HATTIESBURG, MISS. - Two men are leading the charge to decorate the city of Columbia, Miss. this holiday season, and they hope their decorations will have a positive economic impact on the city.
"This year we just wanted to go really big," Main St. Director, Nik Ingram said. "So, we put a lot of money together, and a lot of resources and we were able to cover most of the downtown area."
"Main street is a quiet town," the Vice President of Looks Great Services of Mississippi, Kristian Agoglia said. "It has historic buildings here, and it does bring back that feeling of an old town Christmas."
Ingram and Agoglia say these Christmas decorations serve a bigger purpose than just your ordi
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - A retired social worker who enjoys helping others, Joy Lubritz, has served on the Domestic Abuse Family Shelter (DAFS) Board of Directors for nearly 11 years. She and her team has a current project near completion. "About 10 years ago we came about this piece of property and we have needed a new facility. Our facility in Hattiesburg is pretty old and so we bought it. We thought we could just move right in but we found out there had to be a lot of work done. It had been empty for a couple of years,” said Joy Lubritz. Lubritz and her team shared a vision to provide a new shelter to service victims of domestic abuse. After nearly two years, the project will finally be compl
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Hattiesburg Police Department spokeswoman, LaTosha Meyers said there are gangs in the city but, it is not a recent issue. During an interview Meyers explained, Hattiesburg authorities will continue to work closely with an agent of the South Mississippi Street Task Force – specializing in gang activity, initiation and identification – to keep residents safe. “We...conduct gang suppression detail, where we work actively with federal, state and local agencies such as the U.S. Marshalls, the FBI, the MBN, the Highway Patrol, ICE and federal state probation. We are aware of our gangs in our city and we are going to keep the city safe. We are not going to tolerate any acts of
(The following is a press release submitted to MyFOX23.com from the University of Southern Mississippi.) The University of Southern Mississippi received a commemorative brick from the Marion County Development Partnership during a special ceremony held Tuesday, Dec. 12 on the Hattiesburg campus.
The brick is a remnant from Reliance Manufacturing of Columbia, the first company recruited to locate a manufacturing operation in Mississippi using modern business attraction methods.
While it was common practice in the early 1920s for a local community to provide a start-up loan to a recruited company, Columbia Mayor Hugh White went beyond common practice by inventing a loan loss guarantee, o
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - One person is in stable condition after a shooting in Westchester apartments Monday. Hattiesburg Police received a phone call from a resident around 12:45pm in regards to shots fired at the location. HPD Spokeswoman, Latosha Meyers, said one male suspect was struck with a bullet leading to one gun shot wound. He was then transported to Forrest General Hospital for surgery. The victim is reported in stable condition. According to authorities, there is one person of special interest and no one in custody.
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Eight people are in custody Monday after a related gang in Bonhomie Apartments. At 12:30pm, Hattiesburg Police Department officers responded to 1810 Country Club Road in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival officers made contact with several witnesses, who stated multiple shots were fired in an apartment complex. Police found approximately 70 shell casings during the scene investigation. Three male victims sustained gunshot wounds as a result of an altercation. Currently, two people are being treated at Forrest General Hospital. One person was treated and released from the scene. Monday night, HPD arrested eight people who now has pending charges related to the incident
HATTIESBURG, MISS. - A shooting took place over the weekend at a nightclub in Waynesboro called the People's Lounge Club. The shooting happened late Friday night/early Saturday morning. It started with a fight that happened inside the club that got out of hand. Security broke up the fight and escorted everyone who was fighting outside the club, and that's when the shooting erupted.
“During the shooting, there were several shooters involved and six people got shot, and one young lady was run over,” Waynesboro’s police chief, Holt Ross said. “The vehicle that was described to us was possibly a Dodge Challenger or a Dodge Charger. So, it had damage to the front of it and possibly damage to t
HATTIESBURG, MISS. - Several counties and municipalities declared a state of emergency over the weekend because of the snow and icy conditions. Forrest, Lamar, and Jones counties as well as Hattiesburg and Petal declared states of emergency for their areas. The designation allowed the government entities to use resources, money, and equipment during the winter storm. Hattiesburg will officially vote on the declaration at its meeting a week from Tuesday. Hattiesburg, Petal, and Laurel received in excess of five inches of snow Friday.
HATTIESBURG, MISS. - The Laurel Police Department wants kids everywhere to have a good Christmas. Monday the police department made donations to the Salvation Army as part of their Christmas Angels program. A program in which the Laurel Police Department says they are proud to participate in. “A group of us at the police department work together every year and sponsor a couple of angel trees over at the Salvation Army,” Laurel police officer, Cpt. Tommy Cox said. “We find this to be a worthy cause... Guys go out of their way, donate their own funds, and we were able to sponsor a couple of kids this year and we're happy to do it.” The sacrifices these officers make does not go unnoticed by
JACKSON, Miss. - This past Sunday, Mississippi celebrated it's bi-centennial year with the grand opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. The display of untold stories, and history of injustices in Mississippi now shines light on 30 years of dark history between 1945 to 1975. At the entrance of the Museum, there's an immediate 16th century transatlantic slave trade exhibit to initiate visitors back into the past. As people walk passed the five lynching monoliths - with names from top to bottom on both sides - an emotional yet tense atmosphere of a dark past fills the hallways. “There’s a series of black manors that has names of people who have been lynched hanging from the trees is ve
HATTIESBURG, MISS - The Pine Belt received a rare treat Friday morning with the ground covered in snow. During this period of snow, FOX 23 had the chance to interview residents of the Pine Belt, and ask them how do they feel about the snow and what was the best part.
One Hattiesburg man described it as a scene of beauty.
"It's absolutely amazing," Hattiesburg resident, John Cline said. "It's very refreshing we haven't had this in about four years. So, we're overdue for South Mississippi and I'm really enjoying it."
Another Hattiesburg man said he enjoyed spending time with his family during the weather.
"Just getting another opportunity to hang out with your kids, and make memories
HATTIESBURG, MISS. - Thursday night The Fieldhouse for the Homeless sheltered a lot more people than usual because of the severe weather conditions. The increased number of residents also means more demands in supplies. The Fieldhouse for the Homeless needs the public to support them with denotations. "Yes, a lot of people came in yesterday. We fed them, and everything else," The Fieldhouse of the Homeless' kitchen manager, John Young said. "The problem we have now is a lot of people that were in the woods, lost their tents. The snow built up and broke their poles, so need tents, blankets, coffee, sugar, and whatever we can get basically." Donations can be made at The Fieldhouse for the
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The University of Southern Mississippi hosted their fall commencement ceremony Friday during a rare snowfall. “I’m sure that not many students at the University of Southern Mississippi can say they graduated on a snow day but its such a momentous occasion for so many of our students [also] for their family members, for their friends. It really is a special day because we have snow," said USM Assistant Professor, Dr. Loren Coleman. The university pushed back the graduation an hour and a half to give students extra travel time for the commencement program. "I never saw snow, when I woke up, I said – Its snowing! And then I couldn’t stop seeing it. It’s a blessing to have t
(The following is a press release from Dixie Electric.) Downed trees and broken limbs from the weight of the snow are continuing to cause outages. As of 11:30 a.m. Friday, more than 7,600 members are without power. Here is a current breakdown by county: • Clarke – 7
• Covington - 71
• Forrest – 149
• Jones – 5,368
• Perry – 206
• Wayne – 1,482 Linemen are working to repair the lines. Dixie Electric’s offices are open and are receiving calls. The office phone lines are quite busy receiving outage calls. If a member needs to report an outage, here are some alternate ways to do that: call 888-465-9209, use the SmartHub app or go to prepared.dixieepa.com and report an outage through the out
(Note for officials: Please send press releases or other notes on closures to email@example.com from your work account. Thanks.) Jones County Junior College: "Because of the extended winter weather conditions, JCJC will be closing the ATC (Advanced Technology Center) and the E-Learning Testing Center for today, Friday. The JCJC E-Learning Center will open from 12-3 pm tomorrow (Saturday) to take students who missed exams today. Also, students can take online exams on Monday during regular hours." JCJC adds the Clarke County Center in Stonewall is also closed for the day. More notes from JCJC: "The Thespian Experience at JCJC scheduled for FRIDAY NIGHT has been cancelled. Also, the ACT Te
HATTIESBURG, MISS. – The weather conditions have many homeless people across the city looking for a place to stay warm tonight.
“A lot of people don’t understand how difficult homelessness is… to a point to where it can cause you to go into a depression,” a homeless woman Hattiesburg woman, Jessica Badger said.
Jessica and her husband Charles Badger are a homeless couple looking for a place to stay during Thursday night’s freeze, which ultimately led the Badger family to The Fieldhouse for the Homeless.
“It’s really sad, it really is but people go through things and we’re just here to help them,” The Fieldhouse for the Homeless’, kitchen manager John Young said. “God has given us stre