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Representative Billy Andrews of Purvis has resigned from the Mississippi House of Representatives, about two months after indicating Republican House Speaker Philip Gunn is going against state law
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, medical masks are in short supply, but one Hattiesburg group is working to ensure health care workers in the Pine Belt have what they need.
After a phone conference with Gov.
While the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has put a halt to several activities throughout Hattiesburg and Petal, food pantries and soup kitchens across in the area are making changes – whether that b


Hattiesburg Convention Commission takes measures to continue revenue, help area restaurants in face of virus

By HASKEL BURNS,

The current coronavirus pandemic may have put a financial strain on the Hattiesburg Convention Commission – which benefits from the 2 percent sales tax collected from the also financially-burdened restaurants in the city – but the organization is remaining steadfast to keep revenue flowing and help restaurants ease the strain of restrictions an



Hattiesburg public schools providing breakfast, lunch for students during crisis

By J. DANIEL CLOUD,

Although Hattiesburg public schools are closed until deemed safe from COVID-19, the schools continue to provide breakfast and lunch for students.

Children age 18 and under can pick up free meals in a local school’s drop-off car line even if they are not students at the school. Walk-ups are also welcome for those who are nearby.




Southern Miss students adjust to virtual classes following campus close

By LAUREL THRAILKILL,

On March 12, Southern Miss President Rodney D. Bennett sent out a message providing updates about how COVID-19 will affect Southern Miss operations.

According to the message, spring break has been extended until March 27. Classes will resume March 30 in an online or remote delivery format for the rest of the semester.


Local schools begin at-home learning and feeding plans for current closure

By HASKEL BURNS,

With Gov. Tate Reeves’ recent order to close all public schools throughout Mississippi until April 17 to limit any chance of exposure to the coronavirus, local school officials have put together plans to ensure students still receive vital services, including online at-home learning and meal plans.




Hattiesburg Tourism Commission looks to weather economic loss at hotels caused by the coronavirus

By HASKEL BURNS,

According to the website of VisitHattiesburg – formally known as the Hattiesburg Tourism Commission – more than 1.8 million visitors spent $278 million in Hattiesburg’s economy in 2017, making the Hub City Mississippi’s third-most visited municipality.




Barker sets customer limits at essential retail, closes certain non-essential stores to help slow coronavirus

By HASKEL BURNS,

With the cases of COVID-19 in the local community almost tripling over a three-day period – rising from five presumptive positive cases to 14 in Forrest County as of Tuesday night – Mayor Toby Barker has issued another executive order that limits the number of customers at Hattiesburg businesses such as grocery stores and pharmacies, and closes


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