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 >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 10:31 PM EDT2013-05-19 02:31:16 GMT
Coastal residents added their voices to those calling for the end of energy policies that hurt the environment. The Hands Across the Sand demonstrations took place on beaches around the world on Saturday.More >>
Coastal residents added their voices to those calling for the end of energy policies that hurt the environment. The Hands Across the Sand demonstrations took place on beaches around the world on Saturday. In South Mississippi, the concern centered around the state government's plan to allow offshore drilling off coastal waters.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 10:08 PM EDT2013-05-19 02:08:12 GMT
Officials with the Jackson County Sheriff's department say the body of Timothy Gordon, Sr. was found just after 12 p.m. Saturday on the Escatawpa River. Friday evening around 5:30, Gordon and anotherMore >>
The search in Moss Point is over. The body of 55-year-old boater Timothy Gordon has been pulled from the Escatapwa River. Now investigators are saying marijuana may have been involved in the accident.
Saturday, May 18 2013 10:00 PM EDT2013-05-19 02:00:33 GMT
Life through the eyes of a child is often thought to be innocent and colorful. But, that life isn't the same experience for kids who are blind and visually impaired. That's why every year, MississippiMore >>
Every year, Mississippi Lions club puts on a Sea and Sun camp for kids ages 5 to 15 who are visually impaired, giving them the opportunity to experience the fun they often miss out on.More >>
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -
Eugenia Wylie landed a job as a casino dealer at the Isle of Capri 20 years ago. Back then, her work space was on one of two riverboats the Isle brought to Biloxi, the Emerald Lady and the Diamond Lady. "They were terribly, terribly crowded," Wylie remembered on Good Morning Mississippi as she talked about the 20th anniversary of her property, and Mississippi's casino industry.
What started on those two riverboats is now a $19 billion industry. More than 11,000 people currently work either at the 11 coast casinos, or the hotels attached to them.
"It's actually been amazing," said Isle general manager Doug Shipley. "We're very, very excited about today."
In the last 20 years, 20 different companies have gambled on Harrison and Hancock Counties. In August, 1992, the Isle of Capri, the President and the Biloxi Belle all opened on riverboats. By the next year, buildings floating on barges became the rule.
And then, after Hurricane Katrina wiped out coast casinos, state lawmakers turned dockside gambling into land based gambling. A dozen casino are currently open. And in virtually every case, they have gambling devices on land. "It went from those two little riverboats to land based resort," noted Shipley. "Amazing transformation."
In the first quarter of 2012, an estimated 3.9 million patrons visited the coast casinos. Nearly a third of those visitors came from Mississippi. Another 2.2 million gamblers came from Alabama, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia and Texas. "I think it's a testament to the area," Shipley said on Good Morning Mississippi.
When Eugenia Wylie looks at her casino floor, and marvels at how much it's changed, and the industry has changed in 20 years, she swells up with pride. "I had no clue that it would be anything like this," said Wylie. "I couldn't wrap my mind around the concept like that."
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