We don’t stomp around those parts as much as we once did

Every now and then, it’s great to zone out listening to the seagulls’ songs. Full moons rising over stands of pines are charming, but they’re not as easy on the eyes as when they reflect over the water. There’s something easing about the waves crashing in from far away that takes you further away from […]

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LEPC meeting delves in deeper to LEPC structure

AMORY – Monroe County’s Local Emergency Planning Committee, a collective of key members of the community, meets quarterly and hosts guests to discuss potential threats the county faces. At a meeting April 30, Bryan Maske, LEPC coordinator with the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, dug a little deeper into exactly what a Local Emergency Planning Committee […]

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Nettleton’s Rhea headed to Tupelo

Dana Rhea has been a part of a Nettleton softball dynasty for much of his 15-year career. Now he’s headed to try to build the same at Tupelo High School. Rhea was approved as the next Tupelo fast-pitch and slow-pitch softball coach last week, one of the hardest decision he said he’s made in his […]

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Hamilton’s Weeks hanging it up after 11 years

Hamilton football coach Ray Weeks is hanging up his whistle after 11 seasons. Weeks, who led the Lions to their first playoff win since 1986 back in 2013, has accepted the principal job at Nettleton Junior High School. “I wasn’t really actively looking, but this job came open and was too good to pass up,” […]

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Principal position change on horizon for Shivers Middle School

ABERDEEN – Aberdeen School District Conservator Mac Curlee approved Columbus High School assistant principal and athletic director Russell Greene as the new principal next school year for Shivers Middle School as part of the district’s personnel-heavy May agenda. “He’s a veteran educator with 24 years experience and has had experience at the middle school level,” […]

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Amory School District plans ahead for weather closings

AMORY – The Amory School Board approved the revision of the 2015-2016 school calendar May 11 to include weather make-up days in the event of school closings. Those days are May 23–27 and, as a last choice, April 8. According to the revision, additional days will be added the week after Memorial Day if needed. […]

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Memorial Day ceremony planned for Amory veterans monument

AMORY – Memorial Day services will be held May 25 at 11 a.m. at the veterans memorial site on Highway 278. Monroe County Veterans’ organizations will recognize all who have died in combat from Monroe County by reading their names in a solemn ceremony. Applications will be available for walkway memorial bricks there. For more […]

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Amory police need help identifying counterfeit bill suspects

According to the Amory Police Department, three individuals went to Walmart, Fred’s and possibly other stores also, and passed several counterfeit bills. They were driving a maroon older model Lincoln town car. Anyone who can recognize the three are asked to contact the Amory Police Department at 256-2676 or the Golden Triangle Crime Stoppers at […]

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Long time coming: Lady Noles end drought with fast-pitch state title

RIDGELAND – Smithville’s five seniors have seen their softball careers come full circle. The Lady Nole seniors – Lane Kennedy, Breanna Edgeworth, Laken Armstrong, Claire McNeese and Ashtyn Hensley – finished off their freshman years with a Class 1A fast-pitch state title. On Saturday, they completed their high school careers in the same fashion, sweeping […]

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Tigers unable to hold off late Wolverine surge in North finals

HATLEY – The Hatley Tigers took control early and appeared to be ready to even up their Class 2A North finals series with East Webster. Then, the Wolverines’ bats woke up. Hatley (20-10) led 7-1 early, but saw East Webster make a comeback for an 10-7 win to sweep the series and punch their ticket […]

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Joint-association lobbyists fighting to keep work centers intact

A hot topic of discussion at three statewide conventions this June will be the potential dissolving of inmate work centers in 30 counties, including Monroe. The Mississippi Department of Corrections plans to consolidate work center inmates to the agency’s 17 community work centers Aug. 1. “One of my most significant duties is to be a […]

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Hoops for Hope offers basketball and fellowship

AMORY – It was about a year ago that  Kerrell McKissick, tired of all the negativity he was seeing, decided to try something new in his neighborhood. “There just isn’t anything to do around here for the kids, and I wanted to put something positive in their lives so some local residents got together and […]

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Noles rally again to get back to state

By Rob Williams For the Monroe Journal SMITHVILLE – Heading into Friday’s Game 3 of the North state finals, Smithville coach Steve Kerr was concerned about his pitching. To reach the finals, the Noles had used a lot of pitchers and were concerned about tired and sore arms. Just before the deciding game, Kerr called […]

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Third Grade Gateway reading assessment reports good results

Journal Staff Reports Monroe County third-graders scored well in a computerized reading gate test administered in April that measured reading skills. Established in 2013 as a law through Senate Bill 2347, also known as the Literacy-Based Promotion Act, this year was the first year third-graders throughout the state took the test to determine which ones […]

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The thrill may not be gone; the thrill may be just getting started

Kurt Cobain. Tupac Shakur. Jimmy Hendrix. Jerry Garcia. Elvis Presley. These are a smidge of the rock stars who will live decades longer in their songs than what their time on Earth allowed. Innovators of their trade and giants in musical popularity, they all charmed the world with shrill chords, dope beats and legendary lyrics […]

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