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  • Kemper County homemakers give annual awards
    The Kemper County Homemaker Volunteers recently held their Annual Awards Tea.
        Kyla Moore welcomed everyone and Iris Roberts gave the invocation. Jane Smith then led the Pledge of Allegiance.
  • 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
  • EMCC, Most Beautiful-Most Handsome
    After graduating from EMCC, she plans to attend nursing school at the University of Southern Mississippi.
  • EMCC, Top 5 Beauties

    The Top 5 Beauties in East Mississippi Community College’s 2019 Beauty & Beau Pageant are, from left, Pooja Shaunak of Starkville, Landry Payne of Philadelphia, “Most Beautiful” winner India Jones of Laurel, Chloe Jenkins of Ackerman and J’Shunna Calvert of West Point. 

  • By now we know how to build a healthy salad. Different types of lettuce and greens, lots of vegetables, meats, cheeses, nuts, and we're on our way
  • EMCC, MSU partner to provide students research internships
    SCOOBA — Select East Mississippi Community College students will have the opportunity to earn money while conducting research at Mississippi State University labs thanks to a partnership between the two institutions of higher learning.
  • Dolly Patron’s Imagination Library delivers 20,000th book in Kemper Co.
    A celebration marking a milestone in the life of United Way of East Mississippi’s Kemper County Imagination Library Program was held Thursday at the Barney B. Brown Senior Center in DeKalb.
  • 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 December 2018 was 4.7 percent, the third lowest level of unemployment ever recorded in Mississippi. The unemployment rate has now been at, or below, 4.8 percent for 15 months.
  • Elton Haynes/Clyde Clayborne, 54, 105 Suttle Rd Preston, MS, Charges: Bench Warrant, Capias 
  • When choosing a low carb diet we go in search for creative ways to serve the things we can now eat. One vegetable is Brussel sprouts. This vegetable can be sauteed or roasted, but my family likes it best in casseroles. When you control the ingredients and portions you can continue to eat low carb with taste results. As always, planning and moderation are the key to healthy eating.
  • Supervisors to consider Emilia building bids Friday
    The Kemper County Board of Supervisors will hold a special meeting Friday morning at 10 a.m. to open bids for a new building for the Emilia Resources.
  • Escaped state inmate captured after wild chase
    An inmate from the Noxubee County work center in Macon is back in jail after leading law enforcement officers on a wild chase earlier this week down Highway 45.
  • Candidates submit election paperwork
    Candidates are already signing as they seek the different offices that will be open during the 2019 elections.
  • Editor’s note: The Kemper County Messenger publishes the Community Calendar weekly in this space. It covers events, announcements and happenings in Kemper County. 
  • Paid Political Announcements
    I, Mike Luke would like to take this opportunity to announce my bid for re-election as supervisor of district four.
  • Wilbert Brown, 40, 400 Stennis Cole Rd De Kalb, MS, Charges: Probation Violation
  • You think you can't have pizza while on a low carb diet.
  • Michael Guest announces congressional staff
    Congressman-elect Michael Guest has announced his new staff that will operate from his Washington, D.C. and Mississippi offices. “We believe we have assembled a staff of individuals who are dedicated to the people of Mississippi and who also possess the experience to be successful
  • The Little Rock Community Center is under consideration for Mississippi Landmark Designation
  • Local legislators discuss hopes for 2019 session
    Kemper County state Rep. Michael Ted Evans said he will be pushing legislation that would change state testing policies for Mississippi’s public schools during the 2019 session of the Mississippi Legislature.
  • With the new year, many have decided to diet, or eat healthier, but I'm sure you realize by now that "just eat a salad" doesn't mean you're eating a LOW-CARB meal. So much of the good stuff can add on those carbs. Here's some specialty salads that will keep your taste buds happy, but keep those carbs under control. As always, planning and moderation are the key
  • Time to ‘fess up about 2018’s garden foibles and failures. I’ve had ‘em.
  • When the temperature drops below 50 degrees, we all crave comfort foods, such as soups. Making healthy choices for our comfort soups requires a little planning. We can still enjoy soups, we just need to modify our recipes. Instead of grilled cheese sandwiches, make cheese quesadillas, low carb cheese sticks, or low carb tortilla chip. Enjoy the cold weather comfort soups, and be healthy at the same time.
  • The Little Rock Community Center is under consideration for Mississippi Landmark Designation.
  • Twenty-nine 4-H members were recently honored for their outstanding accomplishments during the Annual 4-H Awards Banquet.
  • The Little Rock Community Center is under consideration for Mississippi Landmark Designation.
  • Adams found not guilty of simple assault charge
    PHILADELPHIA - Mayor Clark Adams of DeKalb was found not of Simple Assault Domestic in Neshoba County Justice Court here Monday afternoon.
  • Benjamin Winston, 47, Post Office Box 302, Scooba. Charges: DUI 1st, No Proof of Liability Insurance.
  • Emilia Resources is in the process of adding a 100,000 square foot manufacturing building in DeKalb and more expansion appears to be on the way.
  • Antionus Backstrom, 32, 1208 Luke Rd Preston, MS, Charges: Warrant, Commercial Burglary X 2
  •  Most people think that diabetes means no more good foods during the holidays.
  • This fall, the state Wildlife Commission cast what could be a lethal blow for wildlife and deer hunters in Mississippi
  • Civic League Holiday Flea Market and Bake Sale Friday, Dec. 7, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Courthouse Square
  • Santa Claus is coming to Kemper County next week.
  • Kemper County School District celebrates success at awards night
    The Kemper School District honored students throughout the school district earlier this month who scored proficient, advanced and growth levels on the Mississippi State Assessment tests last spring.
  • SCOOBA – Pitting the most recent junior college football champions head-to-head for this year’s national title, the 2018 NJCAA eTeamSponsor Football National Championship game will feature the top-ranked and reigning national champion Lions of East Mississippi Community College against the second-ranked and 2016 national champion Garden City (Kan.) Community College Broncbusters on Thursday, Nov. 29 in Pittsburg, Kan.
  • Kemper Messenger Class of the Week
    Jahmiyah Dickinson’s kindergarten class at West Kemper Elementary School is this week’s Kemper County Messenger Class of the Week.
  • Pancake Breakfast With Santa at the Kemper Academy Cafeteria Saturday, Dec. 1, 8 a.m.-10 a.m. $10 per person / 3 and under free. For more information please call 601-743-2232.
  • Centenarian recalls time at East Mississippi Junior College
    After graduating from high school in 1934 at the age of 16, then Frances Gray didn’t believe she would be able to attend college.
  • Kemper County High School’s HOSA students brought home a first place in the competition during the state convention in Biloxi earlier this month.
  • The runoff election for the U.S. Senate seat that was vacated by Thad Cochran earlier this year will be held Tuesday
  • Pastor and First Lady Greg Watkins 30th years anniversary
  • Kemper County Messenger Class of the Week
    Michelle Copeland’s four-year-old kindergarten class at Kemper Academy is the Kemper County Messenger Class of the Week.
  • We all ask, "What do I do with all my leftovers?"
  • EMCC Math Club food drive
    The Math & Science Club at East Mississippi Community College has been busy this fall with efforts to give back to local communities.
  • Lions gear up for Nov. 29 title game vs. Garden City
    SCOOBA – Fresh off claiming a third straight MACJC state football championship and securing a spot in this year’s NJCAA eTeamSponsor Football National Championship, the top-ranked and reigning national champion Lions of East Mississippi Community College feature 13 players who have garnered postseason honors for their season-long individual efforts on the gridiron. 
  • Some of the community’s most prestigious honors will be presented tonight during the Kemper County Economic Development Authority/Chamber banquet.
  • DeKalb Mayor Clark Adams was released on bond Monday after turning himself in to the Neshoba County Sheriff’s Office.
  • The Kemper County School District welcomes you to our Annual Celebrate Success Awards Night on Friday  at Kemper County High School's Old Gymnasium at 6 p.m.  We will honor and recognize student achievement for all Kemper County students who scored proficient or advanced on the 2018 State Assessment. The program is free to the public.
  • Kemper Messenger Class of the Week
    Jane Bell’s kindergarten class at West Kemper Elementary School is the Kemper County Messenger’s Class of the Week.
  • Ricky Coleman, 58, 11761 Old Jackson Rd De Kalb, MS, Charges: Possession of Controlled Substance; Driving w/Suspend License
  • Most people think that diabetes means no more good tasting foods during the holidays.
  • Homemakers Club bake sale
    The Kemper County Homemakers Club had a bake sale last Friday to raise money for local 4-H projects.
  • Rules for proper disposal of deer carcass
    With the passing of each year, there appears to be an increasing number of deer carcasses appearing on roadsides and in streams or rivers. These dumping practices are not only illegal, but unsightly and unhealthy.
  • If you are planning to visit someone in the Neshoba/Kemper Correctional Facility, Sheriff James Moore has some advice.
  • If you were in downtown DeKalb last Friday around 9 a.m., you were probably wondering what in the world was going to with ambulances pulling up with their lights flashing and sirens sounding.
  • The Kemper County Circuit Clerk’s office will be an extra busy place the next couple of weeks as officials prepare for the 2018 General Election on November 6.
  • DACO adds $2K toward student achievement incentive
     The Kemper County School Board agreed to accept a $2,000 donation from DACO LLC, during their Thursday, October 12 regular board meeting.
  • Israel Consul General visits ‘Last Chance U’
    Israel Consul General Lior Haiat and U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker visited East Mississippi Community College as special guests during Thursday night’s football game on the Scooba campus.
  • EMCC grant helps women stay in college
    East Mississippi Community College has been awarded a $20,000 grant by the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi to launch the P2P, or Plan2Postpone, campaign to educate students about methods to avoid unplanned pregnancies and to provide resources to expectant mothers and those with children.
  •  MAYHEW — East Mississippi Community College sophomore Karie Pinnix, 19, is among 25 college students worldwide whose writings will be included in the 2018 online issue of “Nota Bene,” a Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society literary journal.
  • A few years ago, wild hogs were scattered throughout Mississippi. Now, they are found from one end of the state to the other. Although illegal, people are relocating them to new properties for recreational opportunities because hog hunting has gotten so popular. Sows with young pigs and mature boars are especially aggressive toward people. They are becoming a bigger and bigger problem for landowners, farmers, and sportsmen.
  • Marcus C Davis, 27, 148 Mcrae Ave DeKalb, MS,   Charges: Agg. Assault; Shooting into Dwelling
  • Kemper County’s unemployment rate improved to 6.8 percent for the month of August from the 8.6 percent rate it recorded in July, according to figures released Tuesday by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security. 
  • The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the death of Emmanuel “Gator” Morries, 38, in Kemper County last year according to a press release submitted recently by the bureau.
  • Paul Michael Rodrigue, 45, 106338 Jap Little Rd Roqalusa, La, Charges: No Drivers License; Expired Tag; DUI 1st Refusal
  • The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 5042 meets the first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Barney B. Brown Senior Center in DeKalb. For more information, please contact Adjutant Marie Wilson, 662-803-3266 or e-mail
  • EMCC to sponsor Comic-Con
    COLUMBUS — The Golden Triangle Comic-Con, a gaming, sci-fi and cosplay event that combines popular culture genres, returns to the Trotter Convention Center in Columbus Saturday, Aug. 18. Doors open at 10 a.m.
  • Hardy new director of nursing at hospital
    MERIDIAN – Rush Health Systems recently announced that Jessica Hardy has been appointed director of nursing of John C. Stennis Memorial Hospital in Dekalb.
  • Kemper County’s unemployment rate went up to 9.1 percent for the month of June from the 8.6 percent rate it recorded in May, according to figures released last week by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.
  • Porterville Consolidated School Reunion picnic and reunion at the "Boys and Girls Club", Meridian from Aug. 24-25, as indicated in the previous email to Friday, August 31 and Saturday, Sept. 1.
  • Cody Bragg, 23, 10461 Rd 3406 Philadelphia, MS,     Charges: Sentenced
  • Kemper Countians  ‘Stuff the Bus’
    The Second Annual Kemper County Stuff the Bus event was held this past Friday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the parking lot of Pilgrim’s Foodliner. It was a time for residents to bring all types of school supplies that might be used by elementary school students, as there are a number of children whose families cannot afford to purchase basic supplies.
  • Paramedics Plus, of Tyler, Texas, a for-profit emergency medical service company, is in the process of acquiring LifeCare EMS which services a six county area, including Leake, Kemper, Winston, Scott, Newton and Noxubee Counties.
  • The Kemper County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved at $47,790 bid for the construction of the Sinai Fire Department building last Wednesday during their regularly scheduled meeting.
  • Porterville Consolidated School Reunion picnic and reunion at the "Boys and Girls Club", Meridian from Aug. 24-25, as indicated in the previous email to Friday, August 31 and Saturday, Sept. 1.
  • David Grace, 27, 77 Purvis Murray Rd De Kalb, MS, Charges: Domestic Violence Simple Assault; Trespass; DHS
  • EMCC like home for many Ikthoos Camp attendees
    Children, pastors and chaperones from churches across Mississippi are taking part in the annual Ikthoos Camp held each summer on East Mississippi Community College’s Scooba campus.  
  • Kemper names 2 new principals
    The Kemper County School Board recently named new principals for Kemper County Middle School and West Kemper Elementary School by naming Joseph Stone and Carol Newton respectively to the positons.
  • Porterville Consolidated School Reunion picnic and reunion at the "Boys and Girls Club", Meridian from Aug. 24-25, as indicated in the previous email to Friday, August 31 and Saturday, Sept. 1
  • Bryan Eades, 30,  365 A.C. Eades Rd Porterville, MS, Charges: Leaving the scene of accident; careless driving; and no liability Insurance
  • Local students from the John C. Stennis Vocational Complex Health Science program recently attended the 2018 Health Occupations Students of America’s (HOSA) International Leadership Conference held in Dallas, Texas.
  • Mississippi State Fair Announces Concerts
    JACKSON, Miss. - The 159th Mississippi State Fair will kick off Wednesday, October 3, and run through Sunday, October 14.   You will find 105 acres of fun and a mile long midway providing entertainment, fun and food sure to please folks of all ages.  One of the fair’s biggest draws is its annual concert series, on the Budweiser Stage. Steve Hutton, Mississippi State Fairground Executive Director is pleased to announce five great national acts included with your admission to the fair. Headlining acts for the 2018 Mississippi State Fair include:
  • Finding new homes for functional old plants
    Pardon my getting maudlin, but how do you get rid of old plants that you’ve carefully nurtured for decades? Those that aren’t ready for the compost pile?
  • EMCC’s Scooba campus offering certified nursing assistant program
    SCOOBA — East Mississippi Community College’s Workforce Services Division on the Scooba campus is taking applications for students who wish to enroll in the Certified Nursing Assistant program.
  • The Town of Dekalb Board of Aldermen agreed that it would be willing to provide water for the Kemper Crossing site if Kipling Water Association or another company is unwilling or unable to do so.
  • During the July meeting of the Town of Scooba Board of Aldermen, the members discussed the fact that the town has been paying at least a portion of premiums on supplemental insurance policies from AFLAC and Colonial Life in situations where the town shouldn’t be paying.
  • Porterville Consolidated School Reunion picnic and reunion at the "Boys and Girls Club", Meridian from Aug. 24-25, as indicated in the previous email to Friday, August 31 and Saturday, Sept. 1.
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  • Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson Announces New State Branding Program
    Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson announced the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce’s new state branding program, Genuine MS, to the public today at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum.
  • SCOOBA – East Mississippi Community College will take to the road for basketball camp activity with the Future Lion Camp to take place July 23-25 at the Starkville Sportsplex.
  • Got good dirt? Or do you prefer to call it soil?
    Hot weather aside, I don’t know what I enjoy the least between weeding, routine pruning, mowing the lawn, or digging new beds. I finally got rid of my lawn, but there’s still the other stuff, all gotta be done, and there’s little joy for me in any of i
  • Capacity crowd attends KCHS graduation
    Extremely heavy rain and stormy weather did not discourage friends and family as an overflow crowd gathered at the Kemper County High School Gym, this past Friday night to witness the members of the KCHS Class of 2018 transition from students to alumni.
  • Bust leads to recovery of firearms
    Kemper County Sheriff James Moore said his office and the Mississippi Alcoholic Beverage Commission found the seized merchandise and made the arrest at 10 Highway South. The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks assisted by securing search and arrest warrants. No federal agencies were involved.
  • We are into the home stretch in Mississippi's Third Congressional District primaries. Republican voters will chose from six candidates on the ballot and Democratic voters from two candidates on Tuesday to replace Gregg Harper, who is retiring after representing the district for 10 years.
  • Roberts credits God with cancer recovery
    On April 16, 2017 Terry Roberts was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer which was discovered during an annual mammogram, an examination that she encourages all women to have on a regular basis. The cancerous tumor was eight centimeters when discovered.
  • In a special called meeting, this past Thursday night, the Kemper County School Board began initial discussions concerning budgeting for the upcoming fiscal year. Many of the items had to be taken up in a closed executive session.
  • Kemper County's unemployment rate for April remained at 6.9 percent according to preliminary figures from the Mississippi Department of Economic Security, the same as for revised March figures. But the rate decreased from 7.3 percent over the past 12 months.
  • Two EMCC employees graduate from leadership Academy
    Two East Mississippi Community College employees graduated from the Mississippi Community College Leadership Academy Thursday, May 10, during a ceremony at the Hunter Henry Center on the campus of Mississippi State University.
  • Kenneth J. McNeil, 77, 10 Highway 45 Lauderdale, MS,  Charges:  Sale of Controlled substance; Poss. of Stolen Firearm; Poss. of Controlled substance with intent
  • The Kemper Co. Forestry Assn. will meet June 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the MSU Ext. Office - Ruby Rankin Farmer's Market Building, 587 Old Scooba Rd., DeKalb. Program: Steps to Forest Land Reforestation after Harvest. Please call (601) 743-2837 by 4 p.m., June 18 with the number of people attending, for the meal being served.
  • KCHS freshmen get taste of real life at 'Reality Store'
    Tuesday morning, for the fifth consecutive year, Kemper County High School freshmen participated in the PACES Reality Store which affords them the opportunity to get a taste of real life.
  • KA Graduation Set for May 18
    The time for high school graduations has come again, and Kemper Academy will hold its commencement ceremony this Friday at 8 p.m., marking the end of K-12 education for the 16 seniors who will receive their diplomas.
  • In the regular monthly meeting of the Kemper County School Board, members dealt with a lengthy agenda in a timely fashion.
  • The time for the annual Kemper County Relay for Life is quickly approaching. This year the event will be held on Friday, June 1 with the ceremony and festivities beginning at 6 p.m.
  • Poll Manager Training for the June 5,  Primaries will be held Saturday, at 8 a.m. at Kemper County High School Old Gymnasium, DeKalb and alternate training date on Tuesday, at 2 p.m. location is Ruby Rankin Farmer’s Market, DeKalb, off Highway 16. If any questions contact Democratic Executive Committee Chair Charles Hollingsworth Jr, at (601) 513-3598 or Republican Executive Committee Chair Cheryl Sparkman, at (662) 476-8323.
  • Brandon Greer, 22,  Charges: Simple Assault
  • WASHINGTON , D.C. — The American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCS) honored Ruby Bolen, Administrator of Mississippi Care Center of DeKalb with the 2018 Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award
  • MSU-Meridian graduate Watson finds fulfillment
    MERIDIAN — Even as a young girl, Abby Watson used to play “school.”
  • EMCC graduates more than 650 students
    East Mississippi Community College held spring 2018 graduation ceremonies May 8 at the college’s Golden Triangle and Scooba campuses. The ceremonies included more than 650 academic and career-technical students who completed their coursework at the Scooba, Golden Triangle, Columbus Air Force Base, Naval Air Station Meridian, Lion Hills, West Point Center and online/eLearning campuses.
  • SCOOBA – The four-time national champion Lions of East Mississippi Community College will look to bid for additional championship hardware during the upcoming football season with a 2018 regular-season slate that features four home games and five road contests.
  • At their regularly scheduled meeting, on Monday the DeKalb Board of Aldermen discussed holding a festival on the weekend of June 29 & 30. Mayor Clark Adams presented the proposal, and stated that he was asking for permission to block certain streets from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m. Friday, June 29 and from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. Saturday, June 30.
  • During their first meeting of May, this past Monday, the Board of Supervisors opened three bids on the old National Guard Armory, a property which belongs to the County and the Town of DeKalb jointly. The first bid was from Watt Equipment for $100K; the second from Southern Chevrolet for $181,080, and; the third was from EMEPA for $300,750. The Board voted unanimously to take the bids under advisement, until they can meet with officials from the Town to make a decision.
  • Mt. Zion Baptist Church choir anniversary will be June 3. The program will start at 2 p.m. All church choir soloist, groups are welcome to do any A&B selection of their choice. Please register upon arrival. All are welcome. Billy R. Lyles, Pastor.
  • Charles Brandon Beard, 29, 571 Wayne Street Macon, MS,  Charges: Circuit Court Order
  • When our bus driver, Randy Hearn, turned left, heading east at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 20, 18 members of the JOY group from East Philadelphia Baptist Church were leaving for a short trip (we will be back by 1:30 p.m., we thought), as usual were filled with excitement and expectation as to what lies ahead since we love to eat and travel.
  • EMCC student turns to art to overcome grief
    MAYHEW — When East Mississippi Community College art major Audrea Powell’s mother passed away in November, she immersed herself in artwork as a means to take her mind off of her lo
  • In their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday the Scooba Board of Aldermen heard from Hayden Hamilton of Agisent Technologies, Inc. concerning a police reporting system.
  • EKE student wins handwriting contest
    Tylaja Cross, a student at East Kemper Elementary School, has been named Mississippi’s 4th grade-level winner for public schools in the 2018 Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest.
  • Sonya McGraw named Teacher of the Year
    Sonya McGraw of East Kemper Elementary School was named Teacher of the Year at last week's annual Teacher Appreciate Tea held at the Senior Citizen's Center and sponsored by the Civid League and VFW.
  • Local Republicans host congressional forum
    The decision of U.S. Representative Gregg Harper to not seek reelection has opened the door of opportunity for new candidates in the Mississippi 3rd District Congressional race, including six Republicans.