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Itawamba County Baseball/Softball Playoff Schedule

        Softball:   Thursday 04/24   Mantachie vs. Leland 4 p.m. IAHS vs. Gentry 2:30 p.m. (DH)   Friday 04/25   Mantachie @ Leland 4:30 (DH, if necessary) IAHS @ Gentry (If necessary)   Baseball:   Thursday 04/24   Mantachie @ Potts Camp 5 p.m. IAHS @ Yazoo County 6 p.m.   […]

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Building the best balsa bridge

* Mantachie High School team takes home first place in statewide bridge building contest. These days, Mantachie students Greg Cooper, Ethan Cockrell and Trenton Wigginton know there are two sides to every bridge. Truthfully, they probably knew that before. But since entering and winning their division of the Mississippi Department of Transportation’s annual bridge building […]

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Sizing up soil: Local teams to compete in national land judging competiton

“Land judging is a ridiculously hard competition,” said Marie Rogers, agent for Itawamba County’s 4-H Club. It was an almost unnecessary statement. To anyone unfamiliar with the intricacies of trying to determine how best to utilize a plot of land by feeling the texture of the soil, measuring its depth and whatnot, land judging might […]

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Superior sounds: New directors lead Itawamba bands to critical acclaim

This has been a year of firsts for Itawamba high school bands. At the beginning of the year both Mantachie High School and Itawamba Agricultural High School faced the challenge of incorporating new directors into their programs … a tall order, as any former band kid will attest. The bond between director and band can […]

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No more ‘Cleos’: Ending the shame

Editor’s note: This is the third and final part in a series of stories about ‘Cleo,’ a young girl who was sexually abused during her early childhood. The previous stories were published in the April 2 and April 9 editions of The Itawamba County Times. While nine-year-old ‘Cleo’ may be physically safe from the man […]

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No more ‘Cleos’: Fighting the good fight

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second of a multi-part series of stories about child abuse. The series began in the April 2 edition of The Itawamba County Times. Cleo’s stepfather … the man who allegedly began sexually abusing her when she was only three years old … has never done a day of jail time. […]

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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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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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Daily dominoes

Mantachie residents have been playing together for decades. It was 9 a.m. on a Thursday in Mantachie, and a game of dominoes was in full swing. Inside the large community room at town hall, Eugene Patrick pushed a domino across the table, adding it to the layout at its center. From across the table, fellow […]

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Department of Energy pulls BlueFire funding

* The company, which is planning to construct a $300 million plant in Fulton, is appealing the decision. BlueFire Renewables is appealing a decision to pull federal funding for its $300 million Fulton cellulose plant. As first reported in several major energy and biofuel trade publications, the U.S. Department of Energy has withdrawn its support […]

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Work on Habitat house stalled, not stopped

* The small non-profit group has faced an army of challenges since the completion of their last house in 2010. Work on Itawamba County’s seventh Habitat for Humanity house is slow, but ongoing. Members of the local branch of the multinational non-profit group say progress on their next house, which will be located on a […]

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Life guard dog: Mantachie student ready to get life-saving canine

In April, Logan Johnson is getting a dog that’s very unlike any dog he’s ever owned. Since a few weeks old, Alexis — a black lab that will, in the next few weeks, call Johnson’s Marietta household home — has been trained to detect the scents given off by a diabetic patient suffering a hypo/hyperglycemic […]

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Small steeples: Fulton man constructs ‘miniature’ church

Lately, Alan Naylor has been building a church. It’s not a big church by conventional standards. The fact it’s able to sit on a worktable in his basement is a dead giveaway of that. But standing approximately four feet tall at the tip of its towering steeple, and roughly just as long as it is […]

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