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Smithville’s Russell back where it all started

New Smithville baseball coach Jamie Russell isn’t a complete stranger to the Noles – but it has been a while. Russell did his student teaching at Smithville before beginning a 16-year coaching career with two stops at Mooreville and one at Ripley. “I’m very excited about this job. I enjoyed doing my student teaching in […]

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Local independent film released on DVD

For the Monroe Journal “OzLand,” an independent film with scenes shot in Monroe County was officially released on DVD Tuesday. Written, directed and produced by Michael Williams of West Point, “Ozland” debuted last January at Aberdeen’s Elkin Theatre as part of a five-city tour. The fantasy/sci-fi film stars Glenn Payne, Zack Ratkovich, Dunlap Peeples IV […]

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If you need some advice, Devy will help you out soon

Here at the Monroe Journal, we are always looking for new ways to inform and entertain our readers. Sometimes we miss the mark, and it’s back to the drawing board. Sometimes we chew over an idea for years before really locking it down in print. Such is the case for our latest upcoming offering to […]

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Outlaws baseball tryouts to be held July 29, 30

For the Monroe Journal AMORY – Outlaws baseball tryouts for ages 8 and under for the 2016-2017 USSSA season will be held at Concord Field July 29 from 6 until 8 p.m. and July 30 from 9 until 11 a.m. Participants must have been born on or after May 1, 2008. Proof of age and […]

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Aberdeen aldermen approve consultant for potential economic opportunities

ABERDEEN – A request made by Mayor Maurice Howard for a consultant/grant writer to work pro bono for the city was unanimously approved by the board of aldermen July 19. Following a motion made by Ward 1 Alderman Alonzo Sykes and seconded by Ward 2 Alderwoman Lady B. Garth, Kyle D. Atkins was approved for […]

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Aldermen reluctantly grant long-sought zoning request

AMORY – In a rare occurrence, resident James Pope was successful in getting the board of aldermen to grant his long-awaited zoning request as part of its July 19 meeting. Pope’s request to have his Tschudi Road property re-zoned from residential to commercial was originally denied by the city’s planning and zoning department before he […]

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Viral dance video being featured on Nickleodeon show

SMITHVILLE – The fame continues Tuesday, July 26 for a viral video featuring Mikes Jones and his teenage daughters dancing to the “Watch Me (Whip Nae/Nae)”  as it will be shown on the Nickelodeon show, “Crashletes.” Hosted by New England Patriots Tight End Rob Gronkowski, “Crashletes” is a series like “America’s Funniest Home Videos” and “Ridiculousness” […]

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Group makes melodies and more in Frisco Park

AMORY – If theologian Martin Luther was right when he said that music can calm the agitations of the soul, then a group loosely known as Words and Music are doing their part to put some good vibes back into the universe, or at least the city, on Sunday nights in Frisco Park. The time? […]

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Amory Regional Museum speaker discusses Negro League baseball

BY JOHN H. WARD/For the Monroe Journal AMORY – There was no money, yet a big vision. Inspired by a tour across the state of Kansas by 90+-year-old former senator and presidential candidate Bob Dole, Phil S. Dixon decided to pursue a career of researching and promoting his life-long love of baseball. Oddly enough, he […]

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ICC now accepting nominations for Alumnus of the Year, Athletic Hall of Fame

Nominations are being accepted for the 2016 Alumnus of the Year and Athletic Hall of Fame inductees at Itawamba Community College through Aug. 26. Those selected will be honored during homecoming activities Oct. 22 at the Fulton Campus. Criteria for selection for Alumnus of the Year include successful completion of at least one semester as […]

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MCSO arrests Hamilton man on possession charges

William Jade Meyers, 28, of Hamilton was arrested July 23 on a traffic stop in Hamilton and charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.

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Justice for Animals movement encourages push for stricter laws

ABERDEEN – Bottomline, the need for stricter animal protection laws was the biggest takeaway of a meeting held July 11 in defense of animals. Doll Stanley, campaign director of the Justice for Animals campaign, led the discussion that focused on existing ordinances pertaining to animal cruelty. “Look in the mirror. It may bother you, but […]

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Students enriched through 21st Century program

ABERDEEN – Even though summer vacation has been in full swing, several students of the Aberdeen School District have continued their education, only slightly different from the typically school year curriculum, through the 21st Century program. “In the past, we’ve focused strictly on academics, but we can’t draw just on those things they do all […]

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Cruisin’ reunion artwork goes to benefit Amory Humane Society

AMORY – For local artist Kathy Parker, the 1970s provided her prime for riding Amory’s now defunct loop on the weekends. Like several other former teenagers from a number of decades past, she is thrilled to relive a little of her youth July 30 as part of the Cruisin’ Amory event, an organized event for […]

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Sargent grew up cooking with mother and grandmother

BIGBEE – Sharon Sargent grew up cooking in the kitchen with her mother and grandmother. She was 13 years old when she cooked her first full meal by herself. “I grew up working in the gardens. We would have the vegetables picked and ready for mother to put up when she got in from work,” […]

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