The Warrior Competition takes place at Camp Shelby

HATTIESBURG, MISS. – Soldiers from around the nation are flying into Camp Shelby this week, to compete in this year’s “Best Warriors Competition.” Each participant competing must show a variety of skill sets to be named the “best warrior” in the division. “First and foremost, it is a competition,” Carl Fagan, the Command Sergeant Major of the First Army’s Division East reiterated. “What we’ve done is assemble the best of the best from around the division.” Soldiers competed in numerous activities, which include strength and conditioning, target shooting, ruck marches, and combative tournaments. “[I’m] tired and sore,” Mark Padfield, a participant in the competition said. “Other than th

River Oaks Energy President, Duane Lock speaks at USM series

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Business ‘Inspired Leaders Series’ featured alumnus Duane Lock Tuesday in Scianna Hall. Lock is an entrepreneur, investor and 2015 School of Business Alumnus of the Year recipient. Tuesday he spoke to current students on what it takes to be successful after graduation. “There are very various ways that you can become successful in life. You can do that through Corporate America or you can do that through being an entrepreneur," Lock said. He explained how students can research and find different opportunities in the job market to develop soft skills. "The world is wide open for you as a student as you wonder into the world..

State and Local elected officials listen to concerns at PRCC

HATTIESBURG, MISS. – Pearl River Community College (PRCC) students and faculty members sought answers from elected officials Monday morning, at PRCC’s Legislative Government Officials breakfast. Students and faculty members listened closely as state and local elected officials attempted to address their concerns. “It’s one thing to actually know who they are, but to have them come and speak to us face-to-face is another thing,” Jelea McLeod, a PRCC student said. “We are just happy to have them hear our concerns for our school.” “We want to continue to try to reiterate our message,” Adam Breerwood, PRCC’s president said. “[We want] to continue to try and provide higher education opportun

N.R. Burger Middle School holds Black History Program

HATTIESBURG, MISS. – Friday morning, students at N.R. Burger Middle School received a valuable lesson from civil rights pioneers. Students learned about the impact of the civil rights movement and how it directly played a big part in their education. Students at the middle school spent part of their day singing, dancing, and reciting poetry. These activities allowed students the chance to reflect on old traditions carried by many Africans American years ago. “Today is our Black History Program,” Carol Jones, the principal of N.R. Burger Middle School said. “[We are] just trying to bring awareness to Hattiesburg history and the history of our school.” N.R. Burger Middle School brought awar

Jones Co. authorities seeking public's help in burglary investigation

The Jones County Sheriff's Department asks for your help in locating a burglary suspect. Sheriff Alex Hodge says on social networking Yazmine Campbell, age 28 of Laurel, has brown hair, brown eyes, stand 5'9" and weighs approximately 225 pounds. If you have any information, anonymous tips may be phoned in to the sheriff's office at 601-425-3147.

African American Military Museum holds Black History Month event, welcomes Ingalls Shipbuilding offi

HATTIESBURG, MISS. – Wednesday morning, the African American Military Museum took a dive into “Black History Month” by examing the history of a prominent member of the U.S. Navy. During the black history event, guest speaker, Edmond Hughes (the vice president and human resources & administration for Ingalls Shipbuilding) spoke about ships Ingalls named after prominent African American military members. However, Hughes focused particularly on a ship the company built back in 2007. “The one we are going to talk about today is the USS Samuel Gravely,” Hughes stated. “That [ship] was built by Ingalls and named after the first African American admiral in the navy.” Samuel Gravely Jr. became the

Local woman pleads guilty in federal health care fraud

(The following is a press release from the U.S. Justice Department.) WASHINGTON – A Hattiesburg, Mississippi woman pleaded guilty today for her role in a $200 million scheme to defraud health care benefit programs, including TRICARE, which is the program that covers U.S. military service members and their families. Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst of the Southern District of Mississippi; Special Agent in Charge Christopher Freeze of the FBI’s Jackson, Mississippi Field Division; Special Agent in Charge Thomas J. Holloman III of IRS Criminal Investigation’s (IRS-CI) Atlanta Field Office and Special Agent in

Forrest General Hospital Introduces da Vinci Surgical System

This is a press release from Forrest General Hospital. HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Forrest General Hospital performed its first procedure using the new da Vinci® Xi™ Surgical System. Sean Douglas, M.D., urologist at Forrest General Hospital, performed a robotic assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy, a minimally invasive procedure used to treat prostate cancer by removing the prostate. “This type of robotic technology enhances a physician’s abilities and what we’re able to do for our patients. We received extensive training with this surgical system, and in the future we hope to include other procedures using the da Vinci Xi,” said Douglas. The da Vinci Xi System was designed with the goal of further

Renowned Civil Rights Activist Kathleen Cleaver to give Armstrong-Branch Lecture Feb. 19

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Kathleen N. Cleaver, a prominent and influential figure in the American Civil Rights Movement who continues to fight for social justice across the country and around the world, will be the keynote speaker for the 2019 Armstrong-Branch Distinguished Lecture Series at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m., in Bennett Auditorium on the University’s Hattiesburg campus. Admission is free and open to the public. Cleaver’s fight for human rights spans seven decades, ventures across national and international borders, and includes service with notable public interest organizations. She is best known for her involvement with the Black Panther Pa

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