December 15, 1933

A bolt of lightning rendered seven children unconscious for a time at House Consolidated School on last Tuesday noon, when it struck the metal roof of the gymnasium and evidently traveled on off, striking the children.

December 17, 1943

Albert J. Russell, Sr., 78, one of the most prominent residents of the county, died at his home here early Thursday morning. Though in ill health for sometime, Mr. Russell's death came as a shock to his family and friends, he died from a heart attack, shortly after arising Tuesday morning.

December 17, 1953

The churches of Philadelphia will take a special offering for the Vicksburg tornado victims, Sunday, December 20. All monies will be sent to Mayor Pat Kelly of the wrecked city to be distributed to the needy.

December 19, 1963

A fifty game winning streak of Booneville was snapped by the Neshoba County High Rockets last Friday night, 59-58, as Coach Ken Fortenberry's boys played a consistent game in downing the 1962 over-all state champions on their own court. This was the first of a two-game trip to North Mississippi for the Rockets who played Newsite on Saturday night, winning 62-59.

December 20, 1973

Jay Boler, Jr. of Philadelphia who rushed for more than 2,000 yards during his junior and senior seasons has signed a football scholarship to attend Delta State College at Cleveland, it was announced by DSC athletic director and head football coach Horace McCool.

December 21, 1983

Plans have begun for rebuilding the log cabin in Northside Park which was partially destroyed by fire on December 3.

The Park Commission is actively seeking contributions to help pay for rebuilding, which will cost an estimated $12,000.

December 15, 1993

The Neshoba County Board of Supervisors decided Monday to postpone a final decision on which company and construction plans to choose for building a new jail.

The decision was delayed until all options are weighed, said Board President Harold Reynolds.


What was possibly the last major legal hurdle standing in the way of the Choctaw Indian Tribe's Las Vegas-like Silver Star Resort and Casino was cleared Monday.

Hinds County Circuit Judge William F. Coleman Monday ruled that the Tribal-State-Gaming Compact between Mississippi and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians was valid.

December 17, 2003

Land has been purchased to build a new facility to house the county's rural water cooperative, the manager told the Philadelphia Rotary Club on Monday.

The manager, Glenn Goldman, said Central Water Association would relocate its office to Valley View Street in an effort to improve customer service and centralize equipment.


The Board of Supervisors spoke matter of factly with the courthouse architect and others Monday, demanding specific answers on a punch list of items in the $3.6 million renovation that is months behind schedule.