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  • FINANCIAL

    LITERACY SEMINAR

    There will be a Financial Literacy Seminar  Friday, from 10 a.m. until noon at the Senior Citizens Center in downtown DeKalb. Registration is required. Call Multi County at 601-743-5752 to register. Please make arrangements for care of your child. Deadline to register is today (Thursday). The seminar is presented by The Citizens Bank of Philadelphia and sponsored by Multi County Community Service Agency. It is free and open to the public.
  • 4-17    

    Jemery Rencher, 35, 626 Philadelphia Rd De Kalb, MS,  Charges: Sentenced by Circuit Court Judge

    Shuntarius Seales, 24, 44 Baptist Spring Rd De Kalb, MS, Charges: Sentenced by Circuit Court Judge
  • Thirteen of the 24 participants expected to take part in a two-day planning retreat held this week in order to map out the direction of Kemper County's future are elected officials.

    The retreat was set to begin on Wednesday afternoon at the EMCC Lion Hills Campus in Columbus and was to conclude this (Thursday) afternoon.
  • A Kemper County resident came before the Board of Supervisors on Monday asking that the unnamed road he lives on in District 2 be added to the county road inventory and eventually be given a name.

    Oscar Holiday said there were three homes located on the half-mile dirt road located off Firetower Road and another would be added soon.
  • On Thursday, April 27, all Kemper County volunteers and service workers will be treated to a luncheon hosted by the Kemper County Homemaker Volunteers and County Extension Staff. The luncheon will begin at 11:00 a.m. and go until around 12:30 p.m. It will be held at the Kemper County Farmer's Market.

    This event was first held in 2016, and according to Ruby Rankin, County Extension Advisor, it will be annual or bi-annual, depending on turnout.
  • The Kemper County board of Supervisors voted unanimously to give Kemper County Economic Development Authority Executive Director Craig Hitt authority to pursue a $94K grant from the Mississippi Development Authority.

    The grant, if awarded, would go toward getting an economic market impact assessment done on the property the county purchased with the idea of building an industrial park at the intersection of Hwy 16 and Hwy 39.
  •  'The Big, Bad Musical' set for Friday
    Help decide the fate of the Big Bad Wolf during East Mississippi Community College’s production of “The Big, Bad Musical” by Alec Strum and Bill Francoeur, this Friday in the Dottie Smith Family Center for Instrumental Music Education on the Scooba campus.

    During the play, the notorious Big Bad Wolf is slapped with a class-action lawsuit by fairytale characters that include Little Red Riding Hood, the Three Little Pigs, the Fairy Godmother and more.

  • An event featuring Britt Gully and the Water Moccasins, Steve Wilkerson, and other local artists. is set for Saturday at  6 p.m. on "The Hill".  It's $5 per person and there are bounce houses for the kids. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs. Concessions will be available with proceeds support Kemper Academy's music and arts program.
  • 4-5    

    Lamarcus Hailes, 27,  523 56th Ave Meridian, MS,  Charges: Domestic Violence

    Guy Wilson McRae, 32, 129 Street Thomas Drive Gun Town, MS, Charges: Taking Motor Vehicle & D.H.S Incarceration Order
  • The citizens of Scooba are invited to attend a Town Hall Meeting tonight (Thursday) at 6:30 at the Scooba Town Hall.

    Elected officials from Scooba, DeKalb and Kemper County, along with members of the Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Authority will attend a planning retreat in Columbus, April 19-20, which will focus on the future development of Kemper County and its communities.
  • PAID POLITICAL AD/Homer Hall, Jr. For Mayor of   DeKalb
    On June 6, 2017, you the citizens of DeKalb will go to the polls. I ask that you will cast your vote for me, Homer Hall, Jr. It has been an honor and privilege to serve you as Mayor the past 16 years.

    Recent Improvements and Accomplishments through tm: Mayor's Office:
  • State winner
    East Kemper Elementary School can proudly say that they have a state winner. EKE 5th grade student, Serena Williams recently participated in an art contest hosted by the Mississippi Tobacco Free Coalition. Students were asked to draw a cartoon that encouraged students to not use tobacco. Students from across the state participated. Serena won first place in the state. Serena was presented with an X-box 4 as a prize. Beverly J. Knox, Project Director, personal came and presented Serena with her prize at the East Kemper Elementary School at their 3rd 9 weeks award ceremony.


  • Pender takes weekly MACJC honors
    East Mississippi Community College’s Averi Pender has been tabbed the MACJC Softball Player of the Week for her outstanding performances at the plate a week ago.

    During the Lions’ 3-1 week, Pender batted .667 by going 8-for-12 with five extra-base hits, including two home runs, two doubles and a triple, along with 14 runs batted in and eight runs scored.
  • Severe weather preparedness can make difference
    According to the National Weather Service in 2016 Mississippi experienced 44 twisters, resulting in one fatality and two injuries.

    This past February, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant declared the week of February 20-24 as Spring Severe Weather Preparedness Week since March, April and May are Mississippi’s primary months for severe weather. With this in mind, it is always good to review the precautions one should take.
  • Board hears about interest in Kemper Lake
    After hearing from developers, landowners, businessmen and government officials regarding the future of Kemper Lake, the Kemper County Board of Supervisors asked Craig Hitt, executive director of the Kemper County Economic Development Authority, to come back to the board with recommendations as to how the county should move forward.
  • The Community Choir will perform the cantata, THEN CAME THE MORNING, on Sunday Evening at 6 p.m. at the DeKalb Baptist Church.  Choir members are from various churches from our area.  The director is Larry Gibson from Pleasant Ridge Methodist.  Fellowship will follow.  Come and enjoy this special Easter performance.
  • 3-28    

    Rondal Todd Anderson, 44,  219 Kent Road Preston, MS,  Charges: Grand Larceny, Fleeing or eluding law enforcement in a motor vehicle
  • Mississippi Power Co. said Monday that it needs one more month and another $99 million to finish its $7.2 billion Kemper County power plant.

    The subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Co. said in a stock filing that it has finished repairs from a March tubing leak. The company aims to have the plant fully running by April 30, completing work more than three years behind schedule.
  • KCHS' Cherry signs with Coahoma

    The scholarship is the culmination of years of hard work and a high school career which features many accomplishments. Among those are: joining the 1,000 point club this past January 13; led 3A Division in scoring with a 20.5 points-per-game average in her junior year; 10th in 3A in scoring her senior year; led the team in scoring her junior and senior seasons; 1st team All-District in 2016 and 2017; 2nd in assists and steals her sophomore, junior and senior seasons; and a member of the Meridian Star All-Area Team in 2017
  • New football coach ready to become part of KCHS family
    The Kemper County School District Board of Directors approved Joshua Pulphus as the new Head Football Coach of the Kemper County High School Wildcats last Tuesday.

    “I am honored to have been chosen to serve as head coach of Kemper County High School,” said Pulphus.  “I am committed to building upon the success of our program as we look toward future championships, but I am equally devoted to making sure our students graduate with a quality education and become great citizens.”
  • Stennis commander shares experiences with local JROTC
    On Tuesday morning members of the Kemper County High School JROTC welcomed Capt. Gregory C. Huffman, Commander of the USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier.

    Huffman was accompanied by Margaret Womble, daughter of legendary U.S. Sen.John C. Stennis of DeKalb, for whom the carrier was named.
  • East Mississippi hosts pine grove festival
    Members of East Mississippi Community College’s Student Christian Fellowship are treated to lunch during the Pine Grove Arts Festival on the Scooba campus.
  • East Mississippi Community College’s annual Pine Grove Arts Festival returns to the Scooba campus April 3-7.
  • One of the biggest annual events in Kemper County is just two months away.
  • Librarians in DeKalb, Newton, Decatur and Union are celebrating their library users during National Library Week with free refreshments, special services, fine forgiveness, and other tokens of appreciation. 
  • Kemper County High School has hired Joshua Pulphus as its new head football coach. The hiring was made official on Tuesday night.
  • High school Seniors on track to graduate Spring 2017 from either Kemper County High School, Kemper Academy, or a homeschool program and plan to attend East Mississippi Community College (EMCC) should apply for the Community Foundation of East Mississippi scholarship. Students may get an application from their high school counselor(s) or contact the Community Foundation by emailing office@cfem.org or by calling 601-696-3035. 
  • During its March 6 meeting the Kemper Board of Supervisors agreed to apply for a Recreational Trail Grant through the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks in the amount up the $100K, with a 20 percent match to be paid by the county.

    District 4 Supervisor Mike Luke make the motion, with District 2 Supervisor Johnny Whitsett providing the second. The vote was 4-0 with District 5 Supervisor Chris Cole being absent.

  • Kemper County Relay for Life and EMCC Jazz Band will present “Jazz it Up for Relay” on Friday, March 31, at 6:30 p.m. on the EMCC Scooba Campus in the President’s Board Room located in the Student Union Building.  The Blues Brothers don’t have anything on this energetic, dynamic group of musicians.  They can play and sing.  So get a little dressed up and come on out on Friday night March 31 for some delicious food and dynamic entertainment.  Tickets are $25.00 each, $40.00 per couple or $250.00 for a table.  You won’t have to leave Kemper County for a fun filled Friday.  For more information call 601-479-9131.  Support a worthy cause and have a good time while doing it.
  • 3-14     

     Devlyn Copeland 37

    11193 Hwy 397 Preston, MS

    Charges: Warrant Child Support
  • JACKSON – Drew Marshall said he could have gone to a four-year university, but chose Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville where he feels at home.

    “I had the scholarships and I had the opportunity, but I knew that I was not ready for that kind of transition,” he said.


  • Colorectal cancer is a cancer of the lower digestive system that starts in the colon or the rectum. The cancer begins with small, noncancerous tumors called polyps. Some of these polyps can become cancerous. If diagnosed and treated early, colorectal cancer is highly treatable.

    Colorectal Cancer is the third-most commonly occurring cancer in both men and women in the U.S. and the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths. If everyone age 50 and older were screened regularly, 6 out 10 deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented.

  • We are now at the point in the Legislative session when conference committees are underway. This is when three members from each chamber meet to iron out the differences between the House and Senate versions of various general bills. Importantly, the final terms of the state budget will be determined by these committees as well. The thing about it is that these committees meet in private. They don’t have to post their meetings schedules, and they aren’t required to discuss the people’s business in public.
  • Supes dealing with waste products at Alply

    The Kemper County Board of Supervisors are close to closing out a deal with DACO, LLC of Gulfport on the sale of the old Alply Building in DeKalb that has been vacant for years.

    A preliminary deal was worked out earlier in the year, but further investigation found several drums and cans of an undetermined substance in the building and an outbuilding on the property that needed to be disposed of properly before the sale.
  • Unemployment rate at lowest level since 2013

    Mississippi’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.5% in January, which was unchanged from a month earlier in December 2016.  This rate is the lowest level of unemployment in Mississippi since December 2003, when the unemployment rate was also 5.5%.  The January 2017 rate is six-tenths of a percentage point lower than a year ago in January 2016, when the rate was 6.1%.  
  • Democrats pleased to have candidates in town of DeKalb


    Municipal elections in DeKalb have long been held outside of party lines, but the leader of the Kemper County Democratic Party sees the party's qualifying of three candidates for the June 6 elections in the town as a big step forward for both the party and the community as a whole.

    "We are excited about that," said Charles Hollingsworth, chair of the Kemper County Democratic Executive Committee. "We had two aldermen and a mayor. Now we are getting ready for the campaign trail.
  • Scooba Dollar General officially open
    The Dollar General Store in Scooba opened its doors for business with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 8 a.m. on Saturday. A large crowd of customers were standing in line with the first fifty customers receiving special discount coupons.

    The store, which is a modern, up-to-date building, is located on Highway 16 near the intersection of Highway 45. Construction was completed within about 150 days.
  • 3-7    

    Jimmy C. Grace, 25, Hwy 39 Deville Apt. 36 De Kalb, MS,  Charges: Warrant Child Support
  • The Kemper County Forestry Association will hold its regular meeting on today (Thursday) at 6:30 p.m. in the Farmer’s Market Building in DeKalb.  Wes Beard of North American Coal Liberty Fuels Division will be the speaker.  Watt Equipment of DeKalb is the sponsor for the meeting.  If you would like to attend this meeting make your reservation by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 13 by calling 601-743-2837 and leave your name and the number of people attending.  For more information call 601-743-2837. 
  • DeKalb voters encouraged to check registration
    The DeKalb municipal election commission is asking all of those interested in voting in the town's municipal elections this June to make sure they are properly registered and at the correct address.
  • Education, arts grants deadline Saturday
    The deadline for schools and non-profit community-based organizations in Kemper County to apply apply for education and arts grants through the Community Foundation of East Mississippi is Saturday.

    Both the Excellence in Education Grant and the Arts Grant will be awarded this spring. These grants are very competitive because each is available to qualified candidates in all five counties served by the Community Foundation: Clarke, Kemper, Lauderdale, Neshoba, and Newton
  • EMCC students to represent state in DECA International
    RAYMOND — Two East Mississippi Community College students who competed in the Mississippi DECA Winter Leadership Conference and Competition in Raymond qualified to represent Mississippi in the international competition in Anaheim, Calif., next month. Both of the students are enrolled at EMCC’s Lion Hills Center.
  • The budget situation is very concerning for many of us. We are already about $133 million short for this current fiscal year, and it doesn’t look any more hopeful for next year. At the risk of stating the obvious, these appropriation and revenue measures we are passing are based on a projection that may not have any basis in fact. We finally have an education funding bill, but it is just copied from last year’s appropriation, and that had to be cut by $7 million
  • We passed House Bill 996 that would allow the over the counter purchase of opioid antagonist drugs like Naloxone that counter the effects of a drug overdose on opioid substances such as heroin, which have increased in recent months throughout the country. It would allow first responders to have immediate access to the life saving substance. It could possibly allow family members of persons who have addictions to obtain it.

    In late 2016, north Mississippi experienced a surge of such overdoses as did other parts of the country.
  • MEN'S DAY

    Mt. Zion (Moscow) M.B. Church Annual Men’s Day, Pastor Owens (DeKalb Parish) guest speaker

    March 19, at 2 p.m. Rev. Billy Ray Lyles – pastor.
  • Anthony C. Burrage, 47, 2538 Shilo Church Rd De Kalb, MS,  Charges: Disorderly Conduct “Failure to Comply”



    Kenneth Wayne Gunter, 57, 15227 Charles Williams Rd Moss Point, MS,     Charges: Domestic Violence Simple Assault & Disturbance of Family
  • We just completed what is called a “Killing Week,” when a major deadline occurs and only a few bills survive. That’s what happened on Feb. 28 with the final committee consideration of general and constitutional measures from opposite chambers.

    Over 100 House bills died in the Senate, and fewer Senate bills than that died in the House.
  • Senators support conceal, carry across state lines
    U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) earlier this week announced their support of legislation to provide greater consistency across state lines for Americans with concealed carry privileges.
  • Mayoral races set in 2 towns
    Both mayors of Kemper County's municipalities will face opposition in the general municipal elections set for the town of DeKalb and the town of Scooba on June 6.

    Incumbent DeKalb Mayor Homer Hall will be seeking re-election as an independent and will be challenged by fellow independent Mary Grady and Democrat Clark Adams. In Scooba, incumbent Allen Beatty is being opposed by Marion Smoot. All of the Scooba elections are non-partisan.
  • Countywide operation leads to 20 arrests
    An intensive countywide safety operation conducted last Friday night utilizing multiple law enforcement agencies led to 78 citations and 20 arrests, including three on felony charges.

    "I want to make sure the people of the county know that we are going to do everything we can do to make our county safe, not only on our roads, but in our homes," said Kemper County Sheriff James Moore.
  • PACES takes MAPE Excellence Award
    PACES Project was one of only two such volunteer community based programs in the state to be recognized for its outstanding development of partnerships that have had a positive impact on high school students. Since 2009 PACES has stimulated and nurtured the development of almost 50 business, community organization, and individual partnerships that have helped to increase the rate of those going to college from approximately 50 percent to nearly 80 percent and each passing year the members of PACES average ACT scores have improved.

  • Lee Earnest Norman, 19, 6681 Boylston Dr. Memphis, TN,  Charges: Pass Counterfeit Money



    Daronte Tedarius Hartzog,m 19, 411 Rocky Rd Starkville, MS, Charges: Pass Counterfeit Money, Possession of Control Substance   

  • Come join us in Revival Services to be held at Jerusalem Temple Church of DeKalb, 115 Hopper Avenue In DeKalb (across from courthouse) on Tuesday, March 7, until. Services to be held 7:30 p.m. nightly. Bishop Clifton Jones of Philadelphia is the guest speaker. District Elder Kelvin Woods, Pastor. Come and be blessed.
  • Last week’s activity in the House was mainly focused on voting on bond bills and other measures for projects and improvements around the state.

    We are well aware that projected revenues continue to fall lower than was estimated for this fiscal year. That was brought home when, in the middle of the week, Governor Phil Bryant announced a third budget cut for this fiscal year. This time, the revenue shortage was so bad that he had to slash the MAEP fund. It is really bad when our public schools, many of which are on life support already, have their budgets cut.
  • EMCC honor society students renovate Scooba Library
    While looking for a college project to tackle, members of East Mississippi Community College’s student honor society, Phi Theta Kappa, stumbled upon the Scooba Public Library, which was in dire need of renovation.

    “We wanted to find a project that was in the community and off the college campus so we could help more people,” PTK member Parker Dial said. “We knew the library was here and we knew it needed work. We just thought we could help them out.”
  • EMCC's Wood takes admin post as Asst. VP
    In his new role as assistant vice president for Athletic Development, Wood will spearhead fundraising efforts for EMCC’s athletic programs. Long-range plans call for the construction of an athletic operations center at the Scooba campus to consolidate coaching staff and the addition of a women’s soccer field for the Golden Triangle campus.
  • Scooba job fair set for March 7
    A job fair, broken down into a pair of sessions, will be held in the town of Scooba on Tuesday, March 7.

    Mississippi Power Company is hosting two sessions, one from 9 a.m.-Noon and the second from 5-8 p.m., in regards to entry level positions as an entry level refinery. The event is set to be held at the Felix Lockett Scooba Reunion Building at 949 Binnsville Road.
  • Friday is deadline for municipal qualifying
    The deadline to qualify for the upcoming municipal elections in both DeKalb and Scooba is this Friday at 5 p.m. The general election is set for June 6. If there is need for a party primary it will be held on May 2. In order.

  • The New Hope United Methodist Church Family will be hosting a Black History Program entitled “Honoring Kemper County’s African-American First Achievers” which will be focusing on our local neighbors and friends to be held Saturday , at 6 p.m. at the New Hope United Methodist Church in New Hope Community in DeKalb, MS.  The guest speaker for this event will be Mr. Rodney Brooks, Human Resource Business Consultant at the Kemper County Energy Facility via Mississippi Power Company (MPC), in DeKalb, MS. For more information, feel free to contact Minister Robert Bohannon at (601) 416-4489 (cell) or (601) 743-2204 (home). Rev. Steven Owens, Pastor
  •  2-15    

    Kerry Leshawn Holliday, 29, Deville Apt #49 De Kalb, MS,  Charges: Disturbance of the Peace
  • The House spent most of last week in deliberations over appropriations bills that we know will have to be revisited before the session is over. This is why they all have “repealers.”
  • Kemper County High School head boys basketball coach John Darnell knows there is a significant roadblock standing between his team and it's opportunity to repeat as MHSAA Class 3A Boys State Champions.
  • EMCC's Briggs, Vance recognized by Legislature
    JACKSON — A student and a faculty member from East Mississippi Community College were honored Tuesday during a luncheon at the Mississippi State Capitol.
  • Supes rescind tuition assistance  policy on 5-0 vote
    The Kemper County Board of Supervisors unanimously rescinded a tuition assistance policy for county employees during Tuesday morning's regularly scheduled meeting of the governing body.

    At an earlier meeting Kemper County Sherrif James Moore had come before the board seeking reimbursement for an employee who had attended classes at Mississippi University for Women. At that point the request was tabled to give the board time to research the policy.
  • Snowden: No big cuts for Kemper schools
    While conceding that funding levels may not remain the same, a leader in the Mississippi House of Representatives told a packed house at the Kemper County Farmer's Market on Monday night that reports of the Kemper County Public Schools potentially losing more than $4M in funding in the upcoming budget was greatly exaggerated.
  • 2-8    

    Angela Kay Eldridge, 48, 79 Mimosa Lane Preston, MS,  Charges: DUI 2nd

    Antonious R. Backstrom, 30, 1208 Luke Rd Preston, MS, Charges: Probation Violation 

  • The Kemper County Cattlemen's Association will hold it's regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 7:00 p.m. in the Farmers Market Building in DeKalb. All cattlemen or beef producers are invited to attend. Dr. Bret Rushing will present the program on forages and related subjects. Make your reservations by calling 601-743-2837 before noon on Monday, Feb. 20.
  • Last week’s action consisted mainly of floor debate as we considered bills that had passed out of committee by the Jan. 31 deadline. We had until last Thursday, Feb. 9, to vote to send bills to the Senate for their consideration. A number of bills died on the calendar when the House adjourned early on deadline day.
  • High school students tour two EMCC campus locations
    MAYHEW — About 300 Lauderdale County high school students are touring East Mississippi Community College’s Golden Triangle campus and Lion Hills Center to learn about educational opportunities in the college’s Career Technical and Manufacturing Technology & Engineering divisions.

    Last Friday, some 160 students from Northeast Lauderdale High School visited the EMCC facilities. This Friday, about 140 students from West Lauderdale High School will do the same. The tours were timed to coincide with February’s designation as National Career and Technical Education Month.
  • Doodling led to idea for book
    As Bertha Ramsey was randomly drawing what began as bowling pins on a piece of paper, she was struck with an idea for a children's book.

    "I had been writing poems and things like that, but but this story just came into my head," said newly published author Bertha Ramsey of Kemper County. "It was inspired by God."
  • Kemper Relay for Life teams forming
    Kemper County Relay for Life is looking to add additional teams for its annual event that is set for June 2 on the courthouse square in DeKalb.

    "We are off to a slow start, but we are trying to recruit some more teams," said Totsseta Hearn, co-chairman of the event. "The more the merrier. We have about 10 teams we always have, but we are hoping to get some new people involved as well this year."
  • Rape prevention specialist speaks at EMCC
    A renowned speaker who has dedicated her life’s work to preventing sexual assault brought her message to East Mississippi Community College’s Stennis Auditorium last Wednesday night.

    Katie Koestner, executive director of Take Back The Night Foundation and president of Campus Outreach Services, spoke to close to 400 people that included EMCC students and employees, as well as members of the community.
  • TOUR ON MONDAY.

    The Kemper County Historical Association will host a drop-in reception and tour of the historic Perkins House (dating from the 1840’s), now located on the premises of Frances and Billy Brown, 2709 Townsend Road. The open house is scheduled for 3-5:30 p.m. All are welcome.
  • 22-3    

    Sheena Ash, 32, 454 Six Mile Rd Scooba, MS,  Charges: Driving on Suspended License & Failure to stop at stop sign

    Enda Griffin, 68, 124 Quinton Nunn Rd Preston, MS, Charges: Trespass,
  • On Tuesday of last week, we were required to pass bills out of committee so that the House could vote on them. Anything that was left in committee is dead for the year.

    Despite strong bi-partisan support, all bills that would have mandated equal pay for equal work died in committee. These measures had been double-referred, which meant that it would be harder to get them passed through both committees, anyway. We were really surprised that there was no effort by leadership to pass these measures.
  • ATV accident claims life
    An ATV accident that occurred on Houston Road in Kemper County last Thursday led to the death of a Lauderdale County man.

    Justin Martin, 25, was killed when the vehicle he was driving left the road and hit an embankment. Two passengers were not seriously injured. The accident occurred at approximately 4:45 p.m on Feb. 2. Martin was pronounced dead at the scene.
  • PACES to be honored by governor
    15th Annual Governor’s Awards on March 1 to Honor Top School-Community Partnerships during Mississippi Education Partnership Conference

    The Mississippi Association of Partners in Education will recognize Mississippi’s top school- community partnerships during the 15th annual Governor’s Awards luncheon on Wednesday, March 1 at the Jackson Hilton. The luncheon is part of activities planned for the Mississippi Education Partnership Conference featuring keynote speakers, exclusive workshops and partnership training.
  • Perkins House open house set for 3-5:30 p.m. Monday
    A slice of history will be available for area residents to browse through when an open house will be held at the Perkins House, located in the Townsend Community, from 3-5:30 p.m. on Monday.

    Billy and Frances Brown had the home, constructed in the 1840s, moved from the Moscow Community to their Property on Townsend Road in December of 2012. They have been restoring the home and have been working toward having an open house.
  • Football signing tradition continues for KCHS Wildcats
    When Chris Jones began trying to build the Kemper County High School football program to the status it currently enjoys, he said one of the things he set about doing is letting the community and athletes know that hard work on the field can lead to having a college education paid for.

    With the nine signings that took place last Wednesday, Jones has now been a part of 24 KCHS athletes getting a chance to play football on scholarship in college.
  • KA pair signs letters-of-intent
    A huge nine-man senior class helped Kemper Academy to a district championship and an 8-1 record on the football field last fall.

    Now, it appears, at least a pair of those seniors will have an opportunity to continue playing.

    Lineman Tanner Owen and wideout Jacquez Cole each signed national letters-of-intent to play football at the next level last Wednesday during “National Signing Day.”
  • Naval Air Station Meridian will participate in Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2017 Exercise set for Jan. 30-Feb. 10 on board all Navy installations located in the continental United States.
  • JACKSON — Arbor Day in Mississippi is Friday, February 10, 2017. February 10-17, 2017 is also Tree Planting Week in Mississippi as designated by Governor Phil Bryant's Arbor Day/ Tree Planting Week Proclamation. 
  • While the graduation rate for Kemper County Schools rose six percent it is still well below the state norm.

    The Kemper County rate rose from 68.3 percent to 74.3 percent. Kemper has 1,100 students for 2016-17 year, with 88 listed as seniors. Mississippi’s rate rose to 82.3 percent. The U.S. high school graduation rate is 83.2 percent.
  • 1-26    

    Alecia Rush, 35, 6649 New Hope Rd DeKalb, MS,  Charges: Trespassing

  • The Community Prayer Breakfast was postponed due to inclement weather and road conditions.  New date is Saturday, at 9 a.m. It will be still held at “A Taste of Heaven”, DeKalb, MS.  Previously sold tickets will be honored.  Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. For refund, contact Jean Hawkins at 601-677-3121.
  • Committee meetings dominate week in House
    We spent most of last week in committee meetings because the deadline for general bills to pass committees and go to the full House was Jan. 31.

    Citizens should know that just because a bill is filed, that doesn’t mean it will be considered by all the Representatives. In the committee system, the chair gets to pick and choose the bills to move forward. Sometimes the leadership orders which bills are to be considered. So, although thousands of bills are filed, only a handful will ever make it into law.
  • DeKalb could have party primaries
    Qualifying for the positions of mayor and alderman for the town of DeKalb is currently open with the general election set for June 6.

    Candidates have until March 3 to have their papers filed in the town hall. Candidates for one of the five spots on the town board of aldermen need the signatures of 15 registered voters from their ward, while candidates for mayor need 50 signatures.
  • Sheriff seeks road closure in front of prison
    Kemper County Sheriff James Moore asked the Kemper County Board of Supervisors during Monday morning's recessed meeting if the road that runs in front of the Kemper County Regional Correctional Facility could be closed to the public.

    He said having such open access that close to a correctional facility makes it more difficult to keep contraband from getting inside the facility. "They can just drive up and park and throw it over the fence and then later the prisoners can find it," Moore said. He said there has been several cases of contraband being found on the grounds that was introduced into the facility that way.
  • Supes consider plans for 49 acre site

    After hearing a detailed presentation from Waggoner Engineering about development possibilities for a 49-acre portion of the property the county owns at the intersection of Hwy 16 and Hwy 397, the Kemper County Board of Supervisors indicated that they were leaning toward immediately investing the $3-4M needed to begin the development.
  • Perkins House brings past back to life
    A near five-year labor of love will have it's public unveiling on Monday, Feb. 13 when an open house will be held at the historic Perkins House located on the property of Billy and Frances Brown in the Townsend Community.

    "We just want everybody to be able to see this important part of history," said Frances Brown, who became acquainted with the Perkins House during her time on the board of the Kemper County Historical Association.

  • Jackson, MS --- The latest release by the Mississippi Department of Employment security shows the state's unemployment rate is at its lowest in more than 12 years.

    Mississippi’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell again in December to 5.6%.  This is the lowest level of unemployment since January 2004 when the rate was also 5.6%.  The December 2016 rate is one-tenth of a percentage point lower than a month earlier in November 2016, when the rate was 5.7%, and 1.2 percentage points lower than a year ago in December 2015, when the rate was 6.8
  • The Kemper County Board of Supervisors plan to meet with Waggoner Engineering of Jackson on Monday at 10 a.m in a recessed meeting to hear plans for the new industrial park development located at the intersection of Hwy 397 and Hwy 16 just west of DeKalb.

    In October the board asked the engineering firm to focus on the 48 acres located in the fork between the two highways and to bring back to them a plan as to how to best use and develop the property. The entire site consists of 215 acres.


  • Rep. Sonya Williams-Barnes is sponsoring a new bill aimed at closing the gender wage gap in the Magnolia State.

    Women working full-time, year-round continue to earn on average 79 cents for every dollar earned by a man working the same job. In 40 percent of households in the United States, women are the primary breadwinners.
  • Energy conservation is the practice of decreasing the quantity of energy used. It will not only help to reduce energy costs and the need for new power plants but it will also reduce the need for energy imports. The United States is currently the largest single consumer of energy in the world.

    America has become a very wasteful society. We need to make it a habit to be more conscious of our resources and environment. Developing a habit takes time. By spending time considering our actions and doing things to save energy each day, our actions will become a habit