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Man presumed drowned in waterway

  A young man has presumably drowned in the Tenn-Tom Waterway, according to Itawamba County law enforcement officials. Itawamba County Sheriff Chris Dickinson reported that 18-year-old Austin Reynolds of Saltillo disappeared in the Tenn-Tom Waterway just after 5 p.m. Wednesday near the Beans Ferry boat ramp. Eyewitnesses say the presumed victim went under the water but […]

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Fulton board room

‘The future of the chamber is uncertain …’

* Decision to continue funding tabled by city board Cracks in its foundational relationship with the Fulton board of aldermen may be crumbling the city’s chamber of commerce less than a year after it was built. Although not yet official, the chamber board seems poised to dissolve, or at least drastically change, after a tense standoff […]

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A local bluegrass group performs at the 2015 Pickin

Pickin’ in the Park silenced over chamber dispute, sound issues

Downtown Fulton’s summertime gospel and bluegrass singalong, Pickin’ in the Park, seems to be the first casualty of the falling out between Fulton city and chamber of commerce leaders. On Wednesday, an announcement on the Facebook page for the popular program which brought people from across and beyond Itawamba County to Playgarden Park for singing […]

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Oversight of Mississippian passes to newly-created railroad authority

Itawamba supervisors have voted into existence an entity that will oversee the Mississippian Railway. Last week, the board of supervisors created via unanimous vote the Itawamba County Railroad Authority, a five-member board that will oversee the operations of the county’s 25-mile short-line railway, which runs between Fulton and Amory. This move will likely pave the […]

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Fireworks explode over Fulton this Friday

Fulton’s ready to celebrate Independence Day … that is the historical event that marked the cessation of the United States from Great Britain, not the 1996 blockbuster featuring Jeff Goldbum and other aliens. The city’s annual celebration of all things American (good food, good company, and fireworks), the Fulton Fireworks Festival, is set for this […]

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Letters to the Editor

Reader: ‘Efforts of chamber should not be dismissed’

Efforts of chamber should not be dismissed Dear editor, Before purchasing a home in Fulton, I carefully combed the residential market over the past three or four years in hopes of finding the right one. Upon each visit, I was awed and inspired by the progress Fulton and its citizens were making to rejuvenate this […]

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Circuit court wraps up busy June session

Itawamba County Circuit Court recently wrapped up its busy June session. Over the course of two weeks, 26 people were sentenced or had their charges retired. The following represents the final half of those sentences. The first half was published in the June 22 edition of “The Itawamba County Times” and online at TIMOTHY […]

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Itawamba County Courthouse

County, city approve $17-million in tax exemptions

Fulton and Itawamba County officials have granted local businesses tax exemptions valued at more than $17 million. Exemptions recently approved by the Board of Supervisors and Fulton Board of Aldermen include an $8.15 million exemption for Mueller Copper Tube for machinery and equipment; $5.8 million to Max Home for raw materials, machinery and equipment; and […]

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In this file photo from 2012, Ronnie Thompson of Fulton browses a selection of mystery novels from among the Itawamba County Pratt Memorial Library’s fiction collection. (File photo by Adam Armour)

Budget cuts hurt local library

Itawamba’s library will acquire fewer books, movies and other materials this year due to reduced funding from the state. The Itawamba County Pratt Memorial Library will lose more than $7,700 this year due to statewide cuts to library funding. The cuts trickle down from the Mississippi Legislature’s recent passing of House Bill 1645, which reduces […]

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Full of promise: Six-year-old raises money for Le Bonheur

Six-year-old Jason Goins has a clear plastic jar that’s totally empty. He couldn’t be prouder of that. It’s the kind of jar with a latch on the lid, usually found on a kitchen counter packed with dry macaroni or some other type of uncooked pasta. Goins’ jar was, until a week ago, packed with money […]

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Circuit court closes June session with 26 sentences issued

Itawamba County Circuit Court recently wrapped up its busy June session. Over the course of two weeks, 26 people were sentenced. The following represents the first half of those sentences. The remaining half will be published in the June 29 edition of “The Itawamba County Times” and online at ROBERT EARL ASHBY, 213 Kennedy […]

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Adam Mug 2015

Gun control arguments have gotten un-bear-able

This is another totally true story. I’m a journalist; you should never question what I tell you: The other day, I was on the terrace of my palace on the moon with a friend of mine who’s a magical talking bear, when the conversation turned to the ongoing gun control debate. It started innocently enough. […]

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Question of the Week – June 22

Each week, The Itawamba County Times features a new question for its readers. Voting each week starts on Tuesday and ends at noon the following Monday. Results are available online and in The Itawamba County Times. Take a second to share your opinion on the events, decisions and other happenings that affect your county. This […]

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MDOT: Mantachie Creek bridge repairs, road closure were necessary

Repairs to Mantachie Creek Bridge have necessitated a five-month closure of more than a mile of Highway 178, redirecting traffic through the area. It’s the kind of project that tends to lead to a lot of grumbling as drivers reroute their daily commutes and businesses near or within the closure brace for drops in business, […]

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