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FestivalSouth postponed until 2021; Best of the Pine Belt voting to continue

By JOSHUA WILSON,

The Hattiesburg Concert Association, which presents FestivalSouth, announced Wednesday that the festival has been canceled and that all events have been moved to 2021.

However, online voting in the Best of the Pine Belt awards, which are sponsored by Signature Magazine, will continue.



Barker issues executive order requiring essential employees to wear masks, enforce social distancing guidelines

By HASKEL BURNS,

Mayor Toby Barker has issued another executive order regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, this one stipulating that all employees of businesses in Hattiesburg - essential and non-essential - are required to wear a mask when working around the public or other employees.




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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.




Local schools implement at-home learning, feeding plans for current closures

By HASKEL BURNS,

With Gov. Tate Reeves’ recent order to close all public schools throughout Mississippi until April 17 to limit any chance of exposure to the coronavirus, local school officials have put together plans to ensure students still receive vital services, including online at-home learning and meal plans.


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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Asst. Hattiesburg Police Chief Frank Misenhelter, left, talks with Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker and Communications Director Samantha McCain during Saturday morning's briefing.

Saturday night target for tropical storm force winds across Pine Belt

By BETH BUNCH,

Forrest County Emergency Management officials are still working off a worse-case scenario as they await the arrival of Hurricane Nate, which is predicted to make landfall as a weak Category 2 hurricane tonight along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Predictions as of the 11 a.m.




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