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Tupelo woman charged with identity theft

AMORY – According to the Amory Police Department, Mary Ann Smith, 46, of Tupelo was arrested on two counts of identity theft. She had obtained a Social Security number from an individual and used it to open two loan accounts in Amory. Smith was already out on bond from a previous charge of false pretense in Amory. Her first […]

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Robinson selected as new county school board member

AMORY – Hamilton resident Jean Robinson was selected to fill the vacancy left by the late Don Self on the Monroe County School Board for District 4. She will finish out the term, which ends December 2015. The position will be on the general election ballot next November and whoever is elected will serve until […]

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NAACP approaches Amory School Board with list of complaints

AMORY – Members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People approached the Amory School Board on Dec. 9 to discuss what they feel are unfair treatments of African American students within the district. “We have a list of complaints from black students. If you have students preoccupied with thinking about these things, […]

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Greenwood Springs man faces drug charge, parole violation

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office’s Narcotics Unit, with the assistance of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, arrested William Grady Prestridge, 48, of Greenwood Springs Dec. 16. Prestridge was arrested on Commerce Street in Aberdeen and charged with possession of methamphetamine and parole violation. Prestridge was currently on probation with the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Prestridge […]

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Financial difficulties force upcoming sale of River Birch

AMORY – River Birch Golf Club will be sold by Renasant Bank at some point in January, according to the course’s board president Paul Knox. “It has been a financial struggle from the beginning,” Knox said. “In the beginning, the golf club was in the county. It was incorporated into the city in the late […]

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Aberdeen taking hopeful steps towards new historical district

ABERDEEN – A Mississippi Department of Archives and History grant matched by the City of Aberdeen has secured documentation of a large swath of downtown that could provide for the beginning steps of a local preservation district, much like the Silk Stocking Row Historical District. The grant provides for all 250 structures in the area […]

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One vehicle accident claims life of Wren man

WREN – According to Monroe County Coroner Alan Gurley, a single vehicle accident claimed the life of a Wren resident Tuesday. Forty-year-old Glenn Allen Garrett of Little Coontail Road was found lying beside his badly damaged 2002 Ford F-150 Tuesday at approximately 3 p.m. after another driver discovered the wreckage while driving on Sand Hill […]

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Land transforms from dairy farm to air strip

By Austin Haney /For the Monroe Journal WREN – So what does it take to go from dairy farm to runway? For one thing, a lot of work. A few miles west of Amory is a little community called Wren, and in that community off Highway 45 is a house with approximately 200 acres of […]

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Screening of holiday hit rings in final stretch to Christmas

ABERDEEN – Continuing a Christmas tradition, the Aberdeen Visitors Bureau will provide a free screening of “Polar Express” at the Elkin Theatre Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. for crafts projects, a photobooth and last minute chances to tell Santa Claus about present requests. On top of all that, the event […]

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