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Houston Fire Dept. hosts annual youth safety event

HOUSTON – The helicopters landed, the fire trucks squirted water and kids learned something about safety. The week-long Annual Houston Fire Academy finished up Friday night with the traditional field exercises where kids got to man a fire hose, crawl through a smoke house and test their knowledge of fire safety. The event was held […]

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Houlka Post Office to cut hours

HOULKA – A public hearing to explain changes at Houlka Post Office drew 47 people who voiced their concerns with a reduction in postal hours. Postal customers gathered at the Houlka Community Center to hear Tina Terry of the North Mississippi Post Office Operations Center explain why the post office will see its hours go […]

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Ready, Set, Hike!

HOUSTON – It’s just a pickup game of football but its also an indication that some in Houston are more serious about football than others. This summer, while most of us drank our morning coffee, athletes were gathering at Houston High School football field to stretch, run and play a friendly game of football with […]

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Best of Houston

HOUSTON – It is one of the highest honors that can be given to a Houston school teacher and it comes with a $500 check. Five teachers in the Houston School District received an annual award for excellence in their profession with one, Tyrell Davis, receiving the Manny Davis Teacher of the Year award as […]

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District seeks to upgrade facilities

OKOLONA – Residents of the Okolona School District will head to the polls Aug. 26 to vote on a $2 million bond issue that will renovate facilities across the district in Eastern Chickasaw County. The Okolona Board of Trustees voted 3-2 recently to seek revenue bonds that will make repairs at facilities across the district. […]

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Midnight Madness is Friday

HOUSTON – The community will get their first look at the 2014 edition of the Houston Hilltopper football team Friday night as this year’s squad hits the gridiron at the stroke of midnight. The Mississippi High School Athletic Association has strict rules for when teams can begin practice and Houston will play the game as […]

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Houlka begins rebuilding school

HOULKA – “Everything is still on ‘go’” said Dr. Betsy Collums, Superintendent of Chickasaw County Schools. “At this point the first day of school will be Wednesday with teachers ready for students.” Collums said Chickasaw County Schools will open today, as scheduled even though a fire destroyed the Houlka Attendance Center on Wednesday afternoon. Firefighters […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: Houlka will rise from ashes

  They say you can determine the measure of a person by watching how they handle adversity. In the South we are trained to smile and be polite when someone asks how we are. Any given Sunday you will find our churches filled with people undergoing some kind of burden, illness or tragedy and calmly […]

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Fire guts Houlka school

HOULKA – The historic Houlka Attendance Center was destroyed last week in one of the largest fires in Chickasaw County in recent history. Firefighters responded to a blaze that engulfed the 70-year-old building about 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, July 30 and the facility was a smoking hulk at 4:30 p.m. No one was injured in the […]

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Bulldogs unveil non-SEC basketball slate

STARKVILLE – Mississippi State wanted a more challenging non-conference schedule in Rick Ray’s third season to reflect a finally full roster. The Bulldogs released their 13-game non-conference slate on Wednesday. It features eight home outings and another at Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson on Dec. 20 against South Carolina Upstate. MSU will welcome Western Carolina, Mississippi […]

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Chickasaw trustees seek architect

HOULKA – Trustees have begun work on rebuilding the Houlka Attendance Center that was destroyed by fire last week, and the clock is ticking. Chickasaw County School trustees have been told by their insurance company they have two years, from the Wednesday, July 30 date of the fire that burned their school, to rebuild a […]

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Circuit Court docket set in Okolona

OKOLONA – The July term of Chickasaw County Circuit Court had 47 cases set on the docket with drug cases and burglary/robbery charges dominating the list. Circuit Court Judges Robert Elliott, John A. Gregory and Andrew Howorth were slated to hear cases this term, accept guilty pleas and assign court-ordered attorneys. The docket was down […]

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Taylor named first tomato champ

HOUSTON – As with most battles, someone wins and someone loses, but the case of the Chickasaw Tomato Battle the competitors live in the same house. Sarah Taylor was named the First Annual Chickasaw County Tomato Battle champion with a red, ripe tomato tipping the scales a 15.5 ounces. The event was sponsored by the […]

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United Way holds Back to School resource fairs

HOUSTON – The line stretched out the front door and half way around Houston First United Methodist Church Saturday morning as the community gets ready for the first day of school. The United Way and local civic groups hosted Houston’s first United Way Back 2 School resource fair where youngsters and parents got school supplies […]

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