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Pellet gun prompts Middle School lockdown

Special to the Chickasaw Journal   HOUSTON – Houston Police picked up two Houston Middle School students Thursday and have charged them with bringing a weapon to school. They were released to the custody of their parents. “It appears the two brought a pellet gun to school and it was spotted by another student,” said […]

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Okolona aldermen address downtown buildings

By Hank Wiesner Special to the Chickasaw Journal   OKOLONA – The Mayor and City Council held a public hearing at 6 p.m. at Rockwell-Green City Auditorium Tuesday, April 5, to discuss three privately-owned blighted properties located alongside each other on West Main Street in Okolona. No action was taken following the hearing, which is […]

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School chiefs mull impact of charter expansion

By Emma Crawford Kent Daily Journal TUPELO – With a charter school expansion officially signed into law by Gov. Phil Bryant this week, local school district leaders are trying to determine how the changes will impact their schools and students. The amendments to the Mississippi Charter School Act of 2013 allow students in any C, […]

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Two bodies found in Okolona motel

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal OKOLONA – The stench was horrendous and police were keeping the door closed after two bodies were discovered inside a room of a Chickasaw County motel Friday afternoon. Okolona Police Chief Willie Moore said police got a call from 911 about 4 p.m. Friday saying bodies were believed to […]

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CONSOLIDATION: The Commission

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal   HOUSTON – The following is a brief synopsis of The Commission on Chickasaw County Consolidated School District Structure as proposed by an amendment to House Bill 991.   WHO: The commission shall be composed of ten members. One commissioner will be appointed by the State Superintendent of Education and […]

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Two bodies found in Okolona motel

    By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal OKOLONA – The stench was horrendous and police were keeping the door closed after two bodies were discovered inside a room of a Chickasaw County motel Friday afternoon. Okolona Police Chief Willie Moore said police got a call from 911 about 4 p.m. Friday saying bodies were believed […]

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Chickasaw districts get consolidation reprieve

    By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Chickasaw County school districts consolidation, which looked to be a certainty at one point during the 2016 legislative session, will be delayed until at least 2017. The House, by a 100-16 vote Wednesday, sent to Gov. Phil Bryant legislation to establish a 10-member Commission […]

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Snow is teacher intern at MUW

  Special to the Chickasaw Journal   COLUMBUS – Latericka Snow of Okolona is getting her first taste of teaching as a teacher intern at Mississippi University for Women. The teacher internship, formerly referred to as student teaching, is a major phase of a developing cumulative series of academic and professional courses and laboratory experiences […]

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Chickasaw consolidation likely headed to study commission

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The merger of the three school districts in Chickasaw County will be delayed for at least a year under legislation that is pending before the House. In the coming days, the House can send the proposal to Gov. Phil Bryant or invite a conference committee with […]

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Prescribed burn scheduled along Trace this weekend

Daily Journal A prescribed burn is scheduled along the Natchez Trace Parkway in Chickasaw County this weekend. The fire will be at Hernando de Soto today and Saturday, between mile markers 243.2 and 245.9. The burn will help reduce hazardous fuel loadings and restore open woodlands that were historically present. There are no closures anticipated […]

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EDITORIAL: Public trust

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” First Amendment to the United States Constitution. It is the […]

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Okolona Trustees updated on construction

  By Hank Wiesner Special to the Chickasaw Journal   OKOLONA — The Okolona School Board received a short update on construction of a new fieldhouse, and took a series of personnel actions as part of the following items of business at their regular board meeting Feb. 9. The board was approached by Nathaniel Cunningham, […]

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Consolidation passes House, Senate

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal   HOUSTON – Bills to consolidate schools in Chickasaw County have passed both chambers and will now head to a conference committee that will hammer out changes. House Bill 991 passed the House 64-55 with Chickasaw County Representative Preston Sullivan (D-Okolona) voting against it. Sullivan offered a motion to […]

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Changes made to consolidation bill

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal   HOUSTON – House Bill 991 that would consolidate Houston, Okolona and Houlka schools is headed to the House floor with major changes to the legislation made in committee. The bill passed the House Education Committee as local school officials traveled to Jackson Thursday, Feb. 19 to voice their […]

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