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Bulldogs soar to No. 2 in national ranking

By Logan Lowery Daily Journal STARKVILLE – Mississippi State climbed to No. 2 in the national rankings on Monday after its weekend series win at previously top-ranked Florida. The Diamond Dogs (23-9-1), No. 5 a week ago, snapped the Gators’ 29-game winning streak at home with 10-4 and 2-1 victories on the final two […]

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Trent Harmon wins last ‘American Idol’

    By Ray Van Dusen Monroe Journal AMORY – The end of a 15-season era that launched huge musical careers and attracted billions of viewers came down to two Mississippians Thursday, and a 25-year-old from Amory with a dream of giving people a piece of music came out the winner. Since the season premiere […]

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Chickasaw districts get consolidation reprieve

    By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Chickasaw County school districts consolidation, which looked to be a certainty at one point during the 2016 legislative session, will be delayed until at least 2017. The House, by a 100-16 vote Wednesday, sent to Gov. Phil Bryant legislation to establish a 10-member Commission […]

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‘American Idol’ finale is all Mississippi

By Ray Van Dusen Monroe Journal Like celebrity judge Jennifer Lopez predicted weeks ago, Amory musician Trent Harmon will join fellow Mississippian La’Porsha Renae Thursday for the “American Idol” series finale. Dallas musician Dalton Rapattoni was eliminated. In a night of three songs to determine who will be named the last “American Idol” Wednesday, Harmon […]

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Amory’s Harmon advances to ‘American Idol’ finale

By Ray Van Dusen Monroe Journal Last week, Amory musician Trent Harmon stunned audiences and celebrity judges with Sia’s “Chandelier” and his rendition of ZZ Top’s “Sharp Dressed Man,” to the point that his recording of the latter cracked the Top 40 downloads on iTunes. Following his performance of Chris Stapleton’s “Tennessee Whiskey,” his fate […]

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Chickasaw consolidation likely headed to study commission

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The merger of the three school districts in Chickasaw County will be delayed for at least a year under legislation that is pending before the House. In the coming days, the House can send the proposal to Gov. Phil Bryant or invite a conference committee with […]

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Second Zika case reported in state

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – A second Mississippi resident who traveled to Haiti has tested positive for the Zika virus. The Mississippi State Department of Health on Friday confirmed a Noxubee County resident had become ill with the mosquito-borne virus. The first case was reported Thursday in a Madison County resident. University […]

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Legislation to renew historic tax credits mulled

By Caleb Bedillion Daily Journal TUPELO – Legislation to renew a state tax credit that supports the preservation of historic buildings has passed the Mississippi House and Senate though a leading preservation organization has concerns about changes to the program introduced by the Senate bill. The tax credit program has reached its funding limit of […]

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Northeast Mississippi under freeze warning

    Special to the Chickasaw Journal   TUPELO – Northeast Mississippi is under a freeze warning as freezing temperatures and frost are expected to hit the area late tonight and early Monday morning. The National Weather Service issued a freeze warning Sunday for the region saying temperatures are expected to drop to 30 to […]

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Prescribed burn scheduled along Trace this weekend

Daily Journal A prescribed burn is scheduled along the Natchez Trace Parkway in Chickasaw County this weekend. The fire will be at Hernando de Soto today and Saturday, between mile markers 243.2 and 245.9. The burn will help reduce hazardous fuel loadings and restore open woodlands that were historically present. There are no closures anticipated […]

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SCORES: Friday, March 18

Special to the Chickasaw Journal   Baseball Ripley 8, Amory 3 Amory 12, Booneville 3 Walnut 6, Baldwyn 2 Alcorn Central 10, Hatley 0 North Pontotoc 3, Ingomar 2 Myrtle 8, Blue Mountain 1 East Union 11, Mantachie 1 West Union 11, Vina, Ala.  1 Pontotoc 18, Belmont 1 Houston 10, Louisville 0 Softball South […]

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May named Miss Maroon and White

Special to the Chickasaw Journal Junior Molly K. May, center, was crowned Miss Maroon & White for 2016 during a Thursday, March 10 campus program at Mississippi State. May is a communication/public relations major from Houston and a graduate of Houston High School. She is the daughter of Debra May and Glen Bingham Also selected […]

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Bowden praises FCA’s role in molding character

  By Parrish Alford Daily Journal TUPELO – Robert Cleckler Bowden, better known as Bobby, says he embraced a reputation as the coach of second chances during his 34-year run at Florida State. It wasn’t always the most popular approach to coaching football, but it was the right approach, he says, because it was right […]

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EDITORIAL: Public trust

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” First Amendment to the United States Constitution. It is the […]

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