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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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153 cases awaiting trial

David Helms Pontotoc Progress One-hundred-fifty-three criminal cases are set for trial during the upcoming three week July 2015 term of Pontotoc County Circuit Court, which convenes July 20 and concludes August 14. No court proceedings will be held the week of August 3-7 due  to the August 4 General Election primaries. Judges Jim Pounds, Judge […]

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What’s up with this zebra tail dust?

Here’s a public service announcement I heard for anyone who has children or pets. “Never leave pets or children in a parked car.” Good advice. If you’ve just got to run in real quick and get a couple of items from the store, always let the oldest child or largest pet keep circling around the […]

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July 4 is deadline to register to vote in primaries

David Helms Pontotoc Progress Saturday, July 4, is the deadline to register to vote in the August 4 Democratic and Republican primaries. The Pontotoc County Courthouse will be closed on Friday, July 3, in observance of the Fourth of July holiday, but will be open from 8 a.m. until 12 noon on Saturday, July 4, […]

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July 4th parade to include food

David Helms Pontotoc Progress It’s time to wash your bicycle, tricycle, battery powered car or golf cart and decorate it in red, white and blue for this year’s Fourth of July parade down Main Street in Pontotoc. The free parade begins promptly at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 4, and will line up at the […]

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Sheriff Leo Mask released from hospital

David Helms Pontotoc Progress Pontotoc County Sheriff Leo Mask was released from the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo late Monday evening and is expected to make a full recovery after suffering a heart attack early last Saturday (June 20) morning, said Chief Deputy Randy Roberts. On Saturday morning Sheriff Mask’s wife drove him to […]

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“Welcome Home” magazine now available

David Helms Pontotoc Progress The Pontotoc Progress newspaper this week announces the publication of its 2015 edition of the “Welcome Home to Pontotoc” magazine, which includes feature stories, hundreds of photos of local events and information on Pontotoc County. The newest publication is the ninth edition of the “Welcome Home to Pontotoc” magazine, which is […]

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That’s why Howie won’t shake hands with a gun

For years now, health officials have been warning about the dangers of too much sun when tanning. A woman in Spokane County Washington recently was actually indoors when her desire for a tan turned hazardous. Seems she was on a tanning bed, listening to the Ohio Players’s 1975 number one Billboard hit “Fire,” when she […]

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Fourth of July celebration set at Howard Stafford Park

David Helms Pontotoc Progress The city of Pontotoc is planning a night of music and fireworks for its annual Fourth of July celebration which will be held at Howard Stafford Park, said Terry Farr, Pontotoc Park and Recreation Director. Farr said festivities will begin at 6:45 p.m. and conclude at 10 p.m. when the park […]

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Police arrest three

David Helms Pontotoc Progress Pontotoc Police Chief Randy Tutor reported one man has been arrested on shoplifting charges and two others arrested on grand larceny charges in connection with two separate investigations. Chief Tutor said that Kendall Haynes, 44, of Egypt Road, Aberdeen, was arrested May 12 and charged with one count of third offense […]

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First National announces name change to First Choice Bank

David Helms Pontotoc Progress Officials at First National Bank of Pontotoc announced this week that effective June 30 the bank will be changing its name to First Choice Bank. First National Bank President and CEO Buddy Montgomery explained that the name change is necessary because of a bank iniated change in the bank’s operating charter. […]

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