Miss. lawmakers seek to navigate economy dented by COVID-19

Tuesday, state lawmakers will see what kind of financial shape Mississippi is in.

SBA assistance available to Marion County after April 19 storms

  Coast casinos celebrate successful reopening after being closed over two months

While other casinos prepare to reopen, Bok Homa will remain closed

Miss. Lottery Corporation transfers millions in proceeds to the state

  Money available for small businesses affected by COVID-19

  Hattiesburg restaurants reopen indoor dining

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  Ready or not: Miss. Casinos to reopen Thursday

  Miss. Dept. of Agriculture changes rules on how farmers can sell meat products

Indoor dining to reopen Monday at Hattiesburg restaurants

Hattiesburg passes temporary to-go cup ordinance for city

  Outdoor dining reopens in Hattiesburg

  Outdoor dining reopening to provide limited relief for Hattiesburg restaurants

Hattiesburg-based company awarded $10.3M Farmers to Families Food Box contract

The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded a $10.3 million contract to Hattiesburg-based Merchants Foodservice for the Farmers to Families Food Box Program.

  Barbershops, hair salons back in business

After weeks of being closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, Mississippi barbershops and hair salons reopened Monday.

  Economic impacts of COVID-19 felt here in the Pine Belt

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the unemployment rate climbed to 14.7% in April, and the Pine Belt isn’t immune to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 market crash.

SBA assistance available to additional counties affected by April 12 storms

More businesses and residents affected by the April 12 severe storms and tornadoes are now eligible for assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

  Hattiesburg business in jeopardy of closing for good due to COVID-19

  Laurel downtown restaurants open for in-house dining

City of Hattiesburg approves contract with new recycling partner

  Auditor: DHS misspending hurt poorest Mississippi families

SBA loans now available for Miss. agribusinesses affected by COVID-19 pandemic

How one Coast casino is helping process Mississippi’s unemployment claims

Library of Hattiesburg reopening in May

The Library of Hattiesburg will reopen May 4 with limited service.

  ADP shares COVID-19 business impact and outlook

The Area Development Partnership for Greater Hattiesburg is working to help businesses in our area as much as possible.

Strict restrictions for non-essential retail coming to Hattiesburg

Hattiesburg mayor Toby Barker is pushing for more strict regulations for non-essential retail to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in the Hattiesburg metro-area.

  Restaurants frustrated after dine-in options nixed again by governor

Restaurants were hoping for a limited dine-in option with the new executive order from Gov. Tate Reeves, but their hopes were dashed at the media update on Friday.

  Video games get big boost from social distancing orders

The sounds of video games are filling homes across South Mississippi. AT&T releasing a number of trends they’ve seen since the beginning of COVID-19, with participation in gaming seeing an increase each week, up as much as 54% last week.

Starbucks extends giving free coffee to all first responders and frontline workers until May 31

Starbucks has already given away more than one million cups of coffee.

  Petal pharmacy turns to laid-off restaurant workers during pandemic

A Petal pharmacy has shifted to curbside services by hiring laid-off restaurant employees, and the owner encourages other businesses to do the same.

SBA offering assistance to Mississippians affected by recent storms

Gov. Tate Reeves announced disaster assistance for Mississippians affected by recent storms on Tuesday.

60,000 masks available to residents in Forrest & Lamar counties

Spartan Mosquito collaborated with the City of Hattiesburg, Forrest County and Lamar County administrations to create a distribution plan in order to make sure residents have access to getting masks.

Pearl River Resort announces furloughs due to COVID-19 pandemic

Pearl River Resort will be providing resources and financial support for furloughed workers under the new CARES Act, along with continuing to provide health insurance for them.

  Dixie Electric works to restore power to hundreds of homes

Dixie Electric is working to restore power to hundreds of homes in Covington, Jones and Jasper counties.

  Face masks becoming the new normal at businesses in Hattiesburg

Businesses adjusting to the new order the states employees and employers must wear face masks.

  Miskelly Furniture wants to thank front line heroes

Miskelly Furniture wants to thank four very special heroes on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

WDAM launches website to connect customers with Pine Belt businesses

We’re making it easier than ever to connect you to businesses in your area.

  Hattiesburg hotel gives back to first responders, healthcare workers during pandemic

Holiday Inn in Hattiesburg makes masks for the health care Facilities and cooks burgers for first responders.

  PIB dropping Dallas, adding daily flights to Houston beginning July 1

Twice daily flights from the Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport to Dallas will soon be ending.

New executive order requires all workers in Hattiesburg to wear masks

The order applies to all employees of essential and non-essential businesses still operating in the city.

  Liquor sales soar as people stay at home

Here in the Pine Belt, liquor stores are reporting heavier than normal sales.

LIST: Pine Belt businesses closed due to COVID-19 outbreak

Here is a list of Pine Belt businesses that are closed until further notice due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Dirt Cheap donates equipment to Hattiesburg healthcare providers

The company has now donated over 14,000 N95 masks to emergency responders in multiple communities.

Small businesses deal with effects of mandates to prevent COVID-19 spread

Some businesses in downtown Biloxi are struggling to stay open, like Mary Mahoney's, while others, like Lavish Salon, have had to shut their doors under the new mandate.

  When it comes to ‘essential,’ what can you not do without?

Just who are the people in “essential services” who remain on the job?

  Pine Belt business reacts to shelter-in-place order

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves issued a statewide shelter-in-place order Wednesday afternoon after COVID-19 cases surpassed 1,000 in the Magnolia State.

TEC to keep customers connected during COVID-19 pandemic

Late fees for any accounts past due also will not be applied.

  Okatoma Canoe Rental stays open during COVID-19 outbreak

With nonessential businesses across the state closing due to the coronavirus, one is still fighting to stay open.

  Essential workers fear going to work puts them at risk

As state and local governments shut down nonessential businesses, larger manufacturing and agricultural companies are rarely on the list.

  Pine Belt fitness company provides free disinfectant to fight COVID-19

A Pine Belt fitness company is doing its part to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

  Business owners react to Collins coronavirus executive order

Business owners in Collins are reacting to mayor Hope Magee Jones’ new executive order designed to protect public health during the coronavirus pandemic.

  More businesses offering curbside pickup amid COVID-19 outbreak

While more people are social distancing, small businesses are doing all they can to keep customers.

Starbucks giving free coffee to all first responders and frontline workers until May 3

Starbucks is also paying their employees 30 days of catastrophe pay.

  COVID-19 impacting Hattiesburg businesses

As businesses shut down due to the coronavirus the local economy takes a hit.

Mississippi workers unable to work due to COVID-19 can now file for unemployment

Mississippi workers that have not been able to work due to coronavirus can now file for unemployment.

Dollar General will hire 50,000 new employees

Dollar General will be hiring 50,000 new employees as the demand for household essentials increased amid the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Disaster assistance available for small businesses impacted by COVID-19

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves announced disaster assistance for small businesses in the state impacted by COVID-19.

Winn-Dixie parent company to increase hiring, offer modified store hours

Southeastern Grocers, the parent company of local Winn-Dixie stores, has announced immediate actions to better assist the community during the COVID-19 pandemic, including modified store and pharmacy hours.

Governor Reeves requests SBA economic disaster declaration for COVID-19

This request provides low-interest Economic Injury Disaster Loans to small business and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19.

Waitr reinforces commitment to local communities amid COVID-19 outbreak

Waitr is now offering “No-Contact” delivery, which allows for distancing between customers and delivery drivers, along with supplying drivers with gloves.

MDAC Commissioner Gipson provides update on department functions

Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson has given an update on Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce during the COVID-19 outbreak.

  Pine Belt restaurants prepare for impact of COVID-19

Hattiesburg and Laurel have numerous spots to grab a bite to eat, but the coronavirus is beginning to change the way people enjoy their favorite places.

  USM holds annual Economic Outlook Forum

The University of Southern Mississippi hosted its annual Economic Outlook Forum on Thursday on the Hattiesburg campus.

  22nd Black History Parade held in Hattiesburg

Hattiesburg residents gathered along Tuscan Avenue Saturday afternoon to see the Hub City’s 22nd annual Black History Parade.

U.S. Forest Service will have two prescribed burns in south Mississippi Thursday

The burns will take place near the Maxie community in Perry County and near the Larue and White Plains communities in east Harrison County.

United Way to select $100K Payday Drawing winner March 16

The drawing will take place at Keg and Barrel in downtown Hattiesburg at 6 p.m. and will air live on WDAM.

  Rep. Guest speaks at Covington County Chamber meeting

Mississippi’s Third District congressman spoke to a meeting of Covington County business leaders Tuesday night.

$10 million investment bringing 100 jobs to Pascagoula

More jobs are coming to the Pascagoula area, thanks to a $10 million investment.

Vitalant invites public to Valentine’s Day Blood Drive Friday

The drive will take place at the Vitalant Donation Center on 805 S 28th Avenue in Hattiesburg on Friday, Feb. 14 from 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.

State public service commissioner breaks down Mississippi’s No Call program

The program is free to all telephone customers in the state and consumers may register an unlimited number telephone numbers; however, only valid Mississippi numbers can be added to the list.

  Collins fire chief gets award from Miss. Business Journal

The chief of the Collins Fire Department, who’s also president of the Mississippi Firefighter’s Association, has been named one of the state’s top CEO’s by the Mississippi Business Journal.

TEC to provide fiber optic internet to Jasper Co.

Fiber optic provider TEC announced the expansion of its residential fiber network to Jasper County on January 31.

  Push for wine with higher alcohol content in Mississippi grocery stores

Right now you can find bottles of wine fully stocked in grocery stores in 38 states.

  Old HHS to open as affordable senior housing in 2020

An old Hub City building is being transformed into a new apartment complex for senior residents this year.

$2.5 million in upgrades coming to Mississippi Coliseum

"All new seating, all new non slip floors, and for the first time ever.... rails to help folks come up and down these stairs!"

  Edwards Street Fellowship gets $6K from Miskelly fashion show

A recent Hub City fashion show has raised thousands of dollars for a local nonprofit.

Hattiesburg poultry plant to partially close Thursday night

First processing and second processing workers will not be operating a night shift at Mar Jac Poultry Thursday night due to mechanical problems.

Mississippi could be eligible for major broadband upgrades under FCC proposal

The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund was proposed by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and will be voted on by the FCC on Jan. 30.

PSC approves rate decrease for Mississippi Power customers; Maxwell elected chairman

If you’re a Mississippi Power customer, your monthly bill is going down, starting in February.

Boil water notice issued for Petal residents

The boil notice is issued by the Barrontown Water Association for Petal residents.

  Covington “Aspire Mississippi” project gets first place award from MDA

Covington County’s "Aspire Mississippi” team has been recognized for its efforts to improve workforce development.