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Garcia charged with burglaries in Lee County

Special to the Chickasaw Journal TUPELO – An Okolona man was formally charged Thursday with two counts of burglary in Lee County. Officials in Itawamba, Pontotoc, Marshall, Tippah and Union counties could add charges later. Garcia, 39, is accused of breaking into houses in the northeast and northwest portions of the county. He was arrested […]

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Two arrested in burglaries spanning multiple counties

By Lynn West New Albany Gazette An arrest Friday by the Union County Sheriff’s Department has led to the solving of at least a dozen Northeast Mississippi residential burglaries, although none apparently occurred in Union County. Now, Sheriff Jimmy Edwards and officers are trying to find out to whom the recovered stolen items – valued […]

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Okolona’s Willie Tucker Raspberry dies at 108

Special to the Chickasaw Journal OKOLONA – Willie Tucker Raspberry, 108, the matriarch of the nationally prominent Raspberry family of Okolona, died Friday in Indianapolis, where she had lived with a granddaughter since 2009. Raspberry, the widow of noted educator James Raspberry, who died in 1991, had been a longtime teacher in the Okolona public […]

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United needs to fill 300 jobs – quickly

By Dennis Seid Daily Journal VERONA – Equipment is being installed at United Furniture Industries’ newest production plant as it gets ready to open in two weeks. But one critical component is missing: employees. The company, which already employs more than 1,600 people at five facilities in Northeast Mississippi, is looking to fill 300 jobs […]

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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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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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Wildcats nip Chiefs

OKOLONA – Chieftain basketball coach Arteria Clifton liked everything about the game against Houlka except the score. Okolona fell to Houlka, 74-71, in a fiercely contested cross-county match-up that was anybody’s game until the final few seconds. “I was proud of the ways our guys played and we could have won it,” said Clifton. “We […]

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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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Chickasaw unemployment rate hits six year low

HOUSTON – Chickasaw County’s unemployment rate dropped to 8.9 percent, the lowest in more than six years, according to figures provided by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security. The low jobless rate was attributed to a strong demand for manufactured goods – specifically upholstered furniture, a late harvest season and modest gains in the retail […]

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EDITORIAL: The Good Newspaper

The good newspaper should be a catalyst in its community, oiling the efforts of widely varying groups to achieve a reasonably smooth, balanced flow of progress. It seeks to provide coherence to scattered and sometimes conflicting objectives, enabling its community to get a better view of priorities and ways in which joint efforts may prove […]

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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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Okolona man charged with receiving stolen property

Special to the Chickasaw Journal   ABERDEEN — The Monroe County Sheriff Department arrested Anthony Carson Jolly, 38, of Okolona on Dec. 23. Jolly was charged with Receiving Stolen Property and bond was set at $20,000.00 by Monroe County Justice Court Judge Robert Fowlkes. Jolly was held at Monroe County Detention Center and has since bonded out.

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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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