Judge: Lawsuit involving Jones County oil companies can move forward

Beer sales coming to Southern Miss home football games

Hattiesburg guest wins $147K jackpot at Bok Homa Casino

Jones County School District finds new event security

Forrest Health to host nurse recruitment fair in September

Crash in Jones Co. leaves one driver injured

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  Hattiesburg store owner shares CBD health benefits

  Clear the Shelters provides incentives for Hattiesburg-area families to adopt homeless pets

Hundreds come out for first ever ‘Zoostock’

  Waller campaigns at Ellisville restaurant

  USM Psychologist: Mental illness not to blame for gun violence

  Southern Pines to host annual Clear The Shelter Event

  HPD holds news conference on recent gang-related shootings

Chief Anthony Parker of HPD addressed the recent homicides that have taken place in the city.

Jury rules in favor of FBI in wrongful termination suit

The jury found that former special agent Warren Flowers did not prove he was fired as a result of retaliation for filing a claim of discrimination against his supervisors.

  Speech and language center opens in Laurel

Insight Speech and Language Center in Laurel officially opened its doors Thursday.

Day 4: Supervisor testifies in FBI wrongful termination suit

Testimony continued on the fourth day of federal court in Hattiesburg in the case of former FBI agent Warren Flowers, who is suing the Federal Bureau of Investigation, claiming he was wrongfully terminated from his job.

  New Shirley’s in Collins to open next Spring

  Perry County adds new after school programs

  Hattiesburg Police Academy graduates six recruits

Miss. Supreme Court agrees to hear appeal in 2013 suit filed against Hattiesburg

Deadly hit-and-run still under investigation in Jones Co.

Day 3: Testimony continues in wrongful termination suit by former FBI agent

  Candidates Lynn Fitch, Dane Maxwell speak at Jones GOP Women meeting

State Treasurer and candidate for attorney general Lynn Fitch made a campaign stop in Laurel Wednesday.

  Second annual Women in Business forum held in Laurel

The Jones County Chamber of Commerce and Community Bank sponsored a business symposium for women Wednesday.

  Jones EOC hosting first certification class for 911 operators in decade

About two dozen law enforcement dispatches from across Mississippi are in Laurel this week, taking a required course that was last offered in Jones County a decade ago.

Laurel Salvation Army seeks community support after low summer donations

The Salvation Army of Laurel is facing a critical shortage of donations and is looking for the community to help.

Missy McGee hosts campaign kickoff for Dist. 102 seat

The Republican representing House District 102 officially kicked off her campaign for reelection Tuesday night.

  Florida Guard unit trains at Shelby for first time since 2005

A Florida National Guard unit that mobilized at Camp Shelby for service in the Middle East 14 years ago is back to train for another potential deployment.

  Ellisville names new fire chief

Ellisville has promoted John Polson to chief.

Testimony continues in wrongful termination suit by former FBI agent

A federal court jury in Hattiesburg heard more testimony Tuesday in a lawsuit by a former FBI agent, Warren Flowers, who says he was wrongfully terminated from the Bureau.

Deputies searching for leads in deadly Jones Co. hit-and-run

The hit-and-run happened on Hillcrest Road in the Hebron community early Monday morning.

Mississippi receives more than $1.9 million in grant funding to upgrade 911 call centers

The U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Transportation announced more than $1.9 million in grant funding to the state of Mississippi to upgrade 911 call centers to Next Generation 911 (NG911) capabilities.

Excessive Heat Warning: Cooling stations open in Hattiesburg

The stations are the C.E. Roy Community Center and the Jackie Dole Sherrill Community Center.

Investigators solve mysterious deaths of Smith County miniature donkeys

On May 20, officers received a call from the Smith County Sheriff’s Office stating that a miniature donkey had been killed on a farm. The owners reported that the donkey had been shot, which led to the investigation in conjunction with the Smith County Sheriff’s Office.

  Mexican Consulate comments on Miss. ICE raids

Following last week’s immigration raids, 380 people remain in custody after around 300 people were released from ICE detention facilities.

First Alert Weather Day: Excessive heat likely Tuesday for parts of the Pine Belt

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for some parts of the Pine Belt and a Heat Advisory for other parts.

Lawsuit alleges Laurel officer shot handcuffed man

Two Jones County men have filed a civil complaint against the city of Laurel and its police department over an officer shooting at a safety checkpoint.

Waitr coming to Laurel

Laurel residents will soon have access to Waitr for their dining needs.

Man accused of taking hostage in Jones Co. standoff identified

A tense hostage situation and standoff that started late Sunday night in Jones County came to a peaceful end early Monday morning.

  Laurel church gives to families impacted by ICE raids

Hundreds of canned foods, cleaning supplies, clothing, and other things were donated by community members and other churches to be given to the 48 families that attend Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

  Southern Miss football team and fans get ready for season

Hundreds of Southern Miss fans filled the Thad Cochran Center Saturday for the 24th annual Eagle Fanfare.

  William Carey hosts August Commencement ceremonies on Hattiesburg campus

Dozens of students at William Carey University took part in August commencement ceremonies in Hattiesburg over the weekend.

Hub City Humane Society searching for reported stolen dog

The Hub City Humane Society is on the hunt for a dog that was reported stolen from its kennel Friday night.

  Softball tourney raises $5K for Hattiesburg Habitat for Humanity

Nearly two dozen softball teams competed in a tournament in Hattiesburg Saturday that honored first responders and a late longtime Hub City administrator.

  WCU students graduate from inaugural Doctor of Physical Therapy program

Twenty-five men and women have officially graduated from the 2019 inaugural Doctor of Physical Therapy program at William Carey University.

  Some in Jones Co. Hispanic community react to ICE raids

Some people in the Pine Belt Hispanic community are reacting to Wednesday’s immigration raids across Mississippi.

  Wayne County School Board appoints new superintendent

Tommy Branch will take over superintendent duties on Jan. 1, 2020.

Steelman Grocery reopens to Hattiesburg community

Steelman Grocery reopens weeks after owner Lisa Nguyen was shot and killed during an armed robbery at Steelman Grocery Store.

Covington County hosts training for first online property tax auction

Covington County hosted free public training Thursday for residents who’ll be participating in the county’s first online annual property tax sale.

  Collins Police enforcing new juvenile curfew

Collins Police have been enforcing a new curfew for juveniles.

  Families react after hundreds seized in Miss. raids

After ICE raids resulted in 680 people detained, hundreds of families in Mississippi were left wondering where their loved ones are.

  A look inside the citizenship process

The road to becoming a united states citizen is a lengthy one. There are several steps a person has to go through just to become a citizen, as well as countless laws and regulations.

Man reported missing after leaving assisted living facility in Petal

fficials with the Forrest County Sheriff’s Office are asking members of the community to be on the lookout for a man who unexpectedly left an assisted living facility in Petal.

  HSUS takes Senne lawsuit to Mississippi Supreme Court

The case dates back to July 11, 2018, when the Jones County Sheriff’s Office and HSUS seized 55 dogs, 34 cats and 17 dead animals from property belonging to David and Mary Ellen Senne on Lyon Ranch Road.

  Jasper County liquor sales referendum passes

The vote will allow the sale of liquor within the second district, mainly affecting those living in the city of Bay Springs as well as the Moss, Stringer, Louin and Montrose communities.

Camille Memorial getting a face lift for 50th anniversary

Hurricane Katrina left lasting scars on the Hurricane Camille Memorial in Biloxi at the site of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer. Now the Biloxi Fire Department, with the help of a local businessman, is working to get the memorial in shape for the upcoming 50th anniversary of the storm.

SUV crashes into Mississippi voting precinct

Authorities responded to a Lamar County voting precinct after an SUV crashed into the building Tuesday evening.

  Area task force targets child predators in the Pine Belt

An undercover investigation aimed at taking down people who prey on children online led to four arrests in Forrest County.

  Don’t forget back-to-school immunizations

With school starting within a week for most kids, parents are scrambling to get prepared.

  Lamar County road improvements expected to start in coming weeks

The Lamar County Board of Supervisors accepted an over $800,000 bid Monday to begin road improvements along Old Highway 11 in Oak Grove.

Hattiesburg mayor proposes new homelessness, panhandling initiatives

The city of Hattiesburg is considering two initiatives to address homelessness and panhandling in the Hub City.

  Police: ‘Armed and dangerous’ suspect wanted in murder of Hattiesburg grocer

Hattiesburg police are asking the public to be on the lookout for a fifth suspect wanted in the shooting death of grocery store owner Lisa Nguyen.

  Purvis native brings home state Distinguished Young Woman 2020 title

Rebekah Williams is the Magnolia states’ newest Distinguished Young Woman.

  Salvation Army teams up with Walmart for “Stuff the Bus” in the Pine Belt

Across the country at more than 3,000 Walmart stores, a Stuff the Bus event took place in efforts of collecting school supplies for those in need.

  Forrest County gives $100K to Petal Sports Association

The Petal Sports Association was gifted funds from the county after the city had to cut its budget.

  School Resource Officers graduate from CIT program

Thirteen school resource officers from across the Pine Belt graduated from the Crisis Intervention Training Friday afternoon.

500 affected by boil water notice in Perry Co.

Anyone serviced by the Arlington W/A-Hintonville system should boil all water for at least a minute before drinking until the advisory is lifted.

  2 more charged in slaying of Miss. grocery store owner

Two more suspects have been charged in the murder of beloved Hattiesburg grocery store owner Lisa Nguyen.

  Hepatitis outbreak hits Mississippi

The Magnolia State is seeing Hepatitis A pop up in various places across the state.

Justice Beam, Judge Gambrell reappointed to Access to Justice Commission

Two women with strong ties to the Pine Belt have been reappointed to a commission dedicated to providing all Mississippians with access to legal services.

Miss. Supreme Court won’t hear appeal of terminated HPD officer

The Mississippi Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal of a former Hattiesburg Police Department officer who was terminated after allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old.

  Busy Perry Co. intersection upgraded

MDOT is nearing completion on several changes at the intersection of U.S. Highway 98 and State Route 29 in Perry County.

Hattiesburg Clinic phones operational after outage

Hattiesburg Clinic’s phones are now operational after an AT&T outage Thursday afternoon.

  Mallory the duck gets a new prosthetic foot thanks to Rankin County robotics students

A duck with one foot is now up and waddling again, thanks to some students in Rankin County.

  City cuts budget of Petal Sports Association

An email was sent out to all the parents with kids in Petal Sports Association outlining budget cuts coming from the city.

Hattiesburg adds new hires to Urban Development, administration

The city of Hattiesburg announced the hire of a new senior planner in Urban Development and a construction manager in administration Wednesday.

Jones Co. gets $210,000 check for fire trucks

Jones County received a $210,000 check from the Mississippi Insurance Department on Wednesday to go toward the purchase of fire trucks.

  USM to offer free tuition to Mississippi National Guardsmen

The University of Southern Mississippi is partnering with the Mississippi National Guard to offer free tuition to the state’s citizen soldiers and airmen.

Hattiesburg Zoo splash pad getting facelift

The Hattiesburg Zoo splash pad will soon be getting a facelift.

  Transfer of sponsorship ceremony held for Wofford Park Apartment Community

The event recognized the transfer or sponsorship of the complex from Methodist Rehabilitation to the Catholic Diocese of Biloxi.