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USDA offers funding for rural water project in Lamar Co.

The funding comes from the USDA Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program.

  Country artist dedicates concert to girl battling cancer

Former NFL running back DeAngelo Williams paid for more than 500 mammograms in honor of late mother

  Athlete with one arm swings away in Special Olympics

  Gulf Coast’s Armorbearers rebuilding vet’s home destroyed by fire

Patients get mini police cruisers to travel children’s hospital instead of wheelchairs

  GOOD NEWS: Kindness spreading throughout South Jones High School

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  Teen in wheelchair scores touchdown with 8th-grade football team

State Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council members announced

  GOOD NEWS: Hattiesburg husband donates kidney to his wife

Prep all-star football rosters include area standouts

  Jackson woman brings awareness to Alzheimer’s while singing with Carrie Underwood

Bancorp South donates to Forrest General’s Cancer Center

  USM student leads effort to send aid to Bahamian hurricane victims

A group of University of Southern Mississippi students is hoping to encourage fellow students to help hurricane victims in the Bahamas.

  Fundraiser held in Laurel to benefit The Glory House

More than a dozen Jones County restaurants and vendors were part of a fundraiser benefiting The Glory House in Laurel.

  GEICO and Wreck-A-Mended team up to gift Baptist Children’s Village

Two companies in Purvis are teaming up to donate a new car to an organization in need.

  Laurel Magnet School achieves historic “A” rating

Laurel Magnet School of the Arts is the silver lining of the Laurel School District’s accountability rating. It’s the only school in the district to earn an “A” rating.

  Celebrities, law enforcement from around the country send injured Madison deputy well-wishes

  USM grad student from Bahamas raising money for Dorian relief

Hundreds participate in Governor’s Ride benefitting Wounded Warriors

  Hub City Special Olympics hosts Fall Games at OGHS

Truckers line Hwy to show support for Rolling Fork man with rare form of cancer

Missing Lumberton man found

  Community bands together to buy car for Waynesboro family

A Waynesboro woman is giving new meaning to being your brother’s keeper.

  Oxford Middle School celebrates school’s 1st female football player and coach

There’s girl power on the football field at Oxford Middle School. The school’s first female football player is in the starting lineup and the first female assistant coach is on the sidelines.

Missing Hattiesburg man found safe

51-year-old James Anderson was safely found Tuesday morning.

Rare birth: Couple welcomes 9 lb. 11 oz. baby on 9/11 at 9:11

Cametrione and Justin Brown welcomed their 9 pound 11 ounce baby at a Tennessee hospital on 9/11 at 9:11.

  BancorpSouth donates $100K to Oseola McCarty Youth Development Center

BancorpSouth is giving the Oseola McCarty Youth Development Center a $100,000 donation to improve its after school and summer programs.

Tiger Woods, Justin Timberlake create fund to help Bahamians after Hurricane Dorian

Tiger Woods and Justin Timberlake have teamed up to donate money to Bahamians who have been impacted by Hurricane Dorian.

  Cheerleader with Down Syndrome inspires Biloxi Junior High students

At Biloxi Junior High, one cheerleader is also inspiring her school and community.

Waffle House Index: Myrtle Beach store defies Dorian, keeps its doors open

The Waffle House Index is something we all hear about when a hurricane is on the way.

  ‘Have a passion for it’: 100-year-old ballet master still teaching classes

Henry Danton is Mississippi Strong.

  Retired USM professor gears up for ride to promote kidney donation

Thirteen years ago, then 69-year-old Denny Behm donated a kidney to a very close friend.

‘I expected nerd heaven and it was!’: Teen with rare disease meets Harry Potter actors

A Gulfport teen got to live out her fandom last weekend with some of the actors that star in the blockbuster film.

  Ellisville church improving veterans’ graves with help of local businesses

An Ellisville church is taking steps to improve a cemetery that includes the graves of several veterans.

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.

  Women in medicine honored by the Mississippi State Medical Association

Women in medicine who are pioneers in the field for their accomplishments in Mississippi were honored during a ceremony sponsored by the Mississippi State Medical Association.

  Mallory the duck gets a new prosthetic foot thanks to Rankin County robotics students

A duck with one foot is now up and waddling again, thanks to some students in Rankin County.

Keesler Federal donates backpacks to 6,200 kindergarteners

KFCU is donating enough backpacks and school supplies for every single kindergarten student at a public school in Harrison, Hancock, Jackson, Pearl River, George and Stone counties.

  USM to offer free tuition to Mississippi National Guardsmen

The University of Southern Mississippi is partnering with the Mississippi National Guard to offer free tuition to the state’s citizen soldiers and airmen.

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

One man can breathe a sigh of relief after he was reunited with a special memento that he lost during his vacation in Myrtle Beach.

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

A 19-month-old boy has been denied a $2 million drug.

Jasper County woman celebrates turning 100 years old

A Jasper County woman celebrates her 100th birthday.

Waynesboro wins 2019 Blood Bowl

The race for donor dominance is over and the numbers are in.

Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services celebrating record number of adoptions

The Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services is celebrating a new record for the number of adoptions for foster children in the state.

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

Remember the “Back up Terry” video that went viral a few years ago? Terry is from Memphis and he's the recipient of a brand new wheelchair!

Target unveils wheelchair-friendly costumes for kids

According to Target’s website, the full princess carriage and pirate ship collection are set to be released on Aug. 22.

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

One member of the Ridgeway family of Ocean Springs became the one-millionth rider on the Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run earlier this week.

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

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

Mississippi recruiting teachers by sharing inspiring stories

Educators can empower and inspire generations of change. That's the theme of a new teacher recruitment campaign the state of Mississippi is launching, and they're looking for your 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

Miss Mississippi candidates, Miss University and Miss New South discuss how the program helps them achieve their goals.

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

Volunteer firefighters along with volunteers with Southern Cross Animal Rescue saved four puppies from an uncertain future overnight.

  Cancer fighter gets special Father’s Day benefit

One Pine Belt dad is definitely having a great father's day after receiving a gift that could change his life.

WDAM to air national anthem daily

WDAM will soon join with our sister Gray Television stations across the nation by playing the national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Perry County poulterer expanding processing plant

A Perry County poulterer will be expanding its Petal processing plant.

Petal schools superintendent a ‘Hall of Fame Dad’

Petal School District Superintendent Dr. Matt Dillon received an early Father's Day gift he’ll never forget.

  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.