Bay Springs High hosts academic signing day for 11 students

Eleven seniors at Bay Springs High School were guests of honor at a special assembly at the school auditorium Tuesday.

  USM dean of students retiring after long career

Mississippi university tuition to rise 4%, on average

Governor Bryant signs teacher pay raise bill

  Explorer who discovered Titanic wreckage to give presentation at USM

Mississippi teacher group eyeing protest; asks about walkout

  Keats Awards presented during annual Kaigler Children’s Book Fest

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  Mississippi teachers are in fighting mode after legislative session actions

  Jackson State University launches Mississippi’s 1st Virtual Reality Academy

  52nd annual Kaigler Children’s Book Fest begins at USM

William Carey University to offer free ACT camp

  Pine Belt teachers share thoughts on pay raise bill

  Leadership Conference held to empower students in Perry Co.

Mississippi House and Senate pass $1,500 teacher pay raise

The measure will be rolled into regular paychecks and continue in future years.

Mississippi teachers playing waiting game on pay raise proposal details

Teacher pay raise details are still in limbo at the State Capitol as the 2019 legislative session draws to a close.

  Pine Belt students participate in job readiness training

Students from Laurel, Jones County, and Hattiesburg participated in this years’ training seminars.

Poplarville school named healthiest in MS by BCBS Foundation

Poplarville Lower Elementary School has been rewarded for its efforts to promote better health among its students, teachers and administrators.

  Coaches and parents in college admissions scheme find jobs in danger

Mississippi House ups ante on teacher pay; final sum unclear

  USM hosts Alternative Spring Break for people with disabilities

  USM professor writes book about MS Blues singer

  Lamar Co. School District aims to increase attendance

  Sacred Heart debate team prepares for National competition

Ole Miss Student Senate votes unanimously on resolution to remove Confederate statue

The Ole Miss Student Senate unanimously voted yes on a resolution to remove a Confederate statue from the Ole Miss campus at a meeting Tuesday night.

  William Carey celebrates rebuild with free concert

Sounds of Symphony celebrated the recovery efforts of the 2017 tornado that destroyed parts of William Carey University’s campus Tuesday night.

  Flute instructor named Jones College Humanities Teacher of the Year

A flute instructor at Jones College has been named that institution’s Humanities Teacher of the Year.

  Possible solar energy agreement in works for Forrest County School District

One of the schools within the Forrest County School District could be going green.

Hattiesburg School District hosts job fair

Hattiesburg school administrators are looking for new school teachers. A job fair held Saturday morning at the administrative offices on Mamie Street.

  Local schools celebrate Read Across America day

Read Across America is a national campaign that encourages elementary-age children to read. It was created to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday and his love of reading.

  Perry County Vocational Center prepares students for future

Health Science program allows students to job shadow professionals in the field.

  Bulldog Expressions gives students a voice

At Perry Central High School some students play sports, others play an instrument but to some students writing or art is their passion. The Bulldog Expressions is a publication Perry Central High School publishes every year.

  New after-school program at Perry Central High School

Perry Central High School has a new program on the block for students to gain real-life experience in the course that they love.

  Consequences of drinking and driving shown to area students

Students at Hattiesburg High School received a vivid lesson in the consequences of drunk driving on Wednesday.

  “Bones” mystery series author speaks to Sacred Heart students

A Hattiesburg native and author of the acclaimed “Bones” series of mystery novels spoke to students at Sacred Heart High School Wednesday.

  USM student says campus smoking ban should be enforced

The University of Southern Mississippi became a tobacco-free campus on January 1, 2018, and eliminated designated smoking areas.

  Columbia High School hosts career fair

Columbia High School’s athletic practice facility was packed with students and employers from across the Pine Belt for their annual career fair.

  Southern Miss hosts Career and Internship Expo

The University of Southern Mississippi held its Career and Internship Expo on Tuesday at the Thad Cochran center from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

  $1.2 million renovation of PRCC in Forrest County nearing completion

A $1.2 million project to renovate the Forrest County Center of Pearl River Community College is about 90 percent complete, according to campus administrators.

  Mississippi Education Partnership Conference begins in Hattiesburg

Teachers and administrators from all over the state have gathered in the hub city for the annual Mississippi Education Partnership Conference.

  Richton Schools honored by MSBA as B District

This year marks the second time that the Richton School District has been recognized statewide by The Mississippi School Boards Association.

Southern Miss, MGCCC team up to put teachers in classrooms

The University of Southern Mississippi teamed up with Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College to put more teachers in the classroom.

Sertoma Club donates check to DuBard School

The DuBard School for Language Disorders received a donation from the Sertoma Club of Laurel during a check presentation ceremony Friday.

  Business makes donation to help Oak Grove Middle buy Chromebooks

Jani-King is a business invested in supporting the education system in a big way.

Thames Elementary students bring the past to life with wax museum presentation

Prominent figures of the past were brought to life at Thames Elementary School as students celebrate Black History Month.

  WCU hosts hundreds of young authors for writing celebration

More than 350 elementary school students from across the Pine Belt were at William Carey University on Friday morning for an annual event celebrating writing.

  Dyslexia: A hidden disability

Webster, and experts like her, found this particular learning disability affects one in five people, but the condition may be hidden because the dyslexic mind has many strengths.

Covington County School District hosts job fair

The Covington County School District hosted a job fair for perspective certified teachers and bus drivers on Thursday.

School bus driver crashed into tree while under influence of drugs, NJ police say

First responders found the bus driver unconscious at the crash site and used Narcan to revive her.

  Rumors of school shooting threat raise concern at South Jones High School

Mass shootings and the threat they pose to public safety are not to be taken lightly.That’s what superintendent Tommy Parker told WDAM after receiving reports of a student posting a shooting threat at South Jones High School.

Teacher cuts waist-length hair to support 5-year-old girl bullied for short haircut

After a 5-year-old in Texas got her hair cut, her friends started calling her a boy, and she began wearing a hat to school. But her teacher’s kind gesture changed everything.

2 Pine Belt teens tapped for leadership program

Two Pine Belt teens were tapped to take part in Youth Leadership Program, sponsored by Southern Pine Electric.

  South Jones H.S. Beta Club reads, donates books to kindergartners

The South Jones High School Beta Club celebrated Valentine’s Day with some “little” sweethearts in a project called “Fall in Love With Reading.”

Applications available for Mississippi Teacher Residency

The MTR program is a two-year program that prepares 35 prospective educators for the teaching profession through coursework and on-the-job training.

  USM hosts Economic Outlook Forum

Dozens of experts in the areas of banking, finance and academia gathered at the University of Southern Mississippi on Thursday for an annual Economic Outlook Forum for 2019.

MS Senate passes teacher pay raise

The Mississippi Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would raise pay for teachers, teacher assistants, librarians and counselors.

Teacher tells students MLK assassination was ‘complete fabrication,’ NC parent says

After the school district began investigating the allegations, the substitute teacher turned in her resignation.

USM professor gives lecture on women spies of World War Two

A University of Southern Mississippi professor Tuesday night spoke about an elite group of women spies who helped win World War Two in Europe.

Pine Belt students win Mississippi Scholastic Art Awards

Six students from schools in the Pine Belt received awards at this year’s Mississippi Regional Scholastic Art Awards Competition on Friday, Feb. 8.

  Jefferson Davis County School District earns $2.2 million literacy grant

The superintendent of Jefferson Davis County schools said, “If there is ever a magical solution in education, then it would be literacy.”The district is changing lives in their schools and communities after earning the award of a competitive $2 million grant.

  A walk through Black history in Natchez

3 on your side turned to Miss Lou Heritage tours to discover Natchez history.

  Laurel School District to host job fair

Laurel School District’s superintendent Dr. Toy Watts and her team have been heavily promoting their upcoming job fair for weeks in efforts to recruit more educators to their district.

  Pine Belt students get a jumpstart to success

The Area Development Partnership hosted its fifth-annual Jumpstart to Success Career Fair at the Forrest County Multi-Purpose Center.

USM Veteran Center director Hammond speaks at WCU

The director of veteran and military affairs at the University of Southern Mississippi spoke about Christian leadership during a special chapel service at William Carey University Wednesday.

Father sues bullies after son named ‘most likely to shoot up school’

Because of the rumor, allegedly spread by bullies, the boy was ostracized and ridiculed by his classmates and searched and interrogated by staff, according to the father’s attorney.

  Petal school hosts first Vex IQ Robotics competition

Students from all over the state came to the friendly city Saturday for a first-ever robotics competition at Petal Primary School.

Bill proposes $1,000 increase in Mississippi teacher pay

The House Education Committee on Thursday passed House Bill 1349 , which proposes $500 increases in teacher salaries for each of the next two years, for a total of $1,000.

  City of Hattiesburg, WCU sign tuition agreement

The city of Hattiesburg and William Carey University have teamed up to help city employees and their families.

USM raising funds for new Veterans Center

University of Southern Mississippi officials hope a new Campus Veterans Center will better serve a growing number of veteran and military students.

Teacher, aides punished children with autism using dark bathroom, loud whistle, investigators say

The three suspects were investigated after a witness reported them to the school resource officer, according to the sheriff.

  Laurel group educates youth through teachings of Martin Luther King Jr.

One group in Laurel has dedicated many years to growing youth and guiding them through the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

LIST: Pine Belt school closings ahead of winter weather

School districts in the Pine Belt are starting to announce closures in anticipation of the wintry weather we’re expecting Tuesday morning.

Boy with autism intentionally locked out of school by principal, mother says

The school district placed the principal on paid administrative leave while it investigates the allegations.

  PRCC to open bids soon on new science building, residence halls

Bids will be opened in a couple of weeks on a major renovation and expansion of the science building on the Poplarville Campus of Pearl River Community College.

  PRCC hosts 13th annual Women’s Health Symposium

Hundreds of women gathered at Pearl River Community College on Saturday to learn how to take better care of themselves.

  WCU hosts annual Careers in Healthcare symposium

Hundreds of high school students interested in working in the medical field spent Wednesday morning at William Carey University learning all about careers in healthcare.

  Laurel Middle School students win awards in Scholastic Art Contest

Amiah White placed in the Scholastic Art and Writing awards competition in the gold key category, Sabrina Huffman took home the silver key for a painting titled “Thinking,” and Alayna Smith was given an honorable mention her piece, titled “Love Starts Here.”

  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.

  School buses keeping kids warm

Early in the morning, one thing that isn’t fun to battle is the cold breeze at the bus stop. One Petal School District bus driver, Patricia Gleason, keeps that in mind on her route every morning.

  Schools work to combat the flu

According to the CDC, January is right in the middle of the peak of flu season which means schools might see an increase in call outs from students.

  More choices for Generation Z, many skipping college for careers

To see how this national movement is affecting the Pine Belt, WDAM spoke with Lamar County Superintendent Tess Smith, whose school district ranks among the very best in Mississippi.

USM ranked among nation’s top universities in leading research

The university is recognized as one of the nation’s leading research institutions by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.