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Lawmakers to review consolidation

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal CHICKASAW COUNTY – The Mississippi Legislature will now decide the details of consolidation to join Houston, Okolona and Houlka school. A report by the Commission on Chickasaw County School Consolidation has been written and heads to lawmakers this week and the Legislature could vote this spring on how Chickasaw County’s […]

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Chickasaw DARE graduates stand ready

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOULKA/OKOLONA – Teaching your kids to make good choices is the goal of every parent, teacher and Chickasaw County DARE Officer Keith Roberson. A career law enforcement officer, Roberson tells kids drugs will steal their dreams, drugs will scar their family and drugs will ruin their health and he uses […]

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MDOT reporting icy road conditions in Chickasaw County

Special to the Chickasaw Journal Icy road conditions have been reported in Northeast Mississippi. The Mississippi Department of Transportation said Tuesday morning that there is ice on roads and bridges in several counties. Crews are working to place salt and slag on the affected bridges. Ice has been reported in Alcorn, Benton, Chickasaw, Itawamba, Lee, […]

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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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EDITORIAL: Merry Christmas

Reading the Christmas editorials in old bound volumes of the Chickasaw Journal is always an experience that makes us smile and one that also pulls at our heart. Your Chickasaw Journal – Times Post to many of you – has always been a mirror of our community and a sobering reflection of what is going […]

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HARDWOOD: Houlka downs Houston

By Ethan Turner Special to the Chickasaw Journal HOULKA – As the Houston Hilltoppers traveled to Houlka to face the Wildcats, both teams were looking to gain momentum in this rivalry game. In two highly competitive matchups, the Lady Wildcats and Wildcats of Houlka defeated the Lady Hilltoppers and Hilltoppers 44-40 and 56-52 respectively. In […]

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Spencer named HHS Student of Month

Special to the Chickasaw Journal Charles Wayne Spencer, a senior, is the September Student of the Month at Houston High School. Upon graduation, Spencer plans to attend Ole Miss and pursue a career in pharmacy. Spencer plays wide receiver for the HHS Football Team and is an infielder for the 2016 4A State Championship Hilltopper […]

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JAY HUGHES: Are schools worth fighting for?

Dear Editor, Why do I fight for Mississippi public schools, students and educators? Over 490,000 Mississippi children attend public K-12 schools. All of today’s children are our future workers, educators, providers, protectors, leaders, criminals, prisoners, unemployed, etc. – their K-12 education determines their path. No child gets to choose its parents, their parents’ education level, […]

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TOPPER PRIDE: Houston High School PTO forms, host fundraiser.

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – Deep pockets solve lots of problems and Houston High School’s newly formed PTO has a fundraiser aimed at raising dollars and showing a little Topper Pride. Local businesses and the school are selling car tags sporting either the Houston Topper Pride or Topper Nation logos in maroon and […]

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Area School Report Card

Special to the Chickasaw Journal Mississippi Statewide Accountability System assigns a performance rating of A, B, C, D, and F for each school and district based on established criteria regarding student achievement, college readiness, graduation rate and other factors. CHICKASAW COUNTY GRADES: Mississippi has 144 school districts and Oxford and Jefferson County are given for […]

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Superintendents comment on school grades

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – Educators understand tests, grades and their value as a measure of learning. The grades Chickasaw County’s three school districts and individual school scores came out recently and Houston, Okolona and Houlka superintendents have each been asked to comment on those scores, tell what they mean and what plans […]

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Houston seeks to improve attendance

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal CHICKASAW COUNTY – Education is the only chance some kids get in life and they can’t get an education if they are not in school. The Houston School District has formed an Attendance Committee and charged them with seeking ways to both enforce attendance and reward students for coming to […]

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EDITORIAL: Demanding excellence

State school grades for our three school districts will come out in the next week or two. At this writing this newspaper does not know what kind of grade Houston, Houlka or Okolona will get. We will take this opportunity to say the marks local schools get is a very important measure. As any parent […]

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NANCY LOOME: MDE rating guarantees maximum failure

Dear Editor, The State Board of Education has voted in favor of a dramatic change to the school rating system, one that sets in stone the number of schools and school districts that can be rated in each of the A through F categories in a given year. Exactly 10-percent of schools will be allowed an […]

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