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.



Earn Your High School Diploma in just 22 weeks! Tuition, Room and Board is absolutely Free! Youth Challenge, located at Camp Shelby Mississippi, is the Premier Alternative Education Program for 16 to 18yr old youth, who are struggling in the traditional school environment and for those who are no longer attending. Challenge also offers nationally certified job skills and College classes through a local University. 

We accept both Male and Female Applicants, 16 to 18 years of age. For an Application or more information call: 1-800-507-6253 or visit our web-site: msyouthchallenge.org 



Applications are now being accepted by Kemper County SWCD for the Kemper County Beaver Control Cost-Share Program. The Mississippi Soil and Water Conservation Commission and the Kemper County Board of Supervisors have funded the program to aid non-industrial private landowners in beaver control. For more information or to make application, contact the Kemper County SWCD located in the NRCS Office, USDA Service Center, Daws Building, 197 Hopper Avenue, DeKalb, MS or call 601-743-9588, extension 3.


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. 


Headquarters Mississippi wing civil air patrol united states air force auxiliary  1635 airport dr. Jackson ms 39209 volunteers needed! G.V. "Sonny" Montgomery squadron, civil air patrol, Meridian, is looking for new members. meeting time is Monday nights (except holidays) at 5:30 p.m. in building 308 at  key field. membership categories:  cadets (youth) ages 13 - 18 (but may remain as a cadet until age 21.) senior members: age 18 and up. contact: captain Carolyn Holiman 601-490-0206 ms102-cc@mswg.cap.gov. 


Union Baptist Church Kemper Springs will be having a 3 night spring revival April 7-9. Our guest evangelists for the week are:  Sunday, April 7,6 p.m.-- Rev. James McDonald pastor Mt. Tabor Baptist Church Coatopa, Alabama Monday, April 8, 7 p.m. Rev. Purvis Moore pastor East Green Grove Baptist Church Newton, Mississippi Tuesday April 9, 7 p.m.Rev. Wardell Tanksley pastor Unity Springs Baptist Church DeKalb. Everyone is invited to come and worship with us. Rev. David Irby, 601-743-5729, 601-701-5439

Cancer Survivor Invitations

Each year in May a special luncheon is held for the survivors of cancer from our county. If you did not receive an invitation in a previous year, please call Grace Gibson at 601-743-5560 by April 10 so that you will receive an invitation to this special event.


Relay for Life Community Breakfast April 11, 6:30-9:30 a.m. Ruby D. Rankin Farmer's Market Building 587 Old Scooba Road. Pancakes or Biscuit, Sausage or Bacon, Grits, Eggs, Coffee or Juice. $7 Donation Support the 16th annual Relay for Life.

Easter Community Cantata

The Easter Cantata, "Who is this King". Will be presented on Sunday evening April 14, at 6 o' clock at the DeKalb Baptist Church. There will be Fellowship after the performance. Come and enjoy the community choir  presentation.

Bluff Springs Revival

Revival services will be held at Bluff Springs Baptist church April 15-17 7:30 p.m. nightly. Pastor Darryl Rush of Mt. Salem Baptist Church will be the guest speaker. Mearlon Coleman, Pastor.



The Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church will host its pastors third anniversary service on April 14, at 2:30 p.m. The guest speaker for the occasion is Rev. John Clark the pastor of the Simmon Ridge Baptist Church.

Kemper Academy's Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment, April 1-30, Applications and more information available online www.kemperacademy.com

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.

.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. 


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.