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7th grade boy donates $15,000 earnings from Huron County Fair to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Western Reserve Schools is commending one of their seventh grade students for an act of kindness that is helping other kids his age in need.

Keesler Federal donates backpacks to 6,200 kindergarteners

  USM to offer free tuition to Mississippi National Guardsmen

  ‘God is great’: Myrtle Beach vacationer reunited with rings dedicated to late wife

  Insurance reverses decision, will pay for toddler’s $2 million drug

Jasper County woman celebrates turning 100 years old

Waynesboro wins 2019 Blood Bowl

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Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services celebrating record number of adoptions

  Man from viral ‘Back up Terry’ video gifted with new wheelchair

Target unveils wheelchair-friendly costumes for kids

South Mississippi family member becomes one-millionth rider on Disneyland ride

Biloxi business owner wins international pageant title, advocates to go green

Mississippi recruiting teachers by sharing inspiring stories

  LPD carries on late chief’s legacy with annual food drive

The Laurel Police Department held its fifth annual Fill-A-Truck Food Drive on Wednesday. This year’s event was dedicated to the memory of late police chief Tyrone Stewart, who passed away earlier this year.

Miss Mississippi 2019 is off and running... even with a broken foot

Hyer says she hopes to visit all 82 counties to encourage Mississippians to sign up to be organ and tissue donors.

Maple the sloth celebrating first birthday at Hattiesburg Zoo

The Hattiesburg Zoo is celebrating a very special birthday Monday.

Hancock County celebrates families reunited after foster care

June is Foster Reunification Month, a time to recognize families that have changed their lives to get their children out of the foster care system.

Miss Mississippi contestants are reaching their educational goals

’Saving lives is what we do’: Pups rescued by volunteers

  Cancer fighter gets special Father’s Day benefit

WDAM to air national anthem daily

Perry County poulterer expanding processing plant

Petal schools superintendent a ‘Hall of Fame Dad’

  Hub City dance academy takes students to new heights

A Hattiesburg dance academy is taking students to new heights through the art of dance.

  Mount Olive farmers market brings vendors, visitors together

Hundreds of people visited Mount Olive on Saturday for fresh produce and great fellowship as the town hosted its second Farm and Market in the Mount.

  Petal student with Batten disease beats odds, graduates

At Petal High School’s graduation, there was triumph as students crossed the stage to begin the next chapter of their lives.

  Historic alumna to deliver keynote speech to WCU graduates

William Carey University students are preparing to cross the stage and enter the next chapter of their lives after commencement.

LeBron James collaborates with Walmart to invest in education, fight hunger across the US

LeBron James and Walmart have formed a partnership aimed at improving education and reducing hunger in communities throughout the country.

  ‘People with disabilities can do phenomenal things’: JSU student with cerebral palsy graduates Summa Cum Laude

Future teacher always pushed forward to overcome disability and inspire children.

  South Mississippi songwriter wins 1st prize at 2019 County Line Music Festival

A Mississippi man who has a way with words has brought home the first place prize from the 2019 County Line Music Festival.

  Parrot helps Miss. woman recover speech after brain bleed

Sheron Dunaway has been able to fully recover her speech with the help of her special friend, Precious.

City of Laurel accepts generous flag donation

The City of Laurel will look a little more patriotic after accepting a generous flag donation.

  West Marion band submits video for $100K grant

The West Marion High School Band is hoping pop music legend Barry Manilow will give them $100,000.

  Mississippi twins earn valedictorian, salutatorian

Tommy and Jimmy Dilwith spent their days dueling for the top spot, a competition they say has pushed them to success.

Free smoke alarm installation set for Saturday

Select Hattiesburg neighborhoods to receive free smoke alarms.

Jones Co. law enforcer recognized for work with child victims

A captain with the Jones County Sheriff’s Office is being recognized for her work to help children who are victims of human trafficking, physical and sexual abuse.

New Orleans student accepted to 115 colleges, offered $3.7 million in scholarships

An 18-year-old New Orleans high school senior has been accepted into 115 colleges and has been offered more than $3.7 million in scholarships.

  AL dad designs truck to raise awareness for autism

A local dad in Tuscaloosa is using a truck to raise awareness about autism. And the timing is just right because April is World autism awareness month.

Red Cross helping assess damage from the storm

Red Cross out helping assess storm damage.

FestivalSouth releases 2019 lineup

FestivalSouth releases 2019 calendar of events.

Man shares on social media after noticing Jackson Chick-fil-A worker’s quiet act of kindness

A man waiting for his order at a Jackson Chick-Fil-A noticed a quiet act of kindness and took to social media to spread the kindness he witnessed.

Good Samaritans donate car to homeless Mississippi man

The benefactors said they are not done helping this family; they plan to help Elijah get a permanent place to call home.

  Soldier home from deployment surprises daughter at DuBard School

An emotional reunion between a National Guard soldier and his daughter had everyone in the room smiling at the DuBard School in Hattiesburg.

MS soldier reunites with son after Middle East deployment

It was a touching scene Tuesday morning in Collins as a soldier with the Mississippi National Guard was reunited with her young son after a nine-month deployment to Kuwait.

  Hattiesburg council approves N. 38th Ave. ‘pathway’

Hattiesburg is preparing to add sidewalks along North 38th Avenue from Hardy Street north to the Longleaf Trace at West Fourth Street.

‘Superhero’ teens befriend 5-year-old with autism, teach him to skateboard for birthday

The teenagers gave the 5-year-old the gift of friendship, welcoming him and helping him go down the big ramps.

Morgan Freeman converts his Mississippi ranch into a honeybee sanctuary

The Oscar winner imported a total of 26 bee hives to the ranch and has planted bee-friendly Magnolia trees and lavender on the property.

AL high schooler accepted into 31 universities, awarded $1.1 million in scholarships

Hard work and countless hours of studying are paying off big time for Woodlawn’s High School valedictorian Benjamin Holmes.

Poplarville school named healthiest in MS by BCBS Foundation

Poplarville Lower Elementary School has been rewarded for its efforts to promote better health among its students, teachers and administrators.

Fort Bragg asking for birthday cards to celebrate WWII Veteran’s 100th birthday

A Facebook post from the military base wants to make Edward Stever’s 100th birthday a very special one. Stever is a World War II veteran and Fort Bragg is asking people to send him a birthday card to celebrate his major life milestone.

  GOOD NEWS: Oak Grove 5th grader becomes “American Champion of USA Powerlifting”

The small guy packing a lot of power broke two records in his weight class.

Bibles, crosses left untouched in massive church fire

According to the fire department, every bible and cross inside the church should have been reduced to ash. They were all intact.

Best Buy donates $20.8M to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Best Buy presented a $20 million check to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital on Wednesday.

MS soldier surprises son with first pitch reunion

1st Lt. Kaleb Beasley recently returned to Mississippi from a deployment to the Middle East.

Jones Co. fire departments taking donations for tornado victims in AL

Fire departments in Jones County are banding together to reach out a helping hand to people impacted by the devastating tornado that ravaged Lee County, AL over the weekend.

Christian Services offers free potatoes to the public

What do you do with 20,000 pounds of potatoes? Well, if you’re Christian Services in Hattiesburg, you pass that blessing on to others.

  Business makes donation to help Oak Grove Middle buy Chromebooks

Jani-King is a business invested in supporting the education system in a big way.

United Way hosts annual awards meeting in Laurel

The United Way of the Pine Belt held its annual meeting and awards luncheon at South Central Place in Laurel on Thursday.

Teacher cuts waist-length hair to support 5-year-old girl bullied for short haircut

After a 5-year-old in Texas got her hair cut, her friends started calling her a boy, and she began wearing a hat to school. But her teacher’s kind gesture changed everything.

Picture of North Carolina boys stopping to honor US flag goes viral

A picture of two boys from North Carolina stopping in a street to honor a U.S. flag as it was being raised at a fire station is going viral.

2 Pine Belt teens tapped for leadership program

Two Pine Belt teens were tapped to take part in Youth Leadership Program, sponsored by Southern Pine Electric.

  South Jones H.S. Beta Club reads, donates books to kindergartners

The South Jones High School Beta Club celebrated Valentine’s Day with some “little” sweethearts in a project called “Fall in Love With Reading.”

  Night to Shine event brings out hundreds in Hattiesburg

The luxury event took place Friday night at Temple Baptist Church on Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. to celebrate people with special needs and disabilities.

  Jefferson Davis County School District earns $2.2 million literacy grant

The superintendent of Jefferson Davis County schools said, “If there is ever a magical solution in education, then it would be literacy.”The district is changing lives in their schools and communities after earning the award of a competitive $2 million grant.

Hattiesburg adds more paving projects

Hattiesburg adds more streets to this spring's paving schedule.

Drew Brees pens emotional letter to Saints fans after NFC championship loss

Brees posted his letter on Instagram explaining that he took the past week to navigate his heartache and disappointment from the game.

Community joins Gulfport teen with cerebral palsy in 20-mile hike, one step closer to being an Eagle Scout

Despite having cerebral palsy and optic nerve damage in one eye, Aaron Smith hiked 20 miles to be one badge closer to becoming an Eagle Scout.

  USM’s Small Business Development Center sees growth

It’s the American dream to see a vision, work and grind it out until you watch that vision come to fruition.

For the first time in 35 years, no children were murdered in Sacramento, CA, last year

Officials have been working to curb juvenile crime by reaching out to those at risk, and police say no child homicides shows that outreach is having an impact.

Forrest County to open shelter against cold

Forrest County is opening its community shelter because of expected cold temperatures Sunday night.

  Good News: Nonprofit picks up home rebuild for alleged fraud victim

Two years ago, a tornado destroyed Lashonda Johnson’s home in Petal. A nonprofit organization is now stepping in to pick up the pieces for a victim of alleged fraud.

  Disabled veteran assistance organization looking to start Hub City chapter

An organization that renovates homes for wounded veterans with disabilities is hoping to start a permanent chapter in Hattiesburg.

Pine Belt teachers chosen to receive environmental education grants

Mississippi Power announced Tuesday the names of 19 South Mississippi teachers that will receive grant money to help fund environmental education programs.

PERFECT 10: UCLA gymnast wows the internet and the judges

She made the decision to retire from the elite level in order to become a college athlete. When she made this decision, she had been competing with a fractured back and two torn shoulders.

Event raises thousands for wounded Mississippi veterans

Organizers of a Marion County Veterans Day fundraising event have donated $4,000 to an organization that provides financial help to wounded Mississippi veterans.

Boy, 9, saves grandfather’s life during diabetic episode

The 9-year-old was in the backseat of the car, waiting for his grandfather to start it up and head out for some pizza, when something went wrong.

Kids can enter Doodle for Google contest, win $30K scholarship

The 11th annual Doodle for Google competition is underway and the winner will walk away with a $30,000 college scholarship and $50,000 in new technology.

  Need to smile? Watch this Kentucky boy’s reaction to ‘Happy Birthday’

One video posted by a Bowling Green mom is so cute, it’s been shared more than one million times. Yeah, million.

HPSD receives $2.1 million ‘early learning’ grant

The Hattiesburg Public School District received a $2.1 million early-education grant.

  Breast cancer survivor starts foundation to help other women

Dawn Gillis didn’t know that her own battle with breast cancer would lead her to be a fighter for other women suffering with the disease.

Hattiesburg to offer “Adulting 101” life courses

The city of Hattiesburg is offering a series of adult life classes teaching skills that some may not be familiar with.