Man reported missing in Hattiesburg last seen Jan. 30

Police said 61-year-old Glenn Zelt was last seen leaving a medical facility in Hattiesburg.

  Pine Belt Boy Scout administrators react to national BSA bankruptcy

Hattiesburg launches Census campaign

  Rep. Guest speaks at Covington County Chamber meeting

  Marion County families prepare for possible flooding

  WCU hosts Educators Rising Leadership Meeting for first time

  Pearl River County residents keep close eye on river

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  Laurel commits $4.5 million for recreation improvements

  Sandersville family struggling since December tornado

Hattiesburg CTE teachers job shadow at Forrest General Hospital

  Reeves: Flooding possible in Marion County, Columbia this week

  Awareness the focus of Miss. Severe Weather Preparedness Week

Hattiesburg Zoo collecting Mardi Gras beads for a good cause

Missing Ala. man may have traveled through the Pine Belt

The Choctaw County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help finding 62-year-old Billy James McGrew.

  Krewe of Blue Parade rolls through downtown Laurel

On Saturday night, Laurel hosted its 4th annual Krewe of Blue Mardi Gras Parade.

  Revelry 2020 in full swing at USM

The events will go on until Feb. 20.

  Race raises funds for Petal charity

This year’s event raised about $30,000 for the Petal Children’s Task Force.

  9th annual Caerus Parade graced with perfect weather

  Hawkins Elementary students plant trees for Arbor Day

  Laurel Police Dept. holds D.A.R.E. graduation ceremony

  35th Southern Miss Coca-Cola Classic Rodeo begins Friday night

  Students from USM’s DuBard school plant trees for Arbor Day

  Regional journalism conference continues at Southern Miss

Laurel Main Street to host 3-on-3 basketball tournament

Laurel’s first-ever 3-on-3 basketball tournament will take place in the parking lot along Front Street on Saturday, Feb. 29 from 10 a.m - 5 p.m.

  Laurel community continues recovery from December Tornado

Some Laurel residents are still trying to salvage what’s left of their communities after the December EF 3 tornado.

  LFD wants applicants for entry-level firefighter positions

If you’ve ever wanted to be a firefighter, now might be your chance.

  Florists prepare for Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day is less than 24 hours away. We look at how Florist prepare for the day

  Camp Shelby soldiers tour African American Military History Museum

Hundreds of members of the 177th Armored Brigade at Camp Shelby toured Hattiesburg’s African American Military History Museum Thursday as part of the unit’s recognition of Black History Month.

Tess Smith named chairman of PRCC Board of Trustees

Lamar County School District Superintendent Tess Smith has been appointed to serve as chairman of the PRCC Board of Trustees.

  Donations pouring in for victims of Clinton house fire

Seven people died in a house fire in Clinton. Donations for funeral and medical expenses are coming from around the country.

  Pine Belt braces for overnight storms

Severe weather in the Pine Belt is a common threat year-round that can produce deadly tornadoes with many communities in the area having already seen damage this year.

Hattiesburg announces Mississippi Musicians Day Celebration

Mississippi Musicians Day will take place on Saturday, March 7 and feature workshops and seminars, children’s activities and a performance by Vasti Jackson, John Wooten and more.

  Project Lead The Way introduced at Lamar County elementary schools

Lamar County elementary teachers are learning new engaging and interactive ways to teach their students STEM subjects, through Project Lead The Way’s Launch program.

  Petco Foundations gives Southern Pines $250K Valentine’s grant

Southern Pines Animal Shelter got a special surprise Valentine’s Day gift from the Petco Foundation Wednesday.

  DREAM of Hattiesburg hosts annual celebrity cake auction

Some of the best bakers in the Pine Belt helped Drug-free Resources for Education and Alternatives in Mississippi (DREAM) of Hattiesburg, Inc. raise money Tuesday night.

  Jones County Sheriff discusses progress during news conference

Jones County Sheriff Joe Berlin held a news conference Tuesday to update the public about recent activities within the department since he took office last month.

  Laurel has big plans in store for 2020

Laurel has made improvements over the last decade and as the new one begins, the city doesn’t plan on slowing down.

  NWS confirms tornado touched down in Greene County

The National Weather Service in Mobile has confirmed an EF-1 tornado touched down in Greene County on Monday night.

  Sertoma Club donates $25K to USM’s Children’s Center

The money will help provide hearing screenings for babies and young children.

  Flood safety tips to keep in mind during rainy week

With a week of rain ahead for much of the Pine Belt, it’s important to be prepared in the event of flooding.

  Police remind you to be safe while celebrating Mardi Gras

With Hattiesburg preparing for its annual Mardi Gras parade on Saturday, law enforcement is reminding you of a few things to keep in mind while celebrating.

  Laurel hosts its annual chili cook-out

35 vendors were in attendance, bringing their best chili and over 2,100 people were at the contest to see who brought the best chili.

  Collins fire chief gets award from Miss. Business Journal

The chief of the Collins Fire Department, who’s also president of the Mississippi Firefighter’s Association, has been named one of the state’s top CEO’s by the Mississippi Business Journal.

  Country music singer/songwriter John King to headline 31st Okatoma Fest

The headline performer for the 31st annual Okatoma Festival has been selected.

  First Recovery Walk held in Columbia

Dozens of people participated in a first-ever event in Columbia Saturday which honored those who are recovering from substance abuse and remembered others who lost their battle with addiction.

  Jones College, University of South Alabama sign admissions agreement

Jones College and the University of South Alabama have formed a new partnership to make it easier for J.C. students to attend USA.

  Collins aldermen approve installation of Project NOLA cameras

The city of Collins will soon be installing surveillance cameras through the non-profit organization Project NOLA.

  Final workout for Heart Health week

We take a look at the Final workout at it's the Plank

  Cleanup continues in Jasper County after EF-2 tornado

Many families are picking up the pieces after an EF-2 tornado passed through Jasper County Wednesday night.

  Nonprofit working to help human trafficking survivors

Jubilee Havens is on a mission to help those survivors.

  Breast cancer survivor empowers others

This month, we introduce you to Pine Belt breast cancer survivor Debbie Matthews.

  Ellisville to hold second Mardi Gras Parade Saturday

The City of Ellisville is teaming up with French Quarter Grill and other businesses for their second Mardi Gras Parade.

LIST: Mardi Gras parades to roll in the Pine Belt

Mardi Gras, and the good times that come with it, roll in the Pine Belt starting Saturday, Feb. 8 in Ellisville.

  Collins Fire Dept. gets $55K grant for high-tech equipment

A new homeland security grant is allowing the Collins Fire Department to buy some high-tech equipment.

  CPD’s first Citizens Police Academy class focuses on The Mercy Project

The Columbia Police Department has begun a new outreach program to increase awareness of police activities and develop stronger partnerships with members of the community.

  FCAHS history teachers enjoy Parris Island Museum

Since 1915, those at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island have dedicated countless hours to training the country’s elite fighting forces.

Former Richton Mayor Jimmy White passes away at 77

Former Richton Mayor Jimmy White died Tuesday at the age of 77.

  NWS: EF-2 tornado moved through Jasper County

Authorities in Jasper County are reporting damage in several areas from overnight storms.

Man reported missing in Jones Co. last seen in October

Adam Michael Robinson was reported missing on Dec. 26, 2019.

  FCAHS teachers experience Marine Corps boot camp: day two

The Marine Educators Workshop invites teachers and administrators from all over the country to Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island to see what recruits go through during the 13-week training.

  Workouts for Heart Health Week

We take a look into resistance bands, which can be used to make your heart pump more and burn more calories.

  Hattiesburg woman celebrates 100th birthday

A Hattiesburg woman celebrated her 100th birthday Wednesday.

  Marion County library to reopen soon in temporary location

The Marion County-City of Columbia Public Library, which has been closed since a tornado destroyed its roof in December, will reopen soon in a temporary location.

  Pine Belt chef shares another heart-healthy meal

We continue recognizing Women’s Heart Health Week with another heart-healthy meal from Pine Belt Chef Katie Dixon.

Free expungement clinic to be held in Hattiesburg on Feb. 20

A free expungement clinic will be held in Hattiesburg on Thursday, Feb. 20.

MSDH warns of possible hepatitis A exposure at Laurel restaurant

Customers who dined at a Laurel restaurant in late January may have been exposed to hepatitis A.

Boil water advisory issued for Lumberton

A boil water advisory is in effect for the entire City of Lumberton.

  Pine Belt natives making way through Marine recruit training

WDAM sat down with two Pine Belt Marine recruits to talk about their journey through boot camp.

  Miss. adjutant general gives keynote speech at annual Laurel DAR luncheon

The head of the Mississippi National Guard was in Laurel Tuesday to speak to a patriotic organization.

  Chef Katie Dixon shares heart-healthy meal

Chef Katie Dixon has a heart healthy meal for people conscious about how their diet effects their heart.

  Cardiologist speaks about lifestyle changes from heart disease

Arthur Martin, a cardiologist with Hattiesburg Clinic speaks about lifestyle changes associated with a heart disease diagnosis.

  City of Hattiesburg announces upcoming water improvement projects

Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker was joined by Ward 3 Councilman Carter Carrol, Ward 4 Councilwoman Mary Dryden, Ward 5 Councilman Nicholas Brown and neighborhood representatives at Vernon Dahmer Park Tuesday morning to make the announcement.

  FCAHS teachers experience Marine Corps boot camp

Early Wednesday morning, more than 80 educators stepped on the famous yellow footprints and through the hatches of Marine Corps boot camp.

  Guide to heart healthy workouts

This week kicks off Hearth Health Week at WDAM.

  Expert explains the signs and symptoms of heart disease

According to the CDC, one person dies every 37 seconds in the U.S. from cardiovascular disease.

  Funds from one percent sales tax move projects forward in Hattiesburg

Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker says the one percent sales tax is helping to provide the city with much-needed funding for planned projects.

  Stone County residents push for Second Amendment Sanctuary

In response to recent gun control measures in states like Virginia, a group in Stone County wants the area to become what they call a “Second Amendment Sanctuary.” Monday, the Citizens Militia of Mississippi urged the Board of Supervisors to pass such a resolution.

TEC to provide fiber optic internet to Jasper Co.

Fiber optic provider TEC announced the expansion of its residential fiber network to Jasper County on January 31.

  Columbia mayor says homeless animals will be euthanized in humane way

Columbia city officials say some positive changes are being made at the Columbia-Marion County Animal Shelter.

  A new feathered friend joins the Hattiesburg Zoo

The Hattiesburg Zoo recently welcomed Tina, an East African crowned crane.

PRVEPA recognized for scholarship program

Since 2012, PRVEPA has helped nearly 1,500 student scholars in the 12 counties it services.