Looking Back: 50 Years Ago: Gordy named Miss Delta State College


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


(APRIL 22 ,2021)

— The Kemper County Board of Su­pervisors voted to transfer $100,000 from the general fund account to a separate DDA account to be used to purchase a new truck for the Preston Volunteer Fire Department.


(APRIL 20, 2017)

— A Kemper County resident came before the Board of Supervisors on Monday asking that the unnamed road he lives on in District 2 be added to the county road inventory and eventually be given a name. Oscar Holiday said there are three homes lo­cated on the half-mile dirt road lo­cated off Firetower road and another would be added soon.

— It was quite a week on the base­ball diamond for Kemper Academy, which captured the MAIS District 2-A Championship with a pair of wins — then capped off the week with a big win over a strong Grace christian School team.


(APRIL19, 2012)

— District 32 Senator Sampson Jackson of Kemper County was ap­pointed to serve on the Mississippi Legislature’s Joint Committee on Per­formance Evaluation and Expenditure Review (PEER).

— East Mississippi Community Col­lege recently held its Phi Theta Kappa induction ceremony at its Scooba campus. Phi Theta Kappa is the official honors society for two-year colleges. Inductees from Kemper County in­cluded, from left, Anna Sciple, Chris­tian Sciple, Michael Castro, Alyson Anthony, and Sarah Dude.


(APRIL17, 1997)

— Kemper County High’s Charles Jackson, who led the Wildcats to the school’s only state championship ever, has offered his resignation as head coach to the Board of Education, ef­fective immediately. Jackson has been the head coach of the Wildcats for the past eight years and just completed his 27th season overall of pacing the coach.

— A total of 10 candidates have qualified for the upcoming municipal election in the Town of Scooba, but only three of those currently hold the offices.

— A group of community members of Kemper County have announced plans to form an Optimist Club in the county to conduct positive service projects that will benefit area youth and the community.


(APRIL 20, 1972)

— From Dot’s Column by Dorthy W. Shaw: The setting for the Dry Creek Homemaker Club was in the home of Mrs. Allen Fulton Thursday Afternoon. Mrs. Russell Shepard called the meet­ing to order with the club pledge. Mrs. Ella Jones led the group in singing.

— From The Sledgehammer column by Lamar Sledge: Went home at noon Tuesday and and found a nice bunch of icicle radishes lying on the air con­ditioner. Thanks to the unknown bene­factor. They were good.

— Lynne Lee Gordy, junior from Porterville, was named Miss Delta State College Monday night, April 10 in the annual preliminary to the Miss Mississippi Pageant.


(APRIL 16, 1942)

— J.M. Skipper, a Kemper County boy, the son of Mr. and Mrs. V.W. Skip­per of DeKalb Route 4, was last week elected president of the Columbia, Miss. Rotary club.

— At the highway and street inter­section in front of Mcrae’s Service Sta­tion the town of DeKalb this week erected a caution light. The light op­erates only on one side and gives full right of way to traffic on the highway.

— A sound picture, “Crown of Thorns” portraying the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Christ will be shown at Lynville Church. Admis­sion is children 11 cents, adults 17 cents.

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