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Angler with Monroe County connections wins Florida bass tournament 

Taylor Ashley, a Warrior, Alabama angler with strong Monroe County ties, recently won the Costa FLW Series Southeast Division opener presented by Power-Pole recently at Lake Okeechobee, Florida. Ashley’s first-place win earned him $60,400. The tournament was the 19-year-old’s first FLW Series event to have entered and his first time to Lake Okeechobee. His daily […]

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First year coach’s plan is to farm baseball fundamentals back in Aberdeen

ABERDEEN – On an unseasonably warm Wednesday in February, first-year Aberdeen head baseball coach Seth Dover was nailing practice balls towards center field where nearly a dozen players were practicing catching and throwing. “Not all catches are going to be pretty,” he shouted to players 25 to 30 yards away. This season is the third […]

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Amory man arrested for credit card fraud

AMORY – On Feb. 11, an individual lost a wallet at a business in Amory, and the victim’s credit card was used at another Amory business the next day, according to the Amory Police Department. An investigation led officers to the arrest of Brysyn Burnside on Feb. 13. Burnside, 23, of Amory was charged with a […]

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Tupelo native featured speaker of Lunching with Books

For the Monroe Journal AMORY – The public is invited to attend Lunching With Books Feb. 21 at noon at the Amory Municipal Library. The guest speaker will be Jacquelyn C. Allen. Allen is a Tupelo native who has a degree in history from Mississippi State University. She has written a nonfiction book, “Zookymoon.” It […]

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Supervisors mull change in policies, people and places

ABERDEEN – It has been said that there is nothing so constant as change. The seasons demonstrate it, and the times require it. Scott Curtis, Derek Surrette and Jerry Williams, discussing Nationwide Insurance, began the presentations at the Feb. 10 board of supervisors meeting by describing how the retirement plan offered through the company would […]

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Aberdeen’s First Baptist Church holds Chili-Bowl Cookoff

ABERDEEN – First Baptist Church held its fourth annual Chili-Bowl Cookoff on Feb. 5 after the morning worship service. Each year, Super Bowl Sunday is FBC’s “Missions Sunday,” when church members refocus and remind themselves of the God-ordained mission He gave to His church – reach the local church, reach the local community and reach […]

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Amory’s Koehn, Pressley, Stevens represent at all-star game

Amory soccer players Brendan Koehn, Aaron Pressley and Alex Stevens – all ICC signees – competed in the Mississippi Association of Coaches All-Star Soccer Game on Saturday in Clinton. The games pit the North all-stars against the South. Koehn and Pressley’s boys’ North all-stars dominated the South with a 4-0 win, while Stevens’ girls North […]

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Real healing works from the inside out

We recently had a visiting evangelist at our church who had pursued a variety of occupations before “surrendering to the ministry,” as preachers put it. The circuitous path of life may not build up much in the way of seniority with a particular employer, but it does provide a rich variety of experience to share […]

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Lady Tigers close out regular season with victory

NETTLETON – The young Nettleton Lady Tigers were looking for a win to close out the regular season on a positive note. They grabbed one over another young team on Friday night as they topped Hamilton 54-31 in the final regular season contest for both teams. “The girls were excited tonight and ready to go […]

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The joy of growing extends with upcoming community garden season

AMORY – “To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul,” Voltaire said. A few years ago, some members and friends of the St. Helen’s Catholic Church congregation expressed their interests in creating an initiative for community involvement to inspire greater interaction among their neighbors. The brainstorming birthed the Community […]

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JA’s charity ball mixes society with philanthropy

AMORY – Junior Auxiliary will continue a tradition of honoring a couple of outstanding Amorians, highlighting several high school senior girls and giving people a chance to socialize at a semi-formal event Feb. 25 as part of its charity ball. “Charity ball isn’t just a great event benefiting children, but it gives the community an […]

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Belle’s push for racial equality helped for a changing of the guard

ABERDEEN – Military service for Cecil Belle began with being drafted for the Vietnam War in 1969. After serving until 1971 with the U.S. Army, he received a call from a National Guard representative asking if he’d be interested in joining as part of its integration. “As a black, I couldn’t join before then. The […]

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Lady Panthers top Corinth to close division play

AMORY – With the exception of about three minutes in the fourth quarter, Amory coach Paula Wax liked what she saw out of her team as they closed out Division 1-4A play with a 58-49 victory over Corinth. That win, combined with one earlier in the week over Itawamba AHS, secured the No. 2 seed […]

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Scholarship is special both to Baker and ICC

For the Monroe Journal AMORY – When Don Baker celebrated a milestone birthday, his family and friends presented a special gift to Itawamba Community College, which will benefit students for years to come. The gift was the Donald A. Baker Endowed Scholarship, which also recognized his 30 years of service to the college. That service […]

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Parents, students and community weigh in on Aberdeen superintendent search

ABERDEEN – As the June 30 exit of conservatorship from the Aberdeen School District is set in motion, a community input-gathering session for the new superintendent at Aberdeen High School provided another piece of the process Feb. 9. The Aberdeen School Board has chosen the Mississippi School Boards Association (MSBA) to help find the perfect […]

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