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Girls Basketball Coach of the Year: O’Keefe defies odds in return to basketball

By ANDREW ABADIE,

When Matt O’Keefe took over Sacred Heart, the Lady Crusaders were 3-6 on the year.

However, after taking a 12-year hiatus from a successful coaching career, O’Keefe worked his magic touch and not only turned the program around but brought it a series of firsts.


PODCAST: 120 - All-Area Basketball Teams, Basketball Coaches of the Year, NCAA Eligibility

By ANDREW ABADIE,

On this week's episode of the PineBeltSPORTS Podcast, WDAM's Taylor Curet returns again to discuss the All-Area Basketball Teams and Coaches of the Year. Andrew and Taylor then breakdown the NCAA's vote to allow players to have an extra year of eligibility and what that means for the sports world.

 



City Council plans April meetings at Jackie Dole Community Center

By HASKEL BURNS,

In keeping with guidelines, recommendations and regulations handed down by health and other local officials during the COVID-19 pandemic, Hattiesburg City Council has cut the number of its April meetings in half – from the usual four down to two – and will move those meetings from City Hall to a larger location.


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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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