Three people are now behind bars after Gautier police say they caught them in a home stealing. Hayley McElroy, Ronald Musgrove Jr, and Damian Towne are charged with residential burglary. Police told Patrice Clark they credit neighbors for helping them make the arrests.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 >> Organizers of a school supply giveaway said they had parents in line for three hours before the event began. The Hope Community Development Agency and Coastal Women For Change gave away hundreds of backpacks filled with school supplies in Biloxi. Parents said that helping their kids start off the school year right was worth the wait.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 >> Gautier City Manager Sidney Runnels confirms that public money was spent without the City Council's knowledge to clean up private land being considered for a new fire station. The Mississippi Press reports that City Attorney Bob Ramsay will ask State Auditor Stacey Pickering whether the city should be reimbursed and whether Runnels should be punished.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 >> Two massive wildfires in Jackson County the past two weeks are putting a strain on fire department budgets. City departments like Ocean Springs and Gautier both helped fight the two wildfires. That means sending firefighters to the woods, while also maintaining enough personnel and equipment to keep the city protected from fire.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 >> 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 >> 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 >> The city of Gautier is digging deep into its pockets to help one of the small tornado ravaged towns in our state, the Wren community in Monroe County. More than a dozen people died and neighborhoods were obliterated in last month's storms in the county. As Patrice Clarks reports, Gautier leaders head to Wren Wednesday bringing help and hope.More >> Jackson County Sheriff's deputies have arrested a woman they say tried to burn down her estranged husband's home in Vancleave. Melissa Ann Fuller, 31, is charged with one count of Arson of a Dwelling Home.More >> A man previously arrested for a home invasion in Gautier is back behind bars again for the same crime. Marcus Lindell Wess, 43, also known as 'Cheetah Roach' was recently arrested after he and a friend tried to break into a woman's home in Gautier.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 >> It was beautiful day to hit the greens for the Jolly McCarty Memorial Golf Classic tournament at Shell Landing Saturday morning. Nearly 300 South Mississippians gathered in Gautier to tee off for a good cause.More >> A teacher at Gautier Middle School has joined the effort to collect toiletries, water, and clothing for the victims of the Tuscaloosa tornado. Maci Reynolds is a graduate from the University of Alabama, and just wants to return a favor that was given to us five and a half years ago.More >> The clock is ticking for a California businessman to clean up an abandoned, Gautier strip mall he owns. The building has been in disrepair since Hurricane Katrina, and city leaders are ready to tear it down.More >> What's a sawmill without its saw mill? Thankfully, Cumbest Bluff Sawmill won't have to worry about that thanks to quick work by Jackson County sheriff's deputies.More >> If you see smoke over Gautier or Vancleave Wednesday, don't be alarmed. This time the fire is a controlled burn by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service.More >> Jackson County investigators believe they've busted an auto burglary ring that targeted rural car and truck owners. Four people are under arrest for their alleged roles in a month long string of auto burglaries in the Hurley and Wade communities.More >> A teenage boy was arrested Monday at East Central High School, and charged as an adult with two counts of sexual battery. James Michael Hammons, 17, is accused of having sex with a 13-year-old girl.More >> Fourth District Congressman Steven Palazzo returns to Greene County Monday night to get an updated assessment on that area's tornado damage. In a statement released today, Palazzo said his office "is prepared to expedite the process to bring federal assistance for public infrastructure and housing destroyed or damaged in the storm."More >> The mayor of Gautier is fed up with people trashing his city and he's doing something about it. He said litter on roads and streets looks ugly and it's bad for the environment. As Patrice Cark reports, he has now teamed up with police to take on these litter bugs.More >> Gautier Fire investigators believe a homeless group is to blame for a fire that ravaged a large section of forest in the city. More than 150 acres of black, charred trees and vegetation bear witness just how fierce Wednesday's wildfire was.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 Gautier man has a dream that he believes will save Jackson County's struggling seafood industry and revitalize the mothballed Navy homeport. Bruce Maghan's vision is to anchor fishing boats on Singing River Island. And it's already gaining support from others in the community.More >> A Vancleave man who was found Saturday near a woods fire by Vancleave Upper Elementary School is now charged with two counts of arson.More >> Gautier residents should get ready for detour signs. This week, the city is slated to start paving work on more than two dozen neighborhood streets, some of which officials say haven't been resurfaced since the city incorporated 25 years ago. Drivers say many roads have gone neglected for far too long. 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 >> Gautier leaders want everyone to have a little bit of gator pride. Friday, the city unveiled a statue of Gautier's beloved Gator, designed by sculptor Steven Spears.More >> A National debt display erected outside Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Gautier has a lot of students wondering what's going on in Washington. The Young Americans for Liberty organization put up the numbers. The group told Patrice Clark the debit crisis could affect the younger generation and that's no laughing matter.More >> In 2000, the state notified more than 600 families living in Big Hills Acres in Vancleave that their homes were built on wetlands and they could face serious health risks from their septic tanks. Eleven years later, residents are still being affected. And one family is even facing eviction.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 >> Young Americans for Liberty, a student organization at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, will erect a 40-foot National Debt Clock on the school's Gautier campus. Organizers say if politicians do not tackle the upcoming debt crisis, our generation will suffer grave consequences.More >> One of the worst streets in Gautier is now smooth. The mayor said the city spent thousands of dollars to finally fix Chestwood Drive after several complaints from drivers. But Chestwood is just the beginning. It's just one of more than a dozen bad streets on the repair list this year.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 >> Jackson County leaders and community members are fighting to keep in prison a man who killed a Gautier Valedictorian. Joseph Goff has served only eight years of a 20 year manslaughter sentence for shooting 18-year-old Kyle Todd. Goff is set to get out of prison Friday through a Corrections program that rewards progress and good behavior.More >> At a time when many schools are cutting the arts to save money, one school is trying to keep the music alive. Gautier Elementary is the first in the Pascagoula School District to have a school-wide strings program. The students started their lessons in September. On Tuesday, they performed in public for the very first time.More >> A man, originally sentenced to twenty years behind bars for killing a Gautier teen, will be released from jail after serving only eight years.More >> A massive house fire in Gautier that killed an 86-year-old woman has fire investigators focused on preventing another tragedy. The home didn't have a working smoke detector, which may have saved the woman's life.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 >> A substitute teacher at Vancleave Middle School is under arrest, accused of sending sexual letters to a 14-year-old student. Darryl Ford Brady II, 23, is charged with one count of Enticing a Child for Sexual Purposes.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 >> 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 >> 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 >> The Jeff Davis campus hosted hundreds of high school students on Thursday as part of this year's Bulldog Day. Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College invited high school seniors and their parents to visit J.D. along with its campuses in Jackson County and Perkinston.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 Mississippi Department of Transportation is telling Gautier leaders something drivers told WLOX News three months ago: All those new lights along Highway 90 are too short and they don't shine bright enough on the roadway. Now they must go. And city leaders say taxpayers shouldn't have to foot the bill.More >> Mardi Gras season is in full swing. Parade goers were begging for beads and having a good time at the Gautier night parade on Saturday night.More >> An innovative program in Gautier could turn a mobile home park into a thriving community populated with MEMA cottages. Funding for the project would come from a recently announced Katrina home repair grant program, and could breathe new life into the Isle of Pines.More >> Eric Collum from Vancleave lost 100 pounds in one year. He did it by using a common sense approach to dieting and exercise, along with motivation from Facebook. Now he wants others to know it is possible to beat the odds without fad diets.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 >> 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 >> 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 >> Two Jackson County churches spent this Valentine's Day weekend trying to show the community God's love. The pastor at Vancleave United Methodist Church and Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church challenged both congregations to step out of their normal Sunday morning routine, and church members didn't disappoint.More >> Anthony is a Jackson County resident and Gautier High graduate, who joined the Marine Corp a few years ago. In the summer of 2010, he stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Afghanistan. He barely survived, and was left without both of his legs and his right hand. Jeff Lawson spoke with him in this Project Home FrontMore >> 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 >> 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 >> Gautier's mayor is putting thugs and hoodlums on notice that communities are ready to take back their streets. Residents are invited to a meeting Monday night at city hall designed to help reignite the city's Neighborhood Watch program. The meeting comes just weeks after an arrest in home invasion Cambridge Square neighborhood in which a 58-year-old woman was allegedly left tied up.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 >> Do you recognize this monster-masked robber? It's a surveillance picture from the recent Sav-Rex Drug Store robberies in Vancleave. Authorities are now offering a $6,000 reward for information that could lead to the arrest of this man.More >> Gautier's Mayor Tommy Fortenberry said the city has a lot to look forward to this year. The mayor outlined his goals during the state of the city address at the community college.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 >> A community in Vancleave is on edge after the same man robbed the same pharmacy for the second time this month. It happened early Saturday afternoon at the Save-Rex pharmacy on Highway 57. The Jackson County Sheriff Department said he didn't escape with money, but he did get some prescription drugs. Krystal Allan has a look at how it all unfolded for a second time.More >> Corporal Anthony McDaniel grew up in Gautier. A few years ago, he made the decision to join the Marine Corps. The summer of 2010, what happened to Anthony in Afghanistan, would change his life forever. The Gautier Marine reflects on losing both legs and a hand from IED in Afghanistan.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 >> A man on a mad mission is running from Miami to Los Angeles, in just 100 days. He is passing through South Mississippi right now. Elizabeth Vowell caught up with the runner to find out what inspired him to take on what he calls, 100 days of madness.More >> Two more people have been arrested in connection with a home invasion that sent a Gautier woman to the hospital this week. And police say the man and woman both live in the same Cambridge Square neighborhood as the victim.More >> Five thousand pounds of free food was given away today in Gautier Thursday. The Abundant Life Christian Center teamed up with the Bay Area Food Bank to help needy South Mississippians.More >> A man police say is known as "Cheetah Roach" has been arrested for a Gautier home invasion. Marcus Lindell Wess, 43, of Gautier, is charged with aggravated assault, sexual battery, kidnapping and grand larceny.More >> The FBI is investigating a home invasion in Gautier after a woman was found tied up inside her home Tuesday. Police told WLOX News the woman was discovered tied up in the bedroom of her home, incoherent and severely dehydrated.More >> A Gautier man accused of robbing a Family Dollar store a week ago is behind bars after the cashier spotted him a week later. The woman told WLOX about the bizarre experience of running into the man at the grocery store.More >> A Moss Point city employee is under arrest, charged with embezzlement. Investigators say Devin Issica Fountain bought about $900 worth of fuel with his city gas card to fill up a personal vehicle.More >> An armed robber who hit the Sav-Rex Pharmacy in Vancleave Tuesday is still on the loose. Sheriff Mike Byrd said he got away with four bottles of prescription pills. The robbery even forced Vancleave Middle School to lockdown as deputies searched near the school.More >> What would you do to help your child succeed? For most parents, the answer is just about anything. For Jim Brooks, the answer was dying his hair blue.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 >> 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 >> 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 >> The old wooden post office that was a part of C.L. Dees general merchandise store, will one day be a museum exhibit. The small structure has been donated to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, which will take it to Jackson next week. For years, the small post office was the hub of town and the center of much conversation.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 >> 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 >> They spotted a bald eagle, Canadian Geese, a red shouldered hawk and dozens of other bird species. Five birders from Jackson County spent the day participating in the 111th Christmas bird count. The annual wildlife survey gives groups like the Audubon Society a good idea about the health of the bird population.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 >> Jackson County is rallying to help a sheriff's deputy whose Vancleave home was destroyed by fire early Wednesday morning. Deputy Leann Harper-Moe managed to pull her two children to safety, before the fire destroyed everything the family owned. A benefit account has been established at Hancock Bank.More >> When Gautier's mayor drives along Highway 90, he always sees a derelict strip mall. Over the years, it's fallen into disrepair and become what many consider a dangerous eyesore. Doug Walker investigates what can be done to clean up the property.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 >> Christmas came early for a single mother in Gautier and her five children. Mandy McGee recently quit her job to raise her kids and go to college. Now, money is tight and she says she doesn't even have a dependable car to get around town. The Bacot McCarty Foundation heard about her story and surprised the family with some unforgettable holiday cheer.More >> The city of Gautier wants people still struggling to repair their Katrina damaged homes to reach out for help before it's too late. January 31st is the deadline to apply for HUD's $132 million homeowner grant program. Gautier leaders say they're not only encouraging people to apply, they're sticking with them through the process.More >> If you were driving through Hwy 63 in Jackson County Thursday morning, you probably thought you had jumped in a time machine and traveled back 130 years ago to a time before there were cars and roads. But you weren't daydreaming. What you saw was a real, old fashioned trail ride with a group of friends. Doug Walker saw the same thing.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 >> A leaking propane tank is believed to be responsible for an explosion that rocked a Jackson County neighborhood Monday night and sent one man to the hospital.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 >> Just in time for Christmas, the Jackson County Animal Shelter is extending its hours and lowering the price for holiday pet adoptions.More >> A Gautier daycare center owner is on a mission to make sure under privileged kids in her community have a very merry Christmas. Sarah York launched her Red Box Gift-a-way campaign a few weeks ago. Her goal is to get everyone to give this holiday season.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 >> At the regular meeting of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) Board of Trustees this week, the Board made a unanimous decision to name Dr. Mary S. Graham as the 12th president to lead the college effective July 1, 2011.More >> Jackson County's Toys for Tots program was once in jeopardy, but it's now bringing joy to hundreds of families. On Tuesday, the program held its first round of toy distributions. Diane Vice took over as coordinator of the Toys for Tots program in mid-November, after learning that it was canceled.More >> Jackson County now has a new Small Craft Harbor Master in Ocean Springs. Bill Richman was officially named to the post at Monday's Board of Supervisors meeting. Richman currently serves as the County's Animal Shelter Director and will still maintain some management responsibilities at the shelter following the transfer.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 >> For friends and family of a missing Alabama girl, it was day mixed with heartache and closure. Mobile police found human remains believed to be those of 5-year-old Natalie Deblase Saturday morning. She'd been missing since this summer. They found the remains in a wooded area in Citronelle, Alabama, about 30 miles from Mobile.More >> MLK Memorial Park in Vancleave now has something for everyone in the family: new playground equipment, a full size basketball court, a lighted walking track, and picnic pavilions with power. Jackson County officials will officially reopen the newly renovated park Thursday morning.More >> The father of a three-year-old boy whose body was found in the woods of Jackson County Wednesday is now charged with two counts of murder. Wednesday morning, more than 70 searchers combed a five mile stretch of woods along Highway 57 looking for the body of Chase DeBlase. At the same time, a similar search was underway in Citronelle, Alabama for the remains of Chase's sister, five-year-old Natalie DeBlase.More >> Early this morning, Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd told WLOX News his investigators need more information before they resume a search for two missing children who were reportedly dumped north of Vancleave.More >> Authorities in Jackson County are searching for the bodies of two children from Mobile who went missing this summer. According to Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd, they received a tip from Mobile authorities that the bodies of Natalie Deblase, 5, and Chase Deblase, 3, were dumped along Highway 57 about 15 miles north of Vancleave.More >> The spirit of the holiday season will spread across South Mississippi this week with several events over the next few days.More >> A large group of South Mississippi parents and teachers promised Monday night to fight cutbacks in education budgets statewide. The meeting was sponsored by The Parents' Campaign group in Pascagoula. Members say if the cuts continue, schools could lose as much as 15 percent of their already tight budgets next school year.More >> Developers are planning a cottage style neighborhood development in West Gautier, directly across from the new Ocean Springs High School. The mixed use development would include small homes to accommodate about 40 people, along with select small businesses such as a coffee shop or hair salon.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 >> Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd will soon assign a second full time person to investigate child porn on the internet. He also realizes even with this very advanced software, some people are going to attempt to find a way around it.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 >> Jackson County Sheriff's Deputies who thought they were going to arrest a man on a child porn charge this week found a lot more when they arrived.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 >> The standard and much taller traditional street lights on Highway 90 in Gautier are coming down. They are being replaced with much smaller, more decorative lighting. But as the old lights come down, the number of complaints is going up.More >> Families needing help providing Christmas toys for their children now have a new resource. Coastal Family Health Center is known for providing healthcare for low income patients. Now, it's taking on a new role as Santa Claus.More >> In June, Charles Boening opened the Gulf Coast Cinema 5 movie theater in Singing River Mall. He hired a local cleaning company to get the theatre ready to open. But the owner of that company, Jim Fox, said he's never been paid. So he contacted Action Reporter A.J. Giardina for help.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 >> An arrest has been made after a police pursuit that went through two counties, ended in a fiery car accident. According to Biloxi Police, they attempted to arrest a suspect on drug charges within city limits when the suspect fled.More >> Vancleave High School honored Gulf Coast war heroes Wednesday morning for Veteran's Day. Sponsored by the VHS Junior Civitan Club, the high school wanted to "bridge the gap" between older and younger generations of veterans from South Mississippi.More >> Monday was a day to honor our nation's military heroes at Gautier High School. Hundreds of veterans gathered at the school to be saluted by students for their service to the country. But the highlight of the day was the homecoming of a former graduate, a man who nearly lost his life in Afghanistan.More >> Just three months ago, Anthony McDaniel was critically wounded while in Afghanistan. Both of his legs and a hand had to be amputated after an IED exploded. The Marine Corporal spent three months in rehabilitation. Today, the Gautier High School graduate returned to his hometown.More >> Gautier has set November 30th for a special election to fill a vacant council seat. Don Nash resigned as city council member at-large because he said the demands of his job made it too hard to attend meetings. Residents talked about what kind of candidate they'd like to see throw his or her hat into the ring. 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 >> Mississippi's east coast is launching a new tourism blitz. When the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce holds its 67th Annual meeting later tonight the new Mississippi's East Coast tourism campaign will be introduced.More >> More than a hundred Jackson County employees are getting closer to finally moving out of FEMA trailers and into a new multi-million dollar building. Wednesday, a construction commencement ceremony was held for the mega county services complex going up in Pascagoula.More >> The election that's gotten the most attention this campaign season has been the race for the Fourth District Congressional seat, and for good reason. Gene Taylor, Steven Palazzo, and their parties and supporters have spent well over a million dollars on ads that spotlight this ever-tightening race.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 >> BP's massive oil spill was a real eye-opener to how critical it is to care for the wildlife and wetlands. That important message was spread to 600 sixth graders in Gautier Thursday.More >> Corporal Johnny Poulos with the Mississippi Highway Patrol has confirmed two people were stuck and killed, late Saturday night, on I-10 just west of the Gautier exit.More >> Police say a man from Tickfaw, Louisiana, is charge with felony DUI following a fatal traffic accident in Pascagoula Friday. Authorities say 24-year-old Christopher Harper was driving a GMC Yukon when he collided with a Chevrolet Tracker on Highway 90 near the Gautier/Pascagoula border Friday morning.More >> A massive multi-million dollar reconstruction project is underway at both the east and westbound rest stops on I-10 in Jackson County. New buildings are being constructed, new amenities are being installed, and the entire sewer system is being replaced. More >> Emergency crews are on the scene of a major accident with injuries on Highway 57, just north of Vancleave Elementary School. Officials say an 18 wheeler is overturned and blocking both lanes of traffic on Hwy 57. Drivers should avoid the area.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 >> Jackson County's "Best week of the Year" returns with the County Fair on Oct. 17 - 24 in Pascagoula. The Fair is eight straight days of spinning rides, stockyard exhibits, and seafood gumbo. Organizers boast that it's also the largest free admission fair along the entire Gulf Coast.More >> A man from Tylertown is charged with assaulting a Jackson County deputy after leading officers on a chase that ended in gunshots. The incident began on Semmes Road in Vancleave Wednesday night when deputies responded to an assault report.More >> Gautier Police say they're closer to finding out who's passing counterfeit money around town. Investigators said in the last week, four business owners have run across fake twenties. The bills have turned up at shops on Highway 90 and Ladnier Road.More >> In about six months, the Jackson County School District hopes to break ground on a brand new middle school. This week, architects presented preliminary designs for the new East Central Middle School. For years now, district leaders had talked about replacing the aging middle school. Now that Katrina recovery projects are finished, plans for a new middle school are back on the drawing board.More >> The Mississippi United Methodist Disaster Response Team says more than five years after Hurricane Katrina, volunteers are still needed to help rebuild homes. Unfortunately, there just aren't enough to meet demand, and the organization is having to turn away families in need.More >> Since Hurricane Katrina, hundreds of coast residents have made lifestyle changes, including moving away from the water. And that means small communities north of the coast are experiencing unprecedented growth. One of those communities is Hurley, in north Jackson County. Doug Walker spent the day there, and explains how that growth is affecting the people who call Hurley home.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 >> The Jackson-George County United Way wants to raise two million dollars in its annual fundraising campaign. Halfway through, the numbers look good: more than $960,000 has been collected so far. And the money will be used to help those who need it the most.More >> Gautier's Councilman-At-Large is calling it quits. Don Nash stepped down Wednesday saying his job at Camp Shelby conflicted with council meetings. His resignation comes at the same time he's facing criticism about whether he's really still living in the city.More >> This is National Fire Prevention Week, and an important part of prevention is a well trained volunteer firefighting force. Many units can be found from one end of the coast to the other. Doug Walker spent time at the Fontainebleau Volunteer Fire Department, and has more on the volunteers' mission.More >> Singing River Elementary has made it to the final round in a national competition to win a new playground, but the students need your votes to win.More >> Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast has long been at the forefront of groups bringing back housing to victims of Hurricane Katrina. Even more than five years after the storm, the volunteers are still coming. Doug Walker caught up with a group working on a new home in Jackson County.More >> October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to increase awareness of the importance of early detection and screening, Singing River Health System will offer discounted mammogram screenings at all of its locations throughout the month.More >> In Jackson County, it's called the ICAC unit. Most people have never heard of it. But if you're downloading or buying child pornography on the web, chances are very good you will. Doug Walker takes a closer look the Internet Crimes Against Children program.More >> Gautier Police are investigating a chain email that's been circulating Jackson County regarding a series of sexual assaults which have not been reported to police. The email warns women to be cautious and describes three assaults that allegedly occurred within the last week within the city.More >> A new pot alternative is showing up on store shelves and Jackson County drug agents are out to get rid of it. The packets of herbs, sold as incense, could have the same kind of ingredients as Spice, the synthetic marijuana just banned by the state. "Potpourri" was among the items seized in a raid Monday on BJ's Market in Pascagoula.More >> 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 >> Thousands of South Mississippi students met at the flagpole before class Wednesday for inspirational praise and prayer. "See You at the Pole" is a nationwide event. Patrice Clark traveled to Vancleave where the prayer rally attracted one of the largest crowds ever.More >> A $225,000 grant from BP is going to be used to put Jackson County on the tourism map. The chamber has hired a production company to shoot a promotional video that will be sent across the Southeast, in an effort to lure more visitors to what will now be called Mississippi's East Coast.More >>
Gautier's City Clerk and Mayor still at odds over staff layoffs
Gautier's city clerk was still on the job Wednesday and still angry over the city's budget that led her to resign. Tuesday night, the city council cut 12 employees, including six from the clerk's office while at the same time boosting the budget for the police department. Patrice Clark went to find out if the clerk and the mayor had cooled off from last night's fireworks. More >> A surprise twist Tuesday night in Gautier's budget wrangling. The city clerk resigned after watching her staff slashed and the police department's budget increased. Patrice Clark has more from the hectic city council meeting.More >> Jackson County firefighters kept watch over the woods around Highway 57 all day Tuesday, worried that strong winds could cause smaller fires to flare-up. In all, 62 acres burned after a woods fire raged for six hours Monday. Firefighters had a tough time battling the blaze, because it kept jumping from one side of the road to the other. As Trang Pham-Bui reports, the fire came dangerously close to dozens of homes.More >> The sluggish economy is hitting home again. this time in Jackson County. Supervisors have trimmed $3 million from the fiscal budget they approved today. On tonight's top story, Patrice Clark has a breakdown on what was funded and how it was funded.More >> Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd confirmed to WLOX News that a man's body was pulled from Bluff Creek at 7:30 am this morning, about 50 yards south of Barge Landing.More >> Jackson County resident Wade Alan Sword, 50, was reported missing Sunday night after his girlfriend claimed he may have fallen in the water. Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd confirmed to WLOX News that a man's body was pulled from Bluff Creek at 7:30 am this morning, about 50 yards south of Barge Landing.More >> A Gautier man is charged with Felony Child Abuse after investigators say he gave a teenage girl a tattoo at his home. The girl's parents contacted authorities after their 14-year-old came home with a tattoo on her lower hip.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 >> Law enforcers and healthcare professionals in Jackson County agree that the recent ban on the synthetic drug, "Spice" has been a major success. The county outlawed Spice in July. And just last week, Governor Barbour signed a state-wide bill into law.More >> People who live or do business in the city of Gautier will probably have to dig deeper into their pockets next year to pay their tax bills. A tax increase of about ten percent is almost certain to be approved by the city council to help erase a looming deficit. But even if the increase is approved, many think it's the wrong time to place an even heavier burden on taxpayers.More >> The United Way of Jackson and George Counties announced Thursday it will raise $2 million for several South Mississippi non profits in this tough economy. As Patrice Clark reports, the organization came up with a new and exciting theme to raise money.More >> A Vancleave woman faces eight felony counts of exploitation of a vulnerable person. Melissa Elaine Webster, 39, was arrested Wednesday by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Attorney General's Office.More >> At a time when some Mississippi colleges are slashing jobs and consolidating programs to save money next year, it's a different story with Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. MGCCC's budget. School leaders have taken some proactive steps to help the college brace for those funding cuts.More >> A Jackson County Sheriff's deputy who was responding to an accident, hydroplaned on Old Biloxi Road in Latimer and crashed his patrol car in a ditch Friday.More >> Just three weeks into the new school year and Vancleave High School is mourning the loss of a student. Sixteen year old Trent Romero died Friday after a bicycle accident Thursday night. The sheriff says Trent was riding his bike on Jim Ramsey Road when he was hit by a pick-up truck. Trang Pham-Bui talked to some students as news of his death quickly spread through the school.More >> A 16-year-old Vancleave boy died Friday morning after being hit on his bicycle Thursday night. Trent Lloyd Romero was riding his bike in Vancleave on School Land Road around 8:30pm when he turned onto Jim Ramsey Road straight into the path of a 2000 Ford pick up truck.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 >> Jackson County will soon celebrate a major post-Katrina milestone. Leaders will cut the ribbon to open a new $4.5 million health department Thursday. Patrice Clark takes us on a tour of the health facility.More >> A Wayne County man who was missing for five days has been found dead, according to close family member.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 >> Several Jackson County residents are complaining they're still seeing signs of oil and tar balls on the beaches. As Patrice Clark reports, the fear among many is that BP and some governmental agencies will not keep their word to clean up the oily mess.More >> If you need to call Singing River Electric Power Association this morning, you may not get through. The power association's phone lines took a direct lightning strike during Sunday night's severe weather.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 >> 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 >> Police are on the look out for a man who robbed and shot a clerk at a convenience store in Gautier Friday night. Just before 9:00 p.m., police say a man entered the fast track gas station at the corner of Highway 90 and Ladnier Road and demanded money from the register.More >> It's the pain of progress. That's what some Gautier business owners are saying about the widening project on eastbound Highway 90. The work began last September. Gautier merchants told Doug Walker the end can't come quickly enough.More >> The entire Gautier Police Department will soon be under one roof in a new location. That means protecting and serving will be much easier. Doug Walker tells us where officers are moving.More >> Vancleave is playing host to the Dixie Girl's Softball World Series. Small business owners say the tournament is boosting summer sales. Patrice Clark takes a closer look at the economic impact on this South Mississippi town.More >> Starting this Thursday, thousands of South Mississippi children will be grabbing their bookbags and heading back to class. The Jackson County School District is getting teachers pumped-up for the new school year, with help from an award-winning educator. Trang Pham-Bui tells us about his motivational message.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 Narcotics Task Force raid this week found a Jackson County convenience store stockpiled with hundreds of items used to make, sell and use drugs. Store owner Buu Quac Chau was arrested and charged with Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine.More >> Gautier police are appealing to the public for help finding a man suspected of raping a woman in her home Saturday. They're also urging people in the Westgate neighborhood to be extra cautious, keeping doors and windows locked.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 >>