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Governor signs tourism tax bill

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – Governor Phil Bryant has signed legislation that will see Houston residents vote on a proposed tourism tax. The measure now heads back to the Houston Board of Aldermen to set a date for taxpayers to go to the poll and vote on a 1-percent tax on motel room […]

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Vardaman softball coach arrested

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal PITTSBORO – A Vardaman coach was formally charged and arrested Wednesday morning after allegations of inappropriate contact with a student were reported last week to authorities. Billy Joe Dill, Jr., 36, a softball coach at Vardaman High School, was charged with fondling, sexual battery and enticement of a child in […]

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Hamby recognized for driving safety

HOUSTON – Stan Hamby, of Houston, has been recognized by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) for 29 years of safe, accident-free driving of a commercial tractor-trailer. The OOIDA Safe Driving Award Program is sponsored by Shell Rotella and is designed to recognize and reward OOIDA members for their safe, accident-free years while operating a […]

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Probable cause hearing set for Vardaman coach

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal   PITTSBORO – A Vardaman coach will be in court Wednesday morning for a probable cause hearing after allegations surfaced last week of inappropriate contact with a student. Calhoun County School officials and the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department have been tight-lipped about the incident and declined to answer questions about […]

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Okolona man in custody and charged with murder

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal OKOLONA – A woman is dead and her nephew is in custody and facing murder charges following a family dispute that ended in a shooting an standoff with authorities Monday afternoon. The Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Department responded to a 911 call on Highway 41 north of Okolona at 5:04 p.m. […]

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Missing truck driver returns home, investigation continues

By Adam Armour Itawamba County Times Officials with the Itawamba County Sheriff’s Department say they have located a Fulton truck driver who had been missing since mid-March, although the details surrounding his disappearance are still hazy. On Friday, an anonymous tipster reported to authorities that Danny Wilson, 46, a driver with Cooley Trucking, was at […]

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LANEY’S DO IT AGAIN

(Courtesy Photo) Ray and Jonathan Laney bagged two turkey on the same day for the second year in a row. Ray’s tom has a 10-inch beard and nine-year-old Jonathan’s had a 7-1/2-inch beard. The two were hunting in Chickasaw County near Houlka on March 26, 2015.

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Houston DECA competes at state

HOUSTON – Local students competed in the DECA State competition Feb. 19-21 with Houston High placing well and with one going on to national competition later this year. The Houston School of Science and Technology team traveled to the Jackson Marriott this winter, with several garnering state honors and two earning a chance to attend […]

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Houston Homecoming set for July 4

HOUSTON – The dates for Houston Homecoming has been set and only the details remain to be determined for the community’s annual July 4th celebration on The Square downtown. July 4 falls on a Saturday this year and the Houston Homecoming committee is busy seeking sponsors, lining up vendors, scheduling bands and buying fireworks. “This […]

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Fatal accident reported Friday

OKOLONA – A Myrtle man died in a Chickasaw County crash Friday afternoon south of Okolona. According to Mississippi Highway Patrol’s Criss Turnipseed, the fatal crash happened about 3:30 p.m. on Mississippi Highway 245 about half a mile north of U.S. Highway 45 Alternate. William Browning, 47, was pronounced dead at the scene by Chickasaw […]

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“Why is this night different from all other?”

OKOLONA – More than 4,000 years ago a ritual, that told and foretold of special events, was begun and has been passed down from generation to generation. Miraculously it coincides with Easter. First Baptist Church in Okolona will host a Passover Seder tonight that will follow the Jewish rituals, but also enlighten those partaking the […]

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Former Mayor Moore dies

HOUSTON — He was known as a man that was good with numbers and one who led his community in the direction he felt was best for all. Former Houston Mayor and Chickasaw County Supervisors John “Pap” Moore died Friday at Trace Regional Hospital after an extended illness. He was 83. Moore served four terms […]

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Fulton truck driver missing since March 17

By Adam Armour Itawamba County Times FULTON – The search continues for a Fulton truck driver who has been missing for two weeks. Danny Wilson, 46, a driver with Cooley Trucking, left Fulton on March 17 with a destination of Weatherford, Texas. He never made it. Members of Wilson’s family filed a missing persons report […]

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39 runs!

HOUSTON – When East Webster comes to town to play softball against the Lady Hilltoppers, you can bring your matches, because it will be a barn-burner! The Lady Hilltoppers and Lady Wolverines scored 39 runs – East Webster scored 10 in the top of the seventh – but Houston came to the plate in the […]

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