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Education’s first steps: Head Start opens its first Tremont program

  Four-year-old Parker blazed across the classroom and dived into his Batman backpack with abandon. He emerged with a small paper book in hand and peddled back across the room as quickly as his little legs would carry him. “Go ahead and read him your book, Parker,” his Head Start teacher, Casey Nichols, instructed. Page […]

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Unreliable ambulance support a concern for local emergency personnel

* Some officials believe Itawamba County’s ambulance coverage may not be sufficient. Local emergency personnel say there have been recent problems getting immediate ambulance response. Last month, an Itawamba County resident slipped and fell down a hill, dislocating her shoulder. Emergency personnel quickly arrived on scene and called for ambulance support. Dispatch reported that no […]

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Car chase, manhunt ends in arrest of Starkville parolee

A car chase and a lengthy manhunt in the Fulton City Park area last week ended in the arrest of a Starkville man. Adam Heath, 18, was arrested last Wednesday following a 90-minute manhunt through south Fulton, primarily the city park area and surrounding woodlands. He was charged with felony eluding. Heath received an initial […]

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Fulton board eyes new rules for garage sales, junk cars

* The proposed ordinances would limit the frequency and location of garage and yard sales, and limit the number of junk cars a person can keep on his or her property. Fulton leaders are considering a couple of proposed ordinances that, if passed, will regulate the number of garage sales and junk cars in the […]

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UPDATE: One dead in afternoon accident

UPDATE: Officials have named the victim of the accident as 81-year-old Gean Trulove of Fulton. Trulove was pronounced dead on arrival. She was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. ORIGINAL STORY: Officials with the Itawamba County Sheriff’s Department have reported a fatal wreck on Hardens Chapel Road in Fulton. The single-vehicle […]

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Barrett hopes to use Legion Auxiliary presidency to promote statewide growth

Mary Barrett’s goal has been to grow the American Legion Auxiliary since the first day she joined, more than 11 years ago, . As the patriotic organization’s new statewide president, she’s now in a better position to do that than she’s ever been. “All [American Legion] organizations are falling in members right now,” Barrett said. […]

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ICDC director interviews begin this week

* Itawamba County Development Council representatives say they hope to have a new director in place by October. This week, the Itawamba County Development Council will begin the process of interviewing candidates for its next executive director. The interviewing process is scheduled to start Thursday. Members of the ICDC’s selection committee, including ICDC President Teresa […]

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Suspect in Collum’s death exonerated of criminal charges

An Itawamba County Grand Jury has exonerated 19-year-old Charles “Cody” Weaver of any criminal wrongdoing in the May 9 death of Sgt. John Collum. The decision effectively deems Collum’s death an accident in the eyes of the law. Weaver faces no further criminal charges. Weaver, of Fulton, was initially charged with negligent homicide after his […]

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Itawamba high school test scores cut both ways

* While statewide high school test scores fell in all subject areas, Itawamba schools showed a mixture of growth and decline. Itawamba County high school students performed well on state tests this year, though scores fell slightly statewide. The state’s high school students take Subject Area Tests after completing Algebra I, biology, U.S. History and […]

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Local jobless rate drops in July, but state still U.S. worst

Itawamba County’s unemployment rate fell slightly moving from June to July. As reported by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, the county’s jobless rate dropped to 8.7 percent in July, down two-tenths of a percentage point from the previous month. The statewide unemployment rate for the month was 8.6 percent, the worst in the nation […]

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The daddy, daughter dance

By MIRANDA CIPKOWSKI Special to The Times The first guy I ever loved was tall and handsome with deep green eyes. When I waltzed into a room, I could see those eyes light up a bit. He worked extremely hard at a series of jobs never necessarily enjoyed in order to provide. He made me […]

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Mantachie Miss Fest Pageant to help archery team

* The 17th annual fundraising precursor to Mantachie Fest will be held Saturday, Sept. 13. Registration is open for Mantachie’s annual fundraising Miss Fest Pageant, now in its 17th year. Set for Saturday, Sept. 13, the 17th Annual Miss Fest Pageant will be held inside the Mantachie High School gymnasium. The contest is open to […]

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* Make-A-Wish gives Fulton teen a state-of-the-art gaming PC. As of last week, Tyler Davis, 13, has the best gaming PC in his neighborhood. Even in his hometown might not be a stretch. On Thursday, Make-A-Wish Mid-South granted Tyler’s wish to own a real beast of a gaming PC. The non-profit organization set Tyler up with […]

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Officials warn businesses, individuals to look out for counterfeit bills

Local law enforcement officials have identified several cases of small denomination counterfeit bills being distributed in Itawamba County businesses. In the past two weeks, two reports of counterfeit $10 bills have been filed with the Itawamba County Sheriff’s Department. The first report was made on Aug. 15 when a Fulton resident tried to spend one […]

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