Ecru Aldermen studying comprehensive plan for town

By Sandra Priest Ecru officials are taking proactive steps to prepare for unprecedented growth and development that some believe are certain in the not so distant future of the town. Last Tuesday evening, Mayor Mark Baldwin and board of aldermen met with Lydia Quarles, senior policy analyst with MSU Stennis Institute, to discuss community goals, […]

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Armadillo, you best catch a ride on George Strait’s tour bus

If by chance someone knows somebody that works for 9 Lives Cat Food, I’ve got some info they can pass along. Raccoons love 9 Lives Cat Food. Or at least the one that was chowing down on my cat’s food in the garage the other night does. I’m sure I surprised the raccoon that night, […]

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Eight plead guilty, sentenced

David Helms Pontotoc Progress Eight defendants pled guilty to criminal charges and were sentenced during the final week of proceedings in Pontotoc County Circuit Court. Defendant Matthew Lynn Baskins pled guilty to two charges, including burglary of a dwelling and receiving stolen property. On the burglary charge, Baskins was sentenced to 25 years in prison, […]

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McGregor, Ward, McKnight, Edwards win runoffs

David Helms Pontotoc Progress Unofficial voting results of Tuesday’s four Democratic runoff election races, with all 28 Pontotoc County precincts reporting, showed: Second District Supervisor Mike McGregor-726 Anthony Leath-468 McGregor will face Republican Jim Harlow on Nov. 3. Third District Supervisor Tim Quarles-678 Brad Ward-779 Ward will face Rep. James “Butch” Huey in November. Fifth […]

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Four runoff elections set Tuesday

David Helms Pontotoc Progress Four Pontotoc County Democratic runoff elections are set for next Tuesday, August 25. Democratic runoff elections will include three supervisor races, including Second, Third and Fifth Districts, and in the Constable East Side race. At least one Democratic race will be on the ballot in all 28 precincts. Voters eligible to […]

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It’s up to you, but you can look up up, or read on

Maybe Charlie Brown said it best: “I hate spelling errors. You mix up just two letters and your post is urined.” Thanks to “M” for passing along this funny take on “what’s up.” “There’s a little word in the English language that has more meanings than any other two letter word and that is “up.” […]

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Celebrity cow show featured at fair

REGINA BUTLER Progress Staff Writer Want to see somebody kiss a cow? Your chance is coming Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Pontotoc County Fair and Livestock show. There will be 16 local celebrities in the ring trying out their hand at showing a cow before the beef show. Now this also comes with a […]

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Tupelo Furniture Market to feature furniture, gift, home accessories show

The Tupelo Furniture Market, one of the largest furniture trade shows in the United States, will again open one of its giant buildings to the public. The shopping experience in the market’s building one has been dubbed The Furniture, Gift & Home Accessories Show, and it has become an integral part of the Tupelo Furniture […]

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Letter to the Editor

I read Edward Gibbon’s excellent history, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, early on in my life, and perhaps, should read it again in light of our own modern history. I doubt many others have read it, or even know anything about the Roman Empire, because of the current level of educational proficiency […]

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Final call for PCT ‘Zombie’ auditions

Final call for auditions for Zombie Night will be held Thursday, August 20, at the Main from 6-7:30 p.m. Pontotoc Community theater’s comedy musical thriller in two acts will feature people who are 14 years or older who wish to try their hand at acting. This will be a particularly fun play for those who […]

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“Chris Columbus, when’s my wedding anniversary?”

The more things change the more they stay the same. How so? Well here’s the 2015 version of what momma used to tell us kids. “It’s all fun and games until someone takes a video!” I loved the good ole days when all I stood to lose was an eye. We used to tell our […]

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$100-million verses a mustard seed of faith

According to a recent story by CNN’s Heather Kelly, “the search for intelligent life in the universe is getting an injection of resources, brains and money from Silicon Valley.” The shot givers include tech investor Yuri Milner, physicist Stephen Hawking and astrophysicist and cosmologist Lord Martin Rees. Yuri? Don’t know him. I don’t know Rees […]

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Lightning fire destroys home

David Helms Pontotoc Progress Fire officials in Calhoun County said a lightning strike is the probable cause of a fire which destroyed a home on County Road 189 around 1:00 a.m. last Friday (August 7). Calhoun County Fire Coordinator Chris Williams said the fire destroyed a home belonging to retired school teachers Eddie and Dale […]

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Privilege taxes disbursed by supervisors

REGINA BUTLER Progress Staff Writer Pontotoc county supervisors approved disbursement of additional privilege taxes collected for the month of July, Pontotoc County School District, $4,028.76; Pontotoc City School District    , $  383.69; City of Pontotoc, $1,726.61; Town of Ecru, $  191.85; Town of Sherman, $  575.54. The board also accepted receipt of the Tax rolls […]

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