Superior sounds: New directors lead Itawamba bands to critical acclaim

This has been a year of firsts for Itawamba high school bands. At the beginning of the year both Mantachie High School and Itawamba Agricultural High School faced the challenge of incorporating new directors into their programs … a tall order, as any former band kid will attest. The bond between director and band can […]

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No more ‘Cleos’: Ending the shame

Editor’s note: This is the third and final part in a series of stories about ‘Cleo,’ a young girl who was sexually abused during her early childhood. The previous stories were published in the April 2 and April 9 editions of The Itawamba County Times. While nine-year-old ‘Cleo’ may be physically safe from the man […]

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Business owners vexed by Mantachie Walmart rumor

* Small business owners appeared before the Mantachie board to express their concerns about how the retail giant might impact their town. The rumors that Walmart may be opening a small store in Mantachie have some of the town’s local business owners upset. In early April, The Itawamba County Times reported that Walmart is rumored […]

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Fulton book lover to give away free books next Wednesday

* The Fulton resident is participating in World Book Night, an event which helps introduce people to the joys of reading. Do you enjoy a good book? Sort of? No? Well, the organizers of World Book Night, coming to Itawamba County for the first time this year, think that maybe light and non-readers simply haven’t […]

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Cresap dazzles as Lady Indians dominate Amory

FULTON – Taylor Cresap was a riddle Amory couldn’t solve last Friday as Itawamba AHS defeated the Lady Panthers 4-1. The junior pitcher hurled a gem, notching a complete-game victory while giving up one earned run on two hits with seven strikeouts and two walks. She also went 1-for-3 three at the plate with a […]

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IAHS’ Mallory inks with Freed-Hardeman University

FULTON –  Itawamba AHS senior Kim Mallory helped lead her Lady Indians to a 4A state title this season, but she isn’t quite done with basketball just yet. The forward made her college decision and signed with the Freed-Hardeman Lady Lions last Thursday in a ceremony held at the high school. “I loved the atmosphere […]

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Tremont’s North, Sturdivant sign with ICC

TREMONT – Surrounded by friends and family, Tremont’s Cody North and Daniel Sturdivant signed to play basketball next season at ICC last Friday during a ceremony held at the high school. The duo led the Eagles to a 21-12 record and a first-round appearance in the 1A playoffs in 2013-14. North led the team in […]

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Ezell, Harmon lead Itawamba AHS’ strong powerlifting performance

FULTON – Qualeah Ezell brought home a first place medal two weeks ago at the Class II State powerlifting meet, and was only Itawamba County lifter to do so. A sophomore, Ezell lifted a total of 760 lbs. to win the 148 lb. weight class, besting Velma Jackson’s Darmesha Brown by 40 lbs. and leading […]

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IAHS’ Taylor stays home, chooses ICC

FULTON – Itawamba AHS’ Dylan Taylor always had a feeling he might end up an ICC Indian. The senior pitcher pulled the trigger Monday and signed with Rick Collier’s squad at a signing ceremony held at the high school. “I’ve always gone to ICC baseball camps and grew up around ICC,” Taylor said. “I always […]

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National Wild Turkey Foundation to host fundraising banquet The Hunting Heritage Super Fund banquet, hosted by the  Hill Country Strutters Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, will be held Apr. 17  at the Tupelo Furniture Market Building #5. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with a meal provided by Romies. An auction will follow […]

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Cardinals capture Itawamba archery title

The Fairview Cardinals edged Mantachie 3234-3222 last Monday to win the Itawamba County Archery Tournament. Following the top squads were Tremont (3133), Itawamba AHS (3082) and Dorsey (2821). Fairview’s Katie Graham took the Top Female Shooter award with a 276, while Tremont’s Austin Johnson captured the Top Male Shooter award with a 293.

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PowerZone lifters dominate APA Mississippi Open

Members of the PowerZone Gym in Peppertown recently won big at the APA Mississippi Open held in Philadelphia, Miss., on Mar. 8. Pictured, from left, are Stephen Pounds, 1st place, 275 lb. bench only; Qualeah Ezell, 1st place, 148 lb. full power; Ciara Harmon, 1st place, 114 lb. full power; Kevin Harmon, 1st place, 165 […]

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No more ‘Cleos’: Fighting the good fight

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second of a multi-part series of stories about child abuse. The series began in the April 2 edition of The Itawamba County Times. Cleo’s stepfather … the man who allegedly began sexually abusing her when she was only three years old … has never done a day of jail time. […]

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No use crying over broken eggs

By MIRANDA CIPKOWSKI Special to The Times This could not be good. From my bedroom, I heard the forceful slam of the refrigerator door. The kind of slamming that causes rattling of jars and sloshing of leftovers. The pitter-patter of little feet peppered the hard floor beneath them. “This may be really bad,” I told […]

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