South Central Regional Medical Center Hosts Parkinson’s Awareness Day Event

This press release comes from South Central Regional Medical Center LAUREL, MISS. - Parkinson's disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement as certain nerve cells in the brain gradually break down or die. Many believe Parkinson's disease is a death sentence, but if treated, the disease is manageable for those who have been diagnosed. South Central Regional Medical Center is hosting a Parkinson's Awareness Day on Monday, April 30th to educate and demonstrate how to manage the disease. The event will include Parkinson's disease exercise sessions with certified therapists and education sessions from local healthcare providers on overall health needs. Parkinson'

Southern Miss student joins New York NBC internship news team

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Pine Belt native and Southern Miss student Amelia Strahan is on her way to the big leagues. “I’ll be interning at the Weekend Today Show in New York City, I’m really really excited, I’ve been a life long viewer of the Today show and the Weekend Today Show,” said Strahan. Before she accepted the NYC summer position, she interned here at FOX23. “I feel like I’ve learned a lot of different aspects of just the news in general...like how to conduct an interview, how to set up the camera, really everything A to Z,” Throughout her semester-long internship in Hattiesburg, Strahan helped reporters shoot, write and edit. “My very favorite thing I did here was the first package we

HPD searching for missing teen, former teacher

(The following photos and press release come from the Hattiesburg Police Department. If you know where they are, call HPD or Metro Crime Stoppers at 601-582-STOP.) On Monday, April 30, Hattiesburg Police were notified of a missing person around 7 a.m. That person is 16-year-old Oscar O’Neal II, who was reported missing by his mother. O’Neal was last seen around 1 a.m. at his residence. He is believed to be with a white female, Nicole Jackson. Jackson, 30, a former school teacher, surrendered to authorities on April 10, in an ongoing investigation. She currently out on a $10,000 bond for sexual battery in position of trust or authority. There is an active warrant for Jackson’s arrest, and sh

HPD investigates weekend armed robbery

(The following press release and photo were submitted from the Hattiesburg Police Department.) Hattiesburg Police need the public’s help in identifying a suspect in an armed robbery. On Sunday, April 29, just after 1 a.m., Hattiesburg Police responded to 6734 U.S. Highway 49, Dandy Dan’s for an armed robbery. When officers arrived, they were advised that a white male, wearing a gray shirt with a Yeti Logo, blue jeans, dark sunglasses and a gray shirt tied around his head pulled a knife and demanded money from the register. The victim advised that the suspect grabbed his jacket and demanded money again. The victim then pulled his own knife and told the suspect to leave. The suspect exited th

Pine Belt joins rest of U.S. in National Day of Prayer

PINE BELT - MyFOX23.com is compiling a list of local observances of the National Day of Prayer. To be included in this list, please e-mail myfox23@whpmtv.com and include the words "National Day of Prayer" in the subject line. Then, in the body of the message, please tell us where and when exactly your event will be held and provide a phone number, web address, e-mail address and/or social networking page. May 3, 7:30 a.m.: Southeastern Baptist College and Bethlehem Baptist Church will hold their prayer breakfast at 7:30 at the college, located at 4229 Highway 15 North in Laurel. Call 601-498-8832 to make reservations for the breakfast. May 3, noon: Jones County's National Day of Prayer Cer

Jones County Sheriff's Department holds public car auction

This press release comes from the Jones County Sheriff's Department HATTIESBURG, MISS. – The Jones County Sheriff’s Department is holding a public car auction for 17 seized and forfeited vehicles involved in controlled substance cases. There will be a special preview and preregistration held on Friday, April 27, 2018 from 12Noon-4:30pm at the site of the auction – 3 Park Hill Drive, Laurel (the former Crocker’s on the Hill parking lot). Registration is free. An additional preview and registration will begin at 8:00am on Saturday, April 28, 2018. The auction will begin promptly at 10:00am on Saturday, April 28, 2018. Cash, debit or credit cards accepted only, no checks. All vehicles are so

USM senior raises suicide awareness with colors and candles

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Project Stay organization hosted a ‘Light up the Foundation for Suicide Prevention’ event Thursday at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Shoemaker Square. “Suicide ideation and depression is so dark, so being in that dark place, what better than to have that gleam of light? Most of the time people say they can’t find it. So tonight, I hope they find it,” said USM senior, Founder and Director of The Project Stay, Shelley Griffith. The Project Stay is a pledge to remind people to ‘stay’ alive. Griffith invited people to paint and light candles in effort to raise suicide and depression awareness. “They’re also painting a candle to personalize their own struggle us

Senator Chris McDaniel Addresses Recent Attack Ads

LAUREL, MISS. - State Senator and U.S. Senate candidate Chris McDaniel paid a visit to the Southern Civitan Club to share his American dream. “I come to Jones County to share my vision for our country and for our state,” McDaniel said. “The bottom line is Mississippi can do better. We're tired of being last. It's time to move forward, and we can do that with good fighters in Washington D.C.” However, McDaniel has been the center of attack ads calling him a “trial lawyer,” which he says is simply not true. “One of the ads, it says that I’m a trial lawyer,” McDaniel said. “You know I’ve been practicing law all these years, and almost exclusively defending corporations and small businesse

HPD investigating scam involving "Jason", who poses as Mississippi Power rep

(The following is a press release from HPD concerning an ongoing investigation. If you believe you've been targeted by a man named Jason who claims to represent Mississippi, call HPD or your nearest law enforcement agency.) The Hattiesburg Police Department is warning the public of a scam targeting people in the Hub City. We have received calls about people posing as Mississippi Power employees and stating that customers owe money for a bill. They also threaten customers to turn off their power if they do not provide them with a credit card number or other financial information. The number that is being used is a local number and appears to be a person named “Jason” who is calling. Do not g

Mississippi legisalture salutes Jay Dean, retirining conductor at Southern Miss

(The following press release and photo were submitted to MyFOX23.com from the University of Southern Mississippi.) State Sen. John Polk, left, and State Rep. Missy McGee presented Dr. Jay Dean with a RESOLUTION on the occasion of his retirement as conductor of the University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra on Tuesday, April 24. The presentation was made at the conclusion of the Turandot performance at the Mannoni Performing Arts Center on USM’s Hattiesburg campus

Local Softball Team prepares for the World Series

HATTIESBURG, MISS. - A local wheelchair softball team is preparing for the upcoming world series in Kansas City, Missouri in August. The “South Deep Hurricanes” softball team partners with USM’s institute for disabilities to raise awareness about the struggles people with disabilities often face. “We placed seventh two times in the world,” USM President for Adapted Sports Sylvester Crosby said. “Then in our last world series we actually placed sixth in the world, and this year we’re hoping to place in the top one or two.” Those without physical disabilities are also encouraged to experience what it is like to compete in wheel chair sports. “We want to encourage able bodies to do it as well,”

St. Fabian Catholic Church begins construction on their new facilities

HATTIESBURG, MISS. - St. Fabian Catholic Church began the construction of a new church in Lamar County. The construction for the church will include multiple new facilities including a sanctuary for worship and a football and baseball field for the church’s future school. “There’s just something about having your own building,” Pastor of St. Fabian Catholic Church Tommy Conway said. “Having your own space to come to, to hang your hat. It’s a wonderful place to call home.” The construction of multiple facilities being built by St. Fabian Catholic Church were made possible through a generous donation from a local Hattiesburg Resident. “There was a dentist at Sacred Heart Church called Richard

Economy Supply thanks MDS for service with lunch

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - When an EF-3 tornado ripped through Hattiesburg in 2017, a group of volunteers traveled from Pennsylvania to piece homes back together. “They have or will complete 19 new constructions by the time they leave here next month. Numerous repair jobs that they have taken on for us and honestly they are a gift,” said Chris Adams, R3SM Coordinator. The group refer to themselves as MDS short for Mennonite Disaster Service. “They arrived in October – and they will be here until mid-May. In that time, they would have rebuilt from the ground up 10 new homes, and done numerous major repair jobs as well,” she said. However, to rebuild and repair those homes, the Mennonites needed too

JCJC honors retired MLB player Buddy Myer

(The following press release and photos were submitted to MyFOX23.com from Jones County Junior College.) ELLISVILLE – One of Mississippi’s top professional baseball players was recognized recently at Jones County Junior College’s Community Bank Park. Charles Solomon “Buddy” Myer, an Ellisville native, had a plaque dedicated in his honor prior to the April 21 doubleheader between JCJC and Mississippi Delta. Myer was born on March 16, 1904, in Ellisville. He attended Ellisville Agricultural High School and Mississippi A&M College, which later became Mississippi State University. Myer began his Major League career in 1925 with the Washington Senators. He played with the Boston Red Sox in 1927 a

Jimmy Buffett Tickets Give Away at the Saenger Theatre

HATTIESBURG, MISS. - Thursday evening, inside the Saenger Theatre, Minit Mart gave out two sets of two Jimmy Buffett tickets to a couple of residents who donated a can of peanut butter to help out thousands of individuals across the pine belt. Residents from across the pine belt donated one jar of butter for a chance to win Jimmy Buffett tickets. “It's over 700 jars of peanut butter that we have right there, and it's probably an equal number of sardines cans,” Zachary Newsom, the event coordinator of the Saenger Theatre said. Minit Mart matched each jar of peanut butter with a can of sardines. The irony behind these items comes from the conspiracy, Jimmy Buffett used to steal peanut

Local Board of Supervisors President Speaks about Bridge Closures in the State

HATTIESBURG, MISS. - Forrest County does not have any bridges that were shut down by the federal government. However, the Forrest County Board of Supervisors, President David Hogan is sounding off, saying the supervisors need more money. Hogan advocates that wooden bridges should be turned into concrete bridges. Hogan says the board needs a consistent amount of money from the legislature to make that happen. “Last year, they gave us zero,” Hogan said. “This year, they did make it up and put 50 million into that program. That will help, but we need some more consistent long-range planning. It needs to be in that 50 to 100 million dollar range every year. Until the time comes that all the

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