Award-winning Petal High School speech and debate team headed to world tourney

By HASKEL BURNS,

Over the past couple of seasons, the Petal High Speech and Debate Team has put on impressive performances at competitions around the country, with showings at the Harvard National Invitational Forensics Tournament, the Delores Taylor Arthur School World Schools Invitational, and the Navy and Gold Debate and Speech Exhibition.







Delgado concerned about low wages and working conditions at Maximus call center

By HASKEL BURNS,

Hattiesburg City Councilwoman Deborah Delgado was recently joined by church leaders, activists and workers from the Maximus call center in delivering a letter of concern to Hattiesburg’s Cloverleaf Mall location, where workers have raised concerns over low pay, poor treatment and inadequate health benefits, among other issues.






Petal Upper Elementary student earns first chair at band directors association annual band clinic

By HASKEL BURNS,

When it comes to chair auditioning for the Bronze and Red bands in the Southeast Mississippi Band Directors Association’s annual band clinic, it’s pretty rare for a sixth-grader to audition with the seventh- and eighth-graders who usually make up that section of the competition.


Officials outline details of upcoming railroad overpass

By HASKEL BURNS,

Against the backdrop of a stationary Canadian National train, Mayor Toby Barker – along with other city, county and state officials – laid out the plan for a $5.39 million grant that will help build an overpass over that rail line in the East Jerusalem neighborhood, the first step in alleviating traffic congestion caused by trains in several do


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