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Don’t think that Girls Scouts are just about cookie sales.

Just days after the Feb. 14 mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, threats made through social media to the Petal School District during the weekend forced a full investigation over a 36-hour period.

The Hattiesburg City Council approved two new street lights to be placed on Fourth Street locations to better protect areas outside of late-night businesses.

Hattiesburg’s Jewish synagogue, B’Nai Israel Synagogue, is one of four Mississippi locations to be named to the National Register of Historic Places.




Shop Petal First

By NIKKI SMITH,

Those looking to beat the holiday shopping crowds and support their local economy have the opportunity to do both with the Friendly City’s annual Shop Petal First. The 16th annual event is sponsored by the Petal Area Chamber of Commerce and will take place from Nov. 16 to 18.




School district unveils 2016-2017 accountability dashboard

By NIKKI SMITH,

While Petal School District faculty, staff and students are proud of their rating as number one in the state based on the results of Mississippi Department of Education’s accountability model results, Superintendent Dr. Matt Dillon said this is only one piece of the district’s story.


District seeks community aid

By NIKKI SMITH,

It’s nearing that time again.

Through the Mississippi Early Learning Collaborative legislation, support for a Mississippi Department of Education approved early learning collaborative could make individuals and corporations eligible for a 1:1 state tax credit for a donated amount up to $1 million. 




Artist Heidi Pitre puts a face on public art installment

By BUSTER WOLFE,

Heidi Pitre had been spurred on for the past two years to paint something on the side of the Grove Transit building on Hardy Street across from the Hattiesburg Zoo. Painting something that large was a journey into the unknown for the New Orleans native now splitting time between Hattiesburg and Austin, Texas.





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