Monday, May 20 2013 6:54 AM EDT2013-05-20 10:54:08 GMT
A Vancleave man was rescued around 7 Sunday evening after his kayak overturned. According to DMR Public Relations Manager Lauren Thompson said DMR received a report about the incident around 6:30 p.m.More >>
A Vancleave man was rescued around 7 Sunday evening after his kayak overturned.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 6:53 AM EDT2013-05-20 10:53:06 GMT
Community members and fellow classmates of Natalie Hightower are gathering tonight for a candlelight vigil in her honor. The 12-year-old Vancleave Middle School student underwent surgery this past MondayMore >>
They came, looking like a sea of orange--Natalie's favorite color, more than 200 strong.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 6:54 AM EDT2013-05-20 10:54:09 GMT
This morning a Humane Society of South Mississippi (HSSM) team is meeting with law enforcement agents about assisting in an animal rescue. HSSM released few details on the Monday rescue. They wouldn'tMore >>
This morning a Humane Society of South Mississippi (HSSM) team is meeting with law enforcement agents about assisting in an animal rescue.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 10:08 PM EDT2013-05-19 02:08:12 GMT
Officials with the Jackson County Sheriff's department say the body of Timothy Gordon, Sr. was found just after 12 p.m. Saturday on the Escatawpa River. Friday evening around 5:30, Gordon and anotherMore >>
The search in Moss Point is over. The body of 55-year-old boater Timothy Gordon has been pulled from the Escatapwa River. Now investigators are saying marijuana may have been involved in the accident.
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 >>
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -
The Commission on Marine Resources has now narrowed the search for a new DMR executive director. Commissioners held a special meeting Wednesday morning to review 17 applications for the job. They spent about two hours reviewing resumes and chose five finalists from that group.
The commission won't release any names, but we can tell you the next DMR director will come from Mississippi. That's because all five finalists are from our state.
"All right, here we go," said CMR chairman, Dr. Vernon Asper, as he opened the special called meeting.
Before going into executive session, the commission chairman ran down the list of candidates.
"We received a total of 17 applicants. Of those, four of them are female. Two of them are from Alabama. One is from Florida. Three are from Louisiana. And eleven are from Mississippi," said Chairman Asper.
Commissioners considered those 17 candidates behind closed doors during a nearly two hour executive session.
"These past few months, I've been tested by fire," admitted acting DMR Director Danny Guice, who is among those who've applied for the permanent position.
He admits these have been difficult days at DMR headquarters, with new challenges most every day.
"But we're working every day to make improvements here. Those things that we do well, we're going to continue to do. Those things were we could make some adjustments, and do a little better, we're going to do that as well," said Guice.
He said whoever the governor selects to lead the DMR, he will be supportive.
"The governor has a tough job ahead of him, and I support the governor 100 percent. He's going to make his decision and whatever that decision is, I'm going to stand by him," Guice told WLOX News.
Following the executive session, came a summary from the attorney.
"At 11:00AM, a motion to select five candidates for interviews was made by Commissioner Gollott, seconded by Commissioner Drummond and passed unanimously," said DMR attorney, Joe Runnels.
"I will comment that we had 17 applicants and some outstanding applicants. Really very, very pleased," said Chairman Asper.
The commission will not release the names of those people who applied for the executive director's job. Chairman Asper said that is to protect the candidates.
The CMR will interview the five finalists quickly, then recommend three names to the governor.
"We're optimistic it will be next week. Again, we really want to get it done by the end of the session," said the chairman.
You'll recall, the former DMR director, Dr. Bill Walker, was fired by the commission in mid-January amid allegations of misspending. Dr. Walker has denied any wrongdoing. The ongoing investigation and audit of DMR spending practices, could take several more months.
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