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State benefits from Natchez Trace Parkway visitors

Special to the Chickasaw Journal TUPELO – Roughly 80 percent of the $136 million spent in communities near the Natchez Trace Parkway was done in Mississippi, a National Park Service report revealed. Last year, the NTP had 5,846,473 visitors. the National Park Service reported. In addition to the money spent along the 444-mile parkway, the […]

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Okolona honors movers-and-shakers

OKOLONA – Adjacent to a four-lane highway, blessed with railroad connects and only a few short miles from the Tenn-Tom Waterway, Okolona is a transportation hub for Northeast Mississippi. Okolona pointed to the people and infrastructure that makes it a great place to live and work at their 81st Annual Okolona Chamber of Commerce Awards […]

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Indictments served in West Point Huddle House assault

WEST POINT (AP) – Two men have been indicted by a Clay County grand jury on aggravated assault charges related to an alleged beating that left a man in a coma after he was found in a West Point parking lot in August. Assistant District Attorney Lindsay Clemons says in a news release that no […]

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Okolona man in custody and charged with murder

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal OKOLONA – A woman is dead and her nephew is in custody and facing murder charges following a family dispute that ended in a shooting an standoff with authorities Monday afternoon. The Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Department responded to a 911 call on Highway 41 north of Okolona at 5:04 p.m. […]

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“Why is this night different from all other?”

OKOLONA – More than 4,000 years ago a ritual, that told and foretold of special events, was begun and has been passed down from generation to generation. Miraculously it coincides with Easter. First Baptist Church in Okolona will host a Passover Seder tonight that will follow the Jewish rituals, but also enlighten those partaking the […]

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One dead in crash south of Okolona

By Stephanie Rebman Daily Journal A Myrtle man died in a Chickasaw County crash Friday afternoon. According to Mississippi Highway Patrol’s Criss Turnipseed, the fatal crash was about 3:30 p.m. on Mississippi Highway 245 about half a mile north of U.S. Highway 45 Alternate. William Browning, 47, was pronounced dead at the scene. His F-250 […]

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MAEP funding sent to governor $211M short

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The state Senate rejected a proposal to phase in full funding of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program over a three-year period and instead sent to Gov. Phil Bryant a bill that increases funding for education by $110 million. The Senate proposal, which passed the House earlier […]

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Chieftains’ magical run ends one win short

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal JACKSON – Okolona was never able to shake off a shaky start. The Cheiftains were stuck with one made field goal much of the first quarter Saturday at Mississippi Coliseum, while Bay Springs ran off with the Class 2A state championship with a 74-58 win. It took nearly 3 minutes […]

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Okolona reenacts local history

OKOLONA – The sun shined Saturday and the rains held off Sunday as the 151st reenactment of the Battle of Okolona took place on Highway 41 just west of town. The two-day event saw historical reenactors from Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi gather on the actual battlefield and play-out the conflict that occurred just over 150 […]

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Freshman trio leads Okolona to State 2A final

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal JACKSON – Bailey, Smith, Spears. Three names basketball fans in Mississippi need to remember, three names West Tallahatchie would like to forget. Okolona freshmen Jaylon Bailey, Cameron Smith and Ladarius Spears rang up 53 points Thursday to lead the Chieftains to a 73-67 comeback win against West Tallahatchie in the […]

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To the Big House!

JACKSON – Not many outside Chickasaw County know much about the Okolona Chieftains. But out of nowhere, the ignored Chieftains are two wins away from a state championship. They will face the West Tallahatchie-Leake County winner on Thursday at Mississippi Coliseum. Okolona knocked off Bassfield 56-49 Monday at Jackson State in the Class 2A quarterfinals. […]

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Steady, lingering rains raise flood risks

By Joe Rutherford Daily Journal In addition to making for soggy days, substantial rainfall across Northeast Mississippi until late Saturday will increase the risk of flooding on some rivers and creeks. Some monitoring stations reported either flood stages or “action” stages Tuesday with water rising toward a possible flood crest after three days of rain, […]

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Okolona state tournament game moved to Monday

Daily Journal The schedule for Friday and Saturday’s MHSAA State Tournament basketball tournament games involving a Northeast Mississippi teams has been changed because of weather-related travel concerns. Two boys games scheduled for Friday have been moved to Monday at Jackson State: 9 a.m., Class 4A – New Albany vs. McComb; 10:30 a.m., Class 2A – […]

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On to Jackson

OKOLONA – Basketball coach Arteria Clifton was busy teaching science at Okolona High School Monday morning, but his mind was somewhere between last week’s last second victory over Hollandale-Simmons and this week’s matchup with Bassfield at the state playoffs in Jackson. “It’s tournament time and it’s a whirlwind,” said Clifton. “This is my first time […]

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