Moss Point Police Chief Keith Davis told WLOX, with the help of George County Sheriff's deputies they arrested Stephen Eugene Howell, 35, from the Lucedale area. Howell is charged with rape and kidnapping.More >> George County residents looking for shelter when a disaster strikes, will soon have two new sturdy, safe facilities in their area. County leaders broke ground on what they call "Safe Rooms" in the Agricola and Benndale communities. Patrice Clark reports from George County.More >> A registered sex offender wanted for an attack on two women is now behind bars. Daniel Wayne Hoven is accused of holding two women captive and assaulting them in their George County home.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 >> Officials say a man serving time for Grand Larceny and Burglary convictions in George County walked away from his prison work detail Thursday afternoon. Mitchell Stringfellow, 20, was captured about five hours later in a wooded area off Highway 61.More >> A woman driving east on Highway 98 died Tuesday morning when her car went into the median, flipped and rolled over several times.More >> Greene County Schools will be closed Wednesday because of potential severe weather.More >> Jackson County investigators believe they've busted an auto burglary ring that targeted rural car and truck owners. Four people are under arrest for their alleged roles in a month long string of auto burglaries in the Hurley and Wade communities.More >> A Lucedale man, charged with kidnapping his own daughter, was arrested Friday in Lake Charles, Louisiana. According Lake Charles Police, Henry Reeves, 24, was taken into custody after a traffic stop on Interstate 10. In the vehicle, was a 4-year-old girl.More >> The Justice Department announced Friday that there is insufficient evidence to pursue federal criminal civil rights charges against a George County Sheriff's Office deputy regarding the fatal shooting of Billey Joe Johnson, Jr.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 >> The second person accused of killing George County Sheriff, Garry Welford says she's not guilty of the crime. Brandy Williams entered her plea during an arraignment in George County Thursday morning. Williams along with Christopher Baxter were arrested last year for allegedly playing a role in the hit and run death of Welford.More >> The woman accused of running over and killing George County Sheriff Garry Welford made a court appearance this morning. Brandy Williams told a judge she was not guilty of the capital murder charge filed against her.More >> The Mississippi National Guard unit based in Lucedale returned home last month after a year long deployment in Afghanistan. Seven Hancock County charter boat captains wanted to say thanks to the soldiers for their service to our nation with a free fishing trip. Al Showers has the story.More >> Christopher Baxter pleaded not guilty Thursday morning to a capital murder charge in the death of George County Sheriff Garry Welford. Baxter appeared for arraignment Thursday morning before Judge Robert Krebs. Surrounded by MS Dept of Corrections officers wearing bullet proof vests, Baxter told the judge he doesn't have an attorney, but is trying to hire one.More >> It was a homecoming fit for heroes. Residents from all over South Mississippi gathered at Lucedale City Park Saturday to honor members of the 287th Engineer Company who just returned home from Afghanistan.More >> Many revelers at the GCCA parade had never been to a Mardi Gras parade before, including a woman from Australia. She met two Lucedale men on Facebook. This week, she's in town to visit her friends and experience Mardi Gras in Biloxi for the very first time.More >> Ready to get into the Carnival spirit? See what Mardi Gras events are happening this week near you.More >> A Mississippi National Guard unit returned home on Monday night from a 10-month deployment in support of the Overseas Contingency Operations in Afghanistan. The Lucedale based 287th Engineer Company landed at the Combat Readiness Training Center in Gulfport.More >> The town of Lucedale is still haunted by the death of high school football hero Billey Joe Johnson Junior. Two years ago, Johnson was pulled over by a George County Sheriff's Deputy for running a red light. What happened next, stunned the community. Now, residents rally to remember Johnson as his family still searches for closure.More >> A three wheeler accident this weekend claimed the life of Preston Floore, 14, of George County.More >> 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 >> The woman accused in the murder of George County Sheriff Garry Welford has been indicted for the crime. A grand jury indicted Brandy Williams, 19, for capital murder.More >> Attorney General Jim Hood is applauding a federal judge's order that Gulf Coast Claims Administrator Ken Feinberg stop saying he's working independently of BP. Now he's asking anyone with inside information on the claims process to contact his office.More >> A Lucedale grandmother, her son and his girlfriend were all arrested this week after a tip led agents to a home on Rock Creek Road. Once inside, agents said they found items used to make methamphetamine close to where the couple's three young children slept.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 >> 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 >> 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 >> A George County volunteer firefighter has been arrested and charged with five counts of arson. Investigators said 31-year-old Joshua Daniel Easter caused more than a half million dollars in damages during this crime spree.More >> People in George County officially kicked off the Christmas season with an evening parade in Lucedale Saturday night.More >> There's a new sheriff officially leading George County now. Sheriff Tony Keel was sworn in Monday afternoon at the administration building in Lucedale.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 >> 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 >> Voters in George County have chosen Tony Keel as the new sheriff. Keel is already serving as a chief deputy in the Sheriff's Department. He'll serve the remainder of the late Sheriff Welford's term in office.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 >> 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 >> Ms. Lillie Belle Smith Freret is celebrating 100 years. Saturday her family is celebrating her 100th birthday at Smith Manor Retirement home where she currently lives.More >> Still undecided about who to vote for Tuesday? Visit our 2010 Election Center to learn more about the candidates, and hear where they stand on the issues most important to South Mississippians.More >> It was a bittersweet night for Tony Keel. Just days after losing his son, Keel was the top vote getter in the race for George County sheriff. But to become sheriff, Keel must beat Bobby Fairley in a runoff.More >> The election that's gotten the most attention this campaign season has been the race for the Fourth District Congressional seat, and for good reason. Gene Taylor, Steven Palazzo, and their parties and supporters have spent well over a million dollars on ads that spotlight this ever-tightening race.More >> Lloyd Eubanks died late Friday night after the car he was driving ran off the road on Highway 614. No other cars were involved.More >> Eleven people are vying to become sheriff in George County, and fill the shoes of Sheriff Garry Welford, who was killed in the line of duty earlier this year. Some voters say having to choose among so many candidates makes making an informed decision even more difficult.More >> One of the people accused in the murder of George County Sheriff Garry Welford, will serve 18 years on drug charges.More >> Students at George County High School are mourning the loss of one of their own. George County Sheriff's Deputies said they responded to a two vehicle crash on Hopper Road in the Rock County Community around 4:00 p.m. on Friday afternoon.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 >> You can now see what grade your child's school district received on last year's state tests. In the latest Accountability Ratings, many school districts along the coast excelled or showed growth, while others are on the verge of failing.More >> The United Way of Jackson and George Counties announced Thursday it will raise $2 million for several South Mississippi non profits in this tough economy. As Patrice Clark reports, the organization came up with a new and exciting theme to raise money.More >> A 20-year-old man is accused of molesting a 7-year-old boy in the restroom of a restaurant in Lucedale. The incident happened August 19. Anthony Holland is charged with the "unlawful touching of a child," but has already bonded out of jail.More >> Two South Mississippi schools have received awards for promoting healthy eating. Magnolia Junior High School in Moss Point and George County's Rocky Creek Elementary School, along with 17 other schools in Mississippi, were honored by the USDA's HealthierUS School Challenge.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 >> If you need to call Singing River Electric Power Association this morning, you may not get through. The power association's phone lines took a direct lightning strike during Sunday night's severe weather.More >> A Lucedale man is dead after a fatal gunshot wound Friday evening. Approximately 5:45 p.m. on Friday, the George County Sheriff's Department received a call of a shooting on Mill Street Ext.More >> Last month, South Mississippi lost a hero. George County Sheriff Garry Welford died in the line of duty. He left this world too soon, but not before showing the rest of us what sacrifice is all about.More >> Downtown Lucedale will soon look a little different, thanks to a new annex building for county government. The building is expected to be finished by the middle of September. Once complete, it will be home to the Board of Supervisors and several other agencies.More >> Help cooling your home could be one phone call away. Gulf Coast Community Action is offering help to low income South Mississippians.More >> The job of sheriff in George County is still in the hands of the Welford family. One week after laying her slain husband to rest, Debbie Welford took the oath of office as interim sheriff. The ceremony was bittersweet for Mrs. Welford, who promised to do her best to carry on her husband's legacy.More >> If you go shopping today or tomorrow for back-to-school clothes, most likely you will be able to save on the sales tax. Mississippi's tax free holiday begins today and runs through Saturday. See if the items on your shopping list qualify.More >> A Lucedale man is dead and another is in jail for murder. According to George County Sheriff's Department Monday night around 9:00 p.m., deputies responded to a shooting in the Bushy Creek Community.More >> Garry Welford was remembered Monday as a man of integrity. Hundreds of people gathered at a small church in Lucedale to remember the George County sheriff who died in the line of duty. Patrice Clark was there for the emotional tribute by a community still reeling with loss.More >> George County Sheriff Garry Welford was laid to rest Monday, just five days after being killed in the line of duty. Before the service, fellow officers came by the hundreds to say goodbye and escort him to his final resting place. Doug Walker spoke to many about their fallen brother, and the tribute to his life.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 >> The funeral for George County Sheriff Garry Welford will be held Monday in Lucedale, with visitation the night before.More >> What little girl doesn't want the chance to be a princess or to find her prince? One young girl fighting Leukemia got just that and more Thursday thanks to the Make a Wish Foundation.More >> The tragic death of George County Sheriff Garry Welford has left a painful void in the hearts of all law enforcement officers. Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd is especially distraught. The two men have been friends since the 1980's. Byrd told Trang Pham-Bui, he not only lost a good friend, he also lost a dedicated law enforcement brother.More >> More details are emerging about the early morning capture of the two suspects wanted in the death of George County Sheriff Garry Welford. According to Greene County Deputy Chief Keith Churchwell, Chris Baxter and Brandy Williams were found inside a trailer near the Greene County/George County line. The 18-year-old girl was asleep. Churchwell said the 24-year-old Baxter was hiding in a closet.More >> The search is still on for two people who hit and killed George County Sheriff Garry Welford Wednesday. Officers from all across South Mississippi are on the lookout for Christopher Lee Baxter, 24, and Brandy Nicole Williams, 19. Investigators believe the pair were trying to elude authorities when their truck struck the sheriff.More >> On Wednesday, George County lost a sheriff and a family lost a husband, a father, and a grandfather. Sheriff Garry Welford was elected in 2004, but spent three decades serving as a conservation officer for the state. Danielle Thomas looks back at how Sheriff Welford's service made his community a better place.More >> A Lucedale teen died early Monday morning when the car he was driving hit a tree on Old Mobile Highway. His 13-year-old passenger survived, but is in critical condition.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 >> 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 >> A month long search for a suspected child molester ended Wednesday with the capture of 27-year-old William Castillo. He was discovered in a Lucedale hotel room wearing a t-shirt that said, "I'm hiding from the cops."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 >> 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 >> A two vehicle crash has shut down north and southbound traffic on Highway 63 in George County. The crash happened about 4:40 Wednesday afternoon about two miles north of the Jackson and George County line at Grain Elevator Road.More >> The former justice court clerk in George County has been indicted on embezzlement charges. Shawn Strahan is accused of taking cash from the clerk's office between October 2008 and April 2009.More >> As the oil slick moves closer, volunteers are already mobilizing to help with the cleanup. The WLOX newsroom has been flooded with calls from people who want join in, and some of the people coordinating volunteer efforts say they've received an overwhelming response. Sylvia Hall shows us several ways you can help.More >> The deadline to register to vote for the June 1st primaries is Saturday noon.More >> George County Sheriff Gary Welford says the streets are a lot safer after arresting 26 suspected drug dealers Thursday. Welford teamed up the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics for an undercover operation called Cold Snap. Patrice Clark went along with drug agents as they made the arrests.More >> The Pascagoula River is a big part of the environment in South Mississippi featuring an abundance of natural beauty. Every April, communities in Jackson and George Counties celebrate that beauty at the Pascagoula River Nature Festival.More >> George County High School's parking lot was transformed into a trauma center Friday. George County Regional Hospital and emergency crews staged an accident to show teens what can happen if underage drinking is mixed with driving.More >> Two elderly women who were killed in a house fire Thursday night have now been identified. The bodies of 88-year-old Lemoyne Graham and 76-year-old Joyce Pitts were found inside the home. State Fire Marshal Mitchell Mixon believes the women were trying to escape, but were overcome by smoke and flames.More >> A George County volunteer firefighter has been charged with starting the fires he was supposed to be fighting.More >> The 2010 Census forms will hit mailboxes around South Mississippi this week. There are just ten questions total, but you do have to answer questions about everyone living in your household. The Census Bureau wants to stress the process is simple, and will take less than ten minutes.More >> A Lucedale-based company of the Mississippi National Guard leaves Monday for training on their way to Afghanistan. Saturday, city and community leaders, as well as Congressman Gene Taylor, thanked the soldiers and their families in a massive sendoff ceremony. Sylvia Hall was there as they said goodbye to the members of the 287th Engineer Company.
A George County teenager is dead and three other people, including two small children, are in the hospital after a two-car accident. The wreck happened Friday night around 7 p.m. at the intersection of Old Highway 63 and Depot Road.More >> A Mississippi man who drove to Alabama have sex with a teenager and used the Internet to have explicit conversations with young girls will spend 10 years in prison. Kenneth Parnell was sentenced in a Mobile federal courtroom Friday.More >> Folks in Lucedale say they haven't seen so much snow fall in more than a decade. Plenty of people spent Friday trying to soak-in the rare winter fun.More >> It's a big enough job to protect the plants at your home or business, but imagine if plants are your business. For nursery owners in George County, it's been a race to protect their crops from sleet and snow before nightfall. They hope this winter blast doesn't ruin their livelihood.More >> An accident in George County claimed the life of a Lucedale man. The George County Sheriff's Department said Spencer Lavelle Henderson, 50, died Tuesday night in a two vehicle crash at the intersection of Old Mobile Highway and Rocky Creek Road.More >> For a group of Haitians living in Lucedale, every minute that passes is torture. Since Tuesday's damaging earthquake, it has been impossible to contact anyone in Haiti. As Patrice Clark reports, they fear the worst.More >> The American Red Cross is working with families in South Mississippi trying to find out about loved ones in Haiti. A Lucedale family is still waiting word on relatives in Haiti that they last spoke to just hours before the quake struck.More >> Nursery owners in George County are bracing for colder weather this week. Plant growers spent Tuesday covering and protecting thousands of buds and blooms from frigid temperatures. As Patrice Clark reports, owners are hoping the cold snap won't destroy their sole source of income.More >> A Lucedale man died Tuesday night when his vehicle was struck by an 18-wheeler on Highway 63. Alvin Cox, 53, was pronounced dead at the scene.More >> A chartered Boeing 767 carrying more than 200 very happy people, touched down at Gulfport's Air National Guard base Monday afternoon. Inside, were 228 members of the 168th Engineer Brigade from the Army National Guard. They had spent the last nine months in Afghanistan.More >> A Lucedale teen's murder trial began Tuesday morning in George County. Deon McCants is charged with the 2008 murders of Meleah Griffith and Dominique Johnson. Both were found shot to death inside their home on Greenwood Lane. More >> A Saucier man is in jail after authorities say he led them on a chase through three counties Friday afternoon with speeds exceeding 150 miles per hour. Joshua Hinton, 21, is charged with felony evasion, felony aggravated assault on a police officer, as well as a long list of traffic violations.More >> Remember when you came home with a report card and a 93 was an A? More than 100 school districts in the state have adopted the "Ten-Point Grading Scale" or a modified version of it. All but four school districts in south Mississippi have made the change. As Trang Pham-Bui tells us, supporters say it gives Mississippi students a better shot at college scholarships. Opponents say the move lowers expectations.More >> Imagine if your house were on fire or you were in a serious accident, and there were no firefighters to come to your aid. Without the 13,000 volunteer firefighters serving Mississippi, the odds of that happening would be much greater. Fire chiefs say even though volunteers are a critical part of public safety, it's getting harder to recruit them. Sylvia Hall has more.More >> School superintendents across Mississippi received a breakdown Tuesday of how exactly much funding they'll lose this year. The cuts total more than $103 million statewide.More >> The Labor Day weekend is getting off to a deadly start. Since Thursday night, there have been four fatalities on South Mississippi roadways. More >> Two very different reports were released Friday on the state of Katrina recovery in Mississippi. Gov. Barbour's annual progress report says the public and private efforts to rebuild housing stock are meeting most of the need. But a report from The STEPS Coalition says Mississippi stands to lose a unique opportunity to recover from our state's greatest housing disaster.More >> The latest unemployment numbers show that more than 10 percent of Mississippians are out of work. The July 2009 unemployment figures were released Wednesday and show the statewide rate at 10.5 percent. That's up from the previous month's rate of 9.9 percent, and more than two points higher than July 2008.More >> The latest standardized test scores were released Friday morning. Several south Mississippi school districts performed so well, their scores were the highest in the entire state. The new MCT-2 is more rigorous than the old test. As Trang Pham-Bui tells us, many local students rose to the challenge.More >> Ten volunteer fire departments in South Mississippi are receiving new wild land firefighting gear from the Mississippi Forestry Commission. It's part of an ongoing program that's paid for with federal grant money through the U.S. Forest Service. Each set of wild land gear costs $250. Seventy-three volunteer departments in Mississippi have received the equipment.More >> The Red Cross is looking for professionals with specific skills who can handle the challenges that come with disasters. It's part of the Southeast Chapter's new target recruitment campaign to fill dozens of empty slots. Patrice Clark has more on this volunteer push.More >> Shoppers will soon get a break from Mississippi's seven percent sales tax. Later this month, the state will participate in its first ever tax free holiday, just in time for back to school buying.More >> On Monday, June 29, WLOX-TV will sign on its new digital facility to better serve South Mississippi. That means anytime after 9am, WLOX viewers will need to rescan their digital television sets or their converter boxes to receive local news and other programming from WLOX.More >> Plant growers in George County have their sprinklers and irrigation systems working overtime. They're doing what they can to help plants survive this early summer heat wave. George County has one of the largest nursery industries in the country. Many nurseries are now watering their plants twice a day, instead of the usual once.More >> South Mississippi power usage is creeping close to last summer's record. Mississippi Power offers some tips to lower your cooling bill this summer.More >> State Farm will begin writing new homeowners' policies in most of Mississippi, but not the three coastal counties. Customers in Pearl River, Stone and George counties who lost their wind coverage after Katrina, can now get back in with the insurer. More >> The mayoral election in Lucedale last week could not have been much closer. Democrat Doug Lee beat incumbent Mayor Dayton Whites by 17 votes. The mayor-elect said he is ready to get to work and improve everything from city's look to race relations. Patrice Clark talked with Lee about his big plans for the small city.More >> Several coast cities elected new mayors Tuesday. Bay St. Louis, Gulfport, Gautier, Moss Point and Lucedale will all see new leadership at city hall.More >> A family is grieving over their lost child after the child's father accidentally ran him over. The child's father, Nathaniel Cochran, told George County deputies his two children were under the carport at their Lucedale home when he began to move his car.More >> A new housing partnership is reaching out to storm victims who can't afford to repair or replace their homes. On Tuesday, the Governor's office and the Gulf Coast Community Foundation launched a unique initiative to rescue people who have fallen through the cracks. The Coming Home Collaborative Program is being hailed as a huge step toward recovery. As Trang Pham-Bui reports, it uses federal recovery dollars to help low and moderate income families.More >> People from across the state joined the family of Billey Joe Johnson Jr. to celebrate his eighteenth birthday in Lucedale. They marched through the city and held a candlelight vigil to show support for the late football star's family, as they continue their search for answers into his death. They told Jackson County Reporter Sylvia Hall that even though things have calmed down in Lucedale, they haven't forgotten Billey Joe.More >> The Pascagoula River is at the center of what many believe could become a booming eco-tourism industry. This week, they're promoting it at the Pascagoula River Nature Festival.More >> The Small Business Administration is offering assistance to residents and businesses affected by the severe storms and flooding that occurred March 25-28, 2009. Residents in Jackson, George, Harrison and Stone counties can apply for low-interest disaster loans.More >> South Mississippi is celebrating the abundance of natural beauty found along the Pascagoula River. The Pascagoula River Nature Festival is going on this week in several coast cities.More >> Coast residents wanting to vote in mayoral and city council races are urged to double check where they will cast their ballots. The last city elections were four years ago, before Hurricane Katrina.More >> Two people are dead, and three others critically injured after a two vehicle accident on Highway 198 Wednesday night in George County. More >> A crash in George County ended in tragedy with an unfortunate twist. A man who stopped to help the driver involved in a collision on Highway 98 Wednesday actually ended up losing his own life. As Sylvia Hall reports from George County, Ronald Lee's family is taking comfort in his legacy of helping others.More >> The George County Sheriff's Department has arrested the man they say was responsible for an October drive-by shooting.More >> Billey Joe Johnson Junior's family members say they are taking their fight for answers to lawmakers in Jackson. The announcement comes after a grand jury's recent finding that Johnson accidentally shot himself. The closed case has opened the door to new questions and theories from loved ones who don't believe he did it. Patrice Clark has more from Lucedale.More >> The mayor of Lucedale says he's hopeful his community can move forward and accept the grand jury's conclusion, that the death of football star Billey Joe Johnson Junior was accidental. Mayor Dayton Whites also says race relations in George County are "very favorable"despite the fact some might argue otherwise.More >> A grand jury's findings only added to the suspicion that's hovered over George County since the death of a teen football star. Outside the courtroom Thursday, words like "cover up," "racism," and "murder" were mixed with tears from people who knew Billey Joe Johnson, and even those who didn't. Patrice Clark reports.More >> The George County grand jury that investigated the shooting death of football star Billey Joe Johnson Jr. says the teen accidentally killed himself with his own shotgun. The nine page report says forensic evidence shows Johnson was shot in the head with the twelve gauge shotgun as he was trying to move it. Johnson had been pulled over by a George County deputy after running a stoplight last December 8th.More >> Grand jury proceedings began Monday in George County, looking at the evidence in the death of high school football star Billey Joe Johnson. More >> This week marks one year since a George County couple and their unborn child were killed and left inside their mobile home. A teenager is now behind bars awaiting trial for the murders of Dominique Johnson, Meleah Griffin, and their son. But family members believe their were more people involved. Patrice Clark talked with Meleah Griffin's father in a WLOX News Exclusive. More >> It has now been just over a month since Billy Joe Johnson Jr. died. Johnson was the 17-year-old star running back for the George County Rebels who died of a shotgun blast during a stop for a minor traffic violation. Curley Clark of the Jackson County NAACP, says he is disappointed at how law enforcement initially dealt with the Johnson family.More >> 2008 was a year filled with memorable stories. South Mississippi saw the effects of a struggling economy. Attorney Dickie Scruggs was sentenced in federal court for his role in a bribery scheme. Hurricane Gustav roared ashore in early September. Brett Favre put on a Jets uniform. The port of Gulfport unveiled grand plans. And a Hurley couple celebrated the arrival of four bundles of joy.More >> District Attorney Tony Lawrence has released a new incident report filed by the Lucedale Police Department that suggests a woman was en route to file burglary charges against Johnson the moment he died. As Jackson County reporter Sylvia Hall reports, the NAACP says there could be alot more to the story than what's listed in the reports.More >> If predictions hold true, this Christmas season may be less than jolly. That's why retailers in one Gulfport strip mall are offering more incentives for South Mississippi shoppers. More >> A week after rising football star Billy Joe Johnson's death, authorities released the deputy's official statement of what happened that day. They waited to release it until after a private meeting with the family. Sylvia Hall has details on the latest release, and the family's private meeting with District Attorney Tony Lawrence.More >> Jackson County D.A. Tony Lawrence today released an official statement concerning the death of George County High School football star Billey Joe Johnson. This after Lawrence met with members of Johnson's family to answer their concerns and questions. More >> A call for calm tonight in George County, after four days of rumors and speculation in the death of football star Billey Joe Johnson. D.A. Tony Lawrence was due to meet with Johnson's family today to discuss the investigation into the death of their 17 year old son but the family could not be there. Johnson died Monday of what the George County sheriff described as a self inflicted gunshot wound. The shooting occured after a deputy stopped Johnson for a traffic violation on Highway 26. More >> The family of George County High football star Billey Joe Johnson Jr. is scheduled to meet Monday with District Attorney Tony Lawrence. Lawrence said Friday that he will discuss the investigation into Johnson's death with the family before making an information public. More >> An independent autopsy will be performed this week on Billey Joe Johnson, the 17-year-old football star from George County. Jackson County NAACP President Curley Clark would not say who is doing the autopsy, but he did tell WLOX that he met with the Johnson family Saturday. More >> Compared to the rest of country, South Mississippi hasn't fared as badly in the declining housing market. But new numbers show home prices have slipped in South Mississippi. Krystal Allan talks to local realtors.More >>
George County's Delaney Mixon turns South Mississippi pine trees into one of a kind, hand made log furniture. He's best known for his log beds.More >> If people know more, they'll give more. That is the hope of the United Way chapter that serves Jackson and George Counties. On Thursday in Gautier, United Way held an event to allow people learn more about the two dozen non-profits United Way supports.More >> A tanker overturned Wednesday afternoon around 12:30 and was carrying 25,000 pounds of milk when it rolled over. The truck was traveling Eastbound on Highway 26 using the on-ramp at Highway 63 when he tipped over spilling the milk. His fuel tank also leaked out diesel fuel. More >> GAUTIER (WLOX) -- Conserving energy is something most of us strive to do in our homes. But at work, many of us disregard our money saving practices and waste wattage with wild abandon. That's why Singing River Electric is leading the way by practicing what it preaches. More >> GEORGE COUNTY (WLOX) -- The Mississippi Department of Transportation is taking steps to make an increasingly busy intersection just outside Lucedale safer. Next week, crews will begin installing signs warning motorists that everyone will have to stop at the intersection of Highway 198 and Old Highway 63 North. More >> GEORGE COUNTY (WLOX) -- In just two days, two people have died in separate car accidents in George County. Both fatal collisions happened near the Benndale community. The first happened Friday night just before 6:30pm.More >> Another teenager has been charged in the murder of a George County couple. Cyrus J. Street, 17 of Lucedale, was arrested Tuesday in connection with the deaths of Meleah Griffin and Dominique Johnson. The two were found shot to death January 13th inside their home on Greenwood Lane. More >> A Lucedale teenager is facing two murder charges. Deon McCants, 16, is charged as an adult for the deaths of Meleah Griffith and Dominique Johnson. The pair were found shot to death January 13th inside their home on Greenwood Lane. More >> The bedding plant business in George County appears to be booming post-Katrina. Devastating winds wiped out many of the area's greenhouses, crops, and customers. But as local growers enter their third winter since the storm, they say business has never looked better. Keli Rabon takes us to one nursery, to show us how Katrina gave them an unexpected boost.More >> The signs of the tragedy that happened inside this trailer Sunday, on Greenwood Lane, became more visible Tuesday. Someone, probably investigators pulled the blood covered sofa, blanket, and rug from out Meleah Griffin and Dominique Johnson's home. More >> George County authorities are saying little about what may have lead to the deaths of a man and woman in George County. The two were found inside a mobile home on Greenwood Lane, near the Barton Community. Friends and neighbors say the young woman was pregnant, but authorities won't confirm that they also won't say if there are any suspects. Patrice Clark has the story from George County.More >> Business owners in Lucedale want to see police better protect their property from vandalism. There has been a surge of vandals damaging stores and restaurants in that city. As Patrice Clark reports, police officers say they're taking special steps to stop this crime.More >>