Editorials
BUCHANAN/Forever wars ending? “There is no... sound reason for the United States to continue sacrificing precious lives and treasure in a conflict not directly connected to our safety or other vital national interests.” 
LOWRY/Trump’s ‘play it down’ debacle The latest hammer of a book to fall on President Donald Trump is Bob Woodward’s soon-to-be-released “Rage,” and it’s his own words that are the issue.
FLASHBACKS Clifton Smith joined the U.S. Army. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Smith. With two years college and considerable training in Diesel engine operation, Smith was immediately accepted and assigned to Barksdale Air Field in Louisiana.
News
Man confesses to scrapyard murder A Philadelphia man who is an habitual offender has confessed to one of the 2019 scrapyard murders, the authorities said.
Choctaw Indian woman apparently murdered The body of a missing Choctaw Indian woman who was apparently murdered was found off Road 604 in the New Harmony community just west of Choctaw Monday afternoon, law enforcement and Tribal officials said.
Convicted felon arrested for drug possession A late-night traffic stop in rural Neshoba County netted the arrest of a convicted felon on methamphetamine, paraphernalia and a firearm charges last week.
Firefighter aids in hurricane recovery A Philadelphia firefighter recently spent six days in Louisiana with Mississippi’s Urban Search and Rescue team in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura witnessing “catastrophic” devastation but no loss of life.
Features
Sharon Holland known as ‘Casserole Queen’ Sharon Holland grew up right inside Kemper County but attended Neshoba Central and spent most of her life coming to town. She and her husband Tommy graduated together from Neshoba Central and this December will make 24 years of marriage.
Just Among Friends East Philadelphia Baptist Church was the setting for a bridal shower honoring Destiny Wells on August 29. It was a drive-by shower on the side entrance to the church.
Smith celebrates 96th birthday Burnadyne J. Smith was born and lived most of her life in the Sardis community, third child of Frank and Inez Jackson.
SPORTS
Leake Academy improves to 4-0 with district victory  The Leake Academy Rebels took a 37-20 district win over Hartfield Friday night in prep football action.
Tornadoes fall 33-13 Friday in matchup against Noxubee The Philadelphia Tornadoes showed improvement in the second half as they fell to 0-2 following a 33-13 loss to Noxubee County Friday night in prep football action.
Rockets improve to 2-0 with win over Knights “We have to keep working to get better,” Coach Patrick Schoolar said. “Right now, we are 2-0 and that’s where we wanted to be at this point.
Obituaries
Helen Ruth Cumberland
Services for Helen Ruth Cumberland were held Sunday, September 13, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. from McClain-Hays Chapel with Rev. Buddy … Read More
Linda Thaggard
Services for Linda Thaggard were held Friday, September 11, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. from McClain-Hays Chapel.  Burial followed in Morrow … Read More
Margaret Ella Keene Harrison
Services for Ms. Margaret Ella Keene Harrison were held at 2:30 pm Sunday, September 6, 2020 at Milling Funeral Home Chapel of Union. … Read More
Donna Jean Wasson Pickle
Mrs. Donna Jean Wasson Pickle, 72, of Ethel, passed away September 11, 2020 at the Carrington Nursing Home in Starkville. Read More
Wayne Kenneth Massey
Graveside service for Mr. Wayne Kenneth Massey was held 10 AM Thursday, September 10, 2020 at East Lawn Cemetery with Rev. Gene … Read More
Latest News
2 indicted on accessory to capital murder Two men have been indicted as accessories to capital murder after the fact in a 2019 pond death in the Hope community.
Sheriff’s department arrests 3 men for theft of 4-wheeler Three men have been arrested in connection with a four-wheeler theft at a small engine repair shop in August.
No increase in COVID-19 cases among students in Neshoba County There have been no new cases of COVID-19 among students throughout Neshoba County within the last week, according to data from the Mississippi State Department of Health. 
County Jail Docket • Sandy Lane Balderas/Cotton, 42, of 175 Mashula Lane, driving under the influence-1st offense
Graffiti spray-painted on set of restroom doors at Northside Park Northside Park on Wednesday morning reported graffiti on a set of restroom doors. 
Event will highlight what Christ is doing with recovery ministry Brian Hicks struggled with stress from a busy work schedule as a veterinarian, financial strain and marriage problems that led him to alcohol and eventually The River, a Christian addiction recovery ministry downtown that is transforming lives through the love of Christ.
City prepping for Ham Jam on Oct. 17 While Ham Jam has been scaled back to a one-day event next month, organizers are calling for vendors and volunteers.
Student cases rise by eight There have been 30 positive cases of COVID-19 among students throughout Neshoba County and another five faculty and staff impacted, according to data from the Mississippi State Department of Health. 
Calendar of events
EARLIER
Veto of clerk firing goes to AG The employment status of a municipal court clerk is awaiting a ruling by the state Attorney General after last Tuesday’s meeting of the Philadelphia Mayor and Board of Aldermen.
Future of dilapidated house still uncertain There may finally be an answer to a years-long controversy about what to do with a dilapidated house in the Philadelphia Historic District.
Tribe encourages entrepreneurship during current economy CHOCTAW — Although the United States has seen a stagnant economy during much of 2020, the Director of Economic Development for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians says this is actually an advantageous climate for starting a new business.
Sheriff’s deputies make arrests in theft of ATV found in Leake County Sheriff’s deputies have two in custody and are looking for two additional suspects following the recovery of an ATV taken from Neshoba County and recovered in Leake County this weekend.
Neshoba Central 3rd graders have spirit Mrs. Moore's 3rd Graders were among the students across the district that participated in Beach/Hawaiian Day on Friday for the first Spirit Day.
Man pleads not guilty to capital murder in dice game gone bad A Neshoba County man pleaded not guilty to capital murder charges in a 2019 incident where a dice game went bad.
Hardy's new album 'A Rock' drops tomorrow A rowdy bunch of young men surfing a mattress in a muddy field on a farm in Tennessee pulled by a jacked-up 4x4, one of the boys sporting a red flannel union suit. Now that’s redneck!
Grant brings extra science learning to Tucker class Students at Tucker Elementary School who are on a hybrid schedule since starting back to school Monday will get some extra help in their science studies, thanks to a grant their teacher, Ashland “Coby” Willis, has received.  
3 plead not guilty in Hope pond murder case Two people were arraigned on capital murder charges Monday in connection with a body weighted down and anchored in a Hope pond last year.
COVID impacts schools There have been 22 positive cases of COVID-19 among students throughout Neshoba County and another four faculty and staff impacted, according to data from the Mississippi State Department of Health
Lowe’s helps evacuees from Louisiana A Lake Charles, La., family who evacuated to Kemper County was in the Philadelphia Lowe's last week stocking up on supplies to donate to their storm-ravaged community after a direct hit by Hurricane Laura when they got the surprise of their lives.
County installs wheelchair lift at coliseum Neshoba County has completed the installation of an elevator lift at the Neshoba County Coliseum, which makes the building handicap accessible.
Ala. woman has been casino player since 1994 opening Ninety-five-year-old Viola Parnell of Alabama has been coming to the Silver Star Casino since it opened in 1994.
County Jail Docket Joseph N. Barnett, 28, of 14573 Highway 21 South, contempt of court, possession of paraphernalia, possession of marijuana- 1st offense
Pets spend week in Neshoba County to escape hurricane A small dog boarding and daycare in Neshoba County took in three pets from Louisiana during Hurricane Laura last week.

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