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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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Local youths part of USSSA 9U World Series championship team

By SCOTTY NICHOLS Sports Editor FOLEY, ALA. – The Amory Outlaws USSSA 9U baseball team received a bid to the Orange Beach Global World series, and didn’t disappoint. Helping lead the squad to an impressive 8-0 tournament record and the World Series championship, was a pair of youngsters from Itawamba county – Cayden Prestage and […]

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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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Backpack giveaway set for July 23

There’s nothing cheap about putting a child through school. Luckily, United Way has got parents’ backs. Well, technically, kids’ backs. On July 23, representatives of United Way of Northeast Mississippi United Way will be distributing free backpacks for elementary school children as part of their annual Back 2 School Resource Fair. The event will begin […]

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Question of the Week – July 13

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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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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Mantachie’s DuBose picks new passion after basketball injury

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal SALTILLO – On her left ankle, 17-year-old Allie DuBose has what resembles a vine with leaves growing from it. It’s not a tattoo; it’s a scar that resulted from a persistent basketball injury. “It hurts when the weather changes or if it rains and stuff,” she said, “but for […]

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