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The benefit of experience: Okolona man's life filled with lessons learned

February 6, 2017 by Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

The Egypt native and Okolona resident admits there were times in his younger days when his anger got the better of him. Some lessons have been harder to learn than others, but he found out people were willing to help as long as he was willing to put in ...

Eagles set to open region play against visiting Okolona

September 29, 2016 by Webster Progress Times

Webster Progress TimesOkolona's 1-5 record isn't fooling second-year Eupora High School head football coach Stephen Edwards. Not even for a second. “Everybody in this league (Region 4-2A) can beat you,” Edwards said. “There are no weak links.” The 4-2 Eagles of Eupora ...

In Focus: Okolona College

March 7, 2016 by Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

Northeast Mississippi Daily JournalThe Okolona Normal and Industrial School was founded in 1902 by Dr. Wallace A. Battle. It educated African-Americans through high school and provided industrial training for young adults. At its peak, it had an enrollment of more than 200 students. The ...

Changes for the better: Okolona woman beats the odds, follows her dreams

February 22, 2016 by Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

Northeast Mississippi Daily JournalIn 2000, a restless Boatman moved to Atlanta. Two years later, she started school to become a medical assistant, working in a pediatric clinic to help pay for her education. She married a police officer, Brett Bousquet, and thought her fairy-tale life ...

Lawmakers Look to Consolidate at Least 10 School Districts

February 18, 2016 by Jackson Free Press

(AP) — Mississippi lawmakers want to abolish two school districts and consolidate at least eight others, part of a renewed push to pare down the state's 144 school districts to increase efficiency. #The Senate Education ... #The committee also voted ...

2015 High School Football Tour – Stop #54: Okolona

August 14, 2015 by WCBI

WCBIOKOLONA, Miss. (WCBI) — Okolona wants to take the next step towards being a powerhouse in 2A. They certainly have the talent and speed to do it. Head coach Jack Clark returns for the Chieftains as this year's team, more than most, has the potential to ...

Seniors give 2A Bay Springs its first state title

March 14, 2015 by Jackson Clarion Ledger

Jackson Clarion LedgerAnd it'll be the last. The eighth-year coach said he'll frame the suit to preserve history after his Bay Springs Bulldogs defeated Okolona 74-58 in the MHSAA Class 2A boys finals at the Mississippi Coliseum. "My wife bought this suit on Thursday ...

Okolona knocks down Bassfield en route to 2A semis

March 9, 2015 by Jackson Clarion Ledger

Jackson Clarion LedgerBoth start, and a third freshman, Cameron Smith, came off the bench and had a team-high 12 points in 15. "They've been playing all year," Okolona coach Arteria Clifton said. "I wanted to play those freshmen early in the year so at this time they would ...

Deep South justice in Ferguson

November 29, 2014 by Washington Post

Washington PostMy 102-year-old mother-in-law, Henryne Walker Stewart Goode, whom we buried a week ago at the Walker family cemetery in Okolona, Miss., often told an unforgettable story at our kitchen table. ... But the white farmer who owned the dog retaliated ...

Montgomery terminated as Thompson football coach

November 4, 2014 by Shelby County Reporter

Shelby County ReporterMontgomery played collegiately at Mississippi State University from 1989-1992 after graduating from Okolona High School in Okolona, Miss. He took over the Thompson football program after back-to-back one-year coaching stints by Bruce Hill in 2010 and ...

Charles 'CJ' McClendon

September 27, 2014 by Beloit Daily News

He was a graduate of Chickasaw Consolidated High School in Houston, MS. He attended Okolona College in Okolona, MS., prior to his being drafted into the U.S. Army on September 27, 1967. CJ was a Vietnam War veteran having fought in Vietnam until his ...

State Takeovers: A Fix for Failing School Districts?

March 26, 2014 by Jackson Free Press

Jackson Free PressThe release cited Okolona's progress: the district met all but three state accreditation standards and every senior at Okolona High School was set to graduate that month. #But one year after the state left, 73 percent of students in the district ...

Are state takeovers fixing Mississippi's failing districts?

March 26, 2014 by The Hechinger Report

The Hechinger ReportHAZLEHURST, Miss. — When the state took control of the Hazlehurst City school district in 2008, the small rural district was in chaos and suffering from abysmal academic performance. Student folders had gaps where grades and attendance records should ...

Mississippi State student dies in car accident

May 8, 2012 by The Commercial Dispatch

The Commercial DispatchSTARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University lost one of its happiest students, her classmates said. Katherine Elizabeth "Katie Beth" Carruth, 21, died Friday evening in a single-car accident just south of Okolona, as she was returning to her home in ...

Calhoun Countians honored at 4th Annual MLK Banquet in Pittsboro

April 23, 2012 by Calhoun County Journal

Mr. Dobbs worked in the West Point School District for 25 years during which he served as assistant junior high principal, assistant superintendent and interim superintendent. After retiring from the school district, he was employed as Vice-President ...

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