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Being severe weather-aware leads to more comfort after the storm

When it comes to severe weather, most people are shell shocked. Through reported EF-0 tornadoes that have brought down trees to the EF-5 tornado that forever changed Smithville, Monroe County residents have witnessed first-hand the fury of nature. Last Wednesday morning, Monroe County Emergency Management Agency Director Bunky Goza was thankful conditions weren’t any worse […]

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Three subjects arrested on separate charges

According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Angela Rene Bishop, 39, of Fayette, Alabama was arrested on Dec. 2 in Alabama and charged with contempt of court, grand larceny and malicious mischief. Her bond was set at $500 for contempt of court and $2,000 for the malicious mischief charge. Justin Wayne Bryant, 23, of Greenwood […]

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Volunteers needed for outdoor classroom build

ABERDEEN – Thanks to the Home Depot Foundation and the Aberdeen Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization, AES will have a new outdoor classroom Dec. 13, and you can help. Volunteers are needed for the one-day community build on Dec. 13 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. “This is going to be my last year as […]

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Aberdeen firefighters provide Christmas for one of their own

ABERDEEN – On April 16, Derrick Paine, an eight-year veteran of the Aberdeen Fire Department, was involved in a motorcycle accident from which he is still recovering. Until his disability was effective, his fellow firefighters donated vacation time, so none of his paychecks were missed. With Christmas approaching, the firefighters and Aberdeen Fire Department Ladies […]

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Amory Christmas parade rescheduled

AMORY – The Amory Christmas parade, originally set for Dec. 5, has been rescheduled due to inclement weather. The parade is now set to take place Thursday, Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m.

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Just a few musings of a maverick

Ray Van Dusen and I each wrote a column a couple of years ago about wearing pajama pants out in public. That has been an area of irritation for me for awhile. Apparently, not everybody read the column as they are still wearing them out as regular pants. I mean the fleece-type pajama pants, not […]

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Belle Egg Bowl a tool to close the reading gap

ABERDEEN – During her presentation of Belle-Shivers Middle School performance to the Aberdeen School Board Nov. 16, principal Tami Doss illustrated the reading gap of boys versus girls in the school’s upper grade levels. By previous performance data, girl performed 50 percent better than boys. For this year’s Belle-Shivers Middle School Egg Bowl, which was […]

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Aberdeen Knights serve Thanksgiving meals for seniors

ABERDEEN – Most 11- and 12-year-olds haven’t delved into community service yet, but for a few players and cheerleaders associated with the Aberdeen Knights pee-wee football program, a pre-Thanksgiving meal gave them more lessons than those learned on the field. Thirty football players and five cheerleaders in the Knights’ oldest age group served turkey, dressing, […]

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Parks likes experimenting with food

AMORY – Eric Parks has been cooking since he was nearly 14 years old. He used to watch his grandmother cook and really got into creating dishes. “The first thing I made for my family was yellow rice, broccoli and pork chops with Lipton Onion Soup Mix,” Parks said. “They went crazy over it, and […]

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If every mile is a memory, imagine 230,000

By the time I decided it was time several weeks ago to list my truck for sale, it was old enough, in human years, to be studying for a driver’s license test itself. For nearly 15-and-a-half years, that silver Toyota Tacoma had taken me two drives to Amory shy from a solid 230,000 miles on […]

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Amory police investigation KFC armed robbery

By RAY VAN DUSEN Monroe Journal AMORY – According to Amory Police Chief Ronnie Bowen, four masked subjects entered the KFC on Highway 278 Thursday at approximately 9:50 p.m. and committed armed robbery. Bowen said three weapons were displayed. “The subjects left on foot and appeared to go to another business where a vehicle was […]

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Networking trip to Texas reveals power of partnerships

AMORY – Mayor Brad Blalock finally accepted a former college roommate’s long-standing invitation to come to Texas a couple of weeks ago to see how the metro-Houston community of The Woodlands operates, entirely at his own expense and in his own personal vehicle. “I wasn’t aware that anyone other than my staff knew I was […]

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Monroe Countians participate in St. Jude Marathon weekend

Several people from throughout Monroe County set aside the first weekend in December each year for the St. Jude Memphis Marathon. The walk/run features a marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K and 1-mile family run categories in addition to a walk. Candy Blalock of Amory ran in the event for the first time in 2011. In […]

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Doors to Christmas décor open for Holiday Home Tour

ABERDEEN – Four homes, each with its own character, and a historic church will be on display Sunday, Dec. 4, as part of the Holiday Home Tour, December’s first Christmas event for Aberdeen. “Those on the tour are really excited to show their homes and their decorations. This is a great way to start several […]

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Amory police face auto break-in cases ahead of Christmas season

For the Monroe Journal AMORY – Ahead of the Christmas holiday season, the Amory Police Department is already experiencing reports of automobile burglaries in residential neighborhoods mainly between midnight and 5 a.m. Suspects are targeting only unlocked vehicles and taking anything of value. The APD reminds everyone to be cautious during the holiday season. Tips […]

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