Signs of progress

South Mississippi saw three majors signs of post-Katrina recovery this week.

In Jackson County, Pascagoula residents now have a new post office. Since Katrina's wind and water destroyed the old post office, residents have had to stand in long lines in a trailer to buy stamps or mail a package. All of us think of the post office as a community building where we see our neighbors or a business acquaintance and discuss the topics of the day. Pascagoula residents can look forward to mailing a package this holiday season in the new spacious building.

In Harrison County, Pass Christian residents were glad to see the dirt fly as Walmart broke ground on its new store. Many Pass residents worried Walmart might not rebuild. Since so much of the tax base in Pass Christian orginated from Walmart it has been a financial struggle the past several years without the major retailer.

In Hancock County, the first steps to Infinity.... a multi-million dollar science education center near NASA's Stennis Space Center. Infinity will give children and adults from Mississippi and arournd the world a premier place to learn about space and the planet on which we live. No doubt it will become a major tourist draw and a long term economic engine for the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Whether it's Pascagoula's Post office, welcoming WalMart back to the Pass, or reaching for Infinite wonders of space..... you can see South Mississippi's progress coast to coast.

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David Vincent
WLOX-TV Station Manager