By Ray Van Dusen Monroe Journal Just as cities and counties have to set themselves apart from global competitors to attract industry, individuals have to set themselves apart from highly skilled job applicants to land a job. An evolving part of the process to even land an interview with certain employers is a three-hour test […]

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Store manager Judy Holder fills up mini pie shells with pie filling while making sweet potato pecan pie at Sweet Potato Sweets in Vardaman. The sweet potatoes are brought in from a local farm, are peeled, boiled, pureed and used in all the baked goods and products sold at the store.

This week’s photo essay goes inside Sweet Potato Sweets in Vardaman. All the treats are made with sweet potatoes brought in from a local farm. The potatoes are peeled, boiled, pureed and used in all the baked goods and products sold at the store.

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Today, we talk about a growing emphasis on reading in lower grades, upgrades to Ballard Park and new ownership for a pair of local pediatric clinics. And in sports, Ole Miss and Mississippi State men’s basketball teams both lose.

By Emma Crawford Kent Daily Journal PLANTERSVILLE – People often say, “Teaching is a calling,” and it is. Just ask Plantersville Middle School assistant principal Lindsay Brett. Ask Brett what her favorite thing about being an educator is, and she won’t be able to choose, but she’ll tell stories, some funny and some serious, that […]

By Emily Wagster Pettus and Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says he will call a special legislative session on education funding only after lawmakers reach broad agreement on the main points of a proposal. “If we call a special session only to fight for three or four days, we’ve wasted […]

By Thomas Simpson Daily Journal TUPELO – Tickets are on sale for the Salvation Army’s Empty Bowls event at the Tupelo Furniture Market Building No. 5. Empty Bowls is a luncheon that raises funds for the Salvation Army’s food program while bringing awareness to hunger in the community. It is the Salvation Army’s biggest fundraiser. […]

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The new Fuller House north of Houston has been framed and sealed to the rain. The next step was to finish the roof.

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – The name has changed but the work of local people in this ministry has not. Houston Habitat for Humanity became Fuller Center for Houston this month and members hope the change will be a better fit and help the agency as it seeks to provide affordable housing for […]

By Emma Crawford Kent Daily Journal TUPELO – Saltillo Primary teacher Jennifer Rinehart hasn’t always taught so much writing to her first-graders, but the third-grade reading “gate” is changing the way she and her colleagues do things in their kindergarten-through-second-grade classrooms. The test, which determines whether or not third-grade students are promoted to fourth grade […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The decision to not fund local school districts during the 2017 regular session apparently was made solely by House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton. Gunn announced last week that the House would wait until an anticipated special session to fund the bulk of public education for the […]