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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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Basketball Scores for Tuesday, Jan. 26

Special to the Chickasaw Journal   Scores from games played Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016.   Please have your coach call in your team’s scores at 842-2611 after the game   Basketball (G) West Union 63, Falkner 37 (G) Tupelo 53, Columbus 48 (G) Senatobia 43, New Albany 39 (G) Biggersville 72, Wheeler 67, OT (G) […]

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More storm shelters on the way

  By Hank Wiesner Special to the Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved nearly $50,000 in grant requests from Houston, Okolona and Chickasaw County for construction of storm shelters at nine locations, County Emergency Management Agency Director Linda Griffin said this week. Based on a per-shelter capacity of 30 […]

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High-speed chase ends with drug charges

By William Moore Daily Journal SALTILLO – A 22-year-old Saltillo woman is facing numerous felony charges after an early morning chase up U.S. Highway 45. In addition to traffic violations, Lindsey Downs, 22, of Northgate Circle, Saltillo, has been charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. Saltillo Police Chief Grant Bailey […]

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JOHN GAINES: Slackers surrender too easily to weather

Dear Editor, The leaders of or communities who choose to close schools, offices, city services and the like, on a mere rumor of typical Northeast Mississippi winter weather are pusillanimous slackers who set an example of mediocrity for or children to follow. Furthermore, local churches are equally culpable if not more so. Jesus Christ himself […]

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Wal-Mart closures to impact 180 jobs

By Dennis Seid Daily Journal TUPELO – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will close six Walmart Express stores in north Mississippi, impacting nearly 180 workers. But the company said it will offer those employees jobs elsewhere if available. “Our goal is to place as many associates as possible who would like to continue with the company at […]

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Mission Mississippi re-activates Okolona chapter

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal OKOLONA – Mission Mississippi was in town on Martin Luther King Day seeking to further King’s ultimate goal – racial reconciliation. Mission Mississippi representatives met at Okolona City Auditorium to re-activate its Okolona Chapter with Mission Mississippi President Neddie Winters traveling from his home in Clinton to help in […]

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MDOC scandal sentencing delayed

Daily Journal JACKSON – Carthage businessman Sam Waggoner, 61, will have to wait a little longer to learn his fate. Waggoner was set for sentencing Monday for his part in a bribery scandal surrounding the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Citing Waggoner’s poor health, U.S. District Court Judge Henry Wingate delayed sentencing indefinitely. Prosecutors and Waggoner’s […]

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Houlka aldermen welcome Brown to board

  By Hank Wiesner Special to the Chickasaw Journal HOULKA – Houlka’s four aldermen met met earlier this month on the same night an election was under way to determine the board’s fifth member. The Houlka Board of Aldermen started the new year awaiting the swearing-in of the new alderman later this month, and has […]

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Solar ambassadors for Houston

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – They’ve won the National Solar Car Challenge 14-years in a row, have just gotten back from Australia where they raced more solar car miles than any high school team in World Solar Car Challenge history and now they are spreading the news about their team and Houston. […]

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GLEN MOLLETTE: Setting a goal for 2016

We hear the same message a lot this time of year. Put the past behind. Look to the future. Let bygones be bygones. Make a new commitment. Claim the new you in the New Year. We determine to lose weight. We decide that we aren’t going to do some things.  Or, we decide to start […]

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