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Houston aldermen hear audit report

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – Aldermen were told federal accounting rules are urging local government to shoulder more of their retirement burden and were informed of one bookkeeping concern by their auditor last week. A $2 million unfunded liability adjustment to Houston’s books dramatically changed the city’s financial condition and while the city […]

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It’s time to pay taxes

The federal tax code is over 74,000 pages; too large to understand, administer, full of loop holes, encourages bad practices and debt. We want jobs, but have a regressive 15.3% tax on jobs shared 50/50 by the employee and the employer. All taxes, fees, etc. to businesses are costs that increase prices and are passed […]

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Okolona employees get pay raise

By Hank Wiesner Special to the Chickasaw Journal OKOLONA — Okolona’s city employees will soon be getting a pay raise, following action by the mayor and City Council at their Tuesday, Sept. 13 meeting. The pay raise, along with passing along a TVA rate hike, and hiring a public defender, were among matters handled during […]

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EDITORIAL: Collecting money owed

Houston, Okolona, Houlka, Woodland and Chickasaw County have set their budgets as required by law. They have looked at projected expenditures and revenues and hammered out a plan to spend our money. Most of us think they take too much. Most of them are quick to say there is never enough. That is why we […]

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Supervisor to plead guilty to bribery

Special to the Chickasaw Journal ABERDEEN – A Calhoun County supervisor plans to plead guilty to a federal charge that he solicited bribes. The trial of Earnest M. Fox, 66, of Bruce, set for Monday, was postponed until Nov. 7. Fox was indicted in December on two counts of interference with commerce by extortion and […]

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City seeks to fill out Tourism Committee

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – The city is seeking volunteers to help it pick projects for funding consideration with tourism tax dollars. The Houston Board of Aldermen voted prior to the Houston tourism tax referendum to create a 15 member tourism tax advisory committee – made up of people from across the community […]

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Chickasaw County legislator was near New York terrorist attack

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Mississippi Rep. Preston Sullivan, D-Okolona, was glad to be back at his Chickasaw County cattle farm late Thursday – less than a week after missing by about an hour being at the site of the New York City terrorist bombing. “We were on the train back […]

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EDITORIAL: Economic Fun

That’s a question every American can truthfully answer without one bit of guilt or shame. This country and this community was founded by capitalist who spotted an opportunity, put the wheels in motion and carried the proceeds from their labor to the bank. That opportunity comes to Houston this weekend with Annual Houston Flywheel Festival. […]

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Calhoun supervisor Earnest Fox plans to plead guilty

ABERDEEN (AP) – A Calhoun County supervisor plans to plead guilty to a federal charge that he solicited bribes. The trial of Earnest M. Fox of Bruce, set for Monday, was postponed until Nov. 7. Fox was indicted in December on two counts of interference with commerce by extortion and is free on $5,000 unsecured […]

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“Let’s consolidate the courthouses?”

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – At Friday’s budget hearing Betty Atkinson asked why supervisors didn’t consider consolidating its courthouses in Okolona and Houston, cut costs and reduce taxes. “I understand we pay $850 a month in rent and maintenance and expenses to that building cost us about $20,000 total a year,” said Atkinson. […]

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County approves $14.42 million budget

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – There are no across the board raises, the sheriff didn’t get all he wanted, election and tax collection services saw cuts and there will be no tax increase for 2017. The Chickasaw County Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 to approve a $14,426,440 budget for roads, departments and county […]

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EDITORIAL: Collecting Fines

Most of us have probably “run afoul of the law” and been given a citation that we were required to pay or hauled into court and justice served with a more hefty fee and fine. The good folks of this world, admit their blunder, promise the judge they will be more careful and pay their […]

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COLLEGE COSTS: Do your homework and save big bucks

. Dear Jill, Have you shared any tips from shopping for colleges with your oldest daughter? If not, will you be? Greg D. I’ve been receiving a few emails and messages asking about the path we chose for our daughter’s education, and I’d be happy to share some of the details with you. For a […]

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JAY HUGHES: The art of deflection from mental health cuts

Dear Editor, Real Issue: $55,000,000 “Staff Error” and $100,000,000-plus budget shortfall from $350,000,000 in prior corporate tax cuts handed out to the big donors. Pretend Issue: Let’s conduct a hearing and complain about $512,000 in travel expenses to attend federally-mandated certification programs, for an agency which receives half of its funding from federal dollars. Real […]

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