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Mayor Charles McClain, center, with Chief Phillip Martin and Iron Eyes Cody at the 1982 Choctaw Indian Fair.
Mayor Charles McClain, center, with Chief Phillip Martin and Iron Eyes Cody at the 1982 Choctaw Indian Fair.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 6:02 PM
Former Philadelphia Mayor Charles A. “Charlie” McClain, who during his two terms was regarded as one of the city’s most progressives mayors because, among other things, he ushered in comprehensive zoning, died Monday. He was 80.
  • Son makes call to save mother’s life
    Watching his mother struggle with cancer forced Neshoba Central senior Austin Dempsey to grow up way too fast. In fact, one might suspect that she is in remission today because of a four-hour phone call the teenager placed to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Atlanta in 2014, begging for doctors there to save her life.
  • Concert to feature about 100 singers
    Lisa Pierce and Connie Fedrick will be among the nearly 100 singers Sunday during “A Community Choral Festival” at First United Methodist Church.

    The concert will feature the Fair City Chorale and choirs from First Methodist and Neshoba Central High School.

    Each choir will sing separate selections as well as joining in a mass choir directed by guest conductor Dr. Michael John Trotta of New York City.
  • Rockets dominate en route to region championship
    The Neshoba Central Rockets dominated both games as they captured their first region basketball tournament championship in recent memory this past week.

    The Rockets, the region host team, came in ranked No. 1 in a statewide poll of Class 5A boys basketball teams. They defeated Lanier 74-32 in the first game, and then beat the Vicksburg Gators 76-45 in the championship game.
  • Breazeale couple teams up in kitchen
    When it comes to Sunday afternoons after church services, Melinda and John Breazeale can usually be found in the kitchen preparing some type of Cajun dish, from gumbo to red beans and rice.

    The couple makes their home on Wilson Street and are members of Linwood Baptist Church.
  • Rebelettes go for another North State title
    The Leake Academy Rebelettes swept two games last week to win the District 2AAA championship in prep basketball action.

    Now the Rebelettes turn to the North State AAA which they will host this week. The Rebelettes drew a first round bye and won’t play until Thursday when they take on the Bayou Academy girls at 6:30 p.m.
  • Feds settle with Tribe for $18M, Choctaws will build school
    An $18 million settlement with the federal government will be used to expand Pearl River Elementary School, among other things, Choctaw Tribal Chief Phyliss J. Anderson said last week.

    The settlement was in the class-action case of Navajo Chapter et at. v. Jewell to recover unpaid or underpaid contract support costs owed by the federal government to Indian tribes and tribal organizations which paid for these costs out-of-pocket, Anderson said.
  • McLain loves her role at career center
    Dana and Phillip McLain met on a golf course and two years later their storybook marriage began!

    They make their home in the Calico community and have a wonderfully blended family which includes six children as well as a son-in-law!

    Despite their careers, this busy couple’s top priority is their family.
  • trio of five-year starters sets winning standard
    When you are building a house, or a basketball program, the first thing you need is a strong foundation.

    Seven years ago, Jerry Byrd returned as the boys basketball coach at Neshoba Central with plans to make the Rockets a competitive team among other Class 5A schools. At the time, the Rockets might hold their own against some of the smaller schools in the area. But they hadn’t been competitive among schools their own size in years.
  • Philly’s grad rate rises, NC drops
    Neshoba Central’s graduation rate dropped slightly, while Philadelphia’s rose and remains well above state and national averages.

    Philadelphia posted a graduation rate of 90.3 percent, while the four-year graduation rate at Neshoba Central was 85.3, just barely above the state average and a few points lower than last year.
  • Boswell is familiar face in PHS cafeteria
    Rufus Boswell likes to cook for a crowd, so when it’s taco soup day at Philadelphia High School, he gathers up about 40 pounds of beef and other ingredients and goes to work.

    Boswell cooks all the meats for the students’ lunch in the high school cafeteria, a post he has manned for the past 18 years.

    Forty-pounds is the magic number for meat whether he’s preparing soups or such things as chicken spaghetti, a favorite of most students.
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