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Hattiesburg hosts Black History Month celebration with soul food

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg held a Black History celebration that took us both to church and to Sunday dinner all at the same time. Hattiesburg city officials and residents gathered at the Hattiesburg Cultural Center on Main Street to enjoy a night of food, fun and celebration of black heri


ROBERT ST. JOHN: Ward brothers made positive impact on Hattiesburg

For more than 20 years I have written this column sitting at my desk in our restaurant’s business office. Today is different. I am sitting at a booth in the Ward’s hamburger restaurant across the street from my office.


Hattiesburg Police captures escaped inmates, charged with capital murder and armed robbery

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WJTV) - Hattiesburg Police and members of U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force capture escaped inmates. Donaven Harris and Carlos Sibley have been taken into custody near Bayview and Westover Drive.


Hattiesburg native serves at largest Naval Communications Station in World

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A Hattiesburg native is crediting his success in the Navy to lessons he learned growing up in the Hub City. Petty Officer 1st Class Tony Johnson is a 2007 Oak Grove High School graduate who currently serves as a Navy information systems technician at the Naval Computer and T


New HPD officer sworn in at City Hall

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Hattiesburg Police Department has a new patrol officer. Anthony McBryde comes to HPD after seven years with the Montgomery, Alabama Police Department.


Elizabeth Smart speaks in Hattiesburg at Pine Grove 35th Anniversary

Hattiesburg, MS (WJTV) - Pine Grove held it's 35th Anniversary Celebration today in Hattiesburg on Tuesday. "Yes folks are lining up here at the Thad Cochran Center on Southern Miss' campus to see Ms. Elizabeth Smart, as Pine Grove celebrates it's 25th anniversary."


10-month-old taken from Memphis laundromat, child located in Mississippi

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - UPDATE: The child and suspect have been found in Mississippi. The child is safe. Police are desperately searching for a 10-month-old that was taken from a laundromat in Whitehaven.


Road rage incident ends in stabbing, deadly shooting outside north Mississippi store

HORN LAKE, Miss. - An apparent road rage incident ended in a stabbing and deadly shooting outside a store in Mississippi. According to Horn Lake police, two men were involved in an apparent road rage incident near Hurt Road and Goodman Street around 4 p.m. Tuesday.


Large police presence outside Mississippi Walgreens

HORN LAKE, Miss. - There is a large police presence at a Walgreens in Mississippi as investigators are working what appears to be a large crime scene. Officers are currently investigating an incident that happened outside the Walgreens on Goodman Road in Horn Lake.


Mississippi lawmakers are attempting a crackdown on caller ID spoofing

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Are you tired of telemarketers calling and tricking you into thinking it’s a local number? It’s called “caller ID spoofing” and it’s a growing problem across the country.


Richard Ward, cofounder of Ward’s Restaurants, passes away

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Fast food lovers across state are mourning the loss of a true Mississippi visionary and businessman. Richard Ward, who cofounded Ward’s Restaurants in 1978 with his late brother, Edgar, has died. The business announced the sad news in a Facebook post on Tuesday.


Mississippi man dies in crash with 18-wheeler carrying chickens

MCCOMB, Ms. (WJTV) - (2/19/19) The Mississippi Highway Patrol is investigating a deadly crash, after an 18-wheeler and a Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck collided in Pike County Monday night.


Fire destroys Oak Grove home

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Firefighters responded to a house fire in Oak Grove on Tuesday evening. The Oak Grove Fire Department battled the fire at a home at 20 Summer Place. Officials said the home was a total loss.


New public safety complex may finally be built in Hattiesburg

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - After years of discussion, negotiations and planning, it appears a new state-of-the-art law enforcement complex may finally become a reality in Hattiesburg.


Former Hattiesburg mayor and gov candidate Johnny Dupree runs for Secretary of State

Johnny Dupree is running for Secretary of State, according to The Clarion-Ledger. Dupree, a Democrat, was the longtime mayor of Hattiesburg, from 2001 to 2017. In 2011, he became the first African-American since Reconstruction to be a major party nominee in the State of Mississippi. Governor Phil Br


WDAM Investigates: Hate crime numbers don’t add up

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - It’s a case that grabbed national attention in 2015. Mercedes Williamson, 17, a transgender teenager from Alabama, was killed in George County, Mississippi at the hands of Josh Vallum. Since Vallum crossed state lines, bringing Williamson into Mississippi, he was prosecuted


Police: Illinois gunman lied about Mississippi conviction to get firearm card

AURORA, Ill. (AP) — Illinois State Police say a man who fatally shot five people at a suburban Chicago manufacturing warehouse lied about his criminal history in 2014 to obtain a card from the agency that allowed him to purchase a handgun.


Deer chronic wasting disease found in 2 more Mississippi counties

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Cases of debilitating deer disease have been confirmed in two more Mississippi counties, making it present in five counties. The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks said Tuesday that tests confirm deer in Panola and Tallahatchie counties had chronic wasting


USM turns focus toward Mississippi State

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - After opening the season with a three-game sweep of Purdue, Southern Miss baseball fans will have to wait a few more days to see the Golden Eagles take the field again.


If you’re single and ready to mingle Mississippi might not be the place for you, report says

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Dating apps are all the rage with 20-somethings across the U.S., but where you live can have a HUGE impact on your search for love. And apparently, living in Mississippi isn’t doing us any favors.