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Earlier this month, the impeachment effort against President Donald Trump ended in acquittal. The trial consumed nearly three weeks of the Senate’s calendar, bringing almost all other legislative business to a grinding halt. Now that the trial is over, we should waste no time returning to th…

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Absentee voting is ongoing for the March 10, 2020, Democrat and Republican primary elections for president, along with some U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representative seats, said Pontotoc County Circuit Clerk Melinda Nowicki.

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Pontotoc Electric Power Association is getting ready to roll out a birthday party celebrating the energizing of the first rural electric power pole in Pontotoc County. The event will be held Sunday, March 1, 2-5 p.m. in the Pontotoc Electric Conference Room.

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Pontotoc Aldermen last Thursday (Feb. 20) night appointed retired Pontotoc City School teacher Gaye Howard to fill an interim vacancy on the Pontotoc City School Board of Trustees until a special election can be held on November 3, 2020.

No need in February to dream through the winter days. We can ask a Master Gardener, Jay Hughes, about some of his expertise. Is it tree identification (from a recent session)... ornamentals?

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This month I am introducing a resolution to recognize a groundbreaking U.S. senator from Mississippi. Hiram Rhodes Revels was the first African American to serve in Congress in United States history. He was chosen by the state legislature in 1870, before the 17th Amendment to the Constitutio…

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The Pontotoc County Grand Jury which deliberated in January 2020 returned 63 indictments into open court on Monday, Feb. 10, and defendants were arraigned. Court officials said 28 indictments remain secret pending arrest or bonding of defendants.

Wild pigs are a growing problem in Pontotoc County and throughout Mississippi.  This invasive wildlife species threatens to adversely affect wildlife game species, wildlife habitat, water quality, and farm income. 

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Citing potential flooding on roads the Pontotoc county Schools, both north and South will dismiss at 2 p.m. today. Student will be home a full hour earlier than normal, so please adjust your schedule.

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As the world’s premier fighting force, our military depends on a strong Navy to project power abroad, preserve freedom of navigation across the world’s oceans, and deter America’s adversaries. For the past half-century, our Navy’s dominance has been unrivaled. A change in that role could hav…

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Dam repair at Trace State Park in eastern Pontotoc County was completed by mid-November and thanks to lots of rainfall over the past two and a half months the water level continues to rise in the 600 acre lake.

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The Mississippi Press Association Advertising division has awarded the design work of Progress designer Chelsea Williams with two of the top three distinctions that can be given. In addition, she garnered five first place plaques, seven second places and three third place certificates for he…

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At last week’s February board meeting Pontotoc Aldermen unanimously approved a motion to renew the city’s NaviRetail recruiter contract in the amount of $30,425.00 for full service recruitment consulting services.

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Two automobile crashes occurred in the same night because a stop sign was missing from Cane Creek Road South where it comes out on Highway 334 or what is commonly known as Toccopola Road. In both cases the autos went into the field beyond causing extensive damage to the vehicles.

Mississippi is covered with 19.7 million acres of timberland. Most of this timberland is owned by non-industrial private timberland owners.  To maximize revenue, private timberland owners should actively manage their resources. Examples of forest management practices that can increase revenu…

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Several area churches have cancelled services tonight because of incoming severe weather.  here are the ones we know about: If your church is not in this list please email regina.butler@journalinc.com by 4:30 and we will gladly add it.

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The experience of serving in Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) programs can have real benefits. A Rand Corporation study found that students who participate in JROTC have higher grades, better attendance rates, and are more likely to graduate from high school than other students.

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Over the past several months I had a few Veterans inquire about dental coverage and life insurance options through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The following information is provided in regard to these two programs from the VA Medical Center in Memphis and the VA.GOV website.

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Pontotoc Electric Power Officials spoke to a capacity crowd of some 600 people in the Pontotoc Jr. High Auditorium last Thursday night laying out what it will cost to bring broadband to the entire Pontotoc Electric customer base.

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Voters in Pontotoc County are reminded that next Monday, February 10, is the deadline to register to vote in the upcoming March 10, 2020, Democrat and Republican presidential primaries.

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Three Pontotoc City School District educators recently achieved National Board Certification in their qualifying area. Tonya Wilbanks at Pontotoc Middle School, Leslie Ward at Pontotoc Elementary School and Melinda Pittman at Pontotoc High School are now National Board Certified Teachers.  O…

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The American economy is strong and expanding. Unemployment is at record lows, inflation is under control, wages are surging for workers, and retirement and investment accounts are growing with a rising stock market. But new technologies have the potential to create even more opportunities fo…

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The question and answer time is here. A public meeting is set tomorrow, Thursday, January 30, 6:30 p.m. in the Pontotoc Jr. High Auditorium for the Pontotoc residents to field questions and get information concerning broadband access through the Pontotoc Electric Power Association.

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If there is one place many people take for granted until they need a particular book or have to do a research paper it is the Pontotoc County Library. Our 12,000 square foot facility has service the people of this area and beyond since June, 1976.

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At last week’s scheduled public hearing in Pontotoc County Chancery Court on the city of Pontotoc’s petition for annexation on additional property Chancery Judge Michael Malski continued the matter until Thursday, March 19.

The Mississippi State University Extension Service in Pontotoc County is recruiting new members for the Master Gardener program.  Participants will receive 40 hours of training in consumer horticulture and related areas.  In exchange for the education participants are required to return 40 h…

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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act became the law of the land two years ago. It represents the largest overhaul of the U.S. tax system since the Reagan presidency - a longtime goal for Republicans.

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Itawamba Community College has received $500,000 from two grant sources to enhance its Industrial Maintenance associate degree program as well as to implement Robotics and Automation Control Technology at the Belden Center.