Breaking news: FINAL ballot set for county elections, new candidates qualify today

David Helms Pontotoc Progress As of 5 p.m.’s qualifying deadline today, Friday (Feb. 27), a total of 62 candidates are on the ballots in Pontotoc County for the 2015 General Election. Candidates who qualified for the various offices in Pontotoc County include: Chancery Clerk Ricky Ferguson (D) J. Rayburn Mapp (R) Greg Marshall (R) Kevin Walls […]

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Randy Kelley named among top 50 economic developers in North America

Three Rivers Planning and Development District Executive Director Vernon R. (Randy) Kelley III has been named one of North America’s top 50 economic developers for 2015. The designation was made by Consultant Connect, a consulting agency designed to bridge the gap between economic developers and site consultants. The economic developers selected were nominated by their […]

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Pontotoc to add two new police officers

David Helms Pontotoc Progress Pontotoc Aldermen last week unanimously approved a request from Police Chief Randy Tutor to advertise in-house for two additional full-time police officers. Two more officers will give the police department 16 full-time officers, including Chief Tutor. “I appreciate the board being gracious in approving this request,” Chief Tutor said. “The additional […]

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Sleet and snow are in area drive carefully

As of 12 noon a swath of sleet and snow had already entered the county with more on the way. If you haven’t gotten necessary food supplies, now is the time. Snow is expected to be falling for the next 12 hours.  Numerous wrecks have already been reported on the roads.   If you must […]

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Friday is deadline to qualify for 2015 General Election

David Helms Pontotoc Progress Residents have two more days to qualify in Pontotoc County for the 2015 General Election. The deadline to qualify is this Friday, February 27, at 5 p.m. Three new candidates qualifying this past week were James E. “Butch” Huey (R), who qualified as a candidate in the race for Third District […]

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Ecru Aldermen discuss comprehensive planning

By Sandra Priest With the potential for growth in not only the city, but in the surrounding area as well, Ecru Mayor Mark Baldwin and board of aldermen have been in contact with officials from Mississippi State University Stennis Center to develop a comprehensive plan. Discussion has been ongoing for several years about the need […]

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Tornado preparations include special needs

Regina Butler Pontotoc Progress Planning for each member of the family is an important step in preparing for tornados. This includes those who are elderly in your family and the pets in your family. Pontotoc County Emergency management director Rickey Jaggers said folks should think about a wide variety of things, from oxygen needs, to […]

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19 year old injured in one vehicle accident

Pontotoc County Sheriff Leo Mask said that a 19-year-old Pontotoc County man was seriously injured around 4:30 p.m. this afternoon (Thursday Feb. 19)  in a one vehicle accident on Palestine Road in southwestern Pontotoc County. Sheriff Mask said that Josh Estes, 19, of Highway 9 South, Pontotoc, was air-lifted by helicopter to North Mississippi Medical […]

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Artic air plunging toward Pontotoc

Resients are urged to get ready for some cold artic air come next week.  Snow, freezing rain and sleet is expected to begin over the area Sunday night and we could possibly see frozen road through Wednesday or Thursday.   Get out and make your preparations on Saturday while the sunshine is out and the […]

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Residents urged to vote for ICC to receive Stanley security grant

Itawamba Community College has been nominated to win up to $100,000 in the STANLEY Security Together for Safer Schools Grant program. The grant will be used toward access control, video cameras, emergency communications or improving safety and security at the College through other security products or services. Receiving the grant would allow for upgrades to […]

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Girl Scout’s project to enhance literacy

REGINA BUTLER Progress Staff Writer Most young girls are eager to become Brownie scouts and stay in the program through the fifth or sixth grade. It is rare for a girl to still be in scouting when they are a senior in high school. Pontotoc has one of those girls. She is the second girl […]

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Aldermen critiquing gateway design (See artists rendition on page 12 A of the Progress)

David Helms Pontotoc Progress At last week’s recessed meeting Pontotoc Mayor Jeff Stafford showed aldermen an architectural drawing of a proposed design for Pontotoc’s gateway onto Tanglefoot Trail. Pontotoc’s Tanglefoot gateway will be developed on a 10-acre-site which adjoins Tanglefoot Trail along College and Reynolds Streets in downtown Pontotoc. Earlier this month the Pontotoc Board […]

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