The economy has taken a toll on many businesses, and it has been particularly traumatic for car dealerships. But things are beginning to look up for used cars dealers. Michelle Lady talked with the owner of a new dealership on Highway 603 in Waveland who said that's what motivated them to open up shop.More >> Bay St. Louis leaders want to change the look of two Katrina monuments at the I-10 and Highway 603 intersection. The 15 by 28 foot concrete slabs mark Katrina's storm surge, but officials say it is doing a lot more than just that.More >> When students and teachers in the Bay-Waveland School District return to school next week, they'll see parts of their campuses have turned into construction zones. After six years of planning and waiting, the district is finally getting started on some much-needed post-Katrina repairs. Assignment Education Reporter Trang Pham-Bui shows us the $6.5 million makeover.More >> It seems like violence is on the rise all across South Mississippi. In Waveland, there has been a string of violent crimes in the past month, so Michelle Lady stopped by the police department to talk with the chief about what you should do to stay safe.More >> Waveland Police Chief James A. Varnell told WLOX News, Jeremy Manieri was picked up by Waveland Authorities Tuesday morning in Polk County, FL, and they are currently on their way back to Mississippi.More >> Students aren't the only ones getting ready to go back to school, many teachers are, too. Michelle Lady stopped by one school where a big makeover was taking place.More >> The body of slain priest Edward Everitt was laid to rest in Hammond, LA. A funeral was held Saturday afternoon for Father Everitt at his parish, the Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Friday night, hundreds turned out to a visitation at the church to say their final goodbyes to the priest.More >> A Gulfport woman is hoping to organize a vigil to honor the memory of slain priest Father Edward Everitt. Karen Futch and her family lived in Memphis from 1997-2006. They were members of a church in Memphis and Father Everett was their pastor. Futch describes him as a gentle man and she was stunned when she learned that he died a violent death.More >> Ever heard of using food as a tactic to generate even more food? Well, that's exactly what Kory's Cajun Country Club did Saturday. Various teams fired up their grills for a fundraiser for the Hancock County Food Pantry.More >> Hancock County beaches are about to get a make over. 300,000 cubic yards of new sand will be pumped onto a six mile stretch of beach from Washington Street in Bay St. Louis to just past Waveland.More >> Bay-Waveland Habitat for Humanity has teamed with South Hancock Elementary School and Bay High School to host a Community Day in Hancock County, to help spruce up local schools for the coming year.More >> On the eve of this Independence Day, fire crews battled a rather large woods fire in Hancock County near the Silver Slipper Casino. According to fire officials, the blaze was started by fireworks.More >> New district lines in Hancock County mean changes for more than 6,000 voters. The County's redistricting plan was approved by the U.S. Justice Department following the release of the latest census figures. Al Showers takes a look at the impact new boundary lines will have on the voters.More >> Nearly six years after Katrina, the repair work on Beach Boulevard in Hancock County is in its final stage. With most of the work on North Beach Boulevard finished, construction crews are focused on the South. As Al Showers reports, no one will be happier to hear that news than Waveland city leaders.More >> Tri-county group will decide how BP millions will be spent.More >> Extremely dry conditions across South Mississippi have prompted another coast county to issue a burn ban. Hancock County is the latest county to institute this ban.More >> Volunteers with the Bayside Fire Department in Hancock County spent Saturday at the corner of Lakeshore Drive and Lower Bay Road. Firemen had boots in their hands, hoping drivers who pulled up to the intersection would drop money in those boots.More >> It might seem like there are plenty of places to look for summer work, but getting the job will likely be difficult for a teenager. According to the Department of Labor many teens looking for summer employment are struggling to find work this year. WLOX NEWS checked out the situation at the Waveland WIN Job Center.More >> A Waveland nurse brought back some powerful images from her tornado relief mission. Last weekend, Autumn Garcia delivered donations to Boley Springs, Alabama. It's a poor, rural community ripped apart by a tornado last month. Her husband also built sheds for families who still need shelter.More >> American Medical Response unveiled its newest life saving tool in Hancock County on Thursday. It's a rural responder truck designed to get to patients even before an ambulance can arrive. Al Showers has the story.More >> It's one of the most important industries in the State: tourism has a $5.5 billion economic impact in Mississippi according to state tourism leaders. In recent years, the industry on the Coast has taken a hit from Katrina, then the down turn in the national economy and most recently the BP oil spill. As Al Showers reports, leaders in Hancock County tell us why they have reason for optimism for a good summer tourism season.More >> A citizens group in Hancock County says merging the Bay-Waveland School District with the Hancock County School District would save millions and improve education. But as WLOX News found out, it's not an easy sell.More >> A Gulfport woman who was paid to care for an elderly Waveland woman is accused of forging checks from the woman's account. Trachere Louise Boyd, 38, is charged with ten counts of uttering forgery and exploitation of a vulnerable adult.More >> Four former Waveland Police officers have filed a lawsuit against the city. The suit was brought was against the city by mid-management level employees who were let go in January due to the city's budget woes.More >> A Pearlington man who authorities call a "drug kingpin" may have been selling cocaine near a Hancock County church and playground. The alleged Gulf Coast drug kingpin is 30 year old Jeremy Lee of 6117 7th Avenue in Pearlington. Lee has been arrested by state and federal law enforcement officers after a six-month investigation, according to an official with the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics.More >> So many people across south Mississippi have been spearheading their own drives to help the tornado victims. One woman is from Waveland. She started collecting donations on Monday to help a tiny Alabama community that she says has been forgotten.
South Mississippi is mourning the loss of a longtime Hancock County educator. Former Bay-Waveland School Superintendent Dr. Kim Stasny died from a brain tumor Wednesday night.More >> Generous folks all the way up in Saratoga Springs, New York, were celebrating Mardi Gras, a little late, just to raise money for Waveland. This is the fifth year Waveland's sister city and The Giving Circle has held this fundraiser.More >> Waveland is laying off three more city employees, and reorganizing several city departments in order to meet budget. The changes were approved Monday night. The layoffs come from the Building Department, and include a full time inspector, a part time inspector, and the clerk. That department is now merged with the Public Works Department.More >> Several segments of roadways in Hancock County have been named official Mississippi Scenic Byways. One will draw drivers to the natural beauty of the beachfront, while the "Byways to Space " will wind through the Stennis Buffer Zone.More >> A lack of social workers to handle a growing number of case loads for the Department of Human Services (DHS) in Hancock County is far beyond the critical point. That's according to the Hope Haven Children's Services Director. The DHS office has been under staffed since Hurricane Katrina and just last week it lost three more social workers. As Al Showers reports, that leaves only six to oversee more than 200 cases.More >> At least five major industries located at Hancock County's Port Bienville Industrial Park work with toxic chemicals. But right now, the county doesn't have a comprehensive plan to safely evacuate people in the event of a chemical leak. Tulane graduate student John White took on the challenge to change that.More >> A new projected is slated for the beach front in Waveland. It's a revised plan from a previous marina project that has been in the works for years.More >> "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 >> The oldest building left standing in Hancock County's Lakeshore community after Katrina will be saved WLOX spoke to some of those who fought to preserve a piece of history and give it a future. Jimmy Ladner first walked the halls of Gulf View Elementary School when he was just seven years old.More >> The second annual OysterFest in Waveland has been canceled after city leaders said they could not afford to pay for the city services.More >> Oil spill victims had the chance to talk with Attorney General Jim Hood Tuesday. Hood teamed up with the Mississippi Center for Justice to host several town hall meetings in South Mississippi. He said he was surprised to find more people were concerned with health issues than claims.More >> The first of Attorney General Jim Hood's town hall meetings concerning the Gulf oil spill will take place this morning at 8am in Waveland. He's also be in Gulfport later this afternoon from 2-5pm. The Attorney General's Office is gathering information from those whose claims were denied.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 group that's been helping south Mississippians since Katrina is now working to help people in Japan. International Relief and Development (IRD) has launched a Japan Tsunami/Earthquake Relief Hygiene Kit Drive.More >> After the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, coast tourism leaders were told a regional approach to marketing South Mississippi tourism would be in everybody's best interests. That idea may be here to stay. WLOX News has learned that big changes are in the works aimed at more effectively marketing the Mississippi Gulf Coast.More >> South Mississippi's own Michael Grimm returned home Monday to lend a helping hand at South Hancock Elementary School. WLOX reporter Al Showers met the America's Got Talent talent winner to discuss what he's doing to help children.More >> About 30 people spent their day off volunteering for the annual Great American Cleanup at Gex Park in Waveland. And Waveland Community Coalition President Charlie Cornelius said that kind of civic pride is exactly what the city needs at this stage of recovery. Michelle Lady has the story.More >> When's the last time you heard of a government agency saving millions of dollars? That was the goal of NASA's Shared Services Center when it opened five years ago at Stennis Space Center in Hancock County.More >> Two inmates died Wednesday morning on Interstate 10 when the prisoner transport van they were riding in collided with an 18-wheeler. It happened shortly after 3am in Hancock County, near the Louisiana state line.More >> A new group is working to find homes for veterans in South Mississippi. A recent study found one out of every four homeless people in the U.S. is a veteran. A group called "Halos For Heroes" is working to change that in Hancock County. Eddie Winiki is one of 107,000 homeless veterans in the U.S. Winiki has made his home in a wooded area in Waveland. WLOX's Al Showers spoke with the non-profit organization today.More >> There's an early childhood education center in the Bay-Waveland school district, that's trying to raise the standard for quality early care. The Early Education Center in Waveland is currently a four-star pre-school for children ages six weeks to four years old. Meggan Gray shows how it's helping children in the Bay-Waveland area grow up happy, healthy, and ready to learn.More >> Waveland faces six more lawsuits over the use of tasers by police. The suits stem from various incidents in which Waveland officers used tasers on people who were stopped, detained or arrested.More >> Ready to get into the Carnival spirit? See what Mardi Gras events are happening this week near you.More >> Bullying has always been a problem for kids. But thanks to the internet and cell phones, today's bullies can follow you online and spread hate and rumors faster than ever. It's wrong. It's illegal. And sometimes it's deadly. Mississippi's Attorney General is telling high school students that if they threaten or harass people online, there are consequences.More >> An ongoing WLOX News investigation has found changes in record keeping promised at the West Hancock Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department have never materialized.More >> March 1st was the qualifying deadline for candidates running for local and statewide offices this year. Party primaries are Aug. 2. The general election is Nov. 8.More >> The Pearlington community is about to get something residents there haven't had in eight years. It's a new grocery store and restaurant deli. The only grocery store in the community burned down in 2003. Al Showers reports.More >> We've long heard breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Leaders in the Bay-Waveland School District think that's especially true for students. That's why they're launching a universal, free breakfast program for middle-schoolers.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 >> The high that Hancock County is riding after a million dollar marketing campaign may be short lived. Tourism leaders say everyone from casinos to restaurants enjoyed the fruits of having plenty of advertising dollars. But now that the BP money is spent, it's back to business as usual.More >> When BP gave Hancock County tourism $995,000 to lure visitors back to town, the county created a Magnolia Bucks program. And according to Hancock County tourism director Beth Carriere, the results were sweet music at cash registers.More >> A Bay St. Louis man died in an accident Friday morning, and the heavy fog is likely to blame. Lloyd Richard Higgins, 62, was thrown about 20 feet from his vehicle, and died after initially being stabilized by emergency responders.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 >> 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 >> Mississippians planning a run for county or statewide office have two weeks left to qualify for this year's elections. Candidates have until March 1st to file their paperwork.More >> There was a wall breaking ceremony held at Hancock Medical Center in Bay St. Louis Tuesday. This starts a $25 million post Katrina restoration project.More >> A Waveland man faces five counts of child porn possession after investigators searched his home at the Gates at Coral Bay Apartments on Highway 90. They confiscated a computer belonging to Ricardo Michael Faciane, 33.More >> NASA's Stennis Space Center was the test site Monday for a new rocket engine that will power a rocket carrying cargo to the International Space Station. Krystal Allan explains how the test signals a new direction for Stennis and space exploration.More >> If you're trying to sell your home, police have a warning for you: There's a good chance you could be targeted by copper thieves. Hancock County Sheriff's deputies tell WLOX News vacant homes are being broken into at an alarming rate.More >> A cold weather shelter will be open Monday night at the Lutheran Church of the Pines, located at 309 Highway 90 in Waveland. The shelter will open its doors at 5pm, and remain open until 8am Tuesday morning.More >> A month after laying off six Waveland police officers the Board of Aldermen cut seven part time reserve officers. But Mayor David Garcia said it's not for the same reason. Michelle Lady reports.More >> Stennis Space Center celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 14 mission with a Moon Tree planting on the grounds of the Infinity Science Center Thursday. Moon Trees were made famous by the late Apollo 14 astronaut Stuart Roosa, who carried a variety of seeds with him on his lunar mission. Roosa's close relatives hope his legacy will inspire a new generation of space explorers.More >> Attorney General Jim Hood is applauding a federal judge's order that Gulf Coast Claims Administrator Ken Feinberg stop saying he's working independently of BP. Now he's asking anyone with inside information on the claims process to contact his office.More >> Steven Palazzo made his first visit Tuesday to NASA's Stennis Space Center since being elected to Congress. The purpose of his trip was to better familiarize himself with the rocket motor engine test facility and the job it does for our nation's space program. Al Showers tagged along on his VIP tour.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 >> Waveland Police have arrested a man they say was trying to steal iron casings being used on the new sidewalk on Beach Blvd.More >> Habitat Bay-Waveland Area is hosting an event this week vital to the future of the International organization. Thirty people from Habitat chapters all over the nations are in Hancock County for a leadership training conference. Al Showers reports.More >> A $10 million shortfall doesn't worry backers of the Hancock County's Infinity Science Center, but they are looking for new ways to raise the money. Infinity has the funds in place to complete the building, but still needs money to outfit it with interactive exhibits. As Al Showers Reports, the science center is counting on infinite generosity of the community.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 >> South Mississippi is expected to get colder this weekend. So three cold weather shelters will open Friday at 5pm and remain open until 7am. They will open again Saturday afternoon until Sunday morning.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 choices of where to purchase lumber in Hancock County has been narrowed. WLOX News has learned 84 Lumber in Waveland has closed.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 >> Three teenage boys have been arrested in Waveland for vandalism of city property. Police say the teens sprayed paint on several city vehicles before they cranked up a backhoe and rolled over a fence. When the backhoe got stuck in a hole, the joy ride took a bad turn.More >> The 400 page report from President Obama's Oil Spill Commission outlines plenty of ideas on what the federal government and the offshore drilling industry need to do to improve safety. But until the plan goes into action, the commissioners say the report is just words on a page. They say what happens next is up to the people of the Gulf Coast.More >> Waveland's Police Chief says lay-offs will not cripple the small law enforcement agency. As we first told you last week, city leaders cut 11 people from the payroll to make budget. Six of the eleven let go came from the police department.More >> The mayor and aldermen in Waveland voted Monday night to rescind the pay raises they voted themselves last month. The decision came in a special meeting Monday night.More >> Two cold weather shelters will open Monday night at 5pm, just as another arctic front moves into South Mississippi. The Harrison County shelter will be at the Donal Snyder Community Center in Biloxi. The Hancock County shelter will be at the Lutheran Church of the Pines in Waveland.More >> Wildfires that threatened homes in Hancock County are under control. In all, about 300 acres burned. The Bayside Fire Department responded to the Oak Street area just before 1:00 Saturday afternoon for one fire that was spreading near homes.More >> Hancock County saw a political shake-up this week when four county leaders jumped ship to the Republican Party. The move has Democrats scrambling to minimize the political damage.More >> Eleven Waveland city workers are looking for new jobs, and four others were reduced to part-time. In a meeting that lasted until 1:00 Tuesday morning, aldermen voted to eliminate the positions to make up for a $700,000 shortfall. The layoffs follow pay raises for elected leaders, approved just weeks ago. Al Showers talked with some of the Waveland workers about to join the unemployment line.More >> Wednesday marked the dawn of a new era in politics for South Mississippi. Republican Steven Palazzo was sworn in as Mississippi's new 4th District congressman.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 >> After a three and a half hour executive session that ended at 1am Wednesday morning, the Waveland Board of Aldermen voted to layoff multiple city employees and reduce four others from full-time.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 >> Fourth District Congressman Gene Taylor's time in Washington ends in just a few days when Congressman-elect Stephen Palazzo is sworn into office. Congressman Taylor sat down with Jeff Lawson to reflect on his 21 years in public office, and what the future holds for him personally.More >> Longtime District Attorney Cono Caranna announced Wednesday that he's retiring at the end of his seventh term in office. In November, Caranna will have served as District Attorney for Harrison, Hancock and Stone Counties for 26 years. His current term ends in early January 2012.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 >> It wasn't what Waveland's new mayor and board of aldermen expected when they opened their meeting to public comments a week after giving themselves pay raises. Surprisingly, the crowd Wednesday night offered more praise than protests over the pay hike the board approved just days after taking office.More >> Waveland police officers are no longer carrying tasers after the city was hit with multiple lawsuits alleging police misconduct this week. Mayor David Garcia says the city recently learned of three new lawsuits.More >> This holiday season, the students at Bay High showed they have a ton of love for our four legged friends. The school collected more than 2,000 pounds of dog and cat food for the Waveland Animal Shelter. Teachers say getting an education at Bay High is about more than reading, writing and arithmetic.More >> Less than a week after taking office, the newly elected leaders of Waveland have increased their own pay. The salary increases come just two months after the last administration voted to cut $600,000 from the city budget. However, those cuts have yet to be implemented.More >> The Mississippi Coast Audubon Society is participating in Audubon's annual Christmas Bird Count. Birders participating in the count will be sent to different locations in Hancock County to count and document various species of birds.More >> BP claims administrator Kenneth Feinberg on Monday announced a new "quick pay" option for people who are willing to take a final settlement and agree not to file a lawsuit over damages they sustained because of the oil spill. Individuals who take the option are available for an extra $5,000. For businesses, the amount is $25,000.More >> Waveland's new mayor, David Garcia, hit the ground running Thursday after being sworn into office Wednesday. Some of the top issues will involve pending lawsuits against the city, many of which were filed against the police department for alleged abuse of the use of tasers .More >> Many fishermen and shrimpers remain frustrated as they continue to wait to get paid on claims against BP following the oil spill. They say the Gulf Coast Claims Facility isn't moving fast enough. Action Reporter A.J. Giardina has information on another government agency that is assisting.More >> David Garcia must turn in his fire chief badge, because he just got a promotion. Garcia defeated Robert Hincks by a wide margin to become Waveland's next mayor. The final tally shows Garcia with 1,006 votes to Hincks 141 votes.More >> Five people have now been charged in a Bay St. Louis rape case. The arrests stem from an alleged rape at a party held in September at a home on Seube Street. The victims are two teenage girls.More >> Nearly 200 South Mississippi National Guardsmen deployed in Afghanistan will have a merrier Christmas this year thanks to the Coast chapter of the Soldiers' Angels Organization. The group has partnered with American Legion Post 77 in Waveland to box up and ship out Christmas gifts and trinkets.More >> Kids under 12 could win big. The Seafood Marketing Program is looking for a creative name for the shrimp-eating egret featured on the new Gulf Safe Mississippi Seafood billboards, which are located along U.S. I-10, U.S. 90 and U.S. 49 in the three coastal counties.More >> Between traffic jams and airport security checks, holiday travel can be a hassle no matter how you do it. Elizabeth Vowell asked the experts for their best advice to make it a little easier.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 >> Michael Grimm performed Friday night in his hometown. The Waveland native became a millionaire when he won America's Got Talent and he's using that new found fame to boost tourism in Hancock County. Jessica Bowman caught up with a fan who traveled over 1,000 miles to see him perform.More >> Five flags now fly high over the multi-million dollar Infinity project under construction in Hancock County. The flags symbolize that the interactive science center has reached its tallest point in construction. Al Showers reports.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 >> Tickets are still available for this weekend's concerts on Mississippi's West Coast featuring country music star Martina McBride and Hancock County's America's Got Talent winner Michael Grimm.More >> Five year after his death, Robert Earl Moody, was honored and remembered Wednesday as a "forgotten hero." A small group of people gathered at Biloxi National Cemetery for a special service. Moody's ashes will be laid to rest at the cemetery. His wife Barbara Moody described her husband as "happy go lucky" and said he often entertained the troops with his singing and jokes.More >> A New York based volunteer organization, The Giving Circle, has returned to the coast this week. The group has made more than 20 trips to Hancock County since Katrina helping to rebuild homes and lives. As Al Showers reports, this time they are in town to make Martin Luther King Park in Waveland a place where the youth of the community can learn and play.More >> Still undecided about who to vote for Tuesday? Visit our 2010 Election Center to learn more about the candidates, and hear where they stand on the issues most important to South Mississippians.More >> Waveland Mayor Tommy Longo has lost tonight's primary to David Garcia. And the final tally wasn't close. The incumbent got trounced, losing 1,242 to 240. Garcia will now face republican Robert Hincks in the city's general election. That will be held next month.More >> Ten years after a hit and run left a teenager dead on Lakeshore Road in Hancock County, investigators say it's unlikely anyone will ever be arrested in the case. But that answer is unacceptable to the parents of Mitch Mitchell.More >> Not every stranger knocking on your door this weekend will be in search of candy. Some may be asking you questions about what impact the Gulf oil spill has had on your life.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 >> 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 >> Hancock County welcomes its first soup kitchen today. Waveland United Methodist Church is using its Fellowship Hall as the dinning room for the new soup kitchen. The first meal served will be lunch. The church will provide hot meals for the homeless or anyone who finds themselves having trouble putting food on their table.More >> "Magnolia Money" is having a major financial impact on the economy in Hancock County. Magnolia Money is basically cash given to the Hancock County Tourism Bureau from BP to draw tourists back to the county to mitigate the loss of business during the oil spill crisis. As Al Showers found out, shop owners say the plan has their cash registers ringing loudly.More >> While everyone is focused right now on next week's heated congressional election, another hot race is shaping up in Waveland for mayor. Three candidates are vying for the city's top job.More >> Though a lot of the oil from the DeepWater Horizon rig explosion that washed ashore has been cleaned up, hundreds of coast residents are still feeling the impact of the Coastal Crisis that began 184 days ago.More >> Business confidence on the Mississippi Gulf Coast is on the rebound. That's according to the latest CEO & Business Owner Confidence Survey released Tuesday.More >> A group of airmen walked along Highway 90 in Biloxi Tuesday morning as part of their 860-mile trek across five states to honor fallen soldiers. Each one carried a baton, with the name of a fellow airman who has died fighting in the War on Terror.More >> A Waveland woman who worked as a nurse for a Gulfport doctor has been charged with 30 counts of prescription fraud. Investigators say Lawren LeBon Cowand, 28, forged more than 500 prescriptions for controlled and non-controlled substances. 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 >> A Waveland church wants to make sure no Hancock County families are going hungry during these tough economic times. Waveland United Methodist Church will soon open the county's first soup kitchen. The church will provide hot meals for anyone in need. And church leaders say the need is greater than most folks would imagine.More >> The Jackson County Sheriff's Department is spear-heading an effort to form a tri-county task force with one goal: take down child predators. Sheriffs from Jackson, Harrison, and Hancock counties are laying the groundwork with help from the Internet Crimes Against Children program.More >> WaveFest organizers are scrambling to raise money to provide security for the upcoming event. They say Waveland city leaders backed out of a commitment to fund over-time pay for city police officers who will man the festival. Organizers say although the new development won't prevent the event from going on, it does put the festival's budget in a financial jam.More >> Highway 603 in Hancock County is now brighter and safer to travel at night. Wednesday night, Bay St. Louis Mayor Les Fillingame flipped the switch on 135 new street lights along a six mile stretch of the roadway from I-10 to Highway 90.More >> The future of rocket testing at in South Mississippi will focus on private space missions, along with NASA's agenda. President Barack Obama plans to alter NASA's mission to include commercial space transportation. And that's just the course leaders at Stennis Space Center say they've plotted for years. The director says flexibility equals survival.More >> Authorities have recovered thousands of dollars in home appliances stolen from properties in Hancock and Harrison counties. Now, investigators are looking for the man they say is the mastermind of the theft ring - 41-year-old Larry Baum of Hancock County.More >> Hancock County's America's Got Talent winner Michael Grimm is teaming up with country music star Martina McBride for a special concert weekend to promote tourism on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Organizers are also hoping to add a huge welcome home celebration for Michael Grimm as he returns home following his nationwide tour for NBC's concert appearances.More >> Stennis Space Center's director tells WLOX News the congressional vote to extend the space shuttle program another year will not have an effect on Stennis.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 >> A Slidell man who was in Hancock County to celebrate his birthday and watch a Saints game with family and friends died Sunday. Monday morning, divers found the body of 41-year-old Charles Trotter in the Jourdan River. Witnesses said before he was swept away, he was able to get his two kids to safety.More >> Some memories of Hurricane Katrina can fade over time. This week, the Mississippi Department of Transportation is working on a project to help us, and future generations, remember just how high Katrina's storm surge reached in Hancock County. Trang Pham-Bui has details about two Gateway Katrina Monuments.More >> Congressman Gene Taylor spent Monday morning checking out coastal restoration work in Hancock County. The Congressman took a boat tour of work underway. It includes building and restoring new fishing reefs.More >> It's been bounced from six different locations over the past five years, but soon, work will begin on a permanent home for the Hancock County Emergency Operations Center. Bids on the $3.5 million building are being accepted right now. Al Showers has a look at what the facility that serves as Hancock County's lifeline during disasters will look like.More >> If you drive Interstate 10 by the Highway 43 interchange, you'll soon be able to see just how high the water got there during Hurricane Katrina. Crews were set to begin pouring concrete Friday to create two monuments, but work was delayed until Monday because of rainMore >> It may only be the beginning of Fall, but the Salvation Army is already thinking about Christmas. The organization is now taking applications for its holiday assistance programs like the Angel Tree.More >> The 70-year-old man Hancock County authorities thought had disappeared in the Pearl River was found alive and well Tuesday. Turns out, he had just gone fishing with someone else in their boat. When he returned to shore, he was met with cheers from family and friends who had been praying for his safe return.More >> A new alliance out of Hancock County, is working to help small businesses thrive. The Magnolia Business Alliance was just awarded a $600,000 federal grant as part of a new pilot program to create jobs and economic development.More >> Michael Grimm's big win on America's Got Talent is generating national and international exposure for his hometown of Waveland. And that has tourism leaders in Hancock County smiling ear to ear.More >> It was a night one Hancock County family will never forget. Musician Michael Grimm won the top prize on "America's Got Talent." Up until the nationally televised show, the name Michael Grimm was only known around Hancock County. As Al Showers reports, his name and "rags to riches" story are now going global.More >> The Hancock County Tourism Development Bureau launched a new motor coach program to promote overnight stays paying up to $1,500 traveling allowance, plus $250 per night to qualified operators.More >> Waveland native Michael Grimm wins the $1 million prize on NBC's America's Got Talent.More >> Waveland city leaders have until midnight to come up with a budget for the next fiscal year. Version number seven of the budget went before the board of aldermen Wednesday night. Al Showers spoke with one member of the board about why the other six budgets would make tough times even tougher on the people of Waveland.More >> He's a local boy who is trying to take his talent to the top. Michael Grimm of Hancock County started as one of 100,000 contestants on the television show America's Got Talent. Now, he's one of the four finalists in the competition that ends this week. Grimm's success has people all over Hancock County beaming with pride, including his grandparents who raised him. Al Showers talked with them on Monday.More >> You can now see what grade your child's school district received on last year's state tests. In the latest Accountability Ratings, many school districts along the coast excelled or showed growth, while others are on the verge of failing.More >> The Hancock County Tourism Development Bureau launched a new tourism promotion this month giving qualified travelers free $25 Magnolia Money shopping vouchers to spend at participating retailers.More >> Thursday, these blue crabs called the Gulf home. But by Saturday, someone in Atlanta will call it dinner. Crab trapper Robert Metz would love to sell his catch in South Mississippi, but since the oil spill, his local business hasn't rebounded as much as he'd like. And he's having a hard time understanding why.More >> The Department of Environmental Quality is overseeing a sewer waste clean up operation on one of Waveland's busiest streets. City leaders say crews are on Waveland Avenue cleaning up waste water that over flowed into ditches and yards over the weekend. As Al Showers reports, Waveland leaders say mother nature is to blame for the mess.More >> The Bay-Waveland School District will celebrate the opening of two new schools today, five years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the community. Waveland Elementary's ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 9:00 this morning. That will be followed by a 10:30 a.m. ribbon cutting at North Bay Elementary.More >> Budget woes in Waveland will likely mean a property tax increase for residents. City leaders are considering raising the millage rate which would bring a ten-percent increase to property taxes and car tags.More >> Katrina came ashore and washed away, leaving Waveland ground zero. The storm devastated the town of 8,000, washing away all government buildings and businesses and about 95 percent of the homes.More >> The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded a $495,000 grant to Hancock Medical Center. The grant will help with construction and medical equipment costs for the hospital that was severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina.More >> As we approach the fifth anniversary of Katrina, one group of people stand out more than most in helping all of us survive. They are the first responders who risked their lives rescuing people from their storm battered homes. If it weren't for their efforts, some of us might not be here today. Doug Walker has the story from the city known as ground zero: Waveland.More >> The Mississippi Coast tourism industry is still trying to get back to where it once was. Wednesday's announcement that BP will give $3 million to help fund coastal activities will go a long way toward that goal.More >> Mississippi Gulf Coast tourism groups received a $3 million boost for tourism Wednesday from BP to counter the impact of the Gulf Oil Spill.More >> Diamondhead resident James Seglund is grateful and amazed at what thousands of volunteers have done here. To honor the generosity and kindness that came from around the globe, Seglund is leading a fund-raising effort to build a monument to the Katrina volunteers.More >> Hope Haven will be closing its doors to abused and neglected children in South Mississippi. The charity, which has helped more than 3,000 children since opening in 1995, will close its foster home in north Harrison County in the next 60 days.More >> Results of the MCT-2 and the high school Subject Area Tests were released Friday morning. The state standardized test scores will help determine each district's performance rating, ranging from Star to Failing. As Assignment Education Reporter Trang Pham-Bui tells us, Pass Christian, Long Beach, and several other local school districts are examples of academic excellence.More >> Nearly five weeks after it washed ashore, tar balls and melted tar patties are still staining rocks on a popular rock jetty that fishermen use in Hancock County. A Waveland resident made us aware of the problem on the beach near Bayou Caddy. Al Showers finds out why nothing has been done to date to clean up the mess.More >> As we approach the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Hancock County is marking a milestone. The first public housing is now complete. Katrina damaged beyond repair more than 800 government housing units in Hancock County. Oak Haven is a $12.3 million development in Waveland, for senior citizens. Al Showers was there as the first 80 units welcomed people home.More >> A Hancock County attorney is taking legal action to force the county to fix the acoustics at the renovated courthouse. Jimmy McGuire filed a motion after a judge declared a mistrial last week in a case because jurors simply could not hear the attorneys or witnesses.More >> Even though the oil leak has been stopped, tar continues washing ashore on Hancock County beaches. Due to tough weather conditions earlier this week beach cleanup crews haven't been working for several days, which has led to a build up of tar balls and tar patties on some beaches. As Jessica Bowman reports, out of town visitors said the oil is not stopping them from enjoying the beach.More >> Hundreds of tar balls and patties washed up on the beach near Lakeshore Road overnight. Just down the road, small, dead fish were washing ashore while crabs could be seen crawling up on the bank.More >> FEMA has given final approval to eight federal grants worth more than $18.1 million to support Katrina recovery projects in the three coastal counties. The work had stalled because a federal disaster relief fund ran low on money.More >> Emergency managers across South Mississippi are watching the Gulf closely. The Tropical Depression 5 churning the gulf will bring strong winds, rain and high tides to the coast Thursday and Friday.More >> The Department of Marine Resources has issued a stop order for new equipment or projects paid for through BP grants. For the next 30 days, DMR will review where efforts are before the grant program is discontinued on September 8.More >> Nearly 15 million Americans are now out of work. The latest jobs report released Friday showed the unemployment rate unchanged from June to July at 9.5%. In Mississippi, the unemployment rate sits around 11%. Krystal Allan has more on how one family faced with unemployment is trying to push through this tough time.More >> Tar balls are still washing up on the beaches of Hancock County. Some boaters think those tar balls are coming from what they say is oil in the Bay of St. Louis. But some local officials maintain what those fisherman saw is sea foam, not oil.More >> The first day of school was an especially exciting one for the Bay-Waveland School District. On Thursday, the district celebrated its recovery from Katrina with the opening of two new elementary schools. There were a lot of smiling faces as students walked through the doors of the new Waveland Elementary and North Bay Elementary. After five years in trailers, everyone was thrilled to be a real building.More >> Some Hancock County crabbers say their recent catch may be contaminated by oil. Monday, they pulled up dozens of crabs. When they cracked their shells, they found a shocking sight, they can't explain. The gills were tainted black.More >> Help cooling your home could be one phone call away. Gulf Coast Community Action is offering help to low income South Mississippians.More >> If you go shopping today or tomorrow for back-to-school clothes, most likely you will be able to save on the sales tax. Mississippi's tax free holiday begins today and runs through Saturday. See if the items on your shopping list qualify.More >> A Waveland man charged with two counts of possessing child pornography faces up to 80 years behind bars, if found guilty.More >> Some of BP's money went to promote tourism in the state which suffered greatly because of the nationwide perception that our beaches were drenched in oil. Overcoming that perception has been particularly tough on Smaller Coastal communities like Bay St. Louis and Waveland. Al Showers explains from Hancock County.More >> Hancock County leaders learned Tuesday, BP will soon begin taking boom out of South Mississippi waters. The news came at the daily briefing at the Emergency Operations office. As Al Showers reports, some Hancock County leaders say their sensitive marshes will still need protection.More >> Summer's winding down as the countdown to the school year begins. The countdown is also underway for the upcoming sales tax holiday. Shoppers are already out scoping items to bag for back-to-school bargains. As Krystal Allan reports, stores and shoppers are prepping for a busy weekend of business and buying.More >> For residents in low lying areas, any tropical activity can quickly turn into flooding. That's why all three coastal counties are offering sands bags, and urging folks to take precautions now.More >> Living on the Mississippi Gulf Coast all changed on August 29, 2005 when Hurricane Katrina made a direct hit. Lives were lost, homes and businesses destroyed and the rebuilding process continues to this day. While most of the eyesores that were left by Katrina have been cleaned up, a few of them remain.More >> An organization that's helped hundreds of Hancock County residents rebuild from Katrina has been ordered to stop breaking the law. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann on Thursday cited the Waveland Citizens Fund for violating Mississippi's Charitable Solicitations Act.More >> Hancock County supervisors say unforeseen expenses related to the oil cleanup are starting to escalate. They say the county received $2 million in BP money to carry that burden. Board President Rocky Pullman said it's not possible to predict every expense ahead of time, and there's been a lot of budget adjusting.More >> Hancock Medical Center wants to bring more doctors to the area who offer specialized services. The hospital lost several doctors after hurricane Katrina. Leaders now hope by having office space available to them they can attract more specialty practice physicians. Al Showers reports.More >> The Mississippi Sound reopened for the first time in weeks Tuesday, allowing recreational boaters to return to the water. The Department of Marine Resources opened state waters to recreational fishing shortly after midnight. But only catch-and-release and licensed live bait shrimping are allowed. The tight restrictions may have prevented many from taking advantage of the change in policy.More >> Sweeping changes may soon come to the National Flood Insurance Program. One of the measures in a pending House bill would allow flood insurance premiums to be increased by as much as 20-percent. And that possibility has some Coast residents extremely concerned.More >> There are millions of gallons oil floating in the Gulf of Mexico causing constant worry for Hancock County leaders. Leaders there are continuing their fight for protection measures around sensitive waterways in their area. As Al Showers reports, one of those areas is Heron Bay in southwest Hancock County.More >> The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR), and the Mississippi State Department of Health issued a beach advisory Wednesday for a portion of the beach in Hancock County extending from Nicholson Avenue to the Silver Slipper Casino.More >> A Dallas company showed how its OSE II product uses enzymes to break oil down into carbon dioxide and water to be eaten by natural bacteria. More >> The whole city of Waveland is under a boil water notice until Thursday. Everyone in the city is affected, including but not limited to restaurants, day care centers, businesses, etc.More >>