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Tourism tax vote apparently fails

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – An exhaustive recount today has seen a proposed tourism tax go from a one-vote lead on Tuesday night to a two-vote loss Wednesday afternoon. Complete but unapproved totals show 335 ballots cast for the 1-percent tax to 229 voting against. A total of 564 votes were tallied and […]

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Prescott named to Manning Award watch list

  Special to the Chickasaw Journal   STARKVILLE – Mississippi State senior quarterback Dak Prescott was one of 30 signal callers nationally named to the Manning Award watch list, the Allstate Sugar Bowl announced Thursday. The award is the only national quarterback award which includes candidates’ bowl performances in its balloting. Prescott was a finalist […]

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Tourism tax holds one vote edge

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – Initial election results Tuesday night indicate a hotly contested tourism tax vote has passed by one vote. Houston’s proposed tourism tax referendum saw 339 ballots for the 1-percent tax and 225 against it in an election that was fiercely contested by restaurants in the city this summer. The […]

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On the road to Rio

  By Carey Miller Special to the Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – Paralympic Silver Medalist Shaquille Vance is on the road to the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Vance, an amputee since 2010 due to an accident in his junior year of high school, competed in the London 2012 games and won a […]

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HHS to explain changes to parents

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – A student with a thought-out plan is a student destined to do great things. Houston High School will host a meeting for students and parents at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11 and will discuss changes and graduation options for high school students. “We have these meeting each […]

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Hobson, Woodard team up for Da House.

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal One cousin is at one place, one cousin is at another. Both are stars. Despite rumors that will continue to surface, likely for three more years, Robert Woodard will play basketball for Columbus and Ma’Darius Hobson will play for Houlka. For now, anyway. But for AAU team Da House, the […]

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Helicopter helpers

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – The best part of Fire Academy is squirting water, but kids learn a little about safety, too. The week-long Eighth Annual Houston Fire Academy finished up Friday night with the traditional field exercises where kids got to man a fire hose, sit in a helicopter and test […]

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BOB SCOTT: Look at the numbers

BOB SCOTT: Look at the numbers Dear Editor, Much has been said about the upcoming Tourist Tax Election on Aug. 11, 2015. Some are saying that this is a 14-percent tax that will be used for street improvements or any other purpose that the city board decides. This is completely wrong! Actually it is a […]

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ROBERT TOMEY: Tourism tax needs clarity

Dear Editor, It seems that people are not really clear about the upcoming tourist tax vote. I hope, with my ad, I have been able to shed some light on this tax. I do not believe the public had been fully informed, as it should have been. Thanks to Mr. Jolly for getting this issue […]

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LEE NABORS: I support Tourism Tax

LEE NABORS: I support Tourism Tax Dear Editor, Please vote yes for the tourism tax on August 11. As a business owner when I here the word tax, I usually get concerned. This one-percent tourism tax is different because it is fair, reasonable and necessary for a town like Houston to prosper and grow. I […]

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JAMES BLACK: Candidate responds to column

JAMES BLACK: Candidate responds to column Dear Editor, In response to the article on page 4a on 7/22/15 about local candidates flying a plane. I know several people in Chickasaw Co. that can fly a plane. Some are self taught and some are taught in the armed services and other in school. They have to […]

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Houlka names 2015-16 faculty, staff

HOULKA – A school without teachers is just another building. The Houlka School Board of Trustess has named their 2015-16 list of teachers and non-contract personnel as they plan for the first day of school this week. Teachers, administrators and some support staff in Mississippi School are signed to contracts each summer with the district […]

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Houlka cleans off school site

  By Hank Wiesner Special to the Chickasaw Journal HOULKA – The Houlka School District is now cleaning the site of a fire that destroyed part of Houlka Attendance Center – the district’s only school — in July, 2014, Superintendent Betsy Collums said this week. Although the fire-gutted remnants of the building are being knocked […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: Electing leaders is choosing a future

This column is being written on Monday prior to Tuesday’s county and state elections. I hope the best candidates win. But after more than 25 years of covering elections, I’ve found it is rarely the best or worst who get elected – it’s the same ones year after year. That changed this year in Chickasaw […]

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