CITY OF HATTIESBURG NEWS

Mayor Barker Provides Guidance to Essential Businesses Regarding Masks

Mayor Barker Provides Guidance to Essential Businesses Regarding Masks

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – On Wednesday, Mayor Toby Barker issued Executive Order 2020-4 to provide guidance to essential and non-essential businesses maintaining minimum operations regarding masks. This order goes into effect on Friday, April 10 at 5 p.m. and will be enforced until April 30, 2020. It includes the following: All employees of essential businesses and all employees of nonessential businesses...

Hattiesburg Updates for COVID-19, Including a Positive Test for Employee

Hattiesburg, Mississippi –  Over the weekend, the City of Hattiesburg’s administrative team learned that an employee in Public Works tested positive for COVID-19.  The individual is currently hospitalized and has not been at work since Monday, March 23. All employees in the employee’s division have been notified of the presumptive positive test. In an abundance of caution, the city will...

Mayor Barker Provides Further Guidance to Businesses in Response to COVID-19

Mayor Barker Provides Further Guidance to Businesses in Response to COVID-19

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – On Tuesday night, Mayor Toby Barker issued an updated executive order to provide guidance to essential and non-essential retail businesses, spas, nail salons, hair salons and barbershops. This order goes into effect on Thursday, March 26 and will be enforced until April 30, 2020. It includes the following: All financial services institutions (including banks and related financial...

Mayor Barker Updates Executive Order for COVID-19 Response

Mayor Barker Updates Executive Order for COVID-19 Response

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – On Saturday morning, Mayor Toby Barker issued an update to the executive order that was issued on Tuesday, March 17. It goes into effect on Sunday, March 22, and it states: All restaurants located in the City of Hattiesburg, with or without drive-in or drive-through services, may only provide take-out, pick-up, delivery, or drive-through services as allowed...

Hattiesburg Addresses City Operations, Court Protocols and Business Guidelines Amid COVID-19

Hattiesburg Addresses City Operations, Court Protocols and Business Guidelines Amid COVID-19

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – On Tuesday, Mayor Toby Barker was joined by city officials, community leaders and Forrest General’s Dr. Steven Farrell and Dr. Rambod Rouhbakhsh to discuss city operations, court procedures and recent developments for business guidelines. Barker stated, “Monitoring COVID-19 comes with many steps and factors – including listening to the medical community, meeting with stakeholder groups from the...

Hattiesburg and Forrest County Declare Local Emergency for COVID-19

Hattiesburg and Forrest County Declare Local Emergency for COVID-19

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – Following the lead of the federal government on Friday afternoon, Forrest County Board of Supervisor President David Hogan and Mayor Toby Barker both signed documents declaring the response to COVID-19 a local emergency, which has been categorized as a pandemic event, for both Forrest County and the City of Hattiesburg. This declaration will allow for the use...

Hattiesburg Discusses COVID-19 with Stakeholders and Restricts Travel

Hattiesburg Discusses COVID-19 with Stakeholders and Restricts Travel

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – While there are no confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Mississippi, Mayor Toby Barker convened with external stakeholders in the medical, education and emergency management communities on Monday, March 9 to discuss potential impacts and plans related to coronavirus. On Tuesday, March 10, the City of Hattiesburg’s administrative team issued a memo to employees restricting out of...

Hattiesburg Bridges Divides and Builds Opportunities with $5.39M Grant

Hattiesburg Bridges Divides and Builds Opportunities with $5.39M Grant

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – On Saturday afternoon, Mayor Toby Barker was joined by U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, Michele Gargiulo – District Director for Congressman Steven Palazzo, members from Hattiesburg City Council as well as local and statewide officials to discuss Hattiesburg’s recent award of $5.39 million in funding from the Department of Transportation to solve one of the city’s biggest transportation...

Hattiesburg Launches Census Campaign – Hattiesburg Counts

Hattiesburg Launches Census Campaign – Hattiesburg Counts

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – On Tuesday, Mayor Toby Barker was joined by several community leaders to launch Hattiesburg Counts – the Hub City’s 2020 Census campaign.  An accurate census helps ensure that fair representation occurs at all levels of government and it directly impacts the funding Hattiesburg will receive for the next decade. It guides the process of planning for education,...

Hattiesburg’s Mississippi Musicians Day Celebration Set for March 7

Hattiesburg’s Mississippi Musicians Day Celebration Set for March 7

Hattiesburg, Mississippi –  The City of Hattiesburg and community partners are bringing Mississippi Musicians Day to the Hub City on Saturday, March 7. The day-long celebration will include workshops & seminars, children’s activities and a finale performance by Vasti Jackson, John Wooton and more. Held at the Community Arts Center (825 North Main Street – formerly the Hattiesburg American Building),...

Hattiesburg Announces Three Significant Water Improvement Projects

Hattiesburg Announces Three Significant Water Improvement Projects

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – On Tuesday, Mayor Toby Barker was joined by Ward 3 Councilman Carter Carrol, Ward 4 Councilwoman Mary Dryden, Ward 5 Councilman Nicholas Brown and neighborhood representatives to announce water improvement projects for three Hattiesburg neighborhoods: Shadow Wood, Audubon-Westwood and Country Club Road.  “For the past two and a half years, our administration and city council have worked...

Hattiesburg Celebrates Black History Month

Hattiesburg Celebrates Black History Month

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – Several organizations in the City of Hattiesburg are coming together to celebrate Black History Month through seminars, workshops, community events and more. For details regarding events in Hattiesburg, see the list below.