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Best of Itawamba 2016

The Itawamba County Times is sponsoring its annual Best of Itawamba Contest to honor the very best of what Itawamba County has to offer its residents and visitors. We’ve selected categories we feel are reflective of life in Itawamba County. To vote for your favorites, select a category and vote for either an existing nominee […]

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No price, plans set for abandoned Mantachie Walmart

It seems Mantachie’s abandoned Walmart will remain empty for the foreseeable future. With its gas pumps wrapped in plastic and its windows covered in paper, the brief former home of Walmart Neighborhood Market cuts a desolate figure. The store was shuttered in February along with 153 others nationwide, five of which were in Northeast Mississippi. […]

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ICDC rolls out coupon card promotion

The Itawamba County Development Council has a new promotion aimed at pushing out-of-county visitors through the doors of local businesses: Coupon cards. To the casual observer, they look and feel like postcards, but the coupon cards aren’t about making the folks back home jealous. They’re about giving travelers a reason to eat and shop in […]

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Walton’s gives greenhouse tour

  Walton’s Greenhouse recently opened their greenhouses to the public as of Business After-Hours, a new program created by the Fulton Chamber of Commerce to give the community a closer look at some of the county’s unique businesses. Visitors, of which there were around 20, were guided through the Walton’s 16 primary greenhouses, located in […]

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Fulton officials approve hefty increase to commercial deposits

Doing business in Fulton just got a bit more expensive. The city’s board of aldermen, last week, voted to increase the amounts of commercial deposits for both its water and gas services. Businesses hooking onto the city’s water service are now required to pay an $80 deposit; for gas service, it’s $250. Both deposits are […]

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Itawamba unemployment rate remains low

Itawamba County is currently enjoying a monthly series of unemployment rates among the lowest the county’s seen in a decade. In February, the county’s unemployment rate dipped to 5.2 percent, down from January’s adjusted rate of 5.9 percent, according to a report from the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, released last week. A quick look […]

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Fulton photographer delights in capturing life in a shot

  Imagine a perfect moment, captured in the split-second drop of a shutter, viewable forever. That’s what Shelby Prestage Miller loves about photography. When Miller opens her photography studio in downtown Fulton later this week, it will be satisfy a goal she’s carried with her since the days of film. Even when she was a […]

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Memories of Ms. Margueritte

Let’s just get this out of the way right off the bat: Margueritte Critz, who owned and operated Lee Ann Ladies and Children’s Shop in downtown Fulton, was a talker. Seriously. Mention Critz – usually referred to as Ms. Margueritte by just about everybody who knew her – to anyone who had ever set foot […]

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Fulton nonprofit raises funds to renovate downtown building

The future home of Fulton’s Chamber of Commerce is getting a much-needed face lift but could use a little help footing the bill. Local nonprofit group the Fulton Community Volunteers owns downtown Fulton’s Mobley Building, the soon-to-be home of the city’s chamber of commerce offices. However, there’s a ton to be done before Fulton chamber […]

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Bob Steele’s owner closes shop after nearly 60 years

Tomorrow will likely be a strange day for Karen Shotts. Today should be somewhat routine, albeit a little sadder than usual. She’ll probably go about her regular duties at Bob Steele’s Flowers and Gifts. She may help some last-minute customers, and perhaps clean up a bit. Then she’ll flip the wooden sign hanging from the […]

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County job fair works

  When the doors closed on Itawamba County’s first area job fair, 25 people had either been offered a job or a job interview. Held last Thursday at ICC, the job fair brought together 30 Northeast Mississippi employers to meet the people of Itawamba County and, in some cases, match one with the other. “To […]

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Fulton lumber company switches to low energy lighting

Switching out light bulbs has saved a Fulton lumber company a lot of paper. Last year, Riverside Hardwood worked with TVA to trade many of the standard 400 watt lights illuminating its 150×400 foot plant with more energy efficient LED and T8 florescent bulbs. The project required replacing approximately 60 fixtures and adding skylights. It […]

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ICDC presents former mayor with lifetime achievement award

Jack Creely has played many roles in Fulton: Dedicated businessman, loving family patron and committed community leader. Yet his friends agree these disparate roles share some traits. “In all the roles I’ve seen Jack Creely play in 45 years, there are common themes: Leadership to this community and service to others,” said Fulton attorney Tom […]

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Grown together: Tremont Floral celebrates 50 years as a family business

If there’s one thing the Canup siblings learned from their father, it’s the value of hard work. Businesses, like flowers, require a lot of nurturing to grow. “We’ve always said hard work drives our family,” said B.J. Canup, president of Tremont Floral. His father, Bobby, sat across the table from him. His younger siblings, brother […]

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