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GARDEN PARTY: Floy Dyer residents grow some fun

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – Music, flowers and smiles bloomed at the Floy Dyer Manor open house and garden party Saturday. The Houston home saw residents debut their handbell choir and then open the doors to their flower and vegetable garden adjacent to the community room. “We came up with this idea […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: Ready, Aim, Fireworks!

This nation was shaped by gunpowder. That daring American spirit that fostered this country’s independence is the same one that prompts most of us to own a firearm and shoot fireworks. Shooting fireworks inside the city limits of Houston on July 4 is the only form of civil disobedience tolerated at the Ingram household and […]

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Saturday is last day to register to vote.

  HOUSTON – With the 2015 Primary election set for Aug. 4, the deadline to register to vote will be Saturday, July 4. Both the Houston and Okolona offices will be open from 8 a.m. to noon for those seeking to register and absentee ballots will also be available. “If you are eligible, you can […]

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Houston Homecoming 2015 is today

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasw Journal HOUSTON – The music for Houston Homecoming has been set, vendors are signing up and the fireworks have been ordered for the community’s annual July 4th celebration on The Square downtown. July 4 falls on a Saturday this year and the Houston Homecoming committee has once again brought together […]

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Vernon Fortner: July 4, 1950

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – July 4, 1950 was Vernon Fortner’s second day of combat and many more would follow until he was wounded and evacuated four months later. The Chickasaw County native said very few days go by that he does not think of his buddies and the experiences they shared […]

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Houlka is back in the black

By Hank Wiesner Special to the Chickasaw Journal HOULKA – Tighter financial management and the sale of a building have helped the town of Houlka recover from a $100,000 shortfall discovered late last year the town mayor and city clerk said last week. “We’re solvent now and the budget we’re now operating under is balanced,” […]

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Roberts is Miss Mississippi, Molly May a finalist

Roberts is Miss Mississippi, Molly May a finalist By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal VICKSBURG – Hannah Roberts won the Miss Mississippi pageant and will compete for the crown of Miss America in September. The 21-year-old Roberts represented Miss University of Southern Mississippi in the competition Saturday night in Vicksburg and earned a $10,000 scholarship. Roberts […]

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EDITORIAL: Lines of Liberty

“When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the […]

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Supervisors ponder MDOC moves

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal OKOLONA – The state has said it will pull all inmates from county jails in August leaving both a hole in the county’s budget and hole in the county’s work crews. Chickasaw County supervisors agreed to take a wait-and-see approach as Department of Corrections Commissioner Marshall Fisher said earlier […]

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Houston, Okolona airport improvements funded

Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal   HOUSTON – Airports in Houston and Okolona are part of a group of 35 airports across the state that will benefit from more than $10 million in federal Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grants awarded last week by the U.S. Department of Transportation. AIP grants awarded to Mississippi in recent weeks […]

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Local talent attends ICC camp

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal The Itawamba Community College athletic programs held 14 camps on the Fulton Campus this summer. There were a wide variety of camps available this year and they were open to kids from seven years old to high school seniors. The summer was jam packed with ICC football, baseball, softball […]

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United Way seeks support for backpacks

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – United Way of Chickasaw County will host its backpack giveaway again this year, but they need volunteers to help with the event and donors to step up and fund it. United Way and local volunteers gave away over 700 backpacks filled with paper, pencils and school supplies, […]

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GED offered at WIN, Excel

Special to the Chickasaw Journal Registration is continuing for adult basic education/high school equivalency (ABE/GED) and ESL classes at several locations in Chickasaw County. • Houston WIN Center, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Julia Puckett; Houston WIN Center, Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Susan Eldridge. • Excel in Okolona, Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m.-Noon, Larry Davis. […]

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Chickasaw jobless rate plummets

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal CHICKASAW COUNTY – The local job market continues to offer work as Chickasaw County posted its best and lowest unemployment numbers in nine years last month. The expansion of factories around the area and the seasonal hiring of workers for agriculture has prompted local unemployment numbers to drop this […]

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