News

Jimmie promotes positivity as princess

Elisah Monique Jimmie is in her second year as the Choctaw Indian princess.

Woman arrested on DUI, meth, child endangerment

A Meridian mother was arrested and charged here Sunday morning after she was caught driving under the influence in felony possession of meth with two small children in the vehicle.

Philadelphia High’s Griffin nominated to Naval Academy

A Philadelphia High School senior recently became the first female and African-American to receive a service academy nomination in Philadelphia High School history. 

Fulton will seek re-election in Ward 2

Ward 2 Alderman Jim Fulton will seek re-election, he announced on Monday.

Editorials

EDITORIAL/‘I have a dream’

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his now famous “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial on Aug. 28, 1963. A national holiday on Monday marked Dr. King’s birthday and his sacrificial role in bringing about more racial equality in America.

Flashbacks

Jimmie Corder, County Agent here, was introduced as a new member of the Philadelphia Rotary Club, the induction having been made in most able manner by Dees Stribling.  

BIBLE SELECTION/Psalm 118:5-6

Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?

Features

McGoughs passionate about ministry work

Anna McGough is originally from Natchez and eventually her family moved to Philadelphia when her father, Mark Powell, got a job at the Dancing Rabbit in her high school years. 

Just Among Friends

Happy Birthday to O. D. (Dill) Jackson who has reached the monumental age of 96! He is a United States military veteran who was honored in the State Capitol in Jackson on his 94th birthday in 2019. The celebration was attended by members of  his family.

Of Local Interest

Neshoba County has been chosen to receive grants to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.

SPORTS

Rockets face off against 2 region foes this week

The Neshoba Central basketball teams have three games slated for this week.

Wilson’s basketball jersey retired

The Philadelphia High School athletic department recently retired the No. 33 in boys basketball in honor of alumnus Francisco Wilson Sr. for his continued contributions to the program.

Tornadoes pick up a pair of region victories on court

The Philadelphia Tornadoes scored a pair of Region 6-2A victories last week in prep basketball action.

Obituaries
Ella Katherine Nicholson Peebles
Ella Katherine Nicholson Peebles, 97, was born in Laurel, MS, on September 16, 1923, to Dewey May Fail Nicholson originally of Bay … Read More
Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Hardy Tanner
Beloved sister, mother, grandmother, and friend she went home to the Lord on December 19,2020. Born in Philadelphia, MS on October 28, … Read More
Percy E. Barrett
A graveside service for Percy E. Barrett was held Tuesday, January 12, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. from Oak Ridge Cemetery with Rev. Dwight … Read More
Lester Kelly
Graveside services for Mr. Lester Kelly were held on Sunday, January 17, 2021, at 3 P.M. from the chapel of Beck Funeral Home, with … Read More
Margie Jones
Services for Margie Jones were held Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. from McClain-Hays Chapel with Rev. Mark Cloys and Rev. … Read More
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Ghost of Stallo/Burnside found It all started about four years ago when two does ran by me. 
County jail docket Neshoba County Jail Docket from 1/10-1/19
Prominent Philadelphia physician charged in weekend shootout with SO A prominent family physician who is accused of firing shots at Sheriff’s deputies was shot and wounded in a standoff Saturday stemming from a domestic disturbance call, the authorities said.
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Fulton will seek re-election in Ward 2 Ward 2 Alderman Jim Fulton will seek re-election, he announced on Monday.
Parts of county blanketed with 4 inches of snow Monday A large part of Neshoba County, including the city of Philadelphia, received an estimated 3-4 inches of snow early Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service.
Photo Gallery: Snowmageddon 2021 Flip through our Snowmageddon 2021 gallery of more than 100 photos and growing. A large part of Neshoba County, including the city of Philadelphia, received an estimated 3-4 inches of snow early Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service.
Philadelphia students get laptops Philadelphia middle and high school students are enjoying new Macintosh laptop computers issued last month and purchased with federal COVID-19 funds.
Man in standoff with SO charged A prominent family physician who is accused of firing shots at Sheriff’s deputies was shot and wounded in a standoff Saturday stemming from a domestic disturbance call, the authorities said.
Covid vaccine distributed here The COVID-19 vaccine began being available at the Neshoba County Coliseum on Monday and Tuesday and continues Thursday and Friday, but registration is required.
Gov. Reeves signs law cementing Mississippi’s new flag Choctaw Indian Tribal Chief Cyrus Ben served on the state commission which selected the design of the new state flag, chosen out of hundreds of submissions. Voters approved the new state flag in the November.
Clearman, Seales announce alderman bids Two people announced for aldermen in different wards last week.
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Board continues hearing on unclean property Aldermen continued a public hearing until their first meeting in February concerning uncleaned property at Hardy Tires on Beacon Street.
Henson announces plans to run against Young for mayor Ward 4 Alderman Cassie Henson has announced her intention to run for mayor of Philadelphia this summer against incumbent three-term Mayor James A. Young.
Multiple felony arrests made by SO deputies Multiple felony arrests and more than a dozen DUIs and other citations were issued by Neshoba County Sheriff’s deputies over the New Year’s Eve weekend.
Choctaw Princess in snow Choctaw Indian Princess Elisah Monique Jimmie was in Monday’s snow.
County jail docket • James Lee Barnett, 58, of 14569 Hwy 21 S; felony pursuit, failure to yield to emergency vehicle
COVID-19 vaccine available to 65+ in Neshoba County The COVID-19 vaccine will be available again at the Neshoba County Coliseum on Thursday and Friday, but registration is required.
Attempted break-in at pharmacy under investigation An attempted break-in at a Philadelphia pharmacy early Friday is under investigation.
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EARLIER

Tribal schools go remote, Philly, Neshoba, others closed Monday facing snow threat

Choctaw Tribal Schools will operate using distance learning on Monday due to potential inclement weather conditions including snowfall and ice, officials announced on Facebook Sunday.

Neshoba deputies shoot armed man in standoff

An armed Neshoba County man was shot by law enforcement officers in a standoff Saturday evening that stemmed from a domestic disturbance, the authorities said.

Peco Foods announces Philadelphia closure

Tuscaloosa-based Peco Foods announced today that they would be closing the Philadelphia hatchery as one of three Mississippi locations closing.

Students visit White House over Christmas

Seven-year-old Sofia Vazquez’s favorite part of her trip to Washington, D.C., last month was getting to tour the White House at Christmas.

3 Neshoba countians charged in death of infant in New Orleans

A Neshoba County couple who confessed to smoking meth in a New Orleans casino hotel room over the weekend is in custody following the drowning death of their 18-month-old son. 

No arrest in Booker T murder

The fatal shooting of a young man in a group near the Booker T football field last week remains under investigation, even though as many as 20 people may have been present, sources with knowledge of the situation told the Democrat.

New judge in town

Senior Circuit Judge Mark S. Duncan signs the official paperwork after swearing in Judge Caleb E. May last Wednesday at the Neshoba County Courthouse. 

Sheriff Clark: Deputies have worked tirelessly

When Eric Clark took the Sheriff’s office in December of 2019, his first goal was to learn from his neighbors and see what he could pick up from their years of experience. 

3 men charged in 18 felonies

Three men are in custody in connection with a string of 18 felonies committed in Neshoba County the last week or so including one at the Philadelphia Country Club.

County jail docket

• Jessica Alford, 39, of 14507 Rd 514, Meridian; public drunk, contempt of court

City’s MLK Parade cancelled amid COVID

Philadelphia’s 2021 Martin Luther King Jr. parade has been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns. 

Vaccine rollout continues into Spring

Five new deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported within the last week as Neshoba County also added another 156  positive cases. 

Former Tornado Griffin scored State’s final TD, named MVP

Former Philadelphia Tornado Lideatrick “Tulu” Griffin scored Mississippi State’s final touchdown to help hold off a Tulsa rally as the Bulldogs won 28-26 Thursday in the Armed Services Bowl play at Fort Worth, Texas, and was named the game's MVP.

Three charged in 18 felonies

Three men are in custody in connection with a string of 18 felonies committed in Neshoba County the last week or so including one at the Philadelphia Country Club.

Man arrested in connection with trailer full of tools

A Neshoba County man wanted in connection with a stolen trailer full of tools found here was arrested in Jasper County this week.

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County Jail Docket

• Haylin Anderson, 18, of 1863 Will Brown Road Conehatta, MS, possession of marijauna in a motor vehicle, child endangerment 

Sex sting nets 23 arrests

A Neshoba County man was arrested and charged as one of over a dozen suspects in a sweeping operation targeting individuals attempting to hire children to meet for sex or asking them to produce child pornography.

County jail docket

• Jeffrey Adams, 23, of 209 Sherwood Ave; shoplifting – less than $1000.00

Deputies arrest suspected drug dealer

A DeKalb man has been arrested and charged as a regional drug dealer after being apprehended in Philadelphia with more arrests anticipated.

County Jail Docket

• Tamela D Boston, 29, of 802 Donald Ave, Meridian; hold circuit court, shoplifting more than $1000.00

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