Covington Co. Schools graduation rate up 3% for 2018-19 school year

The new year has brought some good news for the Covington County School District.

Mississippi graduation rate reaches all-time high

  Many USM construction projects nearing completion

  Southern Station coming soon to Spirit Park on USM campus

  Medicaid nurses offer health screens in Lamar County schools

  William Carey partners with Word Music & Church Resources

  Say Something Assembly speaks at Columbia schools

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  Rowan Elementary gym revitalized

  Groundbreaking held for Hattiesburg High School additions

  Wayne County School Board approves budget cuts

Mississippi House passes bill to cover gap in teacher raise

  USM National Certified Teachers ranked 11th nationally

  Children reading success starts with parents

  Researchers excavate WWI-era training trenches at Camp Shelby

The trenches were dug by soldiers from the 38th Infantry Division more than a century ago.

  WCU physical therapy program earns full accreditation

William Carey University's three-year, doctoral program in physical therapy earned full accreditation this past November.

  Covington Co. School District emphasizes servant leadership at meeting

Covington County teachers and administrators gathered for a school meeting to learn about servant leadership on Monday.

Wash backpacks before school resumes, doctors advise

Backpacks can harbor contaminants that can be harmful to your child and make them sick.

  Customers, businesses see returns in Mississippi lottery

  Hattiesburg culinary arts program gets new classroom

Laurel School District to remain closed Wednesday

  Nora Davis Magnet School in Laurel damaged after Monday’s storms

Commission finds no emergency exists in Wayne County School District

  Camp Shelby Cadets network with future employers

  Civil rights activist Ellie Dahmer receives honorary degree from USM

Ellie Dahmer committed her live to the civil rights movement.

  MDE audit finds several violations by Wayne County School District

A four-month audit of the Wayne County School District has revealed several violations by the district and noncompliance with state and federal education requirements.

  Miss. Board of Education gets community feedback for Perkins V State Plan

The Mississippi State Board of Education is working to get community opinions and comments on the Perkins V State Plan.

  Hattiesburg High School’s forensics team takes home awards

The Hattiesburg High School forensics team took home some hardware at a national qualifier competition. is known for their winning forensics program.

  Jones County schools demonstrate new safety technology for school buses

School buses in Jones County are getting new technology to ensure the safety of children as they are getting on and off the bus.

  Jones College students relieve finals stress with rescue puppies

Students snuggle a few puppies in order to overcome the stress of finals week.

Justice Dept. defends campus free speech following Jones College lawsuit

The U.S. Justice Department filed a Statement of Interest Monday supporting free speech on college campuses following a federal lawsuit in Mississippi.

  Petal students create ornaments for Sen. Wicker’s Christmas tree

Petal students presented ornaments they made to Sen. Roger Wicker on Friday. The ornaments will decorate the senator's office Christmas tree in Washington D.C.

  Hattiesburg elementary school receives $100K grant

F. B. Woodley Elementary School receives $102,000 in grant money from the Magnolia State.

  Purvis Middle School gives back to the community with Service Day

The Purvis Middle School hosted it’s annual Service Day, where students went into the community to assist in various service projects.

Ole Miss student who led charge to relocate Confederate monument on campus named Rhodes Scholar

An Ole Miss senior is making history as the university’s first African-American female Rhodes Scholar. She also pushed for a confederate monument on campus to be relocated, and that process took a big step forward Friday.

  Students manage stress during the holidays while preparing for test

Christmas break is right around the corner for many students, but before the break, students prepare for exams.

  The art of glassblowing spreads holiday cheer

Jeremy Thomley, of Mohawk Steel and Class, says his mission for teaching people about the art of glass blowing is to educate, inspire and create.

SBE seeks high school junior to serve as representative in 2020-21

One high school junior and one high school senior serves as non-voting SBE members and provide input on policy decisions that affect public schools in the state.

Jones College, Mississippi State University sign agreement

Mississippi State University President, Dr. Mark Keenum and Jones College President, Dr. Jesse Smith signed a memorandum of understanding agreement allowing Jones students to earn a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in several majors beginning in January 2020.

  Laurel students showcase skills learned in software development program

This year, C SPIRE and Mississippi State University’s Center for Cyber Education teamed up to launch a pilot program called the C Spire Software Development Pathway program.

William Carey University to offer tuition-free master’s level class to K-12 teachers

The class is three credit hours and begins January 13th.

  Drug addiction informational discussion held in Hattiesburg

A luncheon and discussion on drug addiction and the fight to end the abuse of drugs was held in Hattiesburg Thursday.

  School district launches new parent incentive store

Perry County is working with the community to increase parent involvement within the schools.

  Petal School District making kids’ online safety a priority

Petal Superintendent Matt Dillon makes day-to-day decisions about the education of the kids in the district. Now, he is looking to their safety not just in the classroom, but online.

Several J-Settes and Sonic Boom members suspended after hazing allegations

Several members of Jackson State University’s Prancing J-Settes and Sonic Boom have been suspended.

State Auditor’s report reveals Mississippi’s school spending habits

The State Auditor is digging deeper into the data on school spending.

Lawmaker wants Fair Pay to Play bill introduced next session

One Mississippi lawmaker would like to see the state’s college athletes get paid for the use of their name, likeness and image sooner rather than later.

Cabot Lodge at Millsaps College scheduled to close after almost 50 years

The Cabot Lodge Hotel at Millsaps College is scheduled to close by the end of the year.

Amazon locating second consumer goods fulfillment center in North Mississippi, creating 500 jobs

Amazon is locating its second Mississippi fulfillment center in Olive Branch.

  Disentangle AD Caregiver Conference offers help to caregivers

The Third Annual Disentangle AD Caregiver Conference ended Friday afternoon with caregivers feeling like they have a helping hand in seeing after their loved ones.

Mississippi National Guard: Free tuition, more jobs than ever available for guardsmen

With more state colleges offering free tuition to guardsmen, the Mississippi Army National Guard is encouraging people to consider signing up.

  Jobs for Miss. Graduates initiate new officers

Dozens of students in the Hattiesburg Public School District were initiated into Jobs for Mississippi Graduates office roles Thursday evening.

More than half of Mississippi’s schoolchildren didn’t score ‘kindergarten-ready’

The Mississippi Department of Education released the Fall 2019 Kindergarten-Readiness Assessment results, with only 36.6% of students scoring ‘kindergarten-ready’ this year.

  Glade Elementary students competing to get to class

Jones County’s Glade Elementary School’s spirit has a competitive streak. Principal Lisa Ishee said it’s that element that is also getting kids in class every day, creating perfect attendance bragging rights for a few classrooms.

  26 Jones College students get “Round Up for Education” scholarships

More than two dozen students at Jones College are receiving financial help, thanks to a scholarship program at Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association.

  Students receive recognition for perfect scores on state test

Pine Belt students get recognition at the Forrest County School District Board Meeting for excelling in the classroom.

  Hattiesburg hosted the 74th annual MS State NAACP Convention

The convention started Thursday and came to an end Saturday night.

  South Jones Band performs one last show after winning state title

The South Jones High School Marching Band celebrated a first place finish at a state competition by performing its contest show one last time for fellow students and family members.

  William Carey hosts 12th Pine Belt College Fair

More than 2,000 high school students from South Mississippi visited William Carey University Wednesday to learn about colleges and the military.

  Oak Grove elementary students learn through STEM program

The gifted education program at Oak Grove Lower Elementary hosted an education program Wednesday for learning in a real-world context. Students in second and third grades are learning to problem solve, think and build.

  Hattiesburg Early Learning offers tax credit to donors

The Director of Federal Programs and Early Childhood Education for the Hattiesburg Public School District, Carrie Hornsby believes the most important stage of education is in early childhood.

  Program aims to keep teen moms in school

Teen pregnancy is one of the strongest taboos in our society. No parent wants their teen to become a parent themselves, but it happens. When it happens in the Lamar County School District, there is a group that helps teens like 17-year-old Makaleigh Martin stay positive, focused and most importantly

  Laurel Middle School, LPD kick off Red Ribbon Week

The Laurel Police Department along with Laurel Middle School began Red Ribbon Week Monday.

  Cultural competency training series continues in Hattiesburg

Crossover Xpand, part of the Pine Belt Mental Healthcare Resources, is continuing its cultural competency training series. The lecture given Friday was introduction to LGBTQ mental health with Dr. Scott Rodgers.

  2019 Hattiesburg Hall of Fame Class announced

Fifteen distinguished alumni of Hattiesburg’s city schools will be inducted into the 2019 Hattiesburg Hall of Fame by the Hattiesburg Public School District Foundation.

  Jones College holding its first Day of Giving

The goal of the event is to help raise funds for the school to help benefit students and the institution.

DOJ awards $85.3 million in grants for school security

Schools across the nation will be bolstering security thanks to grants awarded by the Department of Justice.

  Several changes coming to ACT test in 2020

There are several changes coming to the act test next September.

Wayne County students educated on dangers of vaping

As vaping concerns continue to rise across the nation, leaders in Wayne County met on Wednesday with students from Wayne County High School.

  WCHS hosting 5th annual marching band competition Saturday

More than 1,600 high school musicians will compete in Waynesboro this Saturday afternoon in the 5th annual War Eagle Classic Marching Band Competition.

  WCU making progress on new, three-story student center

Work is progressing on a new, three-story student center at William Carey University is taking shape.

  Collins Elementary teachers celebrate first “A” accountability rating

Teachers at Collins Elementary School took a brief time out from staff development Tuesday from staff development to celebrate a historic accomplishment at their school.

  VFW Post 3036 partners with USM military veterans

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3036 presented a $2,000 check to the University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Military Veterans, Service Members and Families Monday to help the university build a new veterans center on the Hattiesburg campus.

NBA legend Magic Johnson raised and donated more than $100K for ‘well deserving’ JSU students

L.A. Lakers and NBA great Earvin “Magic” Johnson spent Thursday in the Capital City.

  USM Career & Internship Expo brings students, potential employers together

University of Southern Mississippi students met potential employers Tuesday afternoon during a Career & Internship Expo.

  ’Celebration of Excellence’ tour recognizes top school districts

Mississippi’s top educational official visited the Pine Belt Tuesday on the fourth annual statewide tour saluting all the school districts that have earned an A rating.

  North Forrest High School students building friendships by building benches

The purpose of the buddy bench is simple yet meaningful. The kids are taught to keep an eye on the bench, and when they see a child sitting on the bench, it means that kid needs a friend.

Various events set for Jones College Homecoming 2019

Jones College is planning to have a "Bobcat Revolution" for Homecoming 2019.

  Oak Grove receives national award for performing arts

A Pine Belt high school has been recognized for its performing arts programs.

Ole Miss cancels introductory press conference for new chancellor amid protest

Ole Miss Police Department decided to cancel the press conference because of “people who do not want to be civil.”

Former higher ed commissioner to lead Ole Miss

An official with firsthand knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that former state Higher Education Commissioner Glenn Boyce will be announced as the next chancellor of the University of Mississippi on Friday.

  PRCC and local school districts team up

Pearl River Community College has teamed up with local high schools to give students a unique opportunity.