By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Later this month, eight of the members of the 12-member Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning will be appointees of Gov. Phil Bryant. And if Bryant wins re-election later this year, as expected, he will become the first governor to have appointed all […]


By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Tupelo’s Kate Otis Farabaugh has been named a finalist for state Parent of the Year honors. The mother of three was named the Tupelo School District’s Parent of the Year in March. She learned Thursday that she will represent the 1st Congressional District as one of four finalists […]

By Dennis Seid Daily Journal BLUE SPRINGS – The Advanced Manufacturing Technician program at Itawamba Community College is closely tied to Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi, and it helps create a pipeline of skilled workers for the automaker. However, the skills developed through the program can be applied to any manufacturer. Officials hope more students will […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – The Lee County School Board on Thursday approved a project to repair and overlay a road at Guntown Middle School. The work will be done by Kimes and Stone Construction and by Lee County. It will begin soon and should be finished before the end of the current […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – On Tuesday night, voters overwhelmingly approved the Tupelo School District’s $44 million bond request. Now the district must begin to implement those plans. “The people have spoken, and now is time to roll up our sleeves and get to work,” TPSD Executive Director of Operations Andy Cantrell said […]

Daily Journal TUPELO – Thomas Street Elementary Principal Chad Chism announced Wednesday he will be leaving the district to take a secondary school administrative position at another school district next year. Chism announced the move in a letter to parents but did not specify what his new job will be. He has led the kindergarten […]

By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – Five months into a stalemate over who will be the next executive director of the Mississippi Community College Board, the leading candidate has withdrawn. Board Chairman Bruce Martin of Meridian says Debra West, the board’s deputy director of programs and accountability, withdrew her candidacy in an email Monday. […]

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Citizens committee co-chair Mike Clayborne, center, and Superintendent Gearl Loden watch vote returns Tuesday night as the $44 million Tupelo school bond issue passed overwhelmingly.

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – The Tupelo Public School District got a huge vote of confidence on Tuesday night. Its $44 million bond request passed resoundingly, with 85.5 percent of voters approving it. It required 60 percent to pass. “The vote count was amazing,” said Tupelo Superintendent Gearl Loden. “…It shows our community […]

Mississippi State University STARKVILLE – Mississippi State alumnus and university benefactor Thomas B. “Tommy” Nusz will deliver the university’s spring commencement addresses May 8 and 9 at Humphrey Coliseum. Co-founder and head of Texas-based Oasis Petroleum, Nusz is featured speaker both for the 7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday ceremonies. Approximately 2,600 students are […]