Gametime - Week 3

We’re three weeks in to the high school football season. Another Friday night in the Pine Belt offered some great ball games. Here’s a look at some of the scores from around the area...

One injured in accidental shooting outside Hattiesburg sporting goods store

  Downtown Hattiesburg to launch ‘Get Out and Get Downtown’ campaign

MEMA disburses more than $6 million of CARES Act funds to counties, cities

Hyde-Smith optimistic on CFAP 2 benefits for Miss. agriculuture producers

  Jones County students witness state representative take oath of office

  Gov. says state fair allowed under current orders, ‘not classified as a social gathering’

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  Mitchell Farms prepare to welcome back guests

MSDH reports 497 new COVID-19 cases, 12 deaths

  Coronavirus in Mississippi: 92,432 cases, 2,792 deaths reported by health dept.

Walmart raising wages for about 165,000 workers

Miss. Supreme Court denies absentee ballots for COVID concerns

  Officials urge citizens to fill out 2020 Census before deadline

Mississippi absentee ballot rules challenged amid pandemic

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Voting rights groups are asking a federal judge to temporarily lift some limitations in Mississippi’s absentee voting process.

  Petal, West Jones meet in early-season battle of unbeatens

It’s another highly-anticipated matchup on Friday night when Petal (2-0) visits West Jones (2-0) at 6 p.m.Two proud programs both with recent success, the Panthers finished 12-2 a season ago, falling to Oak Grove in the class 6A South State Championship.

  Scotty Walden ushers in new era of USM football

Scotty Walden picked a good game to begin his Southern Miss coaching career.Just 12 days after being appointed USM’s interim head coach, Walden leads the Golden Eagles into Conference USA play against Louisiana Tech.

  ‘Cheer’ star Jerry Harris arrested on child porn charges

Jerry Harris, the star of the Netflix documentary series “Cheer,” was arrested Thursday on felony charges of production of child pornography.

Jimmy Buffet, Reggie Bates among inductees into the Mississippi Songwriters Hall of Fame

  Mississippi State Fair to go on despite COVID-19 concerns

Military Order of the Cootie celebrates 100th anniversary at State Veterans Home

FCSO: 25-year-old woman reported missing

  Hattiesburg senior living facility hosts ‘A Day at the Fair’ for residents

Deadline for La. residents to claim IRS stimulus check is Oct. 15

Columbia man wanted for child exploitation, molestation

A Columbia man is wanted by the Columbia Police Department after being indicted for child exploitation and child molestation.

  ReSkill MS helping Mississippians get job skills training through CARES ACT funds

Mississippi community colleges across the state have received funds from the CARES Act to help get people job training during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gulf Shores, Orange Beach closed to visitors for at least 10 days

Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and the area of Fort Morgan are closed to visitors for at least 10 days.

  Columbia Strong making progress in replacing homes destroyed in spring tornado

The group is currently assisting 14 families who were underinsured or had no insurance.

Burglary suspect sought by Forrest County Sheriff’s Office

An Ellisville man is wanted by the Forrest County Sheriff’s Office for burglary.

Mississippi house candidate facing felony charge in Forrest County

David Wayne Morgan was arrested by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation on Aug. 31.

Delta Regional Authority announces $4.9M investment into Miss. communities

The 17 new investment projects will improve water and sewer systems, update transportation infrastructure, and support innovative job training in communities across Mississippi.

  FGH Foundation hosts “Win This Car” raffle

FGH Foundation started selling tickets Monday, Sept. 14 for people to win this year’s prize, a 2021 fully loaded Honda CR-V EX-L.

DOJ announces $6M grant, implements Operation Pheonecia to halt domestic violence in Miss.

Millions of dollars in U.S. Department of Justice grants are going toward halting domestic violence in Mississippi.

  Pine Belt power companies assist in Hurricane Sally relief efforts

Several electric companies from the Pine Belt will be heading to the Alabama coastal area to assist in restoring power back to residents after the effects of Hurricane Sally.

701 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in MS, 24 additional deaths reported

Three deaths were reported from the Pine Belt area, with Forrest, Jones and Marion counties recording one death each.

  Longleaf Trace to make bridge repairs

The Longleaf Trace will see a few upgrades thanks to some state dollars

  Poor People’s Campaign to host Mississippi Senate town hall

Both candidates up for election were invited to speak to Mississippians and answer questions from voters.

  More than 3,000 excess deaths in Miss. attributed to COVID-19, disproving Facebook ‘overcounting’ claim

n less than six months, Mississippi has recorded more than 3,000 additional deaths compared with previous years.

  Miss. guardsman wins best NCO at National Best Warrior competition

A hometown hero claimed one of the top titles at the 2020 National Guard Best Warrior competition at Camp Shelby.

Three arrested after video of 3-year-old smoking marijuana goes viral

The child was given the drug by an adult.

  Casinos back open after Hurricane Sally closure

The majority of casinos on the Gulf Coast have reopened their doors to guests after being closed for nearly 48 hours. In a year full of closures and re-openings, industry officials said the process has become routine.

  Lamar Co. School Board to have two new board members come November

The Lamar County School Board will soon have a couple of new additions after the appointment of one and election of another in November.

Shad White stands behind call to have Ole Miss professor fired for protesting: ‘The law is the law’

State Auditor Shad White is standing behind his call for an Ole Miss professor to be fired for protesting, saying, “The law is the law.”

  DuBard School for Language Disorders rethinks the traditional mask

Masks in the classroom can help prevent the spread of COVID-19, but if you are a teacher of hearing-impaired students, wearing a mask could also prevent those kids from learning.

  VIDEO: Virginia bus passenger robbed while having heart attack; suspect in custody

Video footage shows a man robbing an unresponsive GRTC bus passenger who was having a heart attack.

MDOT continues projects on Highway 49, Interstate 59

Several construction projects along U.S. Highway 49 and Interstate 59 continue for the Mississippi Department of Transportation.

  ‘Dodged a very big bullet,’ MEMA director says of Hurricane Sally damage

Now-Tropical Storm Sally brought powerful winds and rainfall with it as the storm made landfall as a hurricane Wednesday morning.

  Experience Columbia Christmas to begin Nov. 28

A multi-week Christmas holiday celebration in downtown Columbia is beginning a week early this year.

‘True Patriots’: Scholarship awarded to football players who carried police, fire flags on field

Holiday for Heroes offered the scholarship to Brady Williams and Jarad Bentley.

Oklahoma lawmaker planning legislation to classify attacks on police as hate crime

An Oklahoma state senator is planning to file legislation that would make attacks on police, first responders and military members a hate crime.

Man accused of stealing truck in Jones Co. arrested in Jasper Co.

A man wanted for allegedly stealing a pickup truck in Jones County was arrested Wednesday in Jasper County.

PHOTOS: Flooding & storm damage from Hurricane Sally extends into Florida

Widespread damage from Hurricane Sally was expected when it made landfall as a Category 2 storm.

Breonna Taylor’s family settles with City of Louisville for $12 million, significant police reform

The family of Breonna Taylor and the City of Louisville have reached a $12 million settlement, WAVE 3 News Troubleshooters have learned.

  Mississippi Gaming Commission clears Coast casinos to reopen

The Mississippi Gaming Commission says all Coast casinos may reopen for business Wednesday at 1 p.m. following Monday’s emergency closure for Hurricane Sally.

711 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in MS, 22 additional deaths reported

MSDH reported 711 COVID-19 cases and 22 additional deaths on Wednesday, bringing the state total to 91,234 cases and 2,756 deaths.

Tennessee school district will stop promoting Christianity

A Tennessee school district that was sued last year by two atheist families for promoting Christianity has agreed to stop the practice.

  Ky. father finds out he has stage 4 cancer after getting tested for COVID-19

The father is determined to make memories to give his son something to hold on to when he’s gone.

Hurricane Sally causes downed trees, power outages in parts of South Mississippi

In the overnight hours, several trees and power lines came down across South Mississippi due to heavy wind gusts, causing power outages and leaving some homes damaged.

  Local veterinarian gives tips on pet safety in severe weather

It’s no secret that some animals get spooked during severe weather, but there are things you can do to help them.

Over 7,000 without power in South Mississippi

The hurricane is mainly affecting Alabama, however, counties in south Mississippi are feeling the impacts as well.

MSDH holding Zoom session on handling COVID-19 in school

“Coping During Crisis: COVID & the Classroom” will be held on Saturday, Sept. 19 from 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. and will be conducted by a panel of local experts and professionals.

  Player of the Week - Ty Keyes captains Taylorsville comeback

The Ty Keyes stat-line was impressive again on Friday. But perhaps more impressive is how the senior quarterback led Taylorsville back from a 34-14 halftime deficit, outscoring Seminary 44-8 in the second half...

  Father, daughter create candy chute to keep Halloween safe during pandemic

The candy chute took about 20 minutes to make and thrown together with supplies from around the house.

  Hattiesburg council unanimously passes 2021 budget

The Hattiesburg City Council unanimously passed the budget for fiscal year 2021 during a special-called meeting Tuesday night.

Top Miss. health officials debunk COVID-19 rumors

Mississippi State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs is discussing the latest on COVID-19 in the state.

  Lamar County expected to approve 2021 budget this week

The Lamar County board of supervisors is set to approve the county’s 2021 fiscal year budget on Thursday.

  Calls to suicide and crisis hotlines increase during pandemic

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and calls for help for mental health assistance are rising at record levels.

  Officials provide update on Sally’s threat to Pine Belt

Although Hurricane Sally has weakened, Gov. Tate Reeves says flooding is still a major concern for Mississippi, including a few counties in the Pine Belt.

Hub City Humane Society needs foster homes for animals during storm season

Shelters fill up during storm season and animals need a safe place to stay.

  MDOT reminds drivers of weather road risks

Rain, standing water, heavy winds and flooding can create extremely dangerous road conditions.

Hurricane Sally starts turning north, Pine Belt impacts reduced

Hurricane Sally is still a hurricane with wind at 80 mph as of the 4 p.m. advisory. It is now forecast to move to the northeast through the night — very slowly — at around 2-5 mph.

  Four million Americans waited more than 4 weeks for their first unemployment check

Millions of Americans have waited more than 4 weeks to get their first unemployment check. State offices, overwhelmed with claims, calls and emails have lagged in processing claims.

  Petal mayor disappointed after Miss. Supreme Court affirms annexation ruling

Last week, the Mississippi Supreme Court affirmed a chancery judge’s decision denying the majority Petal’s proposed annexation of several tracts of land.

  Mississippi officials give latest on Hurricane Sally

The storm continues to move east away from Mississippi, but the Gulf Coast remains a concern.

Former ITT Tech students to see some debt relief

Former ITT Tech students to see some debt relief from nemesis, PEAKS Trust.

Petal man charged with burglary after being detained by homeowner

The Forrest County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Petal man wanted for burglary Tuesday morning after a homeowner detained the suspect.

  First Alert: Hurricane Sally continues to track east

Sally is forecast to make landfall near Dauphin Island, Ala. around 7 a.m. Wednesday.

  PRVEPA prepares for outages from Hurricane Sally

Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association is taking steps to prepare for potential power outages.

  Covington Co. Sheriff’s Dept. hiring new law officers

The Covington County Sheriff’s Department is hiring two new law enforcement officers.

North Dakota farmers finish neighbor’s harvest after heart attack

Around 60 farmers in Divide County put their own harvesting on hold to cut 1,000 acres for a neighbor who suffered a heart attack after his combine caught fire last week.

Football players' suspension lifted after carrying thin blue line, thin red line flags onto field

The school says the players were told not to do it, but they did it anyway.

Some Southern Baptist Convention leaders dropping the word ‘Southern’ due to history of slavery

Leaders in the Southern Baptist Convention are working to remove the word “Southern” due to the South’s history of slavery.