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Houston hires business manager

HOUSTON – Houston trustees hired a new financial chief last week to replace District Business Manager Ronja Lancaster who is slated to retire at the end of March. Sarah Juckes, an accountant from Houston, will be the top bookkeeper for the school system and will ultimately oversee a budget of approximately $15 million and handle […]

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EDITORIAL: Voice your vote on charter schools

Charter schools are big news in Jackson this week and there should not be a doubt in anyone’s mind they will soon be big news in Chickasaw County. A quick look around our community indicates we will be a prime target for these new private schools funded with public dollars. Okolona schools have just recently […]

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HONOR ROLL: Houston High School

Special to the Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – Houston High School has released the honor rolls for the first semester.   Ninth Grade Superintendent’s list Carley Bevels, Liza Boyer, Clay Faulkner, Tristen Laufenberg and Madison Mitchell.   Principal’s list Katelyn Abrams, Ezra Billard, Madsison Bullard, Madeline Burdine, Lane Callahan, Alexis Doss, Victoria Gathings, J.C. Hare, Charlie […]

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Bill would consolidate school districts

by Jeff Amy The Associated Press JACKSON — Bills moving forward in the Senate would merge the Clay County and West Point school districts and give agricultural high schools in Coahoma and Hinds counties to the county school boards.Senate Education Chairman Gray Tollison, an Oxford Republican, says Clay County, the smallest district in the state, […]

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HONOR ROLL: Houston Middle School

HOUSTON – Houston Middle School has released the honor rolls for the second nine weeks and the first semester.   Sixth Grade: Superintendent’s list – Second nine weeks T’Kecia Beaty, Braylen Kennedy Burdine, Zachary Callahan, Mackenzie Adriana Criddle, Kevin Diaz, Katelyn Leanae Flake, Blaize Gann, Anthony Jorge Gonzalez, Tanner Gregory, Haley Grimes, Martha Keionna Hammond, […]

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Houston seeks more input on school survey

HOUSTON – Schools are at the core of quality of life in any community and the public is being asked to participate in a quick survey to help make the local school district better. Parents in the Houston School District were asked to go online to take a survey about Houston schools in December. The […]

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HONOR ROLL: Vardaman High School

VARDAMAN – Vardaman High School has released the honor roll for the second nine weeks and the first semester. Second nine weeks Principal’s list   Seventh grade Preston Bullard, Ansley Casey and Dakota Murphree   Eighth grade John Bray, Nigel Hankins, Brandon Washington, C. J .Weddle  and Tori Willson   Ninth grade Briley Gordon   […]

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Houlka misses beloved coach

HOULKA – The Houlka gymnasium was filled to capacity Jan. 18 as faculty, staff and students of Houlka High School, along with family members and friends, said goodbye to Coach Jimbo Byars. Byars, 47, died Jan. 15 after a brief battle with cancer, leaving his wife, children and many family members as survivors, but those […]

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Sweet potato imagination

Use your imagination   Special to the Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – Third and fourth grade students in Mrs. Lysbeth Parker’s and Mrs. Sharon Vance’s classes participated in the 2012 Sweet Potato Imagination contest as part of the week-long Sweet Potato Festival held in Vardaman. The students used sweet potatoes decorated to show their imaginative creations […]

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Houlka school board elects new leaders

HOULKA – Trustees on the Chickasaw County School Board have not changed but their positions around the table have. Ruby Hollin was named the Chickasaw County School Board President for 2013. Michelle Collums is the vice-chairman and Jamie Earp was appointed secretary. Hollin replaced 2012 president Kenneth Linton. “I think we had a pretty good […]

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ICC awards scholarships to local students

Special to the Chickasaw Journal FULTON – Scholarship recipients at Itawamba Community College for 2013 include Briana Michelle Wright of Vardaman, Leadership’ Sabrina Jones of Houlka, Leadership; and Jasmyne Tally of Houston, Academic, Leadership. Wright will be a 2013 graduate of Vardaman High School, where her activities have included varsity cheerleader to softball, Beta Club, […]

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JOHN STANDFIELD: We open doors to education

By John Stanfield Guest Columnist   A community says a lot about itself by the way it takes care of its children. Okolona is saying good things lately with its response to Okolona Community Dollars for Scholars. The group, only eight-years-old, last summer gave out five $1,500 scholarships and twenty-two $500 scholarships to Okolona High […]

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Showing their spirit

HOUSTON – Plenty of people travel during the holidays and several members of the Houston High School cheer squad joined in on their way to select events in Orlando, Fla., and London, England. Cristin Cook serves as HHS mascot “Harley the Hilltopper” and was invited to participate in the All-American mascot clinic in Orlando following […]

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Chickasaw students receive UM scholarships

OXFORD – The following University of Mississippi freshmen were awarded scholarship packages for the 2012-2013 academic year based on criteria that included academic and leadership credentials: Megan Renee  Lewis  of Okolona received a Ramzy Scholarship for $2,000, a Valedictorian/Salutatorian Scholarship for $1,000, and Academic Excellence Scholarship for $3,000, and a Bledsoe Scholarship for $1,500. Nathan Eugene  Bailey of Okolona […]

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