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Chancellor’s injunction keeps Clay County schools open

Published in print October 14, 2015 Restraining order comes after board vote to close; hearing set next Monday CELINA-“Pursuant to an injunction order from chancellor Ronald Thurman, Clay County Schools will remain open until further notice,” a statement from the Clay County Schools central office said late Friday afternoon. The news came just hours after […]

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Clay County High School again achieves “Reward School” status

Published in print August 5, 2015 School learns it’s ranked among state’s top 5% the 2nd year in a row amid shut-down controversy By THOMAS P. WEAVER HORIZON Editor NASHVILLE-After enduring summer-long budget drama and preparing for a possible mid-session shut down, Clay County High School (CCHS) principal Melissa White finally got some good news […]

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Clay County school budget Q&A with Director Jerry Strong

Published in print July 29, 2015 CLAY COUNTY-With the pending shut down of Clay County schools looming in early October if the system receives no additional funding and the issue reaching regional and statewide media outlets, schools director Jerry Strong continued his explanation of the financial dilemma this week with a submitted question and answer […]

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Clay County school funding decision follows eventful budget meeting

The Clay County Commission’s decision not to give the school system additional funding didn’t come without drama here last week at the governing body’s budget meeting.
Much discussion was heard by those in attendance, including comments from both sides and from the public.
Director of schools Jerry Strong kicked off the dialogue by explaining

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Clay County School board tax hike pitch will be heard on Monday

Under direction of the Clay County School Board, schools director Jerry Strong and his staff will pitch a 20-cent property tax increase to members of the Clay County budget committee here next Monday night at a budget meeting held after the July 6 regular commission meeting at the Clay County Government Complex.
Board members voted last month to propose the smaller increase after a $45 wheel tax hike to fund an additional $300,000 the school system requested was rejected in a May county budget meeting.

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School board proposed wheel tax hike dies in county budget meeting

A proposed $45 wheel tax increase fell by the wayside here at a county budget meeting late last month, according to school board chairman David West.
“They basically rejected the idea,” West told the HORIZON Monday. “Now we’re heading back to the drawing board this week.”
In their May meeting, the school board unanimously voted to “approve the 2015-16 general purpose school budget and to request that the county commission raise the wheel tax by $45 to fund the increase,” recently released minutes from May 21 said.
West explained the increase “was about $300,000

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Field to be dedicated in Boswell’s honor

CELINA-In their January meeting, school board members voted to “dedicate the softball field at Clay County High School in honor of former coach Richard Boswell,” minutes said. The longtime coach, school psychologist, and supervisor of special education passed away June 17, 2014 at the age of 60.  See a future HORIZON for timing of a […]

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Clay County fairest earns award at state

NASHVILLE-Jacqueline West, Clay County Fairest of the Fair for 2014, recently competed in the state-wide pageant, winning the 2015 Golden Shoe award. The Golden Shoe is presented to the contestant who designs and makes the best commemorative shoe. All pageant contestants are eligible for this prestigious award. “The state fairest of the fair pageant was […]

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Lynn elected to FSA committee

CLAY COUNTY-Todd Lynn took office January 1, 2015 as the newly elected Jackson/Clay County Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committee representative for LAA 1 (local administrative area) here. Lynn was seated after being elected by eligible farmers and others with interests in agricultural operations. Mailed in ballots were tallied after the December 1, 2014 voting […]

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New monthly music event to benefit Clay County Cares

CELINA-Hometown Pickin’ & Grinnin’ begins its monthly show benefiting Clay County Cares, January 31st, 6-9 p.m. at the Women’s building on the Clay County fairgrounds here. Hometown Pickin’ & Grinnin’ will feature local and regional singers and performers as well as regular appearances by the band Music Boys. “Tom Watson, Don Sherrell, and I wanted to do something to […]

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Newest Clay County Sports Hall of Fame members

The Clay County Sports Hall of Fame (HOF) inducted a fifth group of honorees over the weekend. Entering the HOF were (bottom row, left to right) Craig Ogletree, Billy Smith Jr., Derrick Anderson, Chase Stephens, Betty Melton Smith, Suzanne Cherry Wayman, Carlene Bean Browning representing her father Ray Bean, (back row, left to right) Walt […]

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Cumberland River Hospital earns gold seal for accreditation

CELINA-Cumberland River Hospital (CRH) has earned the Gold Seal of Approval for Hospital Accreditation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations by meeting or exceeding national standards for health care quality and safety. The accreditation award recognizes Cumberland River Hospital’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards. Cumberland River Hospital […]

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Clay County Opry to debut monthly performances January 24

CELINA-Begining January 24, 2015 at noon and continuing the fourth Saturday of each month the Clay County Opry will return to the square here with open mic and karaoke performances by local and regional talent followed by a featured Country, Blues, Gospel, Bluegrass, Jazz, or Southern Rock band. The event is a joint effort of […]

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