Two suspects charged in string of summer burglaries

Local law enforcement officials have charged two people in connection with a series of thefts during the summer of last year. James Ray Dew, 25, of 7292 County Road 630, Shubuta, was charged on Jan. 27 with two counts of burglary of a commercial building and two counts of grand larceny for his alleged participation […]

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MHP identifies deceased log truck driver

Investigators with the Mississippi Highway Patrol have identified the truck driver in Tuesday’s fatal log truck accident as William Ronald Cantrell, 50, of Golden. Troopers responded to the accident on Highway 178, east of Tremont near the Alabama state line, at approximately 2 p.m. Investigators believe Cantrell was westbound when he apparently ran off the […]

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The new U

Tabitha Pitts has been in television nearly all of her life, both on and off camera. “I literally grew up in the TV studio,” the new COO of Unity Broadcasting Network said. Her father, Bro. Lealon Owens, founded the broadcasting company in 1987 when he purchased his first local television studio in Booneville and began […]

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Snow go?

* Mantachie board questions town’s guidelines on small, portable businesses. Mantachie aldermen are concerned that the opening of a small snow cone shop could have bigger consequences. During their regular meeting last week, Mantachie aldermen discussed the possible opening of a snow cone stand on Industrial Park Road near the town’s ballfields. The shop, the […]

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What they do; what they earn 2015 – Part 3

• EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the third of several weekly installments about the duties and salaries of Itawamba County’s elected officials. Coroner The coroner, or county medical examiner, takes responsibility for examining the deceased bodies of persons who have died within the county under suspicious circumstances. The county coroner’s job starts when a dead body […]

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Downtown building donated to Fulton nonprofit group

* The group plans to renovate the exterior of the building. After an unexpected turn of events, local nonprofit group The Fulton Community Volunteers have become landlords. The group now owns the building located at 206 West Main Street in downtown Fulton. Its current tenants, Doug and Nicole Catt, owners of Home Decorating, will continue […]

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State auditor: ‘We are taking appropriate action to recover the remaining funds’

State Auditor Stacey Pickering was in Itawamba County Tuesday morning to announce his office had recovered nearly $198,000 of the $503,000 in funds misappropriated by Itawamba County Chancery Clerk Jim Witt. As reported by “The Itawamba County Times” in January, the money was paid by Witt’s bonding company, Western Surety, in early February. Pickering appeared […]

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One dead in log truck accident

An afternoon log truck accident near the Alabama state line in Itawamba County has resulted in one death. Officials with the Itawamba County Sheriff’s Department and Mississippi Department of Transportation say a log truck overturned on Highway 178 near State Line Road at approximately 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. After flipping, the truck reportedly caught on […]

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Golden man charged in commercial building break in

Investigators with the Itawamba County Sheriff’s Department have arrested a Golden man for breaking into a commercial building. J.C. Sonny Johnson, 45, of 525 Stateline Road, Golden, was arrested on Feb. 10 and charged with burglary of a commercial building near his home. According to investigators, security cameras at the location took digital photographs of […]

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Suspect charged with short string of thefts

Local law enforcement officials have charged a suspect in connection with a series of thefts during the summer of last year. According to Mike Newlin, investigator with the Itawamba County Sheriff’s Department, the suspect is currently being held in Wayne County for related charges in that area. Because more arrests are expected in relation to […]

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Couple charged with string of Itawamba burglaries

A couple charged with committing burglaries in Lee County have now been charged in Itawamba County as well. Officials with the Itawamba County Sheriff’s Department have charged Samuel Garcia Jr., 39, of Okolona and Courtney Beth Wells, 35, of New Albany with three counts burglary of a dwelling and two counts burglary of a commercial […]

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Fifteen sentenced during February court session

Fifteen people were sentenced during Itawamba County Circuit Court’s February session. Those sentenced included the following individuals: HENRY F. ASHBY, 213 Kennedy Street, Fulton, entered a guilty plea to possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, distribute or manufacture. He was sentenced by Judge Thomas J. Gardner III to eight years. He was […]

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What they do; what they earn 2015 – Part 2

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second of several weekly installments about the duties and salaries of Itawamba County’s elected officials. Superintendent of Education Duties: According to the Mississippi State Code, the duties of the superintendent of education revolve around the administration of the schools within his or her district and the implementation of the decisions […]

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School district rolls out 16 new buses

* The buses were purchased as part of a 10-year, $1.24 million lease/purchase agreement. Sixteen new school buses are rolling down Itawamba County’s roads this week. The buses were purchased late last year under a 10-year lease purchase agreement. The local school district is paying for the buses in annual installments of around $160,000, for […]

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