Hattiesburg Zoo discovers hatched alligator eggs, first time ever

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Zookeepers at the Hattiesburg Zoo were shocked when they observed their female alligator, Pearl, burrowing a nest in the back trees of the alligator exhibit early July. Zoo officials said they did not expect Pearl to lay fertilized eggs and thought her nest was only a "test nest", to see if she was in a proper and safe environment to even lay eggs. Reptile Expert, Stephanie Buckley said Pearl laid 38 eggs, but 14 were viable. Officials said they did not expect fertilized eggs since it was late in the season to have baby gators. The zoo said alligator eggs typically hatch in July. Pearl's eggs hatched earlier this week. "We heard alligators chirping inside the nest" said

Hattiesburg among first to pledge support for military caregivers as Hidden Heroes City

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - This is a press release from City Hall. Hattiesburg was recognized today as Tom Hanks and Tom Brokaw joined Senator Elizabeth Dole in Washington, DC to launch Hidden Heroes, a groundbreaking campaign created by the Elizabeth Dole Foundation to call vital attention to America’s 5.5 million military and veteran caregivers. As campaign chair, Hanks presided over the launch that included a series of major announcements and commitments that will bring critical resources to those caring for wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans. Hattiesburg joined the campaign as one of the first cities to sign on as a Hidden Heroes City, one of the campaign's key national init

JCJC defeats Southwest, 33-21

|Shawn Wansley, JCJC's Sports Information Director ELLISVILLE, Miss. - It was a tale of two halves here Thursday night at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field. The 14th-rated Jones County Junior College Bobcats outscored Southwest 16-0 in the second half and defeated the Bears 33-21 in an MACJC South Division contest. After being outgained 271-171 in total offense in the first half, JCJC turned the tables on the Bears 218-25 in the second half. The Bobcats limited the Bears to just three first downs in the second half. JCJC running back Scott Phillips (South Jones) had another stellar game, rushing 27 times for 186 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Mason Blocker (Covington, Louisiana) complet

Wayne County man, murder charge

CLARKE COUNTY, Miss. - One Wayne County man is now behind bars. Wayne County Sheriff, Jody Ashley said they and the Clarke County Sheriff's Department worked together to arrest and charge Kaeshawn Turner for the murder of Bryant Dear. Turner was arrested three times prior for different shooting incidents in Waynesboro. His bond was set for $50,000.

Shoplifting incident causes miscommunication

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - An incident Friday morning on James Street near the Hattiesburg Police Department caused various police cars to arrive. However, there was a little miscommunication between police and a La Libertad employee. Hattiesburg Police Officer, Lt. Jon Traxler said, "We had a shoplifting call. The way it was originally given out though as a possible armed robbery in progress. So that's why a lot of officers responded. As it turned out though it was just a shoplifting so that's what we wounded up with." Traxler said the suspect stole multiple items, but won't say what was stolen at this time.

Laurel burglary lands one man in jail

LAUREL, Miss. - One Laurel man is now behind bars. Laurel Police said they responded to a burglary complaint Tuesday on Emmy Drive. After the investigation, police received a search warrant and arrested Steven Boyd, 38. Boyd stole $20,000 worth of property from 103 Willow Drive. Boyd's bond was set at $25,000.

Breast Cancer Awareness Game, Rice vs. Southern Miss

|David Cohen, USM's Director of Communications HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss athletics department has unveiled its full promotional slate for Saturday night's football game versus Rice. Festivities for the 6 p.m. game include the Parent and Family Tailgate, 1996 C-USA Championship Reunion and Breast Cancer Awareness Game. The Golden Eagles (3-1, 1-0 C-USA) are coming off a 34-7 win at UTEP last Saturday night. The 2015 meeting against Rice saw Southern Miss produce a school-record 682 yards of offense in a 65-10 win. For the 20 Year Anniversary of the 1996 Conference USA Championship team, all players, coaches, trainers and managers are invited back to take part in the celebration.

Perry county deputy assaulted, suspect behind bars

PERRY COUNTY, Miss. - A Perry county deputy was assaulted Wednesday night after a routine traffic stop. Perry County Sheriff Mitch Nobles said Correy Sumrall, 44, of Beaumont is in custody and facing multiple charges. Nobles said the incident occurred on Progress Road. "It is in the south part of the county, for an expired tag." He added, "After making the stop, he identified the driver, and identified the passenger." Nobles said, "The passenger actually gave him false information initially." Authorities said the deputy asked the passenger to step out of the vehicle, and that is when Sumrall took off running and led the deputy on a foot chase. Nobles said the deputy was punched several times

Mayor Magee signs "Night Out Against Crime" proclamation

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Mayor Magee of Laurel proclaimed next Tuesday Oct. 4 as "Night Out Against Crime" day. Law enforcement officers and the community will spend time together in an effort to raise awareness on community safety. Sergeant (Sgt.) Shannon Caraway with the Laurel Police Department said its the perfect time to bridge the gap between officers and the public. "We are just going to try and let both sides know that I am human, you are human, we are doing things out here to live in this city, we are trying to make it great" said Sgt. Caraway. She added, "We are here for them (public) and whatever their needs are." .

Mayor DuPree celebrates Ghana Native's book

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Mayor DuPree celebrated Ghana native, Tony Taylor's book "Coming to America: Why Mississippi?" Thursday at city hall. Taylor arrived in New York city in December 2000 with the mission of achieving the American Dream. His path to success led him to Hattiesburg where he is currently the CEO of Hattiesburg Transportation Taxi. Taylor said, "It makes me so happy when they (people) get into my taxi business." In his book, Mr. Taylor shares the details of his journey while highlighting his culture and the people within the Hattiesburg community who inspired him along the way. "I am proud and so happy being part of the people living in Hattiesburg" Taylor said.

School burglary, deputies sought

FORREST COUNTY, Miss. - The Forrest County Sheriff's Department is asking the public for some help. Investigator, Nick Calico said the suspect showed up to Rawl Springs Elementary early Saturday Morning and burglarized the school. Calico said the suspect stole multiple electronic items, but the sheriff’s department cannot release a list of the stolen items due to the ongoing investigation. If you know of any information, you can contact Crime Stoppers at (601) 582-7867.

HPD sought two women, shoplifting

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Hattiesburg Police Department is asking the public for some assistance. Police said two unknown females walked into Dirt Cheap on September 21, and put three televisions into a shopping cart. A Dirt Cheap employee asked if they were planning to purchase the televisions and the two women said they were going to make an exchange, but left the store without paying. If you know of any information, you can contact Crime Stoppers at (601) 582-7867.

Car chase turns into car wreck, suspect arrested

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - A car chase happened Thursday morning. Hattiesburg Police said around 9 a.m., they found a vehicle that was reportedly stolen on Wednesday. Officers tried to conduct a traffic stop, but suspect, William Geatreaux drove past the police. Geatreaux headed towards Petal and was involved in a car crash. Police then arrested him. All the people who were involved in the crash did not suffer any injuries. Geatreaux was also wanted by the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

Game of the Week: Oak Grove vs. Petal

PETAL, Miss. - Oak Grove and Petal are two 6A Region 3 teams that match-up well against each other. Both teams are trying to finish first in their region. Oak Grove head coach, Drew Causey said, "It's a big cross-town rival. You know it's a big game for getting in the playoffs and everything else. It's just an all-around big game for both teams." "You know where 1-0 in our region and they're 1-0 also, so unfortunately, one of us Friday night will be 1-1 and one is going to be 2-0," said Petal head coach, Marcus Boyles. Petal native, Coach Causey wants to get a win in his hometown. "It's always fun playing those guys the last few years. It's also very nerve-wracking that whole week, because m

USM hosts career fair, 95 employers present

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The University of Southern Mississippi hosted a Career Fair Wednesday. There were 95 employers present from the Mississippi Department of Health to local employers in Hattiesburg. Media Specialist, Tonya McGee with the Career Development Center said, "It is vital to your career of getting the practice of knowing how to network." She added ,"It is not always about what grades you have, but what hands you shake. McGee said 652 students participated.

Hattiesburg police searching for two suspects

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Hattiesburg Police Department is searching for two suspects. Police said both are wanted for taking several modems at the Walmart on U.S. Highway 49. Lieutenant Jon Traxler with the Hattiesburg Police Department said, "The two left the scene in a white-in-color 4 door passenger car with black-in-color wheels." If you have any information you can contact (601) 545-4971.

USM's School of Social Work to open food pantry for students and staff

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - This is a press release from the University of Southern Mississippi's School of Social Work. Balancing studies, work, tuition and bills is stressful for any university student. When funds to pay for food are limited, another layer of stress is added. The School of Social Work Student Association of Social Workers (SASW) at The University of Southern Mississippi is determined to eliminate this stress. On Wednesday, Oct. 12, the group will open the doors to The Eagle’s Nest, a student-run food pantry for Southern Miss students and staff. “We hope to reduce any stigma associated with food insecurity,” said Jennifer Martin, a social work graduate student and manager of The E

Veterans Affair

PETAL, Miss. - Sonny Montgomery hosted its Veterans Affair Wednesday. Veterans from all across the Pine Belt had a chance to attend and check on their claims and receive other important information. Director of Veterans Benefits Administration, Darryl Brady said, "We want to reach out to as many veterans as possible. It's very important. We want to approve our veterans experience. If we can get our veteran's to see that we are actually working for them, it would mean the world to us." "Just because we completed a claim and let's say less than 125 days, doesn't necessarily mean that the veteran is happy. So we have to look at the totality of the situation to come up with a better way to serve

Lady Eagles basketball, Habitat for Humanity build community gardens

PETAL, Miss. - The Lady Eagles basketball team took a break Wednesday morning from the hardwood and went into a local community to lend a hand for the Women's Basketball Coaches Association inaugural "Day of Service." The Lady Eagles teamed up with Habitat for Humanity for a service project. Michael Pascarella, Habitat for Humanity executive director of construction management said, "They helped us put together a community garden out here. Of course, anytime you have a team out here working together, things go better, a lot smoother, and a lot faster." The basketball team worked to make a community garden similar to the ones Habitat for Humanity already built. Guard, Brittany Dinkins said, "

Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen unexpectedly closes down

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen on Hardy street unexpectedly closed down Monday. Cheddar's Corporate located in Irving, Texas sent a statement out to the public: “After four years in this location, we have made the difficult decision to close our Turtlecreek Crossing location due to its struggle to remain profitable. We appreciate the Hattiesburg community’s support through the years and as a token of gratitude, we are offering severance packages to team members based on tenure.” David Reckner, Regional Vice President at Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen The statement at the Hattiesburg location stated: "As of September 26, 2016 this restaurant is closed permanently. We appreciate you

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