Dan Sligh and his wife were in their pickup truck on Interstate 5 heading to a camping trip when a bridge before them disappeared in a "big puff of dust."More >>
The trucker was hauling drilling equipment when his load bumped against the steel framework over an Interstate 5 bridge. He looked in his rearview mirror and watched in horror as the span collapsed into the water behind him....More >>
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It is official, Boy Scouts of America must accept all male youth no matter their sexual orientation. On Thursday, more than 60-percent of the Boy Scouts of America's 14-hundred-members voted for theMore >>
It is official, Boy Scouts of America must accept all male youth no matter their sexual orientation.More >>
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The City of Hattiesburg is increasing the sewer rates for Petal and some Lamar County customers who use their wastewater lagoon. Petal residents are concerned and voicing their opinions after finding outMore >>
Petal and Hattiesburg residents are voicing their opinions after finding out the City of Hattiesburg is increasing sewer rates. More >>
Hundreds of Jackson State University students walked across the stage and received their diplomas on Saturday. While all of the graduates deserve a round of applause, one woman stood out from the crowd.
Out of the sea of 550 new alumni who took part in JSU's fall 2012 graduation, Ethel Singleton said holding her college diploma in hand, was a milestone that's taken her a lifetime to achieve.
"This day means a lifelong dream and it feels wonderful, wonderful to get my degree," Singleton told WLBT News.
Singleton received her Bachelor's degree in criminal justice. She's 69 years-old and decided to go back to school to influence her grandchildren to earn their degrees.
Singleton didn't celebrate her graduation alone. She has eleven children, including four sets of twins. All of those children, except one who passed away as an infant, watched Singleton walk across the stage.
"We flew in from all over the country. I live in Washington D.C. and we're just having fun celebrating this day with my mother," said one of Singleton's sons, Dr. Samuel Thornton.
Education was always the primary focus in Singleton's household. She encouraged each of her children celebrating with her to go to college. All of them have earned college degrees. In return, Singleton's children stood by her side while she was in school.
"It is just wonderful we're so proud of her we encouraged her," said one of Singleton's daughter's, Elaine Gayden.
"She never gave up, she kept the fight and that's important when you want an education, you go get it and who knows now, maybe she'll get her Master's," said Dr. Thornton.
Singleton has these words of encouragement. "I would say if you have a dream follow your dream. If you want your degree reach for the sky and don't stop until you reach it," Singleton said.
The celebrated mom said she's not sure if she's headed back to work or if she'll just hang her degree up on the wall to remind her that dreams can come true.
In addition to having eleven children, Singleton also has thirty-eight grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Friday, May 24 2013 5:52 PM EDT2013-05-24 21:52:06 GMT
The eight Marion County law enforcement officers who've lost their lives in the line of duty were remembered in an annual ceremony Friday morning. It included the laying of a wreath at a fallen officersMore >>
The eight Marion County law enforcement officers who've lost their lives in the line of duty were remembered in an annual ceremony Friday morning. More >>
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First responders from in Laurel and Jones County were treated to Lunch Friday by the Wayne Farms Laurel facility. As part of National Emergency Service Week, for the last 12-years Wayne farms has hostedMore >>
First responders from in Laurel and Jones County were treated to lunch Friday by the Wayne Farms Laurel facility. More >>
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