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Eating Out with Jeff Jones

By JEFF JONES Special to The Times EDITOR’S NOTE: Dorsey resident and foodie Jeff Jones has been chronicling his experiences at local eateries on his blog, “Eating Out with Jeff Jones,” for more than five years. Each month, Jones will share some of his thoughts on local restaurants in the pages of The Itawamba County […]

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Rust College president to speak at MLK Day celebration

By ADAM ARMOUR News Coordinator Dr. David L. Beckley, longtime president of Rust College in Holly Springs, will speak at Itawamba County’s annual celebration of the life and legacy of American Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The event will be held on Sunday, Jan. 15, in the W.O. Benjamin Fine Arts Center […]

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Jim Buck Murphy’s Store

By ADAM ARMOUR News Coordinator Being that it closed some eight decades ago, Jim Buck Murphy’s store doesn’t get much in the way of customers these days. Still, the small business, located in the Shiloh community within spitting distance of the Lee County line, gets a surprising amount of foot traffic. The store has been […]

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In this file photo from 2014, miniature horses pull a tiny carriage as part of the Mantachie Christmas parade. (File photo by Adam Armour)

‘Tis the season … for Christmas events

By ADAM ARMOUR News Coordinator With the turkey stuffed (in our bellies) and stores flooded, it’s definitely beginning to look at lot like Christmas. But every child’s favorite holiday just isn’t quite ready for the spotlight without a few Christmas events to really set things off. Tomorrow night, the city of Fulton will official kickoff […]

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Photo gallery: Fulton Fall Festival

Hundreds of ghouls, ghosts, vampires, princesses, Transformers, Ninja Turtles, superheroes, werewolves and various incarnations of the walking dead haunted downtown Fulton Monday night for the city’s annual Fall Fest. Dozens of area businesses and organizations set up booths and passed out treats (usually in exchange for not being tricked) or offered fun games for attendees […]

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Photo feature: Popping popcorn

Piezons of Fulton owner Stan Miller added freshly-popped gourmet popcorn to his menu two years ago and has slowly grown that portion of his business since then. It’s his go-to item to help with local fundraisers, offering to allow churches, schools and civic organizations to sell bags of the popcorn and keep a majority of […]

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‘Try is a three-letter word’

By ADAM ARMOUR News Coordinator Nothing about cancer is easy. Wonda Cromeans can attest to that. Cromeans said the discovery that she had breast cancer came as a total, devastating shock. Not that anyone’s ever expecting to be told they have breast cancer, but it really was the furthest thing from Cromeans’ mind when she […]

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Eating Out with Jeff Jones

By ADAM ARMOUR News Coordinator Five minutes before they open to welcome the lunchtime crowd, Dorsey’s Jeff Jones is already peering through the glass doors of Tupelo’s Forklift restaurant, hands cupped just beneath the brim of his trademark white paper braid fedora to block the reflection. He comments on what he sees … the look […]

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Fulton’s Peden faced cancer without tears

By ADAM ARMOUR News Coordinator Caroline Peden isn’t the type of person to cry when she’s pinched. Even if that pinch is really painful. Take, for example, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year. It’s the kind of news that could tear just about anyone to shreds, emotionally. Not Peden. She didn’t […]

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Della Jean’s nest of birdhouses

By ADAM ARMOUR News Coordinator The first thing Della Jean Morris does on any given day in her workshop is turn on the radio. She demonstrates by punching the power button on an amplifier older than a high school senior. As music comes crackling from a set of bookshelf speakers, practically buried in sawdust and […]

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Ed needs whiskey

“If you need to remember how to pronounce it, just think, ‘I need whiskey,’” says Ed Nedweski, tapping his last name on the front of the business card for Ed’s Used Tires in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where he hasn’t lived in more than 13 years. “Flip it over,” the 75-year-old Fulton man orders. There’s mischief in […]

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Horse sense: Fulton girl bonds with equestrian buddy

As soon as Lillianna Chumney was in the saddle, Tux’s entire demeanor changed. Not that he was slouching before, but the young paint horse’s ears perked noticeably, forming right angles with his nose. His tail curved upward, and when he trotted, it was as if he hoped to knee the clouds themselves. If he had […]

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In this file photo, a Mantachie Fest vendor creates a variety of novelty signs. (Photo by Adam Armour)

Mantachie Fest gets new look, focus on growth

One look at the poster reveals this year’s Mantachie Fest is aiming to be something a little different. Painted in earthy oranges and blues, with bold white and navy lettering, the poster feels as if it’s promoting a major metropolitan shindig rather than a community festival that’s been held in Mantachie every September for nearly […]

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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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