“Shop Petal First” campaign begins in Friendly City

The Petal-area Chamber of Commerce is hoping you’ll think of the “Friendly City” first when you do your holiday shopping and it’s offering some incentives to encourage you to do that.

Instagram-worthy milkshakes bring ‘Shark Tank’ investors to The Yard

  Main Street Books hopes to improve in this year’s “Give a Child a Book” fundraiser

  Downtown Hattiesburg businesses hosts Holiday Open House

  Lamar County couple recognized as Miss. Tree Farmers of the Year

  Expert gives advice on building credit for kids

  Pine Belt Area Job Fair brings job seekers, providers together

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  Pine Belt vendors prepare for lottery

USDA offers funding for rural water project in Lamar Co.

  Sanderson Farms building new hatchery in Jones County

  Turtle Creek Mall celebrates 25 years of business

Cooperative Energy dedicates new power plant at its Benndale Station

141 bids received for Forrest County tax-forfeited property auction

  Palazzo discusses Syria withdrawal, impeachment inquiry

Rep. Steven Palazzo visited the WDAM studio Wednesday afternoon to discuss ongoing issues facing the nation.

  Business owner proposes cigar bar for downtown Hattiesburg

A business owner wants to bring a premium cigar bar to downtown Hattiesburg.

  Chick-fil-A Hattiesburg to reopen after renovations

Chick-fil-A in Hattiesburg will reopen Tuesday in time for lunch.

  Downtown Petal businesses move to Evelyn Gandy Parkway

Since the Evelyn Gandy Parkway was built, businesses have been moving towards the corridor. That movement could leave downtown Petal with vacant buildings.

  Collins’ Annie B’s serves free lunch to first responders on 9/11 anniversary

  Covington supervisors adopt fiscal 2020 budget

  Hospital executive appointed to Hattiesburg Convention Commission

  USM football fans enjoy pre-game activities before Alcorn State game

  Grow with Google program comes to Mississippi

KFC testing plant-based fried ‘chicken’

  New Shirley’s in Collins to open next Spring

A popular, family-owned business in Collins destroyed by arson a few months ago is being rebuilt.

  Second annual Women in Business forum held in Laurel

The Jones County Chamber of Commerce and Community Bank sponsored a business symposium for women Wednesday.

  The First announces agreement to acquire Florida bank

The First, A National Banking Association will continue its expansion with the acquisition of a Florida bank.

  Nature’s Gourmet Farm increasing output

Nature’s Gourmet Farm in Petal is gearing up to boost their output.

  Financial aid strategist walks through breaking free of student loan debt

Wearing a cap and gown and crossing the stage at a university is a moment of pride that brings a sense of security of earning a spot in the workplace. Millions of Americans feel the career they enter will support them beginning life as an adult.

  WDAM Investigates: Pricing the pumps

While gas prices are seeing some decline, making sure you get the best price can be tricky. That’s because prices can be very different, which add up with each gallon.

  EDA awards Hattiesburg $1.7 million to rebuild Lamar Blvd.

The Economic Development Administration in the U.S. Department of Commerce has awarded the city of Hattiesburg $1.7 million, which will be used to rehabilitate and improve Lamar Boulevard.

  Regions opens mortgage division facility in Hattiesburg

Regions Bank has officially opened its mortgage division facility.

  Maximus employees protest unfair working conditions

Some employees from the company Maximus, formally General Dynamics Information Technology, protested Thursday claiming they are being treated unfairly.

  100-year-old Sumrall bank transformed into local shop

One Sumrall woman transformed a bank that was over 100 years old into a local shop.

  New restaurant, hotel sales tax underway in Hattiesburg

The one percent restaurant and hotel sales tax increase is now underway in the City of Hattiesburg.

Sanderson Farms announces increase in pay rates

Sanderson Farms, Inc. announced it will increase pay rates for the Company’s hourly employees beginning Sunday, June 2, 2019.

  New farmers’ market to boost Mount Olive economy

Organizers of a new farmer’s market in Mount Olive are hoping for dry weather this Saturday.

Expungement clinic to be held Saturday in Heidelberg

A free expungement clinic will be held Saturday in Heidelberg.

Cooperative Energy names new president, CEO

Cooperative Energy names new president, CEOHATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) - Cooperative Energy named its new president and CEO Tuesday. Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Jeff Bowman was announced as the company’s new president. He will take over the role of CEO in late 2019 following the

  Waynesboro voters pass 1% restaurant, bar and hotel tax

People in Waynesboro will soon be charged an extra penny on the dollar for all restaurant sales, beer and liquor sales and hotel stays.

  WDAM Investigates: Contractor troubles

When James and Lisa Cowart found their new home in Perry County, they were hoping a remodel would be simple. More than $25,000 later, the remodel is far from done.

Sullivan’s on Main Street is closing for remodeling

Sullivan’s Grocery store located at 1224 North Main Street in Hattiesburg is closing for remodeling.

  Pine Belt Federal Credit Union opens Perry County branch

A bright, new business is drawing much attention in New Augusta.

  Regions Bank opens branch in downtown Hattiesburg

Regions Bank cut the ribbon Thursday morning on a newly renovated office in downtown Hattiesburg.

  Business owners share mixed feelings on 1% tax increase

Restaurants and hotels will raise their sales tax by 1%, but, not everyone is on board with the change.

  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.

Forbes names Sanderson Farms among America’s best employers

Laurel-based Sanderson Farms was recognized by the magazine in its 2019 America’s Best Employers, which ranks the top 500 employers in the U.S. across 25 different industries.

  City of Petal establishes program to help fill vacant buildings downtown

This is a grant reimbursement and incentive program for the redevelopment of those blighted commercial properties on Main Street and Central Avenue.

  Recognizing electric lineman appreciation month

April is National Lineman Appreciation Month and Tuesday WDAM took an opportunity to see what the day in the life of a lineman is like.

  CPAs urge taxpayers to be prepared for tax filing deadline

The deadline to file your taxes is April 15, and accountants say taxpayers need to get on it or file an extension.

Hattiesburg Zoo named best zoo in state

Reader’s Digest named the Hattiesburg Zoo the best zoo in Mississippi.

USM hosting series of business lectures on export awareness

The head of a state organization that promotes exports spoke Thursday at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Sunbelt FCU to open new center in Hattiesburg

Sunbelt Federal Credit Union announced the addition of a new center of operations in the Hub City.

  WDAM Investigates: Cashing in on child care

Some licensed child care facilities in Mississippi continue to operate and accept subsidies from the state despite repeated failed inspections.

  Hattiesburg Dirt Cheap Distribution Center hosts open house, job fair

Channel Control Merchants, LLC-Dirt Cheap is hoping to find more than 200 new employees for its distribution centers.

Dispute over Mississippi electricity prices heads to trial

The unit of New Orleans-based Entergy Corp. says it’s done nothing wrong and that the dispute belongs before a regulator, not a judge.

Plaid Rhino in Hattiesburg closes permanently

The Plaid Rhino in Hattiesburg shut its doors permanently on Friday morning.

  Craft beer sales on the rise statewide

The craft brewing industry continues to grow not only across the nation, but in the state of Mississippi as well.

Boil water notice issued for some Lamar County residents

The North Lamar Water Association has issued a boil water notice for about 100 customers.

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

In Mississippi, the median household annual income is just over $40,000. It’s right at $16,000 less than the median income across the country, and it’s growing more and more common for people to pick up a side hustle to stay ahead.

  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

Governor Phil Bryant gave an update on the Nissan plant layoffs.

Hub City commission delivers good news

The Hattiesburg Convention Commission came out of Fiscal Year 2018 on solid footing.

Hattiesburg-based bank expands with acquisition

The First, A National Banking Association, announced Monday its expansion into the Gulf South and greater New Orleans area with the acquisition FPB Financial Corp.

Miskelly recognized as top furniture retailer

A Mississippi company has been recognized as the #1 Large Independent Furniture Retailer in the country by national trade magazine Home Furnishings Business.

  Southern Miss hosts Career and Internship Expo

The University of Southern Mississippi held its Career and Internship Expo on Tuesday at the Thad Cochran center from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

  Petal business owner frustrated with flooding issues

A Petal business owner is frustrated with city officials as he works to stop his property from flooding.

  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.