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Cheers went up from the crowd as dapperly-attired men and beautifully-dressed women, boys and girls emerged from convertibles which made their way around the circular drive in front of the Arc’s Multipurpose Center Monday night.

With approximately 68,000 Vietnam veterans in the state of Mississippi, the Hattiesburg Veterans Committee is working to give these men and women a token of thanks for their service.

Petal School District said goodbye to nine employees of Petal schools with a retirement reception May 12. Loraine Thigpen, of Americus, Georgia, is wrapping up 29 years in education after spending over nine years with Petal School District.

Hattiesburg residents David Busby, Adrian Baker and Debbie Everett all brought his or her own story and memories to the corner of East Fourth and Ryan Streets in downtown Hattiesburg Monday night.

Caroline Bell, a senior at Purvis High School, was recognized as STAR student based on her composite score of 33 on the ACT.

“It's a wonderful honor,” Bell said. “I'm so proud to be able to represent my school in this way.”

Mississippi’s graduation rate improved significantly from 2011 to 2015, inching closer to the national average. But it’s dropout rate also fell from the previous year.

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