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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Public transit customers and beach visitors have a brand new facility in Gulfport. CTA hosted a ribbon cutting celebration Tuesday for its new bus stop and comfort station. The $1.2 million fortress-like structure is now open at Jones Park.
Several speakers called the grand opening of the bus stop and comfort station, another post-Katrina milestone in the ongoing road to recovery along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
"We are really proud to offer this facility to the community, to Gulfport. And we look forward to moving on. This is another step in our recovery on the gulf coast," said CTA board chairman Gini Fellows.
The new comfort station and bus stop is both storm sturdy and architecturally impressive. This mostly concrete structure replaces the made-of-wood stations that washed away in Katrina.
"Let me tell you, we have got people here today on the Mississippi Gulf Coast that have courage. And that's why this building is standing here today," said Connie Rockco, president of the Harrison County board of supervisors.
CTA director, Kevin Coggin, says the new facility has some impressive benefits.
"User friendly layout, such as user friendly ground level space. That's something new on these and an advantage over the old ones, the useable space. They're storm survivable. They're low maintenance. Low operating cost. ADA accessible," he explained.
Picturesque on the outside, the restroom facilities are basic: stainless steel functional.
The sheer size of this elevated facility is what's most impressive. There is plenty of space to provide beach visitors shelter from a passing shower or bus riders a comfortable spot to await their trip.
"Every amenity that has been rebuilt since the storm, whether it's a hotel, whether it's a casino, a museum, whether it's about to be an aquarium, it's come back far superior to the one that we lost in Katrina," said Hancock Bank executive John Hairston.
Three more facilities like this one are scheduled to open in the next few weeks at Long Beach Harbor, Courthouse Road and the coast coliseum. There's also planning underway for a fifth comfort station at Rodenberg Avenue.
"We all wanted to build the coast back bigger and better. And this is Coast Transit's contribution to tourism and local beach goers," said Coggin.
CTA owns the comfort station, but Harrison County is responsible for the maintenance. The facilities will be cleaned daily. And for added security, there's 24 hour video surveillance of the stations.
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