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Social Security Knowledge Center: Voluntary suspension of benefits

For the Monroe Journal There is quite a bit of confusion out there about what is still available to consumers wanting professional advice about how to improve their Social Security benefits. What you read on the Internet is confusing at best. This article will try and balance some of that confusion with fact vs. fiction. […]

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Do you know what mental illness feels like?

For the Monroe Journal We often hear the clinical terms used by doctors and other professionals to identify the symptoms of mental illness…but if someone hasn’t gone through it, would they know how to recognize it? So often, clinical terms don’t do justice to what life with a mental illness feels like. We know that […]

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Amory School Board approves three-mill for repair needs

AMORY – At its May 9 meeting, the Amory School Board passed a resolution to request a three-mill note for the district. “We’re still needing infrastructure repair, roofs and bus issues,” said Superintendent Ken Byars. The request will not raise taxes, explained the district’s business manager Leslie Maranto. The objective is to get the operational […]

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Solid waste department has changing of the guard

WESTVILLE – Like Dan Reese of Three Rivers Solid Waste Management Authority said, the garbage business is relentless; it just keeps going from the first stop to the last stop in rain, storms or sunshine. For outgoing Monroe County Solid Waste Manager Billy Williams, he’s reaching his last stop in the field with an official […]

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Smithville fourth-graders help children’s hospitals

SMITHVILLE – Students at Smithville Elementary came together to help others this school year. Fourth grade teacher Michelle Roberts’ humanitarian project for the year was to fill a 32-gallon garbage full of soda can pop tops to donate to St. Jude and LeBonheur children’s hospitals. “I told them that if we could get this 32-gallon […]

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Monroe County Jail escapee captured in Lee County

Daily Journal An inmate who escaped from the Monroe County Jail on Thursday afternoon has been captured in Lee County. Authorities issued a BOLO for Chris E. Cosner, 58, after he escaped, and he wasconsidered armed and dangerous. He was apprehended in Lee County around 5:30 p.m. Cosner was convicted in March of a 2015 […]

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Noles’ rally in North half falls short

By Rob Williams For the Monroe Journal SMITHVILLE – If there was a rule in baseball that only earned runs counted in a team’s score, the Smithville Seminoles would have beaten Tupelo Christian Preparatory School 3-2 on Friday night in the Swamp in Game 2 of the North finals. The Noles would have evened the […]

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Graduates: Take all those punches in stride

It’s time again for those blue, black, red and maroon gowns to show our county schools’ true colors of greatness. Those colors have made our communities proud with winning sports seasons and on T-shirts showing Bulldog, Panther, Lion, Tiger and Seminole pride, and they always will. Even though those extensions of a school will never […]

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East Amory teacher awarded a Farmers Insurance grant

AMORY – Farmer’s Insurance announced teachers that were awarded an educational grant on April 19, and an East Amory Elementary School teacher was among the recipients. Ashley Young was one of the 60 teachers in America to receive the grant, and she was the only Mississippi teacher chosen. The grant is a part of the […]

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Wrecker rotation, resignations talking points of Aberdeen aldermen meeting

ABERDEEN – The board of aldermen entertained a motion for the resignation of one Aberdeen police officer and the early retirement of another during a special called meeting May 12. Officer Juice Madrid tendered his resignation from the force effective May 10, and another officer, Aaron Fontenot, had previously filed his retirement with the city […]

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Lady Noles halt Bogue Chitto rally, repeat as fast-pitch champs

RIDGELAND – If it weren’t for one big play, the Smithville Lady Noles might not be hoisting up a second-straight Class 1A fast-pitch softball state championship. Up 4-0 going into the bottom of the seventh of a decisive Game 3, the Lady Noles saw Bogue Chitto rally to tie the game. The Lady Bobcats were […]

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Amory tennis players reach state semis

The Amory tennis team capped off a successful season with a strong showing at last week’s state championship tournament in Oxford last Monday and Tuesday. Amory tennis was led by senior Russell Applewhite and junior Megan Finney reaching the semifinals in mixed doubles and freshman Luke Flippo reaching the semifinals in boys’ singles. Eli Black […]

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The numbers don’t lie when it comes to student accomplishments

As the 2015-2016 is winding down into its final days, it’s really an understatement to say the past week has been a phenomenal bookend to the year. Starting with athletics, the Smithville High School Lady Noles are number 1 in their division after clinching the Mississippi High School Athletic Association Class 1A fast-pitch softball state […]

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Aberdeen leads county, most of state in reading gate test

By ALICE ORTIZ and RAY VAN DUSEN Whereas its first year yielded an 85.2-percent pass rate for Mississippi’s third-graders, this year’s reading gate, a computerized test administered measuring reading skills, was an average 87 percent statewide. All of Monroe County’s schools ranked above the statewide average for the second year in a row. Aberdeen Elementary […]

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Amory’s rocket team places 14th in nation

AMORY – The hard work members of the Amory High School rocket team has put in since last August paid off when they placed 14th in the nation at the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) held in Washington, D.C. May 11-16. Amory, the only team in Mississippi who qualified for the event, competed with 99 […]

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