WDAM Investigates: Scoring coaching supplements

Under the stadium lights, Friday nights in the Fall are largely reserved for football in the Pine Belt. All that action on the gridiron, has a lot of head coaches cashing in off the field.

  More choices for Generation Z, many skipping college for careers

USM ranked among nation’s top universities in leading research

Mississippi’s graduation rate rises to all-time high

USM Police to train bomb sniffing, tracking dog

Pine Belt teachers chosen to receive environmental education grants

Pine Belt schools participate in state ACT prep program

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MS Dept. of Education releases 2017-18 superintendent’s annual report

Kids can enter Doodle for Google contest, win $30K scholarship

Jones County bus routes affected by flood damage

HPSD receives $2.1 million ‘early learning’ grant

Petal School District names teacher, administrator of the year

Wayne County schools to delay start time this week

Mississippi receiving federal grant for preschool programs

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says the state is receiving a $10.6 million federal grant for preschool programs.

MS Board of Education approves five new early learning collaboratives

The Mississippi Board of Education voted Thursday to add five new early learning centers across the state to provide high-quality early childhood education programs to 4-year-old students.

  $20 million in construction, renovation at USM to wrap up in 2019

Two large construction projects at the University of Southern Mississippi will be wrapping up in the coming months.

Columbia High School cheerleaders win state championship

After several months of intense training, the Columbia High School cheerleaders are state champions.

William Carey continues to see enrollment growth

More than 200 graduate in Class 49 Youth Challenge

HPSD fights chronic absenteeism

Columbia High presents Madrigal Renaissance Feast

Students rewarded for reaching reading goals

USM Sigma Chi to vacate fraternity house

  Trump administration changes school lunch guidelines

President Donald Trump’s new policies on school lunches will be less strict, allowing more foods as an option like noodles, biscuits, tortillas and other refined foods made with grains.

Pine Belt schools celebrate excellence in education

Mississippi Superintendent of Education Dr. Carey Wright has been on the road throughout the state celebrating the state’s highest performing districts.

Trump administration rolls back Obama-era guidelines for school lunches

The U.S. school lunch program is making room on menus again for noodles, biscuits, tortillas and other foods made mostly of refined grains.

MDE holding lottery for special needs scholarship program

The Mississippi Department of Education is holding a lottery next week for parents of students with disabilities who would like to claim state money to remove their children from public schools to seek other educational services.

Laurel School District holds job fair

The school district is looking for new teachers and hires. If you are interested in becoming apart of the Laurel School District family, visit their website at

Behind the walls of Eureka School

The 97-year-old building is being transformed into a civil rights museum by the Hattiesburg Convention Commission.

  Students surprised with bikes and helmets for good behavior

Academy Sports and Outdoors partnered with Purvis Upper Elementary school to host its 17th bike giveaway.

Laurel HS CTC expands business partnerships

The Laurel High School Career and Technical Center is working to establish business and industry partnerships to provide curriculum support and job placement opportunities for students.

New dean named for WCU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine

Newly appointed dean of the the College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Italo Subbarao, sat down with Jessica Bowman to talk about his new role and the future of the College of Osteopathic Medicine.

USM announces $8.7 million commitment from Luckyday Foundation

The University of Southern Mississippi announced Friday that the Luckyday Foundation of Ridgeland will be continuing its support of the Luckyday Citizenship Scholars Program at Southern Miss with a commitment of more than $8.7 million through the USM Foundation.

PRCC president touts new developments in State of the College speech

The president of Pearl River Community College presented a first-ever speech Wednesday to update students, faculty and staff on the growth and development of the college.

“Lighting the Way for the Holidays” kicks off Christmas season at USM

The University of Southern Mississippi has officially kicked off the holiday season on campus.

Study experts visit Purvis Middle School math students

Study experts from Algebra Nation, an online assistance program, surprised the students at school encouraging them to continue working hard.

WCU Nursing grads post 100 percent pass rate on licensure exam

The new graduates have entered professional roles in caring for patients throughout south Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Texas, Minnesota, Arizona, and Alaska.

Woodley Elementary School celebrates being rated B school

Woodley Elementary School in Hattiesburg hosted a High Achievement Awards Ceremony and Celebration on Friday in the Woodley Auditorium.

GOOD NEWS: Petal student-athlete bound for Ivy League

A Petal Panther is headed to an Ivy League school with a scholarship.

Mississippi Polymer Institute celebrates 25 years

The Mississippi Polymer Institute is celebrating a quarter century of assisting polymer and advanced materials businesses around the world.

New video showcases drawings of young students in WCU art program

A new music video produced by William Carey University is showcasing the drawings of some young Hattiesburg students who’ve been participating in an intensive art program.

HHS, PRCC partnering in dual enrollment program for high school juniors

Eleven Hattiesburg High School students are set to be the first to graduate with their diplomas and two-year college degrees.

Clinton police officers ride along on city school buses

Following complaints and concerns about drivers going around school buses or not stopping, Clinton police board buses to lookout for violators.

USM hosts entrepreneurship event for non-business majors

Some University of Southern Mississippi students became teachers Tuesday afternoon and helped fellow students learn how to start their own business.

William Carey receives check for music therapy

The Greater Pine Belt Community Foundation presented $19,000 to the school’s Adaptive Music Therapy program.

  Tuition assistance program announced for Hattiesburg, Forrest County

Students will have the opportunity to continue their education with tuition assistance.

First phase of renovations at PRCC’s Forrest County Center nearing completion

The first phase of major renovations at the Forrest County Center of Pearl River Community College is nearing completion.

MDE releases results of Kindergarten Readiness Assessment

The Mississippi Department of Education released the results of of its fall 2018 Kindergarten Readiness Assessment on Friday.

USM students react to Thousand Oaks bar shooting

Some University of Southern Mississippi students said shootings like the one in Thousand Oaks make you ask, "What if?"

Ole Miss chancellor announces resignation

The chancellor at Ole Miss has announced that he will resign from the position early next year.

Simpson County School District investigating noose found at Mendenhall Jr. High

The school district is currently investigating who is responsible, and why was there a rope resembling a noose at the school.

Call to action for drivers to pay more attention around school buses

Recent tragedies across the country are drawing attention to the plea for drivers to pay attention in school bus zones.

Mississippi community learning centers receive $16.2 million in federal funds

Mississippi community learning centers receive $16.2 million in federal funds

Buster the Bus teaches kids bus safety

Jones County School District elementary students learned a lesson on bus safety from a talking bus named Buster.

PRCC lineman program graduates first class

Thirteen men are the first graduates of a lineman development program that’s the result of a partnership between Chain Electric Company and Pearl River Community College.

Columbia High Launches Student-Run Credit Union

Some students at Columbia High School through their school’s partnership with Ferguson Credit Union are getting the opportunity to learn how to manage money at an early age.

George County students celebrate hard work, big dreams with music video

Elementary students in George County released a lip-dub video over the weekend with a message about hard work, big dreams, and being oneself.

USM study looks at Coast residents’ resiliency

The University of Southern Mississippi is in the middle of a study looking at Coast residents' resilience against disasters, both natural and man-made. Students are going door to door with a survey in an effort to judge where people on the coast are in terms of being prepared.

USM hosting third annual JROTC STEM Invitational

Dozens of JROTC cadets are at the University of Southern Mississippi for a two-day conference to learn about computer science applications for cybersecurity and national defense.

USM gets DOD contract to test security technology

The University of Southern Mississippi has a new $4.73 million contract with the U.S. Department of Defense to identify DOD technology and equipment that can increase public safety and improve homeland security.

Registration deadline near for USM Saturday Gifted Studies Program

The registration deadline is approaching for the 2019 Saturday Gifted Studies Program at the University of Southern Mississippi.

LIST: Pine Belt school delays for severe weather

Some Pine Belt schools will have a delayed start time on Thursday due to the potential for severe weather.

120 PRCC students get “Round Up for Education” scholarships

Members of Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association are helping students pay for college.

MS students increase AP participation, performance

Mississippi students increased participation and performance in Advanced Placement programs during the 2017-18 school year.

Tornado recovery almost complete at WCU

William Carey University is wrapping up its recovery efforts, almost two years after a devastating tornado damaged much of its campus.

RISE graduates 5 women

Tonight 5 women, and their loved ones gathered at 38th Avenue Baptist church to celebrate their graduation from the Rise Program in Hattiesburg.

USM professor’s new book tells story of families of Vietnam vets

A University of Southern Mississippi history professor and renowned expert on the Vietnam War has written a new book focusing on the war’s impact on soldiers' families.

Ivanka Trump visits Gulfport for childhood education discussion

Ivanka Trump, who is the daughter of and an advisor to President Trump, is visiting Gulfport Thursday to take part in a panel discussion on early childhood education and workforce training.

Forrest County student prepares for ACT

The ACT assessment is a curriculum- and standards-based educational planning tool that assesses students' academic readiness for college

Hattiesburg artist donates painting to WCU

Hattiesburg artist Charles Price has donated a new painting to William Carey University. The piece is called “Staccato.” The artwork was created using oil on canvas and was painted in 2013.

Ivanka Trump coming to Mississippi to discuss early childhood education

Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump, will be in Mississippi this week.

MHSAA upholds penalties for Forest Hill band; explains “restrictive probation”

Don Hinton, executive director of the MHSAA, clarified that the part of the skit that included the guns was added the week of the performance, unbeknownst to administration.

Homecoming Court, Mr. & Miss Southern Miss presented at halftime

The Homecoming Court, and Mr. & Miss Southern Miss will be presented at halftime of the USM UTSA game.

Petal School District holds cyber security seminar

The Petal School district hosted a Cyber Security seminar to inform parents of ways they can help ensure their kids stay safe. They addressed a wide variety of issues.

Student Printz celebrates 100 years

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Communication celebrated its 100 year anniversary for its student newspaper, the Student Printz, with a luncheon, panel discussion and a grand opening of a new exhibit on the Hattiesburg campus.

ACT score flat for 2018 Mississippi high school seniors

The state's 2018 graduates, public and private, had an average composite score of 18.6 on the exam. That's level with 2017, and above the 18.4 that students scored in 2016, the first year all public high school graduates in the Magnolia State took the test.

NAACP in Jackson voices support for Forest Hill band students

The NAACP is asking that the community stand with these students and the Forest Hill High School community in support. .

Ole Miss donor’s name being removed after racist comment

Trustees of the state College Board voted unanimously Thursday to strip Ed Meek's name from the Meek School of Journalism and New Media. The academic unit is now known just as the School of Journalism and New Media.

Seminary schools hold suicide prevention rally

Students and Staff and the Seminary schools had one goal in mind on Wednesday, and that was suicide prevention.

New digital fabrication center at USM available to students, public

A former book store at The Hub at the University of Southern Mississippi has been turned into a digital maker space that is available for both student and public use.

PRCCC resumes classes after overnight campus lockdown

The gates remain locked at Pearl River Community College after gunshots were fired nearby late Tuesday night.