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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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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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Home Grown: S&W Pharmacy and Gifts

Despite having access to all the best medications money can buy, independent pharmacies are dying. “Nope, there’s not many of us at all,” said Trent Bennett, owner of S&W Pharmacy and Gifts, Itawamba County’s sole locally-owned pharmacy. Whereas most pharmacies are either associated with large retail companies (Walmart, Fred’s or the like) or are dotted […]

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Home Grown: TJ’s Pageant and Formal Wear

T.J. Denson isn’t shy about sharing her thoughts on how a customer looks in one of her dresses. That’s a sword that cuts both ways. “We’re very vocal about what looks good on a client,” said the owner of TJ’s Pageant and Formal Wear in Fulton. After a pause, she added, “We’re also very vocal […]

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Mantachie Clinic hosting week-long event

Mantachie Rural Health Care will be promoting its services next week as part of National Community Health Center Month. On Aug. 10-16, the federally-funded company, which offers medical and dental services based on sliding scale fees to accommodate lower income families, will be making a big push to show the community everything its two clinics […]

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Davis Ford marks 50th year

FULTON – Buster Davis was happily coaching basketball at what was then Itawamba Junior College when his twin brother, Bud Davis, heard that the local Ford dealership was for sale. “He said I should buy it, and I did,” he said. That was 50 years ago, and Davis has never looked back. His brother, who […]

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Custom Upholstery by Fuzz

  Herman “Fuzzy” Clark, owner of Custom Upholstery by Fuzz in Fulton, laments that classic cars can be all curb appeal and no comfort. “I’ll meet a guy who’s dropped $20,000 on a paint job but then doesn’t have any money left for the interior,” Fuzzy said. “I don’t get it.” Which is a shame, […]

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Mantachie eyed for Huddle House restaurant

* Town officials are concerned zoning of potential site will be an issue. Mantachie is reportedly being eyeballed for a Huddle House restaurant. Last week, Mantachie Alderman Dan Moore, Jr. told the board he’s spoken with representatives of Oxford-based company M&C Management, a group he claimed have expressed interest in opening a branch of the […]

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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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