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.



Applications are now being accepted by Kemper County SWCD for the Kemper County Beaver Control Cost-Share Program. The Mississippi Soil and Water Conservation Commission and the Kemper County Board of Supervisors have funded the program to aid non-industrial private landowners in beaver control. For more information or to make application, contact the Kemper County SWCD located in the NRCS Office, USDA Service Center, Daws Building, 197 Hopper Avenue, DeKalb, MS or call 601-743-9588, extension 3.


East Kemper Elementary School Jr. BETA Club is collecting new coloring books, unused crayons, and old eye glasses. Please send these items to East Kemper Elementary School care of Ms. La Wanda Shields or Mrs. Genetrice Doss. 

Friends of Children 
of MS, Inc. 

Head Start/Early Head Start is accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school term. The child must be: 3-4 years of age on or before Sept. 1 from (Head Start) or 8 weeks of age on/before Sept. 1 for (Early Head Start). The following information must be presented: Proof of income: 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ tax return, Child Support, TANF letter, copy of college grants/scholarship, and any other source of household income. Social Security or SSI statement. Proof of age: Birth Certificate or form 121. If you have any questions please contact Deborah Spencer, Helen McCoy, or Ronnica Roberts at (601) 743-2607 or email us at . Hours of operation are 7:30a.m. until 4:30p.m.

Community/Public Announcement:

Voters/Potential Voters the Local Primary Election is coming.  If you have not registered to vote, have moved into the county, changed your addressed, or have not voted in two Presidential Election you need to visit our Kemper County Circuit Clerk Office soon!  

The Mt. Sinai MB Church will host a Mission program on March 10, at 2:30 p.m. The guest speaker for the occasion will be Marcus Holiday, the pastor of Pilgrim Rest MB Church.

You are cordially invited to come and help Union Baptist Church celebrate the 13th year anniversary of their pastor, Rev. James E. Granger on March 10, (2nd Sunday in March) at 2 p.m. Rev. A.D. Lewis of the Mt. Olive Baptist Church. Meridian ,Ms, will deliver the anniversary message.

New Beginning UMC, 1013 Hwy 45, Porterville, Ms will have their "Black History Program" Sunday, March 10, beginning at 1:30 p.m. A meal will be served after the program and everyone is invited to attend. Call 601-616-1210 FMI. 

The Beulah M. B. Church cordially invites everyone to worship with us during our Annual Spring Revival.  This event will be held March 11-13 at 7:30 p.m., and the Rev. Ecclesiastes Goodwin will be the guest speaker for the week.  All are welcome to come out and receive a spiritual blessing.

The Center Ridge Missionary Baptist Church of DeKalb, MS will host its First Year Pastoral Anniversary for Pastor Reginald Brumfield and First Lady Cathy Brumfield on Sunday, March 17, at 3:30 p.m.  with Reverend Carl L. Hunt of Green Pastures M.B. Church, Jackson, MS as the guest minister for this occasion. We look forward to worshipping with you.


Men's Day at Mt. Zion Baptist Church  March 17, at 2 p.m. All are welcome. Billy R. Lyles, Pastor.


The Beulah M. B. Church cordially invites one and all to celebrate our Musician's Appreciation. This occasion will be held on March 17, at 3p.m. All are welcome to attend this event where we will give God praise and honor our musician.  


Electric Mills Historical Marker Unveiling Ceremony

On Wednesday, March 20,  at 10 a.m., the Kemper County Historical Assn. in conjunction with the Mississippi Department of Achieves and History will host the unveiling of the new Electric Mills historical marker. The address is 13539 Old Hwy 45, Electric Mills, MS near the Electric Mills Wood Preserving facility, 3.6 miles South of Scooba on Hwy 45.   Interested citizens are cordially invited to attend the brief outdoor ceremony. 

School Board 

The Kemper County School Board Regular Scheduled Meeting will be held on Thursday, March 21, beginning at 5 p.m. at the District Office.  

Kemper Academy's Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment, April 1-30, Applications and more information available online

A Night Under the Stars

A Night Under the Stars, featuring singer Jeff Bates will be held on April 27, at 6 p.m. We will be raising funds for our arts and music program at our school, Kemper Academy.  Admission is $10 per adult and $5 per student and includes unlimited use of the bouncy house and field games. Concessions are available. 

Today's Mom

A FREE educational program is being offered to help moms-to-be learn how to make healthier choices for themselves and their baby.

Today’s Mom, is comprised of a series of six free lessons that includes: Keep Baby Safe, Food Safety, Pregnancy Concerns, Healthy Choices, Physical Activity, Recipe Testing and Breastfeeding .If you are interesting in this program .Please call Mary Bennamon at the Kemper County Extension office 601-743-2837 to find out about classes or if you have any questions. Email:

Free &Free

Eating Smart Being Active! 

You’re invited to a Eating Smart Being Active Class 

Being overweight or obese can lead to health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.  Southern cooking and our love of soul food might make you think healthy eating is difficult. Join us for a 9 session course where you will learn about healthy eating, cooking with new recipes, saving money at the grocery store, and getting physically active. You’ll learn all these topics and MORE! There will be goodies given away, and you can taste a new recipe while discussing and sharing valuable information. Bring a friend and come expecting to have fun! Please call Mary Bennamon at the Kemper County Extension office 601-743-2837 to find out about classes or if you have any questions. Email:


Pack #4 of Kemper County Cub Scouts is looking for interested individuals (boys and girls) from the ages of six year olds to twelve year olds that are interested in scouting. Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m. at the Barney Brown Senior Citizen Building. Point of Contact: Billy J. Rush, Cub Master.

4-H Shooting Sports Volunteer 

Kemper County 4-H Shooting Sports will soon be gearing up for another year. Through the 4-H Shooting Sports program youth ages 8-18 are given the opportunity to learn responsibility, sportsmanship, self-discipline, and other qualities critical to the development of productive citizens. We are currently seeking volunteer instructors in archery, shotgun, rifle and pistol. Training opportunities will be available in January. Adults 21 years of age or older must pass a background check and submit an application. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer instructor for our county 4-H shooting sports program please contact Malikah Jones at 601-743-2837 or



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Kemper County is a participant in the Dolly Parton Imagination Library Program providing a free book mailed monthly to the child in the child’s name from birth until the child reaches the age of five. This project is sponsored by the United Way of East Mississippi, the Strasser Family Foundation and the Partners for Kemper County, Community Foundation of East Mississippi.  To enroll your child on the website enter and click on Impact Programs Imagination Library  or and select the “PARENT” tab located at the top of the web page. Registration cards may also be picked up at the Kemper County Library or the Kemper County Economic Development Authority office during normal business hours. Contact Loretta Hulin, Kemper County Imagination Library Coordinator on 601-416-8279 for additional details.