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Grandfather of slain children speaks out

By Ray Van Dusen Monroe Journal AMORY – The grandfather of five slain South Carolina children found in Alabama addressed the media Wednesday regarding his family’s loss while defending his son, who is being held in a South Mississippi jail on child endangerment charges. “Everyone has been asking what they can do for us, and […]

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Parents urged to immunize

HOUSTON – Schools in Chickasaw County and the rest of the state are tough on childhood diseases. August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) wants to remind parents that vaccinating their child is one of the most important things a parent can do and it is the law. […]

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Parents can be fined for truancy

CHICKASAW COUNTY – Education is the only chance some kids get in life and they can’t get an education if they are not in school. As the news school year begins for local schools the Mississippi Department of Education reminds parents there are laws governing school attendance and they can be enforced on the parents […]

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Baby Steps recognizes B.E.S.T

OKOLONA – Pulitzer Prize winning author and Okolona native William Raspberry had a passion for urging young African-American men to step up and be leaders for their community. And he believed in starting early. “Mr. Raspberry came from a strong home where children had strong role models and where reading and education were important,” said […]

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MSU Extension offers ATV safety tips

By Keri Collins Lewis STARKVILLE – The Mississippi State University Extension Service is taking steps to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities involving all-terrain vehicles, or ATVs. Larry Alexander, 4-H youth development specialist with the MSU Extension Service, said summer perfect opportunity to highlight the importance of properly using these powerful vehicles. “County Extension […]

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EARS: Getting a jump start on school

HOUSTON – “B, bat, buh, C, cat, cuh,” were the sounds coming from the children’s reading room at the Houston Carnegie Lilbrary recently. Tekela Spraggins was leading the youngsters through sounding out the alphabet during the opening of the EARS program at the facility. Spraggins was joined by several other teachers, active and retired, who […]

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Dr. STEVE COKER: Chicken in a sack

Years ago, before industrialization took over agriculture, especially chicken farming, many families had a flock of chickens on their farms. My PaPa was one of them. I remember that when he needed to introduce new chickens to the roost, we would do it at night. On several occasions at night, I remember helping him go […]

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BILLY McCORD: As I see it

I cannot believe I am sitting down to write this column hoping it rains. Last week we had enough rain and storms but my tomatoes need some of the liquid from heaven. I have been very concerned about students bringing weapons to school and using them on other students. Most of the time these incidents […]

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Mississippi’s children score low on new report

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal Mississippi children trail their peers across the country on important indicators of education, health and economic security, according to a new national report released today. The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s “Race for Results” looks at 12 factors that influence a child’s success – including babies born at normal birthweight, scores […]

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Honesty the best policy

The phones at the Chickasaw Journal rang regularly Wednesday as you called to point out we got the time change wrong on Page One last week. While the headline read “Spring forward,” the copy said to fall back one hour for daylight savings time. And though we didn’t think it was very funny, we had […]

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TEEN PREGNANCY: Building a family

HOUSTON – “You do not know until you get there what you will do,” Lori Harrington said emphatically. “Don’t ever say you know what you’d do in a situation – or what your kids would do – because you don’t until it happens.” Harrington didn’t know what she’d do if she found herself pregnant at […]

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TEEN PREGNANCY: Men must face responsibility of pregnancy

  CHICKASAW COUNTY – The father often plays a shadowy role in the bulk of teen pregnancies, but the numbers show that when men are active fathers the child, the mother and the man all do better. There was a day and age of shotgun weddings and social rules that said a boy and girl […]

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HMS honor roll

HOUSTON – Houston Middle School has released the honor roll for the first semester.   Sixth Grade Superintendent’s List Abby Kate Boyer, Emma Brassfield, Kamryn Cooper, Jermaya Davenport, Destiny Fields, Haley Nicole Makamson, Makiya McCoy, Emily Lauren Pettit, Christian Rimmer, Tramon Robinson, Jasmine Rogers, Nathan Shoemaker, Kiley Smith, Bo Springer, Monterrian Swing, Zykerein Welch and […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: The facts of life

I am the father of four boys and the youngest is trying to get his driver’s license. At age 54, if the mother of my children came to me and said she was pregnant I would probably fall through the floor. I know the hurdles of raising children. I know the demands of a baby. […]

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