The Star-Spangled Celebration on the River

This press release comes from VisitHattiesburg HATTIESBURG, MISS. — For the first time, the Downtown Hattiesburg Association and the Petal Area Chamber of Commerce are partnering to offer a family-friendly Fourth of July experience. The Star-Spangled Celebration on the River will take place Tuesday, July 3 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. in Hattiesburg’s Chain Park and Petal River Park, complete with a 9 p.m. fireworks display over the Leaf River. “We are looking forward to celebrating America’s birthday at this brand-new event in the beautiful Chain Park in Downtown Hattiesburg,” Andrea Saffle, executive director for Downtown Hattiesburg Association, said. “We invite families and groups of all sizes

Change of Command at Camp Shelby

This press release comes from Camp Shelby HATTIESBURG, MISS. –The 177th Armored Brigade will formally welcome two new battalion commanders during change of command ceremonies at Spearhead Field here, June 28. The first ceremony starts at 8 a.m. for 1st Battalion, 305th Infantry Regiment. During the ceremony Lt. Col. John J. Geis III will relinquish command of the ‘Raven’ Bn. to Lt. Col. Adam L. Lowmaster who arrives to Camp Shelby from South Korea where he served as the battalion commander for the Korean Service Corps. The ceremony for 3rd Battalion, 315th Engineer Bn., begins at 10 a.m. During the ceremony, Lt. Col. Gary S. Bonham will relinquish command of the ‘Timberwolf’ Bn. to Lt. Col.

Fee Waived Adoptions June 25 to July 4 at Southern Pines Animal Shelter

This is a press release from Southern Pines Animal Shelter. HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Are you looking for a new best friend? Now is a great time to adopt a pet for free. Southern Pines Animal Shelter is teaming up with Best Friends Animal Society and more than 270 other partner rescue groups across the country to offer fee-waived adoptions, in hopes of finding homes for 10,000 pets in 10 days. All cats and kittens at Southern Pines will have their adoption fees waived during the event, as well as select dogs and puppies. The adoption fees were covered by generous animal lovers who wanted to Pay It Forward and help send homeless dogs and cats home over the summer holiday. “If you get excited when

Grant Program Enables USM Nursing Faculty, Students to Help Underserved Patients

This is a press release from the University of Southern Mississippi. HATTIESBURG, Miss. - A grant made possible through the Asbury Foundation Distinguished Professor in Nursing fund is helping University of Southern Mississippi nursing faculty and students provide healthcare to an under-served area of Hattiesburg. Elizabeth Tinnon, assistant professor in the USM College of Nursing, is coordinating the grant project in partnership with the University’s Institute for Disability Studies. Tinnon and nursing students are lending assistance to the Fellowship Health Clinic (FHC), located on Edwards Street in southeast Hattiesburg. The clinic provides high quality medical, dental, and pharmaceutical

Coaches Discuss When a Player Should Return from a Torn ACL

HATTIESBURG, MISS. - In just over a month, student-athletes will be back on the field for summer practice sessions, which is one of the reasons why South Central Sports Medicine met with coaches and athletes for their annual luncheon, Tuesday afternoon. The big topic, "Return to Play," highlights when student-athletes should return to their sport, after a major ACL injury. “So, we see almost 200,000 ACL injuries in the United States alone, per year,” an Orthopedic Surgeon from South Central Sports Medicine, Derrick Burgess said. “It's a pretty common injury. We see it in certain sports like soccer, basketball, football, sports that require a lot of cutting and pivoting. So, that's one of t

June 26 runoffs

3rd Congressional District (R) precincts reporting 93% of votes Michael Guest 29,358 votes Whit Hughes 15,642 votes U.S. Senate (D) precincts reporting 93% of votes David Baria 40,691 votes Howard Sherman 28,065 votes

Pharmacy Indictments

HATTIESBURG, MISS. - The federal government unsealed more indictments Monday morning related to the scheme to defraud millions of dollars from healthcare insurance providers. According to the indictments, Hope and Randy Thomley, along with Glenn Doyle Beech, Jr., and Gregory Parker are accused of defrauding TRICARE and Medicare of more than $200 million by fraudulently formulating, marketing, prescribing, and billing for compounded medications produced and dispersed by South Mississippi pharmacies. The four suspects are also accused of engaging in a scheme to pay and receive healthcare kickbacks and bribes as well as money laundering to conceal fraudulently obtained proceeds. Hope Tho

All 50 states can now generate online sales tax revenue

HATTIESBURG, MISS. - Today’s highly anticipated ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, regarding online sales tax revenue could not have come at a better time for Mississippi. The 5 to 4 ruling by the court allows for states to collect sales tax revenue from online purchases. “We are all in agreement that a special session would be necessary for infrastructure and bridges,” Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant said. “We are just waiting now to see what the Supreme Court does.” Gov. Bryant did not call a special session, yet because he anticipated a ruling to overturn the Quill Case from 1992, a case which implemented a law prohibiting states from collecting online sales taxes. “I think it was wi

United Way’s Day of Action Empowering Volunteers

HATTIESBURG, MISS. – On June 21, 2018, United Way of Southeast Mississippi rallied volunteers throughout the community for Day of Action, a global event that mobilizes the caring power of volunteers to make a meaningful impact in more than 450 communities around the world. In the Pine Belt area, local businesses and their employees participated in Day of Action on various projects including donation drives, Habitat for Humanity builds and unloading the Mississippi Food Network truck at Edwards Street Fellowship. Additionally, individuals will be helped with preparations for the annual Project Homeless Connect event and putting together Literacy Kits for children in the summer reading program

Professional Baseball leaving Laurel

This press release comes from the National Urban Professional Baseball League Laurel, Miss. – The National Urban Professional Baseball League is giving deep consideration to shutting down its baseball league in Laurel, Mississippi on June 30, 2018 due to lack of support. We have to have sponsorship and the support of the fan base in order for this league to survive. Laurel is a great city that is known for embracing its baseball. All the way from Hattiesburg to Meridian and own though the Coast. We need the support of all the surrounding fans, church, community and business leaders to come out and embrace this new league in order for us to sustain ourselves pass June 30th. “Our vision is to

Protect Your Eyes this Fourth of July

HATTIESBURG, MISS. – The Fourth of July is just a little more than two weeks away, and staff members from the Hattiesburg Clinic want residents to protect their eyes. “We always want to get the word out because whoever is on-call Christmas, New Years, and Fourth of July, we almost know that somebody is going to have an injury,” Jane Kersh, MD, from Eye Physicians and Surgeons for the Hattiesburg Clinic said. “The most common injuries are from ‘Bottle Rockets’ because once they are lit, with their projectile… they can hit the eye and cause bleeding inside the eye.” According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in 2016, more than 11,000 people reported a fireworks-related injury. Ni

HPD: Victor Kirksey is in custody

The manhunt for Victor Kirksey ended Monday -- several hours after it began. Here's how it started -- according to this portion of a press release from HPD. "On Monday, June 18, Hattiesburg Police and members of the Lamar County Sheriffs Department were attempting to serve a warrant at a residence on Lexington Drive. When officers approached the house they were met with gunfire, one Hattiesburg Police officer was struck in the leg." HPD later noted the unidentified officer was treated at a local hospital and has since been released.

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