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AG charges West Point woman with insurance fraud

Special to the Chickasaw Journal   JACKSON – Attorney General Jim Hood has charged a West Point woman with insurance fraud and wire fraud. Georgenna Edwards, 27, was indicted in April by a Clay County grand jury on one count of insurance fraud and one count of wire fraud. She was arraigned Monday in Clay […]

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Houston ponders clerk post

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – Aldermen were presented a stack of approximately two dozen job applications for the post of Houston City Clerk by Mayor Stacy Parker last week. The city has been without a clerk since Margaret Futral resigned the post March 8. The city has posted the job and while the […]

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ICC offers free GED prep class

Special to the Chickasaw Journal Itawamba Community College is offering free GED® Prep summer classes at both the Fulton and Tupelo campuses as well as at other area locations. Individuals can enter the classes at any time through July 30. The schedule includes at the Tupelo Campus, day classes from 8 a.m.-noon and 4:30-8 p.m., […]

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Houston man charged with attempted murder

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – A local man has been arrested and charged with attempted murder after he allegedly fired a gun repeatedly at another person Saturday night, July 2. Omarious Tyshun Mitchell, 21, of Houston was arrested by Houston Police after a 911 call was phoned in saying shots had been fired […]

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Farmers hoping for better summer

By Hank Wiesner Special to the Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – Planting in Chickasaw County is mostly complete, but area farmers likely won’t remember it as one of their best plantings, Regional Extension Specialist Dr. Bill Burdine said recently. “There are a lot of poor looking crops,” said Burdine. “The plants didn’t emerge uniformly due to […]

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EDITORIAL: Volunteers need to answer the call

Volunteer fire departments may be the best economic development tool ever created for rural communities. While there are many beautiful places to build houses in the country, banks are hesitant to loan money to construct a home unless the investment is covered by insurance. And while hardworking country folk can often afford the cost of […]

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New fishing regulations finalized.

Special to the Chickasaw Journal JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau announced changes to fishing regulations at four MDWFP lakes. These changes went into effect on June 23, 2016. At Spring Lake, located within Wall Doxey State Park near Holly Springs, the harvest of walleye is prohibited.  Anglers […]

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Bailey Wright awarded Yates scholarship

Special to the Chickasaw Journal PHILADELPHIA — Bailey Wright has been awarded a $4,000 Yates Companies, Inc. Scholarship for the first two years of college. Bailey was selected by a scholarship committee at The Yates Companies, Inc. based upon academies, extra-cirricular activities and two short essays. “We set up the scholarship program to recognize and […]

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Houlka names scholarship, award winners

By Hank Wiesner Special to the Chickasaw Journal HOULKA – Houlka Attendance Center graduates – whom one Chickasaw County School District administrator termed a “very focused” group – earned nearly $90,000 in scholarships during commencement exercises for 23 seniors – nine of whom were honor graduates – Friday evening, May 27 at 7 p.m. in […]

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Health department confirms Zika in Chickasaw County traveler

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal A Chickasaw County resident is among three new travel-associated cases of the Zika virus confirmed by the Mississippi State Department of Health on Monday. The cases in Chickasaw, Hinds and Rankin counties were diagnosed in people who traveled to St. Thomas, Nicaragua and Guatemala, according to a press release. The state […]

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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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