News

Kemper unemployment rate drops to 5.7%

Kemper County’s Octo­ber unemployment rate stood a 5.7 percent, a nine-tenths of a percent drop when compared to the pre­vious month, according to figures from the Mississippi Department of Employ­ment Security figures.

Sports

Bourrage continues to break track barriers at KCHS

Apparently rock-and-roll leg­end Bruce Springsteen wasn’t the only one “Born To Run.” You can add Kemper County High School track standout Brynesha Bourrage to that list.

Mississippi tax collections continue to soar

Mississippi tax revenue collec­tions through October, the first four months of the fiscal year, are about $160 million above the amount collected during the same period last year, according to the most recently released revenue report.

News
County celebrates Imaginational Library 10th anniversary Over 10 years ago the Dolly Parton Imagination Project was kicked off in Kemper County.
Community Calendar DEKALB CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS The DeKalb Christmas Parade is set to begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 9. The annual lighting of the Christmas Tree at Keyes-McRae Park in Downton DeKalb is sched­uled for 5 p.m. o Saturday, Dec. 11
Looking Back: Ten Years Ago: Mt. Salem VFD celebrates anniversary The Looking Back feature has returned to the Kemper County Messenger. Every week we will take a quick look at stories of in­terest from back issues of the newspaper.
Proper disposal of deer carcasses important With the passing of each year, there appears to be an increas­ing number of deer carcasses appearing on roadsides and in streams or rivers.
Creative Steele enjoys being non-’starving’ artist Trenton Steele says he has always known he wanted to live a creative lifestyle, ex­ploring photography and other outlets.
Work on Supervisors’ districts begins The Kemper County Board of Supervisors have officially sig­naled the beginning of the re­aligning of supervisors districts by contracting with Butler Snow LLP to oversee the process.
Local parades scheduled The Christmas celebration season gets underway Tuesday, Nov. 30 when the Scooba Christmas Parade gets underway at 6 p.m. Kayla Moore will be the Grand Marshall.
Youth explores robotics through 4-H Area youth recently took part in 4-H Robot­ics Challenge during 4-H Day at the State Fair in Jackson.
Mississippi State Senate committee begins stimulus spending work A special senate sub-comittee recently began studying how best to spend $1.8 bil­lion in federal pandemic stimulus funds Missis­sippi is receiving as part of the American Rescue Plan Act.
‘Making A Difference’ matters To KA teachers In an effort to recognize the impact teachers have on the lives of their stu­dents, both in school and out, Kemper Academy will be presenting “Making A Difference” awards to two teachers for each nine-week term of the 2021-2022 school year.
COMPLIMENTARY ACCESS
EARLIER

Pandemic negatively affects Kindergarteners statewide

About one-third of Mis­sissippi kindergarteners demonstrated they were kindergarten ready on a state literacy test this fall, a declining statistic State Superintendent of Education Carey Wright said is “further proof” of the pandemic’s negative impact on students.

Community Calendar

COMMUNITY CALENDAR  APPRECIATION DAY AT ST. LUKE P.B. CHURCH St. Luke P.B. Church in Porterville, MS will be cele­brating Dr. Greg and 1st Lady Shirley Watkins with Appreciation Day on November 28, 2021 at 10 a.m. Please come out and help celebrate this joyous oc­casion. Pastor Patrick Granger will be the guest speaker.

LOOKING BACK: Fifty Years Ago: Boy Scouts attend Jamboree

The Looking Back feature has returned to the Kemper County Messenger. Every week we will take a quick look at stories of in­terest from back issues of the newspaper.

EMCC reinstating LPN program on Scooba campus

SCOOBA — East Mis­sissippi Community Col­lege’s Licensed Practical Nursing program is re­turning to the Scooba campus after a 19-year hiatus.

EMCC offering short-term winter classes

East Mississippi Com­munity College will be offering short-term classes during the 2022 Winter Term for students who want to pick up ad­ditional credits.

Honoring Our Veterans

In conjunction with Veterans Day EMCC held a pair of ceremonies last Tuesday which paid tribute to the nation's military.

District 32 candidates discuss issues

Voters in Kemper County, as well as those in parts of Winston, Noxubee, and Lauderdale counties will go to the polls this Tuesday to elect the next Mississippi State Senator from District 32.

Research  your vote  carefully

There is some debate among local political pundits as to what kind of voter turnout there will be for Tuesday’s special election run-off for the District 32 seat in the Mississippi State Senate.

Kemper coach resigns, faces charges of sexual battery

After a month-long investigation by the Kemper County Sheriff’s Department, Kemper County High School head football coach and director of athletics Charles Rashaun Westerfield was arrested on sexual battery charges on Wednesday, Nov. 10.

New truck fills need at Preston VFD

The newest addition to the fleet at the Preston Volunteer Fire Department is just what the doctor ordered.

Obituaries
Barry D. Wright
Funeral services for Barry D. Wright were held Saturday, October 16, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. from Coye Assembly of God in Preston with Rev. … Read More
Audrey Denise Rash
Funeral services for Audrey Denise Rash, 54, were held at 11 a.m., October 1 at Mt. Pleasant #2 Cemetery. Dr. Curtis Johnson … Read More
Linda Ann Millsaps
Graveside services for Linda Ann Millsaps will be Friday, September 24, 2021, at 11 am, at Cumberland Cemetery in Cedar Bluff, MS. … Read More
Elbert Lamar Harbour
 Graveside services held August 18, at Hazlehurst City Cemetery for Elbert Lamar Harbour, 83, who passed away on August 14 at his … Read More
Maureen Hill Holloway
Graveside services for Mrs. Maureen Hill Holloway were August 9, 2021, at Blackwater Baptist Church Cemetery in Daleville with Rev. … Read More
SFC William Arnold "Mac" McWilliams
SFC William Arnold “Mac” McWilliams, (United States Army, Retired), a resident of Ozark, Alabama died early Thursday morning, … Read More

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