Looking Back: 80 Years Ago: Townsend man honored for bravery at Pearl Harbor
Here are the a few items of interest from issues of The Kemper County Messenger from one, five, 10, 25, 50 and 80 years ago.
ONE YEAR AGO
(APRIL 8 ,2021)
— Kemper County’s unemployment rate stayed about the same in February, going up one-tenth of a point to 7.3 percent when compared to the previous month according to numbers from the Mississippi Employment Security Commission.
FIVE YEARS AGO
(APRIL 6, 2017)
— Mississippi Power Co. said Monday that it needs one more month and another $99 million to finish its $7.2 billion Kemper County power plant.
— The Kemper County School District Board of Directors approved Joshua Pulphus as the new head football coach of the Kemper County High School Wildcats last Tuesday.
— East Mississippi Community College’s Quantesha Patterson has repeated as an
All-Region 23 women’s basketball selection, as voted on by the head women’s basketball coaches of the Mississippi and Louisiana college ranks.
10 YEARS AGO
(APRIL 5, 2012)
— Utility regulators voted 2-1 Friday to let Mississippi Power Company continue building its coal-fired power plant in southwest Kemper County — for now. In a Friday meeting the lasted less than a minute, the Mississippi Public Service Commission granted temporary construction authority to Mississippi Power — a unit of Atlanta-based Southern Company ≠ promising to follow up with a permanent decisions by May 2.
— After failing to reach a compromise, DeKalb Mayor Homer Hall said he will veto a board of aldermen vote that would rename Philadelphia Road to Dr. Martin Luther King Drive.
25 YEARS AGO
APRIL 3, 1997)
— Kemper County’s Board of Supervisors had a special guest last Tuesday afternoon when U.S. Congressman Chip Pickering paid a visit to the courthouse.
— From Kipling News by Jane McWilliams: Nell and Tommy Whittington and son Jeff of Hattiesburg spent a few days last week with Nell’s aunts Ruby McCoy and Esther Smith.
50 YEARS AGO
(APRIL 6, 1972)
— The ladies of the Methodist Church honored Mrs, Persia Bell on her 90th Birthday on Thursday, March 30.
— From Union News by Mrs. L.D. Pace: Mr. and Mrs. Fred Frazier visited in Pascagoula during the weekend.
— Kemper County showed a total of 999 farms in the 1969 census of Agriculture. In the last previous Census of agriculture (1964) the number of farms reported in the county was 1,455.
— Bacon was selling for 49 cents per pound at Sciple’s Grocery, while oranges were a nickel each.
80 YEARS AGO
(APRIL 2, 1942)
— An Associated Press dispatch released Saturday night carried the announcement that 13 marines had been recommended for the Navy Cross for bravery in action at Pearl Harbor, December 7. One of the 13 was Pfc. Williams A. Hopper of Townsend Community.
— Travis Barfield and Louis B. Hollingshead are, respectively, valedictorian and salutatorian for the 1942 DeKalb senior class. They are brother and sister.
— The War Production Board ruled Tuesday that no more toothpaste or shaving cream in tubes could be sold unless an old tube was turned in at that time..
— The original quota of 15 truck tires for Kemper County was cut down to 10 by federal order. The quote of 5 passenger tires was left as originally allowed.
— The Schedule for the DeKalb & Western Railroad has the No. 1 arriving in DeKalb at 2:35 pm. And the No. 2 leaving DeKalb at 12:05 p.m.