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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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MCCORD: As I see it

Do you remember studying about Thanksgiving while attending Elementary School? I remember reading the books in the classroom about Thanksgiving and listening to the teachers describe the first Thanksgiving in America. It was a beautiful story. The Pilgrims had made it in the New World and sat down to a bountiful Thanksgiving Dinner. Their guests […]

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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 cold gray […]

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CHICKASAW COUNTY: Luther wins Circuit Judge, Pettit wins Houston trustee

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal Chickasaw County voters chose Kelly Luther as their next Circuit Court Judge and Hugh Pettit as their next Houston School Board Trustee in Tuesday’s November runoff election. Luther garnered 1,158 votes to Shirley C. Byers’ 760 ballots in Chickasaw County for the post of Circuit Court Judge District 3, Place […]

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BILLY McCORD: As I see it

   My what a disagreeable Sunday afternoon with rain falling and someone on TV or the computer mentioning the word snow. Reminds me of my 28 years with  DeSoto County Schools and the much undesirable task of getting up early in the morning in weather like this to check roads and decide if the big […]

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Hunting is part of my heritage

Deer season begins for me at the crack of dawn Saturday. My son James and I will be in the woods, quiet, appropriately dressed and armed. We have looked forward to this day since the last daylight hours of Jan. 17, 2013. Ingrams are hunters. And we make no apologies for what we are. I […]

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