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LANEY’S DO IT AGAIN

(Courtesy Photo) Ray and Jonathan Laney bagged two turkey on the same day for the second year in a row. Ray’s tom has a 10-inch beard and nine-year-old Jonathan’s had a 7-1/2-inch beard. The two were hunting in Chickasaw County near Houlka on March 26, 2015.

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Houston DECA competes at state

HOUSTON – Local students competed in the DECA State competition Feb. 19-21 with Houston High placing well and with one going on to national competition later this year. The Houston School of Science and Technology team traveled to the Jackson Marriott this winter, with several garnering state honors and two earning a chance to attend […]

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Emmitt Verell Wright

HOUSTON – Katylynn Thomas-Walls Wright and Matthew Wright, of Houston, are proud to announce the arrival of their son, Emmitt Verell Wright. Emmitt was born at 2:02 p.m. Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at North Mississippi Medical Center Women’s Hospital. He tipped the scales at 7-pounds and 6-ounces. He was 20 inches long. Emmitt is the […]

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Houston Homecoming set for July 4

HOUSTON – The dates for Houston Homecoming has been set and only the details remain to be determined for the community’s annual July 4th celebration on The Square downtown. July 4 falls on a Saturday this year and the Houston Homecoming committee is busy seeking sponsors, lining up vendors, scheduling bands and buying fireworks. “This […]

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Fatal accident reported Friday

OKOLONA – A Myrtle man died in a Chickasaw County crash Friday afternoon south of Okolona. According to Mississippi Highway Patrol’s Criss Turnipseed, the fatal crash happened about 3:30 p.m. on Mississippi Highway 245 about half a mile north of U.S. Highway 45 Alternate. William Browning, 47, was pronounced dead at the scene by Chickasaw […]

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“Why is this night different from all other?”

OKOLONA – More than 4,000 years ago a ritual, that told and foretold of special events, was begun and has been passed down from generation to generation. Miraculously it coincides with Easter. First Baptist Church in Okolona will host a Passover Seder tonight that will follow the Jewish rituals, but also enlighten those partaking the […]

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Former Mayor Moore dies

HOUSTON — He was known as a man that was good with numbers and one who led his community in the direction he felt was best for all. Former Houston Mayor and Chickasaw County Supervisors John “Pap” Moore died Friday at Trace Regional Hospital after an extended illness. He was 83. Moore served four terms […]

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Schools get Easter Holidays

HOUSTON – Go ahead and hide the eggs for local students. The Mississippi Department of Education has granted waivers for school districts that were out for up to five days during recent snow and ice, threatening to use up both the Good Friday vacation this week and the slated teacher work day Monday. Local school […]

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EDITORIAL: Getting ready for opportunity

Economic development has changed and is no longer the business where men in suits travel the country and the world visiting with industrialist seeking to lure them to our area. Today’s factory announcement comes after the company has carefully looked over a community without us knowing about it and then makes a phone call saying […]

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Houston seeks band instruments

HOUSTON – You can’t play baseball without bats, football without helmets or basketball without a goal. Its the same way with band and band instruments. The Houston Board of Trustees were approached earlier this month about a long-range plan to purchase instruments for the Topper Pride Marching Band. “Marching band instruments are expensive and while […]

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Coggins to lead Lenten Luncheon

Rev. Joe Coggins, pastor of Thorn United Methodist Church will speak at today’s Lenten Luncheon held at noon at First Methodist Church Family Life Center. There will be a light lunch served by Cornerstone Church family and a message of preparation for Easter morning. All are welcome! The community is also being urged to gather […]

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Houston plans for farmer’s market

HOUSTON – Farmer’s markets are one of the fastest growing segments of fruit and vegetable sales in Mississippi but they are largely unregulated. The Houston Board of Mayor and Aldermen are looking at setting up a farmer’s market on the Square in Houston and have begun drawing up rules and regulations to make them clean […]

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Circuit Court term opened Monday

HOUSTON – The first 2015 term of Chickasaw County Circuit Court opened Monday in Houston with a number of high profile cases slated for the year’s new docket. The March term saw a total of 54 cases on the docket, down from the 60 posted in December. Drug charges continued to dominate the docket with […]

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BIRTH: Emmitt Verell Wright

HOUSTON – Katylynn Thomas-Walls Wright and Matthew Wright, of Houston, are proud to announce the arrival of their son, Emmitt Verell Wright. Emmitt was born at 2:02 p.m. Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at North Mississippi Medical Center Women’s Hospital. He tipped the scales at 7-pounds and 6-ounces. He was 20 inches long. Emmitt is the […]

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