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In this file photo from June, the remains of a church sign overlook Oak Grove Road, which was among the first roads in the county to have its storm debris removed, though the remnants of the debris can still be seen.

Six months later: Tornado recovery efforts going well

Six months after the April 28 tornado ripped through Northeast Mississippi, community recovery efforts in Itawamba County have largely hit a standstill. Make no mistake, this is a good thing. It means the people who needed help, got it. The focus has now shifted from picking up the pieces to putting everything back in its […]

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Itawamba County, Mississippi kindergarten students lagging in reading skills

By ADAM ARMOUR & JEFF AMY The Times and Associated Press Itawamba County children aren’t at the reading level they should be when they enter kindergarten, according to the results of a first-of-its-kind statewide test of all kindergarten students. The results of the test, recently released by the Mississippi Department of Education, show that two-thirds […]

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Breast cancer survivors stress early detection, positive outlook

Breast cancer is indiscriminate in its selection of victims and unrelenting in its viciousness. But it can be beaten. Last week’s annual “Do You Know What the Color Pink Means?” Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon provides proof of that in spades. “When you get cancer, you think it’s going to be over. It’s not,” Brenda Bridges, […]

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Fulton says ‘yes’ to beer and liquor sales

Unofficial results show Fulton’s residents are in favor of selling alcoholic beverages within their city. Preliminary results of Tuesday’s election, which don’t include the certified results of affidavit voting, show the resolution to allow the sale of beer and light wine being approved 697 votes to 440 votes. A separate resolution to allow the sale […]

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Readers weigh in on Tuesday’s alcohol vote

EDITOR’S NOTE: Last week, The Times received letters from many readers regarding the upcoming beer, light wine and liquor vote in Fulton. What follows are the contents of those letters.    A YES is for city’s positive growth Dear Editor: Fulton is facing a pivotal moment in our history. I believe both sides of this debate are […]

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Fulton voters decide on beer, liquor next Tuesday

Next week, Fulton voters will decide whether or not to legalize the sale of alcohol within city limits. On Tuesday, polls will open for a special election to determine two separate issues: Whether or not to allow the sale of beer and light wines of relatively low alcoholic content, and the same for liquors of […]

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Itawamba school rankings stable thanks to waiver

Itawamba County schools maintained the same statewide letter-grade rankings as last year, but only because the district took advantage of the waiver that allowed them to do so. The Mississippi Department of Education released letter-grade rankings this morning for the state’s schools and districts. They are based on student performance on state tests taken last […]

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Spriritual faith, family support & a bit of gumption

About a year before being diagnosed with breast cancer, J.C. Poole noticed a knot on the outer edge of his right arm pit. It didn’t hurt, but it was definitely there. “It wasn’t that big,” the 80-year-old Fulton resident said of the knot, which he discovered in 2000. He held up his thumb, then pinched […]

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Fulton police chief requests stronger regulations for pool halls

* Police Chief Reggie Johnson said owners of pool halls and other recreation centers need to be held accountable for criminal activity in and around their businesses. After recently adopting stronger regulations for yard sales and junk cars, Fulton officials are turning their eyes to the city’s sometimes problematic recreation businesses. During the regular meeting […]

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Retired teacher named IAHS Alumna of the Year

* San McLeod said her time under the tutelage of the Fulton high school’s teachers inspired her to become an educator. Retired Itawamba Agricultural High School English teacher San McLeod refers to the dozens of former students who huddled under her wing as her “chickens.” This, she promised, is a term of endearment. “I did […]

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Tricks and treats: Downtown Fulton Halloween event returns

Werewolves? Check. Vampires? Check. Multiple versions of all four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Check. Looks like the gang’s all here. It’s just about time for downtown Fulton’s annual Trick or Treat on the Square. Rained out last year, the massive event, which attracts thousands of children and adults from all across the county to the […]

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BlueFire receives backing from Chinese energy company

* The U.S. energy company has partnered with China Three Gorges Corporation for financial leveraging of its long-gestating Fulton ethanol plant. Fulton’s planned ethanol plant just received backing from China’s largest energy company. On Wednesday, BlueFire Renewables Inc. announced that it has signed a Master Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract for its planned cellulosic […]

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‘Going wet’: Police chief talks Fulton’s upcoming beer vote

On Oct. 28, Fulton voters will decide whether or not to legalize the sale of alcoholic beverages within the city. One of the local agencies most likely to have to deal with the potential negative consequences of a successful ‘yes’ vote is the Fulton Police Department. Last week, The Times sat down with Fulton Police […]

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Traffic detectors installed to improve traffic flow through Fulton

* The detectors have been installed at several busy intersections, including the “T” where South Adams meets Main Street. Traffic flow through several areas of Fulton should see some improvement in the coming weeks with the implementation of detection systems at several busy traffic lights. Last week, workers with the Mississippi Department of Transportation installed […]

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