Thursday, May 23 2013 3:58 PM EDT2013-05-23 19:58:59 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 >>
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-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 >>
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -
If sequestration begins this Friday as many expect, the coast's economy
could also take a hit. More than 1,600 civilians work at Keesler Air
Force Base, and they could be facing one day a week furloughs starting
in April. That equates to a 20 percent pay cut.
Business owners that
depend on Keesler are worried about the future. The sound of roast beef sizzling on the grill could be something you won't hear quite as much at Tony Nelson's restaurant. About 80 percent of his business comes from the base.
"That is a concern because of the business we're in, I mean, this is an enjoyment. This is entertainment for them to go out and be able to eat out," Nelson explained. "When people have less disposable income, they'll do like the rest of us, they'll buy groceries and eat at the house."
It's the same story at Pass Road Hardware, a store Russell Bistle has owned for 46 years.
"I don't know that our economy can handle any more hits as it has in the past," Bistle said. "Keesler is very important to Biloxi, Mississippi, not just outside of Gate 7."
At Luckies Furniture, Robyn Lamey was celebrating her birthday Monday. Sequestration is not the present she was looking to receive.
"You're taking about 1,600 people and a 20 percent decrease in their pay, that's their disposable income. That's the reason they can afford to buy from us or any other retail shop," Lamey said.
One of those shops is V.J.' s Auto Parts. Keesler has played a big role in the success of the store, according to owner Keith Polovich.
"We depend on Keesler for the longest time. With the customer base that we have with Keesler, we actually depend on it. It's about 40 to 50 percent of our business," Polovich said.
While most of the business owners I talked to outside of Keesler Gate 7 on Pass Road expressed concerns about sequestration and its impact on their businesses, they also expressed concerns about gridlock in the nation's capital.
"These people in Washington have got to get their act together. It's just imperative that they do," Bistle lamented. "And I do agree that if they don't get a budget and get this thing over with, none of them should be paid either."
Most political experts agree the democrats and republicans are too far apart to reach a compromise agreement before Friday's sequestration deadline.
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