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Summer reading programs remedy to literary brain freeze

Monroe County children are fortunate that the county’s five libraries – Evans Memorial Library in Aberdeen, Amory Municipal Library, Hamilton Library, Nettleton Library and Wren Library – are offering summer reading programs. Summer reading programs are important in preventing “summer reading loss” in children. Not only do the programs keep children entertained for a few […]

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Monroe County School Board approves personnel changes for next school year

AMORY – The Monroe County Board of Education approved several items at its May 12 meeting regarding personnel for the upcoming school year. Items approved included: • Resignations of Ray Weeks, Robyn Winders and Courtney Broome, all of Hamilton. • Recommendations of certified employees for extended school year of 2014-2015, including Judy Morgan of Smithville […]

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Hitching Post owner is not a newcomer to restaurant business

Charles Case and his son, Darrell, opened The Hitching Post Restaurant on Highway 25 South near the Monroe County Airport. They are also assisted by Darrell’s wife, Wendy. The Cases are originally from Brookhaven. “I came to this area in 2000, and worked in the oil fields until the natural gas went to pot,” Charles […]

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Railroad Festival wrap-up meeting indicates good feedback for new format

AMORY – The Railroad Festival committee held a post-festival meeting May 5 to discuss the pros and cons of the changes made to the festival. One thing that was for certain was the positive feedback on the arts and crafts being located in the street instead of in Frisco Park. “We loved it in the […]

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Nettleton third-graders lead county in reading assessment

NETTLETON – The Nettleton Primary School third grade scored 98 percent on the state reading test throughout initial reports, but a retest on Monday boosted the school to 100 percent. By the initial scores released a couple of weeks ago, only four other elementary schools in Northeast Mississippi had higher scores than Nettleton’s 98 percent […]

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Keep Monroe County Beautiful receives national recognition

AMORY – The annual Keep Monroe County Beautiful luncheon May 7 honored the volunteers who work tirelessly throughout the year picking up litter and keeping the county clean. The organization’s chairperson, Edna Cox, informed attendees that Monroe County had received plaques from Keep American Beautiful and Keep Mississippi Beautiful for volunteers’ work in the county. […]

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Nothing beats the heat like a frozen dessert

The food column I thought was lined up for this week did not pan out. There was not enough time left to get another one set up, so I had no choice but to come up with something. But what? Then I thought of hot weather and frozen desserts. Years and years ago, I had […]

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MAEP funding shortfalls critical for area schools

More than half a century ago, the state   enacted the Minimum Foundation Program to provide state funding for a basic level of public education in all school districts. “The Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP), which I authored, was developed after years of study. It increased funding a bit, but it also made certain each […]

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Flower Lovers club touts fundraiser luncheon as a success

AMORY – Amory Flower Lovers Garden Club held a fundraiser luncheon at the East Amory Community Center on Sunday, May 3. There were more than 210 people attending the event. The proceeds are used to help support the club’s projects – beautifying five entrances to the city, Christmas decorations at the Amory Regional Museum and […]

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