By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal BOONEVILLE – Northeast Mississippi Community College President Johnny Allen felt it was time for a fresh start for both the college and himself. Allen, 61, announced Tuesday that he will retire on June 30 after having led the college for 11 years. As he completes his 38th year as an […]

Daily Journal OXFORD – Local, state and federal law enforcement are investigating verbal threats made by an Oxford Middle School student. Oxford School District officials said Wednesday that they are cooperating with law enforcement in the investigation, which was opened Tuesday after another OMS student reported verbal threats made against the school to the school’s […]

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – Republican Gov. Phil Bryant said Wednesday that he is still deciding whether to sign a bill that would create a group to recommend whether Mississippi should ditch Common Core academic standards. Bryant said he’s no fan of Common Core, but he doesn’t want to create an advisory […]

Mississippi State University STARKVILLE – Campaign counting for Mississippi State’s Infinite Impact has surged past the $500 million milestone, tallying $503.1 million as it continues to climb, placing the overall goal of $600 million well within reach. “The continued success of Infinite Impact shows the confidence that alumni and friends are placing in Mississippi State […]

Tupelo High School‘s James Grant, from left, Clayton Sewell and Luke Tucker, here with team sponsor Julie Smith, won first place in the 11th- 12th-grade division of the MDOT State TRAC Bridge Building Challenge. (Courtesy)

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal Teams from Booneville Middle School and Tupelo High School placed first in the state bridge building competition held on Monday in Jackson. Booneville placed first in the seventh- and eighth-grade division, while Tupelo Middle was third. Tupelo High won the 11th- and 12th-grade division. Also, Mantachie High placed third in […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal SHANNON – A team of community volunteers is providing extra help to a group of students at Shannon Primary School. Volunteers from Brewer Methodist Church visit the school each Tuesday afternoon to tutor six students for about 45 minutes. “We wanted the church to be more involved in the community, […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Saltillo High School English teacher Bethany Poppelreiter took home another honor on Tuesday night. The fifth-year educator was chosen the American Legion’s “District One” Educator of the Year and is one of nine teachers competing for statewide honors from the Mississippi Department of the American Legion. In a […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Legislators differed sharply Tuesday about a citizen-sponsored initiative that supporters say would enhance the state’s commitment to public education. Sen. David Blount, D-Jackson and Rep. Andy Gipson, R-Braxton, spoke extensively about Initiative 42 Tuesday at a luncheon meeting of the Mississippi State University Stennis Institute of […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Students in Lee, Pontotoc and Union counties again will have the chance to attend one of several academic summer camps free of charge. The CREATE Foundation’s Toyota Wellspring Education Fund will sponsor scholarships for rising seventh- to 12th-grade students in public schools in those three counties to attend […]