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ABERDEEN – Continuing a quarterly tradition, people are encouraged to tidy up town Sept. 19 either in their own yards or with groups of volunteers as part of Aberdeen’s Community Cleanup Day, which begins at 8 a.m. at City Hall.

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ABERDEEN – With movie theaters undergoing shutdowns throughout much of the pandemic, people have been missing the moviegoing experience. The Church of Christ is helping fill that void Sept. 12 with a drive-in movie-style screening of the 1998 animated Disney film, “Mulan.”

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AMORY – Most afternoons around 3 o’ clock, a group of retired men gather for coffee and conversation, pandemic or no pandemic. Since coronavirus regulations have forced most fast food restaurant dining rooms to remain closed, the coffee crowd has improvised and found its temporary meeting sp…

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HATLEY – Hatley eighth-grader Ethan Dodd has been a hunting and fishing enthusiast since he was old enough to hold a rifle and a rod. The issue that limits him, however, is a rare muscular dystrophy, which he was diagnosed with at age 8. His mother, Rachel, said it’s so rare that it doesn’t …

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AMORY – Just as COVID-19 safety precautions have put a restriction on the number of church attendees, some prayer gatherings have opted for the same practices. Even though a recent one to comfort a cancer patient was impromptu and spread out, its purpose is proving to be effective.

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ABERDEEN – This year’s Bukka White Blues Festival is officially cancelled due to complications associated with the coronavirus pandemic. The annual event was scheduled for Oct. 5 and 6 at Blue Bluff.

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A vintage movie theatre renovation is familiar territory for anyone who has lived in Aberdeen for a while. Just like how several families pitched in during the 1980s to revive the rundown Elkin Theatre, a group in Decatur, Alabama is doing the same for the Princess Theatre, which now acts as…

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AMORY – Even though the number of people allowed at restaurants and nightclubs has peaked and dipped this year due to coronavirus guidelines, one local restaurant is sharing an aspect of its ambiance online – live music.

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AMORY – The Rev. Dewayne Robinson began his duties as pastor of St. James United Methodist Church at the beginning of July. A 48-year-old Starkville native, Robinson is in his fifth year of ministry while continuing graduate studies at Gammon Theological Seminary in Atlanta toward a master’s…

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AMORY – Casually stretched out in a lounge chair in the back of his restaurant, Cruisin’ Amory originator Chad Houston assures the much-loved summertime tradition is still on, regardless of the coronavirus pandemic, which has cancelled most events since spring.

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WREN – From racing around the track on “Mario Kart” to swinging around the jungle on “Donkey Kong Country,” novice and extreme gamers alike have enjoyed a night devoted to older video games the past couple of years at Common Ground Christian Church.

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ABERDEEN – By day, Allen Lockhart is the director of pathology and the lab at Monroe Regional Hospital. By night, he’s a painter. He recently donated a painting of the hospital to be hung between the downstairs elevators, bringing an appreciation from co-workers of a talent they didn’t know he had.

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ABERDEEN – Early February’s inaugural Mardi Gras parade and ball in Aberdeen were successful enough to already lock in dates for next year’s festivities. Moreover, there are plans to form the Monroe County Carnival Association to organize events.

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NETTLETON – Brenda Vinson, who accepted the position as librarian at the Dorothy J. Lowe Public Library ahead of the pandemic, moved south with her family from her native Indiana in 1989 to work with her brother, the Rev. Steve Drury, who was president of the Tupelo Children’s Mansion.

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Congratulations to Bode Robinson and his parents, Dr. Michael and Stacey Robinson of Aberdeen, upon winning a $529 Mississippi Affordable College Savings scholarship. Bode, who was born at 6:59 p.m. May 29 at North Mississippi Medical Center Women’s Hospital, was one of two winners of a Baby…

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PRAIRIE – During the months of April and May, the Prairie RCDC, along with District 4 Supervisor Fulton Ware, showed their appreciation to essential workers of Monroe County. Lunch and snacks were provided to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Aberdeen Police Department, Monroe Regional Hos…

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AMORY – The Rev. Elbrist Mason has served as St. James United Methodist Church’s pastor for the past five years, but his tenure is coming to an end in the coming weeks. Mason and his wife, Stella, are leaving Amory to follow the direction of the Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist…

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ABERDEEN – People looking for locally grown and homemade goods can find them Friday mornings throughout the summer as the Aberdeen Main Street kicks off its new season June 5.

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AMORY – Prom celebrations may have been put on hold indefinitely while crowds are restricted, but one senior’s family made sure she was able to have her special night as Amory senior Meredith Crouch’s family created a stay at home prom for her and her date, Brady Davis, a senior at Hamilton.

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AMORY – Administrators and social services staff at River Place Nursing Center collaborated with community supporters to organize a special day for residents May 14 as they were treated to a parade.

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Mother’s Day was celebrated this year in ways not expected a year ago. The impact of the global pandemic has caused ingenuity to blossom along with the spring flowers as local churches and businesses explore alternative ways to keep families connected and served.

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ABERDEEN – In February, Bishop Eugene Sacus, a community advocate who talked local issues and shared the word of God every Sunday morning on 1240AM WWZQ, left this life shortly after doing what he loved doing – preaching the word of the Lord.

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AMORY – With school out for the semester and plenty of people working from home, families are finding more time together now than ever. One family is taking advantage of that time together and entertaining their Facebook friends at the same time as Casey Deaton and his family have put togeth…

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AMORY – What would’ve been the weekend of Nettleton High School’s prom is now plans to host one two months from now. Even though NHS senior Marcus Thomas’ plans didn’t work out as he expected, his co-workers at Walgreens made sure he had a memorable senior year experience by making him prom …

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A statewide shelter-in-place order during the COVID-19 pandemic is forcing churches to explore creative means to keep their congregations connected. Easter Sunday typically brings about the largest attendance of the year in America’s churches. However, sanctuaries will be mostly empty this Easter.