Cleveland community mourns the loss of student

There are no red balloons left in Cleveland, Miss., tonight. The high school students and principal bought all they could find in the small town, because that was Larry Tyler’s favorite color. He died on New Year’s Eve night when he was accidentally shot, police said. The 17-year-old was in a car with four others. His friends, teachers and family clutched those red balloons at the football field on a freezing Friday night, mourning his loss and celebrating his life.

$3.5 million grant awarded to help Mississippians get degrees


Public colleges and universities will receive $3.5 million through the state’s Complete 2 Compete program — an initiative aimed at helping adult learners who left college return and obtain a degree. The donation, given by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, will be used throughout the next two years for Complete 2 Compete Tuition Assistance Grants to help students minimize the cost of coming back to college. However, adult learners who have already re-enrolled are not eligible for the grant. To be eligible, a student must not have attended a post-secondary institution within the past 24 consecutive months. “These grants will remove the financial roadblock and clear the pathway for former students to pursue their dreams of earning a degree, which will in turn open many more doors for them,” said Glenn Boyce, Commissioner of Higher Education.