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Armadillo, you best catch a ride on George Strait’s tour bus

If by chance someone knows somebody that works for 9 Lives Cat Food, I’ve got some info they can pass along. Raccoons love 9 Lives Cat Food. Or at least the one that was chowing down on my cat’s food in the garage the other night does. I’m sure I surprised the raccoon that night, […]

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Eight plead guilty, sentenced

David Helms Pontotoc Progress Eight defendants pled guilty to criminal charges and were sentenced during the final week of proceedings in Pontotoc County Circuit Court. Defendant Matthew Lynn Baskins pled guilty to two charges, including burglary of a dwelling and receiving stolen property. On the burglary charge, Baskins was sentenced to 25 years in prison, […]

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McGregor, Ward, McKnight, Edwards win runoffs

David Helms Pontotoc Progress Unofficial voting results of Tuesday’s four Democratic runoff election races, with all 28 Pontotoc County precincts reporting, showed: Second District Supervisor Mike McGregor-726 Anthony Leath-468 McGregor will face Republican Jim Harlow on Nov. 3. Third District Supervisor Tim Quarles-678 Brad Ward-779 Ward will face Rep. James “Butch” Huey in November. Fifth […]

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Four runoff elections set Tuesday

David Helms Pontotoc Progress Four Pontotoc County Democratic runoff elections are set for next Tuesday, August 25. Democratic runoff elections will include three supervisor races, including Second, Third and Fifth Districts, and in the Constable East Side race. At least one Democratic race will be on the ballot in all 28 precincts. Voters eligible to […]

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It’s up to you, but you can look up up, or read on

Maybe Charlie Brown said it best: “I hate spelling errors. You mix up just two letters and your post is urined.” Thanks to “M” for passing along this funny take on “what’s up.” “There’s a little word in the English language that has more meanings than any other two letter word and that is “up.” […]

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$100-million verses a mustard seed of faith

According to a recent story by CNN’s Heather Kelly, “the search for intelligent life in the universe is getting an injection of resources, brains and money from Silicon Valley.” The shot givers include tech investor Yuri Milner, physicist Stephen Hawking and astrophysicist and cosmologist Lord Martin Rees. Yuri? Don’t know him. I don’t know Rees […]

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Lightning fire destroys home

David Helms Pontotoc Progress Fire officials in Calhoun County said a lightning strike is the probable cause of a fire which destroyed a home on County Road 189 around 1:00 a.m. last Friday (August 7). Calhoun County Fire Coordinator Chris Williams said the fire destroyed a home belonging to retired school teachers Eddie and Dale […]

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Pontotoc Aldermen approve Pride Mobility motions

David Helms Pontotoc Progress Pontotoc Aldermen last week unanimously approved a contract for professional services with Three Rivers Planning and Development District for the ongoing Pride Mobility Products Corp. project. In June, Pride Mobility Products Corp., manufacturer of mobility chairs and scooters, announced the company is opening a manufacturing and distribution center in the former […]

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Four runoffs slated August 25

David Helms Pontotoc Progress Complete, but unofficial results from last week’s primary elections in Pontotoc County show four county races slated for runoffs on August 25, while six races were decided last week and five races will be finally decided in the November 3 General Election. Democratic runoff elections will be needed in three supervisor […]

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Eight plead guilty sentenced

David Helms Pontotoc Progress Eight defendants entered guilty pleas last week in Pontotoc County Circuit Court. Defendant Dennis Wright pled guilty to four charges, including possession of contraband (cell phone) in a correctional facility and three counts of burglary of a dwelling. On the contraband charge, Wright was sentenced to serve 15 years in prison […]

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“Y’all Stank Conniption,” the perfect shower sinkhole

I’m writing a movie script for a sequel to the “Shawshank Redemption,” which was the prison movie about an innocent man escaping from prison in Maine after 20 years of being beaten and black-mailed into helping a corrupt prison warden laundry hundreds of thousands of dollars from kick-backs and free prison labor. The 1994 “Shawshank […]

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Scooby-Doo, where are you–and the car

Last Tuesday morning I was surprised to hear the Today Show promoting a concert on the plaza that morning featuring hit singer “Shaggy.” “Scooby-Doo, where are you?” I shouted. Like Shaggy, I didn’t even know you sang man. I was expecting Shaggy, you know, the tall, slender, sandy-blonde haired slacker, owner and  best friend of […]

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Oxford man charged with arson, safe theft

David Helms Pontotoc Progress An Oxford man who was employed at Kenneth Roberson Funeral Home in Pontotoc has been arrested and charged with stealing the safe from the business and setting the building on fire in an attempt to conceal the theft, Pontotoc Police Chief Randy Tutor reported last Friday. Chief Tutor said that Nathaniel […]

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Counterfeit money circulating

David Helms Pontotoc Progress Pontotoc Police Chief Randy Tutor this week issued an alert for business owners to be on the lookout for counterfeit bills. “Just this past week we collected three $100 bills and  four $20 bills which were counterfeit,” Chief Tutor said. “Hundreds and twenties are all we’ve seen so far but merchants […]

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