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Making the grade

HOUSTON – It wasn’t perfect – but it was very close. The Chickasaw County Regional Correctional Facility scored 99.75 percent and the Chickasaw County Jail scored 100 following an audit by the American Correctional Association. “Your regional facility scored 100 percent on the 45 core standards and got 95 of the 96 of the non-mandatory […]

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Miss America Mary Ann Mobley Collins dies

University of Mississippi OXFORD – Mary Ann Mobley Collins, the first Mississippian to be crowned Miss America, an acclaimed actress and filmmaker, and a 1958 graduate of Ole Miss, has died. She was 75. A native of Brandon, Collins was the university’s first Carrier Scholar and later became the first woman voted into the Alumni […]

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Okolona releases first 9 week honor roll

The following students have been named to the Superintendent’s and Principal List at Okolona High School for the first nine-week testing period. Students named to the Superintendent’s List had all A’s while students named to the Principal’s list has all B’s or higher. Students are listed by grade, list and alphabetically by name. Okolona High […]

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Persimmons prognostications

CHICKASAW COUNTY – For thousands of years, humans have felt the need to know what our future weather will be. It has been a long journey to reach the information age and weather forecasting as we know it today. And just as the ancients looked to nature for signs, today’s computer generated forecasts also look […]

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Sweater drive underway

HOUSTON – The advent of the holiday season has the first nip of winter blowing into town and children and elderly pondering what they will do when the really cold weather gets here in a few short weeks. New Hope United Methodist Church in Houston, will be holding its Second Annual Coat and Sweater Drive […]

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Lights to be turned on Tuesday night

HOUSTON – The lights were pulled to the top of the Chickasaw County Courthouse in Downtown Houston last week thanks to local high school students and Natchez Trace Electric Power Association. The Houston Board of Aldermen voted in November to install the line of lights to the top of the Chickasaw County Courthouse, but will […]

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Trustees, judges elected

HOUSTON – Chickasaw County voters chose Kelly Luther as their next Circuit Court Judge and Hugh Pettit as their next Houston School Board Trustee in last week’s November runoff election. Luther garnered 1,214 votes to Shirley C. Byers’ 830 ballots in Chickasaw County for the post of Circuit Court Judge District 3, Place 2 that […]

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Christmas giving

As most of us ponder what we will get or give for Christmas, we would like to ask our readers to step back and think about those doing without this holiday season. There are many who have been hit hard by the recent economic downturn. There are always many who have been given a bad […]

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Grant to help county build homes

HOUSTON – Chickasaw County supervisors have opened bids for legal services and construction inspections as part of a grant that will see five homes built or rehabilitated in the county over the next 12 months. Six bids for title searches, closings, legal services, asbestos inspection and construction inspection were taken by the board at their […]

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Holiday safety checkpoints

Houston police were busy Wednesday afternoon conducting a series of rolling road blocks. “These were just random road blocks on Jackson Street and around town,” said Houston Police Chief Billy Voyles. “We were checking driver’s licenses and vehicle safety regulations.” Voyles said the police were conducting these safety checks as part of a desire to […]

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Civitan set for seasons of service

HOUSTON – The Houston PLUS Civitan Club is at work helping people year round, but as they head into the holiday season of service they are urging the community help them help others in Chickasaw County. In the short time the club has been organized they have become the sponsor of the Houston Christmas Parade, […]

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Houston Christmas Parade is Dec. 2

The Annual Houston Christmas Parade will be held at 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday in December. Churches, clubs, schools, businesses and civic organizations are urged to enter a float or walking unit in the parade. The parade will stage on Starkville Road and floats and trailers are urged to come off of Woodland Circle to […]

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Fire!

HOUSTON – The recent spate of cold weather often sparks a series of house fires as residents try to keep warm. The Houston Fire Department urges residents to take a little extra precaution to prevent a fire this winter and especially during the holiday season. “There are a lot of things that come together at […]

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Okolona Christmas Parade is Dec. 1

The Okolona Christmas Parade will be held Monday, Dec. 1 in downtown Okololona and local churches, civic clubs, walking units and businesses are urged to get involved. The parade will start at 6:30 p.m. with parade staging in front of the Okolona Elementary School starting at 5:30. The parade will end with a float celebrating […]

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