Neshoba County will be well represented, officially and otherwise, in the colorful horse-drawn carriage inaugural ceremony at Jackson next Tuesday when Gov.-Elect Thomas L. Bailey will take the solemn oath of office and become Mississippi's chief executive for the next four years.

THOMAS/Harvard president symptom not cause

The resignation of Harvard president Claudine Gay after “facing national backlash for her administration’s response to Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack and allegations of plagiarism in her scholarly work” does not solve the problem at America’s oldest college and other elite schools.

GETTING THE MESSAGE/Worship Christ the King

The passage in Matthew 2:1-12 about the Magi coming to worship Christ when He was an infant is a fascinating story. In verse 2, they come to Jerusalem saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews?


he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said, “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.”  


The Red Cross "knitting year" closes January 30th. For this reason Mrs. McCluer would like for all those who have thread out to finish their garments this month so that they may be included in the yearly report. 

THOMAS/Looking back, looking forward

At the end of the year, we hear predictions about the future, many of which have been proven wrong – from the end of the world due to climate change, to the telephone is just a toy.

GETTING THE MESSAGE/Peace found in Christ

The passage we are looking at this week in Luke 2: 22-32 teaches us the consolation Simeon found in the coming of Christ. Simeon’s song is called “Nunc Dimittis,” or now released. Simeon says, “Now you are letting your servant depart in peace” (verse 29).


The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.


Two sons of Mr. and Mrs. A.K. Dixon, of Philadelphia Rt. 3, are serving their country in the armed forces. Pvt. Sam B. Dixon has been in the service almost three years, and is now somewhere overseas. Paul G. Dixon is somewhere in England and has been in the service since March of this year.

THOMAS/Ignorance and apathy

The joke is told about a poll taker who asks about ignorance and apathy in the country. “I don’t know, and I don’t care,” says the respondent.

GETTING THE MESSAGE/The gift of Christ

The song of Zechariah we find in Luke 1:67-79 is called “Benedictus,” meaning blessed. It begins with “Blessed is the Lord God of Israel.”


For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  


Mrs. Mittie Kennedy, of the Coldewater community, has just received her first letter from her daughter, Imogene Kennedy, U.S. Army nurse, now held a prisoner by the Japanese at St. Tomas Camp, Philippine Islands.

EDITORIAL/Yes, Virginia

In one of the most famous editorials ever written, “Is There a Santa Claus?,” a little girl from New York was given the definitive answer to the question.

EDITORIAL/The dawn of redeeming grace

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.


The Red Cross would like to take this opportunity to thank the ladies of Neshoba County and of Philadelphia for the many hours of service they have so willingly and cheerfully given during the past year.

THOMAS/Let them eat chicken

The worthies attending the United Nations COP28 climate summit in Dubai are mostly not eating meat. That’s because they believe and have been told that meat leads to flatulence and flatulence leads to “global warming.”

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.


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. 

THOMAS/A disappointing non-debate

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.

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