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Trustees consider search consultant

HOUSTON – School Board Trustees were told picking a new school superintendent is critical to the success of their district and community and were urged to do it carefully and correctly. The Houston School Board met with Dr. Michael Waldrop, executive director of the Mississippi School Board Association Monday night and listened as he outlined […]

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MSU class crafts image for Chickasaw farm

MISSISSIPPI STATE — Jamie Earp operates a successful sweet potato farm in Chickasaw County, but he chose to work with a graphic design class at Mississippi State University to develop a new brand image. Fifteen graphic art students in Suzanne Powney’s advanced print production class got to work with an actual client as they learned […]

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Supervisors name officers for 2015

HOUSTON – Chickasaw County Supervisors named Jerry Hall as board president and picked Anderson McFarland as the vice president last week but the vote was not unanimous. Hall represents District 4 that covers Okolona and the eastern portion of Chickasaw County, McFarland represents District 1 representing Houston and the western portion of the county. The […]

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Houlka school “footprint” unveiled

HOULKA – No one ever doubted Chickasaw County Schools would rise from the ashes of a devastating fire that destroyed the historic Houlka High School this summer, the question was just when and what the new building would look like. Chicksasaw County School Board Trustees have not finalized a timeline for building and getting back […]

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Driver’s License office open this week

The Mississippi Highway Patrol’s mobile Driver’s License office will be open in Houston at the WIN Job Center at 210 South Monroe Street the third Monday of each month. They also will be at the National Guard Armory on Highway 8 in Okolona the third Wednesday and the Courthouse in Pittsboro on the third Tuesday. […]

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Houston changes water charges

HOUSTON – The rates are not going up but the minimum amount of water Houston residents can use at a fixed price has gone down. Houston Aldermen voted to reduce its minimum monthly water usage limit from 3,000 gallons to 2,000 on a 4-1 vote last week. The motion to set the new minimum was […]

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Welcome Trustee Pettit

He stepped onto the board of the most important industry in our community Monday night and he will be partially responsible for the fashioning and development of the most important product in this town for years to come. Hugh Pettit took his seat on the Houston School Board this week and will be directly involved […]

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Sweeney, Simmons say they won’t run

HOUSTON – Incumbent Chancery Clerk Wanda Sweeney and Sheriff Jimmy Simmons have said they will not seek another term in their respective offices. Candidates began qualifying for county posts last week and the decision by Sweeney and Simmons will see someone new holding these two high profile county offices at this time next year. Longtime […]

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Prescott returning to MSU for senior year

By Logan Lowery Daily Journal STARKVILLE – Mississippi State received a jolt heading into the offseason, as junior quarterback Dak Prescott announced he would be returning for his senior campaign. Prescott held a press conference Wednesday afternoon to make his decision public. “I looked at some of the NFL quarterbacks like Peyton Manning and Andrew […]

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Traffic citation scam reported Houston

HOUSTON – Police Chief Billy Voyles is a little old fashioned, so if you get an Email saying you owe the Houston Police Department for a a traffic citation, don’t believe it. Voyles said his department has received two calls from Houston residents who have gotten Emails saying a traffic citation has been issued on […]

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Davis named top employee

TUPELO – Houston native Matt Davis was recently selected Employee of the Quarter for North Mississippi State Hospital (NMSH) in Tupelo. Davis has worked at NMSH for ten years in the maintenance department and has risen to his current position of Facilities Maintenance Superintendent. He was instrumental in assuring that NMSH receiving no engineering deficiencies […]

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Work and fun

HOUSTON – There is still a lot of work to be done, but that has not stopped the fun. The Chickasaw County AgriCenter hosted a ranch rodeo to open the new year with the parking area packed with horse trailers and trucks despite stormy weather across the region. “They had a big barrel racing show […]

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Candidates begin to qualify

HOUSTON – One of the pure things about this country and this community is just about anybody can “throw their hat in the ring” and run for some kind of public office. County, regional and state officials could formally file qualifying paperwork for office on Monday, Jan. 5 and have until the Friday, Feb. 27 […]

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Candidates begin to qualify

HOUSTON – One of the pure things about this country and this community is just about anybody can “throw their hat in the ring” and run for some kind of public office. County, regional and state officials could formally file qualifying paperwork for office on Monday, Jan. 5 and have until the Friday, Feb. 27 […]

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