As a result of budget cuts in Petal’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget – which went into effect Oct. 1 – several changes will be made at the Petal branch of the Library of Hattiesburg, Petal & Forrest County, including closing on Wednesdays and not renewing newspaper or magazine subscriptions.
A federal judge has sided with the City of Petal in a 2017 police-officer involved shooting that left a man dead, saying the officer was justified in his actions because of the behavior of the individual.
Petal School District officials have said it time and again: the reason for the district’s continued success lies directly with the district’s people, particularly the teachers.
After 10 years of helming Petal’s highest political seat, Mayor Hal Marx has announced his retirement at the end of the current term, saying he will not run for a fourth term in 2021.
The Fiscal Year 2020 budget that was recently passed by the Petal Board of Aldermen will stand and go into effect Oct. 1, as the board voted during a special-called meeting Monday to override Mayor Hal Marx’s previous veto of the budget.
With enrollment at more than 4,100 and rising in the Petal School District, officials have taken the last year or so to seek out a plot of land on which to build a new school – more than likely an elementary school – to accommodate that increasing number of students.
Petal Mayor Hal Marx has followed through on his plan to veto the recently-passed Fiscal Year 2020 budget – as well as the recent increase to monthly water rates – setting up a meeting at 6 p.m. Sept. 23 at Petal City Hall during which the Petal Board of Aldermen will decide whether to override the vetoes.
Two area school districts are among the Top 10 in the state in this year’s Mississippi Statewide Accountability System: the Petal School District, which has earned the No. 1 spot in the state for the third time in the last five years, and the Lamar County School District, which placed ninth in the state.
In the two years the Petal Police Department has sponsored the Car Show at the City of Petal Fall Festival, the event has paid dividends for the department’s Shop With a Cop program - $1,371 in 2016 and $1,650 in 2018.