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* Make-A-Wish gives Fulton teen a state-of-the-art gaming PC. As of last week, Tyler Davis, 13, has the best gaming PC in his neighborhood. Even in his hometown might not be a stretch. On Thursday, Make-A-Wish Mid-South granted Tyler’s wish to own a real beast of a gaming PC. The non-profit organization set Tyler up with […]

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Officials warn businesses, individuals to look out for counterfeit bills

Local law enforcement officials have identified several cases of small denomination counterfeit bills being distributed in Itawamba County businesses. In the past two weeks, two reports of counterfeit $10 bills have been filed with the Itawamba County Sheriff’s Department. The first report was made on Aug. 15 when a Fulton resident tried to spend one […]

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Itawamba students beat state average in tests

EDITOR’S NOTE: For a school-by-school breakdown of the recently-released test results, see page 6A of the Aug. 27 edition of The Itawamba County Times. Itawamba County has received its statewide test scores for the 2013-2014 year, which reveal a somewhat expected decline in percentages as schools push forward with teaching the new Common Core Standards. That said, […]

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Mantachie water rate hike approved by PSC

* The increase, which will only affect customers who aren’t town residents, is expected to go into effect in the coming weeks. After four years and several false starts, Mantachie is finally getting its rate increase for water customers who aren’t residents of the town. Last Tuesday, the Mississippi Public Service Commission approved the town’s […]

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Home Grown: TJ’s Pageant and Formal Wear

T.J. Denson isn’t shy about sharing her thoughts on how a customer looks in one of her dresses. That’s a sword that cuts both ways. “We’re very vocal about what looks good on a client,” said the owner of TJ’s Pageant and Formal Wear in Fulton. After a pause, she added, “We’re also very vocal […]

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Alabama’s Jiggy Piggy hogs BBQ grand championship prize

Ben Wilson of Memphis’ Q-Bones BBQ leaned over twin foil pans, each loaded with around a dozen chicken breasts. To the untrained eye, each piece of meat looked similar to its neighbors, colored a fiery caramel brown and sweating from sauce and heat. Wilson, however, could spot the subtle differences that meant everything to the […]

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Mantachie officials discuss potential for new property tax

* Aldermen agree a tax hike is coming, but disagree on when. Official discussions have begun for what Mantachie leaders agree is an inevitable property tax for the town. During last week’s regular meeting of the town board, Alderman-at-Large Dan Moore, Jr. raised the question of whether or not town residents should be paying property […]

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Girl Scouts looking for new members, leaders

* The area Girl Scouts program is hosting a recruitment drive this Saturday in hopes of bolstering its numbers. There’s a lot more to Girl Scouts than cookie sales, and there’s a lot more to being a Girl Scouts leader than just babysitting a troop. Gwen Davis, Itawamba County’s new Girl Scouts service unit manager, […]

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BBQ championship, downtown festival set for this weekend

Put away that salad; don’t bother ordering that pizza; go ahead and leave the fast food drive-thru. This weekend belongs to barbecue. Friday and Saturday, the annual Kansas City Barbeque Society-sanctioned Stand By Your Grill BBQ Championship returns to Itawamba County. More than 60 professional cooking teams from across the Southern U.S. are expected to […]

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Mantachie’s agriculture teacher named the best in state

Mantachie agriculture teacher Joe Rogers said the rewards of teaching aren’t always immediate. “A lot of times when you’re teaching a student, you don’t see what they’re taking away from your class beyond a grade,” he said. But Rogers knows an agriculture teacher has plenty of opportunities to see the fruits of his labor. All […]

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BBQ championship returns for its fourth, largest year

With an even split between veterans and newcomers, this year’s Stand By Your Grill BBQ Championship should be Itawamba’ hottest ‘cue contest yet. “We have a lot of new teams this year,” Kim Graham, ICDC Community Development Director, said of the event, the county’s fourth. Graham estimated that around 50 percent of the 62 teams […]

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IAC’s new principal says teamwork is the key to the school’s success

Itawamba Attendance Center is opening its school year with both a new principal and a new slogan. Sheryl Ewing is the former; the latter is “Proud to be an Indian.” Ewing, a former assistant principal, said everyone involved in the school will be seeing and hearing that slogan throughout the year. It’s a unifying message: […]

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Davis Ford marks 50th year

FULTON – Buster Davis was happily coaching basketball at what was then Itawamba Junior College when his twin brother, Bud Davis, heard that the local Ford dealership was for sale. “He said I should buy it, and I did,” he said. That was 50 years ago, and Davis has never looked back. His brother, who […]

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New school spirit

After 13 years at Fairview, Carson Cook is ready for new challenges as Dorsey’s principal. The decision to leave Fairview wasn’t exactly an easy one for Carson Cook. Dorsey Attendance Center’s new principal spent his entire career at Fairview, first as a junior high math teacher, later as a coach and finally as the school’s […]

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