MAY 19, 1939

Choctaw Lake is said to be opened on May 1, 1949. The lake is 90 acres and stocked with over 100,000 game fish. The attractions of the lake are fishing, swimming, boating, and camping. The lake host 14 cottages for visitors. Choctaw Lake is said to be a large attraction for campers.


MAY 13, 1949

Walker W. Jones of Philadelphia, presents E.C. Williams State Secretary of the Baptist Sunday School Department with a love gift, a check for eight hundred dollars, at the annual meeting in Columbus. Mr. Jones, Superintendent of the First Baptist Sunday School, Philadelphia, made the presentation on behalf of Mississippi Baptists a token of appreciation for the twenty five years service to the state group.


MAY 14, 1959

Miss Barbara Hanna, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Hanna of Philadelphia, has been selected by the President’s Council at M.S.C.W., to serve on the Social Committee. This group plans the social activities on the campus and acts as hostesses for the parties, dances, and teas held during the year. Barbara is a senior at M.S.C.W. and is majoring in Primary Education. She is secretary-treasurer of Reveler’s Social Club and is a member of the Student Education Association.


MAY 15, 1969

Miss Paula Reynolds, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Reynolds of Union, was recently named as a President’s List Scholar for the fall semester at Delta State College. Miss Reynolds ached a 3.89 grade point average out of a possible 4.00 while carrying an 19 hour academic load. A junior Music Eduction major, Miss Reynolds is a member of the college concert band, Delta Belles, and the college orchestra.

A Neshoba Central High School student, James Ethridge, was first place winner in the research paper division at the District Science Fair held in Newton at Clarke Memorial College. Gary Matthews, first place winner in the Neshoba Central Science Fair, received a third place rating for his research paper at the District Fair.


MAY 17, 1979

Neshoba County’s Burnside Lake Park received the highest rating of any park in the 15-county  Pearl River Basin Development District. A.W. “Rack” Burt serves as director of the parks system.

Bobby Butler, of Neshoba Central, slips past Roy Coburn, of Philadelphia High School, to win the Mid-Mississippi Athletic Conference mile run in a record time of 4:45.9.


MAY 17, 1989

Anita Welch of Philadelphia is a member of the Ole Miss Glee Club at the University of Mississippi. Under the direction of Dr. Jerry Jordan, the group preformed in New York City’s Carnegie Hall with the Manhattan Philharmonic and other distinguished choirs from throughout the United States.

The Mississippi Economic Council has announced that Raymond Anthony Reynolds has been selected as the Star Student at Choctaw Central. In addition, George Madison Price II was elected Star Teacher.

MAY 19, 1999

Lucy Brewer is the recipient of the Outstanding Volunteer Award in Extension Family and Consumer Science for 1998. The award was presented by Jo Beth McGilbra, county home economist, during the annual Extension community awards program.

Country Music Star Marty Stuart was among nine residents of the 1999 Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts. First Lady Pat Fordice presented the Philadelphia native with the Artist’s Achievement Award in the House Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum in Jackson.


MAY 13, 2009

Central Water Association was recently presented a plaque from USDA, Rural Development at the annual conference in Jackson for outstanding service to their members and for exceptional financial and technical management. The people that were present with the plaque are; Jeremy Nowell, well supervisor; Shelley Ellard, office manager; Glenn Goldman, manger; and Ronnie Donald, maintenance manager.