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Ragan Milner, center, accepts her award for winning Parent of the Year for the Tupelo Public School District.

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – As a former teacher, Ragan Milner saw the importance of parental involvement in schools. So when she and her family moved to Tupelo from Montgomery, Ala., in 2007, it only seemed natural that she would be active in the district her two children attended. She was recognized for […]


By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – The Tupelo Public School District filled principal vacancies at two of its elementary schools and hired a pair of high school principals from neighboring school districts on Tuesday. The district announced Amy Barnett will be the new principal at Rankin Elementary, and Art Dobbs will hold that position […]

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Mississippi Business Journal STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University continues to rank among the nation’s top research universities, according to a new survey by the National Science Foundation. The recently released NSF Higher Education Research and Development Survey for Fiscal Year 2012 places the university at 92nd overall among public and private institutions, based on $233.2 […]

WEST POINT (AP) – The 4-H Foundation of Mississippi has opened a 63-acre multipurpose youth complex in West Point. Dedication ceremonies were held Thursday for the Jimmy Bryan 4-H Youth Complex. The complex includes a nature trail, a 4-H shooting range, the Southern Ionics 4-H Environmental Center, the Mississippi Farm Bureau 4-H ATV Training Center […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Students in the Lee County School District will begin next school year on Thursday, Aug. 7. The district’s school board on Tuesday approved its calendar for the 2014-15 school year. The final day for staff and students will be Friday, May 22, 2015, and graduation will be May […]

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Students eat lunch in the Saltillo High School cafeteria on Wednesday. The school's commons area soon will be expanded as part of a nearly $3 million project approved by the School Board on Tuesday. The work is funded by July's $13.5 million bond approval.

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal SALTILLO – Saltillo High students eventually will have more classrooms and a larger dining area. The Lee County School Board approved on Tuesday a nearly $3 million expansion at the 950-student school. It includes 12 new classrooms, an extra dining hall and a more secure entrance. Also approved during Tuesday’s […]

By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – The number of applicants to open Mississippi’s first charter school has been narrowed to three. The state’s Charter School Authorizer Board voted Wednesday to declare three applications eligible and complete to move forward. They are Reimagine Prep, which would operate grades 5-8 in Jackson; Phoenix Early College Charter […]


By Lena Mitchell Daily Journal Corinth Bureau CORINTH – The lawsuit filed by two Alcorn County teachers against former Alcorn Central Middle School principal Dan Burcham has been dismissed in U.S. District Court after a settlement was reached. Court records show Janet Walls Holley and Stephanie Leigh Eaton’s lawsuit was dismissed by U.S. District Judge […]

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Shannon High School Parent of the Year Antoinette Freeman is named Lee County School District Parent of the Year on Tuesday night during the School Board meeting at the district's Central Office.

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Last month, Shannon High School needed to prepare a large amount of food for a special recognition program for its students. So Antoinette Freeman, the mother of a freshman at the school, volunteered to cook 400 hot dogs and 200 hamburgers, with the help of her two parents. […]