Supes ask for clarification on spending

Sheriff Eric Clark again on Monday asked the Board of Supervisors to approve requisitions for in-car computer systems in patrol vehicles.

Santa letters, family photos being accepted

The Neshoba Democrat will once again publish Letters to Santa and family photos in its upcoming keepsake Christmas edition on Dec. 20.

Deputies serve warrant, arrest man for trafficking

Bill Pike
A Neshoba County man was arrested and charged with drug trafficking after authorities served a warrant at his residence on Road 402.

Rebelettes open district play this week

The Leake Academy Rebelettes lost their second game of the season, falling to Pillow Academy again.

Lady Yellowjackets beat defending state champs

The Union Lady Yellowjackets picked up three wins this past week, including a one over the two-time defending Class 2A champions.

Rockets, Lady Rockets staying focused on season

The Neshoba Central boys basketball team dropped a non-conference game to Pearl 60-49 to move to 5-4 on the season. 
Funeral services for Mrs. Darthy Jean Ray McAdory were held at 10 AM Saturday, November 18, 2023, at John E. Stephens Chapel with Rev. Tim Robertson and Rev. Dennis Duvall officiating. Interment was in Good Hope Cemetery. Visitation was 5 – 8 PM Friday, November 17, 2023, at John E. Stephens Chapel.
Funeral services for Mr. Devonte Daniel Cruz Bell were held at 2 PM Saturday, November 18, 2023, at Spirit of Life Christian Center with Deacon Curtis Willis officiating. 
Funeral services for Edward Earl Petty were held on Thursday November 16, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. from McClain-Hays Chapel with Reverend Mike Sullivan officiating.
A Philadelphia man has been arrested and charged in connection with an afternoon shooting Thursday
• Ariel Bell, 28, of 10211 CR 773; possession of controlled substance X2, possession of paraphernalia
A Neshoba County man was arrested and charged with drug trafficking after authorities served a warrant at his residence on Road 402.
Two men have been arrested on charges after deputies found drugs in their vehicle.
• Ariel Bell, 28, of 10211 CR 773; possession of controlled substance X2, possession of paraphernalia
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THOMAS/A disappointing non-debate

California Gov. Gavin Newsom presents his revised state budget in May in Sacramento. Newsom challenged Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to a debate after the Republican flew dozens of migrants to Martha's Vineyard. (Lezlie Sterling/Sacramento Bee/TNS)
If you watched the so-called “debate” between Florida Governor and Republican presidential candidate Ron DeSantis and California Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom (a presidential candidate in waiting), hoping to witness something that elevated the political rhetoric from the corrosive to the tolerable, even the admirable, you were probably disappointed. I was.


Hope that Sgt. Niles H. Withers is alive but perhaps a prisoner of war was strengthened here this week by the contents of a letter his parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. P. Withers, of this city, received from the War Department. 

GETTING THE MESSAGE/The wonder of Christ’s love

The Song of Songs presents to us the infinite depths of the love Christ has for His people whom He redeems by His own life. In this section of the book, the glory of King Solomon and the blessedness of his bride are used to depict the believer’s blessedness in Christ.

Stewart loves the holiday season

Cathy Stewart
Cathy Stewart loves the hustle and bustle of cooking during Christmastime, and she urges everyone to remember the true meaning of the holiday season.

Just Among Friends

Drill Field views towards Carpenter and McCain Halls..  (photo by Megan Bean / © Mississippi State University)
The Mechanical Engineering Department at Mississippi State University celebrated the 2023 winter graduates last week at the M.E. Senior Dinner. 

Clearman’s cooking came from father

Mandy Clearman
Mandy Clearman’s passion for baking cakes began by learning from her dad, Earnest “Dink” Eakes, and grandmother, Catherine Watkins, during her teenage years.

THOMAS/Evangelicals conforming to the world

More than 150 Iowa “faith leaders” have announced they are supporting Donald Trump in the state’s forthcoming caucuses.


To the delight not only of numerous admiring members of the congregation to which he is minister but to friends over the entire section, the Rev. Hugh C. Castle has been returned as pastor of the First Methodist Church here for another year.

BIBLE SELECTION/Colossians 3:16

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
The Philadelphia Christmas Parade was on Monday night.
The Hometown Christmas Tree Lighting was held on the Square in downtown Philadelphia on Friday night.
A Preston man is out on bond after he bit a Justice Court Judge when he was in court on Monday for trespassing,
James Harris has helped to keep the lights on in Philadelphia for more than four decades — but he also may have made a few enemies along the way by having to pull meters for unpaid bills.
Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians Chief Cyrus Ben gave the keynote address at Mississippi State University’s Native American/American Indian History Month earlier this month.
The Christmas Committee spent last Sunday putting up the 26-foot tree for the upcoming tree lighting event on Dec. 1 on the Square. 
An Ocean Springs man assaulted an officer after attempting to run from him near the Pow Wow on Highway 16 West here last Friday night, the authorities said.
County Road Department employees will be designated as first responders under a request the Board of Supervisors will make to the state Legislature in January.
A Walnut Grove man was arrested and charged with DUI twice in one day here on Sunday, Sheriff Eric Clark said.
Safer crosswalks will be installed at Williamsville after a discussion by Philadelphia aldermen last week. 
Two men from the Meridian area were arrested for allegedly having crystal meth and heroin during a traffic stop last week, Sheriff Eric Clark said.


For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.  

GETTING THE MESSAGE/The love of God in Christ

In Song of Songs 3:6-11, we see the joyous caravan of King Solomon, who has gone to Egypt for his bride and is bringing her back through the wilderness to his throne. The passage, though, points to one greater than Solomon.

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