Area News

State’s graduation rate exceeds national average

The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) recently released the high school graduation rates for the 2018-19 school year, which show the state’s graduation rate has hit an all-time high of 85%, higher than the most recent national graduation rate. The 2019 national graduation rate is expected to be released soon. The graduation rate for students…

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Dr. James Ervin elected 2020 president of Crystal Springs Chamber of Commerce

Dr. James Ervin was elected president of the Crystal Springs Chamber of Commerce at the organization’s January 20 meeting at Rolling Hills Country Club. Agenda mentioned for the year includes a meeting February 5 with Downtown Strategies which will be consulting Crystal Springs on economic planning. Plans revealed that Chamber officials will be meeting and…

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Is the issue funding, leadership, or something else?

By: Brett Kittredge The recent rise in violence from Parchman and other prisons has become a leading issue of the day in Mississippi. Right in time for the start of the 2020 legislative session. Naturally, one of the first questions you will hear is who, or what, is responsible? Is it the governor; is it…

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Superintendent Clopton now under contract

The Copiah County School Board completed its process of converting the Copiah County School Superintendent position from elected to that of becoming a contract employee of the elected board. Details of the contract were not disclosed in the meeting Jan. 6 as the contract with Rickey Clopton was formally approved. The board adjourned until February…

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Walkway, ABB expansion topics at city board meeting

City officials at their January board meeting were informed that the final arrangements for the walkway from downtown to Chautauqua Park are complete awaiting approval from the Department of Transportation on the grant for the work. Upon receipt of MDOT approval, the mayor was authorized to implement the work order to begin. In additional discussion,…

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Year 3 of construction to begin at Camp Kamassa

By Tricia Nelson In a few weeks, Year 3 of Camp Kamassa’s multi-year construction will begin. The camp, which is located near Calling Panther Lake on Sumrall Road, will be for adults and children with special needs. Mississippi’s Toughest Kids Foundation (MTK) purchased the 326 acre site in 2013 and through vigorous fundraising was able…

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Airport to lease hangar spaces, purchase encroaching timberland

Copiah Supervisors agreed to lease land for private construction of hangars at the Copiah County Airport at their meeting January 10. The contract will provide for compatibility with existing buildings, annual ground rental on a square footage basis, and reversion of ownership to Copiah County at the end of the lease period. The finalization of…

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