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UPDATE (April 4, 2020): Hattiesburg Police have charged a Hub City man in connection with the Friday night, April 3 shooting in the 1700 block of West Seventh Street.

The Lamar County School District has shut down all district schools and discontinued its feeding program to provide the strictest safety for its employees and students because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Superintendent Tess Smith made the announcement after a special-called School Board meetin…

The Lamar County Board of Supervisors approved an emergency order Thursday, following the direction of Gov. Tate Reeves and President Donald Trump, to protect the safety of citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic, County Administrator Joseph “Jody” Waits said Friday.

"As many of you are by now aware, Governor Tate Reeves has issued a Shelter In Place order to take effect on Friday, April 3 beginning at 5:00 p.m. and continuing until 8:00 a.m. on Monday, April 20. Our staff members have observed, and we have received multiple reports of, people panic buyi…

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A unique combination of resources and skills has sparked a collaborative effort amongst three Jones College faculty members to help the healthcare providers on the “front line” fight the invisible war with the coronavirus. Electro-Mechanical Technology instructor Cody Robertson, CAD Engineer…

Soso, Hebron and Calhoun volunteer fire departments responded to the report of a structure fire at 2003 Highway 28 West in the Gitano community this morning at 3:57 a.m.  Upon arrival the first responding fire personnel found the single story brick home fully involved.  A defensive attack on…

Nahoula Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is proud to recognize the Good Citizen winners of local high schools. Participating schools were Laurel High School, Laurel Christian High School, Northeast Jones High School, and West Jones High School. The student selected as the …

Mississippi public safety agencies can receive almost $3 million of the $850 million available from the U.S. Department of Justice to help public safety agencies respond to the challenges posed by the outbreak of COVID-19.

A 30-year-old Hattiesburg man was arrested about 5 p.m. Tuesday in the 1400 block of Cedar Street, and officers seized ecstasy, codeine syrup, Spice, and marijuana in the incident.

The City of Laurel recently announced on their Facebook page a new public outreach initiative from the Laurel Police Department. A message from the LPD stated, “The Laurel Police Department is launching a new public outreach initiative aimed at keeping our senior citizens safe. The Senior Ci…

Forrest County Sheriff Charlie Sims is warning residents, especially vulnerable citizens, that predators, scammers and hackers will try to take advantage of the situation created by the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis.

A 38-year-old Hattiesburg man was arrested about 6 a.m. Wednesday after police discovered the suspect’s traveling partner was shot in the 5800 block of U.S. Hwy.49.

The Jones County Board of Supervisors gathered late Tuesday afternoon in an emergency meeting at the Laurel Courthouse to discuss county operations in light of the COVID-19 pandemic that has gripped America. The supervisors voted to adopt some temporary measures to reduce traffic in the cour…

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The coronavirus has now affected Mississippi politics. Governor Tate Reeves today issued an amended writ of election moving the special election to fill the District 88 House of Representatives seat from April 21 to June 23. If no candidate receives a majority of the votes, a run-off electio…

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi lawmaker is resigning as of Tuesday because he will not be able to collect his state government pension while serving in the state House.

Just before 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 30, Laurel Police Department officers Justin Landrum and Macon Davis conducted a traffic stop on Highway 15 South that resulted in the arrest of Ginger Marie McNeil.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Some Mississippi cities are taking steps to break up parties in nightclubs and on beaches as people ignore Gov. Tate Reeves's order to avoid gatherings to control the spread of the new coronavirus.

The first city of Hattiesburg Public Works employee tested positive for coronavirus last weekend, after having been hospitalized since March 23.

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As Jones College students embark on a new journey taking all classes online beginning March 30, college administrators are aware some students may need help to overcome a few obstacles to finish the semester. Among the top issues specifically being addressed by the college include access to …

Three Pine Belt residents were arrested during the weekend by the Forrest County Sheriff’s Office when shots were fired near a playground and yards in the Rawls Springs Community, where children were playing.

A 26-year-old Pearl man was arrested and charged with three counts of aggravated assault after three people were injured late Friday in a shooting in the 500 block of Satchel Road.

UPDATE (March 28): South Central Regional Medical Center received word this afternoon from the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) that another patient who was tested at South Central is positive for the Coronavirus. The individual is a South Central employee who was tested a week …

South Central Regional Medical Center (SCRMC) is committed to keeping patients, staff, and visitors safe as they respond to the spread of the Coronavirus. As part of their commitment to the community, they are taking proactive measures to help prevent the introduction and spread of Coronavir…

HATTIESBURG, MISS. – In response to the Coronavirus outbreak, Forrest General Hospital and Hattiesburg Clinic are now offering curbside testing for COVID-19. This testing will be provided through the Cough & Fever Clinic, located at the Cloverleaf Medical Plaza at 5909 US Highway 49 in H…

The Mississippi State Board of Education suspended several statewide policies Thursday to manage the impact of extended school closures due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) public health crisis. The policy suspensions apply only to students and educator candidates in the 2019-20 school year and…

The Jones County Sheriff’s Department is seeking the whereabouts of Josh Myrick. He is wanted on a charge of motor vehicle theft in Jones County.

Existing restaurants in Lamar and Forrest counties will be able to sell “grab and go” meals in Lamar County after the Lamar County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Thursday to waive certain regulations in a temporary order at its meeting.

A domestic dispute has resulted in two men being hospitalized, according to information released by the Jones County Sheriff’s Department. On Wednesday, March 25 at 6:00 p.m., Jones Country Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to 4748 Hwy. 15 North in the Shady Grove community in regards …

Investigators with the Jones County Sheriff’s Department arrested David Luna today on two counts of molesting and touching a child for lustful purposes, according to information released from Sheriff Joe Berlin’s office.

With schools, day care centers and preschools around Mississippi shut down as part of statewide efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, online and hotline reports to the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services abuse and neglect intake center have dropped dramatically over the …

Starting Monday, March 30, and until further notice, the Jones County School District will be serving "grab and go" lunches to children 18 & under. The meals are free. Students do not have to be a student within the JCSD and no ID is required, but the child must be present to receive the lunch.

On Sunday, March 22 the Laurel Police Department arrested Quadarius JaQuan Smith from Ellisville on a warrant that had been issued on a November 2019 case from the Ellisville Police Department.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves on Tuesday issued an executive order that further restricts people's physical interactions to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus, but he is not mandating that people stay at home.

City and county elected officials along with the local hospital are addressing projects designed to improve public safety in Laurel. Construction work on the Jefferson Street Road Diet and Pedestrian Improvements project is underway.

To assist Hattiesburg’s health care community, first responders and a general need for personal protective equipment, the City of Hattiesburg will host a mask drive-thru and drop-off event at the Jackie Dole Sherrill Community Center from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on March 26-28.

At this time, South Central Regional Medical Center (SCRMC) has an adequate supply of masks on hand to protect its employees and patients from COVID-19. However, the global supply of masks continues to be uncertain, and we are actively taking steps to secure more supplies.