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Miranda Cipkowski

OPINION: It’s a (mostly) Wonderful Life

The low roar of the garage door closing behind me was a welcome sound. It shuttered the light from the outside world, signifying the end of another school year. After turning off the car’s engine, I sat soaking in the golden silence of the dark and stillness. Another school year had come and gone, and […]

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First day of school

Classes resumed all over the county last Thursday, likely to the chagrin of many students. A small survey of Fulton’s kindergarten students, however, seemed to reveal most first-timers were excited about being in the classroom. They will learn. Photos by Adam Armour Click any photo to purchase a print

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Blood (vessel) brothers

* Itawamba County siblings roll with what life throws them By W. DEREK RUSSELL Daily Journal They say that being a brother is sometimes better than being a superhero. That wisdom couldn’t be more true for Chris and Seth Dickinson. The sons of Itawamba County Sheriff Chris Dickinson and wife Teresa, Chris and Seth always […]

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Local attorneys offer free legal help in upcoming clinic

The Itawamba County Bar will be hosting a free legal clinic for qualified underprivileged participants next week. The clinic, which will offer free legal assistance to those who qualify, will be held Wednesday, July 29, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. in the Itawamba County courtroom on the second floor of the county courthouse in […]

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Trot to gallop

Fairview’s Katie Haynes talks about taking her love of horse riding to the competitive level. Competitive horse riding is all about the relationship between rider and horse, how competently and confidently the two work together during a given task. It’s not just about skill; it’s about trust. “If you just go hop on a horse, […]

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Fulton man ambitious in life, on his ride

By RILEY MANNING Daily Journal FULTON – Charles Ruff knew he was born to ride the first time he saw a motorcycle club roar through the streets of Alabama as a child. “I saw them and I just knew, ‘That’s it, that’s what I want to be,’” the Fulton man said. “For me, I’m free […]

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Houston’s Peoples building new memories after the storm

Houston community’s Sandra Peoples said her new mobile home isn’t very much like her old house. In many ways, it’s better. It’s larger, for one thing, and has far more modern amenities than the house she called home for nearly 50 years. But it’s just not the same. “It’s very strange, but it’s getting better,” […]

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Itawamba’s snow day

Last week, Itawamba County was blanketed in snow as Winter Storm Rufus passed through Northeast Mississippi, dropping upwards of nine inches of powder in some areas. We asked our readers to share some of their photos of Itawamba County’s rare snow day, and they obliged. Many thanks to everyone who contributed.  

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Old fashioned: Fulton man farms his land with mule and plow

  “I bought her from an old Amish fella up in Tennessee,” said Stanley Underwood, 83, giving a firm couple of pats to the neck of his mule, Hat. Yes, that’s her name. It started out as Pat, but … “I didn’t much like that,” he said, brushing his hands on his Liberty overalls. “So, […]

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Hive minding

* Mantachie beekeeper says the rewards of his hobby are sweeter than honey. Bees, thousands of them, exploded from the honeycomb frame as Rolan Barnes gave it a firm shake. A cloud of them followed him down the hill away from the hive, back to his truck. Dressed from head to toe in his protective beekeeper’s […]

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Genetic disorder won’t define Fulton youth

  Rian and Traci Botts of Fulton know their daughter faces a challenging future. They also believe there may be a purpose in that. Jaelyn, 12, suffers from Type 1 neurofibromatosis, or NF-1, an incurable genetic disorder that causes the growth of tumors throughout the nervous system. Although the disorder is accompanied by a host […]

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Cake, collards, cabbage make Tremont woman’s family happy

  Story by Ginna Parsons Mary Killingsworth still remembers the first thing she ever learned to cook: homemade biscuits. “My mother was in the hospital and I made them and my dad said I made enough to feed Coxey’s Army,” said Killingsworth, 74. “I guess I was about 10 at the time and we had […]

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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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