Mississippi’s 4-H Club enrollment reached an all-time high of 61,954 in 1939. The 1939 compares with a total of 59,864 in 1938. There are 548 girls and 483 boys enrolled in the 4-H clubs of Neshoba County, a total of 1,031.



Miss Dot Milling of Morton became “Miss Central Mississippi” at Roosevelt State Park Water Carnival in competition to 28 other beauties from 14 counties in central Mississippi in clouding our own Miss Neshoba County Miss Pat Dansby. Miss Milling is 17 years old and will be a freshman at East Central Junior College this fall. She is the niece of Mrs. Clovis Putnam of Philadelphia. 

SEPTEMBER 10, 1959

Dina Jean was chosen as the 1959 Choctaw Indian Princess. She is the sixteen year old daughter of Mrs. Mary Lou Farmer. She attends Pearl River School where she is in tenth grade. She represented the Conehatta community in the contest.


SEPTEMBER 11, 1969

Four new tennis courts at Northside Park were dedicated Saturday night. Putting on tennis exhibitions as part of the dedication were, Gary Hockey, Australian tennis star, Ab Deweese of Philadelphia, Bobby Brien, also an Australian tennis star, and Charles Mars of Philadelphia. A large crowd turned out for the dedication. The tennis courts are available at all times.

Ramona Ford, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ross Ford, received a Bachelor of Science degree in the College of Business and Industry, at the summer graduation exercises at Mississippi State University. She graduated with highest distinction and was a President’s Scholar, maintaining a 4.0 grade point average throughout her college years. She majored in accounting.


SEPTEMBER 13, 1979

Sunflower Food Store Number One opened at its new location on the corner of East Main Street and Holland Avenue. The Philadelphia Sunflower is the oldest store in the chain that spans over several states. The second oldest store is located in Louisville, is also owned by the Vowells. 

SEPTEMBER 13, 1989

Angie Hardin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Don Hardin, was crowned Neshoba County’s Miss farm Bureau. The first alternate was Brandy White. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Buddy White. Second alternate was named Mendy watson, daughter of Mr and Mrs. Hanna Watson.


Philadelphia native Jerry Winstead shows off the gold medals he won during the 1999 Special Olympics World Games in North Carolina. A resident of North Mississippi Regional Center’s Farmwood Community Home in Oxford, Winstead won two gold medals and a fourth place ribbon in roller skating events. 


Betsy Lee Mann received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Nursing Administration from Samford University. She is the Dean of Health Care Education at East Central Community College. She is the wife of John Mann, M.D. and the daughter of Bob and Debbie Lee. She is a graduate of Neshoba Central High School.

Former Philadelphia Mayor Rayburn Waddell will be honored as Philadelphia and Neshoba County’s 2009 Citizen of the Year. Waddell, first elected in 1997, was Philadelphia’s first full-time mayor. One of his first accomplishments was to convert Main and Beacon streets to one-way traffic due to the newly opened Silver Star Hotel & Casino.