Bids open for Purvis field house construction - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

Bids open for Purvis field house construction

PURVIS, MS (WDAM) - The Lamar County School Board unanimously voted Monday night to approve the start of the bidding process for construction of the new field house at Purvis High School.

Superintendent Tess Smith said she hoped the board will approve a bid by the first meeting in February in order to have the new field house ready for the fall of 2015.

"It's a larger field house, and it's more modern," said head football coach Perry Wheat of the plans.

Smith said the new field house will be around 35 percent larger than the old one, which had not been renovated since the 80s. That field house was destroyed by an arson fire in August.

"There's a lot of emotional attachment to that field house," said Wheat. "It's been here a long time, a lot of good traditions and memories in there."

The new field house will be home to the same sports as the old one- football, soccer, track and power lifting. Each team lost significant amounts of equipment in the fire, but Smith and Wheat both said they are relying on donations while the stock is fully replaced.

The field house will have a weight room, meeting room and coaches offices, as well as room for both the home and visiting teams with separate entrances. It will be located behind the end zone where the band is currently located during games.

"All those things that you'd like to have- we're excited about that," said Wheat.

The fire is still under investigation by the State Fire Marshal's Office, and a reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for any information on this case. Contact the State Fire Marshal's Office at 601-359-1061 or 1-888-648-0877 or the Lamar County Sheriff's Office at 601-794-1005.

Copyright 2014 WDAM. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • Players of the Pine Belt: Thomas Holford

    Players of the Pine Belt: Thomas Holford

    Sunday, July 23 2017 10:35 PM EDT2017-07-24 02:35:29 GMT
    Players of the Pine Belt: PSC O-lineman Thomas HolfordPlayers of the Pine Belt: PSC O-lineman Thomas Holford

    Thomas Holford and his teammates were none too pleased with the way the most successful season in Presbyterian Christian School football history came to an end last fall. The Bobcats fell 24-21 to Jackson Preparatory School in the Division AAAA semifinals of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools playoffs, ruining an undefeated season and the dream of the program’s first state championship. “As team, we’re still mad, and we’ve been working really h...

    More >>

    Thomas Holford and his teammates were none too pleased with the way the most successful season in Presbyterian Christian School football history came to an end last fall. The Bobcats fell 24-21 to Jackson Preparatory School in the Division AAAA semifinals of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools playoffs, ruining an undefeated season and the dream of the program’s first state championship. “As team, we’re still mad, and we’ve been working really h...

    More >>
  • "Stars of HOPE" painted in Columbia for KC-130 crash site

    "Stars of HOPE" painted in Columbia for KC-130 crash site

    Sunday, July 23 2017 8:35 PM EDT2017-07-24 00:35:06 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    On July 10, 2017, 16 servicemen were killed when a KC-130 crashed in a soybean field in Leflore County.  The plane flew out of Cherry Point, North Carolina on its way to deliver personnel and equipment to the Naval Air Field El Centro, California when it went down in Mississippi.  15 U.S. Marines and one Navy Corpsman were killed.

    More >>

    On July 10, 2017, 16 servicemen were killed when a KC-130 crashed in a soybean field in Leflore County.  The plane flew out of Cherry Point, North Carolina on its way to deliver personnel and equipment to the Naval Air Field El Centro, California when it went down in Mississippi.  15 U.S. Marines and one Navy Corpsman were killed.

    More >>
  • Miss Hospitality 2017 crowned in Hattiesburg

    Miss Hospitality 2017 crowned in Hattiesburg

Powered by Frankly