FGH police officer receives 'Kindness In Action' recognition

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - This week's Kindness In Action recipient highlights a Forrest General Hospital police officer who helps brighten the days of young kids during the holidays. Willie McDay patrols and keeps the local hospital safe for the last 5 years, but he also organizes his department's 'Shop With A Cop' program during Christmas. “We pick a couple of kids to go and help them shopping, we donate $100 dollars that the officers collected over the year, and its matched by Walmart" McDay said. "We take them out and shop they get whatever they want, and at the end of the day they are happy" he added The annual event takes place every year during the month of December where law enforcement ag

Pine Belt strong race raises $15K, proceeds to help tornado survivors

PINE BELT, Miss. - The Pinebelt Community Foundation's (PBCF) 'Pine Belt Strong Race and Walk' Sunday downtown raised $15,000 for tornado survivors. The EF-3 tornado battered the Pine Belt for 31 miles, killing 4, injured dozens and damaged over 1,100 homes and businesses including William Carey University. Officials said there were over 200 participants. All the proceeds will go towards the survivors and community. PBCF Board Member Steve Ramp said the community is strong. “The solidarity that was generated by that event it generates enthusiasm, and energy for, the long term recovery that lies ahead, so it was a great success." According to Ramp PBCF has raised half a million dollars for th

Laurel's Veterans Memorial Museum looks to expand

LAUREL, Miss. - Laurel's Veterans Memorial Museum is filled with various artifacts that display artwork and objects from past wars. But, the problem this museum is facing is space. Volunteer, Jimmy Bass said, "The building is full. We have to rotate things. We can't put everything out. We have to rotate them because we don't have room to display everything that has been given to us. We bought a storage building in the back just to put access artifacts in." Bass said the museum has no employees, but has a bunch of people who volunteer their time to be there and help run it. The money the museum does receive is to pay off basic utilities. "We need to double the size of this museum. It's going

Petal disaster recovery center to close Friday, Hattiesburg DRC stays open

PETAL, Miss. - The Petal Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will close Friday. The Hattiesburg DRC will remain open until further notice according to FEMA officials. The Petal DRC assisted over 700 people since President Donald Trump signed a Federal Disaster Assistance Declaration in Mississippi last month. FEMA Spokesman Alberto Pillot said, " Our deadline is coming up, so March 27 is our deadline." He continued, "We want to make sure that everybody, if you have any questions, or any concerns, any documentation you have to bring to FEMA, remember to come to the recovery center, and see a representative right away and get that documentation ready.” Since Trump's Federal Disaster Declaration, FE

Hattiesburg Zoo releases statement on baby sloth's unexpected passing

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - This is a press release from the Hattiesburg Zoo. The Zoo’s 20-day-old baby sloth passed away in the early morning hours of Feb. 26, 2017. The baby received around-the-clock care since birth from the zookeepers and zoo veterinarian for the duration of its short life. At the time of passing, we suspected an infection in the baby’s lower digestive tract due to signs of blood in its stool on Friday. We will know the exact cause after a necropsy. Mo, the mother, is handling the loss well and is receiving extra love from her caretakers. Baby was not with Mo for the last 24 hours of its life, but Mo was able to see the baby after the passing so she could have closure. Due to t

1 injured, 3-vehicle crash

|Caleb Worrell, Jones County Fire Council JONES COUNTY, Miss. - A three vehicle accident Monday afternoon left one person injured. At 12:54 p.m., units from Glade and Powers Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the scene of the accident on Tuckers Crossing Road near Luther Hill Road. When firefighters and Emergency Medical Responders arrived on scene, they found three damaged vehicles: A white SUV with minor damage to its driver's side rear-end; a black pickup truck with extensive damage to its front-end; and a grey passenger car with extremely extensive damage to its passenger side. According to reports, the grey car was t-boned by the pickup truck, which resulted in the ejection of the

Jones county officials searching for missing woman

JONES COUNTY, Miss. - The following is a press release from the Jones County Sheriff's Department. Jones County Sheriff’s Investigators are searching for a Jones County woman that was reported missing on February 26, 2017. Paula Leann Rickard was last seen by her roommate on February 24, 2017 at her residence, 68 George Johnson Road. Rickard was wearing blue jeans, a t-shirt, black fleece jacket with gray stripes on the shoulders and tan shoes. She is 5’04 and weighs 104 lbs. She has blonde hair and blue eyes. If you have any information concerning the whereabouts of Ms Rickard, please contact the Jones County Sheriff’s Department, (601) 425-3147. For any additional information as it comes

Search continues for armed robbery suspect in Jones county

JONES COUNTY, Miss. - The following is a press release from the Jones County Sheriff's Department. Jones County Sheriff’s Investigators are seeking the help of local citizens in gathering information as to an armed robbery suspect. On January 31, 2017, at approximately 3:00AM, Jones County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to 6482 Highway 84 West (Fast Stop) for a report of an armed robbery. Upon arrival, the deputy spoke with the clerk who was there in the early morning hours preparing to open the store. The clerk said she heard a loud commotion in the back room, turned and saw a black male, around 6 feet tall, wearing baggy blue jeans and black hoodie, with a red checkered bandana over

Claiborne residents celebrate Mardi Gras

HATTIESBURG, Miss. -Residents at the Claiborne celebrated Mardi Gras Monday. The residents made their own Mardi Gras version called the 'Krewe De Lu Claiborne'. There were more than 100 people at the event. Claiborne's Executive Sales Cindy Warren said, "They love a party here and they like to be active, they like to go places, and we also bring things to them.” Residents enjoyed music, food, and dancing. “Hey listen being retired at the Claiborne is a luxury, if you haven’t been at the Claiborne you haven’t lived" said Claiborne's Executive Director. This year's King and Queen voted by the community are King Bill Flathau and Queen Edith Baer. The Claiborne plans to have another event next y

Brittanny Dinkins selected as a finalist for 2017 C Spire Gillom Trophy

I The following is a press release from Sterling Randle, Communications Assistant. HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame released the three finalists for the 2017 C Spire Gillom Trophy, which includes Southern Miss senior guard Brittanny Dinkins (Miami, Fla.). Dinkins is leading the Lady Eagles with 18.4 points and 3.8 assists per game. The senior is atop the Conference USA rankings as well with 98 total steals, good enough for fifth in the country. Her conference-leading 3.38 steals per game, are also No. 9 nationally. She set her career mark for points this season when she had a 32-point outburst against Old Dominion. In the same game, Dinkins tied the single-game record

Old Highway 11 vehicle crash

LAMAR COUNTY, Miss. - One woman drove off a Lamar County road Sunday morning. Lamar County officials said a woman drove off of Old Highway 11 and ended up driving through a resident's yard and crashed into trees. She was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

3 injured in vehicle rollover

| Caleb Worrell, Jones County Fire Council JONES COUNTY, Miss. - A one vehicle rollover on I-59 near exit 104 left three injured, one critically. At 12:16 p.m., units from Sandersville, Sharon and Powers Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the scene of the one vehicle rollover. Upon arrival, firefighters found a heavily damaged SUV lying on its side on the shoulder of the northbound lanes. According to reports, the vehicle was traveling southbound before crossing the median and rolling several times. An individual on scene stated that the adult female driver of the vehicle was ejected and found lying in the middle of the road unresponsive. Two passerby nurses rendered aid to the woman an

USM recognizes military veteran, served in three wars

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) celebrated the life of a military veteran Monday at the campus' Veterans Center. Major General Rex Dettre served in WWII, the Korean and Vietnam war and military officials wanted to recognize his courageous service. “He was captured, in two of those events, two of those wars, and his wife Betty donated some artifacts to the center" said Veteran's Center Director Jeff Hammond. He continued, "We created a plaque and put it up, to serve as a reminder to our young students, that there is a job to do, let’s do it well.” Major General Dettre joined the California National Guard at the young age of 15, and at 18 was accepted into Wes

Lady Eagles win their last 9 out of 10 games

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss beat North Texas Saturday by a score of 70-48, which gives the team its 20th win of the season. Head coach, Joye Lee-McNelis said, "The two that sit on each side of me have been truly our one-two punch. It's happen defensively, it's happened offensively. And, they have put us on their backs, and they have carried us." That one-two combo are guards, Brittanny Dinkins and Keri Jewett-Giles. Giles was a woman on a mission, scoring 12 points and recording five steals. "Just trying to generate some offense, get some transition buckets for our team through steals," said Giles. McNelis said "I felt like in our recruiting process of Keri, that she had every opportu

Hattiesburg zoo's baby sloth dies, possible infection

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Hattiesburg Zoo's newly born baby sloth died early Sunday morning. Zookeepers said they suspect a lower digestive tract infection. According to the Zoo's Facebook page they are currently determining the cause of death. "We are deeply saddened to report that our newborn sloth passed away in the early hours of the morning. The baby was receiving around-the-clock care by our zoo veterinarian and our zookeepers after it began showing signs of blood in its stool on Friday. We are uncertain of the nature of its illness but suspect an infection of its lower digestive tract. We will be investigating to determine the cause over the next few days. We are heartbroken at this ti

Marion county historians discover grave of instrumental Mississippi figure

MARION COUNTY, Miss. - The Marion County Historical Society unveiled the discovery of the gravesite of a prominent Mississippi figure Dougal McLaughlin. McLaughlin was a prominent Marion County citizen that played an instrumental role in forming Mississippi into statehood. The Marion County Historical Society and Chris Watts, MC Museum of Archives and History curator, made the valuable discovery in January of 2017. The gravesite of Dougal McLaughlin was discovered in Sandy Hook, MS on private property near the historical landmark of John Ford's land. Watts said, "He came to the Mississippi territory very early on. He was a native of Scotland and he was elected very early on." "Reverend John

Petro Nissan donates more than $20,000 to William Carey

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Petro Nissan has been raising money to help support William Carey from the EF-3 tornado that damaged its school. Petro Nissan gave William Carey a $20,300 check in hopes of getting the university back to where it once was. William Carey President, Dr. Tommy King said, "Tony Petro was one of the first to step forward and they have been running a tremendous campaign, not only donating for each automobile sold; but, featuring us in their advertisement. It's great. We appreciate it so much, as we do the support of all the Hattiesburg people. It has just been overwhelming, and we're so grateful for it."

LPD's Mardi Gras fundraiser

LAUREL, Miss. - The Laurel Police Department's Fraternal Order of Police is having its "Crew of Blue" fundraiser in Saturday’s Mardi Gras Parade. Laurel Police wants everyone to be a part of the Mardi Gras spirit and to help those who are less fortunate. Laurel Police Officer, Sgt. Michael Reaves said, "The entry fees for the floats in the parade, 100 percent go to charitable giving's. And, that's mainly our shop with a cop program that we do every Christmas. So, those who have put floats in, they can rest assure that's going to go to help children in need in the community during Christmas. Obviously, it's going to be a family event and we encourage the public to come out and support us, and

Southern Pines Animal Shelter Reaches No-Kill Status

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The following is a press release from Southern Pines Animal Shelter. Southern Pines Animal Shelter saved a total of 5,997 animals in 2016 and achieved no-kill status for the second year in a row with a 97.9% Placement Rate. This is a milestone in the 65 year history of the organization, making Southern Pines the largest open admission animal shelter to reach no-kill status in the state of Mississippi. “We are so excited to be able to share this great news with our community,” said Ginny Sims, Director for Southern Pines Animal Shelter. “This accomplishment comes as a result of the ongoing support and dedication of a caring and compassionate community of donors, volunteer

Lady Eagles win 5 straight

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss defeated Rice Thursday by a score of 79-60. Head coach, Joye Lee-McNelis returned to coaching after recently being diagnosed with adenocarcinoma, which is a form of lung cancer. And, the team made sure to play well, as they have now secured a five-game winning streak. "For us to play the way we did tonight, shows our growth as a team. It really does. Because I am telling you, Rice is very good," said Lee-McNelis. The Owls were led by their star-forward, Nicole Iademarco, who scored 26 points, with more than half her points coming from beyond the arc. But, the Lady Eagles were able to contain the Owls as a whole, by creating 13 steals and forcing 24 turnover

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