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In this file photo from June, the remains of a church sign overlook Oak Grove Road, which was among the first roads in the county to have its storm debris removed, though the remnants of the debris can still be seen.

Six months later: Tornado recovery efforts going well

Six months after the April 28 tornado ripped through Northeast Mississippi, community recovery efforts in Itawamba County have largely hit a standstill. Make no mistake, this is a good thing. It means the people who needed help, got it. The focus has now shifted from picking up the pieces to putting everything back in its […]

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Itawamba County, Mississippi kindergarten students lagging in reading skills

By ADAM ARMOUR & JEFF AMY The Times and Associated Press Itawamba County children aren’t at the reading level they should be when they enter kindergarten, according to the results of a first-of-its-kind statewide test of all kindergarten students. The results of the test, recently released by the Mississippi Department of Education, show that two-thirds […]

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Breast cancer survivors stress early detection, positive outlook

Breast cancer is indiscriminate in its selection of victims and unrelenting in its viciousness. But it can be beaten. Last week’s annual “Do You Know What the Color Pink Means?” Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon provides proof of that in spades. “When you get cancer, you think it’s going to be over. It’s not,” Brenda Bridges, […]

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Senate race, local judges, school district seats to be decided Tuesday

This Tuesday, Nov. 4, voters will be casting their ballots for candidates in 14 different elections ranging from the national to the local level. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on election day. The circuit clerk’s office will be open from 8 a.m. until noon this Saturday, Nov. 1, to accommodate […]

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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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Fulton says ‘yes’ to beer and liquor sales

Unofficial results show Fulton’s residents are in favor of selling alcoholic beverages within their city. Preliminary results of Tuesday’s election, which don’t include the certified results of affidavit voting, show the resolution to allow the sale of beer and light wine being approved 697 votes to 440 votes. A separate resolution to allow the sale […]

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Fulton voters to decide on alcohol today

Polls are open today in Fulton for a special election to determine two separate issues: Whether or not to allow the sale of beer and light wines of relatively low alcoholic content, and the same for liquors of higher alcoholic content. Either or both ballots can be answered with a “yes” or “no” vote. Polls […]

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Hickory Flat coach, Mantachie resident dies in wreck

By BRANDON SPECK Daily Journal Hickory Flat softball coach Cyndal Cleveland died Thursday evening in a car accident in Itawamba County. Cleveland was in her second year as a teacher and coach. She was a standout basketball and softball player at Mantachie and in 2010 wrapped up a standout softball career at Itawamba CC. Itawamba […]

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Readers weigh in on Tuesday’s alcohol vote

EDITOR’S NOTE: Last week, The Times received letters from many readers regarding the upcoming beer, light wine and liquor vote in Fulton. What follows are the contents of those letters.    A YES is for city’s positive growth Dear Editor: Fulton is facing a pivotal moment in our history. I believe both sides of this debate are […]

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Fulton voters decide on beer, liquor next Tuesday

Next week, Fulton voters will decide whether or not to legalize the sale of alcohol within city limits. On Tuesday, polls will open for a special election to determine two separate issues: Whether or not to allow the sale of beer and light wines of relatively low alcoholic content, and the same for liquors of […]

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OUR OPINION: It’s your privilege and duty to vote on Oct. 28

Attention has been focused the past few weeks on the upcoming election to determine if Fulton will legalize the sale of alcohol. Residents turn out in big numbers for city and county elections, but sometimes stay home when the ballot only includes one or two items. Your vote is important in every single election that […]

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Mantachie Board shoots down bond refinancing

Mantachie aldermen have decided against refinancing the town’s bonds. Last week, E.J. Gregory with Memphis-based investment bankers Duncan-Williams Inc. returned to the board prepared to push forward with refinancing the town’s three outstanding bonds, worth $1.23 million. He said if the board were to vote on the issue that night, he would start the refinancing […]

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Itawamba school rankings stable thanks to waiver

Itawamba County schools maintained the same statewide letter-grade rankings as last year, but only because the district took advantage of the waiver that allowed them to do so. The Mississippi Department of Education released letter-grade rankings this morning for the state’s schools and districts. They are based on student performance on state tests taken last […]

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Mantachie e-cig ban seems likely

* The board is expected to vote on whether or not to limit public use of electronic smoking devices in November. E-smoke ‘em if you got ‘em, because Mantachie is very likely to become one an increasing number of municipalities in Northeast Mississippi to yank the batteries out of the public e-cigarette use. Last week, […]

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