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Battle of Okolona re-enactment set

OKOLONA – The Civil War sweeps through Chickasaw County next week as re-enactors gather at Prairie Mound to dig into history and maybe dig up a little treasure. Event organizers said last year’s 150 re-enactment of the Battle of Okolona brought more than 2,000 people to battlefield northeast of town and they are making plans […]

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Houston ponders tourism tax

HOUSTON – Aldermen are reading over a resolution that would impose an economic development and tourism tax on restaurants but and are considering several options before they adopt this ordinance. The current wording would have a 2-percent tax placed on restaurants based on the sale of prepared food and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. “We have […]

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Mr. Houston

HOUSTON – Bill Smith’s eyes lit up as members of the Houston Exchange Club sang Happy Birthday and the Egg Bowl Trophy was plopped in his lap as part of 90th birthday ceremonies at Floy Dyer Nursing Home Friday. “Oh, the only thing prettier than this is Mary,” said Smith of the Ole Miss/MSU game […]

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Deputies raid underage party in Mooreville, adult charged

By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – The Friday night raid of a party in Mooreville uncovered more than 70 underage individuals, the presence of drugs and alcohol, and led to the arrest of both adults and minors. Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson said his office first learned of the party from callers who alerted […]

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United Furniture gears up for February opening in Verona

By Dennis Seid Daily Journal VERONA – United Furniture Industries, already one of the largest furniture industry employers in Northeast Mississippi, hopes to add 300 jobs in the next few years. Next month, the company will open its newest production facility in the former Lane Furniture plant in the Tupelo Lee Industrial Park South. The […]

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Howell, Carter ink with NE

HOUSTON – Baseball is a game of hitting and pitching and the Northeast Community College Tigers have inked one of both from Houston. Senior left-hander Reid Carter and senior slugger Garrison Howell signed Letters of Intent to play for the Tigers at ceremonies at the Houston High School Commons last week under the flash of […]

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Gas goes under $2

HOUSTON – In a town famous for high gas prices, the cost of a gallon of gasoline dropped under $2 last week at most convenience stores. North Pak-A-Pok was selling gasoline for $1.97 a gallon and the first in the community go drop below the two-buck level. “We have always tried to be a place […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: Looking forward to sunny days

Mississippi summers deserve their vicious reputation, but Mississippi winters can really be beautiful. No bugs, no poison ivy, the kids stay inside and there is not a lot going on as event organizers worry about a change in the weather. But if we could predict with accuracy the kind of weather we had this past […]

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Trustees consider search consultant

HOUSTON – School Board Trustees were told picking a new school superintendent is critical to the success of their district and community and were urged to do it carefully and correctly. The Houston School Board met with Dr. Michael Waldrop, executive director of the Mississippi School Board Association Monday night and listened as he outlined […]

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MSU class crafts image for Chickasaw farm

MISSISSIPPI STATE — Jamie Earp operates a successful sweet potato farm in Chickasaw County, but he chose to work with a graphic design class at Mississippi State University to develop a new brand image. Fifteen graphic art students in Suzanne Powney’s advanced print production class got to work with an actual client as they learned […]

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Parents reminded that school attendance is mandatory for children

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 2015 school year begins the trek to graduation in May the Mississippi Department of Education reminds parents there are laws governing school attendance and they can be enforced […]

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Mason Installation

(Floyd Ingram / Buy at photos.chickasawjournal.com) More than 75 Masonic officers were installed at ceremonies Friday night at the Masonic Lodge in downtown Okolona. Shown taking part in the Master Mason installation were Mississippi Deputy Grand Master Bill Sloan, Todd Kilgore Houston Lodge 67, Billy Joe Wright Montpelier Lodge 220, Stan Mann Nettleton Lodge 451, […]

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Supervisors name officers for 2015

HOUSTON – Chickasaw County Supervisors named Jerry Hall as board president and picked Anderson McFarland as the vice president last week but the vote was not unanimous. Hall represents District 4 that covers Okolona and the eastern portion of Chickasaw County, McFarland represents District 1 representing Houston and the western portion of the county. The […]

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Houlka school “footprint” unveiled

HOULKA – No one ever doubted Chickasaw County Schools would rise from the ashes of a devastating fire that destroyed the historic Houlka High School this summer, the question was just when and what the new building would look like. Chicksasaw County School Board Trustees have not finalized a timeline for building and getting back […]

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