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Alabama’s Jiggy Piggy hogs BBQ grand championship prize

Ben Wilson of Memphis’ Q-Bones BBQ leaned over twin foil pans, each loaded with around a dozen chicken breasts. To the untrained eye, each piece of meat looked similar to its neighbors, colored a fiery caramel brown and sweating from sauce and heat. Wilson, however, could spot the subtle differences that meant everything to the […]

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Mantachie officials discuss potential for new property tax

* Aldermen agree a tax hike is coming, but disagree on when. Official discussions have begun for what Mantachie leaders agree is an inevitable property tax for the town. During last week’s regular meeting of the town board, Alderman-at-Large Dan Moore, Jr. raised the question of whether or not town residents should be paying property […]

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Fulton woman charged with participation in credit card scam

Fulton police have charged a 64-year-old woman for allegedly participating in an online credit card scam. On Aug. 13, police arrested Shelia Warren of 195 Buzby Drive, Fulton, and charged her with 14 counts of felony credit card fraud. Warren is accused of using a stolen credit card to withdraw approximately $8,000 from a local […]

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Tremont board appoints two new members

The Tremont Board of Aldermen has appointed two new members after one alderman resigned and a second was vacated by the board. Last Wednesday, remaining members of the board — Nathan Garrison, Barry Todd and Chris Wigginton — voted to appoint Holly Ford and Bobby Canup to the town board. Ford and Canup replace Melanie […]

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Mantachie aldermen consider bond refinancing

* Refinancing the town’s loans could save the city upwards of $390,000. Mantachie aldermen are considering refinancing the town’s bonds, a move that could potentially save hundreds of thousands of dollars. Last week, the board was visited by E.J. Gregory, an attorney with Memphis-based investment bankers, Duncan-Williams Inc. Gregory was invited to speak to the […]

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Girl Scouts looking for new members, leaders

* The area Girl Scouts program is hosting a recruitment drive this Saturday in hopes of bolstering its numbers. There’s a lot more to Girl Scouts than cookie sales, and there’s a lot more to being a Girl Scouts leader than just babysitting a troop. Gwen Davis, Itawamba County’s new Girl Scouts service unit manager, […]

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“Bless Her Heart 5k for AK” to benefit Tremont child

By Scotty Nichols Sports Writer Brandon and Charlotte Leathers, of Tremont, are hosing a charity 5K run to benefit their sick daughter, Azie Kate, who is suffering from a rare heart condition. The “Bless Her Heart: 5k for AK” will be held on Saturday, Sept. 20, in downtown Fulton. The run will start at 8 […]

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Public hearing will determine the fate of Mantachie water rate

  * The Aug. 19 meeting is being hosted by the Public Service Commission. Customers on the Mantachie water system who live outside the town will be given a chance to voice their opinions on a proposed $4 rate increase during a special public hearing set for next week. Last week, Public Service Commissioner Brandon […]

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BBQ championship, downtown festival set for this weekend

Put away that salad; don’t bother ordering that pizza; go ahead and leave the fast food drive-thru. This weekend belongs to barbecue. Friday and Saturday, the annual Kansas City Barbeque Society-sanctioned Stand By Your Grill BBQ Championship returns to Itawamba County. More than 60 professional cooking teams from across the Southern U.S. are expected to […]

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Mantachie’s agriculture teacher named the best in state

Mantachie agriculture teacher Joe Rogers said the rewards of teaching aren’t always immediate. “A lot of times when you’re teaching a student, you don’t see what they’re taking away from your class beyond a grade,” he said. But Rogers knows an agriculture teacher has plenty of opportunities to see the fruits of his labor. All […]

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Itawamba jobless rate increases to 8.8 percent in June

While Mississippi may have hit the bottom of the nation’s jobless rankings, Itawamba County is actually moving up statewide ranks, despite an increase in unemployment from May to June. Itawamba County’s unemployment rate increased to 8.8 percent from May, according to statewide employment information recently released by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES). This […]

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Voters protest proposed precinct change

Talk of moving the location of Fulton’s Ward 1 voting precinct was quickly stifled by residents of that area, Tuesday night. Roughly a dozen residents of Ward 1 attended last week’s regular meeting of the Fulton Board of Aldermen to protest the proposed relocation of their voting precinct. The board was also presented with a […]

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Annual water rate increases a possibility for Fulton

* Local leaders are discussing the possibility of implementing small annual increases to customers’ water rates to help offset increasing expenses. Fulton’s water rate may be increasing in the near future, and again in the near future after that. During last Tuesday’s regular meeting, the Fulton Board of Aldermen discussed the possibility of adopting annual, […]

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Local students participate in DECA International conference

By SANDY PRESTAGE Courtesy Two local DECA members recently attended the 2014 DECA International Career Development Conference in Atlanta. Itawamba Agricultural High School DECA members Sam Murphree and Oxford Ositis attended the annual meeting in May. They joined more than 16,000 other high school students, advisers, businesspersons and alumni from countries around the world. Their […]

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