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Residents throughout the Pine Belt have been familiar for the last three years with Ben and Erin Napier through their HGTV show “Home Town,” in which the couple renovates and restores houses in the historic district of their hometown of Laurel.
Officials from the Petal School District and Petal Police Department are conducting an investigation into alleged inappropriate communications between a now-former Petal High School employee and a student.
Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker is proposing the idea of creating a new official district that would stretch east and west of the Bouie and Leaf rivers aimed at promoting infrastructure, recreation and economic vitality in that area of Hattiesburg, Petal and Forrest County.
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.
The public record of the past week’s felony arrests from the Forrest County Sheriff’s office includes the following reports. Information is provided by the sheriff’s office and Hattiesburg and Petal police departments. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law: