Area News

Fourth of July Celebrations

The annual Fourth of July Celebration at the Atwood Water Park has been postponed due to concerns about COVID-19. Organizers hope to present an alternate event at a later time. • • • The Town of New Hebron will hold an Independence Day Celebration on July 4 at the Town Park on Main Street. The…

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Farmers Market vendors needed

The Town of Monticello is trying to start a farmers market that will be held from 8 a.m. until noon each Saturday at Cooper’s Ferry Park. Organizers are looking for vendors. There is no charge for the space, but suppliers must register with city hall. The next market is planned for July 11. More information…

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Community Calendar and Events

Farmers market to kick off June 27 The City of Monticello’s newly-organized farmers market will be held for the first time from 8 a.m. until noon Saturday, June 27 at Cooper’s Ferry Park. There is no charge to vendors for table set up. The market is open to all with fruits, vegetables, and home-made food…

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Farmers encouraged to sign up for USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson applauds the Trump administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture on the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which provides direct payments to farmers and ranchers whose business has been significantly damaged by COVID-19. “I encourage all of our farmers across the state to take advantage of this unique…

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Jeff Joyce named VP and general manager of GP Monticello

Jeff Joyce recently joined the Georgia-Pacific Monticello mill team as vice president and general manager. Joyce has served as vice president-transformation for GP’s containerboard mills since fall of last year. Prior to that, he was vice president and general manager at GP’s Brewton, Ala., mill from 2007-2019. He has worked for Georgia-Pacific since 2000 and…

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4-H hosts first-ever Virtual State Congress

by Susan Collins-Smith MSU Extension Service With social distancing measures still in place, Mississippi 4-H’ers will participate in the state’s first-ever Virtual State 4-H Congress in 2020 instead of the traditional in-person gathering. The event will be held online July 6-31 and is open to senior 4-H’ers who were 14 to 18 years old as…

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Improvements planned at sportsplex

Monticello aldermen voted Monday night to make improvements at the Lawrence County Sportsplex in anticipation of softball and baseball activity resuming soon. The seasons have been on hold because of COVID-19. Hershel Harp spoke to the board about two projects that volunteers would like to have done to improve facilities at the park before the…

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County awards bids for debris monitoring and removal

by Tony Davis In anticipation of receiving funds for further disaster cleanup in the county, Lawrence County Board of Supervisors received and opened bids for debris monitoring and debris removal in their June 15 meeting. Two bids were received for debris monitoring, and the contract was awarded to DebrisTech of Picayune. Five bids were received…

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