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Fulton voters decide on beer, liquor next Tuesday

Next week, Fulton voters will decide whether or not to legalize the sale of alcohol within city limits. On Tuesday, polls will open for a special election to determine two separate issues: Whether or not to allow the sale of beer and light wines of relatively low alcoholic content, and the same for liquors of […]

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OUR OPINION: It’s your privilege and duty to vote on Oct. 28

Attention has been focused the past few weeks on the upcoming election to determine if Fulton will legalize the sale of alcohol. Residents turn out in big numbers for city and county elections, but sometimes stay home when the ballot only includes one or two items. Your vote is important in every single election that […]

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Mantachie Board shoots down bond refinancing

Mantachie aldermen have decided against refinancing the town’s bonds. Last week, E.J. Gregory with Memphis-based investment bankers Duncan-Williams Inc. returned to the board prepared to push forward with refinancing the town’s three outstanding bonds, worth $1.23 million. He said if the board were to vote on the issue that night, he would start the refinancing […]

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Itawamba school rankings stable thanks to waiver

Itawamba County schools maintained the same statewide letter-grade rankings as last year, but only because the district took advantage of the waiver that allowed them to do so. The Mississippi Department of Education released letter-grade rankings this morning for the state’s schools and districts. They are based on student performance on state tests taken last […]

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Mantachie e-cig ban seems likely

* The board is expected to vote on whether or not to limit public use of electronic smoking devices in November. E-smoke ‘em if you got ‘em, because Mantachie is very likely to become one an increasing number of municipalities in Northeast Mississippi to yank the batteries out of the public e-cigarette use. Last week, […]

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Spriritual faith, family support & a bit of gumption

About a year before being diagnosed with breast cancer, J.C. Poole noticed a knot on the outer edge of his right arm pit. It didn’t hurt, but it was definitely there. “It wasn’t that big,” the 80-year-old Fulton resident said of the knot, which he discovered in 2000. He held up his thumb, then pinched […]

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BlueFire Renewables: A small company with big ambitions

Mitchell Stanley, president of Washington-based non-profit group the National Center for Sustainable Development, called BlueFire Renewables a small company with big ambitions. “They’re like babes in the woods, here in Washington: They’re stumbling around, they don’t know what to do,” Stanley said of the California-based company, which has been struggling to finance a $350-$400 million […]

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Fulton police chief requests stronger regulations for pool halls

* Police Chief Reggie Johnson said owners of pool halls and other recreation centers need to be held accountable for criminal activity in and around their businesses. After recently adopting stronger regulations for yard sales and junk cars, Fulton officials are turning their eyes to the city’s sometimes problematic recreation businesses. During the regular meeting […]

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Retired teacher named IAHS Alumna of the Year

* San McLeod said her time under the tutelage of the Fulton high school’s teachers inspired her to become an educator. Retired Itawamba Agricultural High School English teacher San McLeod refers to the dozens of former students who huddled under her wing as her “chickens.” This, she promised, is a term of endearment. “I did […]

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Board give OK to seek Gaither House bids

Fulton officials have given the thumbs up to begin the bid-seeking process for interior renovation work on the Gaither House. According to Judge Sharion Aycock, head of the Gaither House Committee, her group has just under $30,000 set aside for restoring the interior of the Civil War era dog-trot house to its original look. Most […]

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Tricks and treats: Downtown Fulton Halloween event returns

Werewolves? Check. Vampires? Check. Multiple versions of all four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Check. Looks like the gang’s all here. It’s just about time for downtown Fulton’s annual Trick or Treat on the Square. Rained out last year, the massive event, which attracts thousands of children and adults from all across the county to the […]

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Miranda Cipkowski

OPINION: Brush with the past sends me ‘back to the future’

By MIRANDA CIPKOWSKI Special to The Times “After all this time, that’s all I get? Really? You’ve got to be kidding me.” My interior monologue was rambling non-stop. For once, my teenage daughter, Nora, chose not to recoil in feigned embarrassment as I clutched her hand for dear life in the midst of total strangers. […]

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Mantachie resident selected as ICC Alumnus of th Year

Dr. Amanda Pitts Summers of Mantachie will be honored as Itawamba Community College’s 2014 Alumnus of the Year, Oct. 25, during homecoming activities at the Fulton Campus. Special presentations will be made at 1:15 p.m. in the lobby of the David C. Cole Student Services building and at 3:05 p.m. during a pre-game ceremony at […]

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BlueFire receives backing from Chinese energy company

* The U.S. energy company has partnered with China Three Gorges Corporation for financial leveraging of its long-gestating Fulton ethanol plant. Fulton’s planned ethanol plant just received backing from China’s largest energy company. On Wednesday, BlueFire Renewables Inc. announced that it has signed a Master Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract for its planned cellulosic […]

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