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County is not immune to domestic violence

Domestic violence doesn’t just happen to a certain socioeconomic group and it does not have any borders. Domestic violence and abuse does not discriminate. It occurs within all age groups, among heterosexual couples, as well as same-sex partnerships. And yes, we have domestic violence in Monroe County. One person who wants to remain anonymous gave […]

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Vaughn selected as Hatley alderwoman

HATLEY – Only one person qualified for the Hately alderman race, and will automatically filled the alderman seat formerly held by George King, who took the position of mayor after the passing of Pete Vaughn in August. “Sandra Vaughn, the widow of the former Hatley mayor Pete Vaughn, is the only person who applied for […]

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Wall believes in quality and healthy food

AMORY – Carrie Wall grew up on a farm near Columbus, where her family raised nearly everything they ate. “We had all kinds of fresh vegetables and meats, milk, butter and fruit,” said Wall. “We also had an overflowing well.” When she married at an early age, she said she didn’t know much about cooking. […]

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School board honors fallen member

AMORY – It was a somber occasion at Oct. 7′s Monroe County Board of Education meeting as Superintendent of Education Scott Cantrell talked briefly about the loss of friend and board member, Don Self of Hamilton. Self was killed in a farming accident on Oct. 1. Self was an animated member of the board and […]

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Trio of friends sew hats for cancer patients

AMORY – Approximately three weeks ago, a trio of ladies – Betty Dabbs, Jewel Kyle and Fay Loden – started gathering to make turban hats for women who are taking cancer treatments. It began when a friend of Loden’s started taking chemo treatments and asked her to make her some turbans. Several years ago, Kyle […]

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Sorghum Festival provides glimpse of popular food from the past

PRAIRIE – The Sorghum Festival held at the farm of Jonah and Shirley Lee on Saturday attracted approximately 250 people to an old fashioned way of life during the sorghum harvest. “We have friends who taught us how to cook sorghum. Not too many people know about sorghum any more,” Shirley said. The Lees have […]

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Smithville man proves honesty is still alive

AMORY – There are still some honest people in the world. Gilbert Whitehead of Smithville proved that on July 10 as he was getting into his truck after having some dental work done at Dr. David Boyd’s dental office. “As I started my truck, I looked down and saw something in an office clip. I […]

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Gaines Trace named Water System of Year

The Gaines Trace Water District was chosen as the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Water System of the Year for 2014. The recognition is for achieving the highest level of sustainable water systems in the state and demonstrating exceptional operation and management as evidenced by financial and technical reports. Ralph Dill is the […]

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Amory Main Street finalizes Fall Fun in Frisco Park

AMORY – The annual Chili Cook-off and Fall Fun in Frisco Park will be held this year on Thursday, Oct. 30 from 5-7 p.m. “We are looking for chili entries from teams from our merchants, churches, clubs and other groups,” said Amory Main Street Manager Carol Knight. “We would like to have the teams signed […]

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