Former NBA player surprises Jefferson Davis County teachers with gifts

A former NBA player and a local entrepreneur surprised their hometown teachers with gifts.

LIST: Pine Belt schools dismissing early due to severe weather threat

  Laurel Christian robotics team places 4th in state

First-year WCU medical student chosen for Emerging Leader Institute

  Okatoma Fest returns after cancellation for COVID-19 pandemic, cut short due to 2019 storms

  Richton School District prepares for summer school

  Hattiesburg students learn about 60s, 70s counterculture with ‘Woodstock’ event

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  Students rehearse for JC production of ‘Godspell’ set for this weekend

  West Jones Elementary teacher wins Golden Apple Award

  Old Ellisville Elementary School building undergoing renovations for alternative school

  Tuition at Miss. public universities continues to rise

Virtual town hall on vaccines to be held for Miss. university students

  Volunteers pick up litter in Hattiesburg during Great American Cleanup

USM receives $100K grant from Mississippi Board of Contractors

The University of Southern Mississippi's School of Construction and Design received a $100,000 grant from the Mississippi State Board of Contractors.

  Petal Indoor Percussion performs for community after canceled competition

Petal Indoor Percussion decided to bring its performance to the community after a canceled competition.

  College food pantries keep students focused on class, not food

Some college students have more to think about these days than just taking exams and making good grades.

WCU 2021 spring art exhibit now on display

The 2021 Art Student Exhibit is now on display at WCU's Hattiesburg campus.

  PRCC unveils medical simulation lab

Hattiesburg High School having a traditional graduation this year

  Tuition set to increase at most Mississippi public universities

  West Jasper School District planning improvements with federal funds

  PRCC to welcome potential students at ‘Wildcat experience’

Tuition to go up at most Mississippi public universities

  West Jasper School District continues state testing through April

This year, schools were given a larger testing window by the state

  Perry County School District partners with Kamp Joy to boost emotional wellness

The Perry County School District is partnering with Kamp Joy to host events that promote both social and emotional well-being in kids.

Two Miss. colleges, one university gets ‘Retool Your School’ grant from Home Depot

Jackson State University, Tougaloo College, and Coahoma Community college will receive the grant.

  Miss. lawmakers increase funding for Early Learning Collaboratives

The funding will mean increased access to quality education and opportunities for the state’s pre-kindergarten kids.

  James Meredith speaks at Jones College

Monday evening civil rights activist James Meredith addressed students at Jones College.

William Carey graduates 47 new pharmacists from accelerated program

William Carey University celebrated its first class of Pharmacy School graduates over the weekend.

USM Children’s Center cheers on Hattiesburg Half Marathon runners

One of the nonprofit organizations that benefited from the Hattiesburg Half Marathon, 10K and 5K held Saturday offered some very special encouragement to runners who were participating.

  USM to hold in-person commencement ceremonies for 2020, 2021 graduates

The University of Southern Mississippi is excited to announce its in-person graduation for spring 2021.

High Court won’t interfere with Miss. school disparity lawsuit

A district court judge dismissed the lawsuit in 2019, but an appeals court revived it last year.

Jones College launches Online Workforce College

The Online Workforce College provides training opportunities to the citizens of Jones, Covington, Smith, Wayne, Jasper, Greene, Clarke and Perry counties.

7 education impacts you will soon see from the 2021 legislative session

The state made notable investments in public education that includes teacher raises, more money for early childhood education and literacy.

  Virtual tours offer students insight into state’s history at the Two Mississippi Museums

Six Mississippi History and six Civil Rights museum tours are offered.

  Few children turn out for annual Lion’s Easter Egg hunt

Less than two dozen children came to the 73rd Community Easter Egg Hunt.

Seminary kindergarten kids march in first ‘Easter Hat Parade’

Easter came early for dozens of young students Thursday.

  USM earns national recognition for education certification program

The University of Southern Mississippi is earning national recognition for turning out National Board Certified Teachers.

  Perry County School Dist. holds recruitment fair for vacant positions

The district is looking to fill positions including teacher’s assistants, counselors and teachers.

  WCU School of Education receives two Governor’s Awards

William Carey's Alternate Route to Teaching Program was recognized by the Mississippi Association of Partners in Education.

  WCU med school gets 3 top 10 rankings from U.S. News and World Report

The report also ranks WCU as the fifth-best for locating graduates in medically underserved areas.

Southern Miss celebrates Founders’ Day

Students, faculty and alumni at the University of Southern Mississippi are celebrating 111 years of the black and gold in the Hub City.

  3 Southern Miss students receive Goldwater Scholarship

Three University of Southern Mississippi students have been recognized with a prestigious scholarship for their research efforts.

  Laurel dedicates week to early childhood development

The city and local organizations are raising awareness about the importance of early childhood development.

  ‘Crossroads’ exhibit opens for six-week run in Columbia

A traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution that explores life in small-town USA has officially opened in Columbia.

Mississippi Children’s Museum - Meridian celebrates opening

Mississippi Children's Museum-Meridian celebrates grand opening.

  Hattiesburg schools recognized at Governor’s Awards

Several Hattiesburg Public School District schools were among those honored Friday at the 19th annual Governor’s Awards

  USM holds ribbon-cutting for Southern Station

The venue will hold events for students and will be utilized on gamedays.

  Ribbon-cutting ceremony held for William Carey’s King Student Center

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held for the new King Student Center, which is named in honor of William Carey President Dr. Tommy King and his wife, Sandra.

  Jackson State Alumni Association of Hattiesburg to host scholarship fundraiser

The deadline to apply for the scholarship is April 23.

LIST: Pine Belt school closings, early dismissals due to storms

Some school districts are announcing schedule changes for Thursday.

  Moselle Elementary teacher wins Golden Apple Award

This month’s WDAM and TEC’s Golden Apple Award winner is Moselle Elementary School teacher Terri Shoemake.

  R3SM gets Big Event help from USM students

R3SM got some much-needed work done at its volunteer house.

  Match Day celebrated at WCU College of Osteopathic Medicine

The medical school’s faculty and staff hosted a small come-and-go reception at Tatum Court on Monday morning to congratulate students.

  Volunteers in Wayne, Covington counties clear trash from roadsides

Some residents in the Pine Belt spent Saturday giving back to the community by cleaning up trash along county roads.

  USM students introduce opera to children around Hattiesburg

USM students continue to introduce opera to elementary schools.

Teacher pay raise much-needed in Mississippi, say educators

Teachers in Mississippi will soon be seeing an increase in salary and in their starting wage thanks to a bill that was passed by state lawmakers on Thursday.

Mississippi teacher pay raise plan headed to governor

Mississippi legislators have agreed on a teacher pay raise plan, and it will head to Gov. Tate Reeves.

USM students to participate in annual Big Event March 22-26

Instead of the traditional one-day effort, the 2021′s event will be spread out over five days.

  Forrest Tower photo exhibit documents government, medical response to pandemic

A new photo exhibit in downtown Hattiesburg is giving residents a unique look at the COVID-19 pandemic.

  USM students assist park service with site plan for historic slave market

Some USM students are helping the National Park Service develop a historic location in Natchez that was once the site of one of the largest slave markets in the South.

A representative in Texas wants teachers to make $70,000 a year

A representative in Texas has filed a bill which would increase the base salary of every teacher in the state to $70,000 a year.

Covington Co. school employees get COVID vaccines from CCH

Covington County Hospital provided Moderna vaccines for about 65 employees

  Bill ensures school funding after attendance decreases during pandemic

The bill ensures schools won’t face severe budget cuts due to inconsistencies in student attendance during the pandemic last year.

JSU receives award to boost STEM-related courses

Jackson State University is one of five Minority Serving Institutions to receive the Scientific Leadership Award.

Two Pine Belt students win scholarships in College Savings Shootout

Each winner received a $500 scholarship in the form of a Mississippi Affordable College Savings Account.

  PREPS hosts virtual conference for teachers throughout state

Friday kicked off with over 25 sessions that teachers can access online, which will be available for the next three weeks.

  Bill that would give Miss. educators pay raise one step closer to becoming law

If signed into law, the pay increase will be in effect for the 2021-2022 school year.

  Emergency meeting held in response to ‘Slave letter writing activity’

The meeting was called Thursday after pictures of an assignment titled “Slave Letter Writing Activity” spread on social media.

  USM nationally recognized for its online bachelor’s degree program for veterans

The University of Southern Mississippi earned a top 50 spot in the U.S. News & World report.

  Education advocates critical of House income tax bill

Education advocates are among the tax bill’s biggest critics.

‘Slave letter writing activity’ sparks outrage in Miss. school district

A controversial school assignment has sparked outrage in the Lamar County community.

  USM students to resume in-person classes in fall

After months of Zoom classes and online teaching materials, many students are ready for a little normalcy.

  Forrest General invests in PRCC nursing bridge program

The bridge program will help LPNs earn their full RN degree.

  Hattiesburg Zoo hosting 4th annual Renaissance Festival

The Hattiesburg Zoo is welcoming Spring by hosting an annual celebration of European art and culture from the 14th-17th centuries.

  William Carey nursing students on front line of pandemic

William Carey students are at vaccination sites in the community to help fight COVID-19.

  Sacred Heart Catholic School pre-K teacher wins Golden Apple Award

This month’s TEC and WDAM Golden Apple Award Winner is Lynette Villarreal, a pre-K teacher at Sacred Heart Catholic School.

Catholic Diocese of Biloxi names next principal of Sacred Heart High School

Hattiesburg native Keith Brackett will take over as principal of his alma mater in March.

  William Carey spring enrollment increases 15%

William Carey University announced Friday that spring enrollment has increased 15% since last year.

Miss. getting $5.62M grant to improve health, education responses in pandemic

The grant is funded through the CARES Act.

  State educators, health experts recognized for work during pandemic

The recognition comes just days after it was announced that Mississippi teachers will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine beginning March 1.