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FLOYD INGRAM: Good start to a new year

A long look at Chickasaw County shows we have several good things going on around here that we hope will bear much fruit in the coming year. The city’s effort to develop infrastructure, Tanglefoot Trail, rising sales taxes and falling unemployment are just a few of the headlines we saw last month. So let’s take […]

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EDITORIAL: The good newspaper

  The good newspaper should be a catalyst in its community, oiling the efforts of widely varying groups to achieve a reasonably smooth, balanced flow of progress. It seeks to provide coherence to scattered and sometimes conflicting objectives, enabling its community to get a better view of priorities and ways in which joint efforts may […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: The beginning and the end

This is the time of year when we take a look back at 2015 and at the same time look forward to 2016. It’s a bittersweet time of year for me. There have been weddings and funerals, cars bought and trucks crashed, profits and losses, good times and sad times. I try not to dwell […]

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PARCC: Area test scores by school, grade

  The following are PARCC Test Scores for area schools for Math and English 2015. The data was released in mid December by the Mississippi Department of Education.   PARCC TEST SCORES – MATHMATICS GRADE 3 MATH School, 1 2 3 4 5 No. tested Aberdeen 12.9 42.6 25.7 17.8 1.0 101 Amory 4.4 20.6 […]

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EDITORIAL: Change

Everybody is for progress, but no one wants to change. But things in this world don’t change unless someone gets out of their comfort zone and goes about the hard work of making a difference in the world. It is so easy and comfortable to accept things as they are and not make the effort […]

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JENNIFER PRATT: Where learning is our priority

Dear Editor, Recently, I read an article about a disgruntled waiter/server and thought it was a great share that could be applied to many aspects of life. Thus, being a teacher, I choose to apply my thoughts toward education and educating our students. Tidbits of the article compelled me to reflect upon our very own Mission […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: It’s the giving, not the gift . . .

I’ve been around the newspaper business for about 45 of my 55 years, having started out in this profession throwing papers at the tender age of ten in West Point. Delivering newspapers every afternoon five days a week and then trying to collect for your services on weekends will teach you a lot about business […]

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EDITORIAL: Good News!

This Christmas, as you hustle and bustle about the house and community, we want you to reflect on a news event that happened over 2,000 years ago. There is a phrase on the front of this newspaper that states “A locally owned newspaper dedicated to the service of God and mankind.” We take those words […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: Christmas in Houston

  I have had the opportunity to live in several different communities and it is always neat to see how a neighborhood or town celebrates Christmas. The holidays are all about tradition and often locals don’t see those time-honored events for what they really mean to the community. Houston is no different. I repeatedly hear […]

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SONNY SCOTT: No patience for sniveling

  Pleasing Mother was my goal in life. She wanted me to play basketball, so I suffered six years of basketball. She wanted me to go to college – no passion of mine, but I wanted to please, so I entered college in 1965 – the first in my family to do so. My high […]

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EDITORIAL: Christmas giving

As most of us ponder what we will get or give for Christmas, we would like to ask our readers to step back and think about those doing without this holiday season. There are many who have been hit hard by the recent economic downturn. There are always many who have been given a bad […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: It’s beginning to look a lot . . .

        There is truly something special about Christmas. I’m not a preacher, so I’ll leave the True Reason for The Season to those paid professionals to explain what that special spirit truly is. But as a journalist of more than 30 years, I have always watched with awe as misers and malcontents […]

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MARTY WISEMAN: Where are we in politics?

    It taxes the memory to recall when the political landscape looked so unfamiliar.  Do you ever get the sense that we are witnessing the collapse and potentially even the disappearance of the Republican and Democratic parties?  Indeed, one is reminded of that occasional trip home in the night when the fog is so […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: A reason to be thankful

    Most of us will sit down to a bountiful Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow. Most of us do have so much to be thankful for. The holiday comes at the end of the harvest season. Spring and summer have been good and now is a time to reflect on that bounty as we face the […]

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