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Chickasaw consolidation passes Senate

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Efforts to consolidate school districts in Chickasaw County are continuing during the 2017 legislative session. On Thursday, the Senate passed legislation to merge the Chickasaw and Houston school districts with 16 senators in the 52-member chamber voting no. But legislation filed this year to merge the […]

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Okolona trustees approve teacher development

By Hank Wiesner Special to the Chickasaw Journal OKOLONA – The Okolona Municipal Separate School District School Board approved a teacher-oriented professional development program designed to produce better-educated students, and lead to improved student accountability test results. Trustees voted on an external partnership agreement with Core Educational Services for job-embedded professional development – a professional […]

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Volunteer/Donation information for tornado recovery

Special to the Chickasaw Journal PEARL – According to the National Weather Service, three confirmed tornadoes touched down Jan. 21-22, damaging more than 1,400 homes in eight counties and leaving more than 1,000 homes without power, mostly in the Hattiesburg area. To date, there are four confirmed deaths and 60 injuries associated with the storms. […]

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County contemplates paving project

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – It may be one way to get roads paved in Chickasaw County. Thomas Barnett, owner of Stinkin’ Jims Campground and Horse Ranch, approached the Chickasaw County Board of Supervisors last week seeking to get his road paved and he’s willing to pay the cost to have it done. […]

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Okolona gets MDAH grant for elevator

By Emma Crawford Kent Special to the Chickasaw Journal TUPELO – A grant from the Mississippi Department of Archives will allow the Okolona School District to install an elevator in its elementary school building. The MDAH announced $2 million in preservation grants on Friday, including $117,600 to Okolona. The Okolona Elementary School building was constructed […]

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Supervisors consider 2017 expenditures

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal OKOLONA – The county has held off making major purchases this fall and is eyeing revenue in the new year to make several major purchases. Faced with reduced revenue from state inmates and continuing to service bonds that built the Chickasaw County Regional Correctional Facility (CCRCF), supervisors have refrained from […]

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POLICE ROUNDUP: Store robbed, woman dies in fire, Alcorn sheriff convicted

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – Police are questioning one man and seeking others after the Sprint Mart on Highway 8 East was robbed Sunday night. Houston Police Chief Billy Voyles said two black males, dressed in black, entered the Sprint Mart about 9:20 Sunday night and jumped a female employee working in the […]

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Houston Sprint Mart robbed

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – Police are questioning one man and seeking others after the Sprint Mart on Highway 8 East was robbed Sunday night. Houston Police Chief Billy Voyles said two black males, dressed in black, entered the Sprint Mart about 9:20 Sunday night and jumped a female employee working in the […]

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EDITORIAL: Shop local

This is the time of year when people shop and this is also the time of year when community-oriented newspapers urge you to shop at home. We all know the reason for shopping at home when you spend money locally it strengthens the local economy. But do you really know the numbers? For every $100 […]

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Houlka aldermen hold budget hearing

By Hank Wiesner Special to the Chickasaw Journal HOULKA – A budget is just a financial road map for a city or business and Houlka has set a course for 2017. Houlka town aldermen met Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 6 p.m. at the Town Hall, covered a short agenda and adjourned soon after, according to […]

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County formally amends 2016 budget

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal OKOLONA – Chickasaw County Supervisors are watching spending closely and have amended the 2016 budget and are looking carefully at expenditures as they close out the year. The board formally amended the 2016 budget and while they have money in the bank, they are also eyeing pledged expenses and possible […]

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Few storms, small hail expected tonight and Thursday

By Zack Orsborn Daily Journal TUPELO – A few strong storms with gusty winds and small hail are expected in Northeast Mississippi late Thursday morning and throughout the evening hour. Zach Maye, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Memphis, said a front in the area will bring the chance of showers, but it’s not […]

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Former Miss. state senator Irb Benjamin pleads guilty to bribery

By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – A former state senator pleaded guilty in Mississippi’s prison contract bribery scandal Tuesday, becoming the sixth person to admit to guilt in the investigation centering on former Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps. Irb Benjamin of Madison pleaded guilty to one count of bribery before U.S. District Judge Henry T. […]

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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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