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North Carolina newcomer wins BBQ championship

First-time competitors Sauced! BBQ Team from North Carolina was named Grand Champion of the 6th Annual Stand By Your Grill BBQ Championship in Fulton on Saturday. The team scored the highest overall ranking based on its performance in all four main categories — chicken, pork, brisket and ribs — placing them at the top of […]

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Overcrowding, dilapidation force the need for a new jail

If there’s a person in Itawamba County who stubbornly refuses to believe jail overcrowding is a problem, jail administrator Vicky Russell will gladly set them straight. There’s a litany of issues that come with having a packed jail. Russell is happy to list them all because she’s seen them all. “Fights break out; inmates getting […]

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IAC’s new leader is lacing up his running shoes

“Just getting through all the classrooms on a daily basis is a challenge,” said Dr. Terry Harbin, answering the question of what, precisely, are some of the struggles he’s facing as the new principal of Itawamba Attendance Center. He didn’t miss a beat with his answer: Classroom visits are an important part of his administrative […]

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Tremont principal doesn’t sweat full moon fever

“Monday was crazy; Tuesday was crazier; yesterday was craziest,” said Tremont Attendance Center’s new principal, Dawn Rogers. She was hoping things would calm down as the week went on, but even the cosmos seemed to be against her. “I understand the full moon is tonight,” she said, shaking her head. “We’ll have to see how […]

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Miranda Cipkowski

My personal Declaration of Independence

My class of juniors looked at me with wide eyes and slight panic. This group of kids meets right after lunch, their meals just beginning to settle in their stomachs and lethargy setting in for the mid-afternoon. Miraculously, it seems to dissipate 85 minutes later, just in time for the bell to ring. Today, however, […]

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Question of the Week – August 24

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 […]

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Scotty Nichols

Takeaways from IAHS/Ripley

Going into this football season, several people have asked me how I projected IAHS to be. Honestly, I told them, I didn’t know. There were a lot of question marks after losing so many guys off of last year’s squad. The Indians lost their starting quarterback, Vijay Miller, to East Mississippi Community College. They lost […]

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Indians blank Ripley in opener

By SCOTTY NICHOLS Sports Editor FULTON – Last Friday’s opening night on the gridiron was pushed back from its original start time, from 7:00 to 7:30, after a black raincloud popped up just south of Indian Stadium. The rain came, which was heavy but not a threat in itself, but the lightning that followed forced […]

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Mustangs drop opener, endure scare at Tishomingo County

By SAM FARRIS Special to the Times IUKA – Everyone has an off night now and again. Mantachie was playing the 4A Tishomingo County Braves, and Murphy’s Law was in full effect on a night that will be remembered for something more than football. A beautiful sunset lined the horizon of Braves Stadium as the […]

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Johnson’s homer not enough for IAHS against Saltillo

By SCOTTY NICHOLS Sports Editor FULTON – IAHS senior Maddie Johnson stepped up and gave the Lady Indians an early 1-0 lead over Saltillo with a two-out, solo home run to center field but it wasn’t enough. Johnson’s shot was the lone bright spot for the Lady Indians, as they could only muster two other […]

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Top hog: The Dixie Porkers have their eyes on Stand By Your Grill’s top prize

Local professional cooking team The Dixie Porkers have never won the Stand By Your Grill BBQ Championship, but its members are confident it’s only a matter of time. Like a team of mad scientists hellbent on bringing the world to its knees with smoky, well-seasoned, delicious barbecue, the members of Dixie Porkers are confident that, […]

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Wynette park, museum on track to open by April

Work is underway transforming a former manufacturing plant into a memorial for Itawamba County’s most famous native. Renovations to the future home of the Tammy Wynette Legacy Park began in late July with the gutting of the former home of Itawamba Manufacturing, which will eventually become the park’s main building. Once complete, the building will […]

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Splash pad among proposed Mantachie park changes

Mantachie officials want to make some big changes to its town park, but they need community support to see their plans through. Last week, several members of the town’s park committee, including Tyler Camp, Kim Lee and Itawamba County Development Council executive director Vauntia Martin, presented Mantachie aldermen with plans for a renovated town park […]

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Members of the amateur cooking team Hogovers prepare some delicious

Bluegrass, Blues & BBQ Fest set for this weekend

Grab a fork and put on a heavy-duty bib because barbecue’s coming back to Fulton this weekend. Friday night will see the return of downtown Fulton’s annual barbecue festival, now rechristened the Bluegrass, Blues & BBQ Festival. This two-day event will be held in conjunction with the county’s professional cooking competition, Stand By Your Grill […]

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