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Bill to merge Chickasaw County schools passes committee

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Educators from Okolona, Houston and Chickasaw County met with legislators Thursday to try to halt proposals designed to merge the three school districts. Hours before the education officials were meeting with House members, the Senate Education Committee was passing legislation to consolidate the three districts. Senate […]

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Delta announces Houlka expansion

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal   HOULKA – Furniture manufacturing is Chickasaw County’s forte, so bringing 100 jobs to Houlka is a good fit. Officials from upholstered furniture manufacture Delta Furniture announced Wednesday, Feb. 10, they were expanding operations in Houlka that will top out at 100 jobs and help the Pontotoc-based company boost […]

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Legislation opens charter schools to more districts

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Charter schools could open anywhere in the state under legislation that passed the House Education Committee on Wednesday. Under the current charter school law, which was enacted in the 2013 session, charter schools are limited to D and F school districts without the approval of the […]

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Fire destroys Okolona garage

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal OKOLONA – An early morning fire burned up a car inside a local garage, firefighters put it out and then the vehicle rekindled and burned down the building. The Okolona Fire Department was called to Jacob’s Garage, 653 North Church Street, at about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday and found a vehicle […]

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Voucher bills pending in education panels

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Parents will be eligible for up to $5,000 per year in state funds to send their children to private schools under legislation pending in both chambers of the Mississippi Legislature. The legislation could be taken up as early as today in either the House or Senate […]

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HB 1421: Raise Mississippi officials’ expense pay to $150 a day

JACKSON (AP) – A Mississippi House committee is advancing plans to boost expense pay for many state and local officials attending meetings to $150 daily from the current $40. The House Ways and Means Committee approved House Bill 1421 Tuesday. Chairman Jeff Smith, a Columbus Republican, says the change is overdue because the level has […]

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Tax credit extension for furniture producers moves along

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Extending a law providing furniture manufacturers a $2,000 tax credit for each new cut-and-sew job appears to be popular even though most legislators say they know little about how successful the program has been. “I have had some industry people say they were appreciative of us […]

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Schools in Chickasaw County face potential consolidation

By Emma Crawford Kent Daily Journal TUPELO – A bill that proposes consolidation of the Houston, Chickasaw County and Okolona school districts has reached the House Education Committee in the Legislature. The bill would combine nine schools – Houlka Attendance Center, Houston High School, Houston Lower Elementary, Houston Upper Elementary, Houston Middle School, Houston Vocational […]

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Local agencies, individuals, officers honored by Crime Stoppers

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal TUPELO – Police, community and media working together can stop crime. Crime Stoppers of Northeast Mississippi celebrated its 10th Anniversary Wednesday and honored law officers, media and the members of the community at its annual awards banquet. And Chickasaw County was honored with multiple awards. “We’ve been doing this […]

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MSU grant helps students pursue medical dreams

    Special to the Chickasaw Journal   STARKVILLE — High school juniors in Chickasaw County considering medical careers in their home state have the opportunity to take part in an intense and revealing summer program at Mississippi State University. The five-week Rural Medical Scholars summer program at MSU aims to identify the state’s future […]

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Attorney General warns of IRS scammers

  Special to the Chickasaw Journal   JACKSON – It’s an old scam with new victims. Attorney General Jim Hood wants to remind Mississippi consumers to remain cautious of tax-related phone scams. Meredith Aldridge, Director of the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division said, “These scammers continue to search for their next victim before, during and […]

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Area adults receive ICC scholarships

  Special to the Chickasaw Journal Recipients of Adult Learner Incentive scholarships at Itawamba Community College for the 2016 spring semester include several area students. They are: Aberdeen – Flora Hayes, Lucinda Randle; Amory – Donna Dodd, Maggie Justice, Deidre Thompson, Timothy Watson, Melissa Wilbanks; Pontotoc – Tiffany Bitner, Glenda Hall, Anna Harris, Sabrina McClain, […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: It’s the little things . . .

I’ve found as I get older that I am not wowed by great events and grand dreams that draw me so intensely. I’ve discovered it is the little things and smaller moments that catch my eye, intrigue me and make me think. Yes, I still have a couple of big ideas that I want to […]

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Big rewards!

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – They were the first school in Chickasaw County to implement rewards for high scores on state tests and they continue to lead the way. Houston Upper Elementary School scored well on the most recent battery of state accountability tests and Principal John Ellison is quick to lay […]

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