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Pack the Bus Food Drive returns

By ADAM ARMOUR News Coordinator If there is one time each year local students are downright enthusiastic about packing a school bus, this is it. Each November, Itawamba County schools kick off the Pack the Bus Food Drive, an event which challenges students to collect enough canned and boxed food to … as the name […]

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Pig puckers up to principals for philanthropic purpose

A philanthropic pot-bellied pig puckered up to a trio of principals to help a sick little girl on Friday in Fulton. To the delight of hundreds of elementary school students packed in the school’s gym, Itawamba Attendance Center Principal Dr. Terry Harbin and assistant principals Martin Davis and Ashley Greer planted big, sloppy kisses on […]

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New program teaches students to relearn learning

By ADAM ARMOUR News Coordinator At first, Fairview Attendance Center seventh grader Ali Holcomb was skeptical of how playing what seemed like simple games was going to help her improve her reading skills. “I thought it was going to be crazy,” Holcomb said. “Exercises that help you concentrate? I don’t know about that.” But her […]

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Dorsey’s new assistant principal has a lifelong love of education

By ADAM ARMOUR News Coordinator Dr. Karen Gray is a big fan of education, and learning in general, really. “Every day you wake up, there’s something new to learn in this world,” she said. For instance, not long ago, Gray learned that her duties as Dorsey Attendance Center’s new assistant principal included corralling a runaway […]

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Dorsey school wraps up lengthy playground project

By ADAM ARMOUR News Coordinator When asked if they were enjoying the school’s new playground, the group of Dorsey Attendance Center second graders currently scuttling across the rungs of its brightly-colored ladders and barreling down the twisting nine-foot slide gave a predictable answer: “Yeah.” They yelled the response in unison, as if having coordinated their […]

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Crime News

Criminal investigation launched against former Mantachie band director

By ADAM ARMOUR News Coordinator Investigators in Itawamba County say they’re currently conducting interviews and gathering information into potentially criminal behavior by Mantachie High School’s former band director. On Wednesday, Itawamba County Sheriff Chris Dickinson said an allegation of inappropriate conduct with a former student via social media resulted in Tuesday’s termination of Josh Robinson […]

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

High school ACT scores on the rise

Students at all three Itawamba high schools saw significant improvements to their ACT scores, according to information recently made available by the Mississippi Department of Education. For those who don’t remember their hectic high school days, the ACT is a national standardized exam used by most colleges to field potential applicants. Under most circumstances, any […]

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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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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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Area bands play coda on another successful year

Dawn has yet to break on the first days of summer vacation, but Itawamba County’s high school band directors are already elbow-deep in plans for the fall marching season. Both Itawamba Agricultural and Mantachie high school bands will begin practicing their new shows in July, learning both music and accompanying sets they’ll perform dozens of […]

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

Superintendent: Mantachie school never on ‘lockdown’

Last week’s reported lockdown at Mantachie High School wasn’t a lockdown at all, according to county school district officials. Michael Nanney, Itawamba County superintendent of education, said that none of the high school and elementary school’s shared campus was closed off during a brief investigation into a reported gun threat on April 14. The investigation, […]

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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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Website ranks Itawamba School District among state’s best

The Itawamba County School District has been ranked among the state’s best by aggregate review website Niche. The district was ranked ninth among the 107 school districts ranked by the website. Other school districts listed in the top 10 included, in descending order, Pass Christian, Clinton, Madison, Petal, Ocean Springs, Oxford, Lamar, Biloxi and Corinth. […]

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Itawamba teacher of the year believes is respect, honesty and hard work

Mantachie ag teacher C.W. Franks has three rules written on a small board at the front of his classroom: 1.) Respect 2.) Honesty 3.) Hard work These are rules Franks lives by; he expects his students to do the same. Frankly, his students can get away with a lot of other transgressions as long as […]

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