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UBS is holding drive for Houlka woman

United Blood Services is having a blood drive for Carrie Weaver in Houlka. She recently became very ill and has had to have a lot of product units and we are wanting to ask the Houlka and Houston communities to come out and support her. We are going to be grilling out hot dogs for […]

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Pontotoc man arrested in hit and run accident

David Helms Pontotoc Progress A Pontotoc man is being held on $100,000 bond in connection with the hit-and-run death Tuesday afternoon of 21-year-old Lequintray D. Williams, also of Pontotoc, according to the Mississippi Highway Patrol. Highway Patrol officials said that Juan M. Hernandez, 36, of 10th Street in Pontotoc, has been arrested and charged with […]

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Pontotoc Mayor Jeff Stafford’s brother, Richard killed in plane crash

  David Helms Pontotoc Progress Pontotoc Mayor Jeff Stafford confirmed Tuesday morning that his brother, Richard Stafford, was apparently killed late Monday (June 30) evening in a plane crash in Jonesville, Louisiana. Richard Stafford, 56, was the son of the late Pontotoc Mayor Howard and Ruby Stafford. Jeff Stafford said he received the news of […]

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Run-off election results from Pontotoc County

Cochran 2,207 or 53.79% of the vote McDaniel 1,895 or 46.19% Number of votes cast 4,115   These figures include the absentee ballots.   There are 39 affidavits which will be counted July 2.

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Vegetables at your fingertips

As she waters her plants, Janet Wilder checks the squash in her raised vegetable garden located in the back yard of her home in Pontotoc. Her husband Johnny designed the raised garden, which offers easier accessibility to the vegetables produced and can be covered more easily for frost protection, allowing earlier planting.  Other vegetables in […]

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City purchases Wilton building

David Helms Pontotoc Progress Pontotoc Board of Aldermen recently took steps to purchase the former Wilton Casting building in the Pontotoc Industrial Park as a site for a new industry that wants to locate in Pontotoc. Officials said they cannot identify the new industry until the deal is finalized. At the May 20 board meeting […]

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Unofficial election results from Pontotoc County

Unofficial election results from Pontotoc   US Senate Democratic Primary   Travis Childers  533 William Compton   19 Bill Marcy 17 Jonathan Rawl   5   U.S. House district 1 Domocratic Primary Ron Dickey   264 Rex Weathers  185   U.S. Senate Republican   Thomas Carey   42 Thad Cochran  1783 Chris McDaniel  1633   […]

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Local man killed at landfill

Pontotoc County Sheriff Leo Mask said  that his department is investigating an accident which claimed the life of a man this morning at the Three Rivers Authority Regional Landfill, located off of Highway 278 four lane just north of Pontotoc.   Sheriff Mask said the identity of the accident victim is not being released at […]

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Tutor hired as new police chief

David Helms Pontotoc Progress   Pontotoc Police Chief Larry Poole is retiring, effective June 30, and on Tuesday (May 20) night the Pontotoc Board of Aldermen hired Randy Tutor as his successor. The board voted unanimously to hire the 52-year-old Tutor, who for the past 11 months has worked as an investigator for the Pontotoc […]

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Tornado damage report from Pontotoc

No major damage and no major injuries in Pontotoc City or County at this time. Trees are down at Hwy. 6 and Kings Hwy that blocked the road, but have been cleared and traffic can move on that road. Trees are down across New Hope Road and is blocked at this time, but crews are […]

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Severe storms expected beginning Sunday

SEVERAL ROUNDS OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ARE LIKELY BEGINNING SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND CONTINUING INTO TUESDAY. A FEW TORNADOES…DAMAGING WINDS…AND LARGE HAIL ARE POSSIBLE. IN ADDITION…HEAVY RAINFALL MAY RESULT IN FLASH FLOODING. .SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT… SPOTTER ACTIVATION IS LIKELY SUNDAY AFTERNOON INTO TUESDAY.   Are you ready? Do you have your disaster kit? do you know where […]

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Genesis Furniture closes, WIN JOB to aid laid off workers

David Helms Pontotoc Progress   After 18 years of manufacturing upholstered furniture, Genesis Furniture Company in Pontotoc has closed, leaving approximately 63 employees jobless, according to a notice issued last week by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security. Genesis Furniture, located on Maggie Drive, began manufacturing operations in Pontotoc in 1996. Attempts to contact Genesis […]

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Severe weather expected tonight get prepared!

From the National Weather Service: … Severe thunderstorms expected later this afternoon and tonight across the entire mid south… A strong cold front will move into the lower Mississippi Valley tonight. Showers and thunderstorms are expected to quickly develop in a warm… moist and very unstable airmass across the Ozark Plateau this afternoon. This activity […]

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Patterson receives district/state tree farmer awards

REGINA BUTLER Progress Staff Writer If you think raising a child is hard work, just try raising a tree. Even getting a pine tree from a seedling to the fullest potential can take 30 to 35 years. Veteran farmer and pine grower Harry Patterson can attest to that. Owner of 190 acres of woodland Harry […]

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