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Off the rails

* Third generation Mississippian employee retires after 40 years. From one of the shelves in his office … or, at least, what was his office until a few weeks ago … Buddy Carlisle pulled down a photo album as thick as a metropolitan phone book. He dropped it on the desk and cracked it open […]

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Chancery Clerk’s bond will pay out $197,000 for misappropriated funds

* Witt will owe more than $303,000 in payments to the county and various investors. The company that manages Itawamba County Chancery Clerk Jim Witt’s surety bonds is paying $197,000 of the state auditor’s $500,000 demand against them, according to county officials. The money will be paid by Witt’s bonding company, Western Surety, some time […]

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Grammar School kitchen project heating up

Like a stove with the burner cranked to 10, plans for converting a portion of the Fulton Grammar School into a fundraising kitchen are heating up fast. The Fulton Board of Aldermen recently gave Sharion Aycock, who is heading up the project, their official blessing to press forward with the project, which will convert a […]

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Readers agree: Inspection stickers need to go

Rare is the topic that all Itawamba County Times readers agree upon, but the question of whether or not state inspection stickers should stick around seems to garnered a consistent answer: No. Here’s what a few Time readers said about mandatory vehicle inspection stickers. All comments were collected through the Itawamba County Times Facebook page. […]

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Local officials: State inspection stickers should be taken off the road

Local law enforcement officials agree with a recent push from members of the Mississippi Senate to do away with mandatory $5 vehicle inspection stickers. Senate Bill 2519, which would amend the Mississippi Code of 1972 to repeal the Mississippi Motor Vehicle Safety Inspection Law, passed through the 26 member Senate Finance Committee on Thursday. The […]

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Local legislators weigh in on recent session

Legislative bills must report out of committee soon By RANDY BOYD Representative, Dist. 19 The deadline for introduction of general bills was Monday, January 19th. The next deadline is on February 4th to report bills out of committee. If a bill is not reported out, then it is effectively killed. The bills passed out of […]

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Beth Craft, owner and therapist at Fulton Rehab Services, said she’s in the business of helping people’s bodies feel and work better. “Pain brings people here,” she said. “Our goal, always, is to reduce that pain and improve their quality of life.” Craft began working in Fulton in 1996 but didn’t open her own clinic […]

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‘Byproduct of a dream’

* Dr. King’s dream reshaped American life. While being held in a Birmingham jail in 1963 for leading a non-violent protest, American civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. penned the now-famous line, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Dr. Luther Minor, guest speaker at this past weekend’s Itawamba County Martin Luther […]

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Fulton

Department of History to unveil six Fulton markers in April

Six locations in Fulton have been selected to receive historical markers from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. The sites — each of which played some significant part in the area’s history — include Itawamba Community College, Fulton Grammar School, Aeolian Grove, The Cedars (more commonly known as the Gaither House), downtown Fulton and […]

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While downtown Fulton

Fulton to-do list 2015

* Chamber work, infrastructure top list of mayor’s 2015 plans. Starting a chamber of commerce and making some needed improvements to the city’s infrastructure top Fulton Mayor Lynette Weatherford’s 2015 to-do list. On Thursday, the mayor said that forming a chamber, which would promote the city and its businesses through community events, is a priority. City […]

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Money bag

Fulton officials upset by TEPA policy change

A new safety-net policy implemented by TEPA at the beginning of the year has Fulton officials upset. The policy, implemented at the beginning of the year, adopts a tiered deposit structure for industrial and commercial customers of the Tombigbee Electric Power Company. The new policy affects both new and existing customers and is meant to […]

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Itawamba Superintendent calls PARCC withdrawal a ‘move in the right direction’

Itawamba County Superintendent of Education Michael Nanney said the state’s decision on Friday to withdraw from the multiple state consortium formed to create tests that measure how well students master the Common Core State Standards was a good one. “It’s a move in the right direction, as long as we continue to prepare students for […]

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Sixth grade king

* Courtyards resident recalls school days with Elvis. When a Courtyards Assisted Living employee recently passed around a photograph of his grandfather’s sixth grade class — a class which just happened to contain a young Elvis Presley — 81-year-old Laverne Clayton wasn’t impressed. Nor should she be. She’s in it, after all. “That’s me,” she […]

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Letters to the Editor

Reader questions point of beer restrictions

What is the intent of restrictions on beer displays? Dear Editor, This letter is directed toward the city council. Last fall an election was held as to whether or not beer, wine and other alcoholic beverages should be sold in the city. The general public voted to have beer, wine and other alcoholic beverages available […]

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