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Clerk warns of summons scam

Officials in neighboring Lee County warned residents there last week of an ongoing jury summons scam and Pontotoc County Circuit Clerk Melinda Nowicki cautions Pontotoc County residents to be alert to similar scam attempts. Scam artists have been calling residents accusing them of some wrong doing, or failure to report for jury duty and threatening […]

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Saturday is deadline to register to vote in primaries

This coming Saturday, February 6, is the deadline to register to vote in the upcoming March 8 presidential/congressional primaries, said Melinda Nowicki, Pontotoc County Circuit Clerk. In addition to regular business hours, the circuit clerk’s office will be open from 8 a.m. until 12 noon this Saturday for voter registration. As a reminder, the last […]

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EDITORIAL

David Helms Pontotoc Progress Sports, including college football, is an opportunity and challenge to perform under great pressure. A lot was on the line during the recent December 5 ACC championship game between Clemson and North Carolina, including a chance to compete for a national championship. Late in the second quarter of that game, Clemson […]

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Ceremony set for new county officials

Circuit Judge James L. Roberts, Jr., of Pontotoc, will administer the oath of office to Pontotoc County’s 16 newly elected officials during a ceremony set for Sunday, January, 3, beginning at 2:30 p.m. The public is invited to the ceremony which will be held in the court room on the second floor of the Pontotoc […]

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PEPA runoff election ongoing

One position on the Pontotoc Electric Power Association’s Board of Directors was settled in first primary voting, while votes will be counted next week to determine the winners of two runoffs. In the November primary, incumbent board member Larry D. Parker was re-elected to the board in Area Nine with a majority margin over challengers […]

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Nineteen plead guilty, sentenced

During the first week of proceedings in Pontotoc County Circuit Court, nineteen defendants pled guilty to their respective charges and were sentenced. Defendant Jerry Allen Ferguson pled guilty to two counts of DUI third offense. Ferguson was sentenced to two concurrent five year prison terms unless he successfully completes one year in the Intensive Supervision/House […]

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Baby born on Hwy 278 four lane

An advertising website praises the Toyota Prius, stating “a spacious new interior lets everyone stretch out in comfort.” After their Prius broke down on Highway 278 four lane last Thursday (Dec. 10) morning, a Lafayette County couple will attest that the auto also serves nicely as an impromptu delivery room. Pontotoc Fire Chief Lance Martin […]

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“Mable, hang up, I can hear you breathing in the phone”

Ready or not, here comes the Christmas Holidays. But last week’s Thanksgiving Holiday afforded me my one annual trip to the movie theater. We went to see the 24th James Bond movie, “Spectre,” starring Daniel Craig in his fourth (and maybe final) outing as 007. The fellow that spelled “Spectre” must be kin to Brett […]

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Tanglefoot Trail signs destroyed

Tanglefoot Trail officials reported last week that at least four trail signs were recently destroyed by vandals. Tanglefoot Trail Maintenance Superintendent Keith Herring said replacing the signs would cost at least $300, but more importantly emphasized the danger aspect of the senseless destruction. “One sign was stolen, but three of the signs were shot and […]

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Gun shot victim identified, homicide investigation ongoing

A homicide investigation has been launched into the shooting death last Sunday night of a Pontotoc County man, Sheriff Leo Mask said Tuesday morning. Sheriff Mask identified the shooting victim as Mark Posey, a resident of Cooke Road. Posey’s body was discovered in a ditch on Cooke Road around 9:45 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 20) night. […]

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Man found fatally shot on Cooke Road

Pontotoc County Sheriff Leo Mask said late Monday afternoon it will be at least Tuesday morning before he releases the identity of a man found fatally shot and lying in a road ditch on Cooke Road Sunday (Sept. 20) night. “We’re attempting to notify all the family and we sent the man’s body to Jackson […]

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Pontotoc Aldermen talk street sweeping

At last week’s Pontotoc Board of Aldermen meeting, officials discussed street sweeping options. Mayor Jeff Stafford said the city’s $10,000 contract with F-5 Sweepers is coming up for renewal. Under the current contract, the sweeping company sweeps Main Street from the Pontotoc City Cemetery to Three Rivers Planning building once a week and sweeps Oxford […]

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Pontotoc City Schools get new emergency radios

In a continuous effort to maximize safety preparedness, the Pontotoc City School District recently purchased 35 new Motorola Mototrbo digital radios, said Pontotoc High School Principal Paul Henry. The radios, which cost $30,000, were distributed last Monday to administrators and other building personnel, who were instructed by Motorola technician Jody Stringer on the radio’s capabilities. […]

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I say, I say son, do as I say but don’t repeat it

Radio and television talk show pioneer Art Linkletter would not be a bit surprised that kids are still “saying the darndest things.” Out of the mouths of babes comes the truth. Sometimes it stings, but lots and lots of times what kids say is funny. LittleHoots, an app, recently posted some authentic kid quotes as […]

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