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Jones College sophomores Lauren Baker of Ellisville, Braden Dennis of Laurel, Samuel Marlow of Petal and Rebecca Speights of Silver Creek each received a Mississippi Engineering Society scholarship to earn their engineering degrees. Baker, Marlow and Speights are planning to attend Mississip…

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Jones College has announced the 2022 spring 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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Lawmakers for Jones County — Sen. Juan Barnett (D-Heidelberg), Rep. Donnie Scoggin (R-Ellisville) and Rep. Robin Robinson (R-Laurel) — discussed the budget and how the excess allowed for higher teacher salaries in Mississippi while speaking at the Chamber of Commerce’s Eggs and Issues legisl…

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West Jones Junior Beta Club placed in 16 categories and had seven students picked as Premier Performers at the state convention in Biloxi in March. Anna Kate Christian, Audrey Yarbrough, Angel Nguyen, Aubree Moore and Aanya Banga placed first in Portfolio; Kynlee Smith, Brooklynn White and A…

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Taylor Thompson of Laurel was honored in the 2021-22 class of Who's Who Among Students at the University of Mississippi. A total of 170 students were recognized for their achievements on Friday, April 8, at The Gertude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts. 

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West Jones High School’s Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership representatives are sophomores Jaylen Green and Rase Jones. Green is on track to graduate with Distinguished Endorsement and as a Mississippi Scholar.

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Jones College sophomore Natalee Ainsworth of Laurel was crowned “Most Beautiful 2022” at the annual Jones College Most Beautiful Pageant in the M.P. Bush Fine Arts Auditorium. 

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The South Jones High School Vortex Indoor Winds blew away the competition again, winning a third consecutive state championship in the Mississippi Indoor Association competition at The University of Mississippi on Friday, April 1.

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Seven Jones College sophomore art students will have their artwork on display through May 6 in their final exhibition in the Eula Bass Lewis Art Gallery on the Ellisville campus. The public is invited to a reception at 1:30 p.m. on April 19 for sophomores Savannah Couch of Ellisville, Aryn C…

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Seven Jones College sophomore art students will have their artwork on display through May 6 in their final exhibition in the Eula Bass Lewis Art Gallery on the Ellisville campus. The public is invited to a reception at 1:30 p.m. on April 19 for sophomores Savannah Couch of Ellisville, Aryn C…

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Kindergarten students from Mason Elementary were visited by representatives from the Ellisville branch of First State Bank last week. Students were introduced to the American Bankers’ Teach Children to Save Day campaign. The campaign runs every spring, and First State Bank has partnered with…

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Jones College competed in the Mississippi Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest for colleges and brought home the General Excellence award in the community college category.

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West Jones Peer Council members shown preparing for Take Down Tobacco National Day of Action, which was April 1. This day is promoted to raise awareness of the problems of tobacco use. More than 480,000 U.S. citizens will die this year from tobacco-related illnesses, statistics show. The WJH…

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Southern Civitan Club donated $200 to fund a field trip to the Hattiesburg Zoo for Joy Rudder and Julie Shows’ classrooms at West Jones Elementary School. The field trip is scheduled for this month. From left, WJE’s McCollum, Rudder and Julie Shows, Southern Civitan President Tiffany Parrish…

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In its 2023 rankings, U.S. News & World Report ranked William Carey University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine No. 1 nationwide in producing the highest percentage of graduates serving in rural areas. WCUCOM also ranked fourth in the nation in two other areas – highest percentage of gr…

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The South Jones High School Band of Braves traveled to the State Capitol in Jackson on Thursday to receive recognition for their achievements. Rep. Donnie Scoggin and Rep. Robin Robinson introduced and presented Director of Bands Brian Joyce and the Band Council with House Resolution No. 109…

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Jones College’s visual arts instructor Melanie Eubanks was honored as Jones College’s 2021-22 Mississippi Humanities Council Teacher of the Year. Each community college and university select a faculty representative that the MHC honors with a cash award and certificate.

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Ian Marks of West Jones High School was selected STAR Student for the 2021-22 school year by the Mississippi Economic Council M.B. Swayze Foundation, sponsor of the Student Teacher Achievement Recognition program. He will be honored during the annual Education Celebration on April 14 at the …

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The Laurel School District is participating in an ongoing effort to locate, identify and evaluate children 21 and younger who are physically, communicatively, mentally and/or emotionally disabled.

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Students of Bay Springs High School walked out of school alongside some parents Friday morning after the West Jasper School Board voted 3-2 to put first-year superintendent Dr. Kenitra Ezi on paid administrative leave for 30 days or until a pre-termination hearing.

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For years, Dr. David Netherland was cracking backs at his chiropractic practice on Sandy Lane in Laurel. He retired in 2020, but now, people in Laurel can finally take a crack at the new sensation that is ax-throwing in the same building. 

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ELA emphasizes parental involvement, Christian values

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When one imagines the type of individuals impacted by The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi, they typically think of babies, very young children, and their families. After all, that is the demographic the Center typically serves. 

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Not everyone orders a box of 250 compost worms online, but now, there’s a box of soil in teacher Emily James’ science classroom at St. John’s Day School. Earthworms wriggle around in the compost, turning the soil nutrient-rich for the garden at the back of the school. 

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Taylorsville native Stephanie Smith is not only living proof of a miracle, but several miracles. The 40-year-old entrepreneur and mother of four children, ranging in ages from 16 to 7, could have died from a weak spot in a blood vessel in her brain that was miraculously caught before it burst. 

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The first time 35-year-old Joe Johnson graduated from Jones College in 2006, he earned a degree in automotive technology. Fifteen years later, last August, he will not only be graduating with his associate degree from the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Program, but he will also …

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Tucker has touched generations, from national to state leaders, at Northeast Jones

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As the state Legislature pushes an historic teacher pay raise, the Laurel School District is gearing up for its annual teacher recruitment event, scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 5 at Laurel Middle School.

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 Laurel High School students made Christmas wishes come true for 19 families this year through its Fellowship of Christian Athletes Christmas party. In the gymnasium last Thursday evening, 50-70 students associated with Laurel High School sports wrapped presents for families in need. 

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 On Dec. 11, the Sharon Volunteer Fire Department hosted its sixth annual Shop With A Firefighter and was able to take 25 children from Jones County shopping at Walmart with al firefighter. 

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 We don’t want to put a damper on the holidays, but accidental injuries do occur between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Driving, cooking or even putting up decorations can be a source for trauma — especially involving the eyes. And, particularly for kids. According to the American Academy …

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West Jones High School Peer Council recently taught the Scrubby Bear lesson to kindergarteners and first-graders at West Jones Elementary and North Jones Elementary.

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No felony charges will be filed against a Laurel Middle School teacher who made a sexually-explicit proposal to an eighth-grader two days before his scheduled wedding day, but there will likely be a more practical punishment, officials said.

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South Jones’ marching band will be traveling to Jacksonville, Ala., on Saturday to compete in the premier high school marching championship program, Bands of America. There are 26 high school marching bands throughout the southeastern United States competing for the regional championship.

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SJHS students learn budgeting, costs of living in the ‘real world’

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Miss Jones County/Pine Belt competition will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at the North-east Jones Performing Arts Center. It is the official preliminary competition for the Miss Mississippi Corporation for this area of the state.

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