USM receives grant to encourage voter turnout

The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Social Work received a $2,500 grant to encourage students to go out and vote.

  Hattiesburg church collects supplies for Florence victims

Victims of Hurricane Florence in North Carolina will soon get some relief supplies from the Pine Belt.

Governor leads 5th Wounded Warrior Ride through Hattiesburg

Hundreds of motorcyclists, led by Governor Phil Bryant, rode through Hattiesburg Saturday in an annual event to raise money for wounded members of the armed forces.

Former Bay State governor campaigns for Mike Espy in Hattiesburg

U.S. Senate Candidate Mike Espy campaigned in Hattiesburg Saturday and he got support from the former governor of the Bay State.

Clinton High School student gets perfect score on ACT...TWICE

Senior Clark Hensley made a perfect score on the ACT test not once, but TWICE. After utilizing the school’s ACT prep course and studying on his own, he decided to take a stab at the ACT. He made a perfect score of 36 on his first attempt last year.

Good News: Laurel cheer team rallies around teammate with Alopecia

The teams at Laurel Gymnastics and Cheer tumble into a time of love and support as one of their own loses her hair because of Alopecia. September is National Alopecia Awareness Month.

Laurel School District making changes to improve accountability score

The Mississippi Department of Education released unofficial accountability scores for school districts across the state Thursday.

USM hosts annual volunteer fair

A volunteer fair at the R.C. Cook Union gave students a chance to check out volunteer opportunities in the Hub City area on Thursday.

Collins will soon begin highway lighting project

The City of Collins has moved one step closer to beginning a new lighting project, which will cost around $700,000.

Columbia-Marion County Animal Shelter calling for volunteers

The Columbia-Marion County Animal Shelter is in need of volunteers.

MISSISSIPPI STRONG: Betty Ferguson

MISSISSIPPI STRONG: Betty Ferguson

  USM hosts first Transition Camp for high school students with disabilities

Dozens of area high school students with disabilities are at the University of Southern Mississippi this week, learning about job hunting, financial planning and other career skills.

USM students attend law school fair

University of Southern Mississippi students who are interested in law careers after graduation met with representatives of nearly a dozen regional law schools on the USM campus Wednesday.

Local group hosting charity event for hurricane victims in Columbia, SC

A day of hope and giving to help those affected by Hurricane Florence will be held this Saturday at the Marion County Courthouse.

Live at Five H’Burg returns to downtown

Music lovers, rejoice! Live at 5 H’Burg, an outdoor music series, returns to downtown Hattiesburg on Sept. 21.

Saving souls and lives: Church trains to use Narcan

It's a church of second chances. And if you are an addict or a recovering addict, Victory Baptist Church says there is a pew waiting just for you.

Laurel begins trial to annex Pendorff

Opening arguments for two Jones County communities began Tuesday in Laurel in the annexation trial of Pendorff.

Petal School District bound for expansion

The Petal School District is the top school district in the state. As a result, it has become a destination for education throughout south Mississippi.

City of Laurel works toward Airbnb regulations

City leaders in Laurel are looking for ways to regulate Airbnb rentals due to an increase in tourism and a high-level of interest among residents.

Collins set to vote on liquor sales

Citizens in the City of Collins will vote next month to decide whether liquor sales will be allowed inside city limits. The Collins Board of Aldermen voted unanimously Tuesday night to set the election date for Oct. 30.

Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar opens in Hattiesburg

Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar celebrated its opening by giving the first 30 customers footballs signed by New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.

Laurel Police Department looking for entry-level officers

If you’re interested in being a police officer, the Laurel Police Department is accepting applications.

Eaglepalooza returns to downtown Hattiesburg

Eaglepalooza is back and will be held in downtown Hattiesburg for the first time since 2015 on Saturday.

Rise and Shine running event now includes more nonprofits

The next Rise and Shine 5K and half marathon event will be under the direction of the Pine Belt Foundation sporting a new look.

Organization strives to bridge gap for those ‘aging out’ of foster care

A certain group of youth are more susceptible to homelessness, addiction and human trafficking. They are 18 to 21 years old, and most of them “age out” of the foster care system, often without a person to pick them up and put them on the path to a successful life.

Hattiesburg City Council approves budget

With a unanimous vote, the Hattiesburg City Council approved the next fiscal year's budget.

Downtown Brown Bag Luncheon Series lineup announced

The Hattiesburg Arts Council announced its annual Downtown Brown Bag Luncheon Series lineup on Tuesday.

Hattiesburg hosts 9/11 Memorial Ceremony

The City of Hattiesburg hosted its annual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony downtown in front of Fire Station #1 on Tuesday morning.

Red Cross Southeast MS chapter on alert ahead of Hurricane Florence

The local Red Cross Southeast Mississippi Chapter is getting prepared for possible deployment to help in the aftermath of Florence.

Firefighters battle Purvis house fire

Investigators are working to learn what sparked a house fire in Purvis on Monday.

Hattiesburg mayor to recognize National Day of Service on 9/11

Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker will recognize a National Day of Service during a September 11 ceremony to reveal home repairs provided to a Navy veteran though collaboration with Purple Heart Homes.

Opioid overdose antidote Narcan available at Hattiesburg business

A Hattiesburg business is among the first in the area to distribute Narcan, a drug that blocks the effects of an opioid overdose.

City of Laurel approves pay raise for city employees

The City of Laurel approved a 5 percent pay raise for all city employees at the start of the 2018-2019 Fiscal Year.

Jefferson Davis County school officials plan upgrades to current high school

Jefferson Davis County school officials are assessing their options after a $14 million school bond issue failed on Tuesday.

Sumrall Elementary students ‘Move to Learn’

Children in Lamar County are learning how intense exercise at school can help them learn.

Preventive Wellness luncheon held in Hattiesburg

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi teamed up with the Women’s Pavilion of Hattiesburg for a conversation about wellness in the workplace.

City of Laurel approves tax increase for road improvements

Laurel City councilmen approved their budget for the 2018-2019 Fiscal year and included in the budget is a tax increase by 4 millages.

HPD looking for woman last seen a month ago

Hattiesburg police are asking the public to be on the lookout for a woman who was last seen one month ago.

City of Hattiesburg one step closer to finalized budget

The city of Hattiesburg is one step closer to adopting a new budget for the next fiscal year after Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

Residents report damage from Gordon

Property damage from Tropical Storm Gordon was limited to a few places in the Pine Belt.

Board of Supervisors deny Sheriff’s $8.3 million budget proposal

The Jones County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted and approved a budget for the Jones County Sheriff’s Department that is over $2 million less than what Jones County Sheriff Alex Hodge originally proposed during Tuesday’s public hearing for the 2018-2019 Fiscal Year.