‘Great American Duck Derby’ set for Saturday morning

More than 2,000 plastic ducks will be poured into the Leaf River from the East Hardy Street Bridge to kick off the derby.

  Mitchell Farms prepare to welcome back guests

Military Order of the Cootie celebrates 100th anniversary at State Veterans Home

  Hattiesburg senior living facility hosts ‘A Day at the Fair’ for residents

  ReSkill MS helping Mississippians get job skills training through CARES ACT funds

  Columbia Strong making progress in replacing homes destroyed in spring tornado

  FGH Foundation hosts “Win This Car” raffle

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  Pine Belt power companies assist in Hurricane Sally relief efforts

  Lamar Co. School Board to have two new board members come November

MDOT continues projects on Highway 49, Interstate 59

  Experience Columbia Christmas to begin Nov. 28

  Hattiesburg council unanimously passes 2021 budget

  Lamar County expected to approve 2021 budget this week

Hub City Humane Society needs foster homes for animals during storm season

Shelters fill up during storm season and animals need a safe place to stay.

  Covington Co. Sheriff’s Dept. hiring new law officers

The Covington County Sheriff’s Department is hiring two new law enforcement officers.

  Preparing for possible power outages from Hurricane Sally

Winds from Hurricane Sally could result in power outages here in the Pine Belt, and it’s important to be prepared beforehand.

  Southern Pines Animal Shelter gives updates on rescued Jones County dogs

Nearly 40 dogs were rescued in August from a trailer home in Jones County after the sheriff’s department executed a search warrant. Since then, Southern Pines Animal Shelter has made sure to put all the animals back on a healthy path.

Hattiesburg Community Art Center offers teachers free recycled supplies

  Miss. Guard to host National Best Warrior Competition for first time

  PFD hosts 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb Saturday

  Hattiesburg Community Art Center offers virtual classes

  Covington Co. School District receives $475K grant to upgrade security on campuses

  Hattiesburg Fire Dept. holds 9/11 memorial stair climb at The Rock

  Columbia Police Department holds blood drive to commemorate 9/11

Friday, the Columbia Police Department and Vitalant held a “Blue-Blood Heroes” community blood drive.

  Hattiesburg remembers 9/11 on 19th anniversary

The City of Hattiesburg held a ceremony Friday to remember the lives lost in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks 19 years ago.

  Pandemic pushes summer Guard training into the fall at Camp Shelby

Normally this time of year, annual training activities at Camp Shelby would be winding down.

  Sanderson Farms launches ‘All In For Children’s’ mask campaign

Sanderson Farms launched a campaign dubbed ‘All In For Children’s' to benefit the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children.

  Grace’s Home of Heroes prepares for health and benefits convoy

Drive-thru health and benefit convoy is being held for military veterans by Grace's Home of Heroes

  Alzheimer’s Foundation of America to host virtual conference for Mississippians

Since 2002, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America provides support services for families and individuals dealing with the disease.

  Jones County Sheriff’s Dept. delivers supplies to hurricane victims

Members of the Jones County Sheriff’s Department drove more than 300 miles Thursday with tons of supplies to be donated to families impacted by Hurricane Laura.

  New Mobile St. mural encourages people to smile

Hattiesburg’s newest downtown mural is encouraging folks to smile.

Laurel Main Street announces new executive director

Susan Ladd will take over as executive director in January.

  R3SM gets $30K in new partnership grants

Hattiesburg’s Recover, Rebuild, Restore Southeast Mississippi (R3SM) has been awarded $30,000 in new grants through the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas.

  National Guard reschedules Shelby Retiree Day for Nov. 5

The Mississippi National Guard has a new date set for its annual Retiree Day.

  USM fraternity lets kids paint lion statues after learning of social media post

An emotional social media post inspired the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at the University of Southern Mississippi to give a few kids an opportunity to learn while having fun.

  Hattiesburg receives $13M federal grant for downtown overpass project

The project includes two railroad overpasses on Hall Street and a roundabout intersection at James Street and Bay Street.

LIST: Pine Belt communities host events to remember 9/11

Members of the Pine Belt community will be able to attend events honoring 9/11 this weekend.

  City of Columbia hosting annual 9/11 events

The Blue Blood Heroes Community Blood Drive will be held Friday, Sept. 11.

  COVID-19 restrictions limit high school sports revenue

Public schools have only been playing football for the last week but the changes can already be seen.

Animal Medical Center celebrates 45 years in business

A Pine Belt veterinarian clinic makes strides in the animal care sector as it celebrates 45 years of business.

  Jasper Co. sheriff requests prayers for deputy recovering from crash

Jasper County Sheriff Randy Johnson is asking that the community pray for a deputy who continues to recover after being seriously injured in a crash last week.

  Laurel City Council approves 2021 budget during meeting

The Laurel City Council approved the city’s budget for fiscal year 2021 Tuesday night.

  Hattiesburg presents first balanced budget in 10 years at city council meeting

On Tuesday night, the city held a public hearing on its budget for fiscal year 2021, which is expected to be adopted in the coming weeks.

  Ribbon-cutting held for new basketball, tennis courts in Hattiesburg

New basketball and tennis courts are now open at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church in Hattiesburg.

  Vacant armory chosen for Wayne County emergency shelter

Residents in Wayne County may soon have an emergency shelter available for them to use during severe weather.

Wayne County firefighters to get new hand-held radios

The Wayne County Board of Supervisors gave their approval for the purchase 50 new hand-held radios and 30 new beepers for their firefighters and emergency responders.

  Jones Co. Sheriff’s Dept. taking donations for Hurricane Laura victims

The Jones County Sheriff’s Department is leading a donation drive for Hurricane Laura victims.

  Pine Belt locals react to low Labor Day gas prices

Gas Buddy predicted a national average of $2.19 per gallon this Labor Day, the lowest price since 2004. In Mississippi, the gas prices are looking better than that, with Gas Buddy showing the average price for gas at $1.86 per gallon.

  Pine Belt residents celebrate Labor Day at Paul B. Johnson State Park

Monday brought great weather for those enjoying Labor Day at Paul B. Johnson State Park.

  Why we celebrate Labor Day

Labor Day pays tribute to American workers for their hard work and achievements.

  Downtown Hattiesburg Association promoting economic development downtown

Over the past five years, 33 new businesses opened in downtown Hattiesburg, creating 207 new jobs.

  Safety tips for boating on Labor Day

On Labor Day, many people spend their time on the water. But before you step on your boat, here are a few safety tips you need to remember.

ADP president says Pine Belt economy recovering from pandemic

The head of the Area Development Partnership says the Hattiesburg-area economy is wasting no time recovering from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

  BLM Mississippi and NAACP host voter registration and census cookout

BLM Mississippi and NAACP hosts registration cookout.

  Piney Woods House of Hope host community garage sale

Richton Church hosts garage sell to raise funds to give back to the community.

  Lamar Co. sets ’Right Way to Throw Away Day’ for October

The event will be held at the Lamar County Multipurpose center and Bobby Chain Airport from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Saturday Oct 3rd.

  New mural being painted in downtown Hattiesburg

The Hattiesburg Alliance for Public Art is partnering with Laughs 4 Life to bring a new Mural to downtown Hattiesburg.

  Home builders hope disabled veteran’s home can be finished by Christmas

Homebuilders, volunteers and friends of disabled Forrest County veteran Jack Walker gathered Friday for an event to help support the completion of his new home near Camp Shelby.

  Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience inducts 5 into Hall of Fame

Family and friends accepted the awards on behalf of the artists and performed tributes.

  Hattiesburg Arts Council prepares for its 50th Anniversary

The Hattiesburg Arts Council is prepping for its 50th anniversary. The council has been a major part of the Hub City community for quite some time.

  Stretch of U.S. 11 named in honor of late Laurel chief

A one-mile stretch of U.S. 11 in Jones County was designated "Tyrone Stewart Memorial Highway" in honor of the former Laurel police chief.

  Late Hattiesburg veteran honored at commemoration of end of WWII

Arthur C. Albert Sr. was honored in a video tribute during a ceremony at Pearl Harbor, hosted by the World War II 75th Commemoration Committee.

  New nonprofit aims to aid storm cleanup efforts in Jones County

Restore Jones County aims to provide assistance to local people impacted by natural disasters.

  Lamar County to repave eight roads in Lumberton community

Lamar County is investing more than a quarter-million dollars to repave the roads.

  Dirt Cheap begins three-day job fair

A Hattiesburg company has begun a three-day job fair in the hope or adding 100 new employees to the payroll.

  MDE technology vendor list raises questions among state auditor, school districts

The devices ordered will be purchased through the Equity in Distance Learning Act, but some aspects of the process have raised some questions.

  Habitat for Humanity kicks off ‘Change for Change’ campaign

Habitat for Humanity of the Pine Belt has launched it’s newest campaign.

  Hattiesburg Fire Dept. recruits halfway through academy

The Hattiesburg Fire Department is looking to bolster its ranks with eight recruits in this year’s academy.

  Lamar County School District preps for football season

The Lamar County School District will be starting its first football games this Friday and fans can expect several new changes.

  Hattiesburg, Petal libraries receive wireless internet upgrade

Hattiesburg and Petal libraries recently received upgrades to their wireless internet services, thanks to funding through the federal E-Rate program.

Dirt Cheap looking to hire 100 workers in Hattiesburg

The company is looking to add 100 jobs to its 700-person workforce in Hattiesburg.

  4 new officers sworn in at Laurel Police Department

Four new officers were sworn into the Laurel Police Department Tuesday morning.

  Laurel’s 2020 Loblolly Festival canceled

Laurel Main Street announced Tuesday its annual Loblolly Festival has been canceled this year.

  Jones County School District updates COVID-19 plan

Due to the number of cases in the county and the schools, the Jones County School Board has approved to extend the A/B schedule for students in grade levels 7 through 12.

  Hardy Street Baptist sends team to Louisiana to help with relief efforts

Relief efforts grow in Louisiana after Hurricane Laura’s devastated parts of the state. Hardy Street Baptist is helping in those efforts in several ways by sending a relief team.

  Temple Baptist Church sends crews to help hurricane victims

Temple Baptist Church in Hattiesburg is sending it’s second team out on Tuesday to help.

LIST: Donation efforts in Pine Belt for Hurricane Laura victims

Items such as canned goods, water, tarps, trash bags and many other house hold items are being accepted.

  Community members attend BLM prayer vigil Sunday evening

People came to pray and speak up for Jacob Blake and others impacted by social injustices and police brutality.

  Jones County Sheriff’s Department testing new taser for deputies

The Jones County Sheriff’s Department has been testing a new taser for deputies. For the past month, deputies and correctional officers have been testing the new taser on themselves.

  JCSD website averaging 39K unique visitors per month

Since launching their new website in March, the Jones County Sheriff’s Department has received more than 240,000 unique visitors to their site.

  BLM Mississippi ‘Stop the Violence’ event brings local businesses together

Black Lives Matter Mississippi gathered at the Mount Olive Laurel schoolhouse for an event that brought local business owners together to showcase skills and different products to support the community.