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Trustees take first glance at budget

HOUSTON – Creating a budget is one of the four duties of a school board member and Houston trustees took their first look last week at how this year’s budget is winding up and revenue projections for next year. Superintendent Steve Coker offered to help trustees hammer out a budget at a special called meeting […]

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Indictments served in West Point Huddle House assault

WEST POINT – Two men have been indicted by a Clay County grand jury on aggravated assault charges related to an alleged beating that left a man in a coma after he was found in a West Point parking lot in August. Assistant District Attorney Lindsay Clemons says in a news release that no trial […]

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Candidates cautioned on placing signs

CHICKASAW COUNTY – During election season they sprout up like wildflowers and the Mississippi Department of Transportation, Chickasaw County road crews and municipal officials are reminding candidates not to post sign on public right-of-ways. Federal, state, county and city right-of-way are public property, but the placing of any signage on government property without meeting proper […]

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State benefits from Natchez Trace Parkway visitors

Special to the Chickasaw Journal TUPELO – Roughly 80 percent of the $136 million spent in communities near the Natchez Trace Parkway was done in Mississippi, a National Park Service report revealed. Last year, the NTP had 5,846,473 visitors. the National Park Service reported. In addition to the money spent along the 444-mile parkway, the […]

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Houston honors best and brightest

HOUSTON – The Chickasaw Development Foundation gave out a new award and honored an old friend at their annual awards banquet Thursday night. The Houston Solar Car team was handed CDF’s first Great Achievement Award for a 13-year history of winning and media patriarch Robin Mathis was honored with the Spirit of Chickasaw County Award […]

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District hosts parent involvement meeting

The Houston School District will hold a Title I/Parent Involvement Meeting April 23, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. at the Houston School District Central Office. For more information contact the Central Office at 456-3332.

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Grenada named top crappie lake in nation by Wired2fish

JACKSON –Five Mississippi lakes have been listed as the top three fisheries to visit for trophy-size crappie according to a recent survey by Josh Gowan with Wired2fish.com. Gowan and a group of professional anglers identified the top 10 lakes to catch trophy crappie in the United States. The top rated, and undisputed, best lake for […]

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Flywheel Festival seeks vendors

HOUSTON – the Houston Flywheel Festival keeps getting bigger and better and the vendors who sell everything from homemade icecream and funnel cakes to artwork and T-shirts are a big part of that success. The spring show two years ago saw over 4,000 people pack Joe Brigance Park for two days of food, fun and […]

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Vardaman softball coach arrested

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 Calhoun County Circuit Court Wednesday […]

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Okolona honors movers-and-shakers

OKOLONA – Adjacent to a four-lane highway, blessed with railroad connects and only a few short miles from the Tenn-Tom Waterway, Okolona is a transportation hub for Northeast Mississippi. Okolona pointed to the people and infrastructure that makes it a great place to live and work at their 81st Annual Okolona Chamber of Commerce Awards […]

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Houlka Spring Market is April 18

HOULKA – Spring Market is coming at just the perfect time for gardeners, lawn-care enthusiasts and people who just like to grow things in pretty pots. The open-air market will be held from 8 a.m, until noon Saturday, April 18, on the Square in Houlka with vendors sought to sell, swap or browse for all […]

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Got a green thumb?

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – The Chickasaw County/MSU Extension Service is putting on the gloves for a battle – the gardening gloves, that is. The Extension Service, in partnership with the Master Gardeners, is challenging residents of the county to see who can grow the biggest tomato, but the battle is all for […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: Three big days this week

In a day and age when our lives are ruled by the clock and in a business filled with deadlines, I have to sometimes step back and look at the bigger picture. April 15 Hope you paid your taxes today. It’s the law and if you didn’t Uncle Sam tends to get upset and he […]

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Massive theft operation uncovered in Chickasaw County

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – An alert Chickasaw County Sheriff’s deputy spotted a flashlight shining in a farm field north of Houston and upon investigation uncovered a massive theft operation spanning several counties and three states. Victor Huffman, 58, of County Road 190, was arrested Monday April 6, on multiple counts of burglary, […]

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