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  • Feb. 26th The Southbound Crescent Band is donating a performance for the Pine Belt Strong Fundraising event at Town Square Park from 3:00pm-6:00pm.

    Numerous area support service groups are expected to be in attendance. All nonprofit organizations who serve disaster victims are invited to set up a booth. Each organization will appreciate any donations.

    There will be a 4 mile race and 2 mile walk starting around 2:00. There is a charge for the run but no charge to come listen to the band. Food will be provided. For more details, call 601-467-4959.


  • Hattiesburg/Petal Tornados
    Saturday, January 21, 2017 


  •                                                                              SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

    The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today the opening of a Business Recovery Center (BRC) in Forrest County to help businesses affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding that occurred on Jan. 20-21.

     

    SBA representatives at the Business Recovery Center (BRC) can provide information about disaster loans, answer questions and help businesses in completing the SBA application.  The Center is located as indicated below and will operate until further notice:

    Forrest County

    C.E. Roy Community Center

    300 E. 5th Street

    Hattiesburg, MS 39401

     

    Opened:          Thursday, Feb. 2 at 1 p.m.

    Hours:             Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

    Closed:            Sundays

       

    Businesses and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets. 

    For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations, the SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster.  Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage.

    Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate.  Homeowners and renters are eligible up to $40,000 to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed personal property.

    Interest rates are as low as 3.125 percent for businesses and 2.5 percent for nonprofit organizations, and 1.5 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years.  Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.


  • FORREST COUNTY

    DISASTER RECOVERY CENTERS ARE NOW OPEN IN FORREST COUNTY FROM 8 A.M. TO 7 P.M. DAILY.

    THEY ARE LOCATED AT THE C.E. ROY COMMUNITY CENTER IN HATTIESBURG AND THE PETAL CIVIC CENTER.

    MEMA, FEMA AND SBA ARE ON HAND TO MEET WITH YOU ABOUT YOUR RECOVERY NEEDS FOLLOWING THE RECENT TORNADOES AND SEVERE STORMS.  

    YOU CAN ALSO CALL 800-621-FEMA OR GO TO DISASTERASSISTANCE.GOV FOR HELP.

    LAMAR COUNTY residents  may go to the Forrest County facilities.



  • SCHOOL STATUS 

    William Carey University: Online classes will resume on Wednesday 1/25; students will be notified about the status of other classes.

    William Carey adjusted classroom schedule http://www.wmcarey.edu/news/adjusted-classroom-schedule  

     WCU plans to begin the spring trimester on Feb. 20 as scheduled. If you have questions about registering for classes, please email your advisor.

     

     


  • Dixie Electric restored electric service to all members who could safely receive it on Wednesday, Jan. 25. Restoration efforts took five days. More than 170 power poles and 60 transformers had to be replaced.

    After members make repairs to their wiring, they can contact one of Dixie Electric’s offices to have a meter set. Here is the contact information: (601) 425-2535 in Laurel, (601) 735-2072 in Waynesboro and (601) 583-1131 in Petal. Information is also available on dixieepa.com.
    Dixie Electric Power Association serves 38,500 accounts in a seven county area in south Mississippi, including Jones, Wayne, Perry, Forrest, Covington, Clarke and Jasper counties.


  • Want to help with disaster relief after the recent tornadoes? You can mail donations for relief efforts to: United Way of Southeast Mississippi, P.O. Box 1648, Hattiesburg, MS, 39403. Make a note on the payment that the donation is for disaster relief. For more details on how you can help, call 601-545-7141.

    www.unitedwaysems.org


  • United Way of Southeast Mississippi’s Volunteer Hattiesburg now has two Tornado Volunteer Response Centers (VRC) open. Any volunteer, volunteer group or organization wanting to help with the cleanup and rebuilding effort should start at the VRC. Volunteers and groups will be given assignments, supplies and training so that we can safely and strategically start the restoration process.

    Below is the information for each center.

    Hattiesburg VRC

    Location: East Jerusalem Baptist Church

    Address: 410 S. Tipton St. Hattiesburg, MS 39401

    Hours of Operation: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Phone: 601-606-3523

    E-mail: vrchattiesburg@gmail.com

     

    Petal VRC

    Location: Petal Civic Center

    Address: 712A Main Street, Petal, MS 39465

    Hours of Operation: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Phone: 601-606-7465

    E-mail: vrcpetal@gmail.com

     

    If you need any additional information or assistance about volunteer opportunities please contact United Way of Southeast Mississippi. 601-545-7141


  • PETAL EDUCATION FOUNDATION

    A student/staff assistance account has been set up through the Petal Education Foundation for the district to assist students who have needs for food, supplies, clothing, etc. Checks should be made out the Petal Education Foundation Student/Staff Assistance Fund and mailed to 
    Office of the Superintendent
    115 East Central Ave
    Petal, Ms 39465

    A “Go Fund Me” account has also been set up online. Visit https://www.gofundme.com/petal-studentstaff-tornado-relief for details.


  • DONATIONS - Jones County area   Drop off items at the Jones County Sheriff’s Department, 419 Yates Avenue, Laurel, Mississippi (Downtown Laurel, directly behind the Courthouse).  The office hours are 8AM – 5PM, Monday – Friday.  Working with the Red Cross, specific items were requested:

     *Tarps – any size

    *Leather work gloves

    *Hand sanitizer – any size

    *Disinfectant wipes

    *Ponchos – one size fits all

    *Garbage bags – contractor size

    *Water/Sports Drinks