Swan Song: "Let the games begin"

Let the games begin. No, it's not the beginning of the Olympic games which is celebrated every four years -- but rather the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, which some politicians have been working toward for almost four years. Whatever happens now, it has been a long road for the American people to get to this point and the millions of dollars it has cost taxpayers. And don’t kid yourself. Whoever wins, both sides will claim victory. One side has already said President Trump has been impeached for life. The other side, should it choose not to remove him, will say he did nothing wrong. It’s the worst case of partisan politics I’ve ever seen. The House has already stat

Kindness in Action: Group of women helping NICU babies

(Toggle closed captions on and off through the video player settings.) On the web: www.forresthealth.org/services/womens-childrens/family-birthplace/ To nominate someone for this Kindness in Action series, sponsored by Forrest General Hospital: www.forrestgeneral.com/kindnessinaction

Jones College's Bobcats hold football tryouts in February

(The following is a press release from Jones College.) ELLISVILLE– Jones College fifth-year head football coach has Steve Buckley has announced tryout dates for the 2020 season for Feb. 19-20 at 1 p.m. The tryout will be conducted on campus at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field. Players do not have to come both days, either come on Wednesday or Thursday. Cost is $10 per participant, please bring cash or a check payable to Jones College football. Participants must be a high school senior or a college student with remaining junior college eligibility. Players must bring their own cleats and tryout gear. For more information or for any questions, contact recruiting coordinator Richard Chambliss at

Dixie EPA working to restore members' power

(The following is a press release from Dixie Electric Power Association.) As of noon on Saturday, Jan. 11, Dixie Electric has approximately 2,150 members without power. The outages are scattered through Dixie Electric’s service territory. Dixie Electric has called in available personnel to repair the damaged caused by high winds associated with the thunderstorms that rolled through this morning. Members can report an outage by calling 888-465-9209, using the SmartHub app or by visiting prepared.dixieepa.com. Dixie Electric Power Association serves 39,000 accounts in a seven-county area in south Mississippi, including Jones, Wayne, Perry, Forrest, Covington, Clarke and Jasper counties.

Shelters opening Saturday

Here's a list of local shelters opening in anticipation of severe weather. \ Forrest County 361 Safe Room: 946 Sullivan Drive, Hattiesburg \ Jones County 361 Safe Room: 1425 Ellisville Boulevard, Laurel \ Lamar County Storm Shelter: 105 Central Industrial Row, Purvis

Forrest County preparing for anticipated severe weather

(The following is a press release from the Forrest County Sheriff's Dept.) WEATHER UPDATE: The National Weather Service has Forrest County under an Enhanced Risk for severe weather on Saturday. Due to the primary threat of 70 mph straight line winds, a Wind Advisory will be in effect from 6 p.m. today until 8 p.m. on Saturday. There remains the possibility of tornadoes developing out ahead of the front. Flash flooding is not expected to be an issue at this time, however, with more rain in the forecast later this week it could become an issue. The Forrest County 361 Safe Room located at 946 Sullivan Drive in Hattiesburg will be opened at 6 a.m. The shelter will be opened prior to 6 a.m. if th

Swan Song: Medical marijuana

Mississippi voters will get a chance in November to decide whether to allow the sale of marijuana in our state. It’s being pushed as a medical marijuana initiative. But make no mistake. It’s the same marijuana people can buy from street dealers. As expected, the state board of health is against the proposed constitutional amendment. Health officials say the FDA has already approved various drugs in pill form containing marijuana components that help cancer patients and those with epilepsy. According to the health department, the new initiative will allow for marijuana to be smoked or vaped -- something health officials have fought for years. Another main objection is that the health depar

C-USA releases Southern Miss football schedule for 2020

(The following is a press release from the University of Southern Mississippi.) HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Southern Miss welcomes a new regional rival as well as an old in-state foe as part of its six-game home slate, Wednesday, with the release of the school’s 2020 football schedule by Conference USA. The Golden Eagles open their 104th football campaign at home for the fifth time over the last six years, Sept. 5, with the initial meeting with regional rival South Alabama at Carlisle-Faulkner Field at M.M. Roberts Stadium. The South Alabama contest begins the first of three-straight home games to open the year, as Louisiana Tech comes to The Rock to start Conference USA play, Sept. 12. The homesta

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