Thursday, May 23 2013 5:38 PM EDT2013-05-23 21:38:18 GMT
The picture of a George County dog set on fire is disturbing. Authorities say the circumstances surrounding how fire consumed the dog are shocking. According to George County Sheriff Dean Howell, 20-year-oldMore >>
Socks, the dog reportedly burned this week by his owner, has died. That word comes from a George County Sheriff's deputy. Socks succumbed to injuries suffered after 20-year-old Brandon Pierce allegedly set his dog on fire Tuesday night. The suspect told deputies he torched the dog because he "wanted to help the dog go to heaven."More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:15 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:15:57 GMT
Part of the coast is being invaded this week by termites. Millions swarmed across Harrison County Wednesday night. Several WLOX viewers called our newsroom to tell us about it. One person called whileMore >>
Part of the coast is being invaded this week by termites. Millions swarmed across Harrison County Wednesday night.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:25 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:25:10 GMT
The search is on in north Picayune for two fugitive brothers wanted out of Tennessee. Jessy and Jeffrey Marchbanks were last seen leaving a mobile home on Pea Ridge Road in Picayune.More >>
Two fugitive brothers wanted out of Tennessee were captured around 6:30 Thursday morning according to Pearl River Sheriff's Department. According to Pearl River County Sheriff David Allison, Jessy and Jeffrey Marchbanks were caught at the corner of Ozona Richardson Road and Richardson Road just after sunrise. That's the same general area authorities had searched Wednesday and early Thursday morning.More >>
Monday, May 13 2013 12:24 PM EDT2013-05-13 16:24:04 GMT
MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come. According to Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall, the drug raid is the result of severalMore >>
A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:19 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:19:04 GMT
Don't panic. It's normal. That's what pest control specialists are saying about the swarms of termites spotted across south Mississippi. After receiving calls and posts from many of our WLOX viewers concernedMore >>
Don't panic. It's normal. That's what pest control specialists are saying about the swarms of termites spotted across south Mississippi.More >>
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - South Mississippi's tourism is taking a hit from the Coastal Crisis.
A University of Southern Mississippi study released Monday looked at overall losses from the BP oil leak specifically targeting hotels and restaurants.
The study tallied the loss as a $120 Million blow to communities along the Mississippi Coast.
During President Barack Obama's visit to Gulfport he said, "There's still a lot of opportunity for visitors to come down here. A lot of beaches are not yet affected or will not be affected. We want to make sure that people who have travel plans down here to the gulf area remain mindful of that."
The President said he will spread the word to the rest of the country to support our ever important tourism industry. A USM study just released shows the economic impact of the oil spill here to be pretty significant on tourism.
It found that from May to August of 2010 non-casino hotels are down a whopping 50% from this time last year. This down turn would equate to an almost 27-million dollar loss from the same period in 2009. And seafood restaurants report a 30% decrease from this time last year while at the same time, they're paying 30% more for the seafood they serve. That is putting a tremendous strain on them.
Ken Montana said, "As independent restaurateurs, it is devastating what is happening to them."
Montana is the Harrison County Tourism Commission's President. He's also a retired restaurateur.
Ken Montana said, "The worry, the concern for their employees, for their staff and for their own families, they represent a lot of people on this coast."
But Mr. Montana thinks like past tragedies, our tourism industry will survive the oil spill, but it will take a lot of support from the rest of the nation who already seems fond of our region and its people.
"We are friendly, hospitable people down here, and those folks can come back and look them straight in the eye again and visit with them."
The USM study also said the Charter Boat industry took a nosedive. It's already lost 70% of its business. It also found recreational fishing has dropped 90% with impacts on commercial fishing still unknown.
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