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Benjamins named honoree of 83rd annual West TN Strawberry Festival

Couple has chaired Horse Show for over a decade   by Danny Wade With the beginning of the new year brings big announcements for the Strawberry city. One announcement that always comes early in the year is the selection of the West Tennessee Strawberry Festival honoree. Strawberry Festival President Betty Langley proudly announces this year’s…

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Marchers brave cold to honor Martin Luther King

    by Brittan Pyron With temperatures in the 20s and snow falling from the sky, many Humboldt community members braved the cold Monday morning to make the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day march from Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church to the Municipal Building and then to St. James Baptist Church. As usual, the…

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McLemore, McNeal sworn into office prior to school board meeting

  by Danny Wade With three school board members winning elections last November, their new term begins in January. Two of the three members were sworn into office last Thursday evening prior to the regular school board meeting. Humboldt Mayor Marvin Sikes performed the ceremonies for Wayne McLemore and Leon McNeal. Mark Hodge was unable…

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Blackburn offers insight on Washington during Humboldt visit

by Danny Wade A United States Senator made a stop in Gibson County last week. Senator Marsha Blackburn made a quick visit to Humboldt last Thursday afternoon as part of her tour of all 95 Tennessee counties. Senator Blackburn visited and spoke with the 30-plus attendees prior to addressing the crowd. State Representative Curtis Halford…

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Kustoff hits on several D.C. topics during Rotary Club visit

by Danny Wade It has been a long-standing tradition for the Rotary Club of Humboldt to have the sitting Congressman visit early in January to give the club an update on events from Washington D.C. That tradition continued last Friday when Congressman David Kustoff, representing Tennessee’s 8th Congressional District, spoke to club members and guests.…

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McNeal refutes allegations, new court date set

Leon McNeal, a Humboldt alderman and a school board member, was in court last week. McNeal is facing disorderly conduct charges and was in Humboldt General Session Court on Wednesday, December 8. McNeal had hired attorney Joe Tubbs as council. Judge Mark Agee reset McNeal’s case for March 18, 2020. McNeal was ordered to have…

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Shop with a Cop a success

  by Mindy East Monday evening, law enforcement officers from Humboldt, Trenton and Milan, along with the Gibson County Sheriff’s Department and Humboldt Fire Department, raided Humboldt Walmart. But not to make arrests; instead for the 2019 Shop with a Cop event. On December 16, local children got to be a part of a Christmas…

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Church steeple comes down to make needed repairs

  by Danny Wade Last Thursday, First Evangelic Presbyterian Church got a haircut. The 40-plus foot steeple was removed. Murry Greer, church administrator, said there were some issues with the steeple, forcing it to be removed. Greer said Mother Nature had not been friendly to the steeple that towered over 80 feet from the ground.…

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City board swats police officer promotions

by Danny Wade Humboldt police officers who were up for promotions walked away empty handed and disappointed. Humboldt Police Chief Reynard Buchanan recommended to the Humboldt City Board that four of Humboldt’s finest be promoted. Humboldt Mayor Marvin Sikes presented the chief’s recommendation during the December 9 board meeting. Neither Mayor Sikes nor Chief Buchanan…

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