Community calendar


Editor’s note: The Kemper County Messenger publishes the Community Calendar weekly in this space. It covers events, announcements and happenings in Kemper County. We welcome your news and comments. If you would like to have something placed in the Kemper Messenger, contact the office at 601-743-5760 during business hours; or mail it to Kemper Messenger, P.O. 546, DeKalb, MS, 39328. The Messenger’s writer, Steve Swogetinsky, may be reached at 601-776-6102.


The Kemper County School Board Regular Scheduled Meeting will be held on Thursday, March 18, 2021 beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the District Office. 


Due to Covid concerns, The Kemper Women’s Civic League will not meet until  March or until further notice.


Attention: ALL KEMPER COUNTY LANDOWNERS effective January 1, 2021 all garbage bill payments must be taken at the Commercial Bank located in DeKalb, MS (in-person) please have account number. 

The Kemper County Courthouse will no longer be accepting garbage payments. 

Payments can be mailed to: 

K. C. Garbage & Solid Waste

P O Box 39

DeKalb, MS 39328

Or call 1-800-253-0831 for questions regarding your account


Junior Master Wellness Volunteer Training Recruitment going on now. We are looking for youth 14-18 years old to join us for an exciting volunteer program.  

The JrMWV Program is a community health education and volunteer leader training program.  Youth will learn about improving health literacy and healthy lifestyle choices 

and will then go out into their community and become an advocate for a healthier Mississippi!  Participants will be expected to give back by completing 24 hours of community service. 

Come learn, share, and inspire others to lead a healthy lifestyle. For more information or to sign up call the Kemper County Extension office at 601-743-2837 or send an email to



The Coalition for a Healthy Kemper County was organized to provide educational outreach. The goal is to bring educational awareness of health issues and unhealthy lifestyles that accompany diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, etc. We solicit the help of area leaders, organizations and individuals working together to make a positive impact on the lives of our community members. If you are interested in helping us carry out our mission, contact Malikah Jones at the Kemper County Extension office at 601-743-2837 for more information. 


Quick Bites programs are offered through the Mississippi State University Extension Service and provide information on variet topics over zoom video conferencing. The programs are held during lunch (12-1) on Thursdays. Please register in advance for each meeting. After you register, you will receive and email confirmation and the link to joing the meeting.

Date: February 4, 2021

Title: I LOVE Flowers

Presenter: Lynette, McDougald, Instructor, Plant & Soil Sciences

Description: February is the perfect time to enjoy bright colorful flowers indoors since it’s a bit gloomy outdoors.  Lynette will use some of our favorite flowers and foliages and quick and easy designs.

Date: February 11, 2021

Title: What's in Your Soil?

Presenter: Clarissa Balbalian, Diagnostic Lab Manager, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology & Plant Pathology

Description: Let's dig down deep and get the new year started in prepping from the ground up. Clarissa will address common disease problems in your landscape and garden, how to avoid problems and what we might expect this spring.

Date: February 25, 2021

Title: Technology and You: What is Your Digital 


Presenter: Andy Collins, Extension Instructor, Center for Technology Outreach

Description: Let’s talk about our digital footprints. What are we putting out there, who is monitoring and following, how to change our status or no longer participate, how will our accounts be managed after we die? What happens to our information that we provide to online accounts? Join in to learn more about your online presence and how to best manage your space.

Please contact our office if you have any questions at 601-743-2387.



Due to COVID-19 and Governor Reeves adding Kemper County on December 1, 2020 to the mask mandate list that requires residents to wear masks in certain circumstances, entrance to the Kemper County Courthouse will be through the East door (side facing Hwy 39) until further notice.  Please note that your temperature will be checked before entering the building and wearing a face mask is required. 


The Church of Christ meets for worship every Sunday at 11 a.m. at 14678 Hwy 16.

Multi-County CSA Temporary Office Procedures KEMPER COUNTY

Due to COVID-19 we are providing teleservice only.  Face-to-face, in-house appointments are temporary suspended.  Please call our office to schedule a telephone appointment. 

If you are a senior citizen or receive disability income AND have been assisted this year, you DO NOT need an appointment. Please submit your bill (for which assistance is needed) by mail, email, fax or drop box. If you are a senior citizen or receive disability income and HAVE NOT been assisted, please call for a telephone appointment. 

To receive services, the following are needed: Bill (for which assistance is needed), Photo Identification, Social Security Cards, Proof of income, Unemployment/Child Support/SNAPS, Documents may be submitted by mail, email, fax or drop box.

Your application will NOT be processed unless ALL documents are submitted. Phone (601) 743-5752, Fax (601) 743-2506, Email, Mail/Drop Box- P.O. Box 126, 39 Bell Street, DeKalb, MS 39328.

Online Private Applicator 

Certification Now Available

In response to limited face-to-face training caused by COVID-19, the Mississippi Department of Agriculture–Bureau of Plant Industry has approved an online private applicator certification program developed by the MSU Extension Service. Persons needing to obtain or renew their private applicator certification can complete the online training (two video training modules and a competency exam) by visiting the Online Private Applicator Certification Program on the Mississippi State University Extension's website at The fee for training and testing is $20, payable online by credit card, debit card, or eCheck. Successful completion of the training will certify the private applicator to purchase and use restricted use pesticides (RUPs) in the State of Mississippi for a period of 5 years. For more information contact your local extension office at 601-743-2837  or Mississippi Pesticide Safety Education at 662-325-5829. 


During the COVID-19 cycle, the Kemper County Veterans Service Office will be open normal hours, for appointment only.  For those Veterans or surviving spouses, please call ahead for appointments.  Walkins will be seen when  time and space allows, and iIf unable to assist an individual, an appointment will be made.  The Kemper County Veterans Service Office is located in the Courthouse Annex, 29 Bell Street, DeKalb, MS.  Hours are Monday and Tuesday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  To set up an appointment, or for further information,  please call Marie Wilson, County Veteran Service Officer,  601-743-2247, or email



Matter of Balance Classes have been POSTPONED until further notice.


Adult Jigsaw Puzzle meet-ups have been POSTPONED until further notice.



Earn Your High School Diploma in just 22 weeks! Tuition, Room and Board is absolutely Free! Youth Challenge, located at Camp Shelby Mississippi, is the Premier Alternative Education Program for 16 to 18 year old youth, who are struggling in the traditional school environment and for those who are no longer attending. Challenge also offers nationally certified job skills and College classes through a local University. 

We accept both Male and Female Applicants, 16 to 18 years of age. For an Application or more information call: 1-800-507-6253 or visit our web-site: 



Applications are now being accepted by Kemper County SWCD for the Kemper County Beaver Control Cost-Share Program. The Mississippi Soil and Water Conservation Commission and the Kemper County Board of Supervisors have funded the program to aid non-industrial private landowners in beaver control. For more information or to make application, contact the Kemper County SWCD located in the NRCS Office, USDA Service Center, Daws Building, 197 Hopper Avenue, DeKalb, MS or call 601-743-9588, extension 3.


Headquarters Mississippi Wing Civil Air Patrol United States Air Force Auxiliary 1635 Airport Dr. Jackson, Miss. Volunteers needed! G.V. "Sonny" Montgomery Squadron, CIVIL AIR PATROL, Meridian, is looking for new members. Meeting time is Monday nights (except holidays) at 5:30 p.m. in building 308 at Key Field Membership categories: Cadets (youth) ages 13 - 18 (but may remain as a cadet until age 21.) Senior Members: age 18 and up. contact: Captain Carolyn Holiman 601-490-0206 


A FREE educational program is being offered to help moms-to-be learn how to make healthier choices for themselves and their baby. Today’s Mom, is comprised of a series of six free lessons that includes: Keep Baby Safe, Food Safety, Pregnancy Concerns, Healthy Choices, Physical Activity, Recipe Testing and Breastfeeding .If you are interesting in this program .Please call Mary Bennamon at the Kemper County Extension office 601-743-2837 to find out about classes or if you have any questions. Email:



Kemper County is a participant in the Dolly Parton Imagination Library Program providing a free book mailed monthly to the child in the child’s name from birth until the child reaches the age of five. This project is sponsored by the United Way of East Mississippi, the Strasser Family Foundation and the Partners for Kemper County, Community Foundation of East Mississippi.  To enroll your child on the website enter and click on Impact Programs Imagination Library  or and select the “PARENT” tab located at the top of the web page. Registration cards may also be picked up at the Kemper County Library or the Kemper County Economic Development Authority office during normal business hours. Contact Loretta Hulin, Kemper County Imagination Library Coordinator on 601-416-8279 for additional details.



You’re invited to a Eating Smart Being Active Class 

Being overweight or obese can lead to health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.  Southern cooking and our love of soul food might make you think healthy eating is difficult. Join us for a 9 session course where you will learn about healthy eating, cooking with new recipes, saving money at the grocery store, and getting physically active. You’ll learn all these topics and MORE! There will be goodies given away, and you can taste a new recipe while discussing and sharing valuable information. Bring a friend and come expecting to have fun! Please call Mary Bennamon at the Kemper County Extension office 601-743-2837 to find out about classes or if you have any questions. Email:


Pack #4 of Kemper County Cub Scouts is looking for interested individuals (boys and girls) from the ages of six year olds to twelve year olds that are interested in scouting. Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m. at the Barney Brown Senior Citizen Building. Point of Contact: Billy J. Rush, Cub Master.


Narconon New Life Retreat would like to remind families to stay educated on the signs and dangers of drug abuse. Methamphetamines and opioids are on the rise in both rural and city areas. Learn the signs and protect your loved ones from drug abuse and addiction. 

 The amount of deaths caused by Methamphetamines has almost tripled since 2014. To learn more, visit:

 Free Drug 


Narconon provides free drug education materials covering a wide range of topics.  Please call today for your free drug education materials at: 1 (800) 431-1754

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