Thursday, July 31 2014 12:31 PM EDT2014-07-31 16:31:27 GMT
A Lamar County man has been sentenced to nearly 8 years in federal prison on drug charges. Tommy Lucas, 48, was sentenced to 95 months by U.S. District Court Judge Keith Starrett Thursday morning. LuacsMore >>
A Lamar County man has been sentenced to nearly 8 years in federal prison on drug charges. Tommy Lucas, 48, was sentenced to 95 months by U.S. District Court Judge Keith Starrett Thursday morningMore >>
Thursday, July 31 2014 12:04 PM EDT2014-07-31 16:04:34 GMT
A City of Hattiesburg employee is behind bars for failing to register as a sex offender. Public Works employee Martaze Denzel Hammond, 35, was arrested Wednesday by the Forrest County Sheriff's DepartmentMore >>
A City of Hattiesburg employee is behind bars for failing to register as a sex offender. Public Works employee Martaze Denzel Hammond, 35, was arrested Wednesday by the Forrest County Sheriff's Department after exceeding a 90 day period in which to register as a sex offender.More >>
Thursday, July 31 2014 4:21 PM EDT2014-07-31 20:21:06 GMT
Four suspects were arrested Thursday during an attempt to commit a crime at the South Mississippi Correctional Institution. According to prison officials, officers responded to a fence alarm around 5 a.m.,More >>
Four suspects were arrested Thursday during an attempt to commit a crime at the South Mississippi Correctional Institution. According to prison officials, officers responded to a fence alarm around 5 a.m., July 31, 2014, at the SMCI campus located in Leakesville, MS where officers found two packages. K9 personnel picked up a trail of the suspects which lead towards Wildcat Corner, located at the corner of High School Road and Hwy. 57 near Leakesville.More >>
Thursday, July 31 2014 2:07 PM EDT2014-07-31 18:07:12 GMT
The Wayne County Circuit Court Grand Jury has returned 87 true bills for the month of July. One of the indictments returned is a murder case involving Christopher Bishop, 41. Bishop was arrested in AprilMore >>
The Wayne County Grand Jury has returned 87 true bills for the month of July. One of the indictments returned is a murder case involving Christopher Bishop, 41.More >>
Wednesday, July 30 2014 5:52 PM EDT2014-07-30 21:52:30 GMT
An Ellisville couple are charged with molesting their 6-year old relative. Ellisville Police say the couple were arrested on July 22nd and made their initial appearance on Friday, July 25. Charles CupitMore >>
An Ellisville couple are charged with molesting their 6-year old relative.More >>
A Durham school reached a milestone this spring proving its potential impact on the community.
Durham Nativity School started up more than a decade ago with a focus on small class sizes for middle school boys. The first set of Durham Nativity School alums just graduated college.
Kejuan Weaver, whose father was the first head of school, just graduated from NC State.
He was one of three college grads from his graduating class of six boys.
"By Durham Nativity being there, you're automatically giving young men an opportunity to go to college, to go to high schools that they would never think of going to. You're automatically changing the dynamics of the community in that sense," he said.
Ann Carole Moylan and her husband Dr. Joseph Moylan founded the school, which opened in the fall of 2002. Dr. Moylan was an emergency room surgeon who saw first-hand the impact violence was having on young people.
"The goal was to make a difference. To provide an opportunity. A life-changing opportunity, not only for the young men that come in through the program, but also their families," said Dan Vannelle, the current head of school.
Sixth grade student Isaias Reyes is proof of that. His cousins went to the school. So did his brother, Marcos, who is now the first in the family to go to college, attending High Point University. It's an opportunity their dad never had.
"My dad always says that once we graduate, it's like it's over for him. It's like mission accomplished," Isaias said.
The days are long, 7:45 a.m. until 6 p.m., with tutoring, sports and community service built in.
The school, which is faith-based but not tied to any one religion, has a capacity of 45 students , with 15 in each grade – sixth, seventh and eighth.
That allows for more one-on-one attention.
"In other schools they just give you a packet of work to make sure you get it. If you don't get it, you fail your exam, but in this school, we're like continue, continue, continue until you get it," Reyes said.
Thanks to mostly individual donors and some corporate foundation support, it's tuition free.
It's competitive to get in. students must meet certain economic and academic requirements and before they're even accepted, they must come to the school for six Saturdays for classes and testing.
"By design, most of them come from backgrounds that are challenged, socioeconomically, and that is by design. About 80 percent of our students are African American. About 20 percent are Latino," Vannelle said.
Once they graduate, most go on to private college-prep high schools. The school helps with applying for scholarships. While the school teaches three grades, it's set up as an 11 year program that tracks the students through college.
Weaver urges current students to take full advantage of all that the school offers.
"Use your resources. I think that's one of the things that helped me get through was looking at the people I could rely on for advice. Going back to teachers. I still keep in contact with some of my teachers from DNS and tell them what I'm doing. They want to know," Weaver said.
As a new college graduate, Weaver wants to continue the foundation in education he built at Durham Nativity by becoming a teacher.
"I hope it does in some way benefit my community wherever I end up going. I want to be a positive role model for the young men in that community," he said.
Around the same time Weaver and the other two first Durham Nativity alums graduated college, the school's founder, Dr. Moylan, passed away last month.
"I think the school is his legacy and the young men that walk the hallways here at this school and go on to high school and college and then ultimately go back into the community to make a difference. That was his vision and I think that vision continues," Vannelle said.
He said the school continues to build upon success and mistakes to make the school an even better alternative for students.
"It definitely results in a smarter community the more young men that can come through our program go on to high school, go on to college and graduate college and come back, it's going to impact the community. It will make the community smarter," Vannelle said.
Thursday, July 31 2014 11:45 PM EDT2014-08-01 03:45:13 GMT
Jasper County authorities have found the body of a man missing since last weekend. Sheriff Chris Sargent said a search team located the body of Ricky Page, 54, around 7 p.m. Thursday in his Ford pick-upMore >>
Sheriff Chris Sargent said a search team located the body of Ricky Page, 54, around 7 p.m. Thursday in his Ford pick-up truck in a wooded area off Highway 11 in Vossburg.More >>
Thursday, July 31 2014 10:25 PM EDT2014-08-01 02:25:27 GMT
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - City and county leaders in the Pine Belt gathered in Hattiesburg Thursday to learn more about a Mississippi State Dept. of Health community planning process to improve the healthMore >>
Dozens of people participated in a "Healthy MS" meeting at the C.E. Roy Community Center. More >>
Thursday, July 31 2014 10:08 PM EDT2014-08-01 02:08:00 GMT
A non-profit organization that's been repairing and rebuilding homes damaged by natural disasters for nearly a decade is broadening its mission to help alleviate substandard housing and chronic poverty.More >>
At an open house Thursday night at the Lucas-Varnado Volunteer House on Buschman Street, the organization unveiled a new logo and announced that it has received a $100,000 grant from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.More >>
Thursday, July 31 2014 6:44 PM EDT2014-07-31 22:44:17 GMT
A local dietitian spilled on the easiest way to pack healthy school lunches Thursday. A nutritional breakfast and lunch can make a big difference in your child's academic and athletic performance. LaurieMore >>
A local dietitian spilled on the easiest way to pack healthy school lunches Thursday.More >>
Thursday, July 31 2014 6:10 PM EDT2014-07-31 22:10:35 GMT
The Southern Cross Animal Rescue in Jones County is offering a reward for information on the identity of the owner of a severely neglect Beagle found last week near Ellisville. A good Samaritan spottedMore >>
The Southern Cross Animal Rescue in Jones County is offering a reward for information on the identity of the owner of a severely neglect Beagle found last week near Ellisville. More >>
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