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) -
At Family Dollar, there's a steady stream of customers picking up Christmas goodies. The cash register stays busy and business is up significantly this year over last. For workers, friendly service equals a better bottom line. Chuck Turner Jr. is the store manager.
"Oh yeah, they love it. Especially when we use their names, we call them out by name and they know us by name now too." Turner said.
It's not quite the same at Dino's Gift Shop, where store manager Larry Wade is hoping to welcome more customers in the days ahead.
"It's slower than last year. I think it's because of the season, I'm really not sure but there's not a really good feeling to it at this point." Wade said.
At Bayou Belle Boutique, doing as well as last year means the holidays will be jolly, according to fashion consultant Joanna Worch.
"We're seeing about the same amount of customers this year, and spending seems to be roughly what it was last year. They are buying holiday items and gifts and shopping for their friends." Worch explained.
One of those shoppers is Jackie Covington, who is opening up the purse strings a bit more this year.
"I feel a little bit more comfortable spending money. Also, I like the quality of the stuff they have here in particular and I just feel more at ease this year," Covington said.
While most retailers I talked to remain optimistic, some said they're not doing as well this year as they did last year, and they place the blame hundreds of miles away, in the nation's capital.
Put Wade in that camp.
"I think they're reluctant because they're afraid of what the Congress is going to do. What the president is going to do. The fiscal cliff talk has got people upset," Wade said.
That's a cliff business owners cannot afford to topple over.
Because Thanksgiving came so early this year, on November 22, some retailers said the extra weekend of shopping may give them the added boost they need to turn a profit for the year.
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