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Past articles by Vanessa:

Forrest County farm sows smiles

McMurry Farms has been getting a lot of attention lately. If you’ve driven down the Evelyn Gandy Parkway in Forrest County, you may have noticed zebras, buffalos and a camel. → Read More

Southern Miss student’s music charts on iTunes

University of Southern Mississippi student Kyle Graves says he was surprised to see his debut EP climbing the iTunes singer-songwriter chart when he released it in March. → Read More

Pine Belt man with rare illness becomes trucker for a day

A Waynesboro man, born with a rare disorder, fulfills his dream and becomes trucker for a day. → Read More

Laurel writer honors history of city through his books

Cleveland Payne is the author of 18 books including biographies, novels, and histories. → Read More

Petal teacher back home after battling COVID-19 for 139 days

Petal Primary School music teacher Kristi Linton says she spent a total of 139 days in three different health care facilities. Against all odds, she beat COVID-19 and was finally able to return home. → Read More

2021 law enforcement wrap up in the Pine Belt

Year-end crime stats are not officially available just yet, but a few law enforcement agencies in the Pine Belt identify drugs and theft as some of their biggest issues in 2021. → Read More

First student awarded Chief Tyrone Stewart Memorial Scholarship

Joseph Harris, a freshman at Jones College, is the first recipient of the Chief Tyrone Stewart Memorial Scholarship. → Read More

INTRODUCTION: Brandy McGill comes home to co-anchor Sunrise

Brandy is a Hattiesburg native who has deep connections to the Pine Belt. She hopes to show that with her reporting. → Read More

Pine Belt YMCA swim coach recognized statewide

Addy Panzram’s dedication to The Y Hub Fins has earned her statewide recognition. → Read More

Purvis football player moves beyond limitations with prosthetic leg

Purvis High School head football coach at Brad Hankins said Ethan Belk is a great example for his teammates. → Read More

Sacred Heart football player crowned homecoming queen

That Friday night, Jillian Hall kicked a field goal, took off her helmet and switched to the crown. → Read More

FCAHS homecoming queen gives crown to student who lost mom to cancer

After being named homecoming queen, senior Nyla Covington immediately decided to give her crown to another student, Brittany Walters, who lost her mom to cancer. → Read More

Pine Belt man to be featured in National Down Syndrome Society video at Times Square

Pine Belt resident, Zackery Wilson, will be featured in the hour-long presentation. → Read More

Longleaf Pre-K student brings joy to teacher through video during quarantine

One Pre-K student is making things just a bit better for her teacher with a thoughtful video. → Read More

Early-morning fire damages Petal home

An early-morning Sunday fire heavily damaged a home in Petal. → Read More

Petal Children’s Task Force serving hundreds of families during pandemic

Due to COVID-19, the Petal Children’s Task Force is serving more families in the area than it has in the past. → Read More

Laurel crossing guard spreads joy with her dance moves

If you have dropped off your child at Laurel Magnet School of the Arts this school year, you’ve definitely seen crossing guard Quenonas Evans and her stellar moves. → Read More

JCSD gearing up to enforce 2021 ‘Click-It-Or-Ticket’ campaign

Sheriff Joe Berlin will have his deputies on the Jones County highways and byways as part of the 2021 'Click-It-Or-Ticket" seat belt enforcement campaign → Read More

Jones County man wanted on child abuse charges captured

Douglas Lovett, who was wanted on a five-count warrant for felonious child abuse, was captured Saturday night by Jones County Sheriff's Office deputies. → Read More

Jones County deputy saves man’s life after overdose

Sheriff Joe Berlin says this is the second time this month deputies have saved a life with Narcan. → Read More