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At the Petal School District mid-year convocation, the district announced both the overall Petal Teacher and Administrator of the Year.

A holiday tradition for the past 28 years, Lewis Lights on White Chapel Road outside of Purvis has entertained thousands of visitors each holiday season.

The Hub City area has joined in an effort to help the owner of one of Hattiesburg’s oldest businesses as he and his family try to find medical resources in a battle against one of the rarest forms of cancer.

On this week’s episode of The PineBeltSPORTS Podcast, winter sports take center stage. First, sports editor Camal Petro details where the area soccer teams stand with less than a month left on the schedule.

The metropolitan area around Hattiesburg has blossomed economically as shown through the November unemployment figures as Mississippi recorded its lowest unemployment rate in history at 4.8 percent.


Artist Heidi Pitre puts a face on public art installment

By BUSTER WOLFE,

Heidi Pitre had been spurred on for the past two years to paint something on the side of the Grove Transit building on Hardy Street across from the Hattiesburg Zoo. Painting something that large was a journey into the unknown for the New Orleans native now splitting time between Hattiesburg and Austin, Texas.






Oak Grove marching band earns first place in state competition

By BUSTER WOLFE,

The Oak Grove High School Marching Band set its sights on being the best band in the state, which it achieved when it brought home the huge first-place trophy.

For the first time, the Warriors were the best Class 6A marching band in the state. And the entire school and community celebrated the success.







Secretary of Education congratulates district on 'A' rating

By BUSTER WOLFE,

Lamar County educators and students should be patting themselves on the backs and telling other people about their success after state Secretary of Education Dr. Carey Wright stopped at Oak Grove High School earlier this week on her Tour of Excellence to congratulate school districts that earned an “A” accreditation scores recently.



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