7 graduate from Sandersville Law Enforcement Training Academy

The Sandersville Law Enforcement Training Academy held its program graduation at Jones College.

  Drug addiction informational discussion held in Hattiesburg

  “Shop Petal First” campaign begins in Friendly City

  Ellisville Police Department kicks off toy drive

Vitalant is giving free 9-inch pies to donors for holiday season

  A Stroka Gene Us Alpaca Farm to host 7th annual festival Saturday

  Eagle’s Nest Pantry gets $8K donation from Venture Church

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First ever pop up pantry comes to New Augusta

  School district launches new parent incentive store

  Annual Christmas shop local campaign begins Thursday in Covington County

Home burns down in Lumberton

Laurel police: Missing woman found safe

  WDAM Investigates: Transition of power in Jones County

  Hattiesburg City Council tables potential group home

The Hattiesburg City Council moved forward with a new medical clinic and expanding an apartment complex in town but tabled a potential group home at its meeting Tuesday night.

  Project Recovery hosts 4th Voices for the Homeless seminar

The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies’ Project Recovery hosted its fourth annual Voices of the Homeless Seminar.

  Changes coming to Laurel Sportsplex

Some changes are coming to the Laurel Sportsplex. In addition to some new coats of paint, new fences are being put up and a two-foot wall is being placed around each infield.

  Soldiers, Seabees start annual motorcycle safety ride at Camp Shelby

U.S. Army soldiers and Navy Seabees from South Mississippi have teamed up on a special mission to improve safety on the roadway.

  Hattiesburg council hears proposals at work session

Thanksgiving dinner for senior citizens held in Hattiesburg

  Pine Belt vendors get ready for lottery sales

  Project Recovery holds food drive at USM

  Ovett family recovering after losing home, dogs to fire

  Pine Belt high schoolers showcase artwork

Marion Co. Sheriff’s Office taking donations for Children’s Hospital

MCSO will be outside of Columbia Walmart to take donations on Nov. 30 from noon until.

  7th annual Veterans Picnic raises money for wounded soldiers

Veterans, car enthusiasts and Columbia residents gathered Saturday to raise money for wounded soldiers.

  PRCC getting ready to host third annual “Wildcat Wonderland”

Pearl River Community College is preparing for its third annual Christmas event, called “Wildcat Wonderland.”

  Art, holiday gifts, and Santa Claus all at the Pine Belt Holiday Expo and Christmas Market

Holiday Expo and Christmas Market brings Pine Belt Locals for arts, holiday gifts, and Santa Claus

  Two PRCC construction projects making progress

Two large construction projects underway at Pearl River Community College are making steady progress.

Pine Belt veteran celebrates 100th birthday

A Pine Belt veteran celebrated his 100th birthday on Friday.

  Soldiers, retired military finding bargains at Camp Shelby commissary

Active-duty soldiers and retired military are saving money at a new place to shop at Camp Shelby.

  Hattiesburg Public School District names new police chief

Longtime Hattiesburg police officer Latosha Myers-Mitchell has just been announced as the new police chief of the Hattiesburg Public School District.

  Disentangle AD Caregiver Conference offers help to caregivers

The Third Annual Disentangle AD Caregiver Conference ended Friday afternoon with caregivers feeling like they have a helping hand in seeing after their loved ones.

  Laurel Salvation Army launches Red Kettle, Angel Tree campaigns

The bells starting ringing at noon Friday in Laurel as The Salvation Army launched its annual Red Kettle and Angel Tree campaigns.

  Camp Shelby hosts annual Native American heritage observance

The 177th Armored Brigade hosted a National American Indian Heritage observance.

  Jobs for Miss. Graduates initiate new officers

Dozens of students in the Hattiesburg Public School District were initiated into Jobs for Mississippi Graduates office roles Thursday evening.

  The Wall That Heals opens to visitors in Columbia

After a long and difficult setup, the Wall That Heals has opened to visitors in Marion County.

  Petal Police Department hosts SWAT competition

The Petal Police Department is hosting a SWAT competition that includes several law enforcement agencies from the Pine Belt and teams from the U.S. Military that are participating in the two-day event.

  Hattiesburg Miracle League Project to build special needs baseball field

The Pine Belt area will soon house a brand new, state-of-the-art baseball field that will accommodate walkers and wheelchairs.

USM police: Disregard false human trafficking flyers on campus

The University of Southern Mississippi Police Department issued a notice regarding a flyer circulating on the Hattiesburg campus that contains false information.

  127 PRCC students receive scholarships from PRVEPA

A check presentation for the full amount of $63,500 was presented at Pearl River Community College.

  Community gathers for Kaylee Yohn memorial

Family and friends gathered in her memory on the Seminary High School football field.

  Jefferson Davis Co. JROTC cadets honor Collins veterans with gifts

A group of JROTC Cadets took on a special mission Wednesday to show their appreciation for veterans.

  Sacred Heart hosting annual fun run in Dec.

Sacred Heart Catholic School in Hattiesburg is hosting its annual fun run on Dec. 7.

  Budget Inn on Highway 49 is being demolished

The old Budget Inn on U.S. Highway 49 in Hattiesburg is being torn down after abandonment.

Ovett volunteer firefighter loses home, 2 dogs to fire

The firefighter, his wife and their two children were not home when the blaze sparked

City of Hattiesburg getting ready for Midnight on Front Street

A fireworks show will take place after the "dropping" of the Hub Sign at midnight on New Year's Day.

  Fire officials encourage families to create fire escape plan

Families are being encouraged to create an Edith drill, which stands for exit drill in the home.

First Bank opens new location in Hattiesburg

First bank has opened its new location on Highway 98 in Hattiesburg.

  26 Jones College students get “Round Up for Education” scholarships

More than two dozen students at Jones College are receiving financial help, thanks to a scholarship program at Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association.

  Bitter cold means bad news for exposed water pipes in Pine Belt

Bitter cold temperatures are expected in the Pine Belt over the next couple of days, and that could mean some bad news for homeowners who have exposed water pipes.

  Fieldhouse and local shelters help homeless brace for cold

Some shelters in the Pine Belt are giving the homeless a break from being in the cold.

  The Wall That Heals makes stop in Columbia

The three-quarter replica of the Vietnam memorial in Washington D.C. will be in Columbia from Nov. 14 until Nov. 17.

Demolition begins on USM’s Pinehaven Apartments

A group of buildings that housed University of Southern Mississippi students and their families for decades is being turned to rubble.

  Students receive recognition for perfect scores on state test

Pine Belt students get recognition at the Forrest County School District Board Meeting for excelling in the classroom.

  Laurel Salvation Army opens warming shelter for cold weather

The Salvation Army in Laurel will open it’s warming shelter for the cold weather coming in on Tuesday.

  Laurel students host first Veterans Day Living History Museum

Fifth and sixth grade students at St. John’s Day School in Laurel are learning about the history of Veteran’s Day in an interactive way.

Hattiesburg hosts 37th Veterans Day ceremony

The City of Hattiesburg hosted its 37th annual Veterans Day ceremony on Monday at Veteran’s Memorial Park located downtown.

  Marion County honors veterans during Monday ceremony

A ceremony was held in front of the courthouse with veterans and residents filling the crowd.

Veterans Day events around the Pine Belt area

The Pine Belt area will have many events taking place on Veterans Day.

  USM cadets remember the fallen at the Veterans Memorial Wall

The somber event is to remember those who have fallen before the parade celebration on Veterans Day.

  USM Air Force ROTC take part in 24-hour Veterans Memorial Wall vigil

They began at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Hattiesburg Veterans Memorial Park and will end on Veterans Day morning.

  Hattiesburg hosted the 74th annual MS State NAACP Convention

The convention started Thursday and came to an end Saturday night.

  Laurel Girl Scouts serve lunch to veterans

Nearly two dozen Jones County Girl Scouts honored local veterans Saturday by serving them lunch.

  Laurel American Legion post hosts annual Veterans Day program

A Laurel American Legion post celebrated Veterans Day Saturday night with an annual program.

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

For every $5 raised, one light bulb will be lit up on a tree the bookstore plans to put out.

  Downtown Hattiesburg businesses hosts Holiday Open House

The open house's theme is "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."

Pine Belt mother dedicates scholarship to late son

Valerie Horne started Pancakes For a Purpose eight years ago.

Red Cross competition enhances volunteer response skills

American Red Cross volunteers from across South Mississippi got some valuable skills training in a competitive two-day event that wrapped up Saturday.

Laurel resident battling cancer gets much-needed wheelchair ramp

Laurel city leaders, students and participants in a drug recovery program have teamed up to help make life a little easier for one woman who’s battling a terrible disease.

  Glade school hosts Veterans Day program

Students at Glade Elementary School showed their support for Veterans Friday.

  Chancellor Gambrell speaks during day two of Hattiesburg NAACP conference

An annual conference of the state NAACP is continuing in Hattiesburg.

  HPD, HFD partner with Edwards Street Fellowship Food Pantry ahead of holiday season

The holiday season is coming up and some folks rely on the pantry for a meal.

  Lamar County volunteer fire departments receive $4,500 grant

A few volunteer fire departments in Lamar County are getting some new needed equipment.

  Vitalant in need of blood donations

Vitalant in Hattiesburg is asking for the public’s help in getting O negative blood donations.

  Mom holds Pancakes for a Purpose in honor of late son

Valerie Horne started doing Pancakes for a Purpose fundraiser eight years ago. She recently dedicated the fundraiser in memory of her son, Brennon Horne, who got diagnosed with a brain tumor at the age of 6.

  Expert gives advice on building credit for kids

While there can be some benefits to getting a credit card at a young age, there can be some drawbacks as well.

  Section of Highway 11 dedicated to Coach Phillip James Jr.

The section of Hwy 11 from its intersection in the city limits of Ellisville to Hall Street in Moselle will now be known as the 'Coach Phillip James Jr. Memorial Highway.'

  Marion County removes oak trees in front of courthouse

Crews have cut down the oak trees that used to reside in front of the Marion County Courthouse.

Lumberton police chief terminated by city

Former Lumberton Police Chief Adam Jones is speaking out after being terminated by the Board of Aldermen this week.

Silver Alert canceled for 59-year-old woman from Simpson Co.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation has issued a Silver Alert for 59-year-old Elizabeth Wagner Barker of Mendenhall, Simpson County, MS.

  State’s youngest double mastectomy patient starts nonprofit

When May was only 19 years old, she had to go through a double mastectomy herself, making her the youngest in Mississippi to have one.