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Robert Thames was diagnosed with lung cancer in late 2014. Since then, he has been in remission several times but is now in Stage 4 of the disease. The Belden-area resident, within the past couple months, has been a regular customer of The Green Guys Dispensary in Saltillo, where he buys his…

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It’s time to think about the fall. Well, fall sports anyway. Some Lee County cities will be offering football, softball, soccer and even kickball programs so now and in coming weeks is the time to get the kids registered for them. Some municipalities will also have adult sports programs.

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They are literally a dying breed. Many decades ago, they were the only force facing a global onslaught of fascism. Today, if they are still alive, they are old men with pasts worth remembering and celebrating. And Harry Martin is among that dwindling number. The 95-year-old Martin, former lo…

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It has been a long time coming, but it is getting near. Chief Bart Aguirre leaves the Tupelo Police Department on the last day of this month. After 36 years there, he will be spending future days much differently. “My wife and I went to the post office last week and got our passports,” said …

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Itawamba Community College’s film students had an opportunity in Clarksdale recently to screen a documentary that has been a year in the making. The screening was presented at a conference entitled “Rolling on the River.” The film, “Flights of the Mississippi June Bugs: A Greater Truth in Mo…

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Crime Stoppers of Northeast Mississippi and the Prentiss County Sheriff's Department need your help with finding Demaro Rashad Hubbard, 24, who is wanted for felony breaking and entering a dwelling.

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Tuesday was general election day for many towns and cities across Mississippi and Lee County was no exception.

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Lee County Schools, along with most other districts in the county, are offering summer school opportunities of one form or another for students who need a boost to advance to the next grade. In the case of Lee County Schools, it has been many years since a summer school program has been offe…

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Rumor has it that the Elvis Presley Festival is back. After last year’s hiatus due to pandemic concerns, it returns next week. It begins on Wednesday, June 9, and winds up Sunday, June 13.

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Itawamba Community College’s Dr. Cheryl Ware of Belden and TZ Waters of Tupelo are among the 2021 graduates of the Mississippi Community College Leadership Academy. A member of the ICC faculty since 1996, Ware was named Physical Therapist Technology program director in 2016. She earned the b…

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BY donna thomas special to the courier A team from Itawamba Community College has been selected as a finalist for the 2021 Community College Innovation challenge, which is sponsored by the American Association of Community Colleges and the National Science Foundation. Members include Diana S…

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On May 5, 2021, the Lee County Sheriff's Department responded to a call at a residence on County Road 231 in Guntown regarding a possible burglary in progress.

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Back in March of this year, the Lee County Courier ran an article asking for the public’s assistance in capturing five felons.

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OXFORD, Miss. – In his 94 years, John Stone has witnessed the evolution of modern technology: from a time when families gathered for radio shows to today, when dads, moms, brothers and sisters each stream a different show on their own devices. The 1949 University of Mississippi graduate reme…

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Ashley Seals has been named Parent of the Year for Lee County Schools. She is the mother of Riley, 7, a first grader in Christy Adkins’ class at Mooreville Elementary School; Seals and her husband Roger also have a son, 5-year-old Tripp, who will be in kindergarten next year. “I told them I …

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On Friday, March 26, 911 received a call from a female, who said she was driving a vehicle, that another vehicle was shooting at her vehicle and the passenger in the back seat had been hit.

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It once bore the reputation as being one of the worst neighborhoods in Tupelo. Crime was a regular expectation and blight was a regular feature. Today, though, the Ida Street/Lawndale area has become a showcase for what can be accomplished when city and citizens strive for improvement. The f…

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The American Red Cross has been around a long time. Nearly 140 years to be exact. K.C. Grist, executive director of the North Mississippi Chapter of the Red Cross, has been around somewhat less that that; she took over the reins of the chapter slightly more than a year ago, on January 28, 20…

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Twelve Itawamba Community College sophomores have been selected as members of the prestigious Hall of Fame for 2020-21. They include and Cora Yielding of Fulton; Kristen Howell, Kaylee Markham, Diana Salinas, all of Golden; Rodrigo Hernandez of Houston; John Curtis DeVaughn of Mantachie; Che…

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On Monday, Feb. 22, the Lee County Sheriff’s Department and the Lee County Coroner held a press conference about a stabbing which took place in the Pratts Community.

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Chevelle Champ came about her vocation and her avocation naturally. The case manager for the special education department at Plantersville Middle School comes from a family of educators: “Every school I attended had one of my aunts who taught. Three were special ed teachers,” said Champ, a N…

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Time is a valuable commodity for Mary Frances Massey. The Tupelo native works a number of jobs yet still finds time to help out at her daughter’s school, the Early Childhood Education Center. In fact, her volunteer efforts there have landed her the title of Tupelo Public Schools’ Parent of t…

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Ida Brand is a longtime resident of Shannon but maintains strong ties to her native Okolona. Most of those ties center around education, her career for 31 years. She retired in 2013 as principal of Shannon Elementary School but didn’t retire from community service. “I still work with the chi…

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Qualifying of candidates for this spring’s municipal elections wrapped up last Friday. The ballots are set but, of course, could change as some aspirants to city offices could withdraw from some of the races; it happened in Oxford, where two candidates for alderman withdrew after qualifying …

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Romeco Traylor wears a lot of hats. Aside from being a career fireman – he is a division chief in the Tupelo Fire Department – he is involved on many levels in community activities. But first, a little about the man’s history. Traylor, 49, is a Tupelo native and a graduate of Shannon High Sc…

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On Dec. 29, 2020 a report was filed with the Lee County Sheriff’s Department from an area business — the complainant stated a former employee had used a company card to obtain money without the permission of the business.

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Lindsay Brett is a busy woman. And she is about to be even busier. The principal of Plantersville Middle School has been selected to serve on a statewide commission initiated by the Mississippi Department of Education. The Principal Advisory Council is the brainchild of Dr. Carey Wright, sta…

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Junior Swords – yes, that’s his given name – may have one of the coolest jobs in Tupelo. The 55-year-old Pontotoc native oversees the city’s tree farm, located on the southern end of Lawndale Drive. On the approximately 13-acre tract (only a fraction of that comprises the tree farm), Swords,…

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The Tupelo Economic Recovery Task Force (TERTF) announced today the launch of “Mask Up, Tupelo!” in support of Tupelo’s mask ordinance and other socially responsible practices known to slow the spread of COVID-19, including hand washing and social distancing.

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OXFORD, Miss. – A senior in the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College is the University of Mississippi's first recipient of a prestigious Rangel Graduate Fellowship. Charlotte Armistead, of Mooreville, is double majoring in international studies and Arabic with a minor in intelligence and…