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Winter lingers in Chickasaw County

Special to the Chickasaw Journal Wednesday’s near-record snowfall began melting Thursday and Friday as warmer weather helped clear roads and allowed power crews to restore electricity across the region. Tupelo came within an inch of setting the all-time record for snow in a 24-hour period. The National Weather Service estimated Houston received 9-inches. The snow measured 8-inches deep […]

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Weather prompts outages, closings, curfews

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal     More than 4,000 homes in Chickasaw County were without power at one point yesterday and roughly 2,000 were without electricity Thursday, after a massive winter storm dumped 8-inches of snow on Houston. “Those today are just in our service area and we probably have the same amount without […]

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School, business, industry and institution closing

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal   Did you really think there would be school today? With Wednesday’s snowfall dropping over 8-inches on roads in Chickasaw County, Northeast Mississippi school districts, businesses and institutions have begun announcing closings for Thursday.   The following school districts will be closed: * Calhoun County Schools * Calhoun Academy * Chickasaw […]

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Region could see inches of snow today

By Joe Rutherford Daily Journal Northeast Mississippians should expect winter storm conditions Wednesday, with snow accumulations of 4 inches near Tupelo and 5 to 6 inches in counties to the south, the National Weather Service in Memphis forecast late Tuesday afternoon. A light rain began in Houston about 9 a.m. Wednesday morning. All Chickasaw County schools […]

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Houston’s teams enjoying new life

Special to the Chickasaw Journal Houston’s boys and girls basketball teams lost in Tuesday’s Division 4-4A Tournament openers, effectively ending their seasons. Until … Until the school was alerted by the MHSAA that division opponent Noxubee County’s basketball teams had been ruled ineligible for playing too many regular season games. Teams are allowed 28 games. […]

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SCHOOL CLOSINGS: Okolona, Houlka closing

Special to the  Journal   Chickasaw County Schools in Houlka and Okolona will be closing early today. Parents are urged to pick up their children immediately. Parents and caregivers are also urged not to call the school as the lines are busy. Houston School are still in session and Houston streets are passable. As of […]

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Okolona Elementary names honor roll

The following students were named to the Okolona Elementary School honor roll for the second nine weeks.   Superintendent’s List: All A’s Sicily Adair, Jorrain Bailey, Leah Blair, A’aliyah Blanchard, Kingston Blanchard, Kristian Boyd, Jabari Brandon, Tytianna Brooks, James Buchanan, J’kyree Coggins, Skyler Conway, Ja’kyra Cook, Sabrina Copeland, Jocelyn Davidson, Ziya Donaldson, Jayvin Fields, Adam […]

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Okolona High names Nine Week scholars

OKOLONA – Okolona School District Superintendent Dexter Green and Okolona High School Principal Chris Washington have released their respective lists for the Second Nine Weeks grading period. Students named to the Superintendent’s List scored 93 or above and received all “A’s” on their second nine week report card. Students on the Principal’s List made 85 […]

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Okolona begins bond improvements

OKOLONA – School board trustees in Okolona have received the first installment of $400,000 on $2 million in school bonds and held a Thursday to explain details on how the money will be spent. Okolona voted in September to seek $2 million to make improvements to schools and athletic facilities. It was the first time […]

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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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