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William Carey inducts 4 into Hall of Fame

The William Carey University Alumni Association recently inducted four graduates into its Hall of Fame. The inductees were Mary Strebeck Morton (‘65), Rose Lavern Rainey (‘74), Alan K. Sudduth (‘11) and Terry R. Tinsley (‘88). Morton earned the Bachelor of Arts in elementary education from Carey in 1965. Morton is a retired school teacher and counselor who currently serves alongside her husband Bobby, director of international ministries for ...

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Southern Miss team wins Mississippi social business challenge

Team Blueprint Health from the University of Southern Mississippi took top honors in the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Social Business Challenge, with Team Addressing Disparities in Dental Care Access from the University of Mississippi Medical Center receiving the silver medal and Team LEE Activity Center from Delta State University receiving the bronze medal. The competition was held ...

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Wayne Farms plant in Laurel, Miss, to lay off 500

LAUREL — A Georgia-based poultry company says its Laurel, Mississippi, plant will close its deboning lines and lay off about 500 workers by the end of June. Wayne Farms LLC of Oakwood, Georgia, said in a news release that one customer has contracted for the entire plant’s output, but wants only whole birds. Spokesman Frank Singleton said in a telephone ...

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FOCUS ON HEALTHCARE — Southern Miss nursing student excels while battling breast cancer

The cancerous cells in Corey Auerswald’s body could not hold down the willpower of her spirit. The joy in Auerswald’s spirit when people see or speak to her is contagious, touching people wherever she goes. Auerswald is now in her second semester in The University of Southern Mississippi nursing program, working to complete the rigorous nurse anesthetist program. She hopes ...

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Lamar County expenses projected to drop in 2015-16

PURVIS — Lamar County expenses are expected to drop by more than $1.6 million in the new fiscal year that will start Oct. 1. The American Press reports the Board of Supervisors approved an expense budget of about $37.9 million Tuesday, about a 4.4 percent decrease from 2014-15’s expense budget of about $39.6 million. For the 15th consecutive season, supervisors ...

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Group plans new city in Lamar County

PURVIS — Residents of the Bellevue community of Lamar County are launching a petition drive to become a city. The Hattiesburg American reports a group called Citizens of Bellevue has been studying incorporation for the past 13 months. Organizers outlined their plans Thursday to the Lamar County Board of Supervisors. The city would span about 15 square miles with an ...

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Mississippi blueberries going global

South Mississippi blueberries are going global. Members of the Miss-Lou Blueberry Co-op, which includes farms from Poplarville, Purvis and Lumberton, have for the first time exported their produce to India and the United Arab Emirates. All told, members shipped 9,000 pounds of what those in the industry call “blues.” Luis Monterde oversaw the selection and packing of the blues from ...

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Traci Spence returns to Pearl River CC

Traci Comesana Spence Traci Comesana Spence has returned to Pearl River Community in Poplarville to be coordinator of alumni services and Development Foundation administrative assistant. Spence, a graduate of Purvis High School, earned an associate’s degree from PRCC in 2005. She went on to Louisiana State University where she earned a business marketing degree. She worked for the Girl Scouts of ...

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Southern Miss, Boeing strengthen partnership with new master agreement

The University of Southern Mississippi has fortified its long-term relationship with The Boeing Company by signing a new master agreement to serve as the technology incubator of next generation composite material systems. U.S. Senators Roger Wicker and Thad Cochran joined Gov. Phil Bryant in making the announcement that Southern Miss and Mississippi State University had been selected by Boeing to ...

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Dean: USM College of Nursing needs to move into new building

Katherine Nugent, dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Southern Mississippi, says there are 1,450 reasons why the college needs to move into its as yet unfinished new home in Asbury Hall. She says that’s how many students are currently crammed into Harkins Hall, which was built around 1975. Nugent says those cramped quarters lead to several ...

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