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    New Beginning United Methodist Church, 1013 Hwy 45, Porterville will have a one day "Camp Meeting Revival" Sunday, beginning at 6 p.m. Our theme is "Rekindling the Fire" and focus is on rekindling the fire of the Holy Spirit in our hearts for Jesus Christ. Our guest speaker will be Rev. Albert Shields and Rev. Charlotte Malone is our pastor. Call 601-938-6789 for more information.
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    Patrick Demetrious Scott, 50,  11761 Old Jackson Rd DeKalb, MS,  Charges: Telephone Harassment
  • The largemouth bass is one of the most sought-after game fish in Mississippi. Each year, thousands of anglers take to the water with hopes of catching that once-in-a-lifetime bass.

    The largemouth bass is the largest of the basses, known as black bass. Black bass are members of the sunfish family, but differ from other sunfish because of their longer, more streamlined body. Other black bass that are native to Mississippi’s waters include smallmouth bass and spotted bass. Largemouth bass get their name from their large mouth in which the upper jaw reaches far beyond the rear margins of the eye.
  • PEARL – It took Nanih Waiya a couple of innings for the bats to warm up Tuesday. But once they did, the Warriors rolled to a 14-2 victory over Smithville in the opening game of the MHSAA 1A baseball championship series.

    Nanih Waiya will have a chance to win a state championship in Game 2 of the best-of-three series scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday at Trustmark Park, home of the Southern League Mississippi Braves. If a third game is necessary, it will be Saturday.
  • The Kemper County School Board unanimously approved to accept an Educator in Residence Grant, in the amount of $85,500.00, between the Mississippi Department of Education and the Kemper County School District during its monthly meeting last Thursday.

    According to Kemper County Superintendent of Education Jackie Pollock, this grant, which is funded by the MDE, provides the salary and all fringe benefits for one teacher who is technically an employee of the district, but does not work in the district. The teacher is normally assigned to lower-performing districts by the MDE. The grant must be renewed on an annual basis.


    Ray Luke, Kemper County Fire Coordinator, announces that Kemper County Volunteer Fire Departments are encouraged to attend the Spring Fire School which will be held Monday, May 22; Tuesday, May 23 and Thursday, May 25 at the DeKalb Fire Station. The topic will be Essential Skills II. Instructor will be Brian Brown from the State Fire Academy. Classes will be 6-10 each night.
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    Andre Strong, 25,  69 Catherine Ford Rd Porterville, MS,  Charges: Court Order

    Shamarious Q, Brown,  28, 61 Jiles Rd Scooba, MS, Charges: Possession of Marijuana in a motor vehicle

  • The Kemper County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to contract with Enhanced Environment and Emergency Response Services to remove unknown chemicals in barrels and cans located in the old Alply Building, which is currently owned by the county.

    A business has a 60-day option to purchase the building, but the waste products need to be removed in order for the deal to go through.
    EMCC students who helped renovate and paint the Scooba Public Library were on hand last month for the library’s grand opening to celebrate work done there. Members of EMCC’s Scooba chapter of Phi Theta Kappa spent months helping renovate and repaint the library, with help from other EMCC students and organizations. The students also organized a book drive and donated about 500 books to the library.

    School photos
  • EMCC Instructor named 2017 Moody Institute fellow
    East Mississippi Community College history instructor and Honors Program Director Kelly Cantrell has been named a 2017 Moody Institute Fellow.

     Cantrell was chosen to receive the award from the Moody Institute Trust Fund. Members of the organization are chosen by the Mississippi Community College Foundation Board.
  • Faith and support help Hopewell's Linda White survive cancer
    It was on Christmas Eve 2013 that Linda White of the Hopewell Community received the type of news that no one wants to hear. On that day White received a call from her doctor informing her that she had Stage 3 breast cancer.

    “You hear about it, but you don’t really expect to hear those three words, ‘You have cancer,’” White said. “When I heard it, I really went numb. You don’t expect it, so for that moment I went numb.” She went through several months of chemotherapy, before having mastectomy surgery.
  • EMCC magazine, student earn top literary honors
    East Mississippi Community College graduate Teon Taylor’s poem “’Black’ Thoughts” earned him first place in the Poetry category of the 2017 Mississippi Community College Creative Writing Association Workshop & Contest.

    In addition, the 2015-16 issue of EMCC’s literary magazine, “Syzygy,” took top honors among in-house college publications that were professionally bound in the contest that took place April 21 at the Eagle Ridge Conference Center in Raymond.
  • Youth football camp begins Monday
    The Kemper County Youth Football League will be hosting a spring football and cheerleading training camp at the park in DeKalb beginning this Monday, as well as May 18, 22, and 25 from 6-8 p.m. each day.

    The purpose for the camp is to fundamental skills and begin preparing the athletes for the upcoming season, as well as to allow parents and players to meet the coaches and league staff.
  • Investigation leads to sex crimes arrest
    A year long investigation into sex crimes has led to the arrest of a Kemper County man. Investigators say Michael Holliday was first arrested for a warrant that had been issued by a state agency.

    "These type cases are always sensitive," said Kemper County Sheriff's Department investigator Jeff Jowers.
  • Kemper Relay for Life drawing near
    The theme of this year’s Relay for Life is ‘Fishing For a Cure.” The Relay is scheduled for Friday, June 2, beginning at 6 p.m., to be held on the Kemper County Courthouse square.

    The evening’s events begin with honored cancer survivors speaking to the crowd, followed by the Survivor’s Walk around the square. Individual teams follow the survivors on the walk. The entertainment roster for the evening is still in the works.
  • Faith-based dental practice changes helping hands in DeKalb

    For Kemper County residents, Tuesday, May 9  marked the end of one era and the beginning of another as Dr. Brandon Goza cut the ribbon on the dental practice that had belonged to Dr. Dan Fulton for 43 years.

    Dr. Fulton began his practice in Dekalb in December 1974 and officially retired this past New Years Day. Goza, who was born in Pearland lived in Brandon throughout dental school, purchased the practice in January. He studied at UMC in Jackson, and then spent four years in the Army at Fort Hood, Texas, as the military had paid for dental school. He then returned to Brandon and worked for a year.
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    Dionte Trevonne Naylor, 19,  427 Old Scooba Rd De Kalb, MS,  Charges: Simple Assault

    Kathy Madison, 54, 977 Old De Kalb Scooba Rd De Kalb, MS, Charges: Shoplifting


    Union Hill Church  located on Gholson Road  in Kemper will have Revival May 14-17 at 6:30 nightly. Brother Mike Hunter will bring the message.
  • The Public Service Commission recently added a new feature to its website to connect job seekers with employment and internship opportunities in the utility sector across the state of Mississippi. The site offers links to employment pages for dozens of Mississippi utility providers as a one-stop shop rather than searching multiple websites.
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    Linda faye Griffin, 44,  De Kalb, MS,  Charges: Simple Assault

    Cary Hickman, 59, 1069 Co Rd 773 Bogue Chitto, MS, Charges: Suspended DL, No Seatbelt

    Women's Ministry meeting on Saturday at 3:30 P.M. Come out and fellowship with

    women from Kemper County and other areas. Hear the teaching of Prophetess Jean Hawkins.

    Refreshments served. Elder Rosie Wilkins, President

  • Positions are available for students interested in trying out for East Mississippi Community College’s Mighty Lion Band.

    Those interested in auditioning for the band can schedule an appointment by emailing Band Director Stephen Stringer at
  • KCHS freshmen experience life at PACES reality store
    What is a ‘reality store’?

    This past Friday morning Kemper County High School freshmen discovered that it is a place where they experienced real life in a way they never had. The PACES Reality Store is a concept which confronts high school students with a life exercise which will hopefully help them make better and wiser decisions about their educations and careers.
  • Power plant completion delayed

    Mississippi Power Co. is again delaying completion for its $7.3 billion Kemper County power plant.

    The subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Co. says it still can't reliably run parts of the plant, including units that convert lignite coal into gas.
  • EMCC set to graduate more than 600
    East Mississippi Community College sophomore Brittany Turner, 19, is an honor student, a member of the college’s Eastern Belles dance team and a martial arts instructor who will represent the U.S. in the 2017 World Martial Arts Games in September.

    She is also among more than 600 EMCC students who will graduate Friday and Saturday during ceremonies at the Scooba and Golden Triangle campuses.
  •  Click it or ticket campaign launched

    East Mississippi Community College’s Scooba campus hosted the launch Monday of area law enforcement agencies’ Click It or Ticket campaign, which runs from May 22 to June 4.

    Participating law enforcement agencies included representatives from sheriff’s departments in Lauderdale, Kemper and Neshoba counties and officers from police departments in Marion, Meridian and Scooba. The EMCC Police Department was represented, as was the Mississippi Highway Patrol.       Guest speakers were Tawni Basden with the Mississippi Youth Highway Safety Program and Mississippi House Rep. Michael Evans.
  • Choctaw Indian Fair announces stage entertainment
    The platinum-selling duo Dan + Shay, five-time Grammy nominee and multi-instrumentalist Hunter Hayes and Grammy Award winning sibling trio The Band Perry will take the stage during the 68th annual Choctaw Indian Fair.

    The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians will showcase their unique cuture once again at this year’s fair, set for July 12-15.
  • EMCC alumni Langston Rogers inducted into MACJC Sports Hall of Fame
    As this year’s East Mississippi Community College honoree, veteran sports publicist Langston Rogers was one of 15 individuals inducted into the Mississippi Community and Junior College Sports Hall of Fame during Tuesday night’s 11th annual induction banquet held at the Clyde Muse Center on Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus.

  • East Mississippi Community College’s Scooba campus recently hosted its annual Awards Day.

    During the program, instructors in both academic and career-technical programs recognized their outstanding students from the past year. The students were awarded plaques and certificates.
  • SCOOBA — An open house is set for tonight (Thursday) at 6 to celebrate the completion of Scooba Public Library’s renovations. The celebration will include a recognition of our donors and volunteers and their accomplishments. Light refreshments will be served.

    This event, free and open to the public, will mark the exciting conclusion of work that began many months ago by a team of volunteers including a professional cataloger from the Huntington Library in California and the East Mississippi Community College (Scooba) chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. Community members will be able to see “before” photos of the library project and compare them to the finished interior.

    The Kemper County Homemaker Volunteers and the Kemper County Extension Staff will host the second Volunteer or Service Worker Appreciation luncheon today (Thursday), between the hours of 11a.m. and 12:30 p.m.  All volunteer fire fighters, EMEPA workers, Law Enforcement, Emergency Management and others are invited to attend.


    There will be a Financial Literacy Seminar  Friday, from 10 a.m. until noon at the Senior Citizens Center in downtown DeKalb. Registration is required. Call Multi County at 601-743-5752 to register. Please make arrangements for care of your child. Deadline to register is today (Thursday). The seminar is presented by The Citizens Bank of Philadelphia and sponsored by Multi County Community Service Agency. It is free and open to the public.
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    Jemery Rencher, 35, 626 Philadelphia Rd De Kalb, MS,  Charges: Sentenced by Circuit Court Judge

    Shuntarius Seales, 24, 44 Baptist Spring Rd De Kalb, MS, Charges: Sentenced by Circuit Court Judge
  • Thirteen of the 24 participants expected to take part in a two-day planning retreat held this week in order to map out the direction of Kemper County's future are elected officials.

    The retreat was set to begin on Wednesday afternoon at the EMCC Lion Hills Campus in Columbus and was to conclude this (Thursday) afternoon.
  • A Kemper County resident came before the Board of Supervisors on Monday asking that the unnamed road he lives on in District 2 be added to the county road inventory and eventually be given a name.

    Oscar Holiday said there were three homes located on the half-mile dirt road located off Firetower Road and another would be added soon.
  • On Thursday, April 27, all Kemper County volunteers and service workers will be treated to a luncheon hosted by the Kemper County Homemaker Volunteers and County Extension Staff. The luncheon will begin at 11:00 a.m. and go until around 12:30 p.m. It will be held at the Kemper County Farmer's Market.

    This event was first held in 2016, and according to Ruby Rankin, County Extension Advisor, it will be annual or bi-annual, depending on turnout.
  • The Kemper County board of Supervisors voted unanimously to give Kemper County Economic Development Authority Executive Director Craig Hitt authority to pursue a $94K grant from the Mississippi Development Authority.

    The grant, if awarded, would go toward getting an economic market impact assessment done on the property the county purchased with the idea of building an industrial park at the intersection of Hwy 16 and Hwy 39.
  •  'The Big, Bad Musical' set for Friday
    Help decide the fate of the Big Bad Wolf during East Mississippi Community College’s production of “The Big, Bad Musical” by Alec Strum and Bill Francoeur, this Friday in the Dottie Smith Family Center for Instrumental Music Education on the Scooba campus.

    During the play, the notorious Big Bad Wolf is slapped with a class-action lawsuit by fairytale characters that include Little Red Riding Hood, the Three Little Pigs, the Fairy Godmother and more.
  • PAID POLITICAL AD/Homer Hall, Jr. For Mayor of   DeKalb
    On June 6, 2017, you the citizens of DeKalb will go to the polls. I ask that you will cast your vote for me, Homer Hall, Jr. It has been an honor and privilege to serve you as Mayor the past 16 years.

    Recent Improvements and Accomplishments through tm: Mayor's Office:
  • State winner
    East Kemper Elementary School can proudly say that they have a state winner. EKE 5th grade student, Serena Williams recently participated in an art contest hosted by the Mississippi Tobacco Free Coalition. Students were asked to draw a cartoon that encouraged students to not use tobacco. Students from across the state participated. Serena won first place in the state. Serena was presented with an X-box 4 as a prize. Beverly J. Knox, Project Director, personal came and presented Serena with her prize at the East Kemper Elementary School at their 3rd 9 weeks award ceremony.

  • Pender takes weekly MACJC honors
    East Mississippi Community College’s Averi Pender has been tabbed the MACJC Softball Player of the Week for her outstanding performances at the plate a week ago.

    During the Lions’ 3-1 week, Pender batted .667 by going 8-for-12 with five extra-base hits, including two home runs, two doubles and a triple, along with 14 runs batted in and eight runs scored.
  • Severe weather preparedness can make difference
    According to the National Weather Service in 2016 Mississippi experienced 44 twisters, resulting in one fatality and two injuries.

    This past February, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant declared the week of February 20-24 as Spring Severe Weather Preparedness Week since March, April and May are Mississippi’s primary months for severe weather. With this in mind, it is always good to review the precautions one should take.
  • Board hears about interest in Kemper Lake
    After hearing from developers, landowners, businessmen and government officials regarding the future of Kemper Lake, the Kemper County Board of Supervisors asked Craig Hitt, executive director of the Kemper County Economic Development Authority, to come back to the board with recommendations as to how the county should move forward.

  • An event featuring Britt Gully and the Water Moccasins, Steve Wilkerson, and other local artists. is set for Saturday at  6 p.m. on "The Hill".  It's $5 per person and there are bounce houses for the kids. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs. Concessions will be available with proceeds support Kemper Academy's music and arts program.
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    Lamarcus Hailes, 27,  523 56th Ave Meridian, MS,  Charges: Domestic Violence

    Guy Wilson McRae, 32, 129 Street Thomas Drive Gun Town, MS, Charges: Taking Motor Vehicle & D.H.S Incarceration Order
  • The citizens of Scooba are invited to attend a Town Hall Meeting tonight (Thursday) at 6:30 at the Scooba Town Hall.

    Elected officials from Scooba, DeKalb and Kemper County, along with members of the Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Authority will attend a planning retreat in Columbus, April 19-20, which will focus on the future development of Kemper County and its communities.
  • The Community Choir will perform the cantata, THEN CAME THE MORNING, on Sunday Evening at 6 p.m. at the DeKalb Baptist Church.  Choir members are from various churches from our area.  The director is Larry Gibson from Pleasant Ridge Methodist.  Fellowship will follow.  Come and enjoy this special Easter performance.
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    Rondal Todd Anderson, 44,  219 Kent Road Preston, MS,  Charges: Grand Larceny, Fleeing or eluding law enforcement in a motor vehicle
  • Mississippi Power Co. said Monday that it needs one more month and another $99 million to finish its $7.2 billion Kemper County power plant.

    The subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Co. said in a stock filing that it has finished repairs from a March tubing leak. The company aims to have the plant fully running by April 30, completing work more than three years behind schedule.
  • KCHS' Cherry signs with Coahoma

    The scholarship is the culmination of years of hard work and a high school career which features many accomplishments. Among those are: joining the 1,000 point club this past January 13; led 3A Division in scoring with a 20.5 points-per-game average in her junior year; 10th in 3A in scoring her senior year; led the team in scoring her junior and senior seasons; 1st team All-District in 2016 and 2017; 2nd in assists and steals her sophomore, junior and senior seasons; and a member of the Meridian Star All-Area Team in 2017
  • New football coach ready to become part of KCHS family
    The Kemper County School District Board of Directors approved Joshua Pulphus as the new Head Football Coach of the Kemper County High School Wildcats last Tuesday.

    “I am honored to have been chosen to serve as head coach of Kemper County High School,” said Pulphus.  “I am committed to building upon the success of our program as we look toward future championships, but I am equally devoted to making sure our students graduate with a quality education and become great citizens.”
  • Stennis commander shares experiences with local JROTC
    On Tuesday morning members of the Kemper County High School JROTC welcomed Capt. Gregory C. Huffman, Commander of the USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier.

    Huffman was accompanied by Margaret Womble, daughter of legendary U.S. Sen.John C. Stennis of DeKalb, for whom the carrier was named.
  • East Mississippi hosts pine grove festival
    Members of East Mississippi Community College’s Student Christian Fellowship are treated to lunch during the Pine Grove Arts Festival on the Scooba campus.
  • East Mississippi Community College’s annual Pine Grove Arts Festival returns to the Scooba campus April 3-7.
  • One of the biggest annual events in Kemper County is just two months away.
  • Librarians in DeKalb, Newton, Decatur and Union are celebrating their library users during National Library Week with free refreshments, special services, fine forgiveness, and other tokens of appreciation. 
  • Kemper County High School has hired Joshua Pulphus as its new head football coach. The hiring was made official on Tuesday night.
  • High school Seniors on track to graduate Spring 2017 from either Kemper County High School, Kemper Academy, or a homeschool program and plan to attend East Mississippi Community College (EMCC) should apply for the Community Foundation of East Mississippi scholarship. Students may get an application from their high school counselor(s) or contact the Community Foundation by emailing or by calling 601-696-3035. 
  • During its March 6 meeting the Kemper Board of Supervisors agreed to apply for a Recreational Trail Grant through the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks in the amount up the $100K, with a 20 percent match to be paid by the county.

    District 4 Supervisor Mike Luke make the motion, with District 2 Supervisor Johnny Whitsett providing the second. The vote was 4-0 with District 5 Supervisor Chris Cole being absent.

  • Kemper County Relay for Life and EMCC Jazz Band will present “Jazz it Up for Relay” on Friday, March 31, at 6:30 p.m. on the EMCC Scooba Campus in the President’s Board Room located in the Student Union Building.  The Blues Brothers don’t have anything on this energetic, dynamic group of musicians.  They can play and sing.  So get a little dressed up and come on out on Friday night March 31 for some delicious food and dynamic entertainment.  Tickets are $25.00 each, $40.00 per couple or $250.00 for a table.  You won’t have to leave Kemper County for a fun filled Friday.  For more information call 601-479-9131.  Support a worthy cause and have a good time while doing it.
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     Devlyn Copeland 37

    11193 Hwy 397 Preston, MS

    Charges: Warrant Child Support
  • JACKSON – Drew Marshall said he could have gone to a four-year university, but chose Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville where he feels at home.

    “I had the scholarships and I had the opportunity, but I knew that I was not ready for that kind of transition,” he said.

  • Colorectal cancer is a cancer of the lower digestive system that starts in the colon or the rectum. The cancer begins with small, noncancerous tumors called polyps. Some of these polyps can become cancerous. If diagnosed and treated early, colorectal cancer is highly treatable.

    Colorectal Cancer is the third-most commonly occurring cancer in both men and women in the U.S. and the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths. If everyone age 50 and older were screened regularly, 6 out 10 deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented.

  • We are now at the point in the Legislative session when conference committees are underway. This is when three members from each chamber meet to iron out the differences between the House and Senate versions of various general bills. Importantly, the final terms of the state budget will be determined by these committees as well. The thing about it is that these committees meet in private. They don’t have to post their meetings schedules, and they aren’t required to discuss the people’s business in public.
  • Supes dealing with waste products at Alply

    The Kemper County Board of Supervisors are close to closing out a deal with DACO, LLC of Gulfport on the sale of the old Alply Building in DeKalb that has been vacant for years.

    A preliminary deal was worked out earlier in the year, but further investigation found several drums and cans of an undetermined substance in the building and an outbuilding on the property that needed to be disposed of properly before the sale.
  • Unemployment rate at lowest level since 2013

    Mississippi’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.5% in January, which was unchanged from a month earlier in December 2016.  This rate is the lowest level of unemployment in Mississippi since December 2003, when the unemployment rate was also 5.5%.  The January 2017 rate is six-tenths of a percentage point lower than a year ago in January 2016, when the rate was 6.1%.  
  • Democrats pleased to have candidates in town of DeKalb

    Municipal elections in DeKalb have long been held outside of party lines, but the leader of the Kemper County Democratic Party sees the party's qualifying of three candidates for the June 6 elections in the town as a big step forward for both the party and the community as a whole.

    "We are excited about that," said Charles Hollingsworth, chair of the Kemper County Democratic Executive Committee. "We had two aldermen and a mayor. Now we are getting ready for the campaign trail.
  • Scooba Dollar General officially open
    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 fifty customers receiving special discount coupons.

    The store, which is a modern, up-to-date building, is located on Highway 16 near the intersection of Highway 45. Construction was completed within about 150 days.
  • DeKalb voters encouraged to check registration
    The DeKalb municipal election commission is asking all of those interested in voting in the town's municipal elections this June to make sure they are properly registered and at the correct address.
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    Jimmy C. Grace, 25, Hwy 39 Deville Apt. 36 De Kalb, MS,  Charges: Warrant Child Support
  • The Kemper County Forestry Association will hold its regular meeting on today (Thursday) at 6:30 p.m. in the Farmer’s Market Building in DeKalb.  Wes Beard of North American Coal Liberty Fuels Division will be the speaker.  Watt Equipment of DeKalb is the sponsor for the meeting.  If you would like to attend this meeting make your reservation by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 13 by calling 601-743-2837 and leave your name and the number of people attending.  For more information call 601-743-2837. 
  • Education, arts grants deadline Saturday
    The deadline for schools and non-profit community-based organizations in Kemper County to apply apply for education and arts grants through the Community Foundation of East Mississippi is Saturday.

    Both the Excellence in Education Grant and the Arts Grant will be awarded this spring. These grants are very competitive because each is available to qualified candidates in all five counties served by the Community Foundation: Clarke, Kemper, Lauderdale, Neshoba, and Newton
  • EMCC students to represent state in DECA International
    RAYMOND — Two East Mississippi Community College students who competed in the Mississippi DECA Winter Leadership Conference and Competition in Raymond qualified to represent Mississippi in the international competition in Anaheim, Calif., next month. Both of the students are enrolled at EMCC’s Lion Hills Center.
  • The budget situation is very concerning for many of us. We are already about $133 million short for this current fiscal year, and it doesn’t look any more hopeful for next year. At the risk of stating the obvious, these appropriation and revenue measures we are passing are based on a projection that may not have any basis in fact. We finally have an education funding bill, but it is just copied from last year’s appropriation, and that had to be cut by $7 million
  • We passed House Bill 996 that would allow the over the counter purchase of opioid antagonist drugs like Naloxone that counter the effects of a drug overdose on opioid substances such as heroin, which have increased in recent months throughout the country. It would allow first responders to have immediate access to the life saving substance. It could possibly allow family members of persons who have addictions to obtain it.

    In late 2016, north Mississippi experienced a surge of such overdoses as did other parts of the country.

    Mt. Zion (Moscow) M.B. Church Annual Men’s Day, Pastor Owens (DeKalb Parish) guest speaker

    March 19, at 2 p.m. Rev. Billy Ray Lyles – pastor.
  • Anthony C. Burrage, 47, 2538 Shilo Church Rd De Kalb, MS,  Charges: Disorderly Conduct “Failure to Comply”

    Kenneth Wayne Gunter, 57, 15227 Charles Williams Rd Moss Point, MS,     Charges: Domestic Violence Simple Assault & Disturbance of Family
  • We just completed what is called a “Killing Week,” when a major deadline occurs and only a few bills survive. That’s what happened on Feb. 28 with the final committee consideration of general and constitutional measures from opposite chambers.

    Over 100 House bills died in the Senate, and fewer Senate bills than that died in the House.
  • Senators support conceal, carry across state lines
    U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) earlier this week announced their support of legislation to provide greater consistency across state lines for Americans with concealed carry privileges.
  • Mayoral races set in 2 towns
    Both mayors of Kemper County's municipalities will face opposition in the general municipal elections set for the town of DeKalb and the town of Scooba on June 6.

    Incumbent DeKalb Mayor Homer Hall will be seeking re-election as an independent and will be challenged by fellow independent Mary Grady and Democrat Clark Adams. In Scooba, incumbent Allen Beatty is being opposed by Marion Smoot. All of the Scooba elections are non-partisan.
  • Countywide operation leads to 20 arrests
    An intensive countywide safety operation conducted last Friday night utilizing multiple law enforcement agencies led to 78 citations and 20 arrests, including three on felony charges.

    "I want to make sure the people of the county know that we are going to do everything we can do to make our county safe, not only on our roads, but in our homes," said Kemper County Sheriff James Moore.
  • PACES takes MAPE Excellence Award
    PACES Project was one of only two such volunteer community based programs in the state to be recognized for its outstanding development of partnerships that have had a positive impact on high school students. Since 2009 PACES has stimulated and nurtured the development of almost 50 business, community organization, and individual partnerships that have helped to increase the rate of those going to college from approximately 50 percent to nearly 80 percent and each passing year the members of PACES average ACT scores have improved.
  • EMCC honor society students renovate Scooba Library
    While looking for a college project to tackle, members of East Mississippi Community College’s student honor society, Phi Theta Kappa, stumbled upon the Scooba Public Library, which was in dire need of renovation.

    “We wanted to find a project that was in the community and off the college campus so we could help more people,” PTK member Parker Dial said. “We knew the library was here and we knew it needed work. We just thought we could help them out.”
  • EMCC's Wood takes admin post as Asst. VP
    In his new role as assistant vice president for Athletic Development, Wood will spearhead fundraising efforts for EMCC’s athletic programs. Long-range plans call for the construction of an athletic operations center at the Scooba campus to consolidate coaching staff and the addition of a women’s soccer field for the Golden Triangle campus.
  • Scooba job fair set for March 7
    A job fair, broken down into a pair of sessions, will be held in the town of Scooba on Tuesday, March 7.

    Mississippi Power Company is hosting two sessions, one from 9 a.m.-Noon and the second from 5-8 p.m., in regards to entry level positions as an entry level refinery. The event is set to be held at the Felix Lockett Scooba Reunion Building at 949 Binnsville Road.
  • Friday is deadline for municipal qualifying
    The deadline to qualify for the upcoming municipal elections in both DeKalb and Scooba is this Friday at 5 p.m. The general election is set for June 6. If there is need for a party primary it will be held on May 2. In order.

  • Lee Earnest Norman, 19, 6681 Boylston Dr. Memphis, TN,  Charges: Pass Counterfeit Money

    Daronte Tedarius Hartzog,m 19, 411 Rocky Rd Starkville, MS, Charges: Pass Counterfeit Money, Possession of Control Substance   

  • Come join us in Revival Services to be held at Jerusalem Temple Church of DeKalb, 115 Hopper Avenue In DeKalb (across from courthouse) on Tuesday, March 7, until. Services to be held 7:30 p.m. nightly. Bishop Clifton Jones of Philadelphia is the guest speaker. District Elder Kelvin Woods, Pastor. Come and be blessed.
  • Last week’s activity in the House was mainly focused on voting on bond bills and other measures for projects and improvements around the state.

    We are well aware that projected revenues continue to fall lower than was estimated for this fiscal year. That was brought home when, in the middle of the week, Governor Phil Bryant announced a third budget cut for this fiscal year. This time, the revenue shortage was so bad that he had to slash the MAEP fund. It is really bad when our public schools, many of which are on life support already, have their budgets cut.

  • The New Hope United Methodist Church Family will be hosting a Black History Program entitled “Honoring Kemper County’s African-American First Achievers” which will be focusing on our local neighbors and friends to be held Saturday , at 6 p.m. at the New Hope United Methodist Church in New Hope Community in DeKalb, MS.  The guest speaker for this event will be Mr. Rodney Brooks, Human Resource Business Consultant at the Kemper County Energy Facility via Mississippi Power Company (MPC), in DeKalb, MS. For more information, feel free to contact Minister Robert Bohannon at (601) 416-4489 (cell) or (601) 743-2204 (home). Rev. Steven Owens, Pastor
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    Kerry Leshawn Holliday, 29, Deville Apt #49 De Kalb, MS,  Charges: Disturbance of the Peace
  • The House spent most of last week in deliberations over appropriations bills that we know will have to be revisited before the session is over. This is why they all have “repealers.”
  • Kemper County High School head boys basketball coach John Darnell knows there is a significant roadblock standing between his team and it's opportunity to repeat as MHSAA Class 3A Boys State Champions.
  • EMCC's Briggs, Vance recognized by Legislature
    JACKSON — A student and a faculty member from East Mississippi Community College were honored Tuesday during a luncheon at the Mississippi State Capitol.