Looking Back: 50 Years Ago: Census reveals interesting numbers for Kemper County


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


(MAY 20 ,2021)

— The Kemper County Board of Su­pervisors voted to accept a resolution from the Kemper County School Dis­trict concerning a $12M bond issue to build a new elementary school. The school district will be allowed to hold a special election on Thursday, August 5, asking voters for permission to use the General Obligation Bonds.

— The Kemper Academy Rams wrapped up their 2021 baseball sea­son with an 11-8 record. The Rams fin­ished tied for first in their district. They advanced to the second round of the state playoffs. Dylan Williamson was selected as District Overall MVP.


(MAY 18, 2017)

— The Kemper County Board of Su­pervisors voted unanimously to con­tract with Enhanced Environment and Emergency Response Services to re­move unknown chemicals in barrels and cans located in the old Alply Building, which is currently owned by the county.

—The Kemper County School Board unanimously voted to accept an Edu­cator in Residence Grant, in the amount of $85,500 between the Mis­sissippi Department of Education and the Kemper County School District during its monthly meeting last Thurs­day.

— East Mississippi Community Col­lege instructor and Honors Program Director Kelly Cantrell has been a named a 2017 Moody Institute Fellow. Cantrell received a $1,000 grant to at­tend the National Collegiate Honors Council’s 52nd annual conference in Atlanta on Nov. 8-12.


(MAY 17, 2012)

— The Kemper Academy Board of  Supervisors are apparently in the market for a county administrator for the sec­ond time this year. County administrator Marcus T. Wilson turned in his letter of resignation — effective immediately — to supervi­sors Tuesday night.

— East Mississippi Com­munity College’s history-making 2011 football season culminated in grand style with last Saturday night’s national champi­onship ring presentation banquet held in the Lyceum auditorium at EMCC’s Golden Triangle campus.


(MAY 15 1997)

— Winners of the Missis­sippi Forestry Commis­sion’s Annual Forest Fire Prevention Poster Contest recently had at Kemper Academy were : Jacklyn Tindal, first place; Kyle Davis, second lace; ad Han­nah Luke, third place.

— Mrs. Deloris Jackson Puckett of press proudly represented Kemper County as their nAACP Mother of the Year, 1997, in our State Capitol o Sunday, May 4th.


(MAY 18, 1972)

— The 1970 Census of Housing counted 3,147 housing units in Kemper County, and 2,280 house­holds had a least one tele­vision set, according to the U.S. Bureau of Census. There were 817 housing units with air conditional and 82 with a central sys­tem; 1,252 units with a clothes washing machine, 267 with a clothes dryer, and 69 with a dishwasher.


(MAY 14, 1942)

— Curtis H. Adams, son of Mr. and Mrs. S.G Adams of Dekalb, has been pro­moted to First Lieutenant of the Tank Destroyer Bat­talion at Fort Jackson S.c.

— The annual 4-H club purebred pig contest has been completed and the following boys are the win­ners: David Jones, Porter­ville; Charles Sciples, Lynville; Dwight Bounds, Moscow; Frank Bethany, Cleveland; Kenneth Weaver, Lynville; Robert Curtis Sanders, DeKalb; Ray Gibson, Damascus; Ole Jones, Cleveland; Mickey Warmack, Moscow; Wayne Allen, Cleveland; and Ted Long, DeKalb.

— The Faculty for the 1942-43 school term at Scooba have been elected as follows: Beginners and first grade, Mr. T.H. Wall; second and third, Mrs. Margie Aust; third and fourth, Mrs. Alma Evans; fifth and sixth, Mrs. Edith Anderson; seven and eight math and science, Mrs. C.E. Crawford, seventh and eight English and history, Mrs. C.E. McBride; high school English and history, Mrs. Esthma Moore, high school math and Science; principal, S.M. Price; and music teacher, Mrs. W.S. Carer.

— James O. Eastland, who served as senator last summer with the interim appointment by Governor Johnson, following the death of Senator Pat Harri­son, announced that he is a candidate in the August Pri­mary.  

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