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FLOYD INGRAM: A quick look around town

We repeatedly have people tell us nothing ever happens in Houston. Well, they obviously don’t read the Chickasaw Journal! We’ve got a lot going on around here – some of it old news, some of it current and some of it deals with plans for the future. Let’s take a quick look around town. Tourism […]

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Some say it’s hot

In a previous lifetime I roofed houses for a living. I did it for four years and put myself through college with money made from roofing. It paid $8.50 an hour and I could work all the hours I wanted. I started this line of employment in July, spreading hot-tar on flat roofs on Murff […]

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Advice to June brides, grooms

I’ve seen your names in the paper. I’ve seen your lovely faces smiling at us from the Community Page of the Chickasaw Journal and the Lifestyle sections of other newspapers. And I guess there is really nothing I can say to stop you, if your heart and mind are already made up about this marriage […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: A community with a vision

What will Houston look like in five, ten, twenty years? It’s a big question and at this point the picture is not very clear. I sat at CREATE’s State of the Region meeting Thursday and listened to educators, community leaders, businessmen and women talk about the variables that will ultimately shape this community. Surprisingly, the […]

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NANCY LOOME: Flat appropriations hurt schools

Dear Editor, Politicians boast about providing “level funding” to schools, but that term is deceiving. All school districts are going into an ever-deeper budget hole, as flat state appropriations do not cover legislatively mandated cost increases that occur each year, such as the “step” salary increase state law provides teachers for each additional year of service. When each teacher’s salary […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: The best we can produce

Hundreds of our young men and women from Houston, Okolona, Houlka, Hebron and Vardaman graduated from high school this month. They lined up in their caps and gown and strolled across the stage to pick up their high school diploma as their full name was called over the public address system. While parents and grandparents […]

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GLENN MOLLETTE: Slim dollars, opportunities for lazy Americans

Higher wages for all people is a worthy cause to achieve. The states that want to raise the minimum wage should do so. Keep it on the state level. Washington State, Texas and Kentucky are three different states with entirely different economies. While one state may offer a minimum of $15 another state may find […]

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BETTY BROWN: Relay Committee thanks community

Dear Editor, On behalf of all the teams and individuals who worked to make this year’s RELAY FOR LIFE a success, we want to say thanks to our sponsors, donors and helpers who made it all possible. This is truly a team effort, and we had people from all over this area doing their best […]

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EDITORIAL: Hot corners

  Having a corner location for your business, office or company has always been a smart way to make money. The concept is higher visibility and traffic-count make for more customers walking in your door. And every businessman knows you can’t make a sale until they find your business. In urban development circles they are […]

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CARA CHISM: Let’s work together for community

Dear Editor, Most of us would agree that Houston’s Schools are important and we are concerned about the looming consolidation facing Chickasaw County. It’s up to us as a community to do everything possible to provide the best environment and education for every student. The Time has come in this school year for state testing […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: The Square

There is a place in Houston that is unique to this world. The Square, with our stately Chickasaw County Courthouse, green lawn, wide streets and businesses, is distinctively Houston. There may be other places that have more shops, a bigger courthouse and maybe even a little more pizzazz, but none that say Houston like The […]

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TY HARDIN: To the great people of Houston

Dear Editor, I want to express the excitement I have on becoming the new leader of the Houston football program. This is something I have dreamed about since I was a miniature Topper. It is an honor to be an integral part of this community and a contributor to future success in this community. I […]

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GLENN MOLLETTE: America’s most wonderful day?

It’s that most wonderful day of the year! Come on, sing for Tax Day 2016! Hmmm, I don’t hear any pages turning in the hymnals to this grand old song. Actually, it’s not in any hymnals and if you are like most Americans you did not want to sing on April 18. Normally, it’s April […]

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GLENN MOLLETTE: Be happy!

Life is lived once. Be happy. What should you be doing today? What do you want to be doing today? Where should you be today? Where do you want to be today? An old friend who recently died said, “Do what you enjoy.” Life is not only about our gratification. We have family members and […]

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