Archive | December, 2012

Okolona conservator updates aldermen

OKOLONA – School conservator Dr. Mac Curlee said Okolona schools have improved but they still have room for improvement. Speaking to the Okolona Board of Aldermen and Mayor on Dec. 11, Curlee said he is pleased with the direction is moving and glad to see the community appointing trustees to once again lead the district. […]

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Emma Satterwhite

NEW ALBANY – Emma Mae King Satterwhite, 92, died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, at her home. She was born Dec. 20, 1920, in Houston to the late Charlie King and Zella Boston King. Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Pleasant Grove M.B. Church. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of […]

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Houston school survey online

Parents in the Houston School District are asked to go online to take a survey about your public schools. The survey can be found at www.houston.k12.ms.us and is sponsored by the school district to gain input from parents and care givers. The survey only takes a few minutes to complete and will be available on […]

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Home for the holidays

HOUSTON/VARDAMAN – The last round of local Christmas parades took place last week as Houston and Vardaman both rescheduled their events due to weather. The Civitan club in Houston sponsored the annual parade for the first time this year and invited soldiers from the 288th Sapper unit of the National Guard to attend as Grand […]

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HUES Student of the Week

HOUSTON- Houston Upper Elementary School has released the students of the week for December 3-7.   Third Grade   Brittany Alford – Janasia Parker Brooke Alford – Javien Moore Atkins – Tayshun Robinson Hillhouse – Alyssa Haire McFarland – Greer Nabors Owens – Destiny McGregory   Fourth Grade Davis – Gage Harrington Helms – Nick […]

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Margo Wallace

OKOLONA – Margo Deneen Wallace, 31, died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Oct. 4, 1981, to Catherine Washington and Bobby Wallace. She received her education in the Okolona Schools. She was a member of Darden Chapel. She was a fun-loving person. Services will be at noon Saturday at […]

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Betty Jo Sanderson

WEST POINT – Betty Jo “B.J.” Sanderson, 73, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born Nov. 30, 1939, in Houston to Maynette Neal and James Horace Smith. She worked for the City of West Point Housing Authority and later retired from Diversified Property Management, where she managed […]

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It’s the giving not the gift that makes Christmas

I’ve been around the newspaper business for about 37 of my 47 years, having started out in this profession throwing papers at the tender age of ten in West Point. Delivering papers every afternoon five days a week and then trying to collect for your services on weekends will teach you a lot about business […]

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School board puts roofers on notice

HOUSTON – The Houston Board of Trustees has voted to have their board attorney send a letter of notice to all parties responsible for the roof on School of Science and Technology. Trustees have been meeting in executive session for several months with NewPath Strategy Consulting, to discuss the leaking roof at the building formerly […]

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Civitans meet tonight

The Civitan club will meet Thursday December 20, at 5:30 p.m. at the library. The Area Director Mr. John Longmire will address the group. The club is selling Christmas fruit cakes, see any member for cakes. In honor of the holiday season the club made donations to the local group for the elderly and disabled. […]

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Rebecca Mathis Somers

VALENCIA, Calif. — Rebecca Gale Mathis Somers, 55, died in Valencia, California on Dec. 13, 2012. Born on December 18, 1956 in Chateauroux, France to Filizi B. Fessl, a German war bride, and Frank M. Mathis of Houlka, a distinguished veteran of World War II who participated in the D-Day Invasion and who also fought […]

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Bill Hawkins

BRUCE – William Franklin “Bill” Hawkins, 58, died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, at his home. He was born April 17, 1954, in Bruce. He was a 1971 graduate of Bruce High School. He was a construction worker, building water tanks, and a brick mason. He served in the National Guard for six years. Services will […]

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Edward Walker

ABERDEEN – Edward Lashawn “Lil Froot” Walker, 36, died Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, in Aberdeen. He was a member of Baptist Grove M.B. Church and employed at United Furniture in Okolona. Services will be at noon Saturday at Baptist Grove M.B. Church in Prairie. The Rev Chester McNairy will officiate. Burial will be in the […]

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Okolona names school trustees

OKOLONA – After almost three years, Okolona now has a school board and trustees that will direct local schools. The Okolona Mayor and Board of Aldermen named five people to the school board at their meeting last week. The five Okolona School Board Trustees and background are: • Sara L. Jenkins – Retired school counselor. • Dr. […]

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