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$447K: Petal Education Foundation supports scholarships, grants for district teachers
In her role as executive director of the Petal Education Foundation, Leahne Lightsey often has the opportunity to play Santa Claus, as evidenced by the $447,000 in scholarship awards gifted since the organization’s inception in 1987 and the $69,900 awarded in teacher Mini-Grants since 2005.
Hattiesburg church hosting annual Christmas program
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM -One Hattiesburg church is hosting an early Christmas celebration during the next three days and you’re invited. The congregation of 19th Avenue Baptist Church is performing, "Merry Christmas Hattiesburg."
HPD investigating woman’s claim of attempted abduction
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg police have released an official statement regarding a video that’s gone viral and has many community members concerned. The video is being spread on Facebook referencing an incident that reportedly took place last week. The video has been shared more than 700 ti
Marion County family’s home destroyed in house fire
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - About a week ago Leslie Johnson and her family woke up to a sight they’d never imagine. Their home was up in flames. They say they vividly remember it all.
It's Christmas Parade Time Throughout Mississippi
The streets of Pearl will be packed Saturday evening (12/15/2018) as people gather for the Pearl Christmas Parade. This year's theme is "It's a Candy Land Christmas." The parade lineup will be at the Clyde Muse Center at Hinds Community College and will travel to Highway 80, down College Drive and b
More than 200 graduate in Class 49 Youth Challenge
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - More than 200 former high school drop-outs from across Mississippi completed their education by graduating from the Mississippi National Guard’s Youth Challenge Academy.
Some USM students want library renamed, citing segregation
HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Some students at the University of Southern Mississippi want to consider renaming the school's main library, citing the namesake's history of supporting segregration.
Every mistake is a new opportunity
Do you own a firearm? If your answer is “no” in Mississippi, then you are indeed a rare specimen. For most of us, bearing arms is as common and accepted as bumper to bumper traffic on Hardy Street on any given Friday afternoon.
Forrest Co. investigators warn of holiday phone, text scams
FORREST COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - The Forrest County Sheriff’s Office is warning the public of ongoing phone and text scams that are targeting people in the area this holiday season.
Man who avoided prison time in officers' killings jailed while trying to pay old fine
One of two people who avoided state prison time for involvement in the murders of two Hattiesburg police officers was back in jail Tuesday after being picked up on an outstanding warrant while trying to pay some old fines.
Hattiesburg tree ordinance an investment in green — the dollars and sense kind
Did you know that trees not only provide shade and shelter, they can increase the value of your property?. "If you've got a pretty nice healthy magnolia tree in your yard, it's going to add a nice monetary value to your property," said Andy Parker, arborist for the city of Hattiesburg. "To have some
Convicted killer receives sentence in 2016 Hattiesburg kidnapping, rape, murder
A man convicted of the July 2016 kidnapping and raping of a woman and the killing of her boyfriend in Forrest County will spend the rest of his life in prison. Judge Jon Mark Weathers sentenced 54-year-old William "Allen" Gillum on Thursday in Forrest County Circuit Court to life in prison without t
Parties waiting on judge’s decision in Petal annexation trial
PETAL, MS (WDAM) - Litigation is pending regarding the Petal annexation. After six days of testimony, the Forrest County Chancery Court is at a standstill in the Petal annexation trial.
Community reaches out to help Hattiesburg family after home destroyed by fire
Emma Martin and her son Anthony Lewis found themselves homeless the evening of Nov. 23 — the day before Thanksgiving — when a fire broke out. "I had gone to work, and my mom was there in the house by herself," Lewis said.
WDAM Investigates: Contractor troubles
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Opening his door, Michael Selakovic says he walks into a nightmare, though it’s supposed to be his first home. “It’s a living hell, you know, a nightmare is putting it lightly,” said Selakovic.
Former homeless man collecting bikes for homeless community
Hattiesburg, Miss. (WJTV) - One man is working to make sure the homeless are not forgotten during the holidays. David Roberts plans to give them bicycles. He got the idea after his sister-in-law told him about a group of men walking to apply for jobs.
Pine Belt practitioner appointed MSDH head
JACKSON, MS (WDAM) _ Six weeks ago, Dr. Thomas E. Dobbs was handed the reins of Mississippi’s State Department of Health on an interim basis. Thursday, the Pine Belt practitioner was appointed the state’s top health figure on a full-time basis.
Mississippi women file class action lawsuit against Trustmark Bank over overdraft fees
Two Mississippi women have filed a federal class-action lawsuit against Trustmark National Bank over overdraft fees. Cryesha McDonald of Waynesboro and Chantal Lewis of Jackson filed the lawsuit earlier this week in U.S. District Court in Jackson, alleging Trustmark routinely assess overdraft fees o
New pain medication rules for pain sufferers
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg Immediate Care Medical Director Samuel Crosby said the Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure’s new regulations on opioids for pain and benzodiazepines for anxiety are not to make patients feel judged, but for protection.
Hattiesburg Fire Department adds three firefighters
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Hattiesburg Fire Department added three firefighters to its ranks on Tuesday during a swearing-in ceremony. Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker and Hattiesburg Fire Chief Sherrocko Stewart welcomed Bobby Wells, Daniel Moore and David Holbrook to the department. All three are l