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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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Mayor issues executive order limiting restaurants, bars and nightclubs

By HASKEL BURNS,

To help protect the health of the community during the current COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Toby Barker has issued an executive order that will limit the hours and services of Hattiesburg restaurants, bars and nightclubs – including closing earlier and limiting the number of customers – while still allowing those establishments to fulfill the needs



Hattiesburg, Forrest County declare local state of emergency

By STAFF REPORTS,

Following the lead of the federal government on Friday afternoon, Forrest County Board of Supervisors President David Hogan and Mayor Toby Barker both signed documents declaring the response to COVID-19 a local emergency, which has been categorized as a pandemic event, for both Forrest County and the City of Hattiesburg. 


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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McCarty takes oath

By STAFF REPORTS,

Kent McCarty, the winner of the recent House District 101 special election, was sworn into the Mississippi House of Representatives on Monday, April 8. McCarty took the oath of office and was sworn in by Speaker of the House Philip Gunn to serve the district in Lamar County. 


Pine Belt shocked, saddened at tragic death of Hattiesburg’s Forrest Phillips

By RICKY NOBILE,

As a sports official, Hattiesburg’s Forrest Phillips did not specialize. No, he called football, basketball and baseball.

He officiated private schools and public schools, girls and boys. He called little league games, high school games, junior college games and college games.


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