Thursday, May 23 2013 5:38 PM EDT2013-05-23 21:38:18 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 >>
Socks, the dog reportedly burned this week by his owner, has died. That word comes from a George County Sheriff's deputy. Socks succumbed to injuries suffered after 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 >>
PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) -
Several mobile FEMA recovery centers have popped up around the Gulf Coast. One such center opened up in Pascagoula Monday around 7 a.m. on Vega Street behind the Jackson County Fairgrounds.
About two dozen people came in the first hour.
The copier was already working overtime at one center, spitting out applications for help for victims of Hurricane Isaac. In the first two hours of operation, more than 30 people came to seek assistance. For some, it was a painful reminder of Katrina, with the same results of seven years ago.
"Everything is real flooded out," said Trina Ratliff. "I went to Philadelphia, Mississippi, my hometown to stay and when I came back everything was flooded out."
While Isaac was no Katrina when it comes to total damage, it was still bad enough, according to Ed Williams with the Small Business Administration.
"We have identified a sufficient amount of people to justify this declaration, so we're anticipating quite a few people to come through the doors over the application filing period," Williams said.
For people like Rodney Colman, coming to a recovery center is like deja vu.
"This is the third time it has flooded, so I'm hoping to put it in a mitigation process or whatever," Colman said. "I don't know what all FEMA offers, but I wanted to see if I could get some assistance in helping to alleviate my problem. It's been there a long time and it's a really troubling situation."
Even though the disaster recovery program is headed up by FEMA and MEMA, the Small Business Administration is also involved. And surprisingly, a lot of folks may not know this, but they mostly help homeowners.
"About 85 percent of every loan we make in a disaster is to a homeowner or a renter or even someone who just lost their car," Williams said. "We can provide these low interest loans to just about anybody that has any damage resulting from this storm."
Here's a list of FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers open in South Mississippi:
Jackson County Fairgrounds 4761 Vega Street Pascagoula, MS
Hancock Resource Center (next to PRCC & WIN Job Center) 454 Highway 90 Waveland, MS
National Guard Armory (opening Tuesday at 9am) 1251 B Hwy 11 South Picayune, MS
Old Baker Maid Building 403 South Main St Poplarville, MS
Assistance applications will be taken through Oct. 31. Unless otherwise noted, the centers are open Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Those impacted by Hurricane Isaac may also apply online at www.disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-3362.
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