Nearly one year after Tom Huebner joined Meridian Community College as its newest president, he sits down with The Star to discuss the path that lead him to education, Meridian and what the future might hold for Lauderdale County.

When Perry Fletcher’s not coaching the Newton girls basketball program, he’s tending to his flock at Greater New Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Brandon. Fletcher has served as the church’s pastor for four years, and he recently led the Newton Lady Tigers to the 2018-19 MHSAA Class 2…

In three years at Meridian High School, boys head basketball coach Ron Norman has won an MHSAA Class 6A state championship and guided the Wildcats to three straight 6A championship appearances. He sits down with sports reporter Elton Hayes to share his basketball journey.

Enterprise School District Superintendent Josh Perkins joins The Meridian Star's Elton Hayes for this episode of Newsmakers. Last fall, the Enterprise School District was named the top-ranked school district in the state. In this episode, Perkins, who coached Enterprise High School's softba…

An introduction to Kassie Coleman, the district attorney for the 10th Circuit Court. Coleman was appointed to the office by Gov. Phil Bryant and sworn into the office in early November following Bilbo Mitchell's retirement.

As a wheelchair user, very few playgrounds are accessible to Jeannie Null. Jeannie's parents, Julie and Jason, decided to change that and pushed the community to raise funds for Jeannie's Place at Planet Playground. The playground, designed for children of all abilities, will feature a wheel…

Newly sworn in President of the Mississippi Council of the Navy League, Rick Justice, shares with listeners the mission of the organization and their goals for the upcoming year.

Penny Randall, a civilian who oversees public affairs with the Naval Air Station in Meridian, gets to see a side of the military usually reserved for the enlisted. She sat down to talk with the Star's Newsmakers and tell us about her experiences with high-ranking generals and newly enlisted cadets.

Lamar School head football coach Mac Barnes joins Meridian Star sports writer Elton Hayes for our fifth episode of Newsmakers.

The Star sits down to discuss charitable giving with Newsmakers Derron Radcliff, executive director of the United Way; Anna Watson, of the Meridian Freedom Project; and Dan Fritts, of Camp Eagle Ridge.

Sports reporter Elton Hayes sits down with Gwynn Grant, a Division I Hall of Fame basketball player and parent of four, to talk about raising college athletes. Grant, who is the cross country coach at Choctaw Central High School, also shares her sports story. To nominate someone for Star Ne…

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Funeral services for Lt. Col. Robert D. "Dave" Scales will be held Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, at 11 a.m., at Druid Hills Methodist Church. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. at Mississippi Veterans Cemetery in Newton. Stephens Funeral Home is honored to be entrusted with the arrangements. Lt. Col. Sca…

Services: Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, at 11 a.m., at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Burial: Forest Lawn Cemetery. Visitation: Thursday, Jan. 30 from 6-7 p.m., at Berry and Gardner's OP Chapel and one hour prior to services.

Funeral services for Mr. Roy Lee Moffett will be held on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, at 2:30 p.m., at Center Grove Baptist Church, with Bro. Jimmy Culpepper officiating. Burial will be held at Center Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Robert Barham Family Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arra…

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date for Mr. Billy Ray Chandler. Mr. Chandler, 64, of Toomsuba, passed away Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, at Anderson Regional Medical Center.