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  • KCSD welcomes students back to class
    After nearly six months, students are back on the campuses of Kemper County schools.
  • The McKee Reunion of the Damascus Community that was set for September 13, has now been cancelled due to COVID-19.
  • Kemper County’s number of infections from the Coronavirus Pandemic increased by eight in the past week.
  • Well, if you have kids or grandkids in school, you are probably going to have to go to a sporting event or tw
  • Identifying plants can be harder than you think
    Love getting stumped on plant identification questions, but sometimes I’m driven around the twist, occasionally left high and dry.
  • EMCC hires school nurse on campus
    SCOOBA — East Mississippi Community College has hired Kemper County native Amy Ivy to serve as the college’s school nurse and to oversee infection control procedures to minimize the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus.
  • The Kemper Academy Rams will be seeking their first win of the season Friday night when they visit Prentiss Christian.
  • Kemper’s COVID-19 cases  now 270
    Kemper County’s number of infections from the Coronavirus Pandemic increased by n10 in the past week.
  • Antioch Homecoming in Kemper County will be September 6, 2020. We will meet outside observing safety precautions due to Covid. Devotion at 11:00. Bring a chair and canopy if you can. Please respect others. See everyone there
  • A time to relax, visit friends, play games, and of course eat. While you are grilling, try slicing vegetables and grill them, too. You can use a grill basket, or a sheet pan, or even do kabobs with them.
  • Rachel Mcdade Burrage, 65, 280 Little Rd Decatur Rd Decatur, MS, Charges: Driving on wrong side of Road; DUI 1st
  • Antioch Homecoming in Kemper County will be September 6, 2020. We will meet outside observing safety precautions due to Covid. Devotion at 11:00. Bring a chair and canopy if you can. Please respect others. See everyone there.
  • Quendarius Jackson, 21, 1125 8th St Pleasant Grove, AL, Charges: Probation Violation 
  •  In the last couple of weeks,  we have been doing virtual learning with our grandchildren.It has been a lot of fun. Not only are they doing the assignments from the school, but I'm throwing my two cents in. I am a retired teacher and just can't help myself.We are learning measurement and fractions when we cook. We will find a recipe, gather the ingredients, and measure out each in separate bowls.
  • Mississippi’s native wildflowers
    One of my favorite native wildflowers has gone rogue overseas, but its newfound connections are perversely satisfying to me
  •  Kemper County’s number of infections from the Coronavirus Pandemic increased by 17 in the past week.
  • The Kemper County board of supervisors set a public hearing for Friday, September 4, concerning the FY 2020-2021 county budget.
  • Antioch Homecoming in Kemper County will be September 6, 2020. We will meet outside observing safety precautions due to Covid. Devotion at 11:00. Bring a chair and canopy if you can. Please respect others. See everyone there.
  • We all struggle with them. It's too much to throw out, but no one wants them again. This is where we have to become creative. We have to transform them into another dish so our love ones will eat them.
  • Shermon Hunter, 38, 22nd Street Scooba, MS, Charges: DUI 1st; Driving while License Suspended; Speeding 
  • Schools delay start date
    Kemper County School District (KCSD) has announced it would delay the start of the school year until August 17 with virtual learning.
  • Kemper County’s number of infections from the Coronavirus Pandemic increased by 11 in the past week.
  • LaQuintis Horne has been named as the new head football coach at Kemper Academy.
  • What is it about being home that gets your mouth watering and stomach rumbling
  • Antioch Homecoming in Kemper County will be September 6, 2020. We will meet outside observing safety precautions due to Covid. Devotion at 11:00. Bring a chair and canopy if you can. Please respect others. See everyone there.
  • Kemper County’s numbers of infections from the Coronavirus Pandemic increased by 14 in the past week.
  • The Kemper County board of supervisors took several actions during their Monday meeting.
  • We would like to invite you to join us for our annual homecoming event.  Homecoming services will be held on August 9th at 11:00 a.m. with former pastor, Bro. Rickles, presenting the message.  In light of the current Covid 19 Health Crisis there will be no meal after the service. We look forward to seeing you soon. Liberty Baptist Church
  • The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians was recently awarded a grant from First Nations Development Institute in the amount of $15,000.
  • We went to our lake cabin outside of Terry, MS. We had all four grandkids. (two girls nine years old, one girl six years old, and a boy three years old. They are a handful. We had ants on a log (celery sticks with peanut butter and raisins on top) gummy snacks, fresh vegetables with ranch dip, fresh fruits, and cheeses for snacks.
  • Isiaha Dixon, 19, 10211 County Rd 773 Philadelphia, MS, Charges: Accessory after the fact to murde
  • Dr. Thigpen prepares as new Kemper County principal
    Dr. Kory Thigpen has spent the past month getting to know his students and staff as he prepares for his first year as principal at Kemper County High School.
  • Suspect in murder found dead in his cell
    A man suspected in a shooting death in Kemper County earlier this month was found dead in his jail cell Sunday night.
  • Students have more options than ever to register at East Mississippi Community College for the upcoming Fall 2020 term that begins Aug. 17.
  • Kemper County’s unemployment rate jumped two points June in despite the news that one of its leading manufacturers was hiring.
  • We would like to invite you to join us for our annual homecoming event.  Homecoming services will be held on August 9th at 11:00 a.m. with former pastor, Bro. Rickles, presenting the message.  In light of the current Covid 19 Health Crisis there will be no meal after the service. We look forward to seeing you soon. Liberty Baptist Church
  • This is the time of year when we love to use our grills and smokers.
  • stuff the bus
    The annual “Stuff the bus”  effort was held in DeKalb last week.
  • COVID-19 infections climb
    Kemper County’s numbers of infections from the Coronavirus Pandemic increased by 14 in the past week.
  • Supervisors set county tax rolls for year
    The Kemper County board of supervisors held their second meeting of the month this past Monday.
  • SCOOBA – East Mississippi Community College’s cheerleading team for the 2020-21 academic year has been announced by first-year EMCC cheer coach Danielle D. McDade.
  • We would like to invite you to join us for our annual homecoming event.  Homecoming services will be held on August 9th at 11:00 a.m. with former pastor, Bro. Rickles, presenting the message.  In light of the current Covid 19 Health Crisis there will be no meal after the service. We look forward to seeing you soon. Liberty Baptist Church
  • Sheriff investigates slaying
     The Kemper County sheriff’s department is investigating a homicide that occurred last week near the Kemper-Neshoba County line.
  • Milon Roberts, 24, 223 Sally Avery Rd De Kalb, MS, Charges: Speeding; Carless Driving; DUI Other 
  • The Mississippi Legislature appropriated $160,000 for the completion of a natural gas pipeline from DeKalb to Scooba.
  •  Kemper County’s numbers of infections from the Coronavirus Pandemic increased by five in the past week.
  • SCOOBA – Retired National Football League defensive end Brandon Deaderick and former Southeastern Louisiana University defensive back T’Darryl Grays have been hired as assistant football coaches at East Mississippi Community College, as announced Friday by 13th-year EMCC head football coach Buddy Stephens.
  • Revival at the Corinth Baptist Church, 6544 Hwy 495 S, DeKalb, will be held July 26-29 beginning at 7 PM. Speaker will be Rev. Jessie Napp. Everyone is welcome. For more information call 601-581-1966. Pastor Allen Gibson.
  • At this time of year, many of us tend to have a variety of fresh vegetables  on hand.
  • Westerfield getting to know the Wildcats
    Coach Ray Westerfield says the Kemper County Wildcats have performed well during summer workouts and are looking ahead for whatever comes.
        Westerfield was named the head football coach of the Wildcats back in March. But then the schools closed because of the Coronavirus Pandemic. They were out for the rest of the school year,
  • EMCC names Dr. Rush new VP of instruction
    SCOOBA — Longtime East Mississippi Community College employee Dr. James L. Rush has been named the college’s vice president of instruction.
  • Kemper County’s numbers of infections from the Coronavirus Pandemic increased by seven in the past week.
  • The Kemper County board of supervisors took the first steps toward preparing the Fiscal Year 2021 budget Monday during their regular meeting.
  • It is time again for United Way of East Mississippi's annual school supply and uniform drive "Stuff the Bus". This event will take place on July 15 at Pilgrim's Foodliner in DeKalb, MS. The drive will be from 9 A.M. to 3 P.M. Elementary schools in Kemper County will receive school supplies and uniforms. The sponsors this year are the Mississippi Power Community Connection along with the Liberty Shop. For more information on how you can LIVE UNITED, contact United Way at 601-693-2732.
  • I hope you not only staying safe by staying home and wearing mask when you get out in public.
  • Kemper County’s Brown ‘powers’ way to science fair nations
    William Michael Brown, Jr., a ninth grader at Kemper County High School, continues to be recognized for his participation and achievements in science fairs since the fifth grade.
  • Granger: COVID-19 still a serious health threat
    There have been no new cases of the Coronavirus reported in Kemper County but sadly, there was one additional death.
  • The Kemper County Chamber of Commerce will not be holding the annual July 4th celebration this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We wish everyone a safe and happy July 4th. We pray life will soon return to normal.
  • During the summer, no one likes to be stuck in the kitchen all day.
  • What kind of person are you?
    Do your plants signal what kind of person you are?
  • I have become aware many of my constituents who own small businesses with 50 or fewer employees that were forced to shut down temporarily because of the coronavirus have not received or filed for COVID-19 relief money they are entitled to receive.
  • Two DeKalb businesses stay strong together
    A Taste of Heaven and Village Cloth Shoppe are situated adjacent to each other in downtown De Kalb, and in the harsh times of the coronavirus pandemic, the two businesses have become quite close.
  • The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is urging parents to act now and schedule their child’s age-appropriate immunizations before summer is over. Mississippi state law requires children to be immunized against childhood diseases to enter public or private school, Head Start or daycare.
  • Recently, I was asked to choose only one answer for what I desired most at Kemper County School District.
  •  The Kemper County supervisors took a big step in protecting employees in the Court House from the Coronavirus during their Monday meeting.
  • Kemper Academy will hold a Summer Basketball Camp on June 8-9 BOYS Grades 3 thru 6 at 5:30-8pm, June 10-11 BOYS Grades 7 thru 9 at 5:30-8pm, June 15-16 GIRLS Grades 3 thru 6 at 5:30-8pm, and June 18-19 GIRLS Grades 7 thru 9 at 5:30-8pm. The camp is $50 PER CHILD. Call/Text Betty Lynn Haggard 601-416-5930 to register.
  • During the summer, it is always nice to plan picnic
  • Senator Sampson Jackson Weekly Report
    We passed House Bill 1387, that would create the Mississippi Workforce Incentive Act of 2020 by transferring $50 million of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, COVID-19
  • cleaning up
    Work is ongoing to have the Kemper County schools clean and ready to go when 
  • The Kemper County Schools have announced the principals for its elementary schools.
  • The Mississippi Health Department reported 500 new cases of COVID-19 this past Monday, the highest daily increase since the outbreak began earlier this year.
  • Kemper Academy will hold a Summer Basketball Camp on June 8-9 BOYS Grades 3 thru 6 at 5:30-8pm, June 10-11 BOYS Grades 7 thru 9 at 5:30-8pm, June 15-16 GIRLS Grades 3 thru 6 at 5:30-8pm, and June 18-19 GIRLS Grades 7 thru 9 at 5:30-8pm. The camp is $50 PER CHILD. Call/Text Betty Lynn Haggard 601-416-5930 to register.
  • One of many people's favorite hobby during the warm months of summer is fishing.
  • Nature’s magnificent flowers
    Dang it. I just discovered a young tree seedling in my garden that will sooner or later have to be cut down, but it seems wrong, maybe unpatriotic, to do it.
  • Kemper County’s unemployment rate stayed below the state average but went up 6.3 percent because of the shutdown and business closings caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Kemper Academy will hold a Summer Basketball Camp on June 8-9 BOYS Grades 3 thru 6 at 5:30-8pm, June 10-11 BOYS Grades 7 thru 9 at 5:30-8pm, June 15-16 GIRLS Grades 3 thru 6 at 5:30-8pm, and June 18-19 GIRLS Grades 7 thru 9 at 5:30-8pm. The camp is $50 PER CHILD. Call/Text Betty Lynn Haggard 601-416-5930 to register.
  • Michael J Dupont, 46, 32 Bell St Noxapater, MS, Charges: Burglary-Commercial Building
  • Woman loses everything but faith in house fire
    Fire takes all but faith from DeKalb woman Longtime Meridian radio personality Carrie Boyd believes the Lord spared her when the DeKalb home her father built 40 years ago burned last mon
  • Kemper County graduates receive diplomas
    Members of the Kemper County High School Class of 2020 received their diplomas last week during a different program format as compared to years past.
  • During the COVID-19 cycle, the Kemper County Veterans Service Office will be open normal hours, for appointment only.  For those Veterans or surviving spouses, please call ahead for appointments.  Walkins will be seen when  time and space allows, and iIf unable to assist an individual, an appointment will be made.  The Kemper County Veterans Service Office is located in the Courthouse Annex, 29 Bell Street, DeKalb, MS.  Hours are Monday and Tuesday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  To set up an appointment, or for further information,  please call Marie Wilson, County Veteran Service Officer,  601-743-2247, or email kcvso@att.net.
  • Now that summer is moving in and some restrictions are lifting, I hope you continue to be vigilant in staying safe.
  • Kemper Academy Class of 2020 receives diplomas
     Kemper Academy’s graduation service was different from most years because of the Coronavirus Pandemic.
  • 5-18 - Christopher J Boyd, 50, Scooba. Charges: Trespass after Warning
  • Virus changes graduation
    Kemper County’s two high schools have held very different graduation services as they have sought to stay within the guide lines concerning the Coronavirus Pandemic.
  • SCOOBA — East Mississippi Community College has been awarded a $5,000 grant that will be used in part to create a drive-through food pantry for mothers who reside in Kemper County.
  • National Fishing and Boating Week is June 6 through June 14, 2020, which is the perfect time to celebrate Mississippi’s bountiful fisheries and other aquatic resources, as well as relax.
  • During the COVID-19 cycle, the Kemper County Veterans Service Office will be open normal hours, for appointment only.  For those Veterans or surviving spouses, please call ahead for appointments.  Walkins will be seen when  time and space allows, and iIf unable to assist an individual, an appointment will be made.  The Kemper County Veterans Service Office is located in the Courthouse Annex, 29 Bell Street, DeKalb, MS.  Hours are Monday and Tuesday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  To set up an appointment, or for further information,  please call Marie Wilson, County Veteran Service Officer,  601-743-2247, or email kcvso@att.net.
  • While we're staying safe by following social distancing rules, we have time to work on ourselves.
  • Fredrick Hudson, 40, 159 Broach Rd Daleville, MS, Charges: Disorderly Conduct
  • Plants just do their ‘plant things’
    To hear some folks talk, you’d think plants have intentions, good or bad and everything in between. Ain’t so.
  • MBCI member selected to Mississippi Economic Council’s leadership class
    Sarah Swanner-Medlock, a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians (MBCI), was recently selected as one of 48 standout Mississippians to participate in the Mississippi Economic Council’s (MEC) Leadership Mississippi Class of 2020. Medlock, a native of the Bogue Chitto Community, is the first MBCI member to be selected into the prestigious program and currently serves as Operations Manager for the MBCI Office of Economic Development.
  • EMCC donating safety mask comfort straps to area industries
    East Mississippi Community College is using a 3D printer to mass produce straps designed to make it more comfortable to wear surgical masks for long periods of time. The comfort straps will be donated to local industries for use by their employees.
  • Kemper Academy to hold virtual graduation
    Kemper Academy will hold a virtual graduation service which will seen on social media May 22 starting at 8 p.m.
  • Due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19, Homecoming set for May 17 will NOT have service/dinner. Please continue to place flowers for loved one. To send memorial gifts for the Cemetery Fund: Tommy Gully, 1986 Lynville Road, DeKalb, MS 39328 or call or text 601-743-3320 or 601-677-3328 and leave a message.
  • I hope we are all practicing social distancing.
  • The Kemper County board of supervisors re-opened the courthouse and other county-owned buildings to the public this week, but anyone entering must wear a protective mask.
  • Jackson family legacy continues

    Steven Jamal-Warrick Jackson is continuing his family’s of service both as a highway patrolman and a member of the armed forces.

    Jackson family 

    legacy continues

  • In this week's column, Dale Feasel, a lifelong resident of this community, writes of the way the COVID-19 is affecting her and her family, and how she misses being with her church family. I might add as a member of her church family, we all miss her too. Dale's column is as following:
  • With spring here, and summer knocking on the door, salads are a great option for lunch or supper.
  • Victory Gardens in full bloom
    Social distancing doesn’t apply to Victory Garden vegetables; some actually do best when in stuffed into close quarters.
  • COVID-19 is forcing everyone to navigate uncharted waters, including boaters.For the annual celebration of National Safe Boating Week, held May 16-22, 2020, the National Safe Boating Council recommends boaters follow local guidance for social distancing and outdoor recreation.

  • Kemper County School District’s board of education adopted a final grading policy and procedure for all students’ last school year term based on guidance from the Mississippi Department of Education.
  • 48 people tested in DeKalb Friday
    Nearly 50 people were tested Friday for the Coronavirus in the marketing lot of Kemper County High School.
  • A new manufacturing company is coming to DeKalb and will be located in the old National Guard Armory.
  • EMCC to conduct virtual tryouts
    SCOOBA – East Mississippi Community College will be conducting virtual cheer and mascot tryouts for the upcoming 2020-21 academic year during a week-long (May 8-15) span next month.
  • The  Kemper County School District has released the elementary schools third term honor roll list for 2019-2020 school year. “We would like to congratulate all of our honor students for their hard work and academic excellence,” said Hilute Hudson, Superintendent of Education.

  • Start a new hobby or two. You could see it paint. You could watch YouTube videos and learn to knit or crochet. Take walks around your neighborhood. Ride a bike or go fishing. Start a scrap book of pictures you've taken. Start a journal. Write a story. Read a book. Begin to learn how to bake. Keep you mind and body active.
  • Since we have been homebound for several weeks with the Coronavirus epidemic, thoughts have searched for positive outcomes. A teacher/neighbor shared some thoughts she had obtained from Facebook concerning young people having to stay at home from school with their family. One would think that this extended experience would have more bad effects than good, but it can also be an opportunity for positive outcomes, such as:
  • Kemper Lake back open
    A couple of fishermen were back on the water Monday as Kemper Lake was re-opened to the public. 
  • How are you with social distancing?
  • Tyler Sullivan Smith of Meridian was recently named one of 24 Christian Leaders of the Future by Mississippi Christian Living Magazine.  A reception was held in honor of the nominees on the campus of Belhaven college March 3.
  • Eric Prince, 44, 973 MLK Drive De Kalb,MS, Charges: Disturbance of Peace
  • "Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him." Psalm 37:7
  • The  Kemper County School District has released the elementary schools third term honor roll list for 2019-2020 school year. “We would like to congratulate all of our honor students for their hard work and academic excellence,” said Hilute Hudson, Superintendent of Education.
  • 11 new COVID related deaths confirmed as Governor extends shelter in place order
    JACKSON - Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves has extended a statewide shelter-in-place order for one more week as the total number of COVID-19 cases has risen to nearly 3,800 this week with 140 deaths.
  • The Kemper County board of supervisors made several emergency actions they took earlier in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic official during last Monday’s meeting.
  • "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?" Romans 8:35

    We live in a world of uncertainty. Where do we put our trust? In banks? In governments? In people? As a child of God, we can live in absolute certainty that nothing-nothing can ever separate us from our Father's love.

  • Kemper County High School has started a new campaign highlighting their senior class on social media. The first post is a collective of senior portraits of the entire graduating class of 2020.
  • I hope you have all been practicing social distancing.
  • Kemper has single new confirmed case
    Kemper County has one new confirmed coronavirus case as the state total increased by 209.
  • Hope you are all practicing social distancing.
  • Keitha Madison, 34, 1817 Strikefield Rd Preston, MS, Charges: Court Order 
  • Mississippi Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann spoke with East Mississippi Commuinity College Early College High School students Monday, during an online classroom session in which much of the discussion centered on impacts the novel coronavirus has had on the state.
  • Easter prayer for Kemper County
    Easter is a very special day in our country.  Unfortunately, because of the Coronavirus, Easter sunrise services, family get-togethers, Easter egg hunts, and church services have been canceled this year.
  • East Mississippi Community College alumnus C.T. Salazar has been named the recipient of the 2020 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL) Awards in Poetry.
  • Coronavirus outbreak just getting started in Mississippi, top health official warns
    The coronavirus outbreak is just getting started in Mississippi, warned State Health Official Dr. Thomas Dobbs during a press conference with Gov. Tate Reeves and others today.
  • The Kemper County board of supervisors took actions last week to protect employees and the public from the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • There is nothing better than all those wonderful meats fresh off the grill. Don't forget you can also grill your vegetables. By using a little olive oil, salt and pepper you can make tasty sides for your meats.
  • Otis Henson Jr, 19, 354 Quinton Nunn Rd Preston, MS, Charges: Family Disturbance   
  • Mississippi reports 67 new cases of Coronavirus
    The Mississippi State Department of Health announced Sunday morning that they had 67 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 207 cases.
  • The Mississippi State Department of Health announced 60 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 Saturday morning, bringing the state-wide total to 140 cases.
  • Governor orders schools closed until April 17
    Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves announced this morning the closure of all public schools across the state until April 17, as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to grow across the state and world.
  • The Kemper County board of supervisors took care of a variety of business during Monday’s meeting.
  • Kemper schools moving forward with restructuring
    Across our district, our teachers are preparing for the home stretch before state testing.
  • Come join us in Revival Services to be held at Jerusalem Temple Church of DeKalb, 115 Hopper Ave, DeKalb, MS (across from courthouse) beginning on Tuesday, March 3-8, 2020. Bishop C