By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Not long ago, Jackson Caldwell saw a speed bump in his summer vacation. He’s a rising senior at Tupelo High School, and during the second semester of junior year, he applied to Boy’s State with his friends. After American Legion Post 49 accepted his application, the 17-year-old […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – For months, legislative leaders have warned that “one Hinds County chancery judge” would decide the level of education funding for the state should voters in November approve the citizen-sponsored Initiative 42, which attempts to enhance the state’s commitment to public education. But in a separate case […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal Northeast Mississippi will have eight contested superintendent of education races on its ballots this fall. Eleven of the region’s 16 counties have school districts with elected superintendents, but Chickasaw County’s Betsy Collums, Marshall County’s Jerry Moore and Monroe County’s Scott Cantrell do not face opponents this year. Incumbents are running […]


By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Voters living in the Lee County School District will decide next month who will lead the 7,200-student district for the next four years. Incumbent Jimmy Weeks, 43, will face fellow Republican Robert Smith, 60, in the Aug. 4 primary election. Because both candidates are running in the Republican […]

By Emma Crawford Daily Journal TUPELO – Former Tupelo Middle School Principal Kristy Luse likens her new job to skydiving. In the spring it was announced Luse would leave her longtime post at the middle school to serve Tupelo Schools as director of educational enhancement and research. After working as a teacher and administrator before […]

Daily Journal reports WASHINGTON – Mississippi State University is one of eight Mississippi institutions of higher education that will receive funding from the Department of Education’s Student Support Services, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker announced Friday. MSU will receive $246,050 in grant money. The grant is expected to continue to be awarded over the next five […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal JACKSON – Former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove’s lawsuit to force the Mississippi Legislature to fully fund local school districts has been rebuked by Hinds County Chancery Judge William Singletary. Singletary’s written order rejecting Musgrove’s claim that a 2006 state law mandated that the Legislature fully fund the Mississippi Adequate Program was […]

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Rising senior Daurian Lewis holds his trumpet as he and other members of the Tupelo High School marching band practice.

By Emma Crawford Daily Journal TUPELO – Extreme temperatures this week cannot keep the Tupelo High School Band from learning a new show for its upcoming season and preparing for its biggest competition yet at its summer band camp. In October, the band will travel to Indianapolis, Indiana, to compete against 58 other bands from […]

By Hank Wiesner Special to the Chickasaw Journal HOULKA – The Houlka School District is moving closer to cleaning the site of a fire that destroyed part of Houlka Attendance Center – the district’s only school – in July, 2014, but it’s been a process mired in red tape, Superintendent Betsy Collums said recently. “There […]