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The mayor of a Mississippi city has proposed forming a partnership with a county and a neighboring city to create a river district. Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker announced plans this week to preserve a bridge connecting his city with the city of Petal, the Hattiesburg American reported. Lawmakers announced in 2019 that more than $15 million was …

The mayor of Hattiesburg is moving forward with a plan to install a camera surveillance system across town as a way to reduce crime. WDAM-TV reported that Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker brought up the idea during a Facebook video message to his constituents during which he also discussed a recent crime spree that has seen four …

The Hattiesburg City Council says it won’t arrest first-time offenders in possession of an ounce or less of marijuana. News outlets report Hattiesburg City Council unanimously passed the regulation Tuesday, saying first-time offenders will receive a citation instead of jail time.Marijuana remains illegal in Mississippi, but Mayor Toby Barker says this ordnance helps modernize the …

A south Mississippi city is in line for millions of dollars in road money after it cleared up accounting problems. WDAM-TV reports that the Mississippi Department of Transportation notified the city of Hattiesburg Friday that its suspension for failing to turn in audits has been lifted. The suspension began in 2017 after Hattiesburg didn’t turn …

One Mississippi city is increasing property taxes to help pay for police and fire protection. The Hattiesburg City Council voted 5-0 Thursday to for a slight property tax increase for the budget year that begins Oct. 1. The Hattiesburg American reports that the owner of a $100,000 home will pay about $32.50 more in taxes per year. …

Mississippi legislators have advanced one bill to strengthen the state’s constitutionally weak governor but killed another. Senators on Monday reconsidered and killed a bill to let the governor, rather than a board, appoint the director of the state Department of Mental Health. Senate Bill 2567 passed the Senate last week but was put on hold. Senators …

Third-term Republican state Rep. Toby Barker says he is running for mayor of Hattiesburg. The city’s Democratic mayor, Johnny DuPree, said months ago that he will seek a fifth term this year. The Hattiesburg American reports Barker announced his candidacy in a news release Thursday. He says he wants to unify the city by focusing …

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are considering whether to take sides in a beer battle that pits small breweries against big distributors. The state’s eight craft breweries — seven that are already open and one set to open this summer — want permission to sell some of their beer where it’s made. Under current state law, …

OKTIBBEHA COUNTY — Some House members want to merge the Starkville and Oktibbeha County school districts. The House Education Committee has advanced House Bill 716, which would combine the two districts on July 1, 2015. It goes to the House for more debate. Rep. Toby Barker, a Hattiesburg Republican sponsoring the proposal, says students in …