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OPINION: I’d rather have no information than bad information

Few things rumple my Underoos like unfettered gossip and rampant speculation, especially when it’s my peers whispering through holes in the fence posts. If I’m being completely honest with myself, I’m probably as guilty of occasionally jumping the gun on a story as anyone else. Glorious though it is that we’re able to spread information […]

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Miranda Cipkowski

The daddy, daughter dance

By MIRANDA CIPKOWSKI Special to The Times The first guy I ever loved was tall and handsome with deep green eyes. When I waltzed into a room, I could see those eyes light up a bit. He worked extremely hard at a series of jobs never necessarily enjoyed in order to provide. He made me […]

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Miranda Cipkowski

True love is the stuff of fairy tales

By MIRANDA CIPKOWSKI Special to The Times The other night, just as my head was about to hit the pillow, I heard a sound I’ve always dreaded: The soft, aching sobs of a teenage girl in my own house. I glanced casually over my left shoulder at my husband, Danny. He was sleeping soundly, which […]

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Ending credits for the story of a great man

Last week was a sad one. On Tuesday, the credits rolled on the life of Bill Towery, a friend and the man who gave me my very first job: Pumping liquid butter atop mounds of golden popcorn. I was three days shy of my 16th birthday when Bill Towery told me I had a job […]

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Salutations and sports tidbits

By SCOTTY NICHOLS Sports Writer You might notice a bit of a change in the sports section during the coming weeks, but hopefully it will not be due to unfamiliarity. I am Scotty Nichols, and I have contributed to the Itawamba County Times as a stringer for the past seven years. I am extremely happy to […]

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Being ahead of the curve in medical maladies

“You need to go to the doctor and see what that thing is,” Mandy told me on my third or fourth day of wearing a red, itchy bump on my face. It was parked in that little diagonal line of empty space between the philtrum and the upper corner of my lip, in just the […]

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Miranda Cipkowski

Random acts of kindness might not be so random

  I drove to the end of the parking lot and impatiently waited my turn at the stop sign. On the grassy shoulder stood a man with a cardboard sign that read, “Can you spare any $$$$?” I averted my eyes from the clearly downtrodden stranger. My nine year old daughter gazed with great empathy […]

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Miranda Cipkowski

EDITORIAL: To thine own self be true

  By MIRANDA CIPKOWSKI Special to The Times The other day, I was walking into a parking lot from running a simple errand when I ran into an acquaintance. During the course of our conversation, (I don’t think it can even be called that) this woman made what I considered to be an inappropriate comment […]

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Advice for graduates: Follow your dreams (unless they’re terrible)

Last weekend, I attended all three Itawamba County high school graduation ceremonies. It’s kind of an annual tradition for me at this point. As I listened to my fourth or fifth “we did it” speech, I got to thinking about what words of wisdom I’d offer this year’s batch of graduates. I jotted down a […]

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Miranda Cipkowski

Memories of and in the Big Apple

  By MIRANDA CIPKOWSKI Special to The Times If there is one thing I’d like people to know about my mother, it would be that she was worldly, or, at least, she longed to be. My sweet mama passed on so many wonderful ideals to me in our short time together. As a child, I […]

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From the Editor: Itawamba Together

On Monday afternoon, April 28, information was coming in furiously that we were in for a major weather event. And event it was – one that wreaked havoc in the northwestern part of our county. The EF-3 tornado left a path of destruction from between Centerville and Ratliff to north of Ozark. Its violence destroyed […]

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Our house of great dispute

To me, our little single-story house has a lot going for it. It’s got character, as they say. Personality. It’s definitely getting on in years. The house is old enough to be my father … possibly my grandfather if it were particularly promiscuous in its high school days. At 1,400 square feet, it’s large by […]

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Miranda Cipkowski

For the love of hot rods!

There comes a time when, yearning for change, a person must acknowledge and accept that life has become unmanageable in its current state. My rock bottom came about two nights ago. I rolled out of bed half asleep, regretting all that water I drank at the gym. On my third step, in a trip that […]

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Noisy neighbors and the end of the world

Saturday; 3 A.M.; the Armour living room: I was pretty sure the end of days had arrived. Put on your clean underwear: The Four Horsemen were on their way. As I stirred from where I had fallen asleep on the couch, I could hear their thunderous footsteps growing louder, a slow crescendo into the kind […]

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