Thanks to a partnership between Petal High School and Pearl River Community College, 10 Petal 11th-graders are getting the opportunity for a head start on their college career in the schools’ Bridge Program.
The Petal and Lamar County school districts showed up and showed out during this year’s Mississippi Statewide Accountability System, with Petal earning the No. 1 school district in the state and Lamar County placing ninth in the state.
When it comes to annual salaries in his department, Petal Police Chief Matthew Hiatt doesn’t expect his $52,500 – or the average $37,395 of his officers – to match up with cities that have the tax base or population of, for example, Hattiesburg.
As a result of budget cuts in Petal’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget – which went into effect Oct. 1 – several changes will be made at the Petal branch of the Library of Hattiesburg, Petal & Forrest County, including closing on Wednesdays and not renewing newspaper or magazine subscriptions.
A federal judge has sided with the City of Petal in a 2017 police-officer involved shooting that left a man dead, saying the officer was justified in his actions because of the behavior of the individual.
Victoria Terrell, owner of Vikki Layne’s restaurant on Walnut Street in downtown Hattiesburg, would have liked to think that 2019 was a more progressive time – a time where, hopefully, racism was fading away.
Each year, only one high school in the nation is honored with the National Performing Arts School of Excellence Award, awarded by the National Federation of State High School Associations as part of National Performing Arts Activities Week and National High School Activities Month.
Two fire grading districts in Lamar County have improved their class ratings from the Mississippi State Rating Bureau, leading to savings in homeowners insurance rates for residents in those districts.
Three local school districts are in full swing with Project SEARCH, an initiative hosted by Forrest General Hospital that provides a one-year transition program for high school students with developmental disabilities.