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Region, Chickasaw record low jobless rate

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – For the fourth consecutive month and the fifth time this year, the unemployment rate in Northeast Mississippi was under 6 percent. That has never happened during the 10 years the Daily Journal has kept track of the jobless figures for the 16-county region. November’s unemployment rate was […]

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ICC Adult Learners named

  Special to the Chickasaw Journal Recipients of Adult Learner Incentive scholarships at Itawamba Community College for the 2015 fall semester include several area students. They are: Amory – Lacey Bridges, Brooklyn Cantrell, Kasey Carter, James Cruse, Laquesha Dobbs, Emily McCollum, Gari Metcalf, Laura Myatt, Vickie Renfro, Kristina Stanford, Nicholas Taylor, Emily Tubb; Bruce – […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: Good start to a new year

A long look at Chickasaw County shows we have several good things going on around here that we hope will bear much fruit in the coming year. The city’s effort to develop infrastructure, Tanglefoot Trail, rising sales taxes and falling unemployment are just a few of the headlines we saw last month. So let’s take […]

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GED Prep offered at WIN Job Center

  Special to the Chickasaw Journal   GED Prep classes are scheduled to begin in Itawamba Community College’s five-county district – including Chickasaw County – the week of Jan. 11. Class dates are: Houston WIN Center, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-noon, and Monday-Thursday, 1-4 p.m., Julia Puckett; Houston WIN Center, Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Susan Eldridge; […]

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Work begins on damaged Okolona buildings

  Special to the Chickasaw Journal OKOLONA – Crews were busy last week stabilizing adjacent buildings and removing debris from two collapsed building in downtown Okolona Two century-old buildings in the 200 block of West Main Street were destroyed and a third was damaged. And officials are closely watching the buildings on either side. Construction […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: The beginning and the end

This is the time of year when we take a look back at 2015 and at the same time look forward to 2016. It’s a bittersweet time of year for me. There have been weddings and funerals, cars bought and trucks crashed, profits and losses, good times and sad times. I try not to dwell […]

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PARCC: Area test scores by school, grade

  The following are PARCC Test Scores for area schools for Math and English 2015. The data was released in mid December by the Mississippi Department of Education.   PARCC TEST SCORES – MATHMATICS GRADE 3 MATH School, 1 2 3 4 5 No. tested Aberdeen 12.9 42.6 25.7 17.8 1.0 101 Amory 4.4 20.6 […]

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Chickasaw, Okolona test scores discussed

By Hank Wiesner Special to the Chickasaw Journal CHICKASAW COUNTY — Chickasaw and Okolona school district officials said they were satisfied with the recently-released Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test results, but added they are continuing to seek improvement. Third to eighth grade students took the language and math tests […]

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EDITORIAL: Change

Everybody is for progress, but no one wants to change. But 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 world. It is so easy and comfortable to accept things as they are and not make the effort […]

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Green chosen for Superintendents’ Academy

  By Hank Wiesner Special to the Chickasaw Journal   OKOLONA – Okolona Superintendent Dexter Green has been chosen as a participant in the second class of the Mississippi Department of Education Superintendents’ Academy, an advanced leadership training program to assist district leaders in their efforts to improve student outcomes. “I’m proud to have been […]

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Chickasaw DARE graduates stand ready

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOULKA/OKOLONA – This is the sixth year for Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Department DARE Officer Keith Roberson to teach fifth graders in Houlka and Okolona. A career law enforcement officer, Roberson tells kids drugs will steal their dreams, drugs will scar their family and drugs will ruin their health and […]

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EDITORIAL: Good News!

This Christmas, as you hustle and bustle about the house and community, we want you to reflect on a news event that happened over 2,000 years ago. There is a phrase on the front of this newspaper that states “A locally owned newspaper dedicated to the service of God and mankind.” We take those words […]

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Wanda Sweeney Honored

Special to the Chickasaw Journal Chickasaw County Chancery Clerk Wanda Sweeney was treated to a retirement party at the Chickasaw County Courthouse Thursday afternoon Dec. 3, 2015. Sweeney has been Chickasaw County’s Chancery Clerk for the past 26 years and has been employed in public service for 32 years.

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Chickasaw notches 7.4 jobless rate

    By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal CHICKASAW COUNTY – Having a job means having a paycheck and the ability to pay the bills and enjoy life and therefore things apparently got better around here last month. Houston and Chickasaw County notched its lowest unemployment rate in years last month with a 7.4 percent jobless […]

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