Hattiesburg officially files for annexation

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) – Hattiesburg City Council members announced in April their intention to expand the city’s boundaries by annexing parts of Forrest and Lamar counties.

On Monday, city officials filed in Lamar and Forrest County Chancery Courts a petition for an ordinance that would allow the city to annex three distinct locations in the county. Much of the area is a commercial corridor on U.S. Highway 98 and a portion of U.S. Highway 49 north of the current city limits.

Lamar County Administrator Jody Waits says county officials are fully committed to battling the annexation.

The Hattiesburg American reports county officials aren’t the only ones objecting to the move. Residents have voiced their concerns about annexation, and Waits expects them to file a petition of their own in the coming weeks.