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  • Lamar Co. man killed in early morning crash

    Lamar Co. man killed in early morning crash

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 12:22 PM EST2018-02-20 17:22:27 GMT

    A 34-year-old Lamar County man is dead after an early morning crash on WPA Road just north of Old Highway 24.

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    A 34-year-old Lamar County man is dead after an early morning crash on WPA Road just north of Old Highway 24.

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  • Town of Mt. Olive under boil water advisory

    Town of Mt. Olive under boil water advisory

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 10:05 AM EST2018-02-20 15:05:42 GMT
    Health officials strongly recommend that all water be boiled vigorously for one minute before it is consumed. (Photo source: WDAM)Health officials strongly recommend that all water be boiled vigorously for one minute before it is consumed. (Photo source: WDAM)

    People living in Mt. Olive are under a boil water advisory until further notice.

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    People living in Mt. Olive are under a boil water advisory until further notice.

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  • HS Girls Basketball Playoffs - First round

    HS Girls Basketball Playoffs - First round

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 12:26 AM EST2018-02-20 05:26:50 GMT
    The North Forrest girls beat Clarkdale in triple overtime on Monday. Courtesy: WDAMThe North Forrest girls beat Clarkdale in triple overtime on Monday. Courtesy: WDAM

    The high school girls basketball playoffs begin on Monday night. Here are some of the scores from around the Pine Belt...

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    The high school girls basketball playoffs begin on Monday night. Here are some of the scores from around the Pine Belt...

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  • Luke Reynolds name C-USA hitter of the week

    Luke Reynolds name C-USA hitter of the week

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 12:05 AM EST2018-02-20 05:05:04 GMT
    USM junior Luke Reynolds batted .600 in his first three games as a Golden Eagle. Courtesy: WDAMUSM junior Luke Reynolds batted .600 in his first three games as a Golden Eagle. Courtesy: WDAM

    Luke Reynolds had not played in a baseball game since 2015. However, he clearly didn’t miss a beat based on his performance in USM’s three-game sweep of Mississippi State.

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    Luke Reynolds had not played in a baseball game since 2015. However, he clearly didn’t miss a beat based on his performance in USM’s three-game sweep of Mississippi State.

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  • WDAM has learned the Lumberton Police Chief suddenly resigned

    Lumberton police chief resigns

    Lumberton police chief resigns

    Monday, February 19 2018 10:44 PM EST2018-02-20 03:44:52 GMT
    Lumberton Police Chief Shane Flynt has suddenly resigned. (Photo source: WDAM)Lumberton Police Chief Shane Flynt has suddenly resigned. (Photo source: WDAM)

    WDAM has learned Lumberton Police Chief Shane Flynt has suddenly resigned. Flynt was appointed as the city's police chief back in September 2017. According to the Lumberton Police Department, Flynt recently put in his resignation.

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    WDAM has learned Lumberton Police Chief Shane Flynt has suddenly resigned. Flynt was appointed as the city's police chief back in September 2017. According to the Lumberton Police Department, Flynt recently put in his resignation.

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  • IRS warns taxpayers of scam using erroneous refunds

    IRS warns taxpayers of scam using erroneous refunds

    Monday, February 19 2018 10:30 PM EST2018-02-20 03:30:47 GMT
    The Internal Revenue Service warned taxpayers of a scam involving erroneous tax refunds being deposited into bank accounts.  (Photo source: WDAM Archives)The Internal Revenue Service warned taxpayers of a scam involving erroneous tax refunds being deposited into bank accounts.  (Photo source: WDAM Archives)

    The Internal Revenue Service warned taxpayers of a scam involving erroneous tax refunds being deposited into bank accounts.  Criminals are using stolen client data from tax professionals and filing fraudulent tax returns, using the taxpayers' real bank accounts for the deposit, according to an IRS press release. Then, the scammers use various tactics to reclaim the refund from the taxpayer.  In one version, criminals pose as a debt collection agency official acting on beha...

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    The Internal Revenue Service warned taxpayers of a scam involving erroneous tax refunds being deposited into bank accounts.  Criminals are using stolen client data from tax professionals and filing fraudulent tax returns, using the taxpayers' real bank accounts for the deposit, according to an IRS press release. Then, the scammers use various tactics to reclaim the refund from the taxpayer.  In one version, criminals pose as a debt collection agency official acting on beha...

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  • Lady Eagles thrashed by Louisiana Tech, 89-57

    Lady Eagles thrashed by Louisiana Tech, 89-57

    Monday, February 19 2018 10:17 PM EST2018-02-20 03:17:09 GMT

    Louisiana Tech University women’s basketball team set a single-game record by making 14 baskets from 3-point range as the Lady Techsters rained an 89-57 decision on the University of Southern Mississippi at the Thomas Assembly this past weekend.

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    Louisiana Tech University women’s basketball team set a single-game record by making 14 baskets from 3-point range as the Lady Techsters rained an 89-57 decision on the University of Southern Mississippi at the Thomas Assembly this past weekend.

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  • Crusaders’ Smith named SSAC Pitcher of Week

    Crusaders’ Smith named SSAC Pitcher of Week

    Monday, February 19 2018 9:00 PM EST2018-02-20 02:00:24 GMT

    William Carey University junior right-hander Devin Smith was named Southern States Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 12-18. 

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    William Carey University junior right-hander Devin Smith was named Southern States Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 12-18. 

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  • Carey’s Moak earns 2nd straight SSAC honor

    Carey’s Moak earns 2nd straight SSAC honor

    Monday, February 19 2018 8:29 PM EST2018-02-20 01:29:21 GMT

    For a second consecutive week, William Carey University softball pitcher Hannah Moak was named Southern States Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 12-18.

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    For a second consecutive week, William Carey University softball pitcher Hannah Moak was named Southern States Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 12-18.

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  • HFD could see pay scale changes

    HFD could see pay scale changes

    Monday, February 19 2018 8:18 PM EST2018-02-20 01:18:48 GMT
    Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker and members of his administration are rolling out a pay scale alignment for the Hattiesburg Fire Department. (Photo source: WDAM)Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker and members of his administration are rolling out a pay scale alignment for the Hattiesburg Fire Department. (Photo source: WDAM)
    Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker and members of his administration are rolling out a pay scale alignment for the Hattiesburg Fire Department.  It's one way that city leaders are hoping will continue to grow the numbers when it comes to manpower inside the department.  "As we have listened to both of our public safety departments, whether it be police or fire, one thing that you heard that there was really no sort of career ladder," said Barker.  The city recen...More >>
    Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker and members of his administration are rolling out a pay scale alignment for the Hattiesburg Fire Department.  It's one way that city leaders are hoping will continue to grow the numbers when it comes to manpower inside the department.  "As we have listened to both of our public safety departments, whether it be police or fire, one thing that you heard that there was really no sort of career ladder," said Barker.  The city recen...More >>
  • USM’s set to return to the mound

    USM’s set to return to the mound

    Monday, February 19 2018 7:25 PM EST2018-02-20 00:25:53 GMT
    The Golden Eagles are coming a season-opening sweep of nationally-ranked Mississippi State. USM outscored  the Bulldogs 23-6, hitting .296 with 29 hits in the three games of the Farm Bureau Classic. (Photo source: WDAM archive)The Golden Eagles are coming a season-opening sweep of nationally-ranked Mississippi State. USM outscored  the Bulldogs 23-6, hitting .296 with 29 hits in the three games of the Farm Bureau Classic. (Photo source: WDAM archive)
    One of the questions regarding the University of Southern Mississippi’s pitching staff coming into the 2018 baseball season was just how long it might take Walker Powell to recover from arm issues that cost him the 2017 season. As it turns out, not very long at all. Powell, a sophomore right-hander from Fayetteville, Ark., was announced as USM’s starting pitcher when the 13th-ranked Golden Eagles (3-0) visit No. 17 University of South Alabama (3-1) at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday a...More >>
    One of the questions regarding the University of Southern Mississippi’s pitching staff coming into the 2018 baseball season was just how long it might take Walker Powell to recover from arm issues that cost him the 2017 season. As it turns out, not very long at all. Powell, a sophomore right-hander from Fayetteville, Ark., was announced as USM’s starting pitcher when the 13th-ranked Golden Eagles (3-0) visit No. 17 University of South Alabama (3-1) at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday a...More >>
  • First business at the District at Midtown set to open

    First business at the District at Midtown set to open

    Monday, February 19 2018 5:30 PM EST2018-02-19 22:30:44 GMT
    Fuzzy’s Taco Shop will open on Wednesday 11 a.m. at the District at Midtown in Hattiesburg. (Photo source: WDAM)Fuzzy’s Taco Shop will open on Wednesday 11 a.m. at the District at Midtown in Hattiesburg. (Photo source: WDAM)
    One of the first businesses at the District at Midtown is set to open on Wednesday. Fuzzy’s Taco Shop will open on Wednesday 11 a.m. at the District at Midtown in Hattiesburg.  Franchise owner Trey Ziegler said it’s the first of its kind in the state. After Wednesday the store will begin its regular hours which will include mornings at 7 a.m. serving breakfast all day.  Fuzzy’s Taco shop is headquartered in Fort Worth Texas with about 140 locations ...More >>
    One of the first businesses at the District at Midtown is set to open on Wednesday. Fuzzy’s Taco Shop will open on Wednesday 11 a.m. at the District at Midtown in Hattiesburg.  Franchise owner Trey Ziegler said it’s the first of its kind in the state. After Wednesday the store will begin its regular hours which will include mornings at 7 a.m. serving breakfast all day.  Fuzzy’s Taco shop is headquartered in Fort Worth Texas with about 140 locations ...More >>
  • Bill would exempt recent grads from state income tax for staying in Mississippi

    Bill would exempt recent grads from state income tax for staying in Mississippi

    Monday, February 19 2018 4:25 PM EST2018-02-19 21:25:44 GMT
    House Bill 1550 would encourage recent college grads to seek employement in Mississippi.  Source: WDAM.House Bill 1550 would encourage recent college grads to seek employement in Mississippi. Source: WDAM.

    State lawmakers are working on a way to encourage college graduates to stay in, or move to, Mississippi.

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    State lawmakers are working on a way to encourage college graduates to stay in, or move to, Mississippi.

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  • Lieutenant governor unveils plan to pay for infrastructure

    Lieutenant governor unveils plan to pay for infrastructure

    Monday, February 19 2018 4:07 PM EST2018-02-19 21:07:55 GMT
    Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves wants to borrow and divert existing revenue to provide more money for roads and bridges over the next six years. (Photo source: WDAM)Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves wants to borrow and divert existing revenue to provide more money for roads and bridges over the next six years. (Photo source: WDAM)

    Mississippi's lieutenant governor wants to borrow and divert existing revenue to provide more money for roads and bridges over the next six years.

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    Mississippi's lieutenant governor wants to borrow and divert existing revenue to provide more money for roads and bridges over the next six years.

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  • Southern Miss baseball jumps in rankings after MSU sweep

    Southern Miss baseball jumps in rankings after MSU sweep

    Monday, February 19 2018 3:58 PM EST2018-02-19 20:58:39 GMT
    The University of Southern Mississippi baseball team jumped in national college baseball rankings after an opening weekend sweep of Mississippi State. (Photo source: WDAM archive)The University of Southern Mississippi baseball team jumped in national college baseball rankings after an opening weekend sweep of Mississippi State. (Photo source: WDAM archive)

    The University of Southern Mississippi baseball team jumped in national college baseball rankings after an opening weekend sweep of Mississippi State.  The Golden Eagles outscored the Bulldogs 23-6 and never trailed in the three-game home series at Pete Taylor Park in Hattiesburg. National rankings released Monday reflected the impressive sweep.  Collegiate Baseball ranked Southern Miss No. 13. (Previously ranked No. 25) Baseball America ranked South...

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    The University of Southern Mississippi baseball team jumped in national college baseball rankings after an opening weekend sweep of Mississippi State.  The Golden Eagles outscored the Bulldogs 23-6 and never trailed in the three-game home series at Pete Taylor Park in Hattiesburg. National rankings released Monday reflected the impressive sweep.  Collegiate Baseball ranked Southern Miss No. 13. (Previously ranked No. 25) Baseball America ranked South...

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  • Superintendent squashes school threat rumors

    Superintendent squashes school threat rumors

    Monday, February 19 2018 3:38 PM EST2018-02-19 20:38:49 GMT
    The district is urging parents and students to notify school administrators directly with any issues related to school safety. (Photo source: Facebook/Lamar County School District)The district is urging parents and students to notify school administrators directly with any issues related to school safety. (Photo source: Facebook/Lamar County School District)

    Following the recent tragedy in Florida, several local school districts are experiencing rumors and false statements in regards to possible threats to schools.

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    Following the recent tragedy in Florida, several local school districts are experiencing rumors and false statements in regards to possible threats to schools.

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  • Hattiesburg attorney pleads guilty to federal tax crime

    Hattiesburg attorney pleads guilty to federal tax crime

    Monday, February 19 2018 2:05 PM EST2018-02-19 19:05:14 GMT
    John W. Lee is scheduled to appear in court on March 14 for sentencing. (Photo Source: WDAM)John W. Lee is scheduled to appear in court on March 14 for sentencing. (Photo Source: WDAM)

     A Hattiesburg attorney faces up to three years in prison and a $100,000 fine for filing a false corporate tax return in 2012.  

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     A Hattiesburg attorney faces up to three years in prison and a $100,000 fine for filing a false corporate tax return in 2012.  

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  • Puppy from alleged Wayne Co. dog fighting ring gets loving home

    Puppy from alleged Wayne Co. dog fighting ring gets loving home

    Monday, February 19 2018 1:25 PM EST2018-02-19 18:25:17 GMT
    Drake, the youngest of nine dogs rescued from an alleged dog fighting ring in Wayne County, was adopted into a new home Saturday. Source: Southern Cross Animal Rescue.Drake, the youngest of nine dogs rescued from an alleged dog fighting ring in Wayne County, was adopted into a new home Saturday. Source: Southern Cross Animal Rescue.

    A puppy rescued from an alleged dog fighting ring in Wayne County last month has found a permanent loving home.  Drake, a four-month old male mixed breed, was adopted Saturday.  He had serious wounds when he and eight other dogs were seized from a property on Lacey Road in late January.  They were taken to Southern Cross Animal Rescue in Jones County to be rehabilitated.  Volunteers with SCAR said Drake made steady progress and was ready for a forever home.&nbs...

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    A puppy rescued from an alleged dog fighting ring in Wayne County last month has found a permanent loving home.  Drake, a four-month old male mixed breed, was adopted Saturday.  He had serious wounds when he and eight other dogs were seized from a property on Lacey Road in late January.  They were taken to Southern Cross Animal Rescue in Jones County to be rehabilitated.  Volunteers with SCAR said Drake made steady progress and was ready for a forever home.&nbs...

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  • No bomb found after threat at Collins Veterans Home

    No bomb found after threat at Collins Veterans Home

    Monday, February 19 2018 11:50 AM EST2018-02-19 16:50:04 GMT
    Collins Police and Covington County authorities are investigating a bomb threat that was reported Saturday eveningCollins Police and Covington County authorities are investigating a bomb threat that was reported Saturday evening

    Collins Police and Covington County authorities are investigating a bomb threat that was reported Saturday evening at a veterans home. 

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    Collins Police and Covington County authorities are investigating a bomb threat that was reported Saturday evening at a veterans home. 

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  • Pine Belt barber creates mobile barber shop

    Pine Belt barber creates mobile barber shop

    Sunday, February 18 2018 9:20 PM EST2018-02-19 02:20:48 GMT
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    Licensed barber Steve McGill has been cutting hair for 27 years, opening his own shop in Columbia, MS in 1996 but he decided to close the shop because the bills were getting a little out of hand. “The bills kept going up,” McGill says. “So, I went back to the drawing board and I said "You know what? I'm going to build me a mobile unit.” 

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    Licensed barber Steve McGill has been cutting hair for 27 years, opening his own shop in Columbia, MS in 1996 but he decided to close the shop because the bills were getting a little out of hand. “The bills kept going up,” McGill says. “So, I went back to the drawing board and I said "You know what? I'm going to build me a mobile unit.” 

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  • UAB blitzes USM in 2nd half of 2nd half, 87-69

    UAB blitzes USM in 2nd half of 2nd half, 87-69

    Sunday, February 18 2018 5:14 PM EST2018-02-18 22:14:41 GMT

    The University of Alabama-Birmingham went on a 21-2 run late in the second half to run away from the University of Southern Mississippi 87-69 Saturday evening at Reed Green Coliseum.

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    The University of Alabama-Birmingham went on a 21-2 run late in the second half to run away from the University of Southern Mississippi 87-69 Saturday evening at Reed Green Coliseum.

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  • USM baseball sets season-ticket record

    USM baseball sets season-ticket record

    Sunday, February 18 2018 4:10 PM EST2018-02-18 21:10:11 GMT

    USM athletic officials reported that the Golden Eagles had sold more than 1,700 season tickets before the gates opened on the year at Pete Taylor Park.

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    USM athletic officials reported that the Golden Eagles had sold more than 1,700 season tickets before the gates opened on the year at Pete Taylor Park.

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  • Classic photographer visits the Pine Belt

    Classic photographer visits the Pine Belt

    Sunday, February 18 2018 3:59 PM EST2018-02-18 20:59:18 GMT
    Classic photographer visits Laurel. Photo credit WDAMClassic photographer visits Laurel. Photo credit WDAM

    A Mississippi photographer visited Guild and Gentry in Laurel Saturday. Michael Foster is one of the few remaining colloidal process photographers in the country. 

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    A Mississippi photographer visited Guild and Gentry in Laurel Saturday. Michael Foster is one of the few remaining colloidal process photographers in the country. 

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  • Family celebrates Glin Street’s birthday, one year after disappearance

    Family celebrates Glin Street’s birthday, one year after disappearance

    Sunday, February 18 2018 3:56 PM EST2018-02-18 20:56:11 GMT
    Family gathers for Glin Street's birthday. Photo credit WDAM.Family gathers for Glin Street's birthday. Photo credit WDAM.

    It's been one year since Glin Street went missing. On a sunny Saturday afternoon, her family gathered to celebrate her birthday. 

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    It's been one year since Glin Street went missing. On a sunny Saturday afternoon, her family gathered to celebrate her birthday. 

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  • Wayne County man caught trying to burglarize home

    Wayne County man caught trying to burglarize home

    Saturday, February 17 2018 8:12 PM EST2018-02-18 01:12:55 GMT
    Man caught trying to burglarize home; Photo Source: Wayne County Sheriff's Dept.Man caught trying to burglarize home; Photo Source: Wayne County Sheriff's Dept.

    Wayne County residents and sheriff's deputies teamed up to apprehend a would-be thief this morning after he was caught allegedly trying to burglarize a home.

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    Wayne County residents and sheriff's deputies teamed up to apprehend a would-be thief this morning after he was caught allegedly trying to burglarize a home.

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  • 4th Children's Center Classic held at Southern Miss

    4th Children's Center Classic held at Southern Miss

    Saturday, February 17 2018 7:15 PM EST2018-02-18 00:15:43 GMT
    A one-mile fun run began the 4th annual Children's Center Classic Saturday. Photo credit WDAM.A one-mile fun run began the 4th annual Children's Center Classic Saturday. Photo credit WDAM.

    Hundreds of people gathered at the University of Southern Mississippi Saturday morning to raise money to help children. 

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    Hundreds of people gathered at the University of Southern Mississippi Saturday morning to raise money to help children. 

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  • Hattiesburg hosting POW-MIA flag on national tour

    Hattiesburg hosting POW-MIA flag on national tour

    Saturday, February 17 2018 6:55 PM EST2018-02-17 23:55:42 GMT
    A POW-MIA flag, in a plastic case, is on a motorcycle tour of all 50 states. Photo credit WDAM.A POW-MIA flag, in a plastic case, is on a motorcycle tour of all 50 states. Photo credit WDAM.

    Some local veterans are participating in a nationwide tour which is remembering American prisoners of war and those missing in action.  Veterans with the Hattiesburg VFW Post 3036 will deliver POW-MIA flag to Alabama Sunday. It is on a 50-state motorcycle tour to remember the 83,000 U.S. military personnel unaccounted who fought in wars overseas.  The flag arrived in Hattiesburg from Louisiana Friday.  "This is a great honor to transport this flag and be c...

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    Some local veterans are participating in a nationwide tour which is remembering American prisoners of war and those missing in action.  Veterans with the Hattiesburg VFW Post 3036 will deliver POW-MIA flag to Alabama Sunday. It is on a 50-state motorcycle tour to remember the 83,000 U.S. military personnel unaccounted who fought in wars overseas.  The flag arrived in Hattiesburg from Louisiana Friday.  "This is a great honor to transport this flag and be c...

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  • USM vs MSU series brings tourism into the city

    USM vs MSU series brings tourism into the city

    Saturday, February 17 2018 3:30 PM EST2018-02-17 20:30:23 GMT
    People from all over the state came to Hattiesburg to cheer on their favorite team in the baseball season opener between the University of Southern Mississippi at Pete Taylor Park. (Photo source: WDAM)People from all over the state came to Hattiesburg to cheer on their favorite team in the baseball season opener between the University of Southern Mississippi at Pete Taylor Park. (Photo source: WDAM)

    People from all over the state came to Hattiesburg to cheer on their favorite team during the University of Southern Mississippi versus Mississippi State baseball game.  Executive Director of Visit Hattiesburg Marlo Dorsey says that the city has the red carpet rolled out to anyone coming to the city to have a good time the weekend of the game.  "This is what tourism is all about," says Dorsey. 

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    People from all over the state came to Hattiesburg to cheer on their favorite team during the University of Southern Mississippi versus Mississippi State baseball game.  Executive Director of Visit Hattiesburg Marlo Dorsey says that the city has the red carpet rolled out to anyone coming to the city to have a good time the weekend of the game.  "This is what tourism is all about," says Dorsey. 

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  • Sandlin, USM shut down State, 11-0

    Sandlin, USM shut down State, 11-0

    Friday, February 16 2018 10:28 PM EST2018-02-17 03:28:00 GMT

    Nick Sandlin threw seven shutout innings and four Golden Eagles drove in at least two runs as the University of Southern Mississippi shut down Mississippi State University 11-0 Friday.

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    Nick Sandlin threw seven shutout innings and four Golden Eagles drove in at least two runs as the University of Southern Mississippi shut down Mississippi State University 11-0 Friday.

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  • Hattiesburg tornado victim gets new home

    Hattiesburg tornado victim gets new home

    Friday, February 16 2018 8:49 PM EST2018-02-17 01:49:12 GMT
    Mary Snowden (left) receives a Bible from a volunteer with Mennonite Disaster Service during a dedication ceremony for her new home Friday. Photo credit WDAM.Mary Snowden (left) receives a Bible from a volunteer with Mennonite Disaster Service during a dedication ceremony for her new home Friday. Photo credit WDAM.

    A Hattiesburg tornado victim has a new home tonight, thanks to volunteers with Mennonite Disaster Service, R3SM and the Greater Pinebelt Community Foundation.   Mary Snowden's home on South Pine Drive was heavily damaged in the Jan. 21, 2017 twister and had to be demolished. But Friday, a dedication ceremony was held for her new house, on the site where the old one stood. Volunteers from Mennonite Disaster Service built the home and presented Snowden with a Bible and othe...

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    A Hattiesburg tornado victim has a new home tonight, thanks to volunteers with Mennonite Disaster Service, R3SM and the Greater Pinebelt Community Foundation.   Mary Snowden's home on South Pine Drive was heavily damaged in the Jan. 21, 2017 twister and had to be demolished. But Friday, a dedication ceremony was held for her new house, on the site where the old one stood. Volunteers from Mennonite Disaster Service built the home and presented Snowden with a Bible and othe...

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  • Southern Miss opens season with win over MSU, 11-0

    Southern Miss opens season with win over MSU, 11-0

    Friday, February 16 2018 8:29 PM EST2018-02-17 01:29:37 GMT
    Southern Miss opens 2018 season with 11-0 win over Mississippi State. (Photo source: WDAM)Southern Miss opens 2018 season with 11-0 win over Mississippi State. (Photo source: WDAM)
    In the first start of his career, University of Southern Mississippi right-hander Nick Sandlin struck out nine in seven shutout innings as the No. 21 Golden Eagles shutdown No. 23 Mississippi State 11-0 in the season opener for both teams. The eighth-largest crowds in Pete Taylor Park history, 4,948, saw Sandlin set a personal best in strikeouts during the longest appearance of his collegiate career while scattering four hits and walking none. Designated hitter Matthew Guidry, third...More >>
    In the first start of his career, University of Southern Mississippi right-hander Nick Sandlin struck out nine in seven shutout innings as the No. 21 Golden Eagles shutdown No. 23 Mississippi State 11-0 in the season opener for both teams. The eighth-largest crowds in Pete Taylor Park history, 4,948, saw Sandlin set a personal best in strikeouts during the longest appearance of his collegiate career while scattering four hits and walking none. Designated hitter Matthew Guidry, third...More >>
  • "G'Day Mate!" Hattiesburg Zoo opens interactive Australia exhibit

    "G'Day Mate!" Hattiesburg Zoo opens interactive Australia exhibit

    Friday, February 16 2018 7:20 PM EST2018-02-17 00:20:00 GMT
    The 'Wallaby Walkabout' is now open at the Hattiesburg Zoo.  Source: WDAM.The 'Wallaby Walkabout' is now open at the Hattiesburg Zoo. Source: WDAM.

    The next time you visit the Hattiesburg Zoo, you can go one-on-one with a wallaby! The zoo officially opened the fourth continent to the property, Australia, Friday, which includes an interactive "Wallaby Walkabout" exhibit. "This is a barrier-free exhibit," said Rick Taylor, the Executive Director for the Hattiesburg Convention Commission.  "The guests are able to go inside with no barriers between them and the animal and they will be able to interact ...

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    The next time you visit the Hattiesburg Zoo, you can go one-on-one with a wallaby! The zoo officially opened the fourth continent to the property, Australia, Friday, which includes an interactive "Wallaby Walkabout" exhibit. "This is a barrier-free exhibit," said Rick Taylor, the Executive Director for the Hattiesburg Convention Commission.  "The guests are able to go inside with no barriers between them and the animal and they will be able to interact ...

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  • Forrest County Supervisors upgrading court security

    Forrest County Supervisors upgrading court security

    Friday, February 16 2018 6:11 PM EST2018-02-16 23:11:07 GMT
    The Forrest County Board of Supervisors are working to make some of the county buildings safer. (Photo source: WDAM)The Forrest County Board of Supervisors are working to make some of the county buildings safer. (Photo source: WDAM)
    The Forrest County Board of Supervisors are working to make some of the county buildings safer. “In an effort to make the old Masonic Temple or Justice Court building safer for both the public and our employees, the board has agreed to put in a new camera system,” said Forrest County Board President David Hogan. Their focus, the Forrest County Justice Court Building, which they have approved to move forward with. Hogan said one of their big issues is working with the hi...More >>
    The Forrest County Board of Supervisors are working to make some of the county buildings safer. “In an effort to make the old Masonic Temple or Justice Court building safer for both the public and our employees, the board has agreed to put in a new camera system,” said Forrest County Board President David Hogan. Their focus, the Forrest County Justice Court Building, which they have approved to move forward with. Hogan said one of their big issues is working with the hi...More >>
  • Dog food pulled from stores after euthanasia drug found in popular brands

    Dog food pulled from stores after euthanasia drug found in popular brands

    Friday, February 16 2018 5:56 PM EST2018-02-16 22:56:31 GMT
    The JM Smucker Company has withdrawn several varieties of Gravy Train, Kibbles ‘N Bits, Skippy and Ol' Roy. (Photo source: Pixabay)The JM Smucker Company has withdrawn several varieties of Gravy Train, Kibbles ‘N Bits, Skippy and Ol' Roy. (Photo source: Pixabay)

    Some popular brands of canned dog food are being pulled off of shelves after trace amounts of a euthanasia drug were found in some cans.

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    Some popular brands of canned dog food are being pulled off of shelves after trace amounts of a euthanasia drug were found in some cans.

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  • SkillsUSA competition held at JCJC

    SkillsUSA competition held at JCJC

    Friday, February 16 2018 5:40 PM EST2018-02-16 22:40:47 GMT
    Students from around south Mississippi gathered at Jones County Junior College on Friday for the Region 5 SkillsUSA championship. (Photo source: WDAM)Students from around south Mississippi gathered at Jones County Junior College on Friday for the Region 5 SkillsUSA championship. (Photo source: WDAM)
    Students from around south Mississippi gathered at Jones County Junior College on Friday for the Region 5 SkillsUSA championship. The event showcases the best local career and technical students in their fields. The competition included welding, automotive repair, electrical wiring and more. Skills USA serves more than 300,000 high schools and college students across the country. Dr. Lemond Irvin, state coordinator of SkillsUSA, said that having a skill is s...More >>
    Students from around south Mississippi gathered at Jones County Junior College on Friday for the Region 5 SkillsUSA championship. The event showcases the best local career and technical students in their fields. The competition included welding, automotive repair, electrical wiring and more. Skills USA serves more than 300,000 high schools and college students across the country. Dr. Lemond Irvin, state coordinator of SkillsUSA, said that having a skill is s...More >>
  • Lamar County nabs burglary suspect

    Lamar County nabs burglary suspect

    Friday, February 16 2018 4:45 PM EST2018-02-16 21:45:52 GMT
    Davion Brown, 18, was arrested in connection to two daytime burglaries in the Kingsmill subdivision in Lamar County on February 6 and February 9. (Photo source: Lamar County Sheriff's Dept.)Davion Brown, 18, was arrested in connection to two daytime burglaries in the Kingsmill subdivision in Lamar County on February 6 and February 9. (Photo source: Lamar County Sheriff's Dept.)

    Lamar County sheriff's investigators arrested a suspected burglar Thursday in Hattiesburg. Davion Brown, 18, was arrested in connection to two daytime burglaries in the Kingsmill subdivision in Lamar County on February 6 and February 9, according to Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel.  

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    Lamar County sheriff's investigators arrested a suspected burglar Thursday in Hattiesburg. Davion Brown, 18, was arrested in connection to two daytime burglaries in the Kingsmill subdivision in Lamar County on February 6 and February 9, according to Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel.  

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  • Mayor nominates Hattiesburg parent, accountant for school board

    Mayor nominates Hattiesburg parent, accountant for school board

    Friday, February 16 2018 3:57 PM EST2018-02-16 20:57:26 GMT
    Yolanda Morris (Photo source: City of Hattiesburg)Yolanda Morris (Photo source: City of Hattiesburg)

    Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker has nominated Yolanda Morris to serve on the Hattiesburg School District Board of Trustees.

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    Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker has nominated Yolanda Morris to serve on the Hattiesburg School District Board of Trustees.

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  • Viral video shows support for teacher with sick daughter

    Viral video shows support for teacher with sick daughter

    Friday, February 16 2018 3:33 PM EST2018-02-16 20:33:47 GMT

    An English teacher at Columbia High School just learned that her daughter, Gentry, has a brain tumor. Through a Facebook video, Amy Terrell learned she has support as she fights with her baby at home. She is not alone.

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    An English teacher at Columbia High School just learned that her daughter, Gentry, has a brain tumor. Through a Facebook video, Amy Terrell learned she has support as she fights with her baby at home. She is not alone.

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  • Prescribed burn in Perry County

    Prescribed burn in Perry County

    Friday, February 16 2018 2:41 PM EST2018-02-16 19:41:57 GMT
    (Photo source: Pixabay)(Photo source: Pixabay)

    If you see large plumes of smoke rising into the sky today in Perry County, don’t be alarmed. The U.S. Forest Service is conducting a prescribed burn in the area.

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    If you see large plumes of smoke rising into the sky today in Perry County, don’t be alarmed. The U.S. Forest Service is conducting a prescribed burn in the area.

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  • USM hosts Mississippi State in Farm Bureau Classic

    USM hosts Mississippi State in Farm Bureau Classic

    Friday, February 16 2018 1:41 PM EST2018-02-16 18:41:40 GMT

    In what some have pegged as the top season-opening series in college baseball, the University of Southern Mississippi will host intrastate rival Mississippi State University for three games this weekend at Pete Taylor Park. 

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    In what some have pegged as the top season-opening series in college baseball, the University of Southern Mississippi will host intrastate rival Mississippi State University for three games this weekend at Pete Taylor Park. 

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  • FBI investigating threat against Seminary High School

    FBI investigating threat against Seminary High School

    Friday, February 16 2018 12:38 PM EST2018-02-16 17:38:15 GMT
    Covington County School District Superintendent Dr. Arnetta Crosby said school officials became aware of the threat on social media Friday morning. (Photo source: Facebook/Covington County School District)Covington County School District Superintendent Dr. Arnetta Crosby said school officials became aware of the threat on social media Friday morning. (Photo source: Facebook/Covington County School District)

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Covington County Sheriff’s Department are investigating an alleged threat made against Seminary High School.

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    The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Covington County Sheriff’s Department are investigating an alleged threat made against Seminary High School.

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  • USM comes up empty down the stretch, falls to MTSU

    USM comes up empty down the stretch, falls to MTSU

    Thursday, February 15 2018 11:35 PM EST2018-02-16 04:35:23 GMT

    The University of Southern Mississippi went scoreless over the final 7:14 of play play in a 72-62 loss to visiting Middle Tennessee State University at Green Coliseum Thursday.

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    The University of Southern Mississippi went scoreless over the final 7:14 of play play in a 72-62 loss to visiting Middle Tennessee State University at Green Coliseum Thursday.

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  • Lady Eagles’ rally comes up short at North Texas

    Lady Eagles’ rally comes up short at North Texas

    Thursday, February 15 2018 10:21 PM EST2018-02-16 03:21:38 GMT

    A furious rally by the University of Southern Mississippi fell just short Thursday night as the University of North Texas held on for a 71-62 Conference USA women’s basketball win.

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    A furious rally by the University of Southern Mississippi fell just short Thursday night as the University of North Texas held on for a 71-62 Conference USA women’s basketball win.

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  • MTSU pulls away late to defeat USM, 72-62

    MTSU pulls away late to defeat USM, 72-62

    Thursday, February 15 2018 10:02 PM EST2018-02-16 03:02:16 GMT
    The University of Southern Mississippi failed to score in the final 7 minutes, 14, seconds, of basketball Thursday night as Conference USA-leading Middle Tennessee State University pulled away to a 72-62 victory. (Photo source: WDAM archive)The University of Southern Mississippi failed to score in the final 7 minutes, 14, seconds, of basketball Thursday night as Conference USA-leading Middle Tennessee State University pulled away to a 72-62 victory. (Photo source: WDAM archive)
    The University of Southern Mississippi failed to score in the final 7 minutes, 14, seconds, of basketball Thursday night as Conference USA-leading Middle Tennessee State University pulled away to a 72-62 victory at Green Coliseum. A 3-pointer by USM freshman guard LaDavius Draine tied the game at 62-62, but those were the final points of the night for USM (13-14, 6-8 C-USA) as the Blue Raiders (21-5, 13-1) won their eighth consecutive game. Copyright WDAM 2018. All rights reser...More >>
    The University of Southern Mississippi failed to score in the final 7 minutes, 14, seconds, of basketball Thursday night as Conference USA-leading Middle Tennessee State University pulled away to a 72-62 victory at Green Coliseum. A 3-pointer by USM freshman guard LaDavius Draine tied the game at 62-62, but those were the final points of the night for USM (13-14, 6-8 C-USA) as the Blue Raiders (21-5, 13-1) won their eighth consecutive game. Copyright WDAM 2018. All rights reser...More >>
  • Law enforcement weighs in on school safety following Florida mass shooting

    Law enforcement weighs in on school safety following Florida mass shooting

    Thursday, February 15 2018 9:36 PM EST2018-02-16 02:36:43 GMT
    Sadly, we live in a world where we are seeing an increasing number of active school shootings. So, what do you do if you're a student or teacher in that horrifying situation? We talked to law enforcement about school safety. (Photo source: WDAM)Sadly, we live in a world where we are seeing an increasing number of active school shootings. So, what do you do if you're a student or teacher in that horrifying situation? We talked to law enforcement about school safety. (Photo source: WDAM)

    Thursday WDAM centered attention around school safety following the deadly school shooting in Florida. WDAM looked at what's unfolding inside the classrooms and what can be done to stay safe. Sadly, we live in a world were we are seeing increasing number of active school shootings. So, what do you do if you're a student or teacher in that horrifying situation? We talked to law enforcement about school safety. Detective Sammy Ray said, "Do not be a victim. Barricade yourself, ru...

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    Thursday WDAM centered attention around school safety following the deadly school shooting in Florida. WDAM looked at what's unfolding inside the classrooms and what can be done to stay safe. Sadly, we live in a world were we are seeing increasing number of active school shootings. So, what do you do if you're a student or teacher in that horrifying situation? We talked to law enforcement about school safety. Detective Sammy Ray said, "Do not be a victim. Barricade yourself, ru...

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  • One year later, Perry County woman still missing

    One year later, Perry County woman still missing

    Thursday, February 15 2018 7:58 PM EST2018-02-16 00:58:24 GMT
    Street, 47, was reported missing by a family member, and her live-in boyfriend. (Photo source: Perry County Sheriff's Dept.)Street, 47, was reported missing by a family member, and her live-in boyfriend. (Photo source: Perry County Sheriff's Dept.)

    Glin Street was last seen at her home on Forrest Lake Road on February 21, 2017, and nearly a year later, the missing person case is still open. Perry County Sheriff Mitch Nobles said it’s a case file that he keeps on his desk every day, and the department is still looking for new leads every day. Street, 47, was reported missing by a family member, and her live-in boyfriend, Hugo Hugger claimed he was the last person to see her. “Hugger said the last time that he ...

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    Glin Street was last seen at her home on Forrest Lake Road on February 21, 2017, and nearly a year later, the missing person case is still open. Perry County Sheriff Mitch Nobles said it’s a case file that he keeps on his desk every day, and the department is still looking for new leads every day. Street, 47, was reported missing by a family member, and her live-in boyfriend, Hugo Hugger claimed he was the last person to see her. “Hugger said the last time that he ...

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  • Foster grandparents making a difference in Jones County

    Foster grandparents making a difference in Jones County

    Thursday, February 15 2018 7:47 PM EST2018-02-16 00:47:21 GMT
    Five foster grandparents volunteer at Glade Elementary School. Photo credit WDAM.Five foster grandparents volunteer at Glade Elementary School. Photo credit WDAM.

    Valentine's Day has passed, but a dedicated group of Jones County senior citizens is showing a special love for children every school day.   They are foster grandparents, and a group of five of them volunteer at Glade Elementary School.  They range in age from 69 to 91. "We couldn't make it without our foster grannies," said Lisa Ishee, principal of Glade Elementary School. "We love them so much. They're making a difference."  A total of 35 ...

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    Valentine's Day has passed, but a dedicated group of Jones County senior citizens is showing a special love for children every school day.   They are foster grandparents, and a group of five of them volunteer at Glade Elementary School.  They range in age from 69 to 91. "We couldn't make it without our foster grannies," said Lisa Ishee, principal of Glade Elementary School. "We love them so much. They're making a difference."  A total of 35 ...

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  • 'Stop the Bleed': Steps to help save lives during emergencies

    'Stop the Bleed': Steps to help save lives during emergencies

    Thursday, February 15 2018 7:42 PM EST2018-02-16 00:42:20 GMT
    The 'Stop the Bleed' campaign began after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012.  With each new massacre, the mission means more. (Photo source: WDAM)The 'Stop the Bleed' campaign began after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012.  With each new massacre, the mission means more. (Photo source: WDAM)

    Would you know how to act fast to save a life during a mass shooting?  A national campaign is hoping everyone will learn three simple steps that could be the difference between life and death. 

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    Would you know how to act fast to save a life during a mass shooting?  A national campaign is hoping everyone will learn three simple steps that could be the difference between life and death. 

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  • How to detect early signs of violence in children

    How to detect early signs of violence in children

    Thursday, February 15 2018 6:16 PM EST2018-02-15 23:16:13 GMT
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    The Valentine’s Day school shooting that left 17 people dead in Florida has people wondering what they can do to prevent such an event from happening again.

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    The Valentine’s Day school shooting that left 17 people dead in Florida has people wondering what they can do to prevent such an event from happening again.

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  • Hattiesburg man's guilty verdict affirmed in 2014 murder

    Hattiesburg man's guilty verdict affirmed in 2014 murder

    Thursday, February 15 2018 5:08 PM EST2018-02-15 22:08:45 GMT
    James Clark was convicted of second-degree murder and aggravated assault in the 2014 shooting death of a Hattiesburg man (Photo source: MDOC)James Clark was convicted of second-degree murder and aggravated assault in the 2014 shooting death of a Hattiesburg man (Photo source: MDOC)

    The Mississippi Supreme Court affirmed the 2016 guilty verdicts of a Hattiesburg convicted of second-degree murder and aggravated assault in the 2014 shooting death of a Hub City man.  James Clark, convicted in July 2016, appealed the decision claiming "he received ineffective assistance of counsel and that the verdicts are against the overwhelming weight of evidence," according to court documents. The Court found no error and affirmed the decision on Th...

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    The Mississippi Supreme Court affirmed the 2016 guilty verdicts of a Hattiesburg convicted of second-degree murder and aggravated assault in the 2014 shooting death of a Hub City man.  James Clark, convicted in July 2016, appealed the decision claiming "he received ineffective assistance of counsel and that the verdicts are against the overwhelming weight of evidence," according to court documents. The Court found no error and affirmed the decision on Th...

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  • Deen and Tate memorial monument under construction for fallen officers

    Deen and Tate memorial monument under construction for fallen officers

    Thursday, February 15 2018 4:35 PM EST2018-02-15 21:35:10 GMT
    Construction of the permanent memorial for fallen HPD officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate at the location where the deadly incident took place back in May 2015. (Photo source: WDAM)Construction of the permanent memorial for fallen HPD officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate at the location where the deadly incident took place back in May 2015. (Photo source: WDAM)

    Hattiesburg Police Department Assistant Chief Peggy Sealy has spearheaded a project to a erect a permanent memorial for fallen HPD officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate at the location where the deadly incident took place back in May 2015. 

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    Hattiesburg Police Department Assistant Chief Peggy Sealy has spearheaded a project to a erect a permanent memorial for fallen HPD officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate at the location where the deadly incident took place back in May 2015. 

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  • First Lady Deborah Bryant visits Perry Co. school

    First Lady Deborah Bryant visits Perry Co. school

    Thursday, February 15 2018 2:34 PM EST2018-02-15 19:34:16 GMT

    The First Lady of Mississippi, Deborah Bryant, visited South Perry Elementary School on Thursday. She visited the campus and read to students in K3 through third grade.  

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    The First Lady of Mississippi, Deborah Bryant, visited South Perry Elementary School on Thursday. She visited the campus and read to students in K3 through third grade.  

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  • Authorities looking for woman wanted for auto burglary

    Authorities looking for woman wanted for auto burglary

    Thursday, February 15 2018 1:32 PM EST2018-02-15 18:32:52 GMT

    Hattiesburg police are looking for a woman involved in an auto burglary.

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    Hattiesburg police are looking for a woman involved in an auto burglary.

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  • Flags at half-staff in remembrance of FL school shooting victims

    Flags at half-staff in remembrance of FL school shooting victims

    Thursday, February 15 2018 12:56 PM EST2018-02-15 17:56:02 GMT
    (Photo source: Pixabay)(Photo source: Pixabay)

    Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has signed an order for flags to fly at half-staff after Wednesday’s tragic high school shooting in Parkland, FL.

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    Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has signed an order for flags to fly at half-staff after Wednesday’s tragic high school shooting in Parkland, FL.

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  • 2 charged in Perry Co. burglary; more suspects sought

    2 charged in Perry Co. burglary; more suspects sought

    Thursday, February 15 2018 11:54 AM EST2018-02-15 16:54:40 GMT
    The burglary happened Monday night between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. Tuesday at a residence on Wingate Road in New Augusta. (Photo source: Perry County Sheriff's Office)The burglary happened Monday night between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. Tuesday at a residence on Wingate Road in New Augusta. (Photo source: Perry County Sheriff's Office)

    Perry County authorities have arrested and charged a pair of suspects, and are searching for two others, in a residential burglary in New Augusta.

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    Perry County authorities have arrested and charged a pair of suspects, and are searching for two others, in a residential burglary in New Augusta.

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  • Ash Wednesday observed in the Pine Belt

    Ash Wednesday observed in the Pine Belt

    Wednesday, February 14 2018 11:23 PM EST2018-02-15 04:23:04 GMT
    Parishioners and congregations gathered in the Pine Belt to participate in the meaning of the day and take time to reflect. (Photo source: WDAM)Parishioners and congregations gathered in the Pine Belt to participate in the meaning of the day and take time to reflect. (Photo source: WDAM)

    It's a day celebrated by Christians around the world, Ash Wednesday. Jessica Bowman caught up with some people celebrating the day and takes a look at Lenten season across the Pine Belt. Rev. Todd Watson said, "From dust you came and to dust you shall return." Deacon Ralph Torrelli said, "Repent and believe in the good news. So, when you see these ashes it's a reminder that we all need to repent." That is what is said as ashes were spread across foreheads in the...

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    It's a day celebrated by Christians around the world, Ash Wednesday. Jessica Bowman caught up with some people celebrating the day and takes a look at Lenten season across the Pine Belt. Rev. Todd Watson said, "From dust you came and to dust you shall return." Deacon Ralph Torrelli said, "Repent and believe in the good news. So, when you see these ashes it's a reminder that we all need to repent." That is what is said as ashes were spread across foreheads in the...

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  • Camp Shelby hosting disaster training for Guard, state agencies

    Camp Shelby hosting disaster training for Guard, state agencies

    Wednesday, February 14 2018 8:22 PM EST2018-02-15 01:22:42 GMT
    Officers with the Mississippi Dept. of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks and airmen from the Hawaii Air National Guard's 154th Security Forces Squadron participate in Patriot South 2018 Wednesday. Photo credit WDAM.Officers with the Mississippi Dept. of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks and airmen from the Hawaii Air National Guard's 154th Security Forces Squadron participate in Patriot South 2018 Wednesday. Photo credit WDAM.

    For the second year, Camp Shelby is hosting an exercise testing the capabilities of the National Guard and various state agencies to react to disasters like storms and earthquakes.  It's called Patriot South 2018. It involves 1,000 National Guard soldiers and airmen from eleven states, along with officials from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.  ...

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    For the second year, Camp Shelby is hosting an exercise testing the capabilities of the National Guard and various state agencies to react to disasters like storms and earthquakes.  It's called Patriot South 2018. It involves 1,000 National Guard soldiers and airmen from eleven states, along with officials from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.  ...

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  • Some SNAP benefits could be replaced with food boxes

    Some SNAP benefits could be replaced with food boxes

    Wednesday, February 14 2018 8:16 PM EST2018-02-15 01:16:27 GMT
    The box, coined as "USDA America's Harvest Box," would include food grown by American farmers including milk, juice, cereals, pasta, canned produce, and more, according to the administration's proposal. (Photo source: WDAM archive)The box, coined as "USDA America's Harvest Box," would include food grown by American farmers including milk, juice, cereals, pasta, canned produce, and more, according to the administration's proposal. (Photo source: WDAM archive)

    The box, coined as "USDA America's Harvest Box," would include food grown by American farmers including milk, juice, cereals, pasta, canned produce, and more, according to the administration's proposal. With the current program, SNAP recipients get money loaded onto an EBT card they can use to buy what they want as long as it falls under the guidelines.   The White House said the plan would save the U.S. nearly $130 billion over 10 years, and re...

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    The box, coined as "USDA America's Harvest Box," would include food grown by American farmers including milk, juice, cereals, pasta, canned produce, and more, according to the administration's proposal. With the current program, SNAP recipients get money loaded onto an EBT card they can use to buy what they want as long as it falls under the guidelines.   The White House said the plan would save the U.S. nearly $130 billion over 10 years, and re...

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  • Columbia starts phase one of annexation study

    Columbia starts phase one of annexation study

    Wednesday, February 14 2018 8:01 PM EST2018-02-15 01:01:52 GMT
    Mayor Justin McKenzie said that the plan to move forward with an annexation has been his plan since his mayoral campaign last year. He said his goal is to bring more revenue to the city for it to grow. (Photo source: Columbia City Hall)Mayor Justin McKenzie said that the plan to move forward with an annexation has been his plan since his mayoral campaign last year. He said his goal is to bring more revenue to the city for it to grow. (Photo source: Columbia City Hall)

    The city of Columbia is in its early stages for planning an annexation. Mayor Justin McKenzie says that the plan to move forward with an annexation has been his plan since his mayoral campaign last year. He says his goal is to bring more revenue to the city for it to grow. “Any city that wants to continue to grow and expand and capitalize on improvements, the city limits have to go with it,” says McKenzie. 

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    The city of Columbia is in its early stages for planning an annexation. Mayor Justin McKenzie says that the plan to move forward with an annexation has been his plan since his mayoral campaign last year. He says his goal is to bring more revenue to the city for it to grow. “Any city that wants to continue to grow and expand and capitalize on improvements, the city limits have to go with it,” says McKenzie. 

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  • People surprised with flowers on Valentine’s Day

    People surprised with flowers on Valentine’s Day

    Wednesday, February 14 2018 7:37 PM EST2018-02-15 00:37:39 GMT
    People surprised with flowers this Valentine's Day. Photo credit WDAM.People surprised with flowers this Valentine's Day. Photo credit WDAM.

    Many people in the pine belt had a wonderful Valentine’s day after receiving a surprise present from Blooms in Hattiesburg.

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    Many people in the pine belt had a wonderful Valentine’s day after receiving a surprise present from Blooms in Hattiesburg.

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  • Integration leads to winning tradition for Oak Grove baseball

    Integration leads to winning tradition for Oak Grove baseball

    Wednesday, February 14 2018 7:32 PM EST2018-02-15 00:32:42 GMT
    In 1970, Mississippi public schools integrated. Breland was one of 32 teachers at all-black John Jefferson High School in Purvis. Breland said under government mandate, all 32 teachers were sent to white schools. (Photo source: WDAM)In 1970, Mississippi public schools integrated. Breland was one of 32 teachers at all-black John Jefferson High School in Purvis. Breland said under government mandate, all 32 teachers were sent to white schools. (Photo source: WDAM)

    At a time when racial tension pulsed through our nation, the vibration didn't reach one place in the Pine Belt...

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    At a time when racial tension pulsed through our nation, the vibration didn't reach one place in the Pine Belt...

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  • Lamar County doctor prescribes hydration for good health

    Lamar County doctor prescribes hydration for good health

    Wednesday, February 14 2018 7:00 PM EST2018-02-15 00:00:18 GMT
    "I usually tell my patients that water is life and that is so true." (Photo source: WDAM)"I usually tell my patients that water is life and that is so true." (Photo source: WDAM)

    We are in the second month of the new year, so now may be a good time to check in with yourself. This time of year many people are trying to stick with their health kick, or trying to avoid the flu or other seasonable crud. Whatever your situation, there is a simple aid that can help you stay healthy and ward off the many germs lurking around. All you have to do is step into your kitchen. "It is the corner stone of everything you do as far as your health is concerned," Sout...

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    We are in the second month of the new year, so now may be a good time to check in with yourself. This time of year many people are trying to stick with their health kick, or trying to avoid the flu or other seasonable crud. Whatever your situation, there is a simple aid that can help you stay healthy and ward off the many germs lurking around. All you have to do is step into your kitchen. "It is the corner stone of everything you do as far as your health is concerned," Sout...

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  • JCJC softball pitcher earns player of week honors

    JCJC softball pitcher earns player of week honors

    Wednesday, February 14 2018 6:59 PM EST2018-02-14 23:59:55 GMT

    Jones County Junior College freshman Hallie Donald, who helped the second-ranked Lady Bobcats open the 2018 softball season 4-0, was honored as Pitcher of the Week by two organizations.

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    Jones County Junior College freshman Hallie Donald, who helped the second-ranked Lady Bobcats open the 2018 softball season 4-0, was honored as Pitcher of the Week by two organizations.

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  • Puppy dragged, choked, beaten with plastic leash

    Puppy dragged, choked, beaten with plastic leash

    Wednesday, February 14 2018 6:44 PM EST2018-02-14 23:44:40 GMT
    Man caught on camera dragging, beating and choking a puppy near a shed.  Source: WDAM.Man caught on camera dragging, beating and choking a puppy near a shed. Source: WDAM.

    A man has been charged after he was caught on camera dragging, choking and beating a puppy in Jefferson Davis County.

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    A man has been charged after he was caught on camera dragging, choking and beating a puppy in Jefferson Davis County.

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  • Woman killed in Jefferson Davis Co. shooting was mother of 2

    Woman killed in Jefferson Davis Co. shooting was mother of 2

    Wednesday, February 14 2018 6:34 PM EST2018-02-14 23:34:21 GMT
    Sheriff Ron Strickland said Ashley Oatis, 25, was killed in the shooting on Zion Hill Church Road. (Photo source: WDAM)Sheriff Ron Strickland said Ashley Oatis, 25, was killed in the shooting on Zion Hill Church Road. (Photo source: WDAM)

    Sheriff Ron Strickland said Ashley Oatis, 25, was killed in the shooting on Zion Hill Church Road. A family member tells us Oatis was a mother of two.

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    Sheriff Ron Strickland said Ashley Oatis, 25, was killed in the shooting on Zion Hill Church Road. A family member tells us Oatis was a mother of two.

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  • Pair of Carey athletes earns Player of Week honors

    Pair of Carey athletes earns Player of Week honors

    Wednesday, February 14 2018 5:44 PM EST2018-02-14 22:44:08 GMT

    Hannah Moak and Troy Salvant came up huge for their respective William Carey University sports teams last week, and both were honored as Southern States Athletic Conference Player of the Week.

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    Hannah Moak and Troy Salvant came up huge for their respective William Carey University sports teams last week, and both were honored as Southern States Athletic Conference Player of the Week.

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  • Two South MS correctional employees arrested for contraband

    Two South MS correctional employees arrested for contraband

    Wednesday, February 14 2018 5:30 PM EST2018-02-14 22:30:48 GMT

    Two officers of a Greene County correctional facility have been arrested after being caught with contraband during a shakedown Tuesday morning.  Jadijah Rawls, 21, a correctional officer trainee hired in November and Diane Phillips, 64, a correctional officer since February 2014, were arrested and booked into the Greene County Jail, according to a Mississippi Department of Corrections press release. The shakedown was part of Operation Zero Tolerance at the South Mississippi Corr...

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    Two officers of a Greene County correctional facility have been arrested after being caught with contraband during a shakedown Tuesday morning.  Jadijah Rawls, 21, a correctional officer trainee hired in November and Diane Phillips, 64, a correctional officer since February 2014, were arrested and booked into the Greene County Jail, according to a Mississippi Department of Corrections press release. The shakedown was part of Operation Zero Tolerance at the South Mississippi Corr...

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  • Christian Ostrander takes reins of USM pitching

    Christian Ostrander takes reins of USM pitching

    Wednesday, February 14 2018 3:47 PM EST2018-02-14 20:47:58 GMT
    Christian Ostrander enters his first season as USM's pitching coach. Courtesy: WDAMChristian Ostrander enters his first season as USM's pitching coach. Courtesy: WDAM

    For seven years as the head baseball coach of Jones County Junior College, Christian Ostrander watched the Southern Miss program from a distance. Third-year JCJC head coach Chris Kirtland spent six seasons on Ostrander’s Bobcat staff and knows what coach “Oz” can bring in his first season as the Golden Eagles pitching coach.

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    For seven years as the head baseball coach of Jones County Junior College, Christian Ostrander watched the Southern Miss program from a distance. Third-year JCJC head coach Chris Kirtland spent six seasons on Ostrander’s Bobcat staff and knows what coach “Oz” can bring in his first season as the Golden Eagles pitching coach.

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  • MS is 4th worst state for singles, according to study

    MS is 4th worst state for singles, according to study

    Wednesday, February 14 2018 2:17 PM EST2018-02-14 19:17:34 GMT
    The state of Mississippi is the fourth worst state for single people, according to WalletHub. (Photo source: Pixabay)The state of Mississippi is the fourth worst state for single people, according to WalletHub. (Photo source: Pixabay)

    The state of Mississippi is the fourth worst state for single people, according to WalletHub.

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    The state of Mississippi is the fourth worst state for single people, according to WalletHub.

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  • Reward offered for information on burned home tied to murder investigation

    Reward offered for information on burned home tied to murder investigation

    Wednesday, February 14 2018 1:52 PM EST2018-02-14 18:52:15 GMT
    (Photo source: WDAM)(Photo source: WDAM)

    Authorities in Jefferson Davis County continue to investigate after a woman was found dead outside her burned home over the weekend.

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    Authorities in Jefferson Davis County continue to investigate after a woman was found dead outside her burned home over the weekend.

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  • Give the gift of life-saving blood this Valentine's Day

    Give the gift of life-saving blood this Valentine's Day

    Wednesday, February 14 2018 12:49 PM EST2018-02-14 17:49:39 GMT
    United Blood ServicesUnited Blood Services

    Valentine’s Day gifts usually include chocolates, flowers and teddy bears. But, this Valentine’s Day, you can give something that means even more; the gift of life.

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    Valentine’s Day gifts usually include chocolates, flowers and teddy bears. But, this Valentine’s Day, you can give something that means even more; the gift of life.

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  • Roof repairs to start soon on the Jones Co. Courthouse in Ellisville

    Roof repairs to start soon on the Jones Co. Courthouse in Ellisville

    Tuesday, February 13 2018 10:35 PM EST2018-02-14 03:35:54 GMT
    Renovation plans continue on the Jones County Courthouse in Ellisville as more than $150,000 is going into the courthouse. (Photo source: WDAM)Renovation plans continue on the Jones County Courthouse in Ellisville as more than $150,000 is going into the courthouse. (Photo source: WDAM)

    Renovation plans continue on the Jones County Courthouse in Ellisville. More than 150 thousand dollars is going into the courthouse. The repair of the roof is now moving forward. Tim Bass said, "It's coming up pretty soon." Work is projected to start on the roof renovations at the Jones County Courthouse in Ellisville in March. Eddie Pearson Roofing Project Manager Tim Bass said the company was awarded the bid just last week. Bass said, "Start to finish I would like...

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    Renovation plans continue on the Jones County Courthouse in Ellisville. More than 150 thousand dollars is going into the courthouse. The repair of the roof is now moving forward. Tim Bass said, "It's coming up pretty soon." Work is projected to start on the roof renovations at the Jones County Courthouse in Ellisville in March. Eddie Pearson Roofing Project Manager Tim Bass said the company was awarded the bid just last week. Bass said, "Start to finish I would like...

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  • Jones County children deliver Valentine's gifts to nursing home

    Jones County children deliver Valentine's gifts to nursing home

    Tuesday, February 13 2018 10:10 PM EST2018-02-14 03:10:33 GMT
    Elijah collected 122 bears for residents of the Jones County Rest Home and said he could not wait to come back. (Photo source: Facebook)Elijah collected 122 bears for residents of the Jones County Rest Home and said he could not wait to come back. (Photo source: Facebook)
    A 5-year-old boy surprised residents of a Jones County nursing home with Valentine's Day gifts on Tuesday evening.  It all started when Elijah asked his mother, Lacee Ard, about the Jones County Rest Home while passing by it one day. "He told me that he wanted to bring them all bears for Valentine’s Day because everyone loves surprises and he wanted to make them all smile," Lacee said.  From there, Elijah set out on a mission to collect 122 ...More >>
    A 5-year-old boy surprised residents of a Jones County nursing home with Valentine's Day gifts on Tuesday evening.  It all started when Elijah asked his mother, Lacee Ard, about the Jones County Rest Home while passing by it one day. "He told me that he wanted to bring them all bears for Valentine’s Day because everyone loves surprises and he wanted to make them all smile," Lacee said.  From there, Elijah set out on a mission to collect 122 ...More >>
  • Little Creek residents fed up with water issues

    Little Creek residents fed up with water issues

    Tuesday, February 13 2018 8:49 PM EST2018-02-14 01:49:56 GMT
    Residents want a resolution to water issues. (Photo source: WDAM)Residents want a resolution to water issues. (Photo source: WDAM)

    It was a heated meeting in little creek Monday as residents looked for a solution for their water issues. 

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    It was a heated meeting in little creek Monday as residents looked for a solution for their water issues. 

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  • Flower shops keeping late hours preparing for Valentine's Day

    Flower shops keeping late hours preparing for Valentine's Day

    Tuesday, February 13 2018 8:16 PM EST2018-02-14 01:16:59 GMT
    Adrienne Hicks, owner of Blooms, works on a flower arrangement Tuesday. Photo credit WDAM.Adrienne Hicks, owner of Blooms, works on a flower arrangement Tuesday. Photo credit WDAM.

    Flower shops will be keeping late hours Tuesday night, preparing last minute orders for Valentine's Day.  The staff at Blooms have brought in all four designers and about a dozen extra sets of hands to handle hundreds of orders. Many will be delivered Wednesday.  "There is a huge stack of orders that we have not even touched for tomorrow, we're just trying to get everything out today," said Adrienne Hicks, owner of Blooms. "We encouraged a lot of people...

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    Flower shops will be keeping late hours Tuesday night, preparing last minute orders for Valentine's Day.  The staff at Blooms have brought in all four designers and about a dozen extra sets of hands to handle hundreds of orders. Many will be delivered Wednesday.  "There is a huge stack of orders that we have not even touched for tomorrow, we're just trying to get everything out today," said Adrienne Hicks, owner of Blooms. "We encouraged a lot of people...

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  • Elderberries popular as flu-fighting fruit

    Elderberries popular as flu-fighting fruit

    Tuesday, February 13 2018 7:59 PM EST2018-02-14 00:59:51 GMT
    Elderberry extract has been a big seller recently at local pharmacies and vitamin stores. Photo credit WDAM.Elderberry extract has been a big seller recently at local pharmacies and vitamin stores. Photo credit WDAM.

    The elderberry has a new-found popularity, as a natural remedy for the flu.   It's the fruit of the flowering plant, Sambucus, also known as the elderflower.      Naturopathic doctor Kirby Thompson, of Wildflower Wellness, LLC, said it can boost the immune system and has other benefits.  "We also use it for digestive issues, weight loss," she said. Elderberries are also used to make wine and flavor food.  One Petal pharmacist...

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    The elderberry has a new-found popularity, as a natural remedy for the flu.   It's the fruit of the flowering plant, Sambucus, also known as the elderflower.      Naturopathic doctor Kirby Thompson, of Wildflower Wellness, LLC, said it can boost the immune system and has other benefits.  "We also use it for digestive issues, weight loss," she said. Elderberries are also used to make wine and flavor food.  One Petal pharmacist...

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  • USM president concerned over possibility of MS gun bill

    USM president concerned over possibility of MS gun bill

    Tuesday, February 13 2018 6:08 PM EST2018-02-13 23:08:36 GMT
    Source: WDAM.Source: WDAM.

    The debate over who can carry a gun in Mississippi and where continues in Jackson. Some university officials and security experts are concerned over the impact of one proposed bill.

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    The debate over who can carry a gun in Mississippi and where continues in Jackson. Some university officials and security experts are concerned over the impact of one proposed bill.

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  • NCS4 hosts Athletics, After-School Activities Safety and Security Summit

    NCS4 hosts Athletics, After-School Activities Safety and Security Summit

    Tuesday, February 13 2018 4:59 PM EST2018-02-13 21:59:41 GMT
    The National Interscholastic Athletics and After-School Activities Safety and Security Summit will go through Thursday at USM.  (Photo Source: WDAM.)The National Interscholastic Athletics and After-School Activities Safety and Security Summit will go through Thursday at USM. (Photo Source: WDAM.)

    Keeping students, faculty and staff safe after school hours is the focus for the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety & Security this week. Over 60 interscholastic athletic officials from across the country are meeting at The University of Southern Mississippi  to share ideas and explore new methods for safety and security during NCS4's fourth annual summit.   "Each year, we bring the top-thought leaders in the country to look at all the curr...

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    Keeping students, faculty and staff safe after school hours is the focus for the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety & Security this week. Over 60 interscholastic athletic officials from across the country are meeting at The University of Southern Mississippi  to share ideas and explore new methods for safety and security during NCS4's fourth annual summit.   "Each year, we bring the top-thought leaders in the country to look at all the curr...

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  • Ellisville man accused of stabbing family member 11 times

    Ellisville man accused of stabbing family member 11 times

    Tuesday, February 13 2018 3:52 PM EST2018-02-13 20:52:04 GMT
    Rayford Manning (Photo source: Jones County Sheriff's Department)Rayford Manning (Photo source: Jones County Sheriff's Department)

    An Ellisville man was charged with aggravated domestic assault after Jones County deputies responded to the scene of a bloody stabbing Sunday.

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    An Ellisville man was charged with aggravated domestic assault after Jones County deputies responded to the scene of a bloody stabbing Sunday.

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  • Celebration of Mardi Gras: History & Fun Facts

    Celebration of Mardi Gras: History & Fun Facts

    Tuesday, February 13 2018 2:03 PM EST2018-02-13 19:03:51 GMT
    Mardis Gras image Photo Source: PixabayMardis Gras image Photo Source: Pixabay

    Mardi Gras, also called Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday, is a popular holiday celebrated all around the world. 

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    Mardi Gras, also called Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday, is a popular holiday celebrated all around the world. 

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  • Bonds set for suspects in Hattiesburg murder investigation

    Bonds set for suspects in Hattiesburg murder investigation

    Tuesday, February 13 2018 1:16 PM EST2018-02-13 18:16:36 GMT

    Bonds have been set for two suspects charged in Hattiesburg’s first murder investigation of 2018.

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    Bonds have been set for two suspects charged in Hattiesburg’s first murder investigation of 2018.

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  • Man charged with armed robbery of Cox's Triangle store

    Man charged with armed robbery of Cox's Triangle store

    Tuesday, February 13 2018 11:38 AM EST2018-02-13 16:38:54 GMT
    Marion Co. man charged with armed robbery; Photo Source: Marion/Walthall Correctional FacilityMarion Co. man charged with armed robbery; Photo Source: Marion/Walthall Correctional Facility

    A man has been arrested for robbing a convenience store on Jan. 6. 

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    A man has been arrested for robbing a convenience store on Jan. 6. 

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  • Sacred Heart soccer chasing another state title

    Sacred Heart soccer chasing another state title

    Monday, February 12 2018 11:52 PM EST2018-02-13 04:52:42 GMT
    Sacred Heart boys soccer coach Joe Falla Jr. Courtesy: WDAMSacred Heart boys soccer coach Joe Falla Jr. Courtesy: WDAM

    If it is playoff soccer season, it’s safe to bet Sacred Heart is still playing. The boys and girls soccer teams host a pair of South State title games on Tuesday night. The Lady Crusaders face Our Lady Academy at 5 p.m. followed by the Crusaders’ matchup with Resurrection Catholic at 7 p.m.

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    If it is playoff soccer season, it’s safe to bet Sacred Heart is still playing. The boys and girls soccer teams host a pair of South State title games on Tuesday night. The Lady Crusaders face Our Lady Academy at 5 p.m. followed by the Crusaders’ matchup with Resurrection Catholic at 7 p.m.

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  • Kratom: Herbal supplement or opioid?

    Kratom: Herbal supplement or opioid?

    Monday, February 12 2018 6:59 PM EST2018-02-12 23:59:11 GMT
    Last week, the FDA released a warning about kratom, a plant native to southeast Asia.  Officials said the supplement has opioid-like effects that could turn dangerous and even deadly. (Photo source: WDAM)Last week, the FDA released a warning about kratom, a plant native to southeast Asia.  Officials said the supplement has opioid-like effects that could turn dangerous and even deadly. (Photo source: WDAM)

    The herbal supplement is sold at gas stations, vape shops and convenience stores around the Pine Belt, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers to stop using in. Last week, the FDA released a warning about kratom, a plant native to southeast Asia.  Officials say the supplement has opioid-like effects that could turn dangerous and even deadly.  The FDA reports an increase in the calls to the posion control linked to kratom, several hundred from 2010-20...

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    The herbal supplement is sold at gas stations, vape shops and convenience stores around the Pine Belt, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers to stop using in. Last week, the FDA released a warning about kratom, a plant native to southeast Asia.  Officials say the supplement has opioid-like effects that could turn dangerous and even deadly.  The FDA reports an increase in the calls to the posion control linked to kratom, several hundred from 2010-20...

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  • Lamar County supervisors set sights on fire education grant

    Lamar County supervisors set sights on fire education grant

    Monday, February 12 2018 6:34 PM EST2018-02-12 23:34:28 GMT
    The grant would fund a position for the county to teach fire prevention and safety, according to Lamar County Administrator Jody Waits. (Photo source: WDAM)The grant would fund a position for the county to teach fire prevention and safety, according to Lamar County Administrator Jody Waits. (Photo source: WDAM)
    The Lamar County Board of Supervisors are setting their sights on a federal grant centered around fire education. The grant would fund a position for the county to teach fire prevention and safety, according to Lamar County Administrator Jody Waits. “The board has approved for the fire coordinator to apply for a fire safety educator position,” Waits said. That vote was passed 5-0 by the board. “It’s about a $162,000 grant over a three year period,...More >>
    The Lamar County Board of Supervisors are setting their sights on a federal grant centered around fire education. The grant would fund a position for the county to teach fire prevention and safety, according to Lamar County Administrator Jody Waits. “The board has approved for the fire coordinator to apply for a fire safety educator position,” Waits said. That vote was passed 5-0 by the board. “It’s about a $162,000 grant over a three year period,...More >>
  • Hattiesburg synagogue among MS buildings added to National Register

    Hattiesburg synagogue among MS buildings added to National Register

    Monday, February 12 2018 6:28 PM EST2018-02-12 23:28:05 GMT
    (Photo source: Facebook/Temple B’nai Israel Hattiesburg)(Photo source: Facebook/Temple B’nai Israel Hattiesburg)

    A synagogue, an African-American library and two elementary schools in Mississippi have been named to the National Register of Historic Places.

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    A synagogue, an African-American library and two elementary schools in Mississippi have been named to the National Register of Historic Places.

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  • TRAFFIC ALERT: Emergency gas line repair at Hattiesburg intersection

    TRAFFIC ALERT: Emergency gas line repair at Hattiesburg intersection

    Monday, February 12 2018 6:16 PM EST2018-02-12 23:16:24 GMT
    The Hattiesburg Fire Department, police department and gas company are on the scene at the intersection of Oak Grove Rd. and Lincoln Road to help with vehicle traffic. (Photo Source: RNN)The Hattiesburg Fire Department, police department and gas company are on the scene at the intersection of Oak Grove Rd. and Lincoln Road to help with vehicle traffic. (Photo Source: RNN)
    The City of Hattiesburg warned residents to avoid an intersection after an emergency gas line repair.  The Hattiesburg Fire Department, police department and gas company are on the scene at the intersection of Oak Grove Rd. and Lincoln Road to help with vehicle traffic.  We will update this story as crews continue to work the scene. City of Hattiesburg-Government Copyright WDAM 2018. All rights reserved. More >>
    The City of Hattiesburg warned residents to avoid an intersection after an emergency gas line repair.  The Hattiesburg Fire Department, police department and gas company are on the scene at the intersection of Oak Grove Rd. and Lincoln Road to help with vehicle traffic.  We will update this story as crews continue to work the scene. City of Hattiesburg-Government Copyright WDAM 2018. All rights reserved. More >>
  • Woman arrested after police find drugs hidden in color markers

    Woman arrested after police find drugs hidden in color markers

    Monday, February 12 2018 5:03 PM EST2018-02-12 22:03:37 GMT
    Perry Co. woman arrested after police find drugs in color markers; Photo Source: Perry County Sheriff's OfficePerry Co. woman arrested after police find drugs in color markers; Photo Source: Perry County Sheriff's Office

    Authorities in Perry County made a drug bust during a jail visit. 

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    Authorities in Perry County made a drug bust during a jail visit. 

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  • Hattiesburg police searching for missing woman

    Hattiesburg police searching for missing woman

    Monday, February 12 2018 4:16 PM EST2018-02-12 21:16:58 GMT
    Crystal Charzetta Edison, 34, was last seen by her family on Jan. 3, 2018. (Photo source: HPD)Crystal Charzetta Edison, 34, was last seen by her family on Jan. 3, 2018. (Photo source: HPD)
    Hattiesburg police asked for assistance locating a missing woman in a Monday press release.  Crystal Charzetta Edison, 34, was last seen by her family on Jan. 3, 2018, and has a mental illness requiring daily prescribed medication, according to her family.  Edison is described at approximately 5'4 and 110-120 pounds. She was last seen wearing a white hooded sweatshirt. If you have any information regarding Edison's whereabouts, contact HPD at 601-545-4910. Copyright WDAM...More >>
    Hattiesburg police asked for assistance locating a missing woman in a Monday press release.  Crystal Charzetta Edison, 34, was last seen by her family on Jan. 3, 2018, and has a mental illness requiring daily prescribed medication, according to her family.  Edison is described at approximately 5'4 and 110-120 pounds. She was last seen wearing a white hooded sweatshirt. If you have any information regarding Edison's whereabouts, contact HPD at 601-545-4910. Copyright WDAM...More >>
  • Dogs rescued from Wayne Co. fighting ring looking for forever homes

    Dogs rescued from Wayne Co. fighting ring looking for forever homes

    Monday, February 12 2018 12:24 PM EST2018-02-12 17:24:29 GMT
    Southern Cross Animal Rescue says the dogs are recovering well. (Photo source: SCAR)Southern Cross Animal Rescue says the dogs are recovering well. (Photo source: SCAR)

    Nine dogs rescued from an alleged dog fighting ring in Wayne County are looking for forever homes.

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    Nine dogs rescued from an alleged dog fighting ring in Wayne County are looking for forever homes.

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  • JCJC baseball off to 2-0 start

    JCJC baseball off to 2-0 start

    Monday, February 12 2018 1:05 AM EST2018-02-12 06:05:46 GMT
    JCJC enters the 2018 season ranked No. 1 in the NJCAA.JCJC enters the 2018 season ranked No. 1 in the NJCAA.

    Three new Southern Miss players – Fred Franklin, Erick Hoard and Mason Strickland – will suit up for the first time as Golden Eagles on Friday. Just a season ago, the trio was helping Jones County Junior College to a 46-4 campaign.

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    Three new Southern Miss players – Fred Franklin, Erick Hoard and Mason Strickland – will suit up for the first time as Golden Eagles on Friday. Just a season ago, the trio was helping Jones County Junior College to a 46-4 campaign.

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  • Jay Hopson "high" on USM signee Trivenskey Mosley

    Jay Hopson "high" on USM signee Trivenskey Mosley

    Monday, February 12 2018 12:55 AM EST2018-02-12 05:55:55 GMT
    Southern Miss signee Trivenskey Mosley. Courtesy: KTBSSouthern Miss signee Trivenskey Mosley. Courtesy: KTBS

    Southern Miss football focused on the defensive side of the ball during this signing season. Of the Golden Eagles 23 signees, 14 are expected to line up on defense. However, USM added a running back that coach Jay Hopson expects to make an impact in the black and gold.

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    Southern Miss football focused on the defensive side of the ball during this signing season. Of the Golden Eagles 23 signees, 14 are expected to line up on defense. However, USM added a running back that coach Jay Hopson expects to make an impact in the black and gold.

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  • Jay Hopson excited about new signee Ky'el Hemby

    Jay Hopson excited about new signee Ky'el Hemby

    Monday, February 12 2018 12:47 AM EST2018-02-12 05:47:37 GMT
    Southern Miss signee Ky'el Hemby. Courtesy: Iowa Western TVSouthern Miss signee Ky'el Hemby. Courtesy: Iowa Western TV

    Southern Miss signed seven new Golden Eagles to its 2018 recruiting class on Wednesday, five of them being defensive players. USM fulfilled some needs on both ends of the ball, especially in the defensive backfield.

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    Southern Miss signed seven new Golden Eagles to its 2018 recruiting class on Wednesday, five of them being defensive players. USM fulfilled some needs on both ends of the ball, especially in the defensive backfield.

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  • Love with no Limits

    Love with no Limits

    Sunday, February 11 2018 11:34 PM EST2018-02-12 04:34:05 GMT
    source: wdamsource: wdam

    A Mississippi native is taking the time to show people how to love with a dinner theatre play titled Love with No Limits.

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    A Mississippi native is taking the time to show people how to love with a dinner theatre play titled Love with No Limits.

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  • UPDATE: MS man wanted for selling opioids and other drugs turns himself in

    UPDATE: MS man wanted for selling opioids and other drugs turns himself in

    Sunday, February 11 2018 10:44 PM EST2018-02-12 03:44:10 GMT
    MS Man wanted for drug and gun charges turns himself inMS Man wanted for drug and gun charges turns himself in

    A Brookhave man suspected of selling a opioids and other drugs turned himself in to authorities Sunday.

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    A Brookhave man suspected of selling a opioids and other drugs turned himself in to authorities Sunday.

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  • Hattiesburg family refuse to let weather rain on their Mardi Gras Parade

    Hattiesburg family refuse to let weather rain on their Mardi Gras Parade

    Sunday, February 11 2018 8:54 PM EST2018-02-12 01:54:25 GMT
    Hattiesburg residents having parade; Photo Source: ViewerHattiesburg residents having parade; Photo Source: Viewer

    The Caerus Mardi Parade was cancelled earlier this week due to weather concerns, however, that did not stop people from celebrating. 

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    The Caerus Mardi Parade was cancelled earlier this week due to weather concerns, however, that did not stop people from celebrating. 

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  • USM bounces back to trounce Charlotte, 72-54

    USM bounces back to trounce Charlotte, 72-54

    Saturday, February 10 2018 9:00 PM EST2018-02-11 02:00:58 GMT

    The University of Southern Mississippi broke away from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte soon after halftime, limiting the 49ers to four points in a 10-minute, 6-second, span of the second half before rolling away to a 72-54 win.

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    The University of Southern Mississippi broke away from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte soon after halftime, limiting the 49ers to four points in a 10-minute, 6-second, span of the second half before rolling away to a 72-54 win.

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  • Laurel hosts 7th annual Magnolia State Bank Chili Cook Off

    Laurel hosts 7th annual Magnolia State Bank Chili Cook Off

    Saturday, February 10 2018 8:15 PM EST2018-02-11 01:15:15 GMT
    Downtown Laurel hosts the 7th annual Magnolia State Bank Chili Cook Off Saturday. Photo credit WDAM.Downtown Laurel hosts the 7th annual Magnolia State Bank Chili Cook Off Saturday. Photo credit WDAM.

    Cool rain on Saturday did not decrease the enthusiasm for hot chili during an annual event in downtown Laurel.  

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    Cool rain on Saturday did not decrease the enthusiasm for hot chili during an annual event in downtown Laurel.  

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  • Petal mayor remembers fifth anniversary of Feb. 10, 2013 tornado

    Petal mayor remembers fifth anniversary of Feb. 10, 2013 tornado

    Saturday, February 10 2018 8:00 PM EST2018-02-11 01:00:39 GMT
    Hal Marx. Photo credit WDAM.Hal Marx. Photo credit WDAM.

    Petal Mayor Hal Marx is remembering the fifth anniversary of an EF-4 tornado that hit that city.  No one was killed in the storm, which struck on Feb. 10, 2013.   It destroyed several homes and the Ace Hardware location.    Marx said it took the city about two years to fully recover and he said it was able to do so because residents are committed to the area.  "I think the key is people want to stay here in Petal, they want to rebuild, they have roots...

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    Petal Mayor Hal Marx is remembering the fifth anniversary of an EF-4 tornado that hit that city.  No one was killed in the storm, which struck on Feb. 10, 2013.   It destroyed several homes and the Ace Hardware location.    Marx said it took the city about two years to fully recover and he said it was able to do so because residents are committed to the area.  "I think the key is people want to stay here in Petal, they want to rebuild, they have roots...

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  • Hattiesburg business remembers damage done in 2013 tornado

    Saturday, February 10 2018 7:46 PM EST2018-02-11 00:46:51 GMT
    The Feb. 10, 2013 tornado heavily damaged the original Bouie Street location of Carlstedt's Wholesale Florists. Photo credit WDAM.The Feb. 10, 2013 tornado heavily damaged the original Bouie Street location of Carlstedt's Wholesale Florists. Photo credit WDAM.

    Employees at a Hattiesburg business destroyed in the Feb. 10, 2013 tornado are remembering the impact of that storm five years later.  The staff at Flower General by Carlstedt's said they have vivid memories of that EF-4 twister, which injured dozens of people and destroyed hundreds of buildings.   Fortunately, nobody was killed.  The tornado heavily damaged the Bouie Street location of Carlstedt's, but no one was there when it hit.    ...

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    Employees at a Hattiesburg business destroyed in the Feb. 10, 2013 tornado are remembering the impact of that storm five years later.  The staff at Flower General by Carlstedt's said they have vivid memories of that EF-4 twister, which injured dozens of people and destroyed hundreds of buildings.   Fortunately, nobody was killed.  The tornado heavily damaged the Bouie Street location of Carlstedt's, but no one was there when it hit.    ...

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  • Pine Belt Strong 5 Years Later: USM staff remember 2013 tornado

    Pine Belt Strong 5 Years Later: USM staff remember 2013 tornado

    Saturday, February 10 2018 7:40 PM EST2018-02-11 00:40:58 GMT
    Storm Damage at USM; Photo Source: WDAM Send it to 7 viewerStorm Damage at USM; Photo Source: WDAM Send it to 7 viewer

    Today marks the 5-year anniversary of the large and violent EF4 tornado that tore through portions of Hattiesburg shredding through the Campus of Southern Miss.

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    Today marks the 5-year anniversary of the large and violent EF4 tornado that tore through portions of Hattiesburg shredding through the Campus of Southern Miss.

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  • Lady Eagles stunned by ODU, 74-55

    Lady Eagles stunned by ODU, 74-55

    Saturday, February 10 2018 7:11 PM EST2018-02-11 00:11:15 GMT

    The University of Southern Mississippi women’s basketball team was ambushed at home Saturday afternoon. Old Dominion University made 61.4 percent of its shots from the floor and the Lady Monarchs buried the Lady Eagles in the second and third quarters in a 74-55 Conference USA decision at Reed Green Coliseum.

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    The University of Southern Mississippi women’s basketball team was ambushed at home Saturday afternoon. Old Dominion University made 61.4 percent of its shots from the floor and the Lady Monarchs buried the Lady Eagles in the second and third quarters in a 74-55 Conference USA decision at Reed Green Coliseum.

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  • Applications available for Hattiesburg 2018 Mayor's Youth Council

    Applications available for Hattiesburg 2018 Mayor's Youth Council

    Saturday, February 10 2018 4:43 PM EST2018-02-10 21:43:04 GMT
    Hattiesburg City Hall. (Photo source: WDAM)Hattiesburg City Hall. (Photo source: WDAM)

    Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker and office are now taking applications for the 2018 Mayor's Youth Council.

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    Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker and office are now taking applications for the 2018 Mayor's Youth Council.

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  • Temple Baptist Church hosts Night to Shine

    Temple Baptist Church hosts Night to Shine

    Saturday, February 10 2018 1:21 AM EST2018-02-10 06:21:46 GMT
    source: wdamsource: wdam

    Temple Baptist Church hosted Night to Shine - a prom night for people with special needs. According to organizers, over 200 people from across the Pine Belt participated in the event with over 400 volunteers. Children's Director Kelli Brent at Temple Baptist says that each volunteer was required to go through training sessions on how to handle people with special needs.  "The Tim Tebow Foundation supports us through advice," says Brent. " There's manual tip...

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    Temple Baptist Church hosted Night to Shine - a prom night for people with special needs. According to organizers, over 200 people from across the Pine Belt participated in the event with over 400 volunteers. Children's Director Kelli Brent at Temple Baptist says that each volunteer was required to go through training sessions on how to handle people with special needs.  "The Tim Tebow Foundation supports us through advice," says Brent. " There's manual tip...

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  • Highlights: Girls soccer playoffs

    Highlights: Girls soccer playoffs

    Friday, February 9 2018 11:56 PM EST2018-02-10 04:56:42 GMT
    Northeast Jones girls soccer defeated Caledonia 2-1 in the class 4A playoffs. Courtesy: WDAMNortheast Jones girls soccer defeated Caledonia 2-1 in the class 4A playoffs. Courtesy: WDAM

    The Mississippi high school playoffs are heating as February inches along. The Northeast Jones girls advanced to the class 4A south state finals behind 8th-grader Kennedy Parish’s go-ahead penalty kick in the 78th minute.

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    The Mississippi high school playoffs are heating as February inches along. The Northeast Jones girls advanced to the class 4A south state finals behind 8th-grader Kennedy Parish’s go-ahead penalty kick in the 78th minute.

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  • No. 17 Carey rallies to trip up No. 11 Dalton St. in OT, 89-86

    No. 17 Carey rallies to trip up No. 11 Dalton St. in OT, 89-86

    Friday, February 9 2018 9:21 PM EST2018-02-10 02:21:10 GMT

    William Carey University erased a 19-point, second-half deficit to force overtime where the 17th-ranked Crusaders pulled off an 89-86 victory over 11th-ranked Dalton State College Thursday night at Clinton Gym. 

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    William Carey University erased a 19-point, second-half deficit to force overtime where the 17th-ranked Crusaders pulled off an 89-86 victory over 11th-ranked Dalton State College Thursday night at Clinton Gym. 

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  • Therapy program gets kids with disabilities moving with modified cars

    Therapy program gets kids with disabilities moving with modified cars

    Friday, February 9 2018 8:19 PM EST2018-02-10 01:19:28 GMT
    GoBabyGo!  helps groups modify motorized cars for children with disabilities.  Source: WDAM.GoBabyGo! helps groups modify motorized cars for children with disabilities. Source: WDAM.

    Parker Taylor can now drive her new, red motorized toy car outside with her older brother and sister.  And it doesn't look like she will be slowing down any time soon. 

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    Parker Taylor can now drive her new, red motorized toy car outside with her older brother and sister.  And it doesn't look like she will be slowing down any time soon. 

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  • No. 6 Carey baseball wins rubber match to take series

    No. 6 Carey baseball wins rubber match to take series

    Friday, February 9 2018 8:08 PM EST2018-02-10 01:08:50 GMT

    The sixth-ranked William Carey University baseball team put up an eight-run third inning and then held off Lindsey Wilson College for an 8-7 victory Friday afternoon at Milton Wheeler Field. The Crusaders (5-1) and Blue Raiders (3-3) had split a Thursday doubleheader.

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    The sixth-ranked William Carey University baseball team put up an eight-run third inning and then held off Lindsey Wilson College for an 8-7 victory Friday afternoon at Milton Wheeler Field. The Crusaders (5-1) and Blue Raiders (3-3) had split a Thursday doubleheader.

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  • Museum of Mississippi History covers 15,000 years of state history

    Museum of Mississippi History covers 15,000 years of state history

    Friday, February 9 2018 7:37 PM EST2018-02-10 00:37:38 GMT
    The Museum of Mississippi History has 11 galleries covering 15,000 years of history. Photo credit WDAM.The Museum of Mississippi History has 11 galleries covering 15,000 years of history. Photo credit WDAM.

    15,000 years of Magnolia State stories are told at the new Museum of Mississippi History in Jackson. It has been open for eight weeks and has attracted about 65,000 visitors.  They've learned about the first Mississippians, the Civil War, the civil rights movement and a lot about South Mississippi. "We're able to give visitors the context for the type of history here, the peoples that were here, the struggles, the promise and the peril and then, kind of finishing wit...

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    15,000 years of Magnolia State stories are told at the new Museum of Mississippi History in Jackson. It has been open for eight weeks and has attracted about 65,000 visitors.  They've learned about the first Mississippians, the Civil War, the civil rights movement and a lot about South Mississippi. "We're able to give visitors the context for the type of history here, the peoples that were here, the struggles, the promise and the peril and then, kind of finishing wit...

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  • HUD to perform review of Hattiesburg entitlement programs

    HUD to perform review of Hattiesburg entitlement programs

    Friday, February 9 2018 6:00 PM EST2018-02-09 23:00:06 GMT
    A request by the City of Hattiesburg for a full review from the Department of Housing and Urban Development has been granted. (Photo source: WDAM)A request by the City of Hattiesburg for a full review from the Department of Housing and Urban Development has been granted. (Photo source: WDAM)
    A request by the City of Hattiesburg for a full review from the Department of Housing and Urban Development has been granted. After a brief inspection request last September, nine findings and two concerns were found involving overall management of the HOME Investment Partnership program and financial management of the Community Development Block Grant program. “Well in September, after a very narrow focused monitoring visit, we received some notifications of some deficie...More >>
    A request by the City of Hattiesburg for a full review from the Department of Housing and Urban Development has been granted. After a brief inspection request last September, nine findings and two concerns were found involving overall management of the HOME Investment Partnership program and financial management of the Community Development Block Grant program. “Well in September, after a very narrow focused monitoring visit, we received some notifications of some deficie...More >>
  • Soso man charged after violent 'peanut butter fight'

    Soso man charged after violent 'peanut butter fight'

    Friday, February 9 2018 5:00 PM EST2018-02-09 22:00:19 GMT
    James Michael Brewer (Photo source: Jones County Sheriff's Department)James Michael Brewer (Photo source: Jones County Sheriff's Department)

    Deputies in Jones County worked a nutty domestic violence case involving peanut butter and a cane earlier this week, according to Sheriff Alex Hodge.

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    Deputies in Jones County worked a nutty domestic violence case involving peanut butter and a cane earlier this week, according to Sheriff Alex Hodge.

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  • Laurel woman arrested for using drugs while pregnant for second time

    Laurel woman arrested for using drugs while pregnant for second time

    Friday, February 9 2018 4:59 PM EST2018-02-09 21:59:56 GMT
    Jones County Sheriff's Investigators arrested a woman after she admitted using drugs while pregnant for a second time. (Photo source: Jones County Sheriff's Dept.)Jones County Sheriff's Investigators arrested a woman after she admitted using drugs while pregnant for a second time. (Photo source: Jones County Sheriff's Dept.)

    Jones County Sheriff's Investigators arrested a woman after she admitted using drugs while pregnant for a second time.  Investigators visited the home of Tiffney L. Dement, 33, of Laurel, on Feb. 8, 2018, to pick her up on an indictment. Dement was visibly pregnant and admitted to snorting meth and taking pills while acknowledging that she was pregnant, according to a Jones County Sheriff's Dept. press release.  Dement was not under a doctor's care, but...

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    Jones County Sheriff's Investigators arrested a woman after she admitted using drugs while pregnant for a second time.  Investigators visited the home of Tiffney L. Dement, 33, of Laurel, on Feb. 8, 2018, to pick her up on an indictment. Dement was visibly pregnant and admitted to snorting meth and taking pills while acknowledging that she was pregnant, according to a Jones County Sheriff's Dept. press release.  Dement was not under a doctor's care, but...

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  • Mother arrested after newborn tests positive for cocaine

    Mother arrested after newborn tests positive for cocaine

    Friday, February 9 2018 4:57 PM EST2018-02-09 21:57:19 GMT
    Jones County Sheriff's deputies arrested a woman after her newborn tested positive for cocaine. (Photo source: Jones County Sheriff's Dept.)Jones County Sheriff's deputies arrested a woman after her newborn tested positive for cocaine. (Photo source: Jones County Sheriff's Dept.)

    Jones County Sheriff's deputies arrested a woman after her newborn tested positive for cocaine.  The sheriff's department received a law enforcement referral from Child Protective Services that said hospital records showed Dominique Nix had given birth on Sept. 7, 2017, and that she and the baby had tested positive for cocaine, according to a Jones County Sheriff's Dept. press release.  A warrant was issued for Nix's arrest on a felonious child abuse charge, though law enf...

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    Jones County Sheriff's deputies arrested a woman after her newborn tested positive for cocaine.  The sheriff's department received a law enforcement referral from Child Protective Services that said hospital records showed Dominique Nix had given birth on Sept. 7, 2017, and that she and the baby had tested positive for cocaine, according to a Jones County Sheriff's Dept. press release.  A warrant was issued for Nix's arrest on a felonious child abuse charge, though law enf...

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  • Man charged with murder in Walthall Co. shooting

    Man charged with murder in Walthall Co. shooting

    Friday, February 9 2018 2:52 PM EST2018-02-09 19:52:21 GMT

    A man has been charged with murder after a shooting that occurred Wednesday morning. 

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    A man has been charged with murder after a shooting that occurred Wednesday morning. 

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  • Spillway gates approved by Lamar Co. supervisors

    Spillway gates approved by Lamar Co. supervisors

    Friday, February 9 2018 2:43 PM EST2018-02-09 19:43:48 GMT
    With a 5-0 vote, the Lamar County Board of Supervisors approved the placement of locking gates for spillways in the Lake Serene and Canebrake subdivisions. (Photo source: WDAM)With a 5-0 vote, the Lamar County Board of Supervisors approved the placement of locking gates for spillways in the Lake Serene and Canebrake subdivisions. (Photo source: WDAM)
    A pair of neighborhoods in Lamar County will soon be outfitted with locking gates near spillways to help keep residents safe during severe weather events. With a 5-0 vote, the Lamar County Board of Supervisors approved the placement of locking gates for spillways in the Lake Serene and Canebrake subdivisions. “We put up roadblocks, or barricades, warning motorist of the pending danger, and then motorist are still going around them, which is very dangerous,” said Lamar Co...More >>
    A pair of neighborhoods in Lamar County will soon be outfitted with locking gates near spillways to help keep residents safe during severe weather events. With a 5-0 vote, the Lamar County Board of Supervisors approved the placement of locking gates for spillways in the Lake Serene and Canebrake subdivisions. “We put up roadblocks, or barricades, warning motorist of the pending danger, and then motorist are still going around them, which is very dangerous,” said Lamar Co...More >>
  • Jones, Lamar County Deputies save lives with Narcan

    Jones, Lamar County Deputies save lives with Narcan

    Friday, February 9 2018 1:23 PM EST2018-02-09 18:23:11 GMT

    Two Pine Belt law enforcement agencies were able to save two men from overdose deaths with Narcan, a first for both departments since receiving the nasal spray through state funding.

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    Two Pine Belt law enforcement agencies were able to save two men from overdose deaths with Narcan, a first for both departments since receiving the nasal spray through state funding.

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  • VIDEO: High school seniors surprise teacher with new car

    VIDEO: High school seniors surprise teacher with new car

    Friday, February 9 2018 1:10 PM EST2018-02-09 18:10:05 GMT
    The car came complete with a big, red bow. It was paid for by his students and their parents. (Photo source: Facebook)The car came complete with a big, red bow. It was paid for by his students and their parents. (Photo source: Facebook)

    In so many classrooms across the state, students begin the day with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a carefully crafted lesson plan put together by teachers like Jason Broome. 

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    In so many classrooms across the state, students begin the day with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a carefully crafted lesson plan put together by teachers like Jason Broome. 

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  • Hattiesburg kicks of Arbor Day symposium

    Hattiesburg kicks of Arbor Day symposium

    Friday, February 9 2018 11:48 AM EST2018-02-09 16:48:00 GMT
    Photo Credit: WDAMPhoto Credit: WDAM

    The city of Hattiesburg plants itself into what leaders hope will grow into a yearly event to honor Arbor Day. 

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    The city of Hattiesburg plants itself into what leaders hope will grow into a yearly event to honor Arbor Day. 

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  • National Pizza Day 2018: Fun Facts and Deals

    National Pizza Day 2018: Fun Facts and Deals

    Friday, February 9 2018 10:27 AM EST2018-02-09 15:27:42 GMT

    Friday is Feb. 9, and that means it's National Pizza Day! 

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    Friday is Feb. 9, and that means it's National Pizza Day! 

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  • ODU hands USM first home-court defeat, 68-63

    ODU hands USM first home-court defeat, 68-63

    Thursday, February 8 2018 10:56 PM EST2018-02-09 03:56:43 GMT
    The University of Southern Mississippi came into Thursday night’s Conference USA men’s basketball throwdown with Old Dominion University unbeaten in nine home games at Reed Green Coliseum. (Photo source: WDAM archive)The University of Southern Mississippi came into Thursday night’s Conference USA men’s basketball throwdown with Old Dominion University unbeaten in nine home games at Reed Green Coliseum. (Photo source: WDAM archive)
    The University of Southern Mississippi came into Thursday night’s Conference USA men’s basketball throwdown with Old Dominion University unbeaten in nine home games at Reed Green Coliseum. The Monarchs had not lost in five conference road games. Something had to give, and USM did in the final 15 minutes of the game. ODU erased an 11-point deficit with a 13-0 run over a 4:11 span of the second half, and after swapping leads four more times, finally seized the lead for go...More >>
    The University of Southern Mississippi came into Thursday night’s Conference USA men’s basketball throwdown with Old Dominion University unbeaten in nine home games at Reed Green Coliseum. The Monarchs had not lost in five conference road games. Something had to give, and USM did in the final 15 minutes of the game. ODU erased an 11-point deficit with a 13-0 run over a 4:11 span of the second half, and after swapping leads four more times, finally seized the lead for go...More >>
  • Brooklyn residents hold meeting to discuss utility association

    Brooklyn residents hold meeting to discuss utility association

    Thursday, February 8 2018 10:09 PM EST2018-02-09 03:09:08 GMT
    Around 30 plus residents gathered at the fire station in Brooklyn this Thursday evening to discuss issues they have been having with Brooklyn Utility Association. (Photo source: WDAM)Around 30 plus residents gathered at the fire station in Brooklyn this Thursday evening to discuss issues they have been having with Brooklyn Utility Association. (Photo source: WDAM)
    Around 30 plus residents gathered at the fire station in Brooklyn this Thursday evening to discuss issues they have been having with Brooklyn Utility Association. The residents of the Brooklyn community in Forrest County want to petition the water association demanding that they reorganize. Residents say they have had too many inconsistencies in their water bills. "For several months, I've tried to get the meters re-read at my house because my bill has been, actually ...More >>
    Around 30 plus residents gathered at the fire station in Brooklyn this Thursday evening to discuss issues they have been having with Brooklyn Utility Association. The residents of the Brooklyn community in Forrest County want to petition the water association demanding that they reorganize. Residents say they have had too many inconsistencies in their water bills. "For several months, I've tried to get the meters re-read at my house because my bill has been, actually ...More >>
  • MS House bill would make it illegal to drive continuously in the left lane

    MS House bill would make it illegal to drive continuously in the left lane

    Thursday, February 8 2018 8:49 PM EST2018-02-09 01:49:59 GMT
    House bill 80 was passed by the House on Wednesday. Photo credit WDAM.House bill 80 was passed by the House on Wednesday. Photo credit WDAM.

    A bill on its way to the Mississippi Senate might make driving on the highway a little less stressful.  it would keep slower traffic from lingering in the left lane.  House Bill 80, passed by the House Wednesday, would make it illegal to drive for long periods of time in the left lane of a multi-lane roadway. District 101 representative Brad Touchstone voted for it.   "We've all come up on that before and understand how you're impeding traffic, it's a safe...

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    A bill on its way to the Mississippi Senate might make driving on the highway a little less stressful.  it would keep slower traffic from lingering in the left lane.  House Bill 80, passed by the House Wednesday, would make it illegal to drive for long periods of time in the left lane of a multi-lane roadway. District 101 representative Brad Touchstone voted for it.   "We've all come up on that before and understand how you're impeding traffic, it's a safe...

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  • Mississippi's history outlined in school textbooks

    Mississippi's history outlined in school textbooks

    Thursday, February 8 2018 7:32 PM EST2018-02-09 00:32:51 GMT
    Mississippi is rich in history. It's a subject the MDE requires students to learn. (Photo source: WDAM)Mississippi is rich in history. It's a subject the MDE requires students to learn. (Photo source: WDAM)

    Mississippi is rich in history. It's a subject the Mississippi Department of Education requires students in schools across our state to learn about through mandatory courses in grades K-12. 

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    Mississippi is rich in history. It's a subject the Mississippi Department of Education requires students in schools across our state to learn about through mandatory courses in grades K-12. 

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  • Districts taking steps to keep the flu from spreading in schools

    Districts taking steps to keep the flu from spreading in schools

    Thursday, February 8 2018 6:43 PM EST2018-02-08 23:43:06 GMT
    Hand sanitizer lines the halls of Purvis High School in Lamar County.  Source: WDAM.Hand sanitizer lines the halls of Purvis High School in Lamar County. Source: WDAM.

    Schools in several states have had to cancel classes, some for days at a time, after students and staff became sick.  That has some Pine Belt school districts taking steps to keep a clean and healthy environment on campus. Petal Schools Superintendent Matt Dillon said the district has ramped up efforts with cleaning crews. "We've taken a more aggressive approach with our cleaning, from door knobs and certain spots, and spending more time cleaning in classrooms an...

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    Schools in several states have had to cancel classes, some for days at a time, after students and staff became sick.  That has some Pine Belt school districts taking steps to keep a clean and healthy environment on campus. Petal Schools Superintendent Matt Dillon said the district has ramped up efforts with cleaning crews. "We've taken a more aggressive approach with our cleaning, from door knobs and certain spots, and spending more time cleaning in classrooms an...

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  • National Signing Day 2018

    National Signing Day 2018

    Thursday, February 8 2018 5:34 PM EST2018-02-08 22:34:41 GMT
    The WDAM 7 Sports Team has all the latest news on athletes here in the Pine Belt who are signing on to play at football the next level. (Photo source: WDAM)The WDAM 7 Sports Team has all the latest news on athletes here in the Pine Belt who are signing on to play at football the next level. (Photo source: WDAM)

    The WDAM 7 Sports Team has all the latest news on athletes here in the Pine Belt who signed on to play football at the next level.

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    The WDAM 7 Sports Team has all the latest news on athletes here in the Pine Belt who signed on to play football at the next level.

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  • London cyclists pass through Jones County on way to Mardi Gras

    London cyclists pass through Jones County on way to Mardi Gras

    Thursday, February 8 2018 4:27 PM EST2018-02-08 21:27:58 GMT
    A pair of adventurous travelers from London, England passed through Jones County today on a journey that’s taking them across the southeastern United States from Atlanta all the way to New Orleans on a custom-made bicycle. (Photo source: WDAM)A pair of adventurous travelers from London, England passed through Jones County today on a journey that’s taking them across the southeastern United States from Atlanta all the way to New Orleans on a custom-made bicycle. (Photo source: WDAM)
    A pair of adventurous travelers from London, England passed through Jones County today on a journey that’s taking them across the southeastern United States from Atlanta all the way to New Orleans on a custom-made bicycle built for two. The pair, Leroy Rowe and Chris Lovitt, said it's a great way to take in the scenery and experience southern hospitality firsthand while enjoying the rich southern cuisine, which gives them fuel in the form of calories to burn...More >>
    A pair of adventurous travelers from London, England passed through Jones County today on a journey that’s taking them across the southeastern United States from Atlanta all the way to New Orleans on a custom-made bicycle built for two. The pair, Leroy Rowe and Chris Lovitt, said it's a great way to take in the scenery and experience southern hospitality firsthand while enjoying the rich southern cuisine, which gives them fuel in the form of calories to burn...More >>
  • Woman wanted for forged checks in Hattiesburg, Gulf Coast area

    Woman wanted for forged checks in Hattiesburg, Gulf Coast area

    Thursday, February 8 2018 2:54 PM EST2018-02-08 19:54:39 GMT
    The Hancock County Sheriff's Office and the Hattiesburg Police Department are searching for a woman wanted for using forged checks in the Mississippi Gulf Coast and Hattiesburg areas. (Photo source: Hancock County Sheriff's Office)The Hancock County Sheriff's Office and the Hattiesburg Police Department are searching for a woman wanted for using forged checks in the Mississippi Gulf Coast and Hattiesburg areas. (Photo source: Hancock County Sheriff's Office)
    The Hancock County Sheriff's Office and the Hattiesburg Police Department are searching for a woman wanted for using forged checks in the Mississippi Gulf Coast and Hattiesburg areas.  The checks were stolen during several vehicle burglaries on the Gulf Coast, according to a Facebook post from the Hancock County Sheriff's Office, which was shared by HPD.  The woman is known to be driving a light colored Nissan Murano and a white Jeep, according to the post.  If you h...More >>
    The Hancock County Sheriff's Office and the Hattiesburg Police Department are searching for a woman wanted for using forged checks in the Mississippi Gulf Coast and Hattiesburg areas.  The checks were stolen during several vehicle burglaries on the Gulf Coast, according to a Facebook post from the Hancock County Sheriff's Office, which was shared by HPD.  The woman is known to be driving a light colored Nissan Murano and a white Jeep, according to the post.  If you h...More >>
  • Business leaders learn how to respond in active shooter situations

    Business leaders learn how to respond in active shooter situations

    Thursday, February 8 2018 2:02 PM EST2018-02-08 19:02:42 GMT
    Active shooter events are the nation's number one domestic terrorism threat, according to the FBI. (Photo source: WDAM)Active shooter events are the nation's number one domestic terrorism threat, according to the FBI. (Photo source: WDAM)

    Active shooter events are the nation's number one domestic terrorism threat, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

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    Active shooter events are the nation's number one domestic terrorism threat, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

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  • OSHA slams company over lift station deaths in Petal

    OSHA slams company over lift station deaths in Petal

    Thursday, February 8 2018 1:03 PM EST2018-02-08 18:03:36 GMT
    Terry West and his son, Gage, died while working on a lift station in Petal June 13, 2017. (Photo source: WDAM)Terry West and his son, Gage, died while working on a lift station in Petal June 13, 2017. (Photo source: WDAM)

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration slammed a Richland business with nine serious violations and fines after two men were killed last summer in Petal.

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    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration slammed a Richland business with nine serious violations and fines after two men were killed last summer in Petal.

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  • Caerus Mardi Gras Parade canceled over weather concerns

    Caerus Mardi Gras Parade canceled over weather concerns

    Thursday, February 8 2018 1:03 PM EST2018-02-08 18:03:00 GMT
    Caerus organizers have decided to cancel the parade over weather concerns. (Photo source: Facebook/City of Hattiesburg)Caerus organizers have decided to cancel the parade over weather concerns. (Photo source: Facebook/City of Hattiesburg)

    If you had plans to attend the Caerus Mardi Gras Parade in Hattiesburg this weekend, your plans just changed.

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    If you had plans to attend the Caerus Mardi Gras Parade in Hattiesburg this weekend, your plans just changed.

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  • Consider This: MS needs a more experienced workforce

    Consider This: MS needs a more experienced workforce

    Thursday, February 8 2018 1:01 PM EST2018-02-08 18:01:28 GMT
    Consider this…The legislature needs to work together this session to make it happen, and push Mississippi to have a more experienced workforce as a whole. (Photo source: WDAM)Consider this…The legislature needs to work together this session to make it happen, and push Mississippi to have a more experienced workforce as a whole. (Photo source: WDAM)

    A recent study by The Secretary of State’s Office revealed a common hurdle to starting a business, investing and expanding operations in Mississippi. The challenge: an experienced workforce.

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    A recent study by The Secretary of State’s Office revealed a common hurdle to starting a business, investing and expanding operations in Mississippi. The challenge: an experienced workforce.

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  • Jefferson Davis safety Malik Shorts signs with Southern Miss

    Jefferson Davis safety Malik Shorts signs with Southern Miss

    Thursday, February 8 2018 12:07 AM EST2018-02-08 05:07:05 GMT
    Jefferson Davis' Malik Shorts signed with Southern Miss on Wednesday. Courtesy: WDAMJefferson Davis' Malik Shorts signed with Southern Miss on Wednesday. Courtesy: WDAM

    Jefferson Davis County product Malik Shorts joins the large group of Bassfield talent to sign a football scholarship with Southern Miss. Shorts inked with the Golden Eagles on Wednesday’s National Signing Day, joining USM’s 23-man 2018 class.

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    Jefferson Davis County product Malik Shorts joins the large group of Bassfield talent to sign a football scholarship with Southern Miss. Shorts inked with the Golden Eagles on Wednesday’s National Signing Day, joining USM’s 23-man 2018 class.

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  • Jasper Co. authorities searching for Heidelberg man

    Jasper Co. authorities searching for Heidelberg man

    Wednesday, February 7 2018 8:58 PM EST2018-02-08 01:58:07 GMT
    Alvin Cornelius Wilson, 28, is a convicted sex offender and wanted on a bench warrant. (Photo source: Jasper County Sheriff's office)Alvin Cornelius Wilson, 28, is a convicted sex offender and wanted on a bench warrant. (Photo source: Jasper County Sheriff's office)

    Jasper County authorities are searching for a man on a bench warrant.  

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    Jasper County authorities are searching for a man on a bench warrant.  

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  • Three arrested for January burglary of Vossburg Community home

    Three arrested for January burglary of Vossburg Community home

    Wednesday, February 7 2018 8:53 PM EST2018-02-08 01:53:00 GMT
    Larry Huffman Jr., 43, Amos Phillip Huffman, 45, and Joshua Austin Sullivan, 44, are accused of taking two vehicles, a motorcycle, a scooter and several firearms. (Photo source: Jasper County Sheriff's office)Larry Huffman Jr., 43, Amos Phillip Huffman, 45, and Joshua Austin Sullivan, 44, are accused of taking two vehicles, a motorcycle, a scooter and several firearms. (Photo source: Jasper County Sheriff's office)

    Three men have been arrested in Jasper County in connection with a burglary of a home in the Vossburg Community on Jan. 28.    

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    Three men have been arrested in Jasper County in connection with a burglary of a home in the Vossburg Community on Jan. 28.    

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  • WCU, Comcast launch Xfinity On Campus

    WCU, Comcast launch Xfinity On Campus

    Wednesday, February 7 2018 8:34 PM EST2018-02-08 01:34:09 GMT
    William Carey University and Comcast launched Xfinity On Campus Wednesday. Photo credit WDAM.William Carey University and Comcast launched Xfinity On Campus Wednesday. Photo credit WDAM.

    Students who live on campus at William Carey University have a new way to watch TV on-the-go.  

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    Students who live on campus at William Carey University have a new way to watch TV on-the-go.  

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  • Mississippi Civil Rights Museum having strong impact on visitors

    Mississippi Civil Rights Museum having strong impact on visitors

    Wednesday, February 7 2018 8:12 PM EST2018-02-08 01:12:32 GMT
    The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum opened on Dec. 9, 2017. (Photo source: WDAM)The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum opened on Dec. 9, 2017. (Photo source: WDAM)

    The Mississippi Civil Rights museum in Jackson is making a strong impression on those who visit it, from both inside and outside the state.  

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    The Mississippi Civil Rights museum in Jackson is making a strong impression on those who visit it, from both inside and outside the state.  

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  • USM football signs 7 Wednesday to round out recruiting class

    USM football signs 7 Wednesday to round out recruiting class

    Wednesday, February 7 2018 7:40 PM EST2018-02-08 00:40:32 GMT

    University of Southern Mississippi football coach Jay Hopson and his staff knew they were going to see an exodus of defensive backs and defensive linemen at the conclusion of the 2017 football season. So, Hopson and his assistants hit the recruiting trail to try and replenish the ranks. Mission accomplished. USM signed seven players to letters-of-intent Wednesday to join the 16-man contingent the Golden Eagles brought in during the new early signing period in late December. 

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    University of Southern Mississippi football coach Jay Hopson and his staff knew they were going to see an exodus of defensive backs and defensive linemen at the conclusion of the 2017 football season. So, Hopson and his assistants hit the recruiting trail to try and replenish the ranks. Mission accomplished. USM signed seven players to letters-of-intent Wednesday to join the 16-man contingent the Golden Eagles brought in during the new early signing period in late December. 

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  • City will try to recoup clean-up costs for Mt. Carmel demolition

    City will try to recoup clean-up costs for Mt. Carmel demolition

    Wednesday, February 7 2018 2:40 PM EST2018-02-07 19:40:16 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM

    The City of Hattiesburg is going after the State Bank of Texas to be reimbursed for over $295,000 in clean-up costs following demolition at Mount Carmel Baptist Church.

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    The City of Hattiesburg is going after the State Bank of Texas to be reimbursed for over $295,000 in clean-up costs following demolition at Mount Carmel Baptist Church.

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  • Woman facing charges after drive-by shooting in Laurel

    Woman facing charges after drive-by shooting in Laurel

    Wednesday, February 7 2018 1:42 PM EST2018-02-07 18:42:27 GMT
    Mariah Ratcliff (Photo source: Laurel Police Department)Mariah Ratcliff (Photo source: Laurel Police Department)

    One woman is facing several charges after a reported drive-by shooting in Laurel.

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    One woman is facing several charges after a reported drive-by shooting in Laurel.

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  • Volunteer turns to hugs, hope and prayers to brighten days

    Volunteer turns to hugs, hope and prayers to brighten days

    Wednesday, February 7 2018 1:34 PM EST2018-02-07 18:34:01 GMT
    Kathy Rosenbarger survived breast cancer and now she regularly volunteers at Wesley Merit Health to help others. (Photo source: WDAM)Kathy Rosenbarger survived breast cancer and now she regularly volunteers at Wesley Merit Health to help others. (Photo source: WDAM)

    Wesley Merit Health has volunteers on their campus constantly, some help daily, while others simply pitching in when they can. Kathy Rosenbarger is one of those volunteers, and you’ll always see her with a smile. 

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    Wesley Merit Health has volunteers on their campus constantly, some help daily, while others simply pitching in when they can. Kathy Rosenbarger is one of those volunteers, and you’ll always see her with a smile. 

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  • Laurel police arrest suspect accused of rape, domestic violence

    Laurel police arrest suspect accused of rape, domestic violence

    Wednesday, February 7 2018 1:15 PM EST2018-02-07 18:15:42 GMT
    Laderit Malik Barber (Photo source: Laurel Police Department)Laderit Malik Barber (Photo source: Laurel Police Department)

    The man wanted by Laurel police on charges of rape and aggravated domestic assault was arrested Tuesday.

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    The man wanted by Laurel police on charges of rape and aggravated domestic assault was arrested Tuesday.

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  • Escaped George Co. inmate in custody

    Escaped George Co. inmate in custody

    Wednesday, February 7 2018 12:16 PM EST2018-02-07 17:16:00 GMT

    The inmate who escaped from the George County Regional Correctional Facility over the weekend is back in custody.

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    The inmate who escaped from the George County Regional Correctional Facility over the weekend is back in custody.

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  • USM football signs 6 Wednesday morning

    USM football signs 6 Wednesday morning

    Wednesday, February 7 2018 11:30 AM EST2018-02-07 16:30:36 GMT
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    The University of Southern Mississippi defense may have gotten some future help early Wednesday morning, signing .six football players for the Class of 2018, including a quartet of defensive standouts.

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    The University of Southern Mississippi defense may have gotten some future help early Wednesday morning, signing .six football players for the Class of 2018, including a quartet of defensive standouts.

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  • City of Hattiesburg to file suit against drug companies over opioid epidemic

    City of Hattiesburg to file suit against drug companies over opioid epidemic

    Wednesday, February 7 2018 12:16 AM EST2018-02-07 05:16:15 GMT
    SOURCE: WDAMSOURCE: WDAM

    The City of Hattiesburg is the first municipality in Mississippi to take a stand against major pharmaceutical companies for their role in the opioid epidemic. 

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    The City of Hattiesburg is the first municipality in Mississippi to take a stand against major pharmaceutical companies for their role in the opioid epidemic. 

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  • USM professor researching lives of Confederate pensioners at Beauvoir

    USM professor researching lives of Confederate pensioners at Beauvoir

    Tuesday, February 6 2018 11:14 PM EST2018-02-07 04:14:30 GMT
    Susannah Ural, a professor of history at USM, speaks to the South Mississippi Genealogical & Historical Society Tuesday night. Photo credit WDAM.Susannah Ural, a professor of history at USM, speaks to the South Mississippi Genealogical & Historical Society Tuesday night. Photo credit WDAM.

    A University of Southern Mississippi professor of history is reaching out to a local genealogical group for help in researching the Beauvoir home on the  Gulf Coast. 

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    A University of Southern Mississippi professor of history is reaching out to a local genealogical group for help in researching the Beauvoir home on the  Gulf Coast. 

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  • Laurel mayor gives State of the City address

    Laurel mayor gives State of the City address

    Tuesday, February 6 2018 10:56 PM EST2018-02-07 03:56:25 GMT
    Magee took center stage addressing residents in the City of Laurel during his State of the City address. (Photo source: WDAM)Magee took center stage addressing residents in the City of Laurel during his State of the City address. (Photo source: WDAM)

    Tuesday night Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee gave his State of the City address during the scheduled city council meeting. Jessica Bowman talked to him about what's happening in the city and what residents can expect in the next year. Marva Posey said, "I enjoyed it. It was well presented and I enjoyed what he said." Mayor Johnny Magee took center stage addressing residents in the City of Laurel during his State of the City address. Many positive notes to look back on for the c...

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    Tuesday night Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee gave his State of the City address during the scheduled city council meeting. Jessica Bowman talked to him about what's happening in the city and what residents can expect in the next year. Marva Posey said, "I enjoyed it. It was well presented and I enjoyed what he said." Mayor Johnny Magee took center stage addressing residents in the City of Laurel during his State of the City address. Many positive notes to look back on for the c...

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  • Hattiesburg kicks off Black History Month with 'Celebration of Soul Food'

    Tuesday, February 6 2018 10:24 PM EST2018-02-07 03:24:33 GMT
    People line up for tasty dishes during the 12th annual "Celebration of Soul Food" at the Historic Train Depot. Photo credit WDAM.People line up for tasty dishes during the 12th annual "Celebration of Soul Food" at the Historic Train Depot. Photo credit WDAM.

    Hattiesburg began its celebration of Black HIstory Month in a tasty way Tuesday night.  The 12th annual "Celebration of Soul Food" brought out dozens of people to the Historic Train Depot for great food and live music.  Local residents brought their favorite dinner items and Jackson freelance writer Brinda Willis spoke about why all the delicious dishes are called Soul Food. "We use soul food for healing, for bonding with each other," said Wi...

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    Hattiesburg began its celebration of Black HIstory Month in a tasty way Tuesday night.  The 12th annual "Celebration of Soul Food" brought out dozens of people to the Historic Train Depot for great food and live music.  Local residents brought their favorite dinner items and Jackson freelance writer Brinda Willis spoke about why all the delicious dishes are called Soul Food. "We use soul food for healing, for bonding with each other," said Wi...

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  • Law enforcement reminding people not to share illegal content on social media

    Law enforcement reminding people not to share illegal content on social media

    Tuesday, February 6 2018 9:11 PM EST2018-02-07 02:11:31 GMT
    Police warn citizens not to share illegal content. (Photo source: WDAM)Police warn citizens not to share illegal content. (Photo source: WDAM)

    The focus has been on social media this week after a video of a sexual assault involving a minor went viral on Facebook. The suspect at the center of the video has been arrested, but Police want to make sure people are aware of the laws surrounding sharing illegal content.

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    The focus has been on social media this week after a video of a sexual assault involving a minor went viral on Facebook. The suspect at the center of the video has been arrested, but Police want to make sure people are aware of the laws surrounding sharing illegal content.

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  • USM economics professor weighs in on stock market

    USM economics professor weighs in on stock market

    Tuesday, February 6 2018 6:54 PM EST2018-02-06 23:54:17 GMT
    Mehdi Barati, an assistant professor of economics at the University of Southern Mississippi, said the important thing is to not panic. (Photo source: Raycom News Network)Mehdi Barati, an assistant professor of economics at the University of Southern Mississippi, said the important thing is to not panic. (Photo source: Raycom News Network)

    Monday's stock market drop left some people in the Pine Belt wondering what will happen with their 401(k) retirement accounts. Mehdi Barati, an assistant professor of economics at the University of Southern Mississippi, said the important thing is to not panic. “It’s too early to say anything because the market just crashed," Barati said. "It goes down, it goes up and it’s too early to say anything about it or what will happen to ...

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    Monday's stock market drop left some people in the Pine Belt wondering what will happen with their 401(k) retirement accounts. Mehdi Barati, an assistant professor of economics at the University of Southern Mississippi, said the important thing is to not panic. “It’s too early to say anything because the market just crashed," Barati said. "It goes down, it goes up and it’s too early to say anything about it or what will happen to ...

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  • Cochran, Wicker call for 'critical' community health center funding

    Cochran, Wicker call for 'critical' community health center funding

    Tuesday, February 6 2018 6:45 PM EST2018-02-06 23:45:46 GMT

    U.S. Senators Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker are fighting to keep community health centers in Mississippi afloat.

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    U.S. Senators Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker are fighting to keep community health centers in Mississippi afloat.

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  • Former USM receiver headed to NFL Scouting Combine

    Former USM receiver headed to NFL Scouting Combine

    Tuesday, February 6 2018 6:26 PM EST2018-02-06 23:26:26 GMT

    Former University of Southern Mississippi receiver Korey Robertson was invited Tuesday to the 2018 National Football League Scouting Combine.

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    Former University of Southern Mississippi receiver Korey Robertson was invited Tuesday to the 2018 National Football League Scouting Combine.

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  • Appeals court ruling keeps habitual offender behind bars

    Appeals court ruling keeps habitual offender behind bars

    Tuesday, February 6 2018 6:22 PM EST2018-02-06 23:22:44 GMT

    A man who pleaded guilty to armed robbery in Forrest County in 1986 will remain behind bars after a decision handed down by the Mississippi Court of Appeals.

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    A man who pleaded guilty to armed robbery in Forrest County in 1986 will remain behind bars after a decision handed down by the Mississippi Court of Appeals.

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  • Lady Eagles win 3rd consecutive game

    Lady Eagles win 3rd consecutive game

    Tuesday, February 6 2018 5:51 PM EST2018-02-06 22:51:27 GMT

    The University of Southern Mississippi women’s basketball team had five players score 10 or more points in a game for the first time this season as the Lady Eagles pulled away to a 70-61 victory over Marshall University at Reed Green Coliseum. 

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    The University of Southern Mississippi women’s basketball team had five players score 10 or more points in a game for the first time this season as the Lady Eagles pulled away to a 70-61 victory over Marshall University at Reed Green Coliseum. 

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  • USM football to wrap up 2018 signing class

    USM football to wrap up 2018 signing class

    Tuesday, February 6 2018 4:06 PM EST2018-02-06 21:06:02 GMT

    University of Southern Mississippi football coach Jay Hopson sounded pleased in December with the Golden Eagles’ recruiting efforts during the shakedown cruise of the newly-minted early signing period.

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    University of Southern Mississippi football coach Jay Hopson sounded pleased in December with the Golden Eagles’ recruiting efforts during the shakedown cruise of the newly-minted early signing period.

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  • Hattiesburg makes key hires for Parks and Recreation

    Hattiesburg makes key hires for Parks and Recreation

    Tuesday, February 6 2018 1:29 PM EST2018-02-06 18:29:56 GMT

    The City of Hattiesburg announced the key post assignments for Parks and Recreation Tuesday.

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    The City of Hattiesburg announced the key post assignments for Parks and Recreation Tuesday.

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  • MS House Bill 944 to allow veterans rights for service animals

    MS House Bill 944 to allow veterans rights for service animals

    Tuesday, February 6 2018 1:47 AM EST2018-02-06 06:47:12 GMT
    Best said that she’s been with her dog Jingles for five years and that he never leaves her side. (Photo source: WDAM)Best said that she’s been with her dog Jingles for five years and that he never leaves her side. (Photo source: WDAM)

    In the state of Mississippi, veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are currently not included in the list of qualifying disabilities for them to have a service animal. According to Mississippi Code 43-6-7, every person that is totally or partially blind and or deaf are the only people who have the rights to be accompanied by a guide dog in a public place without having to pay a fee. 

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    In the state of Mississippi, veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are currently not included in the list of qualifying disabilities for them to have a service animal. According to Mississippi Code 43-6-7, every person that is totally or partially blind and or deaf are the only people who have the rights to be accompanied by a guide dog in a public place without having to pay a fee. 

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  • A recap of Monday's high school soccer playoffs

    A recap of Monday's high school soccer playoffs

    Tuesday, February 6 2018 12:55 AM EST2018-02-06 05:55:24 GMT
    Oak Grove girls soccer defeated Biloxi 6-0 on Monday night in the class 6A playoffs. Courtesy: WDAMOak Grove girls soccer defeated Biloxi 6-0 on Monday night in the class 6A playoffs. Courtesy: WDAM

    Playoff soccer commenced across the Pine Belt on Monday night and a number of area schools advanced to the second round. The Hattiesburg girls defeated Forest Hill 13-0 behind junior Taytum Terrell’s seven goals – it’s the second time this season Terrell has notched seven goals in a game.

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    Playoff soccer commenced across the Pine Belt on Monday night and a number of area schools advanced to the second round. The Hattiesburg girls defeated Forest Hill 13-0 behind junior Taytum Terrell’s seven goals – it’s the second time this season Terrell has notched seven goals in a game.

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  • WDAM All-Star: JCJC freshman Luke McKenzie

    WDAM All-Star: JCJC freshman Luke McKenzie

    Tuesday, February 6 2018 12:36 AM EST2018-02-06 05:36:27 GMT
    JCJC freshman Luke McKenzie. Courtesy: WDAMJCJC freshman Luke McKenzie. Courtesy: WDAM

    A year ago, Luke McKenzie was helping Columbia Academy to its first baseball state championship since 1996. On Saturday, McKenzie will suit up for Jones County Junior College in its season-opener against Southwest Tennessee. McKenzie led the hard-hitting Columbia Academy Cougars with a school-record 12 home runs in his senior season.

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    A year ago, Luke McKenzie was helping Columbia Academy to its first baseball state championship since 1996. On Saturday, McKenzie will suit up for Jones County Junior College in its season-opener against Southwest Tennessee. McKenzie led the hard-hitting Columbia Academy Cougars with a school-record 12 home runs in his senior season.

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  • JCJC baseball ranked No. 1 entering 2018 season

    JCJC baseball ranked No. 1 entering 2018 season

    Tuesday, February 6 2018 12:27 AM EST2018-02-06 05:27:57 GMT
    JCJC enters the 2018 season ranked No. 1 in the NJCAA.JCJC enters the 2018 season ranked No. 1 in the NJCAA.

    Jones County Junior College has dominated in head coach Chris Kirtland’s first two seasons. The Bobcats captured the 2016 NJCAA Division II World Series title, followed by a 46-4 campaign last year. JCJC enters 2018’s season-opener against Southwest Tennessee ranked No. 1 in NJCAA poll.

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    Jones County Junior College has dominated in head coach Chris Kirtland’s first two seasons. The Bobcats captured the 2016 NJCAA Division II World Series title, followed by a 46-4 campaign last year. JCJC enters 2018’s season-opener against Southwest Tennessee ranked No. 1 in NJCAA poll.

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  • USM baseball has depth headed into 2018

    USM baseball has depth headed into 2018

    Tuesday, February 6 2018 12:18 AM EST2018-02-06 05:18:21 GMT
    Erick Hoard enters his first season at Southern Miss after transferring from Jones County Junior College. Courtesy: WDAMErick Hoard enters his first season at Southern Miss after transferring from Jones County Junior College. Courtesy: WDAM

    The tickets are sold out, the grass on Hill Denson Field is mowed, everything is set for Southern Miss baseball’s February 16 season opener against Mississippi State at Pete Taylor Park – everything except the lineup card. Head coach Scott Berry is tasked with filling out a lineup for opening day in just over a week. Despite losing key pieces to the 2017 MLB Draft, depth is not an issue for the Golden Eagles this season.

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    The tickets are sold out, the grass on Hill Denson Field is mowed, everything is set for Southern Miss baseball’s February 16 season opener against Mississippi State at Pete Taylor Park – everything except the lineup card. Head coach Scott Berry is tasked with filling out a lineup for opening day in just over a week. Despite losing key pieces to the 2017 MLB Draft, depth is not an issue for the Golden Eagles this season.

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  • Phase II of western beltway proposed

    Phase II of western beltway proposed

    Monday, February 5 2018 11:17 PM EST2018-02-06 04:17:06 GMT
    Phase II proposal for western beltway.  Source: WDAM.Phase II proposal for western beltway. Source: WDAM.

    A proposal could alleviate traffic for drivers around the Hub City, but funding could keep it from becoming a reality for a while. The Forrest County Board of Supervisors and Hattiesburg City Council received an update on what could be phase II for the western beltway Monday.  Phase II of the multimillion dollar project would connect the beltway from Peps Point Road on U.S. 49 to Interstate 59 and the Evelyn Gandy Parkway.  The Metropolitan Planning Organization for Hattie...

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    A proposal could alleviate traffic for drivers around the Hub City, but funding could keep it from becoming a reality for a while. The Forrest County Board of Supervisors and Hattiesburg City Council received an update on what could be phase II for the western beltway Monday.  Phase II of the multimillion dollar project would connect the beltway from Peps Point Road on U.S. 49 to Interstate 59 and the Evelyn Gandy Parkway.  The Metropolitan Planning Organization for Hattie...

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  • Applications available for Hattiesburg Mayor's Youth Council

    Applications available for Hattiesburg Mayor's Youth Council

    Monday, February 5 2018 9:58 PM EST2018-02-06 02:58:39 GMT
    Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker's office announced Monday that applications are now being accepted for 2018 Mayor's Youth Council from high school students that reside inside the city limits. (Photo source: WDAM)Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker's office announced Monday that applications are now being accepted for 2018 Mayor's Youth Council from high school students that reside inside the city limits. (Photo source: WDAM)
    Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker's office announced Monday that applications are now being accepted for 2018 Mayor's Youth Council from high school students that reside inside the city limits.   "One aspiration we have for our administration is to engage and cultivate a generation of young leaders who love Hattiesburg and want to leave it better than they found it,” said Barker. “Mayor’s Youth Council is a longstanding program that helps accomplish that ...More >>
    Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker's office announced Monday that applications are now being accepted for 2018 Mayor's Youth Council from high school students that reside inside the city limits.   "One aspiration we have for our administration is to engage and cultivate a generation of young leaders who love Hattiesburg and want to leave it better than they found it,” said Barker. “Mayor’s Youth Council is a longstanding program that helps accomplish that ...More >>
  • Soldiers at Camp Shelby train ahead of mobilization

    Monday, February 5 2018 7:50 PM EST2018-02-06 00:50:09 GMT
    The Mississippi National Guard’s 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team and First Army’s 177th Spearhead Brigade were visited by Maj. Gen. Janson D. Boyles Monday. (Photo source: WDAM)The Mississippi National Guard’s 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team and First Army’s 177th Spearhead Brigade were visited by Maj. Gen. Janson D. Boyles Monday. (Photo source: WDAM)

    The Mississippi National Guard’s 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team and First Army’s 177th “Spearhead” Brigade were visited by Maj. Gen. Janson D. Boyles Monday. 

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    The Mississippi National Guard’s 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team and First Army’s 177th “Spearhead” Brigade were visited by Maj. Gen. Janson D. Boyles Monday. 

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  • Lamar Co. Supervisors approve automated garbage truck purchase

    Lamar Co. Supervisors approve automated garbage truck purchase

    Monday, February 5 2018 6:29 PM EST2018-02-05 23:29:20 GMT
    The Lamar County Board of Supervisors approved the purchase of a new automated garbage truck in hopes of revamping their sanitation department. (Photo source: WDAM)The Lamar County Board of Supervisors approved the purchase of a new automated garbage truck in hopes of revamping their sanitation department. (Photo source: WDAM)
    The Lamar County Board of Supervisors approved the purchase of a new automated garbage truck in hopes of revamping their sanitation department. After roughly a year of discussion and plans, the purchase of the side-arm automated garbage truck passed in a 4-1 vote, with District 5 Supervisor Dale Lucus opposing the issue. “It’s absolutely a good thing for the county,” said District 4 Supervisor Phillip Carlisle. The bid accepted by the supervisors wa...More >>
    The Lamar County Board of Supervisors approved the purchase of a new automated garbage truck in hopes of revamping their sanitation department. After roughly a year of discussion and plans, the purchase of the side-arm automated garbage truck passed in a 4-1 vote, with District 5 Supervisor Dale Lucus opposing the issue. “It’s absolutely a good thing for the county,” said District 4 Supervisor Phillip Carlisle. The bid accepted by the supervisors wa...More >>
  • Forrest County board pledges $5K for Hattiesburg High baseball trip

    Forrest County board pledges $5K for Hattiesburg High baseball trip

    Monday, February 5 2018 6:18 PM EST2018-02-05 23:18:06 GMT
    The team recently received an invite to the National High School Invitational to be held at the end of March in Cary, North Carolina. (Photo source: WDAM)The team recently received an invite to the National High School Invitational to be held at the end of March in Cary, North Carolina. (Photo source: WDAM)
    Members and coaches from the Hattiesburg High School baseball team came to the Forrest County Board of Supervisors meeting Monday. The team recently received an invite to the National High School Invitational to be held at the end of March in Cary, North Carolina. The tournament brings 16 of the top prep teams in the country to compete against each other in what has become the premiere event on the high school baseball calendar. The board pledged $5,000 to help cover...More >>
    Members and coaches from the Hattiesburg High School baseball team came to the Forrest County Board of Supervisors meeting Monday. The team recently received an invite to the National High School Invitational to be held at the end of March in Cary, North Carolina. The tournament brings 16 of the top prep teams in the country to compete against each other in what has become the premiere event on the high school baseball calendar. The board pledged $5,000 to help cover...More >>
  • Hattiesburg police searching for credit card fraud suspects

    Hattiesburg police searching for credit card fraud suspects

    Monday, February 5 2018 5:50 PM EST2018-02-05 22:50:44 GMT
    Hattiesburg police are searching for two credit card fraud suspects. (Photo source: HPD)Hattiesburg police are searching for two credit card fraud suspects. (Photo source: HPD)

    Hattiesburg police are searching for two credit card fraud suspects.  Two black female suspects completed three transactions using a stolen credit card at Walmart on US Highway 49 in Hattiesburg on Dec. 17, 2017. The identities of the suspects are not known.  Anyone with information is asked to contact HPD at 601-545-4971. Copyright WDAM 2018. All rights reserved. 

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    Hattiesburg police are searching for two credit card fraud suspects.  Two black female suspects completed three transactions using a stolen credit card at Walmart on US Highway 49 in Hattiesburg on Dec. 17, 2017. The identities of the suspects are not known.  Anyone with information is asked to contact HPD at 601-545-4971. Copyright WDAM 2018. All rights reserved. 

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  • Two credit card fraud suspects wanted by HPD

    Two credit card fraud suspects wanted by HPD

    Monday, February 5 2018 5:50 PM EST2018-02-05 22:50:16 GMT
    Hattiesburg police are searching for two credit card fraud suspects. (Photo source: HPD)Hattiesburg police are searching for two credit card fraud suspects. (Photo source: HPD)
    Hattiesburg police are searching for two credit card fraud suspects.  The two suspects allegedly used a stolen credit card to make two transactions at the Target on Highway 98 in Hattiesburg on Jan. 23, according to the Hattiesburg Police Department.  If you have any information regarding the crime or suspects, please contact HPD at 601-545-4971. Copyright WDAM 2018. All rights reserved. More >>
    Hattiesburg police are searching for two credit card fraud suspects.  The two suspects allegedly used a stolen credit card to make two transactions at the Target on Highway 98 in Hattiesburg on Jan. 23, according to the Hattiesburg Police Department.  If you have any information regarding the crime or suspects, please contact HPD at 601-545-4971. Copyright WDAM 2018. All rights reserved. More >>
  • Deadline for claims in Western Union scam settlement approaching

    Deadline for claims in Western Union scam settlement approaching

    Monday, February 5 2018 4:57 PM EST2018-02-05 21:57:20 GMT
    The deadline for filing claims for money lost in a Western Union scam is May 31, 2018. (Photo source: AG's office)The deadline for filing claims for money lost in a Western Union scam is May 31, 2018. (Photo source: AG's office)

    The deadline for Mississippians to file a claim for compensation in a Western Union scam is approaching. You may be eligible for compensation if you were victim of a fraud-induced transfer between Jan. 1, 2004, and Jan. 19, 2017, according to the Mississippi Attorney General's office. The deadline to file a claim is May 31, 2018. A fraudulent transfer would include scammers getting victims to wire money after making them believe it was for a lottery, family emergency,...

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    The deadline for Mississippians to file a claim for compensation in a Western Union scam is approaching. You may be eligible for compensation if you were victim of a fraud-induced transfer between Jan. 1, 2004, and Jan. 19, 2017, according to the Mississippi Attorney General's office. The deadline to file a claim is May 31, 2018. A fraudulent transfer would include scammers getting victims to wire money after making them believe it was for a lottery, family emergency,...

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  • Pink goes red for heart disease

    Pink goes red for heart disease

    Monday, February 5 2018 2:56 PM EST2018-02-05 19:56:54 GMT
    source: WDAMsource: WDAM

    The Laurel Alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and the S.T.A.R.S of Laurel.

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    The Laurel Alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and the S.T.A.R.S of Laurel.

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  • Super Bowl benefit held for Hattiesburg couple

    Super Bowl benefit held for Hattiesburg couple

    Monday, February 5 2018 11:47 AM EST2018-02-05 16:47:34 GMT
    The Gate Bar and Grill hosted a benefit along with a Super Bowl party for Samantha Powers and Michael Woodard, who lost their unborn child. (Photo source: WDAM)The Gate Bar and Grill hosted a benefit along with a Super Bowl party for Samantha Powers and Michael Woodard, who lost their unborn child. (Photo source: WDAM)

    Bars across the country held Super Bowl parties to celebrate the big game. However, one Hattiesburg bar decided to hold a party with a deeper purpose.

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    Bars across the country held Super Bowl parties to celebrate the big game. However, one Hattiesburg bar decided to hold a party with a deeper purpose.

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  • USM legend Hugh Laurin Pepper dies at 88

    USM legend Hugh Laurin Pepper dies at 88

    Monday, February 5 2018 1:20 AM EST2018-02-05 06:20:12 GMT
    Hugh Laurin Pepper. Courtesy: WLOXHugh Laurin Pepper. Courtesy: WLOX

    Southern Miss legend Hugh Laurin Pepper passed away on Sunday morning. He was 88-years-old. Pepper played football for Mississippi Southern – then known as the Southerners – in 1952 and 1953, rushing for 1,191 yards in his first season.

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    Southern Miss legend Hugh Laurin Pepper passed away on Sunday morning. He was 88-years-old. Pepper played football for Mississippi Southern – then known as the Southerners – in 1952 and 1953, rushing for 1,191 yards in his first season.

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  • Brian Dozier speaks at USM Dugout Club Banquet

    Brian Dozier speaks at USM Dugout Club Banquet

    Monday, February 5 2018 1:09 AM EST2018-02-05 06:09:44 GMT
    Brian Dozier. Courtesy: WDAMBrian Dozier. Courtesy: WDAM

    The Southern Miss Dugout Club held its 15th annual banquet at the Thad Cochran Center on Saturday. Countless stories were told by USM baseball coach Scott Berry, former WDAM sports anchor Mitch Williams and former Golden Eagle Brian Dozier. Dozier was the featured key note speaker at the event, and spoke profoundly about his time at Southern Miss, his professional baseball career with the Minnesota Twins and his faith.

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    The Southern Miss Dugout Club held its 15th annual banquet at the Thad Cochran Center on Saturday. Countless stories were told by USM baseball coach Scott Berry, former WDAM sports anchor Mitch Williams and former Golden Eagle Brian Dozier. Dozier was the featured key note speaker at the event, and spoke profoundly about his time at Southern Miss, his professional baseball career with the Minnesota Twins and his faith.

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  • Lady Eagles beat Marshall, improve to 10-2 at home

    Lady Eagles beat Marshall, improve to 10-2 at home

    Monday, February 5 2018 12:53 AM EST2018-02-05 05:53:57 GMT
    USM improved to 13-9 with its win over Marshall on Sunday. Courtesy: WDAMUSM improved to 13-9 with its win over Marshall on Sunday. Courtesy: WDAM

    Despite the absence of their starting point guard Shonte Hailes, the Lady Eagles found a way to get past Marshall 70-61 on Sunday afternoon. Southern Miss improved to 13-9 (5-4 Conference USA) with the win and is now 10-2 inside Reed-Green Coliseum.

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    Despite the absence of their starting point guard Shonte Hailes, the Lady Eagles found a way to get past Marshall 70-61 on Sunday afternoon. Southern Miss improved to 13-9 (5-4 Conference USA) with the win and is now 10-2 inside Reed-Green Coliseum.

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  • Southern Miss picks up 1st C-USA road victory of season

    Southern Miss picks up 1st C-USA road victory of season

    Saturday, February 3 2018 9:36 PM EST2018-02-04 02:36:44 GMT

    Junior guard Tyree Griffin led four University of Southern Mississippi players into double figures with 21 points and the Golden Eagles picked up their first Conference USA road win of the season Saturday with a 77-66 victory at Florida Atlantic University.

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    Junior guard Tyree Griffin led four University of Southern Mississippi players into double figures with 21 points and the Golden Eagles picked up their first Conference USA road win of the season Saturday with a 77-66 victory at Florida Atlantic University.

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  • PRCC ranked No. 1 community college in state, No. 28 in U.S.

    PRCC ranked No. 1 community college in state, No. 28 in U.S.

    Saturday, February 3 2018 9:16 PM EST2018-02-04 02:16:49 GMT
    SOURCE: PRCCSOURCE: PRCC

    Pearl River Community College is the No. 1 community college in the state of Mississippi and the 28th best community college in the country, according to TheBestSchools.org.

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    Pearl River Community College is the No. 1 community college in the state of Mississippi and the 28th best community college in the country, according to TheBestSchools.org.

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  • Carey opens 2018 baseball season 2-0

    Carey opens 2018 baseball season 2-0

    Saturday, February 3 2018 7:34 PM EST2018-02-04 00:34:35 GMT

    A two-out, two-run single by second baseman Marcus Buckley in the second inning provided all the runs William Carey University would need Friday night as the sixth-ranked Crusaders eased past Ave Maria University 2-1.

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    A two-out, two-run single by second baseman Marcus Buckley in the second inning provided all the runs William Carey University would need Friday night as the sixth-ranked Crusaders eased past Ave Maria University 2-1.

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  • Hattiesburg Train Depot hosts first, 'Mini-Maker Faire'

    Hattiesburg Train Depot hosts first, 'Mini-Maker Faire'

    Saturday, February 3 2018 6:47 PM EST2018-02-03 23:47:00 GMT
    Hattiesburg hosted the inaugural "Mini-Maker Faire" at the Historic Train Depot Saturday. Photo credit WDAM.Hattiesburg hosted the inaugural "Mini-Maker Faire" at the Historic Train Depot Saturday. Photo credit WDAM.

    Hattiesburg's Historic Train Depot hosted an event Saturday that had little to do with history and a lot to do with the future.  The inaugural "Mini-Maker Faire" explored drone and robotics technologies, lasers and polymer science.   It also featured lessons on basic soldering and demonstrations of small chemical reactions.  "Our main goal is just to get people involved with technology and learning, because it's ultimately going to help the work f...

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    Hattiesburg's Historic Train Depot hosted an event Saturday that had little to do with history and a lot to do with the future.  The inaugural "Mini-Maker Faire" explored drone and robotics technologies, lasers and polymer science.   It also featured lessons on basic soldering and demonstrations of small chemical reactions.  "Our main goal is just to get people involved with technology and learning, because it's ultimately going to help the work f...

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  • Two people killed in two-vehicle accident in Jones County

    Two people killed in two-vehicle accident in Jones County

    Saturday, February 3 2018 6:41 PM EST2018-02-03 23:41:02 GMT

    Two people died Friday afternoon in Jones County when their car was hit by an 18-wheeler.

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    Two people died Friday afternoon in Jones County when their car was hit by an 18-wheeler.

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  • Almonds are the top Super Bowl 'snack' in MS

    Almonds are the top Super Bowl 'snack' in MS

    Saturday, February 3 2018 5:56 PM EST2018-02-03 22:56:13 GMT
    Almonds are top Super Bowl "snack" for MS; Photo Source: PixabayAlmonds are top Super Bowl "snack" for MS; Photo Source: Pixabay

    According to Under Armor, almonds are most popular Super Bowl "snack" in the state of Mississippi.

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    According to Under Armor, almonds are most popular Super Bowl "snack" in the state of Mississippi.

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  • Parents and students excel at Laurel School District's Parent Center

    Parents and students excel at Laurel School District's Parent Center

    Friday, February 2 2018 10:44 PM EST2018-02-03 03:44:38 GMT
    When you walk through the doors it's a vibrant world of education and resources at your fingertips for both students and parents. (Photo source: WDAM)When you walk through the doors it's a vibrant world of education and resources at your fingertips for both students and parents. (Photo source: WDAM)

    WDAM takes you inside the Laurel School District's Central Office where you'll find a resource center for parents and students. Dr. Stacey Blalock Henry said, "It's one of the machines of many. We have two or three here. Basically, it makes your letters."  Alicia Gavin said, "With different things like testing strategies, homework strategies it's just a wonderful place to get many resources." Parent Alicia Gavin has two students inside the Laurel School Dis...

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    WDAM takes you inside the Laurel School District's Central Office where you'll find a resource center for parents and students. Dr. Stacey Blalock Henry said, "It's one of the machines of many. We have two or three here. Basically, it makes your letters."  Alicia Gavin said, "With different things like testing strategies, homework strategies it's just a wonderful place to get many resources." Parent Alicia Gavin has two students inside the Laurel School Dis...

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  • Forrest County welcomes new Crisis Intervention Team

    Forrest County welcomes new Crisis Intervention Team

    Friday, February 2 2018 10:17 PM EST2018-02-03 03:17:45 GMT
    Organizers said the training teaches officers skills to respond to individuals experiencing a mental health crisis and divert them to an appropriate setting to provide treatment. (Photo source: WDAM)Organizers said the training teaches officers skills to respond to individuals experiencing a mental health crisis and divert them to an appropriate setting to provide treatment. (Photo source: WDAM)

    There’s a new team among law enforcement in the Pine Belt that’s working to help better save lives. They’re called C.I.T. meaning Crisis Intervention Team. These members of law enforcement went through 40-hours of training to be more prepared when encountering people with mental illness. 

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    There’s a new team among law enforcement in the Pine Belt that’s working to help better save lives. They’re called C.I.T. meaning Crisis Intervention Team. These members of law enforcement went through 40-hours of training to be more prepared when encountering people with mental illness. 

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  • List of candidates failing to file campaign finance disclosure released by MS Secretary of State's office

    List of candidates failing to file campaign finance disclosure released by MS Secretary of State's office

    Friday, February 2 2018 9:58 PM EST2018-02-03 02:58:11 GMT
    The deadline for the campaign finance report was 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo source: SOS)The deadline for the campaign finance report was 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo source: SOS)
    The Mississippi Secretary of State's office is required to publish a list of candidates for statewide and legislative office who failed to file a campaign finance disclosure report by the required date specified with Mississippi Code.  The deadline for the campaign finance report was 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, and the following candidates have still not filed their report: Ron Williams Sharon D. Gipson Lennell Lucas Ray Minor James “Jimmy” Edward...More >>
    The Mississippi Secretary of State's office is required to publish a list of candidates for statewide and legislative office who failed to file a campaign finance disclosure report by the required date specified with Mississippi Code.  The deadline for the campaign finance report was 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, and the following candidates have still not filed their report: Ron Williams Sharon D. Gipson Lennell Lucas Ray Minor James “Jimmy” Edward...More >>
  • Carey rallies late to top Georgetown College in baseball opener

    Carey rallies late to top Georgetown College in baseball opener

    Friday, February 2 2018 9:27 PM EST2018-02-03 02:27:14 GMT

    Tyler Reid drove in the game-winning run as sixth-ranked William Carey University scored twice in the bottom of the eighth inning to take a 4-3 victory over Georgetown College Friday afternoon at Milton Wheeler Field.

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    Tyler Reid drove in the game-winning run as sixth-ranked William Carey University scored twice in the bottom of the eighth inning to take a 4-3 victory over Georgetown College Friday afternoon at Milton Wheeler Field.

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  • Purvis High School library receives national award

    Purvis High School library receives national award

    Friday, February 2 2018 8:37 PM EST2018-02-03 01:37:27 GMT

    The Purvis High School library was one of three selected nationwide _ and the only one of the three affiliated with a school system _ to share in the Young Adult Library Services Association’s annual “Great Books Giveaway.”

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    The Purvis High School library was one of three selected nationwide _ and the only one of the three affiliated with a school system _ to share in the Young Adult Library Services Association’s annual “Great Books Giveaway.”

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  • Lady Eagles’ rally comes up short in 62-56 loss at Rice

    Lady Eagles’ rally comes up short in 62-56 loss at Rice

    Friday, February 2 2018 7:29 PM EST2018-02-03 00:29:56 GMT

    A University of Southern Mississippi rally that shriveled a 16-point, fourth-quarter deficit to four points before running out of steam in the end Thursday night as Rice University held on for a 62-56 Conference USA victory.

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    A University of Southern Mississippi rally that shriveled a 16-point, fourth-quarter deficit to four points before running out of steam in the end Thursday night as Rice University held on for a 62-56 Conference USA victory.

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  • HFD operating with new air packs

    HFD operating with new air packs

    Friday, February 2 2018 6:11 PM EST2018-02-02 23:11:44 GMT
    The new packs will last roughly 10 years, depending on their amount of use and wear and tear. (Photo source: WDAM)The new packs will last roughly 10 years, depending on their amount of use and wear and tear. (Photo source: WDAM)
    The Hattiesburg Fire Department has fully cycled through replacing its older and outdated air packs. “They are absolutely a necessity, that’s how we make entry to a building," said Hattiesburg Fire Training Officer Will Lewis. "If we don’t have good air to breath we can’t go inside and do interior attacks, to the depth that we need to go now a-days.” The department made two purchases, one order for 35 and the other for 15, with ...More >>
    The Hattiesburg Fire Department has fully cycled through replacing its older and outdated air packs. “They are absolutely a necessity, that’s how we make entry to a building," said Hattiesburg Fire Training Officer Will Lewis. "If we don’t have good air to breath we can’t go inside and do interior attacks, to the depth that we need to go now a-days.” The department made two purchases, one order for 35 and the other for 15, with ...More >>
  • Convicted felon heading back to prison

    Convicted felon heading back to prison

    Friday, February 2 2018 6:11 PM EST2018-02-02 23:11:10 GMT

    A convicted felon is heading back to prison after pleading guilty to illegally possessing a firearm in Mississippi.

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    A convicted felon is heading back to prison after pleading guilty to illegally possessing a firearm in Mississippi.

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  • Dancers from popular Apple ad teaching class at USM

    Dancers from popular Apple ad teaching class at USM

    Friday, February 2 2018 5:57 PM EST2018-02-02 22:57:07 GMT
    Southern Miss alumnus Christopher Grant and his wife, Lauren, met while auditioning for the same dance company back in 2007 and were featured in a holiday ad released by Apple in November. (Photo source: WDAM)Southern Miss alumnus Christopher Grant and his wife, Lauren, met while auditioning for the same dance company back in 2007 and were featured in a holiday ad released by Apple in November. (Photo source: WDAM)

    Southern Mississippi alumni Christopher Grant and his wife, Lauren, have been teaching a master class in dance at the University of Southern Mississippi this week. The couple were featured in a highly popular Apple ad from this past holiday season. The pair met while auditioning for the same dance company back in 2007.

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    Southern Mississippi alumni Christopher Grant and his wife, Lauren, have been teaching a master class in dance at the University of Southern Mississippi this week. The couple were featured in a highly popular Apple ad from this past holiday season. The pair met while auditioning for the same dance company back in 2007.

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  • Laurel students learn lesson of acceptance through play

    Laurel students learn lesson of acceptance through play

    Friday, February 2 2018 4:28 PM EST2018-02-02 21:28:02 GMT
    The third and fourth graders hit the stage as the cutest mice you've ever met, but there was a lesson to be learned. (Photo source: WDAM)The third and fourth graders hit the stage as the cutest mice you've ever met, but there was a lesson to be learned. (Photo source: WDAM)

    Mice from outer space came crashing down into the Earth with their polka dots and crazy ears sticking out like sore thumbs. The Earth mice at St. John's Day School in Laurel quickly figured out how to accept their new friends.  

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    Mice from outer space came crashing down into the Earth with their polka dots and crazy ears sticking out like sore thumbs. The Earth mice at St. John's Day School in Laurel quickly figured out how to accept their new friends.  

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  • 70 years of Sanderson Farms: Homegrown company now a $3 billion powerhouse

    70 years of Sanderson Farms: Homegrown company now a $3 billion powerhouse

    Friday, February 2 2018 4:05 PM EST2018-02-02 21:05:30 GMT
    Sanderson Farms just celebrated its 70th year with record sales of $3.3 billion. (Photo source: SandersonFarms.com)Sanderson Farms just celebrated its 70th year with record sales of $3.3 billion. (Photo source: SandersonFarms.com)
    Everybody in the Pine Belt knows Sanderson Farms chicken. You may buy it at the grocery store. You see the commercials on TV. But there's a lot more to this brand than you may know. We sat down with the chairman and CEO of Sanderson Farms for a conversation about this hometown company, how it started in 1947, and where it's going. The headquarters of Sanderson Farms, tucked into a wooded campus on the west side of Laurel, is not the typical glass-and-steel corporate box. It's built l...More >>
    Everybody in the Pine Belt knows Sanderson Farms chicken. You may buy it at the grocery store. You see the commercials on TV. But there's a lot more to this brand than you may know. We sat down with the chairman and CEO of Sanderson Farms for a conversation about this hometown company, how it started in 1947, and where it's going. The headquarters of Sanderson Farms, tucked into a wooded campus on the west side of Laurel, is not the typical glass-and-steel corporate box. It's built l...More >>
  • SCRMC hosts community health fair in Laurel

    SCRMC hosts community health fair in Laurel

    Friday, February 2 2018 3:57 PM EST2018-02-02 20:57:02 GMT

    South Central Regional Medical Center hosted a community health fair in Laurel Friday. It was free for everyone to attend. 

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    South Central Regional Medical Center hosted a community health fair in Laurel Friday. It was free for everyone to attend. 

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  • MS Freedom Trail marker honoring Clyde Kennard unveiled

    MS Freedom Trail marker honoring Clyde Kennard unveiled

    Friday, February 2 2018 3:40 PM EST2018-02-02 20:40:20 GMT
    Clyde Kennard tried several times in the 1950s to enroll as a student at USM but was refused admission. (Photo source: WDAM)Clyde Kennard tried several times in the 1950s to enroll as a student at USM but was refused admission. (Photo source: WDAM)

    The 26th Mississippi Freedom Trail marker was unveiled at the University of Southern Mississippi on Friday. 

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    The 26th Mississippi Freedom Trail marker was unveiled at the University of Southern Mississippi on Friday. 

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  • Jones County man arrested for shooting at repo man, suspect speaks out

    Jones County man arrested for shooting at repo man, suspect speaks out

    Thursday, February 1 2018 11:29 PM EST2018-02-02 04:29:50 GMT
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    For those who have ever gotten behind on payments, you know the horrible feeling of having your items repossessed. One Jones County man took action and he’s now paying for it. However, he says it was all a misunderstanding. Roy Craven, 67, is charged with aggravated assault for shooting at a repo man coming to repossess his truck a little after midnight Tuesday night. According to the Jones County Sheriff’s office, the victim left uninjured and called the police down the...

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    For those who have ever gotten behind on payments, you know the horrible feeling of having your items repossessed. One Jones County man took action and he’s now paying for it. However, he says it was all a misunderstanding. Roy Craven, 67, is charged with aggravated assault for shooting at a repo man coming to repossess his truck a little after midnight Tuesday night. According to the Jones County Sheriff’s office, the victim left uninjured and called the police down the...

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  • Talking to children about tragedy, threats

    Talking to children about tragedy, threats

    Thursday, February 1 2018 9:45 PM EST2018-02-02 02:45:29 GMT
    "The first thing I would recommend to parents is to assess what the child knows," said Amanda Heitmuller, Licensed Clinical Social Worker at The Hope Center in Hattiesburg. (Photo source: WDAM)"The first thing I would recommend to parents is to assess what the child knows," said Amanda Heitmuller, Licensed Clinical Social Worker at The Hope Center in Hattiesburg. (Photo source: WDAM)

    After school lock downs from threats, and the shooting Thursday at a school in California, WDAM checked in with a local expert on how you can talk to your children at home regarding these horrifying experiences.  Amanda Heitmuller, LCSW said, "The first thing I would recommend to parents is to assess what the child knows."  The Hope Center Licensed Clinical Social Worker Amanda Heitmuller has been working with children in this setting since 2001. She said a lot o...

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    After school lock downs from threats, and the shooting Thursday at a school in California, WDAM checked in with a local expert on how you can talk to your children at home regarding these horrifying experiences.  Amanda Heitmuller, LCSW said, "The first thing I would recommend to parents is to assess what the child knows."  The Hope Center Licensed Clinical Social Worker Amanda Heitmuller has been working with children in this setting since 2001. She said a lot o...

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  • Florida International holds off Southern Miss, 76-70

    Florida International holds off Southern Miss, 76-70

    Thursday, February 1 2018 9:30 PM EST2018-02-02 02:30:43 GMT

    A run by Florida International University at the start of the second half left the University of Southern Mississippi in a double-digit hole Thursday night, and poor free-throw shooting hurt the Golden Eagles down the stretch in a 76-70 loss to the Panthers.

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    A run by Florida International University at the start of the second half left the University of Southern Mississippi in a double-digit hole Thursday night, and poor free-throw shooting hurt the Golden Eagles down the stretch in a 76-70 loss to the Panthers.

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  • Hattiesburg call center employees among those owed back wages according to federal complaint

    Hattiesburg call center employees among those owed back wages according to federal complaint

    Thursday, February 1 2018 8:30 PM EST2018-02-02 01:30:23 GMT
    The union said the complaint provides evidence that GDIT misclassified call center employees to pay them less than their job duties merited. (Photo source: General Dynamics Facebook)The union said the complaint provides evidence that GDIT misclassified call center employees to pay them less than their job duties merited. (Photo source: General Dynamics Facebook)

    A complaint filed with the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division estimated that $107 million in back wages are owed to employees of a federally contracted call center, including as many as 2,000 Hattiesburg employees.  The Communications Workers of America filed the complaint on behalf of employees of General Dynamics Information Technology Inc. and called for an investigation into alleged systemic and serious wage violations, accorded to a C...

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    A complaint filed with the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division estimated that $107 million in back wages are owed to employees of a federally contracted call center, including as many as 2,000 Hattiesburg employees.  The Communications Workers of America filed the complaint on behalf of employees of General Dynamics Information Technology Inc. and called for an investigation into alleged systemic and serious wage violations, accorded to a C...

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  • Dogs rescued from alleged Wayne Co. dogfight ring being rehabilitated

    Dogs rescued from alleged Wayne Co. dogfight ring being rehabilitated

    Thursday, February 1 2018 7:52 PM EST2018-02-02 00:52:50 GMT
    "Drake" is the youngest of nine dogs rescued from an alleged dog fighting ring in Wayne County Monday. Source: Southern Cross Animal Rescue."Drake" is the youngest of nine dogs rescued from an alleged dog fighting ring in Wayne County Monday. Source: Southern Cross Animal Rescue.

    Most dogs rescued earlier this week from an alleged dog fighting ring in Wayne County may soon be available for adoption. Eight of the nine dogs taken from a property off Lacey Drive are being rehabilitated in Jones County by Southern Cross Animal Rescue.    A ninth dog, which is a three-month old puppy, isn't doing as well, because of multiple injuries. He may have been used as a bait dog to train other dogs to fight.  If he survives, one of his legs may have ...

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    Most dogs rescued earlier this week from an alleged dog fighting ring in Wayne County may soon be available for adoption. Eight of the nine dogs taken from a property off Lacey Drive are being rehabilitated in Jones County by Southern Cross Animal Rescue.    A ninth dog, which is a three-month old puppy, isn't doing as well, because of multiple injuries. He may have been used as a bait dog to train other dogs to fight.  If he survives, one of his legs may have ...

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  • Many customers seeing power bill spike after frigid temperatures

    Many customers seeing power bill spike after frigid temperatures

    Thursday, February 1 2018 7:37 PM EST2018-02-02 00:37:38 GMT

    You can't control the weather, but some customers in the Pine Belt have mother nature to blame for an increase in their power bill. After we received several emails and messages complaining about the high costs, we asked on Facebook what customers were experiencing.  We received comments of bills that had doubled or even tripled for Mississippi Power, Southern Pine Electric, Dixie Electric Power Association and Pearl River Valley Electric members.  "The message is tha...

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    You can't control the weather, but some customers in the Pine Belt have mother nature to blame for an increase in their power bill. After we received several emails and messages complaining about the high costs, we asked on Facebook what customers were experiencing.  We received comments of bills that had doubled or even tripled for Mississippi Power, Southern Pine Electric, Dixie Electric Power Association and Pearl River Valley Electric members.  "The message is tha...

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  • Suspect burglarized Hattiesburg church twice, police say

    Suspect burglarized Hattiesburg church twice, police say

    Tuesday, January 30 2018 5:39 PM EST2018-01-30 22:39:34 GMT
    According to police, the suspect burglarized Mt. Olive Baptist Church on Nov. 6, 2017 and Jan. 23, 2018. (Photo source: Hattiesburg Police Department)According to police, the suspect burglarized Mt. Olive Baptist Church on Nov. 6, 2017 and Jan. 23, 2018. (Photo source: Hattiesburg Police Department)

    The Hattiesburg Police Department is asking for help from the public to identify the suspect who broke into a church twice over the past three months.

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    The Hattiesburg Police Department is asking for help from the public to identify the suspect who broke into a church twice over the past three months.

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  • 2 men killed in Jasper Co. interstate crash identified

    2 men killed in Jasper Co. interstate crash identified

    Friday, January 19 2018 3:56 PM EST2018-01-19 20:56:48 GMT

    Two men were killed in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 59 in Jasper County on Wednesday.

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    Two men were killed in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 59 in Jasper County on Wednesday.

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