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.


Community Center

The Little Rock Community Center is under consideration for Mississippi Landmark Designation.

This is due to the fact that it was the first brick building constructed for the education of African American Children years ago.

However, we need all alumni of the Little Rock School, that’s anyone who attended the school to submit a short letter of support for this historic designation so that they know that the communities are all behind it.

Please send your letters to, Katherine Anderson, Mississippi Landmarks Administrator Preservation Division, Mississippi Department of Archives and History P O Box 571, Jackson, M S 30205 Or Kanderson@mdah.ms.gov. Please get these letters out as soon as possible, try before the 8th of December.

Remember this is a giant step forward for Kemper County Residents, especially for the African American Community. Thank You, Deborah Drake



Pack #4 of the Kemper County Cub Scouts will be sponsoring a toy drive. Applications may be picked up from DeKalb Town Hall between normal business hours beginning on Nov. 26, and ending Dec. 20. If you would like to donate to the toy drive drop off points are, DeKalb Town hall, Ms. Care Center Of DeKalb, Fred's Store, Kemper-Neshoba Regional Correctional Facility and DeKalb Head Start. Point of contact for the Toy Drives is Billy Rush, Cub master.



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 Recruitment

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 malikah.jones@msstate.edu



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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 uwem.org and click on Impact Programs Imagination Library  or imaginationlibrary.com 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.