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Cause of Waterfront fire still undetermined

Despite a lengthy battle with the flames, Itawamba firefighters were unable to save Waterfront Restaurant after the building caught fire due to as-of-yet undetermined causes. Insurance investigators are currently looking into the cause of the fire. Multiple fire departments responded to the 911 call about the fire just after 3 p.m. last Wednesday. The building […]

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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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Mantachie officials: Police body cameras protect everyone

Less than a year after equipping the local police department with body cameras, Mantachie officials are pleased with the results. Last week, the town’s board of aldermen applauded both the Mantachie Police Department’s policy of using the cameras and the success of implementing them. According to police chief Mark Roberts, the cameras have been useful […]

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Students pass beneath the awning at Mantachie High School. (File photo by Adam Armour)

Budget concerns overshadow school board meeting

Less is more when it comes to Itawamba County School District’s preliminary budget for the coming fiscal year. During its most recent meeting, the Itawamba County School Board discussed at length the budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year, which began July 1. Although the board has requested a 4 percent increase in funds from the […]

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Mantachie board implements new water fee, talks police arsenal

Mantachie aldermen approved a new fee for their water department and discussed the possibility of bolstering the police department’s arsenal during last week’s regular meeting of the town board. At the behest of utilities department head Rod McFerrin, the board approved the creation of a new $25 fee for customers of the town’s water service […]

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Itawamba County worth more money this year

Slap a listing on eBay because it seems Itawamba County has gone up in value. Preliminary figures have the county’s assessed value up by more than $6 million in the upcoming fiscal year, according to Itawamba County tax assessor Tami Beane. If the value remains static until the final budget is approved, which it likely […]

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Blake set to lead Indians on the tennis court and the stage

Victoria Blake is well-known throughout Itawamba County for being the Itawamba AHS drama teacher for more than a decade and directing some very successful theater productions, put on by the Indian Players. What most people might not know is that Blake, who originally hails from the Isle of Wight in England, might not have stayed […]

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Pickin’ in the Park returns this Thursday

Popular bluegrass and gospel get-together Pickin’ in the Park returns to downtown Fulton this Thursday. The program ends its month-long hiatus with line-dancing at 6 p.m., followed by performances from Bob Gilliand and Highway 25 beginning at 7 p.m. This differs slightly from the formula established by past events, which allowed a variety of musicians […]

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Popular Fulton eatery Waterfront Restaurant burns

A popular Fulton eatery has burned to the ground. Despite a lengthy battle with the flames, Itawamba firefighters were unable to save Waterfront Restaurant after the building caught fire due to as-of-yet undetermined causes, Wednesday afternoon. Multiple fire departments responded to the 911 call about the fire just after 3 p.m. The building was reportedly […]

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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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City leaders still undecided on Fulton chamber funding

  The future of Fulton’s chamber of commerce will remain up in the air for at least another few weeks. Last week, the city’s board of aldermen voted to remove from their agenda further discussion of the chamber’s funding, a topic which was added in mid-June at the behest of the chamber board’s then-president, Lynn […]

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In this file photo from 2015, Fulton’s Lee Tramel, head of the amateur cooking team Sticky Finger Boys, is bathed in smoke as he checks his barbecue ribs during the Backyard BBQ Competition. (Photo by Adam Armour)

Fulton mayor: Downtown BBQ fest still a go

Despite major shakeups within the city’s chamber of commerce and a somewhat paltry turnout for the recent Fireworks Festival, Fulton officials say the upcoming downtown barbecue festival is still on track to be the biggest yet. Fulton mayor Lynette Weatherford said most of the work planning the Aug. 19-20 event had already been done by […]

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In this file photograph, from 2015, Fulton’s Shane Satterwhite, head of professional cooking team Sloppy Hog BBQ, tests the internal temperature of the chicken he will submit for judging as part of Saturday’s Stand By Your Grill BBQ Championship in Fulton. (Photo by Adam Armour)

Battle of BBQ’s best returns next month

Some of the nation’s best barbecuers are set to return next month for Itawamba County’s mouth-watering professional cooking competition. So far, 33 professional barbecue teams have registered for the sixth annual Kansas City BBQ Society-sponsored Stand By Your Grill BBQ Championship. This is just over half the maximum number of teams the contest, held since […]

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Fulton board borrows $870K for water improvements

Fulton officials are borrowing nearly $900,000 from the USDA to fund repairs and improvements to the city’s water system. Aldermen voted to move forward with the application process during their regular bimonthly meeting, last week. They plan to borrow $870,000 from USDA Rural Development at 2.25 percent interest, repayable over the next 35 years. Payments […]

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