Player of the Week - Taylorsville’s talented tailback Jeffery Pittman

The offensive juggernaut that is Taylorsville High School has proven it doesn’t just beat you through the air.The ground game, spearheaded by senior Jeffery Pittman, is just as potent.

  More than half of Mississippi’s counties under enhanced COVID-19 restrictions as hospitals feel strain

  Hattiesburg Arts Council to host holiday art market Saturday

6 teams attached to the Pine Belt earn spots in high school football championship games

  JCSD conducts emergency driving recertification

  Miss. Secretary of State warns of charity scams around the holidays

  Vida hosting Hearts for Hattiesburg to help local families this Christmas

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  Pine Belt doctors discuss COVID-19 and flu

Brookhaven man wanted by HPD for identify fraud, false pretenses

  Jasper County Sheriff’s Office purchases new vehicles

Miss. man pleads guilty to killing, putting victim in freezer

Hattiesburg burglary suspect charged after surrendering to police

Brett Favre: Brees was ‘bullied’ after his comments against kneeling during national anthem

Jones County suspect sought in stabbing

Timothy Meadows is wanted in an overnight stabbing in the Glade community.

  Gov. Reeves adds 13 counties to mask mandate

Monday, State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said hospitalizations are at a record high, above the previous peak in August, and expected to continue rising.

Dobbs: COVID-19 vaccine is on the way, but don’t celebrate just yet

State should have a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine in December.

State auditor demands Ole Miss professor pay nearly $2K over ‘Scholar Strike’

State Auditor Shad White is ordering a University of Mississippi professor pay nearly $2,000 for a work stoppage earlier this year.

Starbucks to offer free coffee to frontline workers for the month of December

Bad Bunny is Spotify’s most-streamed artist of 2020

1,141 new COVID-19 cases, 29 deaths reported Tuesday in Miss.

  COVID-19 in Mississippi: 154,411 cases, 3,836 deaths reported by health dept.

Hattiesburg police chief to retire at end of year

  Freezing temperatures expected this week

  Gov. Reeves visits Lucedale to assess Hurricane Zeta damage

A spaced-out crowd anxiously listened to Gov. Tate Reeves explain the severity of the damage that Hurricane Zeta left behind in South Mississippi.

  Busy ‘Click It or Ticket’ enforcement period for Jones Co. Sheriff’s Dept.

The department issued 374 seat belt citations during its last traffic safety enforcement period.

  Miss. councilwoman charged in Walmart parking lot shooting

Meanwhile, area residents are still floored that the shooting even happened at Walmart.

Man charged with aggravated assault, kidnapping in Jones Co.

A man was charged with aggravated assault and kidnapping after a verbal argument on Thanksgiving turned physical.

  Hattiesburg Police Department recruits begin training

Monday marked the first day of training for seven new Hattiesburg Police Department recruits.

Runoff for Jones Co. Justice Court judge still undecided

The deadline for mail-in absentee ballots to be received by the circuit clerk's office is Thursday at 5 p.m.

HPD seeking duo after grand-larceny warrants issued

Joseph Scott Hartfield and Kyle Ryan Todd are being sought by Hattiesburg police after grand larceny warrants were issued.

  Suspect sought in armed robbery at Waynesboro business

Waynesboro police are searching for a man wanted in a Sunday night armed robbery.

HPD is seeking Hattiesburg man for questioning in a commercial burglary

Xavier Barnes is being sought for questioning in connection with a Nov. 27 commercial burglary.

  Experts share tips for protecting your info while shopping online

Cybersecurity experts shared their tips about preventing online attacks and how to keep your information protected.

  Firefighters share safety tips for using space heaters

With frigid temperatures moving through the Pine Belt, many may use a space heater to warm up.

Alabama woman wanted for burglary in Forrest County

The Forrest County Sheriff’s Office is searching for an Alabama woman wanted for burglary.

Miss. hospitals ‘strained, actively transferring patients out-of-state’

Doctors are actively transferring patients out-of-state because Mississippi Intensive Care Units are at capacity and hospitals are overwhelmed, according to health systems.

3 chicken plants hit in 2019 raids agree to pay back wages

Three Mississippi chicken processing plants among those targeted in one of the largest workplace immigration raids in the U.S. in the past decade have agreed to pay back wages.

COVID-19 hospitalizations at all-time high in Mississippi

Last week, the Mississippi Department of Health reported an “extraordinary rise” in hospital admissions over the previous two weeks.

1,485 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death reported Monday in Miss.

MSDH reported 1,485 new COVID-19 cases and 1 additional death on Monday.

MHP reports 6 deaths over Thanksgiving travel period

Mississippi Highway Patrol reported 52 injuries and six fatalities over the Thanksgiving travel period.

  Sheriff: Mom’s boyfriend put 5-year-old out of car for “being unruly” before he was hit, killed by another vehicle

A 5-year-old child has died after being hit by a vehicle in Fort Mitchell Sunday evening.

Jones County suspect apprehended in Perry County

Kolton Pearson, who had fled a Jones County traffic stop Saturday, was captured Sunday in Perry County.

  Safety tips while doing your holiday shopping

The Mississippi Insurance Department wants shoppers to be cautious this holiday season.

HPD suspects no foul play after body found in car Sunday

According to Hattiesburg Police Department spokesman Ryan Moore, officers made the discovery just before 4 p.m.

  COVID-19 pandemic increasing hunger in Mississippi, non-profit officials say

Extra Table is partnering with C Spire for its “Tackle Hunger Through Text Messaging” fundraiser.

Mississippi’s coronavirus cases rise to 151,785

The Mississippi Department of Health says COVID-19 cases in the state since March have risen to 151,785.

  Pine Belt Holiday Expo gives shoppers new options for gifts

Pine Belt residents were invited to “shop small” Saturday during the annual Pine Belt Holiday Expo & Christmas Market.

  Local author releases new Christmas book

An author from right here in the Pine Belt releases a new Christmas-themed book just in time for the holidays.

  Old-fashioned Christmas celebrated at Landrum’s in Laurel

Saturday’s activities included demonstrations from Civil War re-enactors and several live musical performances.

Suspect at large after fleeing from traffic stop in Jones Co.

According to the Jones County Sheriff’s Office, deputies are searching the area for the suspect, Kolton Pearson.

Mississippi’s COVID-19 cases approaching 150,000

Mississippi's COVID-19 cases approaching 150,000.

  Gametime - Week 13

A little bit of rain never hurt anybody. And in some cases on Friday, the rain helped separate the good teams from the South State championship teams. Here’s a look at the semifinal scores from around the Pine Belt...

  Chance for showers continues into weekend

The chance for showers and thunderstorms will continue through the afternoon into tonight with highs today in the lower to mid-70s and lows in the upper 50s.

  COVID-19 testing demand remains high

Clinics saw an increase in testing demand on the Friday after Thanksgiving.

  Spectrum: The Other Clinic starts work on new building in Hattiesburg

Spectrum: The Other Clinic is in the process of reconstructing its new building located on Hardy Street.

Ole Miss, State see Dec. 5 football games bumped deeper into December

The University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University football teams will have unexpected open dates on Dec. 5.

  Ways to save on holiday shopping this year

It’s been a tough year for a lot of people, so many are looking to maximize their budget this holiday season.

Egg Bowl: Everything you need to know for Saturday’s matchup

The game two years ago was marred by a fight that led to four ejections in the second half as the Bulldogs romped 35-3.

1,005 new COVID-19 cases confirmed, 6 additional deaths reported

MSDH reported 1,005 COVID-19 cases and six additional deaths on Friday, bringing the state total to 148,387 cases and 3,769 deaths.

  Expect rain on Black Friday

Rain will move through between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Black Friday.

  First responders protect and serve on Thanksgiving

They say during this COVID-19 pandemic everyone has had to adjust in some way, so they are just thankful to be able to do what they love, even on a holiday.

  Local woman gets surprise visit on Thanksgiving, from man who’s now living with her late son’s heart

It was a Thanksgiving unlike any other for one woman named Kim Deal in Maringouin.

Healthcare workers just as thankful for patients this holiday season

Even with COVID-19 making headlines on Thanksgiving, healthcare workers continue the fight against the virus.

  Hattiesburg organizations help those in need this Thanksgiving

Across Hattiesburg Thursday, different organizations provided meals to help those in need so that they could celebrate Thanksgiving.

Denver mayor visits family in Mississippi for holiday after asking staff not to travel

Wednesday evening, Hancock released a public apology admitting that he went against his own public guidance.

1,746 new COVID-19 cases confirmed, 18 additional deaths reported

MSDH reported 1,746 COVID-19 cases and 18 additional deaths on Thursday, bringing the state total to 147,382 cases and 3,763 deaths.

Justin Timberlake helps East Tennessee teen get special needs van

Jake Stitt, known in the community for making his neighbors smile with a sign asking them to honk if they’re happy, was in desperate need of a special needs van.

Longtime judge, pioneer for Mississippi women leaders, dies

After running at age 70, she was the first woman elected justice court judge in Lee County, a position she held for 16 years.

  Nice Thanksgiving with chance for rain early in day

Look for partly cloudy skies today with a good chance for showers and thunderstorms especially in the afternoon. Some of these storms may be on the severe side so keep with future updates.

  Taylorsville teacher wins WDAM, TEC Golden Apple Award

This month’s TEC and WDAM Golden Apple Award winner is Taylor Hester, a second-grade teacher at Taylorsville Elementary School.

Laurel police investigating deadly hit-and-run

A man was killed after being struck by a vehicle in Laurel Wednesday night.

Hattiesburg sales tax collections continue record-setting trend

The city of Hattiesburg continues to set monthly records for sales tax receipts.

  Plan in place for Mississippi’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution

The vaccines are likely to be distributed shortly and we want to help you better understand what that process will look like in Mississippi.

  Pine Belt doctors share holiday visiting tips

Medical experts say the best thing you can do is keep your in-person gathering small.

State medical association calls for statewide mask mandate

State medical association calls for statewide mask mandate

Hattiesburg man arrested on felony drug charges Tuesday

Lamarcus Hilton, 37, of Hattiesburg, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance.

1,092 new COVID-19 cases confirmed, 16 additional deaths reported

MSDH reported 1,092 COVID-19 cases and 16 additional deaths on Wednesday, bringing the state total to 145,636 cases and 3,745 deaths.

Five more Hattiesburg city employees test positive for COVID-19

The city of Hattiesburg reported five more cases of COVID-19 within the city’s workforce on Wednesday.

  Hattiesburg Fire Department gives safety tips on grease fires

As the Thanksgiving holiday quickly approaches, the Hattiesburg Fire Department is reminding residents of the dangers of the kitchen.

Governor requesting federal aid in wake of Hurricane Zeta

Governor seeking aid, disaster declaration to help clean up following Hurricane Zeta.

  Weekend trash cleanup improves Dist. 5 Covington County community

A “Team Up to Clean Up” event last Saturday removed lots of litter from the sides of roads like Jones chapel and Roscoe McDaniel roads.