Training for the worst

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – It is too late to train when the call comes in, and local emergency response crews learned the hard way last week what can go wrong should a shooter show up at Houston schools. The Chickasaw County Emergency Management Agency and Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) hosted […]

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MSU student threats lead to lockdown, arrest

Special to the Chickasaw Journal STARKVILLE – Mississippi State University’s police force arrested a freshman Thursday after he made threats to harm himself and others on campus, which led to a campus lockdown. Authorities later said, however, they found no gun and believed no shots were ever fired at the university. Phu-Qui Cong “Bill” Nguyen, […]

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Two solar farms sprout in Chickasaw County

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – Chickasaw County is growing solar farms faster than any other county in Northeast Mississippi. A public hearing Monday in Houston before Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley saw no one oppose permits for two new solar arrays to be built on the red, sandy soil around Houston. Presley […]

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Potential + Effort = Success

By Hank Wiesner Special to the Chickasaw Journal OKOLONA -Arteria Clifton, a 7-8th grade science teacher and coach, has an equation that helps students decide which way the ball is going to bounce for them on the court, in the classroom, and in the neighborhood. That equation: Potential plus effort equal success. In other words, […]

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Reward offered in Monroe County deputy shooting case

Special to the Chickasaw Journal MONROE – The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday that a $4,000 reward is now being offered for any information leading to the arrest of the shooter that sent a deputy to a hospital Monday. MCSO deputy Eric Sloan was treated and released from the North Mississippi Medical Center Monday […]

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ICC names 2015 Spring graduates

  Special to the Chickasaw Journal. FULTON – Several area residents were among those who earned Associate of Arts or Associate of Applied Science degrees or certificates at the conclusion of the 2015 spring semester at Itawamba Community College. Students are listed by hometown, name and degree and include: Algoma – Dakota A. Long, A.A.S.; […]

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Alabama man indicted in fatal Trace wreck

Special to the Chickasaw Journal OXFORD – An Alabama man has been indicted for his involvement in a fatal wreck on the Natchez Trace in July. A federal grand jury handed down a one-count indictment of involuntary manslaughter against Cedric Coonrod, 24, of Huntsville, Alabama. A trial date has not been set. On July 3, […]

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MSU professor to lead national beef organization

PRAIRIE — A Mississippi State University professor is the new executive director of the Beef Improvement Federation. Jane Parish, an Extension and research professor in the university’s North Mississippi Research and Extension Center, will lead the organization, which works to connect science and industry to improve beef cattle genetics. Parish, who is based at the […]

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Sweet potato field day will be held Aug. 27

Special to the Chickasaw Journal PONTOTOC — Sweet potato producers, researchers, industry representatives and crop consultants are invited to attend a field day on Aug. 27. The event will be at the Pontotoc Ridge-Flatwoods Branch Experiment Station, located at 8320 Hwy. 15 South. Specialists and researchers with the Mississippi State University Extension Service and the […]

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Monroe County deputy shot following traffic stop

  Special to the Chickasaw Journal   A Monroe County Sheriff’s deputy was shot following a traffic stop early this morning, according to Sheriff Cecil Cantrell. The deputy was shot before 3 a.m. on Highway 45 Alternate, approximately two miles from the Okolona exit. Eric Sloan, a veteran officer, was shot through his bulletproof vest […]

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Season of new beginnings

  By Hank Wiesner Special to the Chickasaw Journal   HOULKA –It’s been said that every new beginning is some other new beginning’s end. This year’s Houlka Attendance Center Valedictorian, Sawyer Byars, wants to continue the legacy of excellence his late father established teaching and coaching at the north Chickasaw County school. In his own […]

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Houlka ponders water system changes

By Hank Wiesner Special to the Chickasaw Journal   HOULKA — The New Houlka Board of Aldermen looked over changes to the city’s water system and pondered how the state’s new policy for inmate labor will affect the city at a half-hour meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday Aug. 4 at the Town Hall. The Houlka […]

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Christine Gates is new Houston School Trustee

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – The Houston’s School District’s newest school trustee raised her right hand, was sworn into office last week and took her seat on the Houston School Board. Gates was appointed by the Houston Board of Aldermen earlier this month and is one of three trustees chosen by the board […]

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ATKINSON: Golden Anniversary

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