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Kemper County Emergency Management director Ben Dud­ley presented a petition to the Kemper County Board of Super­visors during their Jan. 18 meet­ing requesting the board set a hearing on changes in the county’s fire rating districts.

KA’s Chickaway spells way to 2nd-place finish

Otorhinolaryngology. Most of us do not have a clue what this word means, and have most likely never heard it, have trouble pronouncing it, and if asked to spell it cold, would be lost after the first few letters.

DeKalb, Scooba seek to improve appearance

The mayors and boards of aldermen in both DeKalb and Scooba have pushed making changes to the appearance of their re­spective towns to the fore­front of their agendas.

Much needed upgrade

The Kemper County High School Lady Wildcat softball team should have an exciting 2022 season ahead, especially since they will be playing their home games in a to­tally renovated facility.

House Republicans pass congressional redistricting plan

The 2nd Congressional Dis­trict will meander the almost length of the state along the Mississippi River under the congressional redistricting plan approved 76-42 Thursday by Republicans in the House of Representatives.

The omicron variant is pushing already strapped Mississippi hospitals across the state to their limits, as health care workers at­tempt to treat a growing volume of patients despite having record low numbers of nurses on staff.

Planned gift by late EMCC instructor to benefit college

A planned gift by the late Cora Mitchell of DeKalb, who taught business on East Mississippi Commu­nity College’s Scooba cam­pus for two decades, will benefit students and pro­grams at the college for years to come.

Looking Back: 80 Years Ago: Black Bomber Flies over DeKalb

Here are a few items of interest from issues of The Kemper County Messenger from one, five, 10, 25, 50 and 80 years ago.

Alliance fosters ‘New Beginning’ for Choctaw students

STARKVILLE — The Mis­sissippi State University Extension Service has been awarded a grant that will help educate, recruit and retain tribal students from the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians (MBCI) to succeed in college and in a career.

Board Recognizes Teachers/Parents of the Year

At its monthly meeting held last Thursday the Kemper County School Board recognized teachers and parents of the year.

Cheaper Car Tags garners Democratic Support for cuts

A day after the massive tax cut bill championed by Republican Speaker Philip Gunn passed the House, a member of his leadership team took bold action.

Missing signs big problem throughout county

According to County Road Manager, Glenn Williams, missing roads signs are a big problem throughout the county, which has been an ongoing issue for a long time, creating safety issues, as well as a financial burden to the county.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. honored

This past Monday, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was honored with a service held at Belmount M.B. Church in DeKalb.

Legislature may address felony voting ban

The state House of Represen­tatives overwhelmingly passed legislation in 2008 to restore vot­ing rights to all Mississippians convicted of felonies, except for those convicted of murder or rape.

Ag in Mississippi hits $8.33B value

STARKVILLE — Excellent commodity prices pro­pelled Mississippi agricul­ture to its highest level: an estimated $8.33 billion value in 2021.

Keeping the focus on the students

The Rev. Rontal Jenkins firmly believes that the key to Kemper County’s success is directly tied to its public school system.

Board to meet about COVID policies

 The Kemper County Board of Su­pervisors made short work of a lengthy agenda, taking care of the main part of the business in Mon­day morning’s meeting in less than 30 minutes.

Potentially eventful legislative session on tap for 2022

The 2022 legislative session, which was set to begin this week is shaping up as one of the most eventful in recent memory.

Cheerleading stunt clinics set for EMCC

East Mississippi Community College will be holding three cheerleading stunt clinics dur­ing the opening months of the new calendar year in advance of the college’s 2022-23 cheerleading tryouts.

Register Feb. 1 for online Master Gardener classes

VERONA — The new year offers a new oppor­tunity for garden enthu­siasts who want to hone their craft and give back to their communities.

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