Chick-fil-A opens first pop up location in Petal

Chick-fil-A is coming to Petal, but only temporarily. The Chick-fil-A in Turtle Creek Mall opened its first pop-up location in Petal on Tuesday.

  Toyota of Hattiesburg receives President’s Award

SMRHI Back to School Immunization Fair runs through Aug. 2

Retired HPD officer dies after crash on Hardy Street

Storm shelters open in Forrest, Jones counties

  Community puts on benefit for Linda Hartfield

  State, local leaders prepare for Barry

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  National Guard opens new armory in Columbia

Pine Belt power cooperatives prepare for potential damage from Barry

Hyde-Smith speaks at Hattiesburg ADP Luncheon

  Lamar County Special Response Team gets $16,000 donation

Hattiesburg police officer, woman injured in traffic collision

  PIB executive director hopes for more passengers on Dallas flights

  Marion County prepares for tropical storm

Marion county preparaMarion County Emergency Management is preparing themselves and the area for Tropical Storm Barry.

  Pine Belt agencies preparing for possible tropical conditions

Preparations are underway. Pine Belt agencies have all hands on deck watching the latest tracks in the Gulf of Mexico.

Hattiesburg house fire under control

Hattiesburg emergency responders acted quickly to control a house fire Wednesday afternoon.

First Alert: NHC data shows flooding possible for Pine Belt from PTC-2

The National Hurricane Center is still tracking Potential Tropical Cyclone Two in the Gulf of Mexico. The PTC moniker means the development of a Tropical Depression, and likely a Tropical Storm, is all but an inevitability now.

  Hattiesburg hoping for federal grant

  Laurel support group helps people with diabetes

Boil water notice issued for Pleasant Ridge Water customers in Laurel

  New Augusta holds first farmers market

Woman charged with kidnapping 1-year-old in Laurel

Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport offers direct flights to DFW

  Youth Villages looks for backpack heroes

Youth Villages in Hattiesburg is looking for backpack heroes for their annual back-to-school drive.

  Addicts in recovery speaking out to help others

With the opioid crisis continuing across the nation and in Mississippi, local addicts in recovery are speaking out, hoping to help someone who is facing their same battle.

  Petal residents share concerns over multi-million dollar prject

Construction for a multi-million dollar apartment complex in Petal has been given the green light to continue, though not everyone in the community is excited about it.

  Jones County home destroyed in fire

A Jones County home in the Powers Community was destroyed in a house fire early Monday morning.

  Euroha wraps up biennial reunion with luncheon

The Euroha Alumni Association hosted its 17th biennial reunion this week, for graduates and former students of Eureka, Royal Street, Hattiesburg and L.J. Rowan high schools.

  Thousands come out for 3rd annual Freedom Festival

Downtown Columbia was packed full of deliciously smelling foods, cars, music, and people for the third annual Freedom Fest.

  EUROHA hosts “Throwback Brunch”

A special reunion in Hattiesburg is bringing back students from as far back as the early 1950′s.

Mississippi circuit clerks opened Saturday to register voters for August primary

County courthouses across Mississippi were open for a few hours Saturday, so new voters could register in time for the upcoming August primary.

  Great American Duck Derby raises money for Petal playground

Hundreds of plastic ducks were dropped off the East Hardy Street Bridge over the Leaf River Saturday to raise money for an infant/toddler playground at Petal’s Hinton Park.

  Columbia gears up for Freedom Fest

Downtown Columbia was busy Friday afternoon, getting streets blocked off and booths set up for the 3rd annual Freedom Fest.

  Forrest County continues work on Dahmer courthouse memorial

Forrest County is continuing work on a memorial to honor slain voting rights activist Vernon Dahmer.

  Fred’s closing stores in Miss., but there’s still a bright spot

Discount chain Fred’s recently announced it will close an additional 49 underperforming stores as part of an ongoing effort to optimize its footprint.

  Families enjoy Independence Day at Paul B. Johnson State Park

Hundreds of families spent their Fourth of July holiday at Paul B Johnson State Park.

  Camp Shelby museum remains open for Independence Day

Camp Shelby offered you a great way to celebrate the 4th of July holiday while beating the heat.

The story behind the decades-long break for July 4th celebrations in Vicksburg

Vicksburg didn't celebration the 4th of July for 81 years. A local historian explains why.

  Dogs fearful of Fourth of July fireworks

Fireworks in the night sky are beautiful to look at for you and your family.

  Volunteer fire chief killed in hit-and-run remembered through memorial 5K

The Sumrall Lions Club started off this Fourth of July by remembering late Sumrall Volunteer Fire Department chief Alvin Beasley.

  Jones College students win gold medals at National SkillsUSA

Three Jones College students competing in the National SkillsUSA competition in Louisville, Kentucky won first place with gold medals.

  Hattiesburg zoo hosts Red, White & Zoo

The Hattiesburg Zoo sent a special salute to the armed forces Thursday and offered families a destination for holiday fun this Independence Day.

LIST: Fourth of July fireworks shows, events around the Pine Belt

If you’re looking for Fourth of July fireworks shows, events or celebrations in the area, WDAM has compiled a list of locations around the Pine Belt.

  LPD carries on late chief’s legacy with annual food drive

The Laurel Police Department held its fifth annual Fill-A-Truck Food Drive on Wednesday. This year’s event was dedicated to the memory of late police chief Tyrone Stewart, who passed away earlier this year.

  MHP reminding motorists to drive safe for Fourth of July holiday

The Mississippi Highway Patrol is reminding drivers to be cautious and watch out for others as you travel this Fourth of July holiday.

  Forrest County works to improve road assessments

The Forrest County Board of Supervisors voted to move forward into a partnership with the Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District (SMPDD) to improve road assessments.

Lumberton approves pay raise for part-time city workers

The Lumberton Board of Aldermen approved a pay increase for part-time workers during a meeting Tuesday night.

  Board of Supervisors recognize Forrest General Hospital nurse

The Forrest County Board of Supervisors gave recognition to a former Forrest General Hospital nurse during Monday’s board meeting.

  Narcan training offered in local business

As the opioid crisis continues across our nation and in Mississippi, leaders in the Hattiesburg community are speaking out about the importance of being educated on the life saving tool Narcan.

Boil water notice lifted for 50 West Lamar Water customers

Lamar Water Association Company announced on Wednesday that the boil water notice issued to about 50 customers was lifted.

Lumberton Board to vote on pay raises for mayor, aldermen

The Lumberton Board of Aldermen is set to vote on pay raises for the mayor and aldermen during Tuesday’s meeting, according to the meeting’s agenda.

  Lumberton VFD gets $5,000 grant

Plains Pipeline Company awarded the Lumberton Volunteer Fire Department more than $5,000 in an equipment grant.

  Forrest Co. Board green lights multi-million dollar Petal project

Plans to build a new apartment complex in Petal received a green light from the Forrest County Board of Supervisors Monday.

Laurel police to hold “Fill-a-Truck” food drive

The Laurel Police Department will hold its annual “Fill-a-Truck” food drive at Walmart on Highway 15 Wednesday.

  Korean War POW speaks at New Augusta church

First Baptist Church of New Augusta had a very important guest pastor Sunday evening.

  Vigil held for Hattiesburg teen who drowned near Ship Island

Hundreds of people gathered Sunday evening for a vigil held to honor a Hattiesburg teen who drowned near Ship Island over the weekend.

  Pine Belt residents learn about gun safety

Some Pine Belt residents spent their Saturday learning how to properly and safely handle a handgun at the Enhanced Carry Class at Close Quarter Combat Tactical Training and Self Defense.

  “Restoration Run” raises $50K for addiction recovery program

More than 400 people walked or ran in downtown Laurel Saturday morning to raise money for a drug and alcohol recovery program.

  First “Kids Music Fest” held at Hattiesburg’s Town Square Park

A Hattiesburg business has spearheaded a new arts festival just for children.

  Ward 6 Community Day held in Laurel

Ward 6 residents in Laurel were treated to a day in their honor at Sandy Gavin Park.

  Laurel PD warn of phone scam in which call appears from department’s phone number

Laurel police are warning the public about a phone scam in which a call appears to come from the department’s phone number.

  Meet Miss Mississippi 2019 Mary Margaret Hyer

Miss Mississippi 2019 Mary Margaret Hyer is a native of Hattiesburg.

Former Pueblo prisoner to speak at New Augusta church

I believe if you could go through what us 82 Americans did, you'd appreciate your freedom more and you'll be thankful for it.

  Jasper Co. liquor sales referendum to be placed on Aug. 6 ballot

A new referendum allowing liquor to be sold in the second judicial district of Jasper County is on the ballot for the Aug. 6 primary election.

  Professionals provide fireworks safety tips

While they may be beautiful to look at, fireworks can cause serious injury if not careful.

  Political forum held for Forrest County candidates

A large crowd turned up at the Forrest County political forum held by the League of Women Voters, Forward 365 and the NAACP Forrest County Chapter.

  Windy City volunteers rebuild tornado-damaged homes in Pine Belt

Nearly three dozen volunteers from the Chicago area have been in the Pine Belt this week, helping to repair and rebuild homes damaged in the January 2017 tornado.

Shooting fireworks could get you into trouble in some Pine Belt cities

In many Pine Belt cities, shooting fireworks is illegal inside city limits.

Ex-Lumberton police chief sues city citing religious discrimination

The City of Lumberton and its current leaders are being sued by one of the city’s former police chiefs.

  Faith-based ministry fights addiction in Hattiesburg

A local faith-based recovery ministry in the Hub City has a mission to help men fighting addiction.

Free HIV testing available event in Hattiesburg canceled

A free HIV testing event scheduled for Thursday in Hattiesburg has been canceled.

  5K Restoration Run to be held on Saturday

The public is invited to participate in the Seventh annual Restoration 5K Run and two mile walk fundraiser for the Mission At The Cross Saturday.

Youth court recognizes National Reunification Month

The Forrest County Youth Court celebrated National Reunification Month with a picnic at Town Square Park in Hattiesburg Tuesday.

  Auto techs give tips to keep your car running cool in the summer

You not only need to protect yourself from the affects of summer heat, you also need to protect your car.

  Dixie Electric Power Association hosts energy fairs

The Dixie Electric Power Association will host energy efficiency fairs throughout the week of June 24 - June 28th to teach people to be more conservative with their energy.

  Funds for flood-damaged roads approved by Perry County board

Perry County continues to recover after major flooding damaged much of the county in December 2018.

  Forrest Co. Youth Court adding building for mentorship program

The Forrest County Youth Court looks to continue helping children and families in the county with a new addition.

Miss Mississippi 2019 is off and running... even with a broken foot

Hyer says she hopes to visit all 82 counties to encourage Mississippians to sign up to be organ and tissue donors.

  Staying safe in summer heat

Summer may have just begun, but roadside and outdoor workers have been braving the summer like heat for weeks.

  Golf tournament benefits Petal firefighter, family

The Fifth Annual Chip N Fore Heroes Golf Tournament was held Monday at the Hattiesburg Country Club. The event is held each year to honor a first responder in need of support and financial assistance.

  Camp Shelby brigade gets new commander

A large Army unit that oversees training at Camp Shelby and other places across the U.S. has a new commander.