Silent Night: Midnight Mass celebration ushers in hour of the day

ABERDEEN – While certain cities in early history began their own Christmas celebrations in different years after the death of Jesus Christ, the universal date in the fourth century streamlined the celebrations to Dec. 25. In the year 430, Pope Sixtus III included a replica chapel of where Jesus was born and instituted a midnight […]

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Extension service offers holiday safety tips

For the Monroe Journal Christmas is a joyous time of the year to get together with family and friends and to remember to celebrate the “real reason for the season,” the birth of Jesus. Following are some safety tips that, if you follow them, will help to make the season safer and ultimately more enjoyable: […]

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MDEQ awards solid waste assistance grant to Three Rivers

For the Monroe Journal JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality awarded the Three Rivers Solid Waste Management Authority a $75,000 solid waste assistance grant that will be used for household hazardous waste collection events in the Spring of 2015. The authority includes Calhoun, Itawamba, Lafayette, Lee, Monroe, Pontotoc and Union counties. Cities and […]

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Knight’s cooking skills learned at an early age

ABERDEEN – Jean Knight learned to cook at an early age when she and a cousin would stay with their grandmother during the summer. “I remember cooking green beans and putting okra in the green beans,” Knight said. I didn’t know any better.” Knight’s father was a meat and potatoes guy and she learned to […]

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Lady Tigers dominant in tourney win

HATLEY – Hatley coach Scott Carter and his Lady Tigers set several goals at the beginning of their first season together. They crossed the first of those, winning their own basketball tournament, off the list on Saturday night in a dominant 59-37 win. “Our girls stepped up and played hard tonight. It was a team […]

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Remembering the family farm in Athens

By Caroline Carter /For the Monroe Journal ATHENS – Out in the backwoods of the Athens community sets the homestead of the late Leonard Alfonso West. Andrew Allen, L.A. West’s grandson and a member of the Athens community, described the life on the West family farm between the 1940s and 1960s. “Agriculture in the community […]

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Tigers grab first win of season

HATLEY – Hatley coach Brian McCollum was looking for a spark in his team’s 0-6 start to the season. He got it on Friday night as his Tigers downed Tupelo Christian 58-40 to grab their first win. “We really had our best week of practice this week,” McCollum said. “There was a lot of confidence, […]

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MAEP Petition makes the 2015 Ballot

According to a press release from the Secretary of State’s office, the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) Petition, or Initiative #42, obtained the sufficient number of signatures required to be placed on the 2015 General Election ballot in November. Initiative #42 seeks to amend the State Constitution to require the full funding of education and […]

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JROTC program aims high with drone technology

ABERDEEN – Even though the maximum  altitude of the Phantom 2 Vision Plus drone may tap out at 655 feet, the study of flight for Aberdeen High School’s JROTC program would rather let the sky be the limit. The JROTC program received one of approximately 60 drones from the Air Force JROTC’s headquarters at Maxwell […]

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ASD supporter issues challenge for school partnerships

ABERDEEN – In a sense, Aberdeen School District alumni and supporter Edward Haynes threw down the gauntlet just before dismissal of the district’s P16 Council Dec. 8 meeting. Springboarding from a recent $3,300 donation he secured from Tronox for a fresher, brighter coat of paint for the halls of Belle Elementary School, Haynes challenged Aberdeen […]

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Tupelo woman charged with identity theft

AMORY – According to the Amory Police Department, Mary Ann Smith, 46, of Tupelo was arrested on two counts of identity theft. She had obtained a Social Security number from an individual and used it to open two loan accounts in Amory. Smith was already out on bond from a previous charge of false pretense in Amory. Her first […]

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Lady Noles edge out Tremont in rematch

HATLEY – In a rematch of a close battle earlier in the season, the Smithville Lady Noles were clutch at the free-throw line late to grab a 40-30 win over Tremont at the Hatley Tournament on Friday. Tremont had grabbed a physical five-point win right before Thanksgiving break. “Both teams struggled early in the game, […]

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Robinson selected as new county school board member

AMORY – Hamilton resident Jean Robinson was selected to fill the vacancy left by the late Don Self on the Monroe County School Board for District 4. She will finish out the term, which ends December 2015. The position will be on the general election ballot next November and whoever is elected will serve until […]

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NAACP approaches Amory School Board with list of complaints

AMORY – Members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People approached the Amory School Board on Dec. 9 to discuss what they feel are unfair treatments of African American students within the district. “We have a list of complaints from black students. If you have students preoccupied with thinking about these things, […]

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Wave hand Bulldogs first loss

TUPELO – In a showcase of two of the premier basketball teams in this corner of the state, host Tupelo stole the show. The up tempo of the Golden Wave eventually wore down the previously undefeated Aberdeen Bulldogs in the second half as Tupelo claimed a 79-52 victory on Tuesday night. “I think there were […]

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