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Oak Grove freshman wins art and writing awards, free NY trip during the summer

By HASKEL BURNS,

When three of Summer Lee’s stories were recently honored regionally by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards – including two Gold Keys, a Silver Key, and a nomination for the American Voices Medal – the Oak Grove High School freshman took the recognition as an incredible honor and the beginning of a bright future.




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Payment to Southern Miss ‘doesn’t pass the smell test’

By JOSHUA WILSON,

Mississippi Today, the Jackson-based online news organization, recently wrote an eye-opening account of University of Southern Mississippi officials using $5 million in federal welfare funds – paid to them by the Mississippi Community Education Center – to build a state-of-the-art volleyball facility at the Hattiesburg campus.



Local schools implement at-home learning, feeding plans for current closures

By HASKEL BURNS,

With Gov. Tate Reeves’ recent order to close all public schools throughout Mississippi until April 17 to limit any chance of exposure to the coronavirus, local school officials have put together plans to ensure students still receive vital services, including online at-home learning and meal plans.



Former FCAHS teacher faces possible 30 years after pleading guilty to sexual battery

By HASKEL BURNS,

The former Forrest County Agricultural High School band director who was arrested last year for sexual activities with a child is facing a possible 30 years in prison after pleading guilty in Forrest County Circuit Court to one count of sexual battery in a position of trust or authority.


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Full Hearts

By ELIZABETH PORTER,
There’s no way to tell you how full my heart is.  
My niece and nephew haven’t gotten to spend much time, if any, with Matthew, so seeing him play with them just reminds me of how blessed we all are. And, of course, there’s Jason who bought Matthew Christmas books and has given him one every few days this year. 



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