Vernon Fortner: July 4, 1950

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – July 4, 1950 was Vernon Fortner’s second day of combat and many more would follow until he was wounded and evacuated four months later. The Chickasaw County native said very few days go by that he does not think of his buddies and the experiences they shared […]

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Houlka is back in the black

By Hank Wiesner Special to the Chickasaw Journal HOULKA – Tighter financial management and the sale of a building have helped the town of Houlka recover from a $100,000 shortfall discovered late last year the town mayor and city clerk said last week. “We’re solvent now and the budget we’re now operating under is balanced,” […]

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Roberts is Miss Mississippi, Molly May a finalist

Roberts is Miss Mississippi, Molly May a finalist By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal VICKSBURG – Hannah Roberts won the Miss Mississippi pageant and will compete for the crown of Miss America in September. The 21-year-old Roberts represented Miss University of Southern Mississippi in the competition Saturday night in Vicksburg and earned a $10,000 scholarship. Roberts […]

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EDITORIAL: Lines of Liberty

“When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the […]

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Supervisors ponder MDOC moves

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal OKOLONA – The state has said it will pull all inmates from county jails in August leaving both a hole in the county’s budget and hole in the county’s work crews. Chickasaw County supervisors agreed to take a wait-and-see approach as Department of Corrections Commissioner Marshall Fisher said earlier […]

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Houston, Okolona airport improvements funded

Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal   HOUSTON – Airports in Houston and Okolona are part of a group of 35 airports across the state that will benefit from more than $10 million in federal Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grants awarded last week by the U.S. Department of Transportation. AIP grants awarded to Mississippi in recent weeks […]

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Local talent attends ICC camp

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal The Itawamba Community College athletic programs held 14 camps on the Fulton Campus this summer. There were a wide variety of camps available this year and they were open to kids from seven years old to high school seniors. The summer was jam packed with ICC football, baseball, softball […]

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United Way seeks support for backpacks

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – United Way of Chickasaw County will host its backpack giveaway again this year, but they need volunteers to help with the event and donors to step up and fund it. United Way and local volunteers gave away over 700 backpacks filled with paper, pencils and school supplies, […]

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GED offered at WIN, Excel

Special to the Chickasaw Journal Registration is continuing for adult basic education/high school equivalency (ABE/GED) and ESL classes at several locations in Chickasaw County. • Houston WIN Center, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Julia Puckett; Houston WIN Center, Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Susan Eldridge. • Excel in Okolona, Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m.-Noon, Larry Davis. […]

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Chickasaw jobless rate plummets

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal CHICKASAW COUNTY – The local job market continues to offer work as Chickasaw County posted its best and lowest unemployment numbers in nine years last month. The expansion of factories around the area and the seasonal hiring of workers for agriculture has prompted local unemployment numbers to drop this […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: Giving your very best

Every community has their own special flavor and activities that set it apart from the rest of the world. Those of you who have grown up here may not realize how unique Houston is and some of the things that make it so different from other places on Earth. They are things like red, sandy […]

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Roberts is Miss Mississippi, Molly May named to Top 10

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal VICKSBURG – Hannah Roberts won the Miss Mississippi pageant and will compete for the crown of Miss America in September. The 21-year-old Roberts represented Miss University of Southern Mississippi in the competition Saturday night in Vicksburg and earned a $10,000 scholarship. Roberts plans to attend the University of Mississippi […]

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TWO TOOTS: 2015 Business Of The Year

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOULKA – They opened shortly after the Tanglefoot Trail came to town and the traffic is steady in and out of this nifty little store on the square. Two Toots Whistle Stop has been named the 2015 Chickasaw County Business of the Year and it truly is the coolest […]

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JAMES MEYERS: 2015 Man Of The Year

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOULKA – James Meyers was not born in Houlka, but it’s home and the place he always goes when work is over, the day is done and it’s time to ponder what’s really important in life. Meyers was named the 2015 Chickasaw County Man of the Year with a […]

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