Mississippi Society

Focused on Mississippi: Restoring church’s bell tower in Rodney

RODNEY, Miss. (WJTV) – I’ve been doing stories in Rodney, particularly at the old Presbyterian church, wince there were enough buildings left standing. Eudora Welty took some of her famous photographs here and lamented the passing of Rodney way back then. There is a new wrinkle of the fabric of...
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Biloxi Sun Herald

Meet the immigration attorney fighting to help Spanish speakers on the MS Coast

The Mississippi Gulf Coast’s Latino and Spanish-speaking population has grown dramatically over the past 20 years, but services and resources in Spanish, from hurricane updates to medical information, haven’t kept up, advocates say. Gulfport immigration attorney Dalaney Mecham aims to help address the need for legal representation, in his clients’...

Mississippi homecoming queen honored for giving crown to friend whose mother just died of cancer

Leaders of a Mississippi county are honoring a high school homecoming queen who gave her crown to a friend whose mother had just died of cancer. Forrest County Sheriff Charlie Sims presented Nyla Covington a citizenship award, and the county Board of Supervisors voted to pay her community college tuition. The supervisors declared this past Monday to be Nyla Covington Day, the Hattiesburg American reported.

Workers at Mississippi space center to protest vaccine rules

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) — Some workers at a sprawling space center near the Mississippi-Louisiana line plan to protest federal requirements that they become vaccinated against COVID-19. The John C. Stennis Space Center workers plan a prayer rally Tuesday afternoon in Hancock County in south Mississippi, the Sun Herald reported. The center is a NASA national rocket engine test site.
US News and World Report

Mississippi Dentist Salutes Veterans by Providing Free Care

MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — Telling a veteran “thank you for your service” is one thing, but how about expressing gratitude with a $400 teeth whitening — for free?. McComb dentist Dr. Stephanie Ricks thanked more than a dozen veterans and first responders for their service on Oct. 14 by providing them with more than $4,500 in free dental care.

Mel Groves, a trans student in Mississippi, remembered for 'generous heart'

Mel Groves, a 25-year-old studying plant and soil science at Alcorn State University in Lorman, Mississippi, was the definition of a tree hugger, his friend Que Bell recalled. Bell and Groves met through a mutual friend. The three of them linked up because they were all Black transgender men around the same age. Bell said that one time he was landscaping in his yard and Groves stopped him before he began to trim a tree.

Southern Miss displays flags for Native American nations

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — The University of Southern Mississippi is now displaying flags to recognize students enrolled there from six Native American nations. The flags were dedicated during a ceremony Oct. 15 in the student union building. They are for the Jena Band of Choctaw Indians, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, the United Houma Nation, the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and the White Earth Nation of the Ojibwe Tribe.
Meridian Star

MSU-Meridian scholarships awarded through Scotts' planned gift

Six Mississippi State University-Meridian students are 2021-22 scholarship recipients through the Jerry and Ruth Scott Foundation. Established by the Scotts in 2016 and managed by Citizens National Bank’s Wealth Management Division in Meridian, the foundation is designed to benefit working adult students completing their degrees at MSU-Meridian who have maintained high academic achievement. Over $115,000 in scholarship assistance has been awarded since its inception.