HATTIESBURG, MS. - The University of Southern Mississippi Children's Center celebrated its annual Zoo Day the day before graduation. The Hattiesburg Zoo visited the center and brought its tortoise and bunny for the children. Executive Director Sarah Case-Price said, "It is a wonderful time for us to have an end of the year party, but also for them to have experience that they may not get everyday." The center will celebrate the graduation of 20 kids tomorrow at the Thad Cochran Center. "The biggest aspect of this day is all of our families getting to interact together in a fun environment" said Case-Price.
HATTIESBURG, MS. - City Councilwoman Mary Dryden raised concerns about voter precincts Monday. Dryden said the city needs to clarify voter precincts for residents during different elections. "For those that have it changed it is very confusing" said Dryden. "Last November they have to vote in one place, now for this election they have to vote in a new place" Dryden added. Dryden said the city should have mailed information prior to the primary election. "To let everyone know where they are supposed to vote and that did not happen" she said. "My frustration is it is a little late, that should have happened...you saw how low the voter turn out was." According to Dryden the city said they will
WALTHALL, MS. - A 14-year-old teenage girl reported missing last week has been found according to Walthall county authorities. Cloey Stewart and her friend Levi Lee were found walking on Stringer Road in Walthall county said Sheriff Kyle Breland. According to Sheriff Breland a passerby spotted the two and alerted authorities around 2 p.m. Tuesday. Stewart was reported missing May 9. Her grandparents said she was last seen early morning and believed she may have been with Lee.
HATTIESBURG, MS. - This week's Kindness In Action is Debbie Thomson of Hattiesburg. Thomson is a mother of three who lost her 17-year-old youngest son, Quin, in 2013. In the same year her son died, Thomson was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer just after her father died in the Spring. Thomson started a support group one year later for parents who lost a child. “Get up and start getting better, I said give me one good reason why I shouldn’t go and be with my child" said Thomson. Her cancer took a turn for the worse. Doctors told Thomson she was not responding to any medication. At that time Thomson said she had no reason to live. She said, “I realized I was being selfish, I did." Thomson a
|This is a press release from The City of Hattiesburg HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The National League of Cities has selected Hattiesburg Mayor, Johnny DuPree, to travel to Washington, D.C. on Thursday, May 18 to testify before Congress on the challenges local governments face in meeting Clean Water Act (CWA) requirements, as well as balancing environmental protection with economic feasibility. Mayor DuPree’s testimony before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee,
Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, will occur during Infrastructure Week and will focus on “Building 21st Century Infrastructure for America: Improving Water Quality through Integrated Planning.” “I am gratef
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The old Forrest County Jail has been renovated. The former county jail now serves as the new home to about 20 county employees. The public defender’s office and the drug court will be held at this facility. The other space in the building is currently being used for storage. It costs around $150,000 to renovate the facility.
FORREST COUNTY, Miss. - Forrest County Supervisors voted Monday to provide medical care for inmates in Forrest County Jail through a new contract. Sheriff, Billy McGee said, “Hopefully it’ll be more of a streamline process and not as many people having to go out from the Forrest County Jail to different doctors for tests and so forth.” Sheriff McGee said they used to have to go through several different vendors for medical care. But, now, Southern Health Partners of Tennessee will provide medical care to Forrest County Jail for an annual cost of $1,468,351. “They had a figure that came in a couple of hundred thousand dollars less than what we paid last year for the hodge-podge of vendors tha
LAUREL, MS. - Jones County Sheriff's Department (JCSD) and Laurel Police are one of the many departments across the country honoring fallen law enforcement officials Monday. Jones County Board President declared today as 'National Peace Officer Memorial' day. Law enforcement officials and families attended the memorial to honor the service of those who have died in the line of duty The guest speaker of the service is Mississippi Highway Patrol's Lieutenant (Lt.) Trea Staples who nearly lost his life in 2016 during a hostage situation. Staples said, "Well when people hear firsthand to someone that it has happened too. Especially someone where one of my own teammates was killed in the accident
JONES COUNTY, MS. - Jones County Volunteer Fire Department (JCVFD) battled a Mother's Day duplex fire Sunday, where the fire completely destroyed the building. During Sunday's call JCVFD requested back-up from Laurel city firefighters, but they did not get the response it needed. The fire happened on Redbud Drive off Highway 11 around 11 a.m. JCVFD's Fire Coordinator Dan McKenna said the fire was intense. According to county firefighters, "Sandersville fire department was the first to arrive on scene with their engine and immediately began an aggressive interior attack." McKenna issued an evacuation alert for all firefighters to clear the building due to the situation quickly becoming extrem
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - 11 interns graduated from Southern Miss’ Institute for Disability Studies Project Search program Monday. Project Search is a 10-month employment-training program designed to prepare young adults with disabilities for the workforce. “In our state, we’re still spreading awareness of what people with disabilities can accomplish and we’ve made a lot of strides there. But, there’s still a lot of employers and people in the community that don’t necessarily see the abilities and aren’t aware of everything they can accomplish. So this program is to show that and to help young people get their first job,” said Project Search director, Jerry Alliston. Half of the interns are from
PERRY COUNTY, Miss. - Perry County deputies arrested a man and a woman Sunday night for having meth. Sheriff, Mitch Nobles said they arrested Marcie Davis, 43, on Pumping Station Road and Morristown Road for felony possession of a controlled substance. Deputies also arrested Trenton Brownlee, 40, on Highway 15 and Riverloop Road for felony possession of a controlled substance. Nobles said he promised to fight the war on drugs when he was elected as Sheriff of Perry County.
|Caleb Worrell, Jones County Fire Council JONES COUNTY, Miss. - A two vehicle accident Friday morning shut down one lane of Interstate 59 northbound near exit 80. Moselle, South Jones and Southwest Jones Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the scene of what was reported to be a two vehicle accident involving an 18-wheeler and a passenger car, with the 18-wheeler lying on its side. Initial fire units to arrive on scene advised that the 18-wheeler was lying partially on top of the passenger car to the side of the road, but there was no entrapment. Firefighters on scene stated that had the passenger car come to rest just a few feet towards the 18-wheeler's trailer, the trailer would have cr
POPLARVILLE, MS. - Peal River Community College (PRCC) celebrated its Spring graduation Friday. This semester's guest speaker is alumni and Lamar county's Representative (Rep.) Brad Touchstone. He said, “You know the main thing I hope they take away from today is that its okay if they do not have all the answers to where they are going." "If they work very hard and follow their passion and find someone that is supportive of that, that a lot of the details that they are worrying about will fall into place." He continued, "And that is reallywhat I emphasized today." PRCC said 1,000 students applied for Spring graduation.
HATTIESBURG, MS. - The following is a press release by Edwards Street Fellowship Center. This weekend marks the 25th anniversary of the National Association of Letter Carriers' "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive. Pine Belt area residents are receiving brown grocery bags in their mailboxes with the message that they can, "Fill a bag with food and bring hope to someone in need." Food collected in these bags will be distributed among several local feeding agencies: Christian Services, Edwards Street Fellowship Center, Petal Children's Task Force, and the Salvation Army. Residents can fill their bags with nonperishable food and leave the bag by their mailbox on Saturday morning. Their letter carrier
ELLISVILLE, Miss. - Around 45 national and Pine Belt manufacturing and machining industry leaders were at JCJC Friday for the 1st annual Haas Technical Education Center Regional Conference to share ideas on how to grow the industry. Director of Haas Education, Toni Neary said, “There’s a big push for ‘non-traditional students' in manufacturing. So we’re looking at women, we’re looking at minorities, we’re looking at how we let people see that this is really for everybody.” Neary believes social media can help with that. “Often times people say what’s so cool about manufacturing? Through social media, with videos, stories, and photographs, we can connect with those students that maybe don’t k
HATTIESBURG, MS. - One person was killed in an early morning car accident Friday on Highway 98. Mississippi Highway Patrol Officer Brent Barfield said the accident was right in front of the Canebrake entrance closer to Highway 589. According to Forrest County Coroner Butch Benedict the victim was identified as Richard Kraft, 75, of Madison Mississippi. Kraft died at Forrest General Hospital due to internal injuries sustained from the wreck. Officer Barfield said Kraft was crossing the intersection when he traveled into the path of another vehicle. The driver of the other vehicle in the wreck sustained minor injuries.
LAUREL, Miss. - One man was shot Tuesday evening. Laurel Police said they responded to shots being fired in the 900 Block of South 16th Avenue. Police said the victim was shot in his leg. The victim was transported to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries. The investigation is ongoing.
|This is a press release from the University of Southern Miss HATTIESBURG, Miss. - A senior research scientist at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL), internationally recognized for his longtime study of Gulf Coast marine life, will serve as the school’s spring 2017 commencement speaker. Jim Franks, who holds faculty appointments in USM’s School of Ocean Science and Technology and the Graduate School, will deliver keynote addresses at two commencement ceremonies on the Hattiesburg campus, set for 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Friday, May 12 at Reed Green Coliseum; and at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 13 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi. Approximately 1,900 s
POPLARVILLE, Miss. - After 17 years of serving as Pearl River Community College (PRCC) President, and 50 years of public service in several Mississippi educational institutions, Dr. William Lewis is retiring. “I’ve been thinking about it for obviously a couple of years. But, I think I got real serious about it after school started this year, and really started thinking about the future,” said Lewis. Lewis said he has not spent as much time with his family throughout his career. “I’ve missed a lot of events for my children and my grandchildren. So I’m looking forward to being able to have some flexibility of time to be able to do some of those kinds of things, and spend more time with the fam