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Smartphone app downloads dealings of the Amory Police Department

AMORY – Residents can now be more interactive with the Amory Police Department thanks to a smartphone app that allows users to receive push notifications letting them know any number of things going on in the city or their particular neighborhood. “There are push options, so people will have a choice of the whole city […]

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Living the ‘River Life’: Retired teacher tests waters of kayak rental venture

WREN – If you explore long enough, you can convince Monroe County to tell off on some of the hidden secrets it keeps tucked away tight. Aside from what you see from creek banks and bridges, it offers miles’ worth of winding blueways only seen from a boat. The relaxing sound of the trickle of […]

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Supervisors name new county administrator

ABERDEEN – Following a brief executive session May 22, the board of supervisors voted 4-1 to hire Amory resident Evan Adams as the county’s new administrator. Adams, who is employed with Renasant Bank as an assistant vice president, will take the position held for nearly three years by Mike King, who left to take the […]

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Aldermen move gives leverage to cut down on merchandise on Main Street sidewalks

AMORY – Beginning immediately, the city has adopted a new sidewalk ordinance stating that no structures or merchandise, other than specific decorative fixtures, will be allowed on city sidewalks. “We get weekly and even daily complaints about merchandise in the walkways,” said Mayor Brad Blalock, who said that there must be five feet of walking […]

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MC towns rank high on website’s best towns to raise a family list

According to a report released from, Amory and Aberdeen gained impressive marks for the best towns in Mississippi to raise a family. Amory took the #1 spot with Columbia and Gulfport trailing behind. Aberdeen ranked #12 on the list of 20 towns of various sizes. The 2015 rankings factored in grades based on education, […]

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Aberdeen awarded $335K MDOT sidewalk improvement grant

By CAROLYN PARSON/For the Monroe Journal ABERDEEN – Mayor Cecil Belle announced May 19 to the board of aldermen that the city has been approved for a $335,000 Mississippi Department of Transportation grant to complete sidewalk improvements and to create needed sidewalks. “This will help with great projects, including sidewalks around our schools,” Belle said. […]

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New group gives women a common ground to ‘exhale’

Thinking back, the way Adrian Haynes  says she has run her household is an example of what she picked up from her mother. Everyone else ate before she did, as she wanted to make sure they were provided for at meal time. For the past few years, she has invited other women dealing with the […]

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Tronox’s sodium chlorate plant to close Nov. 30

HAMILTON – According to Bud Grebey, vice president of corporate affairs and communications for Tronox, the Hamilton plant’s sodium chlorate plant will cease production Nov. 30 due to a steep decline in the global demand of the product, which is used as an alternative to chlorine as a whitener for paper and pulp products. Employees […]

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Amory residents charged with B&E

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department arrested Lewis Jackson Prestage, Jr., 28, of Amory and Megan Danielle Collier, 29, of Amory on May 26. The two are accused of breaking into a building on County Home Road last week and stealing lawn care equipment. Monroe County Sheriff’s Department has recovered the stolen property. Collier and Prestage […]

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