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Agri-Center shaping up

HOUSTON – Renovations at the Chickasaw County Agri-Center are already being noticed and they aren’t finished yet. The Agri-Center held a ranch rodeo Feb. 7, and the 4-H Winter Classic Horse Show Feb. 14, with the parking lot full of horse trailers and the Agri-Center full of people. “There is all the difference between daylight […]

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Winter lingers in Chickasaw County

Special to the Chickasaw Journal Wednesday’s near-record snowfall began melting Thursday and Friday as warmer weather helped clear roads and allowed power crews to restore electricity across the region. Tupelo came within an inch of setting the all-time record for snow in a 24-hour period. The National Weather Service estimated Houston received 9-inches. The snow measured 8-inches deep […]

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SCHOOL CLOSINGS: Okolona, Houlka closing

Special to the  Journal   Chickasaw County Schools in Houlka and Okolona will be closing early today. Parents are urged to pick up their children immediately. Parents and caregivers are also urged not to call the school as the lines are busy. Houston School are still in session and Houston streets are passable. As of […]

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Hobson leads dominant Wildcats

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal HAMILTON – Madarius Hobson outscored Smithville. The Houlka freshman’s 23 points: one more than the Seminoles in a less-than-dramatic 83-22 win in Thursday’s Division 4-1A semifinals. Who knows how far Houlka (23-4) will go, but Smithville and the rest of Class 1A knows the Wildcats are serious about the journey […]

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Wintry precipitation possible starting Sunday

By Joe Rutherford Daily Journal The National Weather Service in Memphis is monitoring a developing winter weather situation for northern Mississippi northward to the Missouri bootheel for Sunday through Tuesday. Assessments Friday afternoon favored some kind of winter precipitation in Northeast Mississippi on Sunday night and into Monday, according to NWS meteorologists Zach Maye and […]

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Calling men

HOUSTON – The flocks of birds, the herds of deer and the schools of fish are smaller, but the Annual Wild Game Supper at Parkway Baptist Church was the biggest ever. The event drew more than 200 men who packed every table in the building to sit down and eat fish, venison, turkey and all […]

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Fire departments busy with calls in 2014

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – Local fire departments responded to roughly four calls a day, 24-hours a day, seven days a week in 2014. Houston, Okolona and all Chickasaw County volunteer fire departments have turned in their response numbers to the National Fire Incident Reporting System and a quick look shows local firefighters […]

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EDITORIAL: Happy Birthday Franklin Corp.

Fifty percent of the businesses that opened there doors this morning will be gone in a year. Seventy-five percent of those will be gone in five years. That is why we want to wish Franklin Corporation a hearty, happy birthday as they celebrate their 45th year of operation today. The company has over 1,100 employees […]

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Sweeney, Simmons say they won’t run

HOUSTON – Incumbent Chancery Clerk Wanda Sweeney and Sheriff Jimmy Simmons have said they will not seek another term in their respective offices. Candidates began qualifying for county posts last week and the decision by Sweeney and Simmons will see someone new holding these two high profile county offices at this time next year. Longtime […]

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Work and fun

HOUSTON – There is still a lot of work to be done, but that has not stopped the fun. The Chickasaw County AgriCenter hosted a ranch rodeo to open the new year with the parking area packed with horse trailers and trucks despite stormy weather across the region. “They had a big barrel racing show […]

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Candidates begin to qualify

HOUSTON – One of the pure things about this country and this community is just about anybody can “throw their hat in the ring” and run for some kind of public office. County, regional and state officials could formally file qualifying paperwork for office on Monday, Jan. 5 and have until the Friday, Feb. 27 […]

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Chickasaw United Way needs are up

HOUSTON – There are always people in need and that means Chickasaw County needs United Way now more than ever. United Way provided $102,000 of assistance to 32 agencies serving people from Chickasaw County last year and this year 30 agencies have requested roughly $106,000. Mike Mitchell, United Way Campaign Associate, said it is no […]

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Tupelo man killed in Tuesday morning wreck

By William Moore Daily Journal SHANNON – A head-on collision between two vehicles south of Shannon claimed the life of a Tupelo man. The wreck occurred around 8 a.m. on Highway 245 south of Shannon, near County Road 54, according to the Mississippi Highway Patrol. Michael Simmons Jr., 32, of Tupelo, was the driver of […]

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Making the grade

HOUSTON – It wasn’t perfect – but it was very close. The Chickasaw County Regional Correctional Facility scored 99.75 percent and the Chickasaw County Jail scored 100 following an audit by the American Correctional Association. “Your regional facility scored 100 percent on the 45 core standards and got 95 of the 96 of the non-mandatory […]

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