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FLOYD INGRAM: Good start to a new year

A long look at Chickasaw County shows we have several good things going on around here that we hope will bear much fruit in the coming year. The city’s effort to develop infrastructure, Tanglefoot Trail, rising sales taxes and falling unemployment are just a few of the headlines we saw last month. So let’s take […]

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MSU’s Jones declares for draft

By Logan Lowery Daily Journal STARKVILLE – Chris Jones is ready to take his talents to the next level. The Houston native, a Mississippi State defensive tackle, has decided to pass up his final season in Starkville to declare for the 2016 NFL Draft. “After discussing it with my family, I will forgo my senior […]

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GED Prep offered at WIN Job Center

  Special to the Chickasaw Journal   GED Prep classes are scheduled to begin in Itawamba Community College’s five-county district – including Chickasaw County – the week of Jan. 11. Class dates are: Houston WIN Center, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-noon, and Monday-Thursday, 1-4 p.m., Julia Puckett; Houston WIN Center, Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Susan Eldridge; […]

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Houlka hears tobacco free request

      By Hank Wiesner Special to the Chickasaw Journal     HOULKA – The Houlka Board of Aldermen heard a request to make the town tobacco-free, and renewed a contract with the town’s recordkeeper BBI, during  aldermen’s meeting Tuesday, Dec. 1. The board was approached by Stephanie Collier, who is the Chickasaw County […]

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Work begins on damaged Okolona buildings

  Special to the Chickasaw Journal OKOLONA – Crews were busy last week stabilizing adjacent buildings and removing debris from two collapsed building in downtown Okolona Two century-old buildings in the 200 block of West Main Street were destroyed and a third was damaged. And officials are closely watching the buildings on either side. Construction […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: The beginning and the end

This is the time of year when we take a look back at 2015 and at the same time look forward to 2016. It’s a bittersweet time of year for me. There have been weddings and funerals, cars bought and trucks crashed, profits and losses, good times and sad times. I try not to dwell […]

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PARCC: Area test scores by school, grade

  The following are PARCC Test Scores for area schools for Math and English 2015. The data was released in mid December by the Mississippi Department of Education.   PARCC TEST SCORES – MATHMATICS GRADE 3 MATH School, 1 2 3 4 5 No. tested Aberdeen 12.9 42.6 25.7 17.8 1.0 101 Amory 4.4 20.6 […]

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Chickasaw, Okolona test scores discussed

By Hank Wiesner Special to the Chickasaw Journal CHICKASAW COUNTY — Chickasaw and Okolona school district officials said they were satisfied with the recently-released Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test results, but added they are continuing to seek improvement. Third to eighth grade students took the language and math tests […]

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Making holiday highways safe

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – In this season of good cheer, motorist are being reminded not to have too much. The Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Department, Houston Police Department and the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol are reminding motorist not to drink and drive this Holiday season. “We all know it’s the holiday season […]

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EDITORIAL: Change

Everybody is for progress, but no one wants to change. But things in this world don’t change unless someone gets out of their comfort zone and goes about the hard work of making a difference in the world. It is so easy and comfortable to accept things as they are and not make the effort […]

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HUES names Students of the Week

  Special to the Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – The following children were chosen Student of the Week at Houston Upper Elementary School for Nov. 30 through Dec. 4, 2015. They are listed by teacher’s last name and student’s full name.   Third Grade Brock – Tracy Neal McFarland – Ajiani Virges Moss – Alan Camacho-Hernandez […]

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Green chosen for Superintendents’ Academy

  By Hank Wiesner Special to the Chickasaw Journal   OKOLONA – Okolona Superintendent Dexter Green has been chosen as a participant in the second class of the Mississippi Department of Education Superintendents’ Academy, an advanced leadership training program to assist district leaders in their efforts to improve student outcomes. “I’m proud to have been […]

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College football bowl lineup

  Special to the Chickasaw Journal   The following are college football bowl games including the College Football playoffs. COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS Capital One Orange Bowl Clemson vs. Oklahoma — Dec. 31, 3 p.m. (ESPN) Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic Alabama vs. Michigan State — Dec. 31, 7 p.m. (ESPN) College Football Playoff National Championship Clemson-Oklahoma […]

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Attorney General Hood warns of U.S. Office of Personnel data breach

  Special to the Chickasaw Journal JACKSON – The Attorney General’s Office Consumer Protection Division has recently received numerous calls regarding a recent data breach reported by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management potentially impacting more than 21 million people nationwide whose personal information was stolen in a cyber-breach of government security-clearance files, announced Attorney […]

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