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Magnolia Fest blooms in Okolona

OKOLONA – The Magnolia Festival is the summer party for Chickasaw County and was once again be the place to be this weekend. This year’s event was themed “From Civil War to Civil Rights” and will saw the re-dedication of the Okolona Confederate Cemetery and the unveiling of a Mississippi Historical Marker for Okolona College. […]

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Fall Fun Day seeks volunteers

HOUSTON – One of the first events to be held in the newly renovated Chickasaw County Agri-Center could be Fall Fun Day. The Chickasaw County 4-H Clubs are heading up a community service project called “Fall Fun & Games Day” which will be held on Oct. 31, at the Chickasaw County Agri-Center in Houston. This […]

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County seeks bids

HOUSTON – Chickasaw County Supervisors have lost no time in getting repairs started on the Chickasaw County AgriCenter after getting state funds for the work just weeks ago. Supervisors met with County Engineer Carrson Neal and Angie Abrams with the AgriCenter Committee last week to iron out the process and scope of the work. Neal […]

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Lonnie Whitt remembered as man who served

HOUSTON – Those who knew Lonnie Whitt remember him as a man who served his church, community and others. Whitt, 76, owner of Houston Monument Company, a former city alderman, county supervisor and basketball referee, died Saturday night after a bout with cancer. His funeral was at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Houston First Baptist Church. […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: What I like about Houston

It’s been an incredible couple of weeks in Houston. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – for a sleep little Mississippi town, we sure have a lot going on around here. Solar car has just won their 14th Solar Challenge, the Agri-Center is getting a new roof and champion tomatoes are growing […]

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Mississippi’s best and brightest

HOUSTON – For the 14th year in a row the Houston Solar Car Team has gone to Texas and beaten every other high school solar car team in the nation. Sundancer, the name of the Houston solar vehicle, crossed the Solar Challenge finish line in Austin, Texas Thursday afternoon with more than a 150-mile lead […]

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Houlka Attendance Center engulfed by fire (w/video)

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOULKA – Firefighters responded to a blaze that engulfed Houlka Attendance Center on Wednesday afternoon. Several departments responded to the scene. At one point, flames could be seen shooting 50 to 60 feet in the air, with smoke visible from Highway 15, more than two miles away. No injuries have been reported. […]

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Parents can be fined for truancy

CHICKASAW COUNTY – Education is the only chance some kids get in life and they can’t get an education if they are not in school. As the news school year begins for local schools the Mississippi Department of Education reminds parents there are laws governing school attendance and they can be enforced on the parents […]

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Reach, throw, row, go!

D AVIS LAKE – People become volunteer firefighters because they want to help, but a volunteer that becomes a victim in a water rescue is no help at all. Chickasaw County volunteer firefighters gathered at Davis Lake recently for a morning of classroom training and an afternoon on the water trying out rescue techniques. “Six […]

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This story has a ring to it

HOUSTON – Steve Lavender has found a class ring but it’s not his and he would love to give it back to its original owner. “I was walking down State Street in Jackson and saw something in the crack of the sidewalk,” said Lavender, who lives in Canton. “I dug it out and it was […]

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Fire Academy

HOUSTON – Hundreds of kids have gone through the Houston Fire Academy and while you can measure the fun, determining how many lives and how much property has been saved is a little more difficult The seventh annual Houston Cadet Fire Academy is coming July 8 through Aug. 1, with the traditional safety courses on […]

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Dodge’s Store robbed in Okolona

Okolona police have arrested a man on robbery charges after he allegedly brandished a knife and robbed a convenience store in Okolona just after midnight Thursday. Okolona Assistant Police Chief Dwight Parker said authorities arrested Quentin Horton, 32, of Okolona, on charges of armed robbery and he is currently in the Chickasaw County Jail. Okolona […]

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United Way holds Back to School resource fairs

HOUSTON – The cost of getting a child ready and equipped for the first day of school is no negligible sum. To alleviate the stress of costly school supplies for families in need, the United Way kicked off its annual Back 2 School resource fair last week. The resource fair began in 2011 and took […]

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It’s all about passion

HOUSTON – Just like the game they cheer for, these ladies say that without a passion for the sport you will never make it as a cheerleader. Houston cheerleaders hosted their annual mini-camp for future cheerleaders last week and talked a little about what it takes to grab a pom-pom, megaphone and run on the […]

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