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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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Friday is deadline to register for Pontotoc Christmas Parade

David Helms Pontotoc Progress Pontotoc County residents are reminded that 4:30 p.m. THIS FRIDAY, November 22, is the ABSOLUTE final deadline to register to participate in this year’s Pontotoc Christmas Parade, which is set for Monday, December 2, at 6:30 p.m. Parade entries may register at the Pontotoc County Chamber of Commerce office. There is […]

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Young Prince George wins Scrabble championship

Let’s see, the Royal Baby George was born on July 22 and weighed in at $12.99–the British conversion from eight pounds 6 ounces. I got some inside information from Hobb Nob, life-long butler at the palace, who tipped me off that the baby’s great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, actually played a part in the baby’s birth. […]

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Mistrial declared after jury can’t reach verdict

David Helms Pontotoc Progress A mistrial was declared last Wednesday (July 24) in the murder trial of Jimmy G. Kramer after the jury could not reach a unanimous verdict. Kramer, 39, was on trial in Pontotoc County Circuit Court for murder in connection with the December 29, 2010, shooting death of his brother-in-law, David Michael […]

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Eat the fish, but don’t drink the water

I remember my daddy’s reaction years ago when someone mentioned buying a bottle of water. “Who would be crazy enough to buy a bottle of water? he asked. Knowing that my dad’s generation is one of the smartest, most innovative, hardest working and disciplined to ever walk this planet, I still think my dad was […]

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Houlka man, juveniles arrested for burglary, Alabama man is arrested on drug charges

David Helms-Pontotoc Progress Four people have been arrested and charged with possesion of drugs and burglary. Pontotoc Police Chief Larry Poole said a Houlka man and three male juveniles have been arrested and charged with burglarizing a Pontotoc home. Poole said that Dayton Devan Morris, 18, of County Road 118 Houlka, has been charged with […]

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County schools start classes on August 8

David Helms Pontotoc Progress Pontotoc County School students, including both North and South Pontotoc campuses, will begin classes for the 2013-2014 school year on August 8, announced Kenny Roye, Pontotoc County Superintendent of Education. On August 8 all students in grades kindergarten through twelve will report for a full day of classes. At South Pontotoc, […]

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