Wayne Co. sample ballots for 2019 primary

Here are the sample ballots showing Wayne County voters what they will see when they head to the polls on Aug. 6 to vote in the 2019 primary elections.

Lamar Co. sample ballots for 2019 primary

Forrest Co. sample ballots for 2019 primary

Covington Co. sample ballots for 2019 primary

Jones Co. sample ballots for 2019 primary

$20 million in construction underway at PRCC’s Poplarville campus

Abducted Bladen County, N.C. baby found alive at bus stop; mother in custody

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Man charged with stealing $12K necklace from shopping mall

Vitalant, WDAM to host annual “Blood Bowl” drive

Chick-fil-A opens first pop up location in Petal

  City of Hattiesburg looks to update animal control ordinance

  Lamar County teachers get supplement increase

  Forrest County school board passes 2020 budget

Family: Ala. man infected with flesh-eating bacteria after kayaking on Tenn. River

A Lauderdale County man has been fighting for his life in the hospital after his wife says a day kayaking with their kids left him with a terrifying infection.

  Barry leaves behind minimal damage in Pine Belt

Barry leaves behind minimal damage

Police: Flushing drugs could create ‘meth-gators’ in north Alabama

A drug bust announcement out of Lawrence County, Tennessee came with an atypical warning about the dangers of trying to flush away drug evidence.

  Toyota of Hattiesburg receives President’s Award

Each year, Toyota Motor Sales recognizes its finest dealerships with the prestigious President’s Award.

SMRHI Back to School Immunization Fair runs through Aug. 2

Boil water notice lifted for North Lamar Water customers

  Final blast of torrential rains unleashed by weakened Barry

Retired HPD officer dies after crash on Hardy Street

  Untested Waters: Feds take small steps toward inspecting more seafood

Target to provide discounts for educators with Teacher Prep event

Trump moves to end asylum protections for Central Americans

According to a new rule published in the Federal Register, asylum seekers who pass through another country first will be ineligible for asylum at the U.S. southern border. The rule, expected to go into effect on Tuesday, also applies to children who have crossed the border alone.

MDEQ tests show blue-green algae present along some beaches after Barry; more testing this week

MDEQ spent Sunday morning collecting water samples for testing.

Man arrested on multiple drug charges in Forrest County

A 31-year-old man was arrested Friday night on multiple drug charges in Forrest County.

Biloxi business owner wins international pageant title

A Biloxi resident is now representing South Mississippi on the international stage after Brandy Jarvis Ibos was crowned the newest Mrs. Earth.

Spillways in Lamar County closed due to flooding

The spillways in Lake Serene in Lamar County have closed due to flooding, according to the Lamar County Sheriff’s Office.

Crews in Collins clean up downed tree, power lines during Sunday’s storms

Emergency crews worked to clear the roadway of a downed tree in Collins during Sunday afternoon storms from Tropical Depression Barry.

Storm shelters open in Forrest, Jones counties

Storm shelters in Forrest and Jones counties have opened in response to the continued threat from Tropical Storm Barry.

Tornado warning expires for Wayne, Perry counties

A tornado warning for parts of Wayne and Perry counties expired at noon.

  Barry’s flood threat lingers as storm slowly sweeps inland

Barry flooded highways, forced people to scramble to rooftops and dumped heavy rain, as it made landfall in Louisiana. Downpours also lashed coastal Alabama and Mississippi.

  First Alert: Flash flooding likely as Barry inundates Pine Belt

The Weather Prediction Center is currently monitoring our area for flash flooding.

  Community puts on benefit for Linda Hartfield

Community members in Purvis put on an auction benefit Saturday to help raise money for Linda Hartfield and her family.

FIRST ALERT: Tornado Warning issued for areas in the Pine Belt

The National Weather Service in Jackson has issued tornado warnings for areas in the Pine Belt.

  Weakened Barry rolls into Louisiana, drenches Gulf Coast

Heavy rains and gusty winds began knocking out power on the Gulf Coast as a strengthening Hurricane Barry churned a path to shore, threatening millions and testing flood-prevention efforts implemented after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans 14 years ago.

  State, local leaders prepare for Barry

Mississippi’s adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Janson D. Boyles, visited Columbia Saturday to open a brand new National Guard Readiness Center.

  National Guard opens new armory in Columbia

Columbia has a new National Guard Readiness Center.

  First Alert: Barry weakens, Pine Belt flooding looking less likely

The National Hurricane Center continues to monitor Tropical Storm Barry. The 4 p.m. advisory had the storm with 65 mph wind about 20 miles WSW of Lafayette, Louisiana.

Gov. Bryant briefs officials on latest from Tropical Storm Barry

Gov. Phil Bryant spoke once again to officials at the Harrison County Emergency Operations Center after Tropical Storm Barry made landfall on Saturday.

3 wounded Friday in Marion County shooting

Three shot in Marion County Friday.

Barry bumped to hurricane status

Barry bumped to hurricane status.

  VIDEO: Residents fight to rescue livestock trapped in floodwater

People in Montegut are fighting to rescue livestock as floodwater from Hurricane Barry rapidly rises in Terrebonne Parish.

  ‘It’s powerful’: Tropical storm starts lashing Louisiana

With the storm expected to blow ashore early Saturday near Morgan City as the first hurricane of the season, authorities rushed to close floodgates and raise the barriers around the New Orleans metropolitan area of 1.3 million people for fear of disastrous flooding.

  Forrest County EMA preps for Barry

Emergency officials are working with city and county leaders throughout the Pine Belt, getting people prepared for Barry.

Lumberton police searching for aggravated assault suspect

The Lumberton Police Department is searching for a suspect wanted in connection with an aggravated assault incident that happened in June.

Starrett receives 2019 ‘Chief Justice Award’

Federal judge Starrett honored with 2019 "Chief Justice Award".

Pine Belt power cooperatives prepare for potential damage from Barry

If Tropical Storm Barry causes power outages, local power cooperatives say they are ready to restore it as soon as possible.

Hyde-Smith speaks at Hattiesburg ADP Luncheon

Labor secretary Alex Acosta resigned Friday.

State of Emergency declared as Tropical Storm Barry approaches Gulf Coast

A tropical storm watch and a storm surge warning are in effect for the Mississippi Gulf Coast, as Barry is expected to make landfall near the central Louisiana coast at some point Saturday morning.

Rock ‘n’ roll: Heavy metal fans help man in wheelchair crowd surf

Metal fans at Spain’s Resurrection Fest showed their compassion and inclusive-partying spirit last weekend, hoisting a man in a wheelchair into the air so he could crowd surf.

  Sandbag locations in the Pine Belt

Several sand bag stations have been set up across the area so people who live in flood-prone areas can prepare.

Memphis man dies after contracting flesh-eating bacteria in Florida, family says

A Memphis family is in mourning after their beloved husband and father was killed by a flesh-eating bacteria that he contracted in the Gulf Coast.

2 arrested after 2 pounds of marijuana found during traffic stop in Hattiesburg

A Thursday evening traffic stop led to a drug bust in Hattiesburg.

Large military-style weapon found at abandoned Jackson home

According to Major Pete Luke with the Hinds Co. Sheriff’s Office, the home sits on Donaldson Drive in south Jackson.

Almost 500,000 people joined a Facebook event to storm Area 51 - and the media are covering it like it’s real

The event on Facebook encourages people to storm Area 51 to learn the truth if there are aliens there because "they can't stop us all."

  Tropical Storm Barry continues to strengthen, takes aim on Gulf Coast

Tropical Storm Barry continues to strengthen, takes aim on Gulf Coast

  USDA reminds people to protect their food during severe weather

With the threat of severe weather from Tropical Storm Barry expected to hit the Pinebelt, the USDA encourages people to protect their food ahead of the storm.

Salvation Army prepares to respond to Tropical Storm Barry

This is the first predicted hurricane of the season.

Hancock County residents prepare for heavy rains from Tropical Storm Barry

Hancock County residents are keeping an eye on Tropical Storm Barry, hoping that its path stays clear of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Change your flight reservations with no fees at these airlines ahead of TS Barry

The waivers will allow those with tickets to change their reservations without fees, as long as they do so by a certain deadline.

  Lamar County Special Response Team gets $16,000 donation

The Lamar County SRT got a pretty large donation from a local business, $16,000 to be exact.

Hattiesburg police officer, woman injured in traffic collision

A Hattiesburg police officer and a woman were injured in a traffic collision Thursday night.

  PIB executive director hopes for more passengers on Dallas flights

The executive director of the Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport is warning air travelers that airline service at the airport could be reduced or lost altogether if people don’t use it.

  MS OB/GYN accused of sexual assault, misconduct after fathering children with patients

Dr. Walter Ray Wolfe, who is associated with Merit Health Madison, had his license temporarily suspended by the Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure Wednesday without a hearing, ruling that Dr. Wolfe’s continued practice of medicine “would constitute an immediate danger to the public.”

  Marion County prepares for tropical storm

Marion county preparaMarion County Emergency Management is preparing themselves and the area for Tropical Storm Barry.

Foster defends decision to refuse female reporter access to campaign

Robert Foster may be getting hammered by some with accusations of sexism throughout the country, but on Thursday, he found a receptive crowd of women.

Chase leads to Jones County drug arrest

An attempted traffic stop ended in a drug arrest in Jones County after the driver fled from law enforcement.

Health officials urge Mississippi residents to prepare before the storm

For more information on disaster supply kits, visit the MSDH website at HealthyMS.com/kit.

MEMA coordinating preparations for Tropical Storm Barry

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is coordinating preparations for Tropical Storm Barry

2019′s first case of West Nile Virus reported in Smith County

In 2018, Mississippi had 50 WNV cases and no deaths. The first case was reported in mid-July.

Man sentenced to 615 years for sex crimes

A judge imposed the maximum sentence after hearing a powerful plea from the mother of one of the victims.

Man arrested, charged in connection to drive-by shooting in Hattiesburg

Police arrested and charged a 21-year-old man in connection to a drive-by shooting that happened in Hattiesburg on July 3.

Tropical Storm Barry forms in Gulf, headed toward Louisiana, Mississippi

The National Hurricane Center has upgraded “Potential Tropical Cyclone Two” to Tropical Storm Barry.

WCU receives $600,000 grant from MDE to help prepare new teachers

In partnership with the Mississippi Teacher Residency program, the university received a total of $600,000 out of a $1.7 million grant from the Mississippi Department of Education.

Mississippi candidate for governor denies female reporter access

Robert Foster, a DeSoto County state representative and Republican candidate for governor, denied giving a female reporter access to him on the campaign trail unless she brought a male colleague with her.

  Labor Sec. Acosta refuses to resign, defends handling of Epstein case

Trying to tamp down calls for his resignation, Labor Secretary Alex Acosta on Wednesday defended his handling of a sex-trafficking case involving now-jailed financier Jeffrey Epstein.

  Pine Belt agencies preparing for possible tropical conditions

Preparations are underway. Pine Belt agencies have all hands on deck watching the latest tracks in the Gulf of Mexico.

  Covington shooting victim lived alone, was retired pulpwood hauler

More details are being learned about the Covington County man who was found shot to death in his residence Monday night.

  Are meat alternatives healthy?

Does meatless equal healthy, and do you get the same nutrients from meatless products as you would from a steak or chicken dinner?

Hattiesburg house fire under control

Hattiesburg emergency responders acted quickly to control a house fire Wednesday afternoon.