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Results from the 2018-19 Mississippi Academic Assessment program, released Thursday by the Mississippi Department of Education, show several Forrest and Lamar county schools performing well above the state average in proficiency rankings, and in many instances, in the top 10 in Mississippi.
Kindergarten students at South Forrest are No. 1 in the state for the last school year based on Mississippi K-3 Assessment Support testing, Forrest County School District Superintendent Brian Freeman reported at the district’s board of directors meeting August 12.
One man is dead after a fight and shooting on Little Black Creek Road, in an incident which police believe was self-defense.
Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel said deputies were called to the scene shortly before 7 p.m. Sunday. Upon arriving, officers found a 31-year-old white male suffering from two gunshot wounds.
Despite recent budget cuts that many Petal residents worried would end youth sports in the Friendly City, Mayor Hal Marx said city officials are working with the Petal Sports Association to ensure those activities will continue in the city.
Hattiesburg police are conducting a death investigation regarding a Tuesday shooting and automobile wreck.
As Lamar County’s Rebekah Williams was named Mississippi’s Distinguished Young Woman Saturday night in Meridian, she also became the fourth state title holder from the Pine Belt.
Officials at the Petal School District are no strangers to recognition and awards, including being honored as the No. 1 school district in the state for the 2016-17 school year and receiving the highest rating in Mississippi’s accountability system two years ago.
In a hint to Forrest County’s budget for the upcoming year, Board of Supervisors President David Hogan said during Monday’s board meeting that county taxpayers would not see an increase in millage for the upcoming fiscal year.
“We will basically be at level funding for this next fiscal year,” Hogan said.
In an effort to take matters into their own hands, members of the Hattiesburg Tourism Commission filed a lawsuit against their own insurance company this week in hopes of recovering some $423,000 that newly-appointed Mississippi State Auditor Shad White says should be returned to taxpayers.
As of July 1, Marcus Boyles is back as the Petal Panthers head football coach.
The Mississippi high school coaching legend announced his retirement from his athletics director and head coach positions in March, but took back the reins last week.
Sumrall Police Department’s new chief is a familiar face – and the first woman to ever hold that position.
During a ceremony Monday at Sumrall Town Hall, Mayor Heath Sumrall named Elsie Cowart as the new police chief. Cowart, who has served as assistant chief since October, replaces former chief Tony Kepper, who resigned Aug. 31.
A former treasurer for the Oloh Fire Department has been arrested for allegedly embezzling thousands of dollars from the organization, including making payments to her personal credit card using the fire department's bank account.
With less than three minutes to go in Saturday night’s football game between Laurel and Hattiesburg, a disturbance of some kind sent players and fans scrambling off the field and out of the stands for some 20 minutes before play resumed.
On this week’s episode of The PineBeltSPORTS Podcast Lumberton coach Zach Jones and Petal wide receiver Trent Williams join the show for separate interview.
The public record of the past week’s felony arrests from the Forrest County Sheriff’s office includes the following reports. Information is provided by the sheriff’s office and Hattiesburg and Petal police departments. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law: