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  • Midtown developer excited with progress in Hub City

    Midtown developer excited with progress in Hub City

    Friday, July 21 2017 10:22 AM EDT2017-07-21 14:22:50 GMT
    Many projects are in the works for Midtown Hattiesburg. Source: WDAMMany projects are in the works for Midtown Hattiesburg. Source: WDAM

    Midtown development in Hattiesburg is well underway, and one of the developers is excited with the progress so far.  

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    Midtown development in Hattiesburg is well underway, and one of the developers is excited with the progress so far.  

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  • traffic

    Accident blocks all westbound lanes on Hwy 98 at Ralston Road

    Accident blocks all westbound lanes on Hwy 98 at Ralston Road

    Friday, July 21 2017 9:10 AM EDT2017-07-21 13:10:49 GMT
    Minor injuries were reported. Source: MDOTMinor injuries were reported. Source: MDOT

    An accident involving a fuel truck is blocking all westbound lanes on Highway 98 at Ralston Road.  

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    An accident involving a fuel truck is blocking all westbound lanes on Highway 98 at Ralston Road.  

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  • JCJC will hold three summer graduation ceremonies

    JCJC will hold three summer graduation ceremonies

    Friday, July 21 2017 8:28 AM EDT2017-07-21 12:28:00 GMT
    Photo credit: JCJCPhoto credit: JCJC

    Jones County Junior College will hold three summer commencement exercises during the first week of August.  The main commencement ceremony will be held on Friday, August 4, at 6 p.m. in the Whitehead Advanced Technology Center’s Auditorium. 

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    Jones County Junior College will hold three summer commencement exercises during the first week of August.  The main commencement ceremony will be held on Friday, August 4, at 6 p.m. in the Whitehead Advanced Technology Center’s Auditorium. 

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  • Academy Sports gives 30 kids a shopping spree

    Thursday, July 20 2017 11:37 PM EDT2017-07-21 03:37:01 GMT
    Photo Source: WDAMPhoto Source: WDAM

    Academy Sports In Hattiesburg helped needy families with school supplies Thursday. 

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    Academy Sports In Hattiesburg helped needy families with school supplies Thursday. 

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    On Your Side Investigation: The City of Hattiesburg's gang problem

    On Your Side Investigation: The City of Hattiesburg's gang problem

    Thursday, July 20 2017 10:30 PM EDT2017-07-21 02:30:32 GMT
    A map outlines the gangs in Hattiesburg that police are tracking. Source: HPDA map outlines the gangs in Hattiesburg that police are tracking. Source: HPD

    Does the City of Hattiesburg have a gang problem? 

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    Does the City of Hattiesburg have a gang problem? 

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  • WCU professor develops Mississippi bicentennial arts curriculum

    WCU professor develops Mississippi bicentennial arts curriculum

    Thursday, July 20 2017 8:11 PM EDT2017-07-21 00:11:20 GMT
    Mark Malone has worked with the Mississippi Arts Commission to create, "Mississippi History Through the Arts: A Bicentennial Curriculum." Source: WDAMMark Malone has worked with the Mississippi Arts Commission to create, "Mississippi History Through the Arts: A Bicentennial Curriculum." Source: WDAM

    A professor of music at William Carey University has developed a new arts curriculum for grade school students that helps them learn about 200 years of Mississippi history. Mark Malone has worked with

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    A professor of music at William Carey University has developed a new arts curriculum for grade school students that helps them learn about 200 years of Mississippi history. 

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  • Heat safety tips for the elderly

    Heat safety tips for the elderly

    Thursday, July 20 2017 5:57 PM EDT2017-07-20 21:57:59 GMT
    Photo Credit: WDAMPhoto Credit: WDAM

    As summer drags on  across south Mississippi, the heat can become overwhelming.

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    As summer drags on  across south Mississippi, the heat can become overwhelming.

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  • Blood Bowl

    Schedule for Blood Bowl Bash

    Schedule for Blood Bowl Bash

    Thursday, July 20 2017 5:47 PM EDT2017-07-20 21:47:53 GMT

    It is time for the annual Blood Bowl Bash!  Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment by visiting www.bloodhero.com or by calling 1-877-UBS-HERO. 

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    It is time for the annual Blood Bowl Bash!  Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment by visiting www.bloodhero.com or by calling 1-877-UBS-HERO. 

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  • City of Petal smoke testing sewer lines

    City of Petal smoke testing sewer lines

    Thursday, July 20 2017 5:16 PM EDT2017-07-20 21:16:46 GMT
    Source: City of PetalSource: City of Petal

    The City of Petal is currently having parts of its sewer lines tested. 

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    The City of Petal is currently having parts of its sewer lines tested. 

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  • Police: Man charged after phoning in bomb threat

    Police: Man charged after phoning in bomb threat

    Thursday, July 20 2017 5:11 PM EDT2017-07-20 21:11:21 GMT
    Sedric Bass. Source: JCSDSedric Bass. Source: JCSD

    A Laurel man has been charged after police say he phoned in a bomb threat to an Ellisville business.  

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    A Laurel man has been charged after police say he phoned in a bomb threat to an Ellisville business.  

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  • Woman injured, trapped in roll over accident

    Woman injured, trapped in roll over accident

    Thursday, July 20 2017 4:22 PM EDT2017-07-20 20:22:45 GMT
    One woman was injured in the accident. Source: JCFCOne woman was injured in the accident. Source: JCFC

    A one vehicle rollover accident left one person injured Thursday morning. 

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    A one vehicle rollover accident left one person injured Thursday morning. 

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    HPD investigating 5th armed robbery of the week

    HPD investigating 5th armed robbery of the week

    Thursday, July 20 2017 1:30 PM EDT2017-07-20 17:30:16 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    Hattiesburg police are investigating the fifth armed robbery of the week in the Hub City.

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    Hattiesburg police are investigating the fifth armed robbery of the week in the Hub City.

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  • HHS, Hattiesburg Mayor hosting community event

    HHS, Hattiesburg Mayor hosting community event

    Thursday, July 20 2017 1:07 PM EDT2017-07-20 17:07:06 GMT
    Source: HHSSource: HHS

    The City of Hattiesburg and Hattiesburg High School faculty and staff are hosting a community event for parents and students. 

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    The City of Hattiesburg and Hattiesburg High School faculty and staff are hosting a community event for parents and students. 

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  • MSDH reminds parents to schedule back-to-school immunizations

    MSDH reminds parents to schedule back-to-school immunizations

    Thursday, July 20 2017 11:39 AM EDT2017-07-20 15:39:38 GMT
    Source: MSDHSource: MSDH

    With the start of a new school year just weeks away, the Mississippi State Department of Health is reminding parents that state law requires children to be immunized before heading back to school. 

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    With the start of a new school year just weeks away, the Mississippi State Department of Health is reminding parents that state law requires children to be immunized before heading back to school. 

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  • Study claims spanking leads to mental illness

    Study claims spanking leads to mental illness

    Thursday, July 20 2017 11:02 AM EDT2017-07-20 15:02:30 GMT
    Spanking has been linked to mental health problems in children and adults, according to a new study. Source: Flickr Creative Commons.Spanking has been linked to mental health problems in children and adults, according to a new study. Source: Flickr Creative Commons.

    A new study claims that the more children are spanked, the more likely they will develop mental health problems.

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    A new study claims that the more children are spanked, the more likely they will develop mental health problems.

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  • JCJC holds historical HSE graduation ceremony with near record number of graduates

    JCJC holds historical HSE graduation ceremony with near record number of graduates

    Thursday, July 20 2017 8:45 AM EDT2017-07-20 12:45:05 GMT
    Photo credit: JCJCPhoto credit: JCJC

    The 195 graduates of Jones County Junior College’s High School Equivalency (HSE) program have the distinction of being one of three of the largest classes to date and the first graduates to earn their HSE with the state’s revised HSE curriculum. 

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    The 195 graduates of Jones County Junior College’s High School Equivalency (HSE) program have the distinction of being one of three of the largest classes to date and the first graduates to earn their HSE with the state’s revised HSE curriculum. 

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  • Dept. of Justice speaks with Covington Co. residents

    Dept. of Justice speaks with Covington Co. residents

    Thursday, July 20 2017 1:39 AM EDT2017-07-20 05:39:40 GMT
    Photo Source: WDAMPhoto Source: WDAM

    The Department of Justice attended a meeting hosted by the NAACP in Covington County to address issues in the school district. 

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    The Department of Justice attended a meeting hosted by the NAACP in Covington County to address issues in the school district. 

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  • Hattiesburg restaurant named best brunch spot in state

    Hattiesburg restaurant named best brunch spot in state

    Wednesday, July 19 2017 9:56 PM EDT2017-07-20 01:56:56 GMT
    Source: BuzzFeedSource: BuzzFeed

    A Hub City restaurant was named the best place to have brunch in Mississippi by BuzzFeed. The article calculated the best brunch spots in each state based on Yelp reviews, and Cotton Blues of Hattiesburg ranked as Mississippi's top brunch spot.

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    A Hub City restaurant was named the best place to have brunch in Mississippi by BuzzFeed. The article calculated the best brunch spots in each state based on Yelp reviews, and Cotton Blues of Hattiesburg ranked as Mississippi's top brunch spot.

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  • R3SM and WCU give an update on tornado relief efforts

    R3SM and WCU give an update on tornado relief efforts

    Wednesday, July 19 2017 9:36 PM EDT2017-07-20 01:36:48 GMT
    Repairs continue six months later. Photo credit WDAM.Repairs continue six months later. Photo credit WDAM.

    Friday will mark the six-month anniversary of the deadly January 21st tornado. Six-months later, relief efforts are still on going as volunteer groups work around the pine belt.

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    Friday will mark the six-month anniversary of the deadly January 21st tornado. Six-months later, relief efforts are still on going as volunteer groups work around the pine belt.

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  • Hattiesburg School District hosts job fair

    Hattiesburg School District hosts job fair

    Wednesday, July 19 2017 8:28 PM EDT2017-07-20 00:28:34 GMT
    Hattiesburg Public School District seeking more teachers. Source: WDAMHattiesburg Public School District seeking more teachers. Source: WDAM

    The Hattiesburg Public School District held a job fair this afternoon at their headquarters on Mamie Street. The school board is looking to hire teachers to fill vacancies for different grade levels throughout the system. If you missed out don't worry, they will be holding another job fair during the first quarter of the school year. Hattiesburg Public School Superintendent Robert Williams said "This is our second job fair for the summer month and what we are trying to do is to...

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    The Hattiesburg Public School District held a job fair this afternoon at their headquarters on Mamie Street. The school board is looking to hire teachers to fill vacancies for different grade levels throughout the system. If you missed out don't worry, they will be holding another job fair during the first quarter of the school year. Hattiesburg Public School Superintendent Robert Williams said "This is our second job fair for the summer month and what we are trying to do is to...

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  • Laurel Police, SCAR, warn about leaving pets in hot cars

    Laurel Police, SCAR, warn about leaving pets in hot cars

    Wednesday, July 19 2017 8:11 PM EDT2017-07-20 00:11:46 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    The Laurel Police Department is warning residents about leaving pets in parked cars on hot days. 

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    The Laurel Police Department is warning residents about leaving pets in parked cars on hot days. 

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  • Flag supporter claims man was pepper-sprayed during state flag gathering

    Flag supporter claims man was pepper-sprayed during state flag gathering

    Wednesday, July 19 2017 7:20 PM EDT2017-07-19 23:20:02 GMT
    DeBorah Simspon.  Source: WDAMDeBorah Simspon. Source: WDAM

    A Hattiesburg woman said she is upset after a man was pepper sprayed Sunday during a gathering of flag supporters. DeBorah Simpson said she is a Mississippi state flag supporter that joins others outside the University of South Mississippi on Sunday afternoons with her husband.  "We support the Mississippi State flag because it's the Mississippi state flag, it's as simple as that," Simpson said.  The group has been gathering on the lawn in front of Sou...

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    A Hattiesburg woman said she is upset after a man was pepper sprayed Sunday during a gathering of flag supporters. DeBorah Simpson said she is a Mississippi state flag supporter that joins others outside the University of South Mississippi on Sunday afternoons with her husband.  "We support the Mississippi State flag because it's the Mississippi state flag, it's as simple as that," Simpson said.  The group has been gathering on the lawn in front of Sou...

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  • Museum hosts Back to School Boot Camp

    Museum hosts Back to School Boot Camp

    Wednesday, July 19 2017 5:48 PM EDT2017-07-19 21:48:27 GMT
    The African American Military History Museum in Hattiesburg began it's 4th annual Back To School Boot Camp on Wednesday. The free program is meant for students between the ages of 13 and 17 and is designed to teach teens military techniques and  skills that can be practiced in their own lives. Participants will learn about leadership and teamwork, hear from community leaders, and be given motivational tools to prepare for the upcoming school year. "The parti...More >>
    The African American Military History Museum in Hattiesburg began it's 4th annual Back To School Boot Camp on Wednesday. The free program is meant for students between the ages of 13 and 17 and is designed to teach teens military techniques and  skills that can be practiced in their own lives. Participants will learn about leadership and teamwork, hear from community leaders, and be given motivational tools to prepare for the upcoming school year. "The parti...More >>
  • FEMA debris removal period ends

    FEMA debris removal period ends

    Wednesday, July 19 2017 5:36 PM EDT2017-07-19 21:36:56 GMT
    Today was the last day for eligible debris cleanup assistance from FEMA, according to Hattiesburg Public Works Director Larry Barnes. The task of debris removal was done by the city of Hattiesburg and Forrest county, Jones county also helped with the efforts.  Since the January tornado struck the area, the city and Forrest county has picked up over 195,000 cubic yards of debris, according to Barnes. FEMA assisted the city with funds to help pay for the removal of the ...More >>
    Today was the last day for eligible debris cleanup assistance from FEMA, according to Hattiesburg Public Works Director Larry Barnes. The task of debris removal was done by the city of Hattiesburg and Forrest county, Jones county also helped with the efforts.  Since the January tornado struck the area, the city and Forrest county has picked up over 195,000 cubic yards of debris, according to Barnes. FEMA assisted the city with funds to help pay for the removal of the ...More >>
  • Hattiesburg doctor takes visits in a new direction

    Hattiesburg doctor takes visits in a new direction

    Wednesday, July 19 2017 5:28 PM EDT2017-07-19 21:28:53 GMT

    On Tuesday folks filled the meeting area of Southern Medical Care, in Hattiesburg, seeking help with Diabetes. One attendee, Evelyn Hanks, said a few months ago she blacked out while driving, and hit a metal post. "Wrecked my car and I knew that I had to have some help," Hanks said. Timi Thomas said she and her husband have diabetes. She said when she found out her diagnosis she was in denial. "I was a little withdrawn for awhile from food...didn't know what to eat, ...

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    On Tuesday folks filled the meeting area of Southern Medical Care, in Hattiesburg, seeking help with Diabetes. One attendee, Evelyn Hanks, said a few months ago she blacked out while driving, and hit a metal post. "Wrecked my car and I knew that I had to have some help," Hanks said. Timi Thomas said she and her husband have diabetes. She said when she found out her diagnosis she was in denial. "I was a little withdrawn for awhile from food...didn't know what to eat, ...

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  • Application period ends for new Waynesboro Police Chief

    Application period ends for new Waynesboro Police Chief

    Wednesday, July 19 2017 5:25 PM EDT2017-07-19 21:25:49 GMT
    The deadline to apply for the position of new police chief in Waynesboro has ended. The city received 16 applications in total and all the candidates will be reviewed during the next board meeting in August. The city has been without a chief since Kennedy Meaders resigned from his position June 29th.   The deadline was extended by two weeks until July 19th to give an opportunity for more applicants to apply. Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved.  More >>
    The deadline to apply for the position of new police chief in Waynesboro has ended. The city received 16 applications in total and all the candidates will be reviewed during the next board meeting in August. The city has been without a chief since Kennedy Meaders resigned from his position June 29th.   The deadline was extended by two weeks until July 19th to give an opportunity for more applicants to apply. Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved.  More >>
  • Petal approves official app for the city

    Petal approves official app for the city

    Wednesday, July 19 2017 5:18 PM EDT2017-07-19 21:18:52 GMT
    The Mayor of Petal, Hal Marx, says the app would help residents get a faster response time to their concerns. Source: WDAMThe Mayor of Petal, Hal Marx, says the app would help residents get a faster response time to their concerns. Source: WDAM

    There will soon be another tool for Petal residents to keep up with events taking place in the city, contacting city officials and receiving alerts. The Board of Aldermen voted 4-2 in favor of creating an official app for the City of Petal. The app will be available for download to users by the end of August. It’s called “SeeClickFix” and was developed by a digital communications company in Connecticut. The company runs the website and app which assi...

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    There will soon be another tool for Petal residents to keep up with events taking place in the city, contacting city officials and receiving alerts. The Board of Aldermen voted 4-2 in favor of creating an official app for the City of Petal. The app will be available for download to users by the end of August. It’s called “SeeClickFix” and was developed by a digital communications company in Connecticut. The company runs the website and app which assi...

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  • Two men charged after stolen trucks recovered in Forrest County

    Two men charged after stolen trucks recovered in Forrest County

    Wednesday, July 19 2017 4:44 PM EDT2017-07-19 20:44:30 GMT
    (Source: Forrest County Jail)(Source: Forrest County Jail)

    Forrest County authorities said two men from the Harrison County area are in jail for stealing trucks and property on Monday.  

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    Forrest County authorities said two men from the Harrison County area are in jail for stealing trucks and property on Monday.  

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  • Woman who pleaded guilty to social hosting asks for record expunged

    Woman who pleaded guilty to social hosting asks for record expunged

    Wednesday, July 19 2017 4:42 PM EDT2017-07-19 20:42:58 GMT
    A Lamar County woman who was charged with social hosting  in 2016 is seeking for her record to be expunged. Source: WDAMA Lamar County woman who was charged with social hosting in 2016 is seeking for her record to be expunged. Source: WDAM

    A Lamar County woman who pleaded guilty to social hosting charges in 2016 was in court again Wednesday asking to have her record expunged.

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    A Lamar County woman who pleaded guilty to social hosting charges in 2016 was in court again Wednesday asking to have her record expunged.

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  • Hotel robberies continue in Hattiesburg

    Hotel robberies continue in Hattiesburg

    Wednesday, July 19 2017 3:51 PM EDT2017-07-19 19:51:52 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    Hattiesburg police are investigating an early morning armed robbery at a Hub City hotel.

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    Hattiesburg police are investigating an early morning armed robbery at a Hub City hotel.

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  • Laurel man charged with burglary

    Laurel man charged with burglary

    Wednesday, July 19 2017 12:56 PM EDT2017-07-19 16:56:56 GMT
    Terrence Byrd. Source: LPDTerrence Byrd. Source: LPD

    A Laurel man has been charged with burglary, according to police. 

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    A Laurel man has been charged with burglary, according to police. 

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  • Southern Miss IDS Community Education Director Elected to Regional Board

    Southern Miss IDS Community Education Director Elected to Regional Board

    Wednesday, July 19 2017 1:37 AM EDT2017-07-19 05:37:46 GMT
    Photo credit: USMPhoto credit: USM

    Dr. Jerry R. Alliston, community education director at The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) Institute for Disability Studies (IDS), has been elected to the board of directors for the Southeastern Postsecondary Education Alliance (SEPSEA).     

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    Dr. Jerry R. Alliston, community education director at The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) Institute for Disability Studies (IDS), has been elected to the board of directors for the Southeastern Postsecondary Education Alliance (SEPSEA).     

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  • Million-dollar FAA grant to help taxiway extension in Hattiesburg

    Million-dollar FAA grant to help taxiway extension in Hattiesburg

    Tuesday, July 18 2017 11:12 PM EDT2017-07-19 03:12:00 GMT

    A grant from the Federal Aviation Administration will help fund the taxiway extension project at Hattiesburg Bobby Chain Municipal Airport. Hattiesburg City Council voted unanimously to authorize a contract for $1,036,771 with Warren Paving, Inc. for the airport at Tuesday's meeting.  Council then approved a grant agreement with the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration for $1,016,850 to cover most of those costs. City officials said that grant ...

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    A grant from the Federal Aviation Administration will help fund the taxiway extension project at Hattiesburg Bobby Chain Municipal Airport. Hattiesburg City Council voted unanimously to authorize a contract for $1,036,771 with Warren Paving, Inc. for the airport at Tuesday's meeting.  Council then approved a grant agreement with the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration for $1,016,850 to cover most of those costs. City officials said that grant ...

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  • Jones: Effort needed in Collins to grow

    Jones: Effort needed in Collins to grow

    Tuesday, July 18 2017 10:30 PM EDT2017-07-19 02:30:41 GMT
    Hope Jones. Source: WDAMHope Jones. Source: WDAM

    After almost four decades, there's a new mayor at Collins' City Hall. Hope Magee Jones was sworn into office on Monday, July 3, 2017.  

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    After almost four decades, there's a new mayor at Collins' City Hall. Hope Magee Jones was sworn into office on Monday, July 3, 2017.  

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  • Public hearing set for future of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church

    Public hearing set for future of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church

    Tuesday, July 18 2017 9:33 PM EDT2017-07-19 01:33:32 GMT

    Hattiesburg City Council will hold a public hearing next month to discuss the future of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. At Tuesday's meeting, council voted 3-2 in favor of the public hearing.  Council members Deborah Delgado and Nicholas Brown voted against the approval of the meeting. Currently, a portion of North Main Street is closed due to the "state of imminent danger" of the structure. The State Bank of Texas, who is the church's mortgage lender recently revealed th...

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    Hattiesburg City Council will hold a public hearing next month to discuss the future of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. At Tuesday's meeting, council voted 3-2 in favor of the public hearing.  Council members Deborah Delgado and Nicholas Brown voted against the approval of the meeting. Currently, a portion of North Main Street is closed due to the "state of imminent danger" of the structure. The State Bank of Texas, who is the church's mortgage lender recently revealed th...

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  • McLain man busted with 11 pounds of meth, weapons seized

    McLain man busted with 11 pounds of meth, weapons seized

    Tuesday, July 18 2017 8:21 PM EDT2017-07-19 00:21:41 GMT
    11 pounds of ice seized11 pounds of ice seized

    Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics agents arrested a McLain man on Monday after finding 11 pounds of meth and weapons in his home. Marcus Ladell "Spud" Moody, 43, of McLain, Miss. was arrested following an eight-month investigation, according to MBN Director John Dowdy. A search warrant revealed approximately 11 pounds of the smokable form of methamphetamine known as ice

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    Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics agents arrested a McLain man on Monday after finding 11 pounds of meth and weapons in his home. Marcus Ladell "Spud" Moody, 43, of McLain, Miss. was arrested following an eight-month investigation, according to MBN Director John Dowdy. A search warrant revealed approximately 11 pounds of the smokable form of methamphetamine known as ice

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  • Miss Hospitality contestants take tour of Hub City

    Miss Hospitality contestants take tour of Hub City

    Tuesday, July 18 2017 8:03 PM EDT2017-07-19 00:03:46 GMT
    Mississippi Miss Hospitality contestants paint bowls at Main Street Books Tuesday. They will be used to raise funds for the Edwards Street Fellowship Center. Photo credit WDAM.Mississippi Miss Hospitality contestants paint bowls at Main Street Books Tuesday. They will be used to raise funds for the Edwards Street Fellowship Center. Photo credit WDAM.

    Contestants in the 2017 Mississippi Miss Hospitality Pageant toured parts of Hattiesburg Tuesday as they continue to prepare for the pageant preliminaries and finals later this week. The 25 contestants

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    Contestants in the 2017 Mississippi Miss Hospitality Pageant toured parts of Hattiesburg Tuesday as they continue to prepare for the pageant preliminaries and finals later this week. 

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  • Ag Commissioner speaks to Forrest-Lamar GOP Women

    Ag Commissioner speaks to Forrest-Lamar GOP Women

    Tuesday, July 18 2017 7:53 PM EDT2017-07-18 23:53:48 GMT
    Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Cindy Hyde-Smith speaks to a gathering of Forrest-Lamar Republican Women Tuesday. Photo credit WDAM.Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Cindy Hyde-Smith speaks to a gathering of Forrest-Lamar Republican Women Tuesday. Photo credit WDAM.

    Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Cindy Hyde-Smith was in Oak Grove Tuesday to speak to the Forrest-Lamar Republican Women. Her topics included U.S. beef sales to China, potential

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    Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Cindy Hyde-Smith was in Oak Grove Tuesday to speak to the Forrest-Lamar Republican Women. 

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  • 2 Hub City hotels robbed, HPD investigating

    2 Hub City hotels robbed, HPD investigating

    Tuesday, July 18 2017 5:57 PM EDT2017-07-18 21:57:46 GMT
    2 Hub City hotels hit in double-armed robbery Sunday morning. Super 8 and Sleep Inn & Suites. No one in custody & investigation ongoing.2 Hub City hotels hit in double-armed robbery Sunday morning. Super 8 and Sleep Inn & Suites. No one in custody & investigation ongoing.
    Hattiesburg police are investigating a pair of armed robberies at two motels in the Hub City. According to Hattiesburg Police Lt. Latosha Myers Mitchell, the two armed robberies happened Sunday morning at the Super 8 Motel on Churchill Street and the Sleep Inn & Suites on U.S. 49. “A black male entered the hotels, displayed a handgun, demanded money and took an undisclosed amount of money,” Myers Mitchell said. She added that there were no injuries in the ...More >>
    Hattiesburg police are investigating a pair of armed robberies at two motels in the Hub City. According to Hattiesburg Police Lt. Latosha Myers Mitchell, the two armed robberies happened Sunday morning at the Super 8 Motel on Churchill Street and the Sleep Inn & Suites on U.S. 49. “A black male entered the hotels, displayed a handgun, demanded money and took an undisclosed amount of money,” Myers Mitchell said. She added that there were no injuries in the ...More >>
  • New Diploma Options proposed by MDE

    New Diploma Options proposed by MDE

    Tuesday, July 18 2017 4:42 PM EDT2017-07-18 20:42:58 GMT
    New graduation proposal. Photo credit WDAM.New graduation proposal. Photo credit WDAM.

    The Mississippi State Board of Education (SBE) voted today to invite public comment on a proposal that would give students the opportunity to earn an endorsement with their high school diploma and would ensure that the majority of students with disabilities earn a traditional diploma.

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    The Mississippi State Board of Education (SBE) voted today to invite public comment on a proposal that would give students the opportunity to earn an endorsement with their high school diploma and would ensure that the majority of students with disabilities earn a traditional diploma.

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  • "Lunch Bunch" basketball team has some of the oldest players in the game

    "Lunch Bunch" basketball team has some of the oldest players in the game

    Tuesday, July 18 2017 3:56 PM EDT2017-07-18 19:56:55 GMT
    Source: WDAM.Source: WDAM.

    Since the 1970s, Billy Folkes and his friends have hit the basketball court.

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    Since the 1970s, Billy Folkes and his friends have hit the basketball court.

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    Suspects identified after hit and run pursuit in Hub City

    Suspects identified after hit and run pursuit in Hub City

    Tuesday, July 18 2017 3:55 PM EDT2017-07-18 19:55:56 GMT
    Mitchell May. Source: HPDMitchell May. Source: HPD

    A pair of Hub City men are behind bars and facing felony charges after a pursuit in the Hub City on Monday.

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    A pair of Hub City men are behind bars and facing felony charges after a pursuit in the Hub City on Monday.

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  • Tropical Storm Don weakens, expected to fall apart

    Tropical Storm Don weakens, expected to fall apart

    Tuesday, July 18 2017 2:10 PM EDT2017-07-18 18:10:17 GMT

    Tropical Storm Don continues to move due west toward the islands of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados, and Grenada. 

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    Tropical Storm Don continues to move due west toward the islands of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados, and Grenada. 

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  • WDAM 7 News carrying four pre-season Saints games

    WDAM 7 News carrying four pre-season Saints games

    Tuesday, July 18 2017 2:09 PM EDT2017-07-18 18:09:04 GMT

    The Pine Belt Who-Dat nation won’t have to look much further than their local television station for all things Saints this football pre-season. 

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    The Pine Belt Who-Dat nation won’t have to look much further than their local television station for all things Saints this football pre-season. 

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  • PHOTOS: Miss Hospitality contestants

    PHOTOS: Miss Hospitality contestants

    Tuesday, July 18 2017 1:16 PM EDT2017-07-18 17:16:56 GMT

    Mississippi’s reigning Miss Hospitality Mary Elizabeth Stringer will crown a new state titleholder during the upcoming 2017 Mississippi Miss Hospitality Pageant at the Historic Hattiesburg Saenger Theater on July 22. 

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    Mississippi’s reigning Miss Hospitality Mary Elizabeth Stringer will crown a new state titleholder during the upcoming 2017 Mississippi Miss Hospitality Pageant at the Historic Hattiesburg Saenger Theater on July 22. 

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  • Consider This: Buy a raffle ticket to support FGH, win a Honda

    Consider This: Buy a raffle ticket to support FGH, win a Honda

    Tuesday, July 18 2017 1:12 PM EDT2017-07-18 17:12:29 GMT
    Souce: WDAMSouce: WDAM

    This is a guest editorial by Martha Dearman  Whether you have been a caregiver, friend, family member or survivor, everyone has been touched by cancer. 

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    This is a guest editorial by Martha Dearman  Whether you have been a caregiver, friend, family member or survivor, everyone has been touched by cancer. 

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  • LPD: Suspect sought in connection to quick change scam

    LPD: Suspect sought in connection to quick change scam

    Tuesday, July 18 2017 12:41 PM EDT2017-07-18 16:41:17 GMT
    LPD is searching for this suspect. Source: LPDLPD is searching for this suspect. Source: LPD

    Laurel police need the public's help locating a suspect they say is involved in a quick change scam.  

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    Laurel police need the public's help locating a suspect they say is involved in a quick change scam.  

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  • College credit available for JCJC’s Entry Level Petroleum Trainee program

    College credit available for JCJC’s Entry Level Petroleum Trainee program

    Tuesday, July 18 2017 9:02 AM EDT2017-07-18 13:02:15 GMT
    Photo credit: JCJCPhoto credit: JCJC

    The Entry Level Petroleum Trainee (ELPT) at Jones County Junior College’s Clarke County Center in Stonewall is taking applications for students wanting to earn college credit upon successful completion of this program.

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    The Entry Level Petroleum Trainee (ELPT) at Jones County Junior College’s Clarke County Center in Stonewall is taking applications for students wanting to earn college credit upon successful completion of this program.

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  • Doctor sentenced for killing wife up for parole

    Doctor sentenced for killing wife up for parole

    Tuesday, July 18 2017 12:36 AM EDT2017-07-18 04:36:47 GMT
    Photo Source: WDAMPhoto Source: WDAM

    A former Laurel doctor who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for killing his wife Nyasha DeHenre will soon be up for parole. 

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    A former Laurel doctor who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for killing his wife Nyasha DeHenre will soon be up for parole. 

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  • Players of the Pine Belt: Heidelberg's Khehland Kennedy

    Players of the Pine Belt: Heidelberg's Khehland Kennedy

    Monday, July 17 2017 11:56 PM EDT2017-07-18 03:56:37 GMT
    Heidelberg senior Khehlan Kennedy recorded 75 tackles for the Oilers in 2016. Courtesy: WDAMHeidelberg senior Khehlan Kennedy recorded 75 tackles for the Oilers in 2016. Courtesy: WDAM

    It's mid-July in Mississippi. The heat index is sweltering and Khehlan Kennedy decided to wear long sleeves. But it's all good. Kennedy will take a few drops of sweat to make sure his Heidelberg Oilers are ready for football season come August 18.

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    It's mid-July in Mississippi. The heat index is sweltering and Khehlan Kennedy decided to wear long sleeves. But it's all good. Kennedy will take a few drops of sweat to make sure his Heidelberg Oilers are ready for football season come August 18.

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  • 1 injured in Hub City drive-by shooting

    1 injured in Hub City drive-by shooting

    Monday, July 17 2017 11:52 PM EDT2017-07-18 03:52:37 GMT
    Hattiesburg police are investigating an apparent drive-by shooting that injured one person Monday night.  Officers responded to Fredna Street just after 10 p.m. to a report of shots fired and found one victim suffering from at least one gunshot wound, according to Hattiesburg Police officials.  The victim was transported from the scene by ambulance to Forrest General Hospital.  Witnesses on scene said at least one residence was also hit during the shooting, and no ot...More >>
    Hattiesburg police are investigating an apparent drive-by shooting that injured one person Monday night.  Officers responded to Fredna Street just after 10 p.m. to a report of shots fired and found one victim suffering from at least one gunshot wound, according to Hattiesburg Police officials.  The victim was transported from the scene by ambulance to Forrest General Hospital.  Witnesses on scene said at least one residence was also hit during the shooting, and no ot...More >>
  • City Council to discuss ending State of Emergency in Hattiesburg

    City Council to discuss ending State of Emergency in Hattiesburg

    Monday, July 17 2017 10:24 PM EDT2017-07-18 02:24:27 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    Hattiesburg City Council will discuss ending the State of Emergency, active since January's EF-3 tornado, at Tuesday's meeting.

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    Hattiesburg City Council will discuss ending the State of Emergency, active since January's EF-3 tornado, at Tuesday's meeting.

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  • 2 jailed after hit & run pursuit

    2 jailed after hit & run pursuit

    Monday, July 17 2017 8:54 PM EDT2017-07-18 00:54:11 GMT
    Two people are behind bars after an afternoon pursuit in West Hattiesburg.  According to Hattiesburg Police PIO Latosha Myers Mitchell, a wanted suspect was spotted by authorities and attempted to elude police.  The vehicle was involved in a traffic accident in the east bound lanes of U.S. 98 around 5:30 p.m. MDOT had reported a crash near Gravel Pit Road in Lamar County. Detectives are working to obtain a warrant to search the vehicle as a part of the...More >>
    Two people are behind bars after an afternoon pursuit in West Hattiesburg.  According to Hattiesburg Police PIO Latosha Myers Mitchell, a wanted suspect was spotted by authorities and attempted to elude police.  The vehicle was involved in a traffic accident in the east bound lanes of U.S. 98 around 5:30 p.m. MDOT had reported a crash near Gravel Pit Road in Lamar County. Detectives are working to obtain a warrant to search the vehicle as a part of the...More >>
  • Road safety projects begin in Lamar County, expect road closures

    Road safety projects begin in Lamar County, expect road closures

    Monday, July 17 2017 7:51 PM EDT2017-07-17 23:51:21 GMT
    Road safety projects begin in Lamar CountyRoad safety projects begin in Lamar County

    A few roads in northern Lamar County will be undergoing some construction, all with the efforts to make the roadways a little safer. There will be multiple closures along Oloh Road, from the intersection of North Black Creek Road to the intersection with Hwy 589, while a hill is lowered and various drain piping is installed.

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    A few roads in northern Lamar County will be undergoing some construction, all with the efforts to make the roadways a little safer. There will be multiple closures along Oloh Road, from the intersection of North Black Creek Road to the intersection with Hwy 589, while a hill is lowered and various drain piping is installed.

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  • Election commissioners meet with Forrest County Board of Supervisors, discuss special election

    Election commissioners meet with Forrest County Board of Supervisors, discuss special election

    Monday, July 17 2017 6:52 PM EDT2017-07-17 22:52:10 GMT

    The commissioners informed the board that the special election to fill the State Representative seat 102 newly vacated by elected Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker should run smoothly

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    The commissioners informed the board that the special election to fill the State Representative seat 102 newly vacated by elected Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker should run smoothly

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  • Mayor Barker asks Board of Supervisors for support on paving project

    Mayor Barker asks Board of Supervisors for support on paving project

    Monday, July 17 2017 6:48 PM EDT2017-07-17 22:48:32 GMT
    WL Runnels RoadWL Runnels Road
    Newly elected Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker met with the Forrest County Board of Supervisors officially for the first time Monday. The Mayor asked the Board for support on a road paving project for Hattiesburg's Forrest County Industrial Park, which serves both the county and the city.  The cost of the paving project of WL Runnels Road is approximately $400,000 for nearly a mile-and-a-half stretch of roadway. "That industrial park is so key to this are...More >>
    Newly elected Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker met with the Forrest County Board of Supervisors officially for the first time Monday. The Mayor asked the Board for support on a road paving project for Hattiesburg's Forrest County Industrial Park, which serves both the county and the city.  The cost of the paving project of WL Runnels Road is approximately $400,000 for nearly a mile-and-a-half stretch of roadway. "That industrial park is so key to this are...More >>
  • Joint operation nets 19 suspects, weapons seized

    Joint operation nets 19 suspects, weapons seized

    Monday, July 17 2017 4:07 PM EDT2017-07-17 20:07:24 GMT

    The Hattiesburg Police Department in coordination with seven other local, state and regional law enforcement agencies arrested 19 suspects and seized eight weapons in a joint operation over the weekend, according to the Hattiesburg Police Department.  The FBI, DEA, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, Forrest County Sheriff's Department, Forrest County District Attorney and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms contributed to the operation.  “Random acts of violence wi...

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    The Hattiesburg Police Department in coordination with seven other local, state and regional law enforcement agencies arrested 19 suspects and seized eight weapons in a joint operation over the weekend, according to the Hattiesburg Police Department.  The FBI, DEA, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, Forrest County Sheriff's Department, Forrest County District Attorney and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms contributed to the operation.  “Random acts of violence wi...

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  • Laurel woman charged with embezzlement

    Laurel woman charged with embezzlement

    Monday, July 17 2017 4:04 PM EDT2017-07-17 20:04:37 GMT
    Krista Duke. Source: JCSDKrista Duke. Source: JCSD

    A Laurel woman has been charged with embezzlement, according to the Jones County Sheriff.  

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    A Laurel woman has been charged with embezzlement, according to the Jones County Sheriff.  

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  • Sheriff: Man attempts to strangle girlfriend after argument

    Sheriff: Man attempts to strangle girlfriend after argument

    Monday, July 17 2017 3:58 PM EDT2017-07-17 19:58:07 GMT
    Charles Godwin. Source: JCSDCharles Godwin. Source: JCSD

    A Jones County man has been charged with domestic aggravated assault after he attempted to strangle his girlfriend, according to the Jones County Sheriff.  

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    A Jones County man has been charged with domestic aggravated assault after he attempted to strangle his girlfriend, according to the Jones County Sheriff.  

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  • breaking

    Barker announces nominations for School Board, Director of Urban Development

    Barker announces nominations for School Board, Director of Urban Development

    Monday, July 17 2017 3:26 PM EDT2017-07-17 19:26:23 GMT
    Andrew Ellard. Source: City of HattiesburgAndrew Ellard. Source: City of Hattiesburg

    The Mayor of Hattiesburg has announced two new nominations for leadership positions.   

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    The Mayor of Hattiesburg has announced two new nominations for leadership positions.   

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  • VIDEO: Petal football players host 'Cribs' episode

    VIDEO: Petal football players host 'Cribs' episode

    Monday, July 17 2017 2:54 PM EDT2017-07-17 18:54:01 GMT
    Petal Panther Football Facebook pagePetal Panther Football Facebook page

    Petal High School football players hosted their own episode of "Cribs" on Facebook, giving followers an inside look at the Petal football facility from the stars themselves.  The video was released on the Petal Panther Football Facebook page and features several Panther players giving an exclusive look at Petal's film room, weight room and the forbidden coaches locker room. The video even features a few dance moves from players.  Watch the video from Pe...

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    Petal High School football players hosted their own episode of "Cribs" on Facebook, giving followers an inside look at the Petal football facility from the stars themselves.  The video was released on the Petal Panther Football Facebook page and features several Panther players giving an exclusive look at Petal's film room, weight room and the forbidden coaches locker room. The video even features a few dance moves from players.  Watch the video from Pe...

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  • Barrontown Utility Association lifts water notice

    Barrontown Utility Association lifts water notice

    Monday, July 17 2017 2:40 PM EDT2017-07-17 18:40:15 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    The notice from last week has now been lifted.

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    The notice from last week has now been lifted.

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  • South Central Regional Medical Center uses blood donations to save lives

    South Central Regional Medical Center uses blood donations to save lives

    Monday, July 17 2017 2:10 PM EDT2017-07-17 18:10:19 GMT
    Dr. Ivey and nurse Brooks check a patient's blood type. Source: Jac Bedrossian.Dr. Ivey and nurse Brooks check a patient's blood type. Source: Jac Bedrossian.

    Before Dr. Kevin Ivey begins his operations he already has blood on the table, ready to use in case of emergency. During a trauma situation, surgeons like Dr. Ivey use 2-4 units of blood on average. He likes to think of it as insurance.  "It costs the person who may need to have that insurance nothing, except a little bit of their time" said Dr. Ivey. Registered Nurse, Ashley Brooks, helps assist Dr. Ivey in Surgery. She's had to administer blood many times in the op...

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    Before Dr. Kevin Ivey begins his operations he already has blood on the table, ready to use in case of emergency. During a trauma situation, surgeons like Dr. Ivey use 2-4 units of blood on average. He likes to think of it as insurance.  "It costs the person who may need to have that insurance nothing, except a little bit of their time" said Dr. Ivey. Registered Nurse, Ashley Brooks, helps assist Dr. Ivey in Surgery. She's had to administer blood many times in the op...

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  • Plan drafted for USM academic reorganization

    Plan drafted for USM academic reorganization

    Monday, July 17 2017 1:40 PM EDT2017-07-17 17:40:18 GMT
    The University of Southern Mississippi. Source: WDAMThe University of Southern Mississippi. Source: WDAM

    A drafted plan for academic reorganization at the University of Southern Mississippi would decrease the number of colleges from six to four in an effort to have a more "efficient organizational structure."

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    A drafted plan for academic reorganization at the University of Southern Mississippi would decrease the number of colleges from six to four in an effort to have a more "efficient organizational structure."

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  • Publishers Clearing House mail scam hits Glendale

    Publishers Clearing House mail scam hits Glendale

    Monday, July 17 2017 1:37 PM EDT2017-07-17 17:37:05 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    When life-long Publishers Clearing House subscriber, Linda Johnson, got a letter in the mail announcing she won $5,480 she thought it was too good to be true.  

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    When life-long Publishers Clearing House subscriber, Linda Johnson, got a letter in the mail announcing she won $5,480 she thought it was too good to be true.  

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  • breaking

    Headmaster of Sacred Heart Catholic School retires

    Headmaster of Sacred Heart Catholic School retires

    Monday, July 17 2017 1:26 PM EDT2017-07-17 17:26:09 GMT
    A statement was issued regarding McCroy's retirement. Source: WDAMA statement was issued regarding McCroy's retirement. Source: WDAM

    Sacred Heart Catholic School will be without a principal going into the 2017-2018 school year, according to the school's superintendent.  

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    Sacred Heart Catholic School will be without a principal going into the 2017-2018 school year, according to the school's superintendent.  

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  • breaking

    Third human West Nile case reported in Forrest County

    Third human West Nile case reported in Forrest County

    Monday, July 17 2017 12:29 PM EDT2017-07-17 16:29:59 GMT
    Source: Havard Pest ControlSource: Havard Pest Control

    The Mississippi State Department of Heath reported its third human case of West Nile virus for the year. 

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    The Mississippi State Department of Heath reported its third human case of West Nile virus for the year. 

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  • Covington County child drowns in swimming pool

    Covington County child drowns in swimming pool

    Monday, July 17 2017 11:45 AM EDT2017-07-17 15:45:11 GMT

    A four-year-old Covington County girl drowned Saturday afternoon in a swimming pool at a home her family was just moving into. 

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    A four-year-old Covington County girl drowned Saturday afternoon in a swimming pool at a home her family was just moving into. 

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  • other

    Retailers began stocking school supplies

    Retailers began stocking school supplies

    Monday, July 17 2017 11:07 AM EDT2017-07-17 15:07:39 GMT
    Shoppers gear up for first day of school. Source; WDAMShoppers gear up for first day of school. Source; WDAM

    It's still the middle of summer break but school supplies are going on sale at most stores across the Pine Belt. 

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    It's still the middle of summer break but school supplies are going on sale at most stores across the Pine Belt. 

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  • Turner Chosen for ASHA Leadership Program

    Turner Chosen for ASHA Leadership Program

    Monday, July 17 2017 9:09 AM EDT2017-07-17 13:09:30 GMT
    Photo credit: USMPhoto credit: USM

    Dr. Courtney Turner, educational audiologist at The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi, was recently selected for the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) 2017 Leadership Development Program. 

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    Dr. Courtney Turner, educational audiologist at The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi, was recently selected for the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) 2017 Leadership Development Program. 

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  • Players of the Pine Belt: Mize senior Elijah Keyes

    Players of the Pine Belt: Mize senior Elijah Keyes

    Monday, July 17 2017 12:48 AM EDT2017-07-17 04:48:27 GMT
    Senior Elijah Keyes recorded 95 tackles for the Mize Bulldogs last season. Courtesy: WDAMSenior Elijah Keyes recorded 95 tackles for the Mize Bulldogs last season. Courtesy: WDAM

    "It's going to be an exciting year," said Mize senior linebacker Elijah Keyes. "I just want everybody to just know that the Mize Bulldogs, we're going to reclaim that name that we once had." Adding a fifth state title to the school's trophy case is what Mize hopes for after enduring just the second losing season (4-8) in program history last year.

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    "It's going to be an exciting year," said Mize senior linebacker Elijah Keyes. "I just want everybody to just know that the Mize Bulldogs, we're going to reclaim that name that we once had." Adding a fifth state title to the school's trophy case is what Mize hopes for after enduring just the second losing season (4-8) in program history last year.

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  • PRCC's Andrew Burks places third at College National Finals Rodeo

    PRCC's Andrew Burks places third at College National Finals Rodeo

    Monday, July 17 2017 12:27 AM EDT2017-07-17 04:27:44 GMT
    PRCC freshman Andrew Burks placed third in calf-roping at the College National Finals Rodeo. Courtesy: WDAMPRCC freshman Andrew Burks placed third in calf-roping at the College National Finals Rodeo. Courtesy: WDAM

    What looks routine for Andrew Burks has been a work-in-progress since the sixth grade. After graduating from Hancock High School, Burks wasn't sure how much time he'd get to spend calf-roping, until Pearl River Community College launched a rodeo team.

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    What looks routine for Andrew Burks has been a work-in-progress since the sixth grade. After graduating from Hancock High School, Burks wasn't sure how much time he'd get to spend calf-roping, until Pearl River Community College launched a rodeo team.

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  • USM student shakes hands, snaps photo with President Trump

    USM student shakes hands, snaps photo with President Trump

    Sunday, July 16 2017 7:19 PM EDT2017-07-16 23:19:34 GMT
    Source: Saywer WaltersSource: Saywer Walters

    Plans to spend the summer at home in Hattiesburg quickly changed for Southern Miss senior Sawyer Walters when he was offered an internship in Washington, D.C.

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    Plans to spend the summer at home in Hattiesburg quickly changed for Southern Miss senior Sawyer Walters when he was offered an internship in Washington, D.C.

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  • So Sweet: Children present Jasper County Sheriff's Department with crosses

    So Sweet: Children present Jasper County Sheriff's Department with crosses

    Sunday, July 16 2017 3:47 PM EDT2017-07-16 19:47:46 GMT

    The Jasper County Sheriff's Department received an extra blessing from children in the community. Children from Antioch Baptist Church presented members of the department with handmade crosses they had blessed Saturday.  In a video posted to the Jasper County Sheriff's Department's Facebook page, a young boy tells Sheriff Randy Johnson that "we prayed over these crosses in church and painted them." The children presented each deputy with a cross they painted and in t...

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    The Jasper County Sheriff's Department received an extra blessing from children in the community. Children from Antioch Baptist Church presented members of the department with handmade crosses they had blessed Saturday.  In a video posted to the Jasper County Sheriff's Department's Facebook page, a young boy tells Sheriff Randy Johnson that "we prayed over these crosses in church and painted them." The children presented each deputy with a cross they painted and in t...

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  • Hattiesburg Firefighters help with search after military plane crash

    Hattiesburg Firefighters help with search after military plane crash

    Sunday, July 16 2017 12:43 PM EDT2017-07-16 16:43:59 GMT
    Source: Facebook/Hattiesburg Fire Department.Source: Facebook/Hattiesburg Fire Department.

    Hattiesburg Firefighters helped the military this week in search for debris after the KC-130T place crash in Leflore County.  15 Marines and one sailor were killed in the place crash Monday, July 10.  In a Facebook post, the Hattiesburg Fire Department said firefighters who are also members of the MS Task Force-3 were "honored" to be asked to help out the military.  The group traveled to Moorhead, Mississippi early Friday morning. "This is w...

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    Hattiesburg Firefighters helped the military this week in search for debris after the KC-130T place crash in Leflore County. 

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  • USM President donates recent pay raise to scholarship fund

    USM President donates recent pay raise to scholarship fund

    Sunday, July 16 2017 12:24 PM EDT2017-07-16 16:24:39 GMT

    The president of the University of Southern Mississippi says he is giving a recent pay raise he received to a new scholarship fund.

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    The president of the University of Southern Mississippi says he is giving a recent pay raise he received to a new scholarship fund.

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  • Camp Shelby gets new commander

    Camp Shelby gets new commander

    Saturday, July 15 2017 7:59 PM EDT2017-07-15 23:59:55 GMT
    Col. Bobby Ginn speaks to soldiers after assuming command of Camp Shelby Saturday. Photo credit WDAM.Col. Bobby Ginn speaks to soldiers after assuming command of Camp Shelby Saturday. Photo credit WDAM.

    A 27-year veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve and the Mississippi National Guard is the new commander of Camp Shelby. 

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    A 27-year veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve and the Mississippi National Guard is the new commander of Camp Shelby. 

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  • Camp Shelby hosts centennial 'Family Day'

    Camp Shelby hosts centennial 'Family Day'

    Saturday, July 15 2017 7:37 PM EDT2017-07-15 23:37:38 GMT
    Visitors to Camp Shelby Saturday enjoyed many displays of military vehicles. Photo credit WDAM.Visitors to Camp Shelby Saturday enjoyed many displays of military vehicles. Photo credit WDAM.

    Thousands of people visited Camp Shelby Saturday to celebrate its 100th birthday. 

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    Thousands of people visited Camp Shelby Saturday to celebrate its 100th birthday. 

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  • Prescription pills, drugs found during traffic stop in Columbia

    Prescription pills, drugs found during traffic stop in Columbia

    Saturday, July 15 2017 6:29 PM EDT2017-07-15 22:29:50 GMT
    Source: Columbia Police DepartmentSource: Columbia Police Department

    Police say a minor traffic offense in Columbia led to prescription pills, a stolen gun and two people behind bars.

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    Police say a minor traffic offense in Columbia led to prescription pills, a stolen gun and two people behind bars.

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  • Victim identified in I-59 wreck

    Victim identified in I-59 wreck

    Saturday, July 15 2017 10:53 AM EDT2017-07-15 14:53:13 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    A Pine Belt man is dead after a wreck on Interstate 59 Friday afternoon.

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    A Pine Belt man is dead after a wreck on Interstate 59 Friday afternoon.

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  • Third annual Chickasawhay Race scheduled for Saturday

    Third annual Chickasawhay Race scheduled for Saturday

    Friday, July 14 2017 8:15 PM EDT2017-07-15 00:15:06 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    Nearly 150 people in kayaks, canoes, or on stand up paddle boards are expected to take part in the third annual Great Chickasawhay River Race Saturday morning. T

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    Nearly 150 people in kayaks, canoes, or on stand up paddle boards are expected to take part in the third annual Great Chickasawhay River Race Saturday morning. T

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  • Officials breakdown real cost of seat belt fines

    Friday, July 14 2017 8:01 PM EDT2017-07-15 00:01:18 GMT
    Photo Source: WDAMPhoto Source: WDAM
    Dwayne Moak of Laurel said he was driving his friend driving around town last week when he was pulled over by police.  “He pulled me over and said the passenger didn’t have his seat belt on,” Moak explained. Moak said his friend had the lap belt on, but not the shoulder restraint.  Because the driver is held responsible, Moak knew he would be charged a fined “I was told it was 25 dollars for a ticket and went there to pay it, but when I went to pa...More >>
    Dwayne Moak of Laurel said he was driving his friend driving around town last week when he was pulled over by police.  “He pulled me over and said the passenger didn’t have his seat belt on,” Moak explained. Moak said his friend had the lap belt on, but not the shoulder restraint.  Because the driver is held responsible, Moak knew he would be charged a fined “I was told it was 25 dollars for a ticket and went there to pay it, but when I went to pa...More >>
  • "Blue Whale Challenge" Warning

    "Blue Whale Challenge" Warning

    Friday, July 14 2017 6:44 PM EDT2017-07-14 22:44:02 GMT

    Authorities are warning parents of an online game that can turn deadly.

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    Authorities are warning parents of an online game that can turn deadly.

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  • breaking

    Fatality reported in interstate accident

    Fatality reported in interstate accident

    Friday, July 14 2017 5:58 PM EDT2017-07-14 21:58:19 GMT
    Traffic on I-59 after a crash near Exit 65B. Source: MDOTTraffic on I-59 after a crash near Exit 65B. Source: MDOT

    Atleast one person is dead after an accident on Interstate 59 Friday afternoon. 

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    Atleast one person is dead after an accident on Interstate 59 Friday afternoon. 

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  • Free live music offered in Downtown Hattiesburg

    Free live music offered in Downtown Hattiesburg

    Friday, July 14 2017 5:17 PM EDT2017-07-14 21:17:24 GMT
    Source: Live at 5Source: Live at 5

    You can enjoy free live music in the park this summer in Downtown Hattiesburg. 

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    You can enjoy free live music in the park this summer in Downtown Hattiesburg. 

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  • New Hub City leaders look to lower cost of Public Safety Complex

    New Hub City leaders look to lower cost of Public Safety Complex

    Friday, July 14 2017 5:06 PM EDT2017-07-14 21:06:23 GMT
    Hattiesburg public safety complex. Source: WDAMHattiesburg public safety complex. Source: WDAM

    Plans for the Hattiesburg Public Safety Complex are still on the table, but with new administration taking over in the Hub City, the process won’t be moving as quick. 

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    Plans for the Hattiesburg Public Safety Complex are still on the table, but with new administration taking over in the Hub City, the process won’t be moving as quick. 

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  • Miss. Hospitality will be crowned July 22 in Hattiesburg

    Miss. Hospitality will be crowned July 22 in Hattiesburg

    Friday, July 14 2017 5:04 PM EDT2017-07-14 21:04:46 GMT
    Mary Elizabeth Stringer. Source: Miss HospitalityMary Elizabeth Stringer. Source: Miss Hospitality

    Mississippi’s reigning Miss Hospitality Mary Elizabeth Stringer will crown a new state titleholder during the upcoming 2017 Mississippi Miss Hospitality Pageant at the Historic Hattiesburg Saenger Theater on July 22.

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    Mississippi’s reigning Miss Hospitality Mary Elizabeth Stringer will crown a new state titleholder during the upcoming 2017 Mississippi Miss Hospitality Pageant at the Historic Hattiesburg Saenger Theater on July 22.

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  • Hub City woman jailed on arson charge

    Hub City woman jailed on arson charge

    Friday, July 14 2017 5:00 PM EDT2017-07-14 21:00:16 GMT
    Cassandra Anderson. Source: HPDCassandra Anderson. Source: HPD

    A Hattiesburg woman is behind bars and facing an arson charge in connection to a fire at an apartment complex in the Hub City.

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    A Hattiesburg woman is behind bars and facing an arson charge in connection to a fire at an apartment complex in the Hub City.

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  • Petal may soon get its own app

    Petal may soon get its own app

    Friday, July 14 2017 4:57 PM EDT2017-07-14 20:57:17 GMT
    The Mayor of Petal, Hal Marx, says the app would help residents get a faster response time to their concerns. Source: WDAMThe Mayor of Petal, Hal Marx, says the app would help residents get a faster response time to their concerns. Source: WDAM

    For residents who live in Petal, there may be another tool in their arsenal for keeping up with events taking place in the city, contacting city officials and receiving alerts.

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    For residents who live in Petal, there may be another tool in their arsenal for keeping up with events taking place in the city, contacting city officials and receiving alerts.

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  • Hub City company involved in fatal forklift accident has past with safety violations

    Hub City company involved in fatal forklift accident has past with safety violations

    Friday, July 14 2017 4:55 PM EDT2017-07-14 20:55:52 GMT
    Blendco. Source: WDAMBlendco. Source: WDAM

    A Hub City company says they are working closely with OSHA after a man died in a forklift accident. According to OSHA reports, the company has a past with safety violations. 

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    A Hub City company says they are working closely with OSHA after a man died in a forklift accident. According to OSHA reports, the company has a past with safety violations. 

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