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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

Book Review: Mitchell’s ‘Race Against Time’ confronts the South’s difficult past

By JOSHUA WILSON,

Mississippi-based investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell is a hero in my eyes, and I was happy to see his much-anticipated memoir, “Race Against Time: A Reporter Reopens the Unsolved Murder Cases of the Civil Rights Era,” hit bookshelves earlier this year.







Lamar Co. officials remain vigilant on Coronavirus safety

By HASKEL BURNS,

While there have been no reported – or even presumptive – cases of the COVID-19 Coronavirus in Lamar County, officials there are being vigilant in educating their residents on safety measures and have pledged their resources and cooperation to Hattiesburg and Forrest County, which has had one presumptive case of the virus.


Petal to temporarily shut down senior center, take steps to protect firefighters in response to Coronavirus

By HASKEL BURNS,

In response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus – particularly the one presumptive case in Forrest County – officials from the City of Petal are taking steps to prevent the spread of the virus, including temporarily closing the Petal Senior Center and increasing safety measures for firefighters responding to emergency situations.



State health officials urge citizens to avoid mass gatherings, practice good hygiene; no closings for schools at this time

By JOSHUA WILSON,

At a press conference Thursday morning in Jackson, Mississippi State Department of Health officials urged the public to continue practicing good hygiene while also avoiding mass gatherings of 250 or more people.





Payment to Southern Miss ‘doesn’t pass the smell test’

By JOSHUA WILSON,

Mississippi Today, the Jackson-based online news organization, recently wrote an eye-opening account of University of Southern Mississippi officials using $5 million in federal welfare funds – paid to them by the Mississippi Community Education Center – to build a state-of-the-art volleyball facility at the Hattiesburg campus.


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