Monday, May 20 2013 6:54 AM EDT2013-05-20 10:54:08 GMT
A Vancleave man was rescued around 7 Sunday evening after his kayak overturned. According to DMR Public Relations Manager Lauren Thompson said DMR received a report about the incident around 6:30 p.m.More >>
A Vancleave man was rescued around 7 Sunday evening after his kayak overturned.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 6:53 AM EDT2013-05-20 10:53:06 GMT
Community members and fellow classmates of Natalie Hightower are gathering tonight for a candlelight vigil in her honor. The 12-year-old Vancleave Middle School student underwent surgery this past MondayMore >>
They came, looking like a sea of orange--Natalie's favorite color, more than 200 strong.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 6:54 AM EDT2013-05-20 10:54:09 GMT
This morning a Humane Society of South Mississippi (HSSM) team is meeting with law enforcement agents about assisting in an animal rescue. HSSM released few details on the Monday rescue. They wouldn'tMore >>
This morning a Humane Society of South Mississippi (HSSM) team is meeting with law enforcement agents about assisting in an animal rescue.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 10:08 PM EDT2013-05-19 02:08:12 GMT
Officials with the Jackson County Sheriff's department say the body of Timothy Gordon, Sr. was found just after 12 p.m. Saturday on the Escatawpa River. Friday evening around 5:30, Gordon and anotherMore >>
The search in Moss Point is over. The body of 55-year-old boater Timothy Gordon has been pulled from the Escatapwa River. Now investigators are saying marijuana may have been involved in the accident.
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 >>
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Please allow me to share a few thoughts about Christmas.
I hope that the holiday allows you to spend some time with family and those that you love. To me, that's always been an important part and message of the observance. Love and family and giving.
I have many fond memories of Christmases past.
I grew up in central Illinois, where we often had snow for the holiday. I loved the snow as a child, but have come to appreciate the warmer clime of the deep South, where I've now lived for half my life.
A special Christmas memory for me was my family attending midnight mass. I grew up Catholic and attended a small, rural church called St. Mary of Lourdes.
Midnight mass was special as a child, primarily because we were allowed to stay up that late. It was, of course, way past the usual bedtime.
The typical cold weather meant bundling up for the ride to church. Our church was located very near the farm where my father and his 11 siblings were raised. He attended the Catholic school and church there all his life.
Midnight mass was packed. I remember it was the only time (except for Easter perhaps) when they had to bring out extra chairs for the overflow crowd.
The church had a very large nativity scene that was given a prominent place near the sanctuary. There was a very special display and the lights made it even more memorable. The main church lights were dimmed, and the smaller lights cast a glow on the manger and the baby Jesus.
It made quite an impression on me and was a wonderful way to celebrate the true meaning of the holiday for Christians.
The other highlight of midnight mass was the music. My personal favorite was when a lady named Arleta Schnieder sang "Oh Holy Night." It became a tradition in our church. Her strong soprano voice soared to the top of the rafters on this very special night.
I remember those moments during her song; me hoping that she would hit all the high notes. She always did.
Following a moving midnight mass, I always felt sorry for my parents, trying to get me and my sisters to bed. We were wound up with Christmas excitement, but somehow managed to fade and fall asleep.
Christmas mornings meant tearing into presents, celebrating Santa's good gifts and special presents from one another.
We would enjoy a large meal together on Christmas day, always topped with a turkey or ham or both.
I have my own family now and we've created our own holiday traditions. I only hope that my daughter will look back on Christmases past, just as fondly as I'm able to do with mine.
Merry Christmas to all in South Mississippi. We won't likely get snow; but that's not the most important thing.
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