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Donation of former McDonald’s building not so ‘golden’


The fate of the former McDonald’s building on East Central Avenue in Petal is still up in the air, at least for the time being.

The Petal Board of Aldermen voted Tuesday to deny owner David McKellar’s proposed donation of the property to the city, with Mayor Hal Marx suggesting the city would have no use for the building.

Purvis man found guilty of sexual battery, faces life in prison


A Purvis man faces the possibility of life in prison after being found guilty of sexual battery of a child.

Fifteenth Circuit Court District Attorney Hal Kittrell said Jeffery Barnes, 51, was found guilty Wednesday by a Lamar County jury. Barnes will be sentenced on December 3, with a maximum penalty of up to life in prison.

MS Armed Forces Museum in running for $5K, volunteer service


The Mississippi Armed Forces Museum at Camp Shelby is in the running for a $5,000 grant and a day of volunteer service through the What a Difference a Day Makes contest, an initiative by Regions Bank that highlights nonprofit organizations that provide services to veterans, military personnel and their families.

Lumberton defense shuts out McAdams as the Panthers advance to second round


Lumberton advances to the second round of the playoffs with a 26-0 win over McAdams Friday night. In a game of offensive struggles for both teams and 21 total penalties amongst the two, it was the Panthers’ defense that showed a strong performance, resulting in a win for the Panthers.



Forrest County Jail Docket


The public record of the past week’s felony arrests from the Forrest County Sheriff’s office includes the following reports. Information is provided by the sheriff’s office and Hattiesburg and Petal police departments. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law:

Forrest County jail docket

Editor's note: Th 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.

Faculty, staff, students raise over $6K for Texas school district


Faculty, staff and students in Petal School District have been pinching pennies lately as a way to pay it forward to other districts affected by hurricanes.

After Petal was hit by a tornado in January, numerous school districts reached out to Petal School District to offer assistance.