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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





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


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Race: Tough discussions often help us realize that we’re much more alike than we are different

By ELIJAH JONES,

Race. It's an uncomfortable topic for a lot of people. But, I ask, why should it be? When I make a post on Facebook involving the subject of race, some people seem to steer clear of the discussion.

Race is often one of those third-rail issues, where people fear saying the wrong thing. Not me. 



State health officials: Six COVID-19 cases in Mississippi, including three in Forrest Co.

By JOSHUA WILSON,

There are now six presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi, including three cases in Forrest County, according to state health officials.

The first Forrest County case was identified Wednesday night, and the two additional cases in the county were announced Friday.



Former FCAHS teacher faces possible 30 years after pleading guilty to sexual battery

By HASKEL BURNS,

The former Forrest County Agricultural High School band director who was arrested last year for sexual activities with a child is facing a possible 30 years in prison after pleading guilty in Forrest County Circuit Court to one count of sexual battery in a position of trust or authority.


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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.



Lamar County jail docket

By SUBMITTED REPORTS,

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following individuals were arrested and charged with misdemeanor or felony crimes and booked into the Lamar County Jail. The report is published in its entirety each Thursday as provided to The PineBelt NEWS from administrators with the Lamar County Jail.


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

By NIKKI SMITH,

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.


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