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Daily dominoes

Mantachie residents have been playing together for decades. It was 9 a.m. on a Thursday in Mantachie, and a game of dominoes was in full swing. Inside the large community room at town hall, Eugene Patrick pushed a domino across the table, adding it to the layout at its center. From across the table, fellow […]

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Perms, clips and conversations

* After 39 years, Dorothy Farris is retiring from cutting hair for Daniel Health Care. “There comes a time in life when it’s just time to retire,” said Dorothy Farris, standing near the back of Salon 1905, a small beauty shop tucked inside The Meadows nursing home in Fulton. As if she suddenly remembered something, […]

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Christmas parades start next week

* Christmas comes early for both Fulton and Mantachie, which will be hosting their annual Christmas parades next week. Sure, depending on what day of the week a reader scans this story, the Thanksgiving turkey may be either uncooked or still digesting. Either way, it’s already beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Itawamba […]

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‘God doesn’t change’

* Fulton resident has been pastoring multiple churches for decades. Even after all these years, Bro. Jimmy Davis still believes in God. That’s never changed. Spread across the large coffee table in the living room of his Fulton home were five copies of the Holy Bible. More were in the back, Davis said. It’s the […]

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Moving on: Fulton woman helps inmates prepare for GED

“In a lot of ways, going to jail can be a good thing,” said Itawamba Learning Center volunteer Pat Thorn. Of the 20 or so students the Fulton resident has tutored on behalf of the non-profit adult education group, 14 of them have been inmates at the Itawamba County Jail. Thorn believes that, for many […]

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Principal profiles:Trae Wiygul – Itawamba Agricultural High School

Itawamba Agricultural High School Principal Trae Wiygul said the success of every single student is important to him. “This is my family,” he said, extending his arms. “We’re all family here; it’s one of this school’s greatest strengths.” The son of former Itawamba County Superintendent of Education F.G. Wiygul, the Fulton high school principal said […]

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Brush strokes from the soul

“These are just the ones I thought would fit in here,” explained Sara Walker. She motioned toward one of a small assortment of paintings hanging on the wall of her room at Charleston Place Assisted Living in Fulton. All of them were painted in oil. Most of them were of flowers. She shrugged. “They were […]

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Fulton man creates traditional pottery from local clay

When asked to estimate how much time he spends in his small workshop working on pottery, Rick Holland shrugged. “You don’t want to know,” he said, and then considered the question for a moment. “I bet I work on this stuff 25, 26 hours a week,” he said, shaking his head. “I’m obsessed with it; […]

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Faith, family and fiancée

Way out in the middle of the country, in a small house on a hill that overlooks a pond and rides the line shared by Itawamba and Lee counties, lives local singer-songwriter Sean Austin. It’s pretty quiet out his way, a good place to just sit and enjoy a bit of solitude … a good […]

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Rolling in a rat rod

“It’s not a hot rod by any means,” said Fulton’s Gary Gough, patting the side of his 1963 Ford Econoline pickup. He had that right. Aesthetically, the truck looks like it has two wheels in the grave: A ribbon of rust circles the thing from its stubby flat-fronted cab all the way around; its paint, […]

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Mantachie teen takes home prizes at cattle competitions

If there’s one thing a person can learn talking to Lane Walton, it’s that cattle can be surprisingly sophisticated. At 13 years old, this Mantachie resident is arguably already an expert of sorts on these animals … a sort of cattle connoisseur. He’s been helping raise them since he was a little kid and has […]

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One year later: McKenzie King’s life gets back on track

“I’m going to live by myself,” said McKenzie King, boasting a bit. She’s earned the right to do so. After a second, as if to clarify her statement, she added, “Without my parents.” Like most people her age, when she graduated high school in May of last year, McKenzie was gung ho about heading off […]

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Quilting for college

Upon entering college, ICC sophomore Dalton Sheffield was issued an ominous ultimatum by his mother: Get a hobby or go insane. See, the Dorsey-area resident plans on enrolling in medical school to study dermatology. His mother, Mary Ann Sheffield, is a doctor herself. She knows that the rigors of med school life can melt the […]

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Fulton Volunteer group celebrates two years of success

Members of the Fulton Community Volunteers have been keeping a list of improvements — both small and large — the city has seen since the group’s formation two years ago. That list currently has 208 items on it. By the time this story is published, there will likely be a few more. Of course, not […]

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