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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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Energy-efficiency program begins amid mayoral request for TVA rate relief

ABERDEEN – Mayor Maurice Howard asked Tennessee Valley Authority officials Feb. 7 during a face-to-face meeting what can be done to offer customers of the Aberdeen Electric Department rate relief in a timely manner. Through TVA’s authority, the most immediate answer is a reduction of customer consumption and enrolling in its energy-efficiency program. Through previously […]

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Noles rebound to grab first win against Tigers

SMITHVILLE – In the boys’ basketball season series between rivals Smithville and Hatley, Hatley went into last Tuesday night’s matchup with a 2-0 record against its rival Noles. Smithville bounced back to take the final meeting between the two with a 59-43 win. “I don’t know about this being a redemption game, but we know […]

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Nettleton aldermen approve police car purchase, blessing box

NETTLETON – During its Feb. 6 meeting, the Nettleton Board of Aldermen approved the purchase of a 2016 Ford Interceptor for the Nettleton Police Department following a motion made by Ward 1 Alderman Charles Morris and seconded by Ward 4 Alderman Larry Guess. “We’ve had of a lot of maintenance issues with other cars. Last […]

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WorkKeys shows its takers and industries what has already molded your mind

I’m 22 years removed from the ACT test and only know Common Core from a glance. I come from a secondary education age of learning when achievement tests were the only times I remember data being measured outside of our classroom teachers’ grade books. There were guidance counselors helping point us in the right ways […]

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Aldermen reappoint Rogers to Amory School Board

AMORY – After interviewing three candidates at its regular-called meeting Feb. 7, the board of aldermen voted 3-2 to reappoint Mr. Marquette Rogers, who currently serves as the Amory School Board president, to the board for another five-year term. Ward 4 Alderman Glen Bingham made the motion, followed by a second from Ward 1 Alderman […]

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