments. If you would like to have something placed in the Kemper Messenger, contact the office at 601-743-6770 during business hours; or mail it to Kemper Messenger, P.O. 546, DeKalb, MS, 39328. The Messenger’s writer, Steve Swogetinsky, may be reached at 601-776-6102.
  • Representatives of the Kemper County school district asked supervisors if they would consider a land swap so the district could build a new school.
  • EMCC students excel at SkillsUSA Championships in Jackson
    East Mississippi Community College students competing in the Mississippi SkillsUSA Championships in Jackson earned one bronze, three silver and nine gold medals.
  • Supes approve money for Kemper Lake
    The Kemper County board of supervisors approved a request to release funds for improvements at Kemper Lak
  • Kemper County Relay For Life sets $45,000 goal
     The Kemper County Relay For Life will be seeking to raise $45,000 this year to help fight cance
  • EMCC Pine Grove fun
    The annual Pine Grove Arts Festival got under way Tuesday on EMCC’s Scooba campus with the first of two performances of “At The Bandstand” by our music theater department.
  • Earn Your High School Diploma in just 22 weeks! Tuition, Room and Board is absolutely Free! Youth Challenge, located at Camp Shelby Mississippi, is the Premier Alternative Education Program for 16 to 18yr old youth, who are struggling in the traditional school environment and for those who are no longer attending. Challenge also offers nationally certified job skills and College classes through a local University.
  •  It's spring and we just want to be outside. This is where your grill comes in handy. Remember planning and moderation are the keys to healthy eating.
  • Leroy Avery, 59, 101 Plum St Shuqualak, MS, Charges: Parole Violation 
  • With spring coming, who wants to be stuck inside cooking. This makes us question eating low carb. Well, never fear, we can use our crock pot to keep away from the kitchen, and still serve healthy meals. Remember, planning and moderation is the key to healthy living.
  • Juluis McGraw, 35, #27 Valley Rd Preston, MS, Charges: Disturbance of Family
  • Earn Your High School Diploma in just 22 weeks! Tuition, Room and Board is absolutely Free! Youth Challenge, located at Camp Shelby Mississippi, is the Premier Alternative Education Program for 16 to 18yr old youth, who are struggling in the traditional school environment and for those who are no longer attending. Challenge also offers nationally certified job skills and College classes through a local University. .
  • Nursing Class at East Mississippi Community College
    All students in the 2018 Associate Degree Nursing Class at East Mississippi Community College passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) on their first attempt.
  • Ryan Brown seeks election as Mississippi Public Service 
Commissioner
    I'm Ryan Brown, and I am excited to announce my campaign for the Mississippi Public Service Commission. I am running for the Public Service Commission because Mississippi deserves a Commissioner who will continue fighting for us. I am the most experienced candidate for this office who is ready to get to work for you on day one. My record of delivering results for the people of Mississippi speaks volumes.
  • EMCC Pine Grove Arts Festival set for April 8
    SCOOBA — The annual Pine Grove Arts Festival on East Mississippi Community College’s Scooba campus returns April 8-12.  Festival events on the Golden Triangle campus will take place April 11
  • Philadelphia’s Ham Jam set for next weekend
    April has arrived and in Philadelphia that means the annual Ham Jam Arts Festival is just a couple of weeks away.
  • Brick pavers available at EMCC for limited time
    SCOOBA — Want your name or that of a loved one displayed on East Mississippi Community College’s Scooba campus?
  • HONOR SOCIETY
    Sixty-four East Mississippi Community College students joined the Beta Iota Zeta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society campus this semester.
  • Community colleges ask legislators for support
    JACKSON — In an effort to get the Mississippi Legislature’s attention, community college presidents, faculty, and students from across the state took part in a press conference last month, held at the capitol building in Jackson to stress the role community and junior colleges play in providing a vast array of educational and economic opportunities for everyone.
  • Kemper County Homemakers held Annual Fashion Revue