Friday, May 24 2013 7:37 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:37:25 GMT
The City of Hattiesburg is increasing the sewer rates for Petal and some Lamar County customers who use their wastewater lagoon. Petal residents are concerned and voicing their opinions after finding outMore >>
Petal and Hattiesburg residents are voicing their opinions after finding out the City of Hattiesburg is increasing sewer rates. More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:09 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:09:56 GMT
It is official, Boy Scouts of America must accept all male youth no matter their sexual orientation. On Thursday, more than 60-percent of the Boy Scouts of America's 14-hundred-members voted for theMore >>
It is official, Boy Scouts of America must accept all male youth no matter their sexual orientation.More >>
Dan Sligh and his wife were in their pickup truck on Interstate 5 heading to a camping trip when a bridge before them disappeared in a "big puff of dust."More >>
The trucker was hauling drilling equipment when his load bumped against the steel framework over an Interstate 5 bridge. He looked in his rearview mirror and watched in horror as the span collapsed into the water behind him....More >>
Hattiesburg bankers, realtors and builders announced some good news about the local housing market.
"It's a great time to buy a house," said President of the Hattiesburg Area Association of Realtors, Betty Jo Ison.
"We are trying to be sure that people here in Hattiesburg realize maybe it is not as bad as something that they see on the national news," said Vice President of the Greater Hattiesburg Home Builders Association, David Saulters.
Thursday morning, at Community Bank in Hattiesburg the group announced the Hub City's real estate market is off to a great start this year. Ison says it's more of a buyers market than a sellers.
"We have had a lot of contracts and buyers already this year, our pending sales are up 155 on the market right now. We have already close 70 houses," said Ison.
Executive Vice President at The First Bank, Hayden Mitchell says he has seen all time historic lows in interest rates.
"Interest rates for 30 year money is about 3.625 for conventional, around 2.75 for 15 year conventional, and the FHA or VA rates are about three and a quarter for 30 year and about 2.5 for 15 years," said Mitchell.
President of the Hattiesburg Home Builders Association, Lee Everett and Saulters are builders. They say existing home inventory is shrinking which is good news for them.
"When that happens people start turning around wanting to look for new homes. It becomes even more and more of a new construction market," said Saulters.
Charles Greer of Greer Law Firm adds as a closing attorney he has a good grasp on the pulse of the local housing market.
"I'm glad to say that over the course of the last year we've really seen a lot of improvement both in home sales and the rates have continued to remain low," said Greer.
Loan Originator at Magnolia State Bank, Dick Munton offered some last words of caution.
"I think a lot of people are going to be kicking themselves down the road if they didn't take advantage of this opportunity," said Munton.
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 >>