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Thirty one defendants pled guilty last week during week one criminal proceedings in the December term of Pontotoc County Circuit Court. Court is scheduled to adjourn on Friday (Dec. 13)

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A week before Thanksgiving, Congress approved and President Donald Trump signed a short-term government funding bill through December 20. This bill, also known as a continuing resolution (CR), keeps existing expenditures in place and was necessary to prevent an immediate government shutdown.…

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Mayor Jeff Smith thanked Fire Chief Phil Stokes for his invaluable service to the Ecru community for the past 13 years. “There is no way to say thank you enough,” Smith said. “We appreciate you. The volunteers are set to elect another fire chief from within their ranks.”

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Nothing changes the life of a person quite like being able to own their own home. Habitat for Humanity in Pontotoc has been helping folks here get that opportunity through low interest loans and sweat equity, that means the family puts in volunteer hours to build the home. 

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One new board member has been elected to serve a three year term on the Pontotoc Electric Power Association board.

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I think it is worth repeating some of the information I wrote about this past July in regard to Veteran benefits deriving from the 2018 Mission Act. As I mentioned this new policy eliminated what we have known as the Choice Program. Many of you still have those Choice cards in your wallet, t…

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I have often talked about how much I loved to watch the “Johnny Carson Show.” Carson’s comedic wit was superb.

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The Christmas season came in with a bang this past Monday night with the Pontotoc City Christmas Parade, but hold on to your hat, there is so much more to do and see the rest of this week and beyond.

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For almost six months, the people of Hong Kong have taken to the streets to protest the abuses of the Chinese Communist Party. Recent clashes make clear that police are stepping up their cruelty, with beatings becoming the go-to tactic of repression and rubber bullets occasionally being repl…

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One of the most delightful times of the season is when people in each community gather along the streets to see their baby or grand baby coming down the street in the parade. Christmas parades are a tradition that gives an opportunity for folks in the community to visit and enjoy a night out…

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The South Pontotoc High School Band just finished its first marching/competition season having moved up from MHSAA Class 3A to Class 4A. As all various teams often find, moving up a class and competing against all larger schools, can be a difficult proposition.

It’s cotton picking time once again in Hurricane!  The Stubblefield-Hale families in Mud Creek Bottom had a menagerie of folks working the fields on the Pontotoc County side on Saturday.  Getting in on the action were Kypton and Auden Breedlove of New Site, the young grandsons of Steve and B…

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Although partisan fights are consuming much of Washington’s attention, there is a lot to celebrate. The economy continues what has become the longest expansion in our nation’s history, unemployment is at near-record lows, and wages rise every month, particularly for low-skill workers.

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Those in need of a delicious, hot Thanksgiving meal are welcome to partake in the annual generosity of a small army of area Christians again this year.

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Pontotoc County Board of Supervisors recently set the holidays for the county for the rest of the year. All county offices will be closed November 28 and 29 for the Thanksgiving holidays; December 24 and 25 for Christmas holidays and January 1, 2020 for the New year’s Day holiday.

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As I drove to West Point on my sisters birthday it was hard to imagine she was 38 years old. It seemed only yesterday she came into this world. She doesn’t get to come home on her birthday, so I went to her. Mama and daddy went during the day time and I went to spend the night.

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Pontotoc County will soon own the old Family Dollar Building on Hwy. 15 North. The supervisors approved a resolution to give board president Mike McGregor and Ricky Ferguson permission to execute the loan documents with Three Rivers PPD and secure a $550,000 loan for the purchase and renovat…

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It is at last the week many have been waiting for! The time to drop off your shoeboxes full of Christmas gifts to those who live in other countries. The Northeast Mississippi area will host a prayer walk at the Ballard Park this Saturday, November 16, 1-5 p.m. and then collection will begin …

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At last week’s November 5 meeting, the Pontotoc Board of Aldermen unanimously approved a motion to advertise for bids for the construction of a frontage road along Highway 278 four lane where city officials are hoping to lure construction of hotels, restaurants and other businesses.

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Mississippi State Superintendent of Education Dr. Cary Wright congratulated Pontotoc City School District for their A rating. Those in the photo are: front from left: Johana Gaucin, Chloe Foster, Dr. Carey Wright, Pontotoc City School Superintendent Dr. Michelle Bivens, Rani Greer, Izzy Park…

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Misissippi’s superintendent Dr. Cary Wright was on hand last week to congratulate the Pontotoc city School District for the district wide A grade that was received recently.

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On November 11, 1919, President Woodrow Wilson declared Armistice Day – now Veterans Day – to mark the anniversary of the Allied victory in World War I. For precisely a century now, Americans have commemorated this occasion with ceremonies and parades. It also gives former service members th…

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Christmas is just around the corner, believe it or not. It is time to begin getting your photos together for the special Christmas Issue which will publish on Christmas Day. Old photos must be at least 50 years old. You may bring in the photo itself or email it to regina.butler@journalinc.com.

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Many Pontotoc County residents served their country in WW II, and the Pontotoc County Historical Society will honor them, and tell some of their stories during a special program entitled "WWII Heroes of Pontotoc County" on Thursday night (Nov. 14).