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Balancing act

The boss of any organization or business will tell you it is tough at the top. Nowhere is that more evident than the post of school superintendent. Almost half of Northeast Mississippi’s superintendent posts are filled by new faces this year. And 75 percent of the current superintendents have been in their current job less […]

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TONY COOK: Let’s pray for our schools

I recently heard a wonderful idea. Churches across the nation are setting a few minutes aside regularly to pray for their local schools. Of course, many churches already schedule a time to corporately pray for their children’s schools, and virtually all churches lift up their students, parents, and school staff on occasion. I know that this happens […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: Time for a change

Change is news and that is my stock to trade. It’s how I make a living. The world will change when Donald Trump become the 45th President of the United States of America on Friday, Jan. 20, 2016. But the world changed when Barack Obama became president. The same was true of George Bush – […]

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EDITORIAL: Who deserves your vote?

We inaugurate a new President this week, but this is not about that decision or ceremony. That choice has been made. Let’s be positive and look to the future. Page One of today’s Chickasaw Journal has the first story we will bring you this spring of city officials who have qualified for city posts across […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: Throw your hat into the ring

January is the month you decide if you want to run for political office in the city of Houston, Okolona, Houlka and even Woodland this summer. And I do hope those who are still pondering a race for public office will realize if you haven’t made up your mind by now, you will probably only […]

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GLENN MOLLETTE: It’s 2017, get to work

 I hope 2017 can be a good year for you. Whatever you can do to assist with the success of your year will be very helpful. A local businessman remarked recently, “The harder I work, the luckier I get.” All of us are recipients of some bad luck throughout life. Often some of our bad […]

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EDITORIAL: Education maintenance

While state and federal lawmakers tell us how to educate our children, they don’t give one thin dime to housing them or to providing the facilities to give them a proper education. That’s our job. Lawmakers have put lots of limitations on accountability, school funding and the paying of educators but they won’t pay for […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: A new beginning for Chickasaw County

This is the time of year when we take a look back at 2016 and at the same time look forward to 2017. It’s a bittersweet time of year. There have been weddings and funerals, cars bought and trucks crashed, profits and losses, good times and sad times. I try not to dwell too much […]

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GEORGE MCLEAN: The good newspaper

The good newspaper should be a catalyst in its community, oiling the efforts of widely varying groups to achieve a reasonably smooth, balanced flow of progress. It seeks to provide coherence to scattered and sometimes conflicting objectives, enabling its community to get a better view of priorities and ways in which joint efforts may prove […]

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EDITORIAL: A happy, new year

Economic news across the country looks good heading into 2017. We hope that news will be good for Mississippi and Chickasaw County this year. Nationally, U.S. Commerce Department numbers showed new orders for factory goods rebounded in October, rising 2.7 percent. That was the largest gain in almost three years and the fourth straight month […]

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GLENN MOLLETTE: Our Christmas perspective changes

I was saddened when I saw the report of a group of little children hiding in a basement in Aleppo, Syria. Sadly this is where most of Aleppo’s remaining children are located. They are holding on to life, hopefully another day. Many of us grew up loving the Santa Claus story and honestly, I’m still […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: It’s the giving, not the gift . . .

I’ve been around the newspaper business for about 46 of my 56 years, having started out in this profession throwing papers at the tender age of ten in West Point. Delivering newspapers every afternoon five days a week and then trying to collect for your services on weekends will teach you a lot about business […]

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EDITORIAL: Good News

This Christmas, as you hustle and bustle about the house and community, we want you to reflect on a news event that happened over 2,000 years ago. There is a phrase on the front of this newspaper that states “A locally owned newspaper dedicated to the service of God and mankind.” We take those words […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: A letter to Santa

They say the two most widely read sections of a newspaper are obituaries and letters to the editor. And in this season of goodwill I want you to know I would rather see your name at the end of a Letter to the Editor rather than the top of an Obituary. But this newspaper also […]

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