CITY OF HATTIESBURG NEWS

Mayor Toby Barker Announces Judicial Appointments

Mayor Toby Barker Announces Judicial Appointments

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – On Tuesday, June 4, 2024, Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker announced the appointments of Brian R. Bledsoe for Municipal Court Judge Post 1, Gay Polk-Payton for Municipal Court Judge Post 2, and Mary Moore Conville for Municipal Court Judge Pro Tempore. Brian R. Bledsoe has served as a municipal judge since 2017 and has extensive experience including roles...

Hattiesburg Recognizes Historic Preservation Week

Hattiesburg Recognizes Historic Preservation Week

Hattiesburg, Mississippi — From May 20 to May 24, 2024, the City of Hattiesburg will recognize Historic Preservation Week. This week will feature daily events to honor and preserve the city’s rich historical heritage. Historic Preservation Week is an annual event that underscores the importance of protecting and maintaining historical sites. This year’s celebration will include activities designed to engage the community...

Hattiesburg Announces $2.2 Million Grant for Next Phase of Gordon’s Creek Development

Hattiesburg Announces $2.2 Million Grant for Next Phase of Gordon’s Creek Development

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – On Monday, May 13, 2024, Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker announced a significant grant from the Mississippi Outdoor Stewardship Trust Fund (MOSTF) for $2,246,419 to continue the ambitious development of Gordon’s Creek into a key landmark for eco-tourism. This project enters its next phase with a total project budget of $3,046,419. This phase of the Gordon’s Creek project...

Hattiesburg Celebrates National Infrastructure Week

Hattiesburg Celebrates National Infrastructure Week

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – A city’s infrastructure is the foundational piece for which growth depends; 140 years since its incorporation, the City of Hattiesburg understands that deeply.  In the last decade, city officials have made great strides in improving infrastructure that impacts the daily lives of all residents and visitors—from miles and miles of paved roads to much-needed investments and upgrades...

Hattiesburg Names USM’s Coach McNelis as Grand Marshal for Parade of Champions

Hattiesburg Names USM’s Coach McNelis as Grand Marshal for Parade of Champions

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – On Tuesday, April 30, 2024, Mayor Toby Barker was joined by local high school and collegiate officials to announce Coach Joye Lee-McNelis as the Grand Marshal for the City’s upcoming Parade of Champions. The parade, which will take place on Monday, May 6, honors Hattiesburg-affiliated schools and college championships across athletics and academics for the current school...

Hattiesburg Judge to Receive National Award for Impacts on the Justice System

Hattiesburg Judge to Receive National Award for Impacts on the Justice System

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – Judge Wes Curry, the Municipal Court Judge for Hattiesburg, is the 2024 recipient of the Judge Stephen S. Goss Memorial Award for Leadership due to his long-term efforts in improving the systemic response for those who enter the justice system with behavioral health needs. Curry has served as Municipal Court Judge since 2017, when Hattiesburg Mayor Toby...

Mayor Declares April 19 – 21 As Busiest Weekend to Be a Hattiesburger

Mayor Declares April 19 – 21 As Busiest Weekend to Be a Hattiesburger

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – On Thursday, April 18, 2024, Mayor Toby Barker joined several event hosts and organizers to make his annual declaration of the “Busiest Weekend to be a Hattiesburger.” This year, that weekend falls on April 19, 20 and 21.  “October and April typically provide residents and visitors with several opportunities to enjoy our city through a long list...

Hattiesburg to Launch Pilot Program Enforcing School Zone Speed Limits with Radar Camera Assistance

Hattiesburg to Launch Pilot Program Enforcing School Zone Speed Limits with Radar Camera Assistance

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – With unanimous approval of the Hattiesburg City Council, the City of Hattiesburg will formally launch a pilot program on Monday, April 22, 2024, that will provide the Hattiesburg Police Department with radar camera-assisted support for the enforcement of school zone speed limits. The first two areas for the program’s launch include Hardy Street near 21st Avenue for...

Mayor Barker Nominates Holloway for Reappointment to Hattiesburg Public School Board of Trustees

Mayor Barker Nominates Holloway for Reappointment to Hattiesburg Public School Board of Trustees

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – Mayor Toby Barker has added an agenda item for the Hattiesburg City Council meeting on April 16 to reappoint Dr. Eddie A. Holloway to the Board of Trustees for the Hattiesburg Public School District. “The Hattiesburg Public School District has seen a remarkable renaissance in recent years, and that rise is a testament to strong, results-oriented leadership...

Hattiesburg Launches Clean Start Initiative to Rehab Residential Property Sewer Lines

Hattiesburg Launches Clean Start Initiative to Rehab Residential Property Sewer Lines

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – Aimed at enhancing the City of Hattiesburg’s environmental health and quality of life, the Clean Start Sewer Program is now taking applications for sewer line rehabilitation grants. Clean Start is dedicated to repairing or replacing deteriorated, broken or improperly connected sewer service lines within a designated priority area for the City. This program has approximately $200,000 to...

City of Hattiesburg Awarded T-Mobile Hometown Grant

City of Hattiesburg Awarded T-Mobile Hometown Grant

Hattiesburg, Mississippi — The City of Hattiesburg is proud to announce its selection as one of the 25 cities nationwide to be awarded T-Mobile’s Hometown Grant. The City was awarded a generous $50,000 in funds, which will go toward the restoration and renovation of Vernon Dahmer Park. The funds will be used to refurbish and enhance the playground at the...

City Council Accepts Bid For Timberton Park Complex Rebuild

City Council Accepts Bid For Timberton Park Complex Rebuild

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – On Tuesday, March 5, 2024, the Hattiesburg City Council unanimously accepted the bid for the Timberton Park Softball Complex, authorizing Mayor Toby Barker to begin executing the contracts to move forward with the restorations. This move follows seven years of wrangling with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which included multiple appeals, rescinded allocations, an arbitration case before...