PEARL – The monkey is finally off Joe Hartfield’s back, and an awful nickname won’t stick with him either.
The Oak Grove Fire Department celebrated two big events Tuesday night at Station No. 1 on Old Hwy. 24 across from the middle school.
Lamar County educators and students should be patting themselves on the backs and telling other people about their success after state Secretary of Education Dr. Carey Wright stopped at Oak Grove High School earlier this week on her Tour of Excellence to congratulate school districts that earned an “A” accreditation scores recently.
Lamar County high school students in the Purvis and Sumrall FFA chapters traveled to Indianapolis, Ind. last week for the 90th National FFA Convention. Sumrall had eight students who competed, while four Purvis students won awards.
The City of Petal Board of Aldermen voted to adopt an ordinance increasing the annual pay for the aldermen and Mayor Hal Marx at a regular meeting of the board on Tuesday. The ordinance will raise their salaries from $10,000 to $12,000 and $56,000 to $60,000, respectively.
Across the nation, school districts are experiencing a shortage of teachers as college students are shying away from pursuing a career in education and veteran educators are throwing up their hands and trying their luck elsewhere.
The Petal Arts Council will host its second meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 5:30 p.m.
The informational meeting will be held at Southern Canvas and will be an opportunity for Petal residents to learn more about the organization and share ideas to promote the arts in the city to bring about a vibrant arts community.
Each year, Petal School District names a Teacher of the Year at each of the five campuses. Paige Perkins, a second-grade gifted teacher, received the designation for Petal Primary School.
Teachers are nominated by their peers, reviewed by their principals and then are selected for this recognition.
The Mississippi Superintendents’ Collaborative member districts, made up of nine school districts from across the state, held the inaugural New Teachers’ Conference at The University of Southern Mississippi. Approximately 200 first-year teachers attended the conference.
The Coleman Center for Families and Children (CFFC) is typically bustling with activities designed to engage and teach children of all ages. A new program at the center will focus specifically on increasing social and emotional maturity in children.