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Murphy Weir

 

1909-1978

 

The Weekly Democrat

Inducted June 27, 2008

 

A 39-year newspaper veteran, Weir was born in Newton in 1909. He graduated from Newton High School and earned his bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University, where he served as editor of The Reflector.

Weir purchased the Newton County News in 1938 and sold it two years later when he moved to Poplarville to purchase the Weekly Democrat. He served as the paper’s editor and publisher for 34 years until his death in 1978. During his tenure, the Democrat was regularly cited for excellence by MPA, including a General Excellence prize. He was regularly involved with the Press Association.
 
He was actively involved in community affairs, serving with the Rotary Club and on the city’s Board of Aldermen for a single term.
 
William Posey, a longtime editor of the Democrat, called Weir a “pioneer” in the Mississippi newspaper industry.

Weir was a Rotarian and member of First United Methodist Church. He was named Poplarville’s Citizen of the Year in 1960 for his support of Pearl River Junior College.



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