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GAME ONE: Houston nips Ripley at North Half

Special to the Chickasaw Journal RIPLEY – A classic matchup between two of the best Class 4A baseball teams in Northeast Mississippi went as expected – down to the wire. Houston and Ripley combined for only seven hits, and one run made the difference in their MHSAA Class 4A North finals series opener. Houston’s Hilltoppers […]

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Mississippi Legislature adjourns 2016 session

  JACKSON (AP) — The Mississippi Legislature has concluded its 2016 session. The House of Representatives adjourned for a final time Thursday after meeting briefly and disposing of a procedural block on one bill. That measure allows people in designated districts in certain places to carry alcoholic beverages outside the location it was served. In […]

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MAEP changes never materialize

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Efforts to make major revisions to the pivotal Mississippi Education Program, which provides the state’s share of the basic funding to operate local school districts, were unsuccessful during the rapidly ending 2016 session. Whether those efforts were unsuccessful because of a lack of will to make […]

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School chiefs mull impact of charter expansion

By Emma Crawford Kent Daily Journal TUPELO – With a charter school expansion officially signed into law by Gov. Phil Bryant this week, local school district leaders are trying to determine how the changes will impact their schools and students. The amendments to the Mississippi Charter School Act of 2013 allow students in any C, […]

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Restaurants, food facilities under watchful eye of state health department

By Dennis Seid Daily Journal Mississippi has more than 14,000 places that serve food to the public, a list that includes restaurants, caterers, casinos, schools, nursing homes and food trucks. Every week, the Mississippi Department of Health sends inspectors to visit some of those facilities, using an extensive checklist that could take 30 minutes or […]

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Bryant signs appointed superintendents into law

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Making all Mississippi school superintendents appointed, long supported by a wide array of groups ranging from the Mississippi Economic Council to the state Board of Education, was signed into law Monday morning by Gov. Phil Bryant. Of Mississippi’s 144 school districts, 55 are headed by elected […]

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HUES names 3rd nine week honor roll

  Special to the Chickasaw Journal   HOUSTON – Houston School District Superintendent Tony Cook and Houston Upper Elementary School Principal John Ellison have released their respective lists for the third nine-week grading period of the 2015-16 school year. Students named to the Superintendent’s List scored 93 or above and received all “A’s” on their […]

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TEENA HORN: Lines Were Drawn

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal   HOUSTON – She was a teenager in high school and didn’t realize she was living through one of the most dramatics changes in Mississippi and the nation’s history. Houston dentist Dr. Teena Horn previewed her new book, Lines Were Drawn, that she edited with Alan Huffman, that tells […]

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Mississippi House votes twice to enact statewide lottery

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The Mississippi House amended legislation Tuesday by an overwhelming vote to enact a statewide lottery. To enhance their commitment to the lottery, the House actually amended two consecutive bills to enact the lottery. “For 33 years I have served in the Legislature. Every now and then, […]

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Appointed superintendents bill heads to governor

By Emma Crawford Kent Daily Journal TUPELO – Eleven Northeast Mississippi superintendents are elected, but a bill on its way to Gov. Phil Bryant to be signed into law would change that. The bill, Senate Bill 2438, mandates that all school superintendents be appointed by their district’s school board. The majority of Mississippi school districts […]

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Former Vardaman coach pleads to sex charge

OXFORD – A former high school softball coach will spend the next three years in prison after pleading guilty Thursday. Billy Joe Dill, 36, pleaded guilty to the enticement of a child. He was sentenced to 10 years, but the judge suspended seven years. He will also have to serve five years probation and he […]

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Public comments wanted on school discipline policy

By Emma Crawford Kent Daily Journal JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Education and State Board of Education are seeking public feedback on the first state policy regarding physically restraining or placing public school students in seclusion as a result of behavioral issues. The proposed policy was released Thursday and the board voted to allow […]

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Appointed superintendents bill appears to be nearing passage

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Legislation to make all superintendents in the state appointed, long advocated by various groups, appears to be on the verge of becoming a reality. On Friday, the House Education Committee passed without any debate a Senate bill that would replace the state’s elected superintendents. If the […]

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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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