County’s value up, budget about the same

* The county’s budget for the coming fiscal year doesn’t differ much from this year’s, although the value of each mill is up. Last week, the Itawamba County Board of Supervisors approved the budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year that looks remarkably similar to last year’s, despite an increase in the county’s assessed value. Supervisors […]

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Mantachie Fest set for this weekend

At 28 years old, Mantachie Fest is one of the county’s longest standing traditions. Held on the third weekend of September since the days The Bangles were walking like Egyptians, Mantachie Fest arrives just in time for summer’s heat to break, guaranteeing a great day of outdoor fun. This year, of course, is no exception. […]

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Mantachie board questions $30k deficit in budget

Before they could approve the town’s budget for the next fiscal year, Mantachie aldermen first had to solve the mystery surrounding a deficit of more than $30,000 in the current budget. According to the budget, over which the board mulled during last Tuesday’s regular meeting, most of the discrepancy was found in the town’s public […]

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Mantachie officials relight public smoking ban

* A repealer clause in the town’s eight-year-old anti-tobacco ordinance means the rule hasn’t been in effect since 2008. Mantachie is the only municipality in Itawamba County to have a ban on smoking in public. Except, right now, there isn’t one. Turns out, due to an oversight in the original ordinance adopted by the town, […]

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Upcoming festival will help fund “Willy Wonka” production

Willy Wonka couldn’t create and run his elaborate chocolate factory by his lonesome, and neither can the Itawamba AHS Indian Players. On Saturday, Sept. 27, the IAHS Indian Players will be hosting a “Willy Wonka Festival” in downtown Fulton’s Playgarden Park. The event will help generate funds to support the group’s February production of “Willy […]

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OPINION: I’d rather have no information than bad information

Few things rumple my Underoos like unfettered gossip and rampant speculation, especially when it’s my peers whispering through holes in the fence posts. If I’m being completely honest with myself, I’m probably as guilty of occasionally jumping the gun on a story as anyone else. Glorious though it is that we’re able to spread information […]

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Undesirable headlines running rampant in the NFL

When it comes to the NFL, the headlines that we are accustomed to hearing about are usually rule changes, concussions and things of that nature. Recently, there have been more disturbing news stories in the most popular professional sports league in the United States. Last week, running back Ray Rice was suspended indefinitely and released […]

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Turnover-plagued Indians’ comeback effort falls just short

    OLIVE BRANCH – The Itawamba AHS Indians hit the road to DeSoto county last Friday night in search of their second win of the season, and also in hopes of shaking the turnover bug, as they took on the Center Hill Mustangs. It would not happen on this night, however, as the Indians […]

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Family Feud: Troopers down Mustangs, 40-6

  By SAM FARRIS Special to The Times MOOREVILLE – Friday night, the Mantachie Mustangs met the Mooreville Troopers to reignite the rivalry that is now known simply as the Backyard Brawl but came up short, 40-6. The Mustangs were coming off of a momentum-building win against South Pontotoc and looked to grab another victory […]

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Defense leads ICC past Holmes, 19-3

  FULTON – After dropping the first two contests of the season to No. 3 Copiah-Lincoln and No. 9 Jones County on the road, the ICC Indians finally put a tally mark under the “W” column last Thursday night with a 19-3 victory over Holmes. The Indians fell behind 3-0 early after a 42-yard field […]

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IAHS drowns Lady Wave, 14-6

  FULTON – Anyone who is familiar with sports knows that streaks are a big part of them, and getting hot at the right moment is key. The IAHS Lady Indians appear to be approaching a boil, as they knocked off the Tupelo Lady Wave, 14-6, in Fulton on Sept. 9. “We’re starting to get […]

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Lady Indians fight hard in Seminole Country

By SAM FARRIS Special to The Times SMITHVILLE – While most people were enjoying the experience of college football Saturday, the Lady Indians were tending to business in the Smithville Slowpitch Invitational trying to continue their streak of good play that had seen the team win three of their last four games. The Lady Indians […]

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Fulton beer, liquor vote set for Oct. 28

Fulton voters will decide whether or not to allow the sale of beer and light wine and liquor next month. On Tuesday, the Fulton Board of Aldermen voted to accept two petitions, each signed by 577 of the city’s registered voters, calling for an election to decide whether or not to legalize the sale of […]

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Education’s first steps: Head Start opens its first Tremont program

  Four-year-old Parker blazed across the classroom and dived into his Batman backpack with abandon. He emerged with a small paper book in hand and peddled back across the room as quickly as his little legs would carry him. “Go ahead and read him your book, Parker,” his Head Start teacher, Casey Nichols, instructed. Page […]

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