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Harmon releases new music video

By W. Derek Russell/Daily Journal DALLAS – Trent Harmon might admit to being a little homesick for Northeast Mississippi, but social media goes a long way to keep him feeling connected. The final “American Idol” winner is currently on a cross-country trek promoting his new hit single, “There’s a Girl,” which also describes Harmon on […]

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National oppression brings local support for the boys in blue

  For the past several months, tension between members of the public and several different police departments has inspired news coverage difficult to avoid. In recent weeks, that hostility has escalated. “TV is putting out what they want to just to stir the pot,” said Sheriff Cecil Cantrell in regard to media coverage of some […]

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Pokemon Go fever catches on in Monroe County

If you’ve noticed an abnormally higher amount of people walking around paying even more attention to their smartphone screens during the past couple of weeks, there’s a reason why. A video game turned trading card game turned cartoon that began in the late 90s got a reboot July 6 with the U.S. release of Pokemon […]

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Former Amorian’s art on exhibit in Corinth

AMORY – Maybe another Grandma Moses, with close ties to Amory, is emerging in Corinth. Self-taught artist 69-year-old Judy Chelmowski’s art exhibit opened at the Corinth Artist Guild Gallery July 9 and will continue to be on exhibit until July 30. “I was overwhelmed at the art exhibit opening,” Chelmowski said. “I saw people I […]

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Pokemon can’t make those problems go away, but it can distract

As complicated as writing about fiscal years and assessments are, they’re more understandable to me these days than the premise behind Pokemon. With the exception of a few Nicktoons, the occasional “Kim Possible” and a few shows on Cartoon Network, I was long-removed from several cartoons by the late 90s and early 2000s, making the […]

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Amory’s Seger acclimated in the 4A softball grind

New Amory head fast-pitch softball coach Jessica Seger is no stranger to 4A softball or to the Lady Panthers. After all, Seger coached across the diamond from Amory for the last six years at former division rival Pontotoc. “Coaching against Amory while I was at Pontotoc, they were a very good program. While we were […]

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Kids receive big assistance from library summer reading programs

People thinking that libraries are becoming extinct haven’t been to a Summer Reading Club at their local library. These programs are important for students and their academic achievement. Students who lose reading skills during summer break will be two years behind their classmates by the end of the sixth grade. By participating in the summer […]

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Monroe Journal names new general manager

By CHARLOTTE WOLFE/FOR THE MONROE JOURNAL Emily Tubb, who is currently a staff writer and advertising sales consultant for the Monroe Journal, has been promoted to general manager. She replaces Ricky Kimbrell, who left recently to pursue an opportunity with Sanctuary Hospice in Tupelo. “Emily’s experience at the Monroe Journal in both advertising and editorial […]

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Amory and Hatley earn ‘A’ ratings through latest assessment results

The Mississippi Department of Education released letter grade accountability levels regarding student performances July 15. This data is based on the tests students took during the 2014-15 school year. That includes the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test for third- to eighth-graders and the Subject Area Tests for high school […]

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County libraries fare well with budget cuts

Most Monroe County library patrons probably won’t notice any changes to their local library, even though recent statewide budget reductions cut funds to the four-county Tombigbee Regional Library (TRL) System by more than $29,000. Cuts to TRL’s Personnel Incentive Grant Program, funded through the Mississippi Library Commission, went into effect July 1. As a result […]

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MC Historical Society to hear black history connection to Civil War

ABERDEEN – The Monroe County Historical Society will meet at Aberdeen First United Methodist Church at 6:30 p.m. July 21. Guest speaker will be Al Arnold, author of “Robert E. Lee’s Orderly.” Arnold, a descendant of a slave, grew up in Northeast Mississippi. He is a 1986 graduate of Shannon High School and attended Jackson […]

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Handicap doesn’t stop powerlifter from crushing obstacles

BECKER – Being born with cerebral palsy that affected his right side and living with the handicap through a power chair has never stopped Drake West from defying the odds. In 2013, the powerlifter set an American Powerlifting Association Mississippi state record in the 114 Special Olympics Division. At the APA Mississippi State Championships May […]

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Novelist with FBI background featured guest for July booklunch

For the Monroe Journal ABERDEEN – Evans Memorial Library will hold its July booklunch on July 20 at the library at noon. Guest speaker will be the intriguing Merle Temple, author of “A Ghostly Shade of Pale.” He has added a sequel, “A Rented World.” Templeton, a native of Tupelo, worked for the Federal Bureau […]

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Amory woman charged with B&E

AMORY – Rhonda Gail Tubb, 36, of Amory was arrested in Tupelo on a warrant from Monroe County and charged with Breaking and Entering. She is currently in the Monroe County Detention Center awaiting arraignment.

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Traffic stop leads to possession of controlled substance charge

Brandy Taylor, 40, of Nettleton was arrested by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office as the result of a traffic stop on Highway 371. She was charged with possession of controlled substance. She is currently in the Monroe County Detention Center awaiting arraignment.

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