- Associated Press - Thursday, September 22, 2016

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - Hattiesburg’s annexation cases in Forrest and Lamar counties will be heard as one trial, tentatively set to be held in the Forrest County court system.

During a hearing Wednesday, retired chancellor Robert L. Lancaster consolidated the cases in both counties and allowed 120 days for discovery for both sides.

The Hattiesburg American reports (http://hatne.ws/2cvTUVq) Lancaster rescheduled Wednesday’s hearing for Jan. 27, at which point trial dates for the annexation cases are expected to be set.

Annexation was originally proposed at an April meeting of Hattiesburg City Council, during which council members presented plans to annex in three areas in Forrest and Lamar counties.

Bill Bagwell, who lives in Lamar County, says it’s annexation without representation. He said his neighbors are satisfied with the services that Lamar County provides.

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Information from: The Hattiesburg American, http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com

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