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Scotty Nichols

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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Miranda Cipkowski

Details, diets, and Denise

By MIRANDA CIPKOWSKI Special to The Times I threw the car door open and struggled to make my way into my classroom without breaking a hip. I felt myself slowly losing balance, so I ungracefully collapsed into my dependable rolling chair. There, sprawled on my desk, lay my purse, my cell phone, the latest book […]

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OPINION: Rules are made to be followed, unless you can’t count

Even at a glance, I could tell the woman in line ahead of me had way more than the 20 items permitted in the express lane. It looked as if she’d done a year’s worth of shopping that day, her buggy bulging at the sides from being packed with so many items. The groceries crested […]

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Miranda Cipkowski

A fever, runaway baby and turkey leg

I studied my husband carefully as my mind wandered from the clipboard in my lap. As I tried to fill out a stack of paperwork so thick it might rival the FBI, I caught a glimpse of the guy I married from the corner of my eye. His sizeable frame hung from one of the […]

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Miranda Cipkowski

The Good, the Bad and the Disney

By MIRANDA CIPKOWSKI Guest columnist “Castle, Castle!” Eb shouted as he pointed his chubby finger skyward. I tried to follow his lead, but I was still trying to rouse myself from a sleep induced by a long car ride. As my tired eyes focused, I was able to finally catch a glimpse of the source […]

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