The director of the Mary C. O'Keefe cultural center of arts and education in Ocean Springs is leaving soon for a new job in California. Eric Zala has been with the Mary C. for the past three years. The former school building has become a popular venue for art education, performance and entertainment.More >> Ocean Springs Police are looking for two teenagers who they say assaulted a 50-year-old man walking on Front Beach. Investigators say the teens wanted cash. It's the second incident this summer where someone was assaulted on Ocean Spring's Front Beach.More >> There is great news in today's tough economy. VT Halter Marine in Jackson County will soon be putting up help wanted signs. The shipbuilders have just been awarded a new multi-million dollar contract to build a massive ship. The CEO of VT Halter told Patrice Clark the new deal is expected to bring more 100 jobs to the coast.More >> Summer has officially ended for thousands of students in Jackson County. Schools in St. Martin, Vancleave and East Central welcomed back students Wednesday morning. Some kindergartners seemed to be adjusting well to their first day of school. In fact, they're already looking forward to graduating from high school.More >> A Florida homicide suspect is behind bars in Mississippi. Ocean Springs police officers arrested 46-year-old Charles D. Boshell Monday afternoon. More >> In tough economic times, businesses have to be creative to draw in more customers and turn a profit. That creativity was on display in downtown Ocean Springs, where despite the rain, more than 50 businesses participated in the 6th Annual Sidewalk Sale. If customers were willing to dodge raindrops, good deals could be found in just about every store.More >> After years of delays and controversy, children in Ocean Springs will soon be playing games at the new $7 million city sportsplex off Highway 57. Earlier this year, the complex was nothing more than red clay and dirt. Today, it looks much different. More >> Clean up of the salvage/dump site on Old CCC Camp Road began Thursday morning. This is the road that runs east-west connecting Ocean Springs Road to Reilly Road. More >> A report of a home invasion in Gulf Park Estates led to three arrests and the recovery of thousands of dollars in stolen goods. Jackson County deputies tells WLOX they got a 911 call yesterday from a disabled man who was hiding in his home on Magnolia Lane after three men broke in.More >> A historic home on East Beach in Ocean Springs almost destroyed by Katrina will soon have a new life. The state department of Archives and History has awarded a grant of just over a million dollars to the Department of Marine Resources to purchase and renovate the property, which was built in 1897. Once that happens, the public will have access to what many consider to be an architectural treasure.More >> If you own a home south of I-10 in Jackson County, it's probably not worth as much as it was this time last year. The good news is your tax bill may be less. But that's not such good news for the county.More >> WLOX received a call from a viewer of a motorcycle and car crash on the Biloxi-Ocean Springs Bridge, Eastbound on Highway 90.More >> At just 24-years-old Whitney Henderson is making the trek from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Anaheim, California on an inspiring mission to raise money for charity and also learn a little about herself.More >> A recent change in federal policy could open the doors to future discussions about a Choctaw casino off Highway 57 in Jackson County. A 2008 ruling from the Bureau of Indian Affairs said Indian casinos must be located on tribal land. More >> Fire investigators are canvassing neighborhoods to find out who may be responsible for a woods fire that consumed 850 acres in Jackson County. Fountainebleau Fire Chief Michael Belton spotted the fire around noon on Saturday and was one of the first on the scene near Plymouth and Tapp Roads.More >> Here's a look at several events happening this weekend in South Mississippi.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 >> Thrill-seekers took their sailboats into the Mississippi Sound Saturday. The Ocean Springs Yacht Club hosted the 36th Annual Slip to Ship Regatta. The regatta included several races including a 13 mile sprint to Ship Island.More >> Large amounts of silt are invading a popular Jackson County boating spot and folks are frustrated. They said the silt problem has been piling up at Lake Mars Landing for about six months and now no one can use it. As Patrice Clark reports they want the county to do something about it.
The new Ocean Springs High School is under construction on the outskirts of the city, just north of Highway 57. City and county officials said the road will have to be widened to accommodate the extra traffic that will occur when the school opens next year. Gautier leaders are fuming over what they are being asked to sacrifice to widen the highway.More >> Educators often use texting, blogs and emails to communicate with their students. But at what point do teachers cross the line between professional conduct and socializing? The Ocean Springs School District is close to adopting a policy that addresses technology, social networking, and appropriate teacher-student relationships. Trang Pham-Bui has the story.More >> Why is $150,000 that was supposed to be used to renovate the downtown Ocean Springs police department being spent on another project? That's the question one city alderman is asking.More >> Neighbors of the St. Andrews golf course in Jackson County say they're suddenly living next to a golf course that's dilapidating daily. And according to St. Andrews on the Gulf Association President Robert Spivacke, that's "causing hazards, nuisances and devaluation to the community."More >> South Mississippi's natural beauty is something many of us take for granted. So instead of wasting gas and money going out of town this summer, many families may want to consider staying a little closer to home. This week on Good Morning Mississippi, Meggan Gray is sharing some ideas for vacationing at home. Monday, she learned about eco-tours of South Mississippi.More >> Mayfest is happening in downtown Ocean Springs this Saturday. This fifth annual festival is a celebration of music and art.More >> Mayfest is happening in Downtown Ocean Springs today. This fifth annual festival is a celebration of music and art. A variety of arts and craft vendors are set up along the downtown streets and the front lawn of the Mary C O'Keefe cultural center.More >> Ocean Springs Police are investigating the death of a nine-week-old baby girl. Thursday afternoon, first responders were called to a home in the 100 block of Barbara Court.More >> Ocean Springs school leaders are finalizing plans to restructure the entire district for the 2012 school year. The change is being called the biggest move in the school district's history. It involves shifting many students and teachers to different campuses and closing an elementary school.More >> An Ocean Springs man has spent the past year and a half restoring a 72 year old Biloxi Lugger. David Elliott tells us about his big plans for the boat on Page 13.More >> More than 100 sinkholes are slowly disappearing in Ocean Springs. In January, WLOX News showed you the Public Works catalog of sinkholes that have caused problems all over town for years. The Public Works assistant director told Patrice Clark, it's a never ended battle to fix the holes.More >> During the peak boating months, launching a vessel from the Ocean Springs harbor can be a real challenge. The reason, too many boats and not enough space. As Doug Walker explains, help may be on the way.More >> Healing is on the minds of communities devastated by last week's killer twisters. On Monday, a Jackson County church kicked-off a collection drive to help tornado victims in Mississippi and Alabama. Trang Pham-Bui tells us how you can be part of this special delivery.More >> An Ocean Springs man is under arrest, accused of molesting the same child more than a dozen times. Fredrick Morris is charged with 20 counts of child molestation. Jackson County Sheriff's investigators said the victim was as young as nine when the abuse began.More >> Help is on the way to those in North Mississippi. One local church congregation has opened their hearts and collected a vital ingredient for survival.More >> The city of Ocean Springs birthday celebration got off to a running start Saturday morning. Dozens of runners showed up at Fort Maurepas for the 1699 5K race.More >> Every year, more than a half a million people in the U.S. die from cancer. The American Cancer Society is working hard to bring those numbers down. One way is through research, but that costs a lot of money. That's why the hundreds of Relay for Life fundraisers held across the country each year are so important.More >> Collections of supplies and money for the tornado victims in Mississippi and Alabama are underway here on the coast. Those organizing the relief missions say they have little doubt our community will be generous.More >> Questions are swirling around the Ocean Springs School District over its handling of the investigation into a middle school teacher. Police arrested Grady Brown Thursday on four counts of sexual battery of a child. Months ago, the school district looked into rumors of a sexual relationship between Brown and the same student. Many people are asking why the district didn't report it to the police.More >> An Ocean Springs couple is about to open Rock-U2, a new academy of popular music. Tim and Barbara Alamsha have converted an old building on Jackson Avenue into a recording studio with multiple music instruction suites and rehearsal rooms. The structure once served as the ice house in Ocean Springs.More >> Here's a look at what's happening in South Mississippi this weekend.More >> A South Mississippi man is leading the Salvation Army's effort to bring relief and hope to Tuscaloosa's tornado victims. Lieutenant Jerry Williams, who heads the Jackson County chapter, has been named incident commander for Tuscaloosa. He's in Alabama assessing the situation.More >> An Ocean Springs Middle School teacher is under arrest, accused of having a sexual relationship with a student. Coach Grady Brown was arrested Thursday at his home in Biloxi. He's charged with four counts of sexual battery of a child.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 >> Scott Walker greeted friends and well wishers Monday morning during a leadership breakfast at Beau Rivage in Biloxi. It was one of his first public appearances since March 19, when Walker and three other men miraculously survived the crash landing of a small plane, which went down in a neighborhood next to Ocean Springs Airport. Walker broke his back in the crash, but doctors give him a 95 percent recovery prognosis.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 >> The City of Ocean Springs Water System has received a perfect rating from the Mississippi Department of Health. Director of Public Works Andre' Kaufman said it's one of the only systems in the state to receive this distinction.More >> On this most holy of Christian days, dozens gathered on the beachfront in Ocean Springs Sunday morning to celebrate Easter. They left with a feeling of joy and salvation. WLOX reporter Doug Walker was there, and has the story.More >> An Ocean Springs doctor has been indicted for illegal drug possession, and his lawyer is vowing a vigorous defense. A grand jury indicted Dr. Mathew Wallack on one count of possession of Oxycodone.More >> It has quickly become one of the most popular and family-friendly recreation spots on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Fort Maurepas Park and the adjoining Front Beach in Ocean Springs are attracting families with young children, exercise walkers, pet owners and beach lovers.More >> One year after the giant oil spill in the Gulf, there is still a lingering national perception that Gulf seafood is unsafe. But how do local fishermen feel about the bounty from the sea? Doug Walker visited the waterfront to find out.More >> When the next big storm strikes the coast, first responders, volunteers and others will be much better prepared to deal with the aftermath. That's because FEMA is conducting a conference in Ocean Springs this week dealing with emergency response in times of disaster.More >> Mississippi is ranked first in the country in childhood obesity rates. That's why getting children playing outside, burning calories, is more important than ever. That's what happened Friday in Ocean Springs at the Magnolia Park Elementary School field day.More >> Five South Mississippi teachers received the "Leo Seal Teacher Recognition Award" at a luncheon in Gulfport Wednesday. They made the grade by using creative programs to inspire students to learn. Each winner received a pewter apple along with $1500 to fund classroom projects.More >> A woods fire in Jackson County has now jumped across Highway 90, as firefighters continue their work to contain it. According to fire service officials, the blaze started south of the highway, between 90 and Old Spanish Trail. Because of the remote location, officials are suspicious about how it started.More >> A multi-million dollar hotel proposal for downtown Ocean Springs is moving forward. After much debate Tuesday night, planning commission voted to give developers the go ahead. But that's not sitting well with some neighbors who want to have a say in how that hotel blends into her community.More >> A 400 pound brass ship's propeller isn't the easiest thing to steal. Authorities in Jackson County say an Ocean Springs man discovered that the hard way, and the effort landed him behind bars.More >> You may see security officers at malls, schools and even festivals. Aside from maintaining order they tend to incite a safe feeling simply by their presence. Now patients, employees and guests will also get to feel a little safer when visiting Singing River Hospital System.More >> Five people are now under arrest in connection with a home burglary Tuesday in St. Martin. Jackson County Sheriff's investigators have recovered most of the weapons and a home safe taken from the home, but they're still trying to locate the rest of the property.More >> Ocean Springs will receive two million dollars to improve its drainage system. The money comes from Senate Bill 3100, better known as the Business Investment Act. That act allows the Mississippi Development Authority to manage the two million dollar grant to the city.More >> People in the Fountainbleau community continue to make repairs after a tornado earlier this week damaged several homes, a construction business and a fire training building.More >> Attorney General Jim Hood would like to warn Mississippi consumers about a long-standing scam related to jury duty that has recently resurfaced. In this scam, potential victims receive a call from someone claiming to be a court officer. The caller informs the victim that he or she has failed to appear for jury duty and may even state that a warrant has been issued for his or her arrest.More >> Friday, investigators with Jackson County Criminal Investigation Division arrested Wendell Keith Green, 37, on an outstanding warrant for kidnapping. The arrest is from an incident that happened on Saturday, March 26. A police report was filed with the Jackson County Sheriff's Department.More >> A major housing development in Ocean Springs originally given a thumbs down by the city is getting a second look. WLOX's Danielle Thomas spoke with the Board of Alderman about the possibility of a new development.More >> Ocean Springs High School has a new head football coach. Ryan Ross, who was named the new coach at Brookhaven just last month, is taking over for the Greyhound program. Ross replaces Todd Mangum, who is leaving Ocean Springs at the end of the year to become the defensive coordinator at Madison Central High School.More >> An Ocean Springs couple feels lucky to be alive, after lighting struck their house during this morning's storms. A neighbor is the one who came to the rescue, averting what could have been a major catastrophe. Meggan Gray reports.More >> A program aimed at lowering homeowners' property tax bills is on the decline in Jackson County this year. Tax assessor Benny Goff said he's seen a nearly 40 percent drop in Homestead Exemption filings.More >> A long-time tradition has returned to south Mississippi. The 59th Annual Spring Pilgrimage opened with much anticipation in Ocean Springs Saturday. That's because this was the first time since Katrina, the Gulf Coast Garden Clubs have been able to organize the free home tours. Organizers are looking forward to a triumphant return.More >> There was no shortage of food at this year's Herb and Garden festival in downtown Ocean Springs. Nearly a hundred vendors showcased everything from flowers and herbs to jellies, arts and crafts at Saturday's festival. Meggan Gray was there and has more.More >> Commercial fishermen picked up their protest signs again and staged a demonstration Tuesday morning outside the Gulf Coast Claims Facility on Lemoyne Boulevard in St. Martin. The fishermen say the claims process is exceedingly slow and has been unfair to fishermen. Several talked about hiring lawyers and taking their concerns to court.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 >> A Jackson County eyesore that includes thousands of old tires, vehicles and trash is finally being cleaned up. We first reported about the site on C.C. Camp Road back in January. County officials said the owners have agreed to do something about it, and this week some young volunteers are also helping get the job done.More >> The Jackson County Sheriff's Department has made an arrest in connection with the fire at the Lake Mars Boat Launch in Ocean Springs. According to the Sheriff's Department 18-year-old, Ocean Springs resident Joshua Dillon Ivy was arrested for Felony Malicious Mischief on Friday, March 18, 2011.More >> Ocean Springs residents may notice their water is a bit discolored, but officials say, Don't worry. The fire department began testing fire hydrants throughout the city Monday, as part of its annual safety check for equipment. And it's not unusual for the hydrant test to cause line sediment to unsettle and discolor the water supplied to homes.More >> More than one hundred golfers tee'd-off for a good cause on Sunday. Gulf Hills Golf Club in Ocean Springs held a charity tournament for Donna Brown, the manager of the Gulf Hills hotel.More >> More than 400 volunteers traded in their traditional church service for a chance to change the lives of nearly 30,000 Haitians. St. Paul's United Methodist church members spent this Sunday packing thousands of meals to send to Haiti.More >> Move over baseball and football South Mississippi has a new sport taking hold of fans. More than 3,000 fans poured into Gulfport for the Battle on the Beach Lacrosse Tournament. The two day tournament hosted 46 teams from all over the South East.More >> Coast men are lucky to have survived a plane crash in Jackson County Saturday afternoon. Jeff Lawson was on the scene not long after the plane went down.More >> Ocean Springs School Superintendent Dr. Robert Hirsch just announced the results of Saturday's run off in the Ocean Springs School Board election.More >> South Mississippi said goodbye to a long time leader and public servant Friday. Former Jackson County Supervisor Lum Cumbest passed away at the age of 86.More >> Some St. Martin students were so touched by the destruction and suffering in Japan, they wanted to do what they can to help. So this week, they came up with a creative way to raise money for the victims. Their fundraiser involves a bunch of rocks and a lot of imagination.More >> St. Martin High School will host its first Artwalk this Saturday from 10am to 2 pm. The show will feature more than 100 works of art by students and professionals, including paintings, ceramics, photographs and drawings.More >> It's never been done before in Ocean Springs. The city hosted a St. Patrick's Day parade Thursday night. A pub crawl, which began last year, was another big draw to downtown. The two events combined to give downtown business owners a big boost to the bottom line.More >> In January of 2007, the Taylor family moved into their dream home on Joy Lane in Jackson County. But that dream became a nightmare when they realized the home was contaminated with Chinese drywall. Now, a new legal settlement and pilot program might be the answer in helping the Taylors rebuild their home and their lives.More >> The harnesses are being shined and the horses are being groomed. It's kind of like a rock show when the Budweiser Clydesdales come to town.More >> A multi-million dollar hotel project planned for the heart of downtown Ocean Springs is being met with a lot of opposition. The folks who live near the area said the hotel is not welcome in their neighborhood. At a meeting Monday night, dozens of people expressed their concerns and criticisms about the project.More >> South Mississippians are carrying on a religious tradition that began in Europe centuries ago. St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Ocean Springs displayed its St. Joseph's Altar Sunday. Church members said the practice dates back to the middle ages when Sicilians were suffering from drought and famine.More >> The second annual "Battle on the Bayou" race in Jackson County included 190 kayaks and canoes. The nine and a half mile race was a big hit. Racers began in the waters of Old Fort Bayou behind Gulf Hills Resort, and paddled to the finish line at The Shed restaurant.More >> It's the perfect example of an eco-tourism event. More than 150 kayakers and canoeists will paddle Fort Bayou on Saturday during the second annual Battle on the Bayou race. The event includes both locals and out of town visitors. Organizers say the Mississippi Gulf Coast is a great place for paddling sports because of the many waterway choices.More >> The American Cancer Society's new Executive Director of the Mississippi Gulf Coast is a cancer survivor herself, who credits early detection for saving her life. Kathy Santiago, of Ocean Springs, took over the new position February 22nd.More >> High winds, heavy rains, even two tornadoes ripped through South Mississippi Wednesday morning. Jackson County Emergency Management Director Donald Langham said this is just a taste of the bad weather still ahead, and he wants people to be ready.More >> According to Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd, a baby is in critical condition tonight, after being in a multi-vehicle accident caused by a man intentionally setting fires along the interstate. According to the Sheriff, shortly before 3 p.m. a 29-year-old man from Phenix, Alabama, was setting fires in a wooded area along I-10 just east of the Highway 63 exit.More >> Ocean Springs residents will have to wait to see who will serve as the newest school board member. The race is headed for a runoff.More >> An Acadian Ambulance crew was transporting a patient to the hospital early Saturday morning, when suddenly, the ambulance became involved in an accident. Ocean Springs police say the accident was at the intersection of Highway 90 and MLK Blvd.More >> Schools are making a stronger push these days for more programs that stress Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. One man has a remedy for sparking more interest in Science. We caught up with Doktor Kaboom as he performed some of his wacky experiments in Ocean Springs.More >> Ocean Springs isn't letting Mother Nature rain on its parade. Mayor Connie Moran and the Ocean Springs Carnival Association say the Mardi Gras parade set for Friday night in Ocean Springs will roll as planned at 7pm.More >> Jackson County Circuit Clerk Joe Martin has been in office for 33 years. In six of his nine races, he's had no opposition, including this year. In fact, no one has run against Martin since 1995. Joe Martin sat down with Doug Walker to talk about his long career, and the future.More >> Ready to get into the Carnival spirit? See what Mardi Gras events are happening this week near you.More >> Paula Yancey will officially take over as Jackson County's Interim County Administrator Monday, March 7. Replacing her on an interim basis as Board Attorney is Kathy Parker, who has served as Special Counsel to the Board of Supervisors for ten years.More >> After serving as mayor of Ocean Springs for six years, Connie Moran is looking for a promotion from the voters. She is running as a democrat for state treasurer. Doug Walker sat down with the mayor to talk about her goals if she wins the job.More >> Ocean Springs is adding a new feature to its St. Patrick Day festivities this year. A parade featuring the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales will roll through downtown March 17th, beginning at 5pm.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 >> Mississippi education is under funded by $243 million and children are in danger of losing out in the classroom. That's the opinion of a group called the Parents Campaign for Better Schools. The organization hosted a community gathering in Ocean Springs Tuesday evening.More >> Sources have confirmed to WLOX Sports that Ocean Springs head football coach Todd Mangum will resign to become the defensive coordinator at Madison Central High School. The move is expected to be made official by the Madison County School Board on Monday.More >> For decades, Jackson County has controlled and maintained the beach and harbor in Ocean Springs, at a cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars each year. But recently, Supervisor Tommy Brodnax floated the idea of the city taking over the job. People who live in the city and use the beach are split on the idea.More >> A former Ocean Springs cop was arrested Thursday after investigators found he had been visiting Facebook. You may remember, Lee John Leonard was arrested in November on charges of child porn possession.More >> For years, the intersection of Highway 90 and Ocean Springs Road has the dubious distinction of being one of the most dangerous intersections in South Mississippi. Major changes to the intersections are almost complete. But as Patrice Clark found out, some wonder if the redesign is a help or hindrance.More >> During a court appearance Tuesday, new details were released about the Ocean Springs woman charged with killing her newborn baby through drugs. Investigators said Antoinette Newsome was reportedly using cocaine, as well as other drugs, leading up to the birth, which caused the baby's heart to stop working.More >> Ocean Springs business owner John Guice is sick and tired of having his business burglarized. The owner of Guice Electric has seen thousands of dollars in copper taken from his store after several burglaries. Now, he's confident it is going to stop.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 >> An autopsy reveals a baby boy born on February 15 died with cocaine in his system. Late Friday night, Jackson County detectives arrested the newborn's mother. Antoinette Newsom has been charged with manslaughter.More >> The 36th annual Elks Mardi Gras parade rolled through the streets of downtown Ocean Springs Saturday afternoon. The weather was perfect, and so was the mood of the crowd. In a WLOX News exclusive, Doug Walker goes undercover to reveal the little known secrets about catching the best throws. We caution you, some of the information you're about to learn could be considered classified.More >> The revelry of Carnival season moves to Lizana on Sunday afternoon. For the third straight year, the Lizana Mardi Gras parade rolls at 1:00. Lizana organizers must hope for the same beautiful weather Saturday's Mardi Gras participants experienced.
A Moss Point man who investigators say led police on a brief chase in a stolen vehicle is behind bars.More >> Story telling time at the St. Martin library was special Thursday, as preschoolers were treated to a Black History program.More >> A proposed $4.3 million, 30 room hotel on a large piece of land on Government Street would be the first in downtown Ocean Springs. If all the pieces fall into place, the boutique hotel could be open by August of 2012.More >> Drug agents in Jackson County said they've seen a 50% jump in prescription drug abuse since last year. In the past week, narcotics agents have arrested several suspects on prescription forgery and fraud charges. As Patrice Clark reports, medicines can easily go from helpful to abused.More >> A new exhibit reveals the unique relationship between artist Walter Anderson and the beauty of nature. David Elliott has the story in this Page 13.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 >> An accident on I-10 has traffic backed up for miles on the Pascagoula River bridge. Our Trang Pham Bui tells us a tractor trailer carrying a smaller trailer tipped over on the bridge.More >> It's that time of the year again. Snowbirds, armed with their golf clubs, are flocking to the coast. And the economic impact they have here is substantial, estimated at up to $50 million a year.More >> The Biloxi-Ocean Springs Junior Auxiliary is working on a plan to honor an 8-year-old girl who died last September after a heroic battle against cancer.More >> Congratulations to the Jackson County School District. All 13 schools in the district received a national award and prize money for creating healthier campuses. Out of 100,000 schools across the country that participated in the Healthier U.S. School Challenge, only 1,000 schools are being recognized.More >> It's becoming a more common sight across the country: Ordinary citizens shooting video or taking pictures of police in action. But is it legal? A bill passed in the Mississippi House would take away any doubt.More >> When Frank McCathran got a call promising $100,000, the former cop in him came out. He took down detailed notes about the exchange of cash at his home. McCathran had a plan to catch the schemer.More >> A woman arrested earlier this week for prescription forgery is under arrest again. Rebecca Leigh Coleman, 46, is now charged with Felony False Pretense for an incident at Ocean Springs Hospital.More >> It's something very rare these days in radio broadcasting: A family owned and operated station. What's even more rare is that it's been on the air for 40 years. Doug Walker takes us inside the studios of WOSM Radio in Jackson County.More >> Soon, you might have to shell out a few more bucks if you fly out of the Gulfport/Biloxi International Airport. The airport is looking to increase airport fees by $2.50More >> Walter Anderson's artwork is helping hundreds of students discover their creative talents. It's a new program that started this week in the Pascagoula School District. Many children have never set foot in an art museum. Some elementary schools don't even have an art program. Since those students don't have access to the arts, the Walter Anderson Museum of Art is bringing the art classes to them.More >> A woman who police say was posing as a nurse to get a fake prescription filled is under arrest. Rebecca Leigh Coleman, 46, is charged with one count of Prescription Forgery, but investigators expect to file more charges in the case.More >> For the first time in 40 years, the Pascagoula School District has to share tax money from Chevron with three other school districts in the county. The Jackson County Board of Supervisors made the decision Monday. Doug Walker talked with Pascagoula's school superintendent who's still fighting the law that made the revenue share legal.More >> The Ocean Springs Greyhounds started the soccer season as the state's pre-season number team in Class 6A. They returned to Jackson County on Sunday morning as the post-season champs. The Greyhounds won the 6A soccer title Saturday night with a 1-0 victory over Madison Central.More >> Latimer residents are breathing a little easier after hearing that the Highway 15 expansion is on hold. The project struck a nerve with residents who didn't want a highway cutting through their community; however, Latimer neighbors are calling this a victory.More >> For 15 months, investigators in Ocean Springs have been searching for the man who killed Michael Surber. They have a suspect, and even know what he looks like, but again and again they've hit brick walls. Now, they may be close to getting the break they've been hoping for.More >> A Gulfport Seabee is committed to serving in the military. She also has another love: Being a volunteer firefighter. On Friday, Morgan Rector got the best of both worlds. Trang Pham-Bui takes us to a reenlistment ceremony at a very unusual setting.More >> The controversy over where to build a new Highway 15 is suddenly on hold. Southern District Transportation Commissioner Wayne Brown says economic issues have forced MDOT to take the new road off the table. And he says the delay could be for many years. "We don't really know. It really pains me that it's delayed," said Brown, "because it's disruptive on people's lives out there."More >> The Gulf of Mexico will fully recover from last summer's BP oil spill by the end of next year. That's the opinion of Kenneth Feinberg, the administrator of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility. Final claims payments will be based on that assessment. But do people who make their living from the Gulf agree? It depends on who you talk to.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 >> Murville Alleman, City of Ocean Springs Arborist, has been appointed to serve with the Professional Arborist Association of Mississippi. He'll serve a two year term as the association's Municipal Representative.More >> The Magnolia Park Elementary Parent Teacher Organization in Ocean Springs could soon be changing the way it does business. That word comes a day after the PTO treasurer was arrested and charged with embezzling thousands of dollars from the organization.More >> The treasurer for the Parent Teacher Organization at Magnolia Park Elementary School in Ocean Springs is charged with embezzling $20,000. Tuesday, police arrested Holly Harrison Fitts, 28, on one count of felony embezzlement.More >> The so-called Smoothie King bandit is scheduled to make his initial appearance in court Tuesday morning. He faces four counts of armed robbery. The crime spree targeted three cities, within days of each other.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 >> Jackson County Sheriff's deputies have arrested a man they believe broke into a D'Iberville Police patrol car and stole guns, ammunition and a bullet proof vest. Three other people have also been arrested for helping the man get rid of the loot.More >> The Smoothie King bandit strikes again, this time robbing two stores in less than 24 hours. The Biloxi Smoothie King Store on Cedar Lake was robbed for the second time today. The bandit also hit Sunshine Whole Foods in Ocean Springs last night.
They built skyscrapers, bridges, and schools with their bare hands. And the only materials they used were toy pieces and a few simple household items. Friday, some Jackson County students created amazing masterpieces as part of a national construction competition.More >> Contractors are moving forward with the $2.2 million Front Beach project in Ocean Springs. Sidewalks, drainage and street lights are currently being refurbished and installed along the 1.2 mile concrete path connecting the Biloxi Bay Bridge to the Ocean Springs Harbor.More >> Mississippi lawmakers are considering whether to make midwives prove they know all about birthing babies. Thursday a bill requiring midwives in our state be certified made it out of committee and is headed to full House of Representatives.More >> Another Mississippi law enforcement officer has been arrested for allegedly keeping child porn on his state issued laptop. Anthony Nicholas Tremonte, 31, was arrested Wednesday and charged with one count of Possession of Child Pornography.More >> Ocean Springs merchants are breathing a sigh of relief. After a year and a half, a suspected counterfeiter who targeted the city is behind bars. She was recently arrested in Alabama for doing the same thing. But as Doug Walker explains, the investigation might not over just yet.More >> The Jackson County Sheriffs Department has arrested and charged Joel Guy Bowie, 58, of Ocean Springs with one count of possession of child pornography.More >> After a year and a half long investigation, Ocean Springs Police believe they've finally tracked down the woman who spent counterfeit cash in their city.More >> An Ocean Springs law firm has filed a class action lawsuit against Cable One alleging violations of federal anti-trust laws. Cable One has denied the allegations in court papers and has asked the court to dismiss the case. Doug Walker talks with one of the attorneys behind the lawsuit about what it means to customers.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 >> Ocean Springs fire investigators must determine how a business on Government Street in Ocean Springs was heavily damaged by fire. The call came in shortly after 8:30 Sunday morning at the Jr. Cigarette Discount store. When firefighters arrived, heavy smoke was pouring from the building.More >> The frequent cold spells this winter have caused yet another delay in the I-10 widening project in Jackson County. Construction came to a screeching halt about a month ago. But the work can't resume until the weather warms up and dries up.More >> A Pass Christian man charged with felony child abuse for tattooing minors is back in jail. Jeremy Lee Stewart, 32, now faces a felony domestic violence charge for assaulting his father.More >> It's a new program giving art lovers more for their money. The Walter Anderson Museum of Art is working to create a "cultural passport" to the arts on the coast.More >> Even when times are tough, one industry continues to do well. That's because people continue to drive their cars, and continue to get in accidents. And that means steady business at collision repair shops.More >> For almost 30 years, the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King has been celebrated with a wild game festival in Ocean Springs. The event is hosted by Macedonia Baptist Church. It brings together all generations for food, friendship and community fellowship.More >> The Mary C. O' Keefe Cultural Arts Center in Ocean Springs had a big celebration Saturday. The center held the grand opening of its new school for the arts. From pottery to performing arts the new Mary C. School for the Arts is hoping to offer a little something for everyone.More >> An Ocean Springs man who recently moved back home to his father's residence has been arrested for child porn possession. Francis Austin Hawkins, 23, is charged with three counts of possession of child pornography.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 >> 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 >> Ocean Springs Public Works Director Andre' Kaufman has been elected to the Board of Directors for the MS Chapter of the American Public Works Association.More >> Is fiery, and sometimes volatile political debate in America leading to acts of violence, such as what happened in Arizona on Saturday? That's a question being asked around dinner tables across the country. Doug Walker visited one local restaurant to gauge the sentiment of the people who live in South Mississippi.More >> The Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center for Arts and Education received nearly a million dollars in grant funding. Extensive roof, exterior, and interior work is being completed at the historic center.More >> The EPA is making Mississippi Power cut down on the pollutants they emit into the air we breathe. To do this, the power company wants to build a $600 million pollution control device at its Moss Point plant. 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 >> The Salvation Army in Jackson County has a new kitchen on wheels to help feed the alarming number of hungry people. But the non-profit organization said it doesn't have the money or manpower to make the mobile feeding unit a success. Patrice Clark explains why.More >> Friday, angry commercial fishermen staged another protest outside the Gulf Coast Claims Facility in St. Martin. They say they've been overlooked by the people in Ken Feinberg's claims office. Next week, they'll have a chance to meet with the man in charge.More >> A man who led officers on a chase through Jackson County faces a long list of charges after he intentionally hit a deputy's patrol car twice. Investigators say the chase began in Moss Point early Thursday morning around 2am.More >> Tanner Charles Fountain, 18, of Ocean Springs died late Tuesday night in a one-car accident on Government Street.More >> Narcotics agents say one of their best weapons in the fight against dangerous meth labs is a nosy neighbor. Authorities say on Tuesday afternoon, a concerned citizen flagged down a Jackson County Sheriff's deputy about a possible meth lab in Latimer. The deputy quickly confirmed the resident's suspicions.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 >> Three more people have been arrested in connection with a murder for hire plot in Jackson County. Last week Adam Ray Dunn, 30, was arrested for allegedly paying someone thousands of dollars to kill his ex-wife.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 >> Austal Shipbuilding in Mobile recently signed a Navy contract worth $3.7 billion. And that good news stretches well beyond the Alabama port city. To meet the demands of the contract, hundreds of people will have to be hired in the next few months, and many of those will come from South Mississippi.More >> One man was arrested Tuesday night after the Jackson County Narcotics Task Force found a meth lab in Latimer. Michael Anthony Wilson is charged with Manufacturing Meth and Generating Hazardous Waste. Officials say he was out on bond from a previous drug arrest.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 >> A man accused of paying someone to kill his ex-wife remains hospitalized after what Jackson County sheriff's deputies say was a suicide attempt. Adam Ray Dunn, 30, of Saucier, is charged with Attempted Capital Murder.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 >> Major Michael Reynolds recently came home from a 183 day deployment to Afghanistan. It was his fifth time to be deployed in 15 years, and it won't be his last. He says every deployment seems to get harder for the family, especially the kids.More >> It sounds like a Hollywood movie script, but Jackson County sheriff's deputies are investigating a real life murder for hire. Deputies allege Adam Ray Dunn, 30, wanted his ex-wife dead so badly that he paid someone thousands of dollars to kill her. Authorities say what Dunn didn't count on was the hit man not following the script.More >> Meth busts are down 90 percent in Jackson County, and nearly an identical percentage in Harrison County. Officials say the reason for the decrease is simple: Mississippi's law that prevents the over the counter sale of pseudoephedrine is working.More >> Christmas has come and gone, leaving us with lasting memories and bare Christmas trees. But there's one last gift you can give, and this one is green.More >> One Ocean Springs business took the spirit of giving to another level Friday. And it had a lot of help from a man who spends hundreds of dollars every year, including his Christmas bonus, to put smiles on the faces of children. Doug Walker has the story of Roy Mathieu, better known these days as one of Santa's helpers.More >> The year's major fundraiser for the Jackson County Salvation Army has not been a big money-maker this holiday season. The organization launched its Red Kettle drive last month and donations are down by 30 percent. Now, Salvation Army leaders fear they may fall short of their goal.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 >> A man arrested for burglary was found dead inside the Jackson County Sheriff's Department's Sub-station in St. Martin Sunday night. Sheriff Mike Byrd said the man committed suicide by hanging.More >> A community just beyond Ocean Springs' city limits will ring in the new year with a new service. The city of Ocean Springs will step in to supply water to the small Jackson County community of Pine Grove.More >> Police officers and deputies have an early Christmas present for some Jackson County theft victims. Four-wheelers, trailers and motors stolen from homes months ago are being returned to their rightful owners after a theft ring netted four arrests.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 >> Ocean Springs fire fighters have a new truck in their fleet, thanks to some insurance rebate money. The City of Ocean Springs Fire Department said the new Pierce Contender Pumper Fire Truck is valued at $300,000.More >> Taylor Lyons, 22, of Ocean Springs died Monday night, just days after falling down a flight of stairs. The accident happened at an off-campus party in Starkville where Lyons was a student at Mississippi State University.More >> Ocean Springs Police are hoping to generate some hot leads for a cold case by releasing surveillance video of the victim and his likely killer. The video shows murder victim Michael Surber in the final hours leading up to his death. He was found dead in his Ocean Springs home about a year ago.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 >>