Get the word out

* Upcoming event aims to promote reading among children. Keeping young minds active during the summer months is more important to their educations than most people realize. Apparently, there’s a thing called the “summer slide.” That’s when school-aged kids, suddenly released from the rigors of the classroom, cease reading for the summer months. By the […]

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Mantachie gets first self-serve natural gas pump in N.E. Miss.

* The pump, which will provide fuel for natural gas powered vehicles, will be one of only three statewide. “This is why this works,” said Mike Horton, manager of North Mississippi Natural Gas in Mantachie, pointing to his computer monitor. On-screen was a map. A thick blue line traced the route between Memphis and Birmingham, […]

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Hatley stuns Lady Mustangs in extra innings

HATLEY – Mantachie out-fielded, out-pitched and out-hit Hatley last Thursday, but still came up short. The Lady Tigers won on a walkoff sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth when Ashton Wright drove in Courtney Roberts for the 6-5 victory. While they dominated large portions of the contest, the Lady Mustangs stranded 12 baserunners […]

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Improving Eagles fall to Pine Grove, 5-1

TREMONT – After a tough season in 2013, Coach Shane Nichols has his Tremont Eagles playing at a much higher level in 2014. That improvement that saw the Eagles recently defeat Wheeler and Biggersville was put on hold last Tuesday as the squad dropped a 5-1 contest to Pine Grove. Panther starter Britt Lindley pitched […]

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County archery teams claim North Half titles

COFFEEVILLE – Itawamba County was well represented last Tuesday and Wednesday as three of the area’s teams won titles at the North Half Archery Qualifier held at the Yalobusha Event Center in Coffeeville. Mantachie took first in 2A with a score of 3210, while Tremont and Fairview took the 1A and junior high titles respectively. […]

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IAHS makes noise at state powerlifting meet

JACKSON – IAHS may not have won a team title last Saturday at the state powerlifting meets in Jackson, but several Lady Indians and Indians made their presence known. Sophomore Qualeah Ezell placed first in the Class II 148 lb. weight class, blowing away the competition with a total lift of 760 lbs.  Ezell squatted […]

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Odds and ends from this week in sports

Every day there are interesting, inspirational, weird or sometimes bizarre stories that crop up in the world of sports. Some will make you cry, while others will make you laugh  or shake your head in disbelief or horror. Each week I will handpick five such stories and feature them in this column. Lady Mustangs learning […]

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Sports News and Scores

No. 15 Lady Indians pick up first-ever road sweep of Northwest SENATOBIA – The No. 15 ICC softball team took a big step in defending their back-to-back MACJC North Division championships with the program’s first-ever sweep of Northwest Mississippi Community College at Ranger Field on Wednesday. The Lady Indians (21-10, 13-3 MACJC North) completed the […]

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No more ‘Cleos’: Raising awareness for child abuse

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first story in a multi-part series about child abuse. The second story will be published in the April 9 edition of The Itawamba County Times. When she was three years old, Cleo’s stepfather had sex with her. Allegedly, this and similar abuse occurred repeatedly and continually for years until, after […]

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Home Grown: Lily’s Cafe

Even before stepping through the front doors, the atmosphere around Lily’s Cafe is unlike any other restaurant in Itawamba County. The shuffling, swingy style of New Orleans jazz greets guests, piping through speakers above the entrance and bouncing off the buildings in downtown Fulton, turning the entire square into a dance hall. Or, if it’s […]

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About 300 sign up before ACA deadline

Nondescript music piped from the speaker of Joyce Johnson’s office phone, occasionally broken by the recording that promised the call was important and to please stay on the line. Wearing a patient smile, Johnson, one of Mantachie Rural Health Care clinic’s two federally-funded Affordable Care Act enrollment counselors, shook her head. “We’re playing the waiting […]

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New law gives sheriff $20K raise

* Mississippi sheriffs, including Itawamba’s Chris Dickinson, will be getting bigger paychecks starting in July. Itawamba County’s sheriff is getting a pay raise, thanks to a recently-passed state law. In late March, Gov. Phil Bryant — a former deputy sheriff himself — signed Mississippi House Bill 1409 into law. The bill — now law — […]

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Walmart pilot store rumored for Mantachie

* Officials say Walmart is eyeing the town for one of its small-form express stores. Walmart is rumored to be eying Mantachie to open one of its 300 or so pilot small-form Walmart Express stores. Although still unofficial, town officials say the town has been talking with engineers about constructing a convenience store on property […]

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Mustangs drop eight-inning struggle to Hatley

MANTACHIE – Errors put Mantachie in a hole at home against Hatley last Thursday, but timely hitting almost dug them out of it. After falling behind due to fielding mistakes in the first inning, the Mustangs found themselves playing catch up the majority of the contest. Hatley led 6-3 with one-out in the seventh inning […]

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