A stalk of sugar can seven feet tall was brought to the Democrat office this week by J.D. Williamson Route 4. It is of the P.O.J. variety. Ordinarily sugar cane does not reach such a height until November, according to Mr. Williamson. 

With what she termed “just fiddling a little,” Miss Maudine Phillips, accompanied by Miss June Russell, both seniors at Blue Mountain College, gave a very entertaining performance at the Rotary Club luncheon at the Benwalt Monday, judging from the enthusiastic way the Rotarians joined in on the choruses.     

AUGUST 30, 1951

Maurice Stephens goes to Whynot as Coach and teacher of Science in the school there. Mr. Stephens is the son of Mr. and Mrs. L.L. Stephens of Rt. 4 this city, has recently received his degree from Mississippi Southern College, Hattiesburg. 

W.F. Glass, native resident of this city, but for many years a resident of Gulfport was a visitor here last Friday and paid the Neshoba Democrat a visit. Mr. Glass spent a couple of days here calling on old friends and also visiting the graves of his parents in Cedarlawn. He was very complimentary of the splendid growth of the city and the development in general.   

AUGUST 31, 1961

Carl Williams of Route One, Preston, had the first bale of cotton ginner here this year. The Ray O. Smith Gin Company ginned the bale Tuesday of this week, which weighed 479 pounds. Mr. Williams has about 25 acres and said he would get about a bale to the acre. He raises the Rex variety. 

Although it was too late for the fishing contest, this 7 pound, 6 oz. bass would crowd the winners. Jim Campbell caught it in the Ovett Gipson pond 3 1/7 miles south of Philadelphia. Jim said he caught the bass with a shiner and had the time of his life landing his biggest catch.  



Jan Luke, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Ray Luke of Philadelphia, Rt. 2, is given a check for $10.00 by Clarence Mitchell. A member of Bond 4-H Club, she was selected to receive the Lamar Life cash award in the 4-H Club’s Junior Health Record Program. 

Duane Stokes, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Stoke of the Coy community, receives $1,000 check from Bob Burt, a Garan employee who served this year as chairman of the Employees scholarship Committee. Conditions necessary for being considered for this award are having a parent employed at the Philadelphia plant, being enrolled in an accredited college or university, and having a desire and interest in seeking higher education. Duane’s mother has been employed at Garan for four years. 


Mrs. Jessica Price and her daughter, Frankie Harpole, represent an incidence of artistic ability rarely seen in any locale between a mother and daughter. One can sense the pride which each takes in the other’s work and this feeling of closeness, and sharing and family certainly rivals the beauty of the pictures they have created. 

AUGUST 28, 1991

Virginia Bates, bookkeeper and underwriter for Philadelphia Insurance Agency was honored Thursday for her 35 years of service with the agency. She was presented a plaque and gifts at a reception attended by her relatives and friends and members of the business community. Others include Lisa Pierce, secretary; Albert Latting, vice president; and Allen Hardy, president and manager. 

AUGUST 29, 2001

Several Neshoba County youths recently participated in North Half 4-H Field and Stream competition held in West Point. They competed in archery, pistol and rifle, and muzzleloading events. Winner were presented by Larry Alexander, 4-H youth development specialist.  


AUGUST 31, 2011

Members of the sixth grade patrol, as well as cheerleaders and members of the band’s color guard, carry a large flag onto Philadelphia football field last Friday as part of the school’s 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony. As part of the program, the high school marching band performed “God Bless the USA” and “The Star Spangled Banner” while senior class president Tiara Calloway gave the invocation.

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