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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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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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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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Itawamba County School District Transportation Director Debbie McMillen shows county Superintendent of Education Michael Nanney a handful of the school district’s school buses. (File photo by Adam Armour)

School board adopts resolution to declare buses surplus

Several county school buses are being put out to pasture. During their most recent meeting, Itawamba County School Board members adopted a resolution to declare several older school buses surplus. These 13 buses will be deleted from inventory and will be advertised for sale. Bids can be placed on individual buses. “An individual can place […]

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Mantachie Town Hall (File photo by Adam Armour)

MPD rifle purchase jams

Mantachie aldermen are in disagreement about if and when the town should purchase a new set of rifles for its police department. After some light discussion during the town board’s regular meeting last Tuesday night, aldermen cast a split-vote in favor of foregoing the purchase of three police rifles until after taking a hard look […]

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Question of the Week – August 17

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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Clark found guilty of killing infant daughter

Eight years after his arrest, a jury has found Joshua Clark guilty of killing his infant daughter. After four days of hearing testimony, it took Itawamba County Circuit Court jurors just under two hours to convict Clark with depraved-heart murder for the January 2008 death of his daughter, Kylie, Saturday. The jury found him not […]

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