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AMORY – Members of the Amory School Board heard an overview Jan. 13 of the district’s Excel program, which serves gifted and talented second- through sixth-graders. The program meets their unique academic, social and emotional needs.

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JACKSON – Two state senators who represent Monroe County will help steer committees determining future pieces of legislation in the 2020 session currently underway in Jackson.

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ABERDEEN – Ahead of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, two Aberdeenians were honored for epitomizing his legacy. Cloyd Garth Sr. and Barbara Ann Rowe were awarded Salute to Service Awards Jan. 17 at a ceremony at Aberdeen High School.

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AMORY – The most recent ACT test scores released by the Mississippi Department of Education in December showed the Amory School District continues to remain in the top 10 districts statewide. The scores are reflective of spring 2019 results.

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AMORY – North Mississippi Medical Center Gilmore-Amory is offering free classes for expectant mothers throughout 2020. The schedule will again be on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month, except for July and December.

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ABERDEEN – While doing work to clear property alongside Matubba Street, its owner Jim Lamping, along with Bobby Watkins, discovered a city street apparently never brought into use, according to discussion at Jan. 7’s board of aldermen meeting.

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Civil Rights champion Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be memorialized in a number of ways in the coming days throughout the nation, including observances in Amory and Aberdeen. King was assassinated April 4, 1968 in Memphis while on a trip in support of African-American city sanitation work…

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AMORY – Following board of aldermen approval Jan. 7 of two ordinances dealing with the future of legalized alcohol in Amory, sales of beer, light wine and liquor will officially begin Feb. 7. An overflow crowd was present at last week’s meeting, which included a public hearing for ordinances…

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ABERDEEN – In wrapping up an explanation of the immediate future of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Kevin Crook pulled out a sealed DVD of “The Green Mile,” saying analyzing Tom Hanks’ character as a corrections officer will be training for his jailers.

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SMITHVILLE – A man, who wishes to remain anonymous, had a lucky day last week after winning $100,000 from a $5 lottery ticket sold at Texaco T-Mart. The man was playing a Mississippi Blues scratch-off ticket, and the winning number was revealed after he scratched off the last box.

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Family, friends and colleagues gathered Dec. 27 for a retirement ceremony honoring outgoing county road manager Sonny Clay, tax collector Pat Birkholz, board of supervisors president Billy Kirkpatrick and Monroe County Justice Court Judge Robert Fowlkes.

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PRAIRIE – A piece of local history could be gone as the Monroe County Road Department recently replaced a wooden culvert underneath Old Magnolia Highway. At the time of removal, county road manager Sonny Clay said it could’ve very well been the last wooden culvert in the county.

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ABERDEEN – The General Services Administration (GSA) issued a stop work order to the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) on the approximately $12 million Utility Energy Service Contract (UESC) project to fund a complete replacement of the mold-infected HVAC system and to provide much-needed ene…

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SMITHVILLE- A trio of Smithville High School students who go by the name of “Team Hoss” won top honors for the class in the Stock Market Game, an online simulation of the global capital markets that engages students grades 4-12 in the world of economics, investing and personal finance and th…

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The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is assisting the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP) in its efforts to monitor an infectious deer disease.

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Saturday’s severe weather that moved through the region is causing flooding issues throughout several parts of Monroe County, including several locations in Amory such as Maple Street and Easthaven Drive.

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ABERDEEN – During its Jan. 6 meeting, the board of supervisors approved to accept donated funds from Monroe County citizens towards the purchase of an armored vehicle for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Kevin Crook said it is an MRAP [Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected] vehicle.

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The 2020 session of the Mississippi Legislature looks to be largely the same song, next verse from previous sessions, according to comments shared by local lawmakers before returning to Jackson. The legislative session began Jan. 7 and is scheduled to end March 10.

AMORY - A 13-year-old girl reported missing Thursday has been located, according to the Amory Police Department. The department posted early Friday morning, it was a runaway case and she was believed to be with another juvenile in a different state.  

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An investiture ceremony Jan. 3 at the Monroe County Courthouse signified the beginning of the next chapter in county government. Of the 19 elected positions, six officials starting their first term in office after being sworn in by Judge Michael Malski.

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AMORY – Paul and Patty Hawkins retired in 2009 after owning Flooring Concepts in Amory for 30 years. They’re now volunteer their time at a place they believe will soon be home for their handicapped son – Itawamba Crossroads Ranch in Fulton, which is a community for special needs adults curre…

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According to a press release from the Amory Police Department, Arsenio West, 27, of Amory was arrested and charged with sale of a controlled substance; possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine); possession of a weapon by a felon; possession of a stolen firearm; possession of a c…

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AMORY – According to a post from the City of Amory, Ordinances 1723 and 1724 will be the subject of a public hearing set for the Jan. 7 board of aldermen meeting at 6 p.m. The ordinances pertain to the possession, sale and distribution of alcohol and beer in the City of Amory.

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New homeowners have the opportunity to save on their 2020 property taxes by filing for homestead tax exemption, an application process beginning Jan. 2. It is open to anyone who owns and occupies property by Jan. 1, 2020 and claims it as their primary residence.

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ABERDEEN – A 68-acre tract of land near the Monroe County Airport could potentially be developed for hiking, biking and four-wheeler trails. During its Dec. 20 meeting, the board of supervisors approved for county administrator Bob Prisock to apply for a Mississippi Department of Wildlife, F…

From natural disasters to technology to events surrounding the county election to changing positions, 2019 was one of the more notable years in terms of unfolding events for Monroe County compared to more recent years.