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According to Biloxi police, a gun went off inside the downtown Biloxi Waffle House early Friday morning. The bullet shattered one of the restaurant's windows. Moments later, the gun's owner was takenMore >>
According to Biloxi police, a gun went off inside the downtown Biloxi Waffle House early Friday morning. The bullet shattered one of the restaurant's windows. Moments later, the gun's owner was taken to jail. Police say Sam Edward Yu is charged with attempted aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The 21-year-old is from Montgomery, Alabama.More >>
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A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come.More >>
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It's a voyage that helps introduce tourists to those small waterfront towns that they may not ordinarily think to visit. A cruise ship docked in Biloxi on Wednesday night. Then on Thursday, passengers visited several attractions including the Biloxi lighthouse and the visitors center. The Grande Caribe set sail from New Orleans and will continue on until it reaches St. Petersburg. Crew members said it's the stops along the way that makes these small cruises stand out.More >>
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Throughout the weekend there are several locales on the Gulf Coast offering plenty in honor of Memorial Day. 12th Annual St. Ann's Catfish Festival The Lizana Community's very own St. Ann's CatholicMore >>
Throughout the weekend there are several locales on the Gulf Coast offering plenty in honor of Memorial Day.More >>
An 87-year-old grandmother took on billionaire Donald Trump. And on Thursday - she lost.More >>
An 87-year-old grandmother took on billionaire Donald Trump. And on Thursday, she lost.More >>
OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) -
The recession took its toll on the coast's housing market. Building stopped, and existing homes sat on the market for months. Is change on the way? The answer to that question might be found in the heart of Ocean Springs.
Coast homebuilders have been walking a financial tightrope for years. The sounds of saws and hammers mean the outlook is improving.
Carl Hamilton is a longtime homebuilder.
"We think there's a lot of pent up demand since 2008. People just disappeared from the market completely, and sooner or later, somebody's going to get married, have a baby and they have to do something," Hamilton said.
The recession is a bad memory for Hamilton.
"It hammered everybody for sure. We are seeing it definitely improving. I am very busy right now. We see a lot happening," Hamilton said.
Less than a block away, another home is going up. New construction is not the only thing seeing improvement.
Marques Thomas is spending thousands on renovations to a home he recently bought. He said he's not the only one.
"I really feel like because of financing, more people are staying in the homes that they're in and adding on. And re-doing their rooms, floors, adding new crown and bringing it up-to-date," Thomas explained.
The more construction tools you see mean one thing. The more hands are needed to operate them and that translates into much needed jobs in an industry that's been hammered by the recession. It also means a steady paycheck.
Trae Pitalo is another homebuilder.
"The subcontractors that I'm hiring, they actually have to hire more employees to keep up with the demand. So anytime it picks up, it across the board. A sweep when everybody starts hiring more people," Pitalo said.
Those hires also mean something even more important, according to Pitalo.
"It's given us a lot more confidence, and feeling a lot better about what the future has got to hold," Pitalo said
Nationwide, the government is reporting that new housing construction and home prices are also on the rise.
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