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  Players of the Pine Belt: Oak Grove senior E.J. Newell to anchor Warriors’ ground game

  Chromebook delivery delayed for many Pine Belt school districts

  Mississippi seeing some improvement five months since the state’s first COVID-19 case

Department of Marine Resources funding remains in limbo

  Columbia Fire Department receives $40K FEMA grant

  Catering and at-home businesses now eligible for CARES Act grants

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  Pine Belt rural hospital CEO discusses COVID-19 plan, concerns

Immunization records can now be accessed, printed online

Secretary of State speaks to statewide county supervisors about upcoming election

  Pay up for Pets fundraiser benefits area animal shelters

  Pandemic not keeping new businesses from opening in downtown Laurel

100 students sent home from Gulfport High after teacher shows symptoms of COVID-19

  Wayne General Hospital celebrates National Health Center Week

Wayne General Hospital is observing National Health Center Week 2020, which runs from Aug. 9-15.

Flag Commission: Mosquito Flag chosen by mistake, now removed from consideration

The commissioner who chose the design has since requested that the flag be removed from the Round Two gallery.

Gov. Reeves discusses COVID-19 impact in the state after tweeting college football ‘is essential’

The total number of cases in the state is nearing 70,000 since March, with 644 reported Tuesday.

Hattiesburg bus service receives $1.8 million grant

Hub City Transit was awarded a $1.8 million federal grant Tuesday to add sidewalks, pedestrian signals and intersection crosswalks at various sites.

State Farm to cut auto premiums by 9.5 percent

644 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in MS, 33 additional deaths reported

FEMA grants $1 million for safety upgrades to MS fire departments

  Players of the Pine Belt: South Jones’ Reid Gavin expected to have big impact for Braves

  Lawmakers return to Capitol, override Governor’s veto on education budget

  Sacred Heart students in upper grades learning virtually until Aug. 17

Miss. Legislature votes to override governor’s veto of education budget

This is the first time since 2002 that the legislature voted to override a governor’s veto.

  East Jasper students start school with paper materials

On Monday, the East Jasper School District expected to start with online learning but ran into a few issues setting it up.

  Classes back in session for Richton School District

Monday marked the Richton School District’s first day back in the classroom.

  Wayne County schools start with delivered educational packet, meals

School started Monday for Wayne County School District students with mandatory distance learning in place.

Laurel police investigating shooting; suspect in custody

One victim was taken to South Central Regional Medical Center for treatment.

GRAPHIC: Mississippi man arrested after allegedly beating up teen boy in Seaside, Florida

Video of the incident has since gone viral on Reddit.

  VIDEO: Arson captured on Ring doorbell camera

Two homes and a vehicle were damaged in the fire, but no one was injured.

Hospitality Flag no longer in the running to become Mississippi’s next flag... but the Mosquito Flag is

Of the 147 flags that made it to the second round of the flag selection Monday morning, the Hospitality Flag was nowhere to be seen.

One person injured in Wayne County crash Sunday; gas station damaged

Emergency first responders were called to Clark’s Exxon on Highway 45 shortly after 5 p.m. on Sunday where an 18-wheeler crashed into the store.

Gov. Reeves discusses COVID-19 in Mississippi, says state’s economy is recovering

Cases continue to rise in the state, with 476 new cases reported Monday.

MHP: I-59 crash possibly caused by medical emergency; 1 dead

The driver of an 18-wheeler is dead after possibly suffering a medical emergency.

Commission narrows down state flag design choices

Next, the commission will select five flags for final consideration.

  Two Pine Belt school districts go back to school Monday, but with a twist

Both Wayne County School District and East Jasper Consolidated School District returned to learning Monday.

MDHS providing millions to help child care providers and parents during pandemic

MDHS is also working diligently to assist child care providers in accessing supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE).

476 new COVID-19 cases in MS, 16 additional deaths reported

MSDH reported 476 COVID-19 cases and 16 deaths on Monday, bringing the state total to 67,649 cases and 1,912 deaths.

HPD finds runaway Hattiesburg teen

Charles “Jonathan” Gaines was found safe Monday.

Miss. woman arrested, accused of attacking ambulance crew with machete

Paramedics were in the rear of the ambulance when a woman jumped into the driver’s seat.

Miss. teen attacked by pack of dogs while running

A woman delivering mail was able to chase off the dogs by spraying mace.

  State lawmakers return after COVID-19 outbreak at Capitol

State lawmakers return to the Capitol on Monday after a coronavirus outbreak last month.

Biloxi man’s death proves COVID-19 not the only microscopic cause for concern

While COVID-19 is dominating the news, there’s another cause for concern in South Mississippi that also won’t go away.

  Players of the Pine Belt: Sumrall’s Cole Daniels ready to come up big

Sumrall High School senior defensive tackle Cole Daniels will be starting his fifth season up front for the Bobats' defense.

  Local businesses put together pop-up shop in Jasper Co.

Tents were set up by local small businesses and featured baked goods, clothes, home decorations and food stalls.

Poplarville mayor Creel tested positive for COVID-19

In a Facebook post, Creel spoke about being diagnosed with the coronavirus Friday and what he is doing to keep his family safe, as well as the recovery process.

Milestone musings from the Isle of Isolation ...

More musings from WDAM's Tim Doherty as he enters Week 21 of self-shuttering in deference to the coronavirus on the Isle of Isolation.

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

MSDH reported 527 COVID-19 cases and 22 on Sunday, bringing the state total to 67,173 cases and 1,896 deaths.

Police: Man charged in Mississippi trooper’s death faces another murder charge in Gulfport

One of the men accused of killing an off duty Mississippi state trooper is also a suspect in a 2019 Gulfport murder.

  Players of the Pine Belt: East Marion’s Carlos Stubbs a threat on both sides of the football

East Marion High School senior Carlos Stubbs is heading into his fourth season at wide receiver and his second as a shake-'em-up pass rusher off the edge.

  Golden Eagles grapple with uncertainty, focused on season-opener

As the Golden Eagles prepare for their September 3 season-opener against South Alabama, it’s hard to ignore what’s happening around them in the world of college football.

  Family fights for justice, celebrate life of Douglas McGruder

A family continues to seek justice for a loved one after his death seven years ago, and they held a celebration to remember him and his life Sunday.

VA awards over $2.1M to end Miss. Veteran homlessness

Several organizations in Mississippi will receive over $2M to help Veteran homelessness in the state.

  Presidential candidate Jorgensen campaigns in Hattiesburg Saturday

Libertarian Presidential candidate Jo Jorgensen held a pop-rally in Hattiesburg.

Wanted Lamar Co. car chase suspect identified

Two other men who were involved in the chase were arrested shortly after it ended when their vehicle ran into a fence on Hillside Drive.

  USM’s dance team, ‘Dixie Darlings,’ to be renamed

The University of Southern Mississippi's dance team, the Dixie Darlings, will be changing its name.

LHA extends summer feeding program to Aug. 14

The Laurel Housing Authority is extending its Summer Food Service Program due to many schools pushing their start dates.

  Car chase leads to arrests in Lamar Co., drugs and weapons captured

According to Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel, deputies were making a traffic stop on a vehicle on U.S. Highway 98 near Weathersby Road around 1 p.m.

Suspects identified in shooting death of MHP trooper

Three suspects were taken into custody overnight in connection with the shooting death of Lt. Troy Morris.

  Wanted Forrest Co. suspect captured in Jones Co.

JCSD’s Criminal Investigation Division executed a search warrant on McCarty Henderson Road in south Jones County after getting information about the suspect, Leon Jesse Trevino.

1,210 new COVID-19 cases reported in MS, 26 deaths reported

MSDH reported 1,210 COVID-19 cases and 26 deaths on Saturday, bringing the state total to 66,646 cases and 1,874 deaths.

  Players of the Pine Belt: Sacred Heart’s Kasen Noble ready to go on two fronts

Sacred Heart's Kasen Noble will be a key player on both the offensive and defensive lines for the Crusaders.

Trooper shot, killed in Jefferson Co.; $108K reward offered for suspect

The shooting happened on U.S. 61 in Jefferson County.

1 of 2 escaped inmates from Jefferson Davis County Jail captured in Chicago

The two escaped the jail on July 24th.

  Friday nights to look different for more than just football teams this fall

The game of football may seem trivial during a time in which districts across Mississippi are simply trying to figure out how to best return their students to school.It certainly doesn’t feel trivial to some.

  Lawmakers discuss safety plans for their return to State Capitol

We ask lawmakers if they think it's safe to return to the State Capitol.

  Mississippi census numbers remain low as deadline is cut short

There is still time to fill out the 2020 census, and those numbers will have an impact on the state of Mississippi for the next 10 years.

Man sought in connection to Forrest Co. aggravated assault investigation

The Forrest County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man in connection to an aggravated assault and grand larceny of a vehicle investigation.

  As average new coronavirus cases drop for eighth-straight day, Gov. Reeves says curve starting to flatten

A 3 On Your Side analysis of Mississippi coronavirus data continues to show downward trends in the number of weekly cases.

  Salvation Army, Walmart team up for ‘Stuff the Bus’ school supply drive

The Salvation Army is partnering with Walmart to hold its school donation drive to get supplies for children in need as families prepare for the upcoming school year.

  Ways to manage back-to-school stress amid pandemic

As the situation for students returning to school continues to change and a number of differences have popped up since last year, returning to campus during the COVID-19 pandemic can be stressful.

  Hundreds come out for Bok Homa Casino reopening

The Bok Homa Casino is back open after months of being shut down due to COVID-19.

C-USA board approves football timeline, protocols

Conference USA's teams, including the University of Southern Mississippi, will play and eight-game conference schedule and up to four, non-conference contests.

  Three members of Laurel Fire Department promoted

The men were sworn into their new positions during a ceremony at Laurel’s City Hall Friday morning.

Two arrested in connection to fatal stabbing in Pearl River County

Joe Davis, 31, and Thomas Alsobrooks Sr., 54, are in custody each facing a charge of second-degree murder after Gary Hill Breeland was found dead in his home just before 9 p.m. Wednesday.

$5,000 reward offered for info on Jones County arson fires

The Mississippi State Fire Marshal’s office has offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the fires.

Mississippi Power lending a hand in Pennsylvania

A Mississippi Power storm team of linemen and support personnel arrived in Pennsylvania to help PECO restore power to some 17,000 customers after Hurricane Isaias visited the Philadelphia area

1,036 COVID-19 cases confirmed in MS, 23 additional deaths reported

One death has been reported out of the Pine Belt as it comes from the Marion County area.

  Presidential candidate Jo Jorgensen coming through MS this weekend

Libertarian Nominee for the United States presidential race Dr. Jo Jorgensen’s campaign will be leading a protest convoy through Jackson and Hattiesburg Saturday.

  Bok Homa Casino reopens to public Friday

The only casino in the Pine Belt is reopening its doors to the public.

MDE to provide 400K students with computer devices

Help is on the way to boost virtual learning effort for Mississippi students.