Looking Back: 50 Years Ago: Supes sign contract with Kaul Glove


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


(SEPT. 16, 2021) 

— The town of Scooba has a new alderman. Thenesha Hopson was appointed to the position by the mayor and board. She was the only candidate to qualify to fill the unexpired term of Chris Collins, who resigned earlier this year. A special election had been scheduled for Tuesday, but it was canceled after Hopson was the only candidate to qualify. 


(SEPT. 14, 2017) 

— The Kemper County Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted a budget just shy of $19M for fiscal year 2017/18 following a public hearing on Friday afternoon. The millage rate remains at 90 mils for the coming year with the estimated value for a mil being $257. 


(SEPT. 13 2012) 

— A new ambulance service company is apparently coming to Kemper County LifeCare EMS of Carthage posted the low bid to provide coverage to the county beginning Sunday. Lifecare’s bid of $12,000 per month was $6,000 less than that of TransCare, the county’s current carrier. 

— A local artist whose surreal paintings are creating a buzz around the state will be showing his work at East Mississippi Community College Sunday. Bard Luke, of Preston, will be at Aust Hall on the Scooba campus from 2-4 p.m. to explain his “Mindscapes and Dreamscapes” exhibit. 

— Jeff McCoy, a native of DeKalb, has joined Great Southern National Bank as president and Chief operating officer, according to Leslie Usher, Chief Executive Officer. 


(SEPT. 11, 1997) 

— The outpouring of support and memories of slain Sheriff Mike McKee continue, and now Kemper County High School has joined in the recognition by announcing that no Wildcat player will ever wear McKee’s football number again. The jersey No. 44, which was worn by McKee in the early 1970s when he played tailback for West Kemper High, will be retired this Friday when KCHS plays host to Southeast Lauderdale. 

— The Kemper County School District recently took five of its propane-fueled buses off the road and replaced them with with 1998 Bluebird International diesels — and took steps that will save the district more than $86,000. 

— A former West Kemper High School graduate has been named as the new Vocational Director of the John C. Stennis Vocational Complex in DeKalb. Jacqueline Pollock was recently appointed to the new position by the Kemper County Board of Education after a review of the recommendation by Superintendent of Education Rose Clifton. 


(SEPT. 14, 1972) 

— After several months of negotiations, the Board of Supervisors signed a lease-contract agreement Wednesday afternoon of last week for a new factory for Kemper County. The company is the Kaul Glove and Manufacturing Co. There will be no bond issues involved. It will be located at the Lynville School buildings. 

— West Kemper opened its football season here Thursday night in a most successful fashion by bombing homestanding Durant, 40-0. Robert Chamberlain was the big gun in the Kemper attack as he scored a pair of touchdowns and kicked a pair of extra points. 

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