Monday, May 20 2013 7:22 PM EDT2013-05-20 23:22:22 GMT
NOTE: Photos and videos will be added to this story later in the evening. The Walthall County Sheriffs Department along with The Humane Society of the United States are in the process of raiding a puppyMore >>
Among the dogs, many are dead, and skeletal remains are mixed with living animals in small, dark, filthy enclosures.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 >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:57 AM EDT2013-05-20 15:57:46 GMT
Police say a train derailed near a crossing south of Highway 90 on Industrial Road in east Pascagoula this morning. According to Pascagoula Police Lt. James DeShannon Massey, motorists are asked to avoidMore >>
Police say a train derailed near a crossing south of Highway 90 on Industrial Road in east Pascagoula this morning.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 12:19 PM EDT2013-05-20 16:19:41 GMT
On Saturday, the George County Sheriff's Department arrested a man wanted for failure to pay thousands in child support. According to George County Sheriff Dean Howell, James Decker III, 32, of GeorgeMore >>
On Saturday, the George County Sheriff's Department arrested a man wanted for failure to pay thousands in child support.More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 11:35 PM EDT2013-05-20 03:35:23 GMT
COLUMBUS, MS (AP) - Authorities have resumed the search for two young brothers who were passengers in an all-terrain vehicle that overturned in a Mississippi creek. Columbus Fire Chief Kenneth MooreMore >>
Authorities have recovered the body of a 6-year-old boy who apparently drowned after an all-terrain vehicle overturned in a Mississippi creek, while the search for his brother continued.
Six years ago, Hurricane Katrina swept over the coast. After the storm passed, dozens of historic homes and structures had been swept away as well.
Beauvoir, the last home of confederate president Jefferson Davis, was still standing.
"I went down Beauvoir Road here and turned the corner and came to where the archway was, and my heart just sank," Quentin Kersten, Beauvoir's facilities manager, remembered. "I couldn't describe it."
Chief of Security Jay Peterson remembers that day well.
"It looked like a nuclear bomb went off," he said.
Peterson remembered thinking, "What's going to happen now? What's next after this?"
When officials who worked at Beauvoir drove up on the home the day after Katrina struck, they looked at it, and thought, 'This can never be re-done.'
"At that time, no," Kersten recalled. "Everything was gone, the house looked terrible, it was just a nightmare."
For Beauvoir Director Richard Forte, Katrina was both the high point and low point of his career.
"Well, the expression that I use daily with tourists is it's like being in Hell and going to Heaven compared to what it looked like in the photographs I showed you and today," Forte said. "It was one of the worst days of my life, just like thousands of people here on the Gulf Coast."
Forte said the now renovated 1852 home is built to last anything Mother Nature might throw at it.
"It's ten times stronger today than it was before Katrina with the re-bar and concrete that they used that you cannot see."
What can be seen and heard are the words of the tour guides that once again educate visitors about the history of the home and its connection to the past.
More than $16 million has been spent rebuilding Beauvoir, the presidential library, and other outlying cottages on the property. Most of that money came from FEMA and MEMA, since Beauvoir is a recognized national landmark.
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