Friday, May 24 2013 6:49 AM EDT2013-05-24 10:49:03 GMT
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, passengersMore >>
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 >>
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 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 >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:07 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:07:07 GMT
"Study the past if you would define the future." Those words were once said by Confucius and those are the words the Historical Society of Gulfport strives toward for its city. Wednesday, that societyMore >>
Hoping to highlight Gulfport's history, members will be making that building a museum and welcome center for the city.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 >>
GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) -
Gautier Leaders are hoping a proposed tax increase will bring about some much needed improvements to the city. City leaders will be asking the Mississippi Legislature for a two percent sales tax levy on its restaurants, hotels, and adult beverages.
"It's no more than our sister cities have. They have a two percent tax, we have a zero percent tax. Let's build a better parks and recreation department here. This is what we've basically heard from the citizens tonight," Mayor Tommy Fortenberry said.
The citizens were given a device to vote on what they liked and didn't like about the proposed plan. That way, city leaders could strategically know which direction to go in for renewing the parks and recreation in the city. The fact that citizen involvement was a must was well received by the crowd.
"I'm all for the increase in the city taxes, provided the citizens have input as to where the money is going and how its spent. We're given the opportunity to say, 'Hey, I like how this is spent,' or 'I don't,'" Gautier resident Natasha Rankins said.
"For too long we have neglected our youth and our youth programs. We've been having our youth go to the surrounding cities and Vancleave. It's time for us to start improving the quality of life for our youth," Fortenberry said. "Let's not forget about the youth. They want to play basketball in the streets and we get a lot of complaints about that. Well, where do you want them to play when they're not provided a place? We don't have a gym. We are a bedroom community and we call ourselves nature's playground. Well, lets give the children a playground to play on."
If the increase is approved through the state legislature, it will go on the ballot for June 4th. If approved from there, it could go into affect as soon as 30 days later.
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