Category: News & Updates

Engineer Pierce Named Firefighter of the Year for 2023
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Engineer Pierce Named Firefighter of the Year for 2023

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – Engineer Dean Pierce was recently named Hattiesburg’s Firefighter of the Year by his peers and administrators at the Hattiesburg Fire Department. This annual designation is given to one firefighter who performs above expectations and who continues to be a positive role model for younger firefighters. Nominations are asked to look at the...

Hattiesburg Celebrates 100th Anniversary of City Hall
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Hattiesburg Celebrates 100th Anniversary of City Hall

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – On January 19, 2023, Mayor Toby Barker released a video proclamation declaring the 100th Anniversary of City Hall, located at 200 Forrest Street in Downtown Hattiesburg. To commemorate the occasion, content featuring the history of the building will be shared across the City’s social media channels throughout the following week. All will...

Entertainment Announced for Midnight on Front Street, Hattiesburg’s NYE Celebration
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Entertainment Announced for Midnight on Front Street, Hattiesburg’s NYE Celebration

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – Residents and visitors alike are in for a treat with an early confetti countdown for children, two live musical acts, vendors and a street party during Midnight on Front Street, Hattiesburg’s New Year’s Eve Celebration on Saturday, December 31. Slated for a full night, the event will feature live music from Hub...

Artwork Unveiled for 2022 Midnight on Front Street Poster
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Artwork Unveiled for 2022 Midnight on Front Street Poster

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – During a press conference on Wednesday, December 7, Mayor Toby Barker was joined by the Hattiesburg Alliance for Public Art and the Downtown Hattiesburg Association to unveil artwork by long-time Hattiesburger, Kym Garraway, that will be featured on the Midnight on Front Street, Hattiesburg’s New Year’s Eve Celebration poster.  The artwork “Hub...

City of Hattiesburg’s Engineer Moves on to Private Sector
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City of Hattiesburg’s Engineer Moves on to Private Sector

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – This week, City Engineer Lamar Rutland will share his last days of service to the City of Hattiesburg before moving into the private sector for a new opportunity.  Rutland’s tenure as city engineer began in July 2014 under Mayor Johnny DuPree. He was reappointed in 2017 under Mayor Toby Barker’s administration. During...

Hattiesburg Community Arts Center Receives Grant for Theater Renovation
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Hattiesburg Community Arts Center Receives Grant for Theater Renovation

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – The Paper Warehouse Theatre, a performance space in the Hattiesburg Community Arts Center, will soon see much-needed upgrades thanks to a grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission Building Fund for the Arts Program. The grant funding totals $219,240 and will go toward transforming the warehouse space into a black box theater, a...

BC Chris Carr Steps Into Assistant Chief Role for Hattiesburg Fire Department
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BC Chris Carr Steps Into Assistant Chief Role for Hattiesburg Fire Department

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – On Monday, November 21, 2022, the Hattiesburg Civil Service Commission voted unanimously to approve Fire Chief Sherrocko Stewart’s provisional appointment of Battalion Chief Chris Carr as assistant fire chief for the Hattiesburg Fire Department. Carr has more than 25 years of fire service, with the last four serving as a Battalion Chief...

City Officials Seek Artist for Midnight on Front Street Event Poster
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City Officials Seek Artist for Midnight on Front Street Event Poster

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – To honor both the rich history of the iconic Hub Sign and the present through the sign’s presence at Midnight on Front Street, Hattiesburg’s New Year’s Eve Celebration, city officials are seeking an artist for the event’s annual promotional poster.   In 2019, a tradition was established through a contest among local artists...

Hattiesburg Receives Honors at Conference for Alabama – Mississippi Chapters of the American Planning Association
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Hattiesburg Receives Honors at Conference for Alabama – Mississippi Chapters of the American Planning Association

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – Hattiesburg was recently recognized at the 2022 annual conference for the Alabama – Mississippi Chapters of the American Planning Association. Honors included an award for Dr. Richard Conville, a longtime member of the Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment, as a “Planning Advocate”; and a “Great Public Space” award for the collaboration...

City of Hattiesburg Releases Holiday Event Dates
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City of Hattiesburg Releases Holiday Event Dates

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – With seven weeks left in 2022, the City of Hattiesburg is asking residents and visitors to mark their calendars for two holiday staples – the Christmas Tree Lighting on Thursday, December 1 and Midnight on Front Street, Hattiesburg’s New Year’s Eve Celebration on Saturday, December 31.  The tree lighting, which follows the...