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Fred’s closes remaining stores as it files bankruptcy

By ASSOCIATED PRESS,

Discount retail and pharmacy chain Fred’s Inc. is filing for bankruptcy and closing its stores over the next two months.

While stores in Hattiesburg and other Pine Belt area venues have closed, the Purvis story at the intersection of Hwy. 11 and U.S. 589 has remained open. That will change with this latest development.




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Reality Check: Who’s really applying for all of those newly-available jobs at the poultry plants?

By ELIJAH JONES,

When I was a kid, there were very few residents of Hispanic origin here in Hattiesburg. We were a city of, basically, blacks and whites. I had a couple of Asian-American classmates at Hattiesburg's Blair High School, but all in all, ours was not much of an international city. Boy, has that ever changed. 






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Forrest County jail docket

Editor's note: Th following individuals were arrested and charged with misdemeanor or felony crimes and booked into the Forrest County Jail. The report is published in its entirety each Thursday as provided to The PineBelt NEWS from administrators with the Forrest County Jail.



Lamar County jail docket

By SUBMITTED REPORTS,

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following individuals were arrested and charged with misdemeanor or felony crimes and booked into the Lamar County Jail. The report is published in its entirety each Thursday as provided to The PineBelt NEWS from administrators with the Lamar County Jail.



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Hattiesburg educator earns teacher grant; school keeps federal grant status

By DAVID TISDALE,

Virginia Young, a teacher at the Hattiesburg Public School District’s Mary Bethune Achievement Center, was awarded a $500 teacher grant from the Retired Education Personnel of Mississippi Foundation, which she will use for a project she has developed to help students at the school learn more about the state and nation’s civil rights history.




NO PLACE LIKE HOME: Why live in Mississippi? Why NOT live in Mississippi?

By ROBERT ST. JOHN,

A few years ago, I spent a week in Northern California with a group of people who were gathered together from all over the country. One afternoon, someone turned to me and asked, “Where do you live?”

“Mississippi,” I replied.

“Oh, I’m sorry,” he said.

“Why would you be sorry?” I asked. 



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