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  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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 office@cfem.org 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • MEN'S DAY

    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Supes rescind tuition assistance  policy on 5-0 vote
    The Kemper County Board of Supervisors unanimously rescinded a tuition assistance policy for county employees during Tuesday morning's regularly scheduled meeting of the governing body.

    At an earlier meeting Kemper County Sherrif James Moore had come before the board seeking reimbursement for an employee who had attended classes at Mississippi University for Women. At that point the request was tabled to give the board time to research the policy.
  • Snowden: No big cuts for Kemper schools
    While conceding that funding levels may not remain the same, a leader in the Mississippi House of Representatives told a packed house at the Kemper County Farmer's Market on Monday night that reports of the Kemper County Public Schools potentially losing more than $4M in funding in the upcoming budget was greatly exaggerated.

  • 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.
  • High school students tour two EMCC campus locations
    MAYHEW — About 300 Lauderdale County high school students are touring East Mississippi Community College’s Golden Triangle campus and Lion Hills Center to learn about educational opportunities in the college’s Career Technical and Manufacturing Technology & Engineering divisions.

    Last Friday, some 160 students from Northeast Lauderdale High School visited the EMCC facilities. This Friday, about 140 students from West Lauderdale High School will do the same. The tours were timed to coincide with February’s designation as National Career and Technical Education Month.
  • Doodling led to idea for book
    As Bertha Ramsey was randomly drawing what began as bowling pins on a piece of paper, she was struck with an idea for a children's book.

    "I had been writing poems and things like that, but but this story just came into my head," said newly published author Bertha Ramsey of Kemper County. "It was inspired by God."
  • Kemper Relay for Life teams forming
    Kemper County Relay for Life is looking to add additional teams for its annual event that is set for June 2 on the courthouse square in DeKalb.

    "We are off to a slow start, but we are trying to recruit some more teams," said Totsseta Hearn, co-chairman of the event. "The more the merrier. We have about 10 teams we always have, but we are hoping to get some new people involved as well this year."
  • Rape prevention specialist speaks at EMCC
    A renowned speaker who has dedicated her life’s work to preventing sexual assault brought her message to East Mississippi Community College’s Stennis Auditorium last Wednesday night.

    Katie Koestner, executive director of Take Back The Night Foundation and president of Campus Outreach Services, spoke to close to 400 people that included EMCC students and employees, as well as members of the community.
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    Angela Kay Eldridge, 48, 79 Mimosa Lane Preston, MS,  Charges: DUI 2nd

    Antonious R. Backstrom, 30, 1208 Luke Rd Preston, MS, Charges: Probation Violation 

  • The Kemper County Cattlemen's Association will hold it's regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 7:00 p.m. in the Farmers Market Building in DeKalb. All cattlemen or beef producers are invited to attend. Dr. Bret Rushing will present the program on forages and related subjects. Make your reservations by calling 601-743-2837 before noon on Monday, Feb. 20.
  • Last week’s action consisted mainly of floor debate as we considered bills that had passed out of committee by the Jan. 31 deadline. We had until last Thursday, Feb. 9, to vote to send bills to the Senate for their consideration. A number of bills died on the calendar when the House adjourned early on deadline day.
  • ATV accident claims life
    An ATV accident that occurred on Houston Road in Kemper County last Thursday led to the death of a Lauderdale County man.

    Justin Martin, 25, was killed when the vehicle he was driving left the road and hit an embankment. Two passengers were not seriously injured. The accident occurred at approximately 4:45 p.m on Feb. 2. Martin was pronounced dead at the scene.
  • PACES to be honored by governor
    15th Annual Governor’s Awards on March 1 to Honor Top School-Community Partnerships during Mississippi Education Partnership Conference

    The Mississippi Association of Partners in Education will recognize Mississippi’s top school- community partnerships during the 15th annual Governor’s Awards luncheon on Wednesday, March 1 at the Jackson Hilton. The luncheon is part of activities planned for the Mississippi Education Partnership Conference featuring keynote speakers, exclusive workshops and partnership training.
  • Perkins House open house set for 3-5:30 p.m. Monday
    A slice of history will be available for area residents to browse through when an open house will be held at the Perkins House, located in the Townsend Community, from 3-5:30 p.m. on Monday.

    Billy and Frances Brown had the home, constructed in the 1840s, moved from the Moscow Community to their Property on Townsend Road in December of 2012. They have been restoring the home and have been working toward having an open house.
  • Football signing tradition continues for KCHS Wildcats
    When Chris Jones began trying to build the Kemper County High School football program to the status it currently enjoys, he said one of the things he set about doing is letting the community and athletes know that hard work on the field can lead to having a college education paid for.

    With the nine signings that took place last Wednesday, Jones has now been a part of 24 KCHS athletes getting a chance to play football on scholarship in college.
  • KA pair signs letters-of-intent
    A huge nine-man senior class helped Kemper Academy to a district championship and an 8-1 record on the football field last fall.

    Now, it appears, at least a pair of those seniors will have an opportunity to continue playing.

    Lineman Tanner Owen and wideout Jacquez Cole each signed national letters-of-intent to play football at the next level last Wednesday during “National Signing Day.”
  • TOUR ON MONDAY.

    The Kemper County Historical Association will host a drop-in reception and tour of the historic Perkins House (dating from the 1840’s), now located on the premises of Frances and Billy Brown, 2709 Townsend Road. The open house is scheduled for 3-5:30 p.m. All are welcome.
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    Sheena Ash, 32, 454 Six Mile Rd Scooba, MS,  Charges: Driving on Suspended License & Failure to stop at stop sign

    Enda Griffin, 68, 124 Quinton Nunn Rd Preston, MS, Charges: Trespass,
  • On Tuesday of last week, we were required to pass bills out of committee so that the House could vote on them. Anything that was left in committee is dead for the year.

    Despite strong bi-partisan support, all bills that would have mandated equal pay for equal work died in committee. These measures had been double-referred, which meant that it would be harder to get them passed through both committees, anyway. We were really surprised that there was no effort by leadership to pass these measures.
  • Committee meetings dominate week in House
    We spent most of last week in committee meetings because the deadline for general bills to pass committees and go to the full House was Jan. 31.

    Citizens should know that just because a bill is filed, that doesn’t mean it will be considered by all the Representatives. In the committee system, the chair gets to pick and choose the bills to move forward. Sometimes the leadership orders which bills are to be considered. So, although thousands of bills are filed, only a handful will ever make it into law.
  • DeKalb could have party primaries
    Qualifying for the positions of mayor and alderman for the town of DeKalb is currently open with the general election set for June 6.

    Candidates have until March 3 to have their papers filed in the town hall. Candidates for one of the five spots on the town board of aldermen need the signatures of 15 registered voters from their ward, while candidates for mayor need 50 signatures.
  • Sheriff seeks road closure in front of prison
    Kemper County Sheriff James Moore asked the Kemper County Board of Supervisors during Monday morning's recessed meeting if the road that runs in front of the Kemper County Regional Correctional Facility could be closed to the public.

    He said having such open access that close to a correctional facility makes it more difficult to keep contraband from getting inside the facility. "They can just drive up and park and throw it over the fence and then later the prisoners can find it," Moore said. He said there has been several cases of contraband being found on the grounds that was introduced into the facility that way.
  • Supes consider plans for 49 acre site

    After hearing a detailed presentation from Waggoner Engineering about development possibilities for a 49-acre portion of the property the county owns at the intersection of Hwy 16 and Hwy 397, the Kemper County Board of Supervisors indicated that they were leaning toward immediately investing the $3-4M needed to begin the development.
  • Perkins House brings past back to life
    A near five-year labor of love will have it's public unveiling on Monday, Feb. 13 when an open house will be held at the historic Perkins House located on the property of Billy and Frances Brown in the Townsend Community.

    "We just want everybody to be able to see this important part of history," said Frances Brown, who became acquainted with the Perkins House during her time on the board of the Kemper County Historical Association.
  • Naval Air Station Meridian will participate in Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2017 Exercise set for Jan. 30-Feb. 10 on board all Navy installations located in the continental United States.
  • JACKSON — Arbor Day in Mississippi is Friday, February 10, 2017. February 10-17, 2017 is also Tree Planting Week in Mississippi as designated by Governor Phil Bryant's Arbor Day/ Tree Planting Week Proclamation. 
  • While the graduation rate for Kemper County Schools rose six percent it is still well below the state norm.

    The Kemper County rate rose from 68.3 percent to 74.3 percent. Kemper has 1,100 students for 2016-17 year, with 88 listed as seniors. Mississippi’s rate rose to 82.3 percent. The U.S. high school graduation rate is 83.2 percent.
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    Alecia Rush, 35, 6649 New Hope Rd DeKalb, MS,  Charges: Trespassing

  • The Community Prayer Breakfast was postponed due to inclement weather and road conditions.  New date is Saturday, at 9 a.m. It will be still held at “A Taste of Heaven”, DeKalb, MS.  Previously sold tickets will be honored.  Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. For refund, contact Jean Hawkins at 601-677-3121.
  • Dekalb purchases new truck
    The Town of DeKalb recently purchased a new work truck for the town road crew using some of the funds made available through closing the town's police department and asking the Kemper County Sheriff's Department to assume the responsibility of law enforcement inside the town limits.

    "We were in bad need of a new truck," said town public works director Ben Williams. "It's really going to help us a lot."
  • Wallace returns to EMCC as assistant coach
    Bo Wallace, a former NJCAA All-America quarterback and three-year starter at Ole Miss, has returned to East Mississippi Community College to become an assistant football coach on Buddy Stephens’ Lions coaching staff.

    After directing the unbeaten EMCC Lions to the 2011 NJCAA National Championship as the NJCAA Offensive Player of the Year, Wallace went on to start all 39 games of his Ole Miss career in leading the Rebels to three straight bowl games. Most recently, the Pulaski, Tennessee native served this past season as the quarterbacks coach at Marshall County High School in Lewisburg, Tennessee, where he helped mentor his younger brother Bryce.
  • 2017 Legislative Session now underway
    We began the 2017 Legislative session on January 3 with high hopes that we would be able to accomplish many things this year. The numbers and reports that are coming in from all the major areas of government service just don’t look good, and I feel it’s up to us to do something about it. As they say, we the Legislators are the ones who control the purse of government.

    We can’t keep ignoring the fact that our young people are moving out of our state in droves, that our healthcare system is hurting because of lack of funding, that our public schools are struggling with lack of money, and that our roads and bridges are crumbling underneath us because we’re not appropriating enough to maintain them
  • New website launched for child initiative
    The Mississippi Low-Income Child Care Initiative (MLICCI) announces the launch of a new user-friendly website designed to better support the organization’s advocacy mission and goals.

    MLICCI Communications Director Pamela Berry-Johnson said MLICCI is working hard to be the go-to place not only for advocacy information about low-income child care resources, but also to provide tools, networking opportunities, and engaging storytelling and information for parents, child care providers, supporters, partners and the public.
  • Champion Dinner honors 2016 KCHS football team
    The members of the MHSAA Class 3A State Championship football team from Kemper County High School were honored at a Champion Dinner at East Mississippi Community College last Thursday night.

    The event, sponsored by the Kemper County Sheriff's Department, brought together the team with supporters and business and community leaders from throughout the county.

  • Jackson, MS --- The latest release by the Mississippi Department of Employment security shows the state's unemployment rate is at its lowest in more than 12 years.

    Mississippi’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell again in December to 5.6%.  This is the lowest level of unemployment since January 2004 when the rate was also 5.6%.  The December 2016 rate is one-tenth of a percentage point lower than a month earlier in November 2016, when the rate was 5.7%, and 1.2 percentage points lower than a year ago in December 2015, when the rate was 6.8
  • The Kemper County Board of Supervisors plan to meet with Waggoner Engineering of Jackson on Monday at 10 a.m in a recessed meeting to hear plans for the new industrial park development located at the intersection of Hwy 397 and Hwy 16 just west of DeKalb.

    In October the board asked the engineering firm to focus on the 48 acres located in the fork between the two highways and to bring back to them a plan as to how to best use and develop the property. The entire site consists of 215 acres.


  • Rep. Sonya Williams-Barnes is sponsoring a new bill aimed at closing the gender wage gap in the Magnolia State.

    Women working full-time, year-round continue to earn on average 79 cents for every dollar earned by a man working the same job. In 40 percent of households in the United States, women are the primary breadwinners.
  • Energy conservation is the practice of decreasing the quantity of energy used. It will not only help to reduce energy costs and the need for new power plants but it will also reduce the need for energy imports. The United States is currently the largest single consumer of energy in the world.

    America has become a very wasteful society. We need to make it a habit to be more conscious of our resources and environment. Developing a habit takes time. By spending time considering our actions and doing things to save energy each day, our actions will become a habit
  • Three East Mississippi Community College students are among 207 Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society members worldwide selected as 2016 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholars.

    EMCC students Leah Bentley, Rachel Rooney and Elizabeth Shurlds will receive scholarships of $1,000 each to be used toward their associate degrees.

  • Anthony D. Kirk, 37, 209 Needham Rd Preston, MS

    Charges: Sale of a Controlled Substance
  • The Meridian Chapter of Miss. Valley State University Alumni will have its meeting Thursday, Feb. 2, at the Council Of Organization Building, 814-45th Ave beginning at 5p.m. All alumni in Meridian/Lauderdale County and surrounding counties are asked to attend as we continue to prepare for our banquet in April. Members on the Banquet Committee will meet at 4 p.m. prior to our regular meeting. Call 601-482-4559 for more information.
  • EMCC adopts tobacco-free policy
    On Jan. 1, East Mississippi Community College maintenance staff installed “Tobacco Free” signs across the college’s campuses and removed the ashtrays that had been outdoor fixtures since the Scooba campus was established in 1927.
  • DeKalb Dollar General store to change locations
    With its lease set to run out in July, the Dollar General store in DeKalb is planning to relocate on Highway 16 on the east side of town.

    Kemper County Economic Development Authority executive director Craig Hitt recently shared that news with the DeKalb Board of Aldermen. He said the building the Dollar General is currently in near the intersection of Highway 39 and Highway 16 would soon be available for rent.
  • KCHS' Jones named Starkville High head coach
    With the tremendous success his football program has seen, it is of no surprise that Kemper County High School head football coach Chris Jones has been a highly sought-after commodity.

    Starkville High School officially named Jones as its new head football coach on Wednesday afternoon after it was approved by the Oktibbeha County school board.
  • Three county VFDs receive new pumper trucks
    When three new fire trucks rolled into DeKalb earlier this month, Kemper County Emergency Management executive director Ben Dudley said it gave each of the county's nine volunteer fire departments "a fairly new frontline pumper."

    The three new trucks, which were assigned to the Kemper Springs, New Hope and Preston Volunteer Fire Departments, cost a combined $731,435, with $210K of that expected to be refunded to the county through the Rural Fire Truck Acquisition Assistance Program.
  • The Meridian Chapter of Miss. Valley State University Alumni will have its meeting Thursday, Feb. 2, at the Council Of Organization Building, 814-45th Ave beginning at 5p.m. All alumni in Meridian/Lauderdale County and surrounding counties are asked to attend as we continue to prepare for our banquet in April. Members on the Banquet Committee will meet at 4 p.m. prior to our regular meeting. Call 601-482-4559 for more information.
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    James Tyler Cox, 21,10885 Baylor Rd Meridian MS,  Charges: Bench Warrant
  • PACES program receives  $10,000 grant from Hardin

    On Tuesday Kemper County PACES received a $10,000 grant from the Phil Hardin Foundation of Meridian.

    PACES Project Director, Bernard Hulin accepted the grant from Lloyd Gray, Phil Hardin Foundation Executive Director and Robert Ward, Foundation President and Chairman.
  • Complete start-up  for power plant delayed to Jan 31
    JACKSON — Mississippi Power Co. says its Kemper County power plant will be delayed another month.

    The latest delay, confirmed Friday, pushes the plant's price tag over $7 billion. Of the nearly $52 million increase caused by the delay, the unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. says shareholders will pay $34 million. Ratepayers could be asked to pay the rest.
  • Kemper sheriff's  department to get new dog, inmate vans
    During a meeting of the Kemper County Board of Supervisors earlier this month, Kemper County Sheriff James Moore shared some improvements and upgrades being made in regards to resources for the department he supervises.

    Moore told the board that one of the dogs on the department's K-9 team was ailing and would need to be replaced, noting that the $13,900 needed was already accounted for in the budget.

  • STARKVILLE —With a theme of “Our Voices,” Mississippi State’s 2017 Diversity Conference will take place Jan. 26 and 27 at The Mill at MSU Conference Center.

    Organized by the university President’s Commission on the Status of Minorities, the event explores continuing avenues for embracing and expanding diversity in higher education.

  • JACKSON —Small business optimism rocketed to its highest level since 2004, with a stratospheric 38-point jump in the number of owners who expect better business conditions, according to the monthly National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Index of Small Business Optimism, released today.
  • Contributions from sportsmen, individuals, corporations, foundations and the conservation community are essential to the success of its initiatives. By joining the organization, you make a strong commitment toward the conservation of fish, wildlife and plants throughout Mississippi. While this is an important first step, your involvement and input should not end there. With your support, we will continue to work for programs that improve the quality of life in Mississippi and the value of our lands. You will witness this commitment each time you see, read or listen to another story about the conservation efforts of Wildlife Mississippi. So ask a friend to join us also
  • Basketball season is always a busy time for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians as they follow the Choctaw Central varsity teams on their campaigns.

    But the number of games is going to be pushed up to another level this weekend as 62 adult teams will gather for the Native American Sports Association’s (NASA) East Coast basketball tournament. Tribes from as far North as New York, North Carolina, Florida and Alabama will be represented in the four brackets. There will be brackets for teams in the men’s division, women’s division, legends men’s division and legends women’s division. The legends divisions features players 40 and older.
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    Fredrick Tyrone Rush,  34, 103 Suttle Rd Preston

    Ladarius Naylor,  26, 3106 6th Ave. Meridian, MS,  Charges: Murder
  • KING JR. CEREMONY

    Join us in commemoration the life and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Theme is What Dreams are made of. The event is Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Lineup will be at 2:30 p.m. at Kemper County Court House ending with a ceremony at Belmont M.B. Church. Rain or shine . Vans will be on site for anyone who needs a ride or can’t finish the march. For more information contact Bro. J. Lloyd @ 601-562-3236 or Bro. Leroy Carpenter at 601-527-0756. There is no cost to participate in the parade. We are asking all churches, organization or businesses to participate.
  • Ready on the right? Ready on the left? Ready on the firing line?  

    If you are a young person between the ages of 8-18 you can answer “ready” to the three questions that were just asked. 4-H Shooting Sports sign-up time is here and you don’t want to miss out on one of the most exciting projects in 4-H. To be a part of the Shooting Sports program you must be willing to listen, learn and follow all safety rules.