Hancock County supervisors are scrambling to come up with a strategy to keep $6 million in state money. As we first reported Sunday, MEMA has asked the county to forfeit six of the $10 million allocated for the voluntary property buyout program for flood prone areas.More >> The Biloxi City Council on Tuesday will consider issuing an order to inspect the old Broadwater property to find out if the owners are meeting a requirement to clean up the Katrina damaged beach front property. The Broadwater was placed on Biloxi's blighted property list. David Elliott spoke with one of the Broadwater's owners about the effort to make the landmark property less of an eyesore.More >> What Katrina didn't destroy, heavy machinery will demolish. The vacant Hancock Bank building on Highway 90 is about to withdraw from downtown Biloxi.
Hancock County leaders celebrated yet another post-Katrina milestone this week with the opening of the new Public Safety Complex. The $38 million building includes a new justice courtroom and county jail. That's something Hancock County hasn't had in nearly six and a half years.More >> In just a few months, Mississippi could be booted out of the National Flood Insurance Program for allowing hunting and fishing camps to be exempt from building codes. According to the insurance commissioner, if the state is kicked out of the program nearly 90,000 people will be without flood insurance. He says that's simply not an option.More >> The 70-year-old building that Trapani's Eatery once called home on Beach Boulevard in Bay St. Louis was washed away by Hurricane Katrina. Since then, the popular restaurant has been operating out of a location on Highway 90, all the while promising to return to the beachfront. Wednesday, the Trapani Family made good on that promise.More >> It's taken more than six years, but construction on the new Hancock County Civic Center is finally underway. And the $2 million facility is different than any other post-Katrina rebuild in the Bay.More >> One of the oldest businesses in Hancock County is celebrating a post-Katrina come back. John McDonald Realty has rebuilt and reopened on Highway 90, not far from the Bay St. Louis Bridge. It's a family owned company with deep roots in Hancock County. More >> When Haley Barbour proclaimed that Mississippians would "hitch up their britches" and rebuild after Katrina, Long Beach was listening. The small city was hard hit, and has come a long way in the years since. The mayor says Barbour's efforts played a big role in making the city bigger and better.More >> Imagine for your 80th birthday, you receive a letter from FEMA demanding $8,000 in repayment for a Katrina grant you received almost six years ago. That's exactly what happened to a Gulfport woman, who lives on a fixed income. Lubertha Haskin says she has every intention of fighting back, because she feels she did nothing wrong.More >> Instead of spending time at home for the holidays, 14 college students from Maryland are working to rebuild homes for storm victims in Jackson County. The sounds of progress could be heard Monday morning on Kellogg Street in Moss Point.More >> For three and a half years, Gerald Blessey has been the Gulf Coast Housing Director. The job has been monumental: Replace or repair the more than 60,000 housing units that Hurricane Katrina wiped away. Blessey sat down with our Doug Walker to look at what's been accomplished, and what remains to be done.More >> The historic White House Hotel on the corner of Highway 90 and White Avenue has been in a dilapidated state for several years. Biloxi Community Development Director Jerry Creel has added the White House to the city's list of blighted buildings in an effort to get the property owner to repair or sell it, or risk the city taking action.More >> During the holiday season, you won't find as many volunteers coming to south Mississippi to help rebuild homes that were damaged or destroyed by Katrina. But that won't stop one agency from carrying out its New Year's Resolution. The group is determined to give several families a new home for the new year.More >> The goal of the Bay St. Louis Historic Preservation Commission is to provide guidance and give advice to property owners inside the city's Historic Districts.More >> Restoration work has begun on Ship Island, as 430,000 cubic yards of sand are being added to the northern shore of West Ship Island. It's the first phase of a comprehensive barrier island restoration project being done by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Part of the ship island work will include filling in Camille Cut, the hurricane breach that cut the island in half.More >> One hundred miles of bayou's and canals on the coast will receive some much needed dredging as part of The Department of Marine Resources Coastal Improvement Project. The first phase of the $40 million project is slated to start in Bay St. Louis in about a month.More >> Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway wants to know why the city is paying the Biloxi Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum money for advertising, that is not being done.More >> It was party time in Long Beach on Thursday. Hundreds of people came out for the first ever concert at the new Harper McCaughn Town Green. Residents said it's nice to see a downtown that suffered so much devastation in Hurricane Katrina now be a place of celebration.More >> Eleven of the worst properties in Moss Point are being torn down. Code enforcement identified problem properties, then aldermen voted to clear the land and send the bill to the owners. Neighbors say they're excited to see the eyesores disappear.More >> The MS Dept. of Marine Resources is working to help restore and revive oyster reefs. A cultch planting project is wrapping up at Pass Marianne reef, about four miles south of the Pass Christian Harbor. Limestone and oyster shells are spread in the water. Baby oysters, called spat, cling to the material and grow to maturity.More >> After years of complaints, a Pearlington animal shelter that opened after Hurricane Katrina is out of business. County leaders say they just recently discovery that the Ponchartrain Humane Society does not have proper permits.More >> The state auditor's office has confirmed to WLOX News that it is investigating whether the brother of a Bay St. Louis councilman is getting paid twice for doing one job.More >> It's being called the largest retail development right now in the city of Pass Christian. On Thursday, a group of developers dedicated a total of 12 new and existing businesses on Davis Avenue. They include restaurants, shops, and a seafood market. The complex is expected to inject new life into the downtown area.More >> Students at Pearl River Community College are taking classes in a newly-renovated historic campus building that was heavily damaged in Hurricane Katrina.More >> Prayers for ten senior citizens in Hancock County were answered Monday. Habitat Bay-Waveland marked the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with a dedication celebration, that finally gave some folks who lost everything their own place to call home.More >> Harrison County officials are nearing the close of a gruesome chapter from Hurricane Katrina. The storm claimed more than 140 victims, and unearthed even more remains from cemeteries. Six years later, the Harrison County Coroner has one last set of disinterred remains to lay to rest.More >> Many south Mississippians marked the sixth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina by doing their part to help save lives. On Monday, the American Red Cross dedicated its blood drive to those who lost their lives in Katrina, as well as the survivors, the volunteers, and the heroes.More >> Six years ago, Hurricane Katrina swept over the coast. After the storm passed, dozens of historic homes and structures had been swept away as well. But Beauvoir, the last home of confederate president Jefferson Davis, was still there. Now, six years later, the historic home stands tall and proud once again.More >> People throughout South Mississippi are remembering the storm that changed lives forever: Hurricane Katrina. Biloxi residents gathered at the town green Monday morning to mark the sixth anniversary.More >> Six year ago, when Hurricane Katrina roared onto shore, the storm left little behind of the small town of Bay St. Louis. Since that time, the community has slowly built back piece by piece. Now the mayor said it's time to focus on the last and most vital piece-the city's waterfront.More >> The Ocean Springs Harbor is about to see $3.5 million worth of improvements. And those improvements include some special amenities the city requested to improve the look of the harbor.More >> The city of Long Beach is now home to a new community has put a revolutionary twist on work force housing. Mariner's Village is what developers are calling the nation's first "Optimal Health Community."More >> With an official cut of the ceremonial ribbon, Anchor Square Village in Pascagoula opened and is now ready to welcome customers. The village is made up of 15 Mississippi Cottages that are now being used to jump start small businesses.More >> Thursday's dedication of a new Habitat for Humanity home on Tucker Avenue in Pascagoula was a bit different than most. The home will save its new owners a lot of money for years to come.More >> Thursday afternoon, Biloxi will cut the ribbon to its new multi million dollar visitors center. It's something that's been in the works ever since Hurricane Katrina destroyed the old visitors center on the town green.More >> A new apartment complex in Gautier may change your perception of affordable workforce housing. Doug Walker takes us inside Toulon Apartments on Highway 57.More >> Of the more than 20 families that once lived on Mary Mahoney Drive, only four have returned and rebuilt since Hurricane Katrina. While that may surprise you, the reasons for the slow return shouldn't.More >> Any day now. That's the latest word on when final FEMA approval could come to rebuild the water park at Buccaneer State Park in Hancock County.More >> Tonight at 6pm, you'll have a chance to see what Biloxi and the Secretary of State think the Point Cadet area can become. Click here to see details on the plan right now.More >> As we near the six year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, one more scar of the storm's destruction is being removed in Biloxi. This week, demolition of the old Point Cadet fishing pier began. And the broken pieces of that bridge will benefit fishermen.More >> Almost six years after Hurricane Katrina put his hotel out of business, Anthony Lee is determined to build back better. In fact, he's ready to get the ball rolling on a seven-story hotel and a water park on the Biloxi beachfront.More >> Henderson Point has been one of the slowest areas to bounce back after Hurricane Katrina. But some recent construction is giving many people reason for optimism.More >> Originally built in the 1920s, the historic Biloxi fountain at White Avenue is once again catching attention. The switch was turned on early Friday morning.More >> While the plight of South Mississippi Katrina victims hardly ever appears in national headlines anymore, an Illinois church group found out the suffering is far from over.More >> Moss Point High School looks better now and a volunteer team from Oregon did all the work to make it happen. The trip was spearheaded by a teen who's familiar with helping South Mississippians in need.More >> The city of Long Beach continues its renaissance of recovery, as it cut the ribbon on a state of the art fire station. Elizabeth Vowell was there and got a first look at this incredible facility.More >> A major project intended to pump new life into the heart of Pass Christian is nearing completion. The city received $10.5 million in federal grant money to spruce up its downtown.More >> Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney and Lt. Governor Phil Bryant were in South Mississippi this afternoon to meet with coast pastors about property insurance problems their churches are facing.More >> Another major milestone in our Hurricane Katrina recovery was reached in Ocean Springs Tuesday as officials cut the ribbon opening a new Harbormaster's Office. It replaces the building washed away in August 2005.More >> Construction on Jackson County's new services complex is near the halfway mark. For employees who have been working in small FEMA units since Hurricane Katrina, the end can't get here fast enough.More >> The dedication of a new fishing pier is the latest example of recent progress in the City of Long Beach. Other recent developments include the new City Hall, new restaurants and the soon-to-open Harper McCaughan Town Green.More >> The Gulf Coast Medical Reserve Corps has put out a call to medical professionals everywhere. The group is hoping to get people with medical skills registered so that if disaster strikes, they can respond.More >> A North Hancock County couple is homeless after watching their MEMA cottage get hauled away Tuesday. The cottage was located on the couple's property on Old Bouie Road off of Steephollow Road near Interstate 59.More >> Truck loads of steel beams arrived Wednesday at Biloxi beach. The material will be used to rebuild the popular Sharkheads souvenir shop. The Pierotich Family is rebuilding the business that was destroyed in Hurricane Katrina. Nearby, the restaurant industry is also making a comeback along the beach.More >> After years of working out of a temporary facility, Long Beach firefighters moved into their new home on East Second Street late last week. Like so many other structures, the original Long Beach Fire Station sustained heavy damage from Hurricane Katrina.More >> Two new dolphins are making their home in Gulfport, and they're the first to do so since Hurricane Katrina. Buster and Bo are a male and female pair of Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins. They'll make their media debut Tuesday at the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies.More >> The owners of the old Broadwater property say it's time to put the images of Hurricane Katrina in our rear view mirrors. So they've sent a construction crane to the old marina, with orders to yank out the mooring cells that once held the President Casino in place.More >> One of Biloxi's historic landmarks will soon be demolished. Salvation Army officials recently announced that the city's Yankie Stadium will have to come down due to safety and budget issues. Elizabeth Vowell went to the stadium and found out what is being done to preserve the stadium's history.More >> The days of Camp Victor operating from a building in Ocean Springs are coming to an end. The Lutheran ministry, which has housed thousands of volunteers helping the coast to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina, will have to be out by the end of August. But the mission will remain.More >> Allison and John Anderson are the architects behind more than 50 building projects in and around Hancock County since Hurricane Katrina. So how are their contemporary designs going over in cities like Bay St. Louis, which is known for its historic architecture?More >> Shrimpers call it the most dangerous dock in Biloxi. Nearly six years after the Lighthouse Fishing Dock was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, shrimpers are still wondering why it hasn't been fixed. But now, the city is ready to launch a major project to rebuild the entire dock.More >> Families are once again enjoying Jones Park, now that the playground and splash pad are finished. Sidewalks are under construction and now work is set to begin on the new three story Harbor Services Facility.More >> The future use of a piece of beachfront property in Ocean Springs is being debated in the city these days. The property, located at the corner of Jackson Avenue and Front Beach Drive, was purchased by the state for $800,000 when it was declared flood prone by the federal government. The city will maintain control of the one acre parcel. But what should go there?More >> Some spring break volunteers from Pennsylvania are helping to rebuild South Mississippi, but they're not just using hammers, paint brushes and power drills. Instead, their tools are potato peelers, blenders and a lot of ingredients.
"A huge mistake" is how the Director of Habitat Bay-Waveland describes a proposal to slash millions of dollars from the Americorps Community Service Program.More >> After waiting nearly five and a half years, Hancock County residents are about to get a permanent home to conduct county business. The new $10 million County Governmental Annex Building on Highway 90 in Bay St. Louis is just about ready to open.More >> Could you see lower insurance rates in the next year and a half? Believe it or not, Mississippi's Insurance Commissioner sees cheaper rates coming soon, even though he just approved a 19.4 percent increase for Allstate.More >> Pascagoula's mayor and three city councilmen are in Washington, D.C. to fight for changes to the FEMA flood elevation maps. They said FEMA's post-Katrina mandate to build higher is strangling rebuilding efforts in the city.More >> A Gautier man has a dream that he believes will save Jackson County's struggling seafood industry and revitalize the mothballed Navy homeport. Bruce Maghan's vision is to anchor fishing boats on Singing River Island. And it's already gaining support from others in the community.More >> Boat owners eager to dock at the Gulfport Small Craft Harbor will have to wait a little longer. The city had predicted 319 boat slips would be ready for Spring. But now officials say that won't happen until mid-Summer. The mayor said the end result will be worth the wait.More >> Leaders of the State Port at Gulfport hosted a media tour of the expanding facility on Tuesday. They showed off the 60 acre fill project that is now finished. The next major work will involve raising the elevation of the entire port to 25 feet. The port is taking bids on that project.More >> Construction work on the Donald Dorn & John Longo Public Safety Complex in Waveland is at a stand still right now. The steel frame work for the 9,000 square foot public safety complex has been erected, the heavy equipment is in place. The question is where are the construction workers?More >> A report ranked Louisiana as the state most at risk of disaster. Mississippi comes in fifth on the list of states that have suffered the biggest property losses from disasters.More >> Margaret Crawford is back home on Benachi Avenue in Biloxi. And she couldn't be happier. She moved into a new house built with the help of countless volunteers from several states. Hope Community Development Agency organized the workers. They all celebrated the project during a home dedication ceremony Friday morning.More >> The Gulfport Job Corps promises to be bigger and better as it bounces back from Katrina. The campus will be buzzing with construction activity in the coming months and years. The new projects will give more young people a place to live, learn, and turn their lives around.More >> Biloxi City Council members decided Tuesday to use proceeds from the Golden Fisherman statue to help pay for a bait shop at the Small Craft Harbor. The last several years have been tough on the Biloxi landmark. First, it was damaged by Hurricane Katrina. Then, in 2006, what remained of it, was stolen and chopped into pieces.More >> Biloxi's Seafood Museum will return to Point Cadet. That decision came Tuesday from the city council, which recently learned an Indian burial ground could be on the old Tullis Manor site where museum leaders wanted to rebuild. Finding out for sure would have added thousands to the price tag.More >> What was once a rundown area of Ocean Springs is being quickly transformed into a cottage community that will offer affordable workforce housing. And it just might bring some new customers for businesses along Government Street. Doug Walker has a progress report on the Cottages at Oak Park.More >> The Salvation Army in Pascagoula is getting a new look this week, thanks to some visitors from the frozen north. More than a dozen students from the University of Minnesota are spending their Spring Break sprucing up the coast.More >> Bay St. Louis just received a federal grant to help build a new marina. This week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service awarded the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources $470,139 in matching funds for the project.More >> Every year since Katrina, gracious volunteers have flocked to South Mississippi to help out. But this year, a Hands On Mississippi volunteer coordinator said she is shocked by the numbers.More >> Moss Point School District leaders are anxious for the hurricane damaged Magnolia Junior High to be knocked down, so a new one can go up. But the superintendent said FEMA hasn't given the green light to get the project rolling. And he said a new facility is a "must" because a lot of his schools are old.More >> The Rosewood community in Jackson County is much cleaner thanks to 90 teenager from Virginia. County officials said tons of debris from Hurricane Katrina was still scattered across the community. The group heard about the problem and wanted to lend a helping hand.More >> A Biloxi beachfront complex that housed senior citizens before Hurricane Katrina is about to open its doors to the elderly once again. Units at the former Seashore Methodist Retirement Home will be available in April. Starting Tuesday, the Biloxi Housing Authority will accept applications from seniors who are interested in being the first tenants. More >> Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway said Monday that his city is "prevailing." In his annual State of the City address, the mayor unveiled a picture of what's ahead for 2011 that was filled with optimism.More >> Moss Point firefighters are getting closer to moving into a new $2 million fire station on Bellview Avenue. The city broke ground on the state of the art facility in 2009. Firefighters say the current central station is old, moldy, and hurricane damaged, and they can't wait to leave.More >> Copper thieves have struck again, this time at an unlikely place. The parsonage at First Southern Baptist Church in the Pearlington Community was stripped of its copper pipes and wires this week. Investigators say it's a coast-wide problem they have few tools to combat.More >> Hundreds of MEMA cottages went on the auction block in Stone County Friday. Many of the people looking for bargain basement deals instead found cottage prices that they thought were through the roof.More >> An innovative program in Gautier could turn a mobile home park into a thriving community populated with MEMA cottages. Funding for the project would come from a recently announced Katrina home repair grant program, and could breathe new life into the Isle of Pines.More >> A huge pile of concrete being stock piled to create a new fishing reef is creating headaches for residents and Bay St. Louis city leaders. Large chunks of concrete are stacked next the Washington Street Pier and a public boat launch. A permit to build the new reef is standing in the way of the debris pile removal.More >> Young Canadian students with big hearts and an appetite for adventure are spending their spring break on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The 52 students from St. Francis of Xavier University in Nova Scotia are here as Habitat for Humanity volunteers.More >> Two dozen teenagers who are all too familiar with pain and loss are working with the Habitat for Humanity chapter in Bay St. Louis. The teens all lost loved ones when terrorists attacked America on 9/11. Their work in Hancock County is a big part of their healing process.More >> Biloxi is looking to grow its business community by helping business owners save a few bucks. This week, a local business became the first to take advantage of the city's tax abatement program. Krystal Allan explains what it is and who's eligible.More >> Five and half years after the storm, Hurricane Katrina's impact is still being felt in Jackson County's St. Andrews community. Folks who live there said they're tired of seeing slabs and overgrown weeds. They told Patrice Clark they want to see more neighbors move back to the area.More >> Hundreds of families are on the waiting list for the Biloxi Housing Authority's services. However, the authority says right now there isn't enough housing to go around. But a $6 million project under construction in West Biloxi could ease the burden on those struggling to pay rent.More >> A restaurant owner says he's in a battle with Bay St. Louis City Hall to keep his temporary beach front business going, until he can build a permanent home for Daniel's Restaurant.More >> After five years of temporary facilities and makeshift offices, the Gulfport Police Department and Municipal Court have finally settled into a new home. Elizabeth Vowell was at the emotional ribbon cutting of the impressive Robert J. Curry Public Safety Center.More >> Waveland is under a deadline to get properties in compliance with the federal government's flood regulations. FEMA recently identified 300 properties that violate the flood rules. And if they're not fixed, the entire city could be kicked out of the National Flood Insurance Program.More >> Imagine traveling to a state six times to help people you don't even know. That is the case for Michigan relief worker Robert Scholten, who's worked long hours to help storm victims rebuild from Katrina.More >> Waveland's business incubator is on life support. The project was launched to spark economic development along Coleman Avenue after Hurricane Katrina. But today, the incubator isn't even open, and there's no money to run it.More >> The Gulfport Small Craft Harbor may be making its Hurricane Katrina comeback earlier than expected. City leaders say they're looking to get the harbor open in the Spring, which is months ahead of what was originally projected.More >> Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker believes the Go Zone benefits that help create jobs and spark economic development in South Mississippi, are also good for America. The senator touted the extension of the Gulf Opportunity tax incentives at a news conference Friday at Hancock Bank. The bank used Go Zone incentives to restore the downtown Gulfport building, along with bank branches in Bay St. Louis and Pass Christian.More >> Members of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Long Beach will no longer be worshipping in the old skating rink which became their church home after Hurricane Katrina.More >> It's been nearly two years since Hancock County leaders announced federal dollars were available to move people living in low lying areas to higher ground. But it could take up to another year before that buy-out money is in the hands of flood weary residents.More >> Long Beach Mayor Billy Skellie gave his annual State of the City address Thursday. He said he's happy and hopeful about the city's progress.More >> Almost 17,000 Mississippi families applied for a federal grant to repair their Katrina-damaged homes. Tuesday, processing began on applications for the Neighborhood Home Program. The next step is to notify the families and determine if they're eligible for the funds to make their homes whole again.More >> A San Diego man is back on the coast using his video camera to help save the Camp Victor disaster relief organization. WLOX interviewed Jeremiah Young last year about a documentary he made to raise awareness of the post-Katrina rebuilding effort. Now he's updating the film to show that Camp Victor still needs more funding.More >> Hancock County is celebrating the first public housing units to be up and running since Hurricane Katrina. Oak Haven provides affordable housing to senior citizens in the area. Before the units are dedicated in a ceremony Monday, WLOX got a sneak peak and found out why these houses could be the future of public housing in the area.More >> Their home now looks exactly the same as it did before Hurricane Katrina, right down to the color on the shutters. Miss Alma was hopeful then. But now she regrets restoring her Gulfport home after the storm.More >> Five and a half years after Hurricane Katrina, volunteers with Habitat for Humanity are still coming to the coast, helping to rebuild our homes and lives. Doug Walker takes a look at their latest efforts in Pascagoula.More >> Construction has finally started on a new fire station in Gulfport. The steel frame is going up on Station Seven on Cowan Road. The building is just a few hundred feet from the structure that was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.More >> Five members of the Mississippi Windstorm Underwriting Association are in England this week, trying to make sure the state's wind pool gets the lowest re-insurance rates possible. Reasonable rates will help keep down premiums for wind pool policy-holders.More >> Work has started on a new fishing pier in Ocean Springs. Katrina destroyed the old fishing spot just north of the Highway 90 bridge.More >> More than five years after Hurricane Katrina, a new station still is not finished for the Clermont Harbor Volunteer Fire Department. That means there's no place to house the department's brand new fire trucks.More >> Hurricane Katrina's ground zero, the city of Waveland, captured the attention of a national committee studying communities in America hit hard by natural and man-made disasters. The results of the study will go to Congress.More >> The federal government will forgive more than $4 million in federal disaster loans Bay St. Louis borrowed after Hurricane Katrina. City leaders are calling it a financial blessing that couldn't have come at a better time.More >> Supporters of plans to rebuild the Seafood Museum in Biloxi on the old Tullis site want to put the project on the fast-track. But during a workshop Tuesday, they learned why the history of the property may slow down the process. FEMA said based on two surveys, there's a high chance of encountering artifacts and Indian burials on the property.More >> Developers hope to make a big splash in the Hancock County tourism industry with a new family attraction in Waveland. The project is a water park and miniature golf course, and it should open in time for the summer season.More >> The city of Biloxi has ambitious development plans to bring Point Cadet back from the ruin of Hurricane Katrina. More >> Drainage nightmares could soon be over for 2,000 Jackson County homeowners. Thursday, the county started a $3.8 million drainage restoration program.More >> With plans to build a new casino in east Biloxi apparently on the fast track, people who live on the Point are wondering if the proposed Margaritaville will turn their neighborhood around. Doug Walker was wondering the same thing, so he visited the Point to find out.More >> Habitat for Humanity Bay-Waveland Area was recently honored as 2010 Affiliate of the Year for the second consecutive year.More >> Plans to relocate the Maritime and Seafood Museum to the Biloxi beachfront could be in jeopardy. FEMA and MEMA sent a letter to Biloxi notifying the city that the old Tullis Manor property is historically significant, and building on that site could mean running into artifacts and burial grounds.More >> Asian Americans for Change took a major step forward Tuesday, opening a permanent field office in Ocean Springs. The organization formed shortly after Hurricane Katrina to help in the coast's recovery efforts. Doug Walker has an update on how they're still helping coast residents struggling to rebuild their homes and lives.More >> USAA Insurance is dropping wind coverage for about 1,550 policy holders in the three coastal counties of Mississippi. Friday, the company offered WLOX News some insight into why they decided to take this action.More >> After 47 years with USAA Insurance, Larry Jones was shocked to get a letter this week saying his wind and hail coverage was being dropped. The company caters to military personnel and their families, so the action will impact about 1,550 policy holders in South Mississippi.More >> In the next couple of months, more than a million feet of sewer and water lines will get a major overhaul in Biloxi. FEMA is footing the nearly $350 million bill to repair existing lines, including storm drains damaged during Hurricane Katrina.More >> The military insurance company USAA will no longer write wind and hail policies in Harrison, Hancock and Jackson Counties. It means 1550 policy holders will now have to get wind coverage from the state windpool, at a much higher cost.More >> There's still help for people looking to repair their hurricane-damaged homes. The Neighborhood Home Program is offering up to $75,000 to help people recover from Hurricane Katrina. But the time to get that help is quickly coming to a close.More >> On Monday, a major West Gulfport road closed down for at least two months. A large part of Broad Avenue near Memorial Hospital has been completely shut off to traffic.More >> The seemingly endless road closures and detours in Bay St. Louis will soon come to an end. Residents have endured construction headaches for more than three years as the city rebuilt infrastructure citywide. But the $65 million post-Katrina replacement project is nearing completion.More >> Hurricane Katrina volunteers from across the country are in Jackson County this week giving hope and help to storm victims. The volunteers call themselves NOMADS, and they focus on providing free aid in the aftermath of catastrophes.More >> If the new year is a time for new beginnings then a Biloxi woman who lost her business to Hurricane Katrina is more than ready to pop open a bottle of champagne. Shawn Guider reopened the liquor store that she ran in West Biloxi for more than a decade. She is happy to be back in business in the neighborhood she loves.More >> Before Hurricane Katrina, there were more than 700 homes and buildings in Bay St. Louis listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. More than 250 were destroyed during the storm. But some of those left standing are getting new life from homeowners who took advantage of preservation grants offered by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.More >> It's been nearly two-years since the owners of Claiborne Hill Grocery Store in Picayune announced they would open a store in Waveland, at the site of the Katrina Damaged Save-A-Center Building on Highway 90. In spite of the long delay, the owners say their plans have not changed.More >> The city of Gautier wants people still struggling to repair their Katrina damaged homes to reach out for help before it's too late. January 31st is the deadline to apply for HUD's $132 million homeowner grant program. Gautier leaders say they're not only encouraging people to apply, they're sticking with them through the process.More >> The Gulfport Police Department is moving once again, this time, to a permanent home. After being displaced for more than five years, the officers are finally back in downtown Gulfport. The new Robert J. Curry Public Safety Center is stronger, safer, and built with the officers in mind.More >> Post Katrina housing problems on the coast are slowly going away. Tangible evidence of that can be seen off Highway 57 in Jackson County, where a workforce housing project is under construction. The project is partially funded by the state and federal government, and will soon become home for hundreds of South Mississippians.More >> The storm damaged St. Paul's sanctuary in Pass Christian is coming down, and in its place will soon be a new chapel-of-ease. Bishop Roger Morin said that after much prayer and consultation, he instructed contractors Monday to demolish the ruins of the Scenic Drive building.More >> The extension of the Gulf Opportunity Zone, or Go Zone deadline could play a role in re-shaping South Mississippi. It allows for tax-exempt bonds and incentives, which could lure investors to areas like D'Iberville, which is already undergoing a transformation.More >> Windows damaged by Hurricane Katrina are being replaced at Ocean Springs Hospital. Over the next several weeks, workers will install new, storm resistant windows throughout the hospital.More >> The vacant Seashore Oaks will soon reopen its doors to more than 200 senior citizens. Tuesday, the Biloxi Housing Authority announced it will buy the property thanks to a Mississippi Development Authority grant worth more than $21.5 million.More >> Pascagoula is turning some Mississippi cottages into an economic opportunity for the city and some small business owners. Krystal Allan explains how the city is creating an affordable option for small businesses to get started.More >> A $17 million dollar project that promises to protect the beachfront in Bay St. Louis from future storms officially got underway Thursday. State and local leaders broke ground on a seawall enhancement project that promises to be a catalyst for redevelopment of a once thriving business district.More >> A coast contractor is about to create a swan out of an ugly duckling in D'Iberville. Whether you remember it as Kroger or Jitney, the old grocery store building at the end of Lemoyne Boulevard has long been a painful eyesore. The new owner said he's already fielding calls from people interested in leasing or buying the building.More >> Biloxi officials hope the location of a new Walmart Supercenter will give a boost to the city's west end. Mayor A.J. Holloway told WLOX News he's expecting "some big things" in the area of Switzer Road and Highway 90.More >> The Pass Christian Historical Society is celebrating its new headquarters. The 6,000 square foot, two story building is located on Scenic Drive, in the heart of downtown. Members are appealing to the public for donations of old photographs and historic documents to put on display in the new facility.More >> Gulfport Mayor George Schloegel wants to make his city a more beautiful place. It's one of the issues he promised to follow through on when he was elected. The mayor has done exactly that and has no plans to let up now.More >> Pass Christian finally has a permanent place for low-income families to get their health care needs met. After Hurricane Katrina, Coastal Family Health set up a temporary mobile unit to see patients. But the need never slowed down. So now, Coastal Family Health has become a permanent fixture in the Pass.More >> It's just a matter of time before the new $4 million community hall opens to residents of Bay St. Louis. The building, located in the city's historic Depot District, is in its final stages of completion.More >> A Hurricane Katrina victim in Moss Point definitely has something to be thankful for this holiday season. Five years after the storm destroyed Louise Ragsdale's house, the Mississippi United Methodist Disaster Response Team rebuilt her home and presented her with the keys Wednesday.More >> The Pass Christian Board of Aldermen wants the St. Paul sanctuary on Scenic Drive to be demolished. But, before the wrecking ball arrives, supporters of the hurricane damaged building have taken their fight to court.More >> Housing advocates are urging people to take advantage of the new Neighborhood Home Program before time runs out. With the deadline approaching, several social service agencies are trying to reach thousands of people who either face obstacles in applying for the grant or don't think they qualify. For many, this program is their last chance to get funding for repairs.More >> A long awaited, multi-million dollar shoreline protection project in downtown Bay St. Louis is finally underway. It's a new, giant seawall designed to protect Beach Boulevard and nearby homes and businesses from future storms.More >> The final touches are being put on the new sanctuary of Biloxi's Church of the Redeemer. For the members who have watched the church rebuild from Katrina, the move from the beach to north Biloxi is a bittersweet one.More >> The storm-damaged St. Paul's Catholic Church in Pass Christian will be torn down after all. Aldermen voted in favor of the demolition last week, but then Mayor Chipper McDermott vetoed the decision. Tuesday night, aldermen voted to override the mayor's veto.More >> Two days into the new Neighborhood Home program, people are filling up local outreach centers. Through the program under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, $132 million is available for low-income homeowners still needing help with home repairs from Hurricane Katrina. Krystal Allan stopped by the International Relief and Development Center in Gulfport where people found help and hope for a full recovery.More >> South Mississippians still struggling to recover from Hurricane Katrina are already lining up to apply for new federal housing assistance. Applications are due by January 31, 2011 and must be filed at a Neighborhood Home Program Outreach Center.More >> Coast housing advocates often called them the forgotten ones: People who did not receive housing assistance following Hurricane Katrina. Most are poor, disabled or elderly. But help is on the way with Monday's announcement of a $132 million housing assistance program funded by the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development.More >> Pass Christian Mayor Chipper McDermott has vetoed a decision by the board of aldermen to allow demolition of St. Paul Catholic Church. The veto brought a scathing rebuttal from the Biloxi Diocese, which wants to tear down the Katrina damaged sanctuary.More >> The Pass Christian Board of Alderman decided Monday night that St. Paul's Catholic Church can be torn down. It's the decision the Catholic Diocese was hoping for; they're seeking a permit to tear down the hurricane-damaged building. But, for those who've been fighting to save the church, they say it's a disappointment.More >> The Champions Tour announced Tuesday that Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the primary charity of the inaugural Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic, has been named the 2010 Champions Tour Charity of the Year.More >> The fate of St. Paul's Catholic Church now lies in the hands of Pass Christian aldermen. Tonight, the board will decide whether to uphold a recommendation from the historical commission to let the building stand. The Catholic Diocese of Biloxi is seeking a city permit to tear the building down.More >> Some Bay St. Louis residents say their neighborhood has come under attack by a pack of coyotes. They say the ferocious animals have killed at least one pet in the Shoreline Park area and nearly killed another in the past few weeks. One of the grieving pet owners is now warning the neighborhood to keep a close eye on their children and pets.More >> Work is set to begin on a $3 million makeover at the harbor in Ocean Springs. District 5 Supervisor John McKay said the county will take bids in November for the improvement project, which will include everything from lighting to road repair.More >> Biloxi's restoration of its oldest building is just weeks from being finished, months ahead of schedule. The Old Brick House was almost completely wiped out during Katrina. But after five years worth of work, the historic home is almost back together.More >> Restoration work on the original city hall building in Bay St. Louis is entering the final stages. Katrina heavily damaged the historic building on Second Street.More >> Not guilty said jurors in the Federal case against Lee Lambert.More >> By the middle of next year, the face of east Biloxi will be changed permanently. A new civic center and library are under construction, replacing buildings damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Katrina five years ago. Doug Walker takes us inside for a look around.More >> Hurricane Katrina pretty much wiped-away the restaurants south of the railroad tracks in Long Beach. But these days, the signs of recovery are quite visible, especially along the beach front and downtown. Trang Pham-Bui tells us about restaurants, some familiar, others new, that have found a home in the Friendly City.More >> Hancock County's very first soup kitchen opened its doors to the needy Wednesday, and organizers said it was a big success. Shepard's Kitchen will open once a week to anyone who finds themselves in need.More >> Hattiesburg, MS (WDAM) - Closing arguments will begin in the morning in the Katrina fraud trial of former Greene County supervisor Lee Lambert. The 65 year old Lambert is charged in federal court indictmentsMore >> More budget trouble is brewing for coast libraries. This time, the funding crisis is in Waveland. That city's library should reopen by Thanksgiving, but keeping the doors open will be a challenge unless librarians find ways to save money.More >> Coast Transit Authority hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday morning to dedicate the opening of its new bus stop and comfort station at Jones Park. The $1.2 million facility is the first of four comfort stations set to open in the next few weeks. The elevated, mostly concrete structure is designed to withstand storm winds of up to 140 miles an hour.More >> The Harrison County library system is facing some serious financial challenges. The system's budget was reduced by about $300,000 for the coming year. Director Robert Lipscomb is concerned about finding enough money to adequately staff the two new library facilities that will open in the coming year.More >> Five years after Katrina, the skyrocketing cost of insurance still plagues many homeowners. A report released Wednesday pointed to the flaws of the insurance market along the Gulf Coast and listed some options to fix it. The RAND Corporation announced its findings at an insurance forum at USM Gulf Park. As Trang Pham-Bui reports, members on the panel also shared some ideas to help solve the insurance crisis.More >> More than five years after Hurricane Katrina shattered the former William Carey University campus in Gulfport, the damaged buildings are finally coming down. Demolition has started on the four apartment complexes in the back of the campus. The five art buildings will be the next to go.More >> The Catholic Diocese of Biloxi is celebrating the ground breaking of the new Santa Maria del Mar senior citizen housing complex. It will replace the hurricane damaged high rise on the waterfront in Biloxi. The new complex will be built off Medical Park Drive, and will feature two six story buildings with 106 apartments.More >> The road in front of the new Harper McCaughan Elementary School in Long Beach is off-limits to the public, and some drivers are not happy about that. Barricades went up recently preventing drivers from using the school access road, which was built with FEMA funds.More >> When a new Biloxi Bay Bridge rose from Hurricane Katrina's devastation, state transportation leaders said they wanted it to be more than a thoroughfare, but a work of art. Thursday, MDOT honored more than a dozen local artists whose works allow the bridge to reflect the coast's rich heritage and culture.More >> It is storm sturdy and sits on the highest piece of ground in the city. Pass Christian residents gathered Thursday morning to dedicate the new police department and emergency operations center.More >> Ship Island Excursions has been operating out of a trailer since Katrina. Before the storm they were in a modular building. Captain Louis Skrmetta with Ship Island Excursions would love to see a new federally funded ferry terminal at the Gulfport Harbor.More >> Mississippi Power Company kicked off its annual Renew Our Rivers project Wednesday with a clean-up of Hancock County marshlands. Volunteers and heavy equipment removed lots of storm debris from wetlands in the Ansley community. The marsh in that area is still littered with debris from hurricanes Katrina and Gustav.More >> The Ship Island ferry boat terminal in Gulfport is about to get a quarter million dollar makeover, thanks to a grant from the Federal Highway Administration. The funding was awarded to the Mississippi Department of Transportation to support construction upgrades needed to meet hurricane requirements.More >> The Mississippi United Methodist Disaster Response Team says more than five years after Hurricane Katrina, volunteers are still needed to help rebuild homes. Unfortunately, there just aren't enough to meet demand, and the organization is having to turn away families in need.More >> By this time next month, people who live in the newly annexed area of Bay St. Louis will have fire protection closer to home. When Fire Station #2 off Highway 603 opens, it will make history. Never before has the city had two fire stations protecting its residents.More >> The IRS is changing the rules for what's considered a "casualty loss" to allow homeowners with corrosive drywall to write off those expenses. In general, the new rules will allow "casualty loss" claims to be filed by homeowners who have paid to repair damage to their personal residences or household appliances caused by corrosive drywall.More >> A Biloxi family is closer to having a permanent home thanks to 120 members of International Relief and Development. The diverse group of volunteers began construction on the home in Woolmarket for a family that's been displaced since Hurricane Katrina.More >> The city of Gulfport has closed the long walking pier at James Hill Park because of budgetary challenges. But city leaders want the pier reopened, and just may have zeroed in on a funding source.More >> Many former employees of the Armed Forces Retirement Home want their jobs back. On Thursday, they expressed their anger at a meeting at the Gulfport facility. The workers lost their jobs when Katrina destroyed the retirement home. They claim they should be rehired, now that the home is about to reopen. But they ended up leaving the meeting with more questions than answers.More >> The new public safety complex in downtown Gulfport is nearing completion. The Robert J. Curry Public Safety Center is a $22 million project that will house both the police department and municipal court. The 74,000 square foot structure is built of pre-cast concrete walls and will also serve as an emergency shelter for first responders during hurricanes.More >> It's about giving more young children the chance to learn. On Wednesday, the Gulf Coast Community Action Agency dedicated a new Head Start Center in D'Iberville. Officials say it's taken five years, but the Head Start is the last of four built to replace what Hurricane Katrina destroyed.More >> FEMA funding will pay for work to make Biloxi fire stations stronger to withstand hurricanes. The fire department will receive the last of $1.16 million in Hazard Mitigation Grant funds to put new roofs on three fire stations.More >> Tourism Director Richard Forester books conventions that bring lots of people and their money to South Mississippi, but he said the coast loses business because the Coliseum Convention Center doesn't have an on-site hotel. That's why local leaders are trying to secure $100 million in unspent "Go Zone" money to build an adjacent hotel to the convention center.More >> VT Halter Marine is receiving more than $8 million for infrastructure improvements at its Pascagoula shipyard, which was damaged by Hurricane Katrina. The improvements include shipyard paving, utility improvements, crane rail extensions and the procurement of additional crawler and overhead cranes.More >>