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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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Houlka Trustees address leave, texting policy

  By Hank Wiesner Special to the Chickasaw Journal HOULKA – The Chickasaw County School Board revised leave policies for licensed employees, and banned texting and social networking by employees while operating vehicles in the course of their duties, during its meeting Tuesday, Nov. 3. Personal leave may be taken on the first day of […]

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Okolona reworks field house foundation

    By Hank Wiesner   Special to the Chickasaw Journal     OKOLONA –Meeting in special session Friday, Oct. 23, the Okolona School Board voted unanimously to require a contractor to demolish an improperly laid concrete slab and reconstruct in accordance to building codes.   In related action later in the meeting, the board […]

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Okolona notches academic benchmarks

    By Hank Wiesner Special to the Chickasaw Journal   OKOLONA –The Okolona Municipal Separate School District has shown steady improvement toward a world-class education – from financial solvency to a steadily climbing graduation rate to academics to athletics to major facility improvements – according to information presented at the district’s September school board […]

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Trustees moving quickly

HOUSTON – The community, faculty and staff will be asked to help create the criteria to be used to hire a new superintendent for Houston schools. The Houston School Board met in a special called meeting last week, with Dr. Harold Fisher of the Mississippi School Board Association, to establish a timeline to hire a […]

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Superintendent’s contract not renewed

HOUSTON – The Houston School board voted unanimously not to renew the contract of long-time Houston School District Superintendent Dr. Steve Coker at a special called meeting Tuesday night, Dec. 16. On a motion by Trustee Carol Byrne and a second by Trustee Marvin Beard the board voted 5-0 with Board President Daniel Herringa, outgoing […]

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Roof concerns discussed again

  HOUSTON – A report on the latest legal concerns to get the vo-tech roof fixed was presented to trustees Monday night with the board taking no action on the issue. Trustees were presented the report by Superintendent Dr. Steve Coker, who said the packet included a summary of the situation and a letter or […]

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Childers takes Chickasaw, runoff for Houston trustees

HOUSTON – Incumbent Senator Thad Cochran may have won the election but he did not win Chickasaw County in mid-term elections last night and a three-man Houston School Board race will see the top two vote-getters in a run off. Democratic Senatorial candidate Travis Childers, of Booneville, garnered 52.40 percent of the vote with 2,140 […]

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Trustees, Senator, judges on ballot

CHICKASAW COUNTY – Voters will head to the polls the first Tuesday in November to elect their Senator, Representative, judges and school board trustees. All ballots will have voting for federal posts of U.S. Senator and U.S. Representative, Mississippi Court of Appeals, Chancery Judge and Circuit Court Judge in addition to school board positions in […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: Houlka will rise from ashes

  They say you can determine the measure of a person by watching how they handle adversity. In the South we are trained to smile and be polite when someone asks how we are. Any given Sunday you will find our churches filled with people undergoing some kind of burden, illness or tragedy and calmly […]

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EDITORIAL: Did you vote?

Early voting has indicated voter turnout Tuesday in Chickasaw County was modest for a mid-term, party primary election. We are proud for that. But we do want to look around and try to find a reason why the majority of this community and county didn’t take the 10-minutes necessary to cast their ballot yesterday. In […]

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Countywide school board elections set for November

  CHICKASAW COUNTY – Local school districts have traditionally handled their own school board elections at various times, but a new state law makes it a countywide event in November this year. “They used to conduct their own elections with their own people and everything,” said Chickasaw County Circuit Clerk Sandra Willis. “That won’t be […]

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Voter ID available at Clerk’s office

  CHICKASAW COUNTY – A new state law requires voters to be able to identify themselves to poll-workers and has prompted a new photo ID card to be be made available from local circuit clerks. The new technology and equipment were provided to the Chickasaw County Circuit Clerk’s office earlier this year and went on-line […]

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Trustees reject bill from lawyer

HOUSTON – The Houston school board voted last week to reject a bill from an attorney hired by the district to help fix a leaking roof in and who was later dismissed. Trustees rejected the bill from lawyer Bill Murphree and Superintendent Dr. Steve Coker said the decision was made on the grounds the attorney […]

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