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 >>
PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) -
Time and Hurricane Katrina have taken their toll on Deer Island. Now, you can help save this environmental treasure. The Department of Marine Resources is asking the public to take part in a project to restore and protect the island. On Thursday, some out-of-town volunteers were among the first to lend a helping hand.
It looked like an outdoor factory at the Pass Christian Industrial Park, complete with an assembly line. Volunteers worked side-by-side with the DMR staff on a project to help restore Deer Island to its original size before Katrina.
"It'll help slow down erosion where trees won't keep falling in or we won't lose as many wetlands," said DMR Biologist Marty Jones.
Ten students from Johnson State College in Vermont are spending their Spring Break this week, helping to create a living shoreline on the island. The process starts with making bags from chicken wire. The next step is filling those mesh bags with oyster shells, sometimes by hand.
"It's been phenomenal. I've never done anything like this before and have to say it's been great," said Ashley Shotwell, a college senior. "It's definitely hard work. Some of those bags can be anywhere from 15-20 pounds, so it's definitely kind of a workout."
The DMR will deploy about 8,000 oyster bags along the north side of Deer Island, stretching about 1,600 feet long. The agency will also place 160-logs, made of coconut fiber, along the shoreline. Both projects should reduce erosion and create an oyster habitat.
"I'm using chicken wire and it'll erode eventually, leaving just a reef free of debris," said Jones. "Hopefully in March, the oysters will spawn and we'll have clean material to attach to."
The DMR will start deploying 320 cubic yards of oyster shells in late March.
"It'll be fun and we can't wait to go back and tell everyone what we did and how it benefited the community and environment at the same time," said Edmund Harris, a college junior. "For us it's great, because it's going to have a multiplier effect. It's going to help with flood mitigation, erosion. It's going to increase habitat, not just for oysters."
Volunteers with Hands-On Mississippi also worked on the project Thursday. The DMR still needs a lot of volunteers to make the oyster bags, fill them, and deploy them on Deer Island.
The agency will host an informational meeting for people who are interested in becoming a volunteer or just interested in the restoration project. The meeting is set for March 5 from 9-11 a.m. at the Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center on Popp's Ferry Road in Biloxi.
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