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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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Chamber membership growing steadily

It’s been a productive month for Fulton’s new chamber of commerce. Two weeks ago, the organization held a kickoff event as a way to introduce the chamber’s board members to local residents and business owners. The event also doubled as a membership drive. Turnout was strong, the chamber’s executive director Molly Loden said, and memberships […]

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Chamber director: ‘We’re here for businesses’

When it was casually mentioned to Molly Loden that her new job comes bundled with all kinds of expectations, she didn’t seem bothered. As the Fulton Chamber of Commerce’s new … and first … executive director, Loden is standing before a vast stretch of unknown. The city has never had a chamber before. Will local […]

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Mantachie adopts fee, rules for door-to-door vendors

Transient vendors looking to do business in Mantachie will have a bit more overhead, and some new rules to follow. Earlier this month, town officials adopted a new $50 transient vendor fee, in addition to setting some basic guidelines all door-knocking salesmen must follow. The guidelines include set hours in which door-to-door vendors may come […]

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Back on track

* Fulton railway receives $2.6 million for improvements Although struggling financially just a few years ago, the 25-mile railway that runs between Itawamba and Monroe counties is getting back on track with the help of state dollars. On Thursday, Gov. Phil Bryant and a host of state and local leaders were in Fulton to announce […]

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Mueller to modernize plant, retain jobs

Mueller Industries, which has been a staple in the business community in Itawamba County for 43 years, is in the midst of a nearly $60 million renovation of its Fulton facility. The Mueller facility began as one mill, but has grown to two mills. The company makes copper tubes, copper tube fittings and line sets […]

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The Mississippian Railway: Business merges with a touch of nostalgia in Fulton

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal The next time someone’s stopped by a train at Crosstown in Tupelo, consider blaming Larry Homan. “Two cars,” Homan said. “You don’t have to wait long for our two cars to pass. They should take about 15 seconds, maybe 10, probably less than that.” He’s chairman and CEO of […]

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Home Grown: L&L Screenprinting

“It’s taken off more than we ever thought it would,” Cory Lindsey said of his business, L&L Screenprinting. Located in Baldwyn according to the phone book, but in Itawamba County according to geography, the small business Cory opened with his mother, Teresa, four years ago isn’t so small any more. Boxes of T-shirts line the […]

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Home Grown: Barnyard Mudboggers

There’s a sign stuck in the mud just outside the main office of Barnyard Mudboggers that reads “Life begins when the pavement ends.” For owner Carson Wallace, that’s more than just an amusing, bumper-sticker saying; it’s a maxim as true as the earth below his feet. “Me and my friends, we used to mud ride […]

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Home Grown: Fulton Rehab

Beth Craft, owner and therapist at Fulton Rehab Services, said she’s in the business of helping people’s bodies feel and work better. “Pain brings people here,” she said. “Our goal, always, is to reduce that pain and improve their quality of life.” Craft began working in Fulton in 1996 but didn’t open her own clinic […]

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