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The petition in favor of allowing alcohol sales in Lamar County didn’t get quite enough signatures to allow the measure to be placed on the Aug.
The future of one or more Hattiesburg Public School District elementary schools is uncertain as the district explores options to maximize its financial resources.
The large pavilion at Hinton Park in Petal will no longer be available on a rental basis, as the Petal Board of Aldermen voted Tuesday to discontinue that option for financial reasons.
Magic carpet rides, excursions to the depths of the sea, trips to outer space and other classroom adventures will be much easier for Pine Belt-area students, thanks to the good folks at Anderson D

Summertime memories of Pine Island and how my mother – and a boat – saved our family when we needed it the most


Memories come in all shapes, sizes, sounds, smells, and sights. Occasionally a song strikes a note that trips a memory, other times we’ll see something that reminds us of another thing, that reminds us of still another thing.

Sometimes all of those components come together at once to bring back a vivid recollection.

$600K Grant: WCU pilots new ‘teacher residency’ program


William Carey University has received a three-year, $600,000 grant from the Mississippi Department of Education to administer the Teacher Residency Program. It seeks to make new elementary school teachers “effective on day one” by providing them with more classroom experience and access to mentor teachers while they’re still in college.

Farmers Market: Farm fresh produce available again July 20


It’s what we have been waiting for… homegrown tomatoes, sweet corn, watermelon, cantaloupe, peas, beans and a plethora of other vegetables. The Petal Farmer’s Market will have all of it and more on Saturday, July 20 from 9:00 – 12:00.  Produce farmers will be on hand as well as a variety of arts, crafts, and food vendors.

Longleaf Elementary School teacher headed to D.C. for White House History Teacher Institute


Last year, when Longleaf Elementary School teacher Beverly Blackmon applied for the White House History Teacher Institute – a week-long educational experience offered by the White House Historical Association – she was put on a wait list.

No problem.