Oak Grove freshman wins art and writing awards, free NY trip during the summer

By HASKEL BURNS,

When three of Summer Lee’s stories were recently honored regionally by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards – including two Gold Keys, a Silver Key, and a nomination for the American Voices Medal – the Oak Grove High School freshman took the recognition as an incredible honor and the beginning of a bright future.




Hattiesburg schools offering drive-thru lines for school supplies and materials

By HASKEL BURNS,

For parents like Evelyn Baker, who has two children in the Hattiesburg Public School District, the transition to at-home learning measures implemented because of COVID-19 just got a little easier with drive-thru supply stations set up at various schools across the district.


City Council plans April meetings at Jackie Dole Community Center

By HASKEL BURNS,

In keeping with guidelines, recommendations and regulations handed down by health and other local officials during the COVID-19 pandemic, Hattiesburg City Council has cut the number of its April meetings in half – from the usual four down to two – and will move those meetings from City Hall to a larger location.



Supervisors: Pop-up restaurants may temporarily operate in Lamar County

By HASKEL BURNS,

The Lamar County Board of Supervisors has adopted a temporary order that will temporarily allow pop-up restaurants to operate in the county, making it easier for residents to get their meals during the COVID-19 pandemic that has forced the closure of dining rooms throughout the area.




Forrest County sheriff’s office seeks to improve ease of access, transparency with new website

By HASKEL BURNS,

Following the recent swearing-in of new sheriff and administration, officials from the Forrest County Sheriff’s Office have developed a new website designed to improve transparency and allow citizens and staff better access to matters regarding the sheriff’s office and jail.



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