Bogue Chitto Tribal Elder Christine Amos cuts the ribbon opening Big Creek General Store. Holding the ribbon in front are, from left, Wendell Willis, Choctaw Police Department Director; Davita McClelland, BC Development Club Vice-President; Kendall Wallace, BC Development Club President; Norma Hickman, Bogue Chitto Tribal Elder; Christine Amos, Bogue Chitto Tribal Elder; Tribal Chief Phyliss J. Anderson; 2012-2013 Choctaw Indian Princess Shaye Scott; Bogue Chitto Elementary School American Indian Day Princess Whitney Willis; Little Miss Neshoba County Nolynn Jackson; Bogue Chitto Elementary School American Indian Day Brave Canaan Nickey. In back are Tribal, community, city and county leaders in attendance.
Bogue Chitto Tribal Elder Christine Amos cuts the ribbon opening Big Creek General Store. Holding the ribbon in front are, from left, Wendell Willis, Choctaw Police Department Director; Davita McClelland, BC Development Club Vice-President; Kendall Wallace, BC Development Club President; Norma Hickman, Bogue Chitto Tribal Elder; Christine Amos, Bogue Chitto Tribal Elder; Tribal Chief Phyliss J. Anderson; 2012-2013 Choctaw Indian Princess Shaye Scott; Bogue Chitto Elementary School American Indian Day Princess Whitney Willis; Little Miss Neshoba County Nolynn Jackson; Bogue Chitto Elementary School American Indian Day Brave Canaan Nickey. In back are Tribal, community, city and county leaders in attendance.
A new retail facility, which includes a general store, restaurant and first responder's office among others, opened last week in the Bogue Chitto community.

Bogue Chitto Tribal Elder Christine Amos cut the ribbon for the Big Creek General Store surrounded by Tribal Chief Phyliss J. Anderson, 2012-2013 Choctaw Indian Princess Shaye Scott and other tribal, community, city and county leaders.

"For many years Bogue Chitto residents have expressed their desire for a full-service convenience store," Chief Anderson said.

"Today we are here to celebrate its opening. I made a promise to the Bogue Chitto people that we would make this happen, and we have realized this success by working together! I am so happy to be sharing this day with our Bogue Chitto residents."

The ceremony also included remarks by Bogue Chitto Council members Doris Thompson, Ronnie Henry and Sammy Clemmons Jr.; store owner and Bogue Chitto community member Raymond Hickman; and Choctaw Police Department Director Wendell Willis.

The ceremony ended with the traditional ribbon cutting and Choctaw Social Dancing by Chahta Immi dance group.

The retail facility includes a general store, restaurant and deli, fuel center, bait shop, Laundromat, ATM and a satellite first responder's office to house security, police and emergency personnel.

The store also has a back-up generator to serve the community as an emergency center in times of need.

Construction for the facility was managed and completed by IKBI Inc. and Choctaw Electrical, both tribally-owned enterprises of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.