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Fourteen distinguished alumni of Hattiesburg’s city schools will be inducted into the inaugural HPSD Foundation Hall of Fame during a two-day event Oct. 4-5.

Lamar County’s teachers, staff and administrators received three tenets for classroom success from the executive director of a Christian home for children in Alabama during the school system’s convocation last Friday.

 Petal Family Practice Clinic on the Evelyn Gandy Parkway is undergoing an expansion project to offer more services and providers to its patients.

Although several pieces of sculptural artwork dot the landscape at the former Hattiesburg American building at 825 Main St.

Living in the country has its perks for Lamar County School Superintendent Tess Smith. One plus that makes her husband, Ray, happy is the lack of neighbors because they would see his wife in the yard sorting individual pine straws.







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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