MDOT urging motorists to stay safe on roads on New Year's

(The following is a press release from the Mississippi Department of Transportation.) JACKSON, MISS. – The year is coming to an end, giving people more reason to celebrate with friends and family. While everyone has their sights on ringing in 2020, the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) urges all motorists to have a New Year’s resolution of no drinking and driving. “MDOT’s goal, no matter what year it is, remains the same – zero fatalities from drunk driving,” said Melinda McGrath, P.E., MDOT Executive Director. “Driving while under the influence of alcohol puts everyone on the road at risk. Protect yourself and your loved ones by always avoiding alcohol when you drive.” Every h

Swan Song: Mississippi, let's live to give

(Toggle closed captions on and off through the video player settings.) The Christmas season is a time for folks to count their blessings. It’s also a time for giving. There are those much less fortunate who really need our help this holiday season. That’s why organizations and charities such as The Salvation Army, Christian Services, soup kitchens, Extra Table, and others exist. They provide help for those in need, not just during this season but year-round. That’s why Angel Trees, Toys for Tots collections, and food drives exist. This weekend Christian services will be hosting its birthday party for Jesus where they will be giving away gifts to hundreds of needy children as well as a hot

School closings for December 17

(Note for officials: If weather is affecting your school's operations, please send press releases or other notes on closures to from your work account. Thanks.) CITY SCHOOL DISTRICTS: \ Laurel: Closed Tuesday. \ Columbia: Operating on a one-hour delay Tuesday. COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICTS: \ Lamar County: Sumrall Elementary, Sumrall Middle School and Sumrall High School will be closed Tuesday due to storm damage and power outages in the area. Staff and faculty are asked to report to work to check for damage. OTHER SCHOOLS: \ Great Expectations Children Learning Center in Laurel: Closed Tuesday. \ St. John’s Day School in Laurel: Closed Tuesday.

Sam Hall, former Southern Miss golf player, coach, passes away

(The following photos and press release were submitted from Southern Miss.) HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Some people were just born to play golf. Sam Hall, who lettered four years for the Southern Miss men’s golf program and later went on to have two stints as its head coach, was one of those individuals. He passed away Sunday at the age of 86. The Hattiesburg, Miss., native was a naturally gifted athlete from an early age. To this day, Hall is the only athlete in Hattiesburg High School history to letter in every sport that was offered. Following high school, Hall attended Southern Miss where he lettered from 1955-58 and played No.1 on the golf team for four years. He went on to serve as the Southe


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