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The Mississippi Senate unanimously approved legislation raising teacher pay by $1,000.  New teachers with a bachelor’s degree and other qualifications would receive an $1,110 increase, raising starting teacher pay in the state to at least $37,000 a year. This will also raise average teacher …

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Rickey Devore and Sophnia Smith, both of Laurel, were among the more than 1,300 students who received credentials from Hinds Community College in December 2020. Credentials include certificates and associate degrees.

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William Carey University’s Department of Language and Literature inducted seven new members into the Alpha Gamma Gamma chapter of Sigma Tau Delta honor society last month. 

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Anna Donald of Ellisville qualified for the Fall 2020 Dean’s List at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. Eligibility is based on a minimum course load of 12 hours and a GPA of 3.5 with no grade below a C.

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The University of Mississippi announced students made the Fall 2020 Honor Roll lists, including Chancellor’s Honor Roll, which is for students who earn a semester grade-point average of 3.75-4.00. 

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Jones College students will start the spring semester a little later than usual to help lessen the spread of the COVID-19 virus. When students return to campus on Monday, Feb. 1, for “traditional” classes, they will notice a few changes.

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Jones College has announced the 2020 fall semester honor roll scholars.  Full-Time students with 15 hours or more and who maintain the following grade-point averages will make the honor roll: President’s List--4.0; Dean’s List--3.99-3.5: Faculty List--3.49-3.0. 

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For her exemplary performance in the classroom, Laurel Magnet School of the Arts first-grade teacher Kathleen Canavin was named the 2020 Laurel School District Teacher of the Year.

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 A former educator with more than 40 years of experience in Mississippi schools has been selected as Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann’s appointee to the State Board of Education.

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Beginning on Monday, all K-8 schools in Wayne County will begin a hybrid schedule. Group A will go on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and Group B will go on Tuesday and Thursday. 

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The state is participating in CyberStart America — an innovative, online cybersecurity talent search and competition sponsored by the National Cyber Scholarship Foundation and the SANS Institute, Gov. Tate Reeves announced. Mississippi high school-aged students are encouraged to explore thei…

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Brianna Noelle Read of Laurel is among the more than 350 students who were inducted into the UM chapter of Phi Kappa Phi for the fall 2020-21 semester.

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Sixteen Jones College faculty and staff members were recently honored for their accomplishments in the workplace over the previous year. The Employee Appreciation Awards began in 2004 with funds contributed by retired JCJC president Dr. Ronald Whitehead and the college’s Foundation, Inc.  

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Jones College’s 2020 Honor Alumnus Vicki Hampton serves the college in her professional role as a South Central Regional Medical Center family nurse practitioner and has been the director of the Jones College Clinic since 2011. 

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Dr. Jesse Smith, president of Jones College, will unveil and demonstrate the Mississippi Online Workforce College during a livestream event on from 2-3 p.m. Monday. JC helped develop this statewide program through the U.S. Department of Labor Strengthening Community Colleges grant.  

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West Jones High School Peer Council members prepared for Red Ribbon Week by creating posters to line the halls of West Jones Elementary, North Jones Elementary, South Jones Elementary and Moselle Elementary. The goal of the Peer Council is to encourage all students to stay drug- and tobacco-…

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Forty-six Jones College faculty and staff members were recently honored for their years of service to the college. Administrators and the JC Foundation held a virtual celebration honoring employees for their service in five-year increments. 

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The West Jones homecoming court, which will be presented Friday night when the Mustangs take on Natchez at The Shoe, is pictured and listed.

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Al Moore of the Laurel Rotary Club presents dictionaries for the entire third-grade class to teacher Jennifer Bragg at Laurel Christian School. The Laurel Rotary club each year donates printed dictionaries to third-grade students in Jones County. (Photo submitted)

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West Jones Middle School September Students of the Month were seventh-graders Molli Ellzey and Danny Mendoza, and eighth-graders Maci Bray and Trace Weekley. Students were nominated by their teachers for the honor. Student of the Month is sponsored by the WJMS Student Council with help from …

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Mississippi State is announcing Fall Fridays, a new face-to-face event offered through the Office of Orientation and Events to connect prospective students with their academic college of interest.

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Two Jones College students from Jasper County and Clarke County are recipients of Laurel Leader-Call Journalism Scholarships. Johnathan Richardson of Rose Hill received a $400 scholarship as did Allah Dearman of Enterprise. “Thanks for your generous support,” Richardson wrote to Leader-Call …

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Two Jones College students from Jasper County and Clarke County are recipients of Laurel Leader-Call Journalism Scholarships. Johnathan Richardson of Rose Hill received a $400 scholarship as did Allah Dearman of Enterprise. “Thanks for your generous support,” Richardson wrote to Leader-Call …

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In the “band world” at Jones College, the August Band Camp is vital. Before working on the show, the band’s marching and performance techniques are perfected, ensuring everyone is in sync. 

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The Laurel School District Board of Trustees unanimously approved a new contract for Superintendent Dr. Toy L. Watts at a recent special called meeting. The three-year contract begins July 1, 2021 at the close of the current contract and is for a salary of $150,000 per year.

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The University of West Alabama is giving Jones College students extra incentives to become UWA Tigers upon completion of their associate degree at Jones. UWA’s new partnership with JC guarantees admission for Jones students who have a 2.0 GPA and 45 transferable credit hours or an associate …

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William Carey University conferred the Doctor of Public Service, honoris causa, upon U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker Aug. 27 during a ceremony on the Hattiesburg campus.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) thanked Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue for approving a school nutrition waiver that will provide schools in Mississippi more flexibility to provide meals and other nutrition benefits for children as schools open around the country.

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Katelynn McGowen of Moselle, a recent graduate of the University of Mississippi, was awarded the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship valued at $30,000 per year for her medical training at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in Jackson at the annual scholarship ceremony. McG…

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As health and education officials contemplate how to have classes and a fall sports season safely, the Jones College Bobcat Math League has also weighed the options. After careful consideration and consultation with JC administrators, BML Commissioner and Jones College math instructor Dr. Je…