The 1-percent sales tax increase on hotels, motels and restaurants that went into effect June 1 in Hattiesburg seems to be paying off pretty well for the city, with a payment of $226,272.08 recently received for the first month of the initiative.
Hattiesburg firm Neel-Schaffer has been given the green light to proceed with a comprehensive master plan for the upcoming Lamar County centralized sports complex, which will include cost estimates and identification of possible sites for the complex, among other specifics.
It’s no secret to Petal School District Superintendent Matt Dillon why the district continuously comes out on top in many state rankings – including tops among districts in Forrest and Lamar counties in all 14 categories in the 2018-19 Mississippi Academic Assessment Program.
Petal resident Cliff Pace is the 2013 Bassmaster Classic Champion and the 2019 MLF Bass Pro Tour State Eight Champion, with more than 150 fishing tournaments entered and more than $1.762 million in earnings from his professional fishing career.
Voters in Forrest and Lamar counties will return to the polls for a Tuesday runoff election that will decide several key positions in the counties, including the Republican nomination for sheriff, a chancery clerk seat and several supervisor positions.