A homeless man is in jail charged with robbing a restaurant in Pascagoula. Authorities said around 6:30 Saturday evening, 49-year-old Richard McGhan entered the Pizza Hut on Hospital Road claiming to have a weapon.More >> It's been many years since the Shrimp Bowl Classic was held on the coast. Now after much anticipation... fans of the football showdown were treated to the big event once again.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 >> The temperatures are soaring and the summer heat seems to be baking parts of south Mississippi A heat advisory remains in effect on the coast due to the extreme mixture of heat and humidity. Patrice Clark took a thermometer to find out just how hot it was in Jackson County and talk to people suffering and surviving.More >> The Coast Guard is investigating a late night boating accident that has taken one life. According Jackson County Coroner Vicki Broadus, 56-year-old Richard Linton of Pascagoula died of drowning after an accident in the sound near Horn Island.More >> The Pascagoula Police Chief is defending his officer tonight after a deadly shooting. An officer was responding to a call of a woman being stabbed. When the officer stopped the man believed to be the suspect, officials said the man got out the car wielding a firearm. That's when the officer opened fire. While the department said it was self defense, some community members seem to have mixed reactions.More >> The future of shipbuilding is getting a head start on being ready for the work world. Saturday at the Coast Coliseum in Biloxi more than 160 men and women graduated from the Ingalls Shipbuilding Apprentice program.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 >> Huntington Ingalls Industries says the Stratton, the company's third U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter, has completed builder's sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico.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 >> Dennis Hurley, Image Source: Jackson County Sheriff's Office The Jackson County Sheriff's Department reported a Jackson County man turned himself in on Friday, June 10, 2011 for his involvement in the death of his girlfriend.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 >> Three fishermen lost at sea off the Mississippi coast is a grim reminder of the dangers that those working in the seafood industry face. At Saturday's Pascagoula Blessing of the fleet, prayers were not only for an abundant harvest but also that God keep fishermen safe from harm.More >> Pascagoula officials are scrambling to find funds to replace an eroding bulkhead at its popular inner harbor. The city admits the problem is nothing new. As Patrice Clark reports, if the bulkhead is not fixed soon it could start to affect surrounding infrastructure.More >> After its first quarter in business as a newly formed company, leaders at Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. are optimistic, despite a decrease in sales from last year.More >> A Pascagoula councilman is calling on folks around town to help tornado victims in Smithville rebuild. Organizer Frank Corder said he's working with the city to collect VISA or Walmart gift cards to send to the victims.More >> A huge change is coming to Pascagoula's Blessing of the Fleet. Those attending will be able to buy and drink beer, wine and liquor at the festival. It's the first time city leaders will allow alcohol at this event.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 >> 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 >> Stroke is a leading cause of death, but experts say 80 percent of strokes are preventable. Most people can reduce their risk of stroke through lifestyle changes. But if you do suffer a stroke, help is available at a clinic in Pascagoula.More >> Shipyard workers at Huntington-Ingalls Industries in Pascagoula take patriotic pride in doing their part to fight the ongoing war against terrorism. They also have some strong reactions to the death of Osama Bin Laden.More >> Every morning, a big crowd gathers for breakfast at a Pascagoula landmark. Monday was no different, but the topic of conversation certainly was. Osama Bin Laden was dead, and most had an opinion about the death of the world's leading terrorist.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 >> 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 >> His job is staying the same, but Irwin F. Edenzon now has a new title at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula. The former vice president and general manager of Gulf Coast operations for Huntington Ingalls Industries is now a corporate vice president and president of Ingalls Shipbuilding.More >> A Jackson County judge on Monday set June 4, 2012 as the date for Pascagoula's annexation proceeding. A lot of frustrated county residents say they're ready for a long and hard battle to maintain their way of life.More >> WLOX News has learned that the woman who pleaded guilty this week to one of the largest embezzlement scams in state history is now dead. The Jackson County District Attorney's Office confirmed that Ginger Lashey died in the Rankin County Correctional Facility. The cause of death is unknown.More >> Officials with the Mississippi Department of Health want restaurant owners to beware of callers claiming to be from health inspectors. The fake inspection calls seem to be targeting Asian and Mexican restaurants.More >> A Gulfport man is under arrest, accused of sexually abusing two boys, ages 10 and 11. John Clifton Watson Jr., 42, is charged with two counts of sexual battery of a child.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 >> More and more people are saving on their entertainment spending by heading to the library. The folks who run the Jackson and George Regional Library System said their libraries are proof of that.More >> A Pascagoula pharmacist tired of criminals targeting his business has found an old-fashioned way to outsmart the bad guys. He traded out the pills inside a huge bottle of Lortab for beans, and left the decoy out as bait.More >> Pascagoula's mayor and three city councilmen are in Washington, D.C. to fight for changes to the FEMA flood elevation maps. They said FEMA's post-Katrina mandate to build higher is strangling rebuilding efforts in the city.More >> A Gautier man has a dream that he believes will save Jackson County's struggling seafood industry and revitalize the mothballed Navy homeport. Bruce Maghan's vision is to anchor fishing boats on Singing River Island. And it's already gaining support from others in the community.More >> 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 >> Dozens of Jackson County volunteer firefighters got a chance to experience what it's like to fight a gas or propane fire before actually facing one in an emergency situation. On Saturday, Chevron Refinery in Pascagoula set up a training scenario. Firefighters say it's an opportunity they appreciate.More >> The Singing River Health System in Pascagoula is beefing up security by adding a campus police force. The hospital's new "police force" was sworn-in Thursday. Many of these officers are retired law enforcement.More >> BP has closed a deal to purchase a privately owned section of Cat Island. WLOX News obtained a statement from BP spokesman Ray Melick about the island purchase. It says, "The purchase of this section of Cat Island is in keeping with BP's commitment to preserve and protect the environment, ecology, and historical significance of the Mississippi barrier islands for future generations."More >> A new United States Navy contract and $18 billion in backlogged work will keep shipbuilding business on the coast steaming ahead. That's what Huntington Ingalls President Mike Petters told Jackson County leaders during a luncheon in Pascagoula Tuesday.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 portion of U.S. Highway 90 in Pascagoula will be dedicated to Patrolmen Terry Michael Byrd, Jeffery Rugheimer, and Major Nathaniel Smith Jr. All three were involved in motorcycle accidents while on patrol.More >> Even on Saturdays, kids are learning. Hundreds of kids and teachers from every school in the Pascagoula school district spent Saturday learning about the arts. Super Saturday is a way to bring the community and schools together, but it's also a chance to make a difference in the lives of some very special kids.More >> Just one day after officially becoming Huntington Ingalls Industries, the company now has a $1.5 billion contract from the Navy. The contract will be used to build John P. Murtha (LPD 26), with construction expected to start in May.More >> "Whether it's Japan, the Persian Gulf or the coast of Africa, the Navy is performing missions in our national interest and they're using products we build," said Huntington Ingalls President Mike Petters. "The ships are there and we're proud of being a partner with the Navy. And we expect the Navy will be doing these kinds of missions for many years to come."More >> It's out with the old and in with the new. Huntington Ingalls Industries is officially America's new military shipbuilder, managing shipyards in Louisiana, Newport News, Virginia, Gulfport and Pascagoula. Patrice Clark was at the Pascagoula yard Thursday morning as workers started this day of new beginnings.More >> The spinoff is official. Huntington Ingalls Industries is now firmly anchored at Pascagoula's shipyard. Later this morning, executives and guests of shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. will be at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) to mark the company's first day of trading on the NYSE.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 >> Two men are charged with breaking into vehicles at Butch Oustalet Chevrolet in Pascagoula. Laderrick Oneal Rostchild, 19, and Dwayne Dominique Bass, 24, were taken into custody after a brief foot chase Saturday morning. Police also used a K-9 unit to track the men down.More >> Pascagoula Police have arrested a man they say beat and robbed a 16-year old boy at a gas station Sunday. Kevin "Too Cold" Taylor, 29, is charged with simple robbery. Police say a surveillance camera captured the whole crime on video.More >> The wall of segregation that separated a white and black church in Jackson County was torn down Sunday night. For the first time, Oasis Church and Lighthouse Apostolic Church of Faith joined together in worship.More >> When terrorists attacked our country on September 11th, Americans pledged never to forget the people who lost their lives or the emergency workers who rushed to aid the injured. On Saturday, America continued to made good on that promise with the christening of the Arlington at the Northrop Grumman in Pascagoula.More >> A Pascagoula shipyard is celebrating both a new Navy ship and a return to its roots. This Thursday, officials say the Northrop Grumman spin off will take effect and the shipyard will officially go back to it's original name of Ingalls shipbuilding. As Danielle Thomas reports, that has a lot of people excited.More >> What should be Northrop Grumman's last warship christening is scheduled to take place Saturday at the Pascagoula shipyard. The Arlington is an amphibious transport dock ship. It's named for the city of Arlington, Virginia. And it honors the 184 victims in the air and on the ground who lost their lives when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.More >> Pascagoula Police are warning businesses: Don't accept checks from the LaFont Inn. Investigators said checks from the recently demolished hotel are popping up around Jackson County.More >> After satisfying folks travel needs for almost half a century, the landmark La Font Inn Hotel in Pascagoula is coming down. Demolition of the popular hotel began Wednesday morning to make way for the city's first multi-million dollar Hilton Hotel. Patrice Clark takes us to the action.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 >> The Salvation Army in Pascagoula is getting a new look this week, thanks to some visitors from the frozen north. More than a dozen students from the University of Minnesota are spending their Spring Break sprucing up the coast.More >> South Mississippians are speaking out about Northrop Grumman's master plan to start an independent shipbuilding business, Huntington Ingalls Industries. Many of those who live and work near the company's Pascagoula shipyard are hopeful about the changes.More >> A Pascagoula man was arrested Wednesday after police say he threatened to blow up the Hancock Bank on Market Street. Bank officials say David Harold Hudson Sr., 61, is a frequent visitor who lives nearby.More >> Northrop Grumman is turning it's shipbuilding business into a separate company. Mississippi's largest private employer announced Tuesday that it will spin-off it's shipyards in Pascagoula, Gulfport and Newport News, Virginia. WLOX's Patrice Clark spoke with Northrop Grumman officials and gives you the details on this new plan.More >> The shipyard in Pascagoula will get a new name when Northrop Grumman spins off its shipbuilding component. Northrop Grumman stockholders announced the spinoff decision Tuesday morning. The new company puts the Pascagoula shipyard under the control of Huntington Ingalls Industries. 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 >> Construction crews were out on Pascagoula's riverfront on Fat Tuesday working to create a one stop destination spot for citizens and visitors. The city gave Patrice Clark a progress report on the multi-million development plan.More >> Brandon Bess, Photo courtesy Jackson County Sheriff's Department An initial court appearance is being held Monday morning for the man accused of intentionally setting the fires that caused a four car pileup on Sunday. The accident left a two-year-old boy in critical condition. He is currently receiving treatment at USA Medical Center in Mobile. Three other people were also injured.More >> Better late than never. After being postponed because of bad weather, the Jackson County Carnival Association parade rolled through the streets of downtown Pascagoula under perfect skies. For some people, this was their first Mardi Gras parade. So we decided to create a new Krewe just for this event. We'll call the new krewe, The Krewe of First Timers.More >> Multiple bullet holes now adorn the door of Crème De La Crème Nightclub in Moss Point. Around 3 a.m. on Sunday, someone sprayed bullets in and outside the building, leaving five people injured. Moss Point police continue to investigate the shooting.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 >> An employee of the Pascagoula Police Department has been arrested and charged with possession of Child Pornography. Authorities arrested 23-year-old William Layne Brushaber and seized computer hardware from a home on Miller Street in Pascagoula.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 >> An anonymous tip led authorities to an unregistered sex offender in Pascagoula. Jonathan Quintana Beascochea, 30, was convicted of forcible rape and lewd acts. He was sentenced to 18 years in prison, but was released in 2008.More >> Investigators believe a fire that destroyed part of the Pascagoula fishing pier on the West Bank of Scranton River could be arson.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 >> Copper thieves targeted Pascagoula Monday night and got away with hundreds of feet and thousands of dollars in copper wire. Police said they believe the thefts at the old Pascagoula High School and the Mississippi Power facility are related. One of the victims told Patrice Clark these thefts are bad for business in this tight economy.More >> A Pascagoula businessman is running for the state's top job. He admits he's short on cash for a typical gubernatorial campaign. But says he's long on ideas on how to move the state forward. Doug Walker introduces us to Ron Williams.More >> Thieves made off with hundreds of feet of copper wire in Pascagoula overnight. One theft happened at old Pascagoula High School on Pascagoula Street, which is under renovation to turn it into a senior living village.More >> Northrop Grumman handed over possession of a new mega warship to the United States Navy. The William P. Lawrence Aegis Destroyer is the 28th ship in its class, built by hardworking Mississippi shipbuilders. More >> The Mississippi Economic Council's "Blueprint Mississippi 2011 Road Show" is on the coast this week. Wednesday afternoon in Pascagoula, members of the council addressed a crowd of 150 people about the economic and educational future of the state.More >> The Navy will take possession today of its newest warship built at Northrop Grumman Shipyard in Pascagoula. The William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) is an Aegis Guided Missile Destroyer, the 28th such ship in its class built in Mississippi.More >> It took three years and $20 million to build, but the dream of a new state of the art medical complex for Jackson County has become a reality. The new facility will concentrate on keeping people well, as much is it does treating the sick.More >> The great civil rights pioneer Martin Luther King once said 11 o'clock on Sunday morning is the most segregated hour in America. Now, more than 40 years later, there's still spiritual segregation where we worship. But two South Mississippi pastors are ready to confront the racial divide.
Across the nation, people are taking count as part of the Great Back Yard Bird Count. Organizers say Mississippi is one of the highest participating states, with most people participating in the coastal area.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.
The search for Eric Daniel Coggins is over. Authorities just sent out a news release that says they arrested the fugitive about an hour ago in Lucedale. A team from the Mississippi Department of Corrections and the United States Marshals' Service Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force made the arrest.More >> Imagine traveling to a state six times to help people you don't even know. That is the case for Michigan relief worker Robert Scholten, who's worked long hours to help storm victims rebuild from Katrina.More >> 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 >> Pascagoula Police believe they stopped a group of Mobile men from stealing from a Jackson County landmark this week. The three men were stopped Tuesday night in the parking lot of the old LaFont Inn.More >> Singing River Health System is expanding it's facilities to better fulfill it's mission and help reduce the obesity problem in South Mississippi. The hospital is opening a Healthplex fitness and wellness center. WLOX's Michelle Lady reports.More >> Dr. David Allen is out of jail, but he has no idea whether he'll be tried again on pot growing charges. And decision on that won't come anytime soon.More >> The jury in the marijuana trial a retired heart surgeon is deadlocked. Judge Robert Krebs immediately declared a mistrial. This decision was announced in court shortly after 6:00 p.m. Jurors deliberated about two hours before sending word to the judge they could not reach a decision on whether Dr. David Allen was guilty or innocent.More >> Jackson County Administrator Alan Sudduth is leaving his position with the county to become Chevron's new Public and Government Affairs Manager for Mississippi. Sudduth will join Chevron on March 7th and succeed Steve Renfroe, who will announce his retirement at a later date.More >> In 1975, Janie Sanders was murdered in Pascagoula. To this day, the killer is unknown.
Now Pascagoula police say they may have a new lead, and it comes from Facebook. Elizabeth Vowell reports on how social media could catch a killer.More >>
Former heart surgeon Dr. David Allen spent Wednesday focused on reading his bible in court. While he read, the Commander of the Jackson County Narcotics Task Force, Curtis Spiers, took the stand to testify against him.More >> If you ever wanted to work in an ER or help deliver a baby, there were nurses on hand to answer questions for students at the Jackson County Civic Center. Singing River Health Systems hosted its annual career health fair, giving more than 1,000 high school students a lesson they'll never see in the classroom. Doug Walker reports on this hands-on learning experience.More >> The prosecution rested its case Wednesday afternoon against Dr. David Allen, a retired heart surgeon charged with growing marijuana in Jackson County.More >> In the trial of former heart surgeon, Dr. David Allen in Jackson County, Allen's younger sister and his brother in law both testified in court Tuesday. They said that Dr. Allen was growing marijuana on his 40 acres of farm land.More >> 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 >> State treasurer Tate Reeves wants a promotion, and he wants you to give it to him. The two term state treasurer was on the coast Tuesday morning, officially announcing his run for Lt. Governor.More >> Opening arguments are underway this morning in the drug trial of a former Jackson County heart surgeon. Prosecutors told jury members that Dr. David Allen "thought he was above the law."More >> Since Jackson Co. Sheriff Mike Byrd took office in 2000, more than 50 homicides have been solved. There is one exception. On August 26, 2007, Gloria Gibson was found dead in her home, strangled with a computer cord. No one was ever arrested. But the sheriff is hopeful that could change.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 >> An arsonist reportedly set Jackson County's most popular pier on fire. Jackson County's recreation director Jack Hamilton said the Lake Mars Pier was set on fire Friday morning. He said someone set fire to the center of Lake Mars Pier, under the Gazebo area, and now there is a gigantic hole through the floor.More >> Fire investigators say an elderly Pascagoula man tried to escape from his burning home early Thursday morning, but he didn't make it out alive. His neighbors on Lewis Street frantically dialed 911 around 2am, many fearing the worst. But 63-year-old John Martin was trapped inside.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 >> Pascagoula now has a new city manager. Joe Huffman accepted the job Wednesday. He most recently served as the city manager for Goldsboro, North Carolina.More >> National Signing Day is underway, and that means high school athletes all across the country will be getting scholarships from and making commitments to colleges and universities. Several South Mississippi students are signing with Division 1 schools.More >> Pascagoula has hired away Moss Point's Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Lewis Sims. He'll lead the Panthers as their new head football coach. Sims replaces Scott Sisson who retired from Pascagoula after last season.More >> At a time when many industries are cutting back, Chevron is bucking that trend. Monday's announcement of funding for a major expansion at the Pascagoula refinery comes as welcome news for a region thirsting for jobs.More >> A grandmother in Pascagoula and her nine grand kids are happy to be alive. Saturday, the family had to escape from the grandmother's burning home on Market Street. The fire victims talked to Patrice Clark about the devastating ordeal.More >> Lake Elementary in Pascagoula received their Golden Sneaker Award Friday for having the highest percentage of students take part in the Walk To School Day. And local leaders are working to make it easier for even more kids to walk to school. The city has applied for up to $300,000 in grants to add sidewalks all over Pascagoula.More >> Waveland Police have arrested a man they say was trying to steal iron casings being used on the new sidewalk on Beach Blvd.More >> Five and a half years after Hurricane Katrina, volunteers with Habitat for Humanity are still coming to the coast, helping to rebuild our homes and lives. Doug Walker takes a look at their latest efforts in Pascagoula.More >> The engineers and scientists of tomorrow got big gift from Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding. Tuesday, the company presented more than a dozen educational grants to school districts in Alabama and Mississippi.More >> Three South Mississippi schools are being recognized by the state for encouraging students to walk to school. More than 50,000 Mississippi children participated in the Walk to School challenge last October.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 >> The mayor of Pascagoula outlined the city's goals and accomplishments in the State of the City address Wednesday. Mayor Robbie Maxwell said in the past year, $12.4 million was spent to expand the local sand beach for residents. The city has also improved the parks and started work on the Round Island Lighthouse.More >> In Pascagoula, crew members from the Coast Guard marked Martin Luther King day by volunteering to rebuild a popular hurricane-damaged vessel. Normally, the crew takes this day off because it's a holiday. But the team told Patrice Clark they wanted follow in the footsteps of Dr. King and serve a city in need.More >> The Isle Casino Hotel in Biloxi notified almost three dozen employees Monday morning that they are being let go. And in Pascagoula, 76 workers were laid off at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding.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 >> Three of the worst streets in Pascagoula are getting a facelift and drivers are happy about it. The city is spending nearly $6 million to repair cracks and pot holes from Pascagoula Street, Ingalls Avenue and Shortcut Road.More >> Pascagoula Police have arrested a man they say beat a 56-year-old woman until she was almost unconscious. Anthony Lewis Odom, 39, is charged with Aggravated Assault and Armed Robbery.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 state could soon ban a dangerous drug being sold as bath salts in local stores. Republican Senators Michael Watson and Sidney Albritton have authored bills to outlaw the salts, which are said to give a quick high.More >> A New Orleans man pleaded guilty in Jackson County court Thursday morning in connection with a 2008 kidnapping and murder case. Barron Borden is one of three people accused in the crime that began in New Orleans and ended on a rural road in Jackson County.More >> A Pascagoula church that caught fire last year is coming down. The pastor and members of the Greater Antioch Missionary Baptist Church stood near the church Thursday and watched as work crews began to knock the building down.More >> It has been several months since BP finally stopped gallons upon gallons of oil from gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. The nation's worst man-made, environmental disaster hit South Mississippi's economy, including the seafood industry, hard. Patrice Clark checked back in with some of those small businesses that were impacted to see how they are recovering.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 >> A gas leak at Northrop Grumman Ingalls shipyard has about 1,300 workers heading home. Northrop Grumman Spokesman Bill Glenn says while making facility improvements, workers discovered a propylene gas leak on the dock near the ship LPD 24. No one was injured, but crews working on the ship were sent home as a precaution.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 >> The homeless and less fortunate in Jackson County have a new place eat, shower and clean their clothes. The Worship Center Church in Pascagoula has open its doors to provide all this free of charge. Church members told Patrice Clark it's the first step in their community service mission.More >> If you bought a used boat motor or ATV in the last few months, you may have stolen goods sitting in the garage and not even know it.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 >> 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 >> With overnight temperatures on the coast plunging below freezing once again last night, the Salvation Army shelter in Pascagoula was busy. Sixteen men and two women went to the shelter to get out of the cold. Without that help, many said they might not be around today. Doug Walker visited the shelter early Tuesday morning and has their story.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 >> 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 pile of rubble now sits where St. Paul Catholic Church once stood. The walls of the church came crashing down Monday morning as work crews started tearing down the Pass Christian church. The sight drew a lot of onlookers. As Krystal Allan reports, memories aren't the things people are holding on to as the church comes down.More >> Burglary charges are pending against three men suspected in a Sunday night shoot out at a Pascagoula apartment. Investigators believe three Biloxi men broke into an Ingalls Avenue apartment around 10:30 Sunday night.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 >> WLOX News just received word from Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd that there has been an electrical explosion at Northrop Grumman's Pascagoula shipyard.More >> A series of explosions and fires rocked the West Bank facilities at Northrop Grumman's Ingalls shipyard early Thursday morning. Incredibly, no one was hurt and the fire was quickly put out. One shipyard employee who was working on LPD 24 at the time of the accident told WLOX News about the close call.More >> As a precautionary measure Northrop Grumman is shutting down all craft work on ships LPD 22 and LPD 24. The ships were located near the area an explosion occurred Thursday morning.More >> Some Pascagoula students are taking field trips to New York, Germany, and other foreign places, without having to leave their classrooms. Beach Elementary is the only school in the Pascagoula School District to use Skype technology. It allows students to interact with people all over the world, even those at the North Pole.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 >> Pascagoula is turning some Mississippi cottages into an economic opportunity for the city and some small business owners. Krystal Allan explains how the city is creating an affordable option for small businesses to get started.More >> 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 >> The Pascagoula River Audubon Center in Moss Point is celebrating the success of teaching people about the importance of that waterway. The center received a four year grant from the Coastal Impact Assistance Program to educate and engage people about the river and its significance.More >> Some Pascagoula High students dedicated a special class project Friday that will bring smiles to generations of school children. The project started with a challenge: Use science, technology, engineering, and math skills to create an original structure. They created an unusual piece of playground equipment at Eastlawn Elementary School.More >> Hundreds of people lined up at the La Font Inn Thursday morning to buy a piece of Pascagoula history. The landmark hotel is being sold off piece by piece over the next 30 days ahead of the building's planned demolition.More >> Some New York City firefighters who've been playing Santa Claus in South Mississippi the last five years are back. The tradition began right after Katrina battered the coast. The Big Apple firefighters wanted to do something for the children of the coast who were struggling to recover from the devastating storm.More >> This week, we learned that Mississippi is once again the most unhealthy state in the nation. About 35-percent of Mississippians are considered obese. One program is trying to change that trend by targeting school children. The Body Walk exhibit stopped in Pascagoula to give children an up-close look at what's really inside their bodies.More >> Many fishermen and shrimpers remain frustrated as they continue to wait to get paid on claims against BP following the oil spill. They say the Gulf Coast Claims Facility isn't moving fast enough. Action Reporter A.J. Giardina has information on another government agency that is assisting.More >> Members of a Jackson County motorcycle club took to the streets Sunday for a good cause. The Talons teamed up with the Salvation Army for a toy run.More >> Since Black Friday, Christmas shopping sales have increased about six percent over last year. Those are the latest figures from the National Federation of Business. But do those figures hold true here on the coast? Despite the recent good news, Doug Walker found people are still watching their money very closely.More >> It was a child's wonderland Friday night in Pascagoula. The city held its 10th annual Downtown for the Holidays for the entire community to get out and enjoy Christmas lights and all the holiday festivities.More >> Goodwill opened a new store Thursday in Pascagoula. The new location on Denny Avenue offers a lot of choices for bargain hunters, from donated items to products.More >> A Pascagoula teacher won $25,000 Thursday and it had nothing to do with luck. The Milken Family Foundation is honoring 55 educators nationwide for excellence. One is a second grade teacher at Jackson Elementary, who is considered one of the best educators in the country.More >> A shrimp boat captain died Thursday after going overboard and getting tangled in his own nets. It happened off the west end of Horn Island.More >> A Pascagoula homeless woman's murder has some people who live in that part of Pascagoula fearing for their safety. Two neighbors say drugs and crime are becoming all too common on their once quiet streets. They say the police need to do a better job of keeping the peace in their community.More >> Pascagoula's ban on selling, possessing or drinking alcohol on city property may soon change. Council members say they've received some complaints about the rule.More >> A fourth National Security Cutter will be built for the U.S. Coast Guard at Northrop Grumman's Pascagoula shipyard. The Coast Guard awarded a $480 million fixed-price incentive contract to the company on Tuesday.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 >> The holidays can be a lonely time for our soldiers who are far from home and away from their families. One Pascagoula teen is trying to galvanize students to bring joy to our service men and women. Every December, Holley Cunningham dedicates her birthday to a worthy cause in the community. Holley is about to turn 18 and her latest service project involves thousands of cards and caring students.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 >> Holley Cunningham wants to make sure our soldiers serving overseas know they are appreciated back home. So the Resurrection High School senior is asking students across Jackson County to make Christmas cards as part of her Leave a Legacy of Service Project.More >> Pascagoula police investigator Davy Davis contacted WLOX News today to let us know there are no updates in the murder of 28-year-old Amanda Nicole Callahan Griffin. The Pascagoula woman was shot to death. Griffin's body was discovered Thanksgiving day in a wooded area on the East end of Nathan Hale Avenue in Pascagoula. 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 >> Singing River Electric employees are spreading their kindness overseas this holiday season. A crew of ten linemen traveled to Guatemala recently to provide electricity to the less fortunate townspeople. The company is calling on more businesses to lend a helping hand to countries starving for help.More >> The Salvation Army in Pascagoula decided to mark this Thanksgiving a little differently. Officials say they usually give out food baskets. However, this year the organization didn't receive enough donated turkeys to pass along to all the families in need. So instead they decided to whip up a Thanksgiving feast.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 >> Northrop Grumman executives have not decided whether to sell their shipyards, or spin off that segment of their business into an independent company. What we learned Wednesday is if they choose the spin off plan, they've already come up with a name for their shipbuilding operation.More >> Thanksgiving day there are three places you can go for a free meal in Pascagoula, Biloxi, and Bay St. Louis.More >> Pascagoula Police say another victim has come forward in an investigation we first told you about last week on WLOX.com. Surveillance photos from the Hancock Bank on Highway 90 show an elderly Pascagoula woman and one of the unidentified robbers. Those pictures caught the eye of a Wiggins woman who told police a similar stunt cost her $8,500.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 US Navy's newest destroyer was commissioned in North Carolina on Saturday. The USS Gravely was built and christened in Pascagoula before setting sail for Wilmington for this commissioning ceremony. The vessel is named after the late Vice Admiral Samuel Gravely Jr.More >> Pascagoula Police are looking for a woman they believe robbed an elderly lady this week at Hancock Bank. The crime happened Thursday at the Hancock Bank branch on Highway 90 in Pascagoula.More >> Pascagoula Police are looking for three black men they believe were involved in an overnight armed robbery and shooting. Mark Harlon Watkins, 40, told police he was going to visit a girl at the Regency Woods Apartments when two of the men ambushed him.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 >> In September of 1975, a 16-year-old Pascagoula girl was abducted, raped, and stabbed to death. Her body was dumped in Alabama. For 35 years, leads have come and gone, and the case has gone cold. That is until one Pascagoula police officer took matters into his own hands. Detective Darren Versiga is on the hunt for a killer.More >> Pascagoula police are investigating an evening crash that sent three people to the hospital. Police said one vehicle collided with another vehicle at a McDonald's on Highway 90, sending the second vehicle into the dining area of the restaurant.More >> There could be more trouble ahead for the former Ocean Springs Police officer accused of downloading porn movies and pictures of kids to his work computer. Investigators are now searching more of Lee Leonard's electronic devices looking for pornographic material.More >> According a Pascagoula Police Department news release, investigators are looking into the shooting of 22 year old Whitney Nettles. On Friday night at 7:30, police say got shot once in the chest with a .40 caliber hand gun and was taken to Singing River Hospital by Acadian Ambulance.More >> Northrop Grumman officials will not talk in specifics about reports that instead of selling their shipbuilding facilities, they'll spin it off into a new company. The report on Bloomberg.com quoted analysts who said Northrop would be better served if its shipbuilding unit was under a dedicated management team.More >> By year's end, state leaders say we may know if the Gulf Coast will win a lucrative and controversial defense contact. The Mississippi Development Authority said if the Air Force decides to build its KC-45 tanker in Mobile, Mississippi will be one of four Gulf states to benefit from a $64 Billion economic boost. Danielle Thomas has the story.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 >> Three days before the election, Democratic Congressman Gene Taylor and his Republican challenger, Steven Palazzo, squared off in their only debate. It was held in a closed studio at WKFK in Pascagoula, with the questions supplied by viewers. Doug Walker has the highlights of this high stakes political showdown.More >> American patriotism and pride of workmanship were both in abundance at the shipyard dock in Pascagoula Friday morning. That's where the USS Gravely departed shortly after sunrise. The Gravely is the 27th of 28 Aegis destroyers built on this contract. Shipyard workers say they were proud to have a hand in building the vessel for the United States Navy.More >> The statistics are alarming. Every 15 seconds in America, a woman is physically abused. And a trio of events - Hurricane Katrina, the recession, the Gulf oil spill - have contributed to an increase in domestic violence along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. A group called New Beginnings formed recently in Jackson County, and is offering help to the victims of abuse.More >> The U.S. Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman a $48 million advance procurement contract.More >>