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Fulton police investigate false bomb threat

An ongoing investigation has been launched into a false bomb threat called into a Fulton business Monday morning. According to officials with the Fulton Police Department, a male caller used an unlisted number to call Anytime Fitness, located on Mueller Road, and claim a bomb had been placed inside the bathroom. Police were alerted at […]

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Crime News

UPDATE: Bomb threat reported at Fulton business

UPDATE: Jason Dickinson with the Itawamba County Sheriff’s Department, who conducted the bomb sweep with the help of his bomb dog, Reese, said the bomb call was false. Mueller Road has reopened, and people are free to resume their workouts. No word, yet, on who called in the false report. ORIGINAL STORY: Law enforcement officials are […]

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Back on track

* Fulton railway receives $2.6 million for improvements Although struggling financially just a few years ago, the 25-mile railway that runs between Itawamba and Monroe counties is getting back on track with the help of state dollars. On Thursday, Gov. Phil Bryant and a host of state and local leaders were in Fulton to announce […]

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Mueller to modernize plant, retain jobs

Mueller Industries, which has been a staple in the business community in Itawamba County for 43 years, is in the midst of a nearly $60 million renovation of its Fulton facility. The Mueller facility began as one mill, but has grown to two mills. The company makes copper tubes, copper tube fittings and line sets […]

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Adam Mug 2015

OPINION: Let’s snuff out the sun

Well, it’s finally happened. The sun god Helios has unleashed his wrath on the people of Mississippi, focusing down on us with an fiery anger hotter than an ocean of molten metal spiced up with ghost pepper chilies. I’m not exactly sure what we’ve done to deserve the big guy’s ire and subsequently this wretched […]

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Voters hit the polls next Tuesday

Voters go to the polls next Tuesday to begin whittling down the list of the county’s next potential leaders. Polls will be open Aug. 4 from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. for voting in Itawamba County’s Democratic and Republican primary elections. This election typically sees the highest turnout of any in the county. This year, […]

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Election 2015

A step-by-step guide to casting your vote Tuesday

  Those new to the voting process shouldn’t be intimidated by it. These days, there isn’t much about the process that differs from what people do on their phones every single day: Read and tap. Step-by-step, the voting process is as follows: Upon arriving at a voting precinct, voters will choose whether or not they […]

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Crime News

Teen charged with Tremont business break in

A teen has been charged with breaking into a Tremont business, but not actually stealing anything. Eighteen-year-old Devin Graham, of 1923 Mt. Pleasant Road Northeast, Tremont, was arrested on Friday and charged with burglary of a commercial building. He is accused of the June 23 break in at Big Bee Metal in Tremont. According to […]

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Fulton board chews tobacco laws

Fulton aldermen are contemplating whether or not to make the city smoke-free. During last week’s regular meeting of the city board, aldermen were visited by Helen Boerner, Project Director for the state health department’s Mississippi Tobacco Free organization. Boerner represents Itawamba and Monroe counties. Boerner asked the board to consider making Fulton a tobacco-free community. […]

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Question of the Week – July 29

Each week, The Itawamba County Times features a new question for its readers. Voting each week starts on Tuesday and ends at noon the following Monday. Results are available online and in The Itawamba County Times. Take a second to share your opinion on the events, decisions and other happenings that affect your county. This week’s question …

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Badges bust battery bandit

Local authorities believe they’ve busted a bandit who burgled a bunch of batteries. Investigators with the Itawamba County Sheriff’s Department say they’ve captured Jeff Lesley, 54, of 7338 Highway 371, Mooreville, and charged him in connection with a string of battery thefts from across the county. Lesley is accused of stealing a variety of types […]

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Two arrested in Tremont on meth, stolen car charges

Deputies have arrested two women accused of stealing a car and smuggling narcotics into Itawamba County. Rita J. Buckingham, 42, of Shannon, and Lori June Schmidt, 44, of Nettleton, were arrested by Itawamba County deputies in Tremont, Sunday. Both were charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell. According to narcotics investigators with the […]

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Downtown Fulton (Photo by Adam Armour)

Fulton chamber committee begins director search

Fulton’s long-in-the-making chamber of commerce might finally be opening its doors. The city-sanctioned steering committee actively working to build a Fulton Chamber of Commerce from the ground up has officially begun its search for an executive director. This person will head up business development efforts in Fulton, act as the liaison between the city and […]

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Speed bumps being placed in busy Mantachie streets

Mantachie drivers who regularly use Hodges Street and Tishtontee Drive should probably practice easing off the gas. Speed bumps are being installed on both streets. Last week, Mantachie aldermen voted to purchase eight speed bumps and accompanying signs warning drivers of them. They plan to place these bumps along both roads, which are frequently used […]

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