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Floy Dyer serving community seniors

HOUSTON – When seventeen year old Benny Floy Edwards was married to a young Edmond Franklin Dyer in 1909, she would never have dreamed her name would one day grace a ‘home away from home’ for senior citizens as it does today in Houston. The Dyers’ road had a couple of stops along the route […]

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Helping Hands of Houlka

The Helping Hands of Houlka will be hosting a Community Thanksgiving meal on Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Houlka Community Center. The meal will be served from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. This event is free to the public and everyone is invited to come out and enjoy a great meal and fellowship. The Helping […]

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Listening to those who served

HOUSTON – Herman Smith was wounded twice in Europe during World War II and told his story to students at Houston High School as part of the annual Veteran’s Day program. But Smith, 92, also told students how he came back from that war, went to school on the GI Bill and ended up becoming […]

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Volunteers need to answer the call

Last week on this page the Chickasaw Journal ran a column by Volunteer Firefighter Bobby Sanderson championing Volunteer Firefighter Robert Goza and his over 50 years of service. Volunteer fire departments may be the best economic development tool ever created for rural communities. While there are many beautiful places to build houses in the country, […]

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Holiday stockpile

HOUSTON – One day last week, it smelled like Thanksgiving in the kitchen at First United Methodist Church in Houston. Six women representing FUM and the North Charge in Houlka gathered to sauté onions and celery, chop pecans, boil rice and mash sweet potatoes for some of the casseroles they’ll be selling at the Houston Parish […]

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Solar farm shines in Chickasaw County

CHICKASAW COUNTY – It was a sunny day Wednesday in Chickasaw County as dirt was turned on a new 30-acre, $9 million solar farm south of Okolona. State and local officials gathered for a groundbreaking for Commodore Solar Farm that will see 9,804 solar panels track the Sun and glean enough energy from it to […]

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Houlka Community Thanksgiving is Nov. 22

The Helping Hands of Houlka will be hosting a Community Thanksgiving meal on Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Houlka Community Center. The meal will be served from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. This event is free to the public and everyone is invited to come out and enjoy a great meal and fellowship. The Helping […]

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Stephens cast in ICC production

Rehearsals are beginning for “Getting Sarah Married,” a comedy by Sam Brobrick, which will be presented at Itawamba Community College, Nov. 18-21. The cast, which was selected last week, includes Mary Chandler Izard of Fulton (Sarah Hastings), Noah Sipes of Ecru (Brandon), Danicqua Stephens of Vardaman (Aunt Martha), Jordan Wade of Caledonia (Heather) and Austin […]

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Safe from the storms

HOUSTON – The City of Houston budgets a specific amount for each alderman to spend on capital improvement projects in their district each year. Some use the money for road repair, drainage projects or general upkeep and maintenance around town, but District 4 Alderman Willie Mae McKinney used hers to erect two new storm shelters […]

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Fewer snowflakes this Christmas

HOUSTON – Don’t blame it on the Grinch or Houston aldermen, but rather on age, wear-and-tear and an effort to cut expenses for the city. The Houston Board of Aldermen voted last week to install the line of lights to the top of the Chickasaw County Courthouse, but will not put the lighted, white snowflakes […]

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Murphy graduates MSU

STARKVILLE – Michael Murphy was recently awarded his bachelor degree at summer commencement exercises at Mississippi State University. Murphy, of Chickasaw County, earned his diploma from the Bagley College of Engineering at Mississippi State University. Honor graduates included all bachelor-degree candidates with exceptional scholastic averages and at least half the total required course hours earned […]

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Vardaman High School 1st 9 Weeks Honor Rolls

Vardaman High School 1st 9 Weeks Honor Rolls 7th Principal’s Sean Galloway, Hanna Johnson, Jacqueline Murillo, Autumn Taylor, Sarah Wooten 7th Regular Peyton Burks, Gavin Chrestman, Jonathan Chrestman, Christopher Graham, Cannon Hendrix 8th Principal’s Abbey Casey, Mary Davis, Oakley Edington, Andrew Griffin, Jackson Harrell, Carlie Higginbotham, Mina Lucius 8th Regular Jayla Culpepper, Ethan Edmondson, Marisol […]

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Christmas . . . the real story

Dear Editor, This year our community wants to make a statement concerning the true meaning of Christmas. We want the Okolona Christmas Parade to be a spectacular event. It is possible some of the persons watching the parade have never connected the Christmas story of baby Jesus. People have come to think that Christmas is […]

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BOBBY SANDERSON: Service to humanity

I remember so clearly the last line of the Jaycee Creed: “We believe….that service to humanity is the best work of life.” Like the rest of the creed, those words became my mantra and my philosophy. As a young man, I watched those ahead of me in life to learn how and why they did […]

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