Students speak out on USM tuition increase

Last Thursday, the Mississippi College Board approved a tuition increase for all eight public universities, including the University of Southern Mississippi.

  Recognizing electric lineman appreciation month

  CPAs urge taxpayers to be prepared for tax filing deadline

Hattiesburg Zoo named best zoo in state

USM hosting series of business lectures on export awareness

Sunbelt FCU to open new center in Hattiesburg

  WDAM Investigates: Cashing in on child care

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  Hattiesburg Dirt Cheap Distribution Center hosts open house, job fair

Dispute over Mississippi electricity prices heads to trial

Plaid Rhino in Hattiesburg closes permanently

  Craft beer sales on the rise statewide

Boil water notice issued for some Lamar County residents

  Side hustles on the rise, ride-sharing now on the list for Pine Belt

  Kohler Engines hosts job fair after expansion announcement

Kohler Engines hosted a job fair at the Lake Terrace Convention Center Tuesday, just one week after it announced a major expansion of its manufacturing operation in Hattiesburg.

OSHA investigating workplace death at Howard Industries Inc.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating a workplace death at Howard Industries in Laurel.

  KOHLER expansion expected to bring 250 jobs to Hattiesburg

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant announced Tuesday morning that KOHLER Engines is expanding its manufacturing operation in Hattiesburg.

Ag commissioner says meat labeling law will help consumers

Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson says a new law just signed by Governor Phil Bryant should protect you when you shop for meat.

Governor gives update on Nissan Layoffs

Hub City commission delivers good news

Hattiesburg-based bank expands with acquisition

Miskelly recognized as top furniture retailer

  Southern Miss hosts Career and Internship Expo

  Petal business owner frustrated with flooding issues

  Laurel IHOP permanently closed

The International House of Pancakes in Laurel closed its doors for good Monday. A note posted on the restaurant’s door said the location will be closed permanently.

Gulfport airport announces new direct flights to Texas, Florida

Beginning this summer, travelers will be able to fly directly to Texas and Florida from the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport.

  Tax refunds may be delayed due to IRS backlog

A new report from the tax payer advocate service finds there’s a huge backlog at the IRS, which is translating into paperwork delays and taxpayers’ calls for helps going unanswered.

  Disaster Loan Outreach Centers to close Thursday

SBA announced that all Disaster Loan Outreach Centers will cease operations at the close of business on Thursday at 7 p.m.

  USM hosts Economic Outlook Forum

Dozens of experts in the areas of banking, finance and academia gathered at the University of Southern Mississippi on Thursday for an annual Economic Outlook Forum for 2019.

New leadership to step in at Arnold Line Water Association

The Arnold Line Water Association’s board and membership agreed on new leadership during a Tuesday night meeting in Hattiesburg.

State Auditor: Former city clerk stole $300K from Bay Springs

Approximately $300,000 was stolen from the City of Bay Springs after a city clerk got caught up in an international lottery scheme, according to State Auditor Shad White.

  Pine Belt residents could get taxes done for free

If you make less than $50,000 a year, you are eligible to get your taxes done for free in the Pine Belt.

Wells Fargo nationwide outage affecting debit cards, online banking due to smoke at one of the bank’s facilities

Many customers report they cannot use their apps or debit cards.

  WDAM Investigates: Expensive taxpayer-bought equipment sits around

“The Mississippi Development Authority is in the process of selling the Stion equipment. We hope to complete that process soon.”

New Holiday Inn opens in Hattiesburg

A new Holiday Inn has opened in the Hub City, with more than 100 rooms and a restaurant that is the first of its kind in Mississippi.

  Tax experts encourage filing before Feb. 15 in case of another shutdown

With the possibility of another government shutdown on February 15, tax experts suggest filing your returns no later than this week.

  Bok Homa preparing for big weekend of sports betting

Sunday is going to be a big day for football and sports betting in Mississippi.

Survey: Chick-fil-A has best customer service in U.S.

In addition to their famous lemonade, Chick-fil-A has also garnered a reputation for its customer service.

  USM’s Small Business Development Center sees growth

It’s the American dream to see a vision, work and grind it out until you watch that vision come to fruition.

National Baptist Convention USA launches campaign to start federal credit union

The National Baptist Convention USA Inc. mid-winter meeting brings thousands to the Capital City for worship and business.

  Former water association president released on bond after embezzlement charge

The former president of the Mt. Gilead-Improve Water Association was arrested and charged with embezzling more than $100,000 from the water association.

C Spire offering flexible payment options to federal workers impacted by shutdown

C Spire is offering unpaid federal workers flexible payment options on their wireless, home phone, TV and internet services.

Hattiesburg Zoo begins winter hours

The Hattiesburg Zoo began its winter schedule Friday and will continue until February 28.

  Gray Chairman, CEO Hilton H. Howell Jr. rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange

Gray Television now owns and operates television stations and digital properties in 91 markets across the U.S., including nearly 150 affiliates of ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC networks.

  Columbia businesses see positive impact of holiday celebrations

The city of Columbia has attracted thousands of visitors through holiday events at the close of 2018.

Forrest Health president becomes CEO

Forrest General Hospital announced that President Andy Woodard will assume the additional role as CEO upon the retirement of Evan Dillard.

  Recovering financially from holiday spending

As we close out the year, the stress of the holidays slowly creeps behind us. But for many Americans, the stress of holiday spending lingers.

  Pine Belt residents take advantage of after-Christmas sales

A lot of Pine Belt residents spent the day after Christmas bargain-hunting at local malls and shopping centers.

  Watermelon Fest director opens new business in Mt. Olive

The director of the Mississippi Watermelon Festival in Mize is joining the small business community in her hometown of Mt. Olive.

Amazon locating consumer goods fulfillment center in Marshall County, creating 850 jobs

Amazon is currently making improvements to an existing 554,000-square-foot building in the Chickasaw Trails Industrial Park.

  Moody’s restores Hattiesburg’s bond rating

For the first time in two years, the city of Hattiesburg has a bond rating.

  Keith’s Superstore donates thousands to Children’s of Mississippi

A locally owned company gave back this holiday season in support of Mississippi’s only children’s hospital.

TripAdvisor names Half Shell Oyster House among the nation’s best

A Gulfport-based restaurant chain is getting high praise from customers, and recognition from the world’s largest travel website.

  WDAM previews hottest high-tech toys for Christmas

A tech expert teamed up with WDAM with a rundown of the hottest toys this holiday season.

  WDAM Investigates: Contractor troubles

Opening his door, Michael Selakovic says he walks into a nightmare, supposed to be his first home.“It’s a living hell, you know, a nightmare is putting it lightly,” said Selakovic.

  Wendy’s customers in Columbia upset after sudden account charges

Wendy’s customers in Columbia were upset when charges that they believed were unauthorized were recently made to their credit card and debit card accounts.

  Championship football to pump millions of dollars into Hattiesburg economy

Sports fans aren’t the only ones happy to see high school football championships in Hattiesburg.

  Shoppers support Small Business Saturday in the Pine Belt

Saturday, Small businesses across the Pine Belt celebrated the annual Small Business Saturday.

Pine Belt gearing up for Small Business Saturday

Saturday is Small Business Saturday, and people are encouraged to shop local and support small business owners in the community.

  Pearl’s Diner: A gem in the Pine Belt

From the date of its establishment until now Ms. Pearl and her diner have become a jewel here in the Pine Belt.

The First expands to Georgia with acquisition

The First, A National Banking Association, announced that it is expanding to Georgia after its holding company completed a merger of FMB Bank.

Collins voters approve liquor sales in city

Collins residents voted to allow the sale of liquor inside city limits during a special election on Tuesday.

  General Dynamics employees rally for union

Hundreds of employees gathered to call for fair pay and a union.

7 On the Road: Okatoma Golf Club

Tucked away just off U.S. Highway 49 in Collins is a full 18-hole golf course. It’s called Okatoma Golf Club.

  7 on the Road: Sanderson Farms

Sanderson Farms sells chicken products all over the world, but its home is right here in the Pine Belt.

  District at Midtown brings economic impact to Hub City

The District at Midtown in Hattiesburg has continued to grow and develop since its opening about six months ago. Business has been booming lately because of football games across the street at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Southern Eye Center gives ‘Gift of Sight’

Southern Eye Center in Hattiesburg gave the Gift of Sight Friday by providing eye care to those who need it the most.

Central Sunbelt teams up with Extra Table to fight hunger

Central Sunbelt is celebrating International Credit Union Day by teaming up with Extra Table to help fight hunger.

  Courtesy Ford celebrates grand opening of new dealership

Courtesy Ford has a new look and location. The dealership hosted a grand opening for the building Saturday.

Mississippi Power storm team helping in Panama City after hurricane

Mississippi Power’s 100-person storm team continues to help with restoration efforts in Panama City following the destruction of Hurricane Michael.

Mississippi Power sends storm team to Florida ahead of hurricane

Mississippi Power sent its storm team to Florida on Tuesday to help restore power after Hurricane Michael hits.

Southern Pine sending 19 to Florida ahead of Hurricane Michael

Southern Pine Electric will send 19 employees to the Florida panhandle on Thursday morning to help with recovery efforts as Hurricane Michael approaches.

Hattiesburg celebrates first Restaurant Week

The week is a partnership between VisitHATTIESBURG and local restaurants and hotels to showcase the city’s culinary scene to visitors and locals.

  Businesses growing in the Midtown District

Business owners in the Midtown District of Hattiesburg have great things to say about the developments over the last few months.

Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar opens in Hattiesburg

Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar celebrated its opening by giving the first 30 customers footballs signed by New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.

  Convenience stores prepare for lottery’s impact

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant is expected to sign a bill that will bring a lottery to the state of Mississippi and store owners say they couldn’t be more excited for what’s coming their way.

District at Midtown business gets boost from first USM home game

Saturday was a big day for businesses at the new District at Midtown.

Sports betting books open at Bok Homa Casino

Sports wagering is now available at Bok Homa Casino!

4 ways to get a sale price when there isn't a sale

Before you pay full price for something, try these tactics

Chairman of Finance Committee breaks down lottery bill money

The State House passed a lottery bill on a close vote, 58 to 54.

Taxes could be increasing in Laurel

Laurel's City Clerk Finance Director Mary Ann Hess said the city will start its new fiscal year in a good position. However, to cover some of the city's needs, she said a millage increase is needed.

Hattiesburg council votes to appeal ruling in lawsuit filed by Kohler

The Hattiesburg City Council voted to appeal a Forrest County Circuit Court ruling by special-appointed Judge Larry Roberts regarding a lawsuit filed by small engine manufacturer Kohler against Forrest County and the city of Hattiesburg.