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Petal city officials are working to settle a dispute between property owners to determine who will be responsible for cleaning up some debris left over from the tornado that struck the Friendly City in January 2017.

To Jeff Cruise, who lives on the western side of Purvis, it’s his “baby” – a 48-foot tall redwood tree that he planted 21 years ago.

 U.S. Hwy. 49 was a sea of red, white and blue Tuesday morning as Hattiesburg residents and those from across the Pine Belt lined the busy highway to show support for area soldiers being deployed.

The Pine Belt was home to a ton of good high school basketball this season, and that’s not a surprise because of the players who played in the area.

On this week’s episode of The PineBeltSPORTS Podcast, Hattiesburg girls basketball coach Caronica Jackson joins the show to talk all things State Championship.

Creating solutions, putting city first goals of candidates


The two candidates who face each other Tuesday in the runoff for the state House District 102 seat are working hard to bring out the votes. The runoff between Missy McGee and Kathryn Rehner is required because neither candidate collected a majority of votes in the Sept. 12 special election.

First Barker budget passes


With little fanfare, the Hattiesburg City Council unanimously approved the first budget under Mayor Toby Barker last week with the inclusion of pay raises, improved infrastructure and new projects in each ward.

Barker said he was pleased with the City Council’s positive reaction to the budget.

Campaigning continues for House District 102 candidates


Missy Warren McGee and Kathryn Rehner will be campaigning for the next week after the two Hattiesburg collected enough votes for an Oct. 3 runoff to fill the state House District 102 seat

The two women were among four candidates who competed Sept. 12 in a special election. The runoff could have a bearing on the

Pine Hills residents come out in opposition to zoning request


The zoning issue that received the most comments from Hattiesburg residents during last Monday’s lengthy hearing generated no discussion during the City Council’s 3-2 vote to approve changing the 1711 S. 28th Ave. property from single-family residential to professional business.