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.
The University of Southern Mississippi's Golden Eagle spirit lives strong in students and Hattiesburg residents despite a powerful tornado that ripped through the city on Sunday around 5 p.m.
Several buildings at USM's Hattiesburg campus are among the many damaged in Hattiesburg.
Latifah Lowe is a proud USM student and Hattiesburg native. She said USM has always had a great spirit and students have a way of helping each other out in times of need.
But, even with that school spirit, Lowe is still in disbelief at the state of the campus and the city.
"It feels like a nightmare. I'm waiting to wake up," Lowe said. "Houses demolished. I couldn't believe it. This place is demolished. There is a music department and you can see straight through. It looks like someone put a hole through it. It's incredible. Keep Hattiesburg in your prayers."
Haley McMinn also has a big heart for USM.
"It's tough seeing the destructions. Especially to one building [Ogletree Alumni Building] in particular that's been around for more than 100 years," McMinn said.
She said, Ogletree was the historic home of the president.
"Our interim president, we just had Dr. Aubrey Lucas, when he was president he lived in that home," McMinn added.
She said there's an emotional attachment tied to the alumni building.
"For a lot of people it is heartbreaking," McMinn explained. "The community is strong and we will come back strong."
While it's the destruction is a big loss, the Director of Housing Scott Blackwell said there is something to be thankful for.
"Looking at the Ogletree House, that's pretty awful and that's offices. So fortunately there weren't students sleeping in there last night and no one was injured," Blackwell said.
Blackwell estimates there were about 2,000 students on campus Sunday evening. Several of those students are staying in two residence halls right behind Ogletree House. Luckily the dorms only received minor damage.
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 >>
Friday, May 24 2013 12:47 PM EDT2013-05-24 16:47:58 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 >>
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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