Looking Back: Ten Years Ago: Mt. Salem VFD celebrates anniversary
The Looking Back feature has returned to the Kemper County Messenger. Every week we will take a quick look at stories of interest from back issues of the newspaper.
There will be items from one year ago, five years ago, 10 years ago, 25 years ago, and 50 years ago
Some items appear just as they originally did, while some have been paraphrased and condensed.
ONE YEAR AGO
(DEC. 3 2020)
— Working with Bernard Hulin, a retired Navy veteran and school partner with PACES (Parents & Community Equals Educational Success) and State Sen. Sampson Jackson, the Kemper County School District received 80 American flags. Sen. Jackson and Hulin said the symbolism of the flag in every classroom is important.
— Forty-three graduates of East Mississippi Community College’s Associate Degree Nursing and Surgical Technology programs participated in a pinning ceremony the morning of Nov. 24 at the Golden Triangle campus.
— Approximately $14,000 was sent to the American Cancer society from Kemper County through Relay for Life activities.
FIVE YEARS AGO
— Kemper County will have an opportunity to win a state championship in football for the first time when the Wildcats, winners of 14 in a row and the South State title, plays North State winner Charleston Saturday at Mississippi State. KCHS advanced to the championship game with a 28-20 win over Raleigh.
— The Kemper County Board of Supervisors tabled an order that would have approved new polices and procedures for operation of the city park and also tabled an order that would have authorized the purchase of a four-camera system that would provide surveillance at the park during non-operational hours.
— Not one, but two football players from Kemper Academy have been named Mississippi Association of Independent Schools All-Stars. Seniors Dalton Sanderford and Trent Lightner are in Jackson this week and will participate in the annual MAIS all-star football game salted for Friday.
10 YEARS AGO
(DEC. 1, 2011)
— The Mount Salem Volunteer Fire Department recently celebrate its 10th anniversary with a dinner celebration and awards presentation.
— East Mississippi Community College will hold a dedication ceremony for the Orr Center for Christian Activities today at 11 a.m. on its Scooba Campus.
— The Kemper Academy Lady Rams bounced back from the Thanksgiving break to take a 30-26 victory over Class AA Lamar School Monday night in prep basketball action The Lady Rams now stand at 7-2 overall.
— From Sprinkles of Life column by Helen Conner Price: How long has it been since you experienced a deeply felt hearty laugh? I mean a real out loud roar? Is your laughter rusty? Is there too much stress in your life? Too much responsibility? Perhaps you need to awaken your inside child and allow cheerfulness back into your mind.
25 YEARS AGO
(NOV. 28 1996)
— The DeKalb Volunteer Fire Department just picked up a $100,000 addition, and another volunteer department in the county is on it way to picking up one as well. DeKalb’s new fire truck was delivered last Friday. The new Spring Hill Fire Department will also be receiving a truck, hopefully sometime next month.
— Joe Thedford, son of Gloria Thedford of Porterville, has been selected as “Outstanding Vocational Student” of the first nine weeks.
— Marie McDade of DeKalb was selected as the Most Beautiful at the annual East Mississippi Community college Beauty and Beau pageant held on the Scooba campus.
50 YEARS AGO
(DEC. 2, 1971)
— From the Sledgehammer Column by Lamar Sledge: Frances and I had a very quiet, and I suppose, satisfactory Thanksgiving. We had turnip greens and cornbread for dinner. She caught up on some sewing and mending and I watched the ball games.
—The East Mississippi Junior College Music Department will present its annual Christmas Concert on December 8th in the Junior College Auditorium. Mrs. Glenda Malone and Mr. George Arnold will be in charge of the production.