Silver Alert canceled, 72-year-old Bolton man found safe

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Jimmie Ray Bell is asked to contact the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office at 601-352-1521.

  First 5K for Life raises funds for suicide prevention

Hattiesburg ranked No. 1 best college town in Mississippi

  Blood Drive held in memory of Rashod Henry

  Members of St. Fabian Catholic Church enjoying new worship center

Hattiesburg police arrest four, seize weapons

  Miss. soldier returns early from deployment, surprises son at school

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William Carey University and Millsaps College form teacher preparation partnership

Clinton High School student ‘dealt with accordingly’ for waving Confederate flag during patriotic themed pep rally

Police name third suspect in Hub City murder investigation

First Alert: Tropical Depression Nine forecast to avoid Gulf

William Carey to host Secretary of State candidate forum

GOP lawmaker criticized over AR-15 gun tweet about Beto O’Rourke

Singer Eddie Money dies of esophageal cancer at 70

The 70-year-old whose real name is Edward Mahoney recently had learned that his cancer had spread to his liver and lymph nodes.

Vandals strike Miss. cemetery; police looking for culprits

A place meant for reflection and peace was turned into a scene of destruction when vandals went to work on nearly a dozen graves at a cemetery in Laurel.

Accused Southaven Walmart shooter expected in court Friday

The man charged with killing two Walmart employees in Southaven is due back in a Shelby County court Friday.

  City of Hattiesburg adopts fiscal year budget

The City of Hattiesburg adopted its 2020 fiscal year budget Thursday afternoon.

Lt. Governor candidates square off in debate

  Downtown Petal businesses move to Evelyn Gandy Parkway

Hattiesburg man charged with residential burglary

Collins aldermen adopt 2020 fiscal budget

Rare birth: Couple welcomes 9 lb. 11 oz. baby on 9/11 at 9:11

One in custody, one wanted for murder in Hattiesburg shooting

  BancorpSouth donates $100K to Oseola McCarty Youth Development Center

BancorpSouth is giving the Oseola McCarty Youth Development Center a $100,000 donation to improve its after school and summer programs.

  Hub City Humane Society asking for donations

Hub City Humane Society is asking for the public’s help in raising enough money to finish a new building that is being built at the shelter.

Jefferson Davis Co. man sentenced for illegal possession of firearm

A Jefferson Davis County man previously convicted of cocaine trafficking was sentenced Tuesday for illegally possessing a firearm.

Lumberton man sentenced to 15 years for meth trafficking

A federal judge sentenced a Lumberton man Thursday for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Hub City woman accused of stealing money from vulnerable adult

A Hattiesburg woman is facing years behind bars for allegedly stealing money from a man who’s finances she was responsible for managing.

Missing child’s caretaker charged with capital murder after body found in basement of Meridian home

Lauderdale County Coroner Clayton Cobler confirmed on Wednesday that a small body has been located inside of a trash bag at a home.

  Legendary anchor Dan Rather to speak at Saenger Thursday night

Dan Rather is in the Hub City, preparing to give a free lecture Thursday night at the Saenger Theater.

Tiger Woods, Justin Timberlake create fund to help Bahamians after Hurricane Dorian

Tiger Woods and Justin Timberlake have teamed up to donate money to Bahamians who have been impacted by Hurricane Dorian.

‘BYOB’ to Popeyes so you can make your own chicken sandwich

Popeyes knows you’re still sad about the spicy chicken sandwich being off the menu but the fast food chain has a quick fix to ease those cravings.

  Lamar County School District brings awareness to suicide prevention

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness month and the Lamar County School District is taking steps to make sure its students are aware.

  Collins’ Annie B’s serves free lunch to first responders on 9/11 anniversary

A restaurant in Collins honored first responders from all parts of the Pine Belt with a free lunch on Patriot Day.

Hattiesburg police charge two in auto burglary

Hattiesburg police charged two men in connection to an auto burglary Wednesday.

Online appointments available for driver’s license renewals in new DPS pilot program

The Department of Public Safety's Driver Service Bureau is testing out a new system that allows online appointments to be scheduled.

Tylertown students walk out of classes protesting end of religious based program

Tylertown students are protesting the end of a program they say allows them to worship together.

USM students reflect on 9/11 terrorist attacks

University of Southern Mississippi students are remembering those who died and those who saved others on the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

  Covington supervisors adopt fiscal 2020 budget

Covington County supervisors have voted on the county budget for fiscal year 2020 and adopted the ad valorem tax levies.

Adoption fees waived at Southern Pines this weekend

The Cathy Kangas Foundation for Animals will be covering adoption fees at Southern Pines Animal Shelter in Hattiesburg Friday through Sunday.

Woman sentenced to prison for selling meth in the Hub City

A Hattiesburg woman was sentenced to four years in federal prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to trafficking methamphetamine in June.

Tate Reeves’ campaign responds after opponent Jim Hood releases report on controversial Frontage Rd. project

The Mississippi AG’s office released independent reviews on whether Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves directly or indirectly influenced an attempt to build a frontage road in Flowood which would have connected Reeves’ home within a private subdivision to a nearby shopping center.

  Body of 2-year-old recovered from Mississippi River after weekend crash in Tunica

The Tunica County Sheriff’s Office says they found the boy’s body Wednesday, one day after his sister, 5-year-old Brenilah, was found.

Gulfport officers hit while working incident on I-10 identified

The Gulfport Police Department has identified the three officers who were injured while working a wreck on Interstate 10 Wednesday.

First Alert: Tropical development possible as system drifts into Gulf

The National Hurricane Center continues to track Invest 95L as it drifts toward the Gulf of Mexico.

  Pine Belt first responders remember 9/11

Pine Belt first responders took time Wednesday to reflect on the service and sacrifice of their peers.

Alleged shooter of Madison County Deputy used fully automatic military weapon

DA confirms automatic weapons were used in the shootout that led to Madison County Deputy Brad Sullivan being shot in the head.

HPD arrests 4 on gun, drug charges

HPD officials said officers seized four weapons, $3,280 in cash and marijuana.

Man dressed as Captain America arrested in Clarksdale, Miss.

When officers arrived on scene, the homeowner had 36-year-old David Hobbs held at gunpoint.

Appointments now available at Mississippi driver’s license stations

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety has rolled out the latest of its programs to help speed up lines at driver’s license stations around the state.

Search continues for heifers stolen from South Mississippi farm

The search continues for nearly a dozen cows that disappeared in Stone County over the weekend.

  26 years later: Angela Freeman is not forgotten

Angela Freeman has been missing for the last 26 years. Her family held a vigil in her honor.

  WDAM Investigates: Busted, chipped and cracked

We all know there are hazards on the road, but perhaps the most annoying ones are the ones we don’t see, but hear, when it’s too late. If not taken care of, that chip gets bigger and starts cracking, all thanks to something like a rock, taking perfect aim at your once flawless windshield.

  School district filling kids backpacks with more than homework

The Lamar County School District Backpack Program is ensuring that kids do not go hungry.

  Pine Grove therapist speaks about suicide warning signs

Tuesday was World Suicide Prevention Day and health professionals around the globe are hoping increased awareness will decrease the incidents of suicide.

  Petal Aldermen pass new budget

Mayor Hal Mar has 10 days to veto the budget and the Aldermen would have to overrule him or pass a new budget within three days of the veto.

Coroner: Driver clutched his chest, slumped over before Mississippi school bus crash

William “Chester” Cole, 63, was pronounced dead at the scene. At least eight children were injured in the crash, including Cole’s granddaughter who was also a passenger, according to his family.

Hattiesburg police investigating death

The Hattiesburg Police Department is investigating the death of a man who was discovered inside an apartment Tuesday afternoon.

Mississsippi man sentenced for cross burning

A federal judge sentenced a Mississippi man Tuesday for his role in burning a cross in a predominantly African-American neighborhood in Seminary.

  City of Hattiesburg holding annual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony

The ceremony will be held at Hattiesburg Fire Station #1 on 810 North Main Street.

FBI recruiters at several MS colleges accepting applications for Honors Internship program

They are at Mississippi College, Tougaloo College, and Southern Miss.

Driver dead, 8 children injured in school bus crash in Benton County, Miss.

The crash happened before 8 a.m. near Highway 72 and Whippoorwill Road. According to the Mississippi Highway Patrol, the driver, Chester Cole, died at the scene.

  ‘Y’all better not spit in my food:’ Man accused of firing shots at fast-food workers

Memphis Police Department arrested a man they said opened fire on workers at a fast food restaurant.

  Saints win first season opener in 6 years

Lutz's 58-yard field goal was the longest of his career.

  Missing woman recovered from Miss. River after car crash, divers continue search for children feared dead

Authorities are working to pull the SUV out of the river. Meanwhile, investigators are trying to determine how or why it happened.

  Trial run for new Jones Co. Schools event security continues

The Jones County School district is hoping to continue to use a private company for security at after school events.

Hattiesburg announces $120,000 grant for Duncan Lake trail

The City of Hattiesburg is moving ahead with a project for Duncan Lake after receiving a $120,000 grant.

Storm damage reported at Moselle Elementary; 1 injured

One person suffered a minor injury at Moselle Elementary School during a Monday afternoon storm.

’Tip a Cop’ to benefit Special Olympics

Law enforcement agencies from around the Pine Belt are teaming up with New South Restaurant Group and Special Olympics Mississippi for “Tip A Cop” fundraising events during the month of September.

Former Wayne Co. Justice Court clerk indicted for embezzlement

A grand jury indicted a former Wayne County Justice Court Clerk for embezzlement Monday after she was accused of stealing nearly $40,000 from October 2017 to September 2018.

Bond set for 2 charged in Laurel shooting that left one man dead

Police have arrested and charged two men in connection to a shooting that left a man dead in Laurel.

LPD arrests suspect in Aug. 23 shooting

The shooting happened on Queensburg Avenue in Laurel.

Man illegally in U.S. sentenced after police find enough fentanyl to kill 500,000 people

An illegal alien from Mexico was sentenced to spend more than six years in federal prison Monday after being caught last year in Gulfport with enough fentanyl to kill 500,000 people.

Columbia School District holding safety exercises in September

The Columbia School District will be collaborating with first responders during the month of September to conduct several multi-agency school safety exercises.

Police: Hostage held in SC home freed, armed man arrested following 3 hour standoff

The suspect has been identified as Dean Ryan Daugherty, 46, of Newberry.

WCU, PRCC receives grant to continue program to help teacher shortage

The $36,000 grant extends the partnership to attack Mississippi's teacher shortage.

West Jasper School District awarded funding for new buses

The school district will receive over $43,000 for three new buses.

Fred’s files for bankruptcy, to shut down

Fred's, Inc. announced Monday that it filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy.

FCSO: Undercover prostitution operation nets 5 arrests

An operation conducted by The Pine Belt Anti-Human Trafficking Task Forced landed five men behind bars over the weekend.

Forrest General Hospital hires new Chief Nursing Officer

The Hattiesburg hospital announced Friday the hiring of Dr. Phyllis Chambers-Berry.

Hancock Co. sheriff’s deputy placed on leave after assault arrest

The deputy accused was arrested Saturday and transported to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, where he has been released on bond.