Tuesday, June 18 2013 11:13 AM EDT2013-06-18 15:13:35 GMT
One person is in critical condition and another behind bars after a shooting in Moss Point. According to Police Chief Keith Davis, a man from Pascagoula was shot twice in the upper torso around 9:30pmMore >>
One person is in critical condition and another behind bars after a shooting in Moss Point. According to Police Chief Keith Davis, a man from Pascagoula was shot twice in the upper torso area around 9:30 Monday night. Investigators say it happened on Church Street near the Hall Street intersection in a car.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 11:37 AM EDT2013-06-18 15:37:31 GMT
Some Jackson County supervisors don't want to see people carrying guns in parks and other public areas, despite a new gun law in the state.More >>
Some Jackson County supervisors don't want to see people carrying guns in parks and other public areas despite a new gun law in the state. As WLOX has reported, starting July 1st Mississippians will be able to openly carry a gun and other weapons with or without a permit. Some Jackson county leaders want to create a local ordinance to keep weapons in check.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:44 PM EDT2013-06-18 16:44:16 GMT
A fuel tank spewed gallons of gas into a street in D'Iberville Tuesday morning. D'Iberville officials said the truck was about to refuel the Shell station on Automall Parkway and Suzanne Drive when...More >>
A fuel tank spewed gallons of gas into a street in D'Iberville Tuesday morning. D'Iberville officials said the truck was about to refuel the Shell station on Automall Parkway and Suzanne Drive when the truck driver popped the tank and gas started spilling out.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 4:10 PM EDT2013-06-18 20:10:44 GMT
WWL-TV reports there has been a possible explosion in Washington Parish early Tuesday morning. The station stated on its website officials are on their way to the town of Isabel to investigate. According toMore >>
There was a gas line explosion early Tuesday morning, according to Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal. The gas fire is out, but trees in the area are still burning. More >>
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - There's a joke around the newsroom that I'm the reporter that gets called on for every "boat story."
And that's not far from the truth.
Actually, I readily volunteer for such stories.
It seems a little ironic that this reporter who grew up "land locked" in central Illinois, should be first in line for stories that involve trips on the water.
Fact is, I love being on the water. I frequently go on assignment with the Department of Marine Resources.
These water stories have included oyster reef stories, shrimping stories, boating safety stories or the occasional trips to the barrier islands.
Most recently, I was on the water with Mississippi Power Company which was holding its fourth annual Renew Our Rivers program.
That worthy program involves recruiting dozens of volunteers and boats to comb area waterways, picking up litter and debris. They've collected more than 100 tons of marine debris since the program began.
This year, the clean-up along the Tchoutacabouffa River resulted in less trash than in past years. I hope that's a good sign.
Boaters, fishermen and anyone else who enjoys our beautiful waterways must also carry the responsibility to keep those rivers and streams clean.
It's not that difficult. Why not adopt the Boy Scout credo of leaving a camp site, or place you visit, a little nicer than the way you found it?
Pack a trash bag and pick up some litter, even if it's not your own. If everyone would simply pick up after themselves, we wouldn't have to have river clean-ups and other programs that target debris and trash.
Along with the boat trips for work, I also spend a good deal of personal, recreational time on area waterways.
About six years ago, I invested in a kayak. It was the best investment I've ever made. During the summer especially, I try to get out in my kayak at least several times a month. I have a two-seater, so I can take a friend or my daughter along. Unfortunately, the wife doesn't do water sports.
My normal kayak spot is launching from Davis Bayou inside Gulf Islands National Seashore Park. That's because I live in the neighborhood next door to the park and can have my kayak in the water in about ten minutes.
I have a good friend who recently bought a kayak and we're planning a paddle to Horn Island sometime this summer as well.
A week ago, I joined a dozen men from my church for a kayak adventure on the Pascagoula River. We paddled about eight miles from Cumbest Bridge (Wade-Vancleave Road) to the Cumbest Bluff boat ramp. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. You simply much check out the Pascagoula River. It's a true treasure and among the most scenic waterways I've ever paddled.
South Mississippi is blessed with an abundance of scenic waterways. Along with the Pascagoula, there's the Wolf River, the Tchoutacabouffa, and the Biloxi River.
Barrier islands are another great water spot to consider for recreation.
If you've always thought about getting a kayak or canoe, let me encourage you to take action. You won't regret it. Not only will you be able to enjoy all these wonderful waterways, but you'll also get some good exercising.
Finally, stay safe on the water. My Wilderness Systems kayak is bright orange for a good reason. I want pleasure motor boaters to see me, and not swamp me.
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