Horton honored as Lee Administrator of Year

Former Plantersville Middle Principal Bill Horton was honored posthumously Tuesday night at the Lee County School District’s Administrator of the Year. Horton died of a heart attack in November after seven years at the school. He was a coach in the district before that. His daughter Ginger Murray; her husband, Steve Murray and his grandchildren […]

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Tracy Lyle named Lee County Teacher of Year

Mooreville Middle School’s Tracy Lyle was named the Lee County School District’s Teacher of the Year during its school board meeting on Tuesday. Lyle is in her second year at Mooreville Middle School, where she teaches seventh-grade language arts. She taught third grade at Moorville Elementary for three years and taught in the Tupelo Public […]

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Winter weather updates

I’ll post winter weather updates as I receive them. Please add any you have in the comments below. Aberdeen Schools closing at 2:45 p.m. Monday. All school events are canceled. Alcorn County Schools closing at 1:45 p.m. Monday. No evening activities Amory Schools closing at 2 p.m. today Baldwyn Schools closing at 1:45 p.m. today […]

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Lee Schools hire new assistant principal

TUPELO – The Lee County School Board hired Allen Stanford on Thursday to serve as assistant principal at Shannon Elementary. Stanford replaces Pam Blissard, who was named Plantersville Middle School principal in December. Blissard, who had been at Shannon Elementary for seven years, replaced Bill Horton, who died suddenly on Nov. 30. Stanford has been […]

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Arrested teacher no longer on Lee substitute list

TUPELO – Lee County School District Superintendent Jimmy Weeks said on Thursday that Blake Whitt is no longer on the district’s approved list of substitute teachers. Whitt, 24, was arrested on Wednesday on two sexual battery counts. The former substitute teacher is accused of crimes associated with an alleged sexual relationship with a female student […]

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Shannon Elementary trying to win grant

Voting ends today at midnight in an online contest that could net Shannon Elementary a new sound system for its gym. The school is among more than 100 in the nation vying for a Power a Bright Future grant from The Clorox Company. The winner will get up to $50,000, which the school has said […]

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Northeast Mississippi schools review safety plans

Several Northeast Mississippi school superintendents said they will review their district’s safety plans in the way of today’s fatal school shooting in Newton, Conn. “When something like this happens, you want to double check and make sure you are doing all you can,” said Itawamba school system’s superintendent, Michael Nanney. Nanney said he asked all […]

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Bill Horton remembered

The mood was somber when I visited Plantersville Middle School on Monday to talk to people about their memories of Principal Bill Horton, who died at home on Friday from a heart attack. I saw several people hugging and others had tears in their eyes as they spoke to me. The flag was at half […]

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South Lee Schools will dismiss early Monday

Schools on the southern end of Lee County will dismiss early on Monday so that staff and students can attend the funeral of Plantersville Middle Principal Bill Horton, who died on Friday. Horton, 65, was found dead at his home. Shannon Primary, Shannon Elementary, Shannon Middle, Shannon High, Verona Elementary and Plantersville Middle will all […]

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Plantersville principal dies

Plantersville Middle Principal Bill Horton died at home on Friday. The official cause of death is unknown. It is believed to be a heart attack. “We are all deeply saddened at Bill’s passing,” Lee County Superintendent Jimmy Weeks said. “He was a very good school man and a dear friend. We’re all going to miss […]

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