Hattiesburg launches new Safety Ambassador Program

The City of Hattiesburg announced the launching of its new Safety Ambassador program Tuesday morning.

  Perry County honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Former newspaper building gets fresh start

Tips for preventing winter house fires

Mississippi WIC funded through February amid shutdown

Good News: Nonprofit picks up home rebuild for alleged fraud victim

Pine Belt agencies discuss threat law enforcement faces

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  USM Police to train bomb sniffing, tracking dog

MS soldier surprises daughter after overseas deployment

Disabled veteran assistance organization looking to start Hub City chapter

Hunger pains felt across the state, report reveals

Purple Heart Homes, R3SM, renovate home of veteran with disabilities

Sanderson Farms Championship receives stand-alone date on PGA Tour schedule

Pine Belt teachers chosen to receive environmental education grants

Mississippi Power announced Tuesday the names of 19 South Mississippi teachers that will receive grant money to help fund environmental education programs.

Law enforcement agencies launch Pine Belt Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force

Local and state agencies announced the the launch of the Pine Belt Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force on Monday.

Mississippi native Sarah Thomas makes NFL history

Sarah Thomas, a Mississippi native, makes NFL history by becoming the first woman to officiate in a playoff game.

Feeding the Gulf Coast steps up during government shutdown

As the government shutdown enters into its third week, Feeding the Gulf Coast will provide food assistance for people affected by the government shutdown, personal crisis or disaster.

New Seminary Community Center available for public use

Covington County to host new basic firefighter certification training

Hattiesburg Zoo begins winter hours

Salvation Army optimistic about 2019

Public art display creates controversy in MS

Ellisville man wants city to fix damaged headstones at historic cemetery

  RISE Celebrates grand reopening

RISE celebrated both a grand reopening and new year of helping citizens of Hattiesburg take control of their future.

Event raises thousands for wounded Mississippi veterans

Organizers of a Marion County Veterans Day fundraising event have donated $4,000 to an organization that provides financial help to wounded Mississippi veterans.

Columbia mayor lays out city plans for 2019

The Mayor of Columbia said 20-18 was a prosperous year for the city.

Officials advise flood victims to begin cleanup of homes

Officials are urging victims of December’s flash flooding to begin cleaning up their homes to prevent health issues that arise from mold and mildew.

Powers Fire and Rescue receives life-saving donation

A Jones County volunteer fire department has received several new pieces of life-saving equipment thanks to an anonymous donor.

Court raises constitutional concerns over seizure of Jones Co. animals

The Sennes filed an amended order denying motions for summary judgement, claiming that Hodge and the HSUS violated their rights under the U.S. and State Constitution when five of their personal animals were seized in the raid, according to court documents.

R3SM requests volunteers following floods

Recover, Rebuild, Restore Southeast Mississippi is asking for volunteers to help families whose homes were devastated by December’s flash flooding.

Copper theft caused power outage for 2,500 Monday morning

Copper thieves caused 2,500 Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association customers to lose power for at least two hours Wednesday morning.

Kids can enter Doodle for Google contest, win $30K scholarship

The 11th annual Doodle for Google competition is underway and the winner will walk away with a $30,000 college scholarship and $50,000 in new technology.

Hattiesburg residents learn basic self-defense skills

This is the first of a series of classes the City of Hattiesburg is putting on to help adults in the community learn proficiency skills for their everyday lives.

Vitalant Blood Services holds Jones Co. blood drive

January is National Blood Donor Month, and one of the nation’s top blood services providers is trying their best to get as many donations as possible.

Forrest Co. Emergency Management gives update on flood damage

Forrest County Emergency Management provided an update on flood damage throughout the county at Monday’s Board of Supervisors meeting.

Columbia businesses see positive impact of holiday celebrations

The city of Columbia has attracted thousands of visitors through holiday events at the close of 2018.

Jones County works to recover after December floods

The Jones County Board of Supervisors declared a local emergency over last month’s flooding.

Vitalant to hold Laurel blood drive for National Blood Donor Month

Vitalant is encouraging Jones County residents to save lives and give blood on Tuesday to celebrate National Blood Donor Month.

Breast cancer survivor starts foundation to help other women

Dawn Gillis didn’t know that her own battle with breast cancer would lead her to be a fighter for other women suffering with the disease.

Petal School District names teacher, administrator of the year

Faculty and staff gathered Monday morning in Petal High School’s Performing Arts Center for a celebration and the announcement of the Petal School District’s teachers and administrator of the year.

Airbnb makes impact throughout the Pine Belt

Approximately 89,000 guests stayed in Mississippi homes through Airbnb last year, and the number is rapidly growing, according to Airbnb.

Old jail, abandoned gas station being repurposed in Collins

Part of the old Covington County jail is being turned into a new office for a county official.

Covington County making county buildings ADA-compliant

Covington County is spending more than $200,000 to bring several county buildings into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Make-A-Wish surprises 16-year-old with horse barn

A 16-year-old boy from Covington County that spends his days fighting cancer had the surprise of his life.

Perry County flooding issues continue

Just days after Perry County Emergency management officials had to make rescues on the other side of River Lot road, several folks still find themselves displaced by theses flood waters.

  Hattiesburg urges residents to report flood damage

The City of Hattiesburg is encouraging residents to report all flood damage from last week, whether it’s water in your house or a broken fence.

Petal mayor pulls out of race for governor after wife’s cancer diagnosis

Petal Mayor Hal Marx announced Thursday he is pulling out of the race for Mississippi governor to support his wife as she fights cancer.

Three permits being sought to open package stores in Collins

Hard liquor will be sold legally for the first time in Collins this year, but officials can’t say when exactly.

Richton picking up the pieces after floods

The Richton community in Perry County was slammed with flooding that took place last Thursday evening through the weekend.

Gov. Bryant declares state of emergency for eight counties

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a state of emergency proclamation on Tuesday fro eight counties that were affected by severe weather beginning last week.

Pine Belt welcomes first babies of the new year

WDAM introduces you to the newest babies of 2019, born in the Pine Belt.

Sticking to New Year’s fitness resolutions

A new year has come and many of us have set new goals to accomplish in 2019.

Hattiesburg releases New Year’s week garbage pickup schedule

Due to City Hall and other city offices being closed on New Year’s Day, Hattiesburg will have an abbreviated garbage pickup schedule for the week.

Biloxi naval instructor wins thousands on Wheel of Fortune

The new year is already turning into one of good fortune for a Biloxi woman. Anquanette Sterling walked away with $16,700 on New Year’s Eve after winning big on Wheel of Fortune.

Hattiesburg to bring in New Year with downtown celebration

The City of Hattiesburg will bring in the New Year with the first ever ball drop in downtown.

Jones County impacted by flooded areas

Official rescue numbers have not yet been compiled in Jones County following the flash flooding, but emergency agencies were steadily rescuing stranded people during the day and night.

Forrest County rivers continue to rise

Forrest County officials raised concerns of flooding on rivers and creeks on Friday following heavy rain overnight.

Heavy rain causes flooding across Pine Belt

Severe weather across the Pine Belt on Thursday damaged homes and flooded roads in several communities.

Out-of-state volunteers spend Christmas helping Hattiesburg tornado victims

Many volunteers from across the country are spending their Christmas holiday in Hattiesburg and Petal, helping families recover from the tornado almost two years ago.

#OneEarOut aims to get people tuned into life

Neitro lost his daughter, Amanda, in 2016 after a train hit her while she was walking on the railroad tracks to work wearing noise-cancelling headphones.

Son follows father’s footsteps in law enforcement

After 25 years in law enforcement, Chief Gavin Guy witnessed his son graduate from law enforcement training on Wednesday.

  Family cherishes Christmas with 3-year-old after rare diagnosis

The Jackson family was told by doctors on Dec. 13 that 3-year-old Braylen was diagnosed with beta-propeller protein-associated neurodegeneration.

Airman surprises family for Christmas

A Mississippi family’s Christmas was extra-special this year after the return of a beloved older brother.

Hattiesburg volunteers serve others on Christmas

Food, songs, prayer and donations were all giving out in Hattiesburg to celebrate Christmas.

Post-holiday recycling programs kick off Wednesday in Hattiesburg

Every year, the City of Hattiesburg offers an environmentally friendly way for you to dispose of your post-holiday rubbish.

George County mourns loss of a fire chief

A George County fire chief died in the line of duty. Bobby Dunnaway was battling a car fire Sunday night when he collapsed and later passed away.

Local ministry gives away bikes to homeless

A local ministry provided some much-needed two-wheeled transportation for some clients of Hattiesburg’s Field-House for the Homeless Saturday.

Co-workers surprise employee with car for Christmas

It started as a lunch table conversation at Howard Industries in Laurel, Miss. One person overheard a co-worker’s struggle of getting to work everyday and decided to do something about it.

Watermelon Fest director opens new business in Mt. Olive

The director of the Mississippi Watermelon Festival in Mize is joining the small business community in her hometown of Mt. Olive.

Pine Belt Chevrolet gives vehicle to single mother

The New Year will be a little brighter for one Pine Belt family who’s had more than their fair share of tough times since late 2017.

Wife follows in husband’s footsteps with new appointment

Angela Terrell hopes to make her husband proud in her new role as constable for District 1 in Jasper County.

Collins hosting 15th annual Christmas in the Park

hursday night was a perfect night to tour a large display of Christmas lights from your car.

Woman injured in Jones County crash

A two-vehicle crash injured a woman on Highway 11 near Moselle Bounds Road in Jones County on Thursday night.

HPD hosts 4th annual Hearts of Hope Christmas party

Hattiesburg Police Department hosted its 4th annual Hearts of Hope Christmas Party for children of violent crime victims.

Bridges reopening in Pine Belt

Pine Belt drivers are beginning to see more bridges opened for traffic after many bridges were closed across the state.

Food pantry encourages people to donate

Over 600,000 people in the state of Mississippi suffer from hunger and nearly 200,000 of those people are children, according to reports by FeedingAmerica.org.

Keith’s Superstore donates thousands to Children’s of Mississippi

A locally owned company gave back this holiday season in support of Mississippi’s only children’s hospital.

Columbia High School cheerleaders win state championship

After several months of intense training, the Columbia High School cheerleaders are state champions.

Pine Belt heroes shop with kids this holiday season

Pine Belt heroes teamed up with kids in the area to make their Christmas a little brighter. WDAM cameras at Walmart on Highway 98 Tuesday night in Hattiesburg as the 7th annual Shop with a Kid kicked off.

Hattiesburg Zoo exhibits fennec foxes, gets new tiger

Some new animals will be seen at the Hattiesburg Zoo in the New Year.

Protecting yourself from holiday scams

The holiday season is when scammers make their biggest push of the year to prey on vulnerable people.