Editorials
EDITORIAL/Mayor’s verbal veto invalid Aldermen fired municipal court clerk Marilyn Jackson in a 3-2 vote at their Aug. 18 meeting and Mayor James A. Young said at the time he would veto the decision, although he never filed official paperwork within the required 10 days. Jackson remains on the job.
BUCHANAN/Liberals: Burn down country President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are on the cusp of making history.
LOWRY/Don’t expect elites to learn The attempted assassination of two Los Angeles County deputies, caught on a security video, is chilling and enraging enough. 
News
Fired city clerk remains on the job Philadelphia aldermen fired a municipal court clerk in August and the mayor’s verbal veto remains in dispute awaiting an Attorney General ruling.
Canal Place Cinema reopening on Friday Canal Place Cinema 7 officials say they are looking forward to reopening Friday after a long six-month coronavirus shutdown pledging adjustments to keep its customers and staff safe.
COVID sidelines football Two area high school teams were sidelined this past Friday night due to players quarantined for COVID-19.
Dilapidated house on Holland Avenue to be sold The property at 510 Holland Ave. is expected to be sold and the dilapidated house torn down in the near future, thus ending 15 years of neighbors’ complaints about the unsightly conditions.
Features
Hamilton’s passion for baking cakes runs deep Frances Hamilton has been baking cakes all her life. At a young age, Hamilton started baking with her mom and grandmother in the kitchen. Now she bakes for events such as weddings, birthdays, and more cakes for the public. She has always had a passion for baking delicious cakes and has taught herself how to do so from a young age. 
Just Among Friends The Graduate School of Mississippi State University conferred the Master Degree of Business Administration upon Gloria Leader of Philadelphia.
Barlows welcome new baby The proud parents Christopher and Candace Barlow of Philadelphia would like to announce the birth of their son Swayze Emerson Barlow born on June 25, 2020 at 9:55 a.m. weighing 8lbs 9oz and 21 inches long at Anderson Regional Medical Center. He has an older brother Blaze (5) and older sister Maxey (2).
SPORTS
Rockets open region play Friday vs. Holmes Central The Neshoba Central Rockets will open Region 2-5A play Friday night when they host rival Holmes County Central.
Newton County knocks off Union The past two years Union and Newton County have played this intense rivalry game, it has been the Yellowjackets who have come out on top.
Rebels score in final minute to remain undefeated  The Leake Academy Rebels improved to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the district Friday night as they scored in the last minute to defeat Starkville Academy 49-45 in prep football action.
Obituaries
Sheila Janelle Mattera Rivera
Graveside services for Sheila Rivera will be held at 9:00 A.M. on September 25, 2020 at Holy Rosary Indian Mission.  No visitation. … Read More
Henry Lewis, Jr.
Services for Mr. Henry “Jimmy” Lewis, Jr. were held on Saturday, September 19, 2020, at 3:30 P.M., from the chapel of Beck Funeral … Read More
Betty Pilgrim Dunn
Funeral service for Ms. Betty Pilgrim Dunn was held at 2 PM Friday, September 18, 2020 at Fellowship Baptist Church with Rev. Tyler … Read More
Linda Kay Salisbury
Memorial service for Ms. Linda Kay Salisbury was held at 1 PM Sunday, September 20, 2020 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Meridian, MS … Read More
Dorothy Jackson
Dorothy Jackson, 87, a retired music teacher, died Saturday, September 19, 2020 at Baptist Medical Center-Leake. Read More
Latest News
Electronics stolen in burglaries Police are investigating a pair of residential burglaries reported Friday in which appliances were take
Hancock takes new role with Philadelphia schools Melishia Hancock has spent more than 20 years as a teacher and administrator within the Philadelphia schools.
Newton, Meridian airports receive grants Airfields in Newton and Meridian are set to receive more than $2.2 million in grant funds from the federal government for improvements.
Shooting reported on St. Francis Drive Police are investigating a shooting reported on St. Francis Drive that resulted in a woman’s vehicle being struck.
Veterans memorial Work continues on the Fallen Veterans Monument at DeWitt DeWeese Park that officials hope to have ready for dedication on Veterans Day which is Nov. 11.
County Jail Docket • Noah Z. Bracaloni, 23, of 421 4th Street, Montgomery, AL, 6 counts of uttering forgery
Tornado football team sidelined by COVID-19 The Philadelphia High School Tornado football team will forfeit its next two games after numerous players have come in close contact with a coach who tested positive for the coronavirus.
Philadelphia native releasing music video Philadelphia native Callie Prince finished her creative media education in Nashville last month and the next day recorded her first music video that’s being released this week.
Calendar of events
EARLIER
$15.4 million county budget adopted Supervisors passed a $15.4 million 2021 budget and handled several personnel matters during their Sept. 8 meeting.$15.4 million county budget adopted
Weyerhauser donates lumber to career center Weyerhaeuser recently donated lumber to the Philadelphia/Neshoba County Career Tech Center to be used by the construction program.
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.
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. 
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.

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