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As spring break continues through April 17, Monroe County students are still being afforded the opportunity to learn at home. During the past several days, local school districts began implementing their means of distance learning, which have ranged from pencil and paper packets to website l…

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NETTLETON - The Nettleton School District's feeding program will suspend its services from April 6 until April 17. It will reevaluate the situation closer to April 17. All school buildings will be closed during the same time period.

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ABERDEEN – Aberdeen’s upcoming city election schedule is now adjusted following action taken at a March 25 special-called board of aldermen meeting. Out of health precautions due to COVID-19, the Democratic primaries and general election will both be pushed back roughly a month.

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Even though some local law enforcement agencies are witnessing a decrease in calls for service and adapting to temporary changes due to coronavirus precautions, it’s still business as usual.

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AMORY – The citywide vote on a tourism tax scheduled for May 12 has been delayed until Dec. 8 to comply with advisories by the Centers for Disease Control and Mississippi State Department of Health regarding the COVID-19 virus outbreak.

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SMITHVILLE – Access Family Health Services is sharing in $1.4 million worth of funds for Mississippi community health centers through the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act.

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Monroe Shopper has undergone a significant reduction in pages while our advertisers adjust to this changing situation. In response to this, Journal Publishing is suspending production of the Monroe Shopper.

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With schools suspended and executive orders passed limiting groups at certain gatherings to no more than 10 people, the past few weeks have brought out strange times for people’s normal routines. While several normal routines in pre-coronavirus times haven’t included the number of good deeds…

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ABERDEEN – During a special-called meeting Tuesday evening, the board of aldermen extended the city’s COVID-19 executive order, first passed March 23, until further notice. It states non-essential businesses, yard parties and church services shall have no more than 10 people.

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Even though Census Day, scheduled for April 1, is a push for every household across the nation to fill out census data online, people are able to respond now. Accurate census counts help communities in a number of ways from potential financial assistance for individuals, cities, counties, sc…

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ABERDEEN – A new addition at Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry will help volunteers and clients alike during any type of weather. Thanks to help from Bell & Sons Trucking Co., the food pantry now has a covered canopy for a conveyor system, allowing clients to drive right up for deliveries th…

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ABERDEEN – Aberdeen Police Chief Henry Randle plans to request for the board of aldermen to consider an updated executive order in terms of COVID-19 giving his department authority, adding he didn’t have any input on the executive order aldermen passed last week.

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ABERDEEN – An unnamed employee of Food Giant, who was off work for six days after first showing symptoms, tested positive for COVID-19, according to David Holcomb, North Mississippi district manager of the grocery store franchise.

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ABERDEEN – While March 20’s meeting was not the first time the board of supervisors dealt with COVID-19 items last week, the meeting’s business included continued discussion regarding local reaction, including potential help for small businesses.

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ABERDEEN – March 19’s Aberdeen School Board meeting mixed COVID-19 reaction with looking to the future with a potentially different outlook on accountability models. Some topics covered were universal to all school districts through adjustments in response to coronavirus.

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AMORY – The Amory School Board held a special-called meeting March 16 pertaining to Mississippi Department of Education communication regarding the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak as it pertains to education.

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ABERDEEN – During a special-called meeting Wednesday, the board of aldermen voted unanimously to postpone the city’s upcoming Democratic primaries and general election out of precaution of COVID-19.

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HATLEY – Mayor George King and the board of aldermen declared a state of emergency for Hatley during a special-called meeting March 24. Due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak, the proclamation was ordered to provide the town the ability to do what is necessary to respond adequately and ensures …

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Given the COVID-19 situation is one that doesn’t come with a playbook, preparing for and reacting to it have been a learning experience for many. However, people have faced natural disasters and national tragedies leading to a similar stressed state of mind.

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Checking on senior citizens’ well-being is important, especially through precautions pertaining to coronavirus. A number of law enforcement agencies and groups offer the service and for the duration of the area’s reaction to the pandemic, volunteers centralized to the Amory Regional Museum w…

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AMORY - A blood drive will be held at Frisco Park April 2 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. through Vitalant. To make an appointment, call 256-5721 ext. 8 or go to www.vitalant.org, click donate and then enter the sponsor code: Amory.

ABERDEEN – During a Monday afternoon meeting, the board of aldermen approved an order nearly identical to one passed earlier in the day by Amory city leaders but with a couple of extra conditions.

AMORY – An order signed by Mayor Brad Blalock Monday follows suit with some neighboring cities as a response to COVID-19. From now through March 31, mandates will be in place including non-essential businesses limiting the numbers of people to 10 or less at one time inside their businesses.

According to the Amory Police Department, Calvin B. Baskin, 49, of Okolona was charged with trafficking a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance with intent following a traffic stop. He is also on federal probation. Bond was set at $100,000 by Monroe County Justice Cou…

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SMITHVILLE – Mayor Earl Wayne Cowley and the board of aldermen declared a state of emergency for Smithville at a special called meeting March 20. Due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak, the proclamation was ordered to provide the town the ability to do what is necessary to respond adequately an…

NETTLETON - Nettleton School District Superintendent Tim Dickerson said the district will serve free to-go lunches to students 18 and younger in a drive-thru fashion on Mullen Avenue between the upper elementary and high school buildings.

The general counsel of the Mississippi Public Service Commission issued a cease and desist letter to the Monroe County Electric Power Association Friday morning regarding refusal to reconnect electric service due to late tax payments.

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According to the Mississippi State Department of Health website, the second presumptive positive case of the COVID-19 strain of coronavirus has been reported in Monroe County. No further details have been released. The Monroe County total brings the statewide count to 80. MDHS has also repor…

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Monroe County’s election results mirrored that of Mississippi, Missouri, Michigan, Washington and Idaho March 10, as Joe Biden clinched the states’ Democratic primary, and Donald Trump was the clear winner on the Republican side for the 2020 presidential race.

AMORY – Beginning Monday, March 23, the Amory School District will serve free drive-thru meals to all children 18 and younger weekdays until further notice at West Amory Elementary School from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.