Friday, May 24 2013 6:49 AM EDT2013-05-24 10:49:03 GMT
It's a voyage that helps introduce tourists to those small waterfront towns that they may not ordinarily think to visit. A cruise ship docked in Biloxi on Wednesday night. Then on Thursday, passengersMore >>
It's a voyage that helps introduce tourists to those small waterfront towns that they may not ordinarily think to visit. A cruise ship docked in Biloxi on Wednesday night. Then on Thursday, passengers visited several attractions including the Biloxi lighthouse and the visitors center. The Grande Caribe set sail from New Orleans and will continue on until it reaches St. Petersburg. Crew members said it's the stops along the way that makes these small cruises stand out.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 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 >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:07 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:07:07 GMT
"Study the past if you would define the future." Those words were once said by Confucius and those are the words the Historical Society of Gulfport strives toward for its city. Wednesday, that societyMore >>
Hoping to highlight Gulfport's history, members will be making that building a museum and welcome center for the city.More >>
ST. MARTIN, MS (WLOX) - Thank goodness there was no fire to respond to in St. Martin Friday morning. That's because Morgan Rector was in the middle of a very special re-enlistment ceremony.
"That I will support and defend the constitution of the United States," Rector pledged as she raised her right hand.
The 23-year-old Gulfport Seabee could have had the ceremony anywhere, but she chose to do it at the Fort Bayou Volunteer Fire Station in St. Martin.
"I just appreciate that chief gave me the honor that I was even allowed to do it here," said Rector. "The fire department has been a big part of my life since I've been down here."
"Normally, we have it on base in front of the command. It's pretty unique to be out here at the fire department," said Chief Robert Green, a Gulfport Seabee Instructor.
Growing up, Rector always wanted to be a firefighter. Her grandfather was a fire chief in Ohio. So, Rector joined the Fort Bayou Fire Department about a year and a half ago.
"I don't have any family down here. They're all from the north. They're all from Ohio. So it's kind of like my home away from home. This fire department is like where my family is and I wanted them all to be a part of the reenlistment," said Rector.
"I was proud that she wanted to come here and do it in front of her family. Because we all try to be a family around here and help each other out," said Patti Crandall, a firefighter and secretary at the fire department.
Surrounded by her firefighting family, Rector pledged to continue defending her country for the next three years.
"And I'm getting ready to deploy again," said Rector. "I've been gone a lot, all these deployments. But they still support me. It's pretty amazing to know my family. They're going to be there no matter what."
Rector first enlisted in the military at the age of 18. Since then, she has been deployed to Japan, the Bahamas, and Afghanistan. Her next mission is Rota, Spain.
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