Thursday, May 23 2013 5:09 PM EDT2013-05-23 21:09:11 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 >>
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-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) -
Peyton Nguyen looks like a trapeze artist every time he tries to reach his shrimp boat at the end of the pier. His hands grab the shaky ropes while he tries to balance himself on the narrow wooden boards. Imagine having to do this while hauling tools and equipment.
"I have to walk very carefully, watch my step, make sure I'm steady. I've fallen in the water before, at least twice," said Nguyen. "They need to fix this immediately. It's just too dangerous."
It's been nearly six years since Hurricane Katrina destroyed the Lighthouse Fishing Dock in Biloxi's Back Bay. Yet today, it's still scarred with gaping holes, torn up decking, and exposed pipes and nails. There's also no water or electricity.
"It's dangerous. I wouldn't advise the public to go. The people that use it every day know where to walk and how to walk on it, and we've done a lot of temporary repairs," said Frankie Duggan, Biloxi Port Manager.
A permanent fix has taken longer than the city expected.
"It's been a lot of problems with getting red tape through with FEMA," said Duggan. "At one point, we were going to tear the whole thing down and rebuild it in one piece. But if we did, we'd displace a lot of these boats, and there's no other public docks for boats this size. So we decided to rebuild it in sections. We had to go back to FEMA again to get approval."
Now that FEMA has approved the plans, the next step is getting dredging permits.
"In 60 days it could be out for bids, ready to go," said Duggan. "We're looking forward to it and get our shrimpers back in business with something nice and new that they can be proud of."
Peyton Nguyen is thrilled with the news.
"I'm happy. Yeah, I'm happy when they fix it," he said.
It should take about eight months to demolish and rebuild the dock. The project is expected to cost about $2 million. Despite the dock's rundown condition, the shrimpers still have to pay monthly slip fees. The money is used to pay for security and the temporary repairs.
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