I’m already trying to graduate past the tears, sniffles

Phew! Graduation season is finally over, and I think I can speak for the Monroe Journal staff when I say What. A. Relief. A lot of work goes into making sure each awards ceremony and graduation is covered. A million pictures are taken and with all of those pictures come names, what the awards are […]

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All hail the kings and queens of the rhododendrons and cookie cutters

Even though we don’t have to worry about them here in Monroe County as of yet, homeowners associations seem to me a bit of an overstep for anybody who’s paying on a however many thousand dollar home. I understand anyone living in an affluent subdivision doesn’t want any riff raff coming in lining a yard […]

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Area players compete in NEMCABB all-star game

CORINTH – Just a day after their disappointing Class 1A state championship loss, Smithville’s four seniors – Micah McCain, Cole Williams, Kyle Noe and Neil Knight – found themselves on the end of another tight defeat, this one as part of the 1A/2A East all-stars in the annual NEMCABB all-star games on Saturday afternoon. The […]

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Hamilton trio inks with Itawamba CC

Three Hamilton seniors signed on Tuesday to continue their athletic careers next year at Itawamba Community College – Addie Thompson with softball, Sarah Garvin with women’s basketball and Mark Tipton with golf. Thompson, who has been a part of three state championship teams in slow-pitch and helped lead the Lady Lions to the fast-pitch state […]

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Smartphone app downloads dealings of the Amory Police Department

AMORY – Residents can now be more interactive with the Amory Police Department thanks to a smartphone app that allows users to receive push notifications letting them know any number of things going on in the city or their particular neighborhood. “There are push options, so people will have a choice of the whole city […]

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Living the ‘River Life’: Retired teacher tests waters of kayak rental venture

WREN – If you explore long enough, you can convince Monroe County to tell off on some of the hidden secrets it keeps tucked away tight. Aside from what you see from creek banks and bridges, it offers miles’ worth of winding blueways only seen from a boat. The relaxing sound of the trickle of […]

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Supervisors name new county administrator

ABERDEEN – Following a brief executive session May 22, the board of supervisors voted 4-1 to hire Amory resident Evan Adams as the county’s new administrator. Adams, who is employed with Renasant Bank as an assistant vice president, will take the position held for nearly three years by Mike King, who left to take the […]

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Aberdeen’s Williams earns MVP honors at all-star game

By Rob Williams For the Monroe Journal BOONEVILLE – Nine area players participated in the Northeast Mississippi Football Coaches Association (NEMFCA) All-Star football game on Wedneday hosted by Northeast Community College in Booneville. Former Aberdeen quarterback Josh Williams drew the starting nod for the East squad and was named the Offensive MVP. Williams hit former […]

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Aldermen move gives leverage to cut down on merchandise on Main Street sidewalks

AMORY – Beginning immediately, the city has adopted a new sidewalk ordinance stating that no structures or merchandise, other than specific decorative fixtures, will be allowed on city sidewalks. “We get weekly and even daily complaints about merchandise in the walkways,” said Mayor Brad Blalock, who said that there must be five feet of walking […]

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MC towns rank high on website’s best towns to raise a family list

According to a report released from Niche.com, Amory and Aberdeen gained impressive marks for the best towns in Mississippi to raise a family. Amory took the #1 spot with Columbia and Gulfport trailing behind. Aberdeen ranked #12 on the list of 20 towns of various sizes. The 2015 rankings factored in grades based on education, […]

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Aberdeen awarded $335K MDOT sidewalk improvement grant

By CAROLYN PARSON/For the Monroe Journal ABERDEEN – Mayor Cecil Belle announced May 19 to the board of aldermen that the city has been approved for a $335,000 Mississippi Department of Transportation grant to complete sidewalk improvements and to create needed sidewalks. “This will help with great projects, including sidewalks around our schools,” Belle said. […]

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New group gives women a common ground to ‘exhale’

Thinking back, the way Adrian Haynes  says she has run her household is an example of what she picked up from her mother. Everyone else ate before she did, as she wanted to make sure they were provided for at meal time. For the past few years, she has invited other women dealing with the […]

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The criminal class versus law enforcement

By Gov. Phil Bryant It is becoming apparent that a deadly conflict now exists between the criminal class and law enforcement across America. Make no mistake, this is not a racial conflict or a new civil rights movement by a group of Americans segregated and abused. This is an attack on law enforcement – a […]

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McCain, Noe lock down on defense in Game 2

Smithville coach Steve Kerr saved his ace and senior Micah McCain for Game 2. In the fifth inning, however, McCain’s chance to go the distance was nearly ruined. Craig Bradley’s comebacker to the mound on a fastball smashed off McCain’s throwing arm, forcing his coach to come out to check on his starter. “I came […]

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Repeat denied: Cathedral spoils Noles’ bid for back-to-back championships

PEARL – Last season, Smithville celebrated a Class 1A state baseball title on the field at Trustmark Park as Cathedral players watched. This year, the roles were reversed as the Seminoles’ (20-14) bid for back-to-back titles came to an end with a two-game sweep by Cathedral. The Green Wave completed the series with a 4-2 […]

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