Singing the blues outside the ‘Happiest Place on Earth’

There’s something in the water. That’s what they say. Where the waters of the Mississippi River meet the Delta soil is where sounds started to permeate before eventually being pressed on vinyl in the 1920s for the rest of the world to hear. About an 800-mile drive away from the poverty that influenced the blues, […]

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Bukka White Festival celebrates the blues this weekend

ABERDEEN – In the years Aberdeen capitalized on its blues heritage, it has added a permanent blues marker, a colorful downtown mural and the guarantee that for that one weekend in October, the air will be filled with the sounds of blues music. That one weekend kicks off Friday at Blue Bluff with two days […]

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Lions’ Heard dominates against Rebels

Hamilton running back Keshon Heard took an already stellar season to another level on Friday night. The junior piled up 320 yards on 11 carries and found the endzone four times in the Lions’ 36-22 win over Thrasher on Friday night. “When we needed something big to happen on Friday night, we put the ball […]

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Tigers can’t overcome miscues at Baldwyn

Turnovers plagued Hatley on their Friday road trip to obvious Division 1-2A favorite Baldwyn. The Tigers turned the ball over three times in the first half with the Bearcats taking advantage of all three on their way to a 57-0 win. “You can’t turn the ball over three times in the first half against a […]

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Seminoles shut out at Coffeeville

Smithville was shut out on the road on Friday night, falling 33-0 in a weather-shortened game to Division 1-1A favorite Falkner. “We were a little outmatched athletically, and between the long trip over there and the weather, it was a bad recipe,” Smithville coach Chad Collums said. “On top of all that, we didn’t play […]

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Lady Lions walk off over Hatley

HAMILTON – County slow-pitch softball rivals Hamilton and Hatley fought to the end on Thursday night. Hamilton overcame an 8-4 deficit midway through the game for a 9-8 walkoff in the bottom of the seventh. Lacey Holley’s RBI single scored Hallie Dobbs for the win. “We came through with the big hit at the end […]

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Hydrate Campus Tour to invade Hamilton

HAMILTON – By summing up the Hydrate Campus Tour in a few descriptive words, co-founder and director Tim Beck confidently used, “Powerful, impactful and high energy” to capture the feel. Since the motivational assembly started as a 2007 pilot program at an inner-city Alabama school, the Hydrate Campus Tour has garnered rave reviews from educators […]

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Talks surround interlocal agreement for Matubby Creek bridge

ABERDEEN – Talks regarding an interlocal agreement with the Monroe County Board of Supervisors placing the Matubby Creek bridge on a list for federal bridge repair funding for replacement stretched as the main topic over two governmental meetings last week. “I’m just trying to get things done on this side of the county. We’re at […]

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Formerly bullied teen has ‘The Voice’ to gain praise in show’s auditions

HAMILTON – Keeping quiet about making it to the second round of Nashville auditions for this season of NBC’s “The Voice” has made for a long, bottled up kind of year for Tori Baucom, but in a good way. The Hatley senior, who lives in Hamilton, took a singing voice she’s used in church and […]

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Amory volleyball drops match to Choctaw County

AMORY – After a rough first two sets, the Amory volleyball team gave Choctaw Central a run for its money in the third set, narrowing dropping it for 3-0 loss in Monday night’s match. The Lady Panthers led 22-21 late before the eventual score of 25-22. “We’ve never beat Choctaw before. Normally they beat us […]

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Utility deposit waiver for domestic violence victims takes effect

For the Monroe Journal Mississippians who are victims of domestic violence can receive additional relief to help them flee from violent homes and dangerous situations. A new Public Service Commission rule which requires utilities to postpone collecting initial deposits for 60 days for certified victims of domestic violence went into effect Friday. The rule, authored […]

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One of Mississippi’s greatest stories to ever be retold for years

Those big plays in the high school games are held onto as long as grudges in the small towns that host them. They’re the egotistical victories and snarky resentments that fill and eat at our cores for years in the small little worlds we live in day-to-day and year-to-year. In-state rivalries never fizzle out either, […]

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Unofficial results indicate Amory will remain dry

AMORY – Unofficial results from Tuesday’s alcohol referendum indicate that Amory voters want to keep the town free of alcohol. For the sale, distribution and possession of light wine with an alcohol content of less than 5 percent and beer of an alcoholic content of no more than 8 percent, the vote was 1,067 for […]

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Aldermen further address issues regarding subdivision lots

AMORY – After several developers dissolved into arguments among themselves and with members of the board at the board of aldermen’s Oct. 7, Mayor Brad Blalock restored order by removing everyone from the room, allowing the different developers to approach the board one at a time to try to reach a solution to the unrest […]

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Unofficial results indicate Amory will remain dry

AMORY – Tuesday’s referendum regarding the sale of alcohol in Amory yielded the unofficial results that voters want to keep the town free of alcohol. For the sale, distribution and possession of light wine with an alcohol content of less than 5 percent and beer of an alcoholic content of no more than 8 percent, […]

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