Rezoning, hiring policeman, fireman on board agenda

Police use of force policy receives board approval by Danny Wade Humboldt aldermen made quick work of the city board agenda last week. Although the meeting went rather quickly, that did not mean there were not some big decisions to be made. Prior to the Monday evening meeting at 5:15 p.m., Mayor Marvin Sikes and…

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Coaching staff has familiar faces

Reid, Williams take helm of Lady Viking basketball program by Danny Wade When the Lady Vikings take to the court next fall, there will be two new coaches courtside. But even though both coaches are new for the 2021-22 season, they are both familiar faces. This week, Humboldt City Schools announced Dorrington “Junior” Reid has…

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Bird & Burger fundraiser back on this year

by Danny Wade To say 2020 and the pandemic hurt businesses and the general public would be an understatement. One organization was unable to host their largest fundraiser of the year in 2020, which put their finances in dire need. But 2021 seems to be getting life back to normal. That goes for the Boys…

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Superintendent search begins

by Danny Wade The Humboldt School Board took a big step moving forward Thursday evening during their monthly meeting in hiring a permanent superintendent. Last month, the board voted to use Tennessee School Boards Association to assist in the search for the next director of schools. TSBA Assistant Executive Director Ben Torres attended the school…

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Blankenship named Public Library director

by Danny Wade Humboldt Public Library has a new director. John Blankenship was selected to be library director. As director, Blankenship’s duties will be to oversee all day-to-day operations. Blankenship has a professional and qualified staff at the library. Joshua Fisher serves as assistant director. Blankenship said one of Fisher’s main roles is working with…

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Humboldt City Board terminates law officer

by Danny Wade The Humboldt City Board had the ominous decision to make last Monday night regarding a long-time policeman. Lt. Curtis Baxter had been with the Humboldt Police Department since he was hired May 21, 1984. Police Chief Reynard Buchanan submitted a letter to the board, recommending Lt. Baxter’s termination. “It is unfortunate that…

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$4.5 million stimulus funding coming to HCS

by Danny Wade Humboldt City Schools has been the benefactor of millions of dollars from federal and state funding. Last week, the state released their latest round of funding, Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER 3.0), where Humboldt will receive almost $4.5 million. This is the third round of ESSER funding this school…

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WTSF City Tour takes new look

No tour bus, no industry visits this year due to COVID did not mean no Strawberry Festival City Tour. The 83rd West Tennessee Strawberry Festival kicked off last Saturday with the first event of the year. The City Tour usually takes place in mid-April but this year’s version came early. Saturday was not the typical…

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McCurrie, Cox retiring after 40-plus years

Jones Family of Companies congratulates Cox for 46 years and McCurrie for 47 years as loyal employees by Danny Wade It is not often to have two people retire from the same company at the same time after spending over four decades with the same company. But that is the case when Frank McCurrie and…

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