Pass Christian loses its annexation battle

It's WLOX News Director Brad Kessie.  What a way to end the week.  Southern Miss President Dr. Martha Saunders holds a late morning news conference, and to the surprise of many, announces her resignation.  Because of the power of the Raycom News Network, we're in Hattiesburg and at the USM Gulf Coast campus tonight with reaction to her sudden decision to step down as president.

Did you get the breaking news alert about the man who walked into the Regions Bank on Highway 49, and reportedly slipped a teller a note demanding money?  Moments later, witnesses tell police the man and an accomplice drive off.  At last check, the bank robbery suspect remains on the run.

Just one month ago, that same bank got held up.  But in that caper, police captured two females just minutes after they reportedly attempted the bank heist.

I just got off the phone with Pass Christian Mayor Chipper McDermott.  And he wasn't a very happy man.  He just learned Pass Christian lost its attempt to annex land north of the city limits.

"I don't like it.  But this is America," the mayor said, "and that's why we live here."

The judge presiding over the annexation case still hasn't signed the order.  But both city and county leaders tell me when he does, Pass Christian will lose its annexation battle.

Harrison County has never had a handicap accessible park – until today.  Volunteers spent the morning at Bruce Ladner Park on Highway 53.  They erected new playground equipment, the kind of equipment anybody can use.  Steve Phillips was at Bruce Ladner Park for this touching story.  You'll see the volunteers in action on WLOX News at 6:00.

If you don't have plans yet this weekend, head to the Crawfish Festival.  Go see the Landing of D'Iberville.  Enjoy the power boat races.  Check out the bands on Moss Point's riverfront.  What a great time to be in South Mississippi.