Monroe County, MS

Monroe County, MSThe Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

Local farmers markets gear up for the summer season

While one Monroe County farmers market began its new season last week, another is close to opening. Aberdeen Main Street’s annual market kicked off June 4 and will continue in the weeks to come at the Aberdeen Main Street Depot, located near the intersection of Commerce and Chestnut streets. “I...
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Eight take the field in NEMCABB games

CORINTH – After a one-year hiatus, Monroe County was well-represented in the Northeast Mississippi Coaches Association for Better Baseball all-star games on Saturday at Corinth. In the 1A/2A game, Hamilton’s Sam Robinson and Smithville’s Presley Keebler played on the East team, while six county players were a part of the...
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Pausing to reflect makes for a bittersweet exit

I took down a poster board collage in my cubicle at the Monroe Journal last week and noticed a clipping of a work anniversary salute from the corporate office (back when we used to get those) congratulating me for one year of service. A fan who signed the clipping, “R. Smith,” thoughtfully dated the clipping 08/15/17. I did a little math to realize that I’ve been with the Monroe Journal staff almost five years, per Smith’s notation.
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Amid craziness and conspiracy theories, always maintain your poker face

I can’t speak for HVAC repairmen, dental hygienists or grocery store stockers, but newspaper reporters seem to be magnets for some pretty urgent and high stakes information, especially when it sometimes sounds like one of those “Burn after reading” messages. I have no clue what a car salesperson or insurance...
Amory, MSThe Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

Second job fair planned for Amory

AMORY – The City of Amory and Monroe County Chamber of Commerce will again partner for a job fair June 17 at Frisco Park, giving job seekers the opportunity to apply at local companies. The two entities hosted a May 12 job fair, which attracted a number of local employers...
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Sheriff graduates from inaugural FBI leadership course

Last month, Monroe County Sheriff Kevin Crook was among a group of 16 sheriffs and 38 police chiefs leading smaller departments from throughout the United States to be invited to the FBI’s first National Command Course (NCC) in Virginia. Those invited to attend the one-week course had no more than...
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Smithville’s Morgan, Summerford, Hatley’s Harmon get victories at MAC all-star game

The county’s softball powerhouses were once again on display, this time at Jones College in the Mississippi Association of Coaches All-Star softball games. A trio of Monroe County players represented on the junior and senior 1A/2A/3A teams as Smithville’s Annie Brooke Morgan played in the senior game and Hatley’s Bre Harmon and Smithville’s Chloe Summerford played in the junior games.
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Riggan, Loyce

Loyce Gay Cody Riggan, 75, left this earth and began her new life in Heaven on Saturday, June 5, 2021. Born on July 14, 1945, in Zion, Illinois, Loyce was a daughter to the late Carney Cody and Mary Leech Cody. Loyce grew up in Monroe County and graduated from Amory High School. She went to work at a young age and began a career in the garment industry. Loyce worked as a Quality Inspector and Supervisor at Amory Garment and later Block Sportswear. She married the love of her life, Theodore "Sonny" Riggan and they were blessed with three children. A great mother and supportive wife, her family was blessed by her caring and serving heart. She was a member of The Smithville Church of Christ and with her husband, they were very involved with the Smithville Community. Through the years, Loyce took great joy in watching her family grow and her grandchildren mature. Jovial in spirit, she always loved to make folks laugh with her funny faces. Loyce liked to listen to Gospel and Country Music. Some of her closest friends were her sister Joyce Dill and Sylvia Russell, with whom she would go to yard sales and go fishing. Loyce liked to watch her grandkids play sports and she really loved escaping to the Mountains on vacations. Of all her accomplishments in her life, raising fine children and grandchildren brought her the most pride. Loyce will be dearly missed and the memories made with her will be cherished forever. Left behind to treasure her memories are her daughter, Debra Hodge (Jerry), Saltillo; sons, Darwyn Riggan, Amory, and Derrick Riggan, Smithville; grandchildren, Dustin Riggan and Destiny Riggan; great grandchildren, Chance Riggan, Weston Riggan, Harper Riggan, Ryker Noe, and Skylar Riggan; nieces and nephews, Teresa Dill, Lisa Hester, Chad Dill, Jeff Fink, Gina White, Alisha Hudnall. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Theodore "Sonny" Riggan; and a sister, Joyce Dill. Her celebration of life service will be held on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, at 2 p.m. at E.E. Pickle Funeral home in Smithville with Bro. Mickey Beam officiating. Burial will follow in Young Memorial Garden in Smithville. Pallbearers will be David Hester, Jeremy Flurry, Dillon Flurry, Robbie Horne, Matt Hodge, & Allen Duncan. Visitation for friends will be held on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 from 12:30 to 2 pm at the funeral home in Smithville. Memories and condolences may be shared with her family at
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Three suspects in custody after massive meth sting

On May 20, after nearly a two year investigation, law enforcement had enough evidence to drop the hammer on a large methamphetamine inquiry. “We identified several targets, who were coming and receiving drugs, we made traffic stops and caught them with the dope,” said undercover agent Ron Leibman (not his real name). “We start surveillance, work the case — we have to line everything up. We don’t have a set time, we just wait until we have the best opportunity to get the most narcotics off the street.”
Amory, MSThe Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

Amory mayoral Q&As

Editor's note: Amory mayor candidate Corey Glenn chose to not participate in the Monroe Journal's Q&A. A number of hearings have been held during the last year addressing housing issues in Amory. Complaints from citizens have labeled zoning ordinances as being discriminatory against affordable rental housing. As mayor, what would be your plan to lead in reforming the rental housing market that provides shelter for a significant portion of the city’s population?
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Monroe County SWAT Team Tackles ‘Murph’ Workout

AMORY, MISS. (WCBI) – The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department SWAT Team uses Memorial Day as a team-building exercise. 1529 Fitness was the site. The goal for the Monroe County SWAT Team was to finish the “Murph” Workout. - Advertisement - “It’s a way to get out and kind of push...
Aberdeen, MSThe Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

Aberdeen School Board discusses school resource officer plan

ABERDEEN – During their May 17 meeting, members of the Aberdeen School Board shared their thoughts on providing school security for the ’21-’22 school year, stating they desire to have one school resource officer at each of the district’s three schools. Aberdeen School District Superintendent Jeff Clay said Monroe County...
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Students take tours of MCSO’s armored vehicle

Among end of the school year activities, students at Hamilton, Hatley and Smithville attendance centers got to explore the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office’s armored vehicle. On top of that, they were able to try on tactical gear and ask deputies questions. “It’s not only seeing a tactical vehicle, it’s building...
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Spending increases locally for March purchases

According to data from the Mississippi Department of Revenue’s April sales tax diversion, all of Monroe County’s municipalities experienced increases in local purchases compared to the previous month of reporting. The April report is reflective of purchases made during the month of March. Amory witnessed the most significant increase from...

Nearly 20 pounds of meth seized, Mississippi man arrested in what may be ‘record-breaking’ drug bust for one county

On Tuesday, officials announced the seizure of nearly 20 pounds of Methamphetamine in what is being called a “record-breaking” drug bust for one Mississippi county. Watavius Cortez Williams, 39, of Burr Rd was arrested in Monroe County and charged with Aggravated Trafficking of Methamphetamine (approximately 20 Pounds). Williams is currently...
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Aberdeen, Amory groups hosting Memorial Day ceremonies

People will have the opportunity to honor servicemen and women who sacrificed for their country during two Memorial Day ceremonies May 31 in Aberdeen and Amory. Like many events last year, COVID-19 forced the cancellations of observances in 2020. American Legion Post 26 will host its ceremony at 10 a.m....
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23 pounds of meth seized in joint investigation

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - A joint investigation netted 23 pounds of methamphetamine and three arrests. For several months, state law enforcement officers joined agencies in Lee, Itawamba, Monroe and Chickasaw counties to investigate drug trafficking within these counties. Using traffic stops, officers confiscated a large amount of meth, several guns...