Perry County kids shop with a cop

The Perry County Sheriff’s Office hosted it’s third shop with a cop event at Fred’s in Richton Thursday night.

  McSwain Community Center, new voting precinct to open soon

A new recreational facility coming to Sumrall

Hattiesburg Fire Department adds three firefighters

Parties waiting on judge’s decision in Petal annexation trial

There’s still time to donate to HPD toy drive

Christmas party held in Hattiesburg for children of deployed soldiers

Continued Coverage

  African American Military History Museum celebrates Christmas

Pine Belt residents gather for Columbia’s Candle Light Carol and Clause

Richton holds annual Christmas parade and Christmas in the Park

Greyhound ceases operations at Hattiesburg Station

Behind the walls of Eureka School

Pine Belt veterans remember former President George H.W. Bush

Spirit of Women hosts “Holidaze” shopping extravaganza

Forrest General Hospital’s Spirit of Women hosted their annual “Holidaze” shopping extravaganza, a marketplace featuring Mississippi made products.

Columbia city employees collect Christmas toys for families in need

Several city employees in Columbia have been donating their time to make Christmas special for kids in their community through an annual toy drive.

  Tips for holiday lighting and tree safety

According to the National Fire Protection Association, fire departments nationwide responded to an average of 170 home fires that were caused by Christmas trees from 2012 to 2016

‘TWITTER’S FULL’: MDOT sends hilarious message to distracted drivers

The Mississippi Department of Transportation has a message for distracted drivers...and it’s one that’s getting a lot of attention.

  Salvation Army in desperate need of donations

New dean named for WCU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine

2018 Angel Tree Program

Orangetheory Fitness opens in Hattiesburg’s Midtown District

Radio pioneer Floyd remembered for giving voice to African-American community

Salvation Army asks for volunteer bell ringers

  State leaders congratulate Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith on her win

Women in politics marked the historical moment as Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith is the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate from the State of Mississippi.

HFD donates ‘No Shave November’ funds to family

The Hattiesburg Fire Department donated $1,400 to a local family in need on Wednesday night.

Hub City bicycle shop hopes to save lives with NARCAN

One father raises awareness after losing son to opioids.

PRCC president touts new developments in State of the College speech

The president of Pearl River Community College presented a first-ever speech Wednesday to update students, faculty and staff on the growth and development of the college.

Former Saints player Deuce McAllister opens new restaurant at Biloxi casino

Former Saints running back Deuce McAllister stopped at Boomtown Casino to announce the opening of a new restaurant.

Shaving heads for a good cause

20 people sat out in the cold and had their heads shaved outside of Ed's Burger's in Hattiesburg Monday evening.

HPD swears in two new officers

The Hattiesburg Police Department welcomed two new officers into its ranks Monday morning.

Broadcasting pioneer Vernon Floyd passes away

An icon in the Hattiesburg area and in the broadcasting industry, Vernon C. Floyd passed away early Saturday morning.

Shoppers support Small Business Saturday in the Pine Belt

Saturday, Small businesses across the Pine Belt celebrated the annual Small Business Saturday.

Don’t become a victim to fake websites while online shopping

Online shoppers are being warned to shop safe and not become a victim of fraud.

Salvation Army Kettle Bell workers change lives this holiday

Salvation Army Kettle Bell workers raise money for families in need.

Judge issues stay on Laurel annexation of Pendorff

The city of Laurel will have to temporarily put off its plans to annex the Pendorff community.

MHP urges Thanksgiving travelers to be safe

Around this time every year, travelers flood all of Mississippi’s highways in route to their Thanksgiving destinations.

BBB warns Pine Belt residents of fraudulent calls

A warning to Pine Belt residents: don’t fall victim to fraudulent phone calls. The Better Business Bureau said crooks are targeting Hattiesburg residents over the phone.

Christian Services feeds thousands with annual Thanksgiving meal

A Hattiesburg service organization hosted an annual holiday feast Tuesday for needy families in the Pine Belt.

Tips for preventing Thanksgiving cooking fires

There are more than three times as many cooking fires on Thanksgiving as a typical day of the year, making it by far the leading day for U.S. home cooking fires.

OPERATION CARE: MHP set to begin Thanksgiving holiday enforcement period on Wednesday

The Mississippi Highway Patrol will begin the 2018 Thanksgiving Holiday Enforcement Period on Wednesday, November 21, at 12:01 a.m. and conclude Sunday, November 25, at midnight.

Salvation Army requests donations to meet holiday goal

The Salvation Army is encouraging folks in the season of giving to donate to their dip jar.

Hattiesburg Salvation Army kicks off Angel Tree program

The Salvation Army is reaching out to help hundreds of needy children this Christmas, and you also can help by participating in the organization’s annual Angel Tree program.

Laurel PD Welcomes two new officers

Two officers were added to the Laurel Police Department's ranks.

Sports book opens at Scarlet Pearl

DraftKings opened at the Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort in D'Iberville with plenty of fanfare Friday.

Organization hands out Thanksgiving meal boxes to those in need

‘Tis the season of giving and an organization in Petal is giving back to the community one box at a time through its annual food drive.

Hattiesburg Tourism Commission reaches settlement with State Auditor’s office

The Hattiesburg Tourism Commission announced Thursday it has reached a settlement with State Auditor Shad White’s office regarding improper payroll payments from 2008 to 2013.

Hattiesburg participates in America Recycles Day

Thursday is America Recycles Day. To participate and celebrate, the City of Hattiesburg has set up at Kamper Park so residents can drop off recyclable materials.

Pine Belt shelter keeps homeless warm

The Fieldhouse for the Homeless is making sure every person is warm this fall.

Tips to keep pets warm in the cold weather

With warming our vehicles and homes during the cold weather, Dr. Paul Calhoun at the Animal Medical Center shared the importance of making sure our pets are warm.

Fundraiser held for daughter of Forrest County Sheriff’s deputy

A shrimp boil is being held Wednesday in Petal to help raise money for the daughter of a Forrest County Sheriff’s deputy.

Warming stations to open for freeze warning

Shelters in Laurel and Forrest County will open Wednesday night for anyone looking to flee from the freezing temperatures.

Cyclist killed in crash was riding for children’s cancer research

A 32-year-old man killed in a cycling accident in Mississippi on Tuesday was riding cross-country to raise money for children’s cancer research.

Alternatives to build your immune system, fight flu

There is no substitute for the flu shot, but there are ways you can help build your immune system.

Nora Davis Magnet School gets parents ready for testing

The parents became the students Monday evening in the auditorium of Nora Davis Magnet School in Laurel.

Tuition assistance program announced for Hattiesburg, Forrest County

Students will have the opportunity to continue their education with tuition assistance.

Sports Medicine manager warns of lowering head in football

One of the most critical mistakes football players and athletes in other collision sports should avoid is dropping their head when making contact.

Hattiesburg’s 36th annual Veterans Day services continue despite rain

The Hattiesburg 36th annual Veterans Day services continued despite rainy weather.

Happening today: Free Thanksgiving social for senior citizens in Hattiesburg

The Glendale Community Center and the C.E. Roy Community Center in Hattiesburg will be hosting a free Thanksgiving lunch and dinner on Monday for senior citizens throughout the Pine Belt.

The First Bank is growing

Based in Hattiesburg, the bank’s latest expansion will make the bank the fifth largest bank headquartered in the state with $3.4 billion in total assets.

Active duty soldiers honor vets at State Veterans Home

Soldiers stationed at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center came to the State Veterans Home in Collins on Friday to honor that facility’s residents for Veterans Day.

Tips for biking safely after dark

Less than 4 percent of bicycling in this country takes place after dark, but half of all fatalities come out of that 4 percent.

Salvation Army kicks off Angel Tree campaign

The Salvation Army kicked off the holidays with their annual Angel Tree Campaign and Red Kettle Season at the Sawmill Square Mall on Friday.

Laurel PD holding annual food drive Saturday

The Laurel Police Department is holding its 4th annual Fill-a-Truck Food Drive benefiting The Good Samaritan Center’s Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen on Saturday.

Good News: Sumrall church delivers supplies to hurricane victims

A Sumrall church hosted a relief drive for hurricane victims in Florida, providing hot plates of food in exchange much needed donations.

Southern Pine Electric celebrates 80 years of service

A celebration of sorts was held at Southern Pine Electric’s facility in Taylorsville to commemorate 80 years of service.

Salvation Army administration building reopens in Hattiesburg

A tornado destroyed the Salvation army administration and social services building in 2017. This week, the building is now back in business.

Sweet Peppers Deli hosts fundraiser for children’s hospital

In just a short period of time, Thursday night, Sweet Peppers Deli customers made a difference for kids at Blaire E. Batson Children's hospital. Hattiesburg residents came out to Sweet Peppers Deli on Lincoln Road in Hattiesburg and helped Children's of Mississippi raise money to expand Batson.

Pine Belt chef gives basics & benefits to meal prepping

WDAM takes you outside of the online culture and behind the scenes of the Birdhouse Cafe. It's a nutrient powerhouse with a simple goal, "Love, nourish, inspire," motivated by Chef Katie Dixon.

Local author holds book signing in Waynesboro

The book describes how Sylvia Caver, who suffers from a mental illness, lost her way in school but found it again when she came back to God.

Lamar County high schools host breakfasts to honor Veterans

Veteran’s Day came a little early for a few local vets as two Lamar County School District high schools host appreciation programs.

Mississippi community learning centers receive $16.2 million in federal funds

Mississippi community learning centers receive $16.2 million in federal funds

Camp Shelby commander speaks at Veterans Day program

The commander of the Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center was the guest speaker at an annual Veterans Day program at the Forrest County campus of Pearl River Community College on Thursday.

PRCC lineman program graduates first class

Thirteen men are the first graduates of a lineman development program that’s the result of a partnership between Chain Electric Company and Pearl River Community College.

Hattiesburg non-profit donating this holiday season

A local religious organization and a newly founded non-profit are working to help meet needs in the Pine Belt. Jessica Bowman talks about what is needed and why these organizations strive to help others in need.

Columbia High Launches Student-Run Credit Union

Some students at Columbia High School through their school’s partnership with Ferguson Credit Union are getting the opportunity to learn how to manage money at an early age.

Chris McDaniel backing Cindy Hyde-Smith

WDAM cameras were inside McDaniel’s watch party at the Gables in Laurel Tuesday night.

African-American Military History Museum hosts early Veterans Day celebration

Veterans from all branches of the armed forces were invited to Hattiesburg’s African-American Military History Museum for an early Veterans Day event and open house Wednesday.

Some Hattiesburg residents experiencing delays in trash pickup

Some Hattiesburg residents may have noticed delays in garbage pickup this week. The city announced Wednesday the delays are due to “unforeseen equipment issues.”

Election commissions working to prepare for voters

On Monday, election commissions across the Pine Belt were busy putting out machines and getting equipment ready for the polls to open at 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Pearl’s Diner: A gem in the Pine Belt

From the date of its establishment until now Ms. Pearl and her diner have become a jewel here in the Pine Belt.

Arc of Southeast MS to host 14th annual Golf Ball Drop & Golf Tournament Monday

Arc of Southeast MS to host 14th annual Golf Ball Drop & Golf Tournament Monday