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Circuit Court Judge Vernon Cotten was honored Thursday afternoon in Carthage on his retirement. At top, from left, Chancellor Joseph Kilgore and Choctaw Tribal Justice Kevin Briscoe congratulate Cotten at his retirement ceremony. At right Judge Cotten reacts to his staff’s gift of a walking staff as his youngest granddaughter Abigail Frost looks on. Cotten was presented a plaque signed by all nine Supreme Court justices honoring 43 years of public service, including nearly 20 years as Circuit Judge. Visitors came from across the four-county district and across the state.
Circuit Court Judge Vernon Cotten was honored Thursday afternoon in Carthage on his retirement. At top, from left, Chancellor Joseph Kilgore and Choctaw Tribal Justice Kevin Briscoe congratulate Cotten at his retirement ceremony. At right Judge Cotten reacts to his staff’s gift of a walking staff as his youngest granddaughter Abigail Frost looks on. Cotten was presented a plaque signed by all nine Supreme Court justices honoring 43 years of public service, including nearly 20 years as Circuit Judge. Visitors came from across the four-county district and across the state.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 6:00 PM
A long line of people stretched outside the National Guard armory in Carthage Thursday afternoon as colleagues, friends and well-wishers gathered at a retirement ceremony honoring Circuit Judge Vernon R. Cotten.

“More than anything I can say here today, this room is a testament to you,” fellow Eighth District Circuit Judge Christopher Collins of Union told Judge Cotten and those who gathered to honor him.
  • Investigation under way in alleged fraud
    Allegations of voter fraud are being investigated by the District Attorney’s office after the Philadelphia Election Commission said they found applications where two county residents registered to vote in the city.

    The Election Commission is verifying a large number of new voter applications which came in by the May 6 deadline to vote in the June 6 general election.
  • Test results improvements seen in third grade reading
    Philadelphia and Neshoba County public schools saw improvements on the first administration of the Third Grade Reading Assessment for  2016-17, scores released last week by the Mississippi Department of Education showed.

    The Neshoba County School District had 96 percent of its 256 third graders pass the test, which was higher than the state average.
  • Ronald C. Arthur of Neshoba County,  newly named Chief Master Sergeant for the 186th Air Refueling Wing based at Key Field in Meridian,  will be the guest speaker during Monday’s Memorial Day program in DeWitt DeWeese Park.

    The program will begin at 11 a.m.
  • Library, PES partner on program
    “Building a Better World” is not only the theme of Neshoba Country Public Library’s summer reading program this year but also the goal of Philadelphia Elementary School as they partner with the library’s reading program for the first time.

    Students at Philadelphia Elementary were given a handout to register through the school. As of Monday, 92 students had registered through the school for the program.
  • Aldermen table engineering proposal for sidewalk project
    A $40,000 price tag to redo the high sidewalk running along the east side of Byrd Avenue between Beacon and west Myrtle streets was tabled after the engineer making the proposal said federal regulations drove the costs up.

    A proposal for design and construction was tabled last week by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen.
  • Philadelphia High School’s commencement will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday while Neshoba Central High School’s graduation is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday.

    Both graduations will be in the Neshoba County Coliseum.
  • Forestry layoff to affect Neshoba County landowners
    The Mississippi Forestry Commission is laying off 75 workers as part of a reorganization brought on by a $2.6 million budget cut, which will have a huge effect on Neshoba County, retired State Forester Harold Anderson said.

    Anderson said the commission basically takes a landowner by the hand and leads him in all his forestry decisions.
  • Cassie Henson defeated Jerry W. Smith 274 votes to 160 or 63 percent in the May 16 run-off race for the Democrat nomination for Ward 4 alderman.

    Henson will meet Rudolph Tatum, an Independent, in the general election on June 6.

    Others on the general election ballot will be:
  • Addressing guests and her fellow graduates at East Central Community College’s 88th Commencement held Friday, May 5, 2017, at the Neshoba County Coliseum in Philadelphia, Katie McCool of Louisville said ECCC was part of God’s perfect plan for her life.

    “… You see, I look out as I’m giving this speech, and I see so many faces. So many people that I have come to know personally, and others I sadly never got to meet. But there is one thing that I know we all have in common. Psalm 139:14 says, ‘I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful. I know that full well.’ So, when I look at each of your faces, I know that each and every one of us was fearfully, beautifully, and wonderfully made by God. There is no doubt in my mind that His plan for each of us is perfect.
  • An arrest has been made in connection with a burglary in the Stallo community.

    Travis Moore, 34, of 13041 County Road 1361, was arrested and charged with burglary of a dwelling. Sheriff Tommy Waddell said the owner of a house on  Road 832 reported several guns stolen.
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