Lauren Rogers Museum launches online auction Thursday

This year’s fundraising auction is filled with sports collectibles, exciting getaways, paintings and much more.

PRVEPA General Manager Randy Wallace to retire

  COVID-19 pandemic increasing hunger in Mississippi, non-profit officials say

  Pine Belt Holiday Expo gives shoppers new options for gifts

  Local author releases new Christmas book

  Old-fashioned Christmas celebrated at Landrum’s in Laurel

  Spectrum: The Other Clinic starts work on new building in Hattiesburg

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  Hattiesburg organizations help those in need this Thanksgiving

  Weekend trash cleanup improves Dist. 5 Covington County community

  Collins’ Christmas in the Park to begin its 17th year

  VFW makes $1,000 donation to Hattiesburg Salvation Army

Hattiesburg business collecting contributions for Toys for Tots

Coast Mardi Gras parade first to be canceled due to COVID risks

  Free coats, food handed out during Thanksgiving Takeaway in Hattiesburg

The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies held the “Thanksgiving Takeaway” event.

  Hattiesburg teen organizes community blood drive

People came to the Hattiesburg YMCA Monday to donate blood, thanks to the efforts of Hattiesburg teen Samuel Line.

  Landrum’s Homestead & Village celebrates 37 years

A longstanding attraction in Laurel is celebrating 37 years of providing historical and educational experiences to visitors.

Home of Jones Co. pastor damaged by early-morning fire

The house was the church parsonage of First Baptist of Sharon.

  4th Annual ‘Giving While Living’ toy drive happening Dec. 19

Two vehicle incidents and one house fire reported from Jones Co.

  Fall pop-up shop get shoppers out and about

Molina Healthcare, Supervisor Comegys to provide jackets, supplies to youth Monday

Jones Co. emergency officials responded to collision Saturday night

  ADP raising $4 million as part of new strategic economic plan

  PSC receives 200K “Zap the Gap” calls so far

Mississippi Public Service Chairman Dane Maxwell has gotten a big response to his “Zap the Gap” program, which was initiated over the summer.

  Dabbs Street Center held second turkey giveaway Saturday

The Dabbs Street Center held its second turkey giveaway Saturday to help families in need in the community.

C Spire, Extra Table partner for Tackle Hunger Giving Challenge

Through “Text to Give”, C Spire and Extra Table wants to make it easy for anyone who wants to financially support Extra Table’s feeding efforts.

  140 graduate from Class 53 of Youth Challenge

A graduation ceremony was held Saturday morning at the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum.

Mtn Dew holds giveaway for outdoor license reimbursement

Mtn Dew Outdoor Cash Out’s prize money will go towards helping outdoor enthusiasts with the cost of their hunting and fishing licenses.

Kappa Alpha Psi feeds hundreds ahead of Thanksgiving

Members of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. fired up the grills on Saturday to feed hundreds of people in need at Feed My Sheep.

  Covington Co. resident organizes Dist. 5 trash clean up

Residents in District Five in Covington County are hitting the streets this weekend to clean up trash.

  Group donates quilts to give comfort to Perry Co. families during pandemic

Quilts to help comfort families during the pandemic were sent out to several organizations in Perry County.

  Domestic Abuse Family Shelter extends space for pets

A local nonprofit is expanding the space it allows for pets of domestic violence victims.

Mississippi bus driver spots black bear on morning route

A Jones County bus driver came across a pleasant surprise before starting her morning bus route.

  Pearl River Valley Electric awards Stone County EDP with Cooperative Competes grant

The money will go toward building upgrades and site preparation on the former General Dynamics campus in McHenry.

  ‘Drive-thru Tasting Bee’ held at Waynesboro library

Friends of the Waynesboro-Wayne County Library held a “Drive-thru Tasting Bee” on Thursday.

  Petal kicks off 19th Shop Petal First event

Shop Petal First runs from Nov. 19 through Nov. 21.

  R3SM, volunteers host holiday food giveaway in Prentiss

More than 100 turkeys and vegetable items were handed out on a first-come, first-serve basis.

  Drainage, erosion improvements at Covington jail nearly complete

Work to improve long-standing drainage and erosion issues at the Covington County Law Enforcement Complex is nearly complete.

  Applications open for Hattiesburg Fire Department 2021 Academy Class

The Hattiesburg Fire Department is looking for new members for its team.

Southern Pine Electric distributes meals in Heidelberg

Southern Pine Electric employees distributed 83 meals to Heidelberg residents Wednesday.

  8th annual Alpaca Festival set for Saturday

A Stroke-A-Gene-Us Alpaca farm is gearing up for its 8th annual Alpaca Festival.

  Hattiesburg nonprofit donates to Camp Shelby food pantry

The nonprofit dropped off $1,500 worth of food to the base food pantry Wednesday ahead of Thanksgiving.

  Jones County Sheriff’s Department unveils new deputy vehicles

The Jones County Sheriff’s Department is moving away from its traditional brown color scheme and unveiling a new look for deputy cars.

  Restaurants, shops to stay open late for ‘Christmas in Collins’ Dec. 4

Merchants in downtown Collins are getting ready to host an annual Christmas event that they hope will bring in lots of new holiday business.

  Covington Chamber hopes to encourage local buying with ‘Santa Shops’ campaign

An annual campaign to encourage Covington County residents to shop local for the holidays kicks off Thursday.

Jones Co. firefighters battle two house fires Tuesday

Multiple volunteer fire departments in Jones County made efforts to put out two structure fires Tuesday in Laurel.

  Richard Schwartz & Associates donates food boxes to Extra Table

Richard Schwartz and Associates donated more than 100 food boxes to Extra Table’s Tackle Hunger campaign Tuesday.

  Laurel mayor speaks on new state flag

The new state flag is flying throughout the City of Laurel.

  Laurel approves four-year contract with Waste Pro

Beginning January 2021, trash service for residents in the City of Laurel will change.

EMA: Explosion felt in Wayne Co. came from unpermitted dump site

Many callers said the explosion shook their windows and rattled dishes.

  Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi struggling to reach new members amid pandemic

In the Magnolia State, about 10,000 to 12,000 girls participate in Girl Scouts.

  Spire Inc. launches natural gas expansion project in Lamar Co.

The project was approved by the Mississippi Public Service Commission in October.

  Operation Christmas Child National Collection Week kicks off

The Samaritan’s Purse-led shoebox campaign sends thousands of shoeboxes filled with toys, snacks and necessary items to children worldwide.

  Great American Car and Truck show set for Saturday

Temple Baptist Church in Hattiesburg is hosting it’s annual Great American Car and Truck show this Saturday.

  Law firm packs food boxes for Extra Table

The boxes will be given to food banks in Hattiesburg, Petal and Sumrall.

  Jasper County Board accepts bid for new Stringer Fire Dept.

The Jasper County Board of Supervisors accepted a bid Monday to replace an aging Stringer Fire Department building with a new one.

  Jones County mask order extended until 2021

The mandate requires everyone who comes into a county building to wear a mask.

JC students receive PRVEPA scholarships

31 Jones College students received scholarships from PRVEPA’s Round Up for Education program this year.

  15 community colleges to be added to Mississippi Optical Network

MissiON allows students at many campuses in Mississippi to use supercomputers to gather research and use it to further their studies.

  Hattiesburg Arts Council, USM alumnus held book signing Saturday

The book signing was held at the Hattiesburg Cultural Center as it was for Ted Jackson, the author of “You Ought To Do a Story About Me.”

  Hattiesburg Arts Council holds 2020 Emering Artists exhibit

The exhibit was to bring artists in the community together.

  Cornhole tourney raises funds for Petal Children’s Task Force

A Petal business hosted a friendly competition Saturday, to raise money and bring-in food donations for the Petal Children’s Task Force.

  Hattiesburg church selling Thanksgiving gumbo to raise funds

One Hattiesburg church served up some special holiday food Saturday, but it had nothing to do with turkeys.

  Shelby museum featuring new exhibit on Lucedale WWI hero

The Mississippi Armed Forces Museum at Camp Shelby has a new exhibit that honors a George County man who was killed in action near the end of World War One.

  Cub Scouts learn about community service during ‘Scouting for food’

Some Cub Scouts in Hattiesburg are spending their weekend learning about helping others in need.

Hattiesburg’s Ward 4 Councilmember tests positive for COVID-19

According to the City of Hattiesburg, Ward 4 Councilmember Mary Dryden tested positive Thursday.

  Palazzo: Trump has ‘every right’ to continue to contest election

Congressman Steven Palazzo visited Camp Shelby Friday and said that President Trump has a right to continue his fight over the Nov. 3 general election.

  Oak Grove graduate elected Harvard student body president

After months of virtual campaigning, Oak Grove graduate Noah Harris has been elected president of Harvard University's Undergraduate Council.

  Hub City musician to open show for major R&B artist

Josh Waters is opening for R&B artist Tank at the Lawn at Lake Terrace in the spring of 2021.

  Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign kicks off early Friday

The Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign is beginning early this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

  10th annual Hattiesburg Half Marathon set for 2021

The Pinebelt Foundation has announced next year’s Hattiesburg Half Marathon will be in-person and held on April 10, 2021.

  $5K raffle winner announced by Junior Auxiliary of Hattiesburg

The raffle was an opportunity for the public to support the group while also donating to a good cause.

  Mississippi author holds book signing in Waynesboro

A Mississippi author held a book signing event at the Waynesboro-Wayne County Library on Thursday.

  Mount Olive ‘Crossroads’ exhibit entering third week

The exhibit runs through Dec. 12, and admission is free.

  Laurel Salvation Army kicking off Red Kettle season Nov. 13

Due to COVID, this year there is a contactless giving option available for anyone who wishes to donate to The Salvation Army Laurel.

  Rogers, Saul head to justice court judge runoff in Jones County

On Nov. 24, Jones County will hold a justice court judge runoff between Noel Rogers and Sonny Saul.

VFW serves meals to residents, staff at Collins Veterans Home

A group of veterans teamed up with Flathau’s Fine Foods on Veterans Day to feed residents at the State Veterans Home in Collins.

  Hattiesburg-area military museums welcome visitors for Veterans Day

Two Hattiesburg-area military museums were open on Veterans Day.

  USM retiree honored with ‘Gloria Peterson Day’ proclamation

After nearly 30 years of serving others, a much-loved icon at the University of Southern Mississippi is retiring.

  Marion County pays tribute to veterans

Marion County honored veterans Wednesday during a special ceremony.

Pine Belt students write poems, letters to veterans

Students at one school in Columbia are learning about the importance of Veterans Day.