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Fulton man transforms wood waste into model buildings

There’s a small shed behind Carl West’s home where the 83-year-old often spends hours building model barns, houses and the like out of old wood. It’s a cramped space. A small table saw blocks the main entrance, requiring a contortionist’s skill to pass. To the left is West’s workbench, perpetually covered in sawdust; to the […]

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Parent of the Year: ‘Just try to do your best’

Lisa Darracott has yet to decipher the secret to being a great parent. Despite having the title of Itawamba County School District’s Parent of the Year, she’s still trying to crack the formula. “I’m still trying to figure it out,” the 33-year-old mother of three said. She’s obviously doing something right. Darracott won the title […]

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The critters of Creekside

Along with the typical ebb and flow of regular four-legged patients, Creekside Clinic in Fulton is a permanent home to a menagerie of creatures both common and uncommon. No fewer than four felines, an overweight guinea pig, a frivolous ferret, a transgendered bearded dragon and one cranky middle-aged blue crested Amazon (that’s a type of parrot) […]

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Cliff’s canes: Crafting character from nature’s own creations

Cliff Jarrell has this cane. It helps him walk, of course. It’s also helped in other, less tangible ways. The cane is wooden. Not just made of wood, but yanked straight from the tree, a vine still spiraling down its length to a rubber tip at one end and a natural bend in the wood, […]

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Falling into place: Crossroads Ranch goes from dream to reality

  “You wouldn’t know it, but this was just an empty shell a few weeks ago,” said Renae Bennett, founder of Crossroads Ranch. Standing in the small foyer of the ranch’s sole building, Bennett alluded to some of the aesthetics. The space has a comfortable, mid-western feel to it. The foyer — accessible by either […]

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Four local Scouts earn Eagle

Four Itawamba Boy Scouts will soon be honored for achieving Eagle, the highest rank that can be attained in the program. Owen Bennett, Quinn Bennett, Ethan Hester and Anderson Martin will be awarded this prestigious honor at a ceremony at Itawamba Christian Church on Sunday, Feb. 28. Troop 32 Scoutmaster Robert Blake said he is […]

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Cozy cabin: Fulton man builds miniature buildings from scratch

Fulton’s Tommy Roberts is currently building his second cabin. Some might call it cozy but frankly, it’s kind of small. The first cabin was, too. If it were life-sized, it would stand approximately 16 feet at the peak of its roof and have usable floor space in the neighborhood of 22 feet by 12 feet. […]

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Downtown Trick ‘r Treat

Downtown Fulton was full of  maniacs, monsters, princesses, robots, superheroes, sports celebrities and other people and creatures during the annual trick ‘r treat event, last Thursday. Like the blob, this event has grown larger and larger with time; this year’s event was attended by hundreds, if not thousands of people. Photos by Adam Armour To purchase […]

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Breast cancer survivor: Sylvia Chamblee

By Adam Armour Itawamba Times “I’m not in ‘survivor mode’ just yet,” said Fulton breast cancer survivor Sylvia Chamblee. With her final chemotherapy treatment just a few weeks behind her, Chamblee said she’s still adjusting to the idea that she not only faced cancer, but beat it. “It has to be a little bit longer,” […]

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Mantachie Fest 2015

It could be argued that Saturday’s Mantachie Fest celebration was one of the most picture perfect in the small town festival’s 29-year history. the perfect day to Temperatures were mild (a rarity in Mississippi) and the sun was hanging brightly in the sky with nary a cloud in sight. People turned out for the event […]

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Friends, family mourn accident victims’ loss

Friends and family of Becca Jarrell, 19, and Daniel Reich, 55, both of whom died in a head-on collision, Saturday, describe them as loving, happy people taken from the world much too soon. Jarrell was a 2014 graduate of IAHS who was attending Itawamba Community College at the time of her death. Jarrell’s friends and family described […]

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The legendary hog of Bigbee Bottom.

More than 60 years ago, Itawamba County had its own Melvillian beast … a creature so obsessively hunted and difficult to kill, it reached near-legendary status, at least locally. It wasn’t a whale, of course. Not in Itawamba County. It was a hog. Friends Hubert Johnson, Buddy Blaylock and Bobby Jarrell were just kids when […]

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ICC exhibit features Fulton native’s art

“Collections, Conglomerates, Constellations,” the work of former faculty member Robert Ring of Fulton, will be on display in the W.O. Benjamin Fine Arts Center gallery at the Itawamba Community College Fulton Campus through Oct. 16. Ring’s multimedia wall hangings incorporate porcelain figures that reach back to a Victorian age aristocratic America. Ironically, all of the […]

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History’s harvest: Marily Leary retires as historical society’s hostess

Marilyn Leary had written down everything she wanted to talk about. Her notes were handwritten, sometimes in red ink, other times in black, on a half dozen or so pieces of paper of varying sizes and shapes. Leary spread these out on the table in front of her before starting. Unprompted, she opened with … […]

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