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Ellisville State School will host its Celebrating the Arts Program on Friday at the Jones College M. P. Bush Fine Arts Auditorium in Ellisville. The annual program allows people served by ESS an opportunity to showcase their talents in music, dance and art. The theme of this year’s event is …

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OXFORD – A West Jones graduate is one of 17 freshmen in the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College at the University of Mississippi to get part of a total of $130,750 in scholarship money.

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Jones College’s 2019 Honor Alumni are leaders in their area of expertise and have served the college and their communities with their talents. Jones County natives Tim Lawrence, who is senior vice president and financial adviser for Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, Brittney Pickering, who i…

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Jones County School Board President Lester Boyles, right, and Superintendent of Education Tommy Parker recently signed a proclamation declaring September 2019 as Attendance Awareness Month. The proclamation urges students, parents, school personnel and community leaders to be aware that good…

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The South Jones homecoming court, front row, Queen Madison Jones; second row, from left, student body maids Kaitlyn Millsap and Baylee Boyette, Miss South Jones Junior High Claire Flowers and Miss South Jones High Mackenzie Jones; third row, junior maids Callie Bell and Thaily Moreno, senior…

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The 2018-19 NEJ FFA Junior Parliamentary Procedure Team, from left, Caedence Hodge, Anna Windham, Trinity Touchstone, Brandon Broadhead and Javion Ducksworth placed third in the state during competition at the 2019 MS FFA State Convention in early June. Their AgEd instructors/FFA advisers we…

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The 2018-19 Northeast Jones Future Farmers of America Senior Opening and Closing Team of, from left, Kennedy Brooks, Leah Smith, Gabi Hodge, Matthew Powell, Briana Middleton, Kennedie Clark and Lara Wright placed third in the state during competition at the 2019 MS FFA State Convention in ea…

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Gabi Hodge was the recipient of the 2019 Connie Coker Memorial Scholarship presented at the 2019 MS FFA State Convention. Past president of the Northeast Jones FFA chapter, Gabi is a 2019 graduate of Northeast Jones and is currently enrolled in the nursing program at Jones College. She is th…

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Karley Cotten, left, and Kennedie Clark were recipients of Co-Op Program Scholarships during the 2019 MS FFA State Convention at MSU in early June. Their AgEd instructors/FFA advisers were Chris Myrick and Logan Dale. 

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Anna Donald of Ellisville is one of 34 Mississippi high school seniors who will be competing for more than $28,900 in college scholarships when the 2019 Distinguished Young Women of Mississippi Program gets under way Thursday in Meridian. 

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The Laurel School District will host one-stop registration for all schools in the Laurel School District on Thursday and Friday in the Laurel Middle School gym. All schools will be on site to assist parents or guardians in completing registration packets, verifying transportation and complet…

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Brittney Darbonne and Patrick Little, both recent Northeast Jones graduates, were presented with $500 Mississippi Association of Supervisors scholarships at a recent Jones County Board of Supervisors meeting. They are with board President Jerome Wyatt. Little is the son of Lt. Robert Little …

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The Program of Research & Evaluation for Public Schools at William Carey University is now accepting applications from K-12 principals, teachers and superintendents for the 2019-20 CEO Leadership Academy. CEO stands for “Collaborating to Empower Others.”

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Alaina Rowzee of Laurel has been selected as a Hinds Community College President’s Scholar for the Spring 2019 semester. President’s Scholars have a cumulative 4.0 grade-point average.

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As nearly 2 million U.S. college students graduate this spring, Magnolia State Bank is emphasizing the importance of a sound financial lifestyle. Magnolia State Bank has highlighted six financial tips recent college graduates should consider to position themselves for financial success as th…

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University of Southern Mississippi student Landry Smith of Laurel, has been awarded a study abroad grant valued at $1,000 from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi — the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Smith is one of 75 students nation…

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Seventeen Jones College students came home with top honors at the SkillsUSA state competition Jackson in April.  However, only the 11 first-place winners will leave for Louisville, Ky., for the National SkillsUSA competition in June.

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Golden Vision Club of Laurel scholarship winners are Abigail Williams of West Jones High School and Lane Chancellor of Northeast Jones High School. Club president Elaine Hill is shown with the winners during a luncheon to honor them. Graduating seniors from Laurel and Jones County high schoo…

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Asia Graves, a senior at Laurel High School, is the 2019 recipient of the Omi Ruth Boston Twyner Scholarship, Pinebelt Foundation officials announced.

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Jon-Micah Coleman and Madison Gieger were chosen as Mr. and Miss West Jones High School for the 2018-19 school year. (Photo by Bobby Harvison)

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Steven Burkett, center, of Ovett, a second-year medical student at the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine, received a $40,000 Joel and Lois McKenzie Trust Restricted Scholarship during Honors Day Convocation on April 24. The scholarship, which was awarded unexpectedly b…

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The University of Southern Mississippi sports a well-documented tradition of excellence in producing Goldwater Scholarship winners. And now the bar has been raised even higher as three USM students — including West Jones grad Erin Crater — have earned the prestigious award for 2019.

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Natasha Hayes has been selected 2018-19 Teacher of the Year at West Jones, administrators announced. She was chosen by her peers for this prestigious honor. She holds a Bachelor of Science in athletic training, a Bachelor of Science in health education with a minor in science and a master’s …

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South Jones Indoor Winds Group captures gold in Ohio

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The Mississippi College Office of Academic Affairs releases the president’s list after the close of fall and spring semesters each academic year, and several students from the Free State made the grade. 

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In recognition of the dedicated service of school boards across the state, the week of Feb. 10-16 was designated as “School Board Member Recognition Week.” The designation was made in the form of a proclamation signed by Gov. Phil Bryant. School Board Member Recognition Week is a time for sc…

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The Laurel School District announced the District Reading Fair winners for the 2018-19 school year. The winners are, front row from left,  Division B second-place Cameron Satcher from Mason Elementary, Division D second-place Jessica Quiero from Mason Elementary, Division D first-place Arber…

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Laurel Middle School art students recently submitted several works of art to the Scholastic Art Awards hosted by the Mississippi Museum of Art. From the art submitted from across the state, Laurel Middle School student Amiah White, right, received a Gold Key for her painting titled “Self-Lov…

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Students at Excellence in Learning Academy in Laurel had a half-day of school last Thursday after enjoying Valentine’s Day parties. Each class gave out valentines to each other, and they celebrated with a party with food and treats. Madeline Lee and Avery Garner are shown working on a Valent…

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St. John’s Day School students who had all A’s for the second 9 weeks were recognized by Mrs. Carolyn Stone for their hard work with a special breakfast provided by the Parents’ Club. Students on the Head Mistress’ List were: Carter Burroughs, Casey Butts, Brody Crowder, Madelyn Johnson, Eth…

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The Northeast Jones Gold Horizons showchoir will present “Soup & Songs for the Soul” at 7 p.m. Saturday in the PAC building on the Northeast Jones High School campus.

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The Arts Institute of Mississippi at The University of Southern Mississippi is accepting nominations for the 2019 AIM Awards, which seek to recognize and honor high-school level arts teachers, schools, and organizations that are making an impact through exemplary achievements in arts educati…

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West Jones came up short on the scoreboard, but Mustang Nation beat West Point on the keyboards. The fans in green and gold won some green for the school in the Text To Win contest during the Class 5A title game.

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ELLISVILLE – After battling all day at the Jones College Bobcat Math League playoff competition, the first-seeded Oak Grove Warrior team won the 2018 Championship title for the second time in recent history. It literally came down to the last question in the final round of 30-questions with …

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ELLISVILLE – The bond between a father and son is special. However, Jones College’s Director of Bands, Dr. Ben Burge not only gets to bond with his son Max who is a freshman at Jones, but he also gets to “band” with him.  When the younger Burge contemplated playing in the band in middle scho…