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  • Laurel begins energy saving project

    Laurel begins energy saving project

    Thursday, September 21 2017 11:16 PM EDT2017-09-22 03:16:24 GMT
    Photo Source: WDAMPhoto Source: WDAM

    The City of Laurel is kicking of construction on a project that promises to save the city millions in energy costs. 

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    The City of Laurel is kicking of construction on a project that promises to save the city millions in energy costs. 

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  • Physicians, families affected by childhood cancer hope for more funds for research

    Physicians, families affected by childhood cancer hope for more funds for research

    Thursday, September 21 2017 10:50 PM EDT2017-09-22 02:50:52 GMT
    Lin Carter and his daughter, Noelle, pose for a photo while she received cancer treatments in Houston, Texas earlier this year. Photo from Carter Family.Lin Carter and his daughter, Noelle, pose for a photo while she received cancer treatments in Houston, Texas earlier this year. Photo from Carter Family.

    September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. It is a disease that affects thousands of children in the U.S. each year, but the good news is that more and more children are surviving cancer.  

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    September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. It is a disease that affects thousands of children in the U.S. each year, but the good news is that more and more children are surviving cancer.  

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  • Lumberton Police Chief not reappointed

    Lumberton Police Chief not reappointed

    Thursday, September 21 2017 10:50 PM EDT2017-09-22 02:50:20 GMT
    Lumberton has a new Alderman after a special election was held. Photo credit: WDAMLumberton has a new Alderman after a special election was held. Photo credit: WDAM

    Alderman in the city of Lumberton voted unanimously to not reappoint Police Chief Elsie Cowart. According to Alderman Jonathan Griffith, the alderman voted 5-0 to override the mayor’s previous veto to keep Cowart during a Tuesday night special called meeting. Griffith said Shane Flynn was appointed as the new police chief. Cowart was police chief since 2012. Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved. 

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    Alderman in the city of Lumberton voted unanimously to not reappoint Police Chief Elsie Cowart. According to Alderman Jonathan Griffith, the alderman voted 5-0 to override the mayor’s previous veto to keep Cowart during a Tuesday night special called meeting. Griffith said Shane Flynn was appointed as the new police chief. Cowart was police chief since 2012. Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved. 

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  • Perry Central, Taylorsville to meet in battle of Class 2A unbeatens

    Perry Central, Taylorsville to meet in battle of Class 2A unbeatens

    Thursday, September 21 2017 8:51 PM EDT2017-09-22 00:51:05 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM
    Chip Bilderback and Chuck Robertson were once fellow assistant coaches and remain good friends these days. Friday night, the two will lead their respective undefeated high school teams onto the football field ion New Augusta for a Class 2A showdown. “We both coached together at Jones (County Junior College), and we’ve had a good time with it this week,” said Robertson, Taylorsville High School’s head coach. “We’ve given each other a hard time with...More >>
    Chip Bilderback and Chuck Robertson were once fellow assistant coaches and remain good friends these days. Friday night, the two will lead their respective undefeated high school teams onto the football field ion New Augusta for a Class 2A showdown. “We both coached together at Jones (County Junior College), and we’ve had a good time with it this week,” said Robertson, Taylorsville High School’s head coach. “We’ve given each other a hard time with...More >>
  • East Marion Elementary School receives Fitness Gym

    East Marion Elementary School receives Fitness Gym

    Thursday, September 21 2017 7:11 PM EDT2017-09-21 23:11:54 GMT
    SOURCE: WDAMSOURCE: WDAM

    East Marion Elementary School received a new fitness area through the Project Fit America Program. The program is funded by Blue Cross Blue Shield and includes indoor and outdoor P.E. equipment, training for teachers, curricula and lesson plan support supplies.

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    East Marion Elementary School received a new fitness area through the Project Fit America Program. The program is funded by Blue Cross Blue Shield and includes indoor and outdoor P.E. equipment, training for teachers, curricula and lesson plan support supplies.

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  • Southern Miss hosts Women in Science and Engineering Conference

    Southern Miss hosts Women in Science and Engineering Conference

    Thursday, September 21 2017 6:55 PM EDT2017-09-21 22:55:14 GMT
    SOURCE: WDAMSOURCE: WDAM

    The University of Southern Mississippi hosted their first Women in Science and Engineering Conference.

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    The University of Southern Mississippi hosted their first Women in Science and Engineering Conference.

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  • Oak Grove Upper elementary putting recent grant to use

    Oak Grove Upper elementary putting recent grant to use

    Thursday, September 21 2017 5:37 PM EDT2017-09-21 21:37:30 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM
    Administrators at Oak Grove Upper Elementary school are putting a nearly $100,000 grant to good use. The grant, from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation, is helping students enhance their day-to-day learning, while working to be more fit. “Well, we received $98,986 and that was to enhance our garden that we’ve already started and our barn which is going to be an outdoor classroom," said Oak Grove Upper Elementary School Principal Heather Rola...More >>
    Administrators at Oak Grove Upper Elementary school are putting a nearly $100,000 grant to good use. The grant, from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation, is helping students enhance their day-to-day learning, while working to be more fit. “Well, we received $98,986 and that was to enhance our garden that we’ve already started and our barn which is going to be an outdoor classroom," said Oak Grove Upper Elementary School Principal Heather Rola...More >>
  • Insurance commissioner explains how storms affect rates

    Insurance commissioner explains how storms affect rates

    Thursday, September 21 2017 3:48 PM EDT2017-09-21 19:48:19 GMT
    Photo Source: WDAMPhoto Source: WDAM

    With all the destruction left behind from Hurricanes this season, homeowners may be wondering if their insurance rates are going up. 

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    With all the destruction left behind from Hurricanes this season, homeowners may be wondering if their insurance rates are going up. 

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  • Broadway star coaches USM 'Phantom of the Opera' cast

    Broadway star coaches USM 'Phantom of the Opera' cast

    Thursday, September 21 2017 3:38 PM EDT2017-09-21 19:38:38 GMT
    Broadway star Jennifer Hope Wills in "Phantom of the Opera" Source: news.usm.eduBroadway star Jennifer Hope Wills in "Phantom of the Opera" Source: news.usm.edu
    The University of Southern Mississippi cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera" will have some extra help from a Broadway veteran before their upcoming opening.  Jennifer Hope Wills, who spent almost four years playing Christine from "The Phantom of the Opera" on Broadway, will be in Hattiesburg working with the cast at Southern Miss, according to a USM press release. The opening for USM's production is set for Oct. 26-29 and Nov. 2-4 at ...More >>
    The University of Southern Mississippi cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera" will have some extra help from a Broadway veteran before their upcoming opening.  Jennifer Hope Wills, who spent almost four years playing Christine from "The Phantom of the Opera" on Broadway, will be in Hattiesburg working with the cast at Southern Miss, according to a USM press release. The opening for USM's production is set for Oct. 26-29 and Nov. 2-4 at ...More >>
  • PCS to host Jackson Prep in AAAA-Division I clash

    PCS to host Jackson Prep in AAAA-Division I clash

    Thursday, September 21 2017 3:21 PM EDT2017-09-21 19:21:15 GMT
    PCS/Photo credit: WDAMPCS/Photo credit: WDAM
    The last time Jackson Preparatory School visited Presbyterian Christian School, the Patriots broke the at-the-time-unbeaten Bobcats’ hearts with a 27-24 victory in the semifinals of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools’ playoffs. Friday night, the Bobcats (4-1) will get their first crack at payback when the Patriots (5-0) return for a 7 p.m. kickoff that will open AAAA-Division I play for both teams. But for PCS to avenge that loss, the Bobcats wi...More >>
    The last time Jackson Preparatory School visited Presbyterian Christian School, the Patriots broke the at-the-time-unbeaten Bobcats’ hearts with a 27-24 victory in the semifinals of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools’ playoffs. Friday night, the Bobcats (4-1) will get their first crack at payback when the Patriots (5-0) return for a 7 p.m. kickoff that will open AAAA-Division I play for both teams. But for PCS to avenge that loss, the Bobcats wi...More >>
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    Two Hattiesburg roads closed for parade, tree removal

    Two Hattiesburg roads closed for parade, tree removal

    Thursday, September 21 2017 1:40 PM EDT2017-09-21 17:40:46 GMT

    Two roads in The City of Hattiesburg will be closed Thursday and Friday. 

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    Two roads in The City of Hattiesburg will be closed Thursday and Friday. 

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  • Hattiesburg officer's act of kindness drawing praise

    Hattiesburg officer's act of kindness drawing praise

    Thursday, September 21 2017 11:15 AM EDT2017-09-21 15:15:46 GMT
    Source: HPDSource: HPD

    A Hattiesburg police officer showed act of kindness on last week September 11. 

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    A Hattiesburg police officer showed act of kindness on last week September 11. 

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  • Mississippi man stops, prays with family who lost loved ones in crash

    Mississippi man stops, prays with family who lost loved ones in crash

    Thursday, September 21 2017 11:15 AM EDT2017-09-21 15:15:42 GMT
    Source: Andy Waites Facebook page.Source: Andy Waites Facebook page.

    A Mississippi man was on his way to work when he said the Lord stopped him in his tracks and changed his path.  

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    A Mississippi man was on his way to work when he said the Lord stopped him in his tracks and changed his path.  

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  • Pine Belt Young Professionals to hold Blue Plate Special

    Pine Belt Young Professionals to hold Blue Plate Special

    Thursday, September 21 2017 7:54 AM EDT2017-09-21 11:54:52 GMT
    Photo: PBYP facebook pagePhoto: PBYP facebook page

    The Pine Belt Young Professionals will hold their Blue Plate Special September 21st from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  

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    The Pine Belt Young Professionals will hold their Blue Plate Special September 21st from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  

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  • Medical Housecall: Hattiesburg doctor offers insight on sleeplessness in women

    Medical Housecall: Hattiesburg doctor offers insight on sleeplessness in women

    Wednesday, September 20 2017 10:41 PM EDT2017-09-21 02:41:42 GMT

    For working moms, 42-year-old Kristy Gould's routine may sound familiar: morning work out, get the kids ready for school, then a full days work. "Coming home and eating dinner and homework and baths and doing it all again," Gould said. She said her full days were no problem, until a couple of years ago. "I wake up in the middle of the night. You lay there for a little while in hopes that you go back to sleep and you just realize that you might as well get up and make...

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    For working moms, 42-year-old Kristy Gould's routine may sound familiar: morning work out, get the kids ready for school, then a full days work. "Coming home and eating dinner and homework and baths and doing it all again," Gould said. She said her full days were no problem, until a couple of years ago. "I wake up in the middle of the night. You lay there for a little while in hopes that you go back to sleep and you just realize that you might as well get up and make...

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  • Dozens of endangered tortoises released at Camp Shelby

    Dozens of endangered tortoises released at Camp Shelby

    Wednesday, September 20 2017 8:08 PM EDT2017-09-21 00:08:38 GMT
    About 90 endangered gopher tortoises were released into the wild at Camp Shelby Wednesday. Photo credit WDAM.About 90 endangered gopher tortoises were released into the wild at Camp Shelby Wednesday. Photo credit WDAM.

    The Mississippi Military Department, the Nature Conservancy and several state and federal agencies have teamed up to boost the numbers of endangered gopher tortoises at Camp Shelby and the DeSoto National Forest. 

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    The Mississippi Military Department, the Nature Conservancy and several state and federal agencies have teamed up to boost the numbers of endangered gopher tortoises at Camp Shelby and the DeSoto National Forest. 

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  • Murder victim's mother reacts to guilty verdict

    Murder victim's mother reacts to guilty verdict

    Wednesday, September 20 2017 7:15 PM EDT2017-09-20 23:15:26 GMT
    Judy Phillips Source: WDAMJudy Phillips Source: WDAM

    The mother of Larry Keith Phillips spoke out about the guilty verdict in the murder of her 45-year-old son.   Phillips was murdered in 2016 after being hit by a car driven by Melissa Dawn Cruz. On Tuesday, a Forrest County Jury found Cruz guilty of first degree murder and sentenced her to life in prison.  Phillips' mother, Judy Phillips, said she felt "that my son got justice. The family got justice." Her son worked as a security systems specialis...

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    The mother of Larry Keith Phillips spoke out about the guilty verdict in the murder of her 45-year-old son.   Phillips was murdered in 2016 after being hit by a car driven by Melissa Dawn Cruz. On Tuesday, a Forrest County Jury found Cruz guilty of first degree murder and sentenced her to life in prison.  Phillips' mother, Judy Phillips, said she felt "that my son got justice. The family got justice." Her son worked as a security systems specialis...

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  • Kroger's plan to end hunger

    Kroger's plan to end hunger

    Wednesday, September 20 2017 7:14 PM EDT2017-09-20 23:14:07 GMT
    PHOTO CRED: WDAMPHOTO CRED: WDAM

    Kroger has created a plan called Zero Hunger, Zero Waste to combat hunger in the U.S.

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    Kroger has created a plan called Zero Hunger, Zero Waste to combat hunger in the U.S.

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  • USM College of Business announces Eagle Suit Fund

    USM College of Business announces Eagle Suit Fund

    Wednesday, September 20 2017 6:08 PM EDT2017-09-20 22:08:51 GMT

    The University of Southern Mississippi College of Business will soon be providing deserving students with business suits to help them transition into their professions.  The school announced the partnership with clothing retailers Talbots and Jos. A. Bank to create a new initiative called the Eagle Suit Fund, sponsored by generous USM almnus.  “Our alumni and friends are our catalyst for lasting changes. Initiatives like this will help our students tak...

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    The University of Southern Mississippi College of Business will soon be providing deserving students with business suits to help them transition into their professions.  The school announced the partnership with clothing retailers Talbots and Jos. A. Bank to create a new initiative called the Eagle Suit Fund, sponsored by generous USM almnus.  “Our alumni and friends are our catalyst for lasting changes. Initiatives like this will help our students tak...

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  • Laurel police searching for shooting suspect

    Laurel police searching for shooting suspect

    Wednesday, September 20 2017 3:51 PM EDT2017-09-20 19:51:36 GMT
    LAKENDALL ALEXANDER HUNTER Source: LPDLAKENDALL ALEXANDER HUNTER Source: LPD
    The Laurel Police Department is searching for a shooting suspect after a Tuesday morning fight.  Police responded to a report of shots fired at the 800 block of South Magnolia at approximately 11:10 a.m., according to a LPD press release. Complainants reported that a fight between several individuals had erupted into gunfire.  The suspect, Lakendall A. Hunter, reportedly fired three shots in the direction of several people, though no injuries were reported. ...More >>
    The Laurel Police Department is searching for a shooting suspect after a Tuesday morning fight.  Police responded to a report of shots fired at the 800 block of South Magnolia at approximately 11:10 a.m., according to a LPD press release. Complainants reported that a fight between several individuals had erupted into gunfire.  The suspect, Lakendall A. Hunter, reportedly fired three shots in the direction of several people, though no injuries were reported. ...More >>
  • Six injured in Jones County car accident

    Six injured in Jones County car accident

    Wednesday, September 20 2017 3:43 PM EDT2017-09-20 19:43:08 GMT
    Source: JCFCSource: JCFC

    A two vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon sent three women, two children and a man to the hospital. 

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    A two vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon sent three women, two children and a man to the hospital. 

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  • Harmless looking trees have damaging, deadly impact on state

    Harmless looking trees have damaging, deadly impact on state

    Wednesday, September 20 2017 2:31 PM EDT2017-09-20 18:31:41 GMT
    Source: Mississippi Forestry CommissionSource: Mississippi Forestry Commission

    A harmless looking tree is wrecking Mississippi eco-systems, and the Mississippi Forestry Commission is trying to stop the invasive species from spreading any further in the state. 

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    A harmless looking tree is wrecking Mississippi eco-systems, and the Mississippi Forestry Commission is trying to stop the invasive species from spreading any further in the state. 

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  • Council votes to keep Bay Street business closed

    Council votes to keep Bay Street business closed

    Wednesday, September 20 2017 12:52 PM EDT2017-09-20 16:52:19 GMT

    An old gas station on Bay Street will stay closed, but future growth on the Hattiesburg corridor is still an option.

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    An old gas station on Bay Street will stay closed, but future growth on the Hattiesburg corridor is still an option.

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  • Maria hammers Puerto Rico, expected to stay far from Gulf

    Maria hammers Puerto Rico, expected to stay far from Gulf

    Wednesday, September 20 2017 9:33 AM EDT2017-09-20 13:33:00 GMT
    Source:  National Weather ServiceSource: National Weather Service

    Hurricane Maria landfall in Puerto Rico early Wednesday morning as an extremely dangerous and powerful category 4 storm.  

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    Hurricane Maria landfall in Puerto Rico early Wednesday morning as an extremely dangerous and powerful category 4 storm.  

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  • Hattiesburg warns residents of email scam

    Hattiesburg warns residents of email scam

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 10:26 PM EDT2017-09-20 02:26:45 GMT
    Example of scam email Source: City of HattiesburgExample of scam email Source: City of Hattiesburg
    The City of Hattiesburg warned its residents about an email scam making its rounds on Tuesday.  "Today, a Hattiesburg resident made city officials aware of an email scam regarding parking tickets," read the email from the city.  All tickets issued by Hattiesburg's Parking Division are paper and will not be delivered electronically, according to city clerk Kermas Eaton. Residents should be careful to pay attention to any email or phone correspondents asking for pe...More >>
    The City of Hattiesburg warned its residents about an email scam making its rounds on Tuesday.  "Today, a Hattiesburg resident made city officials aware of an email scam regarding parking tickets," read the email from the city.  All tickets issued by Hattiesburg's Parking Division are paper and will not be delivered electronically, according to city clerk Kermas Eaton. Residents should be careful to pay attention to any email or phone correspondents asking for pe...More >>
  • State auditor gives overview of state spending to GOP Women's group

    State auditor gives overview of state spending to GOP Women's group

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 9:13 PM EDT2017-09-20 01:13:39 GMT
    State auditor Stacey Pickering speaks to a meeting of Forrest-Lamar Republican Women Tuesday. Photo credit WDAM.State auditor Stacey Pickering speaks to a meeting of Forrest-Lamar Republican Women Tuesday. Photo credit WDAM.

    State Auditor Stacey Pickering presented an overview of Mississippi's fiscal spending during a meeting of Forrest-Lamar Republican Women Tuesday. Pickering spoke about the state's new comprehensive annual financial report. That report and the Legislative Budget Report, just released Tuesday, can be found on the state auditor's website at osa.ms.gov. Pickering said his office is currently engaged in several public corruption investigations, which have led to several arrests in No...

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    State Auditor Stacey Pickering presented an overview of Mississippi's fiscal spending during a meeting of Forrest-Lamar Republican Women Tuesday. Pickering spoke about the state's new comprehensive annual financial report. That report and the Legislative Budget Report, just released Tuesday, can be found on the state auditor's website at osa.ms.gov. Pickering said his

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  • One escaped inmate captured, one at large

    One escaped inmate captured, one at large

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 8:46 PM EDT2017-09-20 00:46:26 GMT
    James Sanders; Source: MDOCJames Sanders; Source: MDOC

    Authorities captured Parchman escapee James R. Sanders on Tuesday afternoon, according to MDOC. Two inmates escaped from the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman on Monday. Crime Stoppers announced Tuesday that they will offer a $2,500 reward for information leading to the capture of the escapees.  MDOC says they are looking for James R. Sanders and Ryan Young, who are both considered armed and dangerous. They are believed to have escaped Unit 30 between ...

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    Authorities captured Parchman escapee James R. Sanders on Tuesday afternoon, according to MDOC. Two inmates escaped from the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman on Monday. Crime Stoppers announced Tuesday that they will offer a $2,500 reward for information leading to the capture of the escapees.  MDOC says they are looking for James R. Sanders and Ryan Young, who are both considered armed and dangerous. They are believed to have escaped Unit 30 between ...

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  • Cruz receives life sentence for 2016 murder

    Cruz receives life sentence for 2016 murder

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 8:31 PM EDT2017-09-20 00:31:48 GMT
    Melissa Dawn Cruz. Source: Forrest County Sheriff's DepartmentMelissa Dawn Cruz. Source: Forrest County Sheriff's Department

    A 2016 Forrest County murder suspect was....... The trial began on Monday and..... The incident occurred on the night of Friday, July 1, 2016.  According to investigator Nick Calico of the Forest County Sheriff's Department, authorities received a call at around 9:50 p.m. about a "suspicious person" walking on Old Highway 49. A second call was made later about a man lying in the road bleeding near Old Highway 49.  Deputies found Kei...

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    A 2016 Forrest County murder suspect was....... The trial began on Monday and..... The incident occurred on the night of Friday, July 1, 2016.  According to investigator Nick Calico of the Forest County Sheriff's Department, authorities received a call at around 9:50 p.m. about a "suspicious person" walking on Old Highway 49. A second call was made later about a man lying in the road bleeding near Old Highway 49.  Deputies found Kei...

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  • MDWFP holds public hearing for Lamar County hunters

    MDWFP holds public hearing for Lamar County hunters

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 8:26 PM EDT2017-09-20 00:26:48 GMT
    The Purvis Fire Dept. is one of five drop off points for deer heads to be tested by the Miss. Dept. of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. Photo Credit WDAM.The Purvis Fire Dept. is one of five drop off points for deer heads to be tested by the Miss. Dept. of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. Photo Credit WDAM.

    Nearly three dozen Lamar County residents and officials gathered for a public hearing held by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks on Tuesday. The department will be conducting voluntary deer sampling from hunter's during the winter months of deer season later this year. Wildlife officials say that Chronic Wasting Disease is a serious issue and affects white-tailed deer populations in multiple areas of the country, and officials have reason ...

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    Nearly three dozen Lamar County residents and officials gathered for a public hearing held by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks on Tuesday. The department will be conducting voluntary deer sampling from hunter's during the winter months of deer season later this year. Wildlife officials say that Chronic Wasting Disease is a serious issue and affects white-tailed deer populations in multiple areas of the country, and officials have reason ...

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  • Judge Curry has high hopes for Hub City Municipal Court

    Judge Curry has high hopes for Hub City Municipal Court

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 6:23 PM EDT2017-09-19 22:23:05 GMT

    A new municipal court judge will be sworn in later this week in the Hub City. Forrest County Justice Court Judge Wes Curry will replace Judge Jerry Evans starting October 2nd as the new municipal judge. Curry will hold both judge positions after a ruling from the Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood’s office. “Because both positions are in the judicial branch of government, a person can serve in both positions at the same time without violating the ...

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    A new municipal court judge will be sworn in later this week in the Hub City. Forrest County Justice Court Judge Wes Curry will replace Judge Jerry Evans starting October 2nd as the new municipal judge. Curry will hold both judge positions after a ruling from the Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood’s office. “Because both positions are in the judicial branch of government, a person can serve in both positions at the same time without violating the ...

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  • Laurel mayor expects positive economic outlook

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 5:39 PM EDT2017-09-19 21:39:07 GMT
    Photo Source: WDAMPhoto Source: WDAM

    Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee said things are looking better for the city. 

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    Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee said things are looking better for the city. 

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  • Two teens shot, one charged in Jefferson Davis County

    Two teens shot, one charged in Jefferson Davis County

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 3:59 PM EDT2017-09-19 19:59:20 GMT

    Two teens are in serious condition after a shooting in Jefferson Davis County Sunday morning. The Jefferson Davis County Sheriff's Department said deputies were called to the Prentiss Regional Hospital around 2 a.m. Sunday in reference to two gunshot victims in the emergency room. The victims were identified as Johnny Ray Walker, 19, and Radonte Womack, 18, of Prentiss.  Both teens were immediately transported to Forrest General Hospital where the Sheriff's Department said they...

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    Two teens are in serious condition after a shooting in Jefferson Davis County Sunday morning. The Jefferson Davis County Sheriff's Department said deputies were called to the Prentiss Regional Hospital around 2 a.m. Sunday in reference to two gunshot victims in the emergency room. The victims were identified as Johnny Ray Walker, 19, and Radonte Womack, 18, of Prentiss.  Both teens were immediately transported to Forrest General Hospital where the Sheriff's Department said they...

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  • Man caught trying to break into Sheriff's home

    Man caught trying to break into Sheriff's home

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 3:32 PM EDT2017-09-19 19:32:37 GMT
    Stephen Carpenter.  Source:  Jones County Sheriff's Department.Stephen Carpenter. Source: Jones County Sheriff's Department.

    Trying to break into the Sheriff's home landed one Laurel man behind bars. 

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    Trying to break into the Sheriff's home landed one Laurel man behind bars. 

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  • PRCC to offer ServSafe Class

    PRCC to offer ServSafe Class

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 8:01 AM EDT2017-09-19 12:01:55 GMT
    Photo credit: PRCCPhoto credit: PRCC

    If you need to take a ServSafe class, Pearl River Community College will offer three at Woodall Advanced Technology Center on the Hattiesburg campus.  

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    If you need to take a ServSafe class, Pearl River Community College will offer three at Woodall Advanced Technology Center on the Hattiesburg campus.  

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  • Ito Smith climbs USM record books after career-high 219 rushing yards

    Ito Smith climbs USM record books after career-high 219 rushing yards

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 1:26 AM EDT2017-09-19 05:26:56 GMT
    Ito Smith rushed for a career-high 219 yards in USM's 28-17 win over ULM. Courtesy: WDAMIto Smith rushed for a career-high 219 yards in USM's 28-17 win over ULM. Courtesy: WDAM

    Coming off the third-most rushing yards in a single Southern Miss season (1,459) in 2016, Ito Smith garnered all the hype headed into his senior year. The running back was named to the Doak Walker and Maxwell Award watch lists before the 2017 season. Smith failed to eclipse the 100-yard mark in USM's first two games, but finally erupted in game three.

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    Coming off the third-most rushing yards in a single Southern Miss season (1,459) in 2016, Ito Smith garnered all the hype headed into his senior year. The running back was named to the Doak Walker and Maxwell Award watch lists before the 2017 season. Smith failed to eclipse the 100-yard mark in USM's first two games, but finally erupted in game three.

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  • USM deep at defensive line

    USM deep at defensive line

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 12:36 AM EDT2017-09-19 04:36:28 GMT
    USM linebacker Racheem Boothe (41). Courtesy: WDAMUSM linebacker Racheem Boothe (41). Courtesy: WDAM

    USM's 28-17 win over Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday marked the third straight game the "Nasty Bunch" defense held its opponent to under 20 points. A week after holding Southern to a school-record 0-for-12 on third down, the Golden Eagles limited the Warhawks to 3-for-16 on Saturday including a goal line stand from the one-yard line in the second quarter.

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    USM's 28-17 win over Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday marked the third straight game the "Nasty Bunch" defense held its opponent to under 20 points. A week after holding Southern to a school-record 0-for-12 on third down, the Golden Eagles limited the Warhawks to 3-for-16 on Saturday including a goal line stand from the one-yard line in the second quarter.

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  • Over 60 rescue dogs flown to new homes in the Northwest

    Over 60 rescue dogs flown to new homes in the Northwest

    Monday, September 18 2017 11:36 PM EDT2017-09-19 03:36:24 GMT
    Source: Southern Pines Animal ShelterSource: Southern Pines Animal Shelter

    Dogs rescued in Mississippi took to the skies to find new homes in the Northwest.

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    Dogs rescued in Mississippi took to the skies to find new homes in the Northwest.

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  • Future of Bay Street business to be decided by City Council

    Future of Bay Street business to be decided by City Council

    Monday, September 18 2017 11:16 PM EDT2017-09-19 03:16:31 GMT

    Hattiesburg city leaders could decide to keep a business on Bay Street closed for good, or give the owners the opportunity to re-open with a vote Tuesday night.

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    Hattiesburg city leaders could decide to keep a business on Bay Street closed for good, or give the owners the opportunity to re-open with a vote Tuesday night.

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  • Newly certified volunteer firefighters in Jones County

    Newly certified volunteer firefighters in Jones County

    Monday, September 18 2017 8:59 PM EDT2017-09-19 00:59:53 GMT

    Nine Jones County Volunteer Firefighters completed their final testing day at Mississippi State Fire Academy Saturday. 

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    Nine Jones County Volunteer Firefighters completed their final testing day at Mississippi State Fire Academy Saturday. 

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  • Mississippi Attorney General cracking down on child support

    Monday, September 18 2017 6:52 PM EDT2017-09-18 22:52:53 GMT
    AG's office cracking down on child support. Photo courtesy of the Mississippi Attorney General's officeAG's office cracking down on child support. Photo courtesy of the Mississippi Attorney General's office

    The Mississippi Attorney General’s office is using its Child Desertion Unit to find and prosecute parents who fail to pay child support. 

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    The Mississippi Attorney General’s office is using its Child Desertion Unit to find and prosecute parents who fail to pay child support. 

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  • Victor Mitchell appears in Lamar Co. court

    Victor Mitchell appears in Lamar Co. court

    Monday, September 18 2017 6:15 PM EDT2017-09-18 22:15:40 GMT
    The alleged mastermind behind a plot to kidnap and extort a prominent Pine Belt businessman was back in court today. Victor Mitchell went before a Lamar County judge for a bond hearing, which was continued for another time. “Today should have been a bond hearing on behalf of Victor Mitchell, that’s now been continued with the understanding that the judge will look at the transcript and then based on the transcript from the earlier hearing he will decide whether or not th...More >>
    The alleged mastermind behind a plot to kidnap and extort a prominent Pine Belt businessman was back in court today. Victor Mitchell went before a Lamar County judge for a bond hearing, which was continued for another time. “Today should have been a bond hearing on behalf of Victor Mitchell, that’s now been continued with the understanding that the judge will look at the transcript and then based on the transcript from the earlier hearing he will decide whether or not th...More >>
  • Forrest Health future CEO introduced at Board of Supervisors meeting

    Forrest Health future CEO introduced at Board of Supervisors meeting

    Monday, September 18 2017 4:32 PM EDT2017-09-18 20:32:36 GMT
    Andy WoodardAndy Woodard

    The Forrest Health Board of Trustees announced an approved succession plan for president and chief executive officer Evan Dillard on Monday.  Dillard, who began his tenure in 2008, will be replaced by current chief financial officer Andy Woodard beginning in January 2019. The two plan to work together to ensure a smooth transition.  “We are most grateful for Evan’s service and outstanding contributions to Forrest Health,” said Rick Preusch, Forrest Health...

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    The Forrest Health Board of Trustees announced an approved succession plan for president and chief executive officer Evan Dillard on Monday.  Dillard, who began his tenure in 2008, will be replaced by current chief financial officer Andy Woodard beginning in January 2019. The two plan to work together to ensure a smooth transition.  “We are most grateful for Evan’s service and outstanding contributions to Forrest Health,” said Rick Preusch, Forrest Health...

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  • HPD investigating armed robbery

    HPD investigating armed robbery

    Monday, September 18 2017 3:28 PM EDT2017-09-18 19:28:45 GMT
    Hattiesburg police are investigating an armed robbery that happened Friday night in the Hub City. “Officers were dispatched to an armed robbery that occurred at 11:19 p.m. in the 100 block of South 14th Avenue,” said Hattiesburg Police Capt. Branden McLemore." “The victim advised that he and a female were waiting inside, someone knocked at the door and she ran out and the suspect pointed a weapon at him and stole his wallet, McLemore said. McLe...More >>
    Hattiesburg police are investigating an armed robbery that happened Friday night in the Hub City. “Officers were dispatched to an armed robbery that occurred at 11:19 p.m. in the 100 block of South 14th Avenue,” said Hattiesburg Police Capt. Branden McLemore." “The victim advised that he and a female were waiting inside, someone knocked at the door and she ran out and the suspect pointed a weapon at him and stole his wallet, McLemore said. McLe...More >>
  • Forrest County election commissioner resigns

    Forrest County election commissioner resigns

    Monday, September 18 2017 3:22 PM EDT2017-09-18 19:22:21 GMT
    Photo credit WDAM.Photo credit WDAM.

    One of Forrest County's youngest election commissioners has resigned after the Board of Supervisors accepted his resignation.  Tyler Wood gave his resignation to The Board of Supervisors Monday, and the board accepted it.  Wood 18, was elected in November 2016 and topped incumbent Charlie Phillips, for the District 1 position as Forrest County Election Commissioner.   Wood served for 11 months, and during his stint claimed that he was a target of death threats a...

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    One of Forrest County's youngest election commissioners has resigned after the Board of Supervisors accepted his resignation.  Tyler Wood gave his resignation to The Board of Supervisors Monday, and the board accepted it.  Wood 18, was elected in November 2016 and topped incumbent Charlie Phillips, for the District 1 position as Forrest County Election Commissioner.   Wood served for 11 months, and during his stint claimed that he was a target of death threats a...

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  • One-vehicle rollover ejects both occupants

    One-vehicle rollover ejects both occupants

    Monday, September 18 2017 2:23 PM EDT2017-09-18 18:23:58 GMT
    Source: Jones County Fire CouncilSource: Jones County Fire Council

    A Saturday night rollover accident in Jones County ejected both the driver and the passenger.  According to the report, a vehicle on Lower Myrick Road left the roadway, struck a pole and rolled multiple times before coming to a rest in the front yard of a home. Emergency responders found the vehicle had landed upright on top of a trapped passenger, while the driver was found near the vehicle.  Emergency personnel acted quickly to free the trapped passenger a...

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    A Saturday night rollover accident in Jones County ejected both the driver and the passenger.  According to the report, a vehicle on Lower Myrick Road left the roadway, struck a pole and rolled multiple times before coming to a rest in the front yard of a home. Emergency responders found the vehicle had landed upright on top of a trapped passenger, while the driver was found near the vehicle.  Emergency personnel acted quickly to free the trapped passenger a...

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  • Firefighters battle overnight house fire in Jones County

    Firefighters battle overnight house fire in Jones County

    Monday, September 18 2017 2:05 PM EDT2017-09-18 18:05:38 GMT
    Source: Jones County Fire CouncilSource: Jones County Fire Council
    Firefighters battled an overnight house fire in Jones County on Saturday night. South Jones, Southwest Jones and Boggy Volunteer Fire Departments and the Ellisville Fire Dept. responded to the scene of a house fire on Pittman Road just off of Highway 590 around midnight after a third party called reported smoke coming from a home.  According to the Jones County Fire Council, firefighters gained entry to the home and extinguished the blaze from the room which it was origina...More >>
    Firefighters battled an overnight house fire in Jones County on Saturday night. South Jones, Southwest Jones and Boggy Volunteer Fire Departments and the Ellisville Fire Dept. responded to the scene of a house fire on Pittman Road just off of Highway 590 around midnight after a third party called reported smoke coming from a home.  According to the Jones County Fire Council, firefighters gained entry to the home and extinguished the blaze from the room which it was origina...More >>
  • Tupelo woman arrested for posing as MHP trainee to raise money

    Tupelo woman arrested for posing as MHP trainee to raise money

    Monday, September 18 2017 1:14 PM EDT2017-09-18 17:14:21 GMT
    Natasha Lesha Stephens Source: Attorney General's officeNatasha Lesha Stephens Source: Attorney General's office

    Attorney General Jim Hood announced the arrest of a Tupelo woman for posing as a highway patrol recruit online to raise money. Investigators arrested Natasha Lesha Stephens, 30, on Friday after she raised over $1,000 on a GoFundMe page for what she described as required items for Mississippi Highway Patrol Cadet Class 62, which she claimed to have been accepted into, according to a press release from the AG's office.  To describe the fake campaign, Stephens wrote, "I ...

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    Attorney General Jim Hood announced the arrest of a Tupelo woman for posing as a highway patrol recruit online to raise money. Investigators arrested Natasha Lesha Stephens, 30, on Friday after she raised over $1,000 on a GoFundMe page for what she described as required items for Mississippi Highway Patrol Cadet Class 62, which she claimed to have been accepted into, according to a press release from the AG's office.  To describe the fake campaign, Stephens wrote, "I ...

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  • Hurricane Maria strengthens to catergory 3

    Hurricane Maria strengthens to catergory 3

    Monday, September 18 2017 12:58 PM EDT2017-09-18 16:58:19 GMT
    Hurricane Maria is now a dangerous category 3 storm. Below is the latest forecast track of Maria from the National Hurricane Center. The good news for the Pine Belt is that at the present time the storm will track well to the east of the Gulf of Mexico and never have any impacts on our weather. Of course we will continue monitor the situation and keep you posted. Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved. More >>
    Hurricane Maria is now a dangerous category 3 storm. Below is the latest forecast track of Maria from the National Hurricane Center. The good news for the Pine Belt is that at the present time the storm will track well to the east of the Gulf of Mexico and never have any impacts on our weather. Of course we will continue monitor the situation and keep you posted. Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved. More >>
  • USM efficient on both sides of ball in win over ULM

    USM efficient on both sides of ball in win over ULM

    Monday, September 18 2017 1:10 AM EDT2017-09-18 05:10:36 GMT
    Allenzae Staggers (15) had a game-high four receptions for 75 yards and a touchdown in USM's 28-17 win over ULM. Courtesy: WDAMAllenzae Staggers (15) had a game-high four receptions for 75 yards and a touchdown in USM's 28-17 win over ULM. Courtesy: WDAM

    For three straight weeks, Southern Miss has played competitive football, resulting in a 2-1 record after the Golden Eagles knocked off Louisiana-Monroe 28-17 on Saturday. "I call it a win and a win's a win," said USM second-year head coach Jay Hopson.

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    For three straight weeks, Southern Miss has played competitive football, resulting in a 2-1 record after the Golden Eagles knocked off Louisiana-Monroe 28-17 on Saturday. "I call it a win and a win's a win," said USM second-year head coach Jay Hopson.

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  • Progress continues at the old Eureka School

    Progress continues at the old Eureka School

    Sunday, September 17 2017 7:52 PM EDT2017-09-17 23:52:11 GMT

    Progress continues at the old Eureka School in Hattiesburg with plans to turn the site into a civil rights museum.

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    Progress continues at the old Eureka School in Hattiesburg with plans to turn the site into a civil rights museum.

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  • Woman, five-year-old girl killed in car accident

    Woman, five-year-old girl killed in car accident

    Sunday, September 17 2017 5:53 PM EDT2017-09-17 21:53:36 GMT

    A woman and a five-year-old girl were killed in car accident Saturday night in Hattiesburg. 

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    A woman and a five-year-old girl were killed in car accident Saturday night in Hattiesburg. 

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  • Pine Grove water Association issues boil water notice

    Pine Grove water Association issues boil water notice

    Saturday, September 16 2017 10:42 PM EDT2017-09-17 02:42:04 GMT

    Water Assn. of Pine Grove has issued a boil water notice for Jones county. 

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    Water Assn. of Pine Grove has issued a boil water notice for Jones county. 

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  • 2 killed in Hub City accident

    2 killed in Hub City accident

    Saturday, September 16 2017 10:10 PM EDT2017-09-17 02:10:41 GMT

    A Saturday night accident claimed two lives in the Hub City.

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    A Saturday night accident claimed two lives in the Hub City.

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  • Pine Belt animal shelters participating in PetSmart's National Adoption Weekend

    Pine Belt animal shelters participating in PetSmart's National Adoption Weekend

    Saturday, September 16 2017 6:56 PM EDT2017-09-16 22:56:08 GMT
    Milo, a six-month-old Great Pyrenees/German Shepherd mix, is one of the dogs up for adoption at the National Adoption Weekend at PetSmart. Photo credit WDAM.Milo, a six-month-old Great Pyrenees/German Shepherd mix, is one of the dogs up for adoption at the National Adoption Weekend at PetSmart. Photo credit WDAM.

    Several Pine Belt animal shelters have teamed up to find homes for about 150 homeless dogs and cats at the Hattiesburg PetSmart. 

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    Several Pine Belt animal shelters have teamed up to find homes for about 150 homeless dogs and cats at the Hattiesburg PetSmart. 

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  • 5-year-old raises over $1K for hurricane relief with kool-aid stand

    5-year-old raises over $1K for hurricane relief with kool-aid stand

    Saturday, September 16 2017 3:55 PM EDT2017-09-16 19:55:23 GMT
    5-year-old Neil Langford with his koolaid stand.  Source: WDAM.5-year-old Neil Langford with his koolaid stand. Source: WDAM.

    Five-year-old Neil Langford spent his Friday afternoon outside his parent's business with a small business of his own, a kool-aid stand.

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    Five-year-old Neil Langford spent his Friday afternoon outside his parent's business with a small business of his own, a kool-aid stand.

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  • Poplarville wears down Heidelberg, 33-14

    Poplarville wears down Heidelberg, 33-14

    Saturday, September 16 2017 1:14 AM EDT2017-09-16 05:14:33 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM
  • WATCH: WDAM 7 Gametime Show Sept. 15

    WATCH: WDAM 7 Gametime Show Sept. 15

    Friday, September 15 2017 9:46 PM EDT2017-09-16 01:46:34 GMT

    Missed the WDAM 7 Gametime show? No worries! We have your high school highlights right here!  MOBILE USERS: Click here to watch the show. About the WDAM 7 Gametime app:  The WDAM 7 Gametime app is bringing you the latest on Pine Belt sports. The app features up to the minute scores for games, video highlights from local games, in-depth interviews with coaches, and updated schedules for your convenience. Interact with us by sending us your pictures from local games or by...

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    Missed the WDAM 7 Gametime show? No worries! We have your high school highlights right here!  MOBILE USERS: Click here to watch the show. About the WDAM 7 Gametime app:  The WDAM 7 Gametime app is bringing you the latest on Pine Belt sports. The app features up to the minute scores for games, video highlights from local games, in-depth interviews with coaches, and updated schedules for your convenience. Interact with us by sending us your pictures from local games or by...

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  • Dreshawn Sullivan found guilty on all counts

    Dreshawn Sullivan found guilty on all counts

    Friday, September 15 2017 9:07 PM EDT2017-09-16 01:07:19 GMT
    Dreshawn Sullivan Photo Credit: WDAMDreshawn Sullivan Photo Credit: WDAM

    After over an hour of deliberations, a Hattiebsurg jury found Dreshawn Sullivan guilty of all three charges on Friday.  Sullivan was found guilty of burglary of a dwelling, attempted kidnapping and child abuse in regard to an incident that took place on March 16, 2015, at Burkett's Creek West W.S.F. Tatum Rd. in which one female victim was hospitilized.  Police arrested Sullivan on June 9, 2015 in connection to the incident. Police also arrested self-proclaimed youth...

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    After over an hour of deliberations, a Hattiebsurg jury found Dreshawn Sullivan guilty of all three charges on Friday.  Sullivan was found guilty of burglary of a dwelling, attempted kidnapping and child abuse in regard to an incident that took place on March 16, 2015, at Burkett's Creek West W.S.F. Tatum Rd. in which one female victim was hospitilized.  Police arrested Sullivan on June 9, 2015 in connection to the incident. Police also arrested self-proclaimed youth...

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  • Traffic delayed after Highway 49 accident

    Traffic delayed after Highway 49 accident

    Friday, September 15 2017 7:28 PM EDT2017-09-15 23:28:34 GMT
    Source: MDOT TrafficSource: MDOT Traffic

    All lanes of Highway 49 are blocked following an accident near Elks Lake Road in Forrest County. According to MDOT traffic, all lanes are blocked and the approximate duration of the delay is 45 minutes.  Emergency personnel are on scene and it is unclear if their are any injuries at this time.  This is a developing story. Stay with WDAM for the latest updates.  Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved. 

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    All lanes of Highway 49 are blocked following an accident near Elks Lake Road in Forrest County. According to MDOT traffic, all lanes are blocked and the approximate duration of the delay is 45 minutes.  Emergency personnel are on scene and it is unclear if their are any injuries at this time.  This is a developing story. Stay with WDAM for the latest updates.  Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved. 

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  • Collins native McRaney wins first Emmy Award

    Collins native McRaney wins first Emmy Award

    Friday, September 15 2017 5:46 PM EDT2017-09-15 21:46:59 GMT
    Collins native Gerald McRaney served as grand marshal for a parade at the 25th annual Okatoma Festival in 2014. Photo credit WDAM.Collins native Gerald McRaney served as grand marshal for a parade at the 25th annual Okatoma Festival in 2014. Photo credit WDAM.

    Actor and Pine Belt native Gerald McRaney has taken home his first Emmy award. 

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    Actor and Pine Belt native Gerald McRaney has taken home his first Emmy award. 

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  • WCU School of Education posts record enrollment

    WCU School of Education posts record enrollment

    Friday, September 15 2017 4:52 PM EDT2017-09-15 20:52:07 GMT
    William Carey UniversityWilliam Carey University

    William Carey University’s School of Education has reached a record high enrollment for the third consecutive year, according to a news release issued by the university.  

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    William Carey University’s School of Education has reached a record high enrollment for the third consecutive year, according to a news release issued by the university.  

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  • USM not quite sure what to expect from Louisiana-Monroe

    USM not quite sure what to expect from Louisiana-Monroe

    Friday, September 15 2017 4:17 PM EDT2017-09-15 20:17:10 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    With one football game played in the remnants of hurricane and another cancelled by another, the University of Louisiana-Monroe will offer more than a bit of intrigue for the University of Southern Mississippi. 

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    With one football game played in the remnants of hurricane and another cancelled by another, the University of Louisiana-Monroe will offer more than a bit of intrigue for the University of Southern Mississippi. 

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  • Poplarville puts perfect record on line at Heidelberg

    Poplarville puts perfect record on line at Heidelberg

    Friday, September 15 2017 1:20 PM EDT2017-09-15 17:20:00 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    So far, unbeaten Class 4A Poplarville High School has split its football season between playing laughers and nailbiters. Poplarville head coach Jay Beech is expecting more of the latter Friday night when the Hornets head north up Interstate 59 to take on Class 2A Heidelberg High School. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. “They have playmakers on offense, are athletic on defense, and I just think they’re really good,” Beech said of the Oilers. “They’re just a re...

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    So far, unbeaten Class 4A Poplarville High School has split its football season between playing laughers and nailbiters. Poplarville head coach Jay Beech is expecting more of the latter Friday night when the Hornets head north up Interstate 59 to take on Class 2A Heidelberg High School. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. “They have playmakers on offense, are athletic on defense, and I just think they’re really good,” Beech said of the Oilers. “They’re just a re...

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  • MS Power, Silicon Ranch open solar facility in Hattiesburg

    MS Power, Silicon Ranch open solar facility in Hattiesburg

    Friday, September 15 2017 1:10 PM EDT2017-09-15 17:10:19 GMT
    Source: Mississippi PowerSource: Mississippi Power

    Mississippi Power and Silicon Ranch announced today that a 50 MW solar generating facility in Hattiesburg is operating and providing energy to the Mississippi Power grid.

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    Mississippi Power and Silicon Ranch announced today that a 50 MW solar generating facility in Hattiesburg is operating and providing energy to the Mississippi Power grid.

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  • Lucedale man arrested for failure to pay child support

    Lucedale man arrested for failure to pay child support

    Friday, September 15 2017 12:32 PM EDT2017-09-15 16:32:55 GMT
    Ernest Wade Creech. Source: Attorney General's OfficeErnest Wade Creech. Source: Attorney General's Office

    A Lucedale man has been arrested after failing to pay child support, according to the Mississippi Attorney General. 

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    A Lucedale man has been arrested after failing to pay child support, according to the Mississippi Attorney General. 

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  • Dog runs away, braves the elements to go to the spa

    Dog runs away, braves the elements to go to the spa

    Friday, September 15 2017 12:20 PM EDT2017-09-15 16:20:27 GMT
    Source: Jamie MartinSource: Jamie Martin

    It's a dog eat dog world out there, and when a Hattiesburg family's dog ran away they feared the worst.  

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    It's a dog eat dog world out there, and when a Hattiesburg family's dog ran away they feared the worst.  

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  • Hattiesburg veteran looks back on witnessing history

    Hattiesburg veteran looks back on witnessing history

    Friday, September 15 2017 11:44 AM EDT2017-09-15 15:44:11 GMT
    Photo Credit: WDAMPhoto Credit: WDAM

    At 90 years old, Art Albert has seen a lot, done a lot and been a lot of places. 

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    At 90 years old, Art Albert has seen a lot, done a lot and been a lot of places. 

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  • How Pine Belt school districts performed on the 2017 ACT

    How Pine Belt school districts performed on the 2017 ACT

    Friday, September 15 2017 11:32 AM EDT2017-09-15 15:32:26 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    How did Pine Belt students perform on the 2017 ACT? The Mississippi Department of Education has released the scores.  

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    How did Pine Belt students perform on the 2017 ACT? The Mississippi Department of Education has released the scores.  

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  • Hattiesburg City Council approves FY 2018 budget

    Hattiesburg City Council approves FY 2018 budget

    Friday, September 15 2017 12:06 AM EDT2017-09-15 04:06:45 GMT

    The Hattiesburg City Council adopted the fiscal year 2018 budget for the city Thursday afternoon.  

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    The Hattiesburg City Council adopted the fiscal year 2018 budget for the city Thursday afternoon.  

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  • Restaurants ready "To-Go" in Downtown Hattiesburg

    Restaurants ready "To-Go" in Downtown Hattiesburg

    Thursday, September 14 2017 10:09 PM EDT2017-09-15 02:09:16 GMT
    Source:WDAMSource:WDAM

    Restaurants, bars and businesses in an area of downtown Hattiesburg are getting ready for the new "To-Go Cup" ordinance to take effect next week.

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    Restaurants, bars and businesses in an area of downtown Hattiesburg are getting ready for the new "To-Go Cup" ordinance to take effect next week.

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  • Record increase in new freshmen at USM

    Record increase in new freshmen at USM

    Thursday, September 14 2017 8:43 PM EDT2017-09-15 00:43:29 GMT
    Southern Miss campus/Photo source: WDAMSouthern Miss campus/Photo source: WDAM
    Enrollment number are up at Southern Miss. This year's freshman class is the second largest in the school's history, according to Southern Miss chief communication officer Jim Coll. There were 1,910 freshmen enrolled at the beginning of the semester.  “I am grateful for the dedication of our admissions and enrollment management team, as well as our faculty and staff, whose hard work resulted in this record increase of first-time, full-time freshmen,” said Univ...More >>
    Enrollment number are up at Southern Miss. This year's freshman class is the second largest in the school's history, according to Southern Miss chief communication officer Jim Coll. There were 1,910 freshmen enrolled at the beginning of the semester.  “I am grateful for the dedication of our admissions and enrollment management team, as well as our faculty and staff, whose hard work resulted in this record increase of first-time, full-time freshmen,” said Univ...More >>
  • Marion-Walthall Correctional Facility search turns up assorted contraband

    Marion-Walthall Correctional Facility search turns up assorted contraband

    Thursday, September 14 2017 6:57 PM EDT2017-09-14 22:57:41 GMT
    Mississippi Dept. of Correction officers seized an assortment of contraband during a Thursday search of the Marion-Walthall County Regional Correctional Facility in Columbia. Officers found cellphone chargers, sunglasses, free world shoes, hair dryers and an electronic game among other contraband during the shakedown, according to an MDOC press release. Other items seized included an MP3 player, bags of tobacco, packs of free world t-shirts, two packs of marijuana, a pack of spice, e...More >>
    Mississippi Dept. of Correction officers seized an assortment of contraband during a Thursday search of the Marion-Walthall County Regional Correctional Facility in Columbia. Officers found cellphone chargers, sunglasses, free world shoes, hair dryers and an electronic game among other contraband during the shakedown, according to an MDOC press release. Other items seized included an MP3 player, bags of tobacco, packs of free world t-shirts, two packs of marijuana, a pack of spice, e...More >>
  • Laurel Police to hold entry level officer exam

    Laurel Police to hold entry level officer exam

    Thursday, September 14 2017 6:09 PM EDT2017-09-14 22:09:38 GMT
    The Laurel Police Department posted entry-level law enforcement civil service positions to the City of Laurel website. "The Entry-Level Law Enforcement Civil Service Examination Process provides candidates with job opportunities as a Police Officer in the Laurel Police Department," the post read. "In order to be considered for employment in an entry-level law enforcement position, candidates must pass a written exam called the Entry-Level Law Enforcement...More >>
    The Laurel Police Department posted entry-level law enforcement civil service positions to the City of Laurel website. "The Entry-Level Law Enforcement Civil Service Examination Process provides candidates with job opportunities as a Police Officer in the Laurel Police Department," the post read. "In order to be considered for employment in an entry-level law enforcement position, candidates must pass a written exam called the Entry-Level Law Enforcement...More >>
  • MS National Guard provides Hurricane Irma relief

    MS National Guard provides Hurricane Irma relief

    Thursday, September 14 2017 5:58 PM EDT2017-09-14 21:58:18 GMT
    Capt. Joshua Stoll, Aircraft Commander, 183d Airlift Squadron, logs flight details during a sortie to St. Croix onboard a C-17 Globemaster III, Sept. 13, 2017. The C-17 was used to transport two UH-60 Blackhawks and nine soldiers assigned to the 1st DivisCapt. Joshua Stoll, Aircraft Commander, 183d Airlift Squadron, logs flight details during a sortie to St. Croix onboard a C-17 Globemaster III, Sept. 13, 2017. The C-17 was used to transport two UH-60 Blackhawks and nine soldiers assigned to the 1st Divis

    The Mississippi National Guard recently provided personnel, equipment and facility support for Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey recovery operations.  Approximately 100 soldiers and airmen provided support in Florida and Texas.  “Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with everyone impacted from Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.” said Maj. Gen. Janson D. Boyles, the adjutant general of Mississippi. “Our joint force will provide support as long as we are...

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    The Mississippi National Guard recently provided personnel, equipment and facility support for Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey recovery operations.  Approximately 100 soldiers and airmen provided support in Florida and Texas.  “Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with everyone impacted from Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.” said Maj. Gen. Janson D. Boyles, the adjutant general of Mississippi. “Our joint force will provide support as long as we are...

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  • Lamar Co. Jail to raise inmate housing cost per day

    Lamar Co. Jail to raise inmate housing cost per day

    Thursday, September 14 2017 5:32 PM EDT2017-09-14 21:32:48 GMT
    The Lamar County Jail is raising the cost they charge other municipalities and counties per day for housing inmates. Photo cred: WDAMThe Lamar County Jail is raising the cost they charge other municipalities and counties per day for housing inmates. Photo cred: WDAM
    The Lamar County Jail is raising the cost it charges other municipalities and counties per day for housing inmates. The daily rate is currently $20, but the board of supervisors voted 5-0 to approve an increase to $30. “Well, we were looking at the entire operating cost of the sheriff’s office and the jail, for the upcoming budget, and we realized that we were charging the lowest rate around for the surrounding counties for the inmates being held for ...More >>
    The Lamar County Jail is raising the cost it charges other municipalities and counties per day for housing inmates. The daily rate is currently $20, but the board of supervisors voted 5-0 to approve an increase to $30. “Well, we were looking at the entire operating cost of the sheriff’s office and the jail, for the upcoming budget, and we realized that we were charging the lowest rate around for the surrounding counties for the inmates being held for ...More >>
  • International experts meet on sporting event security at NCS4/INTERPOL training

    International experts meet on sporting event security at NCS4/INTERPOL training

    Thursday, September 14 2017 5:09 PM EDT2017-09-14 21:09:31 GMT
    Dr. Lou Marciani, Director of the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security, addresses attendees of the Sports Security Executive Management course at Interpol General Secretariat in Lyon, France. Source: news.usm.eduDr. Lou Marciani, Director of the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security, addresses attendees of the Sports Security Executive Management course at Interpol General Secretariat in Lyon, France. Source: news.usm.edu
    The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) collaborated with INTERPOL Project Stadia for a three-day sports security course at the Interpol General Secretariat in Lyon, France. From Sept. 12-14, the course addressed  security issues faced by major international sporting events, such as the FIFA World Cup and the Olympic Games, and their host countries, according to a press release from Southern Miss.  “This course addresses several inter...More >>
    The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) collaborated with INTERPOL Project Stadia for a three-day sports security course at the Interpol General Secretariat in Lyon, France. From Sept. 12-14, the course addressed  security issues faced by major international sporting events, such as the FIFA World Cup and the Olympic Games, and their host countries, according to a press release from Southern Miss.  “This course addresses several inter...More >>
  • Three Natchez men charged for robbing elderly Pizza Hut delivery man

    Three Natchez men charged for robbing elderly Pizza Hut delivery man

    Thursday, September 14 2017 1:05 PM EDT2017-09-14 17:05:42 GMT
    (Source: Adams County Sheriff's Office)(Source: Adams County Sheriff's Office)

    Three men are behind bars after Adams County authorities said they robbed and assaulted an elderly Pizza Hut delivery man.  

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    Three men are behind bars after Adams County authorities said they robbed and assaulted an elderly Pizza Hut delivery man.  

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  • Mother of abused son speaks in exclusive interview

    Wednesday, September 13 2017 6:51 PM EDT2017-09-13 22:51:25 GMT
    Photo Source: WDAMPhoto Source: WDAM

    When Constance Clark made it home from running errands Monday, she noticed bruises on her 8-year-old son. 

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    When Constance Clark made it home from running errands Monday, she noticed bruises on her 8-year-old son. 

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  • House District 102 runoff set for Oct. 3rd

    House District 102 runoff set for Oct. 3rd

    Wednesday, September 13 2017 6:05 PM EDT2017-09-13 22:05:54 GMT
    The race for House District 102 seat is headed to a runoff, and voters in Forrest in Lamar Counties will head back to the polls on October 3rd. Candidates Missy McGee and Kathryn Rehner will face off, each looking for their spot at the state capitol. McGee had approximately 45 percent of the vote with 1,475 votes, and Rehner had 24 percent of the vote with 807 votes.  McGee said after the election Tuesday night, she’s looking forward to the extra time. “Well we wo...More >>
    The race for House District 102 seat is headed to a runoff, and voters in Forrest in Lamar Counties will head back to the polls on October 3rd. Candidates Missy McGee and Kathryn Rehner will face off, each looking for their spot at the state capitol. McGee had approximately 45 percent of the vote with 1,475 votes, and Rehner had 24 percent of the vote with 807 votes.  McGee said after the election Tuesday night, she’s looking forward to the extra time. “Well we wo...More >>
  • Therapist explains emotional toll of hurricane survivors

    Therapist explains emotional toll of hurricane survivors

    Wednesday, September 13 2017 5:26 PM EDT2017-09-13 21:26:06 GMT

    We all have been watching the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, and waited with bated breath for Irma's turn into Florida. Now, comes the hard part for survivors, the aftermath. In August, a video of a Hurricane Harvey survivor and mother went viral. It showed her sharing her story of making it through the hurricane with a reporter. She was visibly and understandably distraught. But, when the reporter asked for more insight into the mother's ordeal the woman's emotional state escalat...

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    We all have been watching the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, and waited with bated breath for Irma's turn into Florida. Now, comes the hard part for survivors, the aftermath. In August, a video of a Hurricane Harvey survivor and mother went viral. It showed her sharing her story of making it through the hurricane with a reporter. She was visibly and understandably distraught. But, when the reporter asked for more insight into the mother's ordeal the woman's emotional state escalat...

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  • breaking

    Man accused of striking child with extension cord appears in court

    Man accused of striking child with extension cord appears in court

    Wednesday, September 13 2017 2:16 PM EDT2017-09-13 18:16:06 GMT
    London Wright. Source: HPDLondon Wright. Source: HPD

    A Hattiesburg man who was charged with child abuse appeared in court Wednesday morning.  According to Hattiesburg Police Public Information Officer Hattiesburg Police Lt. Latosha Myers-Mitchell, London Wright, 28, was arrested on Monday and charged with one count of felonious abuse or battery of a child. Wright appeared in court where a judge set his bond at $500,000. The judge also issued a no-contact order with the victim, according to Myers-Mitchell. Myers-Mi...

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    A Hattiesburg man who was charged with child abuse appeared in court Wednesday morning.  According to Hattiesburg Police Public Information Officer Hattiesburg Police Lt. Latosha Myers-Mitchell, London Wright, 28, was arrested on Monday and charged with one count of felonious abuse or battery of a child. Wright appeared in court where a judge set his bond at $500,000. The judge also issued a no-contact order with the victim, according to Myers-Mitchell. Myers-Mi...

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  • traffic

    18-wheeler fire stalls traffic on interstate

    18-wheeler fire stalls traffic on interstate

    Wednesday, September 13 2017 11:31 AM EDT2017-09-13 15:31:48 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    An 18-wheeler caught fire Wednesday morning, causing some delays on Interstate 59 North of Hardy Street.  

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    An 18-wheeler caught fire Wednesday morning, causing some delays on Interstate 59 North of Hardy Street.  

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  • DuBard School hosts 21st annual Dyslexia symposium

    DuBard School hosts 21st annual Dyslexia symposium

    Wednesday, September 13 2017 11:17 AM EDT2017-09-13 15:17:40 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    The Dubard School is hosting the 21st annual Dyslexia Symposium at the University of Southern Mississippi this week.  

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    The Dubard School is hosting the 21st annual Dyslexia Symposium at the University of Southern Mississippi this week.  

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  • Hattiesburg 4th Street construction project beginning soon

    Hattiesburg 4th Street construction project beginning soon

    Wednesday, September 13 2017 11:12 AM EDT2017-09-13 15:12:07 GMT
    Source: City of HattiesburgSource: City of Hattiesburg

    Hub City drivers need to be cautious next week while traveling on 4th Street.  

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    Hub City drivers need to be cautious next week while traveling on 4th Street.  

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  • City of Hattiesburg reminds residents of ongoing construction projects

    City of Hattiesburg reminds residents of ongoing construction projects

    Wednesday, September 13 2017 11:10 AM EDT2017-09-13 15:10:32 GMT
    Source: City of HattiesburgSource: City of Hattiesburg

    The City of Hattiesburg is reminding residents of several ongoing construction projects happening around the city.  

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    The City of Hattiesburg is reminding residents of several ongoing construction projects happening around the city.  

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  • weather

    Jose weakening as track moves away from U.S.

    Jose weakening as track moves away from U.S.

    Wednesday, September 13 2017 10:18 AM EDT2017-09-13 14:18:13 GMT
    Source: NWSSource: NWS

    The Gulf of Mexico is quiet as is much of the Atlantic except Hurricane Jose. 

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    The Gulf of Mexico is quiet as is much of the Atlantic except Hurricane Jose. 

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  • Oak Grove student stuns with TAPS performance on 9/11

    Oak Grove student stuns with TAPS performance on 9/11

    Wednesday, September 13 2017 9:47 AM EDT2017-09-13 13:47:15 GMT
    Source: Oak Grove High School Facebook page.Source: Oak Grove High School Facebook page.

    The 24 note melody sends anyone within ear shot into a mindset of remembrance and honor, and that is exactly what happened when an Oak Grove student played his rendition of the piece. 

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    The 24 note melody sends anyone within ear shot into a mindset of remembrance and honor, and that is exactly what happened when an Oak Grove student played his rendition of the piece. 

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  • Guest Editorial: Remove confederate emblem from state flag

    Guest Editorial: Remove confederate emblem from state flag

    Wednesday, September 13 2017 8:36 AM EDT2017-09-13 12:36:14 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    As a Lifelong Mississippi Republican, I sent a memo on Monday to many of our party’s leaders and elected officials around the state, urging them in this bicentennial year of our state to lead the charge finally to remove the confederate battle flag from our state flag.  

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    As a Lifelong Mississippi Republican, I sent a memo on Monday to many of our party’s leaders and elected officials around the state, urging them in this bicentennial year of our state to lead the charge finally to remove the confederate battle flag from our state flag.  

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  • Act of kindness at MS restaurant brings evacuees to tears

    Act of kindness at MS restaurant brings evacuees to tears

    Wednesday, September 13 2017 8:28 AM EDT2017-09-13 12:28:12 GMT
    Source: Crescent City FacebookSource: Crescent City Facebook

    A couple who evacuated their home ahead of Hurricane Irma posted on a Hub City restaurants Facebook page to share an act of kindness that left them in tears.  

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    A couple who evacuated their home ahead of Hurricane Irma posted on a Hub City restaurants Facebook page to share an act of kindness that left them in tears.  

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  • House District 102 seat heading to runoff

    House District 102 seat heading to runoff

    Tuesday, September 12 2017 11:03 PM EDT2017-09-13 03:03:06 GMT

    The votes are in, and none of the four candidates vying for Toby Barker's house seat could get 50 percent of the vote.

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    The votes are in, and none of the four candidates vying for Toby Barker's house seat could get 50 percent of the vote.

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  • Former AG Ashcroft speaks at WCU scholarship dinner

    Former AG Ashcroft speaks at WCU scholarship dinner

    Tuesday, September 12 2017 10:59 PM EDT2017-09-13 02:59:55 GMT
    Former U.S. attorney general John Ashcroft spoke before a crowd of  donors and several honored guests, mostly first responders, at the school's 7th scholarship dinner. Ashcroft served as the 79th AG under the George W. Bush administration and later formed The Ashcroft Group.  "There's a special character of education in William Carey University," Ashcroft said. "It's a place where there isn't any part of the truth that is off-limits. So many of the...More >>
    Former U.S. attorney general John Ashcroft spoke before a crowd of  donors and several honored guests, mostly first responders, at the school's 7th scholarship dinner. Ashcroft served as the 79th AG under the George W. Bush administration and later formed The Ashcroft Group.  "There's a special character of education in William Carey University," Ashcroft said. "It's a place where there isn't any part of the truth that is off-limits. So many of the...More >>
  • Coffee with a Cop expands, looks to grow community engagement

    Coffee with a Cop expands, looks to grow community engagement

    Tuesday, September 12 2017 8:58 PM EDT2017-09-13 00:58:28 GMT
    Photo Source: WDAMPhoto Source: WDAM
    The monthly Coffee with a Cop meeting is venturing to other locations around the Hub City. City officials and police are hoping it will draw more community engagement, helping them be more in touch with residents, and hearing issues and concerns. Tuesday morning’s location was at T-Bones, and Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker deemed it a success. “This month, they’ve tried something different, they moved it around a little bit and I think we had a great turnout here a...More >>
    The monthly Coffee with a Cop meeting is venturing to other locations around the Hub City. City officials and police are hoping it will draw more community engagement, helping them be more in touch with residents, and hearing issues and concerns. Tuesday morning’s location was at T-Bones, and Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker deemed it a success. “This month, they’ve tried something different, they moved it around a little bit and I think we had a great turnout here a...More >>
  • Jones Co. Sheriff's Dept., United Blood Services to host blood drive

    Jones Co. Sheriff's Dept., United Blood Services to host blood drive

    Tuesday, September 12 2017 7:22 PM EDT2017-09-12 23:22:18 GMT
    United Blood ServicesUnited Blood Services
    The Jones County Sheriff's Department and United Blood Services have teamed up to host a blood drive to assist with local and national blood supply concerns after Hurricane Harvey. The blood drive will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at the Cameron Center, located at 711 North 10th Avenue in Laurel, from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m. Donors will receive a 9/11 "Never Forget" t-shirt while supplies last. Those who wish to donate may call 877-UBS-HERO (877-827-4376) or visit www.bloodhe...More >>
    The Jones County Sheriff's Department and United Blood Services have teamed up to host a blood drive to assist with local and national blood supply concerns after Hurricane Harvey. The blood drive will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at the Cameron Center, located at 711 North 10th Avenue in Laurel, from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m. Donors will receive a 9/11 "Never Forget" t-shirt while supplies last. Those who wish to donate may call 877-UBS-HERO (877-827-4376) or visit www.bloodhe...More >>
  • Hub City man jailed on child abuse charge

    Hub City man jailed on child abuse charge

    Tuesday, September 12 2017 7:10 PM EDT2017-09-12 23:10:01 GMT
    London Wright Source: HPDLondon Wright Source: HPD

    A Hattiesburg man is behind bars facing a felony child abuse charge after a Monday incident in the Hub City. London Wright, 28, was arrested on Monday and charged with one count of felonious abuse or battery of a child. 

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    A Hattiesburg man is behind bars facing a felony child abuse charge after a Monday incident in the Hub City. London Wright, 28, was arrested on Monday and charged with one count of felonious abuse or battery of a child. 

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  • MS Ethics Commission opinion raises questions at Forrest County SO

    MS Ethics Commission opinion raises questions at Forrest County SO

    Tuesday, September 12 2017 6:17 PM EDT2017-09-12 22:17:46 GMT

    A recent opinion from the Mississippi Ethics Commission has raised questions for Forrest County Sheriff Billy McGee and his department regarding employing family members. In November 2016, Forrest County Sheriff’s Dept. Capt. Chief Investigator Nick Calico married Sheriff McGee’s daughter, making him the sheriff’s son-in-law. That direct link in the family is something that is specifically named in an advisory opinion published by the Mississipp...

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    A recent opinion from the Mississippi Ethics Commission has raised questions for Forrest County Sheriff Billy McGee and his department regarding employing family members. In November 2016, Forrest County Sheriff’s Dept. Capt. Chief Investigator Nick Calico married Sheriff McGee’s daughter, making him the sheriff’s son-in-law. That direct link in the family is something that is specifically named in an advisory opinion published by the Mississipp...

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  • Southern Miss Prism LGBTQ+ Resource Office opens

    Southern Miss Prism LGBTQ+ Resource Office opens

    Tuesday, September 12 2017 4:26 PM EDT2017-09-12 20:26:14 GMT

    The Prism LGBTQ+ Resource Office at the University of Southern Mississippi held its grand opening on Tuesday.

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    The Prism LGBTQ+ Resource Office at the University of Southern Mississippi held its grand opening on Tuesday.

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  • Ceremony to honor 9/11 victims held in Hattiesburg

    Ceremony to honor 9/11 victims held in Hattiesburg

    Tuesday, September 12 2017 3:37 PM EDT2017-09-12 19:37:49 GMT
    Photo Source: WDAMPhoto Source: WDAM

    The City of Hattiesburg paused to remember the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks Monday.

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    The City of Hattiesburg paused to remember the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks Monday.

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  • Sumrall man arrested for embezzlement

    Sumrall man arrested for embezzlement

    Tuesday, September 12 2017 3:35 PM EDT2017-09-12 19:35:46 GMT
    Brian Hudson. Source: AG's officeBrian Hudson. Source: AG's office
    Attorney General Jim Hood announced the arrest of a Sumrall man charged with embezzling money from his insurance customers. Brian Hudson, 30, turned himself into the Lamar County Sheriff's Office on Monday after being charged on two felony county each of wire fraud and embezzlement and one misdemeanor count each of embezzlement and uttering forgery, according to the AG's office.  According to the indictment, Hudson embezzled more than $34,000 while working as an insurance agent...More >>
    Attorney General Jim Hood announced the arrest of a Sumrall man charged with embezzling money from his insurance customers. Brian Hudson, 30, turned himself into the Lamar County Sheriff's Office on Monday after being charged on two felony county each of wire fraud and embezzlement and one misdemeanor count each of embezzlement and uttering forgery, according to the AG's office.  According to the indictment, Hudson embezzled more than $34,000 while working as an insurance agent...More >>
  • WDAM All-Star: JCJC's Harry Ballard

    WDAM All-Star: JCJC's Harry Ballard

    Tuesday, September 12 2017 12:38 AM EDT2017-09-12 04:38:13 GMT
    JCJC redshirt freshman wide receiver Harry Ballard. Courtesy: WDAMJCJC redshirt freshman wide receiver Harry Ballard. Courtesy: WDAM

    Jones County wide receiver Harry Ballard was forced to watch every game from the sideline last season, redshirting his freshman year. But Ballard is back in a Bobcat uniform this season, enjoying every second of action.

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    Jones County wide receiver Harry Ballard was forced to watch every game from the sideline last season, redshirting his freshman year. But Ballard is back in a Bobcat uniform this season, enjoying every second of action.

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  • USM freshmen seeing the football field

    USM freshmen seeing the football field

    Tuesday, September 12 2017 12:17 AM EDT2017-09-12 04:17:29 GMT
    USM head football coach Jay Hopson. Courtesy: WDAMUSM head football coach Jay Hopson. Courtesy: WDAM

    For the better of the spring and summer, University of Southern Mississippi’s football coaches insisted that youth would be served during the 2107 season. They weren’t kidding. According to the participation list from Saturday’s 45-0 victory over Southern University, 20 freshmen or redshirt freshmen appeared against the Jaguars.

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    For the better of the spring and summer, University of Southern Mississippi’s football coaches insisted that youth would be served during the 2107 season. They weren’t kidding. According to the participation list from Saturday’s 45-0 victory over Southern University, 20 freshmen or redshirt freshmen appeared against the Jaguars.

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  • PRCC Rodeo hosts event in Hattiesburg

    PRCC Rodeo hosts event in Hattiesburg

    Tuesday, September 12 2017 12:10 AM EDT2017-09-12 04:10:57 GMT
    PRCC. Courtesy: WDAMPRCC. Courtesy: WDAM

    Pearl River Community College Rodeo is set to host its first event this week at the J. Lynn Cartlidge Multi-Purpose Center in Hattiesburg. Thirteen teams from the Ozark Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association will compete in the rodeo that begins Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and runs through Saturday.

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    Pearl River Community College Rodeo is set to host its first event this week at the J. Lynn Cartlidge Multi-Purpose Center in Hattiesburg. Thirteen teams from the Ozark Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association will compete in the rodeo that begins Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and runs through Saturday.

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  • JCJC football travels to Coahoma on Thursday

    JCJC football travels to Coahoma on Thursday

    Tuesday, September 12 2017 12:02 AM EDT2017-09-12 04:02:06 GMT
    JCJC head football coach Steve Buckley. Courtesy: WDAMJCJC head football coach Steve Buckley. Courtesy: WDAM

    After falling to No. 2 East Mississippi in week one, Jones County Junior College bounced back with a 51-10 win over Mississippi Delta in week two. The Bobcats dominated in all three phases of the game, even limiting the Trojans to just five yards rushing.

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    After falling to No. 2 East Mississippi in week one, Jones County Junior College bounced back with a 51-10 win over Mississippi Delta in week two. The Bobcats dominated in all three phases of the game, even limiting the Trojans to just five yards rushing.

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  • Operation Veteran Homes Renovation helps Hattiesburg veterans

    Operation Veteran Homes Renovation helps Hattiesburg veterans

    Monday, September 11 2017 11:15 PM EDT2017-09-12 03:15:11 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    National groups are joining together in Hattiesburg to help veterans make improvements around their homes. 

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    National groups are joining together in Hattiesburg to help veterans make improvements around their homes. 

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  • Suspect arraigned in connection to HPD slayings

    Suspect arraigned in connection to HPD slayings

    Monday, September 11 2017 2:57 PM EDT2017-09-11 18:57:12 GMT
    Abram FranklinAbram Franklin
    A Lamar County man appeared in court Monday afternoon for his alleged role in the shooting deaths of two Hattiesburg police officers. Abram Wade "Pete" Franklin, who is charged with one count of hindering prosecution, waived his arraignment before Judge William Andrews during his court appearance. He was appointed Austen Silkman as his attorney and was set on the docket to appear before Judge Prentiss Harrell on Oct. 9th. Abram is one of nine people charged in c...More >>
    A Lamar County man appeared in court Monday afternoon for his alleged role in the shooting deaths of two Hattiesburg police officers. Abram Wade "Pete" Franklin, who is charged with one count of hindering prosecution, waived his arraignment before Judge William Andrews during his court appearance. He was appointed Austen Silkman as his attorney and was set on the docket to appear before Judge Prentiss Harrell on Oct. 9th. Abram is one of nine people charged in c...More >>
  • Lamar Co. authorities searching for missing man

    Lamar Co. authorities searching for missing man

    Monday, September 11 2017 1:37 PM EDT2017-09-11 17:37:10 GMT
    Timothy R. BoshartTimothy R. Boshart

    Lamar County authorities are asking the public for help locating a missing man. Timothy R. Boshart, 33, was last seen on Sunday, Sept. 3, in the Purvis areas. Boshart is listed as 5'10, 200 pounds. If you have any information please call 601-794-8610. Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved. 

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    Lamar County authorities are asking the public for help locating a missing man. Timothy R. Boshart, 33, was last seen on Sunday, Sept. 3, in the Purvis areas. Boshart is listed as 5'10, 200 pounds. If you have any information please call 601-794-8610. Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved. 

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  • Investigators reveal new information in Forrest County kidnapping investigation

    Investigators reveal new information in Forrest County kidnapping investigation

    Monday, September 11 2017 1:35 PM EDT2017-09-11 17:35:22 GMT
    More information released. Photo credit WDAMMore information released. Photo credit WDAM

    More information is being released into the kidnapping investigation of Angelica Dulas, and the death of Christopher Dulas.

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    More information is being released into the kidnapping investigation of Angelica Dulas, and the death of Christopher Dulas.

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  • Road closure scheduled to begin Tuesday for construction

    Road closure scheduled to begin Tuesday for construction

    Monday, September 11 2017 1:13 PM EDT2017-09-11 17:13:44 GMT
    Source: City of HattiesburgSource: City of Hattiesburg
    Beginning Tuesday morning, the turn lanes at North 31st and Hardy Street will be temporarily closed so the City of Hattiesburg can install new water lines for the District at Midtown.  The City estimates the closure to last roughly two-to-three weeks and want to emphasize that it is just the turn lanes that will be closed. The Hardy Street turns into Bancorp South and Jr. Food Mart will not be closed, but Westbound traffic is encouraged to use North 30th Avenue for campus acces...More >>
    Beginning Tuesday morning, the turn lanes at North 31st and Hardy Street will be temporarily closed so the City of Hattiesburg can install new water lines for the District at Midtown.  The City estimates the closure to last roughly two-to-three weeks and want to emphasize that it is just the turn lanes that will be closed. The Hardy Street turns into Bancorp South and Jr. Food Mart will not be closed, but Westbound traffic is encouraged to use North 30th Avenue for campus acces...More >>
  • Only 12 voter precincts open for Tuesday's special election

    Only 12 voter precincts open for Tuesday's special election

    Monday, September 11 2017 12:49 PM EDT2017-09-11 16:49:55 GMT

    Forrest County District 5 election commissioner wants to clear up some confusion regarding voter precincts before Tuesday's special election for the House District 102 seat.  "Please check your (voter registration) card because not everybody in those precincts vote for 102," said District 5 commissioner Sue Polk. "They are what we call split districts, so please check your voter card before going to the precinct because you may be wasting a trip." There...

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    Forrest County District 5 election commissioner wants to clear up some confusion regarding voter precincts before Tuesday's special election for the House District 102 seat.  "Please check your (voter registration) card because not everybody in those precincts vote for 102," said District 5 commissioner Sue Polk. "They are what we call split districts, so please check your voter card before going to the precinct because you may be wasting a trip." There...

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  • City of Hattiesburg opens up homes to storm victims

    City of Hattiesburg opens up homes to storm victims

    Monday, September 11 2017 9:22 AM EDT2017-09-11 13:22:03 GMT
    City of Hattiesburg FacebookCity of Hattiesburg Facebook

    The City of Hattiesburg is currently working on ways to accommodate victims of Hurricane Irma.

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    The City of Hattiesburg is currently working on ways to accommodate victims of Hurricane Irma.

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  • Traffic delay on I-59 in Hattiesburg

    Traffic delay on I-59 in Hattiesburg

    Monday, September 11 2017 8:21 AM EDT2017-09-11 12:21:46 GMT
    Source: RNNSource: RNN

    MDOT reports  a crash on Interstate 59 past Highway 49 South at exit 67A in Hattiesburg.  

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    MDOT reports  a crash on Interstate 59 past Highway 49 South at exit 67A in Hattiesburg.  

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  • T'Rod Daniels shows off speed in USM's win

    T'Rod Daniels shows off speed in USM's win

    Monday, September 11 2017 1:28 AM EDT2017-09-11 05:28:57 GMT
    T'Rod Daniels scored his first touchdown at USM in Saturday's win over Southern. Courtesy: WDAMT'Rod Daniels scored his first touchdown at USM in Saturday's win over Southern. Courtesy: WDAM

    "T'Rod [Daniels] is fast," said USM senior running back Ito Smith. "He kind of reminds me of myself but he's just faster than me." "Man, that's about the fastest guy I've ever seen," said USM junior linebacker Jeremy Sangster. "He is 'shwoo.' That's all I can say: 'shwoo.'" The Golden Eagles have talked about the speed of newcomer T'Rod Daniels all offseason long.

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    "T'Rod [Daniels] is fast," said USM senior running back Ito Smith. "He kind of reminds me of myself but he's just faster than me." "Man, that's about the fastest guy I've ever seen," said USM junior linebacker Jeremy Sangster. "He is 'shwoo.' That's all I can say: 'shwoo.'" The Golden Eagles have talked about the speed of newcomer T'Rod Daniels all offseason long.

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  • USM defense scores two touchdowns in Southern win

    USM defense scores two touchdowns in Southern win

    Monday, September 11 2017 1:02 AM EDT2017-09-11 05:02:17 GMT
    Xavier Thigpen (32) celebrates after recovering a fumble for a touchdown in USM's 45-0 win over Southern. Courtesy: WDAMXavier Thigpen (32) celebrates after recovering a fumble for a touchdown in USM's 45-0 win over Southern. Courtesy: WDAM

    When the Southern Miss box score reads 45-0, it's easy to see the Golden Eagle offense was productive in Saturday's win over Southern. However, the USM defense played just as pivotal, if not more significant, of a role on Saturday.

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    When the Southern Miss box score reads 45-0, it's easy to see the Golden Eagle offense was productive in Saturday's win over Southern. However, the USM defense played just as pivotal, if not more significant, of a role on Saturday.

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  • Kwadra Griggs efficient in first USM start

    Kwadra Griggs efficient in first USM start

    Monday, September 11 2017 12:39 AM EDT2017-09-11 04:39:56 GMT
    USM junior quarterback Kwadra Griggs. Courtesy: WDAMUSM junior quarterback Kwadra Griggs. Courtesy: WDAM

    Kwadra Griggs had already played a full half against Kentucky, so when he made his first start for Southern Miss in Saturday's win over Southern, Griggs felt a lot more comfortable.

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    Kwadra Griggs had already played a full half against Kentucky, so when he made his first start for Southern Miss in Saturday's win over Southern, Griggs felt a lot more comfortable.

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  • Pine Belt volunteers will take part in Monday's National Day of Service

    Pine Belt volunteers will take part in Monday's National Day of Service

    Sunday, September 10 2017 7:04 PM EDT2017-09-10 23:04:57 GMT
    National Day of Service volunteer projects in the Hattiesburg area are being coordinated by Volunteer Southeast Mississippi. Photo credit WDAM.National Day of Service volunteer projects in the Hattiesburg area are being coordinated by Volunteer Southeast Mississippi. Photo credit WDAM.

    Many people in the Hattiesburg area will honor the heroes of the 9/11 terrorist attacks by volunteering as part of Monday's National Day of Service.  

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    Many people in the Hattiesburg area will honor the heroes of the 9/11 terrorist attacks by volunteering as part of Monday's National Day of Service.  

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  • Pine Belt ceremonies to honor heroes of 9/11 attacks

    Pine Belt ceremonies to honor heroes of 9/11 attacks

    Sunday, September 10 2017 6:42 PM EDT2017-09-10 22:42:25 GMT
    An annual 9/11 ceremony in Hattiesburg will begin with the ringing of a bell at 8:40 a.m. That is when the first of two hijacked planes hit the World Trade Center. Photo credit WDAM.An annual 9/11 ceremony in Hattiesburg will begin with the ringing of a bell at 8:40 a.m. That is when the first of two hijacked planes hit the World Trade Center. Photo credit WDAM.

    The Pine Belt will be honoring the heroes of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on Monday.  

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    The Pine Belt will be honoring the heroes of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on Monday.  

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  • Mississippi Power linemen, engineers headed to Irma-affected areas

    Mississippi Power linemen, engineers headed to Irma-affected areas

    Sunday, September 10 2017 6:28 PM EDT2017-09-10 22:28:19 GMT
    Mississippi Power Company trucks prepare to leave for the Macon, Georgia area Sunday morning. Photo credit WDAM.Mississippi Power Company trucks prepare to leave for the Macon, Georgia area Sunday morning. Photo credit WDAM.

    Employees of Mississippi Power Company will be pitching in to help restore power in areas affected by Hurricane Irma.  

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    Employees of Mississippi Power Company will be pitching in to help restore power in areas affected by Hurricane Irma.  

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  • Missing teen Freeman remembered on anniversary of her disappearance

    Missing teen Freeman remembered on anniversary of her disappearance

    Sunday, September 10 2017 6:00 PM EDT2017-09-10 22:00:19 GMT
    Angela Freeman was 17 when she disappeared on Sept. 10, 1993. Photo from Freeman family.Angela Freeman was 17 when she disappeared on Sept. 10, 1993. Photo from Freeman family.

    Family and friends of a Petal girl who's been missing for 24 years gathered with local law enforcement Sunday afternoon to mark the anniversary of her disappearance.  

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    Family and friends of a Petal girl who's been missing for 24 years gathered with local law enforcement Sunday afternoon to mark the anniversary of her disappearance.  

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  • Special Olympics Fall Games held in Oak Grove

    Special Olympics Fall Games held in Oak Grove

    Saturday, September 9 2017 8:27 PM EDT2017-09-10 00:27:57 GMT
    The Special Olympics Fall Games for the Hub City Region were held at Oak Grove High School Saturday. Photo credit WDAM.The Special Olympics Fall Games for the Hub City Region were held at Oak Grove High School Saturday. Photo credit WDAM.

    Dozens of athletes gathered in Lamar County Saturday morning for sports like softball, soccer and football.   

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    Dozens of athletes gathered in Lamar County Saturday morning for sports like softball, soccer and football.   

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  • Petal business destroyed by tornado reopens with ribbon cutting

    Petal business destroyed by tornado reopens with ribbon cutting

    Saturday, September 9 2017 7:50 PM EDT2017-09-09 23:50:57 GMT
    A ribbon is cut Saturday to formally open Petal's FIG Boutique. Photo credit WDAM.A ribbon is cut Saturday to formally open Petal's FIG Boutique. Photo credit WDAM.

    A Petal business destroyed in a tornado earlier this year has officially reopened at a new location and with a new name.  

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    A Petal business destroyed in a tornado earlier this year has officially reopened at a new location and with a new name.  

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  • Shelby serving as staging area for aircraft moved from hurricane path

    Shelby serving as staging area for aircraft moved from hurricane path

    Saturday, September 9 2017 7:25 PM EDT2017-09-09 23:25:18 GMT
    37 helicopters from the Army's 110th Aviation Training Brigade at Fort Rucker, Alabama have been temporarily relocated to Camp Shelby until Hurricane Irma passes. Photo credit Miss. National Guard.37 helicopters from the Army's 110th Aviation Training Brigade at Fort Rucker, Alabama have been temporarily relocated to Camp Shelby until Hurricane Irma passes. Photo credit Miss. National Guard.

    Camp Shelby is one of three sites in Mississippi being used as staging areas for Army aircraft that have been moved out of the potential path of Hurricane Irma.  

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    Camp Shelby is one of three sites in Mississippi being used as staging areas for Army aircraft that have been moved out of the potential path of Hurricane Irma.  

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  • Heidelberg Oilers off to 3-1 start

    Heidelberg Oilers off to 3-1 start

    Saturday, September 9 2017 4:55 PM EDT2017-09-09 20:55:25 GMT
    Heidelberg beat Wilkinson County 34-0 on Friday. Courtesy: WTOKHeidelberg beat Wilkinson County 34-0 on Friday. Courtesy: WTOK

    Heidelberg has returned from its 2016 third-round playoff exit with vengeance. The Oilers are off to a 3-1 start after beating Wilkinson County 34-0 on Friday.

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    Heidelberg has returned from its 2016 third-round playoff exit with vengeance. The Oilers are off to a 3-1 start after beating Wilkinson County 34-0 on Friday.

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  • Saturday is deadline to vote absentee in Dist.102 special election

    Friday, September 8 2017 6:37 PM EDT2017-09-08 22:37:21 GMT
    Voters can cast absentee ballots for the House Dist. 102 special election from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday at the Forrest County Courthouse. Photo credit WDAM.Voters can cast absentee ballots for the House Dist. 102 special election from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday at the Forrest County Courthouse. Photo credit WDAM.

    You have just one more day to cast an absentee ballot in Tuesday's special election for the State House District 102.   

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    You have just one more day to cast an absentee ballot in Tuesday's special election for the State House District 102.   

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  • Human Jukebox, The Pride to join for Halftime finale

    Human Jukebox, The Pride to join for Halftime finale

    Friday, September 8 2017 4:43 PM EDT2017-09-08 20:43:00 GMT
    Source: The Pride of Mississippi Marching Band FacebookSource: The Pride of Mississippi Marching Band Facebook

    The Southern University and University of Southern Mississippi football teams may be battling on the field Saturday night, but the schools' bands plan to come together for a special halftime performance.  The Human Jukebox of Southern and The Pride of Mississippi will unite for an epic halftime finale at M.M. Roberts Stadium when they join to perform "America the Beautiful." Dr. Colin McKenzie, director of The Pride, approached the Human Jukebox director Pro...

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    The Southern University and University of Southern Mississippi football teams may be battling on the field Saturday night, but the schools' bands plan to come together for a special halftime performance.  The Human Jukebox of Southern and The Pride of Mississippi will unite for an epic halftime finale at M.M. Roberts Stadium when they join to perform "America the Beautiful." Dr. Colin McKenzie, director of The Pride, approached the Human Jukebox director Pro...

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  • Hattiesburg Junior Auxiliary to create Olympic Village for special athletes

    Hattiesburg Junior Auxiliary to create Olympic Village for special athletes

    Friday, September 8 2017 4:37 PM EDT2017-09-08 20:37:28 GMT

    The Junior Auxiliary of Hattiesburg will host its first Olympic Village for athletes of the Hub City Special Olympics fall games.  The game are scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 9 at the Oak Grove High School football stadium. 

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    The Junior Auxiliary of Hattiesburg will host its first Olympic Village for athletes of the Hub City Special Olympics fall games.  The game are scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 9 at the Oak Grove High School football stadium. 

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  • Hub City employees could see pay raises soon

    Hub City employees could see pay raises soon

    Friday, September 8 2017 3:55 PM EDT2017-09-08 19:55:08 GMT
    Hattiesburg City Hall. Source: WDAMHattiesburg City Hall. Source: WDAM
    Some employees in the city of Hattiesburg could soon see a pay raise, depending on a decision by the City Council. Hattiesburg Chief Administrative Officer Ann Jones presented a breakdown of pay raises for Water and Sewer, Public Works, Parks and Recreation employees to members of the city council. “Our goal is for the city employees, that this is not just a job, we want to make this a career,” Jones said. “In working with our employees, we want to create...More >>
    Some employees in the city of Hattiesburg could soon see a pay raise, depending on a decision by the City Council. Hattiesburg Chief Administrative Officer Ann Jones presented a breakdown of pay raises for Water and Sewer, Public Works, Parks and Recreation employees to members of the city council. “Our goal is for the city employees, that this is not just a job, we want to make this a career,” Jones said. “In working with our employees, we want to create...More >>
  • Multiple accidents shut down I-59

    Multiple accidents shut down I-59

    Friday, September 8 2017 2:31 PM EDT2017-09-08 18:31:19 GMT
    Source: Jones County Fire CouncilSource: Jones County Fire Council
    On Thursday afternoon three separate accidents occurred within 100 yards of each other on I-59 in Jones County.  Moselle, South Jones and Southwest Jones Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the accidents involving six vehicles near mile marker 78, according to a Jones County Fire Council press release. Soon the entire northbound lane of I-59 was shut down as crews worked to clear the wrecks.  The vehicles involved in the accident were two 18 wheeler...More >>
    On Thursday afternoon three separate accidents occurred within 100 yards of each other on I-59 in Jones County.  Moselle, South Jones and Southwest Jones Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the accidents involving six vehicles near mile marker 78, according to a Jones County Fire Council press release. Soon the entire northbound lane of I-59 was shut down as crews worked to clear the wrecks.  The vehicles involved in the accident were two 18 wheeler...More >>
  • Father sentenced for failing to pay child support

    Father sentenced for failing to pay child support

    Friday, September 8 2017 1:09 PM EDT2017-09-08 17:09:26 GMT
    Abdalrahim Shadi HasainAbdalrahim Shadi Hasain
    The Attorney General's office announced the sentencing of a father that failed to pay child support for his daughter on the Mississippi Coast. Abdalrahim Shadi Hasain, 38, of Memphis, was sentenced to five years in MDOC custody for failing to pay over $23,000 in child support. Hasain, who was previously convicted of aggravated assault in Okitibbeha County, must serve four years with one year of post-release supervision. He must also pay over $23,000 in restitution, according to a pre...More >>
    The Attorney General's office announced the sentencing of a father that failed to pay child support for his daughter on the Mississippi Coast. Abdalrahim Shadi Hasain, 38, of Memphis, was sentenced to five years in MDOC custody for failing to pay over $23,000 in child support. Hasain, who was previously convicted of aggravated assault in Okitibbeha County, must serve four years with one year of post-release supervision. He must also pay over $23,000 in restitution, according to a pre...More >>
  • Another suspect pleads guilty in HPD officer slayings

    Another suspect pleads guilty in HPD officer slayings

    Friday, September 8 2017 12:09 PM EDT2017-09-08 16:09:11 GMT
    CORNELIUS CLARKCORNELIUS CLARK

    Another suspect pleaded guilty this morning for his role in the shooting deaths of two Hattiesburg police officers.  Cornelius Clark pleaded guilty to hindering prosecution for his role in the May 2015 shooting deaths of officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate.  Clark was sentenced to five years, with only two to serve on house arrest and the remaining three on post-release supervision.  Clark was in the backseat of the vehicle during the traffic stop when the that a...

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    Another suspect pleaded guilty this morning for his role in the shooting deaths of two Hattiesburg police officers.  Cornelius Clark pleaded guilty to hindering prosecution for his role in the May 2015 shooting deaths of officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate.  Clark was sentenced to five years, with only two to serve on house arrest and the remaining three on post-release supervision.  Clark was in the backseat of the vehicle during the traffic stop when the that a...

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  • JCJC routs Mississippi Delta 51-10

    JCJC routs Mississippi Delta 51-10

    Friday, September 8 2017 12:07 AM EDT2017-09-08 04:07:10 GMT
    JCJC running backs Rashaud Green (20), Scott Phillips (22) and head coach Steve Buckley. Courtesy: WDAMJCJC running backs Rashaud Green (20), Scott Phillips (22) and head coach Steve Buckley. Courtesy: WDAM

    Jones County Junior College bounced back from its season-opening loss in profound fashion. After giving up a field goal to Mississippi Delta in the opening minutes, JCJC scored 51 unanswered points en route to a 51-10 win over the Trojans. The Bobcats rushed for 207 yards while holding Mississippi Delta to just eight yards on the ground. JCJC (1-1) visits Coahoma next Thursday at 7 p.m.

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    Jones County Junior College bounced back from its season-opening loss in profound fashion. After giving up a field goal to Mississippi Delta in the opening minutes, JCJC scored 51 unanswered points en route to a 51-10 win over the Trojans. The Bobcats rushed for 207 yards while holding Mississippi Delta to just eight yards on the ground. JCJC (1-1) visits Coahoma next Thursday at 7 p.m.

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  • PRCC falls to 5th-ranked Northwest

    PRCC falls to 5th-ranked Northwest

    Thursday, September 7 2017 11:54 PM EDT2017-09-08 03:54:52 GMT
    PRCC head coach Ted Egger. Courtesy: WDAMPRCC head coach Ted Egger. Courtesy: WDAM

    Pearl River Community College couldn't pull off its second-straight upset win. A week removed from their 27-21 win over ninth-ranked Northeast, the Wildcats fell to fifth-ranked Nortwest 34-21 on Thursday. The Rangers jumped out to a 27-0 lead in the second quarter when Quarderman Sloan rushed eight yards to the end zone.

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    Pearl River Community College couldn't pull off its second-straight upset win. A week removed from their 27-21 win over ninth-ranked Northeast, the Wildcats fell to fifth-ranked Nortwest 34-21 on Thursday. The Rangers jumped out to a 27-0 lead in the second quarter when Quarderman Sloan rushed eight yards to the end zone.

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  • City Council approves tax increase for Hub City

    City Council approves tax increase for Hub City

    Thursday, September 7 2017 11:01 PM EDT2017-09-08 03:01:55 GMT
    Hattiesburg City Council voted unanimously to approve tax increase. Photo credit: WDAMHattiesburg City Council voted unanimously to approve tax increase. Photo credit: WDAM
    The Hattiesburg City Council voted unanimously to approve a 3-mill tax increase for the Hub City. The decision was made Thursday evening in a special-called meeting at Hattiesburg City Hall, all in efforts to help fund aspects of public safety. “It takes a look at the needs that we have right now, needs that have existed for several years, to finally meet those,” said Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker. Those needs are a new fire station on U.S. 49 North, a new police s...More >>
    The Hattiesburg City Council voted unanimously to approve a 3-mill tax increase for the Hub City. The decision was made Thursday evening in a special-called meeting at Hattiesburg City Hall, all in efforts to help fund aspects of public safety. “It takes a look at the needs that we have right now, needs that have existed for several years, to finally meet those,” said Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker. Those needs are a new fire station on U.S. 49 North, a new police s...More >>
  • USM Police reminding students about crosswalk safety after car/bicycle accident

    USM Police reminding students about crosswalk safety after car/bicycle accident

    Thursday, September 7 2017 8:51 PM EDT2017-09-08 00:51:51 GMT
    A USM student received minor injuries Thursday when he was hit by a car while riding his bicycle through this crosswalk on Golden Eagle Avenue. Photo credit WDAM.A USM student received minor injuries Thursday when he was hit by a car while riding his bicycle through this crosswalk on Golden Eagle Avenue. Photo credit WDAM.

    University of Southern Mississippi police officials are reminding cyclists about the rules of the road when it comes to riding through campus crosswalks.   

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    University of Southern Mississippi police officials are reminding cyclists about the rules of the road when it comes to riding through campus crosswalks.   

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  • Hattiesburg-Oak Grove meet in battle of unbeatens

    Hattiesburg-Oak Grove meet in battle of unbeatens

    Thursday, September 7 2017 7:33 PM EDT2017-09-07 23:33:31 GMT
    In any given football season, Hattiesburg High School squaring off against Oak Grove High School looms large, from the field to the gate to the grocery store. “It’s always a good game for both schools,” Oak Grove coach Drew Causey said. “It’s going to be fun.” Friday’s renewal of the cross-town rivalry carries even more cachet this season. Both will come into D.I. Patrick Stadium at 7 p.m. unbeaten, sporting gaudy offensive numbers and rank...More >>
    In any given football season, Hattiesburg High School squaring off against Oak Grove High School looms large, from the field to the gate to the grocery store. “It’s always a good game for both schools,” Oak Grove coach Drew Causey said. “It’s going to be fun.” Friday’s renewal of the cross-town rivalry carries even more cachet this season. Both will come into D.I. Patrick Stadium at 7 p.m. unbeaten, sporting gaudy offensive numbers and rank...More >>
  • Grand Jury hears Sinclair investigation, more documents requested

    Grand Jury hears Sinclair investigation, more documents requested

    Thursday, September 7 2017 6:51 PM EDT2017-09-07 22:51:32 GMT
    Katherine SinclairKatherine Sinclair

    A Jones County grand jury heard evidence for over seven hours on Thursday in the death investigation of Katherine Sinclair, according to District Attorney Tony Buckley.  "They voted to come back in 30 more days as they requested some records we don't have and haven't subpoenaed yet," Buckley said.  Buckley said they will get the records that the grand jury asked for and it will be presented in the timeline that they voted on.  Sinclair died from a...

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    A Jones County grand jury heard evidence for over seven hours on Thursday in the death investigation of Katherine Sinclair, according to District Attorney Tony Buckley.  "They voted to come back in 30 more days as they requested some records we don't have and haven't subpoenaed yet," Buckley said.  Buckley said they will get the records that the grand jury asked for and it will be presented in the timeline that they voted on.  Sinclair died from a...

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  • Accident near Bouie Bridge slows traffic on I-59

    Accident near Bouie Bridge slows traffic on I-59

    Thursday, September 7 2017 5:51 PM EDT2017-09-07 21:51:40 GMT
    Source: MDOT TrafficSource: MDOT Traffic

    A Thursday afternoon accident in Forrest County has slowed traffic on I-59. The incident occurred near the Bouie Bridge and has slowed traffic in Northbound lanes of I-59, according to MDOT Traffic.  MDOT estimates the traffic delay to last approximately 30 minutes. This is a developing story. Stay with WDAM for the latest updates. 

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    A Thursday afternoon accident in Forrest County has slowed traffic on I-59. The incident occurred near the Bouie Bridge and has slowed traffic in Northbound lanes of I-59, according to MDOT Traffic.  MDOT estimates the traffic delay to last approximately 30 minutes. This is a developing story. Stay with WDAM for the latest updates. 

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  • Habitat for Humanity opens "Re-Store" in Hattiesburg

    Habitat for Humanity opens "Re-Store" in Hattiesburg

    Thursday, September 7 2017 5:40 PM EDT2017-09-07 21:40:16 GMT
    The Hattiesburg Area Habitat for Humanity now has a place where folks can donate items used in home repair and construction. The storefront is called the "Re-Store" and is located at 1129 Hardy Street. It allows folks to buy new and slightly used building supplies for their home with the proceeds going toward the nonprofit. "As a nonprofit we need all of the help that we can get to make our mission possible," said Maggie Reynolds, Outreach Manager for t...More >>
    The Hattiesburg Area Habitat for Humanity now has a place where folks can donate items used in home repair and construction. The storefront is called the "Re-Store" and is located at 1129 Hardy Street. It allows folks to buy new and slightly used building supplies for their home with the proceeds going toward the nonprofit. "As a nonprofit we need all of the help that we can get to make our mission possible," said Maggie Reynolds, Outreach Manager for t...More >>
  • Traffic delay on I-59 in Jones County after crash

    Traffic delay on I-59 in Jones County after crash

    Thursday, September 7 2017 5:31 PM EDT2017-09-07 21:31:54 GMT
    Source: MDOT TrafficSource: MDOT Traffic
    All northbound lanes on I-59 in Jones County are blocked after a Thursday afternoon wreck.  The incident occurred past the Sanford Road Exit 78 and has a high traffic impact as the scene is cleared. MDOT estimates the traffic delay to last approximately 55 minutes.  The Mississippi Highway Patrol is on scene and diverting traffic off on Exit 69 Evelyn Gandy Parkway. The Forrest County Sheriff's Dept. is also on the scene. This is a developing story. Stay with WDAM fo...More >>
    All northbound lanes on I-59 in Jones County are blocked after a Thursday afternoon wreck.  The incident occurred past the Sanford Road Exit 78 and has a high traffic impact as the scene is cleared. MDOT estimates the traffic delay to last approximately 55 minutes.  The Mississippi Highway Patrol is on scene and diverting traffic off on Exit 69 Evelyn Gandy Parkway. The Forrest County Sheriff's Dept. is also on the scene. This is a developing story. Stay with WDAM fo...More >>
  • United Way kicks off "CANpaign" Drive

    Thursday, September 7 2017 4:24 PM EDT2017-09-07 20:24:44 GMT
    Photo Source: WDAMPhoto Source: WDAM

    United Way of Southeast Mississippi held it's CANpaign Kickoff Thursday. 

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    United Way of Southeast Mississippi held it's CANpaign Kickoff Thursday. 

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  • Secretary of State announces "Y'all Vote" tool

    Secretary of State announces "Y'all Vote" tool

    Thursday, September 7 2017 4:16 PM EDT2017-09-07 20:16:46 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    Mississippi residents now have a way to verify that they are registered to vote and find out where to vote thanks to a resource from the Mississippi Secretary of State's office.  The feature "Y'all Vote," was announced by SOS Delbert Hosemann's office on Thursday and can be found at www.yallvote.sos.ms.gov. The website also encourages registered voters who have recently moved to another part of the state to update their registration.  "Our mil...

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    Mississippi residents now have a way to verify that they are registered to vote and find out where to vote thanks to a resource from the Mississippi Secretary of State's office.  The feature "Y'all Vote," was announced by SOS Delbert Hosemann's office on Thursday and can be found at www.yallvote.sos.ms.gov. The website also encourages registered voters who have recently moved to another part of the state to update their registration.  "Our mil...

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  • Man charged with armed robbery in Hub City

    Man charged with armed robbery in Hub City

    Thursday, September 7 2017 1:18 PM EDT2017-09-07 17:18:57 GMT
    Kunta Kidd. Source: HPDKunta Kidd. Source: HPD

    A man has been charged with two counts of armed robbery in the Hub City.  

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    A man has been charged with two counts of armed robbery in the Hub City.  

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  • Pink Up: Hattiesburg breast cancer survivor keeps fighting for others

    Pink Up: Hattiesburg breast cancer survivor keeps fighting for others

    Thursday, September 7 2017 12:20 PM EDT2017-09-07 16:20:48 GMT
    (Source: Sheila Easterlin)(Source: Sheila Easterlin)

    From the day Sheila Easterlin was diagnosed with Breast Cancer until the day she went into remission, it has been a journey of good and bad days. 

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    From the day Sheila Easterlin was diagnosed with Breast Cancer until the day she went into remission, it has been a journey of good and bad days. 

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  • breaking

    Lumberton man dies in Lamar Co. wreck

    Lumberton man dies in Lamar Co. wreck

    Thursday, September 7 2017 11:30 AM EDT2017-09-07 15:30:52 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    A Lumberton man lost his life in an accident Thursday morning.  

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    A Lumberton man lost his life in an accident Thursday morning.  

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  • CONSUMER ALERT: AG Hood Warns Drivers of Resale on Flood-Damaged Vehicles

    CONSUMER ALERT: AG Hood Warns Drivers of Resale on Flood-Damaged Vehicles

    Thursday, September 7 2017 10:29 AM EDT2017-09-07 14:29:17 GMT

    Attorney General Jim Hood is warning Mississippians of the possibility of the sale of flood-damaged vehicles after recent storms in Texas and Louisiana.  

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    Attorney General Jim Hood is warning Mississippians of the possibility of the sale of flood-damaged vehicles after recent storms in Texas and Louisiana.  

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  • Habitat for Humanity announces Hub City Restore grand opening

    Habitat for Humanity announces Hub City Restore grand opening

    Thursday, September 7 2017 10:23 AM EDT2017-09-07 14:23:03 GMT
    Hattiesburg Area Habitat for Humanity. Source: WDAMHattiesburg Area Habitat for Humanity. Source: WDAM

    Hattiesburg Area Habitat for Humanity announced the grand opening of  Hub City ReStore. 

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    Hattiesburg Area Habitat for Humanity announced the grand opening of  Hub City ReStore. 

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  • Mayor Barker proposes tax increase for Hub City

    Mayor Barker proposes tax increase for Hub City

    Wednesday, September 6 2017 8:24 PM EDT2017-09-07 00:24:01 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM
    The City of Hattiesburg could see a tax increase to meet public safety needs and avoid higher insurance premiums on homes and businesses. Mayor Toby Barker is requesting a 3-mill tax increase for the Hub City to help fund a new fire station, police station and adjoining municipal court.  “A 3 mill increase means about $30 to $35 on a $100 thousand house,” Barker said. “However, a silver lining is that if you live in the Hattiesburg Public School...More >>
    The City of Hattiesburg could see a tax increase to meet public safety needs and avoid higher insurance premiums on homes and businesses. Mayor Toby Barker is requesting a 3-mill tax increase for the Hub City to help fund a new fire station, police station and adjoining municipal court.  “A 3 mill increase means about $30 to $35 on a $100 thousand house,” Barker said. “However, a silver lining is that if you live in the Hattiesburg Public School...More >>
  • One person arrested following multi-car accident on Hwy 49

    One person arrested following multi-car accident on Hwy 49

    Wednesday, September 6 2017 8:12 PM EDT2017-09-07 00:12:29 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM
    Hattiesburg police responded to a multiple-car accident on Highway 49 Wednesday afternoon.  The accident occurred around 4:30 p.m. on Hwy 49 northbound in front of the PRCC Hattiesburg campus. Traffic was blocked in both directions as the accident was cleared.  According to HPD PIO LaTosha Myers-Mitchell, officers arrested a 37-year-old male charged with DUI. He was taken to the Forrest County jail, and the other drivers involved refused transportation by ambulance.  ...More >>
    Hattiesburg police responded to a multiple-car accident on Highway 49 Wednesday afternoon.  The accident occurred around 4:30 p.m. on Hwy 49 northbound in front of the PRCC Hattiesburg campus. Traffic was blocked in both directions as the accident was cleared.  According to HPD PIO LaTosha Myers-Mitchell, officers arrested a 37-year-old male charged with DUI. He was taken to the Forrest County jail, and the other drivers involved refused transportation by ambulance.  ...More >>
  • Brothers in blue join slain officer's son for lunch with dad day

    Brothers in blue join slain officer's son for lunch with dad day

    Wednesday, September 6 2017 7:41 PM EDT2017-09-06 23:41:22 GMT
    Source: Hattiesburg Police Department Facebook pageSource: Hattiesburg Police Department Facebook page

    Wednesday was "Bring your father to lunch day" for a local school, but sadly, one father was not able to come.  Hattiesburg Police Officer Benjamin Deen was killed in the line of duty over two years ago. But Walker did not go through the day alone.  HPD officers Lt. Harris Tapp and officer Chad Young joined their "little brother" for the lunch.  Hattiesburg Police Department (Official)

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    Wednesday was "Bring your father to lunch day" for a local school, but sadly, one father was not able to come.  Hattiesburg Police Officer Benjamin Deen was killed in the line of duty over two years ago. But Walker did not go through the day alone.  HPD officers Lt. Harris Tapp and officer Chad Young joined their "little brother" for the lunch.  Hattiesburg Police Department (Official)

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  • Armed Forces Museum director Daniels leaving after 18 years

    Armed Forces Museum director Daniels leaving after 18 years

    Wednesday, September 6 2017 7:20 PM EDT2017-09-06 23:20:30 GMT
    Chad Daniels has been director of the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum for 18 years. Photo credit WDAM.Chad Daniels has been director of the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum for 18 years. Photo credit WDAM.

    The longtime director of the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum at Camp Shelby is leaving.  

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    The longtime director of the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum at Camp Shelby is leaving.  

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  • Lumberton mayor vetoes Board decision to remove police chief

    Lumberton mayor vetoes Board decision to remove police chief

    Wednesday, September 6 2017 7:04 PM EDT2017-09-06 23:04:33 GMT
    Elsie Cowart has been police chief in Lumberton for five years. Photo credit WDAM.Elsie Cowart has been police chief in Lumberton for five years. Photo credit WDAM.

    An effort to remove the Lumberton Police chief has been blocked by the mayor.  

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    An effort to remove the Lumberton Police chief has been blocked by the mayor.  

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  • Guard soldiers headed back to Miss. after supporting Harvey recovery

    Guard soldiers headed back to Miss. after supporting Harvey recovery

    Wednesday, September 6 2017 6:48 PM EDT2017-09-06 22:48:53 GMT
    Mississippi National Guard soldiers with the 151st Aviation Regiment fly a search and rescue mission in hurricane-ravaged Texas last week. Photo credit WDAM.Mississippi National Guard soldiers with the 151st Aviation Regiment fly a search and rescue mission in hurricane-ravaged Texas last week. Photo credit WDAM.

    Some Mississippi National Guard troops who've been supporting recovery efforts following Hurricane Harvey are returning home.  

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    Some Mississippi National Guard troops who've been supporting recovery efforts following Hurricane Harvey are returning home.  

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  • Hub City woman pleads guilty in 2014 death of her boyfriend

    Hub City woman pleads guilty in 2014 death of her boyfriend

    Wednesday, September 6 2017 4:29 PM EDT2017-09-06 20:29:45 GMT
    Carrie Lea Reynolds. Source: WDAMCarrie Lea Reynolds. Source: WDAM

    A Hub City woman pleaded guilty to manslaughter for her role in the 2014 death of her boyfriend. 

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    A Hub City woman pleaded guilty to manslaughter for her role in the 2014 death of her boyfriend. 

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  • New plans, animals heading to the Hattiesburg Zoo

    New plans, animals heading to the Hattiesburg Zoo

    Wednesday, September 6 2017 3:01 PM EDT2017-09-06 19:01:15 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved. 

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    Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved. 

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  • Two officers join Hattiesburg Police Department

    Wednesday, September 6 2017 2:54 PM EDT2017-09-06 18:54:28 GMT
    Photo Source: WDAMPhoto Source: WDAM

    Two officers joined the Hattiesburg Police Department during a ceremony at City Hall Wednesday. 

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    Two officers joined the Hattiesburg Police Department during a ceremony at City Hall Wednesday. 

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  • Forrest County sheriff urging truck drivers to check weight limit on bridges

    Forrest County sheriff urging truck drivers to check weight limit on bridges

    Wednesday, September 6 2017 11:31 AM EDT2017-09-06 15:31:29 GMT
    Photo Credit: WDAMPhoto Credit: WDAM

    The Forrest County Sheriff's Department is urging truck drivers to check weight limit signs on bridge. 

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    The Forrest County Sheriff's Department is urging truck drivers to check weight limit signs on bridge. 

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  • Latest forecast track shows clearer turn for Irma

    Wednesday, September 6 2017 8:55 AM EDT2017-09-06 12:55:58 GMT
    Source: NWSSource: NWS

    This is the latest  forecast track for Hurricane Irma from the National Hurricane Center in Miami. 

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    This is the latest  forecast track for Hurricane Irma from the National Hurricane Center in Miami. 

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  • Hattiesburg Firefighters recognized at council meeting

    Hattiesburg Firefighters recognized at council meeting

    Tuesday, September 5 2017 8:31 PM EDT2017-09-06 00:31:34 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    City leaders recognized Hattiesburg firefighters for their efforts and hard work to keep the city safe. Mayor Toby Barker and Fire Chief Paul Pressley presented twelve firefighters with certificates and medals before the council meeting Tuesday at City Hall. "We are here to formally recognize a number of officers for their heroism, for their courage," said Barker.  "When many people are running away from the problem, these folks are running towards it." Pre...

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    City leaders recognized Hattiesburg firefighters for their efforts and hard work to keep the city safe. Mayor Toby Barker and Fire Chief Paul Pressley presented twelve firefighters with certificates and medals before the council meeting Tuesday at City Hall. "We are here to formally recognize a number of officers for their heroism, for their courage," said Barker.  "When many people are running away from the problem, these folks are running towards it." Pre...

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  • Laurel City Council approves budget for 2018 fiscal year

    Laurel City Council approves budget for 2018 fiscal year

    Tuesday, September 5 2017 8:23 PM EDT2017-09-06 00:23:53 GMT
    Laurel city council approves 2018 budget. Photo credit WDAMLaurel city council approves 2018 budget. Photo credit WDAM

    The city of Laurel approved its budget for the 2018 fiscal year Tuesday

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    The city of Laurel approved its budget for the 2018 fiscal year Tuesday

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  • Waynesboro’s new Police Chief eager to get to work

    Waynesboro’s new Police Chief eager to get to work

    Tuesday, September 5 2017 8:19 PM EDT2017-09-06 00:19:41 GMT
    New police chief Holt Ross. Photo credit WDAMNew police chief Holt Ross. Photo credit WDAM

    Former MHP trooper Holt Ross is the new police chief in the city of Waynesboro. 

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    Former MHP trooper Holt Ross is the new police chief in the city of Waynesboro. 

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  • Sept. 5 Update on Hurricane Irma

    Sept. 5 Update on Hurricane Irma

    Tuesday, September 5 2017 7:26 PM EDT2017-09-05 23:26:17 GMT

    Hurricane Irma is still moving west at 15mph across the Atlantic. It now has wind speeds at 185mph. 

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    Hurricane Irma is still moving west at 15mph across the Atlantic. It now has wind speeds at 185mph. 

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  • HPD: Argument leads to stabbing in Hub City, 2 injured

    HPD: Argument leads to stabbing in Hub City, 2 injured

    Tuesday, September 5 2017 5:13 PM EDT2017-09-05 21:13:10 GMT
    Crime Scene GraphicCrime Scene Graphic

    Hattiesburg police are investigating a weekend assault that injured two people in the Hub City. 

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    Hattiesburg police are investigating a weekend assault that injured two people in the Hub City. 

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  • Forrest County Board approves budget

    Forrest County Board approves budget

    Tuesday, September 5 2017 4:53 PM EDT2017-09-05 20:53:24 GMT
    Board of Supervisors President David HoganBoard of Supervisors President David Hogan
    The Forrest County Board of Supervisors met today and approved their budget for fiscal year 2018. The nearly $55.5 million budget is about $1.8 million less than last year's budget.  Board President David Hogan said that depending on where you live in the county, you may see a slight decrease in taxes but taxes will mostly remain the same because of approximately $22 million in new growth and increased property value. "The multi-purpose center is ...More >>
    The Forrest County Board of Supervisors met today and approved their budget for fiscal year 2018. The nearly $55.5 million budget is about $1.8 million less than last year's budget.  Board President David Hogan said that depending on where you live in the county, you may see a slight decrease in taxes but taxes will mostly remain the same because of approximately $22 million in new growth and increased property value. "The multi-purpose center is ...More >>
  • Consider This: Fight for WDAM as agreement with DirecTV expires

    Consider This: Fight for WDAM as agreement with DirecTV expires

    Tuesday, September 5 2017 4:25 PM EDT2017-09-05 20:25:34 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    Tonight at 10:59pm Central Time, WDAM’s extended agreement with DIRECTV will expire and they may drop this station from their lineup.  

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    Tonight at 10:59pm Central Time, WDAM’s extended agreement with DIRECTV will expire and they may drop this station from their lineup.  

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  • Magee man arrested for failure to pay child support

    Magee man arrested for failure to pay child support

    Tuesday, September 5 2017 3:33 PM EDT2017-09-05 19:33:41 GMT
    Jimmy Allen Parish Source: AG's officeJimmy Allen Parish Source: AG's office
    Sheriff's deputies arrested a Magee man on Tuesday for failing to pay child support. 35-year-old Jimmy Allen Parish was arrested by the Simpson and Harrison County Sheriff's offices after being indicted by a Harrison County Grand Jury on one felony count of non-support of a child, according to press release from the Attorney General's office.  According to the indictment, Parish willfully neglected or refused to pay child support for his child for almost 11 years, and he f...More >>
    Sheriff's deputies arrested a Magee man on Tuesday for failing to pay child support. 35-year-old Jimmy Allen Parish was arrested by the Simpson and Harrison County Sheriff's offices after being indicted by a Harrison County Grand Jury on one felony count of non-support of a child, according to press release from the Attorney General's office.  According to the indictment, Parish willfully neglected or refused to pay child support for his child for almost 11 years, and he f...More >>
  • USM hires deputy coordinator to assist with responsibilities under Title IX

    USM hires deputy coordinator to assist with responsibilities under Title IX

    Tuesday, September 5 2017 2:12 PM EDT2017-09-05 18:12:24 GMT
    Dr. Lenore Schaffer. Source: USMDr. Lenore Schaffer. Source: USM

    The University of Southern Mississippi has announced the hire of a deputy coordinator to its Title IX office.  

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    The University of Southern Mississippi has announced the hire of a deputy coordinator to its Title IX office.  

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  • Emergency room driveway moved at SCRMC in Laurel

    Tuesday, September 5 2017 2:02 PM EDT2017-09-05 18:02:08 GMT
    Photo Source: WDAMPhoto Source: WDAM

    Those needing to access the emergency room at South Central Regional Medical Center will take a new entrance starting this week. 

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    Those needing to access the emergency room at South Central Regional Medical Center will take a new entrance starting this week. 

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  • Tropical Storm Jose forms in the eastern Atlantic

    Tropical Storm Jose forms in the eastern Atlantic

    Tuesday, September 5 2017 11:58 AM EDT2017-09-05 15:58:51 GMT

    Tropical Storm Jose has formed in the eastern Atlantic becoming the 10th named storm of the 2017 season. 

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    Tropical Storm Jose has formed in the eastern Atlantic becoming the 10th named storm of the 2017 season. 

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  • Hurricane Irma now dangerous category 5 storm

    Hurricane Irma now dangerous category 5 storm

    Tuesday, September 5 2017 9:12 AM EDT2017-09-05 13:12:39 GMT
    Source: NWSSource: NWS

    Hurricane Irma is now an extremely dangerous category 5 hurricane with sustained winds of 175 mph with higher gusts. 

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    Hurricane Irma is now an extremely dangerous category 5 hurricane with sustained winds of 175 mph with higher gusts. 

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  • Griggs earns starting job at USM quarterback

    Griggs earns starting job at USM quarterback

    Tuesday, September 5 2017 8:28 AM EDT2017-09-05 12:28:11 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    The University of Southern Mississippi’s season-opening football game with the University of Kentucky appears to have resolved any mystery about the Golden Eagles’ starting quarterback saga.

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    The University of Southern Mississippi’s season-opening football game with the University of Kentucky appears to have resolved any mystery about the Golden Eagles’ starting quarterback saga.

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  • Rod Crayton's senior season off to a fierce beginning

    Rod Crayton's senior season off to a fierce beginning

    Tuesday, September 5 2017 12:48 AM EDT2017-09-05 04:48:14 GMT
    Senior Rod Crayton recorded five tackles and forced a fumble in USM's 24-17 loss to Kentucky. Courtesy: WDAMSenior Rod Crayton recorded five tackles and forced a fumble in USM's 24-17 loss to Kentucky. Courtesy: WDAM

    Saturday marked the first time under head coach Jay Hopson that Southern Miss lost a game when holding its opponent to under 100 yards rushing and 300 yards of total offense. The Golden Eagles' defensive effort in their 24-17 loss to Kentucky is one of the positives Hopson took away from the game, especially the play of senior defensive tackle Rody Crayton.

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    Saturday marked the first time under head coach Jay Hopson that Southern Miss lost a game when holding its opponent to under 100 yards rushing and 300 yards of total offense. The Golden Eagles' defensive effort in their 24-17 loss to Kentucky is one of the positives Hopson took away from the game, especially the play of senior defensive tackle Rody Crayton.

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  • Kwadra Griggs earns starting job at USM quarterback

    Kwadra Griggs earns starting job at USM quarterback

    Tuesday, September 5 2017 12:36 AM EDT2017-09-05 04:36:50 GMT
    USM junior quarterback Kwadra Griggs. Courtesy: WDAMUSM junior quarterback Kwadra Griggs. Courtesy: WDAM

    The University of Southern Mississippi’s season-opening football game with the University of Kentucky appears to have resolved any mystery about the Golden Eagles’ starting quarterback saga. USM coach Jay Hopson said Monday that redshirt junior Kwadra Griggs would be behind center at 6 p.m. when Saturday when the Golden Eagles welcome Southern University to M.M. Roberts Stadium.

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    The University of Southern Mississippi’s season-opening football game with the University of Kentucky appears to have resolved any mystery about the Golden Eagles’ starting quarterback saga. USM coach Jay Hopson said Monday that redshirt junior Kwadra Griggs would be behind center at 6 p.m. when Saturday when the Golden Eagles welcome Southern University to M.M. Roberts Stadium.

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  • JCJC soccer splits with Mississippi Gulf Coast

    JCJC soccer splits with Mississippi Gulf Coast

    Tuesday, September 5 2017 12:29 AM EDT2017-09-05 04:29:22 GMT
    JCJC’s Jonathon Taylor (12) defends MGCCC’s Max Johnson (10) Friday night. Courtesy: Shawn Wansley/JCJCJCJC’s Jonathon Taylor (12) defends MGCCC’s Max Johnson (10) Friday night. Courtesy: Shawn Wansley/JCJC

    The 19th-ranked 19 Jones County Junior College Lady Bobcats opened the season in thrilling fashion this past weekend at Bobcat Soccer Field. Aimee Durn (Watford, England) scored on a penalty kick with 24.8 seconds remaining to edge Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College 2-1.

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    The 19th-ranked 19 Jones County Junior College Lady Bobcats opened the season in thrilling fashion this past weekend at Bobcat Soccer Field. Aimee Durn (Watford, England) scored on a penalty kick with 24.8 seconds remaining to edge Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College 2-1.

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  • PRCC football welcomes Northwest Mississippi

    PRCC football welcomes Northwest Mississippi

    Tuesday, September 5 2017 12:09 AM EDT2017-09-05 04:09:12 GMT
    PRCC freshman running back Ron Thompson. Courtesy: WDAMPRCC freshman running back Ron Thompson. Courtesy: WDAM

    The biggest task facing the football coaching staff at Pearl River Community College this week may be getting the players back down to earth. The Wildcats (1-0) rode an emotional high in the wake of last week’s season-opening 27-21 victory over ninth-ranked Northeast Mississippi Community College.

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    The biggest task facing the football coaching staff at Pearl River Community College this week may be getting the players back down to earth. The Wildcats (1-0) rode an emotional high in the wake of last week’s season-opening 27-21 victory over ninth-ranked Northeast Mississippi Community College.

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  • PRCC soccer sweeps Meridian

    PRCC soccer sweeps Meridian

    Tuesday, September 5 2017 12:06 AM EDT2017-09-05 04:06:10 GMT
    PRCC sophomore goalkeeper Karsen Gildea. Courtesy: PRCCPRCC sophomore goalkeeper Karsen Gildea. Courtesy: PRCC

    The Pearl River Community College soccer teams took care of South Division business this past weekend, with both the men’s and women’s teams earning shutout victories over visiting Meridian Community College.

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    The Pearl River Community College soccer teams took care of South Division business this past weekend, with both the men’s and women’s teams earning shutout victories over visiting Meridian Community College.

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  • Venture South magazine launches in Laurel

    Venture South magazine launches in Laurel

    Monday, September 4 2017 8:57 PM EDT2017-09-05 00:57:42 GMT
    Source: My Venture SouthSource: My Venture South

    A new venture has launched in Laurel, and a familiar face is bringing regional stories to life in a new magazine.  

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    A new venture has launched in Laurel, and a familiar face is bringing regional stories to life in a new magazine.  

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  • Traffic congestion on I-59 ramp

    Traffic congestion on I-59 ramp

    Monday, September 4 2017 4:21 PM EDT2017-09-04 20:21:21 GMT
    Traffic congestion on I-59 rampTraffic congestion on I-59 ramp

    Labor Day travelers can expect traffic delays on the I-59 ramps to US Highway 49 North/ MS 42 West/ Jackson exit 67B. According to MDOT Traffic, Northbound lanes can expect delays which should last approximately one hour.  For the latest traffic information, visit MDOT Traffic. Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved. 

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    Labor Day travelers can expect traffic delays on the I-59 ramps to US Highway 49 North/ MS 42 West/ Jackson exit 67B. According to MDOT Traffic, Northbound lanes can expect delays which should last approximately one hour.  For the latest traffic information, visit MDOT Traffic. Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved. 

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  • Deputies thwart possible armed robbery

    Deputies thwart possible armed robbery

    Monday, September 4 2017 3:29 PM EDT2017-09-04 19:29:47 GMT
    Source: Forrest County Sheriff's DepartmentSource: Forrest County Sheriff's Department

    The Forrest County Sheriff's Department thwarted a possible armed robbery Saturday.  

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    The Forrest County Sheriff's Department thwarted a possible armed robbery Saturday.  

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  • breaking

    Sheriff: Infant dead after being run over by a car

    Sheriff: Infant dead after being run over by a car

    Monday, September 4 2017 12:14 PM EDT2017-09-04 16:14:13 GMT
    Source: RNNSource: RNN

    Multiple agencies are investigating after an infant was run over in Perry County Sunday night.

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    Multiple agencies are investigating after an infant was run over in Perry County Sunday night.

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  • Dogs rescued from dog fighting ring moved to shelters, foster homes

    Dogs rescued from dog fighting ring moved to shelters, foster homes

    Monday, September 4 2017 11:35 AM EDT2017-09-04 15:35:59 GMT
    Source: Southern Cross Animal RescueSource: Southern Cross Animal Rescue

    Eleven dogs rescued from a dog fighting ring are recovering in Jones County, on their way to finding new homes.

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    Eleven dogs rescued from a dog fighting ring are recovering in Jones County, on their way to finding new homes.

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  • FACTS ONLY: A hype-free look at Hurricane Irma

    FACTS ONLY: A hype-free look at Hurricane Irma

    Monday, September 4 2017 11:18 AM EDT2017-09-04 15:18:12 GMT

    Hurricane Irma continues to move - generally - west across the Atlantic, Monday morning. It is still a Category 3 hurricane. 

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    Hurricane Irma continues to move - generally - west across the Atlantic, Monday morning. It is still a Category 3 hurricane. 

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  • Construction complete on firefighter training facility

    Construction complete on firefighter training facility

    Monday, September 4 2017 11:14 AM EDT2017-09-04 15:14:29 GMT
    Source: JCFCSource: JCFC

    Construction has been completed on a training facility for volunteer firefighters in Jones County. 

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    Construction has been completed on a training facility for volunteer firefighters in Jones County. 

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  • String of drug arrests made in Forrest County

    String of drug arrests made in Forrest County

    Monday, September 4 2017 11:09 AM EDT2017-09-04 15:09:53 GMT
    Source: Forrest County Sheriff's DepartmentSource: Forrest County Sheriff's Department

    At least 11 people are facing drug charges after Forrest County deputies made a string of arrests over the weekend.  

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    At least 11 people are facing drug charges after Forrest County deputies made a string of arrests over the weekend.  

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  • MHP Troop J releases partial holiday patrol numbers

    MHP Troop J releases partial holiday patrol numbers

    Monday, September 4 2017 10:42 AM EDT2017-09-04 14:42:34 GMT
    MHP officers will be on the roads patrolling this holiday weekend. Source: WDAMMHP officers will be on the roads patrolling this holiday weekend. Source: WDAM

    The Mississippi Highway Patrol Troop J has had a busy weekend on Pine Belt highways.  

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    The Mississippi Highway Patrol Troop J has had a busy weekend on Pine Belt highways.  

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  • Good News: Lamar County Teacher engages students, writes book on "breakout boxes"

    Good News: Lamar County Teacher engages students, writes book on "breakout boxes"

    Monday, September 4 2017 9:49 AM EDT2017-09-04 13:49:10 GMT
    (Source: WDAM Staff)(Source: WDAM Staff)

    You might have heard about a thrilling activity called "escape rooms."  

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    You might have heard about a thrilling activity called "escape rooms."  

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  • HOW TO HELP

    Hurricane donation drop off locations in Pine Belt

    Hurricane donation drop off locations in Pine Belt

    Monday, September 4 2017 9:47 AM EDT2017-09-04 13:47:33 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    Below is a list of drop off locations accepting donations for Texas flood victims. 

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    Below is a list of drop off locations accepting donations for Texas flood victims. 

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  • Red Cross facing criticism over donation distribution

    Red Cross facing criticism over donation distribution

    Monday, September 4 2017 9:14 AM EDT2017-09-04 13:14:53 GMT
    Photo Source: WDAMPhoto Source: WDAM

    The Red Cross is always on hand to provide aid in the event of a disaster, but the organization is facing controversy after one of its executives couldn’t explain how much disaster relief goes to Texas. 

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    The Red Cross is always on hand to provide aid in the event of a disaster, but the organization is facing controversy after one of its executives couldn’t explain how much disaster relief goes to Texas. 

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  • Ellisville Police Department hits delays on the way to aid Texas

    Ellisville Police Department hits delays on the way to aid Texas

    Monday, September 4 2017 9:12 AM EDT2017-09-04 13:12:50 GMT
    Ellisville Police DepartmentEllisville Police Department

    Road closures have delayed the Ellisville Police Department in its efforts to deliver a trailer full of donations to Beaumont, TX.

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    Road closures have delayed the Ellisville Police Department in its efforts to deliver a trailer full of donations to Beaumont, TX.

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