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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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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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Houston changes water charges

HOUSTON – The rates are not going up but the minimum amount of water Houston residents can use at a fixed price has gone down. Houston Aldermen voted to reduce its minimum monthly water usage limit from 3,000 gallons to 2,000 on a 4-1 vote last week. The motion to set the new minimum was […]

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Toppers win district opener

HOUSTON – You play a lot of basketball games in high school, but the “New Year Turn” brings those all important district games into the schedule. The Houston Hilltoppers and Lady Hilltoppers opened the district slate with wins over Caledonia Friday night at the Houston High School Gym. The boys downed the Confederates 57-52 and […]

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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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Houston nips Okolona

OKOLONA – It was classic Mississippi high school hoop that went down to the wire. The Houston Hilltoppers boys and girls traveled to Okolona and both pulled off wins with the boys going down to the last few seconds and the girls game going into overtime.   Houston 57, Okolona 56,   Houston’s Caleb Morgan […]

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ICC names fall scholars

Special to the Chickasaw Journal   FULTON – Officials at Itawamba Community College have released the honors list for the 2014 fall semester. Named to the president’s list, which includes those students with a 3.8-4.0 grade point average were: Bruce – Laken L. Shankle; Calhoun City – Celia J. Hodge; Ecru – Cory Gene Bailey, […]

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Houston eyes water rate hike

HOUSTON – An extremely tight city budget has aldermen looking at revenue sources as they work to keep city services at a high level and pay for infrastructure improvements. A review of water revenue earlier this month indicated the city may have to go up on their rates in 2015 to pay for new water […]

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Chicksasaw’s first 2015 severe Weather Watch issued

UPDATE 4:30 p.m.: A Tornado Warning was issued for Eastern Clay County near Waverly Landing on the Tombigbee River and Northeast Lowndes County by the National Weather Service at 4:26 p.m. Saturday. A severe thunderstorm moved through the area and weather radar detected cloud rotation indicating a tornado could be in the area. Residents and […]

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Traffic citation scam reported in Houston

HOUSTON – Police Chief Billy Voyles is a little old fashioned, so if you get an Email saying you owe the Houston Police Department for a a traffic citation, don’t believe it. Voyles said his department has received two calls from Houston residents who have gotten Emails saying a traffic citation has been issued on […]

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Common Core politics have changed since adoption

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal When Mississippi adopted the Common Core State Standards four years ago, there was little fanfare. The new guidelines for English and math instruction were not a political talking point during the summer of 2010. Nationally, there was much more discussion about the BP oil spill, the new health care law […]

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Kim Gordon Brown

Dear Editor, As a parent of children enrolled in the Houston School District, I must take issue with the recent action of the Houston School Board to non-renew the contract of our Superintendent, Dr. Steve Coker. I attended the “special called meeting” of the School Board along with many other concerned citizens that join me […]

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Billy Bikes!

HOUSTON – It’s the best part of being a Chickasaw County Constable. First District Constable Billy Voyles gave six bicycles to six needy Chickasaw County youngsters this Christmas. “This community has been good to me and this is just a little way to give something back,” said Voyles. “Some of those first kids now have […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: The Gift

I’ve been around the newspaper business for about 44 of my 54 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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