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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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Among the tombstones of Oak Grove Cemetery

Like most old cemeteries – and with its origins dating back to 1839, this is certainly one of Itawamba County’s oldest – Oak Grove Cemetery is a peaceful place. The silence of the graveyard’s rolling hills and stoic markers is only occasionally disrupted by the sound of wind whispering to the leaves on the branches […]

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Master Gardeners earn state award for Welcome Center project

The Itawamba County Master Gardeners’ efforts to make the local Welcome Center a little more pleasing to the eye has earned the group statewide accolades. The Master Gardeners were recently awarded the Outstanding Project Award for a small group by the Mississippi Master Gardener Association (MMGA) for their ongoing project beautifying the Mississippi Welcome Center […]

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Fulton man transforms wood waste into model buildings

There’s a small shed behind Carl West’s home where the 83-year-old often spends hours building model barns, houses and the like out of old wood. It’s a cramped space. A small table saw blocks the main entrance, requiring a contortionist’s skill to pass. To the left is West’s workbench, perpetually covered in sawdust; to the […]

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Parent of the Year: ‘Just try to do your best’

Lisa Darracott has yet to decipher the secret to being a great parent. Despite having the title of Itawamba County School District’s Parent of the Year, she’s still trying to crack the formula. “I’m still trying to figure it out,” the 33-year-old mother of three said. She’s obviously doing something right. Darracott won the title […]

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The critters of Creekside

Along with the typical ebb and flow of regular four-legged patients, Creekside Clinic in Fulton is a permanent home to a menagerie of creatures both common and uncommon. No fewer than four felines, an overweight guinea pig, a frivolous ferret, a transgendered bearded dragon and one cranky middle-aged blue crested Amazon (that’s a type of parrot) […]

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Cliff’s canes: Crafting character from nature’s own creations

Cliff Jarrell has this cane. It helps him walk, of course. It’s also helped in other, less tangible ways. The cane is wooden. Not just made of wood, but yanked straight from the tree, a vine still spiraling down its length to a rubber tip at one end and a natural bend in the wood, […]

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Falling into place: Crossroads Ranch goes from dream to reality

  “You wouldn’t know it, but this was just an empty shell a few weeks ago,” said Renae Bennett, founder of Crossroads Ranch. Standing in the small foyer of the ranch’s sole building, Bennett alluded to some of the aesthetics. The space has a comfortable, mid-western feel to it. The foyer — accessible by either […]

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Four local Scouts earn Eagle

Four Itawamba Boy Scouts will soon be honored for achieving Eagle, the highest rank that can be attained in the program. Owen Bennett, Quinn Bennett, Ethan Hester and Anderson Martin will be awarded this prestigious honor at a ceremony at Itawamba Christian Church on Sunday, Feb. 28. Troop 32 Scoutmaster Robert Blake said he is […]

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Cozy cabin: Fulton man builds miniature buildings from scratch

Fulton’s Tommy Roberts is currently building his second cabin. Some might call it cozy but frankly, it’s kind of small. The first cabin was, too. If it were life-sized, it would stand approximately 16 feet at the peak of its roof and have usable floor space in the neighborhood of 22 feet by 12 feet. […]

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Downtown Trick ‘r Treat

Downtown Fulton was full of  maniacs, monsters, princesses, robots, superheroes, sports celebrities and other people and creatures during the annual trick ‘r treat event, last Thursday. Like the blob, this event has grown larger and larger with time; this year’s event was attended by hundreds, if not thousands of people. Photos by Adam Armour To purchase […]

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Breast cancer survivor: Sylvia Chamblee

By Adam Armour Itawamba Times “I’m not in ‘survivor mode’ just yet,” said Fulton breast cancer survivor Sylvia Chamblee. With her final chemotherapy treatment just a few weeks behind her, Chamblee said she’s still adjusting to the idea that she not only faced cancer, but beat it. “It has to be a little bit longer,” […]

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