Looking Back

10 Years Ago: Stephens Takes Coach-of-Year honors


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.

There will be items from one year ago, five years ago, 10 years ago, 25 years ago, and 50 years ago

Some items appear just as they originally did, while some have been paraphrased and condensed.


(DEC. 31, 2020)

— Kemper County’s unemployment rate in November dropped to 8.0 percent, down a percentage point from the previous month according to numbers from the Mississippi Employment Security Commission.

— Kemper County has 643 reported cases of COVID-19 as of Monday, an increase of 16. The county has 19 reported deaths, the same as last week.


(DEC. 29, 2016)

— State Legislators are hoping to cut excess waste from the state budget in the upcoming 2017 Legislative session. Top lawmakers are proposing a budget that would be 3 percent smaller for the coming year.

— Mississippi College recently recognized alumni who have brooch distinction to the departments in which they studies. Among those receiving awards was Terry Cherry of Porterville. He was selected as the Alumnus of the Year to the Art Department.


(DEC. 29, 2011)

— Culminating a history-making season for the Lions of East Mississippi Community College, EMCC head football coach Buddy Stephens has been named the 2011 American Community College Football Coaches Association Coach of the Year.

— From Sprinkles of Life column by Helen Conner Price: In a few days that old 90 will come creeping around and, for the most part, I’ll be glad to see him. I always wondered if I’d be here to green him, but my dad lived to be 101, so I should have known! However, I really didn’t realize the rarity of being ancient until a little girls asked me the other day if I had enjoyed playing wit dinosaurs in my childhood.


(DEC. 26, 1996)

— The Kemper County Wildcats took a pair of thrilling two-point wins Thursday and Friday night and claimed the annual Coca-Cola Frazier-Yarbrough Memorial Basketball Tournament played at Meridian High School.

— Christine Mosley was recently honored at EMCC during “Christmas With the Kids,” an event sponsored by the Displaced Homemaker program.

— Dear Santa letter from Jamie VanDevender: I have been a good girl this year. Please bring me an Esmeralda doll, a bike, a baby heartbeat, some roller blades, a TV-VCR, and some money.

— Dear Santa letter from Tyler Watt: I have been extra good this year. I’m almost three so there’s not much I can get into. I want a 4-wheeler (Kawasaki) with a horn on it and a basketball game. I will leave you some coca-cola and some cookies.


(DEC. 30, 1971)

— Carolyn Beshears Langston, daughter of Mrs. Ralph Beshears of Preston Route Two is a junior student at Walter Reed Army Institute of Nursing in Washington D.C.

— Columbus Heritage and Leake Academy dominated the first annual Class All-Eastern Division team. Two Kemper Academy standouts also made first team, Larry Vick as a quarterback and kicker and Hugh Overstreet as a defensive end.

— From Around the Town With Frances column: Isobel and Cecil Hill had a list from their grandchildren from West Texas and their son from Germany during the holidays.

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