Of Local Interest

Of Local Interest



Come by the MSU Extension Service-Neshoba County office and pick up your entry forms, entry tags and exhibitor number for the Neshoba County Fair Exhibit Hall.  Youth ages 8-18 can enter items in the categories of fresh fruits and vegetables, field crops, food preservation, food-nutrition, posters, and arts and crafts.  Adult categories include fresh fruits and vegetables, field crops, food preservation, and cultural arts.  The deadline to pick up your entry forms, tags and exhibitor number is Friday, July 16. Call 601-656-4011 or come by the Extension Service office in the Neshoba County Coliseum for more information.


Please mail all donations for Old Pearl Valley Baptist Church Cemetery Fund to Mrs. Joan Gamblin at 12220 Marty Stuart Drive Philadelphia, MS 39350. 


A Private Applicator Certification Training will be taught on Wednesday, June 8, beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the Neshoba County Coliseum multi-purpose room.   The class is for individuals wishing to obtain private applicator certification for the first time and for those who need to renew or reinstate their certification. The cost for the class is $20.00 and it is payable the day of the class.  Please note the Extension Service cannot accept cash or credit/debit card payments.  Registration fee must be paid by check or money order.  Contact the Extension Service office at 656-4011 to register. 


The Pre-Kindergarten Program is located at the Neshoba County School District, Office of Federal Programs/Pre-K building at 1125 Golf Course Road.  Students are screened for enrollment by a pre-kindergarten test. The program is designed to serve those children with the most academic/ developmental needs, and will be 4 years old on or before September 1, 2021.  The classes will begin and end to coincide with the regular school term at Neshoba County Schools. Participating students’ parents will be required to provide transportation to and from the center. As other students in the school district, pre-k students will be offered breakfasts and lunches by the Neshoba County School District Food Services.

Registration and testing will be conducted from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m,, on May 19 – 21.  We ask that one parent attend with the child being tested. 

To register a child for the pre-k program, guardians must provide the following documents:

Two (2) of the following proofs of residency:

• IF RENTING/LEASING: Current notarized official home/apartment lease/rental agreement with length of lease and Parent’s or Guardian’s name included on lease/rental agreement (THIS MUST BE ONE OF THE PROOFS IF LEASING OR RENTING and one of the following #3-#6)

• Filed Homestead Exemption application form OR current mortgage document or property deed 

• Valid driver’s license OR voter identification card

• Current utility bill (dated within 60 days) showing the service location with parent’s or guardian’s name listed (acceptable bills: electricity, gas, water, or landline telephone)

• Automobile registration receipt

• Any other document that will objectively and unequivocally establish that the parent or guardian resides within the school district, and in the case of a student living with a legal guardian who is a bona fide resident of the school district. (Official government documentation – i.e. current tax year return, social security statement, DHS statement, etc.)

• Property Tax Card, Property Deed, or other document that states the residency property’s   

Section, Township, and Range.        

C. The child’s certified birth certificate from Mississippi State Department of     Health Vital Records (601-206-8200) (child must be 4 years of age on or before                                                                                                  September 1, 2021),                   

D. The child’s social security card,

E. The child’s MS certificate of immunization compliance form (Form no. 121) checked and signed,         

F. CDIB (if applicable).


Philadelphia High School Class of 1980 is holding their 40-year reunion Saturday, June 12 at Bridges the Venue. $50 per individuals or $100 for couples. Contact Gilbert Vowell 601-416-1181.


The descendants of William Washington and Lena Catherina Phillips Thomas, whose children are James Allen Thomas, William Melton Thomas, Albert Miles Thomas, John Marion Thomas, Mary Susan Thomas Brantley, and Dock Kelly Thomas will hold the Annual Thomas Family Reunion at the home place of William & Alpha Thomas at Madden, Mississippi on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 11:30 AM. We hope each of you will plan to come and bring a dish and your lawn chair. If you have any old pictures or other family information that you can share, this will be a great contribution in preparation of a Thomas Family Book. We look forward to enjoying a day of food, fun and fellowship with each of you. We look forward to seeing each of you since we were not able to gather last year.


Grace Baptist Church/WMU yard sale on the 4th and 5th at 7 a.m.- until. It will be at Grace Baptist Church. On Friday from 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. there will be a $5 hamburger plate with chips and desert included. 111 Grace Avenue


The Historic Mt. Zion United Methodist Church will host the annual memorial service for Chaney, Goodman & Schwerner on Sunday, June 20, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.

Our featured speaker for this occasion is the Reverend James Lawson, Jr., a retired United Methodist pastor, Civil Rights Leader and founder of the James Lawson Institute. 

On Saturday, June 19, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., The James Lawson Institute, Miami University, and Southern University Law Center will host a series of workshops at Mt. Zion.  A keynote message from Rev. Lawson on:  “Where Do We Go from Here:  Chaos or Community?”  

Workshop speakers include:  Dr. Mary King, Dr. Daniel Wayne Lee, Dr. Sekou Franklin, Daryn Cambridge, Dr. Ada Goodley, Dr. Anthony James, Dr. Keith Parker, Deborah Mathis, and Gloria Williamson.  The overall theme is:  “Nonviolently Transforming Our Times, Our Work, and Our Environment.”

We look forward to your presence and participation.  Social distancing guidelines and masks will be enforced to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone.



Come by the MSU Extension Service-Neshoba County office and pick up your entry form and rules and regulations book for the Neshoba County Fair Livestock Shows.  Youth ages 8-18 can enter in events of Beef Show, Dairy Show, and Sheep and Goat Show. The deadline to enter is Friday, July 16. Call 601-656-4011 or come by the Extension Service office in the Neshoba County Coliseum for more information. You must enroll in 4H to enter.


The MT. Salem Volunteer Fire Department will hold a Benefit Rummage and Auction on Saturday, June 5th at the fire station located on 69 Walter Reed Road in Preston, MS 39354. The Rummage Sale will begin at 9:00AM and end at 4:00PM. The Auction will be held from 11:00AM until 12:30P with Auctioneers Curtis Fancher & Billy Horne presiding. Additionally, a raffle will be held though-out the event. Tools, clothing, shoes, linen, appliances, books, signs, household items and more will be available for sale. Food items for sale will be char burgers & sausages along with baked goods. This event will be held rain or shine. Come out and support us in this very important cause. The Mt. Salem VFD has been serving the Kemper County community for almost 20 years. Contact Fire Chief Joe Hulin on 601-416-8277 for additional information. 

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