CITY OF HATTIESBURG NEWS

November Sales Tax Collections Continue Record-Setting Trend for Hattiesburg

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – With the Department of Revenue reporting complete for this month, sales tax collections for the City of Hattiesburg continue to trend up with November’s tax receipts being the highest November figure on record.  November 2020 sales tax receipts – $2,073,705.48 (highest November on record)  October 2020 sales tax receipts – $1,938,916.97 (highest October on record) September 2020...

Hattiesburg Raises New State Flag

Hattiesburg Raises New State Flag

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – Approximately 12 hours after the election was called, the City of Hattiesburg raised the “In God We Trust” flag over City Hall ceremoniously in celebration of more than 71 percent of voting Mississippians choosing “yes” to the new state flag design.  Before the Hattiesburg Fire Department Honor Guard raised the new flag, Mayor Toby Barker stated, “Today,...

Vernon F. Dahmer, Jr., Selected as Hattiesburg Veteran of the Year

Vernon F. Dahmer, Jr., Selected as Hattiesburg Veteran of the Year

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – On Wednesday, November 4, the City of Hattiesburg’s Veterans Committee and Mayor Toby Barker announced Vernon F. Dahmer, Jr. as the 2020 Veteran of the Year.  Dahmer, 91, served in the United States Air Force from 1951 until 1971 as a subject matter expert in the United States Air Force Telecommunications Center Operations field. After 20 years...

Hattiesburg Prepares for Hurricane Zeta

Hattiesburg Prepares for Hurricane Zeta

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – Zeta’s track remains steady without much change. Below are key messages from the 11 a.m. update with Forrest County Emergency Management. Be off the roads by 5 p.m. Regardless of what category hurricane Zeta makes landfall at, the Pine Belt area is expected to receive tropical-storm-force winds beginning at 5 p.m. Attached is a wind-timing graphic. The...

Campbell Loop Bridge to Close Immediately

Campbell Loop Bridge to Close Immediately

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – Based on the recommendation from a third party structural engineer and bridge inspection team, the City of Hattiesburg will close the bridge located on Campbell Loop on Thursday, October 22 due to unsafe structural conditions. The bridge is located between Broadacres Drive and Frontage Road.  The bridge’s unsafe travel conditions were revealed this week when a citizen...

Hattiesburg Reports Third Consecutive Month of Record Sales Tax Collections

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – For the third consecutive month, the City of Hattiesburg is experiencing record sales tax collections. October 2020 sales tax receipts – $1,938,916.97 (highest October on record) September 2020 sales tax receipts – $1,972,206.75 (highest September on record) August 2020 sales tax receipts – $2,025,615.49 (highest August on record) Each month’s receipts show the economic activity that occurred two...

Six Graduate Hattiesburg’s Fire Academy

Six Graduate Hattiesburg’s Fire Academy

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – On Tuesday, Oct. 20, the Hattiesburg Fire Department welcomed six new firefighters from Recruit Class 20-01 into its ranks. In order to become firefighters, Christopher Anderson, Jared Mott, Tyler Wells, Jonathon Hinton, Jordan Marshall and Brandon Clark spent 12 weeks undergoing rigorous training – physically and academically – at both the Hattiesburg Fire & Police Training Academy...

Mayor Barker Announces Rogers as Nominee for Hattiesburg Public School Board

Mayor Barker Announces Rogers as Nominee for Hattiesburg Public School Board

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – On Monday, October 19, Mayor Toby Barker named Neil Rogers as his nominee for the Hattiesburg Public School District Board of Trustees.  Mayor Barker said that Rogers’ experience as an attorney specializing in tax and real estate sales will be an added benefit to the combined level of expertise presented by the board. He will also aid...

Transformative Overpass Project Ahead for Downtown Hattiesburg

Transformative Overpass Project Ahead for Downtown Hattiesburg

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – On Tuesday afternoon, Mayor Toby Barker was joined by U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Representative Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., members from the Hattiesburg City Council as well as local and statewide officials to discuss Hattiesburg’s recent award of $13.22 million in funding from the Department of Transportation’s Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development, or better known as the...

Hattiesburg Fire Department Conducts Annual Hydrant Testing

Hattiesburg Fire Department Conducts Annual Hydrant Testing

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – Beginning Monday, October 12, the Hattiesburg Fire Department will begin annual testing on all fire hydrants across the City in accordance to requirements by the Mississippi State Rating Bureau. “This testing assesses the pressure and flow of every hydrant located in the city limits of Hattiesburg,” said Samantha McCain, chief communications officer. “Residents in these areas may...

“Let There Be Light” Mural Serves as Nod to Hattiesburg’s History & Future

“Let There Be Light” Mural Serves as Nod to Hattiesburg’s History & Future

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – On Wednesday, October 7, Mayor Toby Barker was joined by local artists Kym Garraway and River Prince with Prince Sign Co. to cut the ribbon on Downtown Hattiesburg’s latest mural – “Let There Be Light.”  This mural, almost spanning the height of the West Pine Street parking garage, features the iconic Hub Sign that sat atop the...

Hattiesburg Sets Trick-or-Treat Hours for Halloween

Hattiesburg Sets Trick-or-Treat Hours for Halloween

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – Although several annual events for October have been canceled due to COVID-19, trick-or-treating is still on the calendar. The City of Hattiesburg will observe Halloween on Saturday, October 31 with trick-or-treat hours between 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. This is a suggested time block for trick-or-treating, and the City encourages all residents to do what is best...