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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.

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

Over 10 years ago the Dolly Parton Imagination Project was kicked off in Kemper County.

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.

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.

DeKalb approves purchase of trash cans

The town of DeKalb ap­proved the purchase of 500 garbage cans during its regular November meeting of the mayor and alderman.

Hickman wins District 32 Senate election

Noxubee County Attor­ney Rod Hickman claimed 60 percent of the vote across four counties to win the special election run-off for the District 32 Missis­sippi State Senate seat va­cated with the retirement of longtime Senator Samp­son Jackson of Kemper County.

Kemper Co. opens up football coaching job

Fresh off a 9-4 season that saw the Kemper County High School football team battle through adver­sity on the way to advancing to the third round of the MHSAA Class 2A State Football Playoffs, the Wild­cats are officially in the search for a new head coach.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

‘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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Honoring Our Veterans

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

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