Around South Mississippi

June 29, 2014 

Tornado victims to receive donation

BILOXI -- The Dosters family, victims of the Louisville tornado in April, will receive a donation from St. Joseph Hospice today.

The F4 tornado blew away their home, personal belongings and much of the community. St. Joseph Hospice CEO Pat Mitchell decided to donate $12,000 to this family to help them get back on their feet.

St. Joseph Hospice started a community outreach program in Biloxi to help those who are less fortunate, wherever there's a need.

Details: John O'Neill, executive director, at 594-3455 or email at

-- Sun Herald

Picayune to raise school workers' pay

PICAYUNE -- Teachers in the Picayune school district won't be the only ones receiving pay raises next school year.

The Picayune Item reports trustees of the Picayune Municipal Separate School District have approved a raise of 75 cents an hour for all other staff members.

Earlier, the district had considered a raise of 50 cents per hour.

Finance Administrator Lisa Penton says the extra 25 cents will cost the district an additional $81,000 next year.

Superintendent Dean Shaw said their non-certified staff members are paid less than other schools along the Gulf Coast and the last time they received a raise was about five years ago.

-- Picayune Item

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