Camp Shelby museum to complete reopening process on July 4

The main exhibit hall at the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum at Camp Shelby will be open to the public July 4, for the first time in nearly four months.

Fourth of July fireworks shows around Pine Belt

  Sawmill Square Mall taking precautions to keep customers safe from COVID-19

  VFW, caterer serve holiday meals to residents of Collins Veterans Home

  Law enforcement adapts to COVID-19 pandemic

  Jones County debris cleanup continues following Easter tornado

  Laurel Police Department hosts ‘Fill a Truck’ to benefit Good Samaritan Center

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  Sawmill Square Mall to host annual Fireworks Extravaganza

  New fire chief for Laurel sworn in

  Jones County election commissioner facing backlash for comment on social media

  Worthy Stables providing healing through horses

  Staffing agency hosts drive-thru job fair in Hattiesburg

  Wildlife biologist shares tips, facts about snake encounters

  Jones County sheriff addresses video circulating on social media

Jones County Sheriff Joe Berlin is addressing video that surfaced on social media, showing an incident between one of his captains and a resident.

  Forrest County removes state flags as governor makes flag change official

Just as Gov. Tate Reeves signed the bill officially retiring the Mississippi state flag with a Confederate emblem on it, Forrest County removed the 1894 flags from county buildings.

  MDOT completing several Pine Belt road and bridge projects

The Mississippi Department of Transportation is working on millions of dollars worth of projects which state officials say are improving safety for motorists in the Pine Belt.

  Laurel Police Department to hold ‘Fill-a-Truck’ food drive Thursday

The Laurel Police Department will hold a “Fill-a-Truck” food drive Thursday at Walmart to benefit the Good Samaritan Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen.

Lamar County libraries reopen to public

  Geico, Wreck A Mended Collision team up for SUV donation

  Masks, social distancing crucial to curb rising COVID-19 cases

  Safety tips for shooting fireworks this Fourth of July

  Laurel mayor reflects on past with Mississippi flag

  Grand Paradise Waterpark opens with COVID-19 precautions

  World War II Veteran Celebrates 100th Birthday

A World War II Veteran celebrated his 100th birthday Monday in the Pine Belt.

  Pine Belt lawmakers react to historic vote on state flag

The Mississippi House of Representatives voted 91-23 and the state Senate voted 37-14 in favor of changing the state flag.

  Grab & Go meals, produce giveaway at Ward 5 Day in Hattiesburg

Hattiesburg Ward 5 put on its Grab & Go meals today to give back to the community.

Online auction announced for Art of Healing event

Becky Collins, Executive Director of the South Central Health Care Foundation, talks about Art of Healing’s auction going online-only and open to the public since the main social event is canceled.

  Number of soldiers training at Shelby to increase in the coming weeks

Camp Shelby commander Col. Bobby Ginn says thousands of soldiers from Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Florida and Puerto Rico will train at the post from July through October.

  Clinic offers services to Miss. transgender community

A nurse practitioner has opened her own clinic in the Hub City to serve the transgender community across the state.

  Easter Sunday tornado recovery continues in Jefferson Davis Co.

As recovery efforts continue in Jefferson Davis County, R3SM of Hattiesburg is lending a helping hand by assisting with unmet needs as many families are still feeling the impacts of Easter Sunday’s deadly tornado.

  Forrest County supervisors hold vegetable box giveaway

Forrest County supervisors Rod Woullard and Sharon Thompson have organized a vegetable box giveaway for Saturday afternoon.

  Hattiesburg High School holds modified graduation amid pandemic

Students at Hattiesburg high school still got the chance to walk across the stage at graduation but with a bit of a twist.

  Marion Co. corrections officer loses home to fire

A Marion County Correctional Facility Officer lost her home and belongings in a house fire.

Camp Shelby training unit hosting two change of command ceremonies

Two of the 177th Armored Brigade’s five battalions at the post have new commanders.

  New Hattiesburg book store opens amid pandemic

Coffee, beer and books are what the Author Shoppe is offering to those who want an all-around experience of Hattiesburg.

  Art studio hosts summer camps with COVID-19 precautions

Because of COVID, the studio had to get creative when it came to having the camps this year.

  Authors discuss history of the Mississippi flag

Authors Benjamin Morris and Professor William Sturkey believe changing the flag would not erase the state’s history.

  Grab-and-go lunches to be distributed Saturday in Hattiesburg’s Ward 5

Councilman Nick Brown and other community leaders will come together this Saturday for a free grab and go lunch at 301 Barry St.

  Wayne County Animal Rescue to build permanent shelter

A new nonprofit organization has formed to help stray animals in Wayne County, which is seeing quite a lot of popularity with area residents and local officials.

Forrest General names DAISY Award winner for June

ICU nurse Jessica Parsons was recognized for how she showed her clinical skills and compassionate care, serving as a role model in the nursing community.

Covington County murder suspect captured

Officials with the Covington County Sheriff’s Office said 39-year-old Charles Chevalier was captured in Simpson County around 10 p.m.

  Bok Homa Casino enhances safety measures before reopening

Bok Homa Casino closed in March, due to COVID-19 concerns. Since then, major steps have been taken in preparation for its reopening.

  Car dealerships take precautions against COVID-19

Car dealerships are taking several measures to keep things clean against COVID-19.

  R3SM partnering with Jefferson Davis, Covington counties to help tornado victims

A Hattiesburg-based organization that helps with disaster recovery is now working with groups in Jefferson Davis and Covington counties to assist families after the Easter Sunday tornadoes two months ago.

  Construction begins for Rhinehart Square in Waynesboro

The new park will feature amenities such as benches, picnic tables, a green space with trees and lighting.

  COVID-19 leads to cancellation of annual Sumrall Fourth of July celebration

The Sumrall Lion Club has canceled this year's fourth of July celebration due to COVID-19

  Work continues on Evelyn Gandy interchange

The Mississippi Department of Transportation says progress on the Evelyn Gandy interchange is on schedule, thanks to good weather in the area.

  Easter tornado recovery efforts continue in Jones County

Currently, the first round of debris pick up is being made and the contractors will come through two more times.

  Pine Belt Robotics Academy hosts summer camp

The Pine Belt Robotics Academy is offering summer camps for the first time. According to the academy website, third through sixth grade students are learning how to create functioning programs on robots.

  Greater Hattiesburg ADP Board supports state flag change

The Board of Directors of the Area Development Partnership of Greater Hattiesburg unanimously approved a statement in support of changing the Mississippi state flag Tuesday.

  Laurel mayor signs order to remove state flag from city buildings

The state flag flying outside city hall was promptly removed.

  smART Space Virtual Summer Camp lets kids enjoy arts from home

The Hattiesburg Community Arts Center is hosting its smART Space Virtual Camp, where children from the community can watch Facebook live to participate in art and various fun activities.

  Lamar County starts Purvis to Columbia Road work project

Lamar County is working on a road project that will start at the Main Street and Purvis to Columbia Road intersection, and stretch four miles to Boggy Hollow Bridge.

  Jasper Co. mother speaks about daughter’s death as questions remain

Many questions remain in the shooting death of 30-year-old Dominique Henry.

  Two District 88 candidates prepare for Tuesday’s special election

The special election for Mississippi House District 88 is Tuesday, June 23. Originally set for April 21, it was rescheduled due to COVID-19.

Missing La. man could be in Hattiesburg area

Hattiesburg police are helping in the search for 27-year-old Dedrick Grant Jr.

  Preparing your hurricane kits for hurricane season

This hurricane season, don’t be caught off guard and forget to be prepared for when severe weather strikes.

  Driver ejected from vehicle in rollover accident in Jones Co.

According to Jones County Fire Council’s public information officer Dana Bumgardner, Johnson, Ovett, South Jones and Moselle volunteer fire departments responded to the rollover after it happened around 11:05 a.m.

  Taking a stand against unsolved murders

Families in Jefferson Davis county are asking for answers as they mourn the unsolved murders of family members in the community. They are asking for Law Enforcement to do something about it.

  Heidelberg holds Juneteenth drive-thru celebration

COVID-19 didn’t stop Heidelberg residents from celebrating Juneteenth Friday. Organizers held a drive-thru celebration so that people in the community could remember the day in history.

  Hattiesburg Speedway honors first responders

Every year, the Hattiesburg Speedway dedicates a night to honor first responders.

  Protesters march from Hattiesburg to Petal to ‘bridge the gap'

Community members marched from Chain Park in Hattiesburg across the Leaf River into Petal for a protest they call Bridging the Gap on Friday afternoon.

  Marion County organization hosts Juneteenth event

Lots of South Mississippi residents were at Duckworth Park in Columbia Friday afternoon, celebrating Juneteenth.

  Mississippi Miss Hospitality Top 10 announced

Three Pine Belt young women have made it in the top ten of the Mississippi Miss Hospitality competition.

Dozens walk from Hattiesburg to Petal for Bridging the Gap march

A group marched from Chain Park in Hattiesburg across the Leaf River into Petal for a protest they call Bridging the Gap.

  Remembering the history of Juneteenth

Over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued, more than 250,000 thousand slaves finally received their freedom in Texas on June 19, 1865.

  Collins Fire Dept. uses grant to purchase thermal-imaging, gas monitoring equipment

The Collins Fire Department has just gotten some new high-tech, life-saving equipment, with a grant from Homeland Security.

  Collins adding new Project NOLA camera to current network

The city of Collins is already expanding its network of high-tech surveillance cameras that it installed just three months ago.

  COVID-19 leads to changes for Mississippi Miss Hospitality 2020 competition

The Mississippi Miss Hospitality competition looks a bit different this year thanks to COVID-19.

  Petal passes ordinance prohibiting targeted residential picketing

The Petal Board of Aldermen passed an ordinance prohibiting targeted residential picketing Thursday during a special-called meeting.

  Safety in mind as public pools reopen

Temperatures are on the rise across the Pine Belt and swimming is a popular way of beating the heat.

  Hattiesburg 1% sales tax projects still on track

Projects like the renovating of batting cages at Vernon Dahmer Park are dependent on the 1% sales tax on hotels and restaurants inside the City of Hattiesburg.

  Hattiesburg Salvation Army in need of donations

The Salvation Army has seen an increase of people in need in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

  Hattiesburg apartment fire ruled accidental

A building inside a Hattiesburg apartment complex caught fire around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

  Dental practice works to keep patients and staff safe from COVID-19

Baker and Graham Dental is doing all it can to keep patients and staff safe during the COVID crisis.

  Some schools planning for extra-curricular activities amid COVID pandemic

Many high school students in our area are already preparing to take part in extra-curricular activities for school this fall, despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

  SBA loans assistance for residents, businesses affected by April 19 tornado ends July 20

Marion and Lamar County residents and businesses affected by the April 19 tornado have until July 20 to apply for an SBA loan.

  Covington Chamber of Commerce to host annual retreat Thursday

The Covington County Chamber of Commerce will host a special gathering this week to look for new ways to improve the local economy as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

  Petal citizens call for body cameras for police

Police body cameras were among the topics discussed at last night’s board of alderman meeting in Petal.

  Laurel mask order takes effect Wednesday

Laurel City Council passed an order Tuesday, June 16, requiring the wearing of masks for essential and non-essential businesses.

  Bridging the Gap protests to bring Hattiesburg, Petal together

The Bridging the Gap protests will start Friday at 2 p.m. with a march from Chain Park to Petal.