7 On the Road: First-Trinity Presbyterian Church

First-Trinity Presbyterian Church in Laurel was created in 1992 when First Presbyterian merged with its sister church, Trinity Presbyterian.

7 On The Road: Pearl’s Diner puts the ‘south’ in southern cooking

7 On The Road: Napiers continue to spotlight Laurel

Antonelli College closing Mississippi campuses

7 On the Road: Laurel barbershop ‘lines’ the community out

7 On the Road: Laurel museum built on foundation of tragedy and education

First Community Resource Fair held in Collins

Continued Coverage

Poplarville school named healthiest in MS by BCBS Foundation

Next stop for 7 On the Road: Columbia

  MS has highest risk of social isolation in people 65 years and older

  Plans being finalized for 30th Okatoma Festival

Oak Grove grad encourages students to reach ‘Successville’

  Support grows for I-14 expansion in Mississippi

2 arrests made in Shirley’s of Collins fire investigation

Police Chief Joey Ponder said Collins police have arrested two suspects, including one juvenile, in the investigation.

Dairy Queen is handing out free ice cream cones

In celebration of the first day of spring, DQ is giving out free ice cream cones

  Oak Grove student wins 2019 Mississippi Spelling Bee

An Oak Grove Middle School eighth-grade student is the 2019 Mississippi Spelling Bee winner.

  Kohler Engines hosts job fair after expansion announcement

Kohler Engines hosted a job fair at the Lake Terrace Convention Center Tuesday, just one week after it announced a major expansion of its manufacturing operation in Hattiesburg.

  PRCC breaks ground on new science building

  Laurel council confirms Cox as new police chief with 4-3 vote

  Forrest County moves forward with plan to save taxpayers millions

  Circuit clerk outlines process of purging voters from roll

United Way announces $100K Payday winner

  Prescribed burn covers 2,200 acres in Chickasawhay Ranger District

OSHA investigating workplace death at Howard Industries Inc.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating a workplace death at Howard Industries in Laurel.

  Petal band parents team up with WGI for regional competition

Musicians from across the Southeast took Reed Green Coliseum by storm this weekend for the Winter Guard International Percussion & Winds South Power Regional.

  KOHLER expansion expected to bring 250 jobs to Hattiesburg

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant announced Tuesday morning that KOHLER Engines is expanding its manufacturing operation in Hattiesburg.

  St. Thomas Church hosts annual Irish-Italian Fest

Hattiesburg’s St. Thomas Catholic Church hosted its Irish-Italian Festival Saturday night for the 18th consecutive year.

  Bay Springs community celebrates boys basketball team

The Bay Springs High School boys’ basketball team are state champions, and the city celebrated on Saturday.

Human trafficking awareness group sponsors new billboards

An organization that fights human trafficking in South Mississippi is once again turning to billboards on local roadways to increase awareness of that issue.

Hattiesburg church hosts second youth summit

A local church hosted an annual gathering Saturday to help young people make the right life choices.

  Hattiesburg’s St. Thomas Church hosting 18th Irish-Italian Fest

A Hattiesburg church is preparing to host an annual event honoring the Irish and Italian communities, but everyone is invited.

Former Hattiesburg Police Chief David Wynn dies

City officials and community members in Hattiesburg are mourning the loss of former Hattiesburg Police Chief, David C. Wynn.

  Hattiesburg Speedway gears up for season opener

Racers are making their way into the hub city this weekend for the season opener at Hattiesburg Speedway.

  Delta Sigma Theta Sorority hosts state conference at USM

This event is held to empower women through sisterhood while strengthening their commitment to community service.

  Columbia PD offers free Get Home Safe seminar for women

Some officers from the Columbia police department offered a self defense class to dozens of women at Jefferson Middle School in Columbia.

  Ellisville subdivision first in Pine Belt to get new C Spire service

A Jones County subdivision is the first in the Pine Belt to benefit from new technology that improves internet, TV and phone service.

  One Tank Trip: Meridian

It’s time to hit the road again with our One Tank Trip Series, which helps you have fun with your family without costing a fortune. To celebrate spring break, the WDAM crew traveled to Meridian to see what the city had to offer.

  MDOT to begin interchange construction on I-59, MS-42

Drivers will soon begin to see a new multi-million dollar interchange construction project beginning on Interstate 59 at the Evelyn Gandy Parkway exit.

  Lauren Rogers Museum hosts spring break arts festival

The Lauren Rogers Museum of Art’s spring break arts festival attracted hundreds on Wednesday.

Boil water notices lifted for Hattiesburg, Petal residents

The Arnold Line Water Association and Barrontown Utility have lifted boil water notices.

Ag commissioner says meat labeling law will help consumers

Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson says a new law just signed by Governor Phil Bryant should protect you when you shop for meat.

  Laurel mayor reveals choice for next police chief

Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee announced his pick to lead the city’s police force after the untimely passing of Police Chief Tyrone Stewart.

  HPD officer makes history as department’s first female K9 unit

With more than eight years experience and two years with the Hattiesburg Police Department, Officer Danielle Lewis is the first certified female K9 unit within HPD.

  City of Hattiesburg holds Flood Safety Expo

Hattiesburg residents are getting the chance to learn more about how to keep themselves and their homes safe during severe flooding and weather events

Hattiesburg sculpture inspired by thunderclouds

A sculpture inspired by thunderclouds has been installed at a Hattiesburg dog park as part of an annual public art show in the Hub City.

  Foxworth Volunteer Fire Department highlights improvements

Assistant Fire Chief Stephen Foxworth has spent the past 50 years with the Foxworth Volunteer Fire Department. He said since beginning his career as a firefighter, there have been plenty of changes for the better at the department.

  Gulf Wars XXVIII held in Lumberton

Gulf Wars is an event held by the Society for Creative Anachronism Inc., which is an international organization dedicated to researching and recreating the arts and skills of pre-17th century Europe.

  USM hosts Alternative Spring Break for people with disabilities

The ToTAL Alternative Spring Break is a week-long event on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus where participants train for future employment opportunities.

  Hub City Swing Band performs at Saenger Theater

Saenger Theater was filled with the sounds of the past Sunday afternoon as the Hub City Swing Band put on a concert.

City of Hattiesburg to host flood safety expos

Beginning next week, officials with the City of Hattiesburg will present the latest information about flood safety to community residents.

Columbia PD offering law enforcement program for high school students

The Columbia Police Department is offering a program to high school students interested in learning about law enforcement.

  Jones Co. volunteer firefighters sending supplies to AL tornado victims

Some Jones County volunteer firefighters will be leaving Sunday to take donated relief supplies to tornado victims in Alabama.

  Habitat for Humanity holds National Women Build Week

Dozens of women volunteers worked on a home for the Lang family on Park Avenue. It's a four-bedroom, two bath home that's about 75 percent complete.

  Hub City could owe HUD up to half a million dollars

The Hub City could be expected to repay up to half a million dollars to the U.S. Department of Housing and Development.

  School honors 6th-grader who died from asthma attack with memorial bench

Family and friends gathered to celebrate Landynn Bolton's life. Teachers said that every time Landynn stepped into their classroom, he brought a smile with him. (Source: WDAM)

  Conway’s Family Pub in Lamar Co. set to reopen

After shutting down in early 2019, Conway's Family Pub is reopening.

  Lamar Co. School District aims to increase attendance

The Lamar County School District saw a decrease in the number of students going to school during the month of February.

  City of Collins welcomes 2 new firefighters

The City of Collins has two new certified firefighters, who just went through the State Fire Academy together.

Ovett Petal Road to see improvements

Residents living on Ovett Petal road in Jones County can expect to see improvements to the infrastructure in the near future.

MDA holds first meeting with Covington “Aspire Mississippi” team

Representatives with the Mississippi Development Authority met for the first time Thursday with a new Covington County economic development group which is participating in a statewide program of leadership training and technical assistance.

  Hattiesburg church raises $10,000 for R3SM

Heritage United Methodist Church presented $10,000 to R3SM on Wednesday.

  Sacred Heart debate team prepares for National competition

A team from Sacred Heart Catholic High School has won a state mock trial championship for the seventh year in a row.

MS soldier surprises son with first pitch reunion

1st Lt. Kaleb Beasley recently returned to Mississippi from a deployment to the Middle East.

  William Carey celebrates rebuild with free concert

Sounds of Symphony celebrated the recovery efforts of the 2017 tornado that destroyed parts of William Carey University’s campus Tuesday night.

  Avid Hotel project underway in Hattiesburg

Tuesday, the Hattiesburg City Council voted to move forward with issuing bonds to support up to $600,000 in tax increment financing for the proposed four-story, 79-room hotel.

  New farmers market opens in Collins

There’s a new venue available for farmers to sell their products and for consumers to get fresh meats and produce.

  Flute instructor named Jones College Humanities Teacher of the Year

A flute instructor at Jones College has been named that institution’s Humanities Teacher of the Year.

Experts analyze the past hurricane season and look ahead

It may not be hurricane season, but experts are taking a look at the impact past hurricanes have had and are gearing up for the next one.

  Gardeners provide tips to protect plant during freezing temps

With freezing temperatures lingering over the Pine Belt, gardeners say people must be careful when it comes to their plants.

Jones Co. fire departments taking donations for tornado victims in AL

Fire departments in Jones County are banding together to reach out a helping hand to people impacted by the devastating tornado that ravaged Lee County, AL over the weekend.

  MBN works to end opioid overdoses in Pine Belt

Opioid overdoses are becoming more and more prominent in the Pine Belt, especially in the Hattiesburg area. The Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics is taking strides to stop it.

  Possible solar energy agreement in works for Forrest County School District

One of the schools within the Forrest County School District could be going green.

Hub City commission delivers good news

The Hattiesburg Convention Commission came out of Fiscal Year 2018 on solid footing.

  Longtime Lamar County supervisor not seeking re-election

After 16 years on the Lamar County board of supervisors, Joe Bounds has chosen to not run for a 5th term.

  Community turns out for annual ‘Krewe of Blue’ Mardi Gras parade

The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) put on its third annual Krewe of the Blue Mardi Gras Parade in Downtown Laurel Saturday night.

Hattiesburg School District hosts job fair

Hattiesburg school administrators are looking for new school teachers. A job fair held Saturday morning at the administrative offices on Mamie Street.

  Fieldhouse for the Homeless opens 2nd thrift store

An organization that assists the homeless population in the Hattiesburg area opened a second thrift store on Saturday.

  Collins hosts 22nd annual Black Heritage Parade

Many people were indeed celebrating during the annual Black Heritage Parade in Collins on Saturday.

  Local schools celebrate Read Across America day

Read Across America is a national campaign that encourages elementary-age children to read. It was created to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday and his love of reading.

  Longtime Boys & Girls Club volunteer to represent Covington County at state event

A longtime volunteer will represent the Covington County Boys & Girls Club at a statewide youth celebration next week.

  Lumberton mayor seeks to get beer, light wine sales in Lamar County

The mayor of Lumberton is working toward making Lamar County a wet county.