Friday night’s matchup in Petal was a battle of two of the state’s Top 10 teams as the No. 10 Panthers welcomed the No. 5 Brandon Bulldogs to town.
Big plays and a dominant defense in the second half put the Purvis Tornadoes in the driver’s seat as they downed Lamar County rival, Sumrall, 28-17 in the Battle of 589.
It’s been a little more than a year and a half since Jackson-based Intervest Corporation acquired the former Hattiesburg High School building on Main Street, with the intention to turn the facility into age-restricted apartment units.
Leon Waldoff grew up in in Hattiesburg, living here for 18 years before heading to college at Northwestern.
He and his family were part of a small Jewish community that had settled in Hattiesburg. Most of the Jewish families living here in the 1930s and 1940s were immigrants from Russia and Poland.
The Fiscal Year 2020 budget that was recently passed by the Petal Board of Aldermen will stand and go into effect Oct. 1, as the board voted during a special-called meeting Monday to override Mayor Hal Marx’s previous veto of the budget.
The Petal and Lamar County school districts showed up and showed out during this year’s Mississippi Statewide Accountability System, with Petal earning the No. 1 school district in the state and Lamar County placing ninth in the state.
Bands often grow as artists. Over a pair of records, Alabama Shakes rolled the dice twice and turned up winners. Singer/guitarist Brittany Howard saw the need to write her most personal music yet. And her most soulful too.
In a season already filled with challenges, Sacred Heart suffered a tough loss to Richton Friday night and fell 40-11 to the Rebels from Perry County.
The Crusaders, who are 0-4 on the season, had no answer to Richton’s running game led by quarterback Dylan Farve.
With a revised version of her proposed ordinance to decriminalize the simple possession of up to 30 grams of marijuana within Hattiesburg city limits, Ward 2 Councilwoman Deborah Delgado will now look forward to a vote on the ordinance at the next meeting of Hattiesburg City Council.
Last year, the Barksdale Reading Institute implemented The Parent Academy – a free program designed to help parents prepare their 4-year-old children for kindergarten – in 12 school districts across Mississippi, graduating more than 500 parents and caregivers.
The Petal Panthers have found themselves in a rare position.
The Panthers’ backfield returns three players in 2019 who combined for 4,123 offensive yards, which leaves Petal coach Marcus Boyles and his assistant coaches with a lot of options on that side of the ball.
Hailing from various universities, the Pine Belt area is home to a few players who will get a shot at the NFL this upcoming season. Petal’s Javon Patterson was the lone player to hear his name called during the NFL Draft last week, but Oak Grove’s Logan Scott and Picasso Nelson Jr.
When I was a kid, there were very few residents of Hispanic origin here in Hattiesburg. We were a city of, basically, blacks and whites. I had a couple of Asian-American classmates at Hattiesburg's Blair High School, but all in all, ours was not much of an international city. Boy, has that ever changed.
With less than three minutes to go in Saturday night’s football game between Laurel and Hattiesburg, a disturbance of some kind sent players and fans scrambling off the field and out of the stands for some 20 minutes before play resumed.
Editor's note: The following individuals were arrested and charged with misemeanor 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.
On this week’s episode of The PineBeltSPORTS Podcast Lumberton coach Zach Jones and Petal wide receiver Trent Williams join the show for separate interview.