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Toyfest Pageant Winner

Ella Grace Russell, daughter of Hope Black, competed in the Midwest State Toyfest Pageant in St. Louis where she represented Baby Miss Chickasaw County 2015. She is 15 months old and was the runner-up in all five events: spring wear, swimwear, interview, model showcase and photogenic. She was crowned 0-3 years Best Personality Supreme.

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Sales taxes mixed as spring arrives

HOUSTON – Warmer weather, spring fashions, construction and agriculture related sales usually spark an upturn in sales tax rebates to local municipalities, but the most recent numbers are mixed across Chickasaw County. Houston and Houlka have reported an apparent uptick in sales for March, but Okolona, Vardaman and Woodland saw their numbers drop the last […]

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Walking the walk

HOUSTON — They walked, they talked and they raised money to find a cure for cancer. Hundreds of people packed Joe Brigance Park Saturday afternoon to celebrate the 2015 Chickasaw County Relay for Life and raise money to fight cancer. “This is always a lot of fun, but it has a serious side, too,” said […]

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Houston to host National Day of Prayer today

HOUSTON – Prayer changes things. The Greater Houston Ministerial Alliance will host the National Day of Prayer on The Square at noon Thursday and is inviting the community to come and pray for their town, state and nation. “We will start just a few minutes after noon and will finish up in about 30 minutes” […]

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Ordinance enforcement

People who choose to live in town give up some choices when they move inside the city limits. Laws and ordinances let us know what the rules are and are designed to protect the quality of life for the thousands of people – young and old, rich and poor, black and white — who live […]

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Will your home withstand storm season?

Year after year, Americans from Tornado Alley to the Gulf Coast to the metropolises of the Eastern Seaboard witness storms that cause millions in damage and loss of life. However, no matter where you live, or what type of extreme weather you may face, there are things you can do to protect your home and […]

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Chickasaw GOP Meet the Candidates is tonight

The Chickasaw County Republican Committee invites the community to Meet The Candidates at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, at Houston Civic Center on Starkville Road in Houston. Honorable Henry Lackey will be MC/Entertainer and Congressional candidates as well as state and regional officeholders have been invited. Hamburger plates/drink tickets can be obtained by calling 662-401-0715.

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Calling all STAR Teachers, Students

JACKSON – Over the past 49 years, more than 10,000 of Mississippi’s top high school seniors have been honored by the M. B. Swayze Foundation Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program. In celebration the 50th Anniversary of the STAR Program, the Mississippi Economic Council (MEC) and the STAR Program are looking for all former STAR […]

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Relay for Life set for this afternoon

HOUSTON – There is no better way to spend a Saturday than seeking a cure for cancer. Chickasaw County Relay for Life 2015 is set for this weekend at Joe Brigance Park and while the traditional evening event has moved to the afternoon, all the regular fun events and people seeking to raise money to […]

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Chickasaw jobless rate plummets

CHICKASAW COUNTY – The expansion of a local furniture company and the seasonal hiring of workers for agriculture has prompted local unemployment numbers to drop this spring. Chickasaw County saw the unemployment rate plummet from 10.2 percent in February to 8.1 percent in March. Statewide the jobless rate dropped from 7 percent to 6.2. Local […]

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Drug dogs sweep Houston High School

HOUSTON – Drug dogs searched Houston High School last week and found no drugs inside the building, but a sweep of the parking lot saw dogs signal on several cars and a small amount of marijuana found in a couple of vehicles. The owners of the vehicles were contacted and the interior of the vehicles […]

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Flywheel Festival fun

HOUSTON – Crowds packed Joe Brigance Park Friday and Saturday to listen to the music and watch the flywheels spin at the 34rd Annual Mississippi Valley Flywheel Festival. The two-day event saw a steady crowd of over 3,000 people show up Saturday to eat funnel cake, run a 5K race, enjoy five musical acts and […]

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Trustees take first glance at budget

HOUSTON – Creating a budget is one of the four duties of a school board member and Houston trustees took their first look last week at how this year’s budget is winding up and revenue projections for next year. Superintendent Steve Coker offered to help trustees hammer out a budget at a special called meeting […]

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Sweeping our community

The drug dogs were back in Houston schools last week.#   And while we regret that the noses of those highly trained canines found a small amount of marijuana in the parking lot, we are pleased to report they did not find anything inside the school. Past drug sweeps have turned up weapons and more sizable […]

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