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Parker signs with Miss. Valley State

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – Wes Parker signed his named on the dotted line Monday to play ball with Mississippi Valley State and then turned around and hit two RBIs to help the Hilltoppers win the North Half State Championship Friday night. The Houston outfielder was sought by the Delta Devils for his […]

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Okolona celebrates graduation

By Hank Wiesner Special to the Chickasaw Journal OKOLONA –The 2016 Okolona High School Commencement exercises were held Friday night, May 13, at Faulkner-Bowens football field at Okolona. There were words of wisdom, blended into food for thought, from students and older speakers alike offered up at the program, held at the school’s newly constructed […]

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Tourism tax referendum set

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – The Board of Mayor and Aldermen have cleared the way for voters to once again cast a ballot for or against a tourism tax in Houston. On a motion by Ward 3 Alderman Frank Thomas and a second by Ward 4 Alderman Willie Mae McKinney, Houston aldermen voted […]

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Houston’s Smith pitches shutout against Newton Co.

By Brandon Shields Special to the Journal PEARL – Houston pitcher Tanner Smith has battled adversity before. Behind the junior right-hander, Houston held off Newton County 2-0 Wednesday to take Game 1 of the MHSAA Class 4A Baseball State Championship series at Trustmark Park. “He’s pretty gritty. He got into some jams today and he […]

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North Half Champs

By Ethan Turner and Floyd Ingram Special to the Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – The Hilltoppers have rolled through the playoffs with a series of 2-game wins and they won their last home game Friday in front of a capacity crowd with hard hitting, strong pitching and then fireworks as they celebrated the North Half Championship […]

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EDITORIAL: Tourism Tax Facts

The Houston Board of Aldermen were told last last year their budget and revenue were on course to create a deficit, unless ways were found to increase revenue or cut services. We think a combination raising revenue and cutting expenses was and is the best approach and the city came up with a proposed tourism […]

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“PLAY BALL!” Houston chasing state title

By David Wheeler Special to the Journal It’s the MHSAA Baseball Championships and there isn’t a bad team in the bunch as the State Playoffs get underway today at Trustmark Park in Pearl. Scheduled to kick off the day’s proceedings at 1 p.m. is the 4A series featuring the Houston Hilltoppers against Newton County. Houston […]

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Houlka streamlines police accounting

By Hank Wiesner Special to the Chickasaw Journal HOULKA – The Houlka Board of Aldermen established a special Police Department account at last month’s meeting and took under advisement two matters: a right-of way request for a proposed new school building, and a request to display some of a former sheriff’s awards in Town Hall. […]

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Houston gets another shot at title

By Brandon Shields Special to the Chickasaw Journal PEARL – For Houston, it’s about a shot at redemption. The Hilltoppers, who lost in the state finals last season, will get another shot at winning the Class 4A championship in a best-of-three series against Newton County at Trustmark Park. Game 1 is scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday. […]

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Houston to craft no-smoking ordinance

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – The City of Houston isn’t blowing smoke – or at least won’t be in 30 days. The Houston Board of Aldermen voted last week to adopt an ordinance similar to those passed in cities across Northeast Mississippi and will now hammer out the details of what the ordinance […]

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PLAYOFF SCHEDULE: Hilltoppers ready to roll

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal   HOUSTON — Schools around Mississippi are hosting graduation and have snarled the Mississippi High School Activities Association bracket for the State Baseball playoffs. But Houston is ready to roll at 1 p.m. Wednesday. Friday’s Game Two win over Ripley gave the Hilltoppers their third North Half Championship in a row. […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: Construction season

In another lifetime I roofed houses. You didn’t roof and you didn’t get paid when it rained. But when the sun shined we nailed shingles as quick and as long as we could. That was when I learned about this thing called the construction season. I had thrown papers most of my life and you […]

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Houlka Law Enforcement Appreciation Day set

By Hank Wiesner Special to the Chickasaw Journal HOULKA – The Town of Houlka and Police Chief Ray Laney will host their fifth annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Day Tuesday, May 17, starting at 11 a.m. at the Community Center. The day’s goal is to express appreciation to all law enforcement officers and supporting agencies in […]

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WEDDING: Giles/Baker

Special to the Chickasaw Journal Marlin and Lyndol Giles of West, Mississippi are pleased to announce the engagement and upcoming wedding of their daughter, Mandy Giles to Sam Baker, son of White and Shirley Baker of Vardaman, Mississippi. Mandy is the granddaughter of the late Gene and Mary Katherine Gelston of West, Mississippi, and the […]

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