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PCSD invites public to special meeting in search for new Supt. of Education

From Staff Reports The Perry County School Board is hosting a special public meeting next Thursday to introduce interested local residents to the two finalists under consideration to serve as the county school district’s Supt. of Education. School board members have been reviewing potential candidates to replace current Supt. of Education Scott Dearman, who is…

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PCMS recognizes Students and Teacher of the Month

Special to the Dispatch Perry Central Middle School recently recognized six students and a teacher for representing the spirit of the school in their actions in and out of the classroom. Earning the distinguished titles of Students of the Month for August were sixth graders Cedric Manning and Sa’Mya Holmes; seventh graders Braylon Bolton and…

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Historically Speaking…

Pictured here was a prominent shopping stop in Richton, where fertilizer, feed, other farming items, hardware, groceries and clothing could be purchased. To the left of the building, short wood was unloaded and peeled before being loaded on flat cars to be shipped by rail to the Masonite Corp. in Laurel. The area was knee…

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Local recreation areas closed as Hurricane Ida approaches

JACKSON, Miss. August 27, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service announced it is closing recreation areas today and tomorrow at ranger districts in south Mississippi as a precautionary measure for the protection of the health and safety of visitors and staff before Tropical Storm Ida makes landfall. Forecasters expect Ida to strengthen…

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County residents urged to prepare ahead of storm

From Staff Reports Tropical Storm Ida was upgraded to Hurricane Ida this afternoon as it swirled toward a strike on Cuba on Friday as a rapidly intensifying storm that could speed across warm Gulf waters and slam into Louisiana as a Category 3 hurricane on Sunday, the National Hurricane Center warned. Perry County Emergency Management…

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Longtime community healthcare provider retiring

By ANNETTE HARVISON Dispatch Staff __________ The medical field is an important part of our lives. We see that now more than ever. Having a dedicated medical care clinic and care provider is a big deal when it comes to the care of ourselves and our families, and we all want someone we can count…

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Richton School District begins new school year without masks

Richton High School Principal Ben Bryan said school officials finalized plans for the 2021-2022 school year and will begin the new year like a normal school year, though still keeping up pandemic era sanitizing and disinfecting. Masks will optional for staff and students. “After our meeting this morning (Thursday), we have decided that we are…

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Richton honoring memory of late Mayor

From Staff Reports __________ Officials in Richton are honoring the memory of longtime businessman and elected official Jimmy L. White. The Richton Home and Garden Club will host a Memorial Dedication in honor of White this Saturday, June 5, at Richton Town Square, in conjunction with the club’s Arbor Day celebration. Town officials are joining…

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