Looking Back: Five Years Ago: Dollar General opens doors In Scooba


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


(MARCH 25, 2021)

— East Mississippi Community Col­lege is pleased to announce that Dr. Nikitia L. Ashford-Ashworth is joining the college as the district director of advising, retention, and student suc­cess.

— The Kemper County Women’s Civic League plans to hold their first meeting of the year on Tuesday, May 11 at noon in the DeKalb Library.


(MARCH 13, 2017)

— The Dollar General Store in Scooba opened its doors for business with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 8 a.m. on Saturday. A large crowd of customers were standing in line with the first 50 customers receiving spe­cial discount coupons.

— From the Mail Tales column by Hoppy Spinks: Well, well, well, well, well! As the old saying goes, spring has sprung.

— East Mississippi Community Col­lege freshman Carly Thompson has been named MACJC Softball Pitcher of the Week for her recent efforts in the circle for the Lions. Thompson went 2-0 and did not give up an earned run in 15 total innings during three pitching appearances.


(MARCH 22, 2012)

— The Kemper County Board of Supervisors approved the new dis­trict voting lines for county govern­ment Monday during their second meeting of the month. The top part of District 5 was moved into District 1. To make up for of the loss to Dis­trict 5, part of District 4 around the Kemper County Lake area will be shifted to District 5.

— During a recent fishing expedi­tion to the Mississippi Gulf Cost in Biloxi, Kemper County Superintend­ent of Education Jackie Pollock caught a big redfish that measured 29 inches long and weighted 18 pounds


(MARCH 20, 1997)

— Kenneth Clemons, Jr., one of three Preston teenagers allegedly in­volved in the murders of three mem­bers of the Choctaw tribe last summer, was convicted last Wednes­day and sentenced to serve three life terms. Clemons was 14 years old at the time of the murders, which took place near the caves at the Nanih Waiya State Park just inside the Neshoba County line. That’s where brothers Frankie Amos, 23, and Cecil Amos, 21, and their cousin, Shirley Davis, 21, were found dead on July 15, 1996. The Amos’ were from Pre­ston, while Davis was from Bogue Chitto.

— Kemper County High School seniors Atiyyah Baseemah and Maurice Kirk were both recently named to the Class 3A All-State Tourna­ment basketball team.


(MARCH 22, 1972)

— From the Around the Town With Frances column: Little Miss Alexi George celebrated her fourth birth­day on Friday afternoon with a birthday party. Guests were Betty Jo and Barbara Carol Mitchell, Cissy McDade, and John and Andy McRae. Alexi is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Delane George of DeKalb.

— The Kannabils from Kosciusko were set to per­form at a dance at the American Legion Hut on Saturday night March 25. Admission was $1.50 stag, $2 for a couple and $1 for children under 12.


(MARCH 19, 1942)

— Your county Housing Authority will build 25 farm homes on individual farms scattered through the county. The homes will be built by the County Hous­ing Authority and rented to eligible occupants whose net annual income does not allow them to construct their own home.

— Dr. Priest announced this week that a sanitary engineer had been name to succeed Charlie Crew who left for the army several weeks ago. E.G. Oliphant is the new man’s name. He will begin work here some­time around the first of April.

— From the Ems ’n Ens ’n Quads column: Miss Mil­dred Hill has threatened to get a stick after us if we printed her picture. We don’t blame her for it ei­ther. The picture we had did not do her justice. Any­way, we are not going to publish it. I’ve got enough to worry about without having a woman mad at me.

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