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Miss Cornbread Festival pageant seeks entries

  By Hank Wiesner Special to the Chickasaw Journal HOULKA – If you want to be in the Miss Cornbread Pageant in Houlka, you have only a short time left to enter. The deadline is Monday, Sept. 26.   The pageant will be held Saturday, Oct. 1 at His Grace Ministries on the square in […]

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What color is homelessness?

A young man stood on a street corner in St. Paul, Minnesota last Sunday. He was holding up a sign describing his plight, “Homeless, hungry, need help.” He was across the street from a church were I was speaking. I stopped to talk to him and did give him a small donation. I asked him […]

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JASON BROOKS: CDF thanks picnic area donors

      Dear Editor, The CDF (Chickasaw Development Foundation) presented a plan to the Chickasaw County Board of Supervisors seeking permission to install picnic areas on the square. They quickly approved the project and CDF members began seeking donations from the public to make the project possible. Within 24 hours of project approval, CDF […]

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MDOT moves forward with Hwy. 15 work

          Special to the Chickasaw Journal   The Mississippi Department of Transportation began a pair of maintenance projects in Pontotoc and Union Counties on Monday, Aug. 15. The project in Pontotoc County will be a mill and overlay of approximately 10 miles of State Route 15, from the Chickasaw County line […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: Supporting the home team

    As I have said before, football is not my favorite game to play or to cover. Football hurts as a player, they play outside in the cold and rain as a reporter. And football is a game of emotion. It’s the only sport where I’ve seen high school boys – no high school […]

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Houlka to take bids for new school

      By Hank Weisner Chickasaw Journal HOULKA – Things are moving toward the construction of a new school in Houlka with trustees slated to open bids Aug. 25 to replace the building that burned June 30, 2014. Trustees will open bids from contractors and construction companies at 2 p.m. that Thursday. Trustees, their […]

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School board qualifying begins

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal   HOUSTON – The country will elect a president, the state will elect representatives and local school boards will elect trustees. Qualifying for school boards in Houston, Okolona and Houlka has begun and Chickasaw County Circuit Clerk Cassandra Pulliam said prospective candidates have until Sept. 9 to qualify. “Registering […]

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EDITORIAL: Poor graduation rates

  This newspaper strives very hard to present our community in a positive light, but drop-out numbers at local schools have us very concerned. Yes, this paper has been filled with the photos and stories of those who have proudly taken part in graduation ceremonies over the past two weeks. We wish we could have […]

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Houlka Cornbread Festival set for Oct. 8

  By Hank Wiesner Special to the Chickasaw Journal   HOULKA – Greater Houlka Community Fund President Tina Pullen said this week the group has set Saturday, Oct. 8 as the date for this year’s Cornbread Festival.   And the group is seeking more volunteers to help with the festivities. “We’re asking anyone interested in […]

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RAYBURN PARKS: ICC invests in your community

  The Itawamba Community College Foundation is committed to providing financial support to Itawamba Community College to keep pace with the ever-changing world of education and technology, as well as to maintain its position as the premier community college in Mississippi. ICC was awarded the distinction of being listed as the sixth best Community College […]

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Houlka trustees address school replacement costs

  By Hank Wiesner Special to the Chickasaw Journal   HOULKA — The Chickasaw County School Board held a recessed meeting at the County Superintendent’s Office recently and received details and an overview of a proposed building to replace one destroyed by fire almost two years ago. The fire destroyed part of Houlka Attendance Center […]

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Welcome home Sundancer!

                    By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – Imagine winning the Indianapolis 500, the Daytona 500 or even the Boston Marathon 15 years in a row. It just doesn’t happen in the competitive world of racing – except for a race team from Houston Mississippi. The […]

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County sets price, city to pave Stacie Street

                  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – The county has set a price, the city has agreed and even the Houston School District is getting in on the project. The Chickasaw County Board of Supervisors have set a tentative price of $35,952.10 to use their equipment […]

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Getting a good start at school

Special to the Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – Families with children entering kindergarten through sixth grade were invited to a United Way Back 2 School Resource Fair at the Houston High School gym on Saturday, July 16 with hundreds showing up for the annual event. This was the third year that United Way has partnered with […]

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