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$447K: Petal Education Foundation supports scholarships, grants for district teachers

By HASKEL BURNS,

In her role as executive director of the Petal Education Foundation, Leahne Lightsey often has the opportunity to play Santa Claus, as evidenced by the $447,000 in scholarship awards gifted since the organization’s inception in 1987 and the $69,900 awarded in teacher Mini-Grants since 2005.





AG opinion could pave way for state retirees to seek public office

By HASKEL BURNS,

Although Ben Burnett has had notions in the past of serving in the Mississippi Legislature, he had never given it real consideration, given that he would have had to suspend his pension as a retired state employee as per regulations from the Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi.


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