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 >>
HORN ISLAND, MS (WLOX) - About 35 clean-up workers spent the day on Horn Island Thursday, picking up thousands of tar balls and clumps of oil. It's a task that began June 17 and will continue into the foreseeable future.
Logistics is one of the biggest challenges with the ongoing barrier island clean-up. The work is methodical and monotonous; not to mention oppressively hot. Workers scoop, sift and shove the sometimes elusive target.
On this afternoon, scattered fields of small tar balls litter the western edge of Horn Island's south shore.
"Last week, we hit a good spot with some heavy stuff in it. We knew it was there because when the storm Bonnie came through it uncovered it. And we came back the next day and a lot of it got covered up, but we knew it was there," said crew leader Raymond Pitts Jr.
Park Ranger Patricia Kraft is on loan from Biscayne National Park in Florida. She is impressed with Horn Island.
"It's gorgeous. It's peaceful. It's undeveloped. It's got nice vegetation and wildlife," said the ranger.
The vast majority of this wilderness island remains pristine; untainted by oil. Away from the work crews, you'd never know there was a crisis. Beautiful scenes abound, as blue crabs play in the blue-green waters.
BP's promise is to restore those areas that are littered with oil.
"Everybody working out here, you get the sense that there is a passion for the fact that this is a special place and the work that we're doing is important to restore it to where it should be," said BP spokesman, Richard Judy.
Island logistics are challenging. Crews must be ferried to and from the offshore work site. The visiting ranger wishes there were more.
"But I understand you've got logistics. You can't flood the beach with teams. You have logistic problems. If you get a thunderstorm, you have to worry about evacuation," said Ranger Kraft.
The longevity of this island assignment is open-ended.
"We'll be here as long as it takes. And it may be a little slow, 'cause you can't get as many people out here as you like because there are some environmental sensitivities. Having said that, we're going to do it as long as it takes," Judy explained.
About 25 workers are assigned to the beach clean up on Horn Island. The other 10 crew members work in the more environmentally sensitive marshland and birding areas.
A number of oil covered birds have been rescued from the island since the clean-up began. The animals are taken by boat to an on-shore clean-up facility.
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