ER closes, clinic opens at Trace

HOUSTON – It was not quite as simple as putting up new signs and constructing a new waiting room, but those were the most visible changes when Trace Regional Hospital closed its emergency room and opened its clinic last week. The hospital went from offering emergency room services to rural clinical services at 9 a.m. […]

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EDITORIAL: Your Hospital

It was a simple maintenance change on the outside, but it represented a complex change in healthcare in this community. Trace Regional Hospital changed the signage on its campus Monday directing people not to an emergency room but to a rural clinic. Trace, after months of planning and public discussion, formally closed its emergency room […]

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Houston WalMart target of bomb scare

HOUSTON – A bomb scare at the local WalMart was apparently part of a wider scam to extort money from businesses across Northeast Mississippi Wednesday afternoon. The Houston store was contacted by phone about 2 p.m. and told to wire money to a “green money card” or a bomb would be detonated in the store. […]

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Liquor defeated, beer apparently approved in Pontotoc

By Regina Butler Pontotoc Progress PONTOTOC – Unofficial results in Tuesday’s special election showed Pontotoc residents approved the legalization of beer sales, while the legalization of liquor sales was narrowly defeated. Unofficial results Tuesday night are still subject to the counting of 55 affidavit ballots which will be counted on Sept. 24, officials said. Unofficial […]

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ICC Adult Learner scholars

BELDEN – Itawamba Community College offered the Adult Learner Incentive scholarship for the first time last fall with XX area residents earning this achievement. A limited number of half-tuition scholarships are available each semester for new or returning students 23 years of age or older, who are Mississippi residents and not enrolled in college for […]

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County opens bids for AgriCenter roof

HOUSTON – Chickasaw County Supervisors opened bids to repair the roof of the Chickasaw County AgriCenter last week with Century Construction of Tupelo getting the work for a price of $72,000. The AgriCenter was awarded a grant of $250,00 for repairs of the 40-year-old metal coliseum south of Houston by the state this spring and […]

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Rebels on road to open SEC hoops

Football may be the game of the week but the Southeastern Conference managed to work in some hoops news recently with the release of the men’s basketball league schedule. Ole Miss will begin conference play on the road for the 13th time in the last 17 years as the Rebels travel to Kentucky on Jan. […]

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City changes procedures for Parks & Rec cash receipts

HOUSTON – Aldermen have changed the way cash is handled at the Houston and Parks & Recreation Department and at all city locations. The board voted on a list of new procedures last week that will require immediate deposit of cash into local bank drop boxes and a series of new checks and balances to […]

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BILLY McCORD: As I see it

I hope you enjoy this Irish story.  It is absolutely one of my favorite writings.  It was sent to me years ago and I cannot give credit because I do not know the author’s name His name was Fleming, and  he was a poor Scottish farmer. One day, while trying to make a living for […]

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BATTLE OF THE CREEK: Oldtimers remember

HOUSTON – The Battle of the Creek between Houston and Okolona has a history that is at least twice as old at the young gridders who played Friday night’s cross-county matchup. And while Houston was not expected to dominate the contest like they did this this year, a couple of Hilltoppers remember two games where […]

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2014 Okolona Homecoming Court

2014 OKOLONA HOMECOMING COURT (Floyd Ingram / Buy at photos.chickasawjournal.com) The Okolona High School Homecoming Court is made up of Shimaya Gathings, front row from left, Vershonti Hykes, Alexandra Gates, Jamilla Ivy, Alexius Swing and Kiera Head. Second row from left are Tykeunta Seals, Candace Smith, Marisol Salazar and Lyric Vaughn. The 2014 Okolona Homecoming […]

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BIRTH: Reagan Brooke Murphree

HOUSTON – Reagan Brooke Murphree was born Dec. 23, 2013 to Misty Dawn and Jeremy Scott Murphree of Houston. She entered the world at 6-pounds, 8-ounces and was 18-1/2 inches long. She was welcomed by siblings Peyton Scott Murphree, Kaitlynn Dawn Murphree and Alyssa Grace Murphree. Reagan Brooke is the maternal granddaughter of Sammy and […]

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Ex-Ranger Donald Hawkins signed by Dallas Cowboys

DALLAS – What a whirlwind it has been for former Ranger and NJCAA First Team All-American left tackle Donald Hawkins. It’s one that could change his life forever. Hawkins, who played the 2010-11 seasons at Northwest Community College and the 2012-13 seasons for the Texas Longhorns, was released by the Philadelphia Eagles, picked up and waived […]

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RENEE CUNNINGHAM: Common Core: Prepared for education anywhere

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are in effect now, this school year, for all children in kindergarten through twelfth grade in English/Language Arts and Mathematics in Mississippi. These standards give the “what.” What are students to learn in third grade math? Or, what are students to learn about arguing a position in a persuasive […]

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