Category: News & Updates

City + Local Nonprofits Discuss Ways to Give During the Holidays
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City + Local Nonprofits Discuss Ways to Give During the Holidays

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – On Thursday, November 21, Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker was joined by Hattiesburg Police Chief Anthony Parker, Fire Chief Sherrocko Stewart, the City’s Homeless Coordinator Kim Townsend – as well as An McCullen with Edwards Street Fellowship, Jim Prout with Christian Services and Tracie Fowler with the United Way of Southeast Mississippi –...

Hattiesburg to Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Hub Sign Drop & Fireworks
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Hattiesburg to Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Hub Sign Drop & Fireworks

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – On Tuesday, December 31, 2019, the City of Hattiesburg will join VisitHATTIESBURG and the Hattiesburg Downtown Association to present the city’s 2nd Annual New Year’s Eve Celebration – Midnight on Front Street. The inaugural event occurred in 2018, when Mayor Toby Barker initiated the city’s first-ever New Year’s Eve “drop” with the...

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Hattiesburg Police Department Takes Public Comment as Part of Re-accreditation

The Hattiesburg Police Department is scheduled for an on-site assessment November 4 – 7, 2019 as part of its re-accreditation process which is administered by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). This program requires agencies to comply with state-of-the-art standards in four basic areas: policy and procedures, administration, operations and support...

Hattiesburg Unveils Nine Electronic Charging Stations to Honor Local Resident
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Hattiesburg Unveils Nine Electronic Charging Stations to Honor Local Resident

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – Recently, Mayor Toby Barker was joined by local city officials, community leaders, Representatives Missy McGee and Percy Watson and the family of Kaity Grenn at Town Square Park to reveal one of nine new electric wheelchair charging stations named in her honor. In March, Grenn commented on a Facebook post asking about the...

Hattiesburg Announces 38th Avenue Sidewalk Project
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Hattiesburg Announces 38th Avenue Sidewalk Project

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – On Friday, September 20, Mayor Toby Barker was joined by Ward 1 Councilman Jeffrey George, University of Southern Mississippi President Dr. Rodney Bennett, Forrest County District 5 Supervisor Chris Bowen, House District 102 State Representative Missy McGee and representatives from The University of Southern Mississippi to discuss the construction of an 8-foot multi-use...

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Third Draft of Animal Control Ordinance Up for Review

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – A third draft for an update to the 1982 Animal Control Ordinance is now available for review by City Council members and the community. Since April, stakeholder groups, community members and more have provided feedback to shape the scope of the drafted ordinance. For comparison, below are the progression of documents made...

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City Council Adopts Fiscal Year 2020 Budget

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – Unanimously, the Hattiesburg City Council has adopted the resolution to approve the Fiscal Year 2020 Budget. For a full look at the budget, see the links below: Fiscal Year 2020 – Budget Narrative Fiscal Year 2020 – Budget Also linked below is a video summary addressing the highlights of the FY 2020...

City Announces $120,000 in Funding for Duncan Lake
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City Announces $120,000 in Funding for Duncan Lake

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – On Monday afternoon, Mayor Toby Barker was joined by Ward 2 Councilwoman Deborah Delgado and State Representative Missy McGee to announce a $120,000 grant from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks and Federal Highway Administration. When matched with around $70,000 of local funding through the new 1% restaurant/hotel tax, this...

Hattiesburg Hosts Annual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony
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Hattiesburg Hosts Annual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – On Wednesday, September 11, the City of Hattiesburg will host its annual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony at 8:40 a.m. It will take place at Hattiesburg Fire Station #1 and will include the national anthem performed by violinist John Eze Uzodinma II and a keynote address by Major General (retired) Jeff Hammond. “Nearly 3,000...

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City Responds to AKC Alert

On Tuesday, Sept. 3, a second draft of the update to the city’s Animal Control Ordinance will be on the Hattiesburg City Council agenda. This past Friday, the American Kennel Club issued a release regarding the update – and we wanted to take a few moments with you today to present a timeline for how...

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