Hinds Community College will honor Dr. Clyde Muse on February 20, 2020. He announced his retirement as president of Hinds Community College in December after serving for 42 years. His daughter, Julia Muse Cole, and her husband, Sellers Cole, are residents of Philadelphia. Their three children, Jeremy, Jennifer, and Prentiss, grew up here and are graduates pf Philadelphia High School.

Dr. Muse celebrated his 90th birthday on Christmas Day in Raymond, Mississippi, with his family. Since he has a Christmas birthday, they were together for two special events on the same day. He is such a remarkable person who has contributed much through the years to the college and education in Mississippi. 

“Celebrating the Muse Legacy” event will be at 11:30 a.m. in the Clyde Muse Center on the Rankin Campus in Pearl. The public is invited and tickets may be obtained by calling the college. He will retire on June 30, 2020. Congratulations and best wishes.

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Mississippi State University released a list of students who were named to the Dean's List for the fall semester. There were several from Philadelphia who earned this honor by their hard work and self discipline.

Among those students are Micaela Beason, Bridget S. Burrage, Hunter Dickerson, Andrew Donald, Clover Rayeann Eakes, Rebecca Gunn, Hannah Hall, Jonathan Hall, Tyler Holland, Jason Holland, Kayleigh Hancock, Amelia Henson, Zaria Jordan, Kandace Lasiloo, Jolynn McKinion, Kenley McMullan, Micah Morgan, Breann Nicholson, Maggie Rhodes, Brittany Russell, Erick Santos, Abbey Seale, Advaith Suni, Jadalynn Triplett, Ashley Vaughn, and Jordan White. 

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Her dream finally came true! Paisley Grace McDaniel was crowned OLM World's Universal Beauty on January 19 during the pageant in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She competed in the ages13-15 group. The pageant itself was held in the Louisiana State University Student Union building. There were many events and competitions prior to the final night which were fun for all of the contestants. 

Paisley Grace persevered even though it took ten years for her to acquire her dream crown. She likes pageants because of the friends she makes during the competitions and the excitement of preparing for each one. She has gained many valuable skills which she can use later in life. Interviews will pose no problem for her when it comes to applying for a job or other situations requiring them.

The entire McDaniel family was ecstatic for Paisley Grace because her dream came true! They are looking forward to traveling to Palm Springs, California, in July for Our Little Miss World Official competition. This event will be hosted by The Rivera Tribute Resort. Her parents, TW and Leigh McDaniel are excited to be traveling west. Congratulations!

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A first grade student at Neshoba Elementary School, Anthony Plum, won 3rd place in the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States Auxiliary, No. 12124, Meridian, Mississippi contest. His teachers are Ms. Thomas and Mrs. Perry. What an honor for such a young boy! Congratulations.

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Members of Neshoba Central Talented and Gifted Program: Project Explorers participated in the Gifted Day at the Mississippi State Capitol on January 21st. 

Middle school students visited the Senate Gallery and sat in while the senators met. They were formally recognized by Senator Jennifer Branning during this session. During the tour students learned facts about our state capitol and how the Senate functions while in session.

Senator Branning and Representative Scott Bounds joined the students for a photo and were each presented with a gifted T-shirt from the school, a poem written by a student about being gifted, a student created art piece, and a button. 

The group extends a special thank you to Senator Branning and Representative Bounds for spending time with them.