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USM announces temporary waiver for graduate school test requirements

By STAFF REPORTS,

In response to current restrictions created by the COVID-19 health crisis, the University of Southern Mississippi is temporarily waiving requirements for the Graduate Management Admission Test and the Graduate Records Examinations for all Graduate School applicants during the summer and fall 2020 admission periods.




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Barker sets customer limits at essential retail, closes certain non-essential stores to help slow coronavirus

By HASKEL BURNS,

With the cases of COVID-19 in the local community almost tripling over a three-day period – rising from five presumptive positive cases to 14 in Forrest County as of Tuesday night – Mayor Toby Barker has issued another executive order that limits the number of customers at Hattiesburg businesses such as grocery stores and pharmacies, and closes


School officials: No closures, mass athletic event cancellations planned

By JOSHUA WILSON,

Local school districts are not planning closures or mass cancellations of athletic events at this time.

According to the Mississippi Department of Education, schools are required to consult state health officials – along with the county health department – to determine when it is appropriate to close a school.


Hattiesburg mayor orders restaurant dining rooms, entertainment venues to close; public gatherings limited to no more than 10 people

By JOSHUA WILSON,

Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker issued an executive order Saturday that shuts down restaurant dining rooms, closes entertainment venues and restricts public gatherings to no more than 10 people.

The executive order, 2020-2, goes into effect at midnight. It has the following provisions:


Delgado concerned about low wages and working conditions at Maximus call center

By HASKEL BURNS,

Hattiesburg City Councilwoman Deborah Delgado was recently joined by church leaders, activists and workers from the Maximus call center in delivering a letter of concern to Hattiesburg’s Cloverleaf Mall location, where workers have raised concerns over low pay, poor treatment and inadequate health benefits, among other issues.



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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.


Faculty, staff, students raise over $6K for Texas school district

By NIKKI SMITH,

Faculty, staff and students in Petal School District have been pinching pennies lately as a way to pay it forward to other districts affected by hurricanes.

After Petal was hit by a tornado in January, numerous school districts reached out to Petal School District to offer assistance.


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