By Austin Bishop

Kemper County Messenger

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.

The retreat, which was funded from a grant from Kemper Partners, was facilitated by Portera and Associates with the goal of reaching a consensus on where the county needed to spend its energies moving forwards.

Elected officials expected to attend were: Scooba mayor Allen Beaty, Scooba Alderman Maxine Puckett, Scooba Alderman Rodney Woodard, DeKalb Alderman Mamie Alexander, DeKalb Alderman Tracey Naylor, District 2 Supervisor Johnny Whitsett, District 1 Supervisor Pat Granger, Superintendent of Education Jackie Pollock, School Board Member James Creer, School Board Member Carolyn Palmer, Kemper County Sheriff James Moore, State Rep. Michael Evans, and State Sen. Sampson Jackson.

Also on the list of attendees were Kemper County Administrator Yolanda Cook, EMCC President Dr. Thomas Huebner, Susan Morgan of EMCC, Director of the Kemper County Chamber of Commerce Faye Wilson, Chamber member Mike Hull, Chamber member Mindy Aust, Chamber member Steven Lockley, Kemper County Economic Development Authority members Bernard Hulin, Andrew Fleming and Craig Nave and KCEDA executive director Craig Hitt.