Editorials
EDITORIAL/Kenny Griffis for justice Supreme Court Justice Kenny Griffis brought with him to the state’s high court 16 years of experience on the Mississippi Court of Appeals where he served as Chief Judge.
EDITORIAL/Josiah Coleman for justice Supreme Court Justice Josiah Coleman has proven his commitment to the rule of law, the separation of powers, and restraining government overreach and protecting the liberty of citizens. 
BUCHANAN/Can America do it all? In fiscal year 2020, which ended on Sept. 30, the U.S. government set some impressive new records.
News
Face mask order issued again Neshoba is among nine counties requiring face masks and limiting social gatherings in an effort to combat a surge in COVID-19 cases, Gov. Tate Reeves announced Monday.
Teenage Republicans chair admires Reagan A new Teenage Republicans group is searching for members to get involved with politics and know more about what’s going on in America. 
Speakers to talk faith, recovery “The Gospel Through Recovery,” an event hosted by The River, a nonprofit Christian recovery organization, will be taking place on Friday, Oct. 23 and Saturday, Oct. 24 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., each evening. 
State inmates to be used to pick up litter County officials approved measures to combat litter as Sheriff Eric Clark seeks Department of Corrections approval to use state inmates for roadside litter pickup.
Features
Shannon Howell cooks with Cajun influences Shannon Howell grew up in Biloxi with Cajun influences from New Orleans in her cooking. She went off to Mississippi State University where she would meet her husband Allen Howell and they’d end up in Philadelphia where he’s the Shelter Insurance agent. 
Just Among Friends Panama City Beach, Florida, was the perfect place for Mitchell and Martha Ruffin Hancock to celebrate their 43rd Wedding Anniversary recently.  They spent the weekend at the Holiday Inn Resort in Panama City with its beautiful beach.
Wilkerson named GM of Central Water Central Water Association is pleased to announce the promotion of John Wilkerson as new general manager.
SPORTS
Philadelphia runs away with 34-26 win over Forest The Philadelphia Tornadoes looked like Philly teams of the past as they pounded out more than 300 rushing yards in their 34-26 victory over Forest Friday night in prep football action.
Latimer remembered in EMCC Sports Hall of Fame Ikeler Montgomery “Boy” Latimer, a longtime educator in Neshoba County, was remembered last year for his football and basketball skills while playing 80 years ago at East Mississippi Junior College in Scooba.
Choctaw Central earns first win of season The Choctaw Central Warriors picked up their first victory of the COVID-19 season last Friday when they defeated Northeast Lauderdale 23-20 in prep football action.
Obituaries
Tommy Dale Moody
Mr. Tommy Dale Moody, 65, passed away on Monday October 12, 2020 at his residence in Leake County, MS. Read More
Alatha Bradley
Services for Ms. Alatha Bradley were held at 10:00 am, October 14, 2020 at Antioch Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church … Read More
Adam Billy, Sr.
Private graveside service for Mr. Adam Billy, Sr. will be held at 2 PM Sunday, October 18, 2020 at Standing Pine Community Cemetery.  … Read More
Shirley Ann Philoman
Private graveside service for Ms. Shirley Ann Philoman will be held at 2 PM Saturday, October 17, 2020 at Mingo Cemetery with Rev. … Read More
Corina Johnson Bear
Private graveside service for Ms. Corina Johnson Bear will be held at 2 PM October 16, 2020 at Phillips Cemetery.  No Visitation. … Read More
Latest News
County Jail Docket • Dawaskai L’sha Anderson, 40, of 816 Chestnut St.; contempt of court
Tribe receives EPA grant The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently presented a check to Tribal Chief Cyrus Ben on behalf of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians’ Environmental Protection program. 
Union loses in heartbreaker to Rebels For most of the night, the Union Yellow Jackets were dominating Scott Central in a huge district matchup.
Fired city clerk re-hired with mayor's tie-breaking vote A Philadelphia municipal court clerk who was fired two months ago in what turned into a prolonged veto controversy was re-hired after a tie vote tonight (Tuesday) broken by the mayor.
Sheriff hires two new deputies to patrol roads Neshoba County Sheriff Eric Clark added two deputies to his staff during Monday’s meeting of the Board of supervisors.
Big ceremony for Ellis set next week A “topping off” celebration for the newly renovated Ellis Theater, and centerpiece of Marty Stuart’s Congress of Country Music, will be held at 10:00 a.m. in downtown Philadelphia on Wednesday, Oct. 28.
New face mask order in Neshoba Neshoba is among a handful of Mississippi counties where enhanced COVID-19 orders for social distancing have gone back into effect. The governor announced additional targeted measures Monday …
Vote could prevent clerk’s pay The mayor and Philadelphia aldermen remained bitterly divided over the employment status of a municipal court clerk who was terminated in August by a majority vote as they continue to await a ruling by the state Attorney General.
Calendar of events
EARLIER
Supervisor Cumberland recovering at UAB Moments after escorting his daughter Anna as Neshoba Central’s Homecoming Queen Thursday night, District 2 Supervisor Kevin Cumberland collapsed at dinner with an emergency  room physician and nurse present at the table and an automated external defibrillator nearby, his wife said.
School nurse dream job for Pope Tabitha Pope is taking on a new challenge as the school nurse at Philadelphia Elementary School during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Grand Ole Opry back in person Neshoba County native Marty Stuart and wife Connie Smith on stage at the Grand Ole Opry moments after the last virtual broadcast Sept. 26.
NCHS homecoming queen crowned Neshoba Central Principal Jason Gentry crowns Anna Cumberland, daughter of Kevin and Shebia Cumberland, 2020 Homecoming Queen.
COVID-19 cases rising in Neshoba County At least 21 of the confirmed 37 positive cases of COVID-19 in the Neshoba County School District are from high school students, the latest report dated Oct. 2 from the Mississippi State Department of Health said. 
Police investigating burglary at Mini-Mart Police are looking for a suspect in a convenience store burglary that occurred on Oct, 10 where an employee confronted the burglar and scared him off.
Road 210 bridge closed indefinitely by state UNION — A bridge on County Road 210 over the closed Kansas City Southern railroad west of town will be shut down indefinitely after a routine inspection.
Philadelphia High School Homecoming Court announced Philadelphia High School recently announced its 2020 Homecoming Court.
Choctaw Central Homecoming Court Choctaw Central High School recently announced its 2020 Homecoming Court. Pictured are (Front) Alyssa Jimmie, Junior Maid; Demidrea Stokes, Sophomore Maid; Nataysia Willis, Freshman Maid; (Back) …
Tribe upgrades warning sirens in communities Choctaw Fire/Rescue had a new automated siren system installed last week that could potentially save a lot of lives in an emergency in the eight Tribal communities. 
County Jail Docket • Christopher Bagwell, 45, driving under influence – 3rd offense (felony), expired drivers license
Garbage workers put out house fire in county Ricky Melton was enjoying a morning cup of coffee last Thursday at his home on County Road 610 and didn’t realize a fire was raging outside.
Weyerhaeuser donates body cams The Neshoba County Sheriff’s Department will purchase body cameras with a $13,650 grant from the Weyerhauser Giving Fund.
Teenager pleads guilty to rape A teenager pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual battery and one count of statutory rape in Neshoba County Circuit Court last week.
Schools reporting COVID There have been 37 positive cases of COVID-19 in the Neshoba County School District since school resumed in August and 17 cases for Philadelphia High School, according to the latest report dated Sept. 29 from the Mississippi State Department of Health. 

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