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Jones County schools to offer “Grab & Go” meals this summer

The Jones County School District will offer "Grab & Go Summer Meals" starting June 1.

BBB: Social media coupon scams spreading amid the coronavirus pandemic

Legal services remain available to low-income residents through hotline

Pine Grove Water issues boil water notice

  Southern Pine Electric working to restore power

IRS stimulus check tracking tool now live

  Dixie Electric works to restore power to hundreds of homes

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U-Haul offers 30 days of free self-storage to those impacted by storms

  When it comes to ‘essential,’ what can you not do without?

Winn-Dixie parent company to increase hiring, offer modified store hours

Walmart now putting restrictions on some items, introducing senior shopping hour

  Pine Belt restaurants prepare for impact of COVID-19

Rate to decrease for Mississippi Power customers

  Hand sanitizer, cleaning supplies hard to find amid coronavirus fears

Whether it’s out of panic or due to caution, Pine Belt residents are taking the coronavirus serious and continue to stock up on cleaning supplies and other essentials, leaving some store shelves bare.

  Many Mississippians unknowingly qualify for free tax filing

Before you pay for someone to file your taxes, there are two programs you should know about.

  State legislators are looking to make alcohol purchases easier for residents of Mississippi

A series of bills on the house floor are aimed at easing laws for both the consumer and the business owner.

Forrest Health addresses ER response time concerns

The president and CEO of Forrest Health recently issued a statement to address the emergency room response time concerns from patients.

Boil water notice lifted for Barrontown Utility customers

MSDH offering free radon test kits to homes across the state

Popular infant carrier sold at Target and Amazon recalled

State public service commissioner breaks down Mississippi’s No Call program

Boil water advisory for Rose Hill customers

  Country music singer/songwriter John King to headline 31st Okatoma Fest

Children’s Advocacy Centers of Mississippi to release car tags to spread awareness

CACM unveiled its specialty “I Protect Children” car tags in early 2019 to encourage the public to support them with their mission and will be available to the general public on Feb. 24, 2020.

TEC to provide fiber optic internet to Jasper Co.

Fiber optic provider TEC announced the expansion of its residential fiber network to Jasper County on January 31.

  Push for wine with higher alcohol content in Mississippi grocery stores

Right now you can find bottles of wine fully stocked in grocery stores in 38 states.

Pine Belt areas announce trash pickup schedule changes for MLK holiday

Cities and counties in the Pine Belt will make changes to their garbage pickup schedules due to the Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Mississippi could be eligible for major broadband upgrades under FCC proposal

The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund was proposed by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and will be voted on by the FCC on Jan. 30.

Several medications used to treat acid reflux recalled over probable carcinogen

Several medications used to treat heartburn and acid reflux are being recalled after manufacturers detected trace amounts of the same probable cancer-causing impurity that prompted earlier recalls of several medications used for similar purposes.

PSC approves rate decrease for Mississippi Power customers; Maxwell elected chairman

If you’re a Mississippi Power customer, your monthly bill is going down, starting in February.

Boil water notice issued for Petal residents

The boil notice is issued by the Barrontown Water Association for Petal residents.

Two boil water advisories issued for Lamar Co. customers

The City of Lumberton and North Lamar Water Association issued boil water advisories for customers Wednesday.

ALERT: Depression medication recalled due to labeling error

A particular depression medication is being recalled due to a labeling error related to the dosage strength of the medicine.

  Hattiesburg’s first cigar bar to open New Year’s Eve

The first cigar bar will open in Hattiesburg on New Year’s Eve.

RECALL: Egg in veggie ramen may be contaminated with listeria

A particular brand of veggie ramen is being recalled because the egg in the product may be contaminated with listeria.

  Don’t let holiday trash make you a target for burglars

The year is winding down, Christmas decorations are going back into storage and gift boxing and packaging are ready to be thrown out. Before you toss them in your regular trash, be sure to keeping them out of sight of potential burglars.

  Some Pine Belt retailers unsure about details of new tobacco minimum age law

There’s a new federal law that sets the minimum age to buy tobacco products at 21 years old.

  Firework season returns ahead of New Year

Many people in the Pine Belt will be setting off fireworks to kick off the New Year.

  Pine Belt shoppers take advantage of post-Christmas sales

Many South Mississippians took part in one more holiday tradition Thursday.

ALERT: Egg salad sandwiches recalled due to possible listeria contamination

Great American Deli, based out of Ooltewah, Tenn., is recalling its Egg Salad Sandwich due to possible listeria contamination.

  Some opting for restaurants for Christmas meals

Christmas day is associated with family time and meals. Some choose to travel to a family member’s house, some prepare a dish at home and others drive over to a restaurant to enjoy their Christmas meal.

  Christmas Eve shoppers fill the Turtle Creek mall

People came out in numbers to the Turtle Creek Mall to do some last-minute shopping before Christmas.

Fiber optic cables under Reservoir to boost internet speeds in rural Mississippi

C Spire and Entergy are teaming up to boost internet speeds of Mississippians living in rural areas.

Parents warned of free child safety kit scams

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is alerting parents to a scam involving nonexistent child safety kits being offered free of charge.

Boil water notice lifted in Jasper Co.

The Tri County Water Association has lifted a boil water notice it issued for customers on Dec. 12.

  Tips for staying healthy this holiday season

Most people associate food with the holidays. A huge turkey dinner or prime rib, whatever the tradition is, involves consuming lots of calories. Some may be good for you, but more times than not, it means, sugars, sweets, and treats.

  Hattiesburg benefits from holiday revenue long after Christmas

Shopping centers and malls are filled with people buying gifts and goodies as Christmas comes closer. But how can all this spending help the residents of Hattiesburg?

55,000 pounds of El Monterey breakfast burritos recalled

Before you bite into that breakfast burrito, make sure it hasn’t been recalled.

Master P launches ramen noodle brand ‘Rap Noodles’

“If you ain’t eating Rap Noodles, then you shouldn’t be eating noodles."

  How LED Christmas lights could save you money this holiday season

Putting up Christmas lights can be expensive, and it can make a huge difference on your light bill.

Mississippi’s Secretary of State says to beware of charity scams this holiday season

The Magnolia State is known to many as one of the most generous states in the country when it comes to helping those in need

Financial experts offer tips to better manage your holiday spending

Don't let holiday spending put you in the red for the start of 2020. Experts offer tips and advice to prevent more debt from your shopping sprees!

  Safety tips for online holiday shopping

As you continue shopping for holiday gifts online, keep these safety tips in mind.

Cyber Monday sales and deals

If you thought Black Friday was peak deals day, think again: Cyber Monday is here.

Cyber Monday sales could break records

The Thanksgiving holiday shopping season is off to a strong start and continues with Cyber Monday.

  Owner of 100-year-old Bassfield store speaks about Small Business Saturday

Nov. 30 was the 10th anniversary of Small Business Saturday.

  Christmas tree season is busy for the Pine Belt

Two Pine Belt Christmas tree farms are in the midst of their busiest weekend of the season.

  Pine Belt shoppers get early start on Black Friday deals

Thanksgiving shoppers are trying to get the best deals. Stores like Walmart, JCPenney, Belk and Target are open Thursday night for an early start to Black Friday shopping.

Safety tips for Black Friday shoppers

Shoppers are heading to the stores for some holiday deals, and so is law enforcement.

  Pine Belt businesses preparing for Small Business Saturday

Businesses are preparing for Small Business Saturday here in the Pine Belt.

Best Black Friday deals of 2019

We’ve compiled a list of some of the hottest deals this week so you can map out your strategy for scoring big while spending less.

  Pine Belt residents prepare for holiday travel

AAA says more than 55 million travelers will go at least 50 miles this Thanksgiving holiday.

  Mississippi lottery officially launches

It didn’t take long for scratch-off tickets to start selling in Mississippi.

Plan your Thanksgiving meal around these recalls in your kitchen

Check your pantry and fridge for these recalled foods before planning your holiday meals.

  Pine Belt residents ready for scratch-off lottery tickets

Pine Belt residents react to upcoming scratch-off lottery.

Online appointments take hours off drivers license process

It's possible to get your drivers license in exponentially less time now, DPS officials said.

  Richton residents facing ongoing water problems

Richton residents in the Arlington Water Association zone are looking for answers to their ongoing water issue.

Mississippi Lottery tickets available in a store near you this Monday

Powerball and Mega Millions ticket will go on sale January 30th of 2020.

  Law enforcement provides tips to protect your packages from porch pirates

This holiday season, keep an eye out for porch pirates coming for boxes. As Santa brings you gifts this year, watch out for a potential Grinch.

  “Shop Petal First” campaign begins in Friendly City

The Petal-area Chamber of Commerce is hoping you’ll think of the “Friendly City” first when you do your holiday shopping and it’s offering some incentives to encourage you to do that.

Salad products sold at Giant Eagle, Walmart and other stores recalled for possible E.coli contamination

A New Jersey company is recalling about 97,271 pounds of salad products sold at Giant Eagle, Walmart, Target and other stores throughout Ohio because they may be contaminated with E. coli, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

  Eagle’s Nest Pantry gets $8K donation from Venture Church

The Eagle’s Nest Food Pantry at the University of Southern Mississippi received its largest single cash donation Wednesday.

  Annual Christmas shop local campaign begins Thursday in Covington County

An annual campaign to encourage Covington County residents to shop locally for Christmas begins Thursday.

Social Security Administration announces new online reporting form for scam calls

The Social Security Administration has launched an online reporting form to combat the recent wave of social security scams and increased amount of robocalls across the nation.

  Pine Belt vendors get ready for lottery sales

In exactly one week, scratch off lottery tickets will officially go on sale in Mississippi.

Amazon locating second consumer goods fulfillment center in North Mississippi, creating 500 jobs

Amazon is locating its second Mississippi fulfillment center in Olive Branch.

Marion Co. Sheriff’s Office taking donations for Children’s Hospital

MCSO will be outside of Columbia Walmart to take donations on Nov. 30 from noon until.

  Toyota of Hattiesburg raises funds for Alzheimer’s research

A Pine Belt auto dealer is helping in the fight against Alzheimer’s Disease.

  Bitter cold means bad news for exposed water pipes in Pine Belt

Bitter cold temperatures are expected in the Pine Belt over the next couple of days, and that could mean some bad news for homeowners who have exposed water pipes.

How to save energy during the winter months

With a blast of cold air moving into Mississippi, many households will be cranking the heat.

  HPD, HFD partner with Edwards Street Fellowship Food Pantry ahead of holiday season

The holiday season is coming up and some folks rely on the pantry for a meal.