Events

  USM hosts Law School Fair for students

The University of Southern Mississippi held its fourth annual Law School Fair on campus Wednesday at the Thad Cochran Center.

  First 5K for Life raises funds for suicide prevention

  Legendary anchor Dan Rather to speak at Saenger Thursday night

  City of Hattiesburg holding annual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony

  Fieldhouse hosts memorial for woman killed in hit and run

  Laurel United Way kicks off auto-racing themed annual campaign

  SPAS’ thrift shop moves to larger location

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  USM, ASU fans tailgate before their game Saturday

  USM football fans enjoy pre-game activities before Alcorn State game

Busy weekend in Hattiesburg expected to cause heavy traffic

  Second amendment sales tax holiday begins Friday

Give blood for chance to win $6,000 vacation

  Southern Miss freshmen volunteer to serve community

  Ellisville church improving veterans’ graves with help of local businesses

An Ellisville church is taking steps to improve a cemetery that includes the graves of several veterans.

  Hub City business hosts bereavement support group

Halcyon Hospice is offering a bereavement support group for the community every month.

Forrest Health to host nurse recruitment fair in September

The nurse recruitment fair will be on Monday, September 30, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Hattiesburg Arts Council, USM to host teen music competition

“Put Me in the Mix” is a music mentoring, performing and recording competition for teens age 13-19.

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

  Waller campaigns at Ellisville restaurant

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

  Second annual Women in Business forum held in Laurel

  William Carey hosts August Commencement ceremonies on Hattiesburg campus

  Softball tourney raises $5K for Hattiesburg Habitat for Humanity

Waynesboro wins 2019 Blood Bowl

The race for donor dominance is over and the numbers are in.

  Armorbearers help renovate Hattiesburg veteran’s home

About two dozen volunteers with a Gulf Coast organization that helps disabled veterans with housing needs are spending this weekend in Hattiesburg, renovating the home of a World War Two veteran.

  New family restaurant open in Mount Olive

A new restaurant in Mount Olive can truly be called a family business.

  Retired USM professor organizing Midwest bike ride to promote living donor kidney transplants

A retired University of Southern Mississippi professor of music will be leading a bicycle ride through the Midwest to promote live-donor kidney transplants.

Laurel, Collins get more than 120 donations in Blood Bowl

People in the Pine Belt are turning out to help their neighbors as part of WDAM and Vitalant’s annual Blood Bowl drive.

  Blood provider has a new name but same mission

Beverly Clark said for 31 years, she’s been a part of providing blood for the community and she wants your help to keep that mission going.

  Vigil held for Hattiesburg grocery store owner shot, killed during robbery

A community in Hattiesburg came together on Sunday night to remember the life of beloved store owner Lisa Nguyen.

Mize festival attendees remember 50th anniversary of Apollo 11

Some people who attended the 41st annual Mississippi Watermelon Festival in Mize Saturday took some time to reflect on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

  Mize hosts 41st annual Mississippi Watermelon Festival

The town of Mize hosted an annual event Friday and Saturday which celebrated one of Mississippi’s favorite fruits.

SMRHI Back to School Immunization Fair runs through Aug. 2

On Monday, SMRHI started its 2019 Back to School Immunization Fair that runs through Aug. 2.

Hyde-Smith speaks at Hattiesburg ADP Luncheon

Labor secretary Alex Acosta resigned Friday.

  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.

  Forrest County continues work on Dahmer courthouse memorial

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

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.

  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.

  “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.

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.

Free HIV testing available event in Hattiesburg canceled

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

Maple the sloth celebrating first birthday at Hattiesburg Zoo

The Hattiesburg Zoo is celebrating a very special birthday Monday.

  5th annual Great Chickasawhay Race held in Wayne County

More than 120 people in canoes, kayaks or stand-up paddleboards took part in an annual competition on the Chickasawhay River in Wayne County Saturday.

  Basic firefighter class underway in Covington County

About a dozen volunteer firefighters from five departments in Covington County are taking part in the county’s first basic firefighter certification class in a decade.

  Hattiesburg gets MDAH grant to conduct survey of historic neighborhood

Hattiesburg has partnered with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History to conduct a special survey of an East Hattiesburg neighborhood.

Class 50 of Youth Challenge to graduate Saturday

Dozens of former high school drop outs from across Mississippi are set to graduate Saturday as part of Class 50 of the National Guard’s Youth Challenge Academy.

  Pine Belt medical community to participate in Alzheimer’s awareness campaign

The Pine Belt medical community is hoping you will join them this Friday, the Longest Day, to reflect on the impact of Alzheimer’s Disease on American families.

Annual raffle to raise money for grounds project at Pine Grove

You could win a brand new car by helping the Forrest General Healthcare Foundation make improvements to Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Services.

  Hundreds gather for 7th annual Hattiesburg Craft Beer Festival

Hundreds came out for the 7th annual Hattiesburg Craft Beer Festival.

  Columbia museum includes 200 years of city history

A Marion County museum is preserving 200 years of area history.

  Dog Days run/walk raises money for service dogs

Hundreds of people and some of their dogs, gathered at Kamper Park Saturday morning for an event that raised money to help provide service dogs to those who need them.

7th Craft Beer Fest to be held in downtown Hattiesburg Saturday

Craft beer lovers in the Pine Belt are in for a treat Saturday, as the Hattiesburg Downtown Association hosts the seventh annual Craft Beer Fest.

  Career fair held for Youth Challenge cadets

Cadets in Class 50 of the Mississippi National Guard’s Youth Challenge Program got valuable information about military and civilian careers and educational opportunities in junior colleges and universities Friday.

Weekend events happening around the Pine Belt

Weekend events happening around the Pine Belt

Pine Belt sending several contestants to 2019 Miss Mississippi Pageant

45 young women from across the state are preparing for next week’s Miss Mississippi Pageant in Vicksburg.

  7 On the Road: Columbia celebrating 200 years of history

Columbia spent a small part of its 200-year history as the capital of Mississippi and played a determining role in where our permanent capital is today.

  Hattiesburg hosts annual senior citizen prom

A day to remember, senior prom welcomed many people throughout the Pine Belt.

Hattiesburg area begins year-long 19th Amendment celebration

A celebration has begun in Hattiesburg to mark the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that granted women the right to vote.

  Petal United Methodist Church hosts “Joy Jam”

At Petal United Methodist Church, members have been without air in the sanctuary for at least two months.

Petal Dollar General to host career event

Representatives from the store’s human resources and store operations teams are planning the career event at the Petal Dollar General, located at 505 Highway 42.

Dare to C.A.R.E. partnering with Forrest General for free PAD screenings

Dare to C.A.R.E., a cardiovascular disease education and early-detection program, will be hosting a two-day event about peripheral arterial disease on Monday, June 17.

  Future leaders prepare to learn at 71st Girls State

More than 300 high school girls arrived at the University of Southern Mississippi campus Sunday to prepare for a week-long learning experience.

  Bay Springs celebrates 28th annual Bay Fest

People have been in Bay Springs all week enjoying the 28th annual Bay Fest.

  Waynesboro hosts first Grillin N Chillin at The Fields

More than two dozen teams of barbecue chefs have been in Waynesboro for a first-ever competition.

  Mount Olive farmers market brings vendors, visitors together

Hundreds of people visited Mount Olive on Saturday for fresh produce and great fellowship as the town hosted its second Farm and Market in the Mount.

  Alcorn State coach Fred McNair receives key to Mount Olive

The head football coach at Alcorn State University was honored by his hometown of Mount Olive on Saturday.

Hattiesburg fire hydrant painted to honor 75th anniversary of D-Day

A fire hydrant at City Hall in Hattiesburg has once again been turned into a piece of art and this time, it’s honoring the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.

  New farmers’ market to boost Mount Olive economy

Organizers of a new farmer’s market in Mount Olive are hoping for dry weather this Saturday.

  Columbia American Legion gives out free poppies for Memorial Day

Members of the American Legion in Columbia greeted shoppers at Walmart this weekend, not to welcome them to the store, but to give them a gift in memory of fallen soldiers.

  Shelby museum to open on Memorial Day, receives historic cannons

A lot of places will be closed for Memorial Day, but not the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum at Camp Shelby.

  Armed Forces Museum hosts Memorial Day Ceremony

The Mississippi Armed Forces Museum held a service Friday to honor the military servicemen and women who’ve made the supreme sacrifice for America.

Expungement clinic to be held Saturday in Hattiesburg

A free expungement clinic will be held Saturday, May 25, in Hattiesburg.

Blues Trail marker honors man who oversaw historic Hattiesburg recordings

The Mississippi Blues Trail has a new marker honoring a Jackson man who arranged a historic recording session in Hattiesburg prior to World War Two.

Columbia American Legion post to hand out red poppies for Memorial Day

An American Legion post in Columbia will honor America’s fallen soldiers Saturday by giving away red poppies at the Columbia Walmart.

Hattiesburg preparing to host 36th annual Memorial Day ceremony

Fallen soldiers from the greater Hattiesburg area will be honored during a Memorial Day ceremony on Monday.

Hattiesburg gears up for Parade of Champions

Hattiesburg is celebrating academic excellence and athletic achievement Tuesday night with its second annual Parade of Champions.