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Victim’s grandson charged in 1998 cold case of elderly woman who was stabbed to death

For more than two decades, police have worked to make an arrest in the case. On Sunday, a suspect was officially taken into custody and charged with the 1998 murder of Jordan.

Wayne County EMA discourages residents from ‘panic buying’ gasoline

  Paperwork filed for ballot initiative seeking to legalize marijuana in Mississippi

Columbia police: Missing 8-year-old found safe

Nonprofit raising money for Laurel church repairs

  NTSB removes plane crash debris for examination, home torn down

Free health screenings available in Jasper County Tuesday

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  Mayor proclaims Police Week in Hattiesburg

  Colonial Pipeline shutdown could have impact on Mississippi gas prices

  Hattiesburg businesses react to construction on Lamar Boulevard

Gov. Reeves announces Miss. will opt out of pandemic unemployment benefits

State auditor offering school districts ways to cut ‘outside-the-classroom’ spending

Moss Point man wanted for fatal New Year’s Eve shooting arrested in Florida

MSDH: More than 500 new COVID-19 caeses reported over weekend

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported Monday that more than 825,000 Mississippians had been full-vaccinated against COVID-19

Proposal to legalize marijuana hits snag due to delayed public notice

Initiative-77 would let voters decide whether to legalize cultivation, possession, and use of marijuana.

  34th annual Mother’s Day Blues Festival kicks off in Laurel

Popular blues artists, including Bobby Rush and Tucka, performed at this year’s festival.

  Sister surprises brother as a match for a kidney transplant

On May 7, Donald Myers Jr received news that would change his life.

  William Carey captures Southern States baseball championship

  USM sweeps Middle Tennessee, takes over C-USA West Division

  National Police Week kicks off with ‘Day of Remembrance’ in Hattiesburg

William Carey eliminates 10th-ranked Loyola to play for SSAC baseball championship

  Saturday’s Softball/Baseball Playoff Scoreboard

Authorities seize crystal meth during 2 arrests in Perry County

  USM’s Ethridge follows no-hitter with another pitching gem

USM freshman Ben Ethridge, threw a complete-game, three-hitter in the nightcap of a Conference USA doubleheader Saturday at Pete Taylor Park.

Pine Belt man celebrates birthday by giving shoes to children in need

The Hub City Sneaker Ball is being hosted at the grand ballroom in the Thad Cochran Building of the University of Southern Mississippi.

  Camp Shelby to get 1st USO in 75 years

A new USO will soon open at Camp Shelby and it will be the first on at the post in 75 years.

65-year-old Vancleave man dies after crashing into John Deere tractor in George County

A 65-year-old Vancleave man died after crashing into a John Deere tractor in George County Friday afternoon.

  Covington Sheriff’s Dept. hires additional full-time dispatchers

Covington County Sheriff Darrell Perkins says the hirings should improve 911 service in that county.

  Mission 22 hosts car and bike show to raise money for veteran assistance

Over 120 vehicles registered for the show, and all of the registration fees will go back into the organization.

  Councilwoman Delgado hosts event to promote voting for Black women

Offered complimentary health screenings and voter registration.

Child tax credits begin in July, IRS urging people with children to file returns ASAP

Payments run from July through December.

  More than 700 participate in first ‘Farm to Fork Ride or Run’ for Extra Table

Hundreds of people turned out Saturday morning to raise money to help feed hungry people in Mississippi.

  Firefighters respond to three-car collision away from station in Laurel

Shady Grove VFD members were working at their station Saturday morning when they heard a very loud crash.

  USM’s Walker Powell throws 7-inning no-hitter Saturday afternoon

Senior University of Southern Mississippi pitcher Walker Powell struck out a career-high 12 batters in a 6-0 no-hitter vs. Middle Tennessee State University Saturday afternoon at Pete Taylor Park.

Carey takes down top-seeded Loyola, 9-6, in SSAC baseball postseason

William Carey University picked up its first win of the 2021 baseball season against 10th-ranked Loyola University, rallying past the Wolfpack 9-6 Friday night.

Reeves touts Google’s economic impact on Magnolia State

Google says it's helped generate $180m in economic activity for Mississippi businesses.

Pine Belt Prep Baseball Scores

Pine Belt Prep Baseball Scores

USM outlasts Middle Tennessee St. 2-1 in 10 innings

Southern Miss logs 30th win of season, improves to 3-0 in extra innings with 2-1 win over Middle Tennessee State Friday.

  Veteran walking from Miss. to Minn. to bring awareness to veteran suicide

Army Veteran Chris Cambre is on a mission to walk from Mississippi to Minnesota to raise awareness about veteran suicide.

  College Board’s upcoming vacancies bring up questions about Governor’s appointment timeline

Governor Tate Reeves has not yet named new College Board members.

  Nearly 14,000 to train at Camp Shelby during summer 2021

About 14,000 military personnel from multiple branches of the armed forces will be taking part in various exercises at Camp Shelby this summer.

  ‘He was the best kid you could ever ask for.’ Mother of USM student who drowned remembers son

The mother of a University of Southern Mississippi student who drowned over the weekend is remembering her son after his tragic death.

  Laurel receives $10k Mississippi Arts Commission grant

The city of Laurel has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission.

  Community remembers pastor killed in plane crash

A Hattiesburg community is pulling together to help the family of a man killed by a Tuesday night plane crash.

Mississippi marijuana proposal hits snag over public notice

The Mississippi secretary of state says signature gathering will be delayed for a broad-based marijuana legalization proposal because of an error in notifying the public.

  Pine Belt Prep Baseball Scores

The second round of the high school baseball playoffs got underway on Thursday. Here’s a look at all the scores from around the Pine Belt...

Carey pounds Mobile, 14-2, in opening round of SSAC baseball tourney

Sloan Dieter allowed two runs over six innins and also clubbed a three-run home run to help William Carey past Mobile 14-2 Thursday.

Hattiesburg to pay tribute to fallen officers for Police Week

The city of Hattiesburg will be honoring police officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty and those that continue to protect and serve next week.

  Pink Up: COVID-19 vaccine may cause swollen lymph nodes

One of the side effects of COVID-19 can cause swollen lymph nodes.

  2 companies submit bids to run new Covington Jail kitchen

Covington County Supervisors opened bids Friday from companies from Arkansas and South Dakota

2 charged with heroin possession in Laurel Thursday

Investigators conducted a traffic stop on Ellisville Boulevard resulting in the arrests.

240 new COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths reported in Miss. Friday

In the eight Pine Belt counties, 33,570 COVID-19 cases and 689 deaths have been reported.

4 arrested on various felony charges in Hattiesburg, Forrest County Wednesday

Three of the suspects were arrested in Hattiesburg, while one was arrested in Laurel.

  Pine Belt musician ventures into acting

Hunter Lott, who signed to with a record label in 2019, is now taking his skills in front of the camera.

  Marion County expected to receive $4.7 million in COVID relief

County supervisors discussed possible ways of spending the funds during a Thursday meeting.

  Covington County residents participate in National Day of Prayer

Members of the Covington County faith community joined others around the nation who took part in the 70th annual National Day of Prayer.

  Mississippi Industrial Hemp Association launches pilot program to help farmers

The organization is launching a new pilot program this fall to help emerging farmers grow and sell the crop.

  Former NBA player surprises Jefferson Davis County teachers with gifts

A former NBA player and a local entrepreneur surprised their hometown teachers with gifts.

Homes of Hope’s ‘50 Miles in 50 Days’ virtual walk-a-thon to begin June 12

Homes of Hope for Children in Purvis is challenging people to walk, run or ride 50 miles in 50 days to raise money for children in crisis.

Tim’s Two Cents: WDAM sports director Taylor Curet

Curet talks about USM baseball, postseason possibilities for Pine Belt high school baseball teams and WCU athletics.

  Hattiesburg students learn about post-graduation opportunities at Transition Fair

More than 20 organizations and agencies were there to answer questions from students.

Hattiesburg man dies in Covington County crash

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

  Hattiesburg, NTSB officials discuss deadly Tuesday night plane crash

Three of the victims involved in the crash were on board the plane while the fourth victim lived in the home where the crash occurred.

214 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths reported in Miss. Thursday

In the eight Pine Belt counties, 33,559 COVID-19 cases and 689 deaths have been reported.

  Tigers meet Mustangs in 5A baseball battle

There’s two teams that always seem to find each other in the postseason – whether it’s on the football field, basketball court or baseball diamond.West Jones and Hattiesburg clash in the second round of the class 5A baseball playoffs.

  Sumrall not skipping a beat with first-year coach Andy Davis

Sumrall knows all about playing baseball in May.The Bobcats have captured five state championships since 2007. Andy Davis was around for the past 14 seasons – but 2021 is his first head coach.

  Hattiesburg Pocket Museum hosts ‘Cinco De Milo’ for community

The museum debuted its new feature called the Pocket Theater, which is a way for people to interact more with the museum.

Body of missing USM student found in Dauphin Island, Ala.

The body of a University of Southern Mississippi student who was last seen on a sandbar near Dauphin Island, Alabama has been found.

  Mental health stigma dissolving some since pandemic put the issue in the spotlight

Mental health services are getting more attention but the federal government has had Mississippi's mental health system under the microscope.

  William Carey hosts annual small business luncheon

The university has been hosting the event for 29 years.

  VisitHATTIESBURG celebrates National Tourism Week by giving back to tourism workers

VisitHATTIESBURG celebrated National Tourism Week Wednesday by honoring its tourism partners with a grab-and-go BBQ lunch event.

  Top of Class back on track at Jones College

A decades-long tradition of celebrating the sharpest high school seniors around the Pine Belt continued Wednesday on the Jones College campus.

Two former Biloxi school maintenance employees arrested for fraud and embezzlement

Two Biloxi School maintenance employees have been arrested and charged with fraud and embezzlement for allegedly submitting fraudulent timesheets during their time as employees for the district in 2020.

Tate Reeves: Thursday to be a day to recognize ‘the power of prayer’ in Mississippi

In a post Wednesday, the governor wrote that “we will go to the Lord and ask for his protective hand over us.”

Don’t cash that check! Insurance Commissioner warns of potential scam

Scammers invoking the name of a Mississippi insurance company

Coroner: Infant killed by bullet, caught in crossfire between police and murder suspect

A three-month old baby shot Monday during a shootout between police and the infant’s father died due to a gunshot, said authorities on Wednesday.

13 tornadoes touch down in Miss. during Sunday storms, NWS says

Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is surveying damage from storms that came through Central Mississippi on both Sunday and Tuesday.

  4 killed when plane crashed into Miss. home identified

Four people are dead after a small plane crashed into a Hattiesburg home Tuesday evening.

218 new COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths reported in Miss. Wednesday

In the eight Pine Belt counties, 33,541 COVID-19 cases and 689 deaths have been reported.

  New ballot initiative could bring early voting to Mississippi

At the moment, Mississippi is one of six states that does not offer in-person early voting.

  William Carey garners a number of SSAC honors

The 2021 SSAC softball year-end award winners were announced Wednesday. Individual award winners, All-Conference teams, Barnes & Noble College All-Academic Team and other awards were also released.