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Houlka nine week honor roll released

HOULKA – Chickasaw County School District Superintendent Dr. Betsy Collum, Houlka Elementary School Principal Emily Snelling and Houlka Attendance Center Principal Sid Burts have released their respective lists for the Second Nine Weeks grading period. Students named to the Superintendent’s List scored 93 or above and received all “A’s” on their second nine week report […]

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Lawmakers could set penalties for false reports of child abuse

JACKSON (AP) – Making a false report of child abuse could become a crime in Mississippi. The state Senate on Thursday passed a bill that would set a penalty of up to $5,000 and a year in jail for anyone convicted of intentionally and maliciously reporting to authorities that a child had been abused or […]

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Congressman Nunnelee dies at home

Special to the Chickasaw Journal TUPELO – Congressman Alan Nunnelee, who battled brain cancer and the effects of a stroke for eight months, died today at his home, surrounded by family members. The 56-year-old Nunnelee had been in home hospice care since Jan. 26, when he returned home from North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo […]

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Houston High first semester scholars named

HOUSTON – Houston School District Superintendent Dr. Steve Coker and Houston High School Principal Buz Boyer have released their respective lists for the First Semester grading period. Students named to the Superintendent’s List scored 93 or above and received all “A’s” on their second nine week report card. Students on the Principal’s List made 85 […]

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Brazen burglaries

“If someone saw a suspicious vehicle or person in either one of these neighborhoods around the time of the break-in, we are urging them to contact us.” Billy Voyles Houston Police Chief HOUSTON – Two local stores have been added to a string of burglaries across North Mississippi in recent weeks with the thieves hitting […]

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Calling men

HOUSTON – The flocks of birds, the herds of deer and the schools of fish are smaller, but the Annual Wild Game Supper at Parkway Baptist Church was the biggest ever. The event drew more than 200 men who packed every table in the building to sit down and eat fish, venison, turkey and all […]

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: School board seeks community input

Dear Editor, As the Houston School District Board of Education begins the search for a new superintendent, we would love to encourage the input of the community, our district staff, and the families of our students. We have set up two ways to hear from you. First, we encourage everyone to fill out a survey […]

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Fire departments busy with calls in 2014

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – Local fire departments responded to roughly four calls a day, 24-hours a day, seven days a week in 2014. Houston, Okolona and all Chickasaw County volunteer fire departments have turned in their response numbers to the National Fire Incident Reporting System and a quick look shows local firefighters […]

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EDITORIAL: Happy Birthday Franklin Corp.

Fifty percent of the businesses that opened there doors this morning will be gone in a year. Seventy-five percent of those will be gone in five years. That is why we want to wish Franklin Corporation a hearty, happy birthday as they celebrate their 45th year of operation today. The company has over 1,100 employees […]

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Do a diet before you say “I do”

RAYMOND — For brides who want to shed a few pounds before their big day, nutrition experts recommend proper planning, not fad diets. “Trendy diets, such as low-carbohydrate diets, are popular and can produce quick results but aren’t the healthiest way to lose weight,” said Brent Fountain, associate professor of food science and nutrition with […]

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Family, friends, vows

HOUSTON – Laura Catherine Horn realized it was her wedding day but she was quick to point out it wasn’t all about her. Horn married Justin Tyler Jones on Aug. 9, 2014 in front of friends and God by exchanging vows with the man of her life and joining her family with the family of […]

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Houlka man dies in auto accident

Special to the Chickasaw Journal HOULKA – An automobile accident west of Houlka in northern Chickasaw County has claimed the life of a 25-year-old man. Evin Taylor Chrestman, of Houlka, died as the result of a single car accident on County Road 408 about 4:30 a.m. Sunday. Chrestman was the lone occupant of the vehicle […]

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Stephanie Norwood

Dear Editor, When I became an educator, I devoted my life to advocate on behalf of students. However, House Bill 449 seems to be an attempt to silence educators, to prevent us from actively participating in our American democracy as we advocate on behalf of our students. A proposed bill that Rep. John Moore, chair […]

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