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In this file photo, plastic-wrapped gas pumps overlook Mantachie

Dollar General buys former Mantachie Walmart location

Dollar General has announced it will be purchasing 41 Walmart Express locations, including Mantachie’s former Walmart Neighborhood Market. The company made the announcement late Wednesday afternoon. Dollar General purchased all five vacant Walmart Express stores in northeast Mississippi, including stores in Belmont, Calhoun City, Nettleton and Sardis. The stores have been empty since February. Details […]

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Police: Public trust crucial to law enforcement

During a visit to Mantachie Elementary School, the small town’s chief of police, Mark Roberts, asked who among the young students was interested in becoming a police officer. In a room packed with hero-worshiping kids, it’s a question that usually draws a dozen or more skyward hands. This time, there were none. To the 16-year […]

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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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Itawamba schools earn ‘B’ in state assessment

* The rating is due in part to a state-permitted waiver Itawamba County received an overall letter grade of “B” on state ratings released by the Mississippi Department of Education earlier this month. The ranking is what it is thanks to a state-allowed waiver that gave schools the option of either using the actual score […]

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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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Question of the Week – July 27

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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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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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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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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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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