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Supervisors ponder MDOC moves

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal OKOLONA – The state has said it will pull all inmates from county jails in August leaving both a hole in the county’s budget and hole in the county’s work crews. Chickasaw County supervisors agreed to take a wait-and-see approach as Department of Corrections Commissioner Marshall Fisher said earlier […]

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Houston, Okolona airport improvements funded

Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal   HOUSTON – Airports in Houston and Okolona are part of a group of 35 airports across the state that will benefit from more than $10 million in federal Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grants awarded last week by the U.S. Department of Transportation. AIP grants awarded to Mississippi in recent weeks […]

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Chickasaw jobless rate plummets

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal CHICKASAW COUNTY – The local job market continues to offer work as Chickasaw County posted its best and lowest unemployment numbers in nine years last month. The expansion of factories around the area and the seasonal hiring of workers for agriculture has prompted local unemployment numbers to drop this […]

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First National Bank changes name to First Choice Bank

  David Helms Pontotoc Progress PONTOTOC – Officials at First National Bank of Pontotoc announced this week that effective June 30 the bank will be changing its name to First Choice Bank. First National Bank President and CEO Buddy Montgomery explained that the name change is necessary because of a bank initiated change in the […]

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Supreme Court extends same-sex marriage nationwide

By Mark Sherman Associated Press WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States. Gay and lesbian couples already can marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The court’s 5-4 ruling means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will […]

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Hood passes gavel at NAAG convention

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – Attorney General Jim Hood concluded his 2014-15 National Association of Attorneys General presidential term by acknowledging the work done on his year-long initiative, “Protecting Our Digital Lives: New Challenges for Attorneys General.” Attorney General Hood delivered his final remarks Thursday night during the NAAG Summer Meeting in […]

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Houston ponders budget shortfall

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – The line for expenses is going up and the line for revenue is headed down and they will cross in September. The Houston Board of Aldermen are looking at a projected $251,536 shortfall in September and met recently to consider where to cut and discussed raising water rates […]

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Molly May seeks Miss Mississippi crown

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – She is no stranger to pageants, but Molly May is quick to say this is the big one. May is one of 30 young women from across the Magnolia State who have traveled to Vicksburg this week with their eye on the title of Miss Mississippi and the […]

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United Furniture adding 100 jobs to region

By Ray Van Dusen Monroe Journal ABERDEEN – Motions made Monday by District 5 Supervisor Robert Tomey and seconded by District 4 Supervisor Fulton Ware sealed the deal to bring 100 new jobs to the region. The Monroe County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Monday on a purchase agreement and an immediate possession contract with […]

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Helping your business thrive

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal   HOUSTON – There are dollars to be made on the Internet but only if your business has the right connection, right approach and right access. Thrive Marketing hosted a digital marketing workshop for area businesses June 9 at the Houston Civic Center with Ashley Elkins, of Thrive Marketing, […]

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GED classes offered in Chickasaw County

  Registration is continuing for adult basic education/high school equivalency (ABE/GED) and ESL classes at several locations in Chickasaw County. • Houston WIN Center, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Julia Puckett; Houston WIN Center, Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Susan Eldridge. • EXCEL in Okolona, Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m.-Noon, Larry Davis. • Chickasaw County Regional […]

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Tourism tax earmarked for Trail

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – Aldermen will allocate all revenue from a proposed tourism tax to develop the Tanglefoot Trail if the measure is passed by voters in a special Aug. 11 referendum. The Houston Board of Aldermen voted in May to seek a 1 percent levy on restaurants sales and motel […]

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Police thwart attempted burglary

HOUSTON – A passing motorist spotted something suspicious, called 911 and helped thwart an attempted burglary at Subway Wednesday night. Police responded to the call about 11:45 p.m. and when they pulled onto the property, spotted two people running from the scene and a car parked in the parking lot. “They were trying to break […]

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Changes to inmate program will hurt cities

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal CHICKASAW COUNTY – They are used for everything from trimming city property and digging into drainage problem to picking up trash along county roads and general labor at community events. Changes to the Mississippi Department of Corrections policy of sending state inmates to county facilities have local supervisors and mayors […]

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