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New county mapping system to go online soon

  * The new maps will allow users to search county parcels through an eagle-eye view. Even in an increasingly digital world, physicality has its charms: dropping a needle into the groove of a vinyl record, cracking the spine of a brand new paperback, or gathering around the table with friends and family for a […]

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Mantachie officials unplug public e-cig use

* The town has become the first in Itawamba County to ban public use of vapor inhalers and other e-smoking devices. Mantachie leaders have voted to press control-alt-delete on public e-cigarette and vapor inhaler use inside the town’s limits. During their regular meeting, last week, Mantachie voted to ban the public use of e-cigarette and […]

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Itawamba jobless rate doesn’t budge in September

* Statewide unemployment still ranks among the worst in the nation. It’s like looking in a mirror. Itawamba County’s unemployment rate for September matched its rate in August, point by point. In the move from August to September, the county’s unemployment rate stayed solid at 7 percent, according to figures recently released by the Mississippi […]

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Itawamba County schools earn prestigious Lantern Award

The Itawamba County School District is among 59 Mississippi school districts that were recognized by the Mississippi School Boards Association (MSBA) on November 11 with an award for outstanding student achievement, based on student performance last spring on testing requirements in the Mississippi accountability program. Itawamba County School District board members were on hand for […]

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Letters to the Editor

Reader concerned with ambulance service Dear Editor: On Saturday afternoon, Oct. 25, 2014, I was outside when I heard a siren approaching. There was an ambulance driving at an unhurried speed. Because of the absence of urgent speed I waited a few minutes, went in the house and thought no more of it. Later that […]

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Just Ramblin: A visit to the old country store

By LAWRENCE H. CONWILL Special to The Times Last week, I was back at an old country store around which I grew up. It is no longer in operation and is overgrown with weeds and honeysuckle vines, but as I stood there it brought back a flood of memories. The lone gasoline pump is still […]

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Fulton officials approve alcohol ordinances

Fulton aldermen have approved a pair of ordinances regulating the sale and possession of beer and light wine and liquor within city limits. The ordinances, approved unanimously Tuesday night, set the rules that will guide how Fulton residents will be able to sell, purchase and possess alcoholic beverages. Guidelines mirror those set by other nearby […]

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Container-on-barge service begins at port

After nearly six years and hundreds of hours of work by the Port Commission, Itawamba County Board of Supervisors and the former director of ICDC and Port Itawamba, Port Itawamba will begin receiving and shipping containers on barges in to and out of Fulton. On Saturday, Port Itawamba and SEACOR AMH signed a contract for […]

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Final steps: Marching season closes for area bands

The final sounds of marching season have finally faded away, and looking back on the past few months, both Itawamba County high school marching bands performed exceptionally well. The Mississippi High School Activities Association and the Mississippi Bandmasters Association judge bands during various statewide competitions each year. During these events, a panel of three judges […]

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ICDC director proposes Fulton, county jointly hire chamber director

* The move would allow the two entities to pool resources for the betterment of the area. Should the City of Fulton and Itawamba County Development Council team up “Avengers” style to employ a new chamber of commerce director? County officials think so. Acting Itawamba County Development Council Director Harvey Clements recently asked the Fulton […]

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Official beer, liquor vote results confirm legalization

* Final tallies were certified last week, confirming the election night results. Fulton officials have released the official results of the Oct. 28 beer, light wine and liquor vote, confirming that the city will be “going wet” in the coming weeks. The official recapitulation included the 46 affidavit ballots cast during the election. In order […]

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Library System makes switch to digital magazines

Every year, the Lee-Itawamba Library System does a survey and gathers information on magazine usage at its facilities. And the findings aren’t surprising: Readership of print magazines is down. “People just aren’t coming in and looking at magazines like they used to,” said Jeff Tomlinson, director of the library system. “They don’t have time anymore.” […]

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UPDATE 05: It’s all over!

That’s it, folks. Like a mummy, our first ever Halloween Costume Contest is all wrapped up. Winners will be officially announced in the Nov. 19 edition of The Itawamba County Times. Prize winners can drop by the office on or after Nov. 19 and pick up their prizes. We’d like to congratulate our winners, but […]

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Allowing alcohol: What happens next?

Last week, Fulton voters approved the sale of beer, light wine and liquors within city limits. Before the new law can go into effect, however, the Fulton Board of Aldermen will have to hash out the rules and regulations to control every aspect of their sale in the city — from where and when alcohol […]

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