It's WLOX News Director Brad Kessie. I got a call from Gulfport Police Chief Alan Weatherford this morning. He wanted to make sure I knew about his decision to leave the Gulfport police force. The guy we all call "Duck" has been a cop for nearly three decades. And he's been Gulfport's top cop since 2006.
On WLOX News at 6:00, Rebecca Powers talks with Chief Weatherford about his decision to retire, and the hardest two days of his career – when a Gulfport officer died in the line of duty, and when a drunk driver slammed into Weatherford's daughter and killed her.
A team of volunteers from Ohio spent the week in Biloxi. Four students and three adults grabbed their tool belts and built a ramp for a Biloxi woman who was struggling to get in and out of her house. You'll see the heartwarming story on WLOX News at 6:00.
We have a similar story of volunteerism on our CBS newscast at 6:30. A North Carolina family spent 12 months in 12 countries donating their time to help others who may be less fortunate. The last leg of their incredible journey brought this family to Mississippi. You'll meet them on WLOX News at 6:30 when you flip over to our CBS channel.
If you're anywhere near the Gulfport Sportsplex this weekend, the crack of the bat will be easy to hear. Some of the best young baseball and softball players are in town for a USSSA tournament. When Gulfport built its sportsplex, hosting tournaments like this was exactly what the city had in mind. Terrance Friday heads out to the ballpark on WLOX News at 10:00.