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    Combined Thursday/Friday Preview: Hattiesburg/Petal 6A Showdown

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    The unusual Saturday game between Petal and Hattiesburg is a Class 6A showdown that will undoubtedly remind everyone that football is back.Although Hattiesburg is no longer in the same Region 3 that Petal and Oak Grove occupy, the intensity of this crosstown rivalry is still swirling around both locker rooms.Over at Hattiesburg the Tigers are rebounding from a first round playoff exit to Oak Grove, as well as a disappointing 4-8 overall record in 2013.The first of those losses actually came ... More>>

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    City Worker Recovers After Tractor Accident

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    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - A Hattiesburg city worker is admitted into the hospital following a lawn mower accident.The lawn mower's operator was cutting along an embankment on Lincoln road just before the Purple Heart bridge.Witnesses say the weight of the tractor on the slope caused the machine to flip on it's side missing a creek by inches.The city's Public Works General Manager, Allen McKinley describes what he saw at the scene of the accident."I saw the driver with an ambulance tending to him, ... 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!

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    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
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    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
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    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.
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    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
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    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>>

    Hattiesburg Man Behind Bars

    Daryel Crosby Daryel Crosby
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    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - A call to Hattiesburg Police landed one man in Forrest County Jail.25-year-old Daryel Crosby was awaken when police entered his home on a illegal drug call.Police asked Crosby if there were any other weapons and drugs where he, and his roommate lived and that's when Crosby told the cops he had a handgun.After HPD checked the weapon, they found it was stolen from Lamar County.Crosby was taken into custody and charged with possession of a stolen weapon. More>>

    Ex-Gulfport Teacher Charged With Sex Crimes

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    A former teacher is charged with transportation of minors with intent to engage in sexual activity. More>>

    Oak Grove Football Team Completes Ice Bucket Challenge

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    The Ice Bucket Challenge is a viral movement taking over social media, and spreading ALS awareness across the country.Wednesday it was the Oak Grove football team's turn to take a bath in the sub-freezing temperatures.The Warriors were actually not challenged by any one person, team or institution - it was an idea that originated from offensive line coach and run game coordinator Drew Causey.Head coach Nevil Barr quickly hopped on board."You know ALS is something that we need to find a cure f... More>>

    USM's Nick Mullens Continues Quick Development Under Center

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Aug. 19, 2014 Golden Eagles Finish Fall Camp Tuesday HATTIESBURG, Miss. – The Southern Miss football team finished its 19-day fall camp here Tuesday with a two and a half hour morning practice at the Joe P. Park Practice Facility. The Golden Eagles, which open the season Saturday, Aug. 30, at Mississippi State, went in full pads for its final workout of camp and will begin transitioning into their weekly routine starting Thursday. Fall semester classes begin on Wednes... More>>

    GOP Primary Runoff Challenge Hits Court

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    JONES COUNTY, Miss. - Special appointed Judge Hollis McGehee presided over today's 'status hearing' filing a scheduling order for the Chris McDaniel versus Thad Cochran trial.Senator Cochran's defense attorneys say the hearing is bringing them closer to the end of this litigation."We look forward to Senator Cochran being proclaimed and confirmed as the nominee of the Republican party," said Mark Garriga, Cochran's Attorney.Mcdaniel's side says the purpose and focus of today's hearing are the ... More>>

    Governor won't seek removal of county prosecutor Video included

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    Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday that he would not seek the removal of the prosecutor overseeing the investigation into the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, which has sparked more than a week of nightly clashes... More>>

    Bond Set For Stabbing Suspect

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    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>>

    Tuesday Sports Recap: USM Football, Softball, Baseball & Jamierra Faulkner

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Aug. 19, 2014 Golden Eagles Finish Fall Camp Tuesday HATTIESBURG, Miss. – The Southern Miss football team finished its 19-day fall camp here Tuesday with a two and a half hour morning practice at the Joe P. Park Practice Facility. The Golden Eagles, which open the season Saturday, Aug. 30, at Mississippi State, went in full pads for its final workout of camp and will begin transitioning into their weekly routine starting Thursday. Fall semester classes begin on Wednesda... More>>

    Fireman Loses Home To Fire

    Fireman Loses Home Fireman Loses Home
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    SOSO, Miss. - For five years Terrence Pruitt has worked to save homes and families with the Ellisville Fire Department and today it was a different story."When I pulled up, I saw it was a fire in the bedroom and I called 9-1-1...and tried to put it out with the water hose, but I didn't have enough hose to reach around on that side," Pruitt said.Early this morning several fire units responded to a fire at a three bedroom home in Soso. The fire destroyed the house Pruitt called home for 16 year... More>>

    Purvis High: 'Restoration Blitz'

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    PURVIS, Miss. -The Purvis Tornadoes are dealing with an unexpected disaster, with their season opener just four days away, the coaches and players are quickly rebuilding after a fire to its field-house robbed the program of everything."It's tragic because we have so many memories, you know we've been in there since seventh grade and just losing everything is heartbreaking," said Wide Receiver, Cody Slade.On Saturday morning flames took to the Jack R. Craft Athletic Field house at Purvis High ... More>>

    HFD Welcomes New Assistant Chief

    HFD Welcomes New Assistant Chief HFD Welcomes New Assistant Chief
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    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
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    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>>

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    Community Health Systems Hack May Affect 12 Mississippi Hospitals

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    Community Health Systems - which operates a dozen Mississippi hospitals - announced Monday that information on 4.5 million patient had been stolen in a data breach. According to the Community Health System website, the company owns, leases, or operates 206 hospitals in 29 states. More>>

    No welfare cut for kids if parent tests for drugs

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    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi children would not lose welfare if a parent's benefits are cut off because of a positive test for illegal drugs. That's according to rules set by the state Department of Human Services. The state's welfare drug-testing law was supposed to take effect July 1, but that was delayed after advocates for low-income families said the agency originally proposed administrative rules that were harsher than the law itself. The agency has revised its rules to line up wit... 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
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    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

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    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>>

    Suspected Petal Burglar Behind Bars

    Deon Magee Deon Magee
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    PETAL, Miss. - A man in connection with a rash of commercial burglaries is in police custody.Petal police say Deon Magee, of Hattiesburg was arrested following a traffic stop.Officers tell us they spotted a vehicle on the side of a business in a wooded area.According to police, when they pulled Magee over he had stolen property in the car.Surveillance video was also given to police of Magee in the act.Magee is awaiting bond in Forrest County Jail. More>>

    NFL Youth Program Hits Petal

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    PETAL, Miss. - Tomorrow the National Football League's youth program hits the city of Petal.The NFL's 'Punt, Pass, and Kick' initiative makes it's way to Petal High School tomorrow at 8:30AM.The program focuses on teaching kids ages 6-15, the fundamentals of football, in a non-contactenvironmentt.PPK is one of the oldest and largest grassroots initiatives promoting healthy competition for boys and girls."When we are deemed the most obese state in the union, what a great and fun way to promote... More>>

    Southern Miss. Move In

    USM Move In USM Move In
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    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - School is back in session for most students, but for Southern Miss scholars, the move in period started today.Today's heavy traffic around the southern miss campus marks the official move in day for freshmen and scholarship students.A part of Fourth Street and the Highway 49 service-road was closed for student drop off and unloading.University Police say they expect roughly 1,500 students to make their way to the campus this weekend.Many of this year's students say move i... More>>

    Eyes in the Skies, Drones in Mississippi

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    RAYMOND, Miss. - Flying up and out of sight, you can barely even hear it once it's up in the air. Unmanned aircraft systems also known as drones are being more and more popular with consumers. More>>

    Three Injured in Stone County Plane Crash

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    A small plane crashed in Stone County Thursday evening sending three people to the hospital. Officials say the plane crashed just after 6 p.m. off Oil Well Road. Sheriff Mike Farmer with the Stone County Sheriff's Department tells us the pilot said he lost power in the plane, and after hitting a few tree tops, he managed to land it.We're told the three men aboard the plane were taken to Forrest General Hospital in Hat... More>>

    Lamar County 2015 Budget Saves Taxpayers' Dollars

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    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>>

    Big Task, Small Pay Grade

    Low Pay For Jones County Officers Low Pay For Jones County Officers
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    JONES COUNTY, Miss. - Keeping officers in Jones County is a big task, with a small pay grade."It's hard for me to keep the best at 30,000 dollars a year," said Jones County Sheriff, Alex Hodge.Jones County has seen an increase in officers leaving the force for more money."They put their heart and soul in this department, they really love what they do, but that cannot find the means to support their families,"Major Jamie Tedford, explained.This harsh reality has driven six deputies away from t... More>>

    McDaniel Files Election Lawsuit in Jones County

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    JONES COUNTY, Miss. News Channel 12 has confirmed that State Senator Chris McDaniel has filed a lawsuit in Jones County challenging his Republican primary loss to U.S. Senator Thad Cochran. More>>

    McDaniel Files Election Lawsuit in Jones County

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    JONES COUNTY, Miss. - WHLT has confirmed that State Senator Chris McDaniel has filed a lawsuit in Jones County challenging his Republican primary loss to U.S. Senator Thad Cochran.The Mississippi Supreme Court will appoint a special judge to handle the case.Certified results of the June 24 runoff show Cochran defeated McDaniel by 7,667 votes. 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
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    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

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    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

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    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>>

    Defensive Lineman Defying Odds

    'A Step Ahead,' Rod Crayton, DL 'A Step Ahead,' Rod Crayton, DL
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    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - In life and on the gridiron, Southern Miss. Defensive Lineman, Rodriguez Crayton has always put his best foot forward after a childhood lawn mower accident left him with a partially amputated foot."I heard a car boom, so I looked back...I guess my grandma, she was looking back at the same time," Crayton said. "She was looking at the grass making sure she was still on the line and everything and she just hit me. I started beating on the lawn mower like you hit me, she look... More>>

    Innovative Gun Training In Jones County

    Jones County Gun Training Jones County Gun Training
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    JONES COUNTY, Miss. - Just days after a Missouri teen was allegedly gunned down by a police officer, the Jones County Sheriff's Department introduces an innovation in firearms training."We need to be ready to make a life or death decision in a split second...this training not only focuses on the firearms fundamentals...it allows us to develop our decision making skills," saidSergeant Nick Messersmith, Director of Training.Through grant money and a donation from the District Attorney's office,... More>>

    New Activities At Pine Belt Libraries

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    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Libraries across the Pine Belt are offering activities for adults to boost book rentals."We have a lot of activities for people who love books and love to read that also allow them to interact with other members of the community," said Pamela Pridgen, Hattiesburg Library Director.Daily scheduled events can be found in several different area libraries.While book clubs are among the most popular social events for adults, exercise classes, seminars, and even game nights are ... More>>

    Lumberton Police Arrest Man Accused Of Beating Ex And Daughter

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    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

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    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>>

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