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Sometimes it seems like the Mississippi Department of Education can’t get out of its own way. Last Thursday was one of those times.
Last week, the department sent newspapers and other media outlets in the state its annual ratings for school districts and individual schools.
He may very well be one of the best-known people in Hattiesburg, but most folks know very little about him – other than his friendly waves and loud oo-gah horn.
The Pine Belt’s waving motorcyclist is Billy Brier. And, no, he’s not crazy. He has a regular job, is married, and is a Navy veteran.
Officials at the University of Southern Mississippi have plenty to be proud of this week. For the first time in university history, more than 2,000 first-time, full-time freshmen have enrolled at USM. That’s an 11 percent increase from last fall and a whopping 35 percent increase from the prior year.
The newly-formed Midtown Merchants Association of Hattiesburg is actively seeking new members to join its effort to unite and promote the area being billed as “the heartbeat of Hattiesburg.”
Keri Ray Galey, the organization’s membership coordinator, said the initial response has been overwhelming.
The American Civil Liberties Union restated the obvious when it comes to incarceration in Mississippi.
This state has long had a history of locking up too many people, doling out overly harsh sentences and being toughest on those with the least resources to defend themselves.
A university’s single biggest task is to take high school graduates and other young people and give them the tools for success as adults.
But larger institutions have many other missions, and one of the most impressive at the University of Southern Mississippi is the DuBard School for Language Disorders.