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Houlka ups new water hookup fee

By Hank Wiesner Special to the Chickasaw Journal HOULKA –If you need to install a water meter inside the limits of the Houlka Water System, it will cost you a little more money to do so. The increase was among several items of business transacted during town aldermen’s meeting Tuesday, June 7, at 6 p.m. […]

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Houston High hosts Awards Night

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON — Upperclassmen at Houston schools were presented with certificates and honors at Awards Night at the Houston Auditorium Tuesday, May 24. The evening saw local businesses, civic organizations, colleges and families hand out scholarships and accolades to hundreds of students. “They really are a special group that will do […]

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SONNY SCOTT: I’m a Son of the South

“Tell about the South. What’s it like there. What do they do there. Why do they live there. Why do they live at all.” Shreve, Quentin Compson’s roommate at Harvard in the Wm. Faulkner novel, “Absalom, Absalom!” I have encountered several alternate versions of this query over the years as I traveled the US of […]

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Summer reading program graduates 72

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – For the third year in a row a group of local educators and community leaders have worked to bridge the summer learning gap. EARS (Educational Awareness Resource Service) hosted its annual graduation ceremonies – complete with diplomas, ice cream and hotdogs – on the Chickasaw County Courthouse lawn […]

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Blue Mt. Names Dean, President’s lists

Special to the Chickasaw Journal BLUE MOUNTAIN – Students from the area were named to the President’s and Dean’s lists for the spring 2016 semester at Blue Mountain College. The President’s List is an academic honor awarded to students who have completed 12 or more semester hours with a 4.00 average for the semester. Local […]

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Ching is Hinds CC graduate

Special to the Chickasaw Journal RAYMOND — Hinds Community College graduated nearly 1,200 over the three days of ceremonies on May 12, 13 and 15, with more than 800 participating in one of the ceremonies. Among those who graduated was David Ching II of Houston. Of the total number of graduates, 127 graduated summa cum […]

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GLENN MOLLETTE: Charity helps, but it’s not the answer.

I’ve been involved in benevolent projects for many years. Most of these efforts have been buying and distributing food and clothes for the very poor. In recent years I have been involved in Safe Fresh water wells for rural South Africa. As long as I live I will be involved in some type of Christian […]

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Northwest announces Spring honor roll

Special to the Chickasaw Journal SENATOBIA — The President’s List and Dean’s List for the Spring 2016 semester at Northwest Mississippi Community College have been released by college officials. Those students completing 12 or more semester hours with a grade point average of 3.75 or better in a four-point system are on the President’s List. […]

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Houlka, Okolona review Reading Gate scores

By Hank Wiesner Special to the Chickasaw Journal CHICKASAW COUNTY – The number of third graders in the Chickasaw County and Okolona school districts who passed the Mississippi reading assessment test on their first try this year was below the state average, according to recently-released test results. The number of Chickasaw district children who passed […]

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‘I’ve got Topper in my blood’

Ethan Turner Special to the Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – It’s a new day and time for Houston Hilltopper football. With William Cook stepping down as head football coach to join the administration, Ty Hardin was chosen to lead the Hilltoppers this fall. It was an easy fit. Hardin, the former defensive coordinator, for the Toppers […]

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Inmate dies in cell at Chickasaw jail following arrest

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – A man arrested Monday night was found dead in his cell at the Chickasaw County Jail Tuesday morning. Chickasaw County Sheriff James Meyers said the man was found unresponsive during a morning breakfast call between 5:30 and 5:45 a.m. today. He said the name of the man is […]

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Hilltoppers put three on DJ diamond squad

Special to the Chickasaw Journal TUPELO – Three of the 10 young men named to the Daily Journal Area Baseball team are from Houston. And only one of that trio is a senior. Hilltoppers Luke Hancock, Denver McQuary and Tanner Smith were named to the prestigious Daily Journal diamond squad and join a bevy of […]

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Houlka man pleads in letter-powder case

Special to the Chickasaw Journal PONTOTOC – A Houlka man who was indicted by a Pontotoc County grand jury in May 2014 on a charge of false representation of exposure to a harmful bio substance has pled guilty to that charge and has been sentenced. Bobby Carl Hill, 72, of Houlka, pled guilty to the […]

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“Topper Pride!”

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – Every little girl dreams of being a cheerleader at some point in her life and more than 70 girls had part of that dream come true last week. The Houston High School Cheerleaders held their annual summer camp at Houston Middle School with youngster learning cheers, chants and […]

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