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Amory enters garbage collection service with the county

AMORY – Residents can expect to see a 95 gallon brown trash can in their yard sometime in the future as the city moves forward with plans to contract garbage services out to the county. The board of aldermen unanimously voted to approve the contract at its Jan. 19 meeting. The Monroe County Board of […]

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Cook’s prediction of PARCC testing ahead of MDE’s move to change

AMORY – Amory School District Superintendent Tony Cook warned the board Jan. 12 that the state may flip flop on certain aspects of Common Core State Standards and he was right. The Mississippi Board of Education voted to cut ties with the Common Core testing consortium known as PARCC, according to a press release released […]

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Reward offered for murdered dog

AMORY – The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and the Amory Humane Society are asking for help in finding out who shot and killed a boxer named Rosie with a bow and arrow over the weekend. A $3,000 reward on behalf of three private individuals is being offered to anyone who can identify the perpetrator(s). Rosie […]

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Petitions urge statewide marijuana legalization to go to a vote

According to a press release posted on the Facebook page for a group called Legalize Marijuana for Mississippi, ballot initiative #48 which, if successful, would provide a vote for the decriminalization of cannabis and industrial hemp, is currently circulating throughout the Magnolia State. Monroe County Circuit Clerk Judy Butler said she was not aware of […]

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Aldermen approve increase for Amory sewer rates

AMORY – Sewer rates for Amory residents will soon rise after the board of alderman unanimously passed the first rate increase in more than 10 years. The minimum bill will go from $5 to $7 and the charge per 1,000 gallons will increase from $1.50 to $3.50. According to Utilities Manager Tony Swan, residents will […]

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State budget recommendation could trickle down for local services

Gov. Phil Bryant’s executive budget recommendation for 2015 may, if approved, allow for expansion at rural health care facilities like Access Family Health Clinic in Smithville, as well as give public schools and the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency additional funding. Bryant’s budget proposes $8 million to expand low-cost, high-quality healthcare through two initiatives, both of […]

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Flood calls only local damage reports from weather system

Monroe County endured a wet weekend as storms raged and tornado warnings were issued on Jan. 3. Monroe County E911 had only two reports of flooded homes – one on Andrews Road and Highway 278 and another on Ben Durrett Road and Meadowood Drive – both in Amory. No injuries or other substantial damages were […]

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Your choice for best coffee: McDonald’s

Rounding out the Best of Monroe series for 2014 was coffee and the winner is McDonald’s. “We are so pleased that McDonald’s premium roast McCafe coffee has been voted the best in Monroe County. Our McCafe coffee is a medium roast that is smooth and balanced, while our McCafe espresso is a medium-dark roast that […]

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Weather system strikes county with lightning damage

A storm system that pounded the region Dec. 23 claimed the lives of five people in South Mississippi and caused extensive damage throughout the east. Monroe County took a beating as well as thunderstorms raged all day and into the evening. The Dec. 23 weather produced serious lightning locally that struck at least three homes, […]

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