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  • East Mississippi Community College alumnus C.T. Salazar has been named the recipient of the 2020 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL) Awards in Poetry.
  • Coronavirus outbreak just getting started in Mississippi, top health official warns
    The coronavirus outbreak is just getting started in Mississippi, warned State Health Official Dr. Thomas Dobbs during a press conference with Gov. Tate Reeves and others today.
  • The Kemper County board of supervisors took actions last week to protect employees and the public from the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • There is nothing better than all those wonderful meats fresh off the grill. Don't forget you can also grill your vegetables. By using a little olive oil, salt and pepper you can make tasty sides for your meats.
  • Otis Henson Jr, 19, 354 Quinton Nunn Rd Preston, MS, Charges: Family Disturbance   
  • Mississippi reports 67 new cases of Coronavirus
    The Mississippi State Department of Health announced Sunday morning that they had 67 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 207 cases.
  • The Mississippi State Department of Health announced 60 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 Saturday morning, bringing the state-wide total to 140 cases.
  • Governor orders schools closed until April 17
    Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves announced this morning the closure of all public schools across the state until April 17, as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to grow across the state and world.
  • The Kemper County board of supervisors took care of a variety of business during Monday’s meeting.
  • Kemper schools moving forward with restructuring
    Across our district, our teachers are preparing for the home stretch before state testing.
  • Come join us in Revival Services to be held at Jerusalem Temple Church of DeKalb, 115 Hopper Ave, DeKalb, MS (across from courthouse) beginning on Tuesday, March 3-8, 2020. Bishop Clifton Jones, Diocesan of Philadelphia, MS is the guest speaker. Services to be held 7:30 p.m. nightly, through the week. On Sunday, March 8, 2020, Bishop Jones will be the speaker for both morning and night services. Morning service begin at 11:30 A.M. and night service begin at 7 P.M. District Elder Kelvin Woods, Pastor. Come and be blessed! 
  • DEKALB - Kemper County voters will head to the polls Tuesday to help decide which candidate from both major political parties will receive Mississippi’s 41 presidential election delegates. There are also primary races for U.S. House (District 3) and one of Mississippi’s two senate seats.
  • Spring is close. Time to begin thinking about being outside. Time to begin planting flowers, vegetables, and herbs.
  • Haji J Adams, 27, 15491 Hwy 39 North Apt #11 De Kalb, MS, Charges: Shopliftin
  • Jackson learning new job as Kemper County circuit clerk
    Shirley Steele Jackson may be new to her office as circuit clerk of Kemper County. But she knows her way around the Kemper County Court House. Jackson was elected as the new circuit clerk in November and took office in January.
  • SCOOBA – For the first time in a decade, East Mississippi Community College will serve as the proud host of the MACJC Basketball Tournament on the Scooba campus. 
  • Crappie are the third most popular freshwater fish in Mississippi, behind bass and catfish. In Mississippi crappie are referred to as white perch, but in Louisiana they are known as “sac-a-lait.”
  • Community Calendar
    Quick Bites programs are offered through the Mississippi State University Extension Service and provide information on varied topics over interactive video. The programs are held during lunch (12-1) on Thursdays at your local Extension office. Contact Kemper County Extension office at 601-743-2837 to participate via interactive video
  • How do we manage cravings for warm, thick, rib-sticking foods during cold days and still eat a healthier, low carb diet?
  • Gearing up for ‘Blackberry Winter’
    Get ready for Blackberry Winter 2020, which is probably right around the corner.
  • Plan calls for restructuring Kemper elementary schools
    The Kemper County School District will hold a district-wide meeting Monday at 6 p.m. at the West Kemper Elementary School library.
  • 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.
  • Quick Bites programs are offered through the Mississippi State University Extension Service and provide information on varied topics over interactive video. The programs are held during lunch (12-1) on Thursdays at your local Extension office. Contact Kemper County Extension office at 601-743-2837 to participate via interactive video
  • We think we cannot because it will mess up our low carb life style. Well, we can make healthy choices even with fish. Instead of frying, try broiling, baking, or grilling. Use lemon juice to heighten the taste.
  • Homemakers honored for service
    The Kemper County Homemaker Volunteers are a busy group.
  • SCOOBA — East Mississippi Community College President Dr. Scott Alsobrooks is among a select group who will receive Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society’s “Paragon Award.”
  • 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 601-743-5760 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.
  • Gambling hasn’t always been legal in Mississippi, but gardeners have been doing it openly for generations. Unfortunately, the house usually has better odds than even us old hands.  
  • Dewarn Sparks, 52, 3748 Bennsville Rd Scooba, MS, Charges: Shoplifting; MDOC 
  • We all need that casserole we can take to pot luck dinners. Something with a wow factor, but something we can eat and not spoil our low carb diet. Something we know we can eat and not worry about the extra carbs in it. Well, again with planning and moderation, we can be a success
  • EMCC Beauties
    Alexis Rogers of Starkville was crowned Most Beautiful during EMCC’s 2020 Beauty & Beau Pageant, held Tuesday, Feb. 4 in Stennis Hall Auditorium on the Scooba campus.
  • Unemployment drops in Kemper
    Kemper County’s unemployment rate fell by 1.7 percent during the month of December 2019, according to the Mississippi Department of Employment Securities.
  • New superintendent discusses plans for change
    We have gotten off to a great start for the new year and new semester in our school district. I am proud to serve the students, families, educators, and the community of Kemper County.
  • We will cozy up with some real sweethearts this month including great design styles, seasonal flower selection, and fabulous foliage collection ideas for February
  • C Spire, Mississippi’s technology leader, has long recognized the ripple effect of not having a strong computer science foundation in all its public elementary and high schools on the state’s economy, business expansion, workforce development and overall quality of life.
  • Former Miss. Gov. Phil Bryant has joined the newly branded Bryant Songy Snell Global Partners, formerly Songy LLC – the strategy and business development firm launched last September by Joey Songy, the governor’s former chief of staff – as founding partner. As part of the move, the firm will be rebranded Bryant Songy Snell Global Partners.
  • Who knew my cheery collection of durable potted plants had such deep roots?
  • Quick Bites programs are offered through the Mississippi State University Extension Service and provide information on varied topics over interactive video. The programs are held during lunch (12-1) on Thursdays at your local Extension office. Contact Kemper County Extension office at 601-743-2837 to participate via interactive video
  • Michael Brandon Stokes, 33, 7539 Binnsville Rd Scooba, MS, Charges: DUI Refu
  • So winter is finally here. Now is when we want good stewy comfort foods. Can we fix these and keep our healthy, low carb diet? Here's some options you can try. Remember, planning and moderation make for a healthy lif
  • Hudson brings ideas, plans to Kemper school district
    New Kemper County superintendent Hilute Hudson pulls no punches when talking about where he wants to lead the district in the future.
        “My vision is that this is a high performing district; we just have to prove it,” Hudson said. “And we are going to do things that high performing districts do.
  • East Mississippi Community College alumnus Derrick “DJ” Wilson, a football standout who helped the Lions claim a national championship during the team’s 2011 undefeated season, has turned a passion for cooking he shared with his mother into a business venture.
  • The Kemper County School Board Regular Scheduled Meeting will be held on Thursday, January 16, 2020 beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the District Office.  
  • Fast foods are not carb friendly. Most microwave lunches are not either. Well, why not do a little planning and take your lunch. A salad is a great way to eat low carb. Buy a rotisserie chicken and cut it up, add cheese, and a boiled egg to add some protein to the meal. You can even throw in some nuts or seeds. Another idea is to get a low carb wraps to load up with cheese and meats. You can also do this as a lettuce wrap. Add a bag of pig skins and enjoy keeping your diet on track for lunch.
  • Sidney Burton, 24, 9573 Billy Bell Rd Lauderdale, MS,  Charges: Disorderly Conduct 
  • Kemper supervisors get new term under way
    The Kemper County board of supervisors put their house in order Monday as the new term got under way.
         Pat Granger was elected board president while Mike Luke was elected vice president.
  • SCOOBA — The Wellness Center on East Mississippi Community College’s Scooba Campus is accepting applications from the public for spring memberships, which began Monday, Jan. 6, and runs through May 7. The cost of the four-month membership is $120.
  • The Kemper County School Board Regular Scheduled Meeting will be held on Thursday, January 16, 2020 beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the District Office.  
  • Andre L Echols, 19, 2117 Shamrock Dr Columbus, MS, Charges: Possession of Controlled Substance EMCC 
  • Well the New Year has come.Now’s time of year to make healthy diet changes
  • Color outside the garden lines
    Don’t know when or why, but somewhere along the line I stopped being an “even” numbers guy. Now I’m a happily odd guy, at least when it comes to symmetry in the garden.
  • Kemper County’s unemployment rate continued to inch up during the month of November 2019, according to the Mississippi Department of Employment Securities
  • The Kemper County School Board Regular Scheduled Meeting will be held on Thursday, January 16, 2020 beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the District Office.  
  • Mississippi's incoming lieutenant governor is setting an ambitious agenda for his first year in office.
  • CHARLOTTE, N.C. – East Mississippi Community College sophomores Jason Brownlee and Terence Cherry have been named 2019 NJCAA Football All-Americans.
  • The Kemper County School Board Regular Scheduled Meeting will be held on Thursday, January 16, 2020 beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the District Office.
  • Be sure to plan some low carb alternatives in your meals. You can smoke your Turkey or ham to add a different flavor to your meal. Roasting your meats is also a good low carb method of cooking. Try roasting vegetables such as carrots, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, or cauliflower. Wrap some in bacon such as asparagus. Make a cheese sauce to spread over the vegetable
  • Cherry garners humanities teacher award
    SCOOBA — East Mississippi Community College art instructor Terry Cherry, who teaches on the college’s Scooba campus, has been named the 2020 Humanities Teacher Award recipient.
  • The community choir will present the cantata, Messiah, at 6:00 p.m. on December 15th at the DeKalb Baptist Church. Come to experience this performance. Fellowship will follow the presentation
  • What are the holidays without holiday candies? A great way to break your diet, right? Well, let's try some carb friendly alternatives to help keep that sweet tooth at bay.
  • Make the most when repotting your plants each year
    My leaf and compost pile is breaking my mind’s heart. Heaps of once-had-to-have plants have been left to rot into more useful soil amendments.
  • Rico Benamon, 30, 4513 28th St Meridian, MS, Charges: Burglary of Dwelling  
  • PACES – Paths 2 success staying with time
    With PACES Kick-Off Pep Rally of early September, presentation of PACES member Tee Shirts in October and campus visits to Mississippi State University and Alcorn State University fading away into the recent past, the Parents and Community Equals Educational Success (PACES) Project is delighted to announce that it  has completed the steps to introduce its’  members to a  new Learning by Experiencing activity.
  • Supervisors approve jail contract with Tribe
    The Kemper County supervisors accepted an contract with the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians to enable the tribe to house prisoners in the Kemper-Neshoba County Jail in DeKalb.
  • The community choir will present the cantata, Messiah, at 6:00 p.m. on December 15th at the DeKalb Baptist Church. Come to experience this performance. Fellowship will follow the presentation
  • William Earl Young, 75 Enondale Rd Porterville, MS, Charges: Domestic Violence Aggravated Assault  
  • The Governor’s Initiative for Volunteer Excellence (GIVE) is accepting nominations for its annual award
  • State Auditor Shad White is continuing his push to get Mississippi school districts to cut non-classroom spending.
  • Pilgrim’s Foodliner, Nelson, EMCC workforce services honored during annual dinner
    Some of the best in Kemper County were honored last Thursday during the annual Chamber and Economic Development Authority Meeting.
  • The Retired Teachers will hold their Christmas luncheon at Kozy Kitchen on Tuesday, December 3rd, at 11:00 o’clock.  For further details, contact Carolyn Palmer at 601-677-2211 or Grace Gibson at 601-743-5560
  • Marvel at the turning of the leaves this autumn as colors abound
    I’m already missing Autumn’s dazzling display of colors, while right in the middle of one of the best in memory. 
  • The East Mississippi Community College rodeo teams closed out the fall portion of their NIRA Ozark Region schedule with a third-place women’s finish and a fourth-place men’s showing at the Murray State University Racer Roundup this past weekend.  The three-day collegiate rodeo concluded Saturday night at the Bill Cherry Expo Center.
  • Brain C Coleman, 26, 19 Nona C Drive Preston, MS, Charges: Possession of a controlled Substance, Poss. of Marijuana in a motor vehicle,   DUI other and careless driving   
  • Never fear, there are plenty low carb, sugar free options you can use to pull off a successful feast. You can take your well-loved recipes and replace the sugar for Splenda blend. You can replace the brown sugar with Splenda brown sugar. You can make sugar free powdered sugar and sugar free sweeten condensed milk to use in your favorite recipes. Just remember, planning and moderation will help you keep your low carb diet on track
  • Hudson named Kemper schools superintendent
    Hilute Hudson, a longtime teacher, coach and administrator in the Louisville School District, has been named superintendent of the Kemper County School District.
  • Work underway on new EMCC residence hall
    SCOOBA — Site work has begun a new 148-bed, three-story student residence hall on East Mississippi Community College’s Scooba campus
  • The Kemper County Board of Supervisors heard from representatives for the U.S. Census Bureau during their Monday meeting
  • C Spire Health mobile app redefines the traditional doctor house call
    Back in the 1930 and 40s, most doctors visited sick patients in their homes with hands-on diagnosis and prescriptions for maladies ranging from a sore throat and the common cold to pneumonia.  
  • SCOOBA – The East Mississippi Community College basketball teams remained unbeaten on the young season with a home doubleheader sweep over East Central Community College during Thursday night MACJC hoops action.
  • Okay, what do you serve with your Turkey and ham that can be low carb?
  • Antonious Backstrom, 32, 1208 Luke Rd Preston, MS, Charges: Court Order 
  • Celebrating Veterans Day
    East Mississippi Community College celebrated Veterans Day Monday afternoon in the Chapel in the Pines and Orr Center on the Scooba campus.
  • SCOOBA — The public is invited to attend East Mississippi Community College’s Holiday Celebration on the Scooba campus Tuesday, Nov. 19, which will include musical performances and a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony.
  • The Kemper County EDA/Chamber of Commerce annual meeting will be held Thursday, November 21, at the East Mississippi Community College campus ins Scooba.
  • A new pharmacy is expected to open in DeKalb sometime in December, filling a void left when the Fred’s Pharmacy closed in October.
  • The Kemper County Academic Debate Team will host their championship round of the debate competition on Friday, November 15 at 3:30pm in the school gymnasium. Brynesia Bourrage, Elizabeth Bryant, Timberlee Drummond, and Quintavious Reed will compete for the title "The Great Debater". This academic endeavor is free and open to the public. Should you have any queries regarding this event, please contact Dr. Nealy sponsor, organizer, and advisor!
  • Making the best of early sunsets
    Twilight time in the garden doesn’t have to be gloomy or dangerous.
  • Now, what about appetizers? There are so many carb pit falls. Well, you can offer low carb alternatives here, too. Have a vegetable tray with ranch or onion dip. Offer a sweet dip of sour cream, vanilla, and Splenda to go with the fruit tray. Just breathe, with planning and moderation, you can successfully navigate the holiday seas.
  • Supes approve repair projects
    The Kemper County Supervisors approved motions for various repair projects for the upkeep of county buildings Monday during their regular meeting.
  • The Greater Meridian Chapter of Miss. Valley State University Alumni will have their meeting Thursday, Nov. 7th, 2019 beginning at 5:00pm at the Council of Organizations Building, 814-45th Ave
  • Getting fond of hardy outdoor succulents? Time to sort a few out.
       I grow several dozen, partly because as a zany relief from the same old, same old plants I deal with daily at work; and partly because, unlike needy Africa violets and such, they can hunker down and survive my hit-or-miss care, especially when I’m gone for weeks or months at a time with nobody to water anything.
  • Kemper man faces 35 years in prison
    A Kemper County man faces 35 years in prison after a jury found him guilty  on charges of sexual battery and incest last week.
  • Oh no! There goes your low carb diet! Well, try some carb and sugar friendly alternatives. You can find many recipes to make your stand by classics with patience and persistence. Here's a few recipes to get you going. Just remember, planning and moderation will help you keep your low carb lifestyle.\
  • High school receives $18K check
    Kemper High School has received a donation of $18,000 earlier this year to assist with refurbishing of the high school library from Bioplate, Inc.
  • Heritage Day at the Kemper County Historical Museum will be held this year on Saturday November 2, from 11-1 p.m. Mark your calendar early for a fun day of fellowship, music, and BBQ! Tickets may be purchased from Association members in advance or onsite.
  • It’s that time of year that we take to the fields, woodlands, and waters not only to experience the excitement of hunting, but also to enjoy the beauty of Mississippi’s outdoors. The increasing criticism of today’s hunting problems points directly at the misuse of the privilege of hunting. Tomorrow’s privileges may rely on our ability to correct such misuse through education and example. Hunter education is a step in the right direction.
  • My name is Butch Lee and I currently serve as the Mayor of Brandon, MS.  I am frequently asked, “Why would you choose to run for a state office?  Why now?  Why would I want to become involved with transportation?”  This article is meant to provide you, the voter, with some insight into that decision.
  • MERIDIAN – The Mississippi Children’s Museum (MCM) broke ground on its first satellite campus on Monday here. Construction is underway on the Mississippi Children’s Museum - Meridian (MCM-Meridian) which is located on 22nd Avenue and will include a 25,000 square foot state of the art facility featuring 9,500 square feet of exhibit and an additional 25,000 square foot outdoor exhibit experience designed for Mississippi’s youngest residents as well as their entire circle of influence. Leaders from the community, government officials, MCM-Meridian and MCM representatives, and most importantly, local children, used their shovels to break ground and share in this momentous occasion.
  • Halloween is today. That means candy, candy, candy. There goes your low carb diet. Well, that doesn't have to be the way it is. Just keep some low carb alternatives handy.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • John Lang, 54, 15234 Hwy 39N De Kalb, MS, Charges: No Tag; No Driver License, Resisting Arrest 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A rose in bloom right now
    Who needs tropical hibiscus, when we have so many easier and sometimes edible relatives for our gardens? 
  • I've been talking about eating low carb meals for nearly a year.
  • October is National Fire Prevention Month with National Fire Prevention Week being observed October 6-12, 201
  • Improvement planned for Lynville precinct
    There are some improvements coming for the Lynville voting precinct in the coming days.
  • 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. 
  • Mississippi Care Center of DeKalb enjoyed the BIG celebration and received a Safety Award.
  •  The age old question of all moms is what do I fix for supper tonight?
  • 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.
  • kemper academy homecoming
    Kemper Academy will celebrate Homecoming Friday night during the football game between the Rams and Hebron Academy.
  • Kemper Countians will see an increase in ad valorem taxes during the Fiscal Year 2020 which begins October 1.
  •  Local officials are scrambling to find a replacement for the Fred’s Pharmacy store which is slated to close soon.
  • 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.
  • Those who work may be having trouble controlling your carb intake, because of the perils of fast food.
  • Delvin Ray Houston, 37, 3848 Kellis Store Rd Preston, MS, Charges: Possession of Meth, 2 count of Arson 
  • 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.
  • The Kemper County Board of Supervisors will meet Friday morning at 8 a.m. to approve the Fiscal Year 2020 budget.
  • 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 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.”
  • If you are like me, you are always looking for new ways to use your standby meats.
  • Ryan Keith John, 28, 144 Big Spring Creek Rd Philadelphia, MS, Charges: Drivers License Suspended, DUI 1st, No Insurance, Careless Driving 
  • 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.
  • DEKALB CHURCH OF CHRIST 2019 GOSPEL MEETING
  • One man died and another was injured in a bizarre shooting incident following a dove hunt Sunday afternoon.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The unemployment rate in July stayed about the same as last month across. The state.
  • Julian Conner, 20, 66 Sharmont Dr Hattiesburg, MS, Charges: Possession of a Controlled Substance