Editor’s note: The Kemper County Messenger publishes the Community Calendar weekly in this space. It covers events, announcements and happenings in Kemper County. We welcome your news and comments. If you would like to have something placed in the Kemper Messenger, contact the office at 601-743-6770 during business hours; or mail it to Kemper Messenger, P.O. 546, DeKalb, MS, 39328. The Messenger’s writer, Steve Swogetinsky, may be reached at 601-776-6102.



East Kemper Elementary School Jr. BETA Club is collecting new coloring books, unused crayons, and old eye glasses. Please send these items to East Kemper Elementary School care of Ms. La Wanda Shields or Mrs. Genetrice Doss. 


Friends of Children of MS, Inc. 

Head Start/Early Head Start is accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school term. The child must be: 3-4 years of age on or before Sept. 1 from (Head Start) or 8 weeks of age on/before Sept. 1 for (Early Head Start). The following information must be presented: Proof of income: 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ tax return, Child Support, TANF letter, copy of college grants/scholarship, and any other source of household income. Social Security or SSI statement. Proof of age: Birth Certificate or form 121. If you have any questions please contact Deborah Spencer, Helen McCoy, or Ronnica Roberts at (601) 743-2607 or email us at . Hours of operation are 7:30a.m. until 4:30p.m.

Community/Public Announcement:

Voters/Potential Voters the Local Primary Election is coming.  If you have not registered to vote, have moved into the county, changed your addressed, or have not voted in two Presidential Election you need to visit our Kemper County Circuit Clerk Office soon!  


New Hope United Methodist Church, New Hope Road, DeKalb invites you to their Black History Program to be held Saturday evening, Feb. 23, at 6 p.m. in the New Hope Life Center. The Honorable Rev. James Young,  Mayor of  Philadelphia, will be the  guest  speaker. They will present a true story theatrical play entitled "The Story of Matilda". Matilda Houston was a slave girl who was sold into slavery at the age of 13 in 1851, and she walked all the way from Nashville, TN to DeKalb, MS. The play was written by Matilda's great great great grandson, Min. Robert Fitzgerald Bohannon. The admissions fee is $10 and you will be provided with a delicious meal. All proceeds are going towards a scholarship fund for a high school senior. Rev. Steven Owens, Pastor.

Definition of a Friend

A person whom one knows, likes and trusts

Any associate or acquaintance

A favored companion

One with whom one is allied in a struggle or cause: a comrade

One who supports, sympathizes with, or patronizes a group, cause or movement

The first meeting of FOL in 2019 will be at the Union branch on Feb. 28,  6 .p.m....Support your local library, signup to be a Friend....signup sheets at DeKalb Library. 


New Beginning UMC, 1013 Hwy 45, Porterville, Ms will have their "Black History Program" Sunday, March 10, beginning at 1:30 p.m. A meal will be served after the program and everyone is invited to attend. Call 601-616-1210 FMI. 

Kemper Academy's Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment, April 1-30, Applications and more information available online

A Night Under 
the Stars

A Night Under the Stars, featuring singer Jeff Bates will be held on April 27, at 6 p.m. We will be raising funds for our arts and music program at our school, Kemper Academy.  Admission is $10 per adult and $5 per student and includes unlimited use of the bouncy house and field games. Concessions are available. 

Today's Mom

A FREE educational program is being offered to help moms-to-be learn how to make healthier choices for themselves and their baby.

Today’s Mom, is comprised of a series of six free lessons that includes: Keep Baby Safe, Food Safety, Pregnancy Concerns, Healthy Choices, Physical Activity, Recipe Testing and Breastfeeding .If you are interesting in this program .Please call Mary Bennamon at the Kemper County Extension office 601-743-2837 to find out about classes or if you have any questions. Email:

Free &Free

Eating Smart Being Active! 

You’re invited to a Eating Smart Being Active Class 

Being overweight or obese can lead to health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.  Southern cooking and our love of soul food might make you think healthy eating is difficult. Join us for a 9 session course where you will learn about healthy eating, cooking with new recipes, saving money at the grocery store, and getting physically active. You’ll learn all these topics and MORE! There will be goodies given away, and you can taste a new recipe while discussing and sharing valuable information. Bring a friend and come expecting to have fun! Please call Mary Bennamon at the Kemper County Extension office 601-743-2837 to find out about classes or if you have any questions. Email:


Pack #4 of Kemper County Cub Scouts is looking for interested individuals (boys and girls) from the ages of six year olds to twelve year olds that are interested in scouting. Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m. at the Barney Brown Senior Citizen Building. Point of Contact: Billy J. Rush, Cub Master.

4-H Shooting Sports Volunteer 

Kemper County 4-H Shooting Sports will soon be gearing up for another year. Through the 4-H Shooting Sports program youth ages 8-18 are given the opportunity to learn responsibility, sportsmanship, self-discipline, and other qualities critical to the development of productive citizens. We are currently seeking volunteer instructors in archery, shotgun, rifle and pistol. Training opportunities will be available in January. Adults 21 years of age or older must pass a background check and submit an application. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer instructor for our county 4-H shooting sports program please contact Malikah Jones at 601-743-2837 or


With the opiate crisis running rampant, families are looking for ways to help those they love who need treatment. Getting them into treatment becomes even harder if their loved one is not willing. This is when Intervention can become key. To learn more about successful interventions, please visit,


Narconon can help you take steps to overcome addiction in your family. Call today for free screenings or referrals. 1- 800-431-1754


Kemper County is a participant in the Dolly Parton Imagination Library Program providing a free book mailed monthly to the child in the child’s name from birth until the child reaches the age of five. This project is sponsored by the United Way of East Mississippi, the Strasser Family Foundation and the Partners for Kemper County, Community Foundation of East Mississippi.  To enroll your child on the website enter and click on Impact Programs Imagination Library  or and select the “PARENT” tab located at the top of the web page. Registration cards may also be picked up at the Kemper County Library or the Kemper County Economic Development Authority office during normal business hours. Contact Loretta Hulin, Kemper County Imagination Library Coordinator on 601-416-8279 for additional details.