In 2018, Project NOLA’s network of more than 25,000 high-definition crime cameras in New Orleans helped the New Orleans Police Department reduce the local murder rate to the lowest since 1971 – including a 9 percent reduction in homicides – along with a 12 percent drop in armed robberies.
The former Forrest County Agricultural High School band director who was arrested for sexual activities with a child will go to trial March 4, 2020.
With tax season right around the corner, the Lamar County School District is once again offering residents in the district the chance to contribute to area Pre-K, with the added benefit of receiving tax credits on next year’s filings.
For Oak Grove Middle School sixth-grader Allyson Aultman, the highlight of last week’s STEM activities was the “roller derby” game, in which students used the roll of the dice to determine probability.
“It was my favorite (activity),” she said. “I learned communication, strategy, thinking skills and planning ahead.”
Since the Forrest County Board of Supervisors was implemented as a governing agency in 1890 – almost 130 years ago – voters of the county have never elected a woman to the board.
Before Chris Epps got exposed for being a crook, the former Mississippi corrections commissioner made a lot of sense when he talked about finding the right balance between the crimes committed and the punishments doled out for them.
“We’ve got to decide in this state who we’re afraid of and who we’re mad at,” Epps was fond of saying.
During the past year, Sen. Joey Fillingane of Sumrall helped secure funding under two initiatives - $500,000 through the BP Settlement Bill and $2 million from Senate Bill 3065 – to improve recreation in Sumrall, particularly at the city’s sports complex off Mississippi 42.
A Hattiesburg man has been arrested and charged with several counts of burglary after being held at gunpoint by a Lamar County homeowner while attempting to break into the man’s house.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following individuals were arrested and charged with misdemeanor or felony crimes and booked into the Forrest County Jail. The report is published in its entirety each Thursday as provided to The PineBelt NEWS from administrators with the Forrest County Jail.
Hub City residents are known for their kindness, generosity and looking out for one another. It happens all the time under a variety of circumstances. And in true Pine Belt fashion, it’s happened again, but in a way that has extended far beyond the confines of the Pine Belt.
As of July 1, Marcus Boyles is back as the Petal Panthers head football coach.
The Mississippi high school coaching legend announced his retirement from his athletics director and head coach positions in March, but took back the reins last week.
The Mississippi Education Partnership Conference will be held Feb. 25-26 at Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg. The annual event celebrates achievements and collaborations in schools – and educators from all over the state are invited to attend.
When a young team like Presbyterian Christian is in the process of gaining experience week by week, the players need a game like last week. In a 20-7 loss, the Bobcats were in the game, and there’s something to be said for that.
Mayor Toby Barker said the recent special session of the Mississippi Legislature “might have been the most impactful special session of our lifetime,” with two pieces of legislation being passed that will eventually give Hattiesburg millions of dollars for infrastructure and road improvements throughout the city.