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FLOYD INGRAM: Tourism tax and consolidation

They are the two biggest stories in Chickasaw County this week. Both the Houston’s tourism tax and the commission that will guide consolidation for our county have huge potential to change things for us. And your Chickasaw Journal is doing its dead-level best to keep you informed about both. Oh, and we are in the […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: Construction season

In another lifetime I roofed houses. You didn’t roof and you didn’t get paid when it rained. But when the sun shined we nailed shingles as quick and as long as we could. That was when I learned about this thing called the construction season. I had thrown papers most of my life and you […]

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Big man with a big heart

It was just before Christmas a couple of years ago and Chris Jones had just finished his first season at Mississippi State. He had come to the Chickasaw Journal office for an interview. I’m not a hugger. Sara, Momma, the boys and a select group of people get to push their heart next to mine. […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: The Square

There is a place in Houston that is unique to this world. The Square, with our stately Chickasaw County Courthouse, green lawn, wide streets and businesses, is distinctively Houston. There may be other places that have more shops, a bigger courthouse and maybe even a little more pizzazz, but none that say Houston like The […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: Three big days of Spring

In a day and age when our lives are ruled by the clock and in a business filled with deadlines, I have to sometimes step back and look at the bigger picture.   April 15   Hope you paid your taxes. It’s the law and if you didn’t Uncle Sam tends to get upset and […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: Tis spring and a young man’s thoughts turn to . . . baseball?

    Pardon the twist on Bill Shakespeare’s famous line, but one of the joys of this business is bending the words of The Bard to fit my fancy. The other real joy of this business is getting to cover baseball in the spring. I’ve covered the Ole Miss Rebels in Memphis, the MSU Bulldogs […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: How about a little change

Everybody is for progress, but no one wants to change. That mindset is just as true in New York City and Washington D.C., as it is in Chickasaw County. Things in this world don’t change unless someone gets out of their comfort zone and goes about the hard work of making a difference in the […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: We have jobs! Let’s get to work

More than 5,000 jobs were created across the state last year and Mississippi economic development leaders wants that number to grow to 7,000 this year. So far, the numbers are looking pretty good. Nearly 3,900 jobs have been announced by business and industry planning to set up shop in the Magnolia State this year. And […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: Quality of life

We hear people talk about quality of life all the time. It’s one of those feel-good phrases that are loved by local, state and federal politicians when they want to say something good without really saying something at all. Think about it. What is quality of life? A person’s health is one factor when we […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: Busy as a bee

I saw my first honey bee Saturday. No, it’s not quite spring, but the busy folk in this world were already out raking their yard, busting up a garden and getting ready for fair days ahead. There are hardworking people in this county. I have heard many describe Houston as blue-collar and since my daddy […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: You do have a voice

Consolidation, vouchers, appointed superintendents and charter schools were big news in Chickasaw County and across Mississippi this week. Let’s face it, we made ourselves a prime target for consolidation as well as the vouchers that will fund both charter schools and private schools with public dollars. Okolona schools have emerged from under state control and […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: How much do you know?

FLOYD INGRAM: How much do you know?   Now, now, everybody just settle down a little! There is a story on Page One about the Legislature wanting to consolidate Houston, Okolona and Houlka schools and call it Chickasaw County Consolidated School District. Please read it and ponder what it says, what might happen and how […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: It’s the giving, not the gift . . .

I’ve been around the newspaper business for about 45 of my 55 years, having started out in this profession throwing papers at the tender age of ten in West Point. Delivering newspapers every afternoon five days a week and then trying to collect for your services on weekends will teach you a lot about business […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: It’s beginning to look a lot . . .

        There is truly something special about Christmas. I’m not a preacher, so I’ll leave the True Reason for The Season to those paid professionals to explain what that special spirit truly is. But as a journalist of more than 30 years, I have always watched with awe as misers and malcontents […]

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