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Nanney: Sickness is the primary cause of high absenteeism

* Itawamba County’s chronic absentee rate surpasses state average, according to a recent study Sickness is the primary cause of the relatively high rate of absences in Itawamba County’s schools, according to Superintendent of Education Michael Nanney. The results of a recent study of chronic absenteeism among Mississippi students reveals that 15.8 percent of Itawamba […]

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Fulton PD adopts active shooter policy

Fulton police now have step-by-step guidelines in place for dealing with an active shooter. Voted into place last week by the city board, the Fulton Police Department’s new active shooter policy should help guide first responders in a situation where a suspect is brandishing a firearm. Chief of Police Reggie Johnson said the policy was […]

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Question of the Week – March 18

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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Election 2015

Political speakings scheduled up until election day

With the qualification period for this year’s county election closed, it’s time for local candidates to make their big push to get voters to tap their names on the electronic ballot come the Aug. 4 primaries. Several communities are planning to host public forums to allow candidates to speak directly to voters. The events are […]

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‘Organized chaos’

* Itawamba’s Parent of the Year says setting priorities is the key to keeping up with kids On the surface, Nicole Pearce, Itawamba County School District’s Parent of the Year, seems like one of the most collected people in existence. Even sandwiched between her two giggling children — Hagan, 8, and Molly Moe, 5 — in […]

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Building the Chocolate Factory

* Robert Blake has been creating props and sets for school plays for more than 20 years There’s a secret to making believable theater props and sets: They don’t have to be believable at all. At least, not up close. “With cardboard and tape, you can build just about anything,” said Robert Blake, who’s been […]

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Fire coordinator: Arsonists don’t reflect volunteer firefighters

Recently, Itawamba County law enforcement officials arrested three young volunteer firefighters for starting a mobile home fire in the Dorsey area. They allegedly called the fire in to 911 and then responded to fight it minutes later, raising police suspicions. All three are currently charged with arson. While unfortunate, Itawamba County Fire Coordinator Patrick Homan […]

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Like old again

* Mantachie man restores one of the town’s most well-known houses   Forty-odd years ago, when Dan Walton was attending Itawamba Junior College, he spent a chunk of his hard-earned after school job money on an antique grandfather clock, purchased from a Fulton antiquities dealer he befriended. Suffice it to say, that’s likely not the […]

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Elvis charity event raises more than $13K

Urban legend has it that rock ‘n roll royalty Elvis Presley is still alive somewhere, living the easy life away from the madness of super-stardom. True or not, last week’s charity dinner held in his honor certainly proved The King’s legendary generosity lives on. Early estimates place the funds raised during Marian Cocke’s Elvis Presley […]

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Sixty-one candidates qualify for August primaries

Voters will have a lot of choices to ponder in August. The deadline to qualify for the Itawamba County primary elections closed Friday with a total of 61 candidates qualified to run. The number falls just short of 2011’s 63 candidates. All candidates will have to be approved by the Democratic and Republican Executive Committees […]

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What they Do

What they do; what they earn 2015 – Part 5

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the fifth and final of several weekly installments about the duties and salaries of Itawamba County’s elected officials. Tax collector As the position’s name implies, the tax collector of the county collects the taxes of its residents. He or she collects these taxes during the time and in the same manner […]

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Itawamba’s snow day

Last week, Itawamba County was blanketed in snow as Winter Storm Rufus passed through Northeast Mississippi, dropping upwards of nine inches of powder in some areas. We asked our readers to share some of their photos of Itawamba County’s rare snow day, and they obliged. Many thanks to everyone who contributed.  

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Mustang to Lion

* High school senior Alexandria Jones is the first Mantachie student to earn a spot in the prestigious Mississippi Lions All-Star Band. “Being in band is the best thing I’ve ever done,”said Mantachie senior Alexandria Jones. She adjusted the position of the bass clarinet — a large woodwind instrument that resembles an disproportioned, backwards-facing S […]

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What they Do

What they do; what they earn 2015 – Part 4

• EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the fourth of several weekly installments about the duties and salaries of Itawamba County’s elected officials. Constable Constables are charged with the task of helping keep and preserve the peace within their county. They do this through various means, such as executing criminal laws, giving information about unlawful gatherings or […]

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