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City Council to meet only twice in April, move location to minimize risk from coronavirus

By HASKEL BURNS,

In keeping with guidelines, recommendations and regulations handed down by health and other local officials during the COVID-19 pandemic, Hattiesburg City Council has cut the number of its April meetings in half – from the usual four down to two – and will move those meetings from City Hall to a larger location.



Food pantries, soup kitchens meet needs during crisis

By HASKEL BURNS,

While the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has put a halt to several activities throughout Hattiesburg and Petal, food pantries and soup kitchens across in the area are making changes – whether that be extending hours, reducing hours or exploring alternative options to their services – to ensure their existing and new clients continue to receive mu


Hattiesburg public schools providing breakfast, lunch for students during crisis

By J. DANIEL CLOUD,

Although Hattiesburg public schools are closed until deemed safe from COVID-19, the schools continue to provide breakfast and lunch for students.

Children age 18 and under can pick up free meals in a local school’s drop-off car line even if they are not students at the school. Walk-ups are also welcome for those who are nearby.



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Officials outline details of upcoming railroad overpass

By HASKEL BURNS,

Against the backdrop of a stationary Canadian National train, Mayor Toby Barker – along with other city, county and state officials – laid out the plan for a $5.39 million grant that will help build an overpass over that rail line in the East Jerusalem neighborhood, the first step in alleviating traffic congestion caused by trains in several do


Extra Table launches #NowMoreThanEver fundraiser to help with food stocks during coronavirus pandemic

By HASKEL BURNS,

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Extra Table in Hattiesburg is kicking off a new campaign aimed at helping the organization increase the amount of healthy food it sends to food pantries throughout Mississippi in order to better serve its clients in this time of need.





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To Tax or not to tax? Petal aldermen to decide whether to send sales tax election proposal to legislature

By HASKEL BURNS,

The Petal Board of Aldermen is expected to decide as early as its March 3 meeting whether to ask the Mississippi Legislature to set an election allowing residents to vote on the possibility of a sales tax increase that could bring more than $700,000 a year in extra revenue into the Friendly City.





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