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 >>
GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) - The city of Gautier wants people still struggling to repair their Katrina damaged homes to reach out for help before it's too late. January 31st is the deadline to apply for HUD's $132 million homeowner grant program. Gautier leaders say they're not only encouraging people to apply, they're sticking with them through the process.
Hurricane Katrina damaged everything from the roof to the floor boards in James Michael Morgan's Gautier mobile home. He says he worries every time he sets foot inside.
"My floors are caving in with the water that come up in from the hurricane and never was replaced,"said Morgan. "All the insulation is out from underneath the trailer."
Gautier's Neighborhood Improvement Coordinator RoxAnn Krebs is spreading the word about how eligible homeowners could receive up to $75,000 Katrina recovery money. She's targeting mobile home owners who might be able to either fix damage or get a MEMA cottage.
"This is the last bit of Katrina funding and some of these residents weren't able to get the funding the first time," said Krebs. "So we really wanted to seize the opportunity, go door to door, case the neighborhood and speak to them individually and encourage them."
Gautier officials say one reason they're talking to people about opportunities to move into better housing is that the city doesn't want to one day tell people that their current homes are not up to code.
Krebs said, "The Neighborhood Services Division definitely doesn't ever want to displace anyone, but wants to encourage them to receive a new home, to receive the funding that's available through MDA so those types of violations aren't enforced. "
And Krebs' job doesn't end once homeowners submit their applications.
"I know the process before, that's what I've been hearing from a lot of the residents is they didn't understand the process," Krebs said. "They didn't really grasp what they were supposed to be doing. That's where Neighborhood Services Division really comes in and is that advocate for these residents."
James Michael Morgan said receiving a MEMA cottage would make a world of difference in his life.
"It would be nice, oh, gosh yes. It would be a dream come true. I could get up and not worry about falling through the floor, at least," Morgan said.
Gautier officials say their liaison assistance is open to all Jackson County residents. The city plans to help provide transportation once people get their appointments set up. For more information about who qualifies for the grants, call (228) 219-4829.
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