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

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

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

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

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

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  • Hattiesburg business remembers damage done in 2013 tornado

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Forrest County accepting bids for school safe rooms

    Forrest County accepting bids for school safe rooms

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 8:26 PM EDT2018-07-19 00:26:24 GMT
    Plans for a safe room/storm shelter. (Photo source: Forrest County Board)Plans for a safe room/storm shelter. (Photo source: Forrest County Board)
    Plans for a safe room/storm shelter. (Photo source: Forrest County Board)Plans for a safe room/storm shelter. (Photo source: Forrest County Board)
    Eight schools in the Forrest County Public School District have been given the go-ahead to accept bids to build safe rooms on school campuses around the county. The rooms are designed to withstand high winds in the event of a tornado and can protect all of the students and staff at any of the schools to prevent loss of life due to a severe weather event. The effort carries an approximate  $1 million price tag for each safe room, with 90 percent of it being paid by FEMA. &...More >>
    Eight schools in the Forrest County Public School District have been given the go-ahead to accept bids to build safe rooms on school campuses around the county. The rooms are designed to withstand high winds in the event of a tornado and can protect all of the students and staff at any of the schools to prevent loss of life due to a severe weather event. The effort carries an approximate  $1 million price tag for each safe room, with 90 percent of it being paid by FEMA. &...More >>
  • Family gives new details about Doby murder in Covington County

    Family gives new details about Doby murder in Covington County

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 8:03 PM EDT2018-07-19 00:03:36 GMT
    Jessie Lee Doby lived in the New Hope Community in north Covington County. Photo credit WDAM.Jessie Lee Doby lived in the New Hope Community in north Covington County. Photo credit WDAM.

    Loved ones of a murdered Covington County man are speaking out about his death and his life.   

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    Loved ones of a murdered Covington County man are speaking out about his death and his life.   

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  • Collins fire chief begins 4th term as head of state fire association

    Collins fire chief begins 4th term as head of state fire association

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 7:49 PM EDT2018-07-18 23:49:42 GMT
    John Pope, chief of the Collins Fire Department, has been elected to a fourth consecutive term as president of the Mississippi Firefighters Association. Photo credit WDAM.John Pope, chief of the Collins Fire Department, has been elected to a fourth consecutive term as president of the Mississippi Firefighters Association. Photo credit WDAM.
    John Pope, chief of the Collins Fire Department, has been elected to a fourth consecutive term as president of the Mississippi Firefighters Association. Photo credit WDAM.John Pope, chief of the Collins Fire Department, has been elected to a fourth consecutive term as president of the Mississippi Firefighters Association. Photo credit WDAM.

    The chief of the Collins Fire Department is beginning his fourth consecutive term as head of the Mississippi Firefighters Association.  

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    The chief of the Collins Fire Department is beginning his fourth consecutive term as head of the Mississippi Firefighters Association.  

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