Looking Back: 25 Years Ago: Preston VFD conducts water shuttle


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


(MAY 27, 2021)

— A man who authorities say fired shots at a deputy Friday is in custody facing charges pending an investiga­tion by the Mississippi Bureau of Inves­tigation.


(MAY 25, 2017)

— From Kipling News by Jane McWilliams: We are saddened to hear of the death of Mrs. Thelma Mc­Connell who passed away last Sunday night in Tupelo. She was a retired teacher, educator, and historian for many years. She wrote a column in the Kemper Messenger which was read and appreciated by many.

— Postseason honors have begun to roll in for the Kemper Academy base­ball tam, which captured the Missis­sippi Association of Independent School’s District 2-A Championship be­fore bowing out of the playoffs in the state quarterfinals. Seniors Dalton Sanderford, Trent Lightner, and Josh Mitchell picked up all-district awards, while Sanderford and Lightner were both named to this week’s all-star game.


(MAY 24, 2012)

— Patricia Grace and Lynn Payne have been named honorary chairlmen of the Ninth Annual Kemper county Relay for Life event.

— The Kemper County Board of Su­pervisors accepted, in a 3-2 vote, the resignation of County Administrator Marcus Wilson late Monday night. In his letter of resignation, Wilson said the board of supervisors failed to em­power him as county administrator. District Four Supervisor Mike Luke and District Five Supervisor Chris Cole voted against accepting Wilson’s res­ignation — and Wilson indicated he felt their votes were in support of the county unit system.

— On May 15, Mrs. Nealie J. McCoy was honored by her family with a birth­day celebration in recognition of 97 years.


(MAY 22, 1997)

— Graduation ceremonies at Kem­per County High School are set for Fri­day night, as amore than 80 seniors are set to conclude their high school ca­reers and receive their diplomas.

— The Kemper Academy Lady Rams broke out the whipping sicks last Sat­urday at the Class A State Tournament, and it earned them a third-place finish at Huntington School.

— Last Saturday the Preston Volun­teer Fire Department capped a year’s preparation when they conducted water shuttle on Mt. Harmony road. Several volunteers have been modify­ing old Army fuel and water tankers as well as high capacity pumps for just that purpose.

— Former Kemper Academy rodeo standout Judd Gully is making a splash in the college rodeo scene in his fresh­man season at the University of West Alabama. Gully was recently selected as UWA’s Ozark Region Champion Calf Roper, and is currently ranked No. 1 in the nation in calf roping.


(MAY 25, 1972)

— Banquet pot pies could be purchased five for $1 at Pilgrim’s IGA Discounter, while round steak was $1 per pound.

— Liberty homemakers Club met in the home of Mrs. J.W. Davis on May 20th for their regular monthly meeting. One guest and eight members were present.

— The children of Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Van Devender honored them on their Sil­ver Wedding Anniversary at their home in the Gholson community on April 23rd.


(MAY 21, 1942)

— Miss Mildred Hill, county home demonstra­tion agent, Wednesday was showing an English Pea vine about six feet high. It was grown by Mrs. A.A. Griffon of the garden leaders of the Damascus Women’s Home Demonstration Club.

— From Ems ’n Ends ’n Quads column by Lamar Sledge: L.C, McRae, A.D. Bassett and Ray Brewster, among others, got notice from Uncle Sam that after June first they’d be in the Army. How about saving me a tent with a souther ex­posure, fellows.

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