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East Hardy bridge construction slated for summer


It will only be a matter of months before construction begins on a new East Hardy Street bridge.

A proposed layout for the new bridge was presented to the Forrest County Board of Supervisors Monday. The new structure will replace the almost 70-year-old bridge connecting East Hardy Street in Hattiesburg and South Main Street in Petal.

Hattiesburg parade, tree lighting Thursday, Dec. 5


On Thursday, December 5, the City of Hattiesburg will kick off the Christmas season with the Hattiesburg Jaycee’s 69th annual Christmas Parade and the city’s Tree Lighting event at Town Square Park.

The theme for this year’s parade is Miracle on Main Street and will feature bands, floats, walking groups, beauty queens and much more.


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.

Federal judges should consider alternative sentencing for pain cream fraud defendants


Before Chris Epps got exposed for being a crook, the former Mississippi corrections commissioner made a lot of sense when he talked about finding the right balance between the crimes committed and the punishments doled out for them.

“We’ve got to decide in this state who we’re afraid of and who we’re mad at,” Epps was fond of saying.