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Ecru clerk suspended pending investigation

At a special called meeting on Thursday evening, March 31, the Ecru Board of Aldermen approved 4-0 an order suspending Ecru town clerk Gretchin Moody without pay, effective immediately, pending results of an investigation by the State Auditor’s Office. Alderman Glen Denton was out of town and not in attendance, but Aldermen Donald Andrews, Bill […]

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Aldermen listen to tennis court presentation

At last week’s board meeting, Pontotoc Aldermen took under advisement a proposal to consider hiring someone to manage the city’s eight tennis courts. Kevin Morrow, the tennis coach at Pontotoc High School, addressed the board on the need for someone to maintain the tennis courts and develop a tennis program. “For several years now we’ve […]

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Sales tax collections net cities $284,715

Sales tax collections brought the six municipalities of Pontotoc County $284,715.77 in January 2016, according to the Mississippi Department of Revenue’s January report of diversions to cities from sales tax collections. January’s sales tax collections were $32,606.10 above December’s sales tax returns, when $252,109.67 was returned to the county’s six municipalities. In comparison with a […]

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If you can spell astronaut you have the right stuff

Quote of the Week: “The auto correct mode on this cell phone texting is my own worst enema!” Amen. Do you remember the 1955 CBS sitcom the “Honeymooners,” which starred Jackie Gleason as volatile, but harmless  Brooklyn bus driver Ralph Kramden? In every episode one of Ralphs’ get rich scheme’s would fail and his wife, […]

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Eighteen apply for city superintendent post

Pontotoc City School Board President Wally Henry said the school district has received 18 applications for the superintendent’s position, which will be vacated in June with the retirement of current Superintendent Karen Tutor. Henry said Performance Based Education Company was hired as a consultant to help with the superintendent hiring process. “Dr. Bill Wade heads […]

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“Mr. Darcy, there’s zombie-body for everybody”

English teachers take heed! Your efforts to get your students to appreciate a literary classic such as Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” is getting an assist from Hollywood this weekend with the release of the movie “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.” That’s right, all of Austen’s timeless book characters are in the movie, including the […]

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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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