Dec. 2, 1932

Bids on six projects involving 37 miles of road work, including 16.1 miles of paving, bridge and culvert construction, at an estimated cost of $775,000, will be received by the state Highway Commission Dec. 13, it was announced late Friday.


City authorities are preparing to proceed with new plans for construction of a municipal light plant, following a ruling at Baldwyn by Federal Judge Allen Cox restraining Fairbanks, Morse and Company from selling equipment to the city.

Dec. 4, 1942

J. Ray Gipson, who practiced law in Philadelphia 10 years ago and who also served in the Legislature from Neshoba County, was recently appointed as City Judge of Meridian, succeeding the late Henry J. Woods, has practiced law in Meridian for the past 10 years.

Mr. Gipson attended Clarke Memorial College in Newton and graduated in law at Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tenn., in 1921. Admitted to the bar in July in 1921, he opened an office in Philadelphia, Neshoba County, locating in Meridian 10 years later.

Dec. 5, 1952

The Mississippi Choctaw Indians will be the center of attention at the Choctaw Baptist Bazaar to be held on Saturday, Dec. 6 in the Forestry building in Jackson on the main fairgrounds.

This event is sponsored by the Jackson Business and Professional Women's Club under the leadership of the Club's Hobby Group, composed of Mrs. Betty B. Tacker, group director, Miss Lois Adams, Mrs. Bertha Littell, Mrs. Beulah Cleveland, Dr. Blanche Lockard, Mrs. Catherine Waller, Mrs. Ethel Warfield, Mrs. Mabel Boone, Mrs. Ruby Spencer, Miss Vera Cavin, Miss Thomasina Blissard, Mrs. E. M. Acker and Miss Dorothy Dow.

Dec. 6, 1962

Saturday is a day we have looked forward to a mighty long time. It is the opening of the new $1, 500,000 U.S. Electrical Motors plant in Philadelphia. Not since the opening of Wells-Lamont Glove factory here in 1944 has there been quite as much excitement and joy over the possibility that our progress is making giant strides in the right direction.

Dec. 7, 1972

Philadelphia police have arrested three persons in connection with a recent burglary of Byars Furniture Store.

Jackson and Patrolman Bobby Anderson said all items taken from the store had been recovered. These included an eight-track tape player; an RCA radio-cassette player; two Romar radios; a set of earphones; seven wrist watches; a pocket knife and a citizens band receiver.

Dec. 2, 1982

Volunteer fireman Don Tullos was presented plaques recently honoring his service to the Neshoba County Volunteer Fire Department during the past several years. Tullos, who is also a qualified emergency medical technician, serves both city and county fire fighting efforts, and works with the ambulance and emergency room staff at the Neshoba County General Hospital on a volunteer basis.

Dec. 2, 1992

Country Music Star Marty Stuart became the 71st member of Grand Ole Opry Saturday night. Stuart is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Stuart, formerly of Philadelphia and now of Smyra, Tenn.


The first complete re-registration of voters in Neshoba County since 1935 was a step closer to reality Monday because of an order passed by the Board of Supervisors.

The board's unanimous order authorized the development of a plan for a re-registration as well as a purging of existing registration books.

Dec. 4, 2002

One of the most significant road projects ever in Neshoba County is in progress and considered ahead of schedule, the $10 million four-laning of a 2.5 mile stretch of Mississippi 16 from Williamsville to the Choctaw Indian Reservation. The work almost overnight transformed the drive into town, as trees were cleared and hills exposed and cut down by mammoth machines. The project is set for completion in 2004.


Work is continuing on a building between Main and Beacon Streets in west Philadelphia that will house a tax service and a Chinese restaurant.

The building that now houses the Chinese restaurant will be torn down and another section of new building added. The second section is scheduled to open in March.