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Fulton mayor: Beer vote a ‘big decision for our city’

On Oct. 28, Fulton voters will decide whether or not to allow the sale of beer and light wine and liquor. Mayor Lynette Weatherford said she’s hoping for a strong turnout for a potentially historic election. “It’s a big decision for our city,” the mayor said. “One way or another, people need to come out […]

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OPINION: A call for conversation instead of cat fights

We have three cats in our house. They are the testiest, most antagonistic creatures in all creation. With funding and a team of historians, I’m pretty sure I can back this claim with proper research. All three of these creatures have vastly different personalities and opinions on who among them can be where at any […]

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Fulton officials approve $10.8 million budget

* The 2014-2015 budget sees few changes from last year’s model.  What can be said about the latest iteration of the Fulton’s budget that hasn’t been said about the last few that preceded it? Millage didn’t increase and luxuries are at a minimum. Last week, the Fulton Board of Aldermen approved the city’s budget for […]

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Fulton adopts new rules for yard sales, junk cars

Fulton has some new rules regarding yard sales and junk cars. Last week, the Fulton Board of Aldermen approved ordinances regulating yard and garage sales and the number of junk cars a resident can keep on his or her property. The rules are meant to limit each. For yard sales and their ilk, residents are […]

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Drop drop-off program returns this Saturday

Prescription drug abuse has been classified as an epidemic by the Center of Disease Control, and Mississippi is certainly not immune. In 2012 alone, an estimated 90 percent of the state’s overdose deaths were a result of prescription drug abuse, according to the Mississippi State Department of Health. In Mississippi, the number of drug overdose […]

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Tech center car show returns Oct. 4

* The event raises money to send ICTC students to state and national vocational competitions.  For the past two years, the Itawamba Career and Technical Center’s Show & Shine Car Show hasn’t seen a whole lot of either shine or show. Nothing kills a car show like a rainy day, and that’s certainly proved true […]

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Fulton alcoholic beverages poll

On Oct. 28, Fulton voters will decide whether or not to allow the sale of alcoholic beverages inside the city. The election will consist of two separate ballots, one for the sale of beer and light wines and a second for the sale of liquor. The following poll will keep an informal running tally of […]

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County’s value up, budget about the same

* The county’s budget for the coming fiscal year doesn’t differ much from this year’s, although the value of each mill is up. Last week, the Itawamba County Board of Supervisors approved the budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year that looks remarkably similar to last year’s, despite an increase in the county’s assessed value. Supervisors […]

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Mantachie Fest set for this weekend

At 28 years old, Mantachie Fest is one of the county’s longest standing traditions. Held on the third weekend of September since the days The Bangles were walking like Egyptians, Mantachie Fest arrives just in time for summer’s heat to break, guaranteeing a great day of outdoor fun. This year, of course, is no exception. […]

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Mantachie board questions $30k deficit in budget

Before they could approve the town’s budget for the next fiscal year, Mantachie aldermen first had to solve the mystery surrounding a deficit of more than $30,000 in the current budget. According to the budget, over which the board mulled during last Tuesday’s regular meeting, most of the discrepancy was found in the town’s public […]

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Mantachie officials relight public smoking ban

* A repealer clause in the town’s eight-year-old anti-tobacco ordinance means the rule hasn’t been in effect since 2008. Mantachie is the only municipality in Itawamba County to have a ban on smoking in public. Except, right now, there isn’t one. Turns out, due to an oversight in the original ordinance adopted by the town, […]

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Upcoming festival will help fund “Willy Wonka” production

Willy Wonka couldn’t create and run his elaborate chocolate factory by his lonesome, and neither can the Itawamba AHS Indian Players. On Saturday, Sept. 27, the IAHS Indian Players will be hosting a “Willy Wonka Festival” in downtown Fulton’s Playgarden Park. The event will help generate funds to support the group’s February production of “Willy […]

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OPINION: I’d rather have no information than bad information

Few things rumple my Underoos like unfettered gossip and rampant speculation, especially when it’s my peers whispering through holes in the fence posts. If I’m being completely honest with myself, I’m probably as guilty of occasionally jumping the gun on a story as anyone else. Glorious though it is that we’re able to spread information […]

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Fulton beer, liquor vote set for Oct. 28

Fulton voters will decide whether or not to allow the sale of beer and light wine and liquor next month. On Tuesday, the Fulton Board of Aldermen voted to accept two petitions, each signed by 577 of the city’s registered voters, calling for an election to decide whether or not to legalize the sale of […]

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