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Home Grown: Lily’s Cafe

Even before stepping through the front doors, the atmosphere around Lily’s Cafe is unlike any other restaurant in Itawamba County. The shuffling, swingy style of New Orleans jazz greets guests, piping through speakers above the entrance and bouncing off the buildings in downtown Fulton, turning the entire square into a dance hall. Or, if it’s […]

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Walmart pilot store rumored for Mantachie

* Officials say Walmart is eyeing the town for one of its small-form express stores. Walmart is rumored to be eying Mantachie to open one of its 300 or so pilot small-form Walmart Express stores. Although still unofficial, town officials say the town has been talking with engineers about constructing a convenience store on property […]

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Yogurt, coffee shop opening in downtown Fulton

* Owners say the Cultured Cow Yogurt and Coffee will feature the look of a classic coffee shop meets contemporary ice cream parlor. Yogurt, coffee and candy lovers rejoice: A new business opening in downtown Fulton should be your cup of tea … or, espresso, as it were. Planned for opening in the spring, Cultured […]

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Home Grown: Countrywood Manor

A handful of men and women were playing dominoes in the area just off the front lobby of Countrywood Manor Assisted Living Facility in Mantachie. They were getting kind of rowdy, talking and laughing loudly and lightly picking on each other as they played. Co-owner Ken Long shook his head and smiled. “This is never […]

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Local businesses compete for holiday shopping dollars

* Many local businesses are participating in Black Friday and Small Business Saturday this weekend. Black Friday. For historians, these two words likely conjure up images of the 1869 U.S. financial crisis; for everybody else, they speak of a different kind of financial pandemonium. Every year around this time (typically the Friday after Thanksgiving, although […]

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Home Grown: Fulton Barber Shop

There’s a sign posted on one of the wall-to-wall mirrors inside Fulton Barber Shop on Gaither Street. It’s taped right next to the one that reads “No profanity,” and it details the shop’s prices. A cut costs $9. A hot-towel shave runs the same. Want both? That’s $15. Those are throwback prices. Then again, the […]

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90 years young: Our own Margueritte Senter Critz

Story by Kim Hartwell Special to The Times Margueritte Jane Senter was born in her home on Monday, August 6, 1923, during lots of speechifyin’ on the Fulton Square. After having three sons, her loving parents, Carrie Lee Sandlin and Dr. John Thomas Senter were excited at the arrival of a girl! In fact, Dr. […]

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Home Grown: Fulton Veterinary Clinic

It wasn’t until 1979 that Dr. James D. Thrash — “Doug” to just about everybody — opened his own veterinary practice. But Thrash had been helping heal animals long before he opened the doors of Fulton Veterinary Clinic. “I’ve worked on animals … tried to fix stuff on them … since I was little,” Thrash […]

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Assist to succeed: New local program focuses on dental assistant training

Last year, Forbes Magazine named dental assistant as the No. 1 job for young people. Joy King, an eight-year dental assistant at Marquis Dental Center in Fulton, wouldn’t argue with that. “Most jobs don’t provide opportunities for personal or educational growth,” she said. “Dental assisting has enabled me to develop a career that allows advancement […]

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Changes to Medicare coverage could shut out small businesses

Changes to the way the federal Medicare program handles its coverage of diabetic testing supplies may have a profound effect on small health care supply businesses. “Our patients are scrambling,” said Brian Quinn, manager of Complete Home Care Equipment in Fulton, which sells diabetic testing supplies, most notably blood testing strips. This week, that’s no […]

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Home Grown: Riley Auto and Tire

Kevin Riley really was born a couple of decades too late. A child of the 70s, the Mantachie resident’s high school years would have been better spent in the grease-slicked 1950s. Still, there’s undoubtedly a little bit of that greaser spirit in the man. For instance, Riley loves a fast car. Heck, any car, really. […]

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Please, recycle

  The environment must really love Doug Comer. For more than two decades, this Dorsey entrepreneur has owned and operated Douglas Recycling (or, as it was known when it first opened, Comer Recycling), a relatively small operation that nevertheless manages to move hundreds of thousands of pounds of paper and plastic each year. It’s a […]

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Supervisors approve $4.6-million in tax exemptions

Several local manufacturers have been granted tax exemptions worth a total of more than $4.6-million. Itawamba County supervisors approved the tax exemption requests of Mueller Brass, Toyota Boshoku, Max Home and B&B Concrete during their most recent regular meeting. The combined total of the exemptions is worth approximately $82,104 in tax revenue. The largest of […]

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Fulton banker retires after 40-plus years

When Paulette Orear began working for Bank of Mississippi way back in 1967, there were only eight branches altogether … a far cry from the multi-million dollar company that now stretches across eight states. Much has changed in that time, but not really for Orear; for her, the job’s much the same: It’s all about […]

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