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Okolona aldermen address downtown buildings

  By Hank Wiesner Special to the Chickasaw Journal   OKOLONA – The Mayor and City Council held a public hearing at 6 p.m. at Rockwell-Green City Auditorium Tuesday, April 5, to discuss three privately-owned blighted properties located alongside each other on West Main Street in Okolona. No action was taken following the hearing, which […]

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EDIT: Vandalism in your park

Vandalism is a part of doing business with the world. It is sad to say there are people who get a certain amount or pleasure or entertainment out of tearing up public property. We find that a sad way to live life. We also understand it is a crime. This newspaper was called this week […]

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STATE DOLLARS: Chickasaw Health Dept. gets $100,000 from $249M budget

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Northeast Mississippi local governments garnered about $3 million in projects in a $249.6 million bond bill that passed both chambers of the state Legislature late Monday. Bond proceeds will be used to pay off the project over a period of years. The projects range from tourism-related […]

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Supervisors names new county administrator

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal   OKOLONA – The person who will handle the day-to-day operations for Chickasaw County was hired last week by the board of supervisors. Norman Griffin, Jr., 52, started work last week and will be the first point of contact for individuals, businesses and government agencies wanting something from Chickasaw […]

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School chiefs mull impact of charter expansion

By Emma Crawford Kent Daily Journal TUPELO – With a charter school expansion officially signed into law by Gov. Phil Bryant this week, local school district leaders are trying to determine how the changes will impact their schools and students. The amendments to the Mississippi Charter School Act of 2013 allow students in any C, […]

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Fire death reported near Woodland

WOODLAND – An autopsy is being performed on the man whose body was found in a burned mobile home Sunday night April 5, in Woodland. The victim has been identified as 78-year-old Joe Cephas Johnson, who lived in the home on County Road 419. Firefighters were called to the trailer at 7:55 p.m. Sunday after […]

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Schools get consolidation reprieve

  By Bobby Harrison Special to the Chickasaw Journal   JACKSON – Chickasaw County school districts consolidation, which looked to be a certainty at one point during the 2016 legislative session, will be delayed until at least 2017. The House, by a 100-16 vote Wednesday, sent to Gov. Phil Bryant legislation to establish a 10-member […]

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Students sought for Health Academy

  Special to the Chickasaw Journal   TUPELO – North Mississippi Medical Center will host its annual Summer Health Academy from 8 a.m.-noon June 6-10. Students who are interested in pursuing a health career and have completed the seventh or eighth grade are eligible. Participation is limited to 25 students who will be selected on […]

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GLENN MOLLETTE: Choose Life – It’s a brief experience

Life is an opportunity to spend a brief period of time in this world. During this minimal space of time we are fortunate to enjoy what most others cannot do. Most of the people who have ever lived are dead. Therefore we are in a very rare state of existence. We are in the land […]

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Drug sweep prompt arrests, charges

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal   CHICKASAW COUNTY – This is the only warning local drug dealer and users will get from the Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies and state and local police fanned out over the county Wednesday with warrants to arrest those charged with drug related crimes. While most were small buys […]

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Hilltoppers power past Grenada

  By Ethan Turner Special to the Chickasaw Journal   GRENADA – As the Houston baseball team traveled to Grenada on Saturday they had two things in mind as they head into the homestretch of the regular season – win two games against the Charger. After dispatching Winona 11-6 in game one, it was the […]

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Rams grind out win over Wildcats

  By Ethan Turner Chickasaw Journal   VARDAMAN – After a win earlier in the week the Vardaman Rams faced the Houlka Wildcats Friday night for game two. And despite a furious rally by the Wildcats in the sixth inning, the Rams held on for a 4-3 victory. “I think what we really learned from […]

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Two bodies found in Okolona motel

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal OKOLONA – The stench was horrendous and police were keeping the door closed after two bodies were discovered inside a room of a Chickasaw County motel Friday afternoon. Okolona Police Chief Willie Moore said police got a call from 911 about 4 p.m. Friday saying bodies were believed to […]

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Trash Bash!

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – They cleaned the streets of Houston Saturday and they need your help to keep them that way. Volunteers and Chickasaw County inmates fanned out across the community and picked up 168 bags of trash as part of the Chickasaw Development Foundation and Houston Downtown Association’s Trash Bash. […]

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