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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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EDITORIAL: Eye and ears

There have been several stories in your Chickasaw Journal over the past few weeks reporting on crime. A theft arrest, a shooting that resulted in murder charges and sexual assault charges have grabbed the headlines this week. We want to point out our Houston, Okolona and Vardaman are not in the midst of a crime […]

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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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Teaching safety

HOUSTON – The world is a dangerous place and teaching kids how to spot a potential accident before it happens was the goal of the 13th Annual Ag Safety Day. The event saw fifth graders from Houston, Houlka and Okolona schools come to the Chickasaw County AgriCenter and visit 11 stations teaching everything from fire […]

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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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Flywheel Festival seeks vendors

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal 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 […]

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Torres named Miss ICC

Special to the Chickasaw Journal Sam Ivy of Ecru and Rebeca Torres of Houston have been selected Mr. and Miss Itawamba Community College for 2014-15. Torres is an exercise science major at ICC, where she is a member of the Indian Delegation, Writing Center consultant, orientation leader, resident assistant and vice president of projects for […]

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Margary Clark Memorial Scholarship awarded

Special to the Chickasaw Journal Teaching history to the next generation is one way of preserving it. The Margery B. Rogers Clark Memorial Scholarship was bestowed on Jacob Ruth and Jade Ruth recently at the eighth annual ceremonies and dinner held recently in Bruce. Jade is the daughter of Gene Ruth and Genia Ruth of […]

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SONNY SCOTT: The collision of cultures

Columbus’ voyage brought the civilizations of Eurasia and America into contact and inevitable conflict, resulting in profound and permanent changes to both. The internet has done the same to my world view. It is impossible to remain unaffected by developments in any part of the world. It was still possible for the previous generation to […]

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Pursuing more profit in potatoes

MSU Ag Communication News MISSISSIPPI STATE — Challenged to develop alternative uses for culled sweet potatoes, Mississippi State University students really thought outside the box. Cosmetics, feminine hygiene products and deer attractants were among the student proposals in the first Sweet Potato Innovation Challenge at MSU. Phase one of the challenge took place during the […]

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Regional Rehab’s legacy touches Chickasaw County

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal HOULKA – Frankie Cross of Houlka is part of the 54-year legacy of Regional Rehabilitation Center in Tupelo. “I don’t know where we would be today if not for Regional Rehab,” said his mom Jo Cross. The center helped Frankie and his mom work with the effects of cerebral […]

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