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 >>
GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) -
The affects of the federal sequester has trickled down to affect some of Mississippi's low income children. Head Start officials said they're afraid they could have to turn some families away.
The playground at the Gautier Head Start will be empty a lot more often in 2012. Instead of going to school 180 days, three and four-year-olds in the Jackson County Head Start program will only be at school learning for 167 days.
A message to parents was posted on the its website. "Due to the mandatory cuts from the Sequestration, Jackson County Head Start will be absorbing a five percent cut to the Head Start budget by reducing the number of operating days without cutting staff or children. To accomplish this, we will need to end school earlier than originally planned."
Other area Head Start programs are wondering what challenges they may have enrolling children for the next school year. John Guy is the director for Mississippi Action For Progress Region One which includes Hancock, Pearl River and Perry counties.
Guy said, "Thus far, the sequester has not impacted us at this particular point. But we do anticipate some potential cuts because the country is losing about 70,000 slots nationwide. How this is going to impact us as an agency, we don't know at this particular time."
Head Start officials said they also have no idea what formula the government when it starts reduce the slots or if the fact that Mississippi is one of the poorest states in the country will even be a consideration.
"What really hurts me is to see 70,000 children are going to be impacted," said Guy. "We provide free medical, dental, and mental health screenings. We close the gap between low income children and those with parents who are doing just fine."
Head Start officials in Harrison County said they don't need to make any last minute changes because they planned for a 160 day school year.
In anticipation of the five percent budget cut, officials say they have also reduced materials and field trips.
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