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NANCY LOOME: Vouchers take limited education dollars

Dear Editor, Across the U.S. and in Mississippi, voucher programs have been a failure and a massive waste of taxpayer dollars. Nationally, research shows that children receiving vouchers to attend private schools perform no better than, and often worse than, their peers in public schools while diminishing resources for children being educated in public schools. […]

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HOMETOWN HEROES: From Houlka to the highway

  By Hank Wiesner Special to the Chickasaw Journal     HOULKA – Dreams die hard and Houlka native Adam Zachary can testify to that. He didn’t let a broken foot stop him from realizing his dream of becoming a Mississippi Highway Patrol officer. It just took him four years longer than he expected. The […]

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Groundhog Day in downtown Anchor

Please join us for Groundhog Day at Morris Grocery on Hwy. 15 in Anchor on Tuesday, Feb. 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free chili for everyone with donations appreciated. Will Chickasaw JW see his shadow? Come help judges Tony Gregory, Glen Vance, Larry Parker and Frank Woodruff decide.

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Ole Miss receives NCAA notice of allegations

By Parrish Alford Daily Journal OXFORD – Yahoo Sports reported Friday that Ole Miss has received a notice of allegations from the NCAA and will be formally charged for violations across three sports, including football. A Daily Journal source has confirmed the receipt of the letter. Violations are also alleged in women’s basketball – dating […]

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BASKETBALL SCORES: Friday, Jan. 29

  Basketball (G) Itawamba AHS 45, Amory 26 (G) Houlka 36, Smithville 31 (G) Hatley 48, Mooreville 42 (G) Pontotoc 79, Shannon 48 (G) Booneville 59, Corinth 45 (G) Biggersville 85, Thrasher 45 (G) Jumpertown 63, TCPS 55 (G) Ingomar 67, Walnut 40 (G) Myrtle 57 Falkner 44 (G) North Pontotoc 54, South Pontotoc 45 […]

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GLENN MOLLETTE: America’s nest, time for some to fly

    Flying never happens until the bird leaves the nest. President Johnson’s Great Society is just over 50 years old. During this very long period America’s great society nest has become huge and yet crowded. President Lyndon Johnson declared war on poverty in January 1964. He then needed a poster child for his new […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: Check the numbers

  Covering Chickasaw County puts me in touch with a lot of people each week and in meetings where a lot of information and data is presented. No medium is better suited to explain the details of budgets, trends and plain raw numbers than a newspaper. TV wants 30-seconds of pictures. Radio wants a five […]

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Man arrested in Thorn shooting, second suspect sought

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – One of two people sought for a shooting in Thorn on Thursday has been arrested and authorities hope to make a second arrest in the shooting today. Rudy Flores, 18, of Tupelo and formerly of Houston, was arrested about 2 a.m. in a motel room in Holly […]

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Region’s jobless rate lowest in 10 years

Special to the Chickasaw Journal TUPELO – Even with an increase in the unemployment rate in December, the overall jobless rate for all of Northeast Mississippi in 2015 was 6.5 percent. That’s the lowest rate in the 10 years the Daily Journal has compiled the figures, with information provided by the Mississippi Department of Employment […]

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Prayers answered

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – John McClendon will probably never forget the first time he saw Eli Ray. McClendon was part of a massive search for 3-year-old Ray who wandered away from his home in Thorn on Dec. 31. McClendon was the one who found the toddler on a creek bank on […]

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Two shot on roadside in Thorn Wednesday night

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal THORN – Two men have been shot and the Chickasaw County Sheriff Department is looking for two suspects following a shooting in Thorn Wednesday night. Chickasaw County Sheriff James Meyers said deputies responded to a call on County Road 405 near Thorn about midnight and found two men on the […]

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Houston tourism tax discussed

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – Plans are being made for another tourism tax vote for Houston and community leaders are gathering facts and friends for the next campaign. Chickasaw Development Foundation members and city leaders met at the Houston Civic Center last week to discuss how they missed an opportunity last summer […]

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EDITORIAL: Volunteers need to answer the call

  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, banks are hesitant to loan money to construct a home unless the investment is covered by insurance. And while hardworking country folk can often afford the cost […]

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Epps due to be sentenced April 11 in MDOC scandal

By Patsy R. Brumfield Special to the Daily Journal JACKSON – Former state prisons chief Christopher B. Epps faces sentencing April 11 for his admissions to a kickback-bribery scheme, which allegedly netted him nearly $2 million for choosing contract favorites. His attorneys and federal prosecutors agreed to the new date after meeting Tuesday before U.S. […]

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