Wednesday, January 28 2009 9:26 AM EST2009-01-28 14:26:52 GMT
Pass Christian police officer Rebecca Hengen gets so much joy from a pit bull she rescued from the streets. The lovable, friendly dog is named Gunther. When she saved him from the street, Gunther was a mess. He had fleas, mange and an inbedded collar. Today, the dog is happy, healthy and loves playing with Hengen and her other pit bull, Maggie. One more thing: Gunther is also deaf.More >>
Friday, April 17 2009 5:56 PM EDT2009-04-17 22:56:34 GMT
The Long Beach based Pink Heart Funds is in need of more space for its non-profit operation. That group provides free wigs for cancer patients in Mississippi. They also provide breast prosthesis for women who are uninsured or under insured. The group has been working in a former home hair salon that's just 350 square feet.More >>
Friday, January 2 2009 5:15 PM EST2009-01-02 22:15:13 GMT
Timia Gilbert has a smile that can light up a room. The five-year-old girl is fighting brain cancer, but you'd never know it to meet her. She is upbeat, energetic and a joy to be around. Friday, young Timia was crowned 2009 Pink Heart princess. A group that provides love and support for children with cancer, "Pink Heart Funds," organized the special event.More >>
Sunday, March 22 2009 9:13 PM EDT2009-03-23 01:13:42 GMT
A seven-year-old cancer patient received a very special gift on Sunday. Pink Heart Funds, a local organization that provides wigs for children with cancer, went to Lexi Moore's Woolmarket home to present her with a wig made especially for her.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 >>
It's been less than 10 months since the world record for a lottery prize. On Saturday night, it could conceivably fall once again.More >>
It's all about the odds, and one single ticket in Florida has beaten them all by matching the numbers drawn for the highest Powerball jackpot in history at an estimated $590.5 million, lottery officials disclosed Sunday.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 10:31 PM EDT2013-05-19 02:31:16 GMT
Coastal residents added their voices to those calling for the end of energy policies that hurt the environment. The Hands Across the Sand demonstrations took place on beaches around the world on Saturday.More >>
Coastal residents added their voices to those calling for the end of energy policies that hurt the environment. The Hands Across the Sand demonstrations took place on beaches around the world on Saturday. In South Mississippi, the concern centered around the state government's plan to allow offshore drilling off coastal waters.More >>
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - One of the most rewarding things about my job as a journalist is the opportunity to touch lives in a positive way.
We in the media too often face the stereotype that all we do are "bad news" stories; murders and mayhem and such. There are some cases when that's true, but unfortunately we at the "local" level often get lumped together with the "national" media. And these days, that media can be anything from World News Tonight to Inside Edition to The Colbert Report.
Personally, I take no joy in reporting stories like murders and fatal fires and bad accidents. Unfortunately, it's part of my job.
However, I do truly enjoy those times (and they are many) when news stories are able to impact lives in a good way.
I'll share two such instances in this week's blog. One involves the passionate mission of a cancer survivor and the other a kind hearted woman who saved the life of a remarkable animal.
The more recent story involved "Pink Heart Funds." It's a non-profit group headed by a delightful lady named JoAn Niceley of Long Beach.
Her group supplies wigs for children and adult cancer patients who might not otherwise be able to afford the hair pieces. "Pink Hearts" also provides breast prosthesis for women with breast cancer who are uninsured or under-insured.
Niceley, herself a cancer survivor, began this outreach several years ago when a good friend was facing her own cancer battle.
Since then, "Pink Heart Funds" has grown into something Niceley never would have imagined. The non-profit that began by collecting donations in a pink, heart shaped box had grown into a group that now occupies her former home hair salon.
JoAn Niceley donated her own hair salon as space for the non-profit. Trouble is, they soon outgrew the small, former salon. She sent me an e-mail asking for us to do a story about their need for donated space.
The story resulted in a near perfect match. A construction company in Long Beach had space that it agreed to let "Pink Heart Funds" use indefinitely. JoAn Niceley told me she was moved to tears when she saw the space in the new building. It was the perfect size and set up for the growing non-profit. A good news story indeed.
The other story involved a law enforcement officer and a deaf pit bull dog named Gunther. Rebecca Hengen, who lives in Biloxi, adopted Gunther, who was probably destined for a death by euthanasia at the shelter.
You see, even healthy pit bulls are not exactly top choices on the dogs people tend to adopt.
I did a story with Rebecca and Gunther, who were competing in a national "adoption" contest at the time. I found Gunther to be one of the friendliest, most loving dogs I've ever had the pleasure of petting. It was easy for me to see how Rebecca fell in love with this dog and quickly decided to take him home.
After we first aired it, Gunther's story was picked up by some other groups around the country. Several animal related organizations used it to promote pet adoption and in particular to help erase the negative stereotype that exists among the pit bull breed.
Rebecca still keeps in touch and lets me know that Gunther is doing well. They went on to win that competition, and deservedly so.
These are but two of many "good news" stories I've had the pleasure of reporting over the years. Many include the generosity and big hearts of the people of South Mississippi. I am continually impressed by their willingness to give to others in need.
Pink Heart Funds and Gunther the pit bull are but two good examples of the kind of news stories that make me proud of my profession.
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