Ole Miss, 'Sanctuary Cities' for illegal immigrants

OXFORD, Miss. - Ole Miss’s Student Body Committee attempted to make its community a “Sanctuary City” for illegal immigrants by scheduling a resolution vote. But, an outpouring of complaints from Ole Miss alumni forced a postponement of the vote. Senator, Chris McDaniel said, "The state of Mississippi has a right to instruct Ole Miss not to allow ‘Sanctuary Cities’ to be created. If the student body goes through with this and the Ole Miss administration decides to go forward with that idea, the legislation is going to have no choice but to step in and put a stop to it. And the point is, if they do, we cannot condone lawlessness. There's not going to be ‘Sanctuary Cities’ in the state of Missi

SPAS finds more than 200 homes for animals during Black Friday weekend

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Black Friday deals were not just at the stores, but at the Southern Pines Animal Shelter (SPAS). During Black Friday weekend, pets were able to get adopted without an adoption fee, and its surprised everyone how many found homes. “Our goal was to complete 250 adoptions, and we were just overwhelmed by the positive response from the community, and we actually completed 261 adoptions" said SPAS Manager Ginny Sims. This is the 2nd year SPAS waived adoption fees, and they are happy they beat last year's goal. “We were able to complete 208 adoptions and so we were thrilled to see an increase in pets adopted this year" said Sims. She said the shelter was overflowing with anima

Salvation Army behind Red Kettle goal, needs community's help

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Red Kettle Campaign for the Hattiesburg Corps of The Salvation Army is low on its Red Kettle goal this year. The Corps set a goal of $300,000 for the campaign in order to fund vital services to those in need next year. Donations at this point are $50,000 below where they were this time last year. Captain Patrick Connelly said the organization is concerned. "The Red Kettle Campaign gives us a financial boost heading into the new year, so this is a very important time for us." You can donate at one of the many red kettles setup across the area or text HUBCITY to 51555.

One person shot in burglary

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - A burglary took place Tuesday that involved the use of a deadly weapon. Hattiesburg Police said they responded to a burglary on the 300 Block of S. 17th Ave. When officers arrived, one person was shot. The suspects stole electronics and jewelry, and fled the scene before authorities arrived. The victim was taken to the hospital and suffered non-life threatening injuries. If you know of any information, you can contact Crime Stoppers at (601) 582-7867.

Dry conditions continue in Jones county, burn ban still in effect

JONES COUNTY, Miss. - Even with the threat of severe storms this week, dry conditions in Jones county continue to threaten the community. Jones County Fire Coordinator Dan McKenna said this week's storm may not be enough rain to lift the current burn ban. “Obviously any amount of precipitation we will receive will get that burn ban off, and I know a lot of people that are getting pretty anxious to be able to do that" McKenna said. During Monday night's storm watch, Jones county recorded only 1.5 inches of rain and the overall dry conditions is still seen as a threat. “With that in mind, its really not enough to remove the burn ban at this time" McKenna added. It's not really how much rain Mi

Jones county officials warn residents of wet-roads, severe weather threat

JONES COUNTY, Miss. - Strong storms continue to affect the Pine Belt area for the second night in a row. Jones County Emergency Management (JCEM) said to be extra cautious while driving on the roads. During a briefing Tuesday with the National Weather Service in Jackson, officials said severe storms with possible tornadoes could roll through Southern Mississippi Tuesday night. “Not likely, but very possibly, trees on the road, wet conditions, wet road conditions, and just drive very slowly, more slowly and maybe you want to get on the road more earlier than usual" said JCEM, Marda Tullos. Tullos said the severe threat warning will start from 11 p.m. and end at 4 a.m. Wednesday morning.

MS Dept. of Rehabilitation Services offers clients work-attire resource

LAUREL, Miss. - This is a press release from the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services. The Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services (MDRS) opened its new work attire closet with those facing disabilities Tuesday. Jana’s Closet is named after Jan Walley, an MDRS employee who passed away from ovarian cancer in June 2012. Jan was affectionately known as Jana to her grandchildren and coworkers. The closet is being established in Jan’s memory to provide assistance for individuals with disabilities who are transitioning into the work force. The closet provides clothing, shoes and accessories directly to individuals who need work and interview appropriate attire. It also ser

Car crash takes the life of a local woman

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - One local woman passed away Tuesday morning after a fatal car crash. Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesman, Brent Bartfield said state patrol received a call about a car accident near Evelyn Gandy Parkway at 8:36 a.m. Bartfield said a woman was driving a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu going westbound on Evelyn Gandy Parkway and struck a 2000 Mercury, driven by an unidentified female. The victim was about to turn onto Monroe Road and was hit by the other driver. She was pronounced dead at the scene. As of now, officials are ruling this as accidental. The investigation is ongoing.

Local Cuban business owner speaks on Castro's death

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Leo Dopico was born and raised in Cuba and became a well-known successful lawyer. However, conflict came when the Cuban government accused him of being sympathetic to the United States. Dopico said "it's an offense even worse than being a criminal. They confiscate my house with all my belongings there, and I had no choice before that to leave the country." Dopico moved to Hattiesburg in 2009 and became a salesman. His family joined him in 2013 and all became American citizens. "We have been very successful because I really believe that America is a land full of opportunities. The land where all the dreams can come true. And the limit in America is heaven," said Dopico. D

USM beat La Tech, 39-24; Mullens breaks school record

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Golden Eagles had their last game of the regular season against Louisiana Tech Friday, and things went according to plan for Southern Miss. Southern Miss defeated Louisiana Tech, 39-24 and are now bowl eligible. Junior defensive back, Picasso Nelson, Jr. said, "We just wanted to give it our all, especially for the seniors, because they deserve it. They work so hard. A lot of the seniors are my closest friends. I told them regardless of how I feel or whatever, I'm just going to give my all for them. And everyone individually gave their all tonight. And as a result, we won." "You couldn't write the ending any better man. Just talking about the o-line and how hard they

Coach Hopson is proud of his team for being bowl eligible

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Golden Eagles had a great game Friday and beat Louisiana Tech Friday, 39-24. The team is now bowl eligible, and despite not making it to a conference championship, head coach Jay Hopson is very happy on what his team has accomplished. "This football team has been a special blessing to me. A lot of people on the outside don't understand all the battles and adversities this team went through. This team never quit. Even though we didn't win all the games we wanted to win, we battled through a lot, and I don't know if I ever been prouder of a football team in my life," said Hopson.

Locals excited about Cyber Monday

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Classes are back in session after the holiday break, but minds aren't entirely focused on studies just yet. Many students are taking time out to shop on this Cyber Monday. Student, Taylor Terigo said, "It depends on what it is. I like shopping online because you get more variety. But, online is easier." "Standing in those lines was pretty ridiculous to say the least, and I did it at a couple of stores. So, to be able to have those discounts on some of the items I want to get for maybe other people or myself is pretty nice," said student, A.J. Trevino. Students are looking to buy a variety of things. Terigo said "definitely some new shoes, cause your girl needs some new s

Tori Bowie honored at Southern Miss vs. La-Tech game

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Mississippi native, and 3x Olympic medalist and 2x National Champion, Tori Bowie was honored at halftime during the Southern Miss vs. Louisiana Tech game for her major accomplishments. The former Golden Eagle won Gold, Silver, and Bronze in this year's Olympics. Southern Miss Athletics honored her by putting her name on Bell Track and Field Soccer Complex, as well as a replica design image of her. Bowie also received an engraved watch and a proclamation from the City of Hattiesburg, declaring November 25 as "Tori Bowie Day." Bowie said she was humbled and honored to experience the love and support from the community.

One woman loses her home, dog

|Caleb Worrell & Jones County Fire Council JONES COUNTY, Miss. - A fully involved house fire in the Sharon community left a woman homeless and took the life of her dog. At around 11 a.m., on Sunday, units from Sharon, Shady Grove and Sandersville Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the scene of the house fire on Sharon Road just North of Sharon Baptist Church. Firefighters arriving on scene found heavy smoke pouring from the windows and roof of the home, as well as flames showing in the garage and living room areas. Firefighters made their initial attack on the garage, as a gas can had caught fire and was burning violently out of control. Firefighters also made entrance into the rear of

Shots fired at HPD officer, suspect in critical condition

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Shots were fired early this afternoon at Hattiesburg police officer. HPD Spokesman Lt. Jon Traxler said the incident occurred on Old Airport Road at around 1 p.m. "The police was not injured, but the suspect is in critical condition" said Lt. Traxler. Police spotted a possible burglary and credit card fraud suspect. "Officers attempted a traffic stop when the suspect fled on foot" Lt. Traxler said. According to officials, the suspect then fired shots at the officer. "The officer then returned fire, striking the suspect" said Lt. Traxler. The suspect was taken to Forrest General Hospital. Authorities said Forrest county DA and Mississippi Bureau of Investigations (MBI) a

'Toys for Tots' advocates making a difference on Black Friday

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Its Black Friday and most people are lining up in front of big retail stores hoping to get the hottest deals and best gadgets, but Toys for Tots advocates are hoping to spread a good message. Toys for Tots officials collected toys Friday morning. The local program would bring 400 gifts to underprivileged kids in Forrest county. Forrest county Coordinator Janet Baldwin said instead of shopping her and the rest of program's advocates wanted to make a difference. “It’s definitely a time to think about others who don’t have" said Baldwin. As soon as stores started to open Friday morning Baldwin has been trying to fill up 6 boxes. “We’re hoping to fill many boxes so we’re jus

Tori Bowie speaks about being honored at Southern Miss

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss had a very special alum on campus. 3x Olympic medalist and 2x National Champion, Tori Bowie had her own day at the university Friday. Bowie said, "I mean it's special. The entire university is taking a day to honor me and it's humbling, I should say. To see things like this is just like miracles. Nothing that I've ever dreamed of. Just reminds me of my stomping grounds, where I come from, and what I've been through. So, it's an amazing feeling." "I think what I learned more importantly is just going to take even more hard work, and even more dedication, even more determination for the next round," said Bowie. Bowie said she has her sights on modeling and ac

Local holiday shoppers grabbing 'hottest' items

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Pine Belt folks rushed to stores early morning to get the best Black Friday deals. During this year's post Thanksgiving blitz, local residents said they wanted televisions and laptops. Holiday shoppers left Best Buy with 24 inch LG televisions starting at a whopping $79.00. FOX 23 caught residents on the street, some said they bought laptops and TV's items simply because it was a good price. Cerise Smith said, “Now I was out last night, idk, till like 1 or 2 o clock. Went home took a nap, and I just decided to, come back out again this morning, I’ve been out since 6 o clock this morning." Smith continued, "And I have already bought one, but now I am over here buying a se

USM food pantry receives $5,000 donation

|This is a press release from the University of Southern Miss HATTIESBURG, Miss. - In the true spirit of Thanksgiving, The University of Southern Mississippi recently received a generous donation of $5,000 to The Eagle’s Nest – a student-run food pantry that offers basic essentials free of charge to University students and staff. Mike and Amy Rozier of Rozier Construction Company made the contribution to The Eagle’s Nest, which began operations last month under the supervision of The School of Social Work Student Association of Social Workers (SASW) at USM. Rozier Construction has offices in Hattiesburg and Greenwood. “This donation provided a much-needed safety net for The Eagle's Nest so t

Southern Pines Animal Shelter, Black Friday adoption deals

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Pines Animal Shelter kicked off its 2nd annual "Home for the Pawlidayz" free adoption event Friday. This is an event inspired by Black Friday to help bring more pets into people's homes for the holidays. Shelter director, Ginny Sims said, "The shelter is full of homeless cats and dogs that need a home. Our kennels are overflowing and there are so many pets that make great additions to families. So, we really wanted to give adopters in our community a chance to find their perfect new fury family member just in time for the holidays. By coming out and choosing to adopt a pet, not only are you filling your home of the love of a pet, you're also giving a homeless pe

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