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Local tattoo artist opens a parlor in downtown Fulton

Tattoo artist Josh Soper thinks Fulton is due for some fresh ink. “I always thought this would be a great place for a tattoo shop,” he said, leaning back in his chair. Over his shoulder, the walls of his shop, Southern Ink, located in downtown Fulton, are covered by hundreds of black and gray flash […]

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Provincial planters pick peas for pleasure

It’s 8 a.m. on a hot Thursday morning, and J.D. Hale and Johnny Jarrell are hunched over in a field in northern Itawamba County, picking peas. They’ve been at it since 5:30 and will continue to be at it for another couple of hours, the great, burning eye of the sun glaring down on the […]

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Unemployment streak loses stride with jobless jump

As the perpetually pessimistic are fond of saying, all good things must come to an end. Apparently, that also includes the five-month streak of increasingly lower unemployment rates. The county’s unemployment rate jumped a percentage point in the transition from April to May, up from 4.3 percent to 5.3 percent, according to the most recent […]

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Jesse Emerson — at left circa 1970 and at right 2016 — is celebrating his 50th year as owner of Fulton Grain Company this month. Friends and family said its Emerson’s knowledge, kindness and dependability that’s made him a success. (Courtesy photos)

‘The best people’

* Fulton Grain’s owner celebrates 50 years of feed, seed and fertilizer Anyone looking for Jesse Emerson knows exactly where to find him: Smiling from behind the counter at Fulton Grain Company. It’s where he’s been for the past 50 years and, God willing, it’s where he’ll be for the next 50, too. The business is […]

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Itawamba jobless rate hits 15-year low

The year was 2001. Britney Spears performed during the Super Bowl halftime show; Daniel Radcliffe brought the boy wizard Harry Potter to life for the first time on the big screen; and Microsoft debuted its first video game console, the Xbox. It was also the last time Itawamba County would see its unemployment rate dip […]

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JESCO celebrates 75 years in business

Looking at construction company JESCO as a whole, with offices in three states, $200-million in annual sales and somewhere in the neighborhood of 700 to 800 employees at any given time, it’s hard to imagine the company’s beginnings were anything as humble as a small hardware store in downtown Fulton. On Saturday, the Fulton-based construction […]

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A few miles from where he started

Let’s get this out of the way: Fulton native David Leathers may be opening his restaurant in Tupelo, but it’s almost 100-percent his hometown. When the place opens in August, Forklift will have been built by a Fulton contractor; its walls will be made using lumber purchased in Fulton; have Fulton-made glass in its windows; […]

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In this photograph from 1946, a 22-year-old Margueritte Critz, owner of Lee Ann Ladies and Children’s Shop in downtown Fulton, helps a customer with her purchase. (Courtesy Photo)

Lee Ann’s closing after 70 years

A clothing store that saw the invention of the bikini and Rita Hayworth dropping jaws in a black satin dress will be shutting its doors next month. Lee Ann’s Ladies and Children’s Shop, a staple of downtown Fulton since 1946, is set to close in mid-June. The store is currently selling its remaining inventory at […]

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Best of Itawamba 2016 – RESULTS

The Itawamba County Times is sponsoring its annual Best of Itawamba Contest to honor the very best of what Itawamba County has to offer its residents and visitors. We’ve selected categories we feel are reflective of life in Itawamba County. Now, the results are in. This year, more than 70,000 votes were cast, nearly doubling last […]

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No price, plans set for abandoned Mantachie Walmart

It seems Mantachie’s abandoned Walmart will remain empty for the foreseeable future. With its gas pumps wrapped in plastic and its windows covered in paper, the brief former home of Walmart Neighborhood Market cuts a desolate figure. The store was shuttered in February along with 153 others nationwide, five of which were in Northeast Mississippi. […]

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ICDC rolls out coupon card promotion

The Itawamba County Development Council has a new promotion aimed at pushing out-of-county visitors through the doors of local businesses: Coupon cards. To the casual observer, they look and feel like postcards, but the coupon cards aren’t about making the folks back home jealous. They’re about giving travelers a reason to eat and shop in […]

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Walton’s gives greenhouse tour

  Walton’s Greenhouse recently opened their greenhouses to the public as of Business After-Hours, a new program created by the Fulton Chamber of Commerce to give the community a closer look at some of the county’s unique businesses. Visitors, of which there were around 20, were guided through the Walton’s 16 primary greenhouses, located in […]

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Fulton officials approve hefty increase to commercial deposits

Doing business in Fulton just got a bit more expensive. The city’s board of aldermen, last week, voted to increase the amounts of commercial deposits for both its water and gas services. Businesses hooking onto the city’s water service are now required to pay an $80 deposit; for gas service, it’s $250. Both deposits are […]

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Itawamba unemployment rate remains low

Itawamba County is currently enjoying a monthly series of unemployment rates among the lowest the county’s seen in a decade. In February, the county’s unemployment rate dipped to 5.2 percent, down from January’s adjusted rate of 5.9 percent, according to a report from the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, released last week. A quick look […]

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