Home - WHLT 22 Connecting the Pine Belt

    Kaleb Chhabra Kaleb Chhabra

    High Level LSD Distributor Arrested in Madison County

    Updated:

    MADISON COUNTY, Miss. - Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker says they have made an arrest of a high level distributor of Synthetic LSD between Madison, Starkville and Mississippi State University.  More>>

    September Is National Recovery Month

    Updated:

    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - September is National Recovery Month. It's a month that brings awareness to and honors those who have overcome substance abuse. "Most people are just really unaware of their addiction. Most people are in denial about it," said Isaac Boose, Director of Pine Grove's Next Step Center.Next Step it a 12 step program that aids men into chemical dependent recovery, and is a top program in the country, according to Boose."We confront all of the things that they are afraid of, and... More>>

    House Fire Claims Life

    Orell Craft Orell Craft
    Updated:

    JONES COUNTY, Miss. - On Friday night a mobile home in Jones County went up in flames claiming the life of 70-year-old, Orell Craft and critically injuring her husband."Some boy come and knocked on the door and told us that trailer up there was on fire and we hopped in the truck with him and went up there, it was their trailer and it was just ablaze," said Patricia Nelson, the victim's niece.The victim's family believes a cigarette sparked something in the home, starting a quick burning fire.... More>>

    Murder Suspects Go Before Judge

    V'nell Miskell V'nell Miskell
    Updated:

    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The two suspects in last week's death of 20-year-old, Johnnie Cooper of Hattiesburg stood before a judge today. 28-year-old, Perdo Alvarez and 25-year-old V'nell Miskell received a $1 million bond each.Today, WHLT learned that the men are brothers and claimed to be friends of Cooper.The men's mother was in court today. She declined to go on camera, but told us that she had a son to die from violence last year.The suspects' mother went on to say her heart goes out to Coope... More>>

    Fatal Crash In Laurel

    Laurel Car Crash Laurel Car Crash
    Updated:

    LAUREL, Miss. - A 23-year-old, Laurel woman was pronounced dead at the scene, when a vehicle struck a tree Saturday morning.The crash happened on Parker Drive, around 3 o'clock in the morning.Police say Kayla Miller was the passenger of the Honda Civic that veered off the road.The driver and two other passengers were also injured and taken to the hospital. Police say an investigation into the cause if the accident continues. More>>

    Credit Card Fraud In Wiggins

    Credit Card Fraud Credit Card Fraud
    Updated:

    STONE COUNTY, Miss. - Wiggins Police need your help finding a couple involved in a credit card fraud.Police say one black male and one black female were reported using stolen credit cards at two different locations. At the Walmart on Highway 98, in Hattiesburg, and the Murphy's gas station on Highway 49 in Wiggins.The couple have charged over $1,800 on the stolen cards.Authorities say the last time they were seen, they were in a 2010 or newer model, black Nissan Altima.Investigators say they'... More>>

    Overturned Tanker Closes Interstate

    Accident Closes Highway Accident Closes Highway
    Updated:

    FORREST COUNTY, Miss. - Today on Interstate 59 an 18-wheeler carrying a highly flammable liquid overturned, causing major back ups and detours.The accident happened at 10 o'clock this morning on exit 67, near Evelyn Gandy Parkway exit ramp in Forrest County."This truck over here was eastbound on highway 42 and it attempted to go south onto I-59 and it overturned," said Benjamin Seibert, Mississippi Highway Patrol." It was filled with about 8100 gallons of ethonol, which is flammable and hazar... More>>

    Rape Suspect Appears In Court

    Antwan Easterling Antwan Easterling
    Updated:

    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - A man charged with the rape of a minor last week, made his initial appearance in the Hattiesbirg municipal court today.20-year-old, Antwan Easterling was arrested Friday for the alleged rape.The police report shows that the incident happened Thursday, on West 7th Street.Easterling's bond has been set at $100,000. More>>

    Cops: Head Found in Trash Can; Homeowner Arrested

    Updated:

    The homeowner is charged with abuse of corpse and second-degree murder. More>>

    HIGHLIGHTS: Southern Miss Falls To Alabama, 52-12

    Updated:

    Southern Miss Captains: 11 - Kalan Reed, 23 - Markese Triplett, 25 - Corey Acosta and 37 - Alan Howze. #SMTTT Coin Flip: Southern Miss wins toss; elects to receive. Team Notes: *Southern Miss played its first ranked team since playing at Nebraska on Sept. 7, 2013, the Huskers were ranked No. 22 by the Associated Press. Alabama is the first game since an AP Top 10 team since defeating No. 7 Houston 49-28 in the 2011 C-USA Championship game (12/3/11). * The announced crowd of 101,821 is the... More>>

    Blowout Loss To Alabama Not Without Positives For Southern Miss

    Updated:

    Southern Miss Football Report…Sept. 14, 2014 Record 1-2, 0-0 C-USA Last Week L, 52-12, at No. 3 Alabama (Bryant-Denny Stadium/Tuscaloosa, Ala./101,821) This Week Sept. 20, Appalachian State, 6 p.m. CT (Carlisle-Faulkner Field at Roberts Stadium, Hattiesburg, Miss., 36,000/ASN, Dave Armstrong, Play-by-Play; Jim Donnan, Analysis; Sidelines, TBA) Player of the Week Nominations Special Teams Corey Acosta, PK, 6-0, 190, Memphis, Tenn. (Christian Brothers HS) Acosta registered a career-high tyin... More>>

    HIGHLIGHTS: Petal Steals Thriller Over Madison Central, 40-37

    Updated:

    On Friday night the Petal Panthers (3-1) came out on top in a Class 6A showdown against Madison Central (3-1), behind the strong play of junior quarterback Samuel Hopper and running back Darren Ross. Ross did most of his work in the first quarter, as the junior notched a pair of big runs to go along with two touchdown plunges in that frame. Hopper led the Panthers to victory late with a 25-yard touchdown strike to Nigel Wood, with just 41 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Without any t... More>>

    HIGHLIGHTS: Wayne Co. Downs Hattiesburg, 49-6

    Updated:

    On a rainy Friday night Wayne Co. jumped out to an early lead against Hattiesburg (1-2) and never looked back, as the War Eagles improved to 2-1 with a blowout victory over the Tigers. Josh Murphy corralled a lucky bounce for Hattiesburg's lone touchdown late in the second quarter, which brought the Tigers within two scores at 21-6. The rest was all Wayne Co., however, as the War Eagles put two more touchdowns on the scoreboard before halftime, before ultimately securing a 49-6 road victory. More>>

    Play It Again Sports Player Of The Week: Samuel Hopper

    Updated:

    On Friday Petal quarterback Samuel Hopper torched the West Jones defense for 352 yards and four touchdowns through the air. The junior signal caller also went without committing a single turnover in the game, one the Panthers won handily, 31-0. His performance helped Petal improve to 2-1 on the year, and was good enough to earn him WHLT's very first Play It Again Sports Player of the Week award.---To see Petal's remaining 2014 schedule, click here: http://www.maxpreps.com/high-schools/petal-p... More>>

    Southern Miss Playing Crimson Tide Personal For Alabama Natives

    Updated:

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sept. 10, 2014 Golden Eagles Get Practice in Despite Late Start Wednesday HATTIESBURG, Miss. – A late afternoon shower delayed the start of practice for the Southern Miss football team by 30 minutes, but the Golden Eagles were able to get their entire workout in here Wednesday evening on the Roberts Stadium game field. In shoulder pads and shorts, the Golden Eagles continued to get ready for its nationally ranked opponent, Alabama, this weekend as the two teams will kick... More>>

    USM Okay With Enrollment Drop

    Updated:

    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss is one of the state's only public universities to see a decrease in enrollment from the 2013 to 2014 school year. Last year they reported 15,249 students taking classes. This year they've reported 14,845 students.Despite losing 404 students, the university has remained positive on the direction they're taking. "The emphasis we've placed on our recruiting efforts this year was to get the students that were prepared to go through the rigorous programs here and... More>>

    Luck Of The Straw

    Updated:

    POPLARVILLE, MISS. - It all came down to a straw last night during the tie-breaker of Poplarville's alderman election.David Bolin left City Hall as the champ, after pulling a longer straw than his component, Stephanie Bounds. The two faced each other in a run-off election earlier this week, but they tied with 177 votes each. And according to law, a tie has to be broken by drawing a lot, which could have been a tossing of coin, pebbles, or pulling of straws. Bolin will now take the alderman se... More>>

    Murder Suspects Charged

    Pedro Alvarez, 29 Pedro Alvarez, 29
    Updated:

    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - New developments in the slaying of a Hattiesburg man, as two suspects are face murder charges.Thursday morning investigators were led to Timberton Softball Complex in south Hattiesburg in reference to a body in a creek.The victim was identified as 20-year-old, Johnnie Cooper.According to police Cooper's family says they spoke with him the night before he was found dead. Today two men are in police custody for Cooper's murder. 28-year-old, Pedro Alvarez and 25-year-old, V'... More>>

    Accident On Highway 49

    U.S. Highway 49 Accident U.S. Highway 49 Accident
    Updated:

    FORREST COUNTY, Miss. -A wreck on U.S. Highway 49 caused delays this morning after a car struck a tractor carrying an oversized load...Emergency crews directed traffic around an accident in the northbound lanes of U.S. Highway 49 at the Carter Road intersection.Investigators say a Dodge Magnum was traveling northbound on U.S. Highway 49 when a tractor carrying a mobile home failed to yield to the right of way.Firstresponderss tell us it appears the Dodge was traveling at a high speed when it ... More>>

    FCAHS Evacuates

    FCAHS Evacuates FCAHS Evacuates
    Updated:

    FORREST COUNTY, Miss. - Several fire departments dispatched to Forrest County Agricultural High School in reference to smoke and sparks."About nine o'clock I was walking through the courtyard to go to a history classroom and I happened to notice some smoke coming out of the electrical panel behind me," said Dr. J.J. Morgan, FCAHS Superintendent.FCAHS officials are uncertain of power issues, but suspect a glitch in the electric box that powers the auditorium and the main building."Something wa... More>>

    Jones County Manhunt Ends

    Photo Courtesy Jones County Photo Courtesy Jones County
    Updated:

    JONES CO., Miss. - The hunt is over for a Jones County drug dealer.Law enforcement say they've made a very important arrest in an investigation conducted by undercover deputies.This morning deputies arrested 37-year-old George Hosey, also known as 'Squirt'. According to deputies, Hosey had been involved in a heroin and methamphetamine deal last month. Deputies say he escaped the scene before arrest. The search for him had been on-going until US Marshalls helped in his capture this morning. More>>

    Hattiesburg Patriots Day Ceremony

    2014 Hattiesburg 9/11 Ceremony 2014 Hattiesburg 9/11 Ceremony
    Updated:

    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The city of Hattiesburg remembers the brave men and women who took part in rescue efforts with a special annual ceremony.Today on the front lawn of Fire Station One, students, city officials, and residents gathered in observance of the 13th anniversary of an American tragedy.According to the mayor the ceremony recognizes all the victims and heroes of the World Trade Centers, The Pentagon, and the Pennsylvania flight on September 11."In a way it's a way to remember what we... More>>

    Camp Shelby Remembers 9/11

    Updated:

    CAMP SHELBY, Miss. -The tragic events of 9/11 were remembered today across the nation, and here in the Pine Belt soldiers at Camp Shelby reflected with a Patriot Day ceremony."September 11th affected us as it did the rest of the country, but it's really why we're here and why we serves," said Captain Edward Brown of the 158th Infantry Brigade.The 158th Infantry Brigade at Camp Shelby spent this morning reflecting on how that horrible day in American history changed the nation. "Though some ve... More>>

    USM's Piece Of World Trade Center

    NCS4 NCS4
    Updated:

    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - September 11th is a historic day that changed the nation forever, now thirteen years later a piece from the collapsed World Trade Center is serving as an inspiration to the University of Southern Mississippi.Inside the Trent Lott National Center for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship is a Sports Safety and Security Memorial."This memorial helps signify and serve as a reminder to those that attend sporting events that Southern Miss. and across the nation that we hav... More>>

    Hattiesburg Man Found In Creek

    Johnnie Cooper Johnnie Cooper
    Updated:

    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Hattiesburg Police are trying to determine how the body of a Hattiesburg man was found in a creek at a neighborhood softball complex."Around 8:45 this morning Hattiesburg Police received a call from the Hattiesburg Parks and Recreation about a body that was in the ditch there at the ball field at Timberton Softball Complex on Helveston Road...police arrived and found the person they were led to," said Hattiesburg Police Lieutenant Jon Traxler.Police are ruling this as hom... More>>

    Gulf Coast Ship Strikes First Against ISIS

    Updated:

     A jet from USS Bataan is the first Marine jet to strike against ISIS. More>>

    Pearl River County Hopes For Handicap Grant

    Updated:

    POPLARVILLE, Miss. - Having a ramp is merely enough to say that a building is handicap accessible, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.When the ramp is too small or the sidewalk leading to it is too bumpy, it doesn't comply to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), an issue Pearl River County has had for some time now. "The courthouse was built and completed in 1918, almost a hundred years old. At that point in time a lot of stuff was not ADA compliant," said County Administrator ... More>>

    HPD Talks Police Militarization

    Updated:

    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Dr. Bob Press allows his political science students at the University of Southern Mississippi to choose the topics they want to discuss in class, "One of the things we're doing in this class is to encourage students to tackle issues and to learn the pros and cons of the issues."After the controversial death of Ferguson, Missouri teen, Michael Brown, the what some called military tactics used by police against protesters were seen across the nation. Opinions on the measure... More>>

    Time lapse video covers 10 years at 9/11 memorial

    Updated:

    EarthCam released a time-lapse of construction at the 9/11 memorial in New York City. More>>

    HWY 84 Closure

    Road Closed Road Closed
    Updated:

    The following is a press release from the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT).WAYNE Co. Miss.—The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT)announces a traffic switch as part of the U.S. Highway 84 Slide Repair Project currently underway in Wayne County near Big Rock Road.Dunn Roadbuilders of Laurel, MS. was awarded the $973,000 project.Crews plan to divert about 1,000 ft. of the westbound lanes of Highway 84 onto eastbound lanes near Big Rock Road. The lane closure is schedu... More>>

    Dad accused in kids' deaths called 'responsible'

    Missing South Carolina Children Found Dead in Alabama Missing South Carolina Children Found Dead in Alabama
    Updated:

    LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) - Records describe a South Carolina man who has confessed to killing his five children as a highly intelligent, responsible father who was given primary custody after a messy divorce. More>>

    19-Year-Old Daycare Closes

    Updated:

    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Doors are closed on a 19-year-old Hattiesburg daycare.A Thursday night fire leaves the owners picking up pieces."I kind of feel like God's trying to tell us something. I don't know what it is," says Ann Bolware while staring in the doorway of the gutted building.The Land of Make Believe Daycare survived Hurricane Katrina and the February tornado. But, what it didn't outlast was Thursday night's severe weather. That reality is tough for Boleware to handle. "My first reacti... More>>

    Covington County Man Drowns

    Updated:

    COVINGTON CO., Miss - A Covington County family is grieving following the drowning of a loved one.It happened Saturday evening.Family members say 27-year-old Travis Jones was helping a cousin drain a family owned pond when he went under water, and his cousin could not rescue him. They also say Jones had had a heart attack 3 weeks ago. County Coroner Chris Daquila says Jones' body went into distress while in the water. His aunt Annie-Jewel Hadden says, "We're going to miss him. I just wish I c... More>>

    Laurel PD Search For Man

    Updated:

    LAUREL, Miss. - The Laurel Police Department needs your help finding a man who is accused of shooting a woman Saturday morning.It happened around 7 a.m. at the corner of Marie Drive and South 18th Avenue.Police say 30-year-old Jeremy Bowling was involved in an altercation with another man. When he was aiming for the man he shot a female victim. The victim was taken to the nearby hospital and later released.If you have any information on his whereabouts, please contact the Laurel Police Depart... More>>

    Soap...Water...And Community Service

    Americorps Serving Americorps Serving
    Updated:

    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Sponges...Water... And suds is just a small part of an AmeriCorps service project giving back to Hub City's first responders."Every vehicle they ever drive should be washed by someone else, plus some," saidBrian Paden, Director Volunteer Hattiesburg."Police officers and public servants we're out there daily giving to the community so this is our way of getting our pat on the back. I guess you could say by them coming in to help," Lieutenant Jon Traxler, explained.Thursday... More>>

    William Carey University To Receive Grant

    WCU Gets Grant WCU Gets Grant
    Updated:

    The following is a press release from William Carey University.HATTIESBURG, Miss. – The Greater Pine Belt Community Foundation will host a press conference at William Carey University at Wheeler Alumni House on September 16 at 10 AM to announce a $20,000 grant disbursement. The funds will help two William Carey University programs that enrich the lives of those with intellectual disabilities, the “Quality of Life Program” and the “Harnessing Adult's Full Potential Through Music Therapy” Progr... More>>

    Jones County Tightens Narcotics

    Updated:

    JONES CO., Miss. - The Jones County Sheriff's Department says they are tightening up the narcotics division. The department made 11 arrests related to several ongoing investigations over the past weekDeputies seized methamphetamine, marijuana, opiates and a number of prescription pills. They also recovered several thousand dollars in cash and several assault rifles from three different locations, with the help of Smith County. Deputies report ten adults and one juvenile in the arrests. The de... More>>

    New Clinic For City Workers

    Employee Clinic Opens Employee Clinic Opens
    Updated:

    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Today Hattiesburg opens it's new health clinic offering services to city workers and their eligible dependents.. The clinic provides services to full and part-time employees and eligible dependents over two years old. Retired city workers can also receive treatment. There is no charge for visits for employees who are enrolled in the city's health insurance plan. The city's clinic offers medical care, health education, disease screenings, and health assessments. "They don'... More>>

    Hattiesburg Road Closure

    Updated:

    HATTIESBURG, Miss - The city of Hattiesburg is making improvements to water lines.Installation of a new line will begin tomorrow.King Road at the intersection of Hwy 98 and Hwy 11 will be closed to traffic beginning tomorrow morning. Drivers will follow detour signs for alternate routes. Contact the city of Hattiesburg Traffic Department at (601) 545-4626 for any concerns. More>>

    Hattiesburg-Laurel Airport Closed For Improvements

    Hattiesburg-Laurel Airport Closed Hattiesburg-Laurel Airport Closed
    Updated:

    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport is expected to remain closed through Thursday for runway and taxiway improvements.According to the airport's Board of Directors, the runways were due for repaving and in order to ensure safety of the planes and their passengers, this $3 million project was needed.The airport has been closed since Saturday and is expected to reopen Friday. However, airport officials say the project won't be fully completed until late October. More>>

    Shark attack kills man as his wife watches from shore

    Man killed by shark in Austrailia as his wife watched from shore. Man killed by shark in Austrailia as his wife watched from shore.
    Updated:

    In Australia's Byron Bay, north of Sydney, a shark attack claimed Mark Hickey's life. The shark was seen soon after, creating an immediate threat to the local beach. Lifeguards immediately ordered everyone out of the water and closed all beaches in the vicinity. Mark was bitten on the leg through his wetsuit as he swam. He was seen floating in the water while his wife waited for him on the shore.Great whites are a protected species, authorities commandeered into helicopters and jet skis to tr... More>>

    Looking like a slowly melting snowman, one of the oldest monuments in Vicksburg is a chunky mess.

    MYSTERY MONDAY: Surrender Monument Gouged and Chafed in Vicksburg

    Updated:

    If you have a story that deserves attention - heartwarming, creepy, funny, or whatever - contact Jacob Kittilstad at jkittilstad@wjtv.com or 601-664-8839.Looking like a slowly melting snowman, one of the oldest monuments in Vicksburg is a chunky mess.Gouged and chafed, the stone meant to remember the confederate surrender looks like it's about raise the white flag itself.Jacob Kittilstad looks at how a piece of history became 'pieces' of history this MYSTERY MONDAY.Click here to watch last we... More>>

    Monday Sports: USM Ends 1,015-Day Home Losing Streak & More

    Updated:

    Southern Miss Football Report…Sept. 7, 2014 Record 1-1, 0-0 C-USA Last Week W, 26-20, vs. Alcorn State (Roberts Stadium/Hattiesburg, Miss./26,448) This Week Sept. 13, at Alabama, 5 p.m. CT (Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, Ala., 101,821/ESPN 2) Player of the Week Nominations Offense Nick Mullens, So., 6-1, 196, Hoover, Ala. (Spain Park HS) In his eighth career start, Mullens threw for 208 yards on 21-of-33 passing and two touchdown passes. He also added a career-high tying 45 yards rushin... More>>

    Could Mississippi Be Next in Enterovirus Spread?

    Updated:

    JACKSON, Miss. - Enterovirus D-68 begins like a common cold or even like the flu. Health experts say it could turn into a severe respiratory illness which could lead to the hospital and for some the intensive care unit."This is a very contagious virus. With the amount of travel that occurs between states we probably will be seeing it," says Dr. Skip Nolan, Director of Division of Infectious Diseases at University Mississippi Medical Center. Right now,Dr. Nolan saysthe virushasn't made its way... More>>

    NFL Player Ray Rice Terminated After Video Released of Elevator Fight

    Updated:

    New video has been released showing what happened during an elevator fight between NFL player Ray Rice and his then fiancee, Janay Palmer. More>>

    MSU Legendary Sportscaster Jack Cristil Dies at 88

    Jacob Sanford "Jack" Cristil Dies at 88 (photo credit: MSU) Jacob Sanford "Jack" Cristil Dies at 88 (photo credit: MSU)
    Updated:

    STARKVILLE - Jacob Sanford "Jack" Cristil, the beloved former sports broadcaster of six decades of Mississippi State University athletics, died Sunday [Sept. 7] at the age of 88 at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo of complications from kidney disease and cancer after an extended illness. Cristil, who served MSU from 1953 to 2011, was known throughout the South as "the Voice of the Bulldogs." More>>

    USM Ends Home Losing Streak in Win Over Alcorn State Video included

    Updated:

    HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - Corey Acosta kicked a career-best four field goals and Southern Miss held off Alcorn State 26-20 Saturday night. More>>

    No Drill, No Pay, Training Postponed for National Guard

    Updated:

    JACKSON, Miss.- There's a $101M shortfall in the National Guard Personnel, Army Appropriation budget. That's according to National Guard Bureau, Spokesman Captain John Fesler. More>>

    USM's Ogletree House Reopens

    Ogletree House Ogletree House
    Updated:

    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Today, post-tornado recovery achievements at the University of Southern Mississippi were observed in a special ceremony.Governor Phil Bryant and other dignitaries gathered on USM's front lawn to celebrate the grand re-opening of the Ogletree alumni home.The building sustained heavy damage in last February's EF-4 tornado, and today the donors who contributed to the restoration were recognized.Governor Bryant says he hopes returning Ogletree's original luster will allow it ... More>>

    Suspect In Custody; Hostage Released

    Dillon Boatner Dillon Boatner
    Updated:

    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - A Hattiesburg man is facing criminal charges after police say he was assaulting his girlfriend, while holding her hostage.According to the unidentified female victim, 22-year-old Dillon Boatner held her in his apartment for the past three months.When police arrived to Arbor Walk Apartments, they say they were told the victim was held against her will, beaten, choked, and even cut.Officers say they examined the victim, and saw bruising and scarring on the woman.Hattiesburg... More>>

    PRCC Enrollment Steady

    Updated:

    FORREST COUNTY, Miss. - Classes are in session at schools across the state, and Pearl River Community is just one that is seeing an increase in fall enrollment."Demographers tell us the age group that we serve has been declining in numbers...and probably we are to expect that in the future. We're happy that our numbers are holding steady right now," saidCecil Burt, Forrest County PRCC Dean.According to Forrest County's PRCC, over 1,400 students are enrolled this academic year.The Forrest Coun... More>>

    McDaniel Appeals Final Judgment in Election Challenge

    Updated:

    JACKSON, Miss. - After a judge decided to throw out State Senator Chris McDaniel's petition to challenge the election, the tea party member has decided to appeal that final judgment. More>>

    Southern Miss Football Team Visits DuBard School

    Updated:

    For the Golden Eagles sometimes life is about more than just football, because to them football is more than just a game. "It's a bigger picture than what you see," says Southern Miss sophomore fullback Johntre' Goudy. "It's not always just black and white.""It's great to support others," says Southern Miss sophomore quarterback Nick Mullens. "Seeing the smile on those kids' faces makes you really feel good inside, so it's nice to get out and do something that's out of the ordinary for the da... More>>

    Nearly 30 Employees Fired, Possibly More to Come at MDE

    JPS to hold a job fair on April 12, 2014 JPS to hold a job fair on April 12, 2014
    Updated:

    JACKSON, Miss. - Nearly 30 employees have been fired at the Mississippi Department of Education according to officials. More>>

    Comedian Joan Rivers Dead at 81

    Joan Rivers Joan Rivers
    Updated:

    NEW YORK (AP) - Joan Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday.  More>>

    Wayne County Drug Bust

    Brian Pope Brian Pope
    Updated:

    WAYNE COUNTY, Miss. - A lengthy investigation leads to an illegal drug operation bust, just 1,500 feet away from a church and school.The Wayne County Sheriff's Department Narcotics Unit served a search warrant in south Buckatunna on Wednesday. When deputies entered the residence, they found over 25 grams of methamphetamine, a firearm, and drugparaphernalia. 36-year-old Brian Pope was arrested for possession of meth with intent to distribute, while in possession of a firearm within 1500 feet o... More>>

    Fatal Accident on Highway 49 near Magee

    Photo Courtesy of MHP Photo Courtesy of MHP
    Updated:

    One person is dead after a single-car accident on Highway 49 North of Magee. The crash happened Wednesday around 5:50 p.m. More>>

    Second Amendment Holiday

    Second Amendment Holiday Second Amendment Holiday
    Updated:

    JONES COUNTY, Miss. -Friday September 5 marks the start of the First Annual Mississippi Sportsman Weekend."Well our Founding Fathers said The Second Amendment is the Right to Bear Arms and our Constitution has worked ever since then," saidTommy Easterling, Owner of Tall Creek Shooting Range."Other states have done it and the sportsmen have enjoyed it," Long Leaf Sports Manager, Louis Swarts said.Roughly five months ago Senate Bill 2425 was signed into law, removing sales tax from guns, ammuni... More>>

    Sales Tax Holiday This Weekend on Hunting Items

    The sales tax holiday for hunting items will be Sept. 5-7. The sales tax holiday for hunting items will be Sept. 5-7.
    Updated:

    BRANDON, Miss – Outdoors enthusiasts can see a sales tax break on hunting items this weekend, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said while visiting Van's Sporting Goods today. More>>

    Marion County Man Charged With Murder And Arson

    Updated:

    MARION COUNTY, Miss. - A Marion County man is being charged with murder and arson after deputies discover a body in a burned truck Monday morning. Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall says a passing motorist called them Monday morning, reporting a smoldering truck on East Reservoir Road.Inside the truck they discovered a male body, who is now confirmed to be 29-year-old Ryan Paul Cooper by the Marion County Coroner's Office. According to officials the truck had been burning for about 4 hours be... More>>

    Tuesday Sports: USM Looks To End Home Losing Streak, Shows Physicality On Defense & More

    Updated:

    Southern Miss coach Todd Monken Weekly Media Conference The Alcorn State game…Sept. 1, 2014 Opening Statement… “After looking at the game tape from yesterday, we have moved on. We are looking forward to coming home and playing here at The Rock this weekend in front of a great crowd against another in-state rival. In terms of Alcorn State, Jay Hopson has coached here previously and done a great job there. They had a great season last year. I see them on the recruiting trail looking at some of ... More>>

    Suspect Charged In Connection With Shooting

    Kendall Kendrell Magee Kendall Kendrell Magee
    Updated:

    WALTHALL COUNTY, Miss. - Tuesday in the Tylertown Municipal Courtroom Judge Ryan Bruhl charged 32-year-old, Kendall Magee with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, in connection with the shooting death of Tyriunce Lewis.The victim is the brother of Mississippi State wide receiver, Jameon Lewis."All our prayers within our program to Jameon Lewis and his family, with the tough situation that they're dealing with right now," Mississippi State University Head Coach,Dan Mullen said.While ... More>>

    Marion County Man Shot By Deputy

    Justin Burch Justin Burch
    Updated:

    MARION COUNTY, Miss. - A call to the Marion County Sheriff's Department about a domestic dispute, leaves one man dead. When deputies arrived on the scene they were confronted by Justin Burch holding a long gun. Authorities say burch was asked several times to drop the weapon.Burch ignored the commands, then became disorderly and a Marion County Deputy shot him, according to investigators. The Mississippi State Bureau of Investigations is looking into the shooting. More>>

    76-Year-Old Shooting Suspect

    Robert Caines Robert Caines
    Updated:

    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - A 76-year-old Hattiesburg man is in Forrest County jail after police say he was involved in a drive-by shooting.Officers dispatched to Highway 98 at Lake Forgetful in reference to a drive-by shooting. Hattiesburg police say when they arrived they found Robert Caines in a vehicle with a handgun and shell casings. According to the victim, Caines became upset while driving and shot out of his car shattering the passenger side window.There were no injuries reported, and Caine... More>>

    Police Find the Body of 17-year-old Katelyn Beard

    Updated:

    JACKSON, Miss. - Authorities have found the body of 17-year-old Katelyn Beard.Katelyn was found on Darden Road Tuesday morning. More>>

    Biloxi bomb squad disassembles IED

    Authorities say an improvised explosive device found under a vehicle in Vancleave has been disassembled by the Biloxi bomb squad. More>>

    The alligator weighed 756 pounds and was 13 feet 1 3/4 inches long. It's belly girth and tail girth was 67 1/4 inches and 45 1/2 inches, respectively, according to a press release.

    Heavy Gator Tips Scales to Break MS Weight Record

    Updated:

    If you'd like to teach this reporter a thing or two about gator hunting or you just want to give a comment, call 601-664-8839.Tipping the scales at 756 pounds, a Mississippi gator sets a new state record.On Saturday at 12:40 pm, MDWFP officials certified a new record weight for a male alligator taken by a hunter.The alligator was taken by permit holder, Robert Mahaffey of Brandon and his two assistants, according to a press release.It was harvested from an area of the Mississippi River in the... More>>

    Jones County Woman Found Dead In Woods

    Photo Courtesy Of Jones County Sheriff's Department Photo Courtesy Of Jones County Sheriff's Department
    Updated:

    JONES CO., Miss - After about 4 hours of searching Jones County volunteers found the body of 31-year-old Ashley Clark about 600 feet away from her parents' home. According to officials, Clark went missing after wandering off around 10 a.m. Sunday. Family members told Lt.. David Ward of the Jones County Sheriff's Department that she could have been under the influence, "she said she might have been under the influence of some type of unknown substance."Officials say after waiting overnight for... More>>

    HIGHLIGHTS: Southern Miss Falls To Mississippi State, 49-0

    Updated:

    Southern Miss Football Report…Aug. 31, 2014 Record 0-1, 0-0 C-USA Last Week L, 49-0, at Mississippi State (Davis Wade Stadium/Starkville, Miss./61,889) This Week Sept. 6, Alcorn State, 6 p.m. CT (Carlisle-Faulkner Field at Roberts Stadium, Hattiesburg, Miss., 36,000/Videostream through Southern Miss All-Access) Notes • The Golden Eagles opened their 98th football season by playing an in-state opponent for the first time since the 2009 season when they entertained Alcorn State to start the ... More>>

    Ball Security Issues Prove Costly For USM In Shutout Loss To MSU

    Updated:

    Southern Miss Football Report…Aug. 31, 2014 Record 0-1, 0-0 C-USA Last Week L, 49-0, at Mississippi State (Davis Wade Stadium/Starkville, Miss./61,889) This Week Sept. 6, Alcorn State, 6 p.m. CT (Carlisle-Faulkner Field at Roberts Stadium, Hattiesburg, Miss., 36,000/Videostream through Southern Miss All-Access) Notes • The Golden Eagles opened their 98th football season by playing an in-state opponent for the first time since the 2009 season when they entertained Alcorn State to start the ... More>>

    HIGHLIGHTS: Hattiesburg Takes 93rd Rendition Of Crosstown Rivalry Over Laurel

    Updated:

    On Friday Hattiesburg and Laurel squared off for the 93rd consecutive season, for the right to take home the coveted Little Brown Jug. The Tornadoes reclaimed the old whiskey jug from the Tigers at home last year, but this time it was Hattiesburg defending its home turf. The Tigers built an early 22-0 lead and never looked back, as they defeated the Tornadoes, 42-26. Both teams are now 1-1 overall on the young season. More>>

    HIGHLIGHTS: 2A Bassfield Knocks Off 4A Forrest Co. AHS

    Updated:

    In a meeting of the 2A (Bassfield) and 4A (Forrest Co. AHS) high school football state champions from a year ago, it was the smaller of the two schools that came out with something to prove Friday night. The Yellowjackets used their bulldozer of a running back T-Rod Daniels early and often, as the senior scampered for two bruising touchdowns in the first half. Bassfield entered halftime leading 12-0, and ultimately won by a score of 24-7. More>>

    Friday Sports: Ole Miss Drops Boise State, 35-13 & Under The Helmet

    Updated:

    By PAUL NEWBERRYAP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) - For much of the night, it was tough to watch. Mississippi hardly looked like the 18th-ranked team in the country. Boise State in no way resembled the program that used to beat the big boys with such regularity. The Rebels finally came around in the fourth quarter, pulling away to beat Boise State 35-13 in a sloppy season opener Thursday. Shaking off three first-half interceptions, Bo Wallace threw for 387 yards and four touchdowns - three of the... More>>

    Jones County Teens Charged With Manslaughter

    Alexander Crews Alexander Crews
    Updated:

    MOSELLE, Miss. - Jones County Major Jamie Tedford tell us deputies responded to a call just off of Old River Road at around 9:20 Wednesday night. We're told deputies found 17-year-olds Alexander Crews and Timothy Meadows standing near a pick-up truck as the body of 44-year-old Timothy Williamson laid on the ground. According to Tedford, Crews' mother has some type of relationship with Williamson. Authorities say she was at the scene and made the call to 9-1-1. "The statement we had gotten was... More>>

    Local Restaurant Nine Years Post Katrina

    The Crescent City Grill The Crescent City Grill
    Updated:

    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - If you travel on Hardy Street, chances are you'll spot a little piece of New Orleans...Cajun restaurant Crescent City Grill is known not just for it's pink color, but for what's on the menu."I've been a fan of New Orleans cuisine, and it's really kind of what I like to cook it's certainly what I like to eat, I had grown up my entire life going to New Orleans and eating," Restauratuer, Robert St. John explained.On this day nine years ago, Hurricane Katrina ripped through t... More>>

    Former Pine Belt Officer Indicted For Sex Crimes

    Updated:

    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - A former Lamar County Sheriff's Deputy and Hattiesburg Police sergeant is facing 6 indictments for sex crimes.According to the indictment, Averald Burnett allegedly committed sexual acts on a minor, who is also a member of his family. He's being charged with 4 counts of fondling, 2 counts of sexual battery, and an attempted sexual battery. Arraignment for Burnett is scheduled for September 8th at the Lamar County Circuit Court. Burnett served 22 years with the Hattiesburg... More>>

    HPSD Joins 13 School Districts In Lawsuit

    Updated:

    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The word of the day is 'shall'.Former Governor Ronnie Musgrove announced today that 14 school districts have joined to file suit against the Mississippi legislator."Shall is not discretionary, it's mandatory," said Musgrove.The MAEP law states that legislature shall fully fund the program. That's what former Governor Ronnie Musgrove says binds the state to restore past funding and fully fund school districts for the future. "Our objective is to get as much money back for ... More>>

    Thursday Sports: USM Hires Hogue, Little Brown Jug & Under The Helmet

    Updated:

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Aug. 27, 2014 Hogue Announced as Southern Miss Head Softball Coach Wendy Hogue named the eighth head softball coach in school history HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Southern Miss Director of Athletics Bill McGillis officially announced the hiring of Wendy Hogue as the school’s head coach for its softball program Wednesday afternoon. Hogue joins the Golden Eagles after spending 10 years as the head softball coach of NAIA national power William Carey. “We have hired a first-cla... More>>

    Ruling For Dismissal Motion Comes Tomorrow

    Special Judge, Hollis McGehee Special Judge, Hollis McGehee
    Updated:

    JONES COUNTY, Miss. - Justice has no timetable, familiar words from Senator Chris McDaniel on his, GOP runoff challenge for U.S. Senate.Today in court U.S. Senator Thad Cochran's legal team argued McDaniel simply waited too late contest the June 24 runoff."The facts are straight forward, the law is straight forward, but the other side has made plenty of arguments that I think the court wants to take into consideration," Cochran's Attorney, Mark Garriga said.Cochran's attorneys filed a motion ... More>>

    HPD Searching For Burglary Suspect

    Updated:

    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Hattiesburg Police need your help tracking down a suspect who burglarized a local restaurant.It happened August 16th at the La Mexicana restaurant on Old Highway 42.The suspect is a black male with what appears to be a large tattoo on his left forearm and a smaller tattoo on the top of his left hand. He was seen driving off in a white minivan.It is possibly a dodge. If you have any information on the suspect, contact Hattiesburg Police oCrime Stoppersrs at (601) 582-STOP. More>>

    Jones County Assistant D.A. Retires

    J. Ronald Parrish Retires J. Ronald Parrish Retires
    Updated:

    JONES COUNTY, Miss. - The Jones County Assistant District Attorney has announced that he is resigning.J. Ronald Parrish says, he is devoting the next two months to his Circuit Court Judge campaign."Its been my pleasure and privilege to be able to work with Tony over ten years now in this office we were able to come to restore a measure of dignity and effectiveness to our field," Parrish said.Parrish says, he enjoyed serving as Assistant District Attorney for almost 11 years, and hopes to cont... More>>

    WHLT 22 Televising Two Southern Miss Away Football Games

    Updated:

    Hattiesburg, MS -- Fans of Southern Miss football who reside in the Pine Belt will now have the opportunity to watch two of the team's away games this season on WHLT 22. WHLT 22 acquired the rights to air the Saturday, October 4th game against Middle Tennessee State University at 11:00 am CST and the Saturday, October 18th game against North Texas at 6:00 pm CST. WHLT 22 coordinated with Sinclair Broadcast Group to broadcast the two Southern Miss games on the American Sports Network. “We... More>>

    Southern Miss Announces New Softball Coach Wendy Hogue

    Updated:

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Aug. 27, 2014 Hogue Announced as Southern Miss Head Softball Coach Wendy Hogue named the eighth head softball coach in school history HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Southern Miss Director of Athletics Bill McGillis officially announced the hiring of Wendy Hogue as the school’s head coach for its softball program Wednesday afternoon. Hogue joins the Golden Eagles after spending 10 years as the head softball coach of NAIA national power William Carey. “We have hired a first-cla... More>>

    Judge Sets $1.5 Million Bond

    Shelvin Jones, Forrest County Jail Shelvin Jones, Forrest County Jail
    Updated:

    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Hattiesburg Police have taken into custody, the suspect in the Saturday morning aggravated assault.38-year-old, Shelvin Jones was arrested in the Palmers Crossing neighborhood around 8o'clockk this morning.According to police he is charged with the death of the mother of his children.22-year-old Eboni Newsome.Police say Newsome was taken to Wesley Medical Center this Saturday, after being beaten by Jones.She died Sunday from the injuries she sustained during the assault.J... More>>

    Purvis High Field House Fire Ruled as Arson

    Purvis High Field House Destroyed in the Fire Purvis High Field House Destroyed in the Fire
    Updated:

    PURVIS, Miss. - A fire that that destroyed the Purvis High School field house has been ruled as arson, according to authorities. More>>

    MSU Offense, Defense Pose Challenges For Southern Miss; USM Basketball Releases Schedule

    Updated:

    With USM's in-state clash with Mississippi State just four days away, the challenges associated with facing an SEC opponent on the road are becoming more and more evident. On offense MSU is led by junior quarterback Dak Prescott, who is the epitome of a dual threat signal caller. The Bulldogs then return a defense that ranked No. 18 in the nation in yards per game a year ago. Considering Nick Mullens is starting just his seventh game under center for Southern Miss, the Golden Eagles can expec... More>>

    Renter's Insurance For College Students

    Updated:

    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Fall semester is about one week in for colleges in the Pine Belt, for students living off campus hat means furniture is all moved in. But most students don't have a back up plan if something was to happen to all of their belongings.That backup plan is renter's insurance."I really have no idea what renter's insurance is," says Ahmari Lablue, a sophomore at the University of Southern Mississippi.He and many other studentseither have no clue what renter's insurance is, or ha... More>>

    Eagle Dining at Southern Miss Introduces ‘Just Like Home Recipe Contest’

    Updated:

    Eagle Dining is launching “Just Like Home Recipe Contest” for the 2014-2015 academic year.The contest allows faculty and staff to pick his or her favorite recipe from home and submit it to Eagle Dining. The top five finalists will be featured in a cookbook at the end of the Spring 2015 semester.Entrants will also have an opportunity to have recipe submissions prepared and served in The Fresh Food Company on the last Friday of each month.Southern Miss President Rodney D. Bennett initially shar... More>>

    Hattiesburg Burglary Suspect On Loose

    Burglary Suspect Burglary Suspect
    Updated:

    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Hattiesburg police need your help identifying a suspect connected to a gas station auto burglary.Police say the man is believed to have been involved in an auto burglary, which happened last Wednesday.He is a black male, about 5 feet, 8 inches tall, and approximately 135 pounds.Authorities say the man left the scene in a white Dodge Magnum, with dark tint.If you have any information on the suspect, please contact the Hattiesburg Police Department. More>>

    Local Blood Shortage

    Local Blood Shortage Local Blood Shortage
    Updated:

    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - According to United Blood Services 38 percent of Americans are eligible to give blood, but less than three percent actually donate."There is no substitute for blood, we can substitute a lot of things, but blood has to come from our area residents that care enough to give the gift of life," Senior Donor Recruiter, Beverly Clark said.Now the blood bank that services Forrest General Hospital and Wesley Medical Center has a declining supply of type O blood."When there's an ac... More>>

    Covington County Wreck Closes Highway

    Covington County Wreck Covington County Wreck
    Updated:

    COVINGTON COUNTY, Miss. - Traffic on a major Highway is now moving at a steady pace following an early morning accident.Covington County emergency officials responded to a call of an 18-wheeler wreck on U.S. Highway 49 blocking both southbound lanes, causing a major traffic jam.“An 18-wheeler that hauls cattle ran off the shoulder of the road, tried to get her back onto the road jack-knifed and got the whole southbound lane of 49 shut down,” said Stann Smith, Covington County Sheriff.Authorit... More>>

    Hattiesburg Police Search For Murder Suspect

    Updated:

    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - An aggravated assault on a Hattiesburg woman escalates to murder, and police are still looking for the suspect, Shelvin Jones, 38.It happened in the 500 block of Cox Street in thePalmer's Crossing neighborhood, early Saturday morning. According to police, EboniNewsome, 22,was found bruised and beaten in the street after an altercation with the father of her children. Nakiva Taylor, Newsome's best friend, says she knew something bad was going to happen from their last con... More>>

    Jackson Prep Football Player Dies

    Walker Wilbanks Walker Wilbanks
    Updated:

    JACKSON, Miss. - The Jackson Preparatory student athlete who was hospitalized after getting ill at Friday's football game has died. Walker Wilbanks, a lineman at Jackson Prep, was taken to the hospital during the school's season opener. More>>

    WHLT's Candace Coleman Challenges Hattiesburg Police Department's Jon Traxler in ALS Challenge

    WHLT's Candace Coleman accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from Sarah Kennedy, and challenges HPD's Public Information Officer Jon Traxler, WHLT's Lauren Fluker, and Jeff Haeger!

    More>>

    Sarah Kennedy Does ALS Challenge In Honor Of Her Late Husband

    Sarah Kennedy Does ALS Challenge In Honor Of Her Late Husband Sarah Kennedy Does ALS Challenge In Honor Of Her Late Husband
    Updated:

    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Sarah Kennedy lost her husband, Larry Kennedy, who was a former William Carey University President toALS 8years ago. He passed just 1 year after he was diagnosed with the nerve cell disease. "Larry's first symptoms were muscle weakness. He really diagnosed himself, but through a series of tests he was diagnosed with ALS," says Kennedy.The disease, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Some patients eventually develop full ... More>>

    Community Systems Breach Could Affect Wesley Patients

    Hospital Sytem Breach Could Affect Wesley Patients Hospital Sytem Breach Could Affect Wesley Patients
    Updated:

    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - In a statement released Monday, Wesley representatives say personal information from patients could be in the hands of foreigners due to a systems hack.Information including social security numbers, birth dates, and addresses of some patients who were seen at practices and clinics affiliated with Wesley Health Systems over the past 5 years was transferred duringa cyber attack.With the threat of identity theft, some Wesley patients are worried about the hands that could ho... More>>

    Dupree Plans New Tactics For Collecting Fines

    Mayor Dupree has new plans to tackle fines owed to the city. Mayor Dupree has new plans to tackle fines owed to the city.
    Updated:

    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - In a recent audit it's been found that the Hattiesburg Municipal Court has failed to collect over $20 million infines from citizens.Mayor Dupree says the city has been working on plans to gather these delinquent fines for quite some time.He also says Hattiesburg isn't the only city in the Pine Belt that has struggled with collecting unpaid fines from citizens, and new measures will soon be taken."We have one collection agency. We've added another collection agency, and we... More>>

    Southern Miss Studies Ambulances And Preterm Infants

    USM Researchers Study Ambulances and Preterm Infants USM Researchers Study Ambulances and Preterm Infants
    Updated:

    The following is a press release from the University of Southern Mississippi.HATTIESBURG, Miss. - An ambulance is often viewed as a cocoon of safety, but for premature infants with very low birth weight (VLBW), this may not be the case. When needed, VLBW infants are transported to specialized care facilities. Ambulance use, although necessary, has jarring effects and loud noises that can cause physical stress, potentially leading to compromised health and development.“We want to create a smoo... More>>

    Bond Set For Stabbing Suspect

    Photo Coutesy Laurel Police Department Photo Coutesy Laurel Police Department
    Updated:

    LAUREL, Miss. - A $150,000 bond has been set for a Laurel man after he allegedly stabbed another. A week after the stabbing, Traveon Fenderson, 21,turned himself in to Laurel Police and Jones County Deputies yesterday in the Hoy Community. He was charged with aggravated assault for stabbing a man on Lindsey Avenue, last Sunday.Fenderson's initial hearing wasyesterday, when he heard his bond. More>>

    HFD Welcomes New Assistant Chief

    HFD Welcomes New Assistant Chief HFD Welcomes New Assistant Chief
    Updated:

    HARRISBURG, Miss. - The Hattiesburg Fire Department has appointed a new Assistant Fire Chief. Yesterday, Matt Saucierkicked off his first weekwith big goals for the department. "We've got a lot of improvements to make with the department. We're going to try to expand our man power."Saucier says the department has 12 positions open for firefighters, and they'll be soon be starting the process to fill those positions."A lot of business takes place here, a lot more thanI thought it would be to ... More>>

    Pine Belt To Receive New Bike Park

    Pine Belt To Reciev New Bike Park Pine Belt To Reciev New Bike Park
    Updated:

    PETAL, Miss. - A new bike park is coming to the Pine Belt. Construction for the park along the Leaf River is expected to begin in September. The new trail will run near Chain Park on Eighth Street. It will include terrain for mountain bikes, cyclo-cross andaBMX pump track. The plan is to leave as many trees around the area as possible. Officials say an archery range is also a possible feature. Valerie Wilson with the Petal Chamber of Commerce says, "This is going to give our people just the ... More>>

    Locals Show Support For Operation Ferguson Outside Hattiesburg Police Department

    Hattiesburg Locals Show Support For Operation Ferguson Outside Hattiesburg Police Department Hattiesburg Locals Show Support For Operation Ferguson Outside Hattiesburg Police Department
    Updated:

    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - In reaction to the death of Ferguson, Missouri teen Mike Brown and events happening in the aftermath, some Hattiesburg citizens held a peaceful protest in support of a national movement. About a dozen protestors in stood outside the Hattiesburg Police Department for hours to bring attention to police brutality. According to Hattiesburg organizer Lauren Quesinberry, the movement called Operation Ferguson has spread via social networks by a group called Anonymous Press. “We... More>>

    Plane Crashes In Stone County Thursday Night

    Updated:

    WIGGINS, Miss. - A single-engine plane in route to Mobile, Alabamacrashed last night in Wiggins. Three texas men were aboard. It happened last night on Oil Well Road around 6 p.m.An eye-witness who lives steps from the crash sayshe was in the right place at the right time. Willie Holmes remained humble when asked if he felt like a hero after rescuing a man from a crashed plane leaking fuel. "I just thank God that he's alive and the rest of them are alive. Because when you look at where they c... More>>

    Lamar County 2015 Budget Saves Taxpayers' Dollars

    Updated:

    LAMAR CO., Miss - Good news for most Lamar County taxpayers, while the county is adding new projects to the 2015 fiscal year budget taxes are likely to decrease.Lamar County is finalizing the 2015 fiscal year budget and County Administrator Chuck Bennett says with the excess of new growth the county received from new properties paying taxes last year, they're are able to move forward with some important projects this year without burdening citizens.The county will expect a new Emergency Manag... More>>

    Same-Sex Couples Record Marriage Licenses In Lamar County

    Same-Sex Couple Kory Chatelain and Larry Best Same-Sex Couple Kory Chatelain and Larry Best
    Updated:

    The following isa press release from the Campaign for Southern Equality.HATTIESBURG, Miss. – On August 13th, same-sex couples in eight counties across Mississippi will record their out-of-state marriage licenses at their local Chancery Court offices. Organized by the Campaign for Southern Equality, this statewide day of action for marriage equality will involve local couples recording their licenses in Amite, Desoto, Hancock, Harrison, Hinds, Lafayette, Lamar and Pearl River counties.Charlene... More>>

    Southern Miss' New Director Of Greek Life Has High Hopes For The School Year

    Photo Courtesy of Southern Miss Photo Courtesy of Southern Miss
    Updated:

    HATTIESBURG, Miss. -The University of Southern Mississippihas a new Director of Greek Life, and after last semester's stabbing at a fraternity house they're hoping to re-focus the objectives of students. "We hope to engage the community to raise additional money for philanthropic endeavors as well as doing some more community service activities," Charles Childress, the new Director of Greek Life.A Southern Missgraduate, Childress is not new to the Golden Eagle Family. And as a former member o... More>>

    USM's New Honors College Dean Is Excited About The School Year

    Photo Courtesy Of Sothern Miss Photo Courtesy Of Sothern Miss
    Updated:

    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - As the new school year nears the University of Southern Mississippi welcomes new students as well as a new Honors College Dean.Dr. Ellen Weinauer says she's extremely excited about the new position.Though this will be her first semester as dean, Weinauer has taught in the university's English Department for the past 20 years. She has replaced Dr. David Davies, who stepped down after seven years. Weinauer says the University's Honors College will be welcoming over 170 n... More>>

    Lumberton Police Arrest Man Accused Of Beating Ex And Daughter

    Photo Courtesy of Lumberton Police Photo Courtesy of Lumberton Police
    Updated:

    LUMBERTON, Miss. - Police are searching for a man accused of threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend, and then beating her and their one-year-old daughter. James Youngblood Jr., 34,has been at-large for the assault since Thursday. But police say they've looking for him since July. Chief Elsie Cowart said, "On the 29th of July we received a call stating that Mr. Youngblood had threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend as well as his daughter."Shesays there had been criticism about the department not ... More>>

    Forrest General Offering Free Cardiovascular Disease Screening

    Updated:

    The following is a press release from Forrest General Hospital.HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Pine Belt residents have an opportunity to receive a free screening for Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) on September 8 and 9 at Forrest General Hospital.Early detection is the key! If you are over age 60 or over age 50 with risk factors such as smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol, you can qualify for this screening. Dare to C.A.R.E. is a comprehensive cardiovascular disease early detec... More>>

    • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

    • High Level LSD Distributor Arrested in Madison County

      High Level LSD Distributor Arrested in Madison County

      Monday, September 15 2014 10:23 PM EDT2014-09-16 02:23:08 GMT
      Kaleb ChhabraKaleb Chhabra
      MADISON COUNTY, Miss. - Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker says they have made an arrest of a high level distributor of Synthetic LSD between Madison, Starkville and Mississippi State University. 
      MADISON COUNTY, Miss. - Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker says they have made an arrest of a high level distributor of Synthetic LSD between Madison, Starkville and Mississippi State University. 
    • September Is National Recovery Month

      September Is National Recovery Month

      Monday, September 15 2014 8:11 PM EDT2014-09-16 00:11:16 GMT
      HATTIESBURG, Miss. - September is National Recovery Month. It's a month that brings awareness to and honors those who have overcome substance abuse. "Most people are just really unaware of their addiction. Most people are in denial about it," said Isaac Boose, Director of Pine Grove's Next Step Center.Next Step it a 12 step program that aids men into chemical dependent recovery, and is a top program in the country, according to Boose."We confront all of the things that they are afraid of, and...
      HATTIESBURG, Miss. - September is National Recovery Month. It's a month that brings awareness to and honors those who have overcome substance abuse. "Most people are just really unaware of their addiction. Most people are in denial about it," said Isaac Boose, Director of Pine Grove's Next Step Center.Next Step it a 12 step program that aids men into chemical dependent recovery, and is a top program in the country, according to Boose."We confront all of the things that they are afraid of, and...
    • 16-year-old girl stabs another 65 times after nude photos posted on Facebook

      16-year-old girl stabs another 65 times after nude photos posted on Facebook

      Wednesday, April 2 2014 3:29 PM EDT2014-04-02 19:29:36 GMT
      A 16-year-old girl is accused of fatally stabbing her teen ‘best friend' in an attack spurred by nude photos of the pair together posted on social media, according to several media sources.  Anel Baez,
      A 16-year-old girl is accused of fatally stabbing her teen ‘best friend' in an attack spurred by nude photos of the pair together posted on social media, according to several media sources.  Anel Baez,
    • InternationalMore>>

    • Weakening Odile pushes up Mexico's Baja California

      Weakening Odile pushes up Mexico's Baja California

      Tuesday, September 16 2014 5:11 AM EDT2014-09-16 09:11:34 GMT
      A weakening Tropical Storm Odile pushed up Mexico's Baja California Peninsula early Tuesday, dumping heavy rains that could bring dangerous flash floods and mudslides but also a potential boon to the...
      A weakening Tropical Storm Odile pushed up Mexico's Baja California Peninsula early Tuesday, dumping heavy rains that could bring dangerous flash floods and mudslides but also a potential boon to the drought-stricken...
    • Judge in Pistorius trial faces criticism

      Judge in Pistorius trial faces criticism

      Tuesday, September 16 2014 5:01 AM EDT2014-09-16 09:01:55 GMT
      Several legal groups in South Africa say they are concerned about harsh criticism of the judge who found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide, but not guilty of the more serious charge of murder.
      Several legal groups in South Africa have expressed concern about threats and harsh criticism of the judge who found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide, but not guilty of the more serious charge of murder.
    • Economy at heart of confidence vote for French PM

      Economy at heart of confidence vote for French PM

      Tuesday, September 16 2014 4:31 AM EDT2014-09-16 08:31:27 GMT
      France's prime minister faces a confidence vote in a parliament increasingly frustrated with unpopular President Francois Hollande's handling of the economy - including dissidents within his Socialist Party.
      France's prime minister faces a confidence vote in a parliament increasingly frustrated with unpopular President Francois Hollande's handling of the economy - including dissidents within his Socialist Party.
    Current Conditions Sponsored By:  
    • Sign-Up For E-News Updates

      * denotes required fields






      Thank you for signing up! You will receive a confirmation email shortly.
    Powered by WorldNow

    5912 Hwy. 49, Ste. A
    Hattiesburg, MS 39401

    Telephone: 601.545.2077
    Fax: 601.545.3589
    Email: newsroom@whlt.com

    Can't find something?
    Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.