HATTIESBURG, MISS. - The Emergency management district wants to put drivers on notice to take extra precautions Friday morning when they head to work. The county is currently under a weather advisory.
"Right now we are under a winter weather advisory. I anticipate that being upgraded to a winter storm warning later on this afternoon," The Emergency Management District's, executive director, Glen Moore said. "A winter storm warning is a little more severe. You're looking at the very least two inches of snowfall and you do anticipate some kind of road hazards with people driving. The most important thing for the public to keep in mind is to get up in the morning a little earlier than you
(The following is a portion of a press release from Hattiesburg City Hall.) Based on the forecasted model provided by the National Weather Service and the briefing by Forrest County Emergency Management District, City Hall will be open, business as usual, on Friday, Dec. 8. If the weather inhibits an employee’s ability to make it to work, he or she should contact their immediate supervisor. City crews are prepared with salt and sand to help with road conditions where necessary. The 361 Community Shelter (946 Sullivan Drive) will be open, beginning at 6 p.m. tonight and will be open through Noon tomorrow. The City of Hattiesburg's Mass Transit system will provide transportation for anyone who
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - VisitHattiesburg hosted an open house Thursday to kick off a weekend of local holiday shopping in the Pine Belt. Director of Communications and Digital Strategies, Paige Crane, said shopping local has a great impact on the economy for everyone. “It gives back to our economy, it keeps us going. We also have all of our restaurants all across town and Hattiesburg was named on of the top 25 destinations in the nation for holiday shopping recently,” said Crane. For more information about shopping local for the Holidays, go to VisitHattiesburg on Facebook for the latest information about community engagement.
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Mayor Toby Barker and Councilwoman Deborah Delgado announced Thursday the operations of a milestone infrastructure project across three wards. "On Duke avenue and Corinne, they’re not only going to get a new sewer line, that’s going to set them up for success for long term but also they’re going to get their street paved after its done. So that’s welcomed news to this neighborhood. In the case of Dogwood drive this is a part of the city that never had sewer service to begin with so they had to treat theirs on site with a tank. Now, they’ll actually have sewer service to their home, so it represents progress to three streets in three different wards,” said Mayor Toby Bark
This is a press release from The First. HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The First, a National Banking Association, has announced the acquisition of Sunshine Financial bank in Tallahassee, Florida. M. Ray “Hoppy Cole”, President and Chief Executive Officer of The First, said, “Our two community Banks have come together sharing in a common purpose, delivering extraordinary personal service to our customers.” The First will now serve customers with 63 convenient locations in Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama and Florida. The combined company will have approximately $ 2.4 billion in total assets, $ 2 billion in total deposits, and $ 1.6 billion in total loans. Louis O. Davis, Jr., President and Chief Executi
The following schools and districts have notified FOX 23 they will not meet for class Friday because of traffic-related weather concerns. (Note for school officials: If you're cancelling classes Friday, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org from your work e-mail account.) CITY SCHOOL DISTRICTS Laurel City Schools Lumberton Public School District Petal School District COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICTS Forrest County School District Forrest County Agricultural High School East Jasper School District Jones County Schools Perry County Schools Lamar County Schools Wayne County Schools Jefferson Davis County Schools will operate under a delay and be ready by 10 a.m.; the district plans to dismiss school at norma
ELLISVILLE, MISS – A Jones County resident, Roy Parker made his way to his initial court hearing earlier this afternoon at the Jones County Justice Courthouse, Wednesday afternoon at 1PM. “At this time, Mr. Parker is charged with one charge of molestation,” Jones County Sheriff’s Department, Major Jamie Tedford said. Parker and his wife ran a local daycare from their house in Jones County. “I don’t know how many kids they are responsible for keeping at one time… to our knowledge the Parkers have kept kids for many years at their residence,” Tedford said. “Like I said it is a private run home daycare.” December 5, the Jones County Sheriff’s Department took Parker into custody after the paren
HATTIESBURG, MISS. – Jones County Junior College held its holiday blood drive today, allowing students to give blood in exchange for a hamburger. “Holiday blood drives are always so important because our patients never take a holiday… their needs are twenty-four, seven,” United Blood Services’ senior donor recruitment representative, Beverly Clark said. “So, right at this present time we are asking all donors to come out and give the gift of life during the holidays… I tell everybody what better gift to give that doesn't cost a cent but it saves three lives and that's one pint of blood.” Visit www.bloodhero.com to make an appointment.
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Academy Sports and Outdoors surprised 30 deserving North Forrest Elementary students in Hattiesburg with bicycles and helmets Monday. The company donated the bicycles as apart of their annual bike donation program. Store Director, James Lamb, said this is the sixteenth year his team participated in giving back to the community. “I can remember when I was a kid and getting a bicycle is one of the greatest joys in the world. These students – we’re glad we can help 30 of them out. The look son their faces were just priceless. We had a great time with them. It gives students an incentive to strive for excellence that’s what we want,” James explained. The entire holiday bike
This is a press release from Chick-Fil-A. LAUREL, Miss. (Dec. 7, 2017) – Local franchise owner Brittney Pickering will open Laurel’s second Chick-fil-A restaurant on Dec. 7, bringing 95 new jobs to the area and a grand opening community celebration with the chance for 100 adults to participate in a Chick-fil-A First 100 campout, where participants can earn a free year supply of Chick-fil-A, as well as a community children’s book drive. The grand opening events at the new restaurant at 1138 Highway 15 N. will get underway on Dec. 6 when a family-friendly overnight First 100 party will pop up in the new restaurant parking lot 24 hours before the grand opening as guests try to be one of the fir
The following is a press release submitted to MyFOX23.com from the Mississippi Attorney General's office. JACKSON—A Hattiesburg man who ran for an open state representative seat faces more than five years behind bars after being indicted on two counts of voter fraud, announced Attorney General Jim Hood.
Cory Ferraez, 28, turned himself in on a capias Monday following an August indictment by a Lowndes County grand jury. On count one, Ferraez was charged with swearing to a false application for an absentee ballot, and count two charged him with voting outside of his legal district. He faces up to five years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections and a $5,000 fine for co
SUMRALL, MISS. - "My father was working the scene of an accident for the Sumrall Volunteer Fire Department, and a drunk driver hit him while he was working the scene and killed him instantly," Lora Beasley said.
The angels hanging up in the city of Sumrall represent the memories of loved ones who are no longer here to enjoy the holiday season.
"Every year, every year that those angels go up, everybody starts looking and searching for where their loved one is," Sumrall's Christmas angels contributor, Stacy Temple said. Lora Beasley found her father's angel right on the corner of Pine Street and Center Avenue. About half a block away from the fire station where her father worked as a fire
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss Football Team will participate in the Independence Bowl for the first time since 1988. The Golden Eagles will battle it out in Shreveport against Florida State. USM defeated Florida State 29 years ago in 1989 with a score of 30 to 26. College Athletic Director, Jon Gilbert, said Football Fans across the Pinebelt are looking forward to this history-making game. "Great opportunity for our fan base. I’ve heard how important it is to play name opponents. You couldn’t ask for a better opponent in Florida State. I think it’s important for our fans to show up. The senior class that we have has been really important for this program. I think it’s a worth while
NEELY, Miss. - “I literally went to bed and woke up totally blind," said successful theatrical director and producer, Mackenzie Westmoreland as he lightly swayed on his father's porch swing. He explained in detail his first time experiencing great fear. “Let’s make a plan. The first thing we need to do is go to a doctor, see if this is permanent, see if this is some sort of weird fluke, if it’s something that is reversible,” However, when his medical results came in, Westmoreland was informed of his permanent blindness. “I wasn’t worried about it anymore. What was going to be, was going to be. I just knew that it would be a different way of approaching life,” He went on to co-produce success
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - One local man presented an appealing case Monday to city council about the removal of drug paraphernalia displays within city limits. Local anti-drug activist, James Moore, father of Jeffery Moore who died in 2015 of an accidental heroin overdose stated retailers need to reevaluate the message drug displays sends to the community and struggling addicts. “The overdose of drugs is the leading cause of accidental deaths, currently. We had a huge spike in those numbers in 2015 and 2016 was even higher. It continues to rise..." Councilwoman, Mary Dryden stated. Moore said stores similar to Handy Pantry and the RA Shop are hurtful to the community. “The three problems I contin
(Photo from: FCAHS) FORREST COUNTY - Christmas came early for local children courtesy of the Forrest County Agricultural High School girls basketball team. The student athletes sponsored two children on the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree, Coach Mack Garnder told MyFOX23.com. The Lady Aggies bought the gifts at a local Walmart. In the photo submitted from FCAHS, Jorden DuBose, Abby Ruffin, Amagine Campbell, Abby Hennis and Madelyn Mapp are seen sitting from left to right. Keona Crowell, Patsy Tutor, Bria Keith, Jade Huston, Shay Ard, Landyn Lee, Erin McLaurin, Coach Gardner and Amber Fortenberry are seen standing from left to right. To find out how you can help local children have a merrier Chri
HATTIESBURG, MISS. - Southern Miss's football team makes their third straight bowl appearance and will be taking on Florida State in the Walk-On's Independence Bowl at the Independence Stadium located in Shreveport, LA.
The Southern Miss Alumni Association and Eagle Club will be hosting a pregame tailgate party. Eagle Club and Alumni Association members can register for the tailgate now through tomorrow morning at 8AM, when it will open to all fans.
"It is important that people understand that the availability for the tickets will begin tomorrow morning at 8AM for the general public," USM's executive director of the alumni association, Jerry DeFatta said. "They are twenty dollars each,
HATTIESBURG, MISS - The University of Southern Mississippi ranks as one of the nation's best values for music majors, according to an online resource guide called Great Value Colleges. USM is the only Mississippi college or university to earn a spot in the top 60.
"We are the flagship music institution of Mississippi," USM's director of the school of music, Richard Kravchak said. "And our professors do perform at the highest level, and are acknowledged by their peers as the best in the business... so, they are able to pass on that love, passion, and expertise on to our students."
If the quality of the education alone is not enough to knock your socks off, then how about the cost?