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  • 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,
  • 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.
  • 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
    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.”
  • 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.
  • The Beautification Committee of the Brown Ridge MB Church is pleased to announce its one year anniversary. In this year we have set a goal to purchase new pews for our beautiful sanctuary. To further our commitment to purchasing the new pews, on the first Saturday, Aug. 5, we will be hosting a GOSPEL MUSICAL beginning at 5 p.m. at Brown Ridge. There will be many local artist, groups, and mass choirs performing some of the best gospel hits around. Later in the evening will be blessed by our special guests the Renewed Singers from Decatur, Deborah AND Generation from Jasper County, and the Mississippi Hummingbirds of Columbus.
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    Michael Gemans Lewis, 44,  904 Dove St Aliceville, Al,  Charges: Improper Equipment, Driving while License Suspended
  • Zoo animals delight children, adults at local library events
    The zoo came to Kemper County on Friday, as the public libraries in DeKalb and Scooba played host to animals from the Hattiesburg Zoo Outreach program, accompanied by Outreach Coordinator, Aimee Foster.

    The program began with Foster explaining that animals,
  • During the regularly scheduled meeting of the Kemper County School Board this past Thursday, board member James Creer expressed concerns about duplication and waste in the school system. He pointed out that all districts are cutting back and that the Board must be good stewards of the available funds. He proposed that all purchases of $2K or more should come before the board for approval.
  • On July 27 from 9 a.m-3 p.m. The United Way of East Mississippi will have a drop location for collecting school supplies and donations for elementary aged students at the Pilgrim’s Foodliner Grocery Store located on Highway 16 West in DeKalb.

    Kemper County residents are asked to donate school supplies and bring them to place on the bus that day. Volunteers from various community organizations will be there to accept the donations and load them on a school bus loaned by the Kemper County School District. 
  • Representatives from different healthcare organizations, utilities and emergency response were took part in a meeting of the Kemper County Local Emergency Planning Committee in the Kemper County Sheriff’s Department conference room last Thursday.

    The purpose of the LEPC is for planning and conducting exercises that will help emergency responders and the community better prepare for an actual disaster. These exercises are mandated by both state and federal governments, according to Kemper Emergency Management Director
  • Summer is upon us and thousands of anglers will take to Mississippi’s waters to try their luck at fishing. Whether it is a seasoned angler competing in a local bass tournament, or a father and child spending a quiet afternoon catching bream on a farm pond, everyone who goes fishing wants to be successful.
  • Three East Mississippi Community College students competing against their peers from colleges and universities across the nation took home a gold medal and two silver medals in the SkillsUSA Championships in Louisville, Ky.

    The national championships took place June 19-23 at the 53rd annual National Leadership and Skills Conference. Ten EMCC students earned a combined eight gold medals in the Mississippi SkillsUSA competition in Jackson earlier this year to earn a shot at the national championships in which only state champions are allowed to compete.

    Registration for the upcoming year for the Kemper County Public Schools is July 24-28 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. This registering are asked to bring the two proofs of residency with physical address such as a June or July utility bill; immunization records for incoming seventh graders; birth certificate and social security card for new students; as well as photo ID of parent/guardian. The first day of class is Monday, Aug. 7.
  • Choose annual perennial salvias for summer beauty
    Home gardeners in Mississippi need colorful plants that hold up to the hot conditions we have every year. One group of plants that is a great choice for summer color is salvia, which includes both perennial and annual top performers.

    The annual Salvia Splendens, as the name suggests, can’t be beat. It is commonly called scarlet salvia, but it comes in a variety of bright colors.
  • Allergic reactions to insect stings are a common and often serious medical problem. Insects that sting are divided into two major subgroups: the group consisting of the yellow jacket, hornet and wasp; and the one made up of the more docile honeybee and bumblebee. The fire ant is a non-winged member of the first group and is responsible for an increasing number of allergic reactions.
  • 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.
  • The Gerald Mills family of Newton will be sporting a new cabin 512 when the 128th edition of the Neshoba County Fair officially opens Friday for eight exciting days featuring top musical entertainment, arts and crafts, the popular Heart o’ Dixie Triathlon, harness and running horse races and much more.

    The Fair will continue through Friday, July 28.
  • The new boys basketball coach at Kemper County High School called the Wildcats "A dream job."

    Daryl Osby, a Meridian native, was hired to replace John Darnell, who left after three years to become basketball coach at Lake High School.
  • The decision by the Mississippi Public Service Commission to include that the Kemper County Energy Facility, commonly known as the coal plant, be recertified to allow for it to operate only as a natural gas facility could lead to a massive loss of jobs to the area, as well as a significant decrease in the county's tax base.
  • The Kemper County Board of Supervisors unanimously accepted a bid of a little more than $1.5M  on a state aid road project that would reseal and re-stripe eight roads in the county,

    The bid of T.L. Wallace Construction
  • The Kemper County Sheriff's Department is still seeking information surrounding an apparent homicide in connection with the death of a Preston man found lying on the side of Indian Branch Road early Friday afternoon.

    Sheriff James Moore said Emmanuel Morries was apparently shot near the same spot he was found by a passing motorist around 1 p.m. The Sheriff said he could not release all of the information he has gathered
  • Landscapers Pride expected to bring jobs to Kemper County
    A manufacturer of various types of mulch, potting soil and soil amendments, will be opening its only satellite facility in Kemper County, which will employ approximately 20 people when running at full capacity.

    Landscapers Pride of New Waverly, Texas will be located in the old Furniture Direct facility located on U.S. Hwy. 45 several miles south of the Hwy. 16 intersection. They hope to be up and running by Sept. 15.
  • The Hattiesburg Zoo Outreach will visit the Kemper County Library, in Dekalb, on Friday at 2 p.m., and the Scooba Public Library at 4 p.m., according to Library System Director Meredith Wickham.

    Aimee Foster, the Zoo Outreach Coordinator, will be bringing different types of animals that the public will be able to touch and interact with. The types of animals will be determined on the day of the visit.
  • On July 6 the Dekalb Board of Aldermen held its first meeting of a new term with Mayor Clark Adams at the helm.

    The Board heard from Kemper County Emergency Management Director Ben Dudley concerning a regional hazard mitigation plan. Dudley explained that there are nine counties in the region, and the plan is 1,400 pages; the section that concerns Dekalb is 400-plus pages.
  • "Discovering the God of the Universe"
    New Hope United Methodist Church held its Vacation Bible School June 16-28 under the direction of coordinators Geraldine Hickman and Mary Coleman, There were 24 students in attendance. The church's pastor is Steven Owens.



    The Kemper County Board of Supervisor has approved to rename the Farmer's Market Building in memory of Ruby Rankin. The event is set for Monday at noon. The building is located at MSU Extension office in DeKalb.
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    Willie Lee Burrage Jr 53

    2538 Shiloh Church Rd De Kalb, MS
  • Project helps students 'Uncover' Kemper County
    Late last month a number of students gathered in the Kemper County High School library, along with family and distinguished visitors, to present what they had discovered on a journey they called Uncovering Kemper County.

    The project, which was a result of a 21st Century Learning Grant, took the students to different locations around Kemper County to see what they could uncover about the history of the county.
  • East Mississippi Community College’s accreditation has been reaffirmed following an exhaustive review of the college’s financial records, academic programs, faculty credentials and student outcomes.

    At a June 15 meeting, the Board of Trustees for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) approved EMCC’s accreditation, which is up for renewal once every 10 years.
  • DeKalb, Scooba mayors take oaths of office
    This past Friday afternoon, as raindrops began to fall, Clark Adams stood on the front steps of the Kemper County Courthouse to take the oath of office as administered by Kemper County Chancery Clerk Sherline Watkins. A sizable crowd gathered to be a part of the event.

    Earlier in the day a small group of family members gathered at the Scooba Town Hall to witness newly-elected Mayor Marion Smoot take the oath from City Clerk Patricia Clay. Adams, the father of five, was born in the New Hope Community and moved to Dekalb at age six. He said he has been a resident of the town ever since.
  • Pat McKee, who says she has been a resident of Kemper County all of her 73 years, came before the Kemper County Board of Supervisors on Monday morning asking for improvement to Spanish Oak Church Road.

    "I have called and called and can't get anybody to answer the phone," she said of her frustration in trying to get help. "We do not have a ditch anywhere. When it rains it makes a ditch in the middle of the road. We have nice vehicles and deserve a good road to drive on."
  • A Mississippi utility, faced with a regulatory ultimatum, is stopping efforts to complete a first-of-its-kind coal fueled power plant.

    Mississippi Power Co., a unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co., said Wednesday that it could lose another $3.4 billion from the Kemper County power plant if it can't reach a settlement with regulators. Shareholders have already lost $3.1 billion on the $7.5 billion plant.
  • Two newly-elected officials took their places at the table in Scooba’s regularly scheduled Board of Aldermen meeting on Tuesday night. Those officials are Mayor Marion Smoot who officially took the oath of office on Friday, and Ward 3 Alderman Craig Nave.

    The Board took action on a number of items, including whether or not to allow a private citizen to use the softball field for a private function. It was pointed out that the softball field is in a state of serious disrepair, and that there was a possibility of injuries for which the town might be held liable. It was decided by a vote of 4-1, with Ward 1 Alderman Maxine Puckett voting ‘no’, that Mayor Smoot, Alderman
  • Jenkins hired as EMCC athletic academic advisor
    Abby Jenkins has been hired as athletic academic advisor at East Mississippi Community College, as announced recently by EMCC Director of Athletics Dr. Randall Bradberry.

    In her role, Jenkins is responsible for monitoring the academic well-being of EMCC’s student-athletes.  In acting as a liaison between the EMCC faculty, student-athletes and coaches, she assists in course selection and also monitors the daily academic progress of all student-athletes on the Scooba campus.

  • In a special called meeting this past Thursday, the Kemper County Board of Education heard a detailed budget briefing from Lotis Johnson. After discussing the amounts of different types of expenditures it was determined that the Board should come together for a more in-depth budgeting work-session. That session was scheduled for Monday at 5 p.m..
  • JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) won $2.7 Million from the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) for an innovative initiative to provide policy makers with real-time data concerning workforce development in our state.  Mississippi is the first state ever to receive this grant.

    The Kemper County Board of Supervisor has approved to rename the Farmer's Market Building in memory of Ruby Rankin.Please join us on July 17 at noon for this momentous event. This is such a well deserved honor and we look forward to celebrating with her family, friends and colleagues. The building is located at MSU Extension office in DeKalb.
  • STARKVILLE —Mississippi State University is helping facilitate a program that will allow students in rural Mississippi school districts to take Advanced Placement courses from leading American scholars.

     Beginning in the 2017-2018 school year, the Mississippi Public School Consortium for Educational Access is implementing a pilot program to teach Advanced Placement subject matter in select rural and low-income school districts which currently do not offer the courses. As part of the program, over 20 students from seven participating school districts are taking part in a two-week preparatory summer academy for AP physics at MSU
  • Whether you are a photographer, a hunter or just like viewing wildlife on a sunny afternoon, anyone who has spent time overlooking a food plot will have a deep appreciation for wildlife plantings.

    Food plots are very attractive to wildlife enthusiasts because they can supplement daily nutritional needs at a low cost. These plots can be designed to serve as a source of food and cover. Well-manag
  • DUNCAN/‘The New Covenant in My Blood’
    Turn in your Bible to Luke 22:20-23. The Gospels are designed to highlight the cross-work of Jesus and the meaning of that work. In the passage we looked at last week, Jesus explained His death as a substitutionary sacrifice in His word about the bread. He has identified Himself as the bruised and crushed servant of Isaiah 53, and He has called on His disciples to ritually remember His death and the fullness of its meaning perpetually, as Paul says, “Until He comes.” But Jesus has yet more staggering announcements to make. I want to direct your attention to 5 things here.
  • All landowners must face the decision of what to do with their land. Most people are interested in creating revenue from their land from agriculture, forestry or perhaps leasing for hunting and fishing or other recreational uses. Others are content with just owning their property for personal enjoyment, or keeping it as a legacy to hand down to future generations.
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee today approved legislation cosponsored by U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) to help veterans challenge their rejected bids for Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits.

    The Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 (S.1024) was approved by voice vote.  The bipartisan measure is intended to tackle the troubling backlog of appeals pending with the Veterans Benefits Administration.  The bill would create three new options for veterans to appeal the denial of VA benefits.
  • Twelve percent of Americans suffer from five or more chronic conditions, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes. This fraction of the population accounts for 41 percent of total health care spending.  

    If we don't do more to prevent people from acquiring chronic disease, the resulting health care bills could blow a gaping hole in the federal budget.
  • Hall officially challenges DeKalb election
    Citing what he considers multiple concerns with the municipal election held earlier this month, four-term DeKalb Mayor Homer Hall has officially filed paperwork challenging the results of the election that saw him fall 13 votes short of a fifth term.

    Hall filed the challenge in Kemper County Circuit Court Friday afternoon, giving Clark Adams, who is set to be sworn in as the new mayor of DeKalb, 30 days to respond. The challenge asks the circuit court to overturn the election and declare Hall the winner, or call for a new election.
  • Commission asks Kemper plant to run on natural gas
    State utility regulators are telling Mississippi Power Co. to ditch coal and operate as a natural gas facility at the company’s $7.5 billion Kemper County energy facility.

    The move comes after years of missed project deadlines and cost increases from building a one-of-a-kind lignite coal power plant to produce electricity and reduce carbon emissions.
  • Annual July 4th event set for DeKalb Tuesday
    Whether there be a handful or hundreds, it's not July 4th in DeKalb unless Independence Day is celebrated on the Kemper County Courthouse lawn.

    Over the years, the guest speakers have been such respected leaders as U.S. Rep. G.V. "Sonny" Montgomery, U.S. Rep. Chip Pickering and U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper. This year State Rep. Michael Ted Evans will take the honors.
  • Dunn graduates from high school and college within six months
    Once a student graduates from high school, he or she usually works for a period of years before graduating from college. However, Kemper County High School graduate Demetrica Dunn completed an incredible feat by graduating from East Mississippi Community College only six months after her high school graduation. Dunn graduated from KCHS on May 27, 2016 and from EMCC on December 9, 2016.
  • The threat of severe weather from Tropical Storm Cindy in the Gulf of Mexico caused the postponement of some Kemper County events set for  June 22.

     According to Learnard Dickerson, of DACO, LLC, the P16 Community Engagement Council meeting was postponed after several people expressed concern about the weather. The meeting was to be held at the Kemper County High School Library and was open to the public. The meeting has not been rescheduled as of this week's deadline for the Kemper Messenger
  • JULY 4TH


    The Annual July 4th celebration at the Kemper County Courthouse Square is set for 10 a.m. on Tuesday. State Rep. Michael Ted Evans is the featured speaker.
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    Michael Evans, 49,  Hwy 39 Deville Apts. 14 De Kalb, MS,  Charges: Trespass after warning, disturbing the peace
  • Program aimed at filling need for skilled machinists
    MAYHEW — Retiring baby boomers are fueling a nationwide shortage of skilled precision machinists that has been exacerbated by technological advances requiring a more skilled workforce.

    Beginning this fall, East Mississippi Community College will offer an Associate of Applied Science degree in Precision Manufacturing and Machining Technology to help meet a local demand for skilled workers in the field.
  • State Senator runs through key bills passed
    Senate Bill 2689 would restrict political campaign expense spending and disallows personal use of campaign funds. It makes the process more transparent. The bill requires candidates to disclose credit card expenditures. It also states that once a campaign account has been closed, the candidate can return the funds to donors, donate the funds to another political cause or charity, or send to state coffers. The Ethics Commission will oversee enforcement
  • Human trafficking is believed to be the third largest criminal activity in the world and it’s happening in Mississippi.

    Organizations dedicated to preventing the heinous crime are now working to inform first responders, community members and anyone  they can about how to spot a victim.
  • Farm ponds are a mainstay across the Mississippi landscape. Nearly all, except those in extremely productive parts of Mississippi need to be limed and fertilized. Most ponds require 2 to 3 tons per acre of lime. This treatment will usually last from 2 to 5 years, depending on the acidity of the soil.

    Fertilizer, which stimulates growth of microscopic plants and animals, will cause the water to turn green or “bloom,” in addition to discouraging growth of some problem aquatic weeds. Phosphorus is essential to increasing fish production; triple superphosphate (0-46-0), when applied at the correct rate, is the most economical. A simple soil test will determine the amount of fertilizer needed and if liming is needed.
  • Shopping at farmers markets is one way to get delicious and fresh produce to enjoy at home.

    “Getting plenty of fruits and vegetables helps families live healthier lives and reduces the likelihood of chronic disease,” said Elaine Auld, CEO of the Society for Public Health Education .  “Lack of nutritious foods puts people at high risk for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity.”
  • Litter or trash in streets and roadway ditches is much more than an eyesore, and it continues to be a problem across Mississippi.

    Tossing a can out the car window is often viewed as a pretty minor offense, but it is a major form of pollution. Whether you enjoy hunting, fishing, birdwatching, hiking, kayaking, taking a scenic drive or laying on the beach, it’s important to understand how litter impacts environments and wildlife locally and on a global scale.
  • Hall conducts box review of DeKalb election
    Four-term DeKalb Mayor Homer Hall, who lost his re-election bid by 13 votes to Clark Adams on June 6, conducted an official box review of the results on Monday.

    Taking part in the review were Hall, Adams, election commissioner Jimmy Spinks, town clerk Brenda Nelson, and a handful of official observers.
  • A P16 Community Engagement Council meeting will be held at 5:30 this evening, in the Kemper County High School Library. According to Learnard Dickerson of DACO, LLC, whenever a school in a district is at a D-level or below, state law requires that a P16 Council be formed.

    Dickerson stated, “The status of Kemper currently, we know that one of the schools is at an F, and one or two schools is at a D. So therefore it becomes required by the state to have a P16.”
  • Scooba mayor-elect wears many hats
    Scooba mayor-elect Marion Smoot is a lady who wears many hats. In addition to her new responsibilities as mayor, she is an instructor at East Mississippi Community College, a boutique owner, a cosmetologist and the mother of a two-year-old daughter, Paisley.

    A Scooba native, Smoot began her teaching career in the Noxubee County school system as a math interventionist, who worked with students who were not performing at grade level, in one-on-one or small group settings, to help bring them up to the proper level. She then transitioned to a position as a math teacher working with full classes.
  • Wallace arrested on DUI charge
    Former Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace was arrested late Saturday on a charge of driving under the influence, hours after appearing at a youth football camp.

    Wallace is a first-year quarterbacks coach at East Mississippi Community College. According to the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, he volunteered at a youth football camp in Tupelo earlier Saturday.
  • EMCC currently offering new cyber security degree
    MAYHEW — East Mississippi Community College is offering a new program in cyber security to help meet the growing demand for information technology security professionals.

    Students who complete the program will earn an Associates of Applied Science degree in Network Security Technology.

    There will be no trash pickup on Tuesday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. Regular trash pickup will resume on Wednesday, July 5. For questions/comments, please contact the Solid Waste Office at 601-743-9345.

    Is your family member one of the 21 million people currently affected by a drug or alcohol addiction
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    Marshall Terrell Grace, 38,  85 Hayes Cherry Rd De Kalb, MS,  Charges: Probation Violation


    Christieon Crump, 21, 843 Blackwater Church Rd, Charges: Disturbance of Family
  • Financial scams target trusting Mississippians
    STARKVILLE — King Solomon wrote thousands of years ago that there is nothing new under the sun, a truth played out daily by unscrupulous people putting modern spins on the age-old practice of fraud.

    The Federal Trade Commission reported 20,588 Mississippians fell victim to some type of consumer fraud in 2016. Another 2,378 were victims of identity theft.
  • EKE honors Comans as top teacher for 2016-17
    Miriam Comans was chosen as East Kemper Elementary Teacher of the Year for the 2016-2017 school year. Comans has been a teacher for three years. All of those three years have been spent at East Kemper Elementary School. Comans teaches Third grade ELA at the school.

    Comans says that she has always loved to read, and that it is her goal to nurture that same love in her students. While in high school, Comans worked with struggling readers. She noticed that students who struggled in lower elementary continued to struggle throughout school unless something was done. It was this experience that inspired her to become a teacher.
  • MAYHEW — East Mississippi Community College has revamped its Engineering Technology Drafting & Design program to reflect technological advances some say are already revolutionizing the manufacturing industry.

    “A lot of what we do now focuses on Building Information Modeling (BIM) generating 3D models,” Engineering Technology Drafting & Design instructor Carlton Hollis said. “BIM results in faster design times, faster everything. If I am working on one page in a drawing and I change something, it updates all the way through the drawing.”
  • Kemper unemployment rate seventh highest in state
    Mississippi’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.9% in May, the lowest level since the U.S. Department of Labor began publishing state unemployment rates in January 1976.

    Kemper County is nearly double the state's at 8.3 percent, the seventh highest rate among Mississippi counties.
  • School Board approves personal finance class grant
    The Kemper County School Board considered a number of issues including unanimous approval to accept an Accellus Personal Finance Grant in the amount of $40,910.00 during its regularly scheduled meeting last Thursday.

    This grant would provide resources and materials for a personal finance class at Kemper County High School.
  • AG's office expected to visit DeKalb
    The Mississippi Attorney General's office is expected to be in DeKalb sometime later this month in connection with the recent municipal elections in DeKalb.

    The election division of the AG's office had not returned inquiries about a possible investigation before deadline for this week's edition of the Kemper County Messenger.
  • Local library has full schedule of summer fun
    The Kemper-Newton Regional Library has a full slate of interesting events scheduled for children and their families at both its DeKalb and Scooba branches.

    The events get underway this Friday at 10:30 a.m. in DeKalb with Mother Goose on the Loose. It includes music, games and stories for the youngest learners from birth to age four and their caregivers. It is a relaxed, fun program designed to support growing brains and get every child ready to read.
  • Panel gives students answers to real-life scenarios
    Late last month State Senator Sampson Jackson and the Kemper County Improvement Organization held a panel discussion for Kemper County High School Seniors, about dealing with real life situations outside of the classroom.  

    Topics included Job Readiness, Employment, Police Stops, If Not College — Then What, Social Media, Attitude,  Perseverance, Appearance and Presentation.
  • Heart O’ Dixie sponsors working checklist as race nears
    PHILADELPHIA — Preparations are well under way for the 38th annual Heart O’ Dixie Triathlon which is slated for July 22.

    “It’s sneaking up on us real fast,” said race director B.J. Morrow. “There isn’t that much that changes year-to-year. We have a pretty good check list and now we are going over it.
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    Harmon Odell Donald III,50, 307 Cornelius Drive Lafayette, LA,  Charges: 2 Count of Trespass; 2 Count of Petit Larceny; Poss. Marijuana in Motor Vehicle 
  • Kemper Co Forestry Assn. KCFA will meet today (Thursday), at 6:30 p.m. Kemper Co Extension office / Farmers market 587 Old School Road Hwy 16 East DeKalb, MS. 39328. Speaker : David Bean - Advisory Services, Ltd Subject :   Landowners Estate Planning / Heir Property Issues David is a Financial Advisor, specializing with Agricultural and Forest Properties, who presents an understandable program on Estate Planning and Landowner Heir Issues. If you plan to attend this Meeting, please contact the Kemper Co Extension office by 4:30 pm on Tuesday June 13. Attendee count needed to plan meal. Phone :  601 743 5581,Fax : 601 743 5581 or E-mail :  kemper@extmsstate,edu.
  • Bids for new backhoes came from Puckett Machinery and Stribling Equipment. The Puckett Machinery bid was for a Caterpillar 420-F rubber-tire backhoe, with a $1,401.91/month lease price for 60 months. There was no purchase option at the end of the lease. The Stribling Equipment bid was for a John Deere 310-L, with a $1,045.41/month lease price for 60 months, with a purchase price of $60,500 at the end of the lease. The bids include all maintenance and upkeep for the length of the lease.
  • After three years, and a state championship at Kemper County, John Darnell is headed out of town.

    Darnell recently stepped down as head boys basketball coach at Kemper County to take the same position at Lake.

    Darnell will take over for Eddie Wade, who is moving to coach the girls team at Lake. Former girls coach Kotreece Bender left to take the girls job at Petal.
  • VBS JUNE 12-14

    Porterville Zion Missionary Baptist Church will be having Vacation Bible School une 12-14 from 6 p.m. - 8p.m. The theme for this year is "The Faith Run". Any and everyone is invited, especially our youth. Please join us on this occasion. In the event that you cannot participate, your prayers will be greatly appreciated.
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    Robert Currie, 31, 3147 Luke Rd Preston, MS,  Charges: Driving while license suspended  

    Mark Allen Strong, 64, 977 Old De Kalb Scooba Rd De Kalb, MS, Charges: No DL; Careless Driving
  • Adams edges Hall in DeKalb mayor's race
    Solid victories in Ward 4, his home ward, and Ward 1 propelled Democratic Challenger Clark Adams to an apparent 13-vote win over four-term incumbent DeKalb Mayor Homer Hall on Tuesday night.

    With more than a third of the 465 votes cast being by absentee ballot, Adams garnered 239 votes to 226 for Hall. Mary Grady totaled 12 votes. There were 27 affidavit ballots set to be counted at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.
  • Challengers win in Scooba town elections
    When all the votes were tallied in the Town of Scooba election this past Tuesday night, incumbent three-term Mayor Allen Beaty and incumbent Ward 3 Alderman Jane Williams had lost their reelection bids. Beaty and Williams were the only candidates to face a challenger in the general election. Beaty was gracious in defeat, offering victor Marion Smoot a congratulatory handshake.
  • Mississippi Blood Services will be holding a community blood drive at Noxubee General Hospital on Wednesday, June 14, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

    The MBS Donor Coach will be at the hospital. Donors will receive a T-shirt (while supplies last). Donors can now check their overall cholesterol levels on their MBSConnect account.  All donors are automatically registered for a chance to win a new Ram 1500 Big Horn 4 X 4 truck in the Mississippi Blood Services Road to Life 9 Blood Drive when they donate blood now through August 18.
  • Kemper County High School graduates 80 'excited' seniors
    Friday night at the Kemper County High School gymnasium 80 nervous and excited seniors prepared to walk onstage and receive their diplomas, before a standing-room-only crowd of family, friends and well-wishers.

    Before the ceremony, the students gathered in the lobby as they prepared their caps and gowns, and engaged in lively, excited conversation and laughter. Teachers and other staff members were there to assist in the last-minute preparations.
  • Sam Dale remembered for historic contribution
    As you drive south on Hwy. 39, approximately 15 miles north of Meridian on the left- hand side of the road, you will see a towering monument to frontiersman, army scout and soldier, Sam Dale.

    Dale is an important figure in the history of Mississippi and Alabama, but sadly, most Mississippians know very little about this man. This past Saturday a small group of people — including historical re-enactors, representatives of the Natchez Trace Parkway Association, members of the Choctaw Indian Tribe and spectators — gathered at the Sam Dale Monument, in the small community of Daleville to honor this historic figure.
  • DeKalb, Scooba town elections set for Tuesday
    Two mayor's races and four contested seats for the board of aldermen highlight local municipal elections in DeKalb and Scooba that are set for Tuesday.

    Incumbent DeKalb Mayor Homer Hall is facing opposition from Democrat Clark Adams and independent Mary Grady, while Scooba Mayor Allen Beatty is being opposed by Marion Smoot.
  • Cancer survivors treated to Luncheon
    Last Tuesday was a day for many cancer survivors and caregivers to come together in a time of fellowship and sharing at the Kemper County Survivor’s Luncheon.

    The luncheon, held in the County Extension building, was sponsored jointly by the Mississippi Tobacco Free Coalition of Kemper/Noxubee and Neshoba Counties and the Kemper County Homemaker Volunteers Coalition for a Healthy Kemper County. Those attending were treated to a lunch of catfish, french fries, and many delicious desserts


    Pleasant Springs Presbyterian Church at Preston, Ms will have their Homecoming service Sunday, at 11 a.m.
  • EMCC Wellness Center Memberships now available to residents
    Area residents can now sign up for a membership to the East Mississippi Community College Wellness Center on the Scooba campus.

    There is a June 9 deadline to submit an application for the summer membership, which runs from June 12 to Aug. 4. The Wellness Center will be closed July 3-4 for the Independence Day holiday. The cost is $60 and includes full access to the Wellness Center, which will be open Monday through Thursday each week from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Fridays from 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • KCHS students receive academic Awards
    Last month Kemper County High School seniors gathered in the old gymnasium for the Awards Day ceremony. As their names were called, many students came forward to receive awards. And in an interesting turn of events, three students, Apricota Clayton, Tamra Moore and Brandon Hooks, received the Salutatorian Award. Lavonta Griffin was named the 2017 Valedictorian
  • East Mississippi Community College is scheduled to conduct three separate summer football camps during the month of June on the Scooba campus.

    EMCC will first hold a two-day quarterback/skills camp on Monday and Tuesday, June 12-13, at Sullivan-Windham Field.  Open to all students of high school age, the skills camp fee is $150 per overnight camper and $120 for day campers.  Registration will take place Monday morning between 10 a.m. and noon.
  • Remembering Ruby Rankin
    Ruby Rankin served 33 years with Mississippi State University Extension with her last role as County Coordinator and Extension Agent in Kemper County. She was the epitome of a public servant who always worked to improve the quality of life of others by giving her knowledge, wisdom and time.

    Ruby dedicated her professional life to serving her community, mentoring new agents and growing leaders through 4-H. Ruby served on numerous regional and state committees that supported the work of MSU Extension and the University.
  • With municipal elections less than two weeks away, the three candidates in the hotly contested race for mayor of the Town of DeKalb were posed five questions from the Kemper County Messenger.

    The first four were related to their qualifications for office and plans for the future, while the fifth allowed each candidate to ask their opponents any question of their choosing. The candidates will get an opportunity to answer those questions in the June 1 edition of the Messenger.