County school board donates bus for ambus program

AMORY – The Monroe County Board of Education voted Jan. 13 to donate one of the county’s school buses to the Monroe County Emergency Management Agency to an ambus, short for ambulance bus, program, which has been in the works since late 2014. Monroe County EMA Director Bunky Goza spoke to the Monroe County Board […]

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Seminoles edge Eagles with strong second half

By Rob Williams For the Monroe Journal SMITHVILLE – The Smithville Seminoles fought off a tough TCPS team on Tuesday night and pulled out a 10-point, division-opening win, 50-40, with a strong finish. Neither teams managed more than a two-point lead in the opening quarter as the teams matched bucket-for-bucket. The Eagles took a steal […]

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Reward offered for murdered dog

AMORY – The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and the Amory Humane Society are asking for help in finding out who shot and killed a boxer named Rosie with a bow and arrow over the weekend. A $3,000 reward on behalf of three private individuals is being offered to anyone who can identify the perpetrator(s). Rosie […]

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Salute to Service awards honor two impactful individuals

ABERDEEN – In an evening of emotions – joyful and tearful, Coach Roy Hazzle and Claire Mattox were honored with the 2015 Salute to Service Awards through Hands on Aberdeen. “The two honored tonight, I know personal and up close. If nothing else happens but blessing the Mattox family and Roy Hazzle, tonight won’t be […]

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Lady Panthers’ shutout secures division title

By Melissa Meador Monroe Journal AMORY – The Amory Lady Panthers secured their playoff spot on Tuesday night with a 1-0 win over Pontotoc, then turned around and claimed the Division 2-4A title on Friday with a 4-1 road win at Caledonia. The Lady Panthers will host a first round playoff game next week. “It’s […]

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‘Superstar’ Dundee to wrestle locally ahead of retirement

AMORY – The last time the Outlaw Wrestling Organization hosted a show at the East Amory Community Center, Memphis wrestling legend Bill “Superstar” Dundee headlined. OWO action will return with Dundee Saturday, Jan. 24. “This will probably be his last time here because he’s supposed to retire in October,” said OWO organizer Terrell Moore. “He […]

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Supervisors address flaws in delinquent garbage bills notifications

ABERDEEN – A better way of tracking delinquent garbage bills through a LexisNexis program through Three Rivers Planning and Development District may be slowly fixing a glitch on unpaid bills. However, a due process at Friday’s board of supervisors meeting revealed a glitch still remains for some property owners in regards to knowing the charge […]

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Retired journalist guest speaker of Booklunch

For the Monroe Journal ABERDEEN – Evans Memorial Library will host the monthly booklunch on Jan. 21 at noon. Guest speaker will be Emily Braddock Jones, retired journalist from Starkville. A West Point native, Jones will discuss her book, “Love, Laughter and Losing My Keys (A Boomer’s Guide to Survival).” Jones received her degree from […]

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Majority of customers vote ‘no’ to rural water district merger

WREN – A proposed merger of the Coontail Water Association and Wren Water District did not pass, according to Coontail Water Association Board President Todd Wilemon and Wren Water District Board President John Fulwider. Customers from both rural water districts voted Monday afternoon on the issue with the majority of votes from both districts opposed […]

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Kenyan mission puts life into a different prospective

ABERDEEN – In his own words, Hunter Williams’ definition of ‘less fortunate’ has taken on a new meaning. Growing up in a small town and attending Ole Miss, Williams lived a normal life several people can relate, but working in Africa with The Christian Relief Fund has given him a different sense of reality and […]

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We’ve come a long way and have a long way to go

Two of the most, if not the two most, quotable speeches in American history – Abraham Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address” and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s “I Have a Dream…” – are both based on racial equality and measure time in scores, or 20 years at a time. Snippets of those speeches, like the Pledge of […]

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AmeriCorps stint gives opportunities for personal accomplishments

AMORY– Chassie Nix of Amory took a  year off from college to work with AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps and in that time, she broke gender barriers and accomplished feats she never dreamed she’d accomplish. “I believe AmeriCorps is America’s best kept secret. We have helped the homeless, veterans, disabled, disaster-stricken, youth and the environment,” […]

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Sav-A-Life volunteers cook tasty meals

AMORY – A group of ladies who regularly volunteer at Sav-A-Life of Monroe County cook every other Wednesday for others who volunteer and help out at Sav-A-Life. There are anywhere from four to six ladies who usually do the cooking. “We started feeding the volunteers who helped out after the Smithville tornado,” said Sav-A-Life Executive […]

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Monroe scores and roundup

Basketball Friday (G) West Point 61, Aberdeen 40 Kirstin Metcalf scored 11 points for the Lady Bulldogs in the loss. (B) Aberdeen 58, West Point 51 Marcus Carouthers led the Bulldogs with 22 points in the win. Queshod Young chipped in with 12 points. (G) Shannon 75, Amory 33 Ashley Thompson scored 10 points for […]

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We can’t be silenced but can we be united?

Parisians with pens in their hands shouted out a message that the pen is mightier than the sword in the wake of last week’s tragedy at satirical French magazine, Charlie Hebdo. A couple of days after “France’s 9-11,” which kept the country on edge for three days and took the lives of 17 people, an […]

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