Mississippi’s early migratory game bird seasons announced

Special to the Monroe Journal JACKSON – The Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks has approved dates for the 2014-2015 early hunting seasons for migratory game birds. Early migratory game bird hunting seasons set at the July meeting include resident Canada geese, early teal, snipe, woodcock, dove, and rails. This year, early seasons will be […]

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W student accepted into Rural Physicians Scholarship Program

For the Monroe Journal AMORY – Anna Watson has always dreamed of opening her own practice, and now she is closer to that reality upon entering the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program. Watson is currently a sophomore biology major at Mississippi University for Women. The Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program, hosted at the University of […]

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Depot project calls for volunteers with project expertise

ABERDEEN – As part of the master plan for the Livable Communities cannery project, Aberdeen Main Street Director Ann Tackett is searching for willing people with knowledge and/or experience in the areas of architecture, roofing, electric work, plumbing and landscaping architecture. “We need people with expertise regardless of their age. We need people who know […]

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Your neighbor: Mary Myers

ABERDEEN – When Mary Walker Myers moved from Jasper, Alabama to Aberdeen to live with her father in the 1960s, he already had the right man in mind for her. On April 8, 1963, she met Charles Henry Myers, who worked at American Oil Station just across the railroad tracks downtown. After going out to […]

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Gilmore Hospital offers patients and community better food options

AMORY – Hospital food isn’t what it used to be. Gone are the days of food that was tasteless and unrecognizable. Now the food not only looks great, but tastes good, too. It is also healthier. The patient and cafeteria menus at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center is provided by Morrison Management Specialists (MMS). New […]

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Health department awards tobacco-free coalitions grant

For the Monroe Journal The Mississippi State Department of Health’s (MSDH) Office of Tobacco Control has awarded the community tobacco control grant for the Mississippi Tobacco-Free Coalition of Itawamba and Monroe counties. Monies from the grant are used by the Mississippi Tobacco-Free Coalition to prevent tobacco use, encourage tobacco cessation and eliminate exposure to secondhand […]

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Umfress named vice president of student affairs

Jason Umfress, PhD, a 1996 graduate of Hatley High School, was recently named vice president for student affairs at College of Costal Georgia in Brunswick, Georgia. “I am honored and humbled to serve in this capacity at the College of Coastal Georgia. This is a big job, and I am grateful for the opportunity the […]

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Documenting your family’s medical history benefits current and future generations

Mrs. Bender stared at her doctor’s framed medical diploma while trying to recall her parents’ health issues. “Well, that’s all in the past,” she stammered. Not one to seek medical help over the years and now age 81, Mrs. Bender struggled to piece together her own medical history, let alone her parents’. “I think my […]

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Mad Science at the library

BY JOHN H. WARD/For the Monroe Journal AMORY – “You mean you’re really gonna be MAD?” rang out a voice from among the children. The guest presenter of July 10’s summer reading program at the Amory Library was Scientific Stacy from Mad Science MidSouth, a leading science enrichment provider delivering unique, hands-on science experiences for […]

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Summer youth program participants learn about law enforcement

ABERDEEN – A heart-felt talk Thursday about the dangers of drugs from a Monroe County Sheriff’s Office narcotics officer to participants of the agency’s summer youth program was a snippet of the four-day experience. “Growing up is about making mistakes, but life is about how you learn from them,” said narcotics officer Chris Smith. The […]

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Mississippi tax-free shopping set for July 25-26

This year is the sixth year that Mississippi has had a sales tax-free shopping weekend, which usually coincides with back-to-school shopping. Amory and Aberdeen will again participate in the event set for July 25-26. In Mississippi, only two items are allowed during the tax-free weekend, clothing less than $100 and shoes less than $100. Cleats […]

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Nettleton’s Hawkins leads Jones to another title

By Melissa Meador Monroe Journal Makenzie Hawkins could have more state championship rings than her hands will hold by the time her college softball career is over. The former Nettleton standout, who won five state titles with the Lady Tigers – two slow-pitch and three fast-pitch – picked up her second straight state championship at […]

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Alley access subject of neighborhood quarrel

AMORY – A back alley dispute between two Amory residents was the focus of the regular-called meeting of the board of aldermen July 15. Michael Freed stated that he put up a fence around the backyard of his 4th Street home in June 2013 after talking it over with his neighbors, who all said they […]

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Aberdeen adopts public comments policy for meetings

ABERDEEN – A clear message ringing out louder than the muffle of chatter in the audience during July 15’s board of aldermen meeting was that city officials want a more organized way of handling citizen input. In a 3-1 vote motioned by Ward 2 Alderman Wilchie Clay and seconded by Ward 3 Aldermen Sammie Burroughs, […]

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The freedom to speak and the freedom to speak freely

As a supporter of the First Amendment, I’m all for freedom of speech. As a newspaper editor, I’m all for hearing people’s complaints about the Monroe Journal to strive to make what we do better. As a newspaper reporter, I’m all about hearing citizens’ concerns about their city – to a degree. Given I aim […]

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