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  • Push to incorporate Bellevue on hold for now

    Push to incorporate Bellevue on hold for now

    Monday, December 18 2017 5:24 PM EST2017-12-18 22:24:00 GMT
    Potential Bellevue Mayor John Adcock said Monday he plans to file for incorporation again. (Photo source: WDAM)Potential Bellevue Mayor John Adcock said Monday he plans to file for incorporation again. (Photo source: WDAM)

    Potential Bellevue leaders have pulled their plans for incorporation in Lamar County, for now.

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    Potential Bellevue leaders have pulled their plans for incorporation in Lamar County, for now.

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  • Application process extended for hiring new Petal Firefighters

    Application process extended for hiring new Petal Firefighters

    Monday, December 18 2017 5:09 PM EST2017-12-18 22:09:14 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM
    The Petal Fire Department is extending its deadline for the application process of hiring firefighters. Nine new positions are looking to be filled. Applications will be taken until the middle of January, 2018. Petal Fire Chief Joe Hendry said they are looking not only for individuals that are physically fit, but also of good moral character. “We want quality people not only physically but we want some good character and some good integrity so that we’ll h...More >>
    The Petal Fire Department is extending its deadline for the application process of hiring firefighters. Nine new positions are looking to be filled. Applications will be taken until the middle of January, 2018. Petal Fire Chief Joe Hendry said they are looking not only for individuals that are physically fit, but also of good moral character. “We want quality people not only physically but we want some good character and some good integrity so that we’ll h...More >>
  • Jones County man charged with burglary, impersonating officer

    Jones County man charged with burglary, impersonating officer

    Monday, December 18 2017 4:57 PM EST2017-12-18 21:57:51 GMT
    Curtis Bo Breland. SOURCE: Jones County Sheriff's Dept.Curtis Bo Breland. SOURCE: Jones County Sheriff's Dept.

    Deputies arrested a Jones County man after he stole items from an 86-year-old woman.  Curtis Laverne "Bo" Breland, 50, of Laurel, approached the woman and offered to remove a fallen pine tree from her driveway for $150. The woman agreed and he began working.  While Breland worked, the woman began placing items for an upcoming rummage sale on her back porch, and Breland selected items and promised to pay the woman back later. Later in the day, Breland asked about ...

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    Deputies arrested a Jones County man after he stole items from an 86-year-old woman.  Curtis Laverne "Bo" Breland, 50, of Laurel, approached the woman and offered to remove a fallen pine tree from her driveway for $150. The woman agreed and he began working.  While Breland worked, the woman began placing items for an upcoming rummage sale on her back porch, and Breland selected items and promised to pay the woman back later. Later in the day, Breland asked about ...

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  • Two USM baseball players named preseason All-Americans

    Two USM baseball players named preseason All-Americans

    Monday, December 18 2017 4:56 PM EST2017-12-18 21:56:04 GMT
    Matt Wallner (left) and Nick Sandlin (right). SOURCE: Southern Miss AthleticsMatt Wallner (left) and Nick Sandlin (right). SOURCE: Southern Miss Athletics

    University of Southern Mississippi junior relief pitcher Nick Sandlin and sophomore outfielder/pitcher Matt Wallner were named second-team All-America by Collegiate Baseball. The preseason teams were announced Monday. Wallner was named Baseball America’s Freshman of the Year and National Collegiate Baseball Association’s Freshman Hitter of the Year in 2017 after hitting .336 in his year with the Golden Eagles, according to Southern Miss sports information.  The For...

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    University of Southern Mississippi junior relief pitcher Nick Sandlin and sophomore outfielder/pitcher Matt Wallner were named second-team All-America by Collegiate Baseball. The preseason teams were announced Monday. Wallner was named Baseball America’s Freshman of the Year and National Collegiate Baseball Association’s Freshman Hitter of the Year in 2017 after hitting .336 in his year with the Golden Eagles, according to Southern Miss sports information.  The For...

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  • Worker killed in construction site accident identified

    Worker killed in construction site accident identified

    Monday, December 18 2017 4:49 PM EST2017-12-18 21:49:50 GMT
    Paul Anthony Lawnicki (Photo source: Savanna Lawnicki)Paul Anthony Lawnicki (Photo source: Savanna Lawnicki)

    The worker killed in an accident on a Hattiesburg construction site has been identified as a Biloxi man.

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    The worker killed in an accident on a Hattiesburg construction site has been identified as a Biloxi man.

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  • USM's Smith says he’s headed to Senior Bowl

    USM's Smith says he’s headed to Senior Bowl

    Monday, December 18 2017 4:03 PM EST2017-12-18 21:03:36 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM
    Growing up in Mobile, Ala., Ito Smith attended his fair share of the Senior Bowl, college football’s premier all-star showcase. Now, it appears the University of Southern Mississippi senior running back will be playing in one. Smith took to Twitter Saturday night to say that he had received an invitation to play in the 2018 Reese’s Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. “God is Good,” Smith tweeted Saturday. “From attending this game and b...More >>
    Growing up in Mobile, Ala., Ito Smith attended his fair share of the Senior Bowl, college football’s premier all-star showcase. Now, it appears the University of Southern Mississippi senior running back will be playing in one. Smith took to Twitter Saturday night to say that he had received an invitation to play in the 2018 Reese’s Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. “God is Good,” Smith tweeted Saturday. “From attending this game and b...More >>
  • Months-long drug investigation leads to 2 arrests in Sumrall

    Months-long drug investigation leads to 2 arrests in Sumrall

    Monday, December 18 2017 3:34 PM EST2017-12-18 20:34:52 GMT
    The Jack Aultman Service Station right across the street from Sumrall Middle School was cordoned off by crime scene tape as investigators looked around inside. (Photo source: WDAM)The Jack Aultman Service Station right across the street from Sumrall Middle School was cordoned off by crime scene tape as investigators looked around inside. (Photo source: WDAM)

    A months-long drug investigation resulted in the arrest of a couple Monday morning in the City of Sumrall.

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    A months-long drug investigation resulted in the arrest of a couple Monday morning in the City of Sumrall.

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  • Power restored to ATL airport; outage continues to affect flights

    Power restored to ATL airport; outage continues to affect flights

    Sunday, December 17 2017 1:07 PM EST2017-12-17 18:07:40 GMT
    Monday, December 18 2017 3:38 AM EST2017-12-18 08:38:53 GMT

    All air traffic was stopped, and passengers on the tarmac were removed from planes through portable staircases.

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    All air traffic was stopped, and passengers on the tarmac were removed from planes through portable staircases.

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  • "Merry Christmas Hattiesburg" now showing

    "Merry Christmas Hattiesburg" now showing

    Sunday, December 17 2017 7:52 PM EST2017-12-18 00:52:17 GMT
    source: 19th Avenue Baptist Churchsource: 19th Avenue Baptist Church

    19th Avenue Baptist Church is showing their winter production “Merry Christmas Hattiesburg”.

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    19th Avenue Baptist Church is showing their winter production “Merry Christmas Hattiesburg”.

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  • Non-profit works to form boys into men

    Non-profit works to form boys into men

    Saturday, December 16 2017 10:47 PM EST2017-12-17 03:47:16 GMT
    source: Shaneka Davissource: Shaneka Davis

    Local non-profit It Takes a Village to Raise Children (ITAV) held an event with the purpose of teaching young boys age 11-16 lessons on growing into young men. The boys learned skills such as how to change a car tire and oil, check auto gauges, and how to use a grill. Guest speaker Ronnie Clark from Snap Fitness spoke to the boys about manhood, honoring their mother and father, and understanding that it takes hard work to accomplish their goals. “A lot of people spend a lot o...

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    Local non-profit It Takes a Village to Raise Children (ITAV) held an event with the purpose of teaching young boys age 11-16 lessons on growing into young men. The boys learned skills such as how to change a car tire and oil, check auto gauges, and how to use a grill. Guest speaker Ronnie Clark from Snap Fitness spoke to the boys about manhood, honoring their mother and father, and understanding that it takes hard work to accomplish their goals. “A lot of people spend a lot o...

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  • Big 2nd half lifts USM over Carey, 75-58

    Big 2nd half lifts USM over Carey, 75-58

    Saturday, December 16 2017 10:29 PM EST2017-12-17 03:29:34 GMT
    Southern Miss defeats William Carey, 75-58; Photo credit: WDAM Staff (Taylor Curet)Southern Miss defeats William Carey, 75-58; Photo credit: WDAM Staff (Taylor Curet)

    For more than 30 minutes Saturday evening, the University of Southern Mississippi had its hands full at Green Coliseum with cross-town rival William Carey University.

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    For more than 30 minutes Saturday evening, the University of Southern Mississippi had its hands full at Green Coliseum with cross-town rival William Carey University.

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  • Lady Eagles roar past Sam Houston St., 58-38

    Lady Eagles roar past Sam Houston St., 58-38

    Saturday, December 16 2017 7:18 PM EST2017-12-17 00:18:11 GMT
    Photo credit: Raycom Image BankPhoto credit: Raycom Image Bank

    Senior forward Jayla King and junior Megan Brown each posted a double-double Friday night as the University of Southern Mississippi ran away from Sam Houston State University 58-38 at Green Coliseum.  

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    Senior forward Jayla King and junior Megan Brown each posted a double-double Friday night as the University of Southern Mississippi ran away from Sam Houston State University 58-38 at Green Coliseum.  

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  • Construction worker, 45, killed on job site in Hattiesburg

    Construction worker, 45, killed on job site in Hattiesburg

    Saturday, December 16 2017 6:55 PM EST2017-12-16 23:55:09 GMT
    Investigators on the scene are taking pictures of an aerial lift near power lines. (Photo source: WDAM)Investigators on the scene are taking pictures of an aerial lift near power lines. (Photo source: WDAM)

    Hattiesburg police are investigating an “accidental” death at the Midtown construction site off Hardy St. near the USM campus. Officials confirm a 45-year-old construction worker has died.

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    Hattiesburg police are investigating an “accidental” death at the Midtown construction site off Hardy St. near the USM campus. Officials confirm a 45-year-old construction worker has died.

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  • Mississippi pounds Alabama, 42-7

    Mississippi pounds Alabama, 42-7

    Saturday, December 16 2017 6:44 PM EST2017-12-16 23:44:46 GMT
    MS All-stars defeat AL All-Stars 42-7; Photo Credit; WDAM Staff (Taylor Curet) via TwitterMS All-stars defeat AL All-Stars 42-7; Photo Credit; WDAM Staff (Taylor Curet) via Twitter

    If it were up to Mississippi’s high school football all-stars, they likely would suggest that every meeting with its Alabama counterparts take place at M.M. Roberts Stadium on the University of Southern Mississippi campus. 

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    If it were up to Mississippi’s high school football all-stars, they likely would suggest that every meeting with its Alabama counterparts take place at M.M. Roberts Stadium on the University of Southern Mississippi campus. 

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  • CDC gets list of forbidden words: Fetus, transgender, diversity

    CDC gets list of forbidden words: Fetus, transgender, diversity

    Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the very agency tasked with saving and protecting the lives of the most vulnerable, are now under order by the Trump administration to stop using words including "vulnerable" in 2018 budget documents, according to The Washington Post.

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    Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the very agency tasked with saving and protecting the lives of the most vulnerable, are now under order by the Trump administration to stop using words including "vulnerable" in 2018 budget documents, according to The Washington Post.

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  • Lady Eagles score 23 unanswered in win over Sam Houston

    Lady Eagles score 23 unanswered in win over Sam Houston

    Saturday, December 16 2017 12:14 AM EST2017-12-16 05:14:04 GMT
    USM junior Megan Brown (22) scored 11 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the Lady Eagles' 58-38 win over Sam Houston on Friday. Courtesy: WDAMUSM junior Megan Brown (22) scored 11 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the Lady Eagles' 58-38 win over Sam Houston on Friday. Courtesy: WDAM

    Three days after nearly knocking off Ole Miss, Southern Miss responded with a 58-38 win over Sam Houston State on Friday night at Reed-Green Coliseum. From the 3:16 mark of the second period to the 5:35 mark of the third period, the Lady Eagles went on a 23-0 run to open a 33-16 lead over the Bearkats. USM outrebounded Sam Houston 45-32, thanks in part to junior Megan Brown and senior Jayla King’s pair of double-doubles.

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    Three days after nearly knocking off Ole Miss, Southern Miss responded with a 58-38 win over Sam Houston State on Friday night at Reed-Green Coliseum. From the 3:16 mark of the second period to the 5:35 mark of the third period, the Lady Eagles went on a 23-0 run to open a 33-16 lead over the Bearkats. USM outrebounded Sam Houston 45-32, thanks in part to junior Megan Brown and senior Jayla King’s pair of double-doubles.

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  • Law enforcement out in full force during holiday season

    Law enforcement out in full force during holiday season

    Friday, December 15 2017 10:09 PM EST2017-12-16 03:09:57 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM

    Keeping people safe on Mississippi roads for the Christmas holiday, that's the goal of law enforcement. The Covington County Sheriff's Office is just one of many law enforcement agencies across the pine belt working overtime to protect drivers. WDAM caught up with DUI enforcement in Covington County to talk specifics. Deputy Charles Reid said, "Don't drink and drive." That's the message the Covington County Sheriff's Office is relaying to drivers.   You will likely re...

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    Keeping people safe on Mississippi roads for the Christmas holiday, that's the goal of law enforcement. The Covington County Sheriff's Office is just one of many law enforcement agencies across the pine belt working overtime to protect drivers. WDAM caught up with DUI enforcement in Covington County to talk specifics. Deputy Charles Reid said, "Don't drink and drive." That's the message the Covington County Sheriff's Office is relaying to drivers.   You will likely re...

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  • Perry County man arrested for drug possession and assault on police officer

    Perry County man arrested for drug possession and assault on police officer

    Friday, December 15 2017 9:42 PM EST2017-12-16 02:42:29 GMT
    Reginald McDonald. SOURCE: Perry County Sheriff's OfficeReginald McDonald. SOURCE: Perry County Sheriff's Office
    Perry County Sheriff's Deputies arrested a man for drug possession and assaulting a police officer in Richton.  Deputies responded to Fred's in reference to a shoplifting case. While on scene, a deputy got into a physical altercation with the suspect, who fled on foot outside the store, according to the Perry County Sheriff's Office Facebook page.  The suspect was met by several deputies who were getting ready for the Richton Parade. Reginald R. McDonald, 48, was...More >>
    Perry County Sheriff's Deputies arrested a man for drug possession and assaulting a police officer in Richton.  Deputies responded to Fred's in reference to a shoplifting case. While on scene, a deputy got into a physical altercation with the suspect, who fled on foot outside the store, according to the Perry County Sheriff's Office Facebook page.  The suspect was met by several deputies who were getting ready for the Richton Parade. Reginald R. McDonald, 48, was...More >>
  • Purvis Middle School students give back

    Purvis Middle School students give back

    Friday, December 15 2017 7:12 PM EST2017-12-16 00:12:36 GMT
    source: wdamsource: wdam

    Purvis Middle School students spent the day giving back to the community in areas around Forrest and Lamar County. School Counselor Chrissy Loftus called the event Purvis Middle School Service Day. “Purvis Middle School is doing a community wide community service project,” says Loftus. 

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    Purvis Middle School students spent the day giving back to the community in areas around Forrest and Lamar County. School Counselor Chrissy Loftus called the event Purvis Middle School Service Day. “Purvis Middle School is doing a community wide community service project,” says Loftus. 

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  • Jackson man convicted on three counts of murder

    Jackson man convicted on three counts of murder

    Friday, December 15 2017 6:09 PM EST2017-12-15 23:09:59 GMT
    Javondus Beasley. SOURCE: AG's officeJavondus Beasley. SOURCE: AG's office
    Attorney General Jim Hood announced the Thursday conviction of a Jackson man on three counts of murder.  A Hinds County jury convicted Javondus Beasley of one county of capital murder and two counts of second-degree murder after a three-day trial, according to a DA press release. Beasley was convicted in the shooting death of 29-year-old Eldra Gibson, 25-year-old Sherrod Brown and 22-year-old Ashley Taylor on the night of Oct. 30 in a Jackson home. Beasley entered the home...More >>
    Attorney General Jim Hood announced the Thursday conviction of a Jackson man on three counts of murder.  A Hinds County jury convicted Javondus Beasley of one county of capital murder and two counts of second-degree murder after a three-day trial, according to a DA press release. Beasley was convicted in the shooting death of 29-year-old Eldra Gibson, 25-year-old Sherrod Brown and 22-year-old Ashley Taylor on the night of Oct. 30 in a Jackson home. Beasley entered the home...More >>
  • UPDATE: Woman killed in early morning crash identified

    UPDATE: Woman killed in early morning crash identified

    Friday, December 15 2017 3:54 PM EST2017-12-15 20:54:06 GMT

    One person is dead and another is recovering in the hospital after an early morning crash on Hwy. 98 in Hattiesburg.

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    One person is dead and another is recovering in the hospital after an early morning crash on Hwy. 98 in Hattiesburg.

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  • Trump doctrine: Economic security is national security

    Trump doctrine: Economic security is national security

    Monday, December 18 2017 5:10 AM EST2017-12-18 10:10:02 GMT
    Monday, December 18 2017 5:24 PM EST2017-12-18 22:24:38 GMT

    The Republican president will detail his plans Monday, which could sharply alter the United States' relationships with the rest of the world.

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    The Republican president will detail his plans Monday, which could sharply alter the United States' relationships with the rest of the world.

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  • Multiple deaths in Amtrak train derailment in Washington

    Multiple deaths in Amtrak train derailment in Washington

    Monday, December 18 2017 11:23 AM EST2017-12-18 16:23:19 GMT
    Monday, December 18 2017 4:43 PM EST2017-12-18 21:43:08 GMT

    Mass casualties are reported after a train went off a bridge onto Interstate 5 in Seattle.

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    Mass casualties are reported after a train went off a bridge onto Interstate 5 in Seattle.

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  • Trump: I'm not considering firing special counsel Mueller

    Trump: I'm not considering firing special counsel Mueller

    Sunday, December 17 2017 12:09 PM EST2017-12-17 17:09:51 GMT
    Monday, December 18 2017 1:57 PM EST2017-12-18 18:57:05 GMT

    President Trump is poised to bask in the triumph of his first major legislative victory with the likely passage of tax legislation this week.

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    President Trump is poised to bask in the triumph of his first major legislative victory with the likely passage of tax legislation this week.

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  • Power outage at Atlanta airport plays havoc with travel

    Power outage at Atlanta airport plays havoc with travel

    Monday, December 18 2017 6:03 AM EST2017-12-18 11:03:10 GMT
    Monday, December 18 2017 12:56 PM EST2017-12-18 17:56:26 GMT

    Though power was restored shortly before midnight, more than 1,000 flights in and out of the airport were canceled Sunday.

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    Though power was restored shortly before midnight, more than 1,000 flights in and out of the airport were canceled Sunday.

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  • APNewsBreak: US soldier fought to end after ambush in Niger

    APNewsBreak: US soldier fought to end after ambush in Niger

    Sunday, December 17 2017 1:09 PM EST2017-12-17 18:09:58 GMT
    Monday, December 18 2017 3:51 AM EST2017-12-18 08:51:27 GMT

    A military investigation has concluded that Army Sgt. La David T. Johnson wasn't captured alive or killed at close range, dispelling a swirl of rumors about how he died.

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    A military investigation has concluded that Army Sgt. La David T. Johnson wasn't captured alive or killed at close range, dispelling a swirl of rumors about how he died.

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  • John McCain returns home to AZ; will miss vote on tax bill

    John McCain returns home to AZ; will miss vote on tax bill

    Sunday, December 17 2017 4:12 PM EST2017-12-17 21:12:27 GMT
    Sunday, December 17 2017 9:53 PM EST2017-12-18 02:53:49 GMT

    McCain had been hospitalized due to complications from treatment for brain cancer.

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    McCain had been hospitalized due to complications from treatment for brain cancer.

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