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  • Transportation key to state’s economy, business leaders say during MEC connection stop
    Transportation was voted the most important key to Mississippi’s economy by the more than 80 business leaders and elected officials here last week during Mississippi Economic Council’s Connection Tour stop at the depot.

    Ninety-five percent of those in attendance said transportation was “very important” to the state’s economy and 60  percent said that the state’s roads and bridges were not acceptably maintained. Another 13 percent said they were poorly maintained.
  • Lady Rockets overcome adversity, win 5th straight slow-pitch state championship
    Being prepared for any situation at any time has been the key to success for the Neshoba Central Lady Rockets according to Head Coach Trae Embry.

    Neshoba Central wrapped up its fifth straight state slow-pitch championship in a row Saturday with a two-game sweep of George County. The Lady Rockets won the first game of the Class 5A-6A series,12-1. They then took game two 18-17, led by a walk off three-run homer by Kaylee Routh. The championship series was played at Freedom Ridge Park in Ridgeland this Saturday.
  • Waddell showcases cooking at Fair
    Not many people in Neshoba County can boast that they have prepared meals for such stars as Charlie Daniels but Dana Waddell can.

    Waddell prepared lunch and supper for the entertainers at this year’s Neshoba County Fair. She had helped with the meals previously for about seven years when she worked on Friday nights at Peggy’s.
  • As debt retired, taxes stay
    While just over 2 mills in debt service on the county coliseum and county nursing home were paid off during fiscal 2016, the Neshoba County Board of Supervisors elected to shift the monies to the general fund and bridge and culvert fund instead of moving them off the tax levy for fiscal 2017, an analysis showed.

    Reducing the taxation by 2 mills could have resulted in a small tax savings for all county residents in wake of a 9.28 mill increase passed down to residents in the Neshoba County School District following a $14 million school bond issue for new construction.
  • Lady Rockets advance past first two rounds
    The Neshoba Central Lady Rockets were going for their fifth straight North State 5A-6A slow-pitch championship Tuesday when they played host to New Hope.
        The winner advances to the State championship series on Saturday against the South State winner which was to be decided between Northwest Rankin and George County. The Lady Rockets started the week with a 24-7 record.
  • Barefield finds niche in hospice care
    While she’s the administrator at Quality Hospice Care, Ann Barefield says it’s “all hands on deck” when a nurse is needed to see a patient and that suits her just fine.

    Barefield has worked at Quality Hospice for about 10 years.
  • Local teams enter slow-pitch softball state playoffs
     All five teams in The Neshoba Democrat coverage area made the playoffs at the conclusion of the 2016 slow-pitch softball regular season last week.

    First round action was slated for Tuesday. The winners advance to the second round on Saturday.

    This week’s schedule
  • Couple promotes Rotary pancake supper
    Hot pancakes topped with buttery syrup and served with lots of bacon is what patrons can expected during the Philadelphia Rotary Club’s annual fundraiser in the senior citizens center at Northside Park.

    The annual pancake supper is set for Oct. 17 from 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Bond was set at $1 million for a Philadelphia man charged with the murder of 34-year-old Jamie Jermaine Yarbrough, whose body was found last week in a ditch in the Dixon community.
  • County agent recognized for service
    Longtime County Agent Harvin Hudson issued a challenge for more community involvement Monday after being recognized as Philadelphia and Neshoba County’s 2016 Citizen of the Year during the annual meeting of the Community Development Partnership in the coliseum.

    He told the 300 plus people in attendance that if everyone would increase their community involvement by just 1 percent, the community “would be 300 percent better tomorrow than it is today.”
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