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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.
Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson visited Nature’s Gourmet Farm in Petal, touring the newly- expanded on-farm poultry processing facility that is owned and operated by Ben Simmons. Others in attendance included State Senator Angela Hill and a customer of Nature’s Gourmet Farm, Helen Rayburn.
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.
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.
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.
SUMRALL – It’s been three decades since the Sumrall Bobcats have had this kind of start to a season. For the first time since 1988, the Bobcats are 5-0, with the latest win coming Friday night – a 33-20 decision over the Richton Rebels.
Mary Jane Lawler, a native of Hattiesburg, is polishing her talent and packing her bags as she prepares for a trip down Atlantic City’s boardwalk and runway.
The Presbyterian Christian boys’ basketball team has experienced a memorable season after winning the regular-season conference title and securing a bye for the MAIS 4A D1 Conference Tournament. Behind the success of the team is sophomore shooting guard Sam McCrary.
A Lamar County man who allegedly kidnapped a 6-year-old relative has been arrested in Birmingham, Alabama, and is waiting extradition back to his home county.
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: