USM Regional Baseball Tournament, economic impact of $1.7 million officials say

HATTIESBURG, MS. - The University of Southern Mississippi hosting NCAA Regional Baseball Tournament this weekend is projected to bring in $1.7 million dollars into Hub-city's economy. Visit Hattiesburg Executive Director Rick Taylor said, “What it takes for them to be here and for them to stay." He added, "They have got to have places to eat, they are going to get gasoline, we have every expectation they will spend a little money in our shops that sort of thing.” Taylor said outside of school and stadium spending, teams and visitors are projected to spend at least $600,000. “That’s good tourism income for a very good period of time" he said. The city is projecting 1,935 visitors from outside

Hattiesburg Reads adds new location

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The City of Hattiesburg has been selected as the most successful small city in America for its Hattiesburg Reads program. But this is not the first time the city has been honored for its literacy program. The city's Little Free Library also received this award not too long ago. A ribbon cutting was held Wednesday at Chili's to help celebrate the fourth location for Hattiesburg Reads. Mayor of Hattiesburg, Johnny DuPree said, "It's all about early childhood. It's all about preparing our children for the future. We hope that they share the books. We hope that they not only get the books and read them there, but they actually take them with them for those that didn't finish

James A. Townley Community Center reopens

LAUREL, Miss. - The James A. Townley Community Center held a ribbon cutting Wednesday to celebrate its grand reopening. The community center was being remolded for about a year, and dozens of people were on site to see the new renovations. Ailrick Young, Laurel Housing Authority Executive Director said, "It just says we have tremendous support from the community and our partners, the city, and the county. And just to see all of our partners and those involved that are in attendance today just shows and reiterates just the support we've enjoyed for a number of years with our partners in the community." Several hundred thousands of dollars was spent on renovations. The community center upgrade

HPD's Public Information Officer, Lt. Jon Traxler retires

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Hattiesburg Police Department’s Public Information Officer, Lt. Jon Traxler has officially retired. Traxler spent two dozen years with the Hattiesburg Police Department. His last day on the job was Tuesday, and he said him retiring is bitter-sweet. "There's times that I wake up and I go ‘I don't want to go.’ But, there's times I look at and for financial reasons, it's time for me. Plus 24 years of doing this with the City of Hattiesburg, it's time to turn that torch over to someone else and let them now take charge and handle the reins and be able to help the city as well. So that's why the time has come. It's just time to go back and relax with my family and give more t

Marion county deputy injured by patrol unit during pursuit

MARION COUNTY, MS. - A Marion County deputy is in stable condition after being hit by another deputy patrol unit authorities said. Mississippi Highway Patrol (MHP), Lamar and Marion county deputies were in pursuit on Highway 98 after Alicia Holifield, 33, of Summit allegedly stole a vehicle. Marion County Sheriff's Department said the pursuit continued on Highway 98 traveling west through Columbia and into the Foxworth area. The department said, "On what is commonly referred to as the Overhead Bridge on Highway 98 in Foxworth, the pursuit was ended by MHP and the Marion County Sheriff's office." Deputy Lance Poirier responded to the scene and as he exited his vehicle he was struck by anothe

MS National Guard 1 killed, 3 injured, soldier identified

PINE BELT, MS. - The Mississippi National Guard is sad to announce the death of Sergeant (Sgt.) Kyle Clayton Thomas, 24, of Amory, MS. During training operations Monday in Fort Irwin, California Sgt. Clayton and three other soldiers were conducting combat maneuver operations in an army battle tank authorities said. Officials said the vehicle was involved in a rollover incident. The three injured soldiers were airlifted to Loma Linda Medical Center in Loma Linda, CA and have all been released from the hospital. “Our deepest sympathies go out to Sgt. Thomas’ family and friends,” said Col. Doug Ferguson, commander of the 155th ABCT. “We have lost a valuable member of our team and this loss will

Former Humanitarian of the Year receives Kindness In Action recognition

HATTIESBURG, MS. - A former Hattiesburg Humanitarian of the year is this week's FOX 23 Kindness In Action recipient. Russ Hendley of Hattiesburg volunteers with multiple organizations to make Hub-City a better place. After graduating the University of Southern Mississippi in 1987, Russ Hendley has been working with Hattiesburg's Coca-Cola company. Hendley said that is where the bulk of his volunteer career started. “We kind of call it the Coca-Cola way, being involved in the community, where you work and live and give back" said Hendley. He is involved with many organization that pertain to health, education, and children. “It was in my early years with the YMCA and recreational department t

Festival South returns to Hub-City, celebrating MS bicentennial statehood

HATTIESBURG, MS. - Hattiesburgers have a fun-filled agenda for the next two and half weeks. Festival South is back for its 8th year in a row in Hub-City. The Hattiesburg Concert Association presents Mississippi's only multi-week, multi-genre festival, offering both free and ticketed events that showcase the area's rich creative economy. Artistic Director Mike Lopinto said its a perfect time to for Hattiesburg since University Southern Mississippi's baseball team will host NCAA Regional this weekend. “And again with the Regional here and so many people coming, probably never been here before, what a great time" said Lopinto. He said, "If you know people that are coming, to invite them, and s

Mississippi National Guard Training Incident Kills 1, Injures 3

PINE BELT, MS. - One Mississippi Army National Guard Soldier was killed and three others were injured during training operations Monday night at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California. The four Soldiers are all assigned to the 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team, headquartered in Tupelo, Mississippi, and were participating in a large-scale training exercise at the base at the time of the incident. The three injured Soldiers were transferred by military helicopter to the Loma Linda University Medical Center in Loma Linda, California, and are in stable condition, according to hospital staff. According to the National Guard, the soldiers’ names are being withheld until 24 hours af

Temporary TSA Pre-Enrollment returns to Hattiesburg-Laurel airport

PINE BELT, MS. - The following is a press release from the Hattiesburg Laurel airport. Demand for travelers interested in enrolling in the Transportation Security Administration’s TSA Pre✓® program has been so strong that a temporary application center will be stood up in the Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport (PIB) on June 12-16, 2017. The TSA Pre✓® temporary application center will be at the Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport, Terminal Lobby from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. It is predicted to be a busy summer travel season and TSA Precheck can be used at any of the airports in the program, including PIB. Travelers who are enrolled in TSA Pre✓® or one of the other “trusted traveler” programs such

HPD brings a familiar face back to the force

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Hattiesburg Police Department (HPD) sworn in Ross Kinsey Tuesday who used to work for the department as a patrol and DUI officer. Kinsey left HPD to work for the Lamar County School District Police Department, but decided to come back. "I missed being in Hattiesburg. I missed working for the citizens of Hattiesburg and the community here. My heart was here, so I came back," said Kinsey. Kinsey worked for HPD from 2011-14. He worked as a school resource officer at the Lamar County School District Police Department for the last three years. "I got to work real close with the school district and the teenagers in the school system. I got to know a lot of them and the iss

Mayor Magee signs proclamation for Wound Care Awareness Week

LAUREL, Miss. - Members of South Central Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center at South Central Regional Medical Center were at City Hall Tuesday to join Mayor Johnny Magee for a proclamation. Mayor Magee signed a proclamation declaring June 5-9 Wound Care Awareness Week. Dr. Thomas Dobbs, South Central Regional Medical Center’s Chief Medical Officer said, "It's really remarkable particularly if you can talk to someone who's gone from having a large open wound, painful prone to reinfection, particularly with much diabetes, hypertension vast disease we have. We have a lot of people who are prone to these really horrible wounds. And the benefit someone can have from rapid closure or mainte

Southern Miss will host its first regional since 2003

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss lost to Rice Sunday in the Conference USA Championship, but the team has moved on from that. The Golden Eagles had their regional watch party Monday at Mughshots Bar & Grill where the team and dozens of fans celebrated together when it was announced that Southern Miss will host its first regional since 2003. Head coach, Scott Berry said, "Everybody's got a new sense of urgency about themselves. This is a whole new season for everybody. 64 people trying to be one of the eight standing in Omaha. It's a great field of four that I feel like will certainly provide a lot of entertainment for everybody in Hattiesburg." The Golden Eagles lost in the Tallahassee Reg

Bogue Chitto man behind bars after Memorial weekend shooting spree

JACKSON, MS. - A memorial weekend shooting spree has claimed the lives of 8 people, including a Mississippi Deputy Sheriff authorities said. Officials said Willie Corey Godbolt, 35, of Bogue Chitto had a domestic argument at his in-laws house where his wife and their two children stayed. Lincoln County Deputy William Durr, 36, responded to the Saturday night call and was shot to death. According to authorities 3 other people were also killed at the house, but Godbolt's wife and kids were able to escape through a window. Godbolt then fled, shot, and killed 4 people at two other locations, including two juveniles ages 11 and 17. He was captured by authorities in Brookhaven Sunday morning. Auth

Divers recover body of 11-year-old boy, drowns during Memorial weekend

LAMAR COUNTY, MS. - An 11-year-old boy from Jackson drowned during Memorial weekend while on a family outing near Lumberton. Officials said Dakon Quinn was walking along a dock at Little Black Creek Campground and Park when he fell into the lake and never surfaced. The drowning happened Saturday afternoon while family members and relatives were holding a reunion near the lake. According to authorities it took divers using sonar equipment nearly 24 hours to recover the body. Quinn was found close to the dock tangled in some underwater vegetation.

Hattiesburg remembers Pine Belt military members

HATTIESBURG, MS. - The city of Hattiesburg held its 34th Annual Veterans Memorial Day Service downtown Monday morning. The ceremony was held at the Veterans Memorial Park and highlights the military members that have died and fought for our country. Mayor Johnny DuPree said, “The reason we enjoy the benefits of being an American is because people volunteered or drafted and took the ultimate sacrifice.” Camp Shelby's Museum Director and ceremony's guest speaker, Chad Daniels said 30,000 men and women who trained at Camp Shelby since WWI have died serving the United States. “Veterans day is to honor everyone who has served. Memorial Day is for those that lost their lives during their service o

Seminary honors those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice

SEMINARY, Miss. - Seminary had its annual Memorial Day service Monday where dozens of people honored those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. Seminary has lost more service members in wars per capital than most cities. District 90 State Representative, Noah Sanford said, "It's important to remember because without them we couldn't be able to gather here today freely, and I think we all have a part to do in keeping the country worth fighting for. This is a very strong, very patriotic community that is always supportive of its veterans." Sanford said 17 Seminary service members have died in battle between WWII and the Vietnam War.

Local election commissioner claims someone is trying to hurt him

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - A 19-year-old elected official claims someone is trying to endanger his life by putting burn marks on his tires. District 1 Election Commissioner, Tyler Wood said he is trying to show the community that Forrest County elected officials are not doing what is right for the people, but for themselves. Wood also said Forrest County politicians do not like him. "Nothing is going to stop me from fighting for the people. The only way they're going to stop me is by taking my last breath. Absolutely nothing will stop me from fighting for the voters, fighting for the people, and doing what's right for Forrest County. I'm here for the people. The people elected me. The people trust

Daylilies attract dozens of people to the Hub City

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The National Daylily Organization is hosting a two-day meeting at the Lake Terrace Convention Center this weekend. Friday was the first day of the Region 14 gathering where dozens of folks from Alabama and Mississippi communicated with one another and saw other people's daylilies. American Hemerocallis Society President, Nikki Schmith said, "There's a saying in our society that you come for the flower, but you stay for the people. I think that's really true in this region more so than any other region in the country. The coming together as a tribe and sharing your experiences in life and in your gardens, really spending time with each other outside, getting out of your n

Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

|This is a press release from the Mississippi Department of Transportation JACKSON, Miss. - In an effort to help prevent motorcycle crashes, deaths and injuries on Mississippi roadways, the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has joined other organizations in recognizing May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Motorcyclists have all the same rights and privileges as any motor vehicle driver on the roadway. During Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in May - and during the rest of the year - drivers of all other vehicles and all road users are reminded to safely "share the road" with motorcyclists, and to be extra alert to help keep motorcyclists safe. “In 2015, 4,976 motorcyclis

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