Looking Back: Eighty Years Ago: Chancery Clerk Injured in Horse Accident


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.


(APRIL 1 ,2021)

— Dylan Williams of Kemper Acad­emy has been named STAR Student for the 2020-21 school year by the Mississippi Economic Council M.B. Swayze Foundation, sponsor of the Student Teach Achievement Recog­nition (STAR) Program. Mrs. Iva Lou Cumberland was designated as STAR Teacher.


(MARCH 30, 2017)

— The Kemper County High School Wildcats and former head coach Chris Jones were applauded and honored at the State Capitol las Thursday morning the Mississippi Senate after winning there first MHSAA Class 3A Sate Champi­onship. District 32 State Sen. Samp­son Jackson II sponsored and presented the team with a State of Mississippi Senate Concurrent Reso­lution adopted by members of the state legislature

— A Healthy adulthood starts in childhood, but Mississippi’s children face an array of challenges that affect their health, well-being and their chances of becoming a healthy adult. Mississippi ranks last in the U.S. in overall child well-big, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids County Data Center.

— Kemper County High School has hired Joshua Pulphus as its new head football coach. Pulphus comes to KCHS from Starkville High School, where he coached defensive backs. He formerly coached at New Hope Hope High School and Aberdeen High School.


(MARH 29, 2021)

— The honors continue to pour in for Kemper County High School bas­ketball star Devonta Pollard and they keep getting bigger. Already a three-time all-star, a two-time all-state selection and a three-time postseason MVP, Pollard was chosen last Thursday morning as the 2011-12 Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Mississippi. Three days later Pollard was an­nounced as Mississippi’s Mr. Basketball by the Jack­son Clarion-Ledger statewide newspaper.

— The Kemper County Women’s Civic League has given the Town of DeKalb a municipal flag to be used for ceremonial occasions and statewide meetings.


(MARCH 27, 1997)

— The small incubator farm located near Preston in Kemper and Winston counties is now re-opened for business and we are now seeking small farmers to participate in an educa­tional/technical assistant program, according to Al­corn Associate Extension administrator Dr. Jesse Harness.

— From Up Preston Way column by Louise Fulton: Dry reek Church honored our pastor Vernell Daniels with a surprise birthday party last Sunday night after church.

— The Lady Rams of Kemper Academy didn’t get their 1997 softball sea­son under way until last week. But when it finally came time to play, KA’s girls had quite a busy week. KA won a pair of single games during then week, then won three-of-four contests to claim second in the Cen­tral Academy Tournament Saturday.


(MARCH 30, 1972)

— On Sunday, March 19th, friends and relatives gathered in the home of Mr. And Mrs. Bryant Palmer of Preston to help Mrs. Mollie Wilkins celebrate her 95th birthday.

— The DeKalb churches will meet together for Easter Sunrise Services at 6 a.m. in the DeKalb Baptist Church. Rev. J.H. Armfield will bring the message.


(MARCH 26, 1942)

— Chancery Clerk Camp­bell Warren was painfully hurt Monday afternoon when he fell from a horse he was riding. The injuries, caused by the horse step­ping on him after he fell, were at first thought seri­ous and Mr. Warren was rushed to a Meridian hospi­tal. X-ray examination there showed the the injuries were not serious. Mr War­ren was able to be up and about again the latter part of the week.

— After having tied the girls basketball team from Carters Creek in the South Mississippi playoff held at Hattiesburg last weekend, the girls from Damascus will enter the state playoff to be held this weekend at Tupelo.

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