Best of Itawamba 2015 – Winners

In May, readers of The Itawamba County Times voted on their favorite businesses, individuals and organizations in more than 80 different categories. Nearly 600 registered users cast more than 35,000 votes via the online ballot (users were allowed to fill out the ballot once per day),  in addition to the 60-plus paper ballots submitted to The […]

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Most readers say keep the state flag

Itawamba residents seem to be largely in favor of keeping Mississippi’s state flag as is, Confederate iconography and all. Last week, Speaker of the Mississippi House of Representatives Phillip Gunn said, in light of the June 17 shooting deaths of nine black people in Charleston, South Carolina, it was time to “begin having conversations about changing […]

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Election 2015

Candidates seek increased speaking attendance

With fewer than five weeks remaining before the Aug. 4 primary elections, local candidates are making a strong push to get their names and faces in front of Itawamba County voters. Traditionally, stump speakings have played a major part of that process. Candidates and their would-be voters gather together for an afternoon of rallying speech-making […]

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Summer heat makes outdoors risky

When even a brief trip outside is enough to make skin sizzle, it must be smack-dab in the middle of a Mississippi summer. Last week, the National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for counties throughout Northeast Mississippi, with temps in the mid- to high-90s and a heat index north of 100 degrees. It’s more […]

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Question of the Week – July 1

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 week’s question …

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Pick a party

* Voters should be familiar with both political party ballots before the Aug. 4 primary elections. This year’s local primary elections have an uncommon number of contested Republican races: Four. Sure, four races probably doesn’t seem like a huge number. But the Democratic Party has been the dominant political presence in Itawamba County for generations; […]

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Miranda Cipkowski

OPINION: Suffering through the Great Depression

By MIRANDA CIPKOWSKI Special to The Times I simply have not been myself lately. No one else may have taken notice, but I know the difference in the way I’ve been and the way I’m supposed to be. While I usually find the positive in most any situation life sees fit to throw my way, […]

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Fireworks Festival set for Friday

Fulton will host its annual Independence Day Fireworks Festival this Friday night, July 3, beginning at 5 p.m. on the ICC campus, near the soccer fields. The long-running event will feature food vendors, games and rides. People are welcome to come and go and enjoy the festivities as they please. The annual fireworks display will […]

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Shooting suspect back in jail after cyberstalking arrest

A Golden man on bond for allegedly harassing a Fairview family is back in jail after being arrested for sending threatening messages to an individual. Authorities with the Itawamba County Sheriff’s Department arrested Larry Rickey Mink, 58, of 8270 Fairview Banner Road, on June 19 and charged him with cyberstalking. He is accused of sending […]

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Scotty Nichols

Where athletics and video games collide

Since the mid- to late-70s, video games have been very popular with people – especially young people. For years, it was a myth that kids who played video games weren’t the same kids who dominated the athletic fields. Parents didn’t want their kids to sit on the couch and play video games but, rather, wanted […]

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Indians top Tupelo and Shannon, fall to Saltillo

SALTILLO – The IAHS Indians kicked off pool play in region four of the annual NEMCABB tournament on a positive note last Thursday, as they knocked off division 1-4A rival Shannon, 6-5. The Indians sputtered against 5A Saltillo in the Thursday nightcap, however, and could find no offense as they fell to the host Tigers […]

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Mustangs drop two in NEMCABB pool play, enter tourney as 3-seed

MOOREVILLE – The Mantachie Mustangs didn’t come up exactly where they wanted to after pool play in the NEMCABB regional tournament last Thursday. The Mustangs were in a pool of only three teams, rather than four, after Smithville dropped out. The pool included Mantachie, Hatley and host team Mooreville. Mooreville opened up the day with […]

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Sports Throwback: Mustangs win two in NEMCABB tourney

By LEE ADAMS Sports Writer MANTACHIE – The Mantachie Mustangs hosted one of the NEMCABB Tournament pools last week and took on the Saltillo Tigers in their first game. Jake Layman was on the hill for the Mustangs and, despite walking and hitting a batter, he got out of the first inning without giving up […]

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‘They had everything’

  * Local phone scam victim warns others to be careful when giving out personal information. On May 29, Dorothy Shumpert of Dorsey received a call from a woman claiming she was with the Department of Social Security. This was a lie. The woman was polite, affable. She told Shumpert, 73, that her office had […]

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