Sam Britton visits Hattiesburg after announcing candidacy for Secretary of State

HATTIESBURG, MISS. - Mississippi’s Southern District Public Service Commissioner, Sam Britton made his way to Hattiesburg as he hits the campaign trail early. Britton announced Tuesday that he will be a candidate for Secretary of State in the upcoming election. The Laurel businessman and first-term commissioner will try and replace Delbert Hosemann, who announced he is running for Lt. Governor. Britton spent his career in business and finance before running for Public Service Commissioner for the Southern District. Tuesday morning, Britton visited Hattiesburg to take on questions from the media, in front of the Forrest County Circuit Court. “I have announced my candidacy for the Secret

Kindness in Action: Salvation Army volunteers helping the homeless during this stretch of cold weath

HATTIESBURG, MISS. – For the past two nights, the Pine Belt saw temperatures fall below freezing and many shelters opened their doors, accepting extra residents who did not have a warm place to stay. “When we found out the weather was going to be bad, and we found out the 361 Shelter [Forrest County Multi-Purpose Center Shelter] was going to be open, we wanted to wanted to make sure that we got the word out to as many homeless people as could,” Veronica Fleeton, a case manager for the Salvation Army said. Volunteers with the Salvation Army made an agreement with the Emergency Management Agency (EMA) and offered a helping hand to assist people inside of the shelter and make sure that everyone

Safety Tips: Keeping your home warm while preventing a fire

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Forecasters are predicting below freezing temperatures for nearly every night this week. Assistant Fire Chief of Hattiesburg, Danny Wade, said there are plenty of ways to keep your home warm, safely. "If you do have the space heaters or the electric heaters that you may purchase at one of the retail stores...you want to make sure everything around it’s clear,” said Wade. Space heaters should be clear of clothes, carpets and pets. In case something happens, officials say it's best to make sure your smoke detectors are working properly before a fire breaks out. There's an easy way to make sure your detectors are up-to-date with functional batteries,“We tell you to treat yo

Laurel Police chief passes away

LAUREL, MISS. – The City of Laurel mourns the loss of their police chief, Tyrone Stewart, who passed away Monday morning at 48-years-old. Funeral arrangements are complete for Stewart. Visitation will take place January 31 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Chapel of Angels Funeral Home, located at 823 Martin Luther King Avenue in Laurel. More visitation will follow February 1 from 10 a.m. until noon at Life Church, located at 5021 Highway 84 -- just west of Laurel city limits. The funeral will be held February 1 at noon -- also at Life Church. “It was a tremendous shock,” Laurel’s mayor, Johnny Magee said. “I had spoken with the chief, [and] he was in the hospital. I knew that, and he told me [

School closings for January 29

(Note for officials: If the weather is affecting your school's operations, please send press releases or other notes on closures to myfox23@whpmtv.com from your work account. Thanks.) CITY SCHOOL DISTRICTS: Hattiesburg Laurel Petal COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICTS: Covington County* Forrest County George County Greene County East Jasper Consolidated School District West Jasper Consolidated School District Jefferson Davis Jones County Lamar County Perry County Smith County Stone County Wayne County *(Covington County's school district is also considering a delayed start for the school day on January 30) OTHER SCHOOLS: 3D School in Petal CARE School in Hattiesburg Columbia Academ

Wayne County Drug Raid brings in Over 100 Grams of Meth

WAYNE COUNTY, MISS. – A Thursday morning drug raid lands two people behind bars, facing multiple felonies. “This morning, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department and Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics launched two search warrants for two homes here in the town,” Wayne County Sheriff, Jody Ashley said. Two homes, both located in Waynesboro, (Miss.). One home located off of Chapman Road, and a trailer home off of Dogwood Drive. “We want people to know that if you are selling drugs, we are going to come knocking, and we are going to arrest you,” Ashley said. Law enforcement officials knocked the doors off of the Dogwood Drive trailer home around 5:30am, and inside they found 43-year-old Lac

William Carey educates high school students about health care industry

HATTIESBURG, MISS. – Nearly, 300 high school students from 11 different schools toured William Carey University (WCU), Wednesday morning, to learn about career options in the healthcare industry. “A lot of students didn’t know what H.A.E, H.I.E, or what music therapy was,” Brennan Pitts, WCU recruiter and admissions counselor said. “We’re here to expose them to those new career outlets.” “One [I did not know about] was definitely the musical therapy,” high school senior, Shamari Hutchinson said. “Like, I didn’t know they had something like that.” Many students learned about career fields, they did not even know existed, and the variety of career options gave students a whole new perspec

Hattiesburg’s City Lights + Music Nights Concert Series Set for 2019

This is a press release from the City of Hattiesburg. HATTIESBURG, Miss. - On Wednesday morning, Mayor Toby Barker was joined by Arden Barnett of Ardenland Music Productions, Millie Swan of Forrest Health, Hoppy Cole of The First Bank - A National Banking Association and several community businesses and leaders to announce City Lights + Music Nights, a concert series for Hattiesburg. This series was crafted after several conversations between Barker and Barnett about how to tap into the city’s existing music scene while providing more opportunities for residents and visitors to take in a high caliber of talent that other metropolitan cities consistently bring to the table. “When we talk abou

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

HATTIESBURG, MISS. – Monday morning inside of the USM Thad Cochran Center Ballroom, residents from all around the city of Hattiesburg gathered together to honor a civil rights icon. “In 1968, I was twelve-years-old when he was assassinated, but I studied him,” Jack Coleman, the president of the Mu Gamma Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. said. “He was an Alpha, one of the reasons why I became an Alpha, because of what he stood for.” The Mu Gamma Lambda chapter hosted the 13th Annual MLK Interracial and Ecumenical Prayer Breakfast, and Monday’s theme was “One America.” “We want everyone to come together as a community,” Coleman said. “To show that even as we are diverse, we

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