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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 prove […]

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Steve Coker

Dear Editor, Most of you know that I try to use my column to bring school news to you surrounded by funny stories and humorous parables. Today, however, I need to go straight to the point of state academic ranking for our school district because of confusion and misinformation. The most recent evaluation of Houston […]

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Lamar Beaty

Dear Editor, There is something inherently wrong with a system that allows five people, three of whom are not even elected by the people, to go into hiding behind closed doors and make a decision that affects the entire population of the community and surrounding area and not have to explain their actions. Of course, […]

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Teena Horn

Dear Editor, Dr. Steve Coker and his wife, Janet, have been wonderful assets to our community. Dr. Coker has shared of his time and many musical talents to enhance local civic programs and promote education. He has kept the community informed and engaged in learning about the progress of our schools and new programs that […]

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Kim Gordon Brown

Dear Editor, As a parent of children enrolled in the Houston School District, I must take issue with the recent action of the Houston School Board to non-renew the contract of our Superintendent, Dr. Steve Coker. I attended the “special called meeting” of the School Board along with many other concerned citizens that join me […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: The Gift

I’ve been around the newspaper business for about 44 of my 54 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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BILLY MCCORD: As I see it

Thanks again for picking up your paper and reading this column.  Those in several Churches are in the season of Advent, or a season of waiting.  We celebrated the Third Sunday of Advent this morning and it emphasized the Light that Christ brings wherever He goes.  This Sunday was a good example of just that.  […]

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Merry Christmas

Reading the Christmas editorials in old bound volumes of the Chickasaw Journal is always an experience that makes us smile and one that also pulls at our heart. Your Chickasaw Journal – Times Post to many of you – has always been a mirror of our community and a sobering reflection of what is going […]

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Tis the season . . .

Sara put up the tree this past weekend. And it is artificial. As a Clay County country boy I grew up with live trees in my house. Momma’s house had 12-foot ceilings and some of those trees were monsters. The Blue House on the Ingram Plantation has 10-foot ceilings and a perfect corner in our […]

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BILLY MCCORD: As I see it

I trust you had a great Thanksgiving and enjoyed the food and family.  I also hope we did not forget to give God thanks for the many blessings he gives us on a daily basis.  I trust we do not wait until next Thanksgiving to give thanks.  We need to talk to God daily and […]

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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 businesses, […]

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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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Mama’s Thanksgiving instructions

In another life, Mama was a school teacher. It’s reflected in everything she does, she just can’t help it. If you don’t believe it, look at how clear (and bossy) she gave instructions for our family Thanksgiving dinner: Dear Family, I’m not dead yet. Thanksgiving is still important to me. If being in my Last […]

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