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Flywheel to spin Friday, Saturday

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – The 35th Mississippi Valley Flywheel Fall Festival is the laid-back show that is always the last weekend in September. Houston’s down-home festival showcasing an age-gone-by will be held Friday and Saturday Sept. 23-24 at Joe Brigance Park and will see all the regular events and activities that has […]

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EDITORIAL: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

Northeast Mississippi’s unemployment statistics released this week offer an encouraging statement about the region’s economy, perhaps the strongest affirmation so far of a comeback after the Great Recession late in the first decade of the century. Northeast Mississippi had a 6.5 percent unemployment rate for 2015, its lowest in 10 years, and even more encouraging last […]

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County fire ratings drop

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – Volunteer fire departments do more than squirt water and respond to auto accidents, they reduce insurance premiums in their district. Several Chickasaw County volunteer fire departments have received new rating from the state rating bureau and homeowners in those district now qualify for reduced insurance premiums. “This is […]

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Houlka buys body cams for PD

                  By Hank Wiesner Special to the Chickasaw Journal   HOULKA – Proceeds from a late-June fish fry sponsored by the Greater Houlka Community Fund to benefit the Police Department will go toward buying cameras for town patrol cars and body cameras for its officers, Police Chief […]

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Crime victims get $3.7 million in compensation

        Special to the Chickasaw Journal   JACKSON- Attorney General Jim Hood has announced that innocent victims of violent crime in Mississippi received more than $3.7 million in fiscal 2016 to help pay for medical treatment and other expenses. The Crime Victim Compensation program, administered by the Attorney General’s Office, distributed $3,747,754.61 […]

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Houlka offers dual credit with ICC

                  By Hank Wiesner Special to the Chickasaw Journal   HOULKA – You take one class at Houlka High School and get both high school and college credit, and its one of the best deals in the world for college-bound kids. At their August meeting, Chickasaw County […]

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Houston hammering out employee handbook

            By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – The federal government has rules and regulation, the state and policy and procedures and Houston will soon have it’s handbook for employees. Aldermen met in a work session last week to look at several different handbooks from surrounding municipalities and wants to […]

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MDOT moves forward with Hwy. 15 work

          Special to the Chickasaw Journal   The Mississippi Department of Transportation began a pair of maintenance projects in Pontotoc and Union Counties on Monday, Aug. 15. The project in Pontotoc County will be a mill and overlay of approximately 10 miles of State Route 15, from the Chickasaw County line […]

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Houlka to take bids for new school

      By Hank Weisner Chickasaw Journal HOULKA – Things are moving toward the construction of a new school in Houlka with trustees slated to open bids Aug. 25 to replace the building that burned June 30, 2014. Trustees will open bids from contractors and construction companies at 2 p.m. that Thursday. Trustees, their […]

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Nurses graduate ICC

      Special to the Chickasaw Journal   Several area residents participated in a commencement ceremony for the licensed practical nursing program at Itawamba Community College, July 15, at the W.O. Benjamin Fine Arts Center auditorium at the Fulton Campus. They include Amanda Duncan and Brittany Schrock, both of Aberdeen; Tracey Fausz of Amory; […]

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POLICE ROUNDUP: Crack down on tinted windows

      Special to the Chickasaw Journal   HOUSTON – Police have to watch constantly for danger when they pull someone over and tinted windows don’t help. The Houston Police Department is warning residents the state tint law is 28-percent and tinting on the front windows has definite limits. “Traffic stops are one of […]

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Houston bans smoking in public buildings

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal   HOUSTON – Aldermen are kicking butts out of public buildings, restaurants and businesses.   Houston Aldermen voted unanimously Aug. 2, to ban smoking inside virtually every closed space accessed by the public with a smoking ordinance they have been working on for over a year.   “We’ve talked […]

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GLENN MOLLETTE: Olympics, Trump and No. 1 American success rule

The Olympics are big news these days. We are excited to see how many medals Michael Phelps and all the athletes will bring home. From soccer to swimming to basketball and so much more, this is such a great world event. Hopefully for a couple of weeks Americans can rally behind our athletes and experience […]

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ICC offers manufacturing program

    Special to the Chickasaw Journal   BELDEN – Itawamba Community College will offer two options for a Manufacturing Basic Skills Certification program, the first beginning in August at the Belden Center.   The eight-week option will be Aug. 15-Oct. 5, and classes will meet Mondays through Thursdays from 6-9 p.m., and the six-week, […]

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