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Second Train Derails in Lumberton

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LUMBERTON, Miss. - Almost a week after the ten car derailmentat the Industrial Parkway Crossing, another train derails in Lumberton, MS.It happened Sunday around 5p.m., near the same spot as last week's derailment. AnMDOT representative says two wheels went off rail when a general freight train was preparing to switch tracks. The train was going eastbound, and delayed a New Orleans-bound Amtrak.The Amtrak was forced ttransportrt it's passengers the rest of the way, via bus.After a few hours,... More>>

Two Women Arrested After One Shoots Into a Convenience Store

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FORREST CO., Miss. - Forrest CountyDeputies arrested two women in relation to a convenience store shooting on Highway 49.It happenedFriday, when 20-year-old Subreyonia Magee allegedlyfired shotsinto the store and a car.She thengotin a vehicle driven by 23-year-old Bianca Pittman, and fled the scene.They were later spotted at a traffic stop. Magee was charged with disorderly conduct, and shooting in a dwelling. Pittman was charged with DUI and accessory after the fact. More>>

Jones County Searches for Last Man in Forgery Ring

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JONES CO., Miss. -Officials are looking for Jason Creel of the Ovett community. He is wanted for being part of afive person counterfeit money operation. The four others involved in the operation are Melissa Creel, David Wade, Shawn Wade, and Lleland Wade. All four were arrested and charged with forgery after businesses reported fake one-hundred and twenty-dollar bills being used. Officials searchedthe vehicles and homes of the arrested, andseized over two-thousand dollars of counterfeit mone... More>>

Sumrall Recycling Removes Bins in Laurel

Sumrall Recycling Removes Bins in Laurel Sumrall Recycling Removes Bins in Laurel
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LAUREL, Miss. - Sumrall gave notice last week that the cost of having the bin provider and deliverer transport the recycled material to them, was costing too much. "They would provide the bins in 2 locations in laurel, and they would transport the recyclables back to their plant," said Mayor Johnny MageeIt alsocost Sumrall more to sort and dispose of trash thrown in with the recyclables. Mayor Magee says that they've encountered many problems with people putting trash in the recycling bins.Th... More>>

Jones County Sheriffs Shut Down 2 Nightclubs

Jones County Sheriff Department Seizes Illegal Items from Clubs Jones County Sheriff Department Seizes Illegal Items from Clubs
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JONES CO., Miss - The Jones County Sheriff's Department has shut down two illegal nightclub operations. Junior's Place and Dunks are both located in the Hebron community, and have been operating illegally for years.Concerned citizens in the community complained of loud noise, shootings, and other unlawful behavior. The illegal clubs admitted roughly 50 people each. Some patrons even camefrom out of state. Jones County Deputies arrested several people in connection with the illegal operation.... More>>

Jones Co. Investigates International Scam

Jons Co. Investigates International Scam Jons Co. Investigates International Scam
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JONES CO., Miss. - After a week-long investigation Jones County Investigators have made a major discovery in an international credit card scam. Officials seized around$40,000 worth of headphones, jump drives, and memory cards from an Ellisville home. The items were bought with a fraudulent credit card from a woman claiming to be from Gambia, Africa. She had the items sent to an Ellisville man, who was to later send them to her. "He had met this lady on a dating website. She had endeared he... More>>

HPD Searching for Daniell Motors Vehicle

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Hattiesburg Police are investigating a missing a car from a Daniell Motors car dealership.A brand new2012 Ford Escape was stolen from the lot Monday night.The the owners of Daniell Motors say the car was deliveredthat same dayand mysteriously left the lot shortly after. If you have any information on the missing vehicle please contact the Hattiesburg Police Department. More>>

Hattiesburg Junior Auxiliary Provides Over 1000 Students With Supplies

Hattiesburg Junior Auxiliary Provides Over 1000 Students With Supplies Hattiesburg Junior Auxiliary Provides Over 1000 Students With Supplies
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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - More than 1000 Hattiesburg area students will start school with new backpacks full of school supplies provided by the Junior Auxiliary (JA) of Hattiesburg.The Backpack Service Project takes place each summer, serving kindergarten through fifth grade students from 22 Hattiesburg area schools in Forrest and Lamar Counties.The organization filled backpacks with thousand of school supplies, and delivered them to the schools. "When we have children that come in to a school tha... More>>

Officials are Searching for Laurel Man

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LAUREL, Miss - Jones County officials are searching for a man accused of severely beating and robbing a woman.Deputies say ithappened last night on Lucas Street, in Laurel.Thevictim says Lemuel Henry, 32, of Laurel, approached her around 8:30 p.m.According to the police report, Henryasked her for money. When she refused, he beat her andtook her money.Anyone having any information on the whereabouts of Henry is encouraged to contact Jones County Crime Stoppers or Laurel Police Department Crimi... More>>

Two Petal Men Charged with Burglary

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The following is a press release from the Jones County Sheriff's Department.JONES CO., Miss. - Two Petal men are under arrest for a Residential and Auto Burglary in Jones County. Jones County Sheriff’s Department deputies were dispatched to the 200 block of Courtney Creek Road in reference to a larceny complaint. The deputy was advised by the victim he was in the process of building a new home when he discovered the items were missing. The victim stated whoever took the missing items knew whe... More>>

Former Ellisville State School Employee Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

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The following is a press release from the Office of the Attorney General.JACKSON, Miss. - A former state employee is going to prison for embezzlement and forgery, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.Rhonda Gleason, 49, of Richton, was sentenced today by Judge Billy Joe Landrum in the First Judicial District of Jones County after pleading guilty to two counts of embezzlement and one count of forgery. The crimes occurred while Gleason was employed as a program director at Ellisville State... More>>

People of the Pinebelt: Parasailing Man

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - It's a bird. It's a plane. No, it's Lance Sanderford. This Oak Grove businessman has been power parasailing around West Hattiesburg for three years now.
"It's a lot like being Superman, because you take off running and all of a sudden you just lift off. It's just the greatest most relaxing escape."
The Marine Veteran says serving in Desert Storm gave him an adventurous appetite.
"I don't have any fear of heights. An
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Ellisville Alderman Elections are Approaching

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ELLISVILLE, Miss. - The city of Ellisville will soon have a new Ward 4 Alderman.After long-time seat-holder James Holifield announced his retirement in June, the city began accepting applications for qualifying candidates. Three men are officially in the running. Lynn Buckhaluts, Reggie richardson and Danny Shows all qualified for the position. "Iexpect them to be looking at what's best for not only their ward, but for the city and making decisions," said Mayor Tim Waldrup.Election day is Au... More>>

Miss Hospitality Pageant 2014 Preliminary Winners

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. -After a full week of rehearsals, special events, and interviews, the 35 Miss Hospitality contestants competed on-stage last night during the Preliminary Competition.All contestants participated in the Little Black Dress/Commercial Competition and the Evening Gown Competition. At the conclusion of the evening, preliminary award winners were announced.On Friday morning, each contestant presented a 90-second speech to the panel of judges on how they would sell Mississippi to ... More>>

HPD Will Hosts Night Out Against Crime

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - National Night Out Against Crime is approaching early August.The Hattiesburg Police Department is hosting a kick-off party for the city next week. Everyone is invited to Tatum Park on July 30th forfree health screenings, door prizes and food. HPD wants to send a message to the community about the importance of working together when it comes to neighborhood surveillance. "It's just basically a time for everybody to get together and find out who your neighbors are and figu... More>>

Miss Hospitality Pageant 2014

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Sandals and t-shirts will be traded in for heels and evening gowns as 35 women compete for the title of Miss Hospitality 2014.In it's 65th year the pageant continues to unite young, involved women from all over the state. "Some of these young ladies will go on to college together, they may even be college roommates together. AndI love that there's specialconnections and special opportunities for them that they recognize later on in life," said Susan Slaughter, the pageant... More>>

Laurel Murder Suspects Released From Jail

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LAUREL, Miss. - Two men charged for a double-murderwerereleased from jail yesterday. According to Laurel Police Department Captain Tommy Cox, Gregory Nix , 22, and Maurice Jones, 23 were released for lack of evidence. Jones and Nix were arrested in January, along with two others, in connection to the murders of Justin Curry and Bennie Owens. More>>

6 Arrested 1 Charged for Drive-By-Shooting

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Hattiesburg Police have arrested a man in connection with a drive-by shooting. It happenedSundaynighton Martin Luther King Avenue.HPD responded to a call about shots being fired from a vehicle around6 p.m. Witnesses said both a silver Ford Taurus and blue Ford Mustang were involved. Geremy Gray, 19,was arrested afterHPD found both vehicles on Arledge Street, and a .25 caliber handgun inside one. Six different men fled on foot from the vehicles, and were taken into cust... More>>

Hattiesburg-Laurel Airport Replaces Silver Airways

The Hattiesburg-Laurel Airport Replaces Silver Airways The Hattiesburg-Laurel Airport Replaces Silver Airways
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The following press release is from the Hattiesburg-Laurel Airport.The Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport Authority is proud to announce new service on American Eagle to Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX. Service will begin around November 5, 2014. The two flights a day will be on a 50 passenger jet and will be shared with the community of Meridian. Flight schedules are still being developed along with pricing and integration into the American Airlines system.American Eagle will replace Silver Airways to... More>>

Jones County Arrested for Head Butting Woman

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JONES CO., Miss. - A Jones County man is out on bond after head butting a woman in a domestic dispute. Jonathan Bove, 31,was taken into custody and charged with felony domestic violence and aggravated assaultfor a June 9thassault.Officials say the victim claims she and Bove got into a heated argument. It then escalated into Bove holding her down and head butting her, causing extensive damage to her face, leaving bruises on her body, and breaking her nose.The victim underwent surgery for her n... More>>

Southern Miss Begins Constructing New College of Nursing Building

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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI - Pre-construction has begun at Southern Missfor a new College of Nursing.After eight years of patience the college kicked-off an $8 million campaign at the beginning of the year to assist in funding theproject.Administration says the new building will increase the college's square-footage by a much needed 135%.Aside from spacing issues, the current building is also technologically dated for the type of programs the college uses. "This building was wired ele... More>>

Covington County Man Pleads Guilty to Child Molestation

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COVINGTON CO., Miss.- A Covington County man pled guilty to child molestation and lustful gratification charges Monday after being out on bond for a year.Covington County Sheriff Terry Holbrook says 76-year-old Billy Pat Graves of the Williamsburg Community was arrested one year after posting a $300,000 bond.Sentencing for Graves will take place August 18th in Jasper County.He faces 30 years in prison and a$5,000 fine. More>>

Mississippi Center for Legal Services Funding Steadily Decreases

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Mississippi Center for Legal Services (MCLS) recently received it's annual grantfrom the Mississippi Bar Foundation through its Interest on Lawyer Trust Account (IOLTA) Program.The IOLTA program was established as a source of funding to provide legal aid to low income clients andto provide law related public education programs.According to Executive Director of Administration for theMCLS Sam Buchanan,this year's grant was $59,050, an amount that has drastically decrea... More>>

Jones County Officials are Searching for Yard Equipment Thieves

Jones County Officials are Searching for Yard Equipment Thieves Jones County Officials are Searching for Yard Equipment Thieves
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JONES CO., Miss. - Several Jones County residents have become victim to a yard equipment operation, losing thousands of dollars worth of tools."It's a bad feeling when you come home and you see your gate wide open...and everything's gone," said Randy Holmes of Claiborne Road.According to County Officials, at least 8 to10 reports have been made about stolen yard tools and four wheelers.From Holmes, the thieves got away with aside-by-side,lawn mower, pressure washers, chain saws, weed eaters, a... More>>

HPD Says Auto Burglaries are Down

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - According to Hattiesburg Police Department car burglaries in the city are down almost half as much as last summer. But, what they've found is most reports are actually incidents of negligence.Lieutenant John Traxler says out of the 30 auto burglaries reported last month, about 22 were because citizens left their doors open.Aside from locking your door, he says the first step in preventing yourself from becoming a theft victim is concealing your items."Don't leave purses, ... More>>

Lamar County Deputies Search for Escaped Inmate

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LAMAR CO., Miss. - Lamar CountyDeputies are in search of an inmate who escaped from work detail this morning.Matthew Wayne Thompson stole a Ford 15-passenger vanwith Lamar Co. on the side, around 10 a.m.According to Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel, the vanhad a trailer, but it was later found on Highway 589 between Bellevue and Sumrall. Thompsonwas around the Bellevue area near Highway 98 when he escaped from work detail.Sheriff Rigel says Thompson was last seenwearing an orange shirt, with ... More>>

Covington County Man Pleads Guilty to Child Molestation

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COVINGTON, CO. Miss. - After a year out on bond, a 76-year-old Covington County man has now pled guilty to child molestation and lustful gratification charges.According to Covington County Sheriff Terry Holbrook, Billy Pat Graves of the Williamsburg community was arrested for child molestation and lustful gratification charges, last year.Holbrook says Graves pleaded guilty to both charges yesterday. Sentencing for Graves will take place August 18th in Jasper County. He can face30 years in pr... More>>

Blakeney Sentenced to Death

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JONES COUNTY, Miss. - Justin Blakeney will sit on death row after a jury found him guilty of murdering a toddler.It only took an hour for the jury to find the Jones County man guilty in the death of 2-year-old Victoria Viner. The girl was the daughter of his then live-in girlfriend. Blakeney was babysitting the child when it happened back in august 2010. She was taken University Medical Center in Jackson where she died two days later. The cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head. More>>

Pit bull Attacks 4-Year-Old in Jefferson Davis County

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JEFFERSON DAVIS CO., Miss. - A four-year-old is recovering in Forrest General Hospital after suffering from a pit bull attack to the face.The attack happened on Donaldson Lane in Jefferson Davis County. According to Detective John Tolar, the four-year-old boy was attacked shortly after5 p.m.yesterday.Investigators say the dog was seized and is in quarantine.The investigation is on-going. More>>

A Freedom Summer Student Reflects on Library Sit-In

Jimmella Stokes Reflects on Freedom Summer Library Sit-In Jimmella Stokes Reflects on Freedom Summer Library Sit-In
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"freedom summer was a revolution...it was a revolution"in the summer of 1964, african american suffrage took the lead in the civil rights movement...even the children of the era served as volunteers... "we went to freedom school during the day, and in the afternoon and early evening we canvas for voter registration"but they were still too young to have voting rights...so on august 14, 1964...mrs. Stokes-jackson and her peers came together to try and change something that was affecting them di... More>>

City Council Tables Decision to Terminate Groundworx Contract

City Council Tables Decision to Terminate Groundworx Contract City Council Tables Decision to Terminate Groundworx Contract
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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Hattiesburg City Council tabled the vote to terminate agreements with Groundworx at today's council meeting.It's a decision Mayor Dupree hopes doesn't cost too much more money. He says it's unfortunate that it's being tabled, but he respects the council's need to mull things over.Earlier today, Pearl River Chancery Court denied the company's temporary restraining order against the city. The order was requested in hopes of blocking termination papers.If the contract is end... More>>

Three People Survive Plane Crash in Jefferson Davis County

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PRENTISS, Miss. - Three people were mildly injured after their single-engine plane crashed Saturday afternoon in a field off Thurman Rd.Jefferson County Deputies say 75-year-old Sammie Hooks of Covington County was piloting the single-engine plane when it hit a line of trees, broke a wing, and crashed. He also owns the plane.KristyWade, 38,anda 5-year-old boy were also aboard the plane.Friends of the family says they were taken to Covington County Hospital and shortly released. Wade received ... More>>

A Mother Dead and Son Injured In Single-Car Crash

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WIGGINS, Miss. - A mother is dead and her 22-year-old son is injured, after their car struck a tree in McHenry.The Stone County Coroner says Mylinda Beech of Gulfport was riding with her son in a 1997 Volkswagen Jetta Sunday night.According to officials Brandon Beech was driving the car when it ran off the road. Mylinda Beech was wearing a seatbelt when the car struck a tree on the passenger side, but Brandon Beech was not.He was taken to Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg, where he was ... More>>

Paper Manufacturer Brings 300 Jobs to Hattiesburg

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The following press release is from the Area Development Partnership.HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Governor Phil Bryant announced today that Green Bay Converting, Inc., a world-class tissue specialty paper converting company, is locating a new manufacturing facility in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The company will invest approximately $48 million and hire 300 full-time employees over a five year period.The new 400,000 square foot manufacturing facility will be located in the Hattiesburg/Forrest County I... More>>

USM Police Department Holds Active Shooter Training

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - No one was allowed in Pulley Hall on the Southern Miss campus yesterday. The University Police Department, along with other area law enforcement agencies held an active shooter training for uncertified officers.Fourteenmen and women were put through a two-day strategic training.The first day consisted of classroom instruction.And the second day, theylearned how to analyze the psychological make up of an active shooter through a simulated training situation."We've never h... More>>

Former PRCC President Dies at 78

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POPLARVILLE, Miss. - Pearl River Community College mourns the loss of one of its former presidents. Doctor Ted J. Alexander served as president of the junior college from 1986 to 2000.According to PRCC, he died Wednesday in his Hattiesburg home. The caused of his death has not been released.Some of his most important contributions to the school has been initiating a $3.6 million project to build a Nursing Building and Wellness Center on the Poplarville campus.He was 78-years-old.He is survive... More>>

USM Polymer Research Group Studies New Cancer Treatment

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - For the Savin research group atSouthern Miss'Polymer Science Center, improving cancer treatment is a study, but for one student, it's also improving a parent's quality of life.Two and half years ago Ashley Johnson, a research graduate student, heard the news that hermom was diagnosed with multiple myeloma cancer. "Although I had been working on this project for a couple years before that, it really hit home with me," Johnson said.Experiencing the way cancer changes the li... More>>

How To Prepare Your Pet for July 4th

How To Prepare Your Pet for July 4th How To Prepare Your Pet for July 4th
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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Fourth of July might be a night of firework fun for humans, but not so much for pets."The loud noises tend to scare animals. And you have animals that will act in a way that they normally never would, like jumping fences," saysKatherine Sammons,Southern Pines Animal Shelter Operations Manager.Hundreds of pets go missing, trying to find safety from the outdoor chaos."We have seen in the past where dogs have actually been in the backyard where people were throwing firec... More>>

Wayne County Man Sentenced for Manslaughter

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WAYNE CO., Miss - In May, 21-year-old Forrest Johnston shot and killed Belinda Walters in an altercation about him sending sending her 13-year-old daughter inappropriate pictures.The incident happened in December 2012.Yesterday, at theWayne CountyCourt House, Judge Williamson sentenced Johnston to 15 years in prison.Judge Williamson decided against the maximum sentence for Johnston. He is also sentenced to 7 years suspended and 5 years probation. More>>

University of Southern Mississippi Freedom Summer Conference

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - It was a time of hardship for the Pine Belt, and all across the South. Now, it's being commemorated by those who remember. "And we're not only commemorating it, but we're also relying on our resources - the people who remember. the people who lived it and sacrificed it," said Sherita Johnson, Conference Coordinator.It was Freedom Summer. And the University of Southern Mississippi's Center for Black Studies is educating the community on the historic movement in 1964. "I th... More>>

Jones County Cold Case

Henry Charles Adcock's murder has gone unsolved for 3 years today Henry Charles Adcock's murder has gone unsolved for 3 years today
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JONES COUNTY, Miss. - For some, today is just another Monday, but for the family of Henry Charles Adcock, it is the painful anniversary of losing their loved one."One year is not too long, but then the second year came along, and then here it is a third year, and you just kind of feel hopeless at times if they'll ever find who did it," said Sue Lee, the victim's sister.On the morning of June 23, 2011, Adcock who was the manager of city pawn in Waynesboro was found shot and killed in his Ellis... More>>

PRCC Ranks Top 20 in Nation

PRCC Ranks Top 20 in Nation PRCC Ranks Top 20 in Nation
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POPLARVILLE, Miss - For the second year in a row Pearl River Community College receives national recognition.According to a survey by CNN Money Report, PRCC is the 17th best in preparing students for four-year institutions. Dr. William Lewis, president of PRCC says, twelve hundred schools were considered in the survey, so they feel like they're definitely improving the campus. "You know the ultimate goal, which is a real challenge for us, is that one hundred percent of our graduates would mov... More>>

2 in Critical Condition and 7 Injured from Head-On Collision

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COLOMBIA, Miss - Two people are in critical condition after a head-on collision in Marion County, Wednesday around 8 a.m. Seven others were also injured in the wreck. The crash happened on highway 586, West of the Foxworth Community, and between Holmes and Pittman Roads.According to Highway Patrol, 6 children and 3 adults were involved in the two-vehicle impact. Investigation continues as officials are now on the look-out for a third vehicle - a red pickup truck that is believed to have caus... More>>

Marion County Man Nearly Stabs and Beats Woman to Death

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MARION CO., Miss - The Sheriff's Department is on the look-out for a man after he stabbed and beat his ex with a handgun, Tuesday afternoon.William Walter Rowell's is a 40-year-old Colombia Resident.Marion County Sheriff, Berkley Hall says after the attack, he took the woman to a relative's home, then fled in a gold, 1999 model, Ford Expedition. The license plate is MNL353. "The victim received life-threatening wounds, but is now in stable condition," says Hall.Rowell is suspected to be accom... More>>

Hattiesburg Police Dept. Adds To Force

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - There's an old saying, "As the temperature rises, so does crime." Hattiesburg Police Department hopes to be prepared with its now 111 officer force.Sixteenofficers graduated from its academy, last week.The new additions are eager to get out and start patrolling."Every time we can add just one officer, we look at that as a plus," says Lt. Traxler, Public Information Officer.Even though they've upped their numbers, the department is still about 30 officers shy of what it wa... More>>

Jones Co. Murder Preps For Trial Two

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JONES CO., Miss - Jury selection is underway for the second trial of Justin Blakeney, a man accused of murdering a 2-year-old in Jones County.Blakeney was charged with capital murder in2010 for the crime.Thefirst trial was dismissed for mistrialforlack of jurors.Now, Circuit Judge Billy Joe Landrum has decided to hold jury selection in Greene County. Five hundred citizens have been placed on a list of prospective jurors for the case, which should begin July 7th. More>>

Forrest Co. Constable Passes

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FORREST CO., Miss -Post One Constable Wayne Taylor passed away Thursday from heart attack complications. Constable Taylor was admitted to Forrest General Hospital after suffering a heart attack last weekend. He joined the Forrest County Sheriff's Department after graduating from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1977.Taylor served as adeputy and warrants officer before becomingPost One Constable in the early 2000s, andwas in his third term serving.He is survived by his wife and daughter. More>>

Hattiesburg Zoo Puts To Sleep 'Tigger The Tiger'

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - A sad loss for the Hattiesburg zoo as they have had to lay to rest one of the main attractions. Tigger was a 17-year-old siberian tiger who was born and raised in the zoo."Professionally it's always a a hard call to make but it's something you have to do for the best interest of the animal," says Katie Barry, a zoo curator.Barry alsosaysTigger suffered from arthritis, and had been on medication for years. After many consultations from veterinarians, it was decided thatsh... More>>

Main Street Books Hosts Fest South Story Time

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - This is the last week to attend events for Festival South. Today, Main Street Books hosted a visual storytelling hour for kids ages 2-12.It was a 'Celebration of Mother Goose', as a group of volunteers brought nursery rhyme favorites alive.Audience members got a chance totake pictures andinteract with characters after storytime. Theevent coordinator, Lauren-Kate Leake said "The kids really liked it. They were laughing a bunch. I had great people acting everything out. So,... More>>

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  • Pine Belt 'Dandy Dozen' Selections Bolster MSU Recruitment Class

    Pine Belt 'Dandy Dozen' Selections Bolster MSU Recruitment Class

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 8:46 PM EDT2014-07-30 00:46:18 GMT
    On paper the Mississippi State football team was the biggest winner after the Clarion Ledger released its 'Dandy Dozen' last week. Five of the team's recruits were picked into the bunch, including a pair of Pine Belt standouts. Cameron Myers of Oak Grove and Jamal Peters of Bassfield will join Timothy Washington of Yazoo City, Malik Dear of Murrah and Dontea Jones of Louisville up in Starkville, while Jay Johnson of Bruce and Armani Linton of Walnut have committed to Ole Miss. The other five ...
    On paper the Mississippi State football team was the biggest winner after the Clarion Ledger released its 'Dandy Dozen' last week. Five of the team's recruits were picked into the bunch, including a pair of Pine Belt standouts. Cameron Myers of Oak Grove and Jamal Peters of Bassfield will join Timothy Washington of Yazoo City, Malik Dear of Murrah and Dontea Jones of Louisville up in Starkville, while Jay Johnson of Bruce and Armani Linton of Walnut have committed to Ole Miss. The other five ...
  • Back To School Shots

    Back To School Shots

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 8:23 PM EDT2014-07-30 00:23:09 GMT
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    COVINGTON COUNTY, Miss. - According to the National Vaccine Information Center all 50 states except Mississippi and West Virginia, offer vaccination exemption. The Mississippi Department of Health and Human services denies parents the right to choose, but most that oppose immunizations, believe other health problems come from the shots."Most of those parents believe it can cause autism, which I do not believe it is true, and there have been studies proving that that is not true," saidKizzy Sm...
    COVINGTON COUNTY, Miss. - According to the National Vaccine Information Center all 50 states except Mississippi and West Virginia, offer vaccination exemption. The Mississippi Department of Health and Human services denies parents the right to choose, but most that oppose immunizations, believe other health problems come from the shots."Most of those parents believe it can cause autism, which I do not believe it is true, and there have been studies proving that that is not true," saidKizzy Sm...
  • Former USM Punter Ray Guy Emotional Over Nearing Pro Football HOF Induction

    Former USM Punter Ray Guy Emotional Over Nearing Pro Football HOF Induction

    Monday, July 28 2014 8:11 PM EDT2014-07-29 00:11:53 GMT
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Feb. 1, 2014 Ray Guy Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2014 HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Ray Guy, considered by many as the “greatest punter of all time,” took the final step of his football journey Saturday by being elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The former Southern Miss football standout and Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders punter, earned election by receiving the minimum required 80 percent of the vote by the 46-member Selection Committee. Guy, along with ...
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Feb. 1, 2014 Ray Guy Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2014 HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Ray Guy, considered by many as the “greatest punter of all time,” took the final step of his football journey Saturday by being elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The former Southern Miss football standout and Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders punter, earned election by receiving the minimum required 80 percent of the vote by the 46-member Selection Committee. Guy, along with ...
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  • Key prosecution witness heard in ex-Va. gov trial

    Key prosecution witness heard in ex-Va. gov trial

    Thursday, July 31 2014 5:16 AM EDT2014-07-31 09:16:54 GMT
    They were once friends, or at least friendly. Both were self-made men who'd soared far past their working-class background. One was a rising star of the Republican Party and potential vice-presidential pick....
    They were once friends, or at least friendly. Both were self-made men who'd soared far past their working-class background. One was a rising star of the Republican Party and potential vice-presidential pick. The other,...
  • Philanthropist calls for saving Corcoran in court

    Philanthropist calls for saving Corcoran in court

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    Wayne Reynolds, a leading Washington philanthropist, laid out an alternative plan in court hearings this week to save one of the nation's oldest museums and its college as a judge considers whether to break up...
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  • AP Exclusive: Study blames lost calves on panthers

    AP Exclusive: Study blames lost calves on panthers

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