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A coal-fired power plant in Purvis is one of the top groundwater contaminators in the country, according to a report published earlier this month.

A Lamar County pub that closed in January pending an alcohol permit from the Mississippi Department of Revenue’s Alcoholic Beverage Control is expected to re-open soon with the ability to sell...

Friendly City officials expect the Petal Fire Department’s new fire rating of 4 – which was recently improved from a 5 by the Mississippi State Rating Bureau – to be a huge boost for residents...

Forrest County taxpayers will have to reimburse some $1.2 million in tax payments to Kohler Industries, a Wisconsin-based manufacturing company, in connection with a settlement agreement signed...

Kohler Industries announced a $20 million expansion Tuesday morning that is expected to bring approximately 250 full-time jobs to the Pine Belt and add a second engine line for the Wisconsin-...

The number of candidates actively campaigning in this year’s race for Forrest County Sheriff has dropped to four, as Nick Calico announced last week he has suspended his campaign.










Hudson seeks tax collector seat

By BETH BUNCH,

Sen. Billy Hudson announced during Monday’s Forrest County Board of Supervisors meeting that he has qualified for the seat of Forrest County Tax Collector being vacated by Delbert Dearman.

Dearman, who was elected in 1992 and has held the seat for almost 30 years, announced his retirement last week, saying seven terms was enough. 




WHAT’S IN A NAME? In the case of ‘Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus,’ a whole bunch of letters

By KEITH BALL,

Many places in the Pine Belt have unique names. The origins of these names offer a glimpse into our local history and culture. 

 The first time I learned about the origins of a local place was in my third grade class at W.L. Smith Elementary when Ulmer Byrd visited as a guest speaker. 


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