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 >>
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - WLOX-TV is beginning a year long series of reports called Project Homefront. The series will examine the stress and strain associated with a loved one in the military being deployed.
For families left behind, the emotions run the gamut. And no one knows that better than Tracy Dedeaux.
"Am I passionate about it, absolutely, there is no way you can't be," Dedeaux said.
Dedeaux has worked at WLOX since shortly before Hurricane Katrina hit. Her husband Lynn served in the Army for 22 years and retired in 2006. In his time in the military, Lynn Dedeaux deployed nine times. Tracy remembers every one of them very well, especially when it was a war time assignment.
"When they are going to war, and you know they are going to war, you are trying to control your anxiety so that they don't feel anxiety, so they can leave positively," she said.
Tracy also realizes there are thousands of military families here in South Mississippi who can identify with her story.
"It's because every service member who is deployed left somebody behind, mother, father, sister, wife, children, and you want to make sure they are okay, so they can focus on the mission."
When Tracy, Lynn and their daughters were stationed in Germany, Tracy worked at an Army base as the Director of Family Programs. That's when she saw first hand the many challenges young military families face.
While there, the Dedeaux family looked for ways to help fellow military families, and that dedication was recognized in a big way. The Dedeauxs were honored as the U.S. Army's Family of the Year. They were chosen from more than 80 other families stationed at Army installations all around the world.
Although her husband Lynn retired three years ago, Tracy said that passion she has always had for helping military folks is just as strong as ever.
"There are a lot of people who have absolutely no idea where to go, or what to do, or that there is help available, or what they need to get that help. That is what I want to do."
Tracy came up with the idea, along with some of her WLOX colleagues, to use our airwaves to help get the word out. It is a way to say thanks to those military families who sacrifice so much.
Along with the segments that will air each Thursday on WLOX News at 6 p.m., you can also send us your story about being the family of a deployed soldier. Once a month, a family will be chosen to receive a spa package and dinner for four.
Click here to learn more about Project Homefront, and how you can participate. We look forward to hearing from you.
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