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Jackson Furniture celebrates its first year in Mantachie

Standing before the crowd of well over 100 people, Lynn Montgomery credited the progress Jackson Furniture’s seen during its Mantachie plant’s inaugural year to the dedication of its employees. “We’ve been successful, and it’s all because of you guys,” the plant manager told the crowd during a short birthday celebration Friday. Small bouquets of balloons […]

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In this file photo, traffic passes the sign pointing the way to Mantachie

Long and winding: Jackson Furniture road still a work-in-progress

Building a dedicated road to Jackson Furniture’s Mantachie plant has proved to be longer and way more winding than the road to getting the plant there in the first place. As part of last year’s expeditious negotiations that brought the Tennesee-based company to Mantachie, Itawamba County officials agreed to create a new road that would […]

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Home Grown: S&W Pharmacy and Gifts

Despite having access to all the best medications money can buy, independent pharmacies are dying. “Nope, there’s not many of us at all,” said Trent Bennett, owner of S&W Pharmacy and Gifts, Itawamba County’s sole locally-owned pharmacy. Whereas most pharmacies are either associated with large retail companies (Walmart, Fred’s or the like) or are dotted […]

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Monster Mash diabetes run turns five

* The annual fundraising race has raised more than $14,000 for juvenile diabetes research. Ten-year-old Dylan Quinn has had Type 1 Diabetes since he was six. Fulton’s Shelby Prestage, sitting next to him, said she’s hoping he’ll see a cure within his lifetime. In the meantime, she’s doing her part to help. When she organized […]

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Massive 234-mile yard sale set for this weekend

• Nearly 20 communities will be participating in the Trash and Treasures Along the Tenn-Tom event this year. Looking for a good deal on something hard to find? How about totally unique? Or maybe just a little frayed around the edges and squeaky in the hinges but still perfectly usable? This weekend is the time […]

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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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