Thursday, May 23 2013 7:31 PM EDT2013-05-23 23:31:22 GMT
The pastor and members of a Jefferson county church make the gruesome discovery of a body on the way to Bible study Wednesday evening. Sheriff Peter Walker said a woman's body was found just before 6:30More >>
Jefferson County Sheriff Peter Walker has identified the woman found dead in the cemetery of East Mount Olive Baptist Church Wednesday night.
As severe thunderstorms rolled through Jones County Monday morning lightning struck the steeple of Good Hope Baptist Church on Highway 15 South in the Landrum community of Jones County, setting it on fire.
At 9:05 a.m. Volunteer Fire Departments from Glade, M&M, Powers, Union and Ovett responded to the church fire where the steeple was destroyed and the fire was contained to the attic space of the church.
"God blessed us," exclaimed Pastor Ricky Mitchell, "We are a close knit community, and everyone responded quickly."
"There was no damage to the sanctuary," stated Dan McKenna, Jones County Fire Coordinator. "The man above was looking down. Usually a steeple fire ends up destroying the entire church building."
According to McKenna, when he and the Glade firefighters first arrived on scene, several citizens had stopped to help, had hooked up a garden hose and where trying to spray water on the burning steeple.
"One of the citizens must have been a firefighter somewhere," said McKenna. "He gave us a great size-up of the situation when we arrived. Once we got the fire under control, he left, headed for Alabama on a work assignment."
Also responding to the fire scene was Jones County Emergency Management Assistant Director Rodney Parker, who provided tarps to cover the hole in the church roof left by the fire.
Friday, May 24 2013 5:52 PM EDT2013-05-24 21:52:06 GMT
The eight Marion County law enforcement officers who've lost their lives in the line of duty were remembered in an annual ceremony Friday morning. It included the laying of a wreath at a fallen officersMore >>
The eight Marion County law enforcement officers who've lost their lives in the line of duty were remembered in an annual ceremony Friday morning. More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 4:45 PM EDT2013-05-24 20:45:22 GMT
First responders from in Laurel and Jones County were treated to Lunch Friday by the Wayne Farms Laurel facility. As part of National Emergency Service Week, for the last 12-years Wayne farms has hostedMore >>
First responders from in Laurel and Jones County were treated to lunch Friday by the Wayne Farms Laurel facility. More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:42 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:42:16 GMT
The Hattiesburg City Council is expected to vote soon, possibly as early as next week, on its preferred method to upgrade the city's sewer lagoon system. The two options on the table are to build a newMore >>
In order to be able to pay for their new wastewater treatment facility, Hattiesburg is increasing sewer rates for Petal and Lamar County customers.More >>
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