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Above, Doug Johnson cooks the juice at his mill in the Mt. Carmel community. He has been making syrup for about 22 years and considers it a hobby he enjoys with his family in the fall. At right, his wife Kay fills one of several jars.
Above, Doug Johnson cooks the juice at his mill in the Mt. Carmel community. He has been making syrup for about 22 years and considers it a hobby he enjoys with his family in the fall. At right, his wife Kay fills one of several jars.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 6:00 PM
“Slow as molasses” often refers to a thick and slow pouring syrup, but what many may not know is that the process of making it is not particularly quick either.

Doug Johnson is best known for the hard work he does managing the Neshoba County Fairgrounds and while that is a year-round job, he still makes time every fall to engage in the hobby of syrup making.
  • Improvements  proposed for public library
    Almost $1 million in energy saving improvements, including a new heating and cooling system, is being proposed for the Neshoba County Public Library following action Monday by the Board of Supervisors.

    The library plans to partner with an energy management firm through the county as part of the $894,199 energy savings performance project which is expected to reduce utilities and costly repairs on the library’s “old mechanical system.”
  • Merchants plan sales Thursday for Moonlight Madness
    Almost 20 merchants will be open for extended hours Thursday night with special sales for Christmas shoppers during the annual Moonlight Madness promotion.

    Stores will open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with special sales and discounts.
  • Sandtown Methodist’s Nativity  attracts hundreds of visitors
    Over 100 church members are gearing up to mobilize eight scenes, including live animals such as donkeys and a camel,  and several hundred vehicles this weekend for Sandtown United Methodist Church’s annual live drive-through Nativity.

    This will be the sixth year that Sandtown has hosted the Nativity.
  • Beason named finalist for Farm Bureau Achievement Award
    Marlo Beason of Philadelphia has been named a finalist in the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement Award Contest.

    Beason is the co-owner of Beason Family Farms, a small dairy operation just outside of Philadelphia. They currently milk 35 cows twice a day.
  • Autumn McMillan takes over as  2016-17 Choctaw Indian Princess
    A new 2016-17 Choctaw Indian Princess was named last week after Chief Phyliss J. Anderson accepted the resignation of Princess Breanna Isaac.

    Autumn McMillan of the Tucker community has assumed the rights, obligations and commitments of the position and will serve as the Tribe's goodwill ambassador until the annual Choctaw Indian Fair in July 2017.
  • Philadelphia’s annual Christmas parade was rescheduled for Monday, Dec. 12 because of inclement weather.

    The parade will include about 100 units led by grand marshal Harvin Hudson, the 2016 Citizen of Year.
  • Incumbent Jack Wilson of Madison will remain as the Court of Appeals District 3, Position 1 judge after winning last runoff election with 58 percent of the vote over challenger Madison County Judge Ed Hannan.

    Wilson carried Neshoba County with 699 votes while Hannan tallied 234.
  • Two men will be extradited to Neshoba County from Georgia to stand trial in connection with two unrelated indictments.

    Kevin D. Kirk, 37, of 4431 Hickory/Little Rock Road, Hickory, was arrested in Augusta where authorities there found that he had an outstanding indictment in Neshoba County.
  • • Timothy Amon Kelly, 32, 1128 Pat Luckett, Canton, public intoxication.

    • Mark Devante Lee, 24, 111 Boyd Lane, Carthage, public intoxication.
  • A H&R shotgun was reported stolen from a vehicle parked on Jefferson Street Saturday.

    Chief of Police Grant Myers said the owner left the vehicle unlocked.
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