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Friday, July 28, 2017
  • Wednesday, July 26, 2017 6:00 PM
    It was decided at Tuesday's meeting of  the Kemper County Local Emergency Planning Committee  that full-scale disaster exercises would be held sometime in September. The exact date is expiated to be determined at an Aug. 15 meeting of the comity.

    Representatives from local healthcare, nursing and long-term care facilities along with Kemper EMA Director,
  • Wednesday, July 26, 2017 6:00 PM
    During their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, July 17, the Kemper County Board of Supervisors accepted bids for rehab on the homes of Lee Brown, Mary Tisdale and John Bourrage.

    The low bid for the Brown home came from Ridgeway Contractors for $110.154K; for the Tisdale home, John Tate Construction for $86.924K; the Bourrage home, Ridgeway Contractors for $118.250K.
  • Wednesday, July 26, 2017 6:00 PM
    On Tuesday evening, July 18, a group met at the Kemper County Public Library in Dekalb to discuss the Friends of the Library. Present to explain the purpose and function of the organization were Meredith Wickham, Library System Director and Demetrius Thompson, Friends of the Library Treasurer.

    Thompson explained that the library is considered a government entity, as it is funded with city, county and state funds. The library is prevented from doing many fundraising activities, due to the government funding.
  • EMCC Wellness Center continues memberships for area residents
    Wednesday, July 26, 2017 6:00 PM
    Scooba resident Marshetta Little has lost eight pounds and her once high blood pressure has dropped to the ideal range since June when she began working out at East Mississippi Community College’s Wellness Center on the Scooba campus.

    “I feel great,” Little said. “I have more energy and have lost an inch-and-a-half off my waist.”
  • Wednesday, July 26, 2017 6:00 PM
    Following the heat advisory issued by the National Weather Service, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reminds local residents about steps they should take to protect their health from the extreme heat.

     People suffering from heat stress may experience heavy sweating; weakness; cold, pale, and clammy skin; fast, weak pulse; and nausea or vomiting.  Early signs include muscle cramps, heat rash, fainting or near-fainting spells, and a pulse or heart rate greater than 100.
  • Farmer's Market renamed in honor of longtime public servant Ruby Rankin
    An overflow crowd gathered at the Kemper County Farmers Market Building on Monday, July 17 as it was officially renamed the Ruby D. Rankin Farmers Market Building, in honor of Rankin and her many years of hard work and dedicated service to the people of Kemper County. Included in the gathering were family, friends, co-workers and elected officials.

    Rankin was the face of the Mississippi State University Extension Service in Kemper County for 33 years until her sudden death in early May.
  • Collins, Stills to take Riley Center stage Aug 7 in Meridian
    MERIDIAN — The MSU Riley Center presents two musical legends: Judy Collins and Stephen Stills, performing live on Monday, August 7, at 7:30 p.m.

    Making an exceptional event even more special, the Riley Center will offer a pre-show party featuring free refreshments in the Grand Lobby starting at 6:30 p.m.
  • 9 local 4-H'ers compete in recent district contest
    Nine area youth recently participated in 4-H Contest during the Southeast District 4-H Project Achievement Day held in Laurel.

    Participants presented visual presentations and exhibits on what they have learned. This event is for Junior 4-H members, ages 8 to 13.
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  • Wednesday, July 26, 2017 6:00 PM
    A year ago, Robert Luke took over the Kemper Academy fast-pitch softball program and stared at a roster with only 11 players and no seniors.

    The Lady Rams might still be considered young, but depth shouldn't be an issue heading into the 2017 season which starts this weekend.

    "We were in a position last year where all 11 we had early in the season, including the seventh graders, had to play," Luke said. "Now, we've got twice as many and several that could play in a bunch of different spots. It's quite a different situation."
  • Pompelia, Robinson repeat as Heart O’ Dixie champs
    Wednesday, July 26, 2017 6:00 PM
    Tyson Pompelia and Mary Robinson repeated as the men's and women's division champions Saturday at the 38th annual Heart o’ Dixie Triathlon.

    But both said it wasn’t easy.

     “I had a good swim and came out of the water ahead of (second place finisher) Russell Simkins,”
  •  Koni Hatta wins three stickball championships
    Wednesday, July 26, 2017 6:00 PM
    Teams from the Koni Hatta community brought home three championships from the 68th annual World Series of Stickball which concluded Saturday night at Choctaw Central High School.

    Koni Hatta won first place in the Men’s, Women’s and Youth 14-17 divisions.
  • Local athlete brings close to outstanding softball career
    Wednesday, July 12, 2017 6:00 PM
    Walking away from something that’s been familiar for so long isn’t always the easiest task, but sometimes it’s the wisest one.

    Jones County Junior College softball player Brittany Baty, a Northeast Lauderdale alumna, did just that when she retired after her sophomore season in May to focus on a nursing career.
  • Wednesday, July 12, 2017 6:00 PM
    Headlined by the softball program’s eighth consecutive NJCAA Academic Team Award, East Mississippi Community College had 21 student-athletes and three teams garner national recognition for their academic excellence during the 2016-17 school year.  The NJCAA’s team and individual honors for academic achievement were recently announced by the national office headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • Wednesday, July 19, 2017 6:00 PM
    JULY 23, 1937

    Fred Smith, of this county, was one of the sixteen boys who were awarded all-expense trips to State College 4-H Club Congress July 19-24.
  • DUNCAN/‘I Am Among You As the One Who Serves’
    Wednesday, July 12, 2017 6:00 PM
    Turn to Luke 22:24-27 as we continue looking at the events of the last night before Jesus’ crucifixion. In this passage we find the disciples arguing about who is the greatest, and Jesus rebukes them for it. This is a pretty humiliating story about the disciples, but Luke doesn’t tell it to shame them. He tells it to teach us a lesson. You see, Jesus is getting at one main thing in his rebuke: our attitude, our ambition. He’s exhorting us to a life of other-centered, Gospel-motivated service. As we look at what Jesus says, I want you to see four ways Luke gets this point across: the blindness of the disciples, the blindness of the world, the nature of the kingdom, and the motivation for our service.
  • DUNCAN/‘My Words Will Not Pass Away’
    Wednesday, June 14, 2017 6:00 PM
    Turn to Luke 21:25-38 as we continue to make our way through a passage in which Jesus has been addressing His disciples about future events. There is a criticism of the Christian teaching on the end times that goes something like this. Because the Bible teaches that Jesus is coming again and that this earth will pass away, this keeps Christians from being involved in this world. Jesus’ teaching shows that that criticism misunderstands what the Bible's teaching on the last things is for. Jesus’ teaching about the last things is designed to equip us for today, and He shows us this specifically in this passage in several ways. Let me just give you four words as we work through the passage together: confidence, trust, watch, and pray.
  • “DUNCAN/Blessed is He Who Comes in the Name of the Lord”
    Wednesday, April 26, 2017 6:00 PM
    Turn to Luke 19:28-44. This passage takes place on the Sunday before the Friday of Jesus’ crucifixion. Jesus does things here that He does nowhere else prior to this point. So often in the gospel story, when someone comes to Jesus and says, “You’re the Messiah,” Jesus says, “Do not tell anyone this.” That doesn’t happen here. Here He is acclaimed as the Messiah, and He says, “That’s right. I am.” Why is that different here? Luke wants you to pay attention to that question. In this passage Luke is saying, “Behold, this is your King. This is what He’s coming to do.” He’s directing our attention to Jesus’ person and work.
  • DUNCAN/‘Temptation, sin, and faith’
    Wednesday, January 25, 2017 6:00 PM
    Turn in your Bible to Luke 17:1-6. I want to remind you that throughout Luke 16 Jesus has been dealing with both the Pharisees’ lives and their teaching. Their sin is leading the people of God astray, so here Jesus is concerned to say to His disciples, “Do not live and teach like the Pharisees.” In many ways it's a contrast; it's a positive exhortation in light of His negative criticism of the Pharisees in Luke 16.
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