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Wilemon wins Elvis Fan Club Scholarship

For the Monroe Journal TUPELO – Carley Wilemon of Aberdeen sang her way to first place April 23 in the annual Tupelo Elvis Presley Fan Club Scholarship Competition. Wilemon won a $5,000 scholarship with her performance in the Presley birthplace auditorium. She was one of 10 high school senior finalists who performed two songs of […]

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Harmon gives back to fans during quick trip home

BECKER – An estimated 200 people waited in line April 20 at Southern Crossing Outfitters in Amory to take selfies and get autographs from the last ‘American Idol’ Trent Harmon, but the rush was the calm before the storm. Two days later, more than 1,000 people weaved their way from a horseshoe-shaped line in the […]

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Amory Main Street kicking off Noon Tunes series

AMORY – Vinegar Band will be filled  with music, as Amory Main Street will host Noon Tunes, a five-week lunchtime series, which begins April 28 with Mayor Brad Blalock. “I love that we’re kicking it off with our mayor. He’s a cool dude and a great guy,” said Amory Main Street Director Traci Hughely. “Thursday […]

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Blue Wives taking donations for National Police Week

For the Monroe Journal AMORY – National Police Week is May 15-21 this year, and Blue Wives, an organization of wives of Amory police officers, is accepting donations for range bags to be purchased for each officer. Range bags are used by officers to put gear in for the firing range or their gear for […]

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Lady Panthers’ rally falls short against Corinth

AMORY – The Amory Lady Panthers tried to mount a rally late against division winner Corinth, but it fell just short on Wednesday afternoon. The Lady Panthers scored all six of their runs in the final two innings, but the Lady Warriors held on for a 7-6 win. “We have to put something together early. […]

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Caledonia, Smithville high school fishing teams advance to regionals

ABERDEEN – With five fish, the maximum limit of fish caught, Caledonia High School students, Parker Humber and Kody White, placed first in the Mississippi Bass Federation High School Championship April 23 on Aberdeen Lake. The combined weight of their catch was 13.06 lbs. Placing second were Brock Kennedy and Tyler Murray of Smithville High […]

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One day, one minute, one second; how they can change a lifetime

What you were doing when you heard that Prince died; that one may stick with you for a while but will probably eventually be forgotten. What you were doing when you heard about the World Trade Center attacks; that will be hard to forget. April 27, 2011; for anyone living in Monroe County at the […]

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Dome storm shelter taking shape in Hatley

HATLEY – The dome storm shelter, located on the campus of Hatley Attendance Center, has taken shape from the outside, and completion of its heavily reinforced interior is expected to be complete by the end of May. “The domes are rated to withstand an EF-5 tornado and, more importantly, objects being projected with those wind […]

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OWO adds another national name to list of guest wrestlers

AMORY – Back in 2014, the Outlaw Wrestling Organization reached out to freshly resigned Total Nonstop Action Wrestling wrestler Jeff Jarrett about a possible appearance but due to his new company, Global Force Wrestling, business deals kept him out of pocket for the time being. Thanks to a more balanced schedule, OWO was able to […]

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Smithville rebuilds despite struggles

SMITHVILLE – In the three-day span from April 25 to April 28, 2011, some 350 tornadoes broke out across the southern United States. Dubbed the Super Outbreak of 2011, these storms took the lives of 348 people as they tore through houses and towns, leaving destruction in their wake. On April 27, 2011, 15 tornadoes […]

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Wren remembers five-year tornado milestone of its own

WREN – Wren felt the full scale brunt of the tragic day April 27, 2011, as it was hit with its first tornado in the early morning hours, and the second tornado mid-afternoon, both left a path of destruction to trees, houses and structures. “I’ll always remember that Wednesday night. We pulled search and rescue […]

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Lady Noles walk off late against Lady Lions

SMITHVILLE – True to fashion in one of the biggest softball rivalries, Smithville and Hamilton battled to the wire last Tuesday night. The homestanding Lady Noles came away with the 7-6 walkoff win when Hailey Hughey reached on an error in the seventh in what could be a preview of the North championship series in […]

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City officials meet with planning and zoning board about rental ordinance

AMORY – The mayor and board of aldermen met with the planning and zoning department April 13 for a work session regarding a proposed rental ordinance two years in the making, and it looks as if there is still more ground to cover. While most of the changes proposed by code enforcement officer David Moore […]

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Supervisors hear bids for new equipment

ABERDEEN – The board of supervisors heard a number of bids April 13 for new equipment for the Monroe County Road Department, taking all of them under advisement until its next meeting April 27. The upcoming purchases are made possible thanks to a deal last June when supervisors approved a purchase agreement for United Furniture […]

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Amory School Board approves Waverly field trip for Excel class

AMORY – As part of its April 11 meeting, the Amory School Board voted to allow the sixth grade Excel class to visit Waverly Mansion in West Point as a learning experience. The class will travel by bus to the Waverly Mansion to tour the house and grounds. The trip will be a culmination of […]

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