Electric, hybrid cars displayed in Hattiesburg for National Drive Electric Week

Several dozen owners of electric and hybrid vehicles gathered in Hattiesburg Saturday for a car show celebrating the beginning of National Drive Electric Week.

  Members of St. Fabian Catholic Church enjoying new worship center

  Miss. soldier returns early from deployment, surprises son at school

Vandals strike Miss. cemetery; police looking for culprits

  City of Hattiesburg adopts fiscal year budget

  Downtown Petal businesses move to Evelyn Gandy Parkway

Collins aldermen adopt 2020 fiscal budget

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  BancorpSouth donates $100K to Oseola McCarty Youth Development Center

  Hub City Humane Society asking for donations

  Legendary anchor Dan Rather to speak at Saenger Thursday night

  Lamar County School District brings awareness to suicide prevention

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

USM students reflect on 9/11 terrorist attacks

  Covington supervisors adopt fiscal 2020 budget

Covington County supervisors have voted on the county budget for fiscal year 2020 and adopted the ad valorem tax levies.

Adoption fees waived at Southern Pines this weekend

The Cathy Kangas Foundation for Animals will be covering adoption fees at Southern Pines Animal Shelter in Hattiesburg Friday through Sunday.

  Pine Belt first responders remember 9/11

Pine Belt first responders took time Wednesday to reflect on the service and sacrifice of their peers.

  26 years later: Angela Freeman is not forgotten

Angela Freeman has been missing for the last 26 years. Her family held a vigil in her honor.

  School district filling kids backpacks with more than homework

  Petal Aldermen pass new budget

  City of Hattiesburg holding annual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony

  Trial run for new Jones Co. Schools event security continues

Hattiesburg announces $120,000 grant for Duncan Lake trail

Storm damage reported at Moselle Elementary; 1 injured

’Tip a Cop’ to benefit Special Olympics

Law enforcement agencies from around the Pine Belt are teaming up with New South Restaurant Group and Special Olympics Mississippi for “Tip A Cop” fundraising events during the month of September.

Columbia School District holding safety exercises in September

The Columbia School District will be collaborating with first responders during the month of September to conduct several multi-agency school safety exercises.

WCU, PRCC receives grant to continue program to help teacher shortage

The $36,000 grant extends the partnership to attack Mississippi's teacher shortage.

  Fieldhouse hosts memorial for woman killed in hit and run

Friends of a homeless Hattiesburg woman killed in a hit and run two weeks ago gathered Saturday at the Fieldhouse for the Homeless to remember her life and, as her friends recall, her kindness to others.

  Cheerleader with Down Syndrome inspires Biloxi Junior High students

At Biloxi Junior High, one cheerleader is also inspiring her school and community.

  Petal School District close to finishing one of 4 storm shelters

Construction on one of the four storm shelters being built in the Petal School District is nearing completion.

  Covington Co. woman says vicious dogs terrorizing her neighborhood

A Covington County woman wants supervisors to do something about vicious dogs roaming her neighborhood on Robert Barnes Drive.

  Covington residents to see drop in property taxes, car tag fees

There’s good news for Covington County taxpayers, as supervisors prepare to adopt a new fiscal budget next week.

Trial date set for men charged in vicious on-camera assault

Two men charged in a brutal on-camera attack that sparked outrage in Wayne County were back in court Friday morning for their arraignment.

  Lamar Co. offers white goods drop off service

Each Saturday, Lamar County residents can get rid of their more bulky and large garbage items free of charge.

  Hospital executive appointed to Hattiesburg Convention Commission

The vice-president of marketing at Merit Health-Wesley will now serve on the Hattiesburg Convention Commission.

  Mable Street residents tired of water leak

A water leak in Hattiesburg has been giving residents headaches for three years.

  Laurel United Way kicks off auto-racing themed annual campaign

The United Way of the Pine Belt Region has shifted its annual fundraising efforts into high gear with an auto-racing themed campaign for 2019.

  Law enforcement teams up with Special Olympics athletes

Law enforcement officers in the Hub City are teaming up with Special Olympic athletes to raise money.

Lawsuit: JC violated former student’s right to free speech

A former Jones College student filed a lawsuit claiming school officials violated his First Amendment rights.

  Lumberton police chief addresses drug issues

The City of Lumberton is seeing more and more drug cases, leaving city officials and citizens concerned.

  SPAS’ thrift shop moves to larger location

A thrift store which has benefited Southern Pines Animal Shelter for nearly eight years has a new location.

  New schedule at PIB adds extra Dallas flight, cuts Chicago route

The Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport is no longer offering flights to Chicago.

  ‘Have a passion for it’: 100-year-old ballet master still teaching classes

Henry Danton is Mississippi Strong.

  Renovations underway at Thames Elementary School after sales tax

The 1% sales tax increase on hotel, motel and restaurants is paying off in Hattiesburg as renovations are underway at Thames Elementary School.

  Laurel Police Department upgrading equipment

The Laurel City Council voted Tuesday to give Laurel Police Department roughly $278,000 dollars for upgrades to its equipment.

Family of 6 loses home to fire in Jones Co.

A Jones County family of six is picking up the pieces after their rental home burned down Tuesday morning.

  Hattiesburg City Council says proposed budget is a win-win

The big topics from Tuesday evening’s citizens forum and public hearing were raises for city employees and no property tax increase for the City of Hattiesburg.

  Lamar County approves 2020 budget

The Lamar County Board of Supervisors approved a 2020 budget of more than $54 million on Tuesday.

HPD: One injured in shooting over parking spot

Police believe an argument over a parking spot led to a shooting early Sunday morning in Hattiesburg.

2 new cases of West Nile reported in Mississippi, bringing state total to 9 this year

Symptoms of the West Nile virus are often mild and may include: fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, a rash, muscle weakness or swollen lymph nodes.

MHP releases Labor Day holiday enforcement totals

MHP Troop J made numerous arrests and worked more than a dozen crashes.

  Petal closes basketball, tennis courts due to vandalism

Petal's basketball and tennis courts will be closed for a week after someone dumped trash all over center court.

  Pine Belt firefighters send help to Florida

Four Hattiesburg firefighters, alongside 38 others, have been sent to Florida to help with the aftereffects of Hurricane Dorian.

  USM, ASU fans tailgate before their game Saturday

Thousands of University of Southern Mississippi and Alcorn State University football fans gathered on the Hattiesburg campus Saturday to take part in tailgating activities before the football teams met at The Rock.

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

University of Southern Mississippi football fans are gearing up for the first game of the year, against Alcorn State, at home at The Rock.

Busy weekend in Hattiesburg expected to cause heavy traffic

The City of Hattiesburg is expecting an increase in traffic due to a series of events this weekend.

  Retired USM professor gears up for ride to promote kidney donation

Thirteen years ago, then 69-year-old Denny Behm donated a kidney to a very close friend.

  Jim Hood tours DuBard School for Language Disorders

Democrat governor candidate Jim Hood and his team were led around the Dubard School for Language Disorders at the University of Southern Mississippi on Thursday.

  Richton schools welcome new resource officer, K9

To combat threats, drugs or weapons on campus, the Richton School District partnered with the Perry County Sheriff’s Department to hire a school resource officer.

  Second amendment sales tax holiday begins Friday

For three days beginning Friday, shoppers across the state who buy firearms and other hunting equipment will get a tax break.

  Forrest General ‘Win This Car’ raffle winner announced

One lucky person will be receiving the keys to brand new car on Thursday night.

HPD dispatch phone lines back up and running

The phone lines for the Hattiesburg Police Department dispatch are back up and running after being down for a few hours Thursday.

  Lamar Co. agrees to 250K contract for sportsplex master plan

A sports complex has been in the works for Lamar County for a while now. The board has finally agreed to a contract to be the master plan process.

Give blood for chance to win $6,000 vacation

Donors will receive $25 Amazon gift card along with entering for giveaway.

McDonald’s honors Hattiesburg employee for academic accomplishment

Stephanie Hough was honored for earning a degree from Colorado Tech Institute.

  Grow with Google program comes to Mississippi

Google realizes many business owners may not have the skills they need to remain competitive.

  Sims heads to general election in the Forrest Co. Sheriff’s race

Charlie Sims will be advancing to the general election after clinching the Republican nomination in the Forrest County Sheriff’s race.

First Alert: Tracking Hurricane Dorian and what it means for Pine Belt

Hurricane Dorian is passing north of Puerto Rico out in the open Atlantic.

  2019 fall semester begins at USM

Wednesday marks the first day of fall classes

  Sims wins Republican nomination for Forrest Co. Sheriff

Charlie Sims won the Republican nomination for Forrest County Sheriff during Tuesday’s runoff against David Bassett.

Fitch wins Republican nomination for attorney general

Two-term state Treasurer Lynn Fitch has won the Republican nomination for Mississippi attorney general.

MDOT reopens bridge in Marion Co. after needed repairs

The Mississippi Department of Transportation reopened the State Route 198 bridge in Marion County on Tuesday.

  Superintendent talks school threats: ‘What you say matters’

Authorities are investigating two threats involving two pine belt school’s that happened over the weekend.

  Petal officials hold public meeting to discuss budget concerns

The Petal Civic Center was packed with community members wanting their voices to be heard Monday night.

  Forrest Co. voters to decide Republican nominee in Sheriff’s runoff

Forrest County voters will head to the polls on Tuesday to determine the Republican nominee for Sheriff in the upcoming general election.

LPD, Choctaw police arrest armed robbery suspect

Nicolas Fransisco, 33, was arrested on the Choctaw Reservation last Friday.

  Southern Miss freshmen volunteer to serve community

Hundreds of freshmen students at the University of Southern Mississippi spent Saturday learning to help others.

  Collins firefighters train using grain bin rescue tube

First responders spend their Saturday afternoon learning how to use a very specialized piece of life-saving equipment.

  New K9 search and rescue team based in Pine Belt

A new, volunteer K9 search and rescue team is based in the Pine Belt.

  Ellisville church improving veterans’ graves with help of local businesses

An Ellisville church is taking steps to improve a cemetery that includes the graves of several veterans.

  Hub City business hosts bereavement support group

Halcyon Hospice is offering a bereavement support group for the community every month.

  Lamar Park precinct up and running in time for runoffs

Those who vote at the Lamar Park voting precinct will be able to vote at the same location during the runoff elections Tuesday.