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‘Byproduct of a dream’

* Dr. King’s dream reshaped American life. While being held in a Birmingham jail in 1963 for leading a non-violent protest, American civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. penned the now-famous line, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Dr. Luther Minor, guest speaker at this past weekend’s Itawamba County Martin Luther […]

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Department of History to unveil six Fulton markers in April

Six locations in Fulton have been selected to receive historical markers from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. The sites — each of which played some significant part in the area’s history — include Itawamba Community College, Fulton Grammar School, Aeolian Grove, The Cedars (more commonly known as the Gaither House), downtown Fulton and […]

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Fulton to-do list 2015

* Chamber work, infrastructure top list of mayor’s 2015 plans. Starting a chamber of commerce and making some needed improvements to the city’s infrastructure top Fulton Mayor Lynette Weatherford’s 2015 to-do list. On Thursday, the mayor said that forming a chamber, which would promote the city and its businesses through community events, is a priority. City […]

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Too restrictive? Fulton board ponders the city’s hot beer rules

Less than two months after approving a set of ordinances that regulate the sale and promotion of alcoholic beverages in the City of Fulton, aldermen are already considering some changes. The specific rule in question falls in Section 1-8 of the city’s resolution adopting beer and light wine ordinances. It states, “the storage of beer […]

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Fords for fifty: Car company recognizes Davis Ford’s five decades of service

When he was a kid, Tab Bennett used to visit his grandfather at work. Much to his grandfather’s dismay, it should be said. “I came down here to play when I was really young,” he said. Bennett nodded at his grandfather, Buster Davis, then continued. “He wasn’t too crazy about having kids playing at work. […]

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The man who was JESCO

* Coworkers/friends remember Staub as hardworking, gentlemanly “Just to be clear, if you say something bad about Travis Staub, we may have to kill you.” It was almost impossible to determine if JESCO President Jerry Stubblefield was joking. He certainly seemed to be, since he was laughing. But seated around his office was a group […]

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Qualifying begins for county, state elections

The 2015 election season officially opened Monday as qualifying began for county and state office. When the Itawamba County courthouse doors cracked open at 8 a.m. Monday morning, the first qualifying candidate of the season had already filled out her paperwork. “I’ve never been first, before,” said Carol Gates, who is running for her sixth […]

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration turns 15

Itawamba County’s annual celebration of the life and legacy of American Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. is entering its 15th year, a milestone the event’s founder and organizer is having some trouble fathoming. “Ain’t that something,” said Emma Cook, head of the Itawamba County Martin Luther King Day Planning Committee. “Wow. It’s overwhelming.” […]

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Taking off the collar: Fulton police dog retires after more than a decade of service

It’s a big day for Fulton’s first and only K9 officer. After more than 10 years on the force, today is Bear’s last day on the job. Retirement is a bittersweet occasion, perhaps even more so for an officer with Bear’s drive and determination. Although he just turned 12 years old (converted to human years, […]

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Significant sweets: Cookie sales fund adventures for local Scouts

Without a hint of trepidation, the young local Girl Scouts devoured their cookies. They chewed contemplatively, forming their opinions as they ate. “These are good, but they’re not my favorite,” said Mikah Beth Lesley, seconds after swallowing her Rah-Rah Raisin, one of several new flavors of Girl Scout cookies available this year. Her fave? The […]

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Walmart Neighborhood Market opens in Mantachie

Despite the frigid early morning air, a sizable crowd of people gathered outside Mantachie’s new Walmart Neighborhood Market to celebrate its grand opening, Wednesday. “We’re excited to be here,” store manager Brandon Williams, a Mantachie native, told the crowd. Next to him, decked in green vests, were the store’s approximately 30 full- and part-time employees. […]

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Teacher of the Year: ‘There’s no such thing as normal’

Just after she sat down to talk about being named Itawamba County’s Teacher of the Year, one of Missi Chatham’s young students made for the classroom door. “Don’t do it,” she warned him as he placed a hand on the door. He hovered for a moment, as if contemplating her would-be reaction. A mischievous smile […]

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Fulton, Mantachie pull ICDC support

Both Fulton and Mantachie officials have voted in favor of suspending their regular contributions to the Itawamba County Development Council in light of structural changes within the organization. Each board voted unanimously to suspend payments to the nonprofit group, starting immediately and for the foreseeable future. Fulton’s decision came during a special meeting of the […]

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Fulton alcohol sales begin Friday

Fulton residents will be able to legally buy a beer, this Friday. Stores within the city limits will be able to begin legally selling beer, light wine or liquors this Friday, Dec. 19. The sale of each requires a special license, which must be obtained from Fulton City Hall. As of Monday, two businesses had […]

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