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M.J. Bilger, a fourth-grade student in Denise McBrayer’s class at Saltillo Elementary, folds his Japanese crane Thursday morning.

By Emma Crawford Kent Daily Journal SALTILLO – Forty fourth-grade students, eight days and 1,048 origami cranes later, Saltillo Elementary School teachers Denise McBrayer and Stephanie Byrd have more colorful paper birds than they know what to do with. For now, the paper cranes sit in flocks in the teachers’ classrooms, but in just a […]

STARKVILLE (AP) – Mississippi State University is raising the goal of its current fundraising drive to $1 billion by 2020. The university started seeking donations for the “Infinite Impact” campaign in 2010, publicly announced it in 2013, and has now reached the original $600 million goal. President Mark Keenum announced the new goal Thursday, saying […]

By William Moore Daily Journal CORINTH – A Corinth High School student has been detained in connection with threats that led to schools being placed on lockdown Thursday morning. A Mississippi Highway Patrol Trooper picked up the student off campus and transported him to the Corinth Police Department. A search of the student, whose name […]

By Emma Crawford Kent Daily Journal BELMONT – Students at Belmont School jumped, stretched and danced Wednesday morning during “Move to Learn,” a traveling fitness and health education program. Belmont kindergarten through sixth graders participated in the program, which was developed by the Mississippi Department of Education and the Bower Foundation. The program provides materials […]

By Emma Crawford Kent Daily Journal TUPELO – The third annual ICC Bike for Scholarships fundraiser will be hosted Saturday on the Tanglefoot Trail in Pontotoc. Registration begins at 7 a.m. with the ride starting at 8 a.m. Anyone who wishes to participate can register up until the ride begins. Participants can also preregister online […]


By Emma Crawford Kent Daily Journal TUPELO – Technological glitches forced students statewide to stop taking the Mississippi Assessment Program Wednesday morning. The assessment, provided by Minnesota-based company Questar, is being administered statewide throughout the next several weeks to students in grades 3-8 and is taken online. More than 10 school districts reported errors with […]


By Emma Crawford Kent Daily Journal JACKSON – Mississippi’s graduation rate improved significantly from 2011 to 2015, inching closer to the national average. The Mississippi Department of Education released the 2015 graduation and dropout rates for school districts statewide Tuesday morning. Districts showed a four-year graduation rate of 78.4 percent for the 2014-15 school year, […]

By Emma Crawford Kent Daily Journal TUPELO – Some Lee County School District students will swim into a new school year in the fall thanks to a new partnership between the school district and the Tupelo Aquatic Center’s “Little Ripples” program. First- and second-graders from Shannon, Saltillo, Verona and Mooreville schools will have the opportunity […]


Pierce Street Elementary held its Pierce Street Pride Fun Run on Tuesday. Students ran around the front of the school for 30 minutes at a time to raise funds for the school and its Parent Teacher Organization.