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 >>
GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) -
Gautier's Mayor Tommy Fortenberry waged a war against litter last year after seeing discarded trash all around town. The mayor and some folks in the city said Gautier is cleaning up its act.
Tara Hurd owns Edible Bouquets and the last thing she wants to see outside her door is litter.
"We have put recycling bins out here, so we can try to keep the trash cleaned up. We also work together here at Baywood Commons Plaza to keep the area clean," said Hurd.
Police officer Diane Schmid said she's pleased at how far Gautier has come.
"There were some areas of concern, and I went back through and saw that they have cleaned up quite a bit," said officer Schmid. "I was actually very impressed."
That is good news to Mayor Tommy Fortenberry who has worked since last year to reduce litter city-wide.
"We have a man and his wife that walks up and down the road all the time to pick up litter. It is just people showing more pride in their city," said Fortenberry.
Fortenberry also credits Gautier police for helping catch litter bugs.
"If we do catch them, naturally we will issue them a citation. I do know one of our captains issued one a couple of weeks ago," Schmid said.
But the mayor admits there are still problem spots.
"Gautier has a landfill in the city and a lot of the moms-and-pops with the trailers behind them bring things to the landfill and it blows out the back of the truck. I was speaking to the chief of police today, and he is sending out a memo that if they don't have the trailer and truck topped then they will be pulled over," Fortenberry explained.
The mayor said an area in the heart of the city near Highway 90 also needs more work.
"These cups and these plastic bags and things like that they just sit them down when they are finished drinking, and the wind blows it into this ditch and that leaves this as a much cluttered area," Mayor Forterneberry said.
The mayor said the ultimate goal is to form a community-wide group that can pick-up litter around town once a month to keep trash off the streets and Gautier beautiful.
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