Sixteen Lions Sign to Play on Next Level

The Lions of East Mississippi Community College had 16 players from their 2021 football team sign national letters of intent with four-year universities during the NCAA’s early signing period.

Letters to Santa

Dear Santa:

Christmas is a time that young and old look forward to, and some events lend more excitement to the season, such as the annual Christmas tree lighting at Keyes-McRae Park, in DeKalb, which took place at 5 p.m. this past Saturday.

"It's basically your bread and butter," was the response given by Kemper County Emergency Management Director Ben Dudley when asked about the importance of reliable communications in the field of emergency response. He added, "If you can't talk you can't do anything."

School design okayed

This past Thursday night, at its regular monthly meeting, the Kemper County School District Board met with representatives of Pryor Morrow, who requested approval of the schematic design for the new elementary school which is to be constructed behind the John C. Stennis Career and Technical Education Center. The estimated cost of the new school is $16M. The Board voted 4-0 to give approval for the schematic design; Board President Rontal Jenkins was not present.

Civic League enjoys Christmas event

On Thursday, December 9, 2021 the Kemper County Women's Civic League met together at East Mississippi Community College (EMCC) for their annual Christmas Party.


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KCHS students waiting to return after fire

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.

Duong cherishes experience of political campaign

Meridian Optometrist Dr. Minh Duong expressed his gratitude to the many supporters who saw him to and through the Special District 32 Senate election runoff on November 23. 

Hollingsworth, 90, honored for VFD service

Mt. Salem Volunteer Fire De- part (MSVFD) recently had the opportunity to recognize one of their own for their distinctive service. Firefighter Clytee Hollingsworth recently com- pleted 20 years of service as member of the MSVFD. 

The hustle and bustle of the holidays has begun! Thanksgiving and Black Friday have come and gone, and the next four weeks will be filled with Christmas shopping, fam- ily gatherings and, of course, food. One trip to Walmart is enough to cause anyone to become an on-line Christmas shopper.


The DeKalb Christmas Parade is set to begin at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 9. The annual lighting of the Christmas Tree at Keyes-McRae Park in Downtown DeKalb is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11. 

The Looking Back feature has re- turned to the Kemper County Mes- senger. Every week we will take a quick look at stories of interest from back issues of the newspaper. 

Cars and people were lined up and down the main thoroughfares of Scooba last Tuesday night as more than 500 onlook- ers poured into town to enjoy the annual Scooba Christmas Parade. 

PACES Project Buses on the Move

PACES Project Coordina- tor, B. Joe Hulin asked the Kemper County Class of 2022 at its’ PACES Pep Rally in mid-October,

East Mississippi Community College has been named a 2021 BankMobile Disbursements ACE (Achieve Campus Efficiency) Award recipient,

KCLE celebrates student excellence

The Kemper County Lower Elementary PTO and Armistad Law Form were pleased to announce the Fall advanced third grade students in Reading and Math. 

County Land Tax information Set to be on-line

During it’s regular Mon- day morning meeting, the Kemper County Board of Supervisors approved an agreement with Tri-State Consulting Services that could make it easier for cit- izens and developers to get answers to land own- ership, description, and tax questions on line. 

Thomas “Freddy” Thomas grew up dreaming of being a teacher and coach. 

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.

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