Good News

  JCSD welcomes first full-time female deputy in patrol division

Deputy Reagan Smith started her patrol duties this week with the department.

  Hattiesburg police surprise 6-year-old for his birthday

Donation to eventually fund 80 full scholarships at USM

Sumrall kindergartner takes top spot in Easter coloring contest

Hattiesburg Zoo to stage ‘Sensory Sunday’

South Central Regional offering COVD-19 vaccinations

WCU music therapy students work with clients online

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FEMA to help with COVID-19-related funeral expenses

  Wayne County student inspires others with his story

  C.E. Roy Community Center hosting 2nd COVID-19 vaccination clinic

Construction begins on west Hattiesburg gas pipe project

MSDH: New daily coronavirus cases slip to less than 100

TVA: Mississippi solar project to provide power to Facebook

  USM’s Joye Lee-McNelis making an impact and coaching through cancer

Coaching the Golden Eagles since 2004, Lee-McNelis says being a role model to her players is extremely important to her.

JC’s new electrical technology program opening opportunities

Caleb Kittrell (left) of State Line and John Holland (right) of Leakesville check power sources in the new electrical technology program offered at Jones College’s Greene County Center.

  LMSA principal making an impact in her school

Dr. Kiana Pendleton has been the principal at LMSA for the past three years.

Hattiesburg Winn Dixie selected for COVID-19 vaccination program

Five Winn Dixie stores in three, southeastern Mississippi counties will distribute 1,100 free COVID-19 vaccinations.

  Family surprises member when he’s released after 80 days in hospital

  Former Collins homecoming queen sings national anthem at NBA game

‘Crawfest’ returning to downtown Laurel

Free document shredding offered Friday

Midnight Monday is the deadline to file for Hurricane Zeta assistance

  Gulfport WWII veteran marks 100th birthday with drive-by celebration

  Sacred Heart teacher celebrates win against cancer

Almost a year and a month later, Ms. Cindy Hixson is now cancer-free.

  Hattiesburg announces upgrade along Gordon’s Creek

The City of Hattiesburg announced a new project near one of the gateways into downtown, Gordon's Creek Commons.

Pine Belt awarded highway overlay projects of $12.8 million

Contracts were awarded for repaving projects in Wayne and Jasper counties by the Mississippi Transportation Commission.

Carey students assisting in COVID-19 immunization process

April Kittrell, a nursing student at William Carey University/Hattiesburg campus, administers a COVID-19 vaccine at Hattiesburg Clinic.

Petal Chamber honors community members

The Petal Chamber of Commerce honored four community members last week.

  CrossFitter with special needs receives overwhelming support for T-shirt design

Wilson’s story has inspired others with Down syndrome to consider CrossFit.

State receives more than $23.6 million in lottery share

Mississippi treasury receives whopping $23.6 million lottery share

  Dog sucked out of home in tornado, returns hours later

Dog sucked out of home in tornado, returns hours later

Shelters open in the Pine Belt

Shelters have opened in the Pine Belt for those needing a place to get out of the cold.

Dollar General opens new store in Hattiesburg

Dollar General announced a new store opening in Hattiesburg.

Longtime Dixie National Rodeo fixture honored

Late rodeo clown Lecile Harris was honored Saturday at the Dixie National Rodeo in Jackson.

  Foxworth man reunites with his lost dog

Thanks to West Marion Primary School and social media, Lucky was reunited with his owner, Willie Smith, after going missing last year.

  Special Olympics athlete finds CrossFit family in Hattiesburg

Zackery Wilson, 22, who has down syndrome, moved with his family to Hattiesburg last year. Upon relocating, he found FSFIT.

  91-year-old and 92-year-old best friends survive COVID-19

Mary Louise Lucas met her best friend, 91-year-old Alma Gates, in 1940 during their seventh-grade tumbling class.

Pearl River Valley receives $25 million to build internet service

Pearl River Valley Electric awarded $25 million-plus to start fiber internet for its members.

  Sacred Heart teacher recognized as MHS History Teacher of the Year

Sacred Heart Catholic School teacher Theresa Moore is this year’s Mississippi Historical Society’s History Teacher of the Year.

  HAPA’s Utility Box Project to enter second phase

A public arts program to turn utility boxes across the Hub City into works of art is entering its second phase.

  Former West Jones Mustang wins national title with the Crimson Tide

Byron Young says he’s proud to represent the Magnolia State on and off the field.

MDAH awards Hattiesburg with $35K grant for Hawkins Elementary

Hawkins Elementary School in Hattiesburg was awarded a $35,000 Heritage Preservation Grant from the state to help with roof repairs.

Miss. native will be first woman to officiate Super Bowl

Mississippi native Sarah Thomas will be the first woman to officiate in a Super Bowl.

JSU: Sonic Boom of the South to perform during presidential inauguration celebrations

The university's official marching band made the big announcement via Facebook Monday.

  South Mississippi small business owner receives Beyoncé, ‘Bey-Good’ COVID-19 relief grant

Beyoncé has donated thousands of dollars to help small business owners, even one here in South Mississippi.

Mississippi Power receives 2020 Emergency Response Award

Presented to EEI member companies, Emergency Response Awards recognize recovery and assistance efforts of electric companies following service disruptions caused by extreme weather or other natural events.

‘I was knocking on death’s door’: Fire chief home after 45-day fight against COVID-19

Shady Grove Fire Chief David Houston is home from the hospital after winning his battle with the deadly Coronavirus.

  Extra Table distributed 5.7M pounds of food in 2020

Even amid this pandemic, Extra Table continues to provide meals to thousands of families in need.

  Merit Health Wesley employee award winners share COVID-19 experiences

At Merit Health Wesley is recognizing three employees for their contributions to their jobs this past year.

Record breaking gift presented to Mississippi’s only children’s hospital

The Sanderson Farms Championship presented a $1.45 million dollar donation to Friends of Children's Hospital, the fundraising arm for Batson Children's Hospital and Children's of Mississippi at UMMC.

MLK memorial service/prayer breakfast to be held Monday

A memorial service/prayer breakfast in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. remains scheduled for 8 a.m. at Morning Star Baptist Church n Laurel.

  United Way of Southeast Mississippi kicks off 2021 $100K Payday Raffle

The United Way of Southeast Mississippi is kicking off its "$100,000 Payday" raffle.

IRS processing 2nd round of economic impact payments

Another round of federal economic impact payments are being processed.

‘The Rock’ shouts out small Miss. town in gifting truck to old friend

Over the holiday, Rock shared a story about his old friend Bruno and included a tidbit about the small Mississippi town.

  Sacred Heart student accepted into Ivy League school

Sacred Heart High School senior Channing Ware will be heading to the University of Pennsylvania in August.

Glade Fire & Rescue holding blood drive

Glade Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department will be holding a blood drive on Jan. 9.

  The Salvation Army of Laurel reaches $90K red kettle goal

The grand total came out to $100,265.93.

S.C. couple celebrates 70th anniversary on Christmas Day

This Christmas will be extra special for a Summerville family celebrating a milestone anniversary.

Rapper Rick Ross returns home to Mississippi, hosts ‘Xmas givebach’ event at Walmart

Clarksdale, Mississippi’s “favorite son” returned home for the holiday and came bearing gifts.

Hattiesburg’s Town Park Square recognized by planning association

Town Square Park was recognized by the Mississippi chapter of the American Planning Association.

Christian Services offering annual Christmas lunch

Christian Services is inviting families from the Pine Belt and surrounding communities to a Christmas lunch set to be served Tuesday in downtown Hattiesburg.

Five-year-old Gulfport boy celebrates last day of chemotherapy

Five-year-old Sumner Holland has beaten leukemia. Friday was his last day of chemotherapy.

  Oak Park Elementary deck the halls for Christmas

If you walk down the hallways of the school, you’ve stepped into a Christmas Wonderland.

Madison boy to compete on Food Network’s Kids Baking Championship

Andrew Clark, an 11-year-old baker from Madison, will be competing on Food Network’s Kids Baking Championship.

  Santa visits Petal Animal Clinic

The event was held to raise funds for Hub City Service Dogs.

  Meet the Dolphins: Mississippi Aquarium now the home of 4 bottlenose dolphins

Four young dolphins are in their new habitat, being trained and getting ready for the next chapter in their lives.

Starbucks to offer free coffee to frontline workers for the month of December

Starting on December 1, Starbucks will offer a free tall brewed coffee to front-line responders.

  VFW makes $1,000 donation to Hattiesburg Salvation Army

The money will be used to help area veterans in need.

  Hattiesburg teen organizes community blood drive

People came to the Hattiesburg YMCA Monday to donate blood, thanks to the efforts of Hattiesburg teen Samuel Line.

  4th Annual ‘Giving While Living’ toy drive happening Dec. 19

A toy drive to benefit children in the Pine Belt is looking for sponsors.

State Treasurer asking Mississippians to check for unclaimed “property”

State Treasurer David McRae is asking Mississippians to check their accounts and other investments to avoid being deemed "unclaimed."

Missing Jones County woman found ‘safe and sound’

Rebecca L. Cauley, also known as “Becky Brady,” 49, of Jones County was found ‘safe and sound’

  Camp Shelby soldiers hold annual canned food ruck march

The annual march benefits the Edwards Street Fellowship Center in Hattiesburg.

‘We hope this is a new start’: 17 inmates baptized at Mississippi jail

“We hope this is a new start and will change the lives of these and many more.”

  R3SM hosts food distribution at Seminary church

It was the first distribution of its kind since the twister struck on April 12.

  Devoted Dreamers hosting “Go On Girl” virtual conference Saturday

Confidence, leadership and self-love will be the focus for girls ages 8-18.

  Hattiesburg employees donate blood for Make a Difference Week

Hattiesburg city employees teamed up with the American Red Cross Thursday afternoon to help the community.

Hattiesburg to close, replace Campbell Loop bridge

The City of Hattiesburg has condemned and closed the Campbell Loop bridge, a span that will be rebuilt and reopened by mid-summer 2021.

Carey’s College of Health Sciences gets $30,000 donation

Dr. Ron and Michelle Edwards (center) are joined at Tatum Court by William Carey University officials Emily Scott, Tommy King and Janet Williams during a $30,000 donation to the school's College Health Sciences.

  Hattiesburg company, Extra Table partner to fight hunger in Miss.

A Hattiesburg company has partnered with the organization Extra Table in a new program to fight hunger in Mississippi.

Hydrant testing in Hattiesburg this week

The Hattiesburg Fire Department will be flushing hydrants starting this week.