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Tourism tax stalled by aldermen

HOUSTON – A proposed tourism tax for Houston appears stalled on a 3-2 vote as aldermen ponder how the money would be spent and how it will affect economic development. Houston Aldermen have been talking about implementing a 2-percent tax on food and lodging since last fall as they face a deficit budget this summer […]

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EDITORIAL: Revenue and Expenses

The Houston Board of Aldermen were told last last year their budget and revenue were on course to create a deficit, unless ways were found to increase revenue or cut services. We think a combination raising revenue and cutting expenses is the best approach. That is why we are confused with the boards decision not […]

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Extension gives out 1,500 trees

HOUSTON – Those who plant trees believe in the future of Houston, Okolona and Chickasaw County and they braved 18-degree temperatures recently to get their trees. The Chickasaw County Soil and Water Conservation District gave away more than 1,500 seedlings in eight different varieties at its annual Tree Planting event Feb. 19 at the Extension […]

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Lampkin to lead Lenten Luncheon

Rev. Steve Lampkin, pastor South Charge United Methodist Churches will be speaking at this week’s Lenten Luncheon today at noon at First Methodist Church Family Life Center. There will be a light lunch and a message of preparation for Easter morning. All are welcome! Other pastors slated to speak at this weekly community event are: […]

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Local earn Adult Learner scholarships from ICC

Recipients of Adult Learner Incentive scholarships at Itawamba Community College for the 2015 spring semester include several area students. They are: Aberdeen – Robert Leach, Anquenette McIntosh; Amory – Tiffany Blackthorn, John Palmer; Bruce – Dorothy Doler; Houston – Taylor Thompson, Virginia Willis; Nettleton – Chadrick Flurry, Mary Hayes, Shanika Shumpert, Joseph Winstead; New Albany […]

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Students learn workings of court

HOUSTON – The best civics lessons are those where you see government in action. Fourth and fifth graders in the Houston Upper Elementary School Gifted and Talented Class sat in the Courtroom of the Chickasaw County Courthouse recently and watched the court pick a grand jury. Students then got a chance to hear from the […]

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ZIMMERMAN R. MIXON: The story that does not rest

HOUSTON – It’s a local name but this is one historic Chickasaw County resident who has a history and story all his own. There is much data and information to tell of the service of this man, but it comes to a murky ending as the Civil War draws to close, leaving a number of […]

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HUES names Students of the Week

HOUSTON – The following children were chosen Student of the Week at Houston Upper Elementary School for Feb. 16 through Feb. 20, 2015. They are listed by teacher’s last name and student’s full name.   Third Grade McFarland            – Amber Logan Moss                        – Madison Crowley Owens                  – Chelsey Barr […]

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Blue and Gray to portray local history

OKOLONA – Winter weather postponed the Battle of Okolona two weeks ago, but organizers and reenactors will be back this weekend on the actual battle site to re. The 151st anniversary of the Battle of Okolona kicks off Saturday at the battlefield on Hwy 41 west of Okolona. The opening ceremonies begin at 10:20 a.m. […]

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Houston names projects

HOUSTON – A three day event has Houston saying it wants signage, a park and a chance to link the Tanglefoot Trail to more places around town. The community gathered at the Civic Center in Joe Brigance Park Sunday, Feb. 15 to draw the community together and ponder the development of tourism in Houston. That […]

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Snow! And lots of it

CHICKASAW COUNTY – The deepest snow that many will ever remember fell on Chickasaw County last week. The Chickasaw Journal measured snow 8-inches deep on the tennis court at Joe Brigance Park at 9 p.m. Wednesday night, shortly after more than six hours of beautiful, fluffy snow stopped falling. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: The snowstorm of 2015

The snow is gone. I thought the last pile would be that massive snow drift city crews pushed up on the northeast corner of the Fire Station. But those busy guys came back and loaded that heap into a dump truck and carried it off. I was out at the Courthouse office on Sunday and […]

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Fifty-three throw hat in the ring

CHICKSASAW COUNTY – The candidates have announced their decision to run for public office and will now seek your decision as they run to fill 16 counties offices this election year. The final day to qualify for the Aug. 4 Party Primary ballot was Friday and candidates will now hit the streets seeking votes and […]

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EDITORIAL: Who deserves your vote?

The deadline to qualify to run for a spot in county, regional and state government was Friday. The candidates have stepped up and filed the appropriate paperwork, paid their fees and tossed their hat in the ring. So who deserves your vote? There is a list of candidates on Page ??A of today’s paper. Please […]

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