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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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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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MHP investigating fatal wreck

The Mississippi Highway Patrol is still investigating a Friday afternoon crash in Itawamba County that claimed the life of a Florida woman.  Troopers responded to US 78, approximately one mile west of MS 25, at 5:20pm, Friday, October 10th. Upon arriving it appeared Janay B Douglas, 22, of Lake Panasoffkee, Fla., was traveling west on US […]

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OSHA cites, fines Graham Lumber for April death

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration has cited Graham Lumber Co. for one willful and one serious safety violation following the death of a worker at the plant in April. The federal agency also has proposed a fine of more than $75,000. The 21-year-old man died from injuries at the lumber mill on April 17. […]

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‘Going wet’: Police chief talks Fulton’s upcoming beer vote

On Oct. 28, Fulton voters will decide whether or not to legalize the sale of alcoholic beverages within the city. One of the local agencies most likely to have to deal with the potential negative consequences of a successful ‘yes’ vote is the Fulton Police Department. Last week, The Times sat down with Fulton Police […]

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Traffic detectors installed to improve traffic flow through Fulton

* The detectors have been installed at several busy intersections, including the “T” where South Adams meets Main Street. Traffic flow through several areas of Fulton should see some improvement in the coming weeks with the implementation of detection systems at several busy traffic lights. Last week, workers with the Mississippi Department of Transportation installed […]

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Culinary arts

* Kitchen could provide Fulton Grammar School with fundraising foods Envision the two large classrooms just beyond the front entrance of the Fulton Grammar School filled not with desks, but with tables. Seated at each are a handful of people chatting over plates of food freshly prepared right down the hallway. As they eat, these diners […]

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County officials determined to press forward with furniture plant road

The Itawamba County Board of Supervisors is determined to make good on their agreement to build a dedicated road for the Jackson Furniture plant in Mantachie, no matter what. On Monday, the board decided to press forward with the project, which has taken more than a year to get off the ground. Since promising the […]

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