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 >>
SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) -
It's something every driver has probably faced: Potholes! There are those that pop up and get patched and those that seem to stick around for years as cars dodge and weave around them, only growing in size and aggravation.
We set out to find the worst pothole problems in South Mississippi with the hope of getting them fixed before they cause damage to your vehicle.
We sent out a call to our Facebook friends to help us find the worse potholes on South Mississippi's roadways. There were several comments about a "crater" off Canal Road in the city of Gulfport near the Flying J truck stop. Over in Biloxi, just west of Pine Street, was another "crater."
In Jackson County, viewers complained about streets in Gulf Park Estates and in Ocean Springs, Hanley Road sure was a bumpy ride. On Wilson Springs Road in Moss Point, we found a more than 6 foot wide, 7 foot long pot hole that's almost a half foot deep!
In Hancock County, the Kiln's Creekside Estates has some bad roads as well. But the most comments about a "rough road" were actually right outside our TV station doors, on DeBuys Road. In the less than half mile stretch from the south end of busy DeBuys Road at Highway 90 to Pass Road, we counted 81 potholes and patches.
One MGCCC Jeff Davis student who drives it every day said, "It's rough, it's very rough."
Another woman said, "It's like a constant up and down. It's pretty bad. It jerks every single time, the whole way down the road."
One young mom in a pickup truck said the patchwork and potholes she hits actually cause her family discomfort.
"Oh yeah, it just slams the kids up and down in the back seat every time we go down the road. But it's a road I have to go down every day."
But this is a tale of two cities, one side of DeBuys Road is Gulfport, but just a few steps over is Biloxi. So who is responsible for its maintenance?
Representatives from both cities and the county have been talking about this for about a year now. But Harrison County Road Engineer Russell Weatherly said it's much more complicated than just a re-paving job. It would include underground infrastructure improvements on sewerage, drainage and more.
"You've got to videotape underneath and see what the exact conditions are and get the estimate from there," Weatherly said. "Then we have upgrades as far as ADA with wheelchair accessibility at the curbs and striping upgrades, and we've got the railroad crossing to consider, too."
Gulfport Representative Ryan LaFontaine said, "We clearly see that there's a need to get the work done on DeBuys Road. You have three entities: The county, Biloxi and Gulfport that have to come together and get it done and I think we're all working towards that."
Biloxi Representative Vincent Creel said they are on the same page. "We agree, but it's all a matter of funding. Hopefully something's going to be able to be worked out between the city and the county and whatever other funding can be available. It's a matter of finding an equitable figure for all involved."
The price? About a half million. The task at hand now is finding the cash.
Harrison County Supervisor Connie Rockco told WLOX News, "Having the money at the same time, that's always a problem, and trying to get all three entities together. I hope it can be done within the year or the next year."
The 9,600 drivers who use this stretch of busy DeBuys Road each day don't think about how much work is needed or who is supposed to foot the bill. They just want it done.
A young driver said, "Between the potholes and the cracks in the road, it just needs to be reconstructed, to be honest."
Most cities will tell you to please call them and report where pesky potholes are in your neighborhood. The city of Gulfport even has a 24 hour phone system in place to report potholes, as well as other things like water and sewerage problems. If you're in the city of Gulfport, all you have to do is call 3-1-1.
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