Hattiesburg makes plans to ring in 2020

The City of Hattiesburg, VisitHATTIESBURG, and the Hattiesburg Downtown Association are preparing for their second annual New Year’s Eve celebration on Front Street in the downtown area. “Hattiesburg’s New Year’s Eve celebrations are a time for us to honor the past while casting a bold vision for the future,” Mayor Toby Barker said in a statement. “When we lower a replica of the 1912 Hub Sign at Midnight, we look forward with great expectation to the incredible changes that will await our city in the 2020s. We invite all to come out as we elevate Hattiesburg into Mississippi’s New Year’s Eve destination.” The replica of the 1912 sign will be outfitted with hundreds of LED lights and suspende

FL Amber Alert stretches into Alabama

Police in Jacksonville, Florida have expanded their search efforts for a local missing girl to include Georgia and Alabama. http://www.missingkids.org/poster/AMBER/30347/11600/screen Sheriff Mike Williams confirmed Monday afternoon that the search for a missing person in Demopolis, Alabama is related to the Amber Alert regarding 5-year-old Taylor Williams. The girl was reported missing by her mother, Brianna Williams, on Wednesday morning, after she said she last saw her daughter in her bedroom at their Jacksonville home. Brianna Williams, a Petty Officer 1st Class at NAS Jacksonville, is from Alabama. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said in a news conference last week they are working wit

Swan Song: Your Sixth Amendment rights

There has been so much talk lately about protecting our First and Second Amendment rights -- the right to free speech and the right to keep and bear arms. But in the last few days, it appears some members of Congress are completely ignoring another article in our bill of rights -- the Sixth Amendment to the Constitution. It guarantees a citizen a speedy trial, the right to a lawyer, a fair jury, and more importantly, a chance to confront witnesses who are accusing a defendant of a crime. It’s up for debate whether these impeachment proceedings against the president have been fair. But one thing is clear. These proceedings were prompted by an anonymous whistleblower who has refused to tes

PRCC prepares for annual Wildcat Wonderland

(The following press release and photos were submitted from Pearl River Community College.) POPLARVILLE, Miss. – Pearl River Community College is already decking the halls in preparation for the third annual Wildcat Wonderland. The free community celebration will be held on the Poplarville campus Nov. 21 from 5-7:30 p.m. “Wildcat Wonderland is an opportunity for college employees and students to come together to host an evening of holiday enjoyment the community,” Vice President of Poplarville Campus and Instruction Dr. Martha Smith said. “The first year, we weren’t sure how many people would be able to join us. We estimate that about 900 people shared their time with us that evening. The

Southern Miss starts turf project at baseball venue

(The following press release and photos were submitted from Southern Miss.) HATTIESBURG, Miss. – The start of a new era began last Monday (Oct. 28) at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field as demolition and groundwork started on replacing the natural playing surface at the facility. Sports Contractors Unlimited, LLC, out of Hattiesburg, Miss., started the removal of the playing surface Monday morning and will be preparing the base for the installation of synthetic turf to be completed by FieldTurf. The project, which should take 10 weeks to complete, will be similar to those installations done at other notable college baseball programs like Houston, Louisville, Oregon State, Tennessee, Texas, T

Local doctors receive 2019 Health Care Heroes Awards

(The following press release and photo were submitted from Hattiesburg Clinic.) HATTIESBURG, MISS. - Richard Clatterbuck, MD, PhD, and Ronald Schwartz, MD, CPI, physicians with Hattiesburg Clinic, each received Mississippi Business Journal's 2019 Health Care Heroes Award during the annual awards ceremony Sept. 26 at the Old Capitol Inn in Jackson, Miss. The Health Care Heroes Awards honor outstanding men and women in the health care industry whose contributions have increased the well-being of the community. Recipients are selected based on nominations. Clatterbuck is a neurosurgeon with Hattiesburg Clinic Neurological Surgery. He treats patients suffering from diseases affecting the b

Politics 2019: Reeves wins gubernatorial election

Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves was elected governor of Mississippi on Tuesday over state Attorney General Jim Hood, a Democrat. Reeves will succeed term-limited incumbent Phil Bryant as Mississippi’s third consecutive Republican governor. To win the election, a candidate needed to receive a majority in the popular vote and win a majority of Mississippi's 122 state house districts. Reeves’ victory, alongside Republican victories in both chambers of the state legislature, preserves Mississippi’s Republican trifecta. The trifecta has been in place since the party won a majority in the State House in 2011. Alongside Lynn Fitch’s victory in the Attorney General election and Michael D. Watson Jr.

Elvis' legacy lives on at Graceland

Elvis Presley made his mark as the king of rock, and his name and legacy continue to live on -- especially in Graceland, a museum completely dedicated to all things Elvis. More than 20 million people have walked through Graceland to get a glimpse at the side of Elvis not many people got to see --- including Presley motors. According to Graceland officials, Elvis had and gifted many cars and only about ten percent are on display. Fifteen of Elvis’ cars are parked here at Presley Motors, including the Stuts Blackhawk, the last car he was ever seen driving. But even with all these cars here no one really knows how many cars Elvis had throughout his lifetime. Elvis would be 85 years old if he we

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