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  WCU making progress on new, three-story student center

  Collins Elementary teachers celebrate first “A” accountability rating

  USM Homecoming Parade features The Pride, floats, homecoming court

Ole Miss sends warning to students after blackface photo surfaces online

State Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council members announced

PRCC Homecoming 2019 this Saturday

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  USM Career & Internship Expo brings students, potential employers together

  Jones College kicks off Homecoming 2019 with traditional parade

Ole Miss cancels introductory press conference for new chancellor amid protest

Jones College named Best Two-Year College in Mississippi

  PG Technologies donates $25K for workforce development at LHS

  2nd “Education in Industry” at JC brings together students, industry leaders

FAFSA filing period now open for federal student aid

Students can apply for FAFSA financial aid for college starting Oct. 1.

  USM sells beer, light wine, for first time at Texas-El Paso game

Some of the Southern Miss fans who enjoyed their second home game of the 2019 football season Saturday night also enjoyed their first beer purchased at The Rock.

  Covington 10th graders learning soft skills from Aspire Mississippi team

Tenth grade students across Covington County this week are getting a crash course in soft-skills training, thanks to a state-sponsored economic development program.

  USM students, faculty react to announcement of impeachment inquiry

University of Southern Mississippi students are reacting to the announcement of a formal impeachment inquiry into recent actions by President Donald Trump.

  USM food pantry to host open house during Parent, Family Weekend

  USM student leads effort to send aid to Bahamian hurricane victims

  Laurel Magnet School achieves historic “A” rating

MDE launches statewide reading program with famous Pine Belt natives

  USM grad student from Bahamas raising money for Dorian relief

Wicker, Hyde-Smith, Thompson, and Guest Announce $3.75 Million for 12 Mississippi School Districts

Hattiesburg museum hosts back-to-school event for girls

Hattiesburg’s African-American Military History Museum hosted an event just for girls Thursday, to help them do well in school and in life. It was called, “Mind Over Matter.”

  PRCC leads state community colleges in enrollment growth

The state’s oldest community college is also the fastest growing in Mississippi.

  USM hosts Law School Fair for students

The University of Southern Mississippi held its fourth annual Law School Fair on campus Wednesday at the Thad Cochran Center.

  Hattiesburg Rotary-Sunrise makes annual dictionary donations to local 3rd graders

A Hub City service organization is doing its part to help improve education in the Pine Belt.

  Petal School District earns top accountability rating

The Mississippi Department of Education released unofficial statewide accountability results Tuesday, giving letter grades to districts and schools.

Hattiesburg ranked No. 1 best college town in Mississippi

Hattiesburg is ranked as the best college town in Mississippi, according to a study on

William Carey University and Millsaps College form teacher preparation partnership

Producing quality educators for Mississippi...... that’s the goal of a new partnership announced by William Carey university and Millsaps College Friday.

  Legendary anchor Dan Rather to speak at Saenger Thursday night

Dan Rather is in the Hub City, preparing to give a free lecture Thursday night at the Saenger Theater.

USM students reflect on 9/11 terrorist attacks

University of Southern Mississippi students are remembering those who died and those who saved others on the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Coroner: Driver clutched his chest, slumped over before Mississippi school bus crash

William “Chester” Cole, 63, was pronounced dead at the scene. At least eight children were injured in the crash, including Cole’s granddaughter who was also a passenger, according to his family.

WCU, PRCC receives grant to continue program to help teacher shortage

The $36,000 grant extends the partnership to attack Mississippi's teacher shortage.

West Jasper School District awarded funding for new buses

The school district will receive over $43,000 for three new buses.

Lawsuit: JC violated former student’s right to free speech

A former Jones College student filed a lawsuit claiming school officials violated his First Amendment rights.

If your child misses too many days of school, you could face serious punishment

Students are allowed five unexcused absences before their parents are contacted by a school attendance officer.

  Lamar Co. Superintendent talks school attendance

Schools across the state are doing what they can to make sure students are in the classroom.

  Human trafficking education, training session held at USM

Wedneday was a day filled with informational sessions on the topic at the University of Southern Mississippi. An education and training session to discuss human trafficking and ways to combat it was held inside the Trent Lott Center on USM’s campus.

  2019 fall semester begins at USM

Wednesday marks the first day of fall classes

USM names new associate vice president and dean of students

The University of Southern Mississippi named Sirena Cantrell as its new associate vice president and dean of students.

  USM to preserve oral histories of 21st century Miss. National Guard soldiers

A new project in the University of Southern Mississippi School of Humanities will feature oral and written histories of Mississippi National Guard soldiers who’ve served in conflicts in the 21st century.

  First appointed Covington School superintendent to take office in January

Covington County’s first appointed school superintendent is getting ready to start her new job January 1.

Covington Co. School Board names next superintendent

Ms Babette Duty will serve as Superintendent of Schools on January 1, 2020.

  Jones football building championship program on and off field

Jones College won ten games last season - including a bowl victory for the first time since 1998 - but fell short of a national championship on the football field. However, the Bobcats were awarded perhaps an even bigger honor as the NJCAA’s Football Academic Team of the Year.

Ole Miss to open $32M campus recreation center this month

The center is free for students. Faculty, staff, alumni and community members must buy memberships.

MDE releases statewide test scores; Petal ranked among highest in state

The Mississippi Department of Education released statewide results from the 2018-19 Mississippi Academic Assessment Program.

  William Carey hosts August Commencement ceremonies on Hattiesburg campus

Dozens of students at William Carey University took part in August commencement ceremonies in Hattiesburg over the weekend.

  New classes, sports to come to Perry County School District

Volleyball, cross country, art, music and a foreign language class will now be offered to elementary and middle school students in the Perry County School District.

  Statewide teacher shortage continues as school year approaches

The Mississippi Department of Education reported 50 school districts in the Magnolia State currently lack enough educators.

Keesler Federal donates backpacks to 6,200 kindergarteners

KFCU is donating enough backpacks and school supplies for every single kindergarten student at a public school in Harrison, Hancock, Jackson, Pearl River, George and Stone counties.

  USM to offer free tuition to Mississippi National Guardsmen

The University of Southern Mississippi is partnering with the Mississippi National Guard to offer free tuition to the state’s citizen soldiers and airmen.

  Parents encouraged to register their children for school

It's almost back to school time for students in Lamar County. Administrators are encouraging parents to hurry up and register their children for the new school year.

  Retired USM professor organizing Midwest bike ride to promote living donor kidney transplants

A retired University of Southern Mississippi professor of music will be leading a bicycle ride through the Midwest to promote live-donor kidney transplants.

  WCU completes tornado recovery with opening of new Tatum Court

William Carey University has wrapped up its recovery from the January 2017 tornado.

  Lamar County teachers get supplement increase

Teachers in Lamar County will be seeing an increase in their paycheck this upcoming school year.

  Forrest County school board passes 2020 budget

Forrest County School Board passes 2020 budget.

SMRHI Back to School Immunization Fair runs through Aug. 2

On Monday, SMRHI started its 2019 Back to School Immunization Fair that runs through Aug. 2.

WCU receives $600,000 grant from MDE to help prepare new teachers

In partnership with the Mississippi Teacher Residency program, the university received a total of $600,000 out of a $1.7 million grant from the Mississippi Department of Education.

School supplies now included in Miss. tax-free weekend

The Mississippi Sales Tax Holiday was amended during the 2019 Legislative Session and now includes school supplies on the list of items to be sold tax free during the last weekend of July.

Target offering teachers discounts on school supplies

Teachers can get a 15% discount on school supplies at Target.

  Community speaks out on changes to Nora Davis Magnet School

Community members in Laurel are upset after the school district moves forward with plans to make major changes to some of the elementary schools, one of those being Nora Davis Magnet School.

Class 50 of Youth Challenge to graduate Saturday

Dozens of former high school drop outs from across Mississippi are set to graduate Saturday as part of Class 50 of the National Guard’s Youth Challenge Academy.

SPLC challenges law under state Charter School act

The Southern Poverty Law Center sued the state back in 2016 on behalf of a group of Jackson Public School parents and students.

2 Pine Belt students selected as alternates for SBE student representative program

Two Pine Belt students were selected as alternates for the Mississippi State Board of Education’s (SBE) student representative program.

  USM’s “Curious George” collection returns from Japanese exhibition

A collection of illustrations and manuscripts featuring a beloved character from children’s literature has returned home to The University of Southern Mississippi after a two-year tour of Japan.

  Perry Co. School District receives grants for summer reading program

Perry County School District receives thousands for summer reading program

Scholarships available for Mississippi special needs students

Mississippi parents of special needs students can get help paying for private educational services. But time is running out to apply for the limited number of scholarships available.

Petal schools superintendent a ‘Hall of Fame Dad’

Petal School District Superintendent Dr. Matt Dillon received an early Father's Day gift he’ll never forget.

Twins graduate Pender High with over $1 million in college scholarship money

Markhel and Lavell Henry walked across the stage Saturday knowing they won’t graduate college with a mountain of debt.

Mississippi Optometric Association to provide eye exams at no cost for students who did not pass third grade reading assessment

Studies show that children who struggle to read are more likely to leave school without graduating; ultimately contributing to the poverty rates in our state.

  Future leaders prepare to learn at 71st Girls State

More than 300 high school girls arrived at the University of Southern Mississippi campus Sunday to prepare for a week-long learning experience.

  Alcorn State coach Fred McNair receives key to Mount Olive

The head football coach at Alcorn State University was honored by his hometown of Mount Olive on Saturday.

USM research team helps find last slave ship “Clotilda”

Historians can thank a research team from The University of Southern Mississippi for helping find the wreck of America’s last slave ship, known as “The Clotilda.”

FCAHS student killed in Hwy. 49 crash

Mississippi Highway Patrol responded to a two-vehicle crash that claimed the life of a Forrest County Agricultural High School student Wednesday night.

Breakdown of third grade reading test scores from Pine Belt schools

The Literary-Based Promotion Act requires third graders to pass a reading assessment to advance to fourth grade, though the reading-level expectations were raised for the 2018-2019 school year.

1 in 4 Mississippi third graders flunk tougher reading test

More than one in four Mississippi third graders didn't pass a toughened reading test on the first try this spring, leaving it in question as to whether they will advance on time to the fourth grade next fall

Hattiesburg gears up for Parade of Champions

Hattiesburg is celebrating academic excellence and athletic achievement Tuesday night with its second annual Parade of Champions.

WCU hosts six ceremonies for 2019 graduation

Hundreds of students at William Carey University have graduated in six ceremonies in Hattiesburg this week.

SC school district considering a four-day school week

According to the plan proposed by Florence School District Three Superintendent Laura Hickson, classes would be Monday through Thursday, with school days extended 1.5 hours per day.

  Historic alumna to deliver keynote speech to WCU graduates

William Carey University students are preparing to cross the stage and enter the next chapter of their lives after commencement.