Just Among Friends
Two of Leake Academy's basketball team players have acquired 1,000 career points. Emeri Warren, #12, and Morgan Freeny, #11, who are both seniors, reached their career high points while members of the Rebelettes. Congratulations!
Congratulations to Miriam Prince, a senior at Leake Academy, for being honored as a McDonald's All American 2023 Nominee! She is one of just five female players from Mississippi named to this prestigious list.
A total of 722 players from 44 states and the District of Columbia were named McDonald's All-American nominees. These players will play in the organization's annual all-star game in March.
Miriam is an outstanding basketball player for the Leake Academy team who has worn the #10 jersey while playing guard during the games. During her career she has received many accolades for her basketball talents. Her parents are Phillip and Valeria Prince.
Christmas was an especially joyous time for Bobby and Joyce Hardy! They thoroughly enjoyed a pre-Christmas visit from their granddaughter, Madison Hardy Dennis, her husband, Daniel, and their twins, Olivia and Levi, from Nashville, Tennessee. The Hardy house is always full of laughter and activity when their twin great-grandchildren come to visit.
After Christmas, the fun continued with a nice long visit from their grandson, Michael Hardy and his beautiful wife, Carleigh, who also live in Nashville.
Michael is a successful country music artist whose professional name is HARDY. He has won numerous awards for his song writing and performance talents. He will perform at the Ellis Theater here in March in a Congress of Country Music program. His parents are Mike and Sarah Hardy, formerly of Philadelphia who now reside in Nashville.
As a side note, Carla Cox Martin and her grandson, Webb Anthony, visited the Hardy family recently and Webb had his picture taken with HARDY. Webb was thrilled! He is a HARDY fan at a very young age. Carla said there are perks to visiting grandparents!
The Philadelphia Neshoba County Arts Council will present “Matilda, the Musical” in the Historic Ellis Theatre. There will be one performance on Friday, March 19, at 7 p.m., two performances on Saturday at 2 p.m., and 7 p.m., and a final show on Sunday, March 12, at 2 p.m.
The Arts Council will soon introduce the cast for the upcoming production. Rehearsals have already begun and the cast members are excited!
Ticket sales will begin in February. General admission is $20; Arts Council members and students, $15. Tickets may be purchased at the Ellis Box Office Monday-Friday 8-11 and Thursday 8-5. For ticket information please call (601) 653-5358. Mark your calendars for this fun event!
Several members of the Neshoba Central Elementary School recently completed education and training to enhance and extend their knowledge in their chosen field.
Ruby Covarrubias graduated with a bachelor of science degree in education. Brandi Smith became a National Board Certified Teacher. Emily Hill, Lindsay Lewis, and Mindy Hutchinson successfully renewed their National Board Certification. Congratulations!
Northside Park has a free table set up in the Senior Citizens' Center. There are kids’ cleats, pants, and hats. Come by as you wish from 6:30 am-3 p.m., Monday-Friday. If you can use an item, please take it, if you can't, please leave it for someone who can. If you have any items you want to add to the collection to be given away, bring them.
Mississippi was well represented at the National Combine which was held recently in San Antonio, Texas. This football combine was attended by players in high schools from many states.
Three players, Isaiah Autry, Will Echoles, and Tacofah Lewis made the First Team All Combine. Quincey Phillips was awarded an Honorable Mention.
Isaiah Autry's parents, Marcus and Pashen Thompson Dent, Sr. accompanied him to San Antonio where they enjoyed sightseeing on the famous River Walk. Isaiah's grandmother is Ruby Thompson Brazzle who was very excited for her grandson. Congratulations!
Harley Williamson, 16 yr old daughter of will and Mandy Williamson was chosen as the 2023 Ms Dixie national rodeo junior queen.
Harley attends Neshoba high school. She loves her horses and a true cowgirl. She also will be riding in her hometown of Philadelphia, at the Neshoba coliseum which is sponsored by Dr. Beason and his family, this coming up weekend with the Mississippi high school rodeo association. Come and support your hometown local girl.
The Neshoba Central graduating class of 1966 had a 55 year class reunion on October 22, 2022. Class members who attended are listed below: Faye Jenkins Akins, Richard Milling, Jean Gray, Lynda Crawford, Annette Jackson Savell, Mary Jayroe Nicholson, Gwen Matthews Welburn, Dawn Driskell, David Woods, Billie Herrington Myers, Jerry Barnes, Rebecca McNair Stokes, Elizabeth Myers Branning, Judy Cooksey Wilson, Donna Ethredge Biggert, John Gipson, Charlotte Walters Nicholson, Lonnie Beason, Randy Tolbert, Theresa Tullos Phillips, Kathy Pike Kittrell, Brenda Skinner Eland, Jimmy Joyner, Sherrell Breazeale, Walter Hardy, Donna Stokes Holder, Joe Beckham, Danny Nelson, Lonnie Rhodes, LeDale Goforth, Wanda Kay Elliott Nowell, Steve Nelson, Linda Bishop Smith, Earnest Stovall and Joe Vines.