Fireworks safety

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Fireworks are banned inside the city. People who are doing fireworks may need to be aware of some of the dangers associated with lighting fireworks as well as some of the legal aspects. Hattiesburg Police Officer, Lt. Jon Traxler said, "We just want to remind everybody the safety reasons behind it is because you have the situation of the houses are so close together and there's a chance of a house catching fire or bottle rockets, something like that flying over to a neighbor's yard, hitting another child over there, and somebody getting hurt. So, if you are wanting to shoot fireworks or enjoy the festivities, take it outside the city, get a big open area where you're abl

Popular fireworks to buy

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - With it being the holiday season, many people are buying fireworks. But, which fireworks are in high demand? Fireworks salesman, Winford Herring said, "Right now, everyone likes the Artillery Shells, they like the Roman Candles, and Bottle Rockets are always in high demand. A lot of people like those." "If you got kids, always have an adult around. Make sure you have some water around. Don't hold things in your hand. A lot of people like to do that, but be very careful because those things will explode," said Herring. Also, be careful not to light up fireworks near people's homes.

HPD sought nightclub shooting suspects

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Hattiesburg Police are still searching for multiple suspects who were involved in a nightclub shooting that occurred Monday. Police said Alonzo Strickland and Stephen Keys were inside the VIP lounge at Club VIP and shot several rounds near people. No one was injured. But, both Strickland and Keys are wanted for attempted aggravated assault. If you know of any information to their whereabouts, you can contact Crime Stoppers at (601) 582-7867.

Paul B. Johnson State Park, fireworks show

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Paul B. Johnson State Park is having its annual New Year's Eve fireworks show, and is expecting a big turnout. Assistant manager, Zack Edwards said, "It's a traditional fireworks show. We're trying to get it bigger and better every year. It's great for the kids. Some people see one fireworks show, they seen them all. But, we try to go above and beyond to make a bigger, better fireworks show every year." This year, the park will have more explosive fireworks. "There will be bigger shells that they shoot off. It's going to be some 4 inch shells. There will be bigger booms, and it will light the sky up a little bit better," said Edwards. The fireworks show is scheduled to b

HPD on the hunt for aggravated assault suspect

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Hattiesburg Police is on the hunt for one suspect. Police said an altercation happened Wednesday afternoon outside of Mark 1 Apartments. During the altercation, Kadarius Nichols pulled out a weapon and shot the victim in the leg. The victim was taken to the hospital and was treated for non-life threatening injuries. Nichols is wanted for aggravated assault. If you know of any information, you can contact Crime Stoppers at (601) 582-7867.

The Thirsty Hippo is set for its New Year's Eve Party

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - One local restaurant & bar will have its 15th annual New Year’s Eve party Saturday. The Thirsty Hippo will have its food ready for people and will also have a live band called "Friends Fly South" perform a special tribute to "Parliament." Owner, Brad Newton said, "It's been a strange and somewhat difficult year for some people. So, the music of ‘Parliament,’ it feels great. It's fun music. It's music to dance to and forget about any kind of troubles." Newton said they will hand out free champagne for the countdown.

Woman arrested for shoplifting, Turtle Creek Mall

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - A woman has been arrested for shoplifting. Hattiesburg Police said Crystal High stole more than a $1,000 worth of clothes Tuesday at Belk's at the Turtle Creek Mall. Her shoplifting charge will go down as a felony.

HFD encouraging residents to check smoke detectors

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - In the wake of the two children who died in Greenville, Mississippi after a fire took their lives, Hattiesburg firefighters are encouraging residents to check their smoke detectors. Battalion Chief Fire Marshal Stephen Mooney said a smoke detector is one of the factors that can save someone's life. “You’re 50% more likely to be saved or not injured if you have a working properly installed smoke detector in your home than without" said Mooney. The department said without a working smoke detector they cannot rush to an emergency call. Mooney said, " Yearly on average 7 people die each day across the nation in residential home first, approximately 12,000 are injured, this i

Minit Mart, armed robbery

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - A local Minit Mart has been robbed. Hattiesburg Police said two men entered the Minit Mart located on Elks Lake and Highway 49 Tuesday, and pulled out handguns. The two suspects demanded money. The clerks gave them an undisclosed amount of money and fled the scene. If you know of any information, you can contact Crime Stoppers at (601) 582-7867.

Seven people victimized from card skimmers at New Augusta gas station

PERRY COUNTY, Miss. - Perry county deputies and New Augusta police are actively working on leads after 7 people reported their financial information was hacked at an Exxon gas station on Highway 98. Taters Food and Fuel Manager, Heather Stephens said she received multiple reports from customers that their information have been hacked over the last few weeks. New August Police Chief John Myers and Perry County Sheriff Mitch Nobles are teaming up to catch the person responsible for inserting card skimmers at the gas pumps. “One of their tech guys came over to their store, and actually found two skimmers inside their gas pumps at two different pumps" said Sheriff Nobles. This is the first incid

Northeast Jones 8th grader selected to play in All-State Gridiron Classic

JONES COUNTY, Miss. - The Mississippi Prospects All-State Gridiron Classic will happen on Saturday. Thousands of kids applied, but only 400 were chosen. One of them happened to be Northeast Jones 8th grader, Xavier Barnett. Xavier said "it's just a great opportunity to be out here and do what I'm doing. It's just what I like to do. In football, I just like hitting and running." Xavier plays wide receiver for Northeast Jones and tries to model his game after New York Giants All-Pro wide receiver, Odell Beckham. The skills he is learning will help him become a better athlete. "I never thought my son would get to meet so many amazing players and just for him to have the chance to be one-on-one

City of Hattiesburg wants citizens to become financially fit

|This is a press release from the City of Hattiesburg HATTIESURG, Miss. - Bank On Hattiesburg—a coalition of city officials, banks, credit unions and non-profits— aspires to help Hattiesburg-area families become financially fit in 2017. The Coalition is affording citizens a free opportunity to learn from best-selling author and prominent economic empowerment thought leader, John Hope Bryant, during a financial forum dubbed Linked Up: Steps to Better Finances in 2017, on January 10 at 6:00 p.m. at the Train Depot, 308 Newman Street. Bryant, founder, chairman and CEO of global financial dignity and empowerment nonprofit Operation HOPE, is a businessman and philanthropist who currently serves o

Hattiesburg urges residents to properly dispose Christmas tree

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The days are numbered for your Christmas tree and the city of Hattiesburg is urging residents to properly dispose it. Residents have until Feb 28 to help their Christmas tree get back to its roots. Officials encourage residents to help the city go green by turning their tree into mulch. “You can drop it off here at Highland Cemetery, Kamper park next to Cameron Field, Duncan Lake on James street, and behind Fire Station 8 next to Petro Nissan" said Andy Parker the city's Arborist. Parker said by recycling the trees the city saves valuable landfill space and reduces illegal dumping. “We have that problem all over town, people dumping chemicals or stuff in a wooded area

City of Hattiesburg hosts 2nd Annual Holiday Stuff-A-Truck

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The city hosted its 2nd Annual Stuff-A-Truck at Kamper Park Wednesday. It's the time of the year where families open presents and the Public Works Department starts to see leftover wrappings of new Christmas gifts on the curbside. The city said the event is a way for neighbors to come out and engage in environmentally friendly habits. The city's Sustainability Manager Nkrumah Frazier said, "When you do not properly dispose, or you just take everything to the landfill, the landfill fills up much quicker, and we ultimately end up running out of space and nobody wants a landfill in their back yard." "If we recycle as much as much material as possible, it will be better for

New Dialysis Unit Opens in Lamar County

LAMAR COUNTY, Miss. - This is a press release from Hattiesburg Clinic. Hattiesburg Clinic is pleased to announce the opening of its first dialysis facility in Lamar County, West Hattiesburg Dialysis Unit, located at 6855 Lincoln Rd. Ext., Ste. 60, in Hattiesburg, Miss. “Like our other dialysis units throughout South Mississippi, this new unit is serviced by a team of nephrologists, nurse practitioners, specialty trained registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, certified hemodialysis technicians, social workers, dietitians and other specialized personnel who will work closely with each patient to implement individualized dialysis treatment and plan of care,” said Chief Dialysis Officer T

Man arrested for drug possession

WAYNE COUNTY, Miss. - One man has been arrested for drug possession. Wayne County Sheriff, Jody Ashley said Eric Trotter was stopped at a safety check, and that’s where deputies found cocaine, ecstasy, marijuana, and his infant child unrestrained in his car. The baby was released into the care of his aunt.

Hattiesburg hosts 1st annual MS Prospects, football games

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Lake Terrace Convention Center is packed with more than 400 motivated football players from across the state. Boys and girls traveled to Hattiesburg for Mississippi Prospects first annual inaugural games. The organization said it wants to teach 3rd thru 8th graders proper football techniques and sportsmanship out on the field. The participants will train and practice the next days at Southern Miss and get to play football with other kids from different regions. Mississippi Prospects Director Eli Ouder said, " “Not only is this the future, of Mississippi youth football, but this is also the future of Mississippi." "We want to bring these families together, and develop the

Free trolley ride for New Year's Eve weekend

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The end of 2016 is right around the corner and the city is rolling in free and extended trolley rides Friday and Saturday. The service is expecting a large volume of rides this weekend and will even have a second vehicle in services. The routes can take you from midtown, downtown, and back. Grove Transit and Hattiesburg Trolley Director Dan Reid said its takes about an hour to around the entire city. “Most New Year’s Eves we have a lot of volume, we want to make sure that people get around town safely, and economically its free" said Reid. The free and extended ride is provided by several restaurants and night times establishments. Reid said its an alternative and safe w

MHP Troop J says fatality free weekend in Pine Belt

PINE BELT, Miss. - The Mississippi Highway Patrol (MHP) Troop J said they are thankful there were no fatalities in the Pine Belt region during their holiday patrol. State Trooper Brent Barfield said the officers did all they could to protect motorists during the holiday travel period. Troop J issued 643 citations, including 5 DUI arrests. Officers responded to 20 accidents. Out of the 20 accidents 2 are alcohol related. Five out of 20 accidents included injuries. Barfield said the goal is get drivers to their destination safely even if it means issuing tickets.

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