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Looking at the future

  It’s cliché but today’s young people really are the future. Take a long hard look at today’s youth and you will quickly see what Chickasaw County, Mississippi and this country will look like in 10 or 15 years. It’s easy to get all riled up over kids that wear their pants too low or […]

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EDITORIAL: Summer is a time to grow

It’s summer and it’s time for things to grow. We think that also applies to local businesses, industry and service professions in Chickasaw County. We at the Chickasaw Journal are quick to point out we don’t have the expertise, data or credentials to say exactly what you need to make your business grow or when […]

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DANIEL GARDNER: Irreconcilable, irrational Differences

What unites Americans? Our flag? Our pledge of allegiance? Our freedoms? Our common humanity? Nothing, it seems, unites Americans any more. We have become so ideologically (irrationally) polarized that not even the most heinous tragedies can bring human hearts together even for a moment. Two weeks ago police in Hattiesburg, stopped a vehicle on a […]

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DANIEL GARDNER: Social issues are election issues

What roles will social issues like abortion, same-sex marriage, and religious freedom play in the 2016 presidential race? On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court decided abortion was a legal right, thus settling the debate … right! In January of this year an estimated 600,000 people marched in Washington to protest the legalization of abortion. […]

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Privileged not to know self pity

“White privilege…” I keep seeing this phrase in political/social commentary. What exactly does it mean? I was born in 1947 to a veteran to the third great war of empire, a.k.a., World War II. My father was summoned from the obscurity and insularity of the Kilgore Hills in Clay County to serve the interests of […]

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DANIEL GARDNER: Social issues are election issues

              What roles will social issues like abortion, same-sex marriage, and religious freedom play in the 2016 presidential race? On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court decided abortion was a legal right, thus settling the debate … right! In January of this year an estimated 600,000 people marched in […]

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EDITORIAL: Critical decisions

    Voters went to the polls yesterday to choose a Congressman and they will head to the polls in just a few short months to select their county leaders for the next four years. With all the problems we have in America, this newspaper and this community realizes the man we send to Washington […]

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Tony Cook named Houston superintendent

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – The Houston Board of Trustees hired Amory School District Superintendent Tony Cook as the next leader of the Houston School District Tuesday morning. Trustees, meeting in executive session, voted to hire Cook to replace longtime Houston superintendent Dr. Steve Coker whose contract was not renewed by the board […]

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DANIEL GARDNER: Have you ever been offended?

To paraphrase Will Rogers, I don’t belong to an organized religion; I’m a Christian. Sunday we visited a church and listened to a sermon about the sin of offense, i.e. hanging onto being offended. Everybody is offended today about something, and in our litigious society if someone is offended enough he or she will sue […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: I’m a lucky man

My oldest son graduates from college this week and I am so proud. Every parent has dreams when they hold a newborn that they will grow up and graduate from college. I’ve got another boy who will graduate from Houston High School in two short years. I am so proud of James, too. But his […]

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Why is America different?

Did you read about the boatload of Americans fleeing the U.S. to go to … well, name a country, any country. America is one of the few nations in the world no one is fleeing. America is one of the few nations in the world people would literally risk their lives and lives of loved […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: My Chickasaw Journal job-jar

At my house we have a job-jar. It’s a jar filled with jobs Sara feels need tending to on the Ingram Plantation. We’ve had this system for the past 20-years. I wake up most Saturday mornings and pull out a job. When it’s finished I pull out another. The job-jar has never been empty. It’s […]

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DANIEL GARDNER: Presidential politics for 2016

We have at least 14 more months of presidential political campaigns and primaries in the Republican Party. How many will run for the GOP nomination? Nobody knows. Democrats don’t really care. They’ll enjoy watching GOP candidates tearing down and maligning fellow Republicans until the RNC selects a survivor to run against Hillary. Three Republicans have […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: Flywheel fun starts Friday

We moved to Houston five years ago and have attended every Flywheel Festival since – spring and fall. Our first year here we got to pull the lanyard on the Keck-Gonnerman steam tractor and make it whistle. The next year we got to push the button at the Friday morning anvil shoot. We’ve been a […]

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