Hattiesburg Area Habitat Announces 2018 Restaurant Tour

This press release comes from Hattiesburg Area Habitat for Humanity HATTIESBURG, MISS. - Hattiesburg Habitat wishes to give foodies in the Hattiesburg Area the chance to support Habitat with their fork! It is time for the Eighth Annual Hattiesburg Habitat Restaurant Tour! “The Taste of Hattiesburg” tour kicks off Wednesday, August 1, 2018 and we need your help to make it a success again this year. Our fundraising tour showcases a different local restaurant Monday through Friday of each week. We hope to have 23 restaurants in 23 days donate 15% of their sales and one gift card during their tour day to Hattiesburg Habitat. Visit our website and follow us on Facebook to see a listing of each s

Defense Attorney Speaks Up for the Married Couple Charged in the "Large-Scale" Animal Crue

JONES COUNTY, MISS. – The attorney of a Jones County married couple, charged in a "large-scale" animal cruelty case speaks out Monday morning about his clients' case. “This matter could've been solved by a knock on the door and talking to these people,” attorney, J. Ronald Parrish said. July 11, the Jones County Sheriff's Department and the Humane Society of the United States seized nearly 100 animals from David and Mary Ellen Senne's property during an investigation about a large scale animal cruelty case. July 16, the couple walked out of the Jones County Justice Courthouse in chains. Later, to be freed without being required to pay bail, and facing one misdemeanor charge. “It's a pl

MSDH reporting three new WNV cases

(The following press release was submitted from the Mississippi State Department of Health.) JACKSON, Miss. – Today the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports three new human cases of West Nile virus (WNV). The reported cases are in Hinds (2) and Itawamba counties. So far this year human cases have been reported in Copiah, Hinds (4), Itawamba, and Pearl River counties. In 2017, Mississippi had 63 WNV cases and two deaths. MSDH State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers reminds Mississippians that peak WNV season is July through September. While most people recover without any long-term problems, some develop a more severe infection that can lead to complications and even death – espe

Hyde-Smith meets with Mississippi delegates of Boys, Girls Nation

(The following press release and photo were submitted from the office of Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith.) WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith this week met with Mississippi’s delegates to the 2018 American Legion Boys Nation and American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation and commended them for representing the state well. The delegates, (left to right) Gian Luigi Zaninelli of Hattiesburg, Mia Robertson of Starkville, Neilee James of Hattiesburg, and Ruben Banks of Jackson met with Hyde-Smith as part of the week-long Boys Nation and Girls Nation programs. Banks, a Jim Hill High School ROTC cadet, and Oak Ridge High School’s Zaninelli were selected through the Mississippi Boys State program

Southern Pines Hosts 6th Annual Quin's Day, A Fee-waived Adoption Event

This is a press release from Southern Pines Animal Shelter. HATTIESBURG, Miss. - From Friday, July 27th to Sunday, July 29th, Southern Pines Animal Shelter is hosting its sixth annual Quin’s Day in honor and memory of Quin Thomson, a 17-year-old Sacred Heart student who passed away in an automobile accident in 2013. Quin had a big heart for animals, especially his own cat, and so each year, Southern Pines celebrates his life and love for animals by helping homeless pets to find their homes during this special adoption event. As a tribute to Quin, Southern Pines will be hosting a special fee-waived adoption event made possible in part by generous grant funding from Best Friends Animal Society

JCJC Bobcat cheerleaders take top honors at cheer camp in Tuscaloosa

(The following press release and photo were submitted from JCJC.) TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – The Jones County Junior College Bobcat cheerleaders won several awards at the recent UCA College Cheer Camp. Jones cheerleaders competed in the Open-Coed Division at the camp, which was held July 19-22 at the University of Alabama. Coach Kayla Hankins’ Bobcats took first place in Fight Song and were Overall Game Day champions. They won the Tradition Award, Upcoming Squad Award and finished second in Sideline and Timeout. Jones won the Leadership Award as voted on by all of the junior college/community colleges. Sophomore Mackenzie Jordan of Laurel said, “This week we learned with hard work, determination

One Female Killed in a Hattiesburg Shooting

HATTIESBURG, MISS. – A shooting Wednesday afternoon left one woman dead and has another in custody for questioning. Hattiesburg Police responded to a report about a shooting taking place in the 600 block of North 25th Avenue around 2:15 p.m. When police arrived at the scene, they discovered one unidentified female deceased at the Merimac Apartment complex. After investigating the scene police took a nearby woman into custody for questioning. “Police have one person that is in custody right now for questioning at this time,” the Hattiesburg Police Department’s spokesman, Ryan Moore said. “They have taken multiple witnesses also to interview them in the process. We do ask that if anybod

New movie makes its way to Hattiesburg

HATTIESBURG, MISS. – The “Hub-City” hits the big screen with Miles Doleac’s film called Hallowed Ground. The film becomes Doleac’s fourth film to be shot in Hattiesburg in the past five years, which is something Doleac takes great pride in. “As a Mississippian, as somebody who's from here, I want to lay the foundation here,” Doleac said. “I want to put up stakes here. I want to put my money and my vision for whatever it's worth, where my heart and my home is.” Crew members referred to the film as a “psychological thriller” that centers around a young couple trying to reconnect before they cross a forbidden property line. A property line previously laid by a Native American family. “So, Hal

USM's Summer Program for Academically Talented Youth

HATTIESBURG, MISS. – USM’s three-week Summer Program for Academically Talented Youth comes to an end in just three days. The program provides exceptional high school and middle school students with first-hand experience of what it is like to be on a college campus Students in the program receive a balance of educational, cultural and recreational experience, and also receive the opportunity to earn school credits over the summer. “Right now we are in the third and final week of our Academically Talented Program,” Director for USM’s Gifted Studies program, Heather Houston said. “Students in this program have taken the ACT or SAT in the 7th grade, and scored as well as or better than e

Fire Hydrant Testing in Hattiesburg

This press release comes from The City of Hattiesburg Hattiesburg, Miss – Between Monday, July 23 and Friday, July 27, citizens will see the Hattiesburg Fire Department working alongside the Mississippi State Rating Bureau to conduct annual testing on a random sample of fire hydrants across the city. This testing includes flushing more than 60 hydrants to look at water flow, pressure and operations for emergency use, per standards issued by the Bureau. This test sample is outside of the annual testing that takes place September through October, which assesses the pressure and flow of every hydrant located in the City of Hattiesburg. Residents in these areas may encounter blocked roads or tra

New Food Delivery Service Debuts, 150 New Jobs Come to Area

Hattiesburg, MS – Spurred on by rapid success in Mississippi and throughout the Gulf States, the restaurant on-demand platform Waitr has expanded its service to Hattiesburg. The food delivery service debuts this week with the official launch set for Thursday, July 26. The Waitr app lets you order from your favorite Hattiesburg restaurant … then sends a Waitr driver to deliver it to you for a flat fee of $5. Waitr expects to grow quickly in Hattiesburg. To meet the anticipated demand, the company expects to hire 150 people in the area. Waitr’s appeal goes directly to those who don’t want to – or cannot – leave their home or office for their meal. Waitr has proven to be wildly popular in citie

HPD investigates bank robbery

(The following press release and photo were submitted from the Hattiesburg Police Department.) On Monday, July 23, Hattiesburg Police responded to a bank robbery at 5308 Old Highway 42, Great Southern Bank around 3:45 p.m. A black male, possibly early 20s, blue shirt, gray sweatpants, roughly 5 foot 6 inches, and roughly 140 lbs went into the bank and displayed a weapon and demanded money. He fled the bank in an unknown direction of travel. If you have any information contact Hattiesburg Police or Metro Crime Stoppers at 601-582-STOP.

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