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JENNIFER PRATT: Where learning is our priority

Dear Editor, Recently, I read an article about a disgruntled waiter/server and thought it was a great share that could be applied to many aspects of life. Thus, being a teacher, I choose to apply my thoughts toward education and educating our students. Tidbits of the article compelled me to reflect upon our very own Mission […]

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

I’ve been around the newspaper business for about 45 of my 55 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: Christmas in Houston

  I have had the opportunity to live in several different communities and it is always neat to see how a neighborhood or town celebrates Christmas. The holidays are all about tradition and often locals don’t see those time-honored events for what they really mean to the community. Houston is no different. I repeatedly hear […]

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SONNY SCOTT: No patience for sniveling

  Pleasing Mother was my goal in life. She wanted me to play basketball, so I suffered six years of basketball. She wanted me to go to college – no passion of mine, but I wanted to please, so I entered college in 1965 – the first in my family to do so. My high […]

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EDITORIAL: Christmas giving

As most of us ponder what we will get or give for Christmas, we would like to ask our readers to step back and think about those doing without this holiday season. There are many who have been hit hard by the recent economic downturn. There are always many who have been given a bad […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: It’s beginning to look a lot . . .

        There is truly something special about Christmas. I’m not a preacher, so I’ll leave the True Reason for The Season to those paid professionals to explain what that special spirit truly is. But as a journalist of more than 30 years, I have always watched with awe as misers and malcontents […]

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MARTY WISEMAN: Where are we in politics?

    It taxes the memory to recall when the political landscape looked so unfamiliar.  Do you ever get the sense that we are witnessing the collapse and potentially even the disappearance of the Republican and Democratic parties?  Indeed, one is reminded of that occasional trip home in the night when the fog is so […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: A reason to be thankful

    Most of us will sit down to a bountiful Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow. Most of us do have so much to be thankful for. The holiday comes at the end of the harvest season. Spring and summer have been good and now is a time to reflect on that bounty as we face the […]

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Judgment and experience

  Perhaps no time in a young person’s life is more important than the years following high school graduation. Choices made during these years literally set the direction of a person’s life. Should one go to college, a trade school, or enter the military? Or, should one seek out a job, start a family, or […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: A man with a gun

        Deer season starts Saturday for the Ingrams. My youngest son James and I will spend the day, looking for Mr. Buck on the 88-acres of beautiful Mississippi hardwood that we have hunted for the past three years. We hope it is cold. We may not see a thing and we may […]

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State releases English, algebra scores

      By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal   CHICKASAW COUNTY – The first set of state test results were released last week with area school scoring well in some areas and a need for improvement seen in other subjects. Results reflect tests taken by high school students in algebra and English 2 that were […]

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SONNY SCOTT: How do you judge a book or a man?

  We have all seen them. The visuals are striking, choreography and music memorable, puppies and children fetching. Seems as if these TV commercials will become classics, but within days they’re gone—Madison Avenue misfires. Why? Their imagery is too vivid and the viewer fails to connect the commercial with the product—the sine qua non of […]

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JANIS DYSON: Who would take cemetery flowers?

    Dear Editor, Several years ago, I heard of “people” taking floral arrangements from rural cemeteries that were put there by love ones in honor and love for the deceased.  I thought, at the time, “How horrible, what will they do next?”  Well, now it has happened in downtown Houston in our city cemetery! […]

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