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One person is in critical condition and another behind bars after a shooting in Moss Point. According to Police Chief Keith Davis, a man from Pascagoula was shot twice in the upper torso around 9:30pmMore >>
One person is in critical condition and another behind bars after a shooting in Moss Point. According to Police Chief Keith Davis, a man from Pascagoula was shot twice in the upper torso area around 9:30 Monday night. Investigators say it happened on Church Street near the Hall Street intersection in a car.More >>
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Some Jackson County supervisors don't want to see people carrying guns in parks and other public areas, despite a new gun law in the state.More >>
Some Jackson County supervisors don't want to see people carrying guns in parks and other public areas despite a new gun law in the state. As WLOX has reported, starting July 1st Mississippians will be able to openly carry a gun and other weapons with or without a permit. Some Jackson county leaders want to create a local ordinance to keep weapons in check.More >>
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A fuel tank spewed gallons of gas into a street in D'Iberville Tuesday morning. D'Iberville officials said the truck was about to refuel the Shell station on Automall Parkway and Suzanne Drive when...More >>
A fuel tank spewed gallons of gas into a street in D'Iberville Tuesday morning. D'Iberville officials said the truck was about to refuel the Shell station on Automall Parkway and Suzanne Drive when the truck driver popped the tank and gas started spilling out.More >>
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WWL-TV reports there has been a possible explosion in Washington Parish early Tuesday morning. The station stated on its website officials are on their way to the town of Isabel to investigate. According toMore >>
There was a gas line explosion early Tuesday morning, according to Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal. The gas fire is out, but trees in the area are still burning. More >>
PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) -
Ray Lankford is a busy man. When you help feeds hundreds of people every day, it stays that way. "It's a calling you might say. Not everybody wants to do stuff like this but I think that God put me here." Lankford explained.
Ray is a religious man working in a religious setting. His faith guides that work. "I have helped Jesus. I have touched his face somehow. Touching the face of God is a great privilege." Lankford said.
Mary Meldren runs the soup kitchen with stunning efficiency. What Ray does every day leaves her stunned as well. "He walks to work, rain or shine, cold, sleet, it doesn't matter. Ray cares about this place and it's truly in his sole." Meldren said.
Ray is not alone though. Other volunteers may sure this kitchen is open every day. He is quick to praise their efforts. "They are the elite of the elite. The best people as far as I can see. I don't know much about the outside world like the rainman, but these are my friends, and family and co-workers." Lankford said.
Feeding the hungry and homeless of Jackson County is serious business. There are thousands of people who eat here every week. But it pays to have a good sense of humor, and Ray's co-volunteers say he has just that.
One of them is Jessica Starr. "He'll be talking about a lot of stuff that will have everybody laughing. Everybody is trying to be sad around here or angry and he brightens everybody's day up actually." Starr said.
With the hectic pace an everyday occurrence, does Ray ever think about slowing down or cutting back on his labor of love? "I have been here since I was 30. That means I've been here half my life and I hope to stay here another 30 years. I think that's the right answer." Lankford promised.
There is not better answer than that.
This is the second time that Our Daily Bread has served a meal on Christmas day. That was made possible by the dozens of extra volunteers who showed up today ready to help in any way they could. The kitchen survives solely on donations of money and food.
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