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Schools in Chickasaw County face potential consolidation

By Emma Crawford Kent Daily Journal TUPELO – A bill that proposes consolidation of the Houston, Chickasaw County and Okolona school districts has reached the House Education Committee in the Legislature. The bill would combine nine schools – Houlka Attendance Center, Houston High School, Houston Lower Elementary, Houston Upper Elementary, Houston Middle School, Houston Vocational […]

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Houlka trustees review test scores

  By Hank Wiesner Special to the Chickasaw Journal HOULKA – Chickasaw School District Superintendent Betsy Collums told the January meeting of the School Board she was satisfied with the recently-released Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test results, but said the district is continuing to seek improvement. Third to eight […]

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HUES: Students of the Week

  Special to the Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – The following children were chosen Student of the Week at Houston Upper Elementary School for Dec. 14 through Dec. 18, 2015. They are listed by teacher’s last name and student’s full name. Third Grade Brock Damien Parks McFarland Bryanna Ward Moss Gavin Smith Owens Langley Smith Rimmer […]

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FAFSA Fridays

  Special to the Chickasaw Journal   Itawamba Community College’s Financial Aid offices have scheduled FAFSA Fridays to assist prospective students with the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. ICC staff members will be available to assist with completion of the online form as well as to answer any questions at both […]

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Big rewards!

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – They were the first school in Chickasaw County to implement rewards for high scores on state tests and they continue to lead the way. Houston Upper Elementary School scored well on the most recent battery of state accountability tests and Principal John Ellison is quick to lay […]

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Okolona extends Superintendent’s contact

  By Hank Wiesner Special to the Chickasaw Journal     OKOLONA — Okolona Municipal Separate School District School Board extended the superintendent’s contract for three year and approved his salary. Trustees approved a three-year contract agreement with Dexter Green to serve as Superintendent of Education in the Okolona Municipal Separate School District commencing on […]

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NANCY LOOME: Vouchers take limited education dollars

Dear Editor, Across the U.S. and in Mississippi, voucher programs have been a failure and a massive waste of taxpayer dollars. Nationally, research shows that children receiving vouchers to attend private schools perform no better than, and often worse than, their peers in public schools while diminishing resources for children being educated in public schools. […]

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JOHN GAINES: Slackers surrender too easily to weather

Dear Editor, The leaders of or communities who choose to close schools, offices, city services and the like, on a mere rumor of typical Northeast Mississippi winter weather are pusillanimous slackers who set an example of mediocrity for or children to follow. Furthermore, local churches are equally culpable if not more so. Jesus Christ himself […]

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Solar ambassadors for Houston

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – They’ve won the National Solar Car Challenge 14-years in a row, have just gotten back from Australia where they raced more solar car miles than any high school team in World Solar Car Challenge history and now they are spreading the news about their team and Houston. […]

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LATEST NEWS: Winter weather closings

Special to the Chickasaw Journal   The following schools will be closed on Friday, January 22 because of the threat of snow: * Alcorn County * Amory * Baldwyn * Booneville * Corinth * Exypnos Christian Academy * Houston * Holly Springs * Itawamba Community College: Fulton, Tupelo and Belden campuses * Itawamba County * […]

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Houston trustees discuss test scores

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – Superintendent Tony Cook spoke frankly with the Houston School Board of Trustees last week and said while he was pleased with some recent test score, there is room for improvement. Test scores for English/language arts and math were released in mid November and Cook said he and […]

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WIN Job Center offers C2C

  Special to the Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – Beginning in January, young adults ages 16-24 can participate in a five-week Counseling 2 Career (C2C) program at the WIN Job Centers in Itawamba Community College’s five-county district. C2C provides an opportunity for work experience and assistance with securing full-time employment. Participants in the program must not […]

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Chickasaw United Way needs are up

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – There are always people in need and that means Chickasaw County needs United Way now more than ever. United Way provided $106,000 of assistance to 30 agencies serving people from Chickasaw County last year and this year 27 agencies have requested roughly $130,175. Mike Mitchell, United Way […]

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Scotland, Liverpool and Wimbledon

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – It started as a simple trip to hone their tennis skills. It turned into a trip to play tennis in England. Ezra Blissard and Walt Harrington have been picked to play for the John Newcombe Tennis Academy summer touring team and will travel to England this summer […]

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