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The University of Southern Mississippi has been recognized as one of the nation’s top online colleges in rankings recently released by Newsweek magazine. USM earned a No. 34 ranking out of 200 universities listed. No other Mississippi university is ranked in the top 60.

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The Laurel Rotary heard an informative program from Laurel Christian School officials at a recent meeting. From left, Rotary member Scott Thames, LCS Headmaster James Armistead and LCS Director of Development Phil Buehler. 

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Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts from Ellisville Pack 10 were honored at Scout Night at a recent Jones College football game. Front, from left, are Cub Scouts Truitt Bush, Hayes Hendrix, Thomas Serpas and Hardy Hendrix; back row, Boy Scouts Will Shoemake, Jackson Boulware, Cameron Pier…

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The South Jones Band of Braves won their third state championship after taking first place in Percussion, Overall Effect, Visual Performance and Music Performance, and second place in colorguard at the State Marching Band Evaluation in Pearl over the weekend.

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The South Jones band of Braves have once again proved themselves to not only be one of the best bands in the state, but also in the nation. They traveled to the Ballad Heath 2022 Bands of America East Tennessee competition and brought home first place in their 2A category. 

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Laurel Christian School students attended the Steven Palazzo Youth Leadership Summit on Wednesday. Front row, from left, Regan Shoemaker, Ashley Mason, Emma Kennedy, Chloe Mouannes and Zoe Vanderslice; back row, Katye Freeman, John Thomas Pickering, Rep. Steven Palazzo, Fletcher Horne and No…

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Laurel High School drum major Xavier Washington leads the Golden Tornado marching band through the streets of Laurel during Tuesday's homecoming parade. LHS will host South Jones on Friday at 7 p.m. (Photos by Josh Beasley)

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The Metro Jackson American Heart Association, with support of the Mississippi Healthcare Alliance, is collaborating with the Mississippi Fire Academy to fill an urgent CPR training need. Every public high school in Mississippi is eligible to receive a CPR in Schools Training Kit. The kits co…

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Children gathered at the Laurel-Jones County Library for their September “Kindergardening” program, which was sponsored by Park Place Garden Club. They heard a funny story about frogs read by project chairwoman Wanda Knotts, then worked on a craft where they created lily pads for the frog-th…

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The West Jones Science Club had its first meeting of the year in August. Members learned about physics concepts from Science Club President Lindsey Cole. An egg-drop contest took place as students attempted to apply concepts of momentum and impulse to design the best contraption. Winners of …

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St. John’s Day School in Laurel recently had a National Beta Club induction ceremony. Front row, from left, Emma Kate Watkins, Isabella Brown, Reese Yoder, Andrew Albritton, Holder Ainsworth, Elise Ishee, Ella Jo Jones, Riemann Steinwinder; back row, Headmistress Lisa Ishee, Will Lacey, Case…

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Northeast Jones Tigers will celebrate homecoming starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday with a parade and ceremony, followed by the game against East Marion at 7:30. Members and escorts of the homecoming court are, front from from left, Football Maid DaNyziah Dantzler and escort Kaden Thomas, escort R…

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The West Jones livestock evaluation team finished first in the state and made the cut to participate in the national competition in Indianapolis on Oct. 9. Members of the team and adviser Ken Parker made a short presentation to the Jones County Board of Supervisors at a recent meeting. Super…

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South Jones graduates Suzannah Walters, left, and Leigha Thompson received $1,000 scholarships to Jones College from the South Mississippi Planning and Development District. The presentation was made by Beat 4 Supervisor David Scruggs at a recent Board of Supervisors meeting. (Photo by Mark …

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Northeast Jones graduate Mason Smith was awarded a scholarship by the Alabama Grocers Association for the 2022-23 school year on Tuesday at the Hattiesburg/Laurel regional airport. Smith is the only one to receive this scholarship in the Laurel area. This year, the association received 100 a…

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Local mentoring group Kuntry Kidz and the Laurel Housing Authority provided local youth with a chance to tour the campuses of some Historically Black Colleges in Mississippi.

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Local schools’ scores show the good, bad, ugly

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 Jones College has announced the 2022 Summer Session 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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A pinning and graduation ceremony for 21 students who recently finished Jones College’s Practical Nursing program celebrated their accomplishments while overcoming many obstacles.

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For the 2022-23 school year, the Jones County School District opted to do a traditional schedule, but officials will consider the modified calendar that Laurel School District adopted this year within the next few years, JCSD Superintendent Tommy Parker said.

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Agricultural science courses have always been a part of the curriculum and lifestyle at Jones College. After all, it was established in 1911 as Jones County Agricultural High School.

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School will start early this year in the Laurel School District after leadership modified the school calendar to include two new intersessions. Students will be back in school July 22.

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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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