In this file photo from June, the remains of a church sign overlook Oak Grove Road, which was among the first roads in the county to have its storm debris removed, though the remnants of the debris can still be seen.

Six months later: Tornado recovery efforts going well

Six months after the April 28 tornado ripped through Northeast Mississippi, community recovery efforts in Itawamba County have largely hit a standstill. Make no mistake, this is a good thing. It means the people who needed help, got it. The focus has now shifted from picking up the pieces to putting everything back in its […]

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Itawamba County, Mississippi kindergarten students lagging in reading skills

By ADAM ARMOUR & JEFF AMY The Times and Associated Press Itawamba County children aren’t at the reading level they should be when they enter kindergarten, according to the results of a first-of-its-kind statewide test of all kindergarten students. The results of the test, recently released by the Mississippi Department of Education, show that two-thirds […]

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Breast cancer survivors stress early detection, positive outlook

Breast cancer is indiscriminate in its selection of victims and unrelenting in its viciousness. But it can be beaten. Last week’s annual “Do You Know What the Color Pink Means?” Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon provides proof of that in spades. “When you get cancer, you think it’s going to be over. It’s not,” Brenda Bridges, […]

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Senate race, local judges, school district seats to be decided Tuesday

This Tuesday, Nov. 4, voters will be casting their ballots for candidates in 14 different elections ranging from the national to the local level. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on election day. The circuit clerk’s office will be open from 8 a.m. until noon this Saturday, Nov. 1, to accommodate […]

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Home Grown: Fulton Grain Company

Jesse Emerson held up a pencil. “When I heard you were coming, I went and sharpened my computer so I’d be on top of what I’m talking about,” he said, humor tinging the deep gravel of his voice. Emerson, owner of the 56-year-old Fulton Grain Company, is as pleasantly old fashioned as his business. In […]

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Indians rout Warriors, claim division 1-4A title

PONTOTOC – It wasn’t as pretty as IAHS head coach Toby Collums would’ve liked, from an offensive perspective, but the Indians were able to clinch the 2014 division 1-4A title with a 35-7 rout of the Pontotoc Warriors last Friday night. “We would’ve like to have played better offensively,” Collums said. “Credit them, because they […]

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Mustangs work Urchins 40-16 on senior night

MANTACHIE – The past four weeks for the Mantachie Mustang football squad haven’t exactly been ideal. Following a big homecoming win over Alcorn Central on September 19, the Mustangs had dropped their last four contests and began division 1-2A play 0-3. Key injuries, including standout running back Logan Pettigo and along the offensive line, hadn’t […]

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Indians end season with 49-3 homecoming loss to Gulf Coast

By LEE ADAMS FULTON, MS – The Indians ended their 2014 season with a 49-3 loss to No. 7 Gulf Coast. It was Homecoming Saturday for the Indians (4-5, 4-2) and they knew they had a tough opponent in the Bulldogs. Gulf Coast came into the game with a chip on their shoulder after […]

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ICC men’s soccer to host Jones in first round of playoffs

By LEE ADAMS Last week, ICC wrapped up an outstanding season with a 4-0 win over Hinds, earning them second place in the North Division and a home match with Jones in the first round of the MACJC Playoffs. The Indians (13-3, 5-3) went undefeated in non-division play this season, including their 2-1 win […]

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Lady Mustangs fall short in North 2A finals

HATLEY – After winning the first game 7-3 in the bottom of the ninth inning, Hatley used its momentum to put away visiting Mantachie 8-0 to clinch a berth in the Class 4A finals. The Lady Mustangs found themselves in a 2-0 hole after the third inning of game one, but roared back late in […]

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Fulton says ‘yes’ to beer and liquor sales

Unofficial results show Fulton’s residents are in favor of selling alcoholic beverages within their city. Preliminary results of Tuesday’s election, which don’t include the certified results of affidavit voting, show the resolution to allow the sale of beer and light wine being approved 697 votes to 440 votes. A separate resolution to allow the sale […]

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Scotty Nichols

Step back from that ledge, Ole Miss fans

There were tons of people chirping after Ole Miss’s 10-7 loss to LSU in Baton Rouge, which knocked the Rebels from the ranks of the unbeatens. I was one of them. I figured that everyone would lose at least one game in the SEC, but I really didn’t expect Ole Miss to fall to LSU. […]

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Fulton voters to decide on alcohol today

Polls are open today in Fulton for a special election to determine two separate issues: Whether or not to allow the sale of beer and light wines of relatively low alcoholic content, and the same for liquors of higher alcoholic content. Either or both ballots can be answered with a “yes” or “no” vote. Polls […]

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Hickory Flat coach, Mantachie resident dies in wreck

By BRANDON SPECK Daily Journal Hickory Flat softball coach Cyndal Cleveland died Thursday evening in a car accident in Itawamba County. Cleveland was in her second year as a teacher and coach. She was a standout basketball and softball player at Mantachie and in 2010 wrapped up a standout softball career at Itawamba CC. Itawamba […]

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