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    SET FOR OCT. 1
    The Gully Reunion is set for Sunday, Oc. 1 at the old Cleveland School, about 23 miles west of DeKalb on Hwy 16. The socializing is set to begin at 11 a.m. with a picnic lunch beginning at 1 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring their own picnic lunch and all Gully cousins are invited. For More information contact Robert Mitchell Gully at 251-847-3097 or Jack Gully Gathright at 303-554-6771.
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     Jeremy Dewayne Rush, 32,  10364 Jackson Military Rd Daleville, MS,  Charges: Exhibiting a weapon; resisting arrest; possession of a controlled substance
  • Jackson – Governor Phil Bryant recently signed a proclamation declaring September as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, drawing awareness to a public health issue that affects people of all ages and backgrounds.

    He was joined by not just representatives from the Department of Mental Health (DMH), but his wife, First Lady Deborah Bryant, who has worked with DMH in suicide prevention efforts in the past. DMH
  • Nine Kemper Countians graduated from Mississippi State University this past spring, while 10 were named to either the president's or dean's list.

    Kirbi McIntosh of DeKalb graduated Cum Laude with a BS from the college of education. Other Kemper Countians graduation from MSU were David Bond of Preston, Lamonica Little of Scooba and La'Keisha Clark, Laura Coleman, Ravon Dudley, Trenetta Grace, Tora Hearn and Leslie Pevey of DeKalb.
  • The Scooba Board of alderman heard from Beverly Knox during its meeting last Thursday, who requested that the Town pass an ordinance making Scooba a smoke-free town.

    Knox pointed out that such an ordinance would make the town eligible for certain grants. Alderman Chris Collins made a motion to table the matter until the next board meeting, which was seconded by Alderman Craig Nave. The motion passed unanimously.
  • Officers and investigators of the Kemper County Sheriff’s Department faced a much busier day than normal this past Saturday, as they investigated two shooting deaths in the county, one that appears to be a suicide and the other accidental.

    According to Chief Investigator Robert Joyner, 21-year-old Quinten Pollock died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound; the department is awaiting an autopsy report before making a conclusive ruling.
  • The Kemper County Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted an operating budget just shy of $19M for fiscal year 2017/18 following a public hearing on Friday afternoon.

    The millage rate remains at 90 mils for the coming year with the estimated value for a mil being $257.
  •  EMCC student awarded prestigious PTK scholarships
    An East Mississippi Community College student has been awarded two highly competitive scholarships administered by the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

    Malerie Guess of Hamilton, a sophomore at the Scooba campus, was among a handful of PTK members worldwide named a 2017 Oberndorf Lifeline to Completion Scholar. In addition to the $1,000 Oberndorf scholarship,
  • EMCC's Shaunak lands excellence in government award
    Dr. Raj Shaunak wasn’t looking for a career when he volunteered in 1991 to teach math to adult basic education students at East Mississippi Community College. He had already achieved the American dream.

    He stayed through the exodus of the area’s major manufacturers, rose to the top of the college’s Workforce Services division and helped spawn a manufacturing renaissance that has retooled the Golden Triangle.
  • Fall brings nekkid ladies to Southern landscapes

    This is the time of year many gardeners have been waiting for all summer.

    If you’re thinking about the cool front that blew through this past weekend, I’m afraid you’re incorrect. What I’m talking about is the emergence of naked ladies in gardens all across Mississippi.
  • Multi-county job fair set for Neshoba Coliseum Tuesday
    An ongoing effort for five counties in the region to work together for economic development has led to a job fair being held at the Neshoba County Coliseum in Philadelphia this Tuesday from 1-7 p.m.

    "We have been working on a regional approach to economic development and this is a result of that," said Craig Hitt, executive director of the Kemper County Economic Development Authority. "We are going to have representation from several employers, including Gibson Steel out of Meridian and Taylor Machine Works from Louisville."
  • Navy to begin private water well testing
    The Navy will begin testing drinking water wells in late September in and around Naval Outlying Landing Field (NOLF) Joe Williams as part of the its commitment to ensuring local drinking water well supplies are not impacted from past Navy use of firefighting foam (AFFF). These tests will be at no cost to the well owners. This is part of the Navy's ongoing testing of drinking water wells that is currently taking place at and near Navy installations across the nation.
  • United Way of East Mississippi will host its fifth annual Power of the Purse, a Women’s Leadership Council fundraiser for United Way’s Imagination Library.

    The event will be held on today (Thursday) at the MSU Riley Center in downtown Meridian, starting with a 5:30 p.m. sneak peek and silent auction starting at 6 pm. The night will include a sile
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee 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.
  • The President just signed into law the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017, also known as the “Forever GI Bill,” named after the American Legion commander who wrote the original GI Bill language in 1944. This legislation contains 34 new provisions, the vast majority of which will enhance or expand education benefits for veterans, service members, families and survivors.
  • Rush Health Systems is pleased to announce that Lon F. Alexander, M.D., a board certified Neurosurgeon, has joined the team of specialists at Rush Medical Group and will begin seeing patients on the 2nd floor of the Rush Professional Office Building located at 1800 12th Street in Meridian.

    Dr. Alexander received his Doctorate of Medicine degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine located in New Orleans, Louisiana.

  • Fire ant mounds are eye sores. However, looking at one isn’t nearly as painful as stepping in one. Fire ants, with their copper-brown head and body with a darker abdomen, came into Mobile, Alabama, on a South American cargo ship in the early 1900s. They are now all across the southern part of the United States and have even moved into parts of California.
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    Michael D. Holliday, 49,  342 Bilman Rd De kalb, MS,  Charges: Incest

    ON SEPT. 3

    Homecoming at Antioch will be Sept. 3 at 11 a.m. The message will be delivered by Bro. Scott Wiggins with dinner on the grounds at Noon. All are welcome to come, bring a lawn chair and enjoy a good service and fellowship. Donations go to cemetery and church upkeep
  • 4-H provides students with opportunities to learn by doing. Kids can experience hands-on projects through in-school and after-school programs. On August 31 from noon to 1 an opportunity will be given to learn how to get involved in 4-H.

    Interested individuals must contact the Kemper County Extension office at 601-743-2837 in order to participate in this interactive video program.
  • For the second consecutive board meeting residents of Huffmaster Road came before the board of supervisors to confront District 3 Supervisor Justin Creer about the condition of their road.

    In previous meetings residents of multiple areas in the district have come before the board to express their concerns.
  • A coalition of higher education agencies in Mississippi is partnering to help former college and university students complete their degrees.

    The Mississippi Institutions of High Learning and the Mississippi Community College Board  have launched Complete 2 Compete, a statewide initiative that targets adult learners 21 years or older who did not complete their degree and have been out of college for two years or more.
  • EMCC names former Gulf South standout as pitching coach
    Former All-Gulf South Conference standout Whitney Hawkins has been named assistant softball coach at East Mississippi Community College, as announced last week by EMCC head softball coach Kyndall White.

    Serving as EMCC’s pitching coach, Hawkins was a former dual-position player at the University of Alabama in Huntsville before spending the past three seasons as an assistant coach on Ashley Cozart’s staff at the University of North Alabama.
  • MCCSA holds annual public hearing
    Multi-County Community Service Agency, Inc. held its annual public hearing on Friday at the Barney Brown Senior Citizen Building in DeKalb.  

    Shirley Glover, supervisor for all nine counties, conducted the public hearing and discussed eligibility criteria, the changes pertaining to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) and all other programs that the agency offers.
  • Electronic billboard considered for 16/45 intersection in Scooba
    EMCC President Dr. Thomas Huebner shared plans for a large electronic billboard to be placed near the intersection of Hwy 45 and Hwy 16 with the Kemper County Board of Supervisors on Monday morning.

    He said property for the sign had been donated by Prince Oil Company and that the Mississippi Department of Transportation had approved the location. Dr. Huebner indicated he would be seeking possible financial assistance from the county, saying that several ads promoting countywide events could be displayed on the sign daily. Dr. Huebner said that the college had reached out to a potential major sponsor for the sign.
  • Dirt work to begin soon on upcoming Kemper Crossing project
    Work on the Kemper Crossing industrial/recreational development located just west of DeKalb is expected to begin sometime in October, with the first stage being completed as early as June.

    A bid was let for 1.4M to Joe Magee Construction of Lake — well under the estimated cost of 2.2-2.4M — for the dirt work portion of the 49 acre project on Monday, during the regular board meeting of the Kemper County Board of Supervisors .
  • Settlement between MPC, PSC not finalized
    According to a staffer at the Mississippi Public Service Commission, the governing body for utilities in the state is expected to order a status conference by the end of the week to check on the status of negotiations between Mississippi Power Company and the Pubic Utilities Staff in regards to the Kemper County Energy Facility owned and operated by MPC on Hwy 493 near the Liberty community in the southwestern portion of Kemper County.
  • FOOTBALL ARRIVES! Local high school teams kick off 2017 season
    All three local high school football teams began their 2017 football season last week. Inside today's edition of the Kemper County Messenger you will find the 2017 Football Preview, featuring Kemper County High School, Kemper Academy, Nanih Waiya, and East Mississippi Community College.

    Defending MHSAA Class 3A State Champion Kemper County High School suffered a disappointing 35-34 loss, surrendering a 28-point halftime lead against homesteading Northeast Lauderdale,
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) recently announced his support for legislation to ensure that rural Mississippi hospitals are fairly reimbursed for the services they provide to seniors.

    Cochran is cosponsoring the Fair Medicare Hospital Payments Act of 2017 (S.397). This bipartisan, budget-neutral legislation would correct a flawed Medicare formula that pays disproportionately low reimbursement payments to hospitals in rural, low-wage areas.
  • The striped bass, or “striper,” is native to most of the East Coast and along portions of the Gulf of Mexico. While stripers mostly inhabit the whole coast surf, reefs, tide rips, in-shore bars, estuaries and bays they have also been widely introduced in the Mississippi River system. They are particularly active in areas with tidal currents and in the wash of breaking waves. Striped bass are the largest fish in the temperate bass family and grow as long as 6 feet. While the striped bass lives mostly in Coastal marine waters, they are anadromous and will swim into fresh water to spawn.
  • Wildlife Mississippi has recently voiced its support for the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works’ (EPW) passage of S. 1514, the Hunting Heritage and Environmental Legacy Preservation Act, or HELP for Wildlife Act. U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi) is a member of the committee. The bipartisan bill, which includes a range of provisions designed to improve the management of fish, wildlife, habitat and outdoor recreation, passed by a 14-7 margin.


    Weight Watcher at J.C. Stennis Hospital will be starting a new 12 weeks Session on Monday at 5 p.m. at the cafeteria. Please call 1-800-289-8446 for more information.
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    Xavier Hudson, 19,  10021 Rd 1537 Philadelphia, MS,  Charges: Hold

    Phillip Naylor,  24, 3126 Old Rock Rd Porterville, MS, Charges: Domestic Violence- Simple Assault
  • Former Meridian resident and author Hewitt Clarke will sign copies of his latest book, “Dark Secrets: Good and Evil in the Deep South,” in the library on East Mississippi Community College’s Scooba campus on Thursday, Aug. 17, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

    Students and the public are invited to attend the free event, which is expected to last an hour or more.
  • The Kemper County Board of Supervisors met with representatives of Mississippi Power Company for more than an hour in executive session near the conclusion of Monday's regular meeting of the board.

    The declared reason for the executive session was pending litigation in connection with the fee-in-lieu agreement between the county and MPC. The agreement, which was to allows the Kemper County Energy Facility to pay just a percentage of the taxes associated with the company for a designated period of time, was set to go into place when the lignite portion of the plant went fully on line.
  • Marcus Dupree enters Mississippi Sports HoF
    JACKSON — Marcus Dupree talked about family, friends and the community support he has enjoyed over the years during his address Saturday night at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

    Dupree was one of six people inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame during ceremonies at the Jackson Convention Center. Joining him were longtime Jackson State baseball player and coach Bob Braddy;
  • Homemaker's club hosts annual fundraiser
    This past Friday, many Kemper County residents took advantage of the opportunity to partake of a delicious hamburger meal, while helping the Mississippi Homemaker Volunteers raise funds, at the same time at the Ruby J. Rankin Farmers Market Building on Friday.

    The Volunteers annual hamburger dinner, is their largest fundraiser, and helps them with many projects in the community throughout the year. Homemade baked goods were also available for purchase.
  • Town of Scooba in search for new police chief

    This past Monday night, the Scooba Board of Aldermen heard several concerns relating to the Police Department.

    Lt. Derone Mosley, speaking for the department, pointed out that with the resignations of Police Chief Derrick Williams and officer Tony Furline, the department is extremely shorthanded. The Board unanimously agreed to hire three part- time officers — Mark McCoy, Kiley Culpepper and Clifford Sheffield, contingent upon having their training certifications in order.
  • School board presents $15.25M budget for FY18
    The Kemper County public schools unveiled a projected budget of $15.25M for Fiscal Year 2018 during a budget hearing held Friday night. The adoption of the budget is expected to be voted on during the Aug. 14 meeting of the Kemper County Board of Education.

    Lotis Johnson, financial consultant for the district, gave a presentation explaining the different elements of the budget.
  • Dollar General enjoys new DeKalb location
    A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the new Dollar General location in DeKalb this past Saturday morning, even though the store has been open for business for about two weeks.

    “There is no comparison," manager LaDonna Henry said of the new store. "It’s bigger, it’s better. It’s a lot better space-wise.” One of the advantages of the new location is a wider range of merchandise, and customers will be able to find what they need, ranging from frozen foods to grocery items, toiletries, cleaning products and even apparel.
  •  Scooba initiates Citizens Appreciation Day celebration
    This past Saturday, the Town of Scooba held its first ever Citizens Appreciation Day in the empty lot behind the Town Hall.

    The event was open to all and featured free hot dogs grilled by  James Johnigan, chips and drinks, bouncy houses and a water slide and games for the kids. The event was scheduled to run from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.
  • Landscapers Pride of New Waverly, TX, a company which manufactures mulch, fertilizers and other soil amendments, will be opening its only satellite facility on Hwy. 45, a few miles south of the Hwy. 16 intersection, in the old Furniture Direct building. According to General Manager, Brad Volker, the company is on schedule for a mid- September start-
  • St. Mark U.M. Church of DeKalb will host its Annual Revival Services August 6, 7, and 8. Sunday, Aug.6 services will begin at 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday Aug. 7 and 8 services began 7 p.m. nightly. Three nights of Power. Everyone is Welcome, Elder Steven G. Owens Pastor, M. Div. Revival Speakers: Sunday 4 p.m. Pastor Ada Clay of Philadelphia Parish-Choir, Monday 7 p.m. Pastor Terry Roberts St. mark Daleville-Choir and Tuesday 7 p.m. Pastor Steven Willis New Mt. Zion, Shubuta-
  • Odarius Prince, 24, 60 School House Ln De Kalb, MS, Charges: Careless Driving, No Motorcycle Helmet, No Ins, Improper Equipment, Driving on the wrong side, Disorderly Conduct

    Phillip Rush,  32, 2575 Estes Mill Rd Walnut Grove, MS, Charges: No Tag, DUI 2nd
  • A man is in custody in relation to a Monday night shooting death on Sonny Jones Road in Kemper County.

    The name of the man in custody or that of the victim has not been released at this time. The location of the incident is on the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indian Reservation in the county, according to Sheriff James Moore and jurisdiction over the case had not yet been decided
  • With the future of the Kemper County Energy Facility in question, the Kemper County Board of Supervisors authorized board attorney Robert Bailey to send correspondence to Mississippi Power Company and Mississippi Development Authority discussing the Fee-in-Lieu agreement with MPC.

    District 5 Supervisor Chris Cole made the motion which was seconded by District 2 Supervisor Johnny Whitsett. The motion passed 4-0 with District 4 Supervisor Mike Luke being absen
  • The DeKalb Board of Aldermen heard a report from Library System Director, Meredith Wickham concerning a recent renovation at the Dekalb branch which was funded with a $17K federal grant during their Tuesday night meeting.

    The renovation included new furnishings and updated technology which includes the fastest wireless internet connection in Kemper County. Wickham also reported that library usage had increased greatly, with more books checked out in June than ever
  • Kemper County's version of a P16 Council, an organization designed to come alongside struggling school districts in Mississippi, is expected to select it's members during a meeting scheduled for Aug. 15.

    This past Thursday evening a small group of individuals came together for a meeting of the Council at the Kemper County High School Cafeteria. A P16 Council is formed whenever there is a school district that is deemed to be failing.
  • Walk-in registration for new, full-time students planning to take classes at East Mississippi Community College in the fall will take place on the Scooba and Golden Triangle campuses Aug. 10-11 and Aug. 14-18 beginning each day at 8:30 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. Walk-in registration for new students taking online classes will take place Aug. 21-22 beginning at 8:30 a.m. and again at 1 p.m.
  • The old Alply building on Willow Ave. in DeKalb is slated to become the new home of DACO, LLC.

    DACO is a public relations and marketing firm which offers a broad range of services including event planning, strategic planning, printing, apparel and graphic design. The primary purpose for purchasing the Alply building was to relocate DACO’s corporate office from Gulfport to DeKalb
  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR/Booster Club thankful for community support
    We the Wildcats Athletic Booster Club and the Touchdown Club would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the overwhelming support of all of our donors and supporters of the 2016 Kemper County District and State Championship Football Team. Because of support from the businesses, community, parents, volunteers and the school district Kemper County, the ring ceremony was a success. We would like to say a special "thank-you" to West Kemper Elementary's principal, Mrs. Jammy Davis; Kemper County School District Maintenance and Transportation Department; Mr. Richard Cross; Jason Dyess; and our guest speaker, Dr. Jevorious Prince.
  • EMCC announces cheer team for 2017-18
    In advance of the upcoming academic year, East Mississippi Community College has announced the school’s 2017-18 cheerleading team. The selections were made by first-year EMCC cheerleading coach Hanna Burnette.

    EMCC’s 2017-18 cheer squad will consist of three returning student-athletes and 15 new members.  Along with sophomore captain Kayla Pinter (Sebastopol HS), the team also returns Ashlyn Armstrong (Caledonia) and Leighton Moffett
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    Michael Gemans Lewis, 44,  904 Dove St Aliceville, Al,  Charges: Improper Equipment, Driving while License Suspended
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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,
  • 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.”
  • 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 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.
  • 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.

    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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,
  • 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.
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    Willie Lee Burrage Jr 53

    2538 Shiloh Church Rd De Kalb, MS


    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • "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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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

    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.
  • 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 e