Standing water is covering many roads in South Mississippi right now. So far, only one area in Pass Christian has been closed to traffic.More >> Mississippi oystermen have already been hit hard in recent years by cheap imports and other factors, and now the upcoming harvest season may be lost.More >> The Pass Christian waterfront is bustling with activity these days. Two construction projects are underway at the harbor, and a project that's been in the planning for three years now is about to begin. The board of aldermen approved the final changes to plans to expand the harbor to the east. City leaders say, come September, the harbor will turn into a huge construction zone.More >> Harrison County has officially extended its burn ban for another two weeks. That word from Harrison County Fire Marshal Pat Sullivan.More >> School starts in less than a month in Pass Christian, but the new Delisle Elementary School isn't finished yet. Construction on the building was supposed to wrap-up this week. The project is behind schedule, leaving school leaders a little bit nervous.More >> City Police Departments aren't the only one's encouraging folks to not drink and drive. The Harrison County Sheriff's Department is giving spectators a good visual of their choices this holiday weekend.More >> If the number of Harrison County residents who've registered to vote lately is any indication, election officials say they expect a higher voter turnout on August 2nd than in past elections. Saturday was the deadline to register to vote for the primaries.More >> A new ballroom has opened in Pass Christian. Oak Crest Mansion Inn held a ribbon cutting Tuesday.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 >> It's a new complex that will offer some services South Mississippi has never had before. On Wednesday, dozens of people gathered to dedicate the new Mississippi Department of Public Safety Complex. The $22 million complex houses four state agencies. After years of working out of cramped quarters, employees say the new complex is a place they are proud to call home.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 >> A ground breaking was held Thursday on a development to help working class families become homeowners. Pass Estates is an affordable market rate housing project under construction in Pass Christian.More >> While some parts of the state are facing flood waters, the Mississippi Gulf Coast is experiencing an "extreme drought." Grass is brown and brittle and the forest floor is dry and crackles when you walk over it. The Biloxi-Gulfport area has received just over 10 inches of rain so far this year. Normal rainfall for this point in the year is nearly 25 inches.More >> May is national skin cancer awareness month. And as we head into summer, it's a good time to remind everyone how important it is to protect your skin from the sun's damaging rays.More >> reminiscing about past events and all the fun times from the previous year was all the Long Beach-Pass Christian Girl Scout Unit leaders could talk about as they proudly called out their scouts to receive their patches and awards. The award ceremony took place on Saturday, May 7 at the Long Beach Girl Scout hut.More >> Cities along the coast are no stranger to recovering after disaster, and the long process of putting the pieces back together. That's why Pass Christian city officials jumped at the chance to help out the city government in Smithville. Elizabeth Vowell spoke with Mayor Chipper McDermott about how the city is paying it forward.More >> A Harrison County program allows people in their golden years to stay in their own homes without being lonely or overwhelmed by day to day tasks. The Senior Companion Program is made up of volunteers who are willing do light chores for the elderly and spend time sitting and talking with them. As Danielle Thomas reports, there is more need than there are helping hands.More >> Last year, state budget cuts forced many school districts across south Mississippi to cut teachers and programs. Others restructured or even closed schools. This week, the governor signed a $2 billion bill to fund K-12 education next year. That means some districts will be getting more money.More >> A year after the massive oil spill that setback the gulf's fishing industry, Pass Christian held its annual "Blessing of the Fleet." Dozens of fishermen made set sail on this day before Easter, in hopes of receiving divine grace for the season ahead. Terrance Friday was there and brings us more.More >> Often times on TV shows, we see crimes solved and bodies identified in the span of the 30 minute program. In reality, the job faced by the Harrison County Coroner Office is much more tedious and time consuming. That's why more than five years after Hurricane Katrina, Coroner Gary Hargrove has just one case left to close.More >> The seafood industry was on thin ice in 2010 as the BP oil crisis posed a serious threat. The road to recovery has been an uphill battle.More >> A new report shows Mississippi oystermen sold 100,000 fewer sacks of oysters last year, compared to 2009. That's why many say they feel like they've been on a roller coaster ride since the oil spill.More >> Windy weather is creating some dangerous road conditions for drivers in Harrison County. Since Friday, wind-swept sand has been bombarding Highway 90. Certain sections are covered in sand, forcing drivers to dodge the mess. Some motorcycle accidents over the weekend were caused by sandy roads.More >> A Pass Christian man who served as treasurer for the Long Beach Football League is being accused of stealing from the children's organization. James Graham Brown, 51, is charged with Embezzlement.More >> Several Long Beach Yacht Club (LBYC) members gathered Friday night for a crawfish boil fundraiser. The fundraiser was an effort of the LBYC to help two young sailors attend the USODA team trials in San Francisco on May 2.More >> A charter bus full of students from Pass Christian was involved in an accident Friday. School Superintendent Dr. Sue Matheson said no one on the bus was injured.More >> With some big elections coming up, the Harrison County Circuit Clerk's office wants to see a lot of new faces at the polls this year. So the staff is heading back to high school this week in search of young voters. The goal is to visit every high school in Harrison County to encourage seniors to sign up, then line up to vote.More >> The matter of who should have control of harbors in cities along the coast is expected to be a hot issue in this year's Secretary of State race. Incumbent Delbert Hosemann wants cities to pay tidelands leases to the state. City leaders on the coast object to the plan. Dave Elliott got Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann's side of the story Tuesday.More >> This month marks the first anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil explosion. The disaster left many people worried about their jobs and their health. This week, several psychiatrists from New York are in Pass Christian, training mental health and medical professionals on how to deal with stress and trauma. Trang Pham-Bui tells us how ancient techniques are being used to help people cope with a modern day crisis.
Mental health professionals from across south Mississippi are learning breathing techniques today to help reduce stress and cope with trauma. Psychiatrists from New York are providing the training at the Marsha Barbour Resource Center in Pass Christian this week. The program they teach uses ancient and modern methods to help south Mississippians deal with the aftermath of the BP oil spill.More >> An accident on Interstate 10 in Harrison County has traffic backed up for miles. The accident happened near the DeLisle exit in the eastbound lanes.More >> A group that's been helping south Mississippians since Katrina is now working to help people in Japan. International Relief and Development (IRD) has launched a Japan Tsunami/Earthquake Relief Hygiene Kit Drive.More >> Fire officials all point to arson as the cause of several fires that have broken out throughout West Harrison County. Around half a dozen separate forest fires have started in the last week. 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 >> A forest fire that's been burning for three days in North west Harrison County continues to smolder despite the efforts of the state forestry commission. Nearly 500 acres of land have burned.More >> A Gulfport Seabee had already missed his son's fourth, fifth, and sixth birthday celebrations. But on Thursday morning, he came home just in time to surprise his son on his special day. Trang Pham-Bui shows us the emotional reunion.More >> Four cities in Harrison County are ready to take on the Secretary of State in a battle over who should control harbors on the coast. Gulfport is asking Biloxi, Long Beach and Pass Christian to join in an act of solidarity, but there is a minor problem in the Pass.More >> The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources has issued a permit for a project that would create a new Pass Christian fishing reef using concrete rubble currently piled up in Bay St. Louis. DMR officials expect the federal permitting process to be complete in the next few weeks.More >> During the first ever White House Conference on Bullying Prevention Thursday, President Barack Obama and the first lady praised parents and educators who are working to stop the bullying epidemic. One program in Harrison County targets the bullying problem in our schools. Trang Pham-Bui tells us how students are learning to stand up against bullies.More >> Folks from near and far filled the streets of Pass Christian for the St. Paul Carnival Association Parade. Spectators lined up hours before the parade, all vying for that perfect spot to catch some beads. WLOX was there in the streets and got some tips on how to enjoy a parade.More >> Ready to get into the Carnival spirit? See what Mardi Gras events are happening this week near you.More >> Pass Christian's African-American musical heritage is about to on display on Highway 90. A new Mississippi Blues Trail marker titled "Blues and Jazz in the Pass" will be unveiled at a ceremony Friday at 4pm.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 >> St. Stanislaus pulled away from New Albany 73 to 66 Monday night in Jackson, setting up an all-coast final in the 4A State Championship basketball game. The Rocks will face the Pass Christian Pirates Friday night at 8:30pm.More >> Students at St. Vincent DePaul School in Pass Christian will be getting out of class early today. A transformer that provides power to the school has blown.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 >> Dave Dennis made it official Monday and announced he wants to be the state's next governor. The long time Gulfport businessman, if elected, would be the first South Mississippian to hold the state's highest office.More >> Pass Christian athletes traded in their sports gear for shovels to celebrate Arbor Day. The city's garden club along with the Mississippi Land Trust replanted 120 trees at the high school's athletic fields.More >> Pass Christian started 2011 debt free. Mayor Chipper McDermott emphasized that fact Wednesday morning during his State of the City address. McDermott said Pass Christian completed several projects during 2010. From road work to new buildings, the mayor says his city is one step closer to getting back on its feet.More >> One of Pass Christian's hometown heroes is gracing the cover of the March issue of Prevention magazine. Good Morning America Anchor Robin Roberts speaks candidly about her battle with breast cancer, her close relationship with Diane Sawyer, thoughts on diet and exercise, and African Americans in the media.More >> When she grew up in Mississippi, Robin Roberts was more comfortable with a basketball in her hand than a microphone. Few of her fans Saturday know it but before Roberts was a sports anchor for WLOX-TV and later the co-host of ABC's Good Morning America, she was a basketball super-star. Al Showers has the story.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 >> After last year's dismal summer tourism season, Harrison County leaders say they're optimistic about 2011 and they're focusing on creating a beach that will impress visitors. Many businesses say profits plummeted after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill as people stayed away from the coast because of negative publicity.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 program that gives a voice to abused and neglected kids is growing stronger each day. CASA of Harrison County is still in its infant stages, but volunteers have helped the program grow in leaps and bounds.More >> At Pass Christian City Hall, the belief is that the Pineville community north of the city limits seems right for the picking. At least that's what Pass Christian Mayor Chipper McDermott will tell a judge when an annexation hearing is held March 22nd at the Harrison County Courthouse in Gulfport. However, not everyone is eager to become a Pass Christian resident.More >> A Pass Christian man charged with felony child abuse for tattooing minors is back in jail. Jeremy Lee Stewart, 32, now faces a felony domestic violence charge for assaulting his father.More >> This Monday will mark 25 years since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was honored with a national holiday. For one church, the MLK weekend was an opportunity to reach young people in the community.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 >> Harrison County Supervisors on Monday unanimously approved Pat Sullivan as the new fire marshal. Sullivan is the former fire chief for the city of Gulfport. He'll replace retiring Fire Marshal George Mixon.More >> A 20 year old man from Pass Christian named Shaquille Oneal Daniels was arrested early Sunday morning for cocaine possession. Harrison County Sheriff Melvin Brisolara said Daniels was stopped on Interstate 10 near Canal Road for running a red light.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 >> Two oyster reef areas will close to harvesters at 4pm Wednesday because of rain. The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources announced the closing of Areas II "A" and II "C" Conditionally Approved Waters.More >> There's still help for people looking to repair their hurricane-damaged homes. The Neighborhood Home Program is offering up to $75,000 to help people recover from Hurricane Katrina. But the time to get that help is quickly coming to a close.More >> Fourth District Congressman Gene Taylor's time in Washington ends in just a few days when Congressman-elect Stephen Palazzo is sworn into office. Congressman Taylor sat down with Jeff Lawson to reflect on his 21 years in public office, and what the future holds for him personally.More >> Longtime District Attorney Cono Caranna announced Wednesday that he's retiring at the end of his seventh term in office. In November, Caranna will have served as District Attorney for Harrison, Hancock and Stone Counties for 26 years. His current term ends in early January 2012.More >> 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 >> After 32 years, Harrison Co. Youth Court Judge Michael Ward is retiring at the end of this week. Judge Ward says the time is right for him to step aside and let "new blood" take over. The judge says it is disturbing to handle cases where children are accused of assaulting their parents. Once unheard of, he says, unfortunately, such cases are now commonplace.More >> Think about what 2010 has been like for fishermen. They were sacked by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and couldn't fish. And once they did, they had to fight off the perception that Gulf seafood was tainted. Now that the year is over, Brad Kessie talks with fishermen about whether better days are on the horizon.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 storm damaged St. Paul's sanctuary in Pass Christian is coming down, and in its place will soon be a new chapel-of-ease. Bishop Roger Morin said that after much prayer and consultation, he instructed contractors Monday to demolish the ruins of the Scenic Drive building.More >> After living in a camper for five years, Terry Ladner says his new home is "like going into a mansion." The Pass Christian man was able to purchase an affordable home for his family thanks to the Gulf Coast Renaissance Corp. and Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.More >> A troubled economy was the catalyst for a grassroots movement to get more people shopping in Pass Christian. Over the summer about 20 small business owners met to discuss how they could bring more visitors to their town. The result is a marketing campaign highlighting what the Pass has to offer.More >> The Harrison County Utility Authority has received a $30,000 grant to continue the local waste tire collection program. The money is from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality.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 >> 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 >> The Pass Christian Historical Society is celebrating its new headquarters. The 6,000 square foot, two story building is located on Scenic Drive, in the heart of downtown. Members are appealing to the public for donations of old photographs and historic documents to put on display in the new facility.More >> The spirit of the holiday season will spread across South Mississippi this week with several events over the next few days.More >> Pass Christian finally has a permanent place for low-income families to get their health care needs met. After Hurricane Katrina, Coastal Family Health set up a temporary mobile unit to see patients. But the need never slowed down. So now, Coastal Family Health has become a permanent fixture in the Pass.More >> The Pass Christian Rotary Club has teamed up with a local restaurant to make the holidays very merry for some coast kids. Proceeds from the French Charley's Christmas tree lot will help the rotary's Toy and Doll Fund.More >> Kids under 12 could win big. The Seafood Marketing Program is looking for a creative name for the shrimp-eating egret featured on the new Gulf Safe Mississippi Seafood billboards, which are located along U.S. I-10, U.S. 90 and U.S. 49 in the three coastal counties.More >> Between traffic jams and airport security checks, holiday travel can be a hassle no matter how you do it. Elizabeth Vowell asked the experts for their best advice to make it a little easier.More >> The Pass Christian Board of Aldermen wants the St. Paul sanctuary on Scenic Drive to be demolished. But, before the wrecking ball arrives, supporters of the hurricane damaged building have taken their fight to court.More >> Housing advocates are urging people to take advantage of the new Neighborhood Home Program before time runs out. With the deadline approaching, several social service agencies are trying to reach thousands of people who either face obstacles in applying for the grant or don't think they qualify. For many, this program is their last chance to get funding for repairs.More >> The storm-damaged St. Paul's Catholic Church in Pass Christian will be torn down after all. Aldermen voted in favor of the demolition last week, but then Mayor Chipper McDermott vetoed the decision. Tuesday night, aldermen voted to override the mayor's veto.More >> 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 >> Pass Christian's first ever Oyster Festival kicked off Saturday. Organizers say they wanted to show off what the city has offer visitors, as well as honor the area's rich seafood heritage.More >> Pass Christian Mayor Chipper McDermott has vetoed a decision by the board of aldermen to allow demolition of St. Paul Catholic Church. The veto brought a scathing rebuttal from the Biloxi Diocese, which wants to tear down the Katrina damaged sanctuary.More >> The Pass Christian Board of Alderman decided Monday night that St. Paul's Catholic Church can be torn down. It's the decision the Catholic Diocese was hoping for; they're seeking a permit to tear down the hurricane-damaged building. But, for those who've been fighting to save the church, they say it's a disappointment.More >> The fate of St. Paul's Catholic Church now lies in the hands of Pass Christian aldermen. Tonight, the board will decide whether to uphold a recommendation from the historical commission to let the building stand. The Catholic Diocese of Biloxi is seeking a city permit to tear the building down.More >> The 2010 oyster season opened Monday, a month late and under tight restrictions. For now, fishermen are only allowed to tong for oysters in shallow waters. Their harvest is also limited to 10 sacks a day, or about 3,000 oysters. With concerns over the oyster population and lingering uncertainty about the oil's impact on the crop, oystermen didn't know what to expect. Meggan Gray was at the Pass Christian Harbor as they set out to nearby reefs.More >> This is the morning oyster lovers have been waiting for. It's the morning when fishermen head out to Mississippi oyster reefs, and start filling up their sacks with fresh oysters.More >> The Gulf oil disaster forced a Pass Christian oyster processing plant to shut down in June. But this week, Crystal Seas Seafood is back in business. As Trang Pham-Bui reports, the owners said their experience over the last four months was actually worse than Hurricane Katrina.More >> Harrison County has a new Court Appointed Special Advocate program, and it needs your help. CASA provides advocates for children who are going through a court case. However, it takes a very special person to volunteer.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 >> Plans to expand the Pass Christian Harbor are one step closer to reality. The Department of Marine Resources has issued a wetlands permit for the $28 million expansion. Trang Pham-Bui talked to a restaurant owner and a seafood dealer at the harbor, who are relying on the harbor expansion to help keep their businesses financially afloat.More >> Commercial fishermen did something unusual this week. They lobbied the Commission on Marine Resources to impose stricter limits on oyster harvesting. The fishermen pushed successfully to do away dredging season this year; an effort they say will help conserve young oysters on badly depleted reefs. Tonging season will be open, beginning November 8th.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 >> It is storm sturdy and sits on the highest piece of ground in the city. Pass Christian residents gathered Thursday morning to dedicate the new police department and emergency operations center.More >> 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 >> A three-year-old boy died Saturday afternoon after drowning in the swimming pool at the Pass Christian Yacht Club, officials told WLOX News.More >> Just imagine, you could be a drug dealer and not even know it. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. Properly disposing of those old and unused drugs is the goal of Saturday's National Take-Back Day. Find a drop off location near you...More >> Pass Christian has an ambitious plan in the works to expand the city's harbor. The $25 million project would involve moving to the east, all the way to Davis Avenue.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 >> This week, Pass Christian was one of only three school districts in Mississippi to receive a star rating. And for years, it was a level 5 school district, which is the best rating in the state. So what's the secret to its academic success? An educational organization has been searching for answers and is featuring schools in the Pass in a documentary.More >> A new development in Pass Christian will give more than 30 families the chance to own a home thanks to the Mississippi Development Authority and Katrina recovery funds.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 >> Despite tough budget times, there's some good financial news for Pass Christian. During Thursday's Breakfast with the Mayor event, Mayor Chipper McDermott announced that all of the city's FEMA debt has been forgiven.More >> The battle to get Pass Christian's St. Paul Catholic Church opened again faces a major hurdle Wednesday night. That's when the city's Historical Preservation Committee will vote on a request from the Catholic Dioceses to tear the church down.More >> Pass Christian police officers and staff will spend the next few weeks moving into their new headquarters. Friday was their first full day of operation in their new building on Espy Avenue. The 12,000 square foot building is called a fortress, because it's built to withstand 240 mile-per-hour winds. The building also features rooms, technology, and equipment Pass Christian Police never had before.More >> After five years, state troopers say they finally feel like they can close the door on Hurricane Katrina. The storm forced the Mississippi Highway Patrol out of its offices on Biloxi's Back Bay. Now Troop K has finally moved into the new public safety complex in Harrison County and law enforcement officials expect the facilities to make their job easier.More >> After working five years in cramped trailers, the Pass Christian Police Department is finally about to move into its new headquarters.More >> The DMR took oyster fishermen for a boat trip on Wednesday, checking out the health of area oyster reefs. The results were mixed. Closer to shore, the samples taken from the Pass Christian tonging reef were decent. There were healthy oysters and much evidence of new growth. Farther from shore, many of the shells were barren. A fishermen expressed concern that the season may well be a bad one.More >> Strong winds in recent days have kept Harrison County sand beach crews especially busy. Wednesday, several teams were working in Biloxi trying to remove sand that has collected along Highway 90.More >> Oystermen eager to see what the 2010 season will bring will get their chance Wednesday when the Department of Marine Resources conducts its annual oyster reef tour.More >> Although layoffs are still a possibility, Harrison County Sheriff Melvin Brisolara said he'll look at cutbacks, other than jobs, to deal with a new budget that's $1.3 million smaller. County supervisors approved the new $18 million budget for the sheriff on Monday. He said it will mean some belt tightening, including not filling open positions and consolidating some services.More >> The city of Pass Christian is considering cutting jobs and raising taxes as part of its budget proposal. City leaders hope the extra money will help the city cope with a $600,000 shortfall next year. Pass Christian has not raised taxes in nine years, but that could soon change. The city wants to increase the millage rate which means residents could pay more in ad valorem taxes on your home, your car tag and utilities.More >> Five years after Katrina, all of the yacht clubs on the coast are back, rising from the ruin of the storm. Sailing and yacht clubs have been a big part of our coastal culture since the mid 19th century.More >> A national news anchor and a Pass Christian native, Robin Roberts came home to mark the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with south Mississippians who rebuilt after the storm.More >> A coastal protection project that came about after Katrina but delayed by the Gulf oil spill, is finally underway. This week, workers are planting hundreds of thousands of plants along the beaches of Harrison County. The dune vegetation is part of a federal program. As Trang Pham-Bui reports, the plants are supposed to protect our shorelines from future storms and curb erosion.More >> Before Hurricane Katrina, 6,500 people called Pass Christian home. Five years later, 4,500 people are at home in the Pass. 1,800 homes were destroyed or severely damaged during the storm. Today, 1,500 homes have been repaired or rebuilt.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 >> Recovery from Katrina is often measured by firsts: The first business to rebuild or the first school to re-open. Chuck and Joyce Linkey have the distinction of being the first to receive a Certificate of Occupancy in Pass Christian. Trang Pham-Bui visited the couple six months after the storm, when they were the only family still living in their shattered neighborhood. Trang shows us how life has changed for the Linkeys and their neighborhood five years later.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 >> Governor Haley Barbour will announce two new long-term housing projects for the Gulf Coast during his visit this Sunday. The governor's office said the projects are geared toward bringing disadvantaged people into the workforce, and will be funded as part of a $350 million Long-Term Workforce Housing Program.More >> ABC's Robin Roberts and Good Morning America will mark the 5th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina in the Pass Friday morning and you can be part of the live broadcast.More >> Nine days before the fifth anniversary of that horrible day that most coast residents will never forget, a single dad's dream of having a home for his children has finally come true. Thanks to the non-profit organization South Coast Design-Build, Paul Patin and his three children are about to replant their roots in Henderson Point.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 >> Parishioners fought to save their waterfront church in Pass Christian. But Tuesday, the Catholic Diocese of Biloxi released a statement saying St. Paul's church building will be demolished. And WLOX News has learned the plan is to complete the demolition by mid-September, assuming the necessary permits can be obtained.More >> This week, most county and city agencies along the coast received a letter from the Department of Marine Resources telling them that a stop order was in place on any new equipment or projects paid for with BP grants. Harrison County Sand Beach Director Bobby Weaver said his department still needs that money to undo the damage that has been done.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 >> A new study released Monday by the Gulf Coast Business Council Research Foundation shows the coast may have fared better during the Coastal Crisis than most experts expected.More >> Controversy continues over what is killing large numbers of Mississippi sea life. Both commercial fishermen and biologists have told WLOX that oxygen levels in the water are low. But whether the oil has anything to do with that is still up for debate. Danielle Thomas tells us about the latest fish kill, this time in Pass Christian.More >> The Harrison County EOC team will continue to meet on a regular basis, long after BP caps the oil well in the Gulf of Mexico.More >> Help cooling your home could be one phone call away. Gulf Coast Community Action is offering help to low income South Mississippians.More >> Beginning at 6pm, the Mississippi Sound will reopen to all commercial and recreational finfish and shrimp fishing. All commercial and recreational crab and oyster fishing will remain closed in the affected area.More >> Harrison County leaders are claiming victory in the battle to keep oil waste out of a local landfill. During a meeting Thursday with supervisors, BP and Waste Management, an agreement was reached to no longer dispose of the oily waste at the Pecan Grove landfill in Pass Christian.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 >> Harrison County Supervisors are still fuming over an agreement between BP, Waste Management and the Unified Command to dump oil impacted waste at the Pecan Grove landfill. At Monday's board meeting, supervisors addressed the plan and announced that they want more information about the agreement.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 >> As we wait to see if Bonnie's winds will push oil our way, leaders in one coast city said they can only hope for the best. Pass Christian's harbor master said some of the preparations made to protect the harbor in the storm also make the harbor more vulnerable to oil seeping in. Danielle Thomas has the story.More >> All tropical storm warnings associated with Bonnie have been dropped. The mandatory evacuation of boats from the Pass Christian Harbor has also been canceled. BP now says a key ship is preparing to move back toward the site of the broken oil well as the remnants of Bonnie weaken over the Gulf.More >> For residents in low lying areas, any tropical activity can quickly turn into flooding. That's why all three coastal counties are offering sands bags, and urging folks to take precautions now.More >> A young woman died and another person was seriously injured Monday in a Pass Christian accident. It happened around 10:45am at the intersection of Red Creek Road and Menge Avenue.More >> It took five years of planning, fighting over funding and working in cramped quarters. This week, 25 Pass Christian employees moved out of their trailers and into a brand new city hall. Trang Pham-Bui takes us to the Pass for city hall's opening day.More >> Harrison County supervisors are considering a machine that could make oil clean-up along the beach more efficient. The machine separates oil from sand, allowing both materials to be recycled. Currently, oil patties and tar balls are scooped up and taken to the local landfill.More >> Coast children got some "super" advice on taking care of their teeth. Marques Coltson of the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints took part in a brush-a-thon with dozens of kids at the Boys and Girls Club in Pass Christian.More >> For the first time in nearly five years, Pass Christian was able to hold city court in an actual building, rather than a cramped trailer. The new municipal court opened this morning.More >> Waste Management announced Wednesday that crews are moving containers of solid waste recently collected along the Mississippi Coast to the Pecan Grove Landfill. The company said the waste has been screened and deemed "non-hazardous."More >> Harrison County supervisors discussed the oil spill disaster response at Monday's board meeting. EOC Director Rupert Lacy said the county is testing several oil response products that could eventually be funded by BP. At the request of President Connie Rockco, the board passed a resolution asking BP to halt the use of chemical dispersants in fighting the oil spill.More >> Pass Christian leaders are counting on a tax abatement plan to help jump start economic development in their city. Harrison County supervisors gave their support to the plan Monday. It calls for giving property tax breaks to new business developments that bring additional sales tax revenue to the city.More >> Skimmers, under the state's control, could be fighting oil in Mississippi waters as soon as Tuesday. Eight skimmers the state has leased are now on the coast. Krystal Allan reports on where they're headed and who will be behind the wheel.More >> BP crews were pulling double duty Monday, picking up any oil impacted material on the beach, as well as litter left behind after the Fourth of July.More >> Harrison County Sand Beach Director Bobby Weaver said turnout was not typical of a normal for a Fourth of July weekend. Weaver believes oil is to blame and perhaps choppy seas.More >> Harrison County leaders say with little help from BP, they're forced to come up with their own ideas and money to protect our shores from oil. On Friday, they heard from two companies that claim their inventions can keep oil from contaminating sensitive marshes and exposed jetties. Trang Pham-Bui shows us how the devices work, and why Harrison County leaders say they need to move fast to fight the oily invasion.More >> When Pass Christian needed additional land to rebuild its city hall on Scenic Drive, Dayton Robinson said, let me buy it for you. Now, Robinson's generosity is being rewarded.More >> Oil patties are making their way west, washing up on the beach in Pass Christian. And on Thursday, there were reports of an oil sheen about a mile from the city's shores. WLOX found at least 35 boats working near the harbor area. As Trang Pham-Bui reports, city emergency leaders believe they were trying to cut off the oil, before it reaches the sand.More >> Hancock County Emergency officials have closed most of the oil containment boom gates in St. Louis Bay in advance of more oil washing ashore.More >> A $5 million federal grant will Mississippi provide employment assistance for workers who are laid off because of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The grant will be applied to George, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Pearl River and Stone counties in Mississippi.More >> As tar patties continue to pollute south Mississippi waters and beaches, Harrison County leaders are scrambling to keep the oily materials from reaching the open outfalls and sensitive marshes. On Tuesday, the county learned that its request to install protective barriers along the beaches and bays has been approved.More >> Hundreds of clean-up workers spent the day Tuesday picking-up oil patties on the beach in Biloxi. The area just east of Rodenburg Avenue was the area hardest hit. Thousands of the gooey globs of oil by-product were washed ashore by a storm stirred surf. Sand Beach Director Bobby Weaver said the goal is to clean-up such areas quickly and keep the beach open in Harrison County.More >> A controversial plan to contain oil offshore is sparking debate among leaders in Hancock County. The Coventry plan calls for 40-foot tall pilings to run across the Bay of St. Louis, just south of the Railroad Bridge, with a canvas type of material on both sides of the pilings.More >> Some leaders in west Harrison County expressed their frustration Monday over recent sightings of oil in the Mississippi Sound. They are especially concerned about oil reaching delicate marshes and estuaries. They support a project to build a large, fabric fence across the mouth of the St. Louis Bay. Some temporary plans to block the oil are also in the works.More >> A Pass Christian oyster processing plant has become a casualty of the Gulf oil spill. Crystal Seas Seafood announced Tuesday it is closing the business temporarily, leaving dozens of employees without jobs. The company opened its doors on West North Street in 1996. As Trang Pham-Bui reports, the owners don't know when they'll be back in business.More >> Fishermen in Pass Christian are casting off their fears of oil after a suspicious sheen was spotted in neighboring Bay St. Louis. This weekend, WLOX News reported a greenish-brown substance found in the St. Louis Bay. Officials aren't sure if it was oil or algae. They're still waiting for test results. But as Meggan Gray found out, that's not stopping some people from heading to the docks.More >> Senator Roger Wicker heard an earful Sunday at an informal town hall meeting he hosted. Frustration over the financial impact of the massive oil spill in the Gulf is growing. And the senator hopes to convey that frustration to President Obama, when the president visits Gulfport tomorrow morning. Doug Walker was at the gathering this afternoon, and has the story.More >> Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood met with elected leaders in Harrison County on Thursday. He encouraged them to pursue various oil prevention projects, and said he'll be meeting with BP and asking the company to fund such efforts.More >> Just three hours after a missing man was found dead in Delisle, the alleged killer turned himself in to authorities. Corey Jansen Brown, 25, of Pass Christian was charged Wednesday with Murder after 21-year-old Matthew Dedeaux was found shot in the chest.More >> It took a team of Navy Seabees just six hours to complete a new playground at DeLisle Elementary Saturday. Students at the school haven't had a playground onsite since Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005.More >> Day two of the 2010 Shrimp Season gave fishermen a good indication of what this oil plagued season may bring. So far, the shrimp are smaller, but there's less competition on the water. Still, many fishermen are just happy to be back at work.More >> The oil threat makes putting on a seafood festival more challenging. Just ask the organizers of the 34th annual St. Paul Seafood Festival in Pass Christian. Tonight Al Showers reports from the Pass.More >> The earlier than usual opening of shrimp season had fisherman scrambling Wednesday to get their boats ready for the big day. The Pass Christian Harbor was bustling with activity Wednesday morning as shrimpers prepared to drop their nets.More >> Harrison County Emergency Management Director Rupert Lacey said his county is better prepared than ever to shelter those in need from a hurricane. But he fears a lot of able bodied people are not getting ready to take care of themselves.More >> The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources has set Thursday, June 3, as the opening day of shrimp season. But the DMR also announced Tuesday that a portion of Mississippi waters will close to shrimpers and other fishermen.More >> It's election day for South Mississippi republicans to choose a congressional candidate to run against Gene Taylor in the November 2nd election. Early turnout is very light. The two names on GOP primary ballots are State Representative Steven Palazzo and Petal resident Joe Tegerdine.More >> Thirty-four years ago, Jane Blanton of Pass Christian made education history. She became one of Mississippi's original Kindergarten teachers. On Tuesday, the beloved teacher said good-bye to her students and farewell to three decades of education. Trang Pham-Bui has her emotional last day of school.More >> Mississippi received $15 million from BP to launch a new advertising campaign. Local leaders tell WLOX News want the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau to control that money, because they say that agency understands how to market South Mississippi's tourism industry.More >> South Mississippians will soon have three new storm shelters to take refuge in when our community is threatened by a hurricane or other tropical system. This morning Harrison County is breaking ground on the new shelters.More >> A Harrison County Sheriff's deputy has been charged with extortion. Sheriff Melvin Brisolara said Thursday 34-year-old Ronald Roach of Pass Christian was arrested on a felony charge of extortion and hindrance of prosecution.More >> The Class of 2010 at Pass Christian High School has a lot to be proud of this year. Their hard work in the classroom is already yielding big financial rewards. This year's seniors earned more than $6 million in scholarship money. That's twice as much as any other senior class in the history of Pass High.More >> A Pass Christian couple reported spotting what appeared to be oil while boating in the Bay of St. Louis this week. The Director of Emergency Operations in Hancock County said a team was sent out minutes after receiving the call. But, so far, emergency management officials have come up empty-handed.More >> Tuesday, the SBA is opening four Business Recovery Centers in South Mississippi to help small businesses and most private non-profit organizations affected by the Deepwater BP Oil Spill.More >> Harrison County officials say more tar balls turned up Tuesday on the beach. Emergency Management Director Rupert Lacy told WLOX he learned that 13 suspected tar balls in Pass Christian and were picked up by someone, but the objects were not turned in to authorities.More >> The U.S. Small Business Administration on Friday granted Mississippi's request for economic injury disaster loan assistance to help businesses on the Gulf coast recover from financial impacts of the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill.More >> Several agencies in South Mississippi are working together to investigate reports of tar balls in Pass Christian and Long Beach. After word from the Governor's office on Thursday, officials with Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, Department of Marine Resources, and Harrison County Sand Beach Authority have been trying to figure out just what, if anything, was found.More >> The oil's presence in the Gulf hasn't just cut into the bottom line of Coast fishermen, but also those who sell goods and services to those fishermen. So Governor Haley Barbour is turning to the Small Business Administration for help.More >> Talk of tarballs reportedly washing up on Mississippi's shoreline dominated a Friday morning oil spill briefing at BP's Woolmarket staging area. Representatives from the company, and from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality both said they were unaware of any tarballs in Harrison County.More >> Mississippi Gulf Coast tourism leaders say they'll ask from BP for $7.5 million a month to market our area to a national audience following the oil spill. The request extends until after the clean up and then some. Meanwhile, plans for a regional campaign are already moving ahead.More >> Dr. Moby Solangi with the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies (IMMS) said reports of dead marine life have slowed down some in the last few days. But WLOX viewers continue to send in pictures from all across the coast.More >> Harrison County leaders are "watching and waiting" to see when and if the oil slick will impact our shoreline. County supervisors received a briefing from emergency managers at Monday's board meeting. All 26 miles of sand beach in Harrison County is clean, oil free and open for visitors.More >> Volunteers from across South Mississippi will canvas our coastline this Saturday during a massive beach cleanup effort. The work starts at 8am and lasts until 1pm.More >>