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House tackles budget issues

Ways and Means committee enumerates bills addressed By RANDY BOYD Representative, Dist. 19 We are at the midpoint of this session. Work continues to go smoothly this year. It seems there is much less disagreement on issues than in previous years. This is not to say everyone is pleased with the outcomes in all situations. […]

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Three Dorsey volunteer firefighters charged with arson

Three volunteer firefighters have been charged with starting a fire in a Dorsey area home. Wednesday morning, officials with the Itawamba County Sheriff’s Department charged Dennis Howery, 19, of Mantachie, Tristen Loague, 19, of Fulton, and Collin Jones, 20, of Mantachie, with arson. All three suspects are volunteers with the Dorsey-Friendship Fire Department. The suspects are accused […]

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Mustang to Lion

* High school senior Alexandria Jones is the first Mantachie student to earn a spot in the prestigious Mississippi Lions All-Star Band. “Being in band is the best thing I’ve ever done,”said Mantachie senior Alexandria Jones. She adjusted the position of the bass clarinet — a large woodwind instrument that resembles an disproportioned, backwards-facing S […]

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What they Do

What they do; what they earn 2015 – Part 4

• EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the fourth of several weekly installments about the duties and salaries of Itawamba County’s elected officials. Constable Constables are charged with the task of helping keep and preserve the peace within their county. They do this through various means, such as executing criminal laws, giving information about unlawful gatherings or […]

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Chinese bank renews intent to finance local BlueFire plant

The Export-Import Bank of China have renewed their financial support of Fulton’s long-gestating ethanol plant project. Last week, California-based energy company BlueFire Renewables announced that China EXIM Bank had renewed its letter of intent to provide the company with upwards of $270 million in debt financing for its Fulton ethanol plant project. The bank provided […]

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Grab your golden ticket: Wonka opens this weekend

Grab your golden ticket and get ready to head into a world of pure imagination, because the Itawamba Players’ production of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” opens this weekend. Adapted from the classic 1971 musical film of the same name, the production — officially titled, “Willy Wonka Jr.” — will feature a cast of […]

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Fulton woman dies in one-car accident

Daily Journal A Fulton woman is dead after a one-vehicle crash. Officials from Mississippi Highway Patrol say that Brenda Christian, 51, of Fulton, was traveling westbound on MS 178 near Peppertown on Monday morning when she left the roadway in a 2000 Chevrolet car and collided with several trees. Christian died on the scene from […]

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No major injuries reported in Fulton wreck

No major injuries have been reported in a two car accident in Fulton, Friday morning. The accident occurred at the intersection of South Adams Street and Access Road at approximately 9:30 a.m. While the exact cause of the accident is still under investigation, police say a silver colored sedan traveling on South Adams appears to […]

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Two suspects charged in string of summer burglaries

Local law enforcement officials have charged two people in connection with a series of thefts during the summer of last year. James Ray Dew, 25, of 7292 County Road 630, Shubuta, was charged on Jan. 27 with two counts of burglary of a commercial building and two counts of grand larceny for his alleged participation […]

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MHP identifies deceased log truck driver

Investigators with the Mississippi Highway Patrol have identified the truck driver in Tuesday’s fatal log truck accident as William Ronald Cantrell, 50, of Golden. Troopers responded to the accident on Highway 178, east of Tremont near the Alabama state line, at approximately 2 p.m. Investigators believe Cantrell was westbound when he apparently ran off the […]

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The new U

Tabitha Pitts has been in television nearly all of her life, both on and off camera. “I literally grew up in the TV studio,” the new COO of Unity Broadcasting Network said. Her father, Bro. Lealon Owens, founded the broadcasting company in 1987 when he purchased his first local television studio in Booneville and began […]

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Snow go?

* Mantachie board questions town’s guidelines on small, portable businesses. Mantachie aldermen are concerned that the opening of a small snow cone shop could have bigger consequences. During their regular meeting last week, Mantachie aldermen discussed the possible opening of a snow cone stand on Industrial Park Road near the town’s ballfields. The shop, the […]

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What they Do

What they do; what they earn 2015 – Part 3

• EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the third of several weekly installments about the duties and salaries of Itawamba County’s elected officials. Coroner The coroner, or county medical examiner, takes responsibility for examining the deceased bodies of persons who have died within the county under suspicious circumstances. The county coroner’s job starts when a dead body […]

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