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  • From QB to RB - USM sophomore Steven Anderson making moves

    From QB to RB - USM sophomore Steven Anderson making moves

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 12:27 AM EDT2018-04-24 04:27:53 GMT
    USM sophomore running back Steven Anderson. Courtesy: WDAMUSM sophomore running back Steven Anderson. Courtesy: WDAM
    USM sophomore running back Steven Anderson. Courtesy: WDAMUSM sophomore running back Steven Anderson. Courtesy: WDAM

    Though soft-spoken, Steven Anderson hits hard. A "violent" runner as Southern Miss teammate Keon Howard describes him, perhaps Anderson is making up for all those years spent at quarterback. "Steven runs like he doesn't want to be hit no more,” Howard said.

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    Though soft-spoken, Steven Anderson hits hard. A "violent" runner as Southern Miss teammate Keon Howard describes him, perhaps Anderson is making up for all those years spent at quarterback. "Steven runs like he doesn't want to be hit no more,” Howard said.

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  • Carey finishes regular season 33-13

    Carey finishes regular season 33-13

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 12:11 AM EDT2018-04-24 04:11:59 GMT
    William Carey pitcher Hannah Moak. Courtesy: WDAMWilliam Carey pitcher Hannah Moak. Courtesy: WDAM
    William Carey pitcher Hannah Moak. Courtesy: WDAMWilliam Carey pitcher Hannah Moak. Courtesy: WDAM

    William Carey swept Brewton-Parker on Monday to wrap up the regular season. The No. 12 Lady Crusaders finish the year 33-13 (19-9 SSAC) and await their seeding in the Southern States Athletic Conference which begins on May 2.

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    William Carey swept Brewton-Parker on Monday to wrap up the regular season. The No. 12 Lady Crusaders finish the year 33-13 (19-9 SSAC) and await their seeding in the Southern States Athletic Conference which begins on May 2.

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  • Monday’s Pine Belt prep baseball scores

    Monday’s Pine Belt prep baseball scores

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 12:03 AM EDT2018-04-24 04:03:28 GMT
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    Source: Flickr Creative CommonsSource: Flickr Creative Commons

    Monday’s Pine Belt prep baseball results

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    Monday’s Pine Belt prep baseball results

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  • High School baseball playoff scores - April 23

    High School baseball playoff scores - April 23

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 12:01 AM EDT2018-04-24 04:01:08 GMT
    South Jones pitcher John Mitchell. Courtesy: WDAMSouth Jones pitcher John Mitchell. Courtesy: WDAM
    South Jones pitcher John Mitchell. Courtesy: WDAMSouth Jones pitcher John Mitchell. Courtesy: WDAM

    It was win or go home Monday night in the Pine Belt. Several high school baseball teams looked to punch their tickets to the second round of the MHSAA playoffs.

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    It was win or go home Monday night in the Pine Belt. Several high school baseball teams looked to punch their tickets to the second round of the MHSAA playoffs.

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  • USM ready for rematch with South Alabama

    USM ready for rematch with South Alabama

    Monday, April 23 2018 11:52 PM EDT2018-04-24 03:52:27 GMT
    USM head coach Scott Berry. Courtesy: WDAMUSM head coach Scott Berry. Courtesy: WDAM
    USM head coach Scott Berry. Courtesy: WDAMUSM head coach Scott Berry. Courtesy: WDAM

    It didn’t take long for Nick Sandlin to capture another award following his return to the mound for USM. The junior was named Conference USA pitcher of the week and a Collegiate Baseball player of the week for the third time this season. Sandlin pitched 12 strikeouts and allowed just one hit in five innings of USM’s 8-0 win over Middle Tennessee on Saturday. Junior Adam Jackson is expected to take the mound on Tuesday night when the Golden Eagles host South Alabama.

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    It didn’t take long for Nick Sandlin to capture another award following his return to the mound for USM. The junior was named Conference USA pitcher of the week and a Collegiate Baseball player of the week for the third time this season. Sandlin pitched 12 strikeouts and allowed just one hit in five innings of USM’s 8-0 win over Middle Tennessee on Saturday. Junior Adam Jackson is expected to take the mound on Tuesday night when the Golden Eagles host South Alabama.

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  • South Jones moves ahead in Class 5A baseball playoffs

    South Jones moves ahead in Class 5A baseball playoffs

    Monday, April 23 2018 11:48 PM EDT2018-04-24 03:48:41 GMT
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    Home-field advantage hadn’t meant much for either South Jones or Stone high schools in the first two games of their Class 5A opening-round playoff baseball series. At least until Monday night. Junior right-hander John Mitchell twirled a complete-game four-hitter and the Braves struck for four runs in the third inning on their way to a series-clinching 5-1 victory over the Tomcats.

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    Home-field advantage hadn’t meant much for either South Jones or Stone high schools in the first two games of their Class 5A opening-round playoff baseball series. At least until Monday night. Junior right-hander John Mitchell twirled a complete-game four-hitter and the Braves struck for four runs in the third inning on their way to a series-clinching 5-1 victory over the Tomcats.

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  • Southern Miss sorority saves the last dance for WWII veteran

    Southern Miss sorority saves the last dance for WWII veteran

    Monday, April 23 2018 11:29 PM EDT2018-04-24 03:29:36 GMT
    The ladies of Phi Mu Sorority on the University of Southern Miss campus hosted a dance for 92-year-old Navy veteran Paul Sonnier. (Photo source: WDAM)The ladies of Phi Mu Sorority on the University of Southern Miss campus hosted a dance for 92-year-old Navy veteran Paul Sonnier. (Photo source: WDAM)

    The ladies of Phi Mu Sorority on the University of Southern Miss campus hosted a dance for 92-year-old War World II Navy veteran Paul Sonnier. Jessica Moreau, a social work intern at SouthernCare Hospice Services, says she would often visit with Sonnier. "He'd always ask me if I wanted to go to Ropers, the local bar," says Moreau. "He says I'll teach you how to jitterbug and the Waltz." Moreau says one day Sonnier told her his final wish would be "to dance ...

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    The ladies of Phi Mu Sorority on the University of Southern Miss campus hosted a dance for 92-year-old War World II Navy veteran Paul Sonnier. Jessica Moreau, a social work intern at SouthernCare Hospice Services, says she would often visit with Sonnier. "He'd always ask me if I wanted to go to Ropers, the local bar," says Moreau. "He says I'll teach you how to jitterbug and the Waltz." Moreau says one day Sonnier told her his final wish would be "to dance ...

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  • Rotary Club honors student athletes in Waynesboro

    Rotary Club honors student athletes in Waynesboro

    Monday, April 23 2018 11:16 PM EDT2018-04-24 03:16:18 GMT
    A select group of local student athletes from Waynesboro High School and Wayne Academy were honored for their hard work in sports and academics. (Photo source: WDAM)A select group of local student athletes from Waynesboro High School and Wayne Academy were honored for their hard work in sports and academics. (Photo source: WDAM)
    A select group of local student athletes from Waynesboro High School and Wayne Academy were honored for their hard work in sports and academics. (Photo source: WDAM)A select group of local student athletes from Waynesboro High School and Wayne Academy were honored for their hard work in sports and academics. (Photo source: WDAM)

    Monday night was the first time the Waynesboro Rotary Club held its Rotary Scholar Athlete Program. A select group of local student athletes from Waynesboro High School and Wayne Academy were honored for their hard work in sports and in academics. A few of the students received 500 dollar Joe Johnson Rotary Scholarships. Club President, Robert Cooley said it's important to be successful on and off the field.  Cooley said, "So, we thought this way we would combine scholasti...

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    Monday night was the first time the Waynesboro Rotary Club held its Rotary Scholar Athlete Program. A select group of local student athletes from Waynesboro High School and Wayne Academy were honored for their hard work in sports and in academics. A few of the students received 500 dollar Joe Johnson Rotary Scholarships. Club President, Robert Cooley said it's important to be successful on and off the field.  Cooley said, "So, we thought this way we would combine scholasti...

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  • Hattiesburg police respond to shooting

    Hattiesburg police respond to shooting

    Monday, April 23 2018 9:38 PM EDT2018-04-24 01:38:10 GMT
    HPD spokesman Ryan Moore said the shooting happened at the West Wind Apartments at 200 block of North 39th Avenue. (Photo source: WDAM)HPD spokesman Ryan Moore said the shooting happened at the West Wind Apartments at 200 block of North 39th Avenue. (Photo source: WDAM)
    HPD spokesman Ryan Moore said the shooting happened at the West Wind Apartments at 200 block of North 39th Avenue. (Photo source: WDAM)HPD spokesman Ryan Moore said the shooting happened at the West Wind Apartments at 200 block of North 39th Avenue. (Photo source: WDAM)

    Hattiesburg police officers responded to a shooting Monday evening. 

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    Hattiesburg police officers responded to a shooting Monday evening. 

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  • Suspect bites man helping a Lumberton officer during chase

    Suspect bites man helping a Lumberton officer during chase

    Monday, April 23 2018 7:14 PM EDT2018-04-23 23:14:33 GMT
    Jeameal Taylor. Source:  Lamar County Jail.Jeameal Taylor. Source: Lamar County Jail.

    A man jumping in to help a Lumberton Police Officer ended up with an injury of his own Monday. Lumberton Police Chief Carlus Page said an officer was dispatched in reference to a domestic incident just before 10 a.m. on Southern Street when the suspect, identified as Jeameal Taylor, starting running. Page said Taylor had knowledge he was wanted by the Mississippi Department of Corrections and "immediately took off running." A civilian, Joshua Root, saw the chase and assis...

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    A man jumping in to help a Lumberton Police Officer ended up with an injury of his own Monday. Lumberton Police Chief Carlus Page said an officer was dispatched in reference to a domestic incident just before 10 a.m. on Southern Street when the suspect, identified as Jeameal Taylor, starting running. Page said Taylor had knowledge he was wanted by the Mississippi Department of Corrections and "immediately took off running." A civilian, Joshua Root, saw the chase and assis...

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  • HPD searching for man who broke into church with a hatchet

    HPD searching for man who broke into church with a hatchet

    Monday, April 23 2018 6:44 PM EDT2018-04-23 22:44:58 GMT
    The man broke into the church on April 7, around 3:30 a.m. (Photo source: HPD)The man broke into the church on April 7, around 3:30 a.m. (Photo source: HPD)

    Hattiesburg police are searching for a man who broke into Hardy Street Baptist Church with a hatchet in early April. 

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    Hattiesburg police are searching for a man who broke into Hardy Street Baptist Church with a hatchet in early April. 

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  • Laurel man charged with molestation of relative

    Laurel man charged with molestation of relative

    Monday, April 23 2018 6:43 PM EDT2018-04-23 22:43:27 GMT
    Jonathan Smith, 35, of Laurel, was arrested on Saturday and charged with molesting-touching a child for a lustful purpose. (Photo source: Jones County Jail)Jonathan Smith, 35, of Laurel, was arrested on Saturday and charged with molesting-touching a child for a lustful purpose. (Photo source: Jones County Jail)

    A Laurel man was charged with molestation after he was accused of inappropriate behavior with a close relative. 

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    A Laurel man was charged with molestation after he was accused of inappropriate behavior with a close relative. 

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  • Two arrests, items recovered in Jones Co. grand larceny case

    Two arrests, items recovered in Jones Co. grand larceny case

    Monday, April 23 2018 6:41 PM EDT2018-04-23 22:41:59 GMT

    Two Ellisville men were arrested after a trailer containing lawn equipment they are accused of stealing was impounded by the Pascagoula Police Department. 

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    Two Ellisville men were arrested after a trailer containing lawn equipment they are accused of stealing was impounded by the Pascagoula Police Department. 

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  • Man found dead in burning Hattiesburg home identified

    Man found dead in burning Hattiesburg home identified

    Monday, April 23 2018 6:29 PM EDT2018-04-23 22:29:28 GMT
    According to Hattiesburg police, Anderson’s body was found when firefighters entered the home through the back door. (Photo source: WDAM)According to Hattiesburg police, Anderson’s body was found when firefighters entered the home through the back door. (Photo source: WDAM)

    We now know the identity of the man whose body was found after a house burned down in Hattiesburg last month.

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    We now know the identity of the man whose body was found after a house burned down in Hattiesburg last month.

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  • Bond set for brothers charged in Petal shooting

    Bond set for brothers charged in Petal shooting

    Monday, April 23 2018 6:12 PM EDT2018-04-23 22:12:15 GMT

    Bond has been set for three brothers charged with aggravated assault in connection to a shooting that happened Saturday at an apartment complex in Petal.

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    Bond has been set for three brothers charged with aggravated assault in connection to a shooting that happened Saturday at an apartment complex in Petal.

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  • LIST: Hattiesburg to close roads for Jimmy Buffett concert

    LIST: Hattiesburg to close roads for Jimmy Buffett concert

    Monday, April 23 2018 5:46 PM EDT2018-04-23 21:46:27 GMT
    Expected road closures in downtown Hattiesburg on Thursday, April 6, for the Jimmy Buffet concert at the Saenger Theater. (Photo source: City of Hattiesburg)Expected road closures in downtown Hattiesburg on Thursday, April 6, for the Jimmy Buffet concert at the Saenger Theater. (Photo source: City of Hattiesburg)

    Several roads will close in downtown Hattiesburg on Thursday, April 6, for the Jimmy Buffet concert at the Saenger Theater.

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    Several roads will close in downtown Hattiesburg on Thursday, April 6, for the Jimmy Buffet concert at the Saenger Theater.

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  • Hattiesburg man accused of choking wife, dropping her off at the hospital

    Hattiesburg man accused of choking wife, dropping her off at the hospital

    Monday, April 23 2018 4:34 PM EDT2018-04-23 20:34:00 GMT
    Anton Bolden.  Source: Forrest County Jail.Anton Bolden. Source: Forrest County Jail.
    Anton Bolden.  Source: Forrest County Jail.Anton Bolden. Source: Forrest County Jail.

    A Hattiesburg man is accused of choking his wife and then leaving her at a local hospital. Hattiesburg Police responded to a local hospital in reference to the domestic assault Monday morning.  According to HPD Spokesman Ryan Moore, the victim stated her husband choked her, and then drove her to the hospital and left around 5:30 a.m. She was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and later discharged, Moore said. When officers located the victim's husband, Anton Bolden...

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    A Hattiesburg man is accused of choking his wife and then leaving her at a local hospital. Hattiesburg Police responded to a local hospital in reference to the domestic assault Monday morning.  According to HPD Spokesman Ryan Moore, the victim stated her husband choked her, and then drove her to the hospital and left around 5:30 a.m. She was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and later discharged, Moore said. When officers located the victim's husband, Anton Bolden...

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  • HPD: Bullet proof vest stopped armed attacker from stabbing officer

    HPD: Bullet proof vest stopped armed attacker from stabbing officer

    Monday, April 23 2018 4:31 PM EDT2018-04-23 20:31:59 GMT
    Johnny Williams (Photo source: Hattiesburg Police Department)Johnny Williams (Photo source: Hattiesburg Police Department)
    Johnny Williams (Photo source: Hattiesburg Police Department)Johnny Williams (Photo source: Hattiesburg Police Department)

    A bullet proof vest may have saved a Hattiesburg police officer’s life Sunday after a standoff with a man reportedly armed with a knife turned physical.

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    A bullet proof vest may have saved a Hattiesburg police officer’s life Sunday after a standoff with a man reportedly armed with a knife turned physical.

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  • No more 'waste dirt' in Lamar County

    No more 'waste dirt' in Lamar County

    Monday, April 23 2018 4:30 PM EDT2018-04-23 20:30:18 GMT
    Road Manager Tommy Jones said the service stopped immediately after learning about the lawsuit. (Photo Source: WDAM)Road Manager Tommy Jones said the service stopped immediately after learning about the lawsuit. (Photo Source: WDAM)

    Lamar County residents will no longer be able to receive a 'waste dirt' delivery after a officials found out the service has been breaking the law.

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    Lamar County residents will no longer be able to receive a 'waste dirt' delivery after a officials found out the service has been breaking the law.

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  • Man sentenced for human smuggling after traffic stop on I-59

    Man sentenced for human smuggling after traffic stop on I-59

    Monday, April 23 2018 4:29 PM EDT2018-04-23 20:29:52 GMT
    A Honduran man will spend the next 21 months behind bars for an alleged plan to smuggle illegal immigrants after he was stopped for speeding in the Pine Belt. (Photo source: WDAM archive)A Honduran man will spend the next 21 months behind bars for an alleged plan to smuggle illegal immigrants after he was stopped for speeding in the Pine Belt. (Photo source: WDAM archive)

    A Honduran man will spend the next 21 months behind bars for an alleged plan to smuggle illegal immigrants after he was stopped for speeding in the Pine Belt. Emerson Isaac Hernandez-Turcios, 26, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden to 21 months in federal prison followed by one year of supervised release for conspiracy to transport illegal aliens within the United States last week.  Hernandez-Turcios was also ordered to pay a $5,000 fine.  He had pleaded guilty...

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    A Honduran man will spend the next 21 months behind bars for an alleged plan to smuggle illegal immigrants after he was stopped for speeding in the Pine Belt. Emerson Isaac Hernandez-Turcios, 26, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden to 21 months in federal prison followed by one year of supervised release for conspiracy to transport illegal aliens within the United States last week.  Hernandez-Turcios was also ordered to pay a $5,000 fine.  He had pleaded guilty...

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  • Crash involving school bus in Lamar County

    Crash involving school bus in Lamar County

    Monday, April 23 2018 11:27 AM EDT2018-04-23 15:27:12 GMT
    According to police, students were on the bus at the time of the crash. (Photo source: Hope Housley Martin)According to police, students were on the bus at the time of the crash. (Photo source: Hope Housley Martin)

    Sumrall police and Lamar County Sheriff’s deputies are on the scene of a crash involving a school bus just south of Sumrall on state Route 589.

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    Sumrall police and Lamar County Sheriff’s deputies are on the scene of a crash involving a school bus just south of Sumrall on state Route 589.

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  • Local Pine Belt students named Lindy Callahan Scholar-Athletes

    Local Pine Belt students named Lindy Callahan Scholar-Athletes

    Local Pine Belt students named Lindy Callahan Scholar-Athletes

    Monday, April 23 2018 12:04 AM EDT2018-04-23 04:04:05 GMT
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    16 top seniors across Mississippi are making strides, going home with a prestigious award. WDAM was able to speak with one of this years Lindy Callahan Scholar-Athlete award winners from Laurel High School. Todd Breland said, "I think it's awesome. The way Kimberton, not only his contributions to the athletic portion at Laurel High School, but the way he conducts himself at school everyday. He's always in a good mood. He's tremendous in the classroom. He's just an outstanding yo...

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    16 top seniors across Mississippi are making strides, going home with a prestigious award. WDAM was able to speak with one of this years Lindy Callahan Scholar-Athlete award winners from Laurel High School. Todd Breland said, "I think it's awesome. The way Kimberton, not only his contributions to the athletic portion at Laurel High School, but the way he conducts himself at school everyday. He's always in a good mood. He's tremendous in the classroom. He's just an outstanding yo...

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  • Local church delays Nicaragua mission trip for safety

    Local church delays Nicaragua mission trip for safety

    Sunday, April 22 2018 11:23 PM EDT2018-04-23 03:23:50 GMT
    source: wdamsource: wdam
    source: wdamsource: wdam

    The Carterville Baptist Church delayed their mission trip to Nicaragua after receiving an urgent phone call that the destination was no longer safe due to an unrest in the country. Pastor of Carterville Baptist Church and mission team lead Ben Skipper says the call came while members were waiting in line at the airport to receive their plane tickets.  

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    The Carterville Baptist Church delayed their mission trip to Nicaragua after receiving an urgent phone call that the destination was no longer safe due to an unrest in the country. Pastor of Carterville Baptist Church and mission team lead Ben Skipper says the call came while members were waiting in line at the airport to receive their plane tickets.  

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  • Pine Belt prep baseball schedule/results (April 16-21)

    Pine Belt prep baseball schedule/results (April 16-21)

    Sunday, April 22 2018 2:36 PM EDT2018-04-22 18:36:06 GMT
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    Pine Belt prep baseball results/schedule (April 16-21)

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    Pine Belt prep baseball results/schedule (April 16-21)

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  • HS baseball playoff scores - April 21

    HS baseball playoff scores - April 21

    Saturday, April 21 2018 11:53 PM EDT2018-04-22 03:53:56 GMT
    Sacred Heart baseball. Courtesy: WDAMSacred Heart baseball. Courtesy: WDAM
    Sacred Heart baseball. Courtesy: WDAMSacred Heart baseball. Courtesy: WDAM

    The high schoolers were back at it on Saturday for game two’s in the MHSAA baseball playoffs. Here’s a look at some of the scores from around the Pine Belt: Class 1A Sacred Heart (7) French Camp (6) *Crusaders advance to face Stringer in the second round.

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    The high schoolers were back at it on Saturday for game two’s in the MHSAA baseball playoffs. Here’s a look at some of the scores from around the Pine Belt: Class 1A Sacred Heart (7) French Camp (6) *Crusaders advance to face Stringer in the second round.

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  • An evening with the stars in Laurel

    An evening with the stars in Laurel

    Saturday, April 21 2018 11:53 PM EDT2018-04-22 03:53:35 GMT
    source: wdamsource: wdam
    source: wdamsource: wdam

    The Laurel Alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. hosted their 3rd annual Evening with the Stars event.  Organizers say the event is meant to honor those in the city of Laurel that have made an impact on the community.  President Julia Lewis says the organization selects people in the community who exemplify their five point thrust: Educational Development, Economic Development, International Awareness and Involvement, Physical and Mental Health, and Poli...

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    The Laurel Alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. hosted their 3rd annual Evening with the Stars event.  Organizers say the event is meant to honor those in the city of Laurel that have made an impact on the community.  President Julia Lewis says the organization selects people in the community who exemplify their five point thrust: Educational Development, Economic Development, International Awareness and Involvement, Physical and Mental Health, and Poli...

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  • The Arc of Southeast MS this year's focus in 2018 Comcast Cares Day

    The Arc of Southeast MS this year's focus in 2018 Comcast Cares Day

    Saturday, April 21 2018 11:38 PM EDT2018-04-22 03:38:53 GMT

    The Arc of Southeast Mississippi was this year's focus of the 2018 Comcast Cares Day. Jason Holifield, organizer Comcast Cares Day at the Arc, says Comcast has been committed to improving the quality of life the local communities where employees and customers live and work. Comcast likes to come out and do in the community once a year and try to give back," Holifield said. "We got with the arc here. We're washing some vans, we're doing some landscaping, working on the...

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    The Arc of Southeast Mississippi was this year's focus of the 2018 Comcast Cares Day. Jason Holifield, organizer Comcast Cares Day at the Arc, says Comcast has been committed to improving the quality of life the local communities where employees and customers live and work. Comcast likes to come out and do in the community once a year and try to give back," Holifield said. "We got with the arc here. We're washing some vans, we're doing some landscaping, working on the...

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  • USM sweeps C-USA baseball from MTSU

    USM sweeps C-USA baseball from MTSU

    Saturday, April 21 2018 10:38 PM EDT2018-04-22 02:38:59 GMT
    USM sweeps C-USA baseball from MTSU; (Photo Source: WDAM)USM sweeps C-USA baseball from MTSU; (Photo Source: WDAM)

    Mason Irby had three hits and drove in four runs and LeeMarcus Boyd and Luke Reynolds homered in the same inning as the University of Southern Mississippi downed Middle Tennessee State University 11-2 Saturday afternoon in the first game of a Conference USA doubleheader at Pete Taylor Park.

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    Mason Irby had three hits and drove in four runs and LeeMarcus Boyd and Luke Reynolds homered in the same inning as the University of Southern Mississippi downed Middle Tennessee State University 11-2 Saturday afternoon in the first game of a Conference USA doubleheader at Pete Taylor Park.

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  • Waynesboro mother puts Autism in action

    Waynesboro mother puts Autism in action

    Saturday, April 21 2018 10:38 PM EDT2018-04-22 02:38:01 GMT
    source: wdamsource: wdam
    source: wdamsource: wdam

    A Waynesboro mother works to break the stigma surrounding children with autism by hosting an event at the Waynesboro City Auditorium to bridge the gap between children with autism and those without. Melody Jones started the "Autism Sensory Day" event through her organization For Ry's Sake: Autism in Action. "We want to give students that may not be aware of autism the opportunity to interact with autistic children so they'll know some of their mannerisms," s...

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    A Waynesboro mother works to break the stigma surrounding children with autism by hosting an event at the Waynesboro City Auditorium to bridge the gap between children with autism and those without. Melody Jones started the "Autism Sensory Day" event through her organization For Ry's Sake: Autism in Action. "We want to give students that may not be aware of autism the opportunity to interact with autistic children so they'll know some of their mannerisms," s...

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  • USM wraps up spring drills with annual Black and Gold game

    USM wraps up spring drills with annual Black and Gold game

    Saturday, April 21 2018 9:28 PM EDT2018-04-22 01:28:45 GMT
    USM (9-9, 2-3), which saw a two-game winning streak snapped. (Photo source: USM)USM (9-9, 2-3), which saw a two-game winning streak snapped. (Photo source: USM)

    Jay Hopson got exactly what he wanted to see out of his University of Southern Mississippi football team Saturday afternoon during the annual Black and Gold Game at M.M. Roberts Stadium: a close game and a lot of fun. “It was fun,” Hopson said after watching the split-squad Gold team hang on for a 20-15 win over the Black team in the finale of spring football. “It was a good game and I felt like there was a lot of competition."

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    Jay Hopson got exactly what he wanted to see out of his University of Southern Mississippi football team Saturday afternoon during the annual Black and Gold Game at M.M. Roberts Stadium: a close game and a lot of fun. “It was fun,” Hopson said after watching the split-squad Gold team hang on for a 20-15 win over the Black team in the finale of spring football. “It was a good game and I felt like there was a lot of competition."

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  • DREAM hosts 2nd annual Hattie Hundred bike ride

    DREAM hosts 2nd annual Hattie Hundred bike ride

    Saturday, April 21 2018 8:17 PM EDT2018-04-22 00:17:25 GMT
    DREAM hosts 2nd annual Hattie Hundred bike ride; (Photo Source: WDAM)DREAM hosts 2nd annual Hattie Hundred bike ride; (Photo Source: WDAM)

    DREAM of Hattiesburg hosted its 2nd annual “Hattie Hundred” bike ride Saturday, April 21 in downtown Hattiesburg.

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    DREAM of Hattiesburg hosted its 2nd annual “Hattie Hundred” bike ride Saturday, April 21 in downtown Hattiesburg.

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  • Walthall Park hosts 20th Downtown Crawfish Jam

    Walthall Park hosts 20th Downtown Crawfish Jam

    Saturday, April 21 2018 7:05 PM EDT2018-04-21 23:05:51 GMT
    Walthall Park hosted the 20th annual Downtown Crawfish Jam Saturday. Photo credit WDAM.Walthall Park hosted the 20th annual Downtown Crawfish Jam Saturday. Photo credit WDAM.
    Walthall Park hosted the 20th annual Downtown Crawfish Jam Saturday. Photo credit WDAM.Walthall Park hosted the 20th annual Downtown Crawfish Jam Saturday. Photo credit WDAM.

     A 20th annual event in the Hub City celebrating mud bugs and music was also focusing on cancer awareness.  

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     A 20th annual event in the Hub City celebrating mud bugs and music was also focusing on cancer awareness.  

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  • 16th Petal Southern Miss Pow Wow being held at Hinton Park

    16th Petal Southern Miss Pow Wow being held at Hinton Park

    Saturday, April 21 2018 6:52 PM EDT2018-04-21 22:52:33 GMT
    Hinton Park is hosting the 16th annual Petal-Southern MIss Pow Wow. Photo credit WDAM.Hinton Park is hosting the 16th annual Petal-Southern MIss Pow Wow. Photo credit WDAM.
    Hinton Park is hosting the 16th annual Petal-Southern MIss Pow Wow. Photo credit WDAM.Hinton Park is hosting the 16th annual Petal-Southern MIss Pow Wow. Photo credit WDAM.

    An annual event in Petal is showcasing traditional Native-American culture from MIssissippi and elsewhere.  

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    An annual event in Petal is showcasing traditional Native-American culture from MIssissippi and elsewhere.  

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  • 'Right Way to Throw Away Day' held in Hattiesburg, Purvis

    'Right Way to Throw Away Day' held in Hattiesburg, Purvis

    Saturday, April 21 2018 6:35 PM EDT2018-04-21 22:35:29 GMT
    Forrest and Lamar counties, along with the City of Hattiesburg, hosted a "Right Way to Throw Away Day" Saturday. Photo credit WDAM.Forrest and Lamar counties, along with the City of Hattiesburg, hosted a "Right Way to Throw Away Day" Saturday. Photo credit WDAM.
    Forrest and Lamar counties, along with the City of Hattiesburg, hosted a "Right Way to Throw Away Day" Saturday. Photo credit WDAM.Forrest and Lamar counties, along with the City of Hattiesburg, hosted a "Right Way to Throw Away Day" Saturday. Photo credit WDAM.

    Forrest and Lamar County-area residents with old paint, tires, TVs and computers had the chance to get rid of those items Saturday, free of charge, in a safe and convenient way. 

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    Forrest and Lamar County-area residents with old paint, tires, TVs and computers had the chance to get rid of those items Saturday, free of charge, in a safe and convenient way. 

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  • Annual 'End of Watch Ride' honors fallen HPD officers Deen and Tate

    Annual 'End of Watch Ride' honors fallen HPD officers Deen and Tate

    Saturday, April 21 2018 6:25 PM EDT2018-04-21 22:25:10 GMT
    Hundreds of motorcycles make their way onto Highway 49 for the beginning of the annual "End of Watch Ride" in Hattiesburg. Photo credit WDAM.Hundreds of motorcycles make their way onto Highway 49 for the beginning of the annual "End of Watch Ride" in Hattiesburg. Photo credit WDAM.
    Hundreds of motorcycles make their way onto Highway 49 for the beginning of the annual "End of Watch Ride" in Hattiesburg. Photo credit WDAM.Hundreds of motorcycles make their way onto Highway 49 for the beginning of the annual "End of Watch Ride" in Hattiesburg. Photo credit WDAM.

    Hundreds of motorcyclists gathered in the Hub City Saturday morning to honor two fallen Hattiesburg Police officers and raise money for a scholarship in their name. 

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    Hundreds of motorcyclists gathered in the Hub City Saturday morning to honor two fallen Hattiesburg Police officers and raise money for a scholarship in their name. 

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  • Two Seminary baseball players sign scholarships to next level

    Two Seminary baseball players sign scholarships to next level

    Saturday, April 21 2018 12:28 AM EDT2018-04-21 04:28:19 GMT
    Seminary baseball. Courtesy: WDAMSeminary baseball. Courtesy: WDAM
    Seminary baseball. Courtesy: WDAMSeminary baseball. Courtesy: WDAM

    Just hours before their playoff win over Forest, two Seminary baseball players signed scholarships to play ball at the next level. Landry McQueen inked with Copiah-Lincoln Community College and Fisher Norris signed with Southern Miss.

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    Just hours before their playoff win over Forest, two Seminary baseball players signed scholarships to play ball at the next level. Landry McQueen inked with Copiah-Lincoln Community College and Fisher Norris signed with Southern Miss.

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  • HS baseball playoff scores - April 20

    HS baseball playoff scores - April 20

    Saturday, April 21 2018 12:17 AM EDT2018-04-21 04:17:51 GMT
    South Jones vs. Stone. Courtesy: WDAMSouth Jones vs. Stone. Courtesy: WDAM
    South Jones vs. Stone. Courtesy: WDAMSouth Jones vs. Stone. Courtesy: WDAM

    The MHSAA baseball playoffs continued Friday night. Here’s a look at some of the scores from around the Pine Belt...

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    The MHSAA baseball playoffs continued Friday night. Here’s a look at some of the scores from around the Pine Belt...

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  • USM scores early, often, in victory over Middle Tennessee St.

    USM scores early, often, in victory over Middle Tennessee St.

    Friday, April 20 2018 11:05 PM EDT2018-04-21 03:05:20 GMT
    The Golden Eagles will conclude spring drills at noon Saturday with the annual Black and Gold Game at M.M. Roberts Stadium.The Golden Eagles will conclude spring drills at noon Saturday with the annual Black and Gold Game at M.M. Roberts Stadium.

    After two innings Friday night at Pete Taylor Park, the University of Southern Mississippi had strolled to a 6-0 lead over visiting Middle Tennessee State University. Literally. The 13th-ranked Golden Eagles took advantage of MTSU starter Jake Wyrick’s wildness, mixing six walks in with three hits to build an early lead on the way to a 9-1 Conference USA victory over the Blue Raiders.

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    After two innings Friday night at Pete Taylor Park, the University of Southern Mississippi had strolled to a 6-0 lead over visiting Middle Tennessee State University. Literally. The 13th-ranked Golden Eagles took advantage of MTSU starter Jake Wyrick’s wildness, mixing six walks in with three hits to build an early lead on the way to a 9-1 Conference USA victory over the Blue Raiders.

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  • Cancer survivors relay for life in Jones County

    Cancer survivors relay for life in Jones County

    Friday, April 20 2018 11:00 PM EDT2018-04-21 03:00:22 GMT
    Cancer survivors and those affected by cancer in the Jones County area geared up for Relay for Life of Jones County on Friday. (Photo source: WDAM)Cancer survivors and those affected by cancer in the Jones County area geared up for Relay for Life of Jones County on Friday. (Photo source: WDAM)
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    Cancer survivors and those affected by cancer in the Jones County/Laurel area are geared up for Relay for Life of Jones County. Lead radiation therapist and Marketing Director with Laurel Cancer Care says this is meant to bring the community together.  "The survivors just come to this event to see other people that have fought the fight and that are continuing to fight," says McKee. "It's just to encourage them to keep fighting." According to Relay for Live...

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    Cancer survivors and those affected by cancer in the Jones County/Laurel area are geared up for Relay for Life of Jones County. Lead radiation therapist and Marketing Director with Laurel Cancer Care says this is meant to bring the community together.  "The survivors just come to this event to see other people that have fought the fight and that are continuing to fight," says McKee. "It's just to encourage them to keep fighting." According to Relay for Live...

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  • MDOC orders statewide lockdown of prisons

    MDOC orders statewide lockdown of prisons

    Friday, April 20 2018 10:38 PM EDT2018-04-21 02:38:34 GMT
    The Mississippi Department of Corrections has locked down all prisons in its system for the weekend. (Photo Source: Pixabay)The Mississippi Department of Corrections has locked down all prisons in its system for the weekend. (Photo Source: Pixabay)

    The Mississippi Department of Corrections has locked down all prisons in its system for the weekend.  MDOC announced the weekend lockdown on Twitter on Friday, saying that there would be no visitation, commissary or outside recreation this weekend. According to the Tweet, the lockdown went into effect Friday afternoon and movement is limited statewide until further notice.  LOCKDOWN There will be no visitation, commissary, or outside recreation this weekend at all prison...

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    The Mississippi Department of Corrections has locked down all prisons in its system for the weekend.  MDOC announced the weekend lockdown on Twitter on Friday, saying that there would be no visitation, commissary or outside recreation this weekend. According to the Tweet, the lockdown went into effect Friday afternoon and movement is limited statewide until further notice.  LOCKDOWN There will be no visitation, commissary, or outside recreation this weekend at all prison...

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  • Officers recognized at HPD's annual award ceremony

    Officers recognized at HPD's annual award ceremony

    Friday, April 20 2018 10:37 PM EDT2018-04-21 02:37:54 GMT
    The Hattiesburg Police Department recognized a few of its finest Friday during their annual awards ceremony at the Police Academy at Bobby Chain Airport. (Photo source: WDAM)The Hattiesburg Police Department recognized a few of its finest Friday during their annual awards ceremony at the Police Academy at Bobby Chain Airport. (Photo source: WDAM)

    The Hattiesburg Police Department recognized a few of its finest Friday during their annual awards ceremony at the Police Academy at Bobby Chain Airport. Police Chief Anthony Parker said the awards are for their dedication and service throughout the year and hopes it gives them incentive to help accomplish their goals. David Wynn II was awarded Officer of the Year and Whitney Harper was named Civilian Employee of the Year. Wynn was honored for breaking up a crime ring that...

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    The Hattiesburg Police Department recognized a few of its finest Friday during their annual awards ceremony at the Police Academy at Bobby Chain Airport. Police Chief Anthony Parker said the awards are for their dedication and service throughout the year and hopes it gives them incentive to help accomplish their goals. David Wynn II was awarded Officer of the Year and Whitney Harper was named Civilian Employee of the Year. Wynn was honored for breaking up a crime ring that...

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  • USM baseball to play doubleheader Saturday

    USM baseball to play doubleheader Saturday

    Friday, April 20 2018 8:24 PM EDT2018-04-21 00:24:47 GMT

    With inclement weather expected Sunday, the University of Southern Mississippi will wrap up its Conference USA baseball series with Middle Tennessee State University with a Saturday doubleheader at Pete Taylor Park. The first game will start at 1:30 p.m., 30 minutes earlier than the originally-scheduled 2 p.m. start. The second game will begin about 45 minutes at the conclusion of the opener.

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    With inclement weather expected Sunday, the University of Southern Mississippi will wrap up its Conference USA baseball series with Middle Tennessee State University with a Saturday doubleheader at Pete Taylor Park. The first game will start at 1:30 p.m., 30 minutes earlier than the originally-scheduled 2 p.m. start. The second game will begin about 45 minutes at the conclusion of the opener.

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  • HPD releases new details in capital murder of Deborah McGee

    HPD releases new details in capital murder of Deborah McGee

    Friday, April 20 2018 7:40 PM EDT2018-04-20 23:40:03 GMT
    Andrew Presley (Photo source: HPD)Andrew Presley (Photo source: HPD)

    Hattiesburg police have released new details in the capital murder investigation of 63-year-old Deborah McGee.

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    Hattiesburg police have released new details in the capital murder investigation of 63-year-old Deborah McGee.

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  • Cancer patients, survivors, attend 29th annual Camp Bluebird

    Cancer patients, survivors, attend 29th annual Camp Bluebird

    Friday, April 20 2018 7:35 PM EDT2018-04-20 23:35:22 GMT
    The theme for the 29th annual Camp Bluebird is "We Go Together Like Camp Bluebird." Photo credit WDAM.The theme for the 29th annual Camp Bluebird is "We Go Together Like Camp Bluebird." Photo credit WDAM.
    The theme for the 29th annual Camp Bluebird is "We Go Together Like Camp Bluebird." Photo credit WDAM.The theme for the 29th annual Camp Bluebird is "We Go Together Like Camp Bluebird." Photo credit WDAM.

    Dozens of cancer patients and cancer survivors gathered for a weekend of rest and relaxation at Paul B. Johnson State Park. 

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    Dozens of cancer patients and cancer survivors gathered for a weekend of rest and relaxation at Paul B. Johnson State Park. 

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  • Twelfth tornado victim receives new home

    Twelfth tornado victim receives new home

    Friday, April 20 2018 7:20 PM EDT2018-04-20 23:20:40 GMT
    Margie Crudup is the twelfth tornado victim to move back into her home after the Jan. 2017 tornado that destroyed parts of Hattiesburg. (Photo Source: WDAM)Margie Crudup is the twelfth tornado victim to move back into her home after the Jan. 2017 tornado that destroyed parts of Hattiesburg. (Photo Source: WDAM)
    Margie Crudup is the twelfth tornado victim to move back into her home after the Jan. 2017 tornado that destroyed parts of Hattiesburg. (Photo Source: WDAM)Margie Crudup is the twelfth tornado victim to move back into her home after the Jan. 2017 tornado that destroyed parts of Hattiesburg. (Photo Source: WDAM)
    After losing her home in a tornado that touched down in 2017, Margie Crudup is rebuilding her life with the help of Mennonite Disaster Service, R3SM and the Greater Pinebelt Community Foundation.  "It's a great pleasure to have this moment right now to say that I have a home to live in," she said. "It's a blessing." A dedication ceremony was hosted Friday where Crudup received keys to her brand new home. The two bedroom and one bath home sits in the 200...More >>
    After losing her home in a tornado that touched down in 2017, Margie Crudup is rebuilding her life with the help of Mennonite Disaster Service, R3SM and the Greater Pinebelt Community Foundation.  "It's a great pleasure to have this moment right now to say that I have a home to live in," she said. "It's a blessing." A dedication ceremony was hosted Friday where Crudup received keys to her brand new home. The two bedroom and one bath home sits in the 200...More >>
  • HHS baseball coach shows team what it means to fight

    HHS baseball coach shows team what it means to fight

    Friday, April 20 2018 6:19 PM EDT2018-04-20 22:19:07 GMT
    Joe Hartfield is in his 12th season as the head coach of Hattiesburg High Baseball. (Photo source: WDAM)Joe Hartfield is in his 12th season as the head coach of Hattiesburg High Baseball. (Photo source: WDAM)
    Joe Hartfield is in his 12th season as the head coach of Hattiesburg High Baseball. (Photo source: WDAM)Joe Hartfield is in his 12th season as the head coach of Hattiesburg High Baseball. (Photo source: WDAM)

    Joe Hartfield is in his 12th season as the head coach of Hattiesburg High Baseball, and the Tigers are district champions for the third straight year. Even with all the success, Hartfield is very fortunate to be out there coaching this season.

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    Joe Hartfield is in his 12th season as the head coach of Hattiesburg High Baseball, and the Tigers are district champions for the third straight year. Even with all the success, Hartfield is very fortunate to be out there coaching this season.

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  • Good News: Student art encourages healthy living

    Good News: Student art encourages healthy living

    Friday, April 20 2018 5:33 PM EDT2018-04-20 21:33:46 GMT
    Artwork from three schools will stay up until Tuesday. Four more schools will then be shown until May 8. (Photo source: WDAM)Artwork from three schools will stay up until Tuesday. Four more schools will then be shown until May 8. (Photo source: WDAM)
    Artwork from three schools will stay up until Tuesday. Four more schools will then be shown until May 8. (Photo source: WDAM)Artwork from three schools will stay up until Tuesday. Four more schools will then be shown until May 8. (Photo source: WDAM)

    From healthy living to character building, elementary students from the Hattiesburg Public School District create little masterpieces of inspiration.

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    From healthy living to character building, elementary students from the Hattiesburg Public School District create little masterpieces of inspiration.

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  • HPD searching for man accused of writing fraudulent check

    HPD searching for man accused of writing fraudulent check

    Friday, April 20 2018 4:05 PM EDT2018-04-20 20:05:16 GMT
    If you have any information on this suspect, please contact Hattiesburg Police or Metro Crime Stoppers at 601-582-7867. (Photo source: HPD)If you have any information on this suspect, please contact Hattiesburg Police or Metro Crime Stoppers at 601-582-7867. (Photo source: HPD)
    If you have any information on this suspect, please contact Hattiesburg Police or Metro Crime Stoppers at 601-582-7867. (Photo source: HPD)If you have any information on this suspect, please contact Hattiesburg Police or Metro Crime Stoppers at 601-582-7867. (Photo source: HPD)
    Hattiesburg police are searching for a man wanted in a forgery-uttering case. HPD spokesman Ryan Moore said the man wrote a fraudulent check for a drink machine at a business in the 600 block of Campbell Loop Drive in Hattiesburg. Witnesses said the suspect is roughly 6'2, 185 pounds and in his mid-to-late 20s, according to police.  If you have any information on this suspect, please contact Hattiesburg Police or Metro Crime Stoppers at 601-582-7867. Copyright WDAM 2018....More >>
    Hattiesburg police are searching for a man wanted in a forgery-uttering case. HPD spokesman Ryan Moore said the man wrote a fraudulent check for a drink machine at a business in the 600 block of Campbell Loop Drive in Hattiesburg. Witnesses said the suspect is roughly 6'2, 185 pounds and in his mid-to-late 20s, according to police.  If you have any information on this suspect, please contact Hattiesburg Police or Metro Crime Stoppers at 601-582-7867. Copyright WDAM 2018....More >>
  • USM to wrap up spring football with annual Black and Gold Game

    USM to wrap up spring football with annual Black and Gold Game

    Friday, April 20 2018 3:51 PM EDT2018-04-20 19:51:29 GMT

    In many cases, spring football is the time of year for asking questions, but usually, the definitive answers don’t arrive until preseason practice. Take the University of Southern Mississippi for example.

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    In many cases, spring football is the time of year for asking questions, but usually, the definitive answers don’t arrive until preseason practice. Take the University of Southern Mississippi for example.

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  • Mississippi jobless rate and payrolls remain strong in March

    Mississippi jobless rate and payrolls remain strong in March

    Friday, April 20 2018 3:10 PM EDT2018-04-20 19:10:51 GMT

    Mississippi's job market was steady in March, humming along at record-low unemployment and record-high employer payrolls.

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    Mississippi's job market was steady in March, humming along at record-low unemployment and record-high employer payrolls.

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  • New skatepark headed to Laurel

    New skatepark headed to Laurel

    Thursday, April 19 2018 10:55 PM EDT2018-04-20 02:55:55 GMT
    Design of the new skatepark headed to Laurel (Photo source: city of Laurel.)Design of the new skatepark headed to Laurel (Photo source: city of Laurel.)

    A portion of Laurel's Daphne Park will soon be transformed into a skater's paradise. "We are taking bids for the skatepark that's going to be built in Daphne Park," Mayor Johnny Magee said. Boards shredding Pascagoula's Skatepark on the coast is an example of what you will see in the coming months in Laurel. "I'm really excited about it," local business owner Sean Stewart said.  Stewart said he is ecstatic to see the city and mayor behind th...

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    A portion of Laurel's Daphne Park will soon be transformed into a skater's paradise. "We are taking bids for the skatepark that's going to be built in Daphne Park," Mayor Johnny Magee said. Boards shredding Pascagoula's Skatepark on the coast is an example of what you will see in the coming months in Laurel. "I'm really excited about it," local business owner Sean Stewart said.  Stewart said he is ecstatic to see the city and mayor behind th...

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  • Regions on track to open new mortgage center by spring 2019

    Regions on track to open new mortgage center by spring 2019

    Thursday, April 19 2018 10:55 PM EDT2018-04-20 02:55:22 GMT
    Crews work on the foundation of the new Regions Mortgage Operations Center in West Hattiesburg Thursday. Photo credit WDAM.Crews work on the foundation of the new Regions Mortgage Operations Center in West Hattiesburg Thursday. Photo credit WDAM.

    Construction of the new Regions Bank Mortgage Operations Center in West Hattiesburg is progressing on schedule, according to Regions' South Mississippi Area president Greg Garraway. 

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    Construction of the new Regions Bank Mortgage Operations Center in West Hattiesburg is progressing on schedule, according to Regions' South Mississippi Area president Greg Garraway. 

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  • JCJC picks up MACJC baseball road sweep of Mississippi Gulf Coast

    JCJC picks up MACJC baseball road sweep of Mississippi Gulf Coast

    Thursday, April 19 2018 10:33 PM EDT2018-04-20 02:33:30 GMT
    The closings affect the Greene County and Jasper County centers. (Photo source: JCJC)The closings affect the Greene County and Jasper County centers. (Photo source: JCJC)

    Fifth-ranked Jones County Junior College relied on different methods to come up with a pair of Mississippi Association of Community and Junior College baseball victories at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. The Bobcats (29-7, 14-4 MACJC) rallied for two runs in the top of the ninth inning to win the opening game 4-2, then jumped out to 10-0 lead after three innings in the nightcap before holding on for a 14-9 win.

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    Fifth-ranked Jones County Junior College relied on different methods to come up with a pair of Mississippi Association of Community and Junior College baseball victories at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. The Bobcats (29-7, 14-4 MACJC) rallied for two runs in the top of the ninth inning to win the opening game 4-2, then jumped out to 10-0 lead after three innings in the nightcap before holding on for a 14-9 win.

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  • PRCC remains atop baseball standings with sweep of Hinds CC

    PRCC remains atop baseball standings with sweep of Hinds CC

    Thursday, April 19 2018 9:29 PM EDT2018-04-20 01:29:26 GMT
    PRCC. Courtesy: WDAMPRCC. Courtesy: WDAM
    PRCC. Courtesy: WDAMPRCC. Courtesy: WDAM

    Simon Landry hit a home run in each game to help Pearl River Community College stay atop the Mississippi Association of Community Community and Junior Colleges' baseball standings with a doubleheader sweep of Hinds Community College.

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    Simon Landry hit a home run in each game to help Pearl River Community College stay atop the Mississippi Association of Community Community and Junior Colleges' baseball standings with a doubleheader sweep of Hinds Community College.

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  • Hattiesburg Circle hosts 'Fuel Up Night' for Oak Grove

    Hattiesburg Circle hosts 'Fuel Up Night' for Oak Grove

    Thursday, April 19 2018 7:26 PM EDT2018-04-19 23:26:21 GMT
    The Circle K on Hardy Street in Hattiesburg hosted a "Fuel Up Night" for Oak Grove High School Thursday. (Photo source: WDAM)The Circle K on Hardy Street in Hattiesburg hosted a "Fuel Up Night" for Oak Grove High School Thursday. (Photo source: WDAM)
    The Circle K on Hardy Street in Hattiesburg hosted a "Fuel Up Night" for Oak Grove High School Thursday. (Photo source: WDAM)The Circle K on Hardy Street in Hattiesburg hosted a "Fuel Up Night" for Oak Grove High School Thursday. (Photo source: WDAM)
    The Circle K on Hardy Street in Hattiesburg hosted a "Fuel Up Night" for Oak Grove High School Thursday. The national chain pledged 10 cents from every gallon of gas sold from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. It's all part of the company's "Fueling Our Schools" fundraising campaign. Free food and drinks were also on hand to those who stopped by. "We are thrilled to know that people in our community are reaching out to support our schools and give back," said ...More >>
    The Circle K on Hardy Street in Hattiesburg hosted a "Fuel Up Night" for Oak Grove High School Thursday. The national chain pledged 10 cents from every gallon of gas sold from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. It's all part of the company's "Fueling Our Schools" fundraising campaign. Free food and drinks were also on hand to those who stopped by. "We are thrilled to know that people in our community are reaching out to support our schools and give back," said ...More >>
  • USM women’s golf finishes sixth at C-USA championship

    USM women’s golf finishes sixth at C-USA championship

    Thursday, April 19 2018 5:51 PM EDT2018-04-19 21:51:22 GMT

    Paced by Nichada Satasuk, Miranda Holt and Valentina Haupt, the University of Southern Mississippi moved up two spots to finish sixth at the 2018 Conference USA Women’s Golf Championship played at the Verandah Club’s Old Orange Course.

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    Paced by Nichada Satasuk, Miranda Holt and Valentina Haupt, the University of Southern Mississippi moved up two spots to finish sixth at the 2018 Conference USA Women’s Golf Championship played at the Verandah Club’s Old Orange Course.

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  • Native Ways School Day event teaches kids Native American culture

    Native Ways School Day event teaches kids Native American culture

    Thursday, April 19 2018 5:07 PM EDT2018-04-19 21:07:17 GMT
    Fourth-grade kids from Oak Grove Longleaf Elementary learned about the Native American culture at Native Ways School Day. (Photo source: WDAM)Fourth-grade kids from Oak Grove Longleaf Elementary learned about the Native American culture at Native Ways School Day. (Photo source: WDAM)
    Fourth-grade kids from Oak Grove Longleaf Elementary learned about the Native American culture at Native Ways School Day. (Photo source: WDAM)Fourth-grade kids from Oak Grove Longleaf Elementary learned about the Native American culture at Native Ways School Day. (Photo source: WDAM)
    Students from the University of Southern Mississippi and members from the Golden Eagle Intertribal Society educated elementary kids during its Native Ways School Day event Thursday at Willie Hinton Park in Petal. “It’s important because our cultures need to be humbled and honored in some sort of way," said USM senior Lanena John, who is president of the Golden Eagle Intertribal Society and a proud member of the Mississippi band of Chocta...More >>
    Students from the University of Southern Mississippi and members from the Golden Eagle Intertribal Society educated elementary kids during its Native Ways School Day event Thursday at Willie Hinton Park in Petal. “It’s important because our cultures need to be humbled and honored in some sort of way," said USM senior Lanena John, who is president of the Golden Eagle Intertribal Society and a proud member of the Mississippi band of Chocta...More >>
  • Christian Services needs volunteers for Meals on Wheels program

    Christian Services needs volunteers for Meals on Wheels program

    Thursday, April 19 2018 5:02 PM EDT2018-04-19 21:02:18 GMT
    Hattiesburg's Christian Services, Inc. has been a Meals on Wheels distributor for about five years. Photo credit WDAM.Hattiesburg's Christian Services, Inc. has been a Meals on Wheels distributor for about five years. Photo credit WDAM.

    Hattiesburg's Christian Services, Inc. is needing more volunteers for its Meals on Wheels program.  

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    Hattiesburg's Christian Services, Inc. is needing more volunteers for its Meals on Wheels program.  

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  • Sting leads to 4 arrests, stolen weapons from Hattiesburg car break-ins

    Sting leads to 4 arrests, stolen weapons from Hattiesburg car break-ins

    Thursday, April 19 2018 3:13 PM EDT2018-04-19 19:13:28 GMT
    Three men and a 16-year-old were arrested in the overnight sting.  Source: WDAM.Three men and a 16-year-old were arrested in the overnight sting. Source: WDAM.

    An overnight auto burglary sting lead to four arrests and several stolen weapons and electronics in Hattiesburg.

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    An overnight auto burglary sting lead to four arrests and several stolen weapons and electronics in Hattiesburg.

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  • Rite Aid will soon be no more in the Pine Belt

    Rite Aid will soon be no more in the Pine Belt

    Thursday, April 19 2018 2:13 PM EDT2018-04-19 18:13:00 GMT
    Forbes reported late last month that Walgreens finalized a deal with Rite Aid to purchase 1,932 of its stores in a $4.4 billion cash deal. (Photo source: WDAM)Forbes reported late last month that Walgreens finalized a deal with Rite Aid to purchase 1,932 of its stores in a $4.4 billion cash deal. (Photo source: WDAM)

    There were two Rite Aid stores in the Pine Belt at the start of 2018; one in Petal and one in Hattiesburg. Now, only the Petal location remains open, but it will soon close its doors for good, too.

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    There were two Rite Aid stores in the Pine Belt at the start of 2018; one in Petal and one in Hattiesburg. Now, only the Petal location remains open, but it will soon close its doors for good, too.

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  • Pine Belt businessman elected to Mississippi Power Board of Directors

    Pine Belt businessman elected to Mississippi Power Board of Directors

    Thursday, April 19 2018 11:56 AM EDT2018-04-19 15:56:01 GMT
    Thomas-Duff.jpg (Photo Source: mississippipower.com)Thomas-Duff.jpg (Photo Source: mississippipower.com)
    Thomas-Duff.jpg (Photo Source: mississippipower.com)Thomas-Duff.jpg (Photo Source: mississippipower.com)
    Mississippi Power announced that Thomas Duff, a local businessman in the Pine Belt, was elected to the company's board of directors Thursday, April 19.  Pine Belt businessman Thomas Duff has been elected to Mississippi Power’s Board of Directors: https://t.co/qUb1Aie0H4 — Mississippi Power (@MS_Power) April 19, 2018 Mississippi Power President and CEO Anthony Wilson says Duff's leadership and business acumen will be a huge asset to the board. “Thomas...More >>
    Mississippi Power announced that Thomas Duff, a local businessman in the Pine Belt, was elected to the company's board of directors Thursday, April 19.  Pine Belt businessman Thomas Duff has been elected to Mississippi Power’s Board of Directors: https://t.co/qUb1Aie0H4 — Mississippi Power (@MS_Power) April 19, 2018 Mississippi Power President and CEO Anthony Wilson says Duff's leadership and business acumen will be a huge asset to the board. “Thomas...More >>
  • MS Insurance Commissioner urge storm victims to file claims quickly

    MS Insurance Commissioner urge storm victims to file claims quickly

    Thursday, April 19 2018 10:32 AM EDT2018-04-19 14:32:30 GMT
    mchaney2014.png (Photo Source: MID webstie)mchaney2014.png (Photo Source: MID webstie)
    mchaney2014.png (Photo Source: MID webstie)mchaney2014.png (Photo Source: MID webstie)
    Commissioner of Insurance Mike Chaney is urging any victims affected from the April 14 storms to file their insurance claims as quickly as possible. In a press release issued out on Wednesday, April 15, Chaney said The Mississippi Insurance Department's consumer service division is standing by ready to assist victims. "Our thoughts are with victims across the state as they begin cleanup and repairs," Chaney said."The Mississippi Insurance Department is ready to help t...More >>
    Commissioner of Insurance Mike Chaney is urging any victims affected from the April 14 storms to file their insurance claims as quickly as possible. In a press release issued out on Wednesday, April 15, Chaney said The Mississippi Insurance Department's consumer service division is standing by ready to assist victims. "Our thoughts are with victims across the state as they begin cleanup and repairs," Chaney said."The Mississippi Insurance Department is ready to help t...More >>
  • Hattiesburg School to host Spring Concert at WCU

    Hattiesburg School to host Spring Concert at WCU

    Thursday, April 19 2018 9:33 AM EDT2018-04-19 13:33:31 GMT
    Hattiesburg School Spring Concert at William Carey; (Photo Source: Hattiesburg Public School Twitter)Hattiesburg School Spring Concert at William Carey; (Photo Source: Hattiesburg Public School Twitter)
    Hattiesburg School Spring Concert at William Carey; (Photo Source: Hattiesburg Public School Twitter)Hattiesburg School Spring Concert at William Carey; (Photo Source: Hattiesburg Public School Twitter)
    The Hattiesburg Public School District Strings Program is hosting a Spring Concert Thursday, April 19. The Hattiesburg Public School District Strings Program will host a Spring Concert on today at 6:30 p.m. The concert will be held at William Carey University's Thomas Hall. Admission is FREE. Let’s support our extremely talented students. pic.twitter.com/WkKP0SxRVh — Hattiesburg High (@HattiesburgHigh) April 19, 2018 The event will feature live musical performances f...More >>
    The Hattiesburg Public School District Strings Program is hosting a Spring Concert Thursday, April 19. The Hattiesburg Public School District Strings Program will host a Spring Concert on today at 6:30 p.m. The concert will be held at William Carey University's Thomas Hall. Admission is FREE. Let’s support our extremely talented students. pic.twitter.com/WkKP0SxRVh — Hattiesburg High (@HattiesburgHigh) April 19, 2018 The event will feature live musical performances f...More >>
  • Laurel prepares for potential Pendorff annexation

    Laurel prepares for potential Pendorff annexation

    Wednesday, April 18 2018 11:05 PM EDT2018-04-19 03:05:35 GMT
    The City of Laurel is preparing for the possibility of annexing the Pendorff community after the city council approved the facilities and service plan this week. (Photo source: WDAM)The City of Laurel is preparing for the possibility of annexing the Pendorff community after the city council approved the facilities and service plan this week. (Photo source: WDAM)

    The City of Laurel is preparing for the possibility of annexing the Pendorff community after the city council approved the facilities and service plan this week. "Which means they approved us doing the upgrades that will be done within five years after Pendorff is annexed into the City of Laurel," Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee said. Laurel moving ahead with plans to annex Pendorff, despite opposition Magee said this is the newest information unfolding from the ...

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    The City of Laurel is preparing for the possibility of annexing the Pendorff community after the city council approved the facilities and service plan this week. "Which means they approved us doing the upgrades that will be done within five years after Pendorff is annexed into the City of Laurel," Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee said. Laurel moving ahead with plans to annex Pendorff, despite opposition Magee said this is the newest information unfolding from the ...

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  • Mayor declares busy weekend for Hattiesburg

    Mayor declares busy weekend for Hattiesburg

    Wednesday, April 18 2018 8:41 PM EDT2018-04-19 00:41:13 GMT
    Residents in Hattiesburg will have options when it comes to how they spend their time this upcoming weekend.  (Photo Source: City of Hattiesburg)Residents in Hattiesburg will have options when it comes to how they spend their time this upcoming weekend. (Photo Source: City of Hattiesburg)

    Residents in Hattiesburg will have options when it comes to how they spend their time this upcoming weekend. On Wednesday, Mayor Toby Barker declared April 21 as the “Busiest Day for a Hattiesburger” during a press conference at City Hall. "I am proclaiming Saturday, April 21st as the 'Busiest Day of the Year for a Hattiesburger,'" - Mayor @toby_barker during today's press conference celebrating more than 12 significantly large events happening in Hattiesburg ...

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    Residents in Hattiesburg will have options when it comes to how they spend their time this upcoming weekend. On Wednesday, Mayor Toby Barker declared April 21 as the “Busiest Day for a Hattiesburger” during a press conference at City Hall. "I am proclaiming Saturday, April 21st as the 'Busiest Day of the Year for a Hattiesburger,'" - Mayor @toby_barker during today's press conference celebrating more than 12 significantly large events happening in Hattiesburg ...

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  • Niece charged in Dewey St. murder investigation

    Niece charged in Dewey St. murder investigation

    Wednesday, April 18 2018 8:17 PM EDT2018-04-19 00:17:30 GMT
    Ebony Lambert, 40, the niece of McGee, was arrested. (Photo source: HPD)Ebony Lambert, 40, the niece of McGee, was arrested. (Photo source: HPD)

    Hattiesburg police charged a woman for hindering prosecution Wednesday in the ongoing homicide investigation of 63-year-old Deborah McGee.  Ebony Lambert, 40, the niece of McGee, was arrested and taken into custody Wednesday afternoon. Lambert has a child with Andrew Presley, who was charged with hindering prosecution on April 12.  Deborah McGee was found dead in her home on Dewey Street on Sunday, March 25. Two days later, Hattiesburg Police announced that ...

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    Hattiesburg police charged a woman for hindering prosecution Wednesday in the ongoing homicide investigation of 63-year-old Deborah McGee.  Ebony Lambert, 40, the niece of McGee, was arrested and taken into custody Wednesday afternoon. Lambert has a child with Andrew Presley, who was charged with hindering prosecution on April 12.  Deborah McGee was found dead in her home on Dewey Street on Sunday, March 25. Two days later, Hattiesburg Police announced that ...

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  • Simpson students get Vietnam lecture from USM scholar

    Simpson students get Vietnam lecture from USM scholar

    Wednesday, April 18 2018 8:15 PM EDT2018-04-19 00:15:21 GMT
    Students from Simpson Academy listen to a lecture about the Vietnam War presented by USM professor of history Andrew Wiest. Photo credit WDAM.Students from Simpson Academy listen to a lecture about the Vietnam War presented by USM professor of history Andrew Wiest. Photo credit WDAM.
    Students from Simpson Academy listen to a lecture about the Vietnam War from USM professor of history Andrew Wiest. Photo credit WDAM.Students from Simpson Academy listen to a lecture about the Vietnam War from USM professor of history Andrew Wiest. Photo credit WDAM.

    Some high school students from Simpson County got a college-level lecture Wednesday on the impact of the Vietnam War.   

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    Some high school students from Simpson County got a college-level lecture Wednesday on the impact of the Vietnam War.   

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  • Hattiesburg doctor warns of vaping spike in teens

    Hattiesburg doctor warns of vaping spike in teens

    Wednesday, April 18 2018 6:49 PM EDT2018-04-18 22:49:10 GMT
    According to a report by the United States Surgeon General, the use of e-cigarettes and vaping increased among teens 900 percent from 2011 to 2015. (Photo source: WDAM)According to a report by the United States Surgeon General, the use of e-cigarettes and vaping increased among teens 900 percent from 2011 to 2015. (Photo source: WDAM)

    According to a report by the United States Surgeon General, the use of e-cigarettes and vaping increased among teens 900 percent from  2011 to 2015.

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    According to a report by the United States Surgeon General, the use of e-cigarettes and vaping increased among teens 900 percent from  2011 to 2015.

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  • HPD: Burglar attempts ATM heist with hatchet

    HPD: Burglar attempts ATM heist with hatchet

    Wednesday, April 18 2018 6:17 PM EDT2018-04-18 22:17:26 GMT
    Hattiesburg police are searching for a suspect that struck an outdoor ATM and air compressor, causing thousands in damage. (Photo source: HPD)Hattiesburg police are searching for a suspect that struck an outdoor ATM and air compressor, causing thousands in damage. (Photo source: HPD)
    Hattiesburg police are searching for a suspect that struck an outdoor ATM and air compressor, causing thousands in damage. (Photo source: WDAM)Hattiesburg police are searching for a suspect that struck an outdoor ATM and air compressor, causing thousands in damage. (Photo source: WDAM)
    Hattiesburg police are searching for a suspect that struck an outdoor ATM and air compressor, causing thousands in damage.  Police said the unknown burglar attacked the ATM and industrial air compressor at Dandy Dan's gas station between around 2 a.m. on Tuesday, April 10. The man stole an unknown amount of change from the air compressor after breaking through the exterior, according to HPD spokesman Ryan Moore.  If you have any information regarding the suspect, plea...More >>
    Hattiesburg police are searching for a suspect that struck an outdoor ATM and air compressor, causing thousands in damage.  Police said the unknown burglar attacked the ATM and industrial air compressor at Dandy Dan's gas station between around 2 a.m. on Tuesday, April 10. The man stole an unknown amount of change from the air compressor after breaking through the exterior, according to HPD spokesman Ryan Moore.  If you have any information regarding the suspect, plea...More >>
  • Oak Grove students evacuated from smoking bus

    Oak Grove students evacuated from smoking bus

    Wednesday, April 18 2018 5:41 PM EDT2018-04-18 21:41:52 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM

    Oak Grove students were evacuated from a school bus after its engine started smoking during a route Wednesday afternoon.

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    Oak Grove students were evacuated from a school bus after its engine started smoking during a route Wednesday afternoon.

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  • Teen hit by utility truck in Lumberton

    Teen hit by utility truck in Lumberton

    Wednesday, April 18 2018 5:18 PM EDT2018-04-18 21:18:25 GMT
    A 15-year-old was hit by a utility truck Wednesday afternoon in Lumberton. (Photo Source: WDAM.)A 15-year-old was hit by a utility truck Wednesday afternoon in Lumberton. (Photo Source: WDAM.)

    A 15-year-old was taken to the hospital Wednesday after he was hit by a utility truck in Lumberton.  Police Chief Carlus Page said the teen was riding his bike when he was hit by a utility truck, out of Columbia. The wreck happened on West Main Street and 9th Street just before 1 p.m. Chief Page said the teen was transported to Forrest General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  At last check, he was in stable condition. The driver of the utility truck was not ...

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    A 15-year-old was taken to the hospital Wednesday after he was hit by a utility truck in Lumberton.  Police Chief Carlus Page said the teen was riding his bike when he was hit by a utility truck, out of Columbia. The wreck happened on West Main Street and 9th Street just before 1 p.m. Chief Page said the teen was transported to Forrest General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  At last check, he was in stable condition. The driver of the utility truck was not ...

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  • Superintendent addresses concerns from parents

    Superintendent addresses concerns from parents

    Wednesday, April 18 2018 5:00 PM EDT2018-04-18 21:00:12 GMT
    Smith said the district and law enforcement agencies have not found evidence of any criminal intent or any credible threats to any Lamar County campuses. (Photo source: WDAM)Smith said the district and law enforcement agencies have not found evidence of any criminal intent or any credible threats to any Lamar County campuses. (Photo source: WDAM)

    After several parents called WDAM Wednesday about concerned about rumors of a threat to a Lamar County High School, we reached out to Superintendent Tess Smith. Smith said the district and law enforcement agencies have not found evidence of any criminal intent or any credible threats to any Lamar County campuses. Here is her full statement: "The Lamar County School District over the last few days has investigated reports of students who were concerned about some of their peer...

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    After several parents called WDAM Wednesday about concerned about rumors of a threat to a Lamar County High School, we reached out to Superintendent Tess Smith. Smith said the district and law enforcement agencies have not found evidence of any criminal intent or any credible threats to any Lamar County campuses. Here is her full statement: "The Lamar County School District over the last few days has investigated reports of students who were concerned about some of their peer...

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  • Overturned 18-wheeler spills chemicals, shuts down US 98 in Greene County

    Overturned 18-wheeler spills chemicals, shuts down US 98 in Greene County

    Wednesday, April 18 2018 4:46 PM EDT2018-04-18 20:46:30 GMT
    The one-vehicle accident, which happened just before 8:00 a.m., leaked a chemical on the road, causing drivers to only use the eastbound lanes as crews worked to clear the area.  (Photo Source: Mississippi Highway Patrol)The one-vehicle accident, which happened just before 8:00 a.m., leaked a chemical on the road, causing drivers to only use the eastbound lanes as crews worked to clear the area.  (Photo Source: Mississippi Highway Patrol)

    Traffic was rerouted Wednesday following an overturned 18-wheeler on US 98. The one-vehicle accident, which happened just before 8:00 a.m., caused drivers to only use the eastbound lanes as crews worked to clear the area.  At this time traffic is utilizing the eastbound lanes to travel east and west through crash zone. Slow down and pay attention!! — MHP Hattiesburg (@MHPTroopJ) April 18, 2018 According to Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesman, Trooper Travis Luck, mul...

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    Traffic was rerouted Wednesday following an overturned 18-wheeler on US 98. The one-vehicle accident, which happened just before 8:00 a.m., caused drivers to only use the eastbound lanes as crews worked to clear the area.  At this time traffic is utilizing the eastbound lanes to travel east and west through crash zone. Slow down and pay attention!! — MHP Hattiesburg (@MHPTroopJ) April 18, 2018 According to Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesman, Trooper Travis Luck, mul...

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  • Glendale Utility District lifts boil advisory

    Glendale Utility District lifts boil advisory

    Wednesday, April 18 2018 2:30 PM EDT2018-04-18 18:30:06 GMT
    Glendale Utility District issued a boil advisory for residents on April 15. (Photo Source: Glendale Utility District)Glendale Utility District issued a boil advisory for residents on April 15. (Photo Source: Glendale Utility District)

    Following a main water line break, the Glendale Utility District is advising residents to boil their water.  The outage, which occurred yesterday is still impacting customers in the "northwest corner of the district."  The following roads are affected:  1. From Mini Farm Rd west down River Rd. to Peps Pt. Rd..  2. From River Rd. down to JC Brant Rd.. 3. All of Peps Pt. Road According to the company, "small adjoining roads" could be impacte...

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    Following a main water line break, the Glendale Utility District is advising residents to boil their water.  The outage, which occurred yesterday is still impacting customers in the "northwest corner of the district."  The following roads are affected:  1. From Mini Farm Rd west down River Rd. to Peps Pt. Rd..  2. From River Rd. down to JC Brant Rd.. 3. All of Peps Pt. Road According to the company, "small adjoining roads" could be impacte...

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  • Victims of addiction remembered at Tribute to Courage and Recovery

    Victims of addiction remembered at Tribute to Courage and Recovery

    Tuesday, April 17 2018 11:08 PM EDT2018-04-18 03:08:26 GMT
    A story of bravery and hope was on display at the third annual Tribute to Courage and Recovery event held Tuesday night at the Hattiesburg Cultural Center. (Photo source: WDAM)A story of bravery and hope was on display at the third annual Tribute to Courage and Recovery event held Tuesday night at the Hattiesburg Cultural Center. (Photo source: WDAM)

    A story of bravery and hope. Jessica Bowman takes us to the third annual Tribute to Courage and Recovery event where victims lost to addiction were remembered and those still fighting were empowered. Angela Mallette said, "I became addicted to opioids following a miscarriage in 2008." The battled continued. Mallette said, "It took about 9 months before I was fully addicted and addiction just chewed me up and spit me out. I lost my home, my job. I was arrested. I was ...

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    A story of bravery and hope. Jessica Bowman takes us to the third annual Tribute to Courage and Recovery event where victims lost to addiction were remembered and those still fighting were empowered. Angela Mallette said, "I became addicted to opioids following a miscarriage in 2008." The battled continued. Mallette said, "It took about 9 months before I was fully addicted and addiction just chewed me up and spit me out. I lost my home, my job. I was arrested. I was ...

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  • City expanding Hub City Mass Transit service

    City expanding Hub City Mass Transit service

    Tuesday, April 17 2018 8:28 PM EDT2018-04-18 00:28:43 GMT
    The city is working on expanding the Hub City Mass Transit services. (Photo Source: WDAM.)The city is working on expanding the Hub City Mass Transit services. (Photo Source: WDAM.)

    Plans for more routes, new drivers and new buses are underway in Hattiesburg to expand the city's mass transit service. Hattiesburg City Council voted unanimously to move forward in creating a new route at the University of Southern Mississippi at Tuesday's meeting.  "This system takes people all over the city and for many of our students that may not have a car, or may not want to drive around the city, I think it's a great opportunity to give them to do so," sa...

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    Plans for more routes, new drivers and new buses are underway in Hattiesburg to expand the city's mass transit service. Hattiesburg City Council voted unanimously to move forward in creating a new route at the University of Southern Mississippi at Tuesday's meeting.  "This system takes people all over the city and for many of our students that may not have a car, or may not want to drive around the city, I think it's a great opportunity to give them to do so," sa...

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  • Victim in deadly Little Black Creek wreck identified

    Victim in deadly Little Black Creek wreck identified

    Tuesday, April 17 2018 8:04 PM EDT2018-04-18 00:04:19 GMT
    Lamar County Coroner Cody Creel said one person was killed in the overnight crash.Lamar County Coroner Cody Creel said one person was killed in the overnight crash.

    Mississippi Highway Patrol is responding to a deadly crash on Interstate 59 just south of the Old Highway 11 overpass.

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    Mississippi Highway Patrol is responding to a deadly crash on Interstate 59 just south of the Old Highway 11 overpass.

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  • Southern Miss names founding Dean of College of Arts and Sciences

    Southern Miss names founding Dean of College of Arts and Sciences

    Tuesday, April 17 2018 7:48 PM EDT2018-04-17 23:48:08 GMT
    USM Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs named Chris Winstead as the dean of the program, which was formed after a reorganization of the school's academic programs. (Photo source: WDAM)USM Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs named Chris Winstead as the dean of the program, which was formed after a reorganization of the school's academic programs. (Photo source: WDAM)

    The University of Southern Mississippi announced the appointment of the founding dean for the College of Arts and Sciences on Tuesday. USM Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs named Chris Winstead as the dean of the program, which was formed after a reorganization of the school's academic programs, according to a university press release. Winstead currently serves as the interim dean of the university's College of Science and Technology. “As the fou...

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    The University of Southern Mississippi announced the appointment of the founding dean for the College of Arts and Sciences on Tuesday. USM Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs named Chris Winstead as the dean of the program, which was formed after a reorganization of the school's academic programs, according to a university press release. Winstead currently serves as the interim dean of the university's College of Science and Technology. “As the fou...

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  • Post offices prepare for last minute tax filers

    Post offices prepare for last minute tax filers

    Tuesday, April 17 2018 6:27 PM EDT2018-04-17 22:27:29 GMT
    (Photo source: WDAM Archives)(Photo source: WDAM Archives)

    Post offices across the state are preparing for last minute tax filers as today is the last day to file tax returns. The deadline is usually April 15, however, Monday was a federal holiday and the deadline was extended for two days. If you're filing your tax returns by mail or by the U.S. Postal Service, here are a few tips: Drop off taxes at local post office as early as possible. Pay attention to the collection/closing times. Make sure you have the right amount of postage for...

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    Post offices across the state are preparing for last minute tax filers as today is the last day to file tax returns. The deadline is usually April 15, however, Monday was a federal holiday and the deadline was extended for two days. If you're filing your tax returns by mail or by the U.S. Postal Service, here are a few tips: Drop off taxes at local post office as early as possible. Pay attention to the collection/closing times. Make sure you have the right amount of postage for...

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  • MS Forestry Commission sends teams to battle wildfires in OK

    MS Forestry Commission sends teams to battle wildfires in OK

    Tuesday, April 17 2018 6:01 PM EDT2018-04-17 22:01:06 GMT
    (Photo source: Korey Williams, MFC Task Force Leader)(Photo source: Korey Williams, MFC Task Force Leader)
    (Photo source: Korey Williams, MFC Task Force Leader)(Photo source: Korey Williams, MFC Task Force Leader)

    The Mississippi Forestry Commission is sending two bulldozer crews and a strike team leader to help subdue wildfires raging in Oklahoma.

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    The Mississippi Forestry Commission is sending two bulldozer crews and a strike team leader to help subdue wildfires raging in Oklahoma.

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  • JCJC’s Woullard honored as MACJC baseball player of week

    JCJC’s Woullard honored as MACJC baseball player of week

    Tuesday, April 17 2018 5:33 PM EDT2018-04-17 21:33:10 GMT
    The closings affect the Greene County and Jasper County centers. (Photo source: JCJC)The closings affect the Greene County and Jasper County centers. (Photo source: JCJC)

    Jones County Junior College outfielder Luther Woullard was named Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges baseball player of the week...

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    Jones County Junior College outfielder Luther Woullard was named Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges baseball player of the week...

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  • Bond set for man charged in Dewey Street murder investigation

    Bond set for man charged in Dewey Street murder investigation

    Tuesday, April 17 2018 4:26 PM EDT2018-04-17 20:26:55 GMT
    Andrew Presley is charged with one count of hindering prosecution on. (Photo Source: Forrest County Jail.)Andrew Presley is charged with one count of hindering prosecution on. (Photo Source: Forrest County Jail.)
    Andrew Presley.  Source: Forrest County Jail.Andrew Presley. Source: Forrest County Jail.

    Bond has been set for the man charged in the murder of a 63-year-old Hattiesburg teacher. According to the Forrest County Jail website, bond was set at $100,000 for Andrew Presley, 53, of Hattiesburg. The Hattiesburg Police Department arrested and charged Presley with one count of hindering prosecution on Thursday, April 12, after he was brought in for questioning in the ongoing homicide investigation. Deborah McGee was found dead in her home on Dewey Street on Sunday, Ma...

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    Bond has been set for the man charged in the murder of a 63-year-old Hattiesburg teacher. According to the Forrest County Jail website, bond was set at $100,000 for Andrew Presley, 53, of Hattiesburg. The Hattiesburg Police Department arrested and charged Presley with one count of hindering prosecution on Thursday, April 12, after he was brought in for questioning in the ongoing homicide investigation. Deborah McGee was found dead in her home on Dewey Street on Sunday, Ma...

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  • Garden club convention takes over Laurel museum

    Garden club convention takes over Laurel museum

    Tuesday, April 17 2018 4:06 PM EDT2018-04-17 20:06:03 GMT
    Hundreds of women from across the state gathered in Laurel Tuesday to kick off the 89th annual Garden Clubs of Mississippi Convention.  (Photo source: WDAM)Hundreds of women from across the state gathered in Laurel Tuesday to kick off the 89th annual Garden Clubs of Mississippi Convention.  (Photo source: WDAM)
    Hundreds of women from across the state gathered in Laurel Tuesday to kick off the 89th annual Garden Clubs of Mississippi Convention.  (Photo source: WDAM)Hundreds of women from across the state gathered in Laurel Tuesday to kick off the 89th annual Garden Clubs of Mississippi Convention.  (Photo source: WDAM)

    Hundreds of women from across the state gathered in Laurel Tuesday to kick off the 89th annual Garden Clubs of Mississippi Convention. 

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    Hundreds of women from across the state gathered in Laurel Tuesday to kick off the 89th annual Garden Clubs of Mississippi Convention. 

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  • Woman killed in Hwy. 11 crash identified

    Woman killed in Hwy. 11 crash identified

    Tuesday, April 17 2018 2:39 PM EDT2018-04-17 18:39:00 GMT
    Forrest County Coroner Butch Benedict said 84-year-old Shirley Owens Stodard, of Hattiesburg, died in the crash. (Photo source: WDAM)Forrest County Coroner Butch Benedict said 84-year-old Shirley Owens Stodard, of Hattiesburg, died in the crash. (Photo source: WDAM)

    Forrest County Coroner Butch Benedict has identified the woman killed in a two-vehicle crash Monday on U.S. Highway 11.

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    Forrest County Coroner Butch Benedict has identified the woman killed in a two-vehicle crash Monday on U.S. Highway 11.

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  • Teen charged after leading Hattiesburg police on chase

    Teen charged after leading Hattiesburg police on chase

    Tuesday, April 17 2018 2:19 PM EDT2018-04-17 18:19:10 GMT
    Hattiesburg PD cars (Photo Source: WDAM)Hattiesburg PD cars (Photo Source: WDAM)

    A juvenile was arrested after leading police on a chase through parts of Hattiesburg on Monday.

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    A juvenile was arrested after leading police on a chase through parts of Hattiesburg on Monday.

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  • NWS confirms EF-1 tornado hit Lamar County

    NWS confirms EF-1 tornado hit Lamar County

    Tuesday, April 17 2018 1:40 PM EDT2018-04-17 17:40:27 GMT
    Tree down in Lamar County (Photo Source: WDAM)Tree down in Lamar County (Photo Source: WDAM)

    The National Weather Service in Jackson confirms a tornado touched down in Lamar County during a round of severe weather on Saturday, April 14. 

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    The National Weather Service in Jackson confirms a tornado touched down in Lamar County during a round of severe weather on Saturday, April 14. 

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  • One injured after wind blows car off road in Lamar County

    One injured after wind blows car off road in Lamar County

    Tuesday, April 17 2018 1:22 PM EDT2018-04-17 17:22:01 GMT

    A person is in the hospital after having their car blown off the road into a tree.

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    A person is in the hospital after having their car blown off the road into a tree.

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  • LIST: Bridges closed in Jones County

    LIST: Bridges closed in Jones County

    Tuesday, April 17 2018 1:00 PM EDT2018-04-17 17:00:23 GMT
    Mississippi Department of Transportation crews have begun the process of closing down 23 bridges in Jones County. (Photo source: MDOT)Mississippi Department of Transportation crews have begun the process of closing down 23 bridges in Jones County. (Photo source: MDOT)

    Mississippi Department of Transportation crews are in the process of closing down 23 bridges in Jones County. 

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    Mississippi Department of Transportation crews are in the process of closing down 23 bridges in Jones County. 

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  • HFD welcomes two new firefighters

    HFD welcomes two new firefighters

    Tuesday, April 17 2018 12:52 PM EDT2018-04-17 16:52:02 GMT

    The Hattiesburg Fire Department welcomed two experienced firefighters to its ranks Tuesday.

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    The Hattiesburg Fire Department welcomed two experienced firefighters to its ranks Tuesday.

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  • Brad Hankins named Purvis head football coach

    Brad Hankins named Purvis head football coach

    Tuesday, April 17 2018 12:13 AM EDT2018-04-17 04:13:18 GMT
    Brad Hankins. Courtesy: WDAMBrad Hankins. Courtesy: WDAM
    Brad Hankins. Courtesy: WDAMBrad Hankins. Courtesy: WDAM

    Purvis defensive coordinator Brad Hankins has been promoted to head coach of the Tornadoes, the school announced on Monday. Hankins spent the past four seasons as an assistant under Purvis coach Perry Wheat – Wheat retired on March 23.

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    Purvis defensive coordinator Brad Hankins has been promoted to head coach of the Tornadoes, the school announced on Monday. Hankins spent the past four seasons as an assistant under Purvis coach Perry Wheat – Wheat retired on March 23.

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  • WDAM All-Star: Wayne County pitcher Tanner Wells

    WDAM All-Star: Wayne County pitcher Tanner Wells

    Tuesday, April 17 2018 12:05 AM EDT2018-04-17 04:05:17 GMT
    Wayne County junior Tanner Wells. Courtesy: WDAMWayne County junior Tanner Wells. Courtesy: WDAM
    Wayne County junior Tanner Wells. Courtesy: WDAMWayne County junior Tanner Wells. Courtesy: WDAM

    It happened nearly a month ago, but the perfect game Tanner Wells’ pitched is big enough of a deal to talk about in April. The Wayne County junior struck out ten of the 18 batters he faced in the War Eagles’ 10-0 win over Laurel on March 27.

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    It happened nearly a month ago, but the perfect game Tanner Wells’ pitched is big enough of a deal to talk about in April. The Wayne County junior struck out ten of the 18 batters he faced in the War Eagles’ 10-0 win over Laurel on March 27.

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  • Seminary baseball seeks 2nd straight state title appearance

    Seminary baseball seeks 2nd straight state title appearance

    Monday, April 16 2018 11:55 PM EDT2018-04-17 03:55:38 GMT
    Seminary baseball. Courtesy: WDAMSeminary baseball. Courtesy: WDAM
    Seminary baseball. Courtesy: WDAMSeminary baseball. Courtesy: WDAM

    Seminary’s run to the 2017 state championship was huge for the program, marking its first title appearance since 2003. The Bulldogs fell to Mooreville in the class 3A state championship, and the result has fueled them all season long. The Region 8-3A champs open the 2018 playoffs on Friday against Forest. The Seminary seniors and head coach Jeff Graves – who plans to resign after the season – hope to go out on top.

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    Seminary’s run to the 2017 state championship was huge for the program, marking its first title appearance since 2003. The Bulldogs fell to Mooreville in the class 3A state championship, and the result has fueled them all season long. The Region 8-3A champs open the 2018 playoffs on Friday against Forest. The Seminary seniors and head coach Jeff Graves – who plans to resign after the season – hope to go out on top.

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  • Governor approves sales tax increase in Hattiesburg

    Governor approves sales tax increase in Hattiesburg

    Monday, April 16 2018 11:06 PM EDT2018-04-17 03:06:51 GMT
    Governor Phil Bryant signed SB3069 on April 12.  (Photo Source: WDAM)Governor Phil Bryant signed SB3069 on April 12. (Photo Source: WDAM)
    Governor Phil Bryant signed SB3069 on April 12.  Source: WDAMGovernor Phil Bryant signed SB3069 on April 12. Source: WDAM

    The conversation over a 1-percent sales tax increase on hotels and restaurants in the Hub City will continue, when the time is right.  Governor Phil Bryant signed Senate Bill 3069 late last week.  The bill, introduced by Senator Billy Hudson (R-District 45), gives the City of Hattiesburg the approval to add sales tax, proposed at 1-percent, on hotels, motels and restaurants. "We brought that request for legislation forward to try and continue the co...

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    The conversation over a 1-percent sales tax increase on hotels and restaurants in the Hub City will continue, when the time is right.  Governor Phil Bryant signed Senate Bill 3069 late last week.  The bill, introduced by Senator Billy Hudson (R-District 45), gives the City of Hattiesburg the approval to add sales tax, proposed at 1-percent, on hotels, motels and restaurants. "We brought that request for legislation forward to try and continue the co...

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  • No. 11 William Carey takes SSAC series from Loyola-New Orleans

    No. 11 William Carey takes SSAC series from Loyola-New Orleans

    Monday, April 16 2018 10:16 PM EDT2018-04-17 02:16:00 GMT

    Marcus Buckley drove in four runs with a pair of singles and Lucas Scott went 3-for-5 Sunday as William Carey University knocked off Loyola University-New Orleans 9-3..

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    Marcus Buckley drove in four runs with a pair of singles and Lucas Scott went 3-for-5 Sunday as William Carey University knocked off Loyola University-New Orleans 9-3..

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  • Two Lady Bobcats named basketball All-America

    Two Lady Bobcats named basketball All-America

    Monday, April 16 2018 9:44 PM EDT2018-04-17 01:44:49 GMT
    The closings affect the Greene County and Jasper County centers. (Photo source: JCJC)The closings affect the Greene County and Jasper County centers. (Photo source: JCJC)

    From Jones County Junior College Sports Information The honors continue to mount for Jones County Junior College teammates Alexis Tolefree and Nique Cherry. The two Lady Bobcats were named National Junior College Athletic Association Division I All-America for a second consecutive season. 

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    From Jones County Junior College Sports Information The honors continue to mount for Jones County Junior College teammates Alexis Tolefree and Nique Cherry. The two Lady Bobcats were named National Junior College Athletic Association Division I All-America for a second consecutive season. 

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  • Laurel woman charged for stabbing man in the leg

    Laurel woman charged for stabbing man in the leg

    Monday, April 16 2018 8:19 PM EDT2018-04-17 00:19:18 GMT
    Grace Allen, 50, was taken into custody at the scene and charged with one count of Aggravated Assault. (Photo Source: Laurel Police Department.)Grace Allen, 50, was taken into custody at the scene and charged with one count of Aggravated Assault. (Photo Source: Laurel Police Department.)
    Grace Allen.  Source: Laurel Police Department.Grace Allen. Source: Laurel Police Department.

    A woman was arrested over the weekend for stabbing a man in the leg.

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    A woman was arrested over the weekend for stabbing a man in the leg.

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  • Jones County family outraged over bridge closure

    Jones County family outraged over bridge closure

    Monday, April 16 2018 8:10 PM EDT2018-04-17 00:10:48 GMT
    Burr Creek Bridge on Stewart Road in Moselle is scheduled to close along with over 20 other bridges in Jones County, but residents said the bridge is their only way out. (Photo source: WDAM)Burr Creek Bridge on Stewart Road in Moselle is scheduled to close along with over 20 other bridges in Jones County, but residents said the bridge is their only way out. (Photo source: WDAM)
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    Burr Creek Bridge on Stewart Rd in Moselle is scheduled to close along with over 20 other bridges in Jones County, however, residents say the bridge is their only way out.  "I'm very frustrated with this bridge closure process," says Alison Nobles who lives near the bridge. "It appears they're going to leave people stranded." 

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    Burr Creek Bridge on Stewart Rd in Moselle is scheduled to close along with over 20 other bridges in Jones County, however, residents say the bridge is their only way out.  "I'm very frustrated with this bridge closure process," says Alison Nobles who lives near the bridge. "It appears they're going to leave people stranded." 

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  • Lawsuit claims Wayne Co. Supervisors misused taxpayer resources

    Lawsuit claims Wayne Co. Supervisors misused taxpayer resources

    Monday, April 16 2018 7:08 PM EDT2018-04-16 23:08:08 GMT
    A Wayne County resident and business filed a lawsuit against the Board of Supervisors Monday, claiming the county has been using taxpayer resources for private property. (Photo source: Raycom News Network)A Wayne County resident and business filed a lawsuit against the Board of Supervisors Monday, claiming the county has been using taxpayer resources for private property. (Photo source: Raycom News Network)
    A Wayne County resident and business filed a lawsuit against the Board of Supervisors Monday, claiming the county has been using taxpayer resources for private property. (Photo source: Raycom News Network)A Wayne County resident and business filed a lawsuit against the Board of Supervisors Monday, claiming the county has been using taxpayer resources for private property. (Photo source: Raycom News Network)

    A Wayne County resident and business owner filed a lawsuit against the county board of supervisors Monday, claiming the county has been using taxpayer resources for private property.

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    A Wayne County resident and business owner filed a lawsuit against the county board of supervisors Monday, claiming the county has been using taxpayer resources for private property.

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  • Homeowner catches burglary suspects in the act; gives chase

    Homeowner catches burglary suspects in the act; gives chase

    Monday, April 16 2018 6:59 PM EDT2018-04-16 22:59:59 GMT
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    Shots were fired Monday in Hattiesburg after a homeowner started chasing three burglary suspects who were making their getaway from his home.

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    Shots were fired Monday in Hattiesburg after a homeowner started chasing three burglary suspects who were making their getaway from his home.

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  • Georgia Pacific employees return to work in Taylorsville after strike

    Georgia Pacific employees return to work in Taylorsville after strike

    Monday, April 16 2018 6:17 PM EDT2018-04-16 22:17:58 GMT
    (Source: WDAM Staff)After more than two weeks of picketing for fair contracts, employees of Georgia Pacific in Taylorsville returned to work Monday. (Photo source: WDAM)(Source: WDAM Staff)After more than two weeks of picketing for fair contracts, employees of Georgia Pacific in Taylorsville returned to work Monday. (Photo source: WDAM)
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    After more than two weeks of picketing for fair contracts, employees of Georgia Pacific in Taylorsville returned to work Monday. 

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    After more than two weeks of picketing for fair contracts, employees of Georgia Pacific in Taylorsville returned to work Monday. 

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  • Forrest County board recognizes trooper for decades of service

    Forrest County board recognizes trooper for decades of service

    Monday, April 16 2018 5:43 PM EDT2018-04-16 21:43:12 GMT
    Honeysucker was commended and recognized for his nearly 36 years on patrol for Troop J with a resolution. (Photo source: WDAM)Honeysucker was commended and recognized for his nearly 36 years on patrol for Troop J with a resolution. (Photo source: WDAM)

    Master Sergeant James Honeysucker will be hanging up his troopers hat at the end of the month. The well known and respected Mississippi of Highway Patrol trooper was awarded a proclamation from the Forrest County Board of Supervisors during their Monday meeting. 

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    Master Sergeant James Honeysucker will be hanging up his troopers hat at the end of the month. The well known and respected Mississippi of Highway Patrol trooper was awarded a proclamation from the Forrest County Board of Supervisors during their Monday meeting. 

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  • 2 charged in weekend drive-by shooting

    2 charged in weekend drive-by shooting

    Monday, April 16 2018 1:10 PM EDT2018-04-16 17:10:15 GMT

    Two men were arrested and charged after a reported drive-by shooting Sunday in Hattiesburg.

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    Two men were arrested and charged after a reported drive-by shooting Sunday in Hattiesburg.

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  • Linus continues to improve at Southern Pines Animal Shelter

    Linus continues to improve at Southern Pines Animal Shelter

    Linus continues to improve at Southern Pines Animal Shelter

    Sunday, April 15 2018 10:58 PM EDT2018-04-16 02:58:02 GMT
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    Last year, WDAM introduced Linus, a puppy who was at Southern Pines Animal Shelter suffering with congenital defects that limited his ability to move. Now, we take a look at where Linus is today with the support of a loving community.

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    Last year, WDAM introduced Linus, a puppy who was at Southern Pines Animal Shelter suffering with congenital defects that limited his ability to move. Now, we take a look at where Linus is today with the support of a loving community.

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  • Meridian residents healing after tornado rips through city

    Meridian residents healing after tornado rips through city

    Sunday, April 15 2018 9:39 PM EDT2018-04-16 01:39:41 GMT
    Residents healing after tornado strikes city of Meridan; (Photo Source: WDAM)Residents healing after tornado strikes city of Meridan; (Photo Source: WDAM)
    Residents healing after tornado strikes city of Meridan; (Photo Source: WDAM)Residents healing after tornado strikes city of Meridan; (Photo Source: WDAM)

    People across the state are healing after yesterday's storm events. The National Weather Service says that an EF-2 tornado ripped through the city of Meridian on Saturday, April 14.

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    People across the state are healing after yesterday's storm events. The National Weather Service says that an EF-2 tornado ripped through the city of Meridian on Saturday, April 14.

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  • Petal Farmer's Market set to open

    Petal Farmer's Market set to open

    Sunday, April 15 2018 6:16 PM EDT2018-04-15 22:16:56 GMT
    The Farmers Market is set to open on April 21. (Photo Source: Petal Farmer's Market)The Farmers Market is set to open on April 21. (Photo Source: Petal Farmer's Market)

    It's that time of year again when cities are featuring farm to table and specialty items at the Farmer's Market. Petal is set to debut various vendors at their Farmer’s Market on April 21.  Petal Farmer's Market April 2018 According to the Petal Chamber of Commerce’s website, this year’s event will include a few changes. In addition to offering locally grown fruits and vegetables, the market will also have art, crafts, homemade soaps, food vendors and ent...

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    It's that time of year again when cities are featuring farm to table and specialty items at the Farmer's Market. Petal is set to debut various vendors at their Farmer’s Market on April 21.  Petal Farmer's Market April 2018 According to the Petal Chamber of Commerce’s website, this year’s event will include a few changes. In addition to offering locally grown fruits and vegetables, the market will also have art, crafts, homemade soaps, food vendors and ent...

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  • USM secures 9th straight C-USA baseball series

    USM secures 9th straight C-USA baseball series

    Sunday, April 15 2018 3:40 PM EDT2018-04-15 19:40:43 GMT

    LeeMarcus Boyd’s home run in the fifth inning helped break open a tight game Sunday and the University of Southern Mississippi ended the contest early with an eight-run, seventh inning to take a 13-1 win over Florida International University at Infinity Insurance Park.

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    LeeMarcus Boyd’s home run in the fifth inning helped break open a tight game Sunday and the University of Southern Mississippi ended the contest early with an eight-run, seventh inning to take a 13-1 win over Florida International University at Infinity Insurance Park.

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  • USM baseball falls to FIU, 5-4

    USM baseball falls to FIU, 5-4

    Sunday, April 15 2018 12:54 AM EDT2018-04-15 04:54:55 GMT

    Florida International University bunched five hits in a five-run fourth inning Saturday, including a three-run triple and two-run home run, and held off the University of Southern Mississippi's’ late comeback effort to take a 5-4 Conference  USA victory at Infinity Insurance Park. 

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    Florida International University bunched five hits in a five-run fourth inning Saturday, including a three-run triple and two-run home run, and held off the University of Southern Mississippi's’ late comeback effort to take a 5-4 Conference  USA victory at Infinity Insurance Park. 

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  • First Alert: Severe weather threats move out of Pine Belt

    First Alert: Severe weather threats move out of Pine Belt

    Saturday, April 14 2018 11:40 PM EDT2018-04-15 03:40:48 GMT
    he Storm Prediction Center has the entire WDAM viewing area under an enhanced risk for severe weather. (Photo source: WDAM)he Storm Prediction Center has the entire WDAM viewing area under an enhanced risk for severe weather. (Photo source: WDAM)

    Severe weather is in the forecast for Saturday. The Storm Prediction Center has the entire WDAM viewing area under an enhanced risk for severe weather.

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    Severe weather is in the forecast for Saturday. The Storm Prediction Center has the entire WDAM viewing area under an enhanced risk for severe weather.

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  • State-champion coach Chuck Robertson to leave Taylorsville

    State-champion coach Chuck Robertson to leave Taylorsville

    Saturday, April 14 2018 11:10 PM EDT2018-04-15 03:10:09 GMT
    Chuck Robertson raises the 2017 class 2A state title. Courtesy: WDAMChuck Robertson raises the 2017 class 2A state title. Courtesy: WDAM
    Chuck Robertson raises the 2017 class 2A state title. Courtesy: WDAMChuck Robertson raises the 2017 class 2A state title. Courtesy: WDAM

    After a state championship season, coach Chuck Robertson is leaving the Taylorsville football program to take a position as the Men’s Housing Director at Jones County Junior College. The Tartars finished 15-1 in 2017, capturing the class 2A state title with a 41-26 win over Winona – their sixth championship in school history. Robertson was 19-8 in two seasons with Taylorsville High School.

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    After a state championship season, coach Chuck Robertson is leaving the Taylorsville football program to take a position as the Men’s Housing Director at Jones County Junior College. The Tartars finished 15-1 in 2017, capturing the class 2A state title with a 41-26 win over Winona – their sixth championship in school history. Robertson was 19-8 in two seasons with Taylorsville High School.

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  • Jones County opens FEMA shelter during Saturday's storms

    Jones County opens FEMA shelter during Saturday's storms

    Saturday, April 14 2018 8:29 PM EDT2018-04-15 00:29:17 GMT
    The Jones County FEMA Combined Safe Room was opened for about six hours on Saturday, as bad weather made its way through the area. Photo credit WDAM.The Jones County FEMA Combined Safe Room was opened for about six hours on Saturday, as bad weather made its way through the area. Photo credit WDAM.

    The bad weather prompted emergency management officials in Jones County to open their community disaster shelter.  

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    The bad weather prompted emergency management officials in Jones County to open their community disaster shelter.  

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  • New Laurel school administrators welcomed at community reception

    New Laurel school administrators welcomed at community reception

    Saturday, April 14 2018 7:42 PM EDT2018-04-14 23:42:55 GMT
    Pleasant Valley Missionary Baptist Church hosted a community reception Saturday for superintendent Dr. Toy Watts (left) and assistant superintendent Dr. Kenitra Ezi (back right). Photo credit WDAM.Pleasant Valley Missionary Baptist Church hosted a community reception Saturday for superintendent Dr. Toy Watts (left) and assistant superintendent Dr. Kenitra Ezi (back right). Photo credit WDAM.
    Pleasant Valley Missionary Baptist Church hosted a community reception Saturday for superintendent Dr. Toy Watts and assistant superintendent Dr. Kenitra Ezi. Photo credit WDAM.Pleasant Valley Missionary Baptist Church hosted a community reception Saturday for superintendent Dr. Toy Watts and assistant superintendent Dr. Kenitra Ezi. Photo credit WDAM.

    Saturday's stormy weather didn't keep dozens of Laurel residents from attending a community reception for that city's new school administrators.  

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    Saturday's stormy weather didn't keep dozens of Laurel residents from attending a community reception for that city's new school administrators.  

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  • Laurel's Touch a Truck ends early due to bad weather

    Laurel's Touch a Truck ends early due to bad weather

    Saturday, April 14 2018 6:32 PM EDT2018-04-14 22:32:52 GMT
    Laurel Main Street's Touch a Truck was cut short Saturday because of bad weather. Photo credit WDAM.Laurel Main Street's Touch a Truck was cut short Saturday because of bad weather. Photo credit WDAM.
    Laurel Main Street's Touch a Truck was cut short Saturday because of bad weather. Photo credit WDAM.Laurel Main Street's Touch a Truck was cut short Saturday because of bad weather. Photo credit WDAM.

    A fundraising event for the Laurel Main Street organization was cut short Saturday morning because of bad weather. 

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    A fundraising event for the Laurel Main Street organization was cut short Saturday morning because of bad weather. 

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  • Flash flood warning issued for Wayne County

    Flash flood warning issued for Wayne County

    Saturday, April 14 2018 4:56 PM EDT2018-04-14 20:56:13 GMT
    MDOT has issued a flash flood warning for Wayne and Greene counties. (Photo Source: Pixabay)MDOT has issued a flash flood warning for Wayne and Greene counties. (Photo Source: Pixabay)

    The Mississippi Department of Transportation has issued a flash flood warning for Greene and Wayne counties. The warning is expected to last until about 8: 30 p.m.  Heavy rain is expected to stay in those areas causing flooding. According to MDOT, about two to three inches of rain has already fallen.   Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved. 

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    The Mississippi Department of Transportation has issued a flash flood warning for Greene and Wayne counties. The warning is expected to last until about 8: 30 p.m.  Heavy rain is expected to stay in those areas causing flooding. According to MDOT, about two to three inches of rain has already fallen.   Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved. 

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  • Pine Belt prep baseball scores (April 13)

    Pine Belt prep baseball scores (April 13)

    Saturday, April 14 2018 4:51 PM EDT2018-04-14 20:51:01 GMT
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    Pine Belt prep baseball scores 

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    Pine Belt prep baseball scores 

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  • Pine Belt prep baseball scores (April 12)

    Pine Belt prep baseball scores (April 12)

    Saturday, April 14 2018 4:39 PM EDT2018-04-14 20:39:28 GMT
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    Pine Belt prep baseball scores

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    Pine Belt prep baseball scores

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  • Storm damages power line, truck in Lamar County

    Storm damages power line, truck in Lamar County

    Saturday, April 14 2018 3:07 PM EDT2018-04-14 19:07:57 GMT
    Jessica Gipson, who lives at the home on Roseberry Road, said she wasn’t home at the time the storm went down, but her fiancé inside said he didn’t hear a thing. (Photo source: WDAM)Jessica Gipson, who lives at the home on Roseberry Road, said she wasn’t home at the time the storm went down, but her fiancé inside said he didn’t hear a thing. (Photo source: WDAM)
    Jessica Gipson, who lives at the home on Roseberry Road, said she wasn’t home at the time the storm went down, but her fiancé inside said he didn’t hear a thing. (Photo source: WDAM)Jessica Gipson, who lives at the home on Roseberry Road, said she wasn’t home at the time the storm went down, but her fiancé inside said he didn’t hear a thing. (Photo source: WDAM)
    One Lamar County family is dealing with a big problem in their yard after severe storms rolled through Saturday morning.  Jessica Gipson, who lives at the home on Roseberry Road, said she wasn’t home at the time the storm went down, but her fiancé inside said he didn’t hear a thing. The tree snapped near the stump and took a power line down with it, cutting off electricity to the home and assumed area. Gipson said nobody was injured, but the Ford truck had s...More >>
    One Lamar County family is dealing with a big problem in their yard after severe storms rolled through Saturday morning.  Jessica Gipson, who lives at the home on Roseberry Road, said she wasn’t home at the time the storm went down, but her fiancé inside said he didn’t hear a thing. The tree snapped near the stump and took a power line down with it, cutting off electricity to the home and assumed area. Gipson said nobody was injured, but the Ford truck had s...More >>
  • Southern Pine Electric reporting hundreds without power

    Southern Pine Electric reporting hundreds without power

    Saturday, April 14 2018 12:23 PM EDT2018-04-14 16:23:25 GMT
    Southern Pine Electric is reporting hundreds without power. (Photo Source: Pixabay)Southern Pine Electric is reporting hundreds without power. (Photo Source: Pixabay)

    Southern Pine Electric is reporting hundreds of people affected by power outages. The National Weather Services has issued a tornado warning for Forrest County until 11: 15 a.m. The warning for Lamar County just ended.   Nearly 300 residents are without power in Jasper County, over 300 in Jefferson Davis County and over 50 in Covington County are reportedly without power.  There is no timeline of when the power will be restored on the company's website. We will keep y...

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    Southern Pine Electric is reporting hundreds of people affected by power outages. The National Weather Services has issued a tornado warning for Forrest County until 11: 15 a.m. The warning for Lamar County just ended.   Nearly 300 residents are without power in Jasper County, over 300 in Jefferson Davis County and over 50 in Covington County are reportedly without power.  There is no timeline of when the power will be restored on the company's website. We will keep y...

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  • PRCC splits doubleheader with Mississippi Delta

    PRCC splits doubleheader with Mississippi Delta

    Saturday, April 14 2018 12:04 AM EDT2018-04-14 04:04:20 GMT
    PRCC baseball. Courtesy: WDAMPRCC baseball. Courtesy: WDAM
    PRCC baseball. Courtesy: WDAMPRCC baseball. Courtesy: WDAM

    Pearl River Community College split its two-game series with Mississippi Delta on Friday, but the Wildcats remain atop the MACJC standings. PRCC beat the Trojans 12-4 in eight innings in game one of the doubleheader but fell 4-3 in the second game. The Wildcats (27-7) remain one game ahead of Jones County in the conference standings with an MACJC record of 13-3.

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    Pearl River Community College split its two-game series with Mississippi Delta on Friday, but the Wildcats remain atop the MACJC standings. PRCC beat the Trojans 12-4 in eight innings in game one of the doubleheader but fell 4-3 in the second game. The Wildcats (27-7) remain one game ahead of Jones County in the conference standings with an MACJC record of 13-3.

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  • Sacred Heart names baseball field after late Larry Mixon

    Sacred Heart names baseball field after late Larry Mixon

    Friday, April 13 2018 11:50 PM EDT2018-04-14 03:50:55 GMT
    Larry Mixon Field. Courtesy: WDAMLarry Mixon Field. Courtesy: WDAM
    Larry Mixon ield. Courtesy: WDAMLarry Mixon ield. Courtesy: WDAM

    When Larry Mixon inherited the Sacred Heart baseball program, the Crusaders didn’t even have a baseball field. On Friday, Sacred Heart honored the late Mixon by naming the baseball field after him in front of his wife Sandra, mother Gloria, other family and friends. Mixon passed away in January after his second battle with cancer.

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    When Larry Mixon inherited the Sacred Heart baseball program, the Crusaders didn’t even have a baseball field. On Friday, Sacred Heart honored the late Mixon by naming the baseball field after him in front of his wife Sandra, mother Gloria, other family and friends. Mixon passed away in January after his second battle with cancer.

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  • List of ACT testing centers closing ahead of severe weather

    List of ACT testing centers closing ahead of severe weather

    Friday, April 13 2018 11:07 PM EDT2018-04-14 03:07:08 GMT
    The rescheduled test date will be posted at www.actstudent.org. Registered examiners will receive official notification from ACT.  (Photo source: WDAM)The rescheduled test date will be posted at www.actstudent.org. Registered examiners will receive official notification from ACT.  (Photo source: WDAM)

    Petal High School announced the cancelation of Saturday's ACT tests ahead of expected severe weather.  First Alert: Saturday's severe weather threat increasing The rescheduled test date will be posted at www.actstudent.org. Registered examiners will receive official notification from ACT. To keep up with the latest developments in the expected severe weather, download the WDAM First Alert Weather App. The WDAM First Alert Weather App is free in the Android and Apple app...

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    Petal High School announced the cancelation of Saturday's ACT tests ahead of expected severe weather.  First Alert: Saturday's severe weather threat increasing The rescheduled test date will be posted at www.actstudent.org. Registered examiners will receive official notification from ACT. To keep up with the latest developments in the expected severe weather, download the WDAM First Alert Weather App. The WDAM First Alert Weather App is free in the Android and Apple app...

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  • Some local lawmakers think Governor will call special session on bridges

    Some local lawmakers think Governor will call special session on bridges

    Friday, April 13 2018 8:21 PM EDT2018-04-14 00:21:24 GMT
    The Jones County Chamber of Commerce hosts an "Eggs and Issues" breakfast Friday at the Laurel Country Club. Photo credit WDAM.The Jones County Chamber of Commerce hosts an "Eggs and Issues" breakfast Friday at the Laurel Country Club. Photo credit WDAM.
    The Jones County Chamber of Commerce hosts an "Eggs and Issues" breakfast Friday at the Laurel Country Club. Photo credit WDAM.The Jones County Chamber of Commerce hosts an "Eggs and Issues" breakfast Friday at the Laurel Country Club. Photo credit WDAM.

    Some state legislators from Jones and Jasper counties are optimistic Governor Phil Bryant will call a special session to deal with bridge funding. 

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    Some state legislators from Jones and Jasper counties are optimistic Governor Phil Bryant will call a special session to deal with bridge funding. 

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  • Jasper Co. sheriff prepared for bridge closings

    Jasper Co. sheriff prepared for bridge closings

    Friday, April 13 2018 7:58 PM EDT2018-04-13 23:58:42 GMT
    A bridge on County Road 12 in Jasper County deemed unsafe by the federal government has already been closed. Photo credit WDAM.A bridge on County Road 12 in Jasper County deemed unsafe by the federal government has already been closed. Photo credit WDAM.
    A bridge on County Road 12 in Jasper County deemed unsafe by the federal government has already been closed. Photo credit WDAM.A bridge on County Road 12 in Jasper County deemed unsafe by the federal government has already been closed. Photo credit WDAM.

    The Jasper County Sheriff's Department has made plans for alternate routes along several county roads, due to the closure of several bridges.  

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    The Jasper County Sheriff's Department has made plans for alternate routes along several county roads, due to the closure of several bridges.  

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  • National Child Abuse Prevention Month luncheon held in Bay Springs

    National Child Abuse Prevention Month luncheon held in Bay Springs

    Friday, April 13 2018 7:44 PM EDT2018-04-13 23:44:32 GMT
    A National Child Abuse Prevention Month luncheon was held in Bay Springs Friday by Jasper County Child Protection Services. Photo credit WDAM.A National Child Abuse Prevention Month luncheon was held in Bay Springs Friday by Jasper County Child Protection Services. Photo credit WDAM.
    A National Child Abuse Prevention Month luncheon was held in Bay Springs Friday by Jasper County Child Protection Services. Photo credit WDAM.A National Child Abuse Prevention Month luncheon was held in Bay Springs Friday by Jasper County Child Protection Services. Photo credit WDAM.

    Child Protection Services in Jasper County recognized National Child Abuse Prevention Month with a special event at Bay Springs City Hall Friday.    

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    Child Protection Services in Jasper County recognized National Child Abuse Prevention Month with a special event at Bay Springs City Hall Friday.    

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  • Dispatchers: The 'lifeline' for Hattiesburg Police

    Dispatchers: The 'lifeline' for Hattiesburg Police

    Friday, April 13 2018 7:30 PM EDT2018-04-13 23:30:37 GMT
    A look inside the dispatch center for Hattiesburg Police.  Source: WDAM.A look inside the dispatch center for Hattiesburg Police. Source: WDAM.

    In a small building in the Hub City, you will find the 'lifeline' to the Hattiesburg Police Department. "They are our lifeline. They are the ears that hear the call and then dispatch it to our officers in the field.  So, they are very, very important to the safety of our officers," said Major Hardy Sims. Sims is the director for operations at HPD, taking care of dispatchers and telecommunicators in the department.  Right now, Sims said there are 19 dispatche...

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    In a small building in the Hub City, you will find the 'lifeline' to the Hattiesburg Police Department. "They are our lifeline. They are the ears that hear the call and then dispatch it to our officers in the field.  So, they are very, very important to the safety of our officers," said Major Hardy Sims. Sims is the director for operations at HPD, taking care of dispatchers and telecommunicators in the department.  Right now, Sims said there are 19 dispatche...

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  • Man charged with hindering prosecution in Dewey St. murder investigation

    Man charged with hindering prosecution in Dewey St. murder investigation

    Friday, April 13 2018 7:23 PM EDT2018-04-13 23:23:06 GMT
    Andrew Presley, 53, was brought in for questioning and later charged with one county of hindering the prosecution in the ongoing homicide investigation. (Photo source: HPD)Andrew Presley, 53, was brought in for questioning and later charged with one county of hindering the prosecution in the ongoing homicide investigation. (Photo source: HPD)

    Hattiesburg police arrested a man for hindering the prosecution in the murder investigation of 63-year-old Deborah McGee. Andrew Presley, 53, was brought in for questioning and later charged with one county of hindering the prosecution in the ongoing homicide investigation, according to HPD's Ryan Moore. Presley is the father of McGee's niece's child.  Presley was booked in the Forrest County Jail.  McGee was found dead inside her Dewey Street home on Sunday, March 2...

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    Hattiesburg police arrested a man for hindering the prosecution in the murder investigation of 63-year-old Deborah McGee. Andrew Presley, 53, was brought in for questioning and later charged with one county of hindering the prosecution in the ongoing homicide investigation, according to HPD's Ryan Moore. Presley is the father of McGee's niece's child.  Presley was booked in the Forrest County Jail.  McGee was found dead inside her Dewey Street home on Sunday, March 2...

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  • Meet and greet scheduled for Jeff the wallaby

    Meet and greet scheduled for Jeff the wallaby

    Friday, April 13 2018 7:22 PM EDT2018-04-13 23:22:21 GMT
    Jeff the wallaby went missing over a week ago. (Photo Source: Instagram)Jeff the wallaby went missing over a week ago. (Photo Source: Instagram)

    After eluding capture for over two weeks, Jeff the wallaby is back home and resting. Residents from all over the Pine Belt came to the aid of Logan Whitehead, Jeff's owner, to help find the furry three-footer. And now, they'll finally get a chance to meet the little guy.  Kayla Marie Graham Lance Sanderford, owner of Magnolia Graphics and Design, is hosting a meet and greet with Whitehead on April 14. Sanderford says his initial plan was to have the event at his business. ...

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    After eluding capture for over two weeks, Jeff the wallaby is back home and resting. Residents from all over the Pine Belt came to the aid of Logan Whitehead, Jeff's owner, to help find the furry three-footer. And now, they'll finally get a chance to meet the little guy.  Kayla Marie Graham Lance Sanderford, owner of Magnolia Graphics and Design, is hosting a meet and greet with Whitehead on April 14. Sanderford says his initial plan was to have the event at his business. ...

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  • School district getting bus drivers ready for detours in Jones Co.

    School district getting bus drivers ready for detours in Jones Co.

    Friday, April 13 2018 5:51 PM EDT2018-04-13 21:51:16 GMT
    Superintendent Tommy Parker said of the 130 bus routes, at least 41 will be impacted by the closures. (Photo source: WDAM)Superintendent Tommy Parker said of the 130 bus routes, at least 41 will be impacted by the closures. (Photo source: WDAM)

    The Jones County School District is getting bus drivers ready for detours with more than 20 bridges expected to be closed next week, some as early as Monday morning.

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    The Jones County School District is getting bus drivers ready for detours with more than 20 bridges expected to be closed next week, some as early as Monday morning.

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  • Annual student athlete luncheon held at Southern Oaks

    Annual student athlete luncheon held at Southern Oaks

    Friday, April 13 2018 5:48 PM EDT2018-04-13 21:48:37 GMT
    Students from 27 area schools were in attendance at the annual event, which is hosted by Forrest General Hospital, Hattiesburg Coca-Cola and The Orthopedic Institute. (Photo source: Forrest General Hospital)Students from 27 area schools were in attendance at the annual event, which is hosted by Forrest General Hospital, Hattiesburg Coca-Cola and The Orthopedic Institute. (Photo source: Forrest General Hospital)
    Students from 27 area schools were in attendance at the annual event, which is hosted by Forrest General Hospital, Hattiesburg Coca-Cola and The Orthopedic Institute. (Photo source: Forrest General Hospital)Students from 27 area schools were in attendance at the annual event, which is hosted by Forrest General Hospital, Hattiesburg Coca-Cola and The Orthopedic Institute. (Photo source: Forrest General Hospital)
    Area high school and junior high student athletes were honored today at a luncheon at Southern Oaks in Hattiesburg. Students from 27 area schools were in attendance at the annual event, which is hosted by Forrest General Hospital, Hattiesburg Coca-Cola and The Orthopedic Institute.  The 54 student athletes were nominated by their coaches and school staff and were honored for their achievements in academics and sports. This was the 24th year for the event. "...More >>
    Area high school and junior high student athletes were honored today at a luncheon at Southern Oaks in Hattiesburg. Students from 27 area schools were in attendance at the annual event, which is hosted by Forrest General Hospital, Hattiesburg Coca-Cola and The Orthopedic Institute.  The 54 student athletes were nominated by their coaches and school staff and were honored for their achievements in academics and sports. This was the 24th year for the event. "...More >>
  • Caught on Camera: MS woman delivers baby in car

    Caught on Camera: MS woman delivers baby in car

    Friday, April 13 2018 1:54 PM EDT2018-04-13 17:54:55 GMT
    (Source: Facebook)(Source: Facebook)

    We hear people say "go out with a bang" all the time, but a Columbia baby was born with a bang. While her parents' car was rolling to the nearest hospital, so was the camera!

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    We hear people say "go out with a bang" all the time, but a Columbia baby was born with a bang. While her parents' car was rolling to the nearest hospital, so was the camera!

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  • Escaped MDOC inmate captured in AL

    Escaped MDOC inmate captured in AL

    Friday, April 13 2018 11:50 AM EDT2018-04-13 15:50:02 GMT
    Kevin G. Rush (Photo source: Mississippi Department of Corrections)Kevin G. Rush (Photo source: Mississippi Department of Corrections)
    Kevin G. Rush (Photo source: Mississippi Department of Corrections)Kevin G. Rush (Photo source: Mississippi Department of Corrections)

    A Mississippi Department of Corrections inmate who escaped from a work detail in Noxubee County earlier this week has been captured.

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    A Mississippi Department of Corrections inmate who escaped from a work detail in Noxubee County earlier this week has been captured.

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  • 23 bridges expected to close in Jones County due to safety concerns

    Jones Co. homeowners concerned over bridge closures

    Jones Co. homeowners concerned over bridge closures

    Thursday, April 12 2018 11:14 PM EDT2018-04-13 03:14:59 GMT
    Twenty-three bridges are expected to close in Jones County due to safety concerns after an order issued by Governor Phil Bryant. (Photo source: WDAM)Twenty-three bridges are expected to close in Jones County due to safety concerns after an order issued by Governor Phil Bryant. (Photo source: WDAM)

    23 bridges expected to close in Jones County due to safety concerns after an order issued by Governor Phil Bryant where he signed an emergency proclamation. 

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    23 bridges expected to close in Jones County due to safety concerns after an order issued by Governor Phil Bryant where he signed an emergency proclamation. 

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  • PRCC inducts five into Lifetime Achievement Hall of Fame

    PRCC inducts five into Lifetime Achievement Hall of Fame

    Thursday, April 12 2018 11:14 PM EDT2018-04-13 03:14:12 GMT
    Pearl River Community College hosted its annual Lifetime Achievement Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Thursday night. Photo credit WDAM.Pearl River Community College hosted its annual Lifetime Achievement Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Thursday night. Photo credit WDAM.
    Pearl River Community College hosted its annual Lifetime Achievement Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Thursday night. Photo credit WDAM.Pearl River Community College hosted its annual Lifetime Achievement Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Thursday night. Photo credit WDAM.

    Five distinguished graduates of Pearl River Community College were inducted into that school's Lifetime Achievement Hall of Fame in Hattiesburg Thursday night.  

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    Five distinguished graduates of Pearl River Community College were inducted into that school's Lifetime Achievement Hall of Fame in Hattiesburg Thursday night.  

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  • 23 bridges to close in Jones Co.

    23 bridges to close in Jones Co.

    Thursday, April 12 2018 7:40 PM EDT2018-04-12 23:40:05 GMT
    Jones County bridges to shut down; (Photo Source: WDAM)Jones County bridges to shut down; (Photo Source: WDAM)

    County officials across the Pine Belt are dealing with panic after dozens of bridges were ordered to be closed, immediately, due to safety concerns.

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    County officials across the Pine Belt are dealing with panic after dozens of bridges were ordered to be closed, immediately, due to safety concerns.

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  • WCU hosts resolution reading for Osteopathic Medicine Week

    WCU hosts resolution reading for Osteopathic Medicine Week

    Thursday, April 12 2018 7:30 PM EDT2018-04-12 23:30:37 GMT
    William Carey University School of Medicine hosted a reading of Mississippi's state house and senate joint resolution recognizing this form of medical practice.  (Photo source: WDAM)William Carey University School of Medicine hosted a reading of Mississippi's state house and senate joint resolution recognizing this form of medical practice. (Photo source: WDAM)
    William Carey University School of Medicine hosted a reading of Mississippi's state house and senate joint resolution recognizing this form of medical practice.  (Photo source: WDAM)William Carey University School of Medicine hosted a reading of Mississippi's state house and senate joint resolution recognizing this form of medical practice. (Photo source: WDAM)
    Next week is National Osteopathic Medicine Week across the nation and William Carey University School of Medicine hosted a reading of Mississippi's state house and senate joint resolution recognizing this form of medical practice. Osteopathic medicine uses the whole person approach to healing, and William Carey has the only Osteopathic program in the state.  Osteopathic doctors provide comprehensive medical care to patients in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and ...More >>
    Next week is National Osteopathic Medicine Week across the nation and William Carey University School of Medicine hosted a reading of Mississippi's state house and senate joint resolution recognizing this form of medical practice. Osteopathic medicine uses the whole person approach to healing, and William Carey has the only Osteopathic program in the state.  Osteopathic doctors provide comprehensive medical care to patients in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and ...More >>
  • Hattiesburg police searching for auto burglary suspect

    Hattiesburg police searching for auto burglary suspect

    Thursday, April 12 2018 5:51 PM EDT2018-04-12 21:51:44 GMT
    Hattiesburg police are looking for an auto burglary suspect that was caught on camera stealing from a vehicle. (Photo source: HPD)Hattiesburg police are looking for an auto burglary suspect that was caught on camera stealing from a vehicle. (Photo source: HPD)

    Hattiesburg police are looking for an auto burglary suspect that was caught on camera stealing from a vehicle. 

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    Hattiesburg police are looking for an auto burglary suspect that was caught on camera stealing from a vehicle. 

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  • Lumberton introduces new police chief

    Lumberton introduces new police chief

    Thursday, April 12 2018 5:36 PM EDT2018-04-12 21:36:36 GMT
    Thursday afternoon, Carlus Page was officially introduced to the City of Lumberton as the new police chief. (Photo source: WDAM)Thursday afternoon, Carlus Page was officially introduced to the City of Lumberton as the new police chief. (Photo source: WDAM)

    Thursday afternoon, Carlus Page was officially introduced to the City of Lumberton as the new police chief.

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    Thursday afternoon, Carlus Page was officially introduced to the City of Lumberton as the new police chief.

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  • Man accused of using fake cash in Hattiesburg, Sandersville arrested

    Man accused of using fake cash in Hattiesburg, Sandersville arrested

    Thursday, April 12 2018 4:51 PM EDT2018-04-12 20:51:31 GMT
    Darius Sumrall (Photo source: Forrest County Jail)Darius Sumrall (Photo source: Forrest County Jail)

    A suspect wanted by two law enforcement agencies for reportedly passing counterfeit bills to Pine Belt businesses is now behind bars.

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    A suspect wanted by two law enforcement agencies for reportedly passing counterfeit bills to Pine Belt businesses is now behind bars.

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  • Basketball program returns to Southeastern Baptist College

    Basketball program returns to Southeastern Baptist College

    Thursday, April 12 2018 4:21 PM EDT2018-04-12 20:21:01 GMT
    Southeastern Baptist College released their new logo for their basketball team. (Photo Source: WDAM)Southeastern Baptist College released their new logo for their basketball team. (Photo Source: WDAM)

    Let’s play ball. After nearly 30 years, basketball is making a comeback at Southeastern Baptist College. The announcement was made at a press conference in the college’s library on Thursday.  “We are looking forward to the Renaissance of Southeastern Baptist College and for its future,” said Southeastern Baptist College president Scott Carson. “It’s exciting stuff that’s happening around here and we know that we want this school to be t...

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    Let’s play ball. After nearly 30 years, basketball is making a comeback at Southeastern Baptist College. The announcement was made at a press conference in the college’s library on Thursday.  “We are looking forward to the Renaissance of Southeastern Baptist College and for its future,” said Southeastern Baptist College president Scott Carson. “It’s exciting stuff that’s happening around here and we know that we want this school to be t...

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  • Hattiesburg announces water improvement project for neighborhood

    Hattiesburg announces water improvement project for neighborhood

    Thursday, April 12 2018 1:20 PM EDT2018-04-12 17:20:20 GMT
    City of Hattiesburg announces new water improvement project; (Photo Source: City of Hattiesburg Facebook)City of Hattiesburg announces new water improvement project; (Photo Source: City of Hattiesburg Facebook)
    City of Hattiesburg announces new water improvement project; (Photo Source: City of Hattiesburg Facebook)City of Hattiesburg announces new water improvement project; (Photo Source: City of Hattiesburg Facebook)

    The city of Hattiesburg announced that it will be working on another water line improvement project.

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    The city of Hattiesburg announced that it will be working on another water line improvement project.

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  • Tylertown man sentenced to life in prison for 2016 murder

    Tylertown man sentenced to life in prison for 2016 murder

    Thursday, April 12 2018 1:01 PM EDT2018-04-12 17:01:50 GMT
    Donnifer Peters/Photo credit: WCSDDonnifer Peters/Photo credit: WCSD
    Donnifer Peters/Photo credit: WCSDDonnifer Peters/Photo credit: WCSD

    A Tylertown man was sentenced to life in prison, plus 25 years, Thursday for the 2016 murder of Alonza Glen Mays.

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    A Tylertown man was sentenced to life in prison, plus 25 years, Thursday for the 2016 murder of Alonza Glen Mays.

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  • Highway dedicated in memory of former Sumrall police chief

    Highway dedicated in memory of former Sumrall police chief

    Wednesday, April 11 2018 8:12 PM EDT2018-04-12 00:12:22 GMT
    Now, his name will live on forever with the dedication of the Chief Willie James Preston Memorial Highway. (Photo Source: WDAM)Now, his name will live on forever with the dedication of the Chief Willie James Preston Memorial Highway. (Photo Source: WDAM)

    The memory of a long-time Pine Belt lawman was honored with a highway dedication Wednesday morning in Sumrall.

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    The memory of a long-time Pine Belt lawman was honored with a highway dedication Wednesday morning in Sumrall.

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  • Brother of TN double murder suspect speaks

    Brother of TN double murder suspect speaks

    Wednesday, April 11 2018 6:55 PM EDT2018-04-11 22:55:10 GMT
    Casey Lawhorn is suspected of killing his mother and friend in Tennessee. (Photo Source: East Ridge Police Department )Casey Lawhorn is suspected of killing his mother and friend in Tennessee. (Photo Source: East Ridge Police Department )
    Casey Lawhorn is suspected of killing his mother and friend in Tennessee. (Photo Source: East Ridge Police Department )Casey Lawhorn is suspected of killing his mother and friend in Tennessee. (Photo Source: East Ridge Police Department )

    The brother of Casey Lawhorn, who is suspected of killing his mother and a friend in Tennessee before killing himself in Jasper County, spoke in an interview with WRCB about losing two family members. 

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    The brother of Casey Lawhorn, who is suspected of killing his mother and a friend in Tennessee before killing himself in Jasper County, spoke in an interview with WRCB about losing two family members. 

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  • School officials, police address rumors of incident at LHS

    School officials, police address rumors of incident at LHS

    Wednesday, April 11 2018 6:32 PM EDT2018-04-11 22:32:49 GMT
    Laurel police are working with Mississippi Crisis Intervention Response Team to prevent further problems. (Image source: Laurel School District)Laurel police are working with Mississippi Crisis Intervention Response Team to prevent further problems. (Image source: Laurel School District)

    Officials said an incident at Laurel High School was "blown out of proportion" after rumors started swirling on social media Tuesday.

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    Officials said an incident at Laurel High School was "blown out of proportion" after rumors started swirling on social media Tuesday.

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  • MS improves reading scores in Nation's Report Card

    MS improves reading scores in Nation's Report Card

    Wednesday, April 11 2018 6:05 PM EDT2018-04-11 22:05:44 GMT
    The 2017 National Assessment of Education Progress, commonly known as the Nation's Report Card, was released Tuesday and showed that Mississippi's reading scores improved from 2015 results.  (Photo source: WDAM)The 2017 National Assessment of Education Progress, commonly known as the Nation's Report Card, was released Tuesday and showed that Mississippi's reading scores improved from 2015 results.  (Photo source: WDAM)
    The rescheduled test date will be posted at www.actstudent.org. Registered examiners will receive official notification from ACT.  (Photo source: WDAM)The rescheduled test date will be posted at www.actstudent.org. Registered examiners will receive official notification from ACT.  (Photo source: WDAM)

    The 2017 National Assessment of Education Progress, commonly known as the Nation's Report Card, was released Tuesday and showed that Mississippi's reading scores improved from 2015's results. 

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    The 2017 National Assessment of Education Progress, commonly known as the Nation's Report Card, was released Tuesday and showed that Mississippi's reading scores improved from 2015's results. 

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  • Taxing soda for your health?

    Taxing soda for your health?

    Wednesday, April 11 2018 5:59 PM EDT2018-04-11 21:59:17 GMT
    One reason for wanting to tax soft drinks is research from the CDC and other health experts saying it's a leading contributor to the country's obesity epidemic. (Photo source: WDAM)One reason for wanting to tax soft drinks is research from the CDC and other health experts saying it's a leading contributor to the country's obesity epidemic. (Photo source: WDAM)
    One reason for wanting to tax soft drinks is research from the CDC and other health experts saying it's a leading contributor to the country's obesity epidemic. (Photo source: WDAM)One reason for wanting to tax soft drinks is research from the CDC and other health experts saying it's a leading contributor to the country's obesity epidemic. (Photo source: WDAM)

    Throughout the country civic leaders and health advocates have pushed for a soda tax. That means just want it sound like, taxing soft drinks. One reason for this effort is research from the CDC, and other health experts saying it's a leading contributor to the country's obesity epidemic. Merit Health Wesley's Registered Dietician and Nutritionist Hannah Thompson said she doesn't disagree that sugar is a health problem. "I've got many clients that will drink sodas for their main...

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    Throughout the country civic leaders and health advocates have pushed for a soda tax. That means just want it sound like, taxing soft drinks. One reason for this effort is research from the CDC, and other health experts saying it's a leading contributor to the country's obesity epidemic. Merit Health Wesley's Registered Dietician and Nutritionist Hannah Thompson said she doesn't disagree that sugar is a health problem. "I've got many clients that will drink sodas for their main...

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  • Hattiesburg Clinic unveils medication drop box

    Hattiesburg Clinic unveils medication drop box

    Wednesday, April 11 2018 5:51 PM EDT2018-04-11 21:51:46 GMT
    The box will be a service for patients to properly and safely dispose of unused or unneeded prescriptions and other medications. (Photo source: WDAM)The box will be a service for patients to properly and safely dispose of unused or unneeded prescriptions and other medications. (Photo source: WDAM)

    Hattiesburg Clinic, in conjunction with the Mississippi State Medical Association Alliance, held a ribbon cutting event for a MedReturn Drug Disposal Box on the first floor of the clinic's main campus. The box will be a service for patients to properly and safely dispose of unused or unneeded prescriptions and other medications. The disposal box is an effort of Hattiesburg Clinic and the Alliance to combat opioid addiction and abuse, which was deemed a public health epidemic by the ...

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    Hattiesburg Clinic, in conjunction with the Mississippi State Medical Association Alliance, held a ribbon cutting event for a MedReturn Drug Disposal Box on the first floor of the clinic's main campus. The box will be a service for patients to properly and safely dispose of unused or unneeded prescriptions and other medications. The disposal box is an effort of Hattiesburg Clinic and the Alliance to combat opioid addiction and abuse, which was deemed a public health epidemic by the ...

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  • 'Captain Underpants' author speaks to kids at USM book festival

    'Captain Underpants' author speaks to kids at USM book festival

    Wednesday, April 11 2018 4:09 PM EDT2018-04-11 20:09:17 GMT
    Children's book author Dav Pilkey speaks to children at Reed Green Coliseum Wednesday. Photo credit WDAM.Children's book author Dav Pilkey speaks to children at Reed Green Coliseum Wednesday. Photo credit WDAM.

    Famed children's book author Dav Pilkey spoke to about 2,000 children at Reed Green Coliseum on Wednesday during the first day of the annual Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival. 

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    Famed children's book author Dav Pilkey spoke to about 2,000 children at Reed Green Coliseum on Wednesday during the first day of the annual Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival. 

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  • Sullivan Kilrain Rd. closed to traffic Wednesday

    Sullivan Kilrain Rd. closed to traffic Wednesday

    Wednesday, April 11 2018 1:27 PM EDT2018-04-11 17:27:58 GMT
    Road crews took out a sometimes dangerous curve by the railroad tracks a few weeks ago as part of the improvement project. (Photo source: WDAM)Road crews took out a sometimes dangerous curve by the railroad tracks a few weeks ago as part of the improvement project. (Photo source: WDAM)
    Road crews took out a sometimes dangerous curve by the railroad tracks a few weeks ago as part of the improvement project. (Photo source: WDAM)Road crews took out a sometimes dangerous curve by the railroad tracks a few weeks ago as part of the improvement project. (Photo source: WDAM)

    Improvements continue on Sullivan Kilrain Road, a busy corridor that connects Lamar and Forrest counties. The heavily-traveled road will be closed to traffic Wednesday so crews can put down new asphalt.

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    Improvements continue on Sullivan Kilrain Road, a busy corridor that connects Lamar and Forrest counties. The heavily-traveled road will be closed to traffic Wednesday so crews can put down new asphalt.

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  • Former USM standout Shelton Gandy returns home to coach Wayne County football

    Former USM standout Shelton Gandy returns home to coach Wayne County football

    Wednesday, April 11 2018 12:27 AM EDT2018-04-11 04:27:01 GMT
    New Wayne County football coach Shelton Gandy. Courtesy: WDAMNew Wayne County football coach Shelton Gandy. Courtesy: WDAM
    New Wayne County football coach Shelton Gandy. Courtesy: WDAMNew Wayne County football coach Shelton Gandy. Courtesy: WDAM

    Football has taken Shelton Gandy around the country, but he has returned home after accepting the position of Wayne County’s new head football coach. A former Waynesboro Central High standout, Gandy is eager to begin his head coaching career in the area that he grew up. Gandy spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Tyler Robert E. Lee High school in East Texas.

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    Football has taken Shelton Gandy around the country, but he has returned home after accepting the position of Wayne County’s new head football coach. A former Waynesboro Central High standout, Gandy is eager to begin his head coaching career in the area that he grew up. Gandy spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Tyler Robert E. Lee High school in East Texas.

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  • Pine Belt prep baseball scores-April 10

    Pine Belt prep baseball scores-April 10

    Wednesday, April 11 2018 12:00 AM EDT2018-04-11 04:00:41 GMT
    Source: Flickr Creative CommonsSource: Flickr Creative Commons
    Source: Flickr Creative CommonsSource: Flickr Creative Commons

    Pine Belt prep baseball scores 

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    Pine Belt prep baseball scores 

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  • Community hosts peace rally for Pineview murder victim

    Community hosts peace rally for Pineview murder victim

    Tuesday, April 10 2018 11:49 PM EDT2018-04-11 03:49:07 GMT
    Burnell and Mark Gould. Mark was murdered at the Pineview apartments. (Photo source: Family)Burnell and Mark Gould. Mark was murdered at the Pineview apartments. (Photo source: Family)

    A community hosted a peace rally and candlelight vigil for 20-year-old Mark Gould who was murdered in Pineview Apartments Thursday afternoon. "The last thing I remember telling him was when he was getting ready to leave out the door," says Gould's mother Michelle Gould. "He said I love you ma. I'll see you in the morning. I said OK." 

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    A community hosted a peace rally and candlelight vigil for 20-year-old Mark Gould who was murdered in Pineview Apartments Thursday afternoon. "The last thing I remember telling him was when he was getting ready to leave out the door," says Gould's mother Michelle Gould. "He said I love you ma. I'll see you in the morning. I said OK." 

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  • High school baseball scores - April 6

    High school baseball scores - April 6

    Tuesday, April 10 2018 11:47 PM EDT2018-04-11 03:47:41 GMT
    Hattiesburg Tigers baseball. Courtesy: WDAMHattiesburg Tigers baseball. Courtesy: WDAM

    There were a number of high school baseball teams in action on Friday night as the postseason approaches. Here’s a look at some of the prep scores from around the Pine Belt: Sumrall (2) FCAHS (0) – 11 innings Garrett Robbins hit the game-winning double in extra innings for the Bobcats. Hattiesburg (7) Picayune (4) The Tigers (14-6) are one win away from capturing the Region 7-5A title.

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    There were a number of high school baseball teams in action on Friday night as the postseason approaches. Here’s a look at some of the prep scores from around the Pine Belt: Sumrall (2) FCAHS (0) – 11 innings Garrett Robbins hit the game-winning double in extra innings for the Bobcats. Hattiesburg (7) Picayune (4) The Tigers (14-6) are one win away from capturing the Region 7-5A title.

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  • Local reaction to Facebook data misuse

    Local reaction to Facebook data misuse

    Local reaction to Facebook data misuse

    Tuesday, April 10 2018 11:01 PM EDT2018-04-11 03:01:17 GMT
    The Facebook data misuse has many Facebook users concerned about their personal information. (Photo source: WDAM)The Facebook data misuse has many Facebook users concerned about their personal information. (Photo source: WDAM)

    The Facebook data misuse has many Facebook users concerned about their personal information. WDAM caught up with Dr. David Davies, from the University of Southern Mississippi's School of Mass Communication and Journalism about what this means for all Facebook users. Ebonee Jackson said, "We love to think oh, that's happening to other people, that could never happen to us." The Facebook data scandal has some avid users like Ebonee Jackson worried about being on the social m...

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    The Facebook data misuse has many Facebook users concerned about their personal information. WDAM caught up with Dr. David Davies, from the University of Southern Mississippi's School of Mass Communication and Journalism about what this means for all Facebook users. Ebonee Jackson said, "We love to think oh, that's happening to other people, that could never happen to us." The Facebook data scandal has some avid users like Ebonee Jackson worried about being on the social m...

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  • Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner speaks at USM

    Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner speaks at USM

    Tuesday, April 10 2018 9:11 PM EDT2018-04-11 01:11:48 GMT
    A two-time Pulitzer Prize winning author Nicholas Kristof spoke at a forum on the University of Southern Mississippi campus Tuesday night. (Photo source: USM news)A two-time Pulitzer Prize winning author Nicholas Kristof spoke at a forum on the University of Southern Mississippi campus Tuesday night. (Photo source: USM news)
    A two-time Pulitzer Prize winning author Nicholas Kristof spoke at a forum on the University of Southern Mississippi campus Tuesday night. (Photo source: USM news)A two-time Pulitzer Prize winning author Nicholas Kristof spoke at a forum on the University of Southern Mississippi campus Tuesday night. (Photo source: USM news)
    A two-time Pulitzer Prize winning author spoke at a forum on the University of Southern Mississippi campus Tuesday night. Nicholas Kristof spoke before a crowd of a couple hundred students, faculty and residents. Kristof, a New York Times columnist, presented “Reporting Sex Trafficking, Genocide and Other Truths of the World” at Bennett Auditorium on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus. “Mississippi obviously has lots of challenges in terms of education, empl...More >>
    A two-time Pulitzer Prize winning author spoke at a forum on the University of Southern Mississippi campus Tuesday night. Nicholas Kristof spoke before a crowd of a couple hundred students, faculty and residents. Kristof, a New York Times columnist, presented “Reporting Sex Trafficking, Genocide and Other Truths of the World” at Bennett Auditorium on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus. “Mississippi obviously has lots of challenges in terms of education, empl...More >>
  • New tool helping Hattiesburg clear pipe problems

    New tool helping Hattiesburg clear pipe problems

    Tuesday, April 10 2018 8:03 PM EDT2018-04-11 00:03:18 GMT
    Water and Sewer Director Alan Howe said the department recently purchased a new camera to send into sewer pipes. (Photo source: WDAM)Water and Sewer Director Alan Howe said the department recently purchased a new camera to send into sewer pipes. (Photo source: WDAM)

    The City of Hattiesburg has a new tool to help solve what could be a stinky problem. Water and Sewer Director Alan Howe said the department recently purchased a new camera to send into sewer pipes, now an intricate part of every resident's call for a back-up or other problem. "My two famous words is rapid response," said Howe.  "Obviously, if you're backed up in your house, I wouldn't want that, you wouldn't either. We go, we go solve the problem." Howe is ...

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    The City of Hattiesburg has a new tool to help solve what could be a stinky problem. Water and Sewer Director Alan Howe said the department recently purchased a new camera to send into sewer pipes, now an intricate part of every resident's call for a back-up or other problem. "My two famous words is rapid response," said Howe.  "Obviously, if you're backed up in your house, I wouldn't want that, you wouldn't either. We go, we go solve the problem." Howe is ...

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  • Former Forrest Co. teacher charged with sexual battery

    Former Forrest Co. teacher charged with sexual battery

    Tuesday, April 10 2018 7:44 PM EDT2018-04-10 23:44:04 GMT
    Nicole Jackson, 30, of Purvis, recently resigned from Earl Travillion Attendance Center and turned herself in to Hattiesburg police Tuesday. (Photo source: HPD)Nicole Jackson, 30, of Purvis, recently resigned from Earl Travillion Attendance Center and turned herself in to Hattiesburg police Tuesday. (Photo source: HPD)

    Hattiesburg police arrested a former Forrest County School District teacher Tuesday and charged her with sexual battery by a person in a position of trust or authority. 

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    Hattiesburg police arrested a former Forrest County School District teacher Tuesday and charged her with sexual battery by a person in a position of trust or authority. 

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  • Richton High hosts first Prom Promise mock crash

    Richton High hosts first Prom Promise mock crash

    Tuesday, April 10 2018 7:29 PM EDT2018-04-10 23:29:32 GMT
    Richton High School students view the response to a simulated drunk-driving accident Tuesday. Photo credit WDAM.Richton High School students view the response to a simulated drunk-driving accident Tuesday. Photo credit WDAM.

    Teachers and administrators at Richton High School gave students a life-saving lesson about the dangers of drunk or distracted driving Tuesday morning.

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    Teachers and administrators at Richton High School gave students a life-saving lesson about the dangers of drunk or distracted driving Tuesday morning.

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  • USM Police Dept. earns continued national accreditation

    USM Police Dept. earns continued national accreditation

    Tuesday, April 10 2018 6:54 PM EDT2018-04-10 22:54:49 GMT
    The University of Southern Mississippi's Police Department earned a continuation of national accreditation for the next four years. (Photo source: WDAM)The University of Southern Mississippi's Police Department earned a continuation of national accreditation for the next four years. (Photo source: WDAM)
    The University of Southern Mississippi's Police Department earned a continuation of national accreditation for the next four years. (Photo source: WDAM)The University of Southern Mississippi's Police Department earned a continuation of national accreditation for the next four years. (Photo source: WDAM)
    The University of Southern Mississippi's Police Department earned a continuation of national accreditation for the next four years.  The accreditation was awarded by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies during a March 24 ceremony in Frisco, Texas, according to a university press release. The Southern Miss UPD was the first higher education law enforcement agency in Mississippi to earn the accreditation.  The recognition is the fourth affirmation for...More >>
    The University of Southern Mississippi's Police Department earned a continuation of national accreditation for the next four years.  The accreditation was awarded by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies during a March 24 ceremony in Frisco, Texas, according to a university press release. The Southern Miss UPD was the first higher education law enforcement agency in Mississippi to earn the accreditation.  The recognition is the fourth affirmation for...More >>
  • American Legion Legacy Riders pass through Laurel

    American Legion Legacy Riders pass through Laurel

    Tuesday, April 10 2018 6:37 PM EDT2018-04-10 22:37:50 GMT
    The legacy scholarship helps to send children to college whose parent has lost their lives during war. (Photo source: WDAM)The legacy scholarship helps to send children to college whose parent has lost their lives during war. (Photo source: WDAM)
    The legacy scholarship helps to send children to college whose parent has lost their lives during war. (Photo source: WDAM)The legacy scholarship helps to send children to college whose parent has lost their lives during war. (Photo source: WDAM)

    The American Legion is well known for their charitable work, and on Tuesday the Laurel Chapter hosted the American Legion Legacy Riders. Around 65 members are trekking across the southern states to raise money for their legacy scholarship fund.

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    The American Legion is well known for their charitable work, and on Tuesday the Laurel Chapter hosted the American Legion Legacy Riders. Around 65 members are trekking across the southern states to raise money for their legacy scholarship fund.

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  • Settlement reached in brutality lawsuit against former HPD officer

    Settlement reached in brutality lawsuit against former HPD officer

    Tuesday, April 10 2018 4:45 PM EDT2018-04-10 20:45:20 GMT
    (Photo source: Raycom News Network)(Photo source: Raycom News Network)

    A civil rights lawsuit against a former Hattiesburg police officer was settled in federal court Tuesday just as the jury trial was getting started.

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    A civil rights lawsuit against a former Hattiesburg police officer was settled in federal court Tuesday just as the jury trial was getting started.

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  • Man pleads guilty to supplying heroin to the Pine Belt

    Man pleads guilty to supplying heroin to the Pine Belt

    Tuesday, April 10 2018 4:12 PM EDT2018-04-10 20:12:40 GMT
    Vincente Manuel Ruiz, 37, of Modesto, California, was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin. (Photo source: WDAM archive)Vincente Manuel Ruiz, 37, of Modesto, California, was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin. (Photo source: WDAM archive)
    Vincente Manuel Ruiz, 37, of Modesto, California, was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin. (Photo source: WDAM archive)Vincente Manuel Ruiz, 37, of Modesto, California, was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin. (Photo source: WDAM archive)

    A California man pled guilty in federal court for his role in a plan to sell heroin in the Pine Belt, after agents found more than 900 grams of heroin at a Soso home. Vincente Manuel Ruiz, 37, of Modesto, California, pled guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and DEA Special Agent in Charge Stephen G. Azzam. According to a press release, the investigation into Ruiz started after D...

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    A California man pled guilty in federal court for his role in a plan to sell heroin in the Pine Belt, after agents found more than 900 grams of heroin at a Soso home. Vincente Manuel Ruiz, 37, of Modesto, California, pled guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and DEA Special Agent in Charge Stephen G. Azzam. According to a press release, the investigation into Ruiz started after D...

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  • Hattiesburg man pleads guilty to illegally possessing firearm

    Hattiesburg man pleads guilty to illegally possessing firearm

    Tuesday, April 10 2018 4:09 PM EDT2018-04-10 20:09:17 GMT
    Cory Demond Ward, 31, pleaded guilty last week before U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett to possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon. (Photo source: Raycom News Network)Cory Demond Ward, 31, pleaded guilty last week before U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett to possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon. (Photo source: Raycom News Network)
    (Photo source: Raycom News Network)(Photo source: Raycom News Network)

    A Hattiesburg man faces ten years behind bar after selling a gun to a confidential informant, when he shouldn't of owned a weapon to begin with. Cory Demond Ward, 31, entered a guilty plea last week before U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett to possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office with the Southern District of Mississippi, Ward admitted he sold a .38 caliber Colt revolver to a confidential informant...

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    A Hattiesburg man faces ten years behind bar after selling a gun to a confidential informant, when he shouldn't of owned a weapon to begin with. Cory Demond Ward, 31, entered a guilty plea last week before U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett to possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office with the Southern District of Mississippi, Ward admitted he sold a .38 caliber Colt revolver to a confidential informant...

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  • Sixth suspect in counterfeit cash ring in custody

    Sixth suspect in counterfeit cash ring in custody

    Tuesday, April 10 2018 2:48 PM EDT2018-04-10 18:48:17 GMT
    Kimberly Lynn Hutchinson (Photo source: Wayne County Sheriff's Department)Kimberly Lynn Hutchinson (Photo source: Wayne County Sheriff's Department)

    Another suspect wanted in connection to a counterfeit cash ring in Wayne County has been arrested and turned over to the U.S. Secret Service.

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    Another suspect wanted in connection to a counterfeit cash ring in Wayne County has been arrested and turned over to the U.S. Secret Service.

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  • NWS: Friday's storms spawned 3 Pine Belt tornadoes

    NWS: Friday's storms spawned 3 Pine Belt tornadoes

    Tuesday, April 10 2018 11:22 AM EDT2018-04-10 15:22:40 GMT
    National Weather Service photo from FacebookNational Weather Service photo from Facebook

    Three tornadoes touched down in the Pine Belt during Friday’s severe weather event, according to the National Weather Service in Jackson.

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    Three tornadoes touched down in the Pine Belt during Friday’s severe weather event, according to the National Weather Service in Jackson.

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  • USM set for rematch with Ole Miss

    USM set for rematch with Ole Miss

    Tuesday, April 10 2018 10:51 AM EDT2018-04-10 14:51:01 GMT
    USM vs. Ole Miss. Courtesy: WLBTUSM vs. Ole Miss. Courtesy: WLBT

    Southern Miss and Ole Miss meet for the second time this season on Tuesday night at 6 p.m. at Trustmark Park in Pearl. In their March 27 matchup, the No. 12 Golden Eagles (22-9) fell to the No. 5 Rebels 7-6 after leading 5-0. USM hopes to bounce back from a 4-3 week which included two Conference USA losses.

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    Southern Miss and Ole Miss meet for the second time this season on Tuesday night at 6 p.m. at Trustmark Park in Pearl. In their March 27 matchup, the No. 12 Golden Eagles (22-9) fell to the No. 5 Rebels 7-6 after leading 5-0. USM hopes to bounce back from a 4-3 week which included two Conference USA losses.

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  • WDAM All-Star: Northeast Jones soccer's Esmeralda Figueroa

    WDAM All-Star: Northeast Jones soccer's Esmeralda Figueroa

    Tuesday, April 10 2018 10:15 AM EDT2018-04-10 14:15:19 GMT
    Northeast Jones senior Esmeralda Figueroa. Courtesy: WDAMNortheast Jones senior Esmeralda Figueroa. Courtesy: WDAM

    Esmeralda Figueroa – “Esmo” as she’s known at Northeast Jones – was named first-team all-state this season. But the forward is a star off the field as well, recently being named one of Mississippi’s Wendy’s High School Heisman finalists. “I feel very blessed from a lot of people,” Figueroa said. “God has really had a huge impact. Luke 1:37 says, ‘With Him there’s nothing impossible.’

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    Esmeralda Figueroa – “Esmo” as she’s known at Northeast Jones – was named first-team all-state this season. But the forward is a star off the field as well, recently being named one of Mississippi’s Wendy’s High School Heisman finalists. “I feel very blessed from a lot of people,” Figueroa said. “God has really had a huge impact. Luke 1:37 says, ‘With Him there’s nothing impossible.’

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  • Picasso Nelson Jr. back in the black and gold

    Picasso Nelson Jr. back in the black and gold

    Tuesday, April 10 2018 12:36 AM EDT2018-04-10 04:36:35 GMT
    USM senior defensive back Picasso Nelson Jr. Courtesy: WDAMUSM senior defensive back Picasso Nelson Jr. Courtesy: WDAM
    USM senior defensive back Picasso Nelson Jr. Courtesy: WDAMUSM senior defensive back Picasso Nelson Jr. Courtesy: WDAM

    Southern Miss continues to prepare for its spring football game on April 21 and no one is happier to be back on the practice field than Picasso Nelson Jr. The redshirt senior returns this season after missing all of 2017 with an ankle injury. Before going down, Nelson Jr. recorded 143 tackles and four interceptions in his three years. Losing eight defensive back to graduation, the Golden Eagles will lean on Nelson Jr. and his experience this upcoming season.

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    Southern Miss continues to prepare for its spring football game on April 21 and no one is happier to be back on the practice field than Picasso Nelson Jr. The redshirt senior returns this season after missing all of 2017 with an ankle injury. Before going down, Nelson Jr. recorded 143 tackles and four interceptions in his three years. Losing eight defensive back to graduation, the Golden Eagles will lean on Nelson Jr. and his experience this upcoming season.

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  • Dabo Swinney to speak at First Priority auction

    Dabo Swinney to speak at First Priority auction

    Tuesday, April 10 2018 12:17 AM EDT2018-04-10 04:17:04 GMT
    Clemson head football coach Dabo Swinney. Courtesy: WDAMClemson head football coach Dabo Swinney. Courtesy: WDAM
    Clemson head football coach Dabo Swinney. Courtesy: WDAMClemson head football coach Dabo Swinney. Courtesy: WDAM
    First Priority welcomes another key-note speaker to Hattiesburg as Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney is set to speak on April 18. The 2016 National Champion coach of the Tigers will speak at 7 p.m. during First Priority’s 19th live/silent auction at USM’s Thad Cochran Center. “I talked to his brother, Tracy,” said JD Simpson, the executive director of First Priority of South Mississippi. “It’s a family environment. He said, ‘JD, Clemson is...More >>
    First Priority welcomes another key-note speaker to Hattiesburg as Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney is set to speak on April 18. The 2016 National Champion coach of the Tigers will speak at 7 p.m. during First Priority’s 19th live/silent auction at USM’s Thad Cochran Center. “I talked to his brother, Tracy,” said JD Simpson, the executive director of First Priority of South Mississippi. “It’s a family environment. He said, ‘JD, Clemson is...More >>
  • BREAKING

    Body of double murder suspect found in MS

    Body of double murder suspect found in MS

    Monday, April 9 2018 11:41 PM EDT2018-04-10 03:41:59 GMT
    Casey Lawhorn is suspected of killing his mother and friend in Tennessee. (Photo Source: East Ridge Police Department )Casey Lawhorn is suspected of killing his mother and friend in Tennessee. (Photo Source: East Ridge Police Department )

    Jasper County Sheriff Randy Johnson says the body found in Vossburg on Monday morning appears to be Tennessee murder suspect Casey Lawhorn.

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    Jasper County Sheriff Randy Johnson says the body found in Vossburg on Monday morning appears to be Tennessee murder suspect Casey Lawhorn.

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  • Jones County dispatchers receive back pay after federal investigation

    Jones County dispatchers receive back pay after federal investigation

    Monday, April 9 2018 11:41 PM EDT2018-04-10 03:41:22 GMT
    Jones County Emergency Operations (Photo Source: Jones County EOC Facebook)Jones County Emergency Operations (Photo Source: Jones County EOC Facebook)

    More than 20 dispatchers with the Jones County Emergency Operations Center received back pay after a federal investigation by the Department of Labor. The Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Unit investigation found that 28 emergency dispatchers at the center were paid incorrectly. The investigation stemmed from 2015 when dispatchers were paid a salary. Back wages were paid to all employees involved last week, after the approval was made by the Jones County ...

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    More than 20 dispatchers with the Jones County Emergency Operations Center received back pay after a federal investigation by the Department of Labor. The Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Unit investigation found that 28 emergency dispatchers at the center were paid incorrectly. The investigation stemmed from 2015 when dispatchers were paid a salary. Back wages were paid to all employees involved last week, after the approval was made by the Jones County ...

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  • Still need to file your taxes? What to check when going to a preparer

    Still need to file your taxes? What to check when going to a preparer

    Monday, April 9 2018 11:40 PM EDT2018-04-10 03:40:54 GMT
    The clock is ticking for you to file your taxes, with the deadline Tuesday, April 17th. (Photo source: WDAM Archives)The clock is ticking for you to file your taxes, with the deadline Tuesday, April 17th. (Photo source: WDAM Archives)

    The clock is ticking for you to file your taxes, with the deadline Tuesday, April 17th. If you are in last-minute rush, remember to pay attention to who you file with.   "That's the number one thing," said accountant Emily Ellzey.  " Make sure your preparer is qualified, honest and reliable." Ellzey provides tax services in Laurel.  She said one thing to check, to make sure your preparer is legit, is for a Preparer tax ide...

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    The clock is ticking for you to file your taxes, with the deadline Tuesday, April 17th. If you are in last-minute rush, remember to pay attention to who you file with.   "That's the number one thing," said accountant Emily Ellzey.  " Make sure your preparer is qualified, honest and reliable." Ellzey provides tax services in Laurel.  She said one thing to check, to make sure your preparer is legit, is for a Preparer tax ide...

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  • Beware: Top reported scams in Mississippi

    Beware: Top reported scams in Mississippi

    Monday, April 9 2018 11:40 PM EDT2018-04-10 03:40:22 GMT
    The Mississippi Attorney General's Office began tracking calls reporting scams in July of last year. As of March 16, more than 1,200 scams had been reported to officials. (Photo source: WDAM)The Mississippi Attorney General's Office began tracking calls reporting scams in July of last year. As of March 16, more than 1,200 scams had been reported to officials. (Photo source: WDAM)

    There's no hiding from scammers these days.  On the phone, in your e-mail or even taking advantage of loved ones. '"It's scary," said Jones County Sheriff Alex Hodge.  "It's happening in any form or fashion you can imagine and they are making billions of dollars per year off of it." Hodge said he got a call Monday morning from a friend in Alabama who stated he received a call from someone, pretending to be the Sheriff. "We get people come in here,...

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    There's no hiding from scammers these days.  On the phone, in your e-mail or even taking advantage of loved ones. '"It's scary," said Jones County Sheriff Alex Hodge.  "It's happening in any form or fashion you can imagine and they are making billions of dollars per year off of it." Hodge said he got a call Monday morning from a friend in Alabama who stated he received a call from someone, pretending to be the Sheriff. "We get people come in here,...

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  • Bonds set for ten charged in deadly Hattiesburg shooting

    Bonds set for ten charged in deadly Hattiesburg shooting

    Monday, April 9 2018 3:19 PM EDT2018-04-09 19:19:29 GMT

    Bond has been set for the ten people charged in "multiple incidents" at a Hattiesburg apartment complex last week, including a deadly shooting.

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    Bond has been set for the ten people charged in "multiple incidents" at a Hattiesburg apartment complex last week, including a deadly shooting.

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  • WDAM 7 wins two AP awards

    WDAM 7 wins two AP awards

    Sunday, April 8 2018 7:20 PM EDT2018-04-08 23:20:31 GMT
    Winners of the 2017 Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters and Media Editors Professional and College annual contests were announced on Saturday, April 7, in New Orleans. (Photo Source: Associated Press)Winners of the 2017 Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters and Media Editors Professional and College annual contests were announced on Saturday, April 7, in New Orleans. (Photo Source: Associated Press)
    Winners of the 2017 Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters and Media Editors Professional and College annual contests were announced on Saturday, April 7, in New Orleans. (Photo Source: Associated Press)Winners of the 2017 Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters and Media Editors Professional and College annual contests were announced on Saturday, April 7, in New Orleans. (Photo Source: Associated Press)
    Members of the WDAM 7 news team were recognized for their journalistic excellence at the Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters and Media Editors awards banquet. The annual event was hosted in New Orleans at the World War II Museum on Saturday.  Sports reporter, Taylor Curet, won a second place award in the short light feature-Mississippi category for his "USM Athletes Tornado Relief" story. Former investigative reporter, Ryan Moore, receive...More >>
    Members of the WDAM 7 news team were recognized for their journalistic excellence at the Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters and Media Editors awards banquet. The annual event was hosted in New Orleans at the World War II Museum on Saturday.  Sports reporter, Taylor Curet, won a second place award in the short light feature-Mississippi category for his "USM Athletes Tornado Relief" story. Former investigative reporter, Ryan Moore, receive...More >>
  • Hattiesburg man has a contact lens fiasco

    Hattiesburg man has a contact lens fiasco

    Sunday, April 8 2018 5:04 PM EDT2018-04-08 21:04:48 GMT
    source: wdamsource: wdam
    source: wdamsource: wdam
    Tyler Nuzzu from Hattiesburg learned the hard way about leaving his contact lens in for too long. "Basically, I was young and dumb," says Nuzzu. "I left my contacts in for multiple months at a time." Nuzzu, who was 19 at the time, left his contact lenses in for 10 months. He says the reason was because they never bothered him. "I would put drops and everything in there but I never took them out," says Nuzzu. "I thought I'll take them out the day t...More >>
    Tyler Nuzzu from Hattiesburg learned the hard way about leaving his contact lens in for too long. "Basically, I was young and dumb," says Nuzzu. "I left my contacts in for multiple months at a time." Nuzzu, who was 19 at the time, left his contact lenses in for 10 months. He says the reason was because they never bothered him. "I would put drops and everything in there but I never took them out," says Nuzzu. "I thought I'll take them out the day t...More >>
  • Free inmate labor could cost too much for Mississippi city

    Free inmate labor could cost too much for Mississippi city

    Sunday, April 8 2018 4:58 PM EDT2018-04-08 20:58:35 GMT
    MDOC says officials can keep using inmates to cut grass and pick up litter if the governments transport them. (Photo Source: Pixabay)MDOC says officials can keep using inmates to cut grass and pick up litter if the governments transport them. (Photo Source: Pixabay)

    Free could be too high a price for one Mississippi city to keep using inmate labor. Greenville city officials are trying to decide if they want to keep using state inmates to perform chores once a local community work center closes and inmates are transferred more than 50 miles (80 kilometers) away to Greenwood. The Delta Democrat-Times reports that a financial consultant told city council members that it could cost $60,000 a year for city employees to ferry inmates back and forth t...

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    Free could be too high a price for one Mississippi city to keep using inmate labor. Greenville city officials are trying to decide if they want to keep using state inmates to perform chores once a local community work center closes and inmates are transferred more than 50 miles (80 kilometers) away to Greenwood. The Delta Democrat-Times reports that a financial consultant told city council members that it could cost $60,000 a year for city employees to ferry inmates back and forth t...

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  • US average price of gas rises 8 cents

    US average price of gas rises 8 cents

    Sunday, April 8 2018 4:39 PM EDT2018-04-08 20:39:28 GMT
    The current gas price is 30 cents above where it was a year ago. (Photo Source: Pixabay)The current gas price is 30 cents above where it was a year ago. (Photo Source: Pixabay)
    The current gas price is 30 cents above where it was a year ago. (Photo Source: Pixabay)The current gas price is 30 cents above where it was a year ago. (Photo Source: Pixabay)
    The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline shot up 8 cents a gallon over the past two weeks to $2.74. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday the increase was driven primarily by rising crude oil prices. The current gas price is 30 cents above where it was a year ago. The highest average price in the contiguous 48 states was $3.63 in the San Francisco Bay area. The lowest was $2.37 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The average price for diesel fuel rose three cents, to $3.04. ...More >>
    The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline shot up 8 cents a gallon over the past two weeks to $2.74. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday the increase was driven primarily by rising crude oil prices. The current gas price is 30 cents above where it was a year ago. The highest average price in the contiguous 48 states was $3.63 in the San Francisco Bay area. The lowest was $2.37 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The average price for diesel fuel rose three cents, to $3.04. ...More >>
  • Roofer arrested after taking roof back

    Roofer arrested after taking roof back

    Sunday, April 8 2018 4:31 PM EDT2018-04-08 20:31:40 GMT
    Andrew Higdon (Source: Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office)Andrew Higdon (Source: Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office)
    Andrew Higdon (Source: Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office)Andrew Higdon (Source: Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office)
    A Louisiana roofer faces misdemeanor charges after repossessing a roof because he hadn't been paid. Authorities arrested 66-year-old Andrew Jackson Higdon III, of West Monroe, Tuesday on charges of simple criminal damage to property and criminal trespass. The News-Star reports Higdon was freed after posting $4,500 bond. The arrest warrant says Ouachita Parish deputies responded Dec. 29, 2016 to a property damage complaint. The victim says Higdon verbally agreed to replace her roof i...More >>
    A Louisiana roofer faces misdemeanor charges after repossessing a roof because he hadn't been paid. Authorities arrested 66-year-old Andrew Jackson Higdon III, of West Monroe, Tuesday on charges of simple criminal damage to property and criminal trespass. The News-Star reports Higdon was freed after posting $4,500 bond. The arrest warrant says Ouachita Parish deputies responded Dec. 29, 2016 to a property damage complaint. The victim says Higdon verbally agreed to replace her roof i...More >>
  • Prep baseball schedule, results for the week of April 2

    Prep baseball schedule, results for the week of April 2

    Sunday, April 8 2018 9:31 AM EDT2018-04-08 13:31:17 GMT
    Source: Flickr Creative CommonsSource: Flickr Creative Commons
    Source: Flickr Creative CommonsSource: Flickr Creative Commons

    Prep baseball schedule, results for the week of April 2

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    Prep baseball schedule, results for the week of April 2

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  • Mississippi Natural Hair Expo at Southern Miss

    Mississippi Natural Hair Expo at Southern Miss

    Sunday, April 8 2018 12:01 AM EDT2018-04-08 04:01:58 GMT
    source: wdamsource: wdam

    The University of Southern Mississippi hosted the 3rd annual Mississippi Natural Hair Expo in the Thad Cochran Center.

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    The University of Southern Mississippi hosted the 3rd annual Mississippi Natural Hair Expo in the Thad Cochran Center.

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  • 35th Hubfest held despite threat of rain

    35th Hubfest held despite threat of rain

    Saturday, April 7 2018 9:07 PM EDT2018-04-08 01:07:53 GMT
    The 35th annual Hubfest was held in downtown Hattiesburg Saturday. Photo credit WDAM.The 35th annual Hubfest was held in downtown Hattiesburg Saturday. Photo credit WDAM.

    Thousands of people came to downtown Hattiesburg Saturday to eat lots of food, buy arts and crafts and listen to live music during the 35th annual Hubfest.  

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    Thousands of people came to downtown Hattiesburg Saturday to eat lots of food, buy arts and crafts and listen to live music during the 35th annual Hubfest.  

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  • HPD investigating possible road rage shooting

    HPD investigating possible road rage shooting

    Saturday, April 7 2018 7:58 PM EDT2018-04-07 23:58:08 GMT
    Hattiesburg police are searching for a suspect after a weapon was stolen from an unmarked Hattiesburg Police Department. (Photo source: WDAM)Hattiesburg police are searching for a suspect after a weapon was stolen from an unmarked Hattiesburg Police Department. (Photo source: WDAM)

    Hattiesburg Police Department is investigating what they describe as a "possible road-rage shooting" that took place just before 11:00 a.m. in the 300 block of North 21st Avenue.  Upon arrival, officers found a vehicle that was shot several times. Authorities say those in the car told them they were riding when the driver, who was in front of them, of a brown or tan four-door Honda sedan started firing shots at their car.  During the gunfire, multiple shots were ...

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    Hattiesburg Police Department is investigating what they describe as a "possible road-rage shooting" that took place just before 11:00 a.m. in the 300 block of North 21st Avenue.  Upon arrival, officers found a vehicle that was shot several times. Authorities say those in the car told them they were riding when the driver, who was in front of them, of a brown or tan four-door Honda sedan started firing shots at their car.  During the gunfire, multiple shots were ...

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  • Firefighters battle overnight house fire in Covington Co.

    Firefighters battle overnight house fire in Covington Co.

    Saturday, April 7 2018 6:38 PM EDT2018-04-07 22:38:46 GMT
    Firefighters battle overnight house fire in Covington County; (Photo Source: Sumrall Volunteer Fire Dept.)Firefighters battle overnight house fire in Covington County; (Photo Source: Sumrall Volunteer Fire Dept.)
    Firefighters battle overnight house fire in Covington County; (Photo Source: Sumrall Volunteer Fire Dept.)Firefighters battle overnight house fire in Covington County; (Photo Source: Sumrall Volunteer Fire Dept.)

    Firefighters battled a house fire in Covington County Friday night.

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    Firefighters battled a house fire in Covington County Friday night.

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  • Lawsuit against Cindy Hyde-Smith dismissed

    Lawsuit against Cindy Hyde-Smith dismissed

    Saturday, April 7 2018 4:26 PM EDT2018-04-07 20:26:36 GMT
    Cindy Hyde-Smith speaking at an event in Lamar County in 2017. (Photo source: WDAM)Cindy Hyde-Smith speaking at an event in Lamar County in 2017. (Photo source: WDAM)
    Cindy Hyde-Smith speaking at an event in Lamar County in 2017. (Photo source: WDAM)Cindy Hyde-Smith speaking at an event in Lamar County in 2017. (Photo source: WDAM)
    A lawsuit against U.S. Senate appointee Cindy Hyde-Smith has been permanently dismissed. The Daily Leader reports Circuit Judge David Strong dismissed the case with prejudice April 3. That means the lawsuit can be appealed to a higher judge, but can't be refiled. Hyde-Smith was headed toward a Dec. 4 court case in a suit brought by State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. that claimed one of her horses caused an accident on a state highway March 27, 2015. The suit alleged negligen...More >>
    A lawsuit against U.S. Senate appointee Cindy Hyde-Smith has been permanently dismissed. The Daily Leader reports Circuit Judge David Strong dismissed the case with prejudice April 3. That means the lawsuit can be appealed to a higher judge, but can't be refiled. Hyde-Smith was headed toward a Dec. 4 court case in a suit brought by State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. that claimed one of her horses caused an accident on a state highway March 27, 2015. The suit alleged negligen...More >>
  • 7th Rise & Shine Half-Marathon held in steady rain

    7th Rise & Shine Half-Marathon held in steady rain

    Saturday, April 7 2018 3:57 PM EDT2018-04-07 19:57:03 GMT
    The 7th annual Rise & Shine Half-Marathon begins in Hattiesburg Saturday. Photo credit WDAM.The 7th annual Rise & Shine Half-Marathon begins in Hattiesburg Saturday. Photo credit WDAM.
    The 7th annual Rise & Shine Half-Marathon begins in Hattiesburg Saturday. Photo credit WDAM.The 7th annual Rise & Shine Half-Marathon begins in Hattiesburg Saturday. Photo credit WDAM.

    Hundreds of runners hit the wet streets of Hattiesburg Saturday morning to raise money for the Arc of Southeast Mississippi.  

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    Hundreds of runners hit the wet streets of Hattiesburg Saturday morning to raise money for the Arc of Southeast Mississippi.  

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  • USM vs. Western Kentucky postponed until Saturday at 2 p.m.

    USM vs. Western Kentucky postponed until Saturday at 2 p.m.

    Saturday, April 7 2018 12:33 AM EDT2018-04-07 04:33:21 GMT
    USM baseball coach Scott Berry. Courtesy: WDAMUSM baseball coach Scott Berry. Courtesy: WDAM
    USM baseball coach Scott Berry. Courtesy: WDAMUSM baseball coach Scott Berry. Courtesy: WDAM

    Hunter Slater’s seventh home run of the season extended USM’s lead to 7-2 over Western Kentucky in the eighth inning. Not long after, the game was delayed due to weather. The Golden Eagles will continue Friday’s game on Saturday at 2 p.m. Forty-five minutes after the finish of the postponed contest, Southern Miss and Western Kentucky will play game two of the series.

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    Hunter Slater’s seventh home run of the season extended USM’s lead to 7-2 over Western Kentucky in the eighth inning. Not long after, the game was delayed due to weather. The Golden Eagles will continue Friday’s game on Saturday at 2 p.m. Forty-five minutes after the finish of the postponed contest, Southern Miss and Western Kentucky will play game two of the series.

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  • JCJC hosts Piney Woods Region Special Olympics

    JCJC hosts Piney Woods Region Special Olympics

    Saturday, April 7 2018 12:26 AM EDT2018-04-07 04:26:02 GMT
    Piney Woods Region Special Olympics. Courtesy: WDAMPiney Woods Region Special Olympics. Courtesy: WDAM
    Piney Woods Region Special Olympics. Courtesy: WDAMPiney Woods Region Special Olympics. Courtesy: WDAM

    Jones County Junior College hosted the Piney Woods Region of the Special Olympics Mississippi Springs on Friday morning. Countless athletes from around the Pine Belt participated, hoping to move on to the state games that are scheduled from May 11-13 in Biloxi. “It’s so worth it once it finally gets here,” said Jessica Zinn, Piney Wood Region director.

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    Jones County Junior College hosted the Piney Woods Region of the Special Olympics Mississippi Springs on Friday morning. Countless athletes from around the Pine Belt participated, hoping to move on to the state games that are scheduled from May 11-13 in Biloxi. “It’s so worth it once it finally gets here,” said Jessica Zinn, Piney Wood Region director.

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  • 3rd annual Rise & Shine Expo benefits Arc of Southeast Mississippi

    3rd annual Rise & Shine Expo benefits Arc of Southeast Mississippi

    Friday, April 6 2018 8:04 PM EDT2018-04-07 00:04:15 GMT
    USM's Payne Center hosted the third annual Rise & Shine Expo Friday afternoon. Photo credit WDAM.USM's Payne Center hosted the third annual Rise & Shine Expo Friday afternoon. Photo credit WDAM.
    USM's Payne Center hosted the third annual Rise & Shine Expo Friday afternoon. Photo credit WDAM.USM's Payne Center hosted the third annual Rise & Shine Expo Friday afternoon. Photo credit WDAM.

    The University of Southern Mississippi hosted a preview event Friday night for an annual half-marathon.  

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    The University of Southern Mississippi hosted a preview event Friday night for an annual half-marathon.  

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  • Jones volunteers host 2nd Prom Promise simulated accident

    Jones volunteers host 2nd Prom Promise simulated accident

    Friday, April 6 2018 7:42 PM EDT2018-04-06 23:42:05 GMT
    Students at Northeast Jones High School watch as firefighters and law officers work a simulated drunk driving accident at the school's football stadium Friday. Photo credit WDAM.Students at Northeast Jones High School watch as firefighters and law officers work a simulated drunk driving accident at the school's football stadium Friday. Photo credit WDAM.
    Students at Northeast Jones High School watch as firefighters and law officers work a simulated drunk driving accident at the school's football stadium Friday. Photo credit WDAM.Students at Northeast Jones High School watch as firefighters and law officers work a simulated drunk driving accident at the school's football stadium Friday. Photo credit WDAM.

    For the second time this week, Jones County firefighters and law officers have hosted a dramatic presentation designed to discourage high school students from drinking and driving.  

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    For the second time this week, Jones County firefighters and law officers have hosted a dramatic presentation designed to discourage high school students from drinking and driving.  

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  • Mistrial declared in case of Jones Co. man charged with molestation

    Mistrial declared in case of Jones Co. man charged with molestation

    Friday, April 6 2018 7:11 PM EDT2018-04-06 23:11:10 GMT
    Lindin Ellzey, 37, was arrested and charged with molestation in January 2017 after a concerned parent contacted the sheriff’s department. (Photo source: Jones County Jail)Lindin Ellzey, 37, was arrested and charged with molestation in January 2017 after a concerned parent contacted the sheriff’s department. (Photo source: Jones County Jail)

    The trial of the Jones County man charged with three counts of molesting his step-daughter continued on Friday as the state rested its case. Soso resident Lindin Ellzey, 37, was arrested and charged with molestation in January 2017 after a concerned parent contacted the sheriff’s department about many inappropriate actions that happened between Ellzey and her daughter from January 2009 to January 2014, according to the Jones County Sheriff’s Department. During ...

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    The trial of the Jones County man charged with three counts of molesting his step-daughter continued on Friday as the state rested its case. Soso resident Lindin Ellzey, 37, was arrested and charged with molestation in January 2017 after a concerned parent contacted the sheriff’s department about many inappropriate actions that happened between Ellzey and her daughter from January 2009 to January 2014, according to the Jones County Sheriff’s Department. During ...

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  • Murder suspect turns himself in to HPD

    Murder suspect turns himself in to HPD

    Friday, April 6 2018 6:37 PM EDT2018-04-06 22:37:28 GMT
    Police officers have put up crime scene tape at the Pineview Apartments. (Photo source: WDAM)Police officers have put up crime scene tape at the Pineview Apartments. (Photo source: WDAM)

    Hattiesburg police are investigating a fatal shooting at the Pineview Apartments on Country Club Road, HPD spokesman Ryan Moore confirmed.

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    Hattiesburg police are investigating a fatal shooting at the Pineview Apartments on Country Club Road, HPD spokesman Ryan Moore confirmed.

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  • Hattiesburg family displaced by tornado gets a new home

    Hattiesburg family displaced by tornado gets a new home

    Friday, April 6 2018 5:51 PM EDT2018-04-06 21:51:52 GMT
    Now, a family at 212 Barry Street can call this place home once again. (Photo source: WDAM)Now, a family at 212 Barry Street can call this place home once again. (Photo source: WDAM)

    Another Hattiesburg family who weathered the January 2017 tornado has received the keys to their new home and start.

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    Another Hattiesburg family who weathered the January 2017 tornado has received the keys to their new home and start.

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  • Owner loses wedding ring at Dickey's Barbecue Pit

    Owner loses wedding ring at Dickey's Barbecue Pit

    Friday, April 6 2018 5:46 PM EDT2018-04-06 21:46:42 GMT
    A wedding ring was left at Dickey's Barbecue Pit on Thursday and management is hoping to return it to its owner. (Photo Source: Dickey's Barbecue Pit)A wedding ring was left at Dickey's Barbecue Pit on Thursday and management is hoping to return it to its owner. (Photo Source: Dickey's Barbecue Pit)

    It appears someone sat down for some savory barbecue and home-style sides at Dickey’s Barbecue Pit on Thursday and took their ring off to avoid the mess. But, when they were done, their wedding ring was left behind. "I'm assuming it was probably an older gentleman (ring) or maybe it could belong to somebody's grandson," said store manager, Tyler Ball describing the possible ring owner. "But, it was left in the store and we were just waiting for someone to co...

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    It appears someone sat down for some savory barbecue and home-style sides at Dickey’s Barbecue Pit on Thursday and took their ring off to avoid the mess. But, when they were done, their wedding ring was left behind. "I'm assuming it was probably an older gentleman (ring) or maybe it could belong to somebody's grandson," said store manager, Tyler Ball describing the possible ring owner. "But, it was left in the store and we were just waiting for someone to co...

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  • Groundbreaking ceremony held for Dewitt Sullivan Park pavilion

    Groundbreaking ceremony held for Dewitt Sullivan Park pavilion

    Friday, April 6 2018 4:20 PM EDT2018-04-06 20:20:14 GMT
    City officials and residents from Palmers Crossing were in attendance at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new pavilion that will go up in Dewitt Sullivan Park in Hattiesburg's Ward 5. (Photo source: WDAM)City officials and residents from Palmers Crossing were in attendance at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new pavilion that will go up in Dewitt Sullivan Park in Hattiesburg's Ward 5. (Photo source: WDAM)
    City officials and residents from Palmers Crossing were in attendance at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new pavilion that will go up in Dewitt Sullivan Park in Hattiesburg's Ward 5. (Photo source: WDAM)City officials and residents from Palmers Crossing were in attendance at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new pavilion that will go up in Dewitt Sullivan Park in Hattiesburg's Ward 5. (Photo source: WDAM)
    City officials and residents from Palmers Crossing were in attendance at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new pavilion that will go up in Dewitt Sullivan Park in Hattiesburg's Ward 5. Last month the city council approved a bid for construction of the 50-foot pavilion that will take about five months to complete and will be the largest one in the city. The estimated cost of the project is $214,000. “It brought tears to my eyes," said 91-year-old Frankie Benton, who...More >>
    City officials and residents from Palmers Crossing were in attendance at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new pavilion that will go up in Dewitt Sullivan Park in Hattiesburg's Ward 5. Last month the city council approved a bid for construction of the 50-foot pavilion that will take about five months to complete and will be the largest one in the city. The estimated cost of the project is $214,000. “It brought tears to my eyes," said 91-year-old Frankie Benton, who...More >>
  • First Alert: Severe weather possible overnight

    First Alert: Severe weather possible overnight

    Friday, April 6 2018 2:44 PM EDT2018-04-06 18:44:44 GMT
    Severe weather is back in the forecast for late Friday night through Saturday morning. (Photo source: WDAM)Severe weather is back in the forecast for late Friday night through Saturday morning. (Photo source: WDAM)
    Severe weather is back in the forecast for late Friday night through Saturday morning. (Photo source: WDAM)Severe weather is back in the forecast for late Friday night through Saturday morning. (Photo source: WDAM)

    Severe weather is back in the forecast for late Friday night through Saturday morning.

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    Severe weather is back in the forecast for late Friday night through Saturday morning.

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  • Jimmy Buffett concert tickets sell out in minutes

    Jimmy Buffett concert tickets sell out in minutes

    Friday, April 6 2018 2:21 PM EDT2018-04-06 18:21:50 GMT
    Jimmy Buffett to perform in Hattiesburg; (Photo Source: Hattiesburg Saenger Theater Facebook)Jimmy Buffett to perform in Hattiesburg; (Photo Source: Hattiesburg Saenger Theater Facebook)

    Excited is an understatement for how Jimmy Buffett fans felt when they found out their favorite artist was coming to the Hub City. But, for many fans, that joy was short-lived.

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    Excited is an understatement for how Jimmy Buffett fans felt when they found out their favorite artist was coming to the Hub City. But, for many fans, that joy was short-lived.

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  • HUBFEST pushed back due to inclement weather

    HUBFEST pushed back due to inclement weather

    Friday, April 6 2018 2:01 PM EDT2018-04-06 18:01:58 GMT
    There will be something for everyone at the festival, including arts and crafts vendors, food and, of course, live music. (Photo source: WDAM)There will be something for everyone at the festival, including arts and crafts vendors, food and, of course, live music. (Photo source: WDAM)

    The Hub City is gearing up for one of the biggest parties in the Pine Belt this weekend. HUBFEST will be rocking downtown Hattiesburg from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday.

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    The Hub City is gearing up for one of the biggest parties in the Pine Belt this weekend. HUBFEST will be rocking downtown Hattiesburg from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday.

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  • Shooting suspect turns himself in to LPD

    Shooting suspect turns himself in to LPD

    Friday, April 6 2018 1:54 PM EDT2018-04-06 17:54:58 GMT
    Police are searching for Tyrone Morgan, 22, who is a suspect in the shooting. (Photo source: LPD)Police are searching for Tyrone Morgan, 22, who is a suspect in the shooting. (Photo source: LPD)

    Tyrone Morgan, 22, turned himself in to authorities Wednesday following a shooting last Thursday in Laurel. Morgan is charged with aggravated assault.

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    Tyrone Morgan, 22, turned himself in to authorities Wednesday following a shooting last Thursday in Laurel. Morgan is charged with aggravated assault.

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  • MACJC baseball race heats up for JCJC, PRCC

    MACJC baseball race heats up for JCJC, PRCC

    Friday, April 6 2018 12:25 AM EDT2018-04-06 04:25:14 GMT
    JCJC head coach Chris Kirtland. Courtesy: WDAMJCJC head coach Chris Kirtland. Courtesy: WDAM
    JCJC head coach Chris Kirtland. Courtesy: WDAMJCJC head coach Chris Kirtland. Courtesy: WDAM

    The turnover at two-year junior colleges is a challenge for programs each season. With a lot of new faces inside the Jones County dugout this year, there have been some growing pains. The No. 12 Bobcats (21-7, 8-4 MACJC) are in a three-way tie for second-place in the conference. “This season has been one that has had, I guess you can say some ups and downs,” said JCJC head coach Chris Kirtland.

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    The turnover at two-year junior colleges is a challenge for programs each season. With a lot of new faces inside the Jones County dugout this year, there have been some growing pains. The No. 12 Bobcats (21-7, 8-4 MACJC) are in a three-way tie for second-place in the conference. “This season has been one that has had, I guess you can say some ups and downs,” said JCJC head coach Chris Kirtland.

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  • No. 11 William Carey welcomes No. 1 Faulkner

    No. 11 William Carey welcomes No. 1 Faulkner

    Friday, April 6 2018 12:10 AM EDT2018-04-06 04:10:57 GMT
    William Carey baseball. Courtesy: WDAMWilliam Carey baseball. Courtesy: WDAM
    William Carey baseball. Courtesy: WDAMWilliam Carey baseball. Courtesy: WDAM

    The No. 11 Crusaders face their toughest test of the season this weekend. William Carey (25-10, 10-2 SSAC) hosts No. 1 Faulkner in a three-game series beginning on Friday at 6 p.m. “Faulkner will probably be the best team in the country,” said William Carey coach Bobby Halford. “Faulkner’s going to be the team. It’s just a matter of each weekend, just taking care of your business.”

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    The No. 11 Crusaders face their toughest test of the season this weekend. William Carey (25-10, 10-2 SSAC) hosts No. 1 Faulkner in a three-game series beginning on Friday at 6 p.m. “Faulkner will probably be the best team in the country,” said William Carey coach Bobby Halford. “Faulkner’s going to be the team. It’s just a matter of each weekend, just taking care of your business.”

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