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Houlka Attendance Center engulfed by fire (w/video)

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOULKA – Firefighters responded to a blaze that engulfed Houlka Attendance Center on Wednesday afternoon. Several departments responded to the scene. At one point, flames could be seen shooting 50 to 60 feet in the air, with smoke visible from Highway 15, more than two miles away. No injuries have been reported. […]

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Area school dress code policies

HOUSTON   Houston School District dress code policy   Good learning situations depend on the best possible behavior and attitude of the student. Students are encouraged to take pride in themselves and to strive to meet public expectations. Students should be neat and clean, thus reflecting favorably on themselves and the school. Safety, health, and […]

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Parents can be fined for truancy

CHICKASAW COUNTY – Education is the only chance some kids get in life and they can’t get an education if they are not in school. As the news school year begins for local schools the Mississippi Department of Education reminds parents there are laws governing school attendance and they can be enforced on the parents […]

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Required Vaccinations

  HOUSTON – The Mississippi State Department of Health reminds all parents that state law requires certain vaccinations for all students entering school, Head Start or daycare this fall. Parents must present state documents, that will be documented by the district, proving their child has been immunized against certain childhood diseases before they are allowed […]

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Reach, throw, row, go!

D AVIS LAKE – People become volunteer firefighters because they want to help, but a volunteer that becomes a victim in a water rescue is no help at all. Chickasaw County volunteer firefighters gathered at Davis Lake recently for a morning of classroom training and an afternoon on the water trying out rescue techniques. “Six […]

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BRIAN LENTZ: MACJC format changes in 2015

JACKSON – Changes are coming to the scheduling and playoff formats in MACJC baseball. On Thursday, the league announced their new changes, which will go into effect in time for the 2015 baseball season. Each team in the state will have the opportunity to face each other once during the regular season, amounting to a […]

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This story has a ring to it

HOUSTON – Steve Lavender has found a class ring but it’s not his and he would love to give it back to its original owner. “I was walking down State Street in Jackson and saw something in the crack of the sidewalk,” said Lavender, who lives in Canton. “I dug it out and it was […]

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Mr. and Mrs. Richard Craig Cherry of Mooreville are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Lauren Elizabeth, to Robert Russell Dendy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Ray Dendy of Houston, Miss. Miss Cherry is the granddaughter of Mrs. Gwendolyn Gentry and the late Paul Gentry of Marietta, Miss., and Mrs. Janis Cherry […]

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Dr. and Mrs. Albert Victor Horn, of Houston, Miss., are pleased to announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Laura Catherine, to Justin Tyler Jones, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Terry Jones of Taylorsville, Miss. Miss Horn is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lester White of DeKalb and Mr. Albert Horn […]

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Fire Academy

HOUSTON – Hundreds of kids have gone through the Houston Fire Academy and while you can measure the fun, determining how many lives and how much property has been saved is a little more difficult The seventh annual Houston Cadet Fire Academy is coming July 8 through Aug. 1, with the traditional safety courses on […]

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Gates signs with Northeast

BOONEVILLE – Chelsea Gates is enthusiastic to join a pair of former prep teammates as she begins her collegiate career at Northeast Mississippi Community College. Gates became the newest member of the Tiger softball program after signing her National Letter of Intent (NLI) with the seven-time Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) North […]

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Dodge’s Store robbed in Okolona

Okolona police have arrested a man on robbery charges after he allegedly brandished a knife and robbed a convenience store in Okolona just after midnight Thursday. Okolona Assistant Police Chief Dwight Parker said authorities arrested Quentin Horton, 32, of Okolona, on charges of armed robbery and he is currently in the Chickasaw County Jail. Okolona […]

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United Way holds Back to School resource fairs

HOUSTON – The cost of getting a child ready and equipped for the first day of school is no negligible sum. To alleviate the stress of costly school supplies for families in need, the United Way kicked off its annual Back 2 School resource fair last week. The resource fair began in 2011 and took […]

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It’s all about passion

HOUSTON – Just like the game they cheer for, these ladies say that without a passion for the sport you will never make it as a cheerleader. Houston cheerleaders hosted their annual mini-camp for future cheerleaders last week and talked a little about what it takes to grab a pom-pom, megaphone and run on the […]

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