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Over the past two years, attendance has been a struggle at Kemper County Lower Elementary. The pandemic has been scary for parents and students. Now that more people are vaccinated, the number of cases have declined and students are needed in school.  more
The Post-Secondary Board last week unanimously voted to recommend an overhaul of Mississippi’s financial aid programs that could completely change how the state helps students pay for college.  more
The Kemper County High School gymnasium was the scene of the PACES Pep Rally for the Class of 2022. more
The “Kipling News” has been a part of the Kemper County Messenger since the early 1900s. Contributing columnists have been Mrs. R. L. Nicholson, Mamie McWilliams, Ruby McCoy, Nona Quarles, and my- self more
Halloween is an exciting time for children of all ages and even some adults. more
Three years ago Renee Grady went to DeKalb Mayor Clark Adams with the vision of putting together a community gathering that would have something special for both children and older adults.  more
Scooba Mayor Craig Nave Sr. is hop- ing his community is crawling with goblins, superheroes, cartoon characters, and the like on the night before Halloween.  more
Outdoors enthusiasts will soon have a little some- thing extra to look forward to each month in the Kem- per County Messenger as the newspaper debuts its outdoors page be- ginning with the Oct. 28 edition. more
The Kemper County School District has reached an agreement with East Mississippi Community College to launch an “Early College High School” pilot program for eligible stu- dents within the district.  more
In-person absentee voting at the Kemper County Circuit Clerk’s office will be open until noon on Saturday, Oct. 30 for those interested in casting their ballots early for the Nov. 2 special election District 32 State Senate seat. more
Ike Kiefer of the Kemper County Economic Develop- ment Authority told the Kemper County Board of Supervisors during its regularly scheduled board meeting on Monday morning that contracts to con- nect the Kemper Crossing industrial park to the Town of DeKalb sewer and water system could be awarded as early as January of 2022.  more
As the temperature begins to drop, now is a great time to get out and celebrate fall. You don’t have to make a trip out of town to enjoy the beauty of the season. You can celebrate fall right here in Kemper County. Here are some suggestions for things you can do right here in your own hometown. more
Students who left college at least two years ago without a degree can apply for a grant to help overcome financial barriers that may keep them from returning to college to complete the requirements for their degrees. more
October is National Fire Prevention Month with National Fire Prevention Week being observed October 3-9, 2021. This year’s theme “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety™” works to educate everyone about the simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves, and those around them, safe in the kitchen. Cooking is the #1 cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of fires in the kitchen. In a fire, seconds count. This can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy. more
Last year, the state crime lab completed an autopsy from 2011. more
BEAUMONT — Sheran Watkins watched families drift past her tent under picked-clean pecan trees at Fulmer’s Farmstead and General Store. Watkins waved and said hello to attendees at the Mississippi Pecan Festival, but mostly she waited for someone, intrigued by the red-white-and-blue sign next to her, to approach. more
If you enjoy doing things with your family, playing games, eating food, or are a fan of Hallmark movies, Kemper Academy may just be the place for you on the evening of Saturday, Oct. 23. more
SCOOBA — East Mississippi Community College’s Workforce and Community Services Division has expanded its offerings on the college’s Scooba campus with programs of study in Electrical Technology and Heavy Civil Construction. more
Not quite ready to put away those summer fashions? Not to worry. There are ways that you can still wear those cute summer styles into fall without having to worry about the cooler weather. Fall into the cooler weather by jazzing up these summer fashions. more
Mississippi’s top doctor has “grave concerns” about the Legislature’s plan to fund a medical marijuana program. more
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