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Ark-Ell Springs honored by MDEQ

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has accepted two new members and seven renewal memberships into its enHance program for the 2015 class. Two other members, including Ark-Ell Springs of Houlka, upgraded their membership status. The recognition was part of the annual workshop and awards luncheon held in Jackson. enHance is a voluntary stewardship […]

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City urging pet owners to keep dog on a leash or pen.

HOUSTON – It’s spring and a rash of puppies and kitty cats has city hall urging residents to be responsible pet owners and obey city ordinances. Houston has a leash law that requires dogs to be kept in a pen or on a leash. And while the city does not have a formal dog catcher, […]

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Racing for a cure at Pink Ribbon Run

HOUSTON – It was cool and damp and perfect weather for runners wanting to raise money to find a cure for cancer. Team Hope hosted its bi-annual Pink Ribbon 5K at the Houston Spring Flywheel Festival recently with good times recorded by a large field of runners. Saturday, April 23, dawned cloudy and cool with […]

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Danny Ray Oswalt

WOODLAND – Angel and Sam Oswalt are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Danny Ray Oswalt on Oct. 15, 2014 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus. Danny Ray tipped the scales at 8-pounds, 15-ounces and was 21-1/2 inches long. He is the maternal grandson of Teresa and Rodney Oswalt of Woodland. His paternal […]

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Houston teen wins Elvis Fan Club scholarship

TUPELO – Her video got her in the top 10 but her voice and musical talent sealed her spot as the winner of the Elvis Presley Fan Club Scholarship Competition in Tupelo recently. Houston’s Laura Claire Moore beat out 40 competitors from across the state to make the top 10 finalist list and get the […]

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Derma man pleads to Calhoun murder

CALHOUN CITY – Less than a week after a Calhoun City man was murdered, a Derma man has been sentenced to life in prison. The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office arrested Randy Anderson, 46, Saturday evening for the Friday April 23, death of William Duff, 42. Anderson was arraigned Monday on the charge of first degree […]

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Houlka’s Tyreque Reed inks with ICC

HOULKA – He was a star football and basketball player, but when it came to picking the sport that will pay for college, Tyreque Reed chose baseball. Reed is a key part of the success the team has had this spring and Houlka plays Smithville this week for the North State championship and a chance […]

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Sales taxes mixed as spring arrives

HOUSTON – Warmer weather, spring fashions, construction and agriculture related sales usually spark an upturn in sales tax rebates to local municipalities, but the most recent numbers are mixed across Chickasaw County. Houston and Houlka have reported an apparent uptick in sales for March, but Okolona, Vardaman and Woodland saw their numbers drop the last […]

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Walking the walk

HOUSTON — They walked, they talked and they raised money to find a cure for cancer. Hundreds of people packed Joe Brigance Park Saturday afternoon to celebrate the 2015 Chickasaw County Relay for Life and raise money to fight cancer. “This is always a lot of fun, but it has a serious side, too,” said […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: I’m a lucky man

My oldest son graduates from college this week and I am so proud. Every parent has dreams when they hold a newborn that they will grow up and graduate from college. I’ve got another boy who will graduate from Houston High School in two short years. I am so proud of James, too. But his […]

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Houston to host National Day of Prayer today

HOUSTON – Prayer changes things. The Greater Houston Ministerial Alliance will host the National Day of Prayer on The Square at noon Thursday and is inviting the community to come and pray for their town, state and nation. “We will start just a few minutes after noon and will finish up in about 30 minutes” […]

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Ordinance enforcement

People who choose to live in town give up some choices when they move inside the city limits. Laws and ordinances let us know what the rules are and are designed to protect the quality of life for the thousands of people – young and old, rich and poor, black and white — who live […]

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Houlka falls in Game One with Smithville

By Melissa Meador Monroe Journal SMITHVILLE – Smithville is hitting its offensive stride deep in the playoffs. The defending champ Noles pounded out double-digit runs for the second game in a row, grabbing a 14-6 win over Houlka to start out 1-0 in their Class 1A baseball semifinal series. “Today our hitting came around just […]

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Secret drug sweep leads to numerous arrests

Daily Journal TUPELO – A secret drug sweep of south Lee County on Monday afternoon led to a number of felony arrests. According to Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson, deputies and agents with the North Mississippi Narcotics Unit presented evidence during the March term of a Lee County grand jury. That led to search warrants […]

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