Jones Co. officials display 'graphic' car accident ahead of prom night

JONES COUNTY, MS. - Northeast Jones High School students witnessed a dramatic car crash demonstration Friday morning. Jones County Sheriff's Department, Volunteer Fire Department, District Attorney's office, Coroner, and more teamed up to show teens the consequences of driving drunk ahead of prom night. Organizer Lance Chancellor said, “It’s emotionally moving and I guess you can see a graphic representation what actually happens in a car crash.” Firefighters, deputies, students, and even the coroner re-enacted what could be a real life scene of tragic drunk driving car accident. An accident that even involves the death of a high school classmate. Student and actress Paige Myrick said, “I am

Local 11-year-old autistic boys' family raising money for service dog

PINE BELT, MS. - The parents of Jack Sellers, 11, is raising money for a service dog Sellers desperately needs. The parents teamed up with Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) to host a "Benefit Ride and Poker Run" Saturday. Robin Sellers, Jack's mother said, "Knowing that he would have that companionship and that ability to protect him, when I am not around, means the world.” Motorcyclists will stop at five different locations where they will draw a card. "The one with the best hand at the end of the ride will win a prize" said Mrs. Sellers. Jack needs $18,000 for the autism service dog. According to Mrs. Sellers the community has helped raised nearly $6,000. "He can't take medication, so I can'

Authorities searching for missing Forrest Co. man

FORREST COUNTY, MS. - Forrest County authorities need the public's help searching for Victor Bond Jr., 43. According to investigators Bond was last seen March 22 in the Petal-Forrest Co. area. "He did make contact with another family member on March 29, 2017 asking for money" said Forrest Co. investigator, Nick Calico. Calico added, "Family members have not heard from him since." His family told authorities he was driving a 1999 red Ford F-150 with a Mississippi license plate RE9594. "Bond is 5'6 with blue eyes, 170 1bs, and is bald" said Calico. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a black Cole Swindell t-shirt and black shoes. If you have any information you can contact FCSD at (601) 54

USM hosts Veterans Affairs Administrator of Mississippi conference

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss hosted this year's annual Veterans Affairs Administrator of Mississippi conference over the last couple of days. This event had statewide and regional VA representatives from universities and colleges who provide services to military students. And they discussed ways to better improve their services. David Lewis, education liaison for Louisiana and Mississippi said, "They come in with many issues when they come into a college. New students, even veteran students that have been enrolled for several years. They still have issues. Personal or within the college that needs to be worked out. These school officials are front line. They see them on a daily basis a

HPD encourages citizens to participate in its Drug Take Back event

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Hattiesburg Police Department is having its Drug Take Back event Saturday. This will allow people to properly throw away unwanted or expired prescription or over-the-counter drugs. Hattiesburg Police Officer, Lt. Jon Traxler said, "We partner with the DEA and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics. They help us with properly disposing these, because the last thing we want is this stuff to end back up into our landfills or our water system, because that does cause birth defects. But, also, it helps us cut down on drug overdose, as well as drug addiction." The event will take place in front of the Hattiesburg Police Department from 10-2 p.m.

William Carey has a new volleyball, track and field facility

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - William Carey University unveiled its new Ben Waddle Sports Facility Friday. This was one of the few buildings on campus that did not receive any damage from the January tornado. William Carey faculty member, Ben Waddle said, "I'm still working to soak it in. When you never dream of something that's going to happen to you and it happens, then you have to deal with it." Waddle hopes this new volleyball and track and field facility will bring more success to these programs. "I was happy that we got a track and I'm blessed we have people to provide it for us. Because at first, we were running on the field, but now we have something to expand our abilities," said track and f

Secretary Hosemann encouraging residents to vote in municipal election

HATTIESBURG, MS. - Secretary Delbert Hosemann visited Hattiesburg to encourage residents to vote in Hattiesburg's municipal election. “This is literally where the rubber meets the road" he said. Secretary Hosemann said residents should not think twice about voting. “Why wouldn’t you go vote? I mean there will be very short lines" said Secretary Hosemann. He added,"These are the people that are going to run your city for the next 4 years. There is no reason not to go vote.” Primary elections begin next week and he does not understand the low voter turn-out during municipal elections. He continued, “And even if you did not think it was important, whether or not you had police protection or fir

Hattiesburg Zoo prepares for its birthday bash

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Hattiesburg Zoo is celebrating its 67th birthday Saturday and will give everyone an opportunity to experience the zoo like they have never seen before. Animal care manager, Stephen Taylor said, "Saturday is a wonderful day for guests to come out. You get to see something you don't normally get to see here at the zoo. There's a lot of behind the scene areas that the zookeepers operate in and perform all of our daily task. That day you'll be able to tour the animal kitchen, the quarantine area, the Asbury on the inside. And you'll be able to pay $5 to do a tiger tour. You'll get to go back and see the tiger holding area. You'll get an up and close personal experience w

Ole Miss Chancellor's position on tuition increase

OXFORD, Miss. - Tuition has increased for universities in Mississippi due to state funding. -Southern Miss has a 7.3% increase -Mississippi State has a 6.9% increase -Ole Miss has a 7% increase Ole Miss Chancellor, Jeffrey Vitter shared his thoughts about this issue. "It's tough to raise tuition. But because of the budget cuts, we have to maintain the flagship education that we offer. Education is a great enabler for our society. There's nothing more important than to the future of our entire state and nation than higher education. And that's why we work with the state to make that case, because we want education to be accessible to everyone," said Vitter. Vitter said the university works di

Forrest County Sheriff's Dept. reporting more scam calls

FORREST COUNTY, MS. - The Forrest County Sheriff's Department said they received multiple reports of a phone scam involving the department. According to Forrest County Investigator, Nick Calico, a caller is telling residents they have an outstanding warrant for not showing up for a court date with Judge McPhail over a traffic citation. The scam claims if they do not take care of the warrant they will be arrested and must pay over the telephone. "Do not give any type or send any money, anything like that" said Calico. He continued, "We are not going to call you and solicit any type of payments for fines or for unpaid warrants, we will contact you via mail or we will contact you in person.” If

LPD will have its Drug Take Back event this weekend

LAUREL, Miss. - The Laurel Police Department is having its Drug Take Back event Saturday. This is the 7th consecutive time the department and the DEA has done this, which gives people the opportunity to throw away outdated or unwanted prescription drugs. Laurel Police Officer, Cpt. Tommy Cox said, "People used to just throw it in the trash and it gets in landfills, in the groundwater, or flush them and it does the same thing. Along with that, you have prescription drug abuse. It's a big thing right now and whether it's on purpose or by mistake, whether you have a drug abuser that gets ahold to these unwanted drugs, whether you have a child that mistakenly or on purpose gets ahold of them, it

Cash reward for information on stolen $50k farm equipment near Forrest-Stone county line

FORREST COUNTY, MS. - Investigations with the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Metro Crime Stoppers are offering a cash reward for tips that lead to the arrest and recovery of stolen farm equipment early March. Forrest County Investigator Nick Calico said the equipment was stolen from a farm near the Forrest-Stone county line and is worth up to $50,000. “There were heavy farm equipment, that was taken between midnight March 11, and 3:30 p.m. that afternoon on March 12" said Calico. Investigators obtained surveillance footage of the thief driving South on U.S. Highway 49 towards Stone county. If you have any information you can call 601-582-STOP(7867).

Ole Miss' Rebel Road Trip stops in Laurel

LAUREL, Miss. - Ole Miss Athletics was at the Laurel Country Club Wednesday for its Rebel Road Trip and got to meet hundreds of fans. Ole Miss Athletic Director, Ross Bjork said, "We've done the Rebel Road Trip now for six years in a row and we never made it to Laurel. We've been close, Newton and Hattiesburg. But, not made it to Laurel. What a boomin' town this is and obviously the new show 'Hometown' is helping that buzz. But, so many Ole Miss Rebels down here that it's our obligation to come down here and look everyone in the eye and tell them thanks for their support." Although Ole Miss' football team has a self-imposed bowl ban for the upcoming season and are currently being investigate

FGH unveils new germ cleaning robot, kills more pathogens

HATTIESBURG, MS. - Forrest General Hospital unveiled four of its LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robots Wednesday. The robots will be used in the hospital's daily cleaning routine to destroy potentially lethal germs and bacteria that can pose a risk to patient and employee safety. Forrest General is the first hospital in south Mississippi to tap into a cleaning technology that uses pulsed xenon ultraviolet light to destroy pathogens. “That’s the kind of light that is used in radio towers, you can see it for miles, it is incredibility intense light, and that intense light bathes the entire room in UVC" said Xenox Technical Director Rachel Sparks. Sparks added, "UVC actually breaks down the DNA in vi

Local house turns into a museum

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - A house on Miller Street recently was bought by the Hattiesburg Convention Commission, and will now be turned into a museum. The house belonged to Oseola McCarty who was a washerman. McCarty created a trust fund in 1995, which included around $150,000 of her life savings that was dedicated for Southern Miss to use for scholarships to students who need financial assistance. She died in 1999 due to liver cancer. Southern Miss honored McCarty by naming her gift the Oseola McCarty Endowed Scholarship.

Governor Bryant sets date for special called session

PINE BELT, MS. - Governor Phil Bryant set the date for a special called session. Lawmakers will meet June 5 to discuss the 2018 fiscal budget. He said on his Facebook page, "Although the legislative process will determine the length of the session, I anticipate lawmakers will finish their work as quickly as possible, to minimize costs to taxpayers." Legislators ended their regular session in March without passing budgets for the Department of Transportation and Attorney General's Office.

Forrest Co. Sheriff Dept. warnings residents of fake IRS scams

FORREST COUNTY, MS. - The Forrest County Sheriff's Department have received some reports the past week of fake IRS scams. Authorities said the caller tells residents they need to pay a fine or else they will be arrested. Officials said the IRS does not take payments on the phone. If you think you received one of these calls please notify FCSD.

Hub City drive-by-shooting lands 2 behind bars

HATTIESBURG, MS. - Two people are behind bars after a Hattiesburg drive-by-shooting on the 100 Block of West 4th Street according to authorities. The Hattiesburg Police Department said a suspect had shot from a vehicle around 2 p.m. "Officers quickly located suspect vehicle" said Branden McLemore. Police arrested driver Breonna Gwin for drive-by-shooting. McLemore said another suspect, Brill Hamilton was arrested for possession of a weapon after felony conviction. Authorities said no one was injured during the shooting, but an investigation is ongoing.

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