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 >>
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -
Mayor George Schloegel calls it the front entrance to the City of Gulfport. Years of planning and construction went into the new Jones Park and adjoining Gulfport Harbor. So, was it worth the wait?
Many would agree the $35 million project has become a centerpiece for the city. With near perfect weather on this November day, WLOX News found plenty of visitors enjoying the new attraction.
Whether it's the hundreds of new boat slips, the large covered pavilion or the abundant green space, the project is attracting people.
"This is going to be a well used community asset. I guarantee it," said Dan Ehrenbeit from Ohio.
He and his wife Linda are visiting their daughter, who recently moved to South Mississippi.
"It took us 16 hours to get here. So, we're not getting back in the car for anything. We're walking everywhere today," said Linda Ehrenbeit.
Their walk around Jones Park and the harbor left them impressed.
"You guys may be living in the gem of America," he said.
Families with young children flock to the playground in Jones Park. It's where we found four-year-old Jacelyn Ross.
"We come down here a few times a month," said her dad, Richard Ross of Saucier. "They've done a great job with this park. We love what they've done the past few months."
Former Gulfport Mayor Brent Warr and current Mayor George Schloegel, both envisioned this project as a gateway to the City of Gulfport. They wanted something that citizens and visitors could be proud of.
"When we build it back, we want to build it bigger and better and stronger. When you come here today, and if you knew what it looked like in 2005, the difference is shocking," said City of Gulfport Spokesman Ryan LaFontaine.
Dan and Gayle Hagan give the project two thumbs up. The snowbirds from Kentucky may have discovered their new winter home.
"I like it. Like what I see. We may be making a nest down here in the wintertime," said Dan Hagan.
The only complaints we heard came from two boat owners who are unhappy they can't access the harbor boat ramp during the weekends of big music concerts and often times for several days prior to such events.
City Spokesman Ryan LaFontaine said that is an unfortunate inconvenience, but when the big shows arrive, boat ramp access must be blocked off to accommodate setting up for the event. He said during those times, boaters and fishermen are directed to the nearby Courthouse Road boat ramp.
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