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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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Ecru Police arrest man on meth charge

David Helms Pontotoc Progress Ecru Police Chief Jake Chisholm reported that a Union County man was recently arrested on a methamphetamine drug charge. Chief Chisholm said that Eric Justin Vernon, 26, of County Road 102, Ingomar, MS, was arrested March 4 and charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell. Vernon was a passenger […]

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Customer Appreciation Day set this Friday 11 a.m.- 1 p.m.

David Helms Pontotoc Progress Everyone’s invited to downtown Pontotoc this Friday (March 14) from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. when numerous businesses will roll out the goodies for the 14th observance of Customer Appreciation Day. The event is aimed at drawing a big crowd to downtown Pontotoc and cap off Friday’s end to a week […]

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Ecru Aldermen ponder apartments

By Sandra Priest In response to Ecru officials request for more information pertaining to a building permit, Ron Anderson came before Mayor Mark Baldwin and board of aldermen to outline plans for renovations to a downtown building. According to plans presented to the board by Anderson’s attorney, the renovations would convert the former Mortimer Funeral […]

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Memphis Grizzlies tickets available

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First graders listen to the blues

Pontotoc Elementary School first graders listen to blues musician Terry “Hamonica” Bean as he entertains them on the harmonica during a classroom performance for Black History Month.  Bean, also a Pontotoc High School and American Legion star baseball player, fielded questions from Melissa Roberson’s first grade class and Kim Baldwin’s gifted class about his baseball […]

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Burn ban lifted

REGINA BUTLER Progress Staff Writer The Agri-Center will soon get a cleaning face lift. Board of Supervisor president Wayne Stokes said he was going to get some inmates to help pressure wash and spruce up around the place, getting ready for spring activities. The supervisors did not renew the burn ban for the month of […]

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Repo owner arrested for marijuana

David Helms Pontotoc Progress A bad night last week got a lot worse for a Courtland, Miss., man who followed his repossessed pickup truck back to Pontotoc and was arrested by Pontotoc Police for possession of almost eight pounds of marijuana, Police Chief Larry Poole reported. The incident began on the night of Feb. 24 […]

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Investigation continuing into pipe bomb scare

Pontotoc County Sheriff Leo Mask said that a suspicious piece of PVC pipe found near the garbage bin of a Tuscumbia Road resident last week was determined not to be a pipe bomb. Emergency personnel, sheriff’s deputies and officers from the Tupelo Police Department’s bomb squad responded to the scene around 3:30 p.m. on Monday […]

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Three killed, two injured in Hwy. 278 accident

The Mississippi Highway Patrol continues to investigate a Friday night, head-on collision that killed three people in Pontotoc County. At 8:35pm, Troopers were dispatched to the crash scene located on MS 6 (Hwy. 278 four lane), near Beulah Grove Road. Upon arriving it appeared Margel Swann, 51, of New Albany, driving a 1995 Isuzu pick-up, […]

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Here’s a chance to win Grizzlies tickets

Hey Pontotoc, renew your subscription or start one and you could win two tickets to the Memphis Grizzlies-Utah Jazz. Text your name and address to 662-419-1127 to place your order and get entered into the drawing. These are floor seats valued at $332 each.  

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Suspicious taped PVC pipe determined not to be a bomb

David Helms Around 12:30 p.m. today (Tuesday), Pontotoc County Sheriff Leo Mask said that a suspicious piece of PVC pipe found near the garbage bin of a Tuscumbia Road resident yesterday was determined NOT to be a pipe bomb. Emergency personnel, sheriff’s deputies and officers from the Tupelo Police Department’s bomb squad responded to the […]

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