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.


(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.


(DEC.1, 2016)

— 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.


(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.


(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.


(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.

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