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Season of new beginnings

  By Hank Wiesner Special to the Chickasaw Journal   HOULKA –It’s been said that every new beginning is some other new beginning’s end. This year’s Houlka Attendance Center Valedictorian, Sawyer Byars, wants to continue the legacy of excellence his late father established teaching and coaching at the north Chickasaw County school. In his own […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: A look at us

Elections tell us a lot about us. Houston had two over two weeks, with one of those being county-wide elections and the second a tourism tax vote. I had a wise man explain to me that elections are a one-day snapshot of our community. He added the results of the vote change the dynamics and […]

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Eighty-two Toppers move tassel

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – As the tassel was moved so was a lifetime memory for 82 Houston High School graduates. Formal graduation ceremonies were brought to a close at Hilltopper Field Thursday, May 21 as graduates of the Class of 2015 moved the tassel on their caps across their face to signify […]

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Chickasaw jobless rate plummets

CHICKASAW COUNTY – The expansion of a local furniture company and the seasonal hiring of workers for agriculture has prompted local unemployment numbers to drop this spring. Chickasaw County saw the unemployment rate plummet from 10.2 percent in February to 8.1 percent in March. Statewide the jobless rate dropped from 7 percent to 6.2. Local […]

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Region’s jobless rate rises

HOUSTON – Chickasaw County had the second highest unemployment rate in Northeast Mississippi this winter at 10.2 percent. Only Clay County, which saw unemployment drop from 18 percent earlier this year as construction of Yokahama Tire hits full speed, was higher at 13.5 percent. Local officials hope the arrival of the spring planting season will […]

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Kicking butts

HOULKA – Mississippi youth in Chickasaw County will join youth from other states, and even countries all across the world on March 18 to voice their opposition to big tobacco companies during 2015 Kick Butts Day. Kick Butts Day is a national day for activism when thousands of youth around the world will speak out […]

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Ice, sleet accumulation expected tonight in region

By Joe Rutherford Daily Journal Counties in extreme Northeast Mississippi can expect significant ice and sleet accumulations starting as early as 9 p.m. tonight and continuing until about 6 a.m. Thursday, the National Weather Service office in Memphis said late Tuesday afternoon. Forecaster John Moore III said the revised outlook for winter precipitation across most […]

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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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