PHS to start career academies program

Students at Philadelphia High will soon have a chance to take close look at potential careers with local businesses and industries.

Leadership Neshoba class underway

The 20th season of Leadership Neshoba is underway with 26 high school juniors enrolled in the program that offers them the opportunity to learn more about their community.

La-Z-Boy opens trucking hub

La-Z-Boy Logistics has recently opened a terminal in the old U.S. Motors plant building with truckers leaving Philadelphia and delivering about 50 loads of furniture and supplies each week.

Plants make great Christmas presents for others

Some years ago I wrote a cheeky parody of Twas the Night Before Christmas, substituting familiar lines with more gardenesque verses such as “The flowers were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of compost danced in their heads…” 

Time takes bitter twist in Rockets’ loss Neshoba Central’s undefeated season came to a bitter end Friday night as the Rockets dropped a 20-14 decision to West Point in the Class 5A North State.
Rebels represent in All-Star contest Leake Academy will be well represented in this week’s MAIS All-star football game.
Wayne Mitchell Ferguson Wayne Mitchell Ferguson, 91, passed away on September 13, 2021 in his home surrendered by his loving family in Orange, Texas. 
Justin Scott, Sr. Funeral services for Mr. Justin O’Neil Scott, Sr. were held on Saturday, November 27, 2021, at 12 P.M. from Jerusalem Temple Church with Bishop Clifton Jones officiating. Burial was at Donald Rest Cemetery. Beck Funeral Home, Inc. was in charge of arrangements.
J.R. Jones Graveside services for Mr. J.R. Jones were held on Sunday, November 21, 2021, at 2 P.M. from Donald Rest Cemetery with Brother Johnny Beckwith officiating. Beck Funeral Home, Inc was in charge of arrangements.
Philadelphia student collapses, dies on ECCC campus Instead of running out onto the field Friday night, the Philadelphia High School football team walked arm in arm in memory of former teammate Jalen “Chunky” Leavey, an East Central student who died early Friday morning on the campus in Decatur.
Man busted for meth allegedly impersonates sheriff’s deputy A Forest man was arrested on meth charges after he claimed he was a law enforcement officer while blocking a driveway near Linwood last week, the authorities said.
County jail docket • Jonie D Bell, 44, of 1306 Kosciusko Rd; possession with intent to distribute, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest
Coast fugitive caught, brought in by deputy A Neshoba County Sheriff’s deputy is being credited with bringing back into custody a fugitive  who escaped authorities on Nov. 26 while recovering in a Pascagoula hospital.
Christmas Parade set for Monday The Philadelphia Christmas Parade will roll through downtown starting at 6 p.m. Monday.
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BUCHANAN/The law and order issue

According to Gallup, on the issue of crime, President Joe Biden is 18 points underwater. While 57% of Americans disapprove of how he is handling crime, only 39% approve. 

LOWRY/Shoplifting capital of the USA

It ought to be possible to operate a retail store in one of America’s largest and most iconic cities, but this most basic commercial proposition is in doubt in San Francisco.


Builder is injured as shed collapses, collapsing as the braces were knocked down, a small wash shed fell on E.B. Russell, carpenter, breaking his arm and five ribs.


Wilkerson enjoys tending to the grill

Steve Wilkerson loves a good meal and his favorite thing is steak grilled over charcoal that he grills himself.

Just Among Friends

One of Philadelphia's favorite couples celebrated a milestone anniversary recently.  Mundy and Carole Dees Breazele have been married for 57 wonderful years on November 27.

Cotton, Donald initiated into Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Mercedes Cotton and Andrew Donald, both of Philadelphia, were recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Cotton and Donald were initiated at Mississippi State University.

BIBLE SELECTION/Psalm 136:1,26

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.

GETTING THE MESSAGE/The struggle with joy The Servant of God spoken of in this passage is one in whom God delights (verse 1). He has come to do the will of God, and God is well pleased with him.
EDITORIAL/Thanksgiving Thanksgiving remains one of America’s most undefiled holidays.
Only 12 new COVID cases reported Neshoba County recorded only 12 new COVID-19 cases and no new deaths in the past week, according to the Mississippi State Department of Health’s Nov. 29 report, down one case from last week’s report.
Neshoba County unemployment rate down nearly 1.9% for Oct. Neshoba County’s October unemployment rate stood at 4.2%, an eight-tenths of a percent drop when compared to the previous month, according to figures from the Mississippi Department of Employment Security figures.
Prepared text of Sen. Branning's talk in D.C. Good morning.  I am Jenifer Branning, and it has been my honor to serve in the Mississippi State Senate, Where I have been fortunate to work with other elected officials on issues involving the promotion and protection of women and children.
Shots fired turn up no damage Police report no property damage or injuries after investigating reports of shots fired in the city limits Monday night.
Louisiana woman leads police on chase, faces felony fleeing charge A Louisiana woman led Philadelphia police officers on a roughly 60-mile multicounty chase that started in town and ended in Morton last Wednesday.
Taylor awarded $261.7M contract to provide cranes for the U.S. Army Taylor Defense Products in Louisville has been awarded a $261.7 million contract to provide cranes for the U.S. Army, it was announced by the state’s two U.S. Senators this week.
‘The General’ stays course in pandemic As Gov. Tate Reeves announced two weeks ago that he was ending the COVID-19 state of emergency, Neshoba General officials reflected on the past 20 months of the pandemic and what is next for the hospital.
Neshoba’s Big Blue ranks 3rd in state 5A competition The Neshoba Central High School Marching Band has had a “stellar season,” ranking third and earning the bronze medal in Class 5A at the Mississippi High School Activities Association/Mississippi Bandmasters Association State Marching Championship, the band’s director said.
Woman charged with jury tampering A relative of a man convicted of capital murder here last week faces a felony jury tampering charge after officials said she attempted to contact a juror during the trial.
$27M projected in sales at new Toyota dealership here A new Toyota dealership here will generate an estimated $27 million in annual sales, officials have estimated as a tax incentive program received final approval last week.
Fatal crash near Brooksville A Noxapater man died last week when another truck pulled out in front of the log truck he was driving near Brooksville, the authorities said.


If you were a Jew in Israel at the time of Jesus, you were waiting for the long expected Messiah promised in God’s word. You would have been familiar with the book of Isaiah which is rich in Messianic prophecies. In the first 3 chapters of Luke we find prophecies of Christ from Isaiah fulfilled.


EDITORIAL/More road talk

We have been talking about a bypass in Philadelphia for nearly 40 years.

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