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Man dead after opening fire outside Hub City nightclub

The suspect involved in an overnight shooting at Ropers in Hattiesburg died from his injures according to authorities. Forrest County Deputy Coroner Lisa Klem identified the suspect as Bryan Wright, 40, of Petal. She said there was at least one gunshot wound visible, and the body will be sent to the

WDAM-TV - 2017-09-23 07:43:44

Police on scene of active shooter at Hattiesburg bar

Police on scene of active shooter at Hattiesburg barPolice on scene of active shooter at Hattiesburg bar Updated: Saturday, September 23 2017 4:41 AM EDT2017-09-23 08:41:26 GMT Emergency personnel are on the scene of an active shooter report at a Hattiesburg bar. Police responded to Ropers Rockin-Co

WDAM-TV - 2017-09-23 07:43:44

Suspect involved in shooting at Mississippi bar dies

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - The man involved in a shooting at a Hattiesburg bar has died. Forrest County Deputy Coroner Lisa Klem identified the man as 40-year-old Bryan Wright, of Petal. She says Wright's body will be sent to the State Crime Lab in Jackson for an autopsy. WDAM-TV reports Police Chief

WHLT.COM - 2017-09-23 20:46:41

William Carey University School of Education posts record enrollment

William Carey University's School of Education has reached a record high enrollment for the third consecutive year. The fall 2017 enrollment of 1,325 exceeds last fall's record of 1,319 students. "With teacher education numbers down across the nation, we feel honored to have an increase for the four

HATTIESBURG AMERICAN - 2017-09-23 21:08:08

Joyce Caroline Westmorland Wood Lee

Joyce Caroline Westmorland Wood Lee, 76, of Hattiesburg died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, at her home. Services will be Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, at 10 a.m. at Oak Grove United Methodist Church followed by a graveside service at 1:30 p.m. at Vicksburg City Cemetery. Mrs. Lee was preceded in death by h

VICKSBURG POST - 2017-09-23 23:59:59

Man killed after firing 20-30 gunshots outside of Ropers in Hattiesburg, officials say

What was supposed to be a normal Friday night out for so many bar patrons at Ropers Rockin' Country changed quickly when witnesses said Bryan Wright arrived and tried to get into the bar. He was allegedly belligerent, so he was turned away at the door. It was when he returned that things spiraled

BILOXI SUN HERALD - 2017-09-23 20:21:00

Hattiesburg woman found guilty of 2016 Forrest County murder

A Hattiesburg woman was found guilty this week of intentionally killing a man by running over him with an unidentified vehicle. Melissa Cruz, 47, was found guilty of first-degree murder during a jury trial at Forrest County Courthouse in connection to the death of 45-year-old Keith Phillips. The jur

HATTIESBURG AMERICAN - 2017-09-22 19:14:29

Movie Star Restaurant co-owner Roger Bickham quietly helps those who need a hand

Roger Bickham, co-owner of Movie Star Restaurant, finds ways to help veterans, cancer survivors, the homeless and anyone else who may need a hand. Susan Broadbridge/Hattiesburg American Roger Bickham may be quietly working behind the scenes to make life better for some in the Pine Belt, but his act

HATTIESBURG AMERICAN - 2017-09-23 13:07:08

Tony Leland: 'Set goals for everything in life'

Meet Tony Leland, 33, a TekLinks employee who works with businesses to make their information technology work for them. Leland earned a bachelor's degree in marketing from the University of Southern Mississippi and graduated from Hattiesburg High. He is an active member of Venture Church. Leland and

HATTIESBURG AMERICAN - 2017-09-23 13:45:01

Pine Belt high school football scores September 22

Week 6 of the high school football season got underway Friday. For classes 6A, 5A and 1A, this week marks the beginning of region competition. PCS opened District 1-AAAA play last week. Here is a roundup of halftime scores: Gautier 6, Hattiesburg 28 Oak Grove 3, George County 0 Pearl 0, Petal 0 Ja

HATTIESBURG AMERICAN - 2017-09-23 01:30:13

HPD seeks suspect who led police on chase in stolen vehicle

Hattiesburg Police Department spokesman Lt. Jon Traxler said many vehicle break-ins have occurred recently. Residents can sometimes avoid a break-in by locking car doors and keeping valuables out of sight. Lici Beveridge/Hattiesburg American Hattiesburg police are looking for a man who led police o

HATTIESBURG AMERICAN - 2017-09-22 19:32:42

Kids Hub recognizes HPD Officer's observations to help young boy

The Kids Hub recognized the Hattiesburg Police Department Friday morning for an officer's observations that may have saved an eight-year-old boy's life. The Child Advocacy Center recognized the department before a meeting with the Forrest County Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) Members Friday morning.

WDAM-TV - 2017-09-22 22:35:20

Hattiesburg Company Helps Curb Potential Mosquito Outbreak After Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

Hattiesburg, Miss. -Jeremy Hirsch, an entrepreneur from Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and president of Spartan Mosquito, is on a mission to help the residents of both Texas and Florida address a health risk that promises to get worse in the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma - mosquitoes. Mosquit

WHLT.COM - 2017-09-21 21:41:42

Live updates: Mississippi high school football scores, news

Annie Costabile has a behind the scenes look at the Cougars as they prepare for their first region game against No. 5 Warren Central. Annie Costabile Join The Clarion-Ledger, Hattiesburg American and sports writers and broadcasters around the state as they cover Week 4 of the Mississippi high schoo

HATTIESBURG AMERICAN - 2017-09-22 23:48:40

Hattiesburg "To-Go Cup" ordinance in effect

Visitors to Downtown Hattiesburg can now enjoy the area with an alcoholic drink in their hand, if they'd like. The city's "To-Go Cup" ordinance is in effect. It allows customers to buy an alcoholic beverage from an approved restaurant or bar and walk around an established boundary in the downtown ar

WDAM-TV - 2017-09-22 23:00:51

Church hosting World Youth Day 2017

The Whole Armor Church of God In Christ in Hattiesburg will hold World Youth Day 2017 this weekend. On Saturday, September 23rd from 12 p.m.- 3 p.m., there will be a free workshop titled "Real Talk". It's free for young ladies to build leadership skills and self esteem. Refreshments will be served.

WDAM-TV - 2017-09-22 18:15:34

Insurance commissioner explains how storms affect rates

Photo Source: WDAM Insurance commissioner explains how storms affect ratesInsurance commissioner explains how storms affect rates Updated: Thursday, September 21 2017 3:48 PM EDT2017-09-21 19:48:19 GMT With all the destruction left behind from Hurricanes this season, homeowners may be wondering if t

WDAM-TV - 2017-09-21 19:42:50

Roadside prayer with complete stranger memorializes wreck victims, comforts mourners

The women were on the side of Veterans Memorial Boulevard in Hattiesburg with flowers, balloons, and a homemade sign when Andy Waites passed them on his way out of town. "I can't explain it, but I had this overwhelming need to turn around," he said. "God took my mind off of where I was going and tur

HATTIESBURG AMERICAN - 2017-09-21 23:57:43

Physicians, families affected by childhood cancer hope for more funds for research

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. It is a disease that affects thousands of children in the U.S. each year, but the good news is that more and more children are surviving cancer. One such survivor is Noelle Carter of Hattiesburg. She was diagnosed with stage three liver cance

WDAM-TV - 2017-09-21 21:26:07

Metro economic growth in Mississippi lags the nation in 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Economic growth in Mississippi's three metropolitan areas lagged the national average in 2016. Numbers released Wednesday by the U.S. Commerce Department show the economy shrank slightly in the Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula metro area, while it was flat in metro Jackson and grew

WHLT.COM - 2017-09-21 19:16:27