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Biloxi pediatrician emphasizes importance of childhood vaccines

They're scary, just a pinch painful, but oh so necessary. Meggan Gray visited Coastal Family Health's pediatric clinic on Division Street in Biloxi to talk with a doctor about children's immunizations.

  Kangaroo Care: Mother's magic touch works wonders for newborns

  Ladies of PGA Champions Tour host "golf" day for Biloxi children

  Toy lending library in Gulfport provides thousands of free materials for parents

Poplarville Excel by 5 open house Thursday promises free family fun

Experts: Safe nursery, safe sleep saves babies

South MS offers the best in both hunting and fishing

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Ready to Learn: Breast milk provides endless benefits for newborns and moms

Resource guide offers new parents valuable information at their fingertips

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library brings free books to children in South Mississippi

Resolutions to help your little ones grow up happy, healthy, and ready to learn

  Top five toys for children birth to age five this Christmas

Home should be the center of learning for young children

Casting for Conservation Kids Fishing Rodeo set for Saturday

Introducing kids to fishing will be the focal point Saturday at Beach Park in Pascagoula. The Coastal Conservation Association's Horn Island chapter will hold its annual Casting for Conservation Kids Fishing Rodeo from 8 a.m. to noon.

  Mom credits Memorial Hospital's NICU for baby's success

It nurtures and cares for the tiniest of babies so they can grow up to be happy, healthy, and ready to learn. Memorial Hospital at Gulfport is home to south Mississippi's only Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.  About a month ago, it opened a brand new NICU - a beautiful, tranquil space for babies and their families.

Fishing tournament's proceeds to help search, rescue efforts

Fishing for a cause takes center stage this weekend during the inaugural Blake Terry Memorial Fishing Tournament at the Ocean Springs Marine Mart. The event will feature an inshore and offshore divisions with proceeds going to aid in search and rescue efforts and help local families that face difficult times after a tragedy in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Biloxi woman sets flounder world record for bowfishing

Jill Zednick, of Biloxi, is standing on top of the bowfishing world. It only took the marine fisheries biologist at the Mississippi Department of Resources four months to accomplish a feat some anglers spend years trying to achieve.

Free health fair in Biloxi helps prepare toddlers for school

MS Flounder Gigging Tournament kicks off Saturday

What parents should be doing now to prepare their children for Kindergarten

Gulfport man breaks Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo record

Changes coming for 67th MS Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo

Practicing water safety with young children saves lives

Mississippi extends Red Snapper season to October

Mississippi is extending its Red Snapper season in state waters through October. Mississippi Department of Marine Resources Executive Director Jamie Miller announced Thursday morning that anglers will be allowed to harvest Red Snapper in state waters from July 16 through Oct. 31.

Specially tagged redfish waiting in Mississippi waters

A lucky angler caught the first tagged redfish for the CCA STAR Tournament that opened during the Memorial Day Weekend and runs through Labor Day Weekend. But unfortunately, she was not a member of the Coastal Conservation Association Mississippi and was not registered in the tournament.

Solid start to Red Snapper Season

The 10-day recreational red snapper season opened Monday in federal waters and reports were solid. South Mississippi anglers from Bay St. Louis to Pascagoula emailed photos to WLOX with red snapper weighing more than 20-pounds.

Summer long STAR Tournament ready for kickoff

The Coastal Conservation Association of Mississippi's summer long STAR Tournament is ready to kickoff.

Red Snapper reporting now mandatory, but there's an app for that

Technology is making it easier for anglers to abide by Mississippi's new mandatory Red Snapper reporting rules. The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources now has a smartphone app, a website, and a call center available.

Mississippi recognized for quality preschool

Mississippi is highlighted in a new report, saying our state gets a gold star for quality preschool. The report from the National Institute for Early Education Research looked at state-funded preschool programs, it named Mississippi as one of five states that met all ten benchmarks for quality preschool.

  Gulfport man chooses friends over potential state amberjack record

Jake Carter came within minutes of a possible Mississippi state saltwater fishing record last week in the amberjack category. Carter, a Gulfport native and realtor, was fishing with friends and family around the salt domes located 80-miles southeast of the Gulfport Small Craft Harbor. That's when he found himself standing toe-to-toe with one of the strongest fish in the Gulf of Mexico – the greater amberjack in 180-feet of water.

Gorenflo's Cobia Tournament picks up after slow start

The opening day of the 29th annual Gorenflo's Cobia Tournament started slow, but ended strong Saturday at the Point Cadet Marina.

$30k on the line at Gorenflo's Cobia Tournament this weekend

After a successful one day shootout last weekend, the main version of the 29th annual Gorenflo's Cobia Tournament unfolds this weekend at the Point Cadet Marina.

Toddlers, tablets and smart phones: Parents need appropriate content

Helping our children grow up happy, healthy, and ready to learn can be a bit tricky in this tech-savvy world we live in. How many of you have handed over your tablet or smartphone to your toddler before? More and more parents are starting to rely on smart devices to help keep their children entertained, at the grocery store, in a restaurant, in the car - you name it.

Gorenflo's Cobia One Day Shootout was held at the Point Cadet Marina Sunday

The Sum Beach Fishing Team won the 29th annual Gorenflo's Cobia One Day Shootout in style Sunday at the Point Cadet Marina.

2015 saltwater tournament season opens with Gorenflo's Cobia Shootout

The 2015 competitive saltwater tournament fishing season opens Saturday with the 29th annual Gorenflo's Cobia One Day Shootout at the Point Cadet Marina.

March of Dimes: healthy babies are worth the wait

Making sure your children grow up happy, healthy, and ready to learn starts at birth. Every mom wants a healthy baby. That's also the mission of the March of Dimes.According to the March of Dimes, women need to be pregnant at least 39 weeks before giving birth. That's because babies are still developing up until that point. So March of Dimes wants moms-to-be to know "Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait."

Catch more fish with science seminars begin Thursday

The spring fishing period is in full swing and the Gulf Coast Research Lab is launching its six-part series designed to help anglers locate and catch more fish.

Health Department extends hours to help parents "beat the rush" for school immunizations

For parents who are about to enroll their child in school for the first time, don't forget about vaccinations! You'll find part of the enrollment process is getting your child's shots up to date. That's why our health department is hosting "Beat the Rush" immunization clinics this month.

Anglers needed to help with fishing study

The Gulf Coast Research Lab has launched a new program and is seeking the help of anglers all across South Mississippi.

  Biloxi Family Resource Center provides free learning opportunities

There's a colorful, bright little spot - a world that nurtures learning, tucked away on a quiet Biloxi street. You'll find it behind Lopez School on St. John Avenue, just north of Keesler Air Force Base. Biloxi's Excel by 5 coalition runs the Biloxi Family Resource Center. It's a hidden jewel that is helping so many little ones grow up happy, healthy, and ready to learn.

DMR: Remember conservation during spawning period

South Mississippi fishing has entered a critical period that will last through the middle of April that could have an impact on the future. The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources in Biloxi wants to remind anglers the importance of conservation as many species – including the ever-popular speckled trout – are now in the spawning period.

  Seuss: 'You're never too wacky or wild to read to a child'

Dr. Seuss, whose real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel, continues to inspire readers of all ages. For in his words, "You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child." Meggan Gray found some fun ways to parents to celebrate what would have been Dr. Seuss' 111th Birthday.

Qualifier for Bassmaster Classic coming to South MS waterways

The first step toward a potential shot at the ever-elusive Bassmaster Classic begins in South Mississippi on the weekend of March 6. The Dock Bar and Grill, located on Gulfport Lake, will host the 2015 Spring Qualifier Bass Tournament for the Mississippi Bass Nation.

Officials: MS deer season marginal at best

State officials say the 2014-2015 deer season was marginal at best. Deer hunting season in Mississippi ended on Saturday in the Hills and Delta Zone, but hunters in the Southeast Zone, which includes the coastal counties of Hancock, Harrison and Jackson, are allowed to harvest legal bucks only from Feb. 1 through Feb. 15 during the extended season.

Early education advocates: "Early Head Start is the gold standard"

There are federally funded programs aimed at offering quality childcare for families who can't afford it. One of those, is Head Start. All 82 counties in Mississippi offer Head Start, but very few offer Early Head Start programs. In fact, the only one in Harrison County can be found at Moore Community House on Walker Street in Biloxi.

  Williams Barnes: "Kindergarten should be mandatory"

Education is supposed to take center stage this legislative session. And while common core will likely bore the brunt of discussions, early education will also be a focal point for some lawmakers. Representative Sonya Williams Barnes of  Gulfport is an advocate for public education. She told WLOX News, her first priority is to introduce a bill that would require all Mississippi five year olds to attend Kindergarten.

Last minute gift ideas for outdoor enthusiasts

The rush for the perfect last-minute Christmas gift is underway across South Mississippi. That includes the outdoor enthusiasts looking for a gift or stocking stuffer for anglers or hunters.

  Mississippi left out of $250 million in federal grants for early education

The federal government this week just awarded $750 million in grants to support early learning for more than 63,000 children across the country. According to the White House, $250 of that was earmarked specifically for states looking to expand preschool programs in areas that need it most. You would think Mississippi would be a good candidate. We applied, but didn't get it. Louisiana and Alabama were among the 18 states that did receive grants.

Anglers set to compete in Kick'n Cancer and Fish'n for Toys trout tournament

For kids, fishing will take on a new twist Saturday with the Kick'n Cancer and Fish'n for Toys speckled trout tournament hosted by Yellow Mouth Fever.

Officials say Mississippi hunters need to harvest more deer

The most-anticipated weekend of the year for Mississippi deer hunters has arrived. The first gun season with dogs begins Saturday on a statewide level and will remain open through Dec. 1. The first gun season with no dogs will be open from Dec. 16-23 and the final season with dogs is Dec. 24-Jan. 21.

Ocean Springs youngster takes first deer with her father by her side

The holiday season started early for Ocean Springs native Les Lala III and his daughter, Taylor Lala. Although the holidays don't actually begin for two more weeks, the father and daughter made the memory of a lifetime last week while hunting near Paducah, KY.

SKA National Championship brings in three +60lb kingfish

The 2014 Southern Kingfish Association National Championship might have been shortened to one-day on Saturday due to a small craft advisory. But the event, featuring the top king mackerel anglers in the United States, didn't come up short in terms of fish weighed at the Point Cadet Marina in Biloxi. In fact, counting the Pro Tour on Tuesday, anglers weighed three-fish that topped the 60-pound mark.

Rough seas cancel Friday fishing for SKA National Championship

The opening day of the 2014 Southern Kingfish Association National Championship set for Friday has been canceled due to a small craft advisory. The event, which attracts king mackerel anglers from North Carolina to Texas, was scheduled to have its first day weigh-ins Friday at the Point Cadet Marina in Biloxi from 3-8pm.

SKA national championship set to begin in Biloxi

The Southern Kingfish Association has arrived in South Mississippi for its annual national championship. The goal is to determine the top king mackerel anglers from North Carolina to Texas in two separate tournaments. The week long schedule of events kicks off Tuesday with the Pro Tour competing for the national title followed by the regular tour on Friday and Saturday.

Fall Cobia migration is underway

The annual spring cobia migration from the Florida Keys to the Mississippi Sound began in late April. During this time, the highly sought after fish invades the waters near the barrier islands of Petit Bois, Horn, Ship and Cat, through May, during its migration toward the mouth of the Mississippi River to spawn.

Last chance to learn how to catch more fish with science

The final "Catch More Fish with Science" seminar offered by the Gulf Coast Research Lab in Ocean Springs is set for Thursday. This event, which follows other seminars that dealt with speckled trout, cobia and tripletail, comes as the fall and winter fishing period starts to unfold in South Mississippi.

Casting for Conservation fishing rodeo hooks kids on fishing

A record number of kids from across South Mississippi showed up Saturday morning to participate in the 8th annual Casting for Conservation fishing rodeo at the Beach Park and Pier in Pascagoula.

CCA of MS to host Casting for Conservation kids fishing rodeo

The Coastal Conservation Association of Mississippi will team up Saturday with the City of Pascagoula to host the 8 th annual Casting for Conservation kids fishing rodeo.

South MS woman takes the hunting trip of a lifetime

Tracy Pratt, of Ocean Springs, recently went on a dream hunt nearly 16 hours from her home in South Mississippi to South Africa.

SKA is committed to keeping its national championship in Biloxi

A successful transition of ownership of the Southern Kingfish Association is complete, and South Mississippi will continue to be an important draw for the largest king mackerel circuit in the United States.

High School Football Schedule - Nov. 8-9

DateVisitorHomeTimeFriday, November 8BrookhavenPearl River Central7pmFriday, November 8D'IbervilleSt. Martin7pmFriday, November 8East CentralGeorge County7pmFriday, November 8GautierPascagoula7pmFriday,

High School Football Schedules - Oct. 25-26

DateVisitorHomeTimeFriday, October 25East CentralLong Beach7pmFriday, October 25Forrest County AHSGreene County7pmFriday, October 25George CountyGautier7pmFriday, October 25GulfportD'Iberville7pmFriday,

High School Football Schedules - Oct. 18

DateVisitorHomeTimeFriday, October 18BiloxiSt. Martin7pmFriday, October 18D'IbervilleHancock7pmFriday, October 18East CentralWest Harrison7pmFriday, October 18George CountyPicayune7pmFriday, October 18HattiesburgGulfport7pmFriday,

High School Football Schedule - Oct. 4

DateVisitorHomeTimeFriday, October 4BrookhavenWayne County7pmFriday, October 4Forrest County AHSNewton County7pmFriday, October 4George CountyStone7pmFriday, October 4GulfportHarrison Central7pmFriday,

High School Football Schedule - Oct. 11-12

DateVisitorHomeTimeFriday, October 11BaySt. Stanislaus7pmFriday, October 11BiloxiOcean Springs7pmFriday, October 11GautierEast Central7pmFriday, October 11Greene CountyNE Jones7pmFriday, October 11HancockGulfport7pmFriday,

High School Football Schedules - Nov. 1

DateVisitorHomeTimeFriday, November 1BayMoss Point7pmFriday, November 1BiloxiHancock7pmFriday, November 1GautierLong Beach7pmFriday, November 1Greene CountyNewton County7pmFriday, November 1HattiesburgD'Iberville7pmFriday,

High School Football Schedule - Aug. 29-30

DateVisitorHomeTimeThursday, August 297pmFriday, August 307pmFriday, August 307pmFriday, August 307pmFriday, August 307pmFriday, August 307pmFriday, August 307pmFriday, August 307pmFriday, August 307pmFriday,

High School Football Schedule - Sept. 27

DateVisitorHomeTimeFriday, September 27D'IbervilleBiloxi7pmFriday, September 27StoneEast Central7pmFriday, September 27MizeForrest County AHS7pmFriday, September 27GautierPicayune7pmFriday, September 27Long

High School Football Schedule - Sept. 6

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High School Football Schedule - Aug. 22-24

DATE VISITOR SCORE HOME SCORE LOCATION TIME Thursday, August 22, 2013 Presbyterian Christian St. Patrick St. Patrick 7:00 PM Friday, August 23, 2013 Bay Biloxi Milner Stadium 5:00 PM Friday, August

High School Football Schedules - Sept. 20

DateVisitorHomeTimeFriday, September 20Bay Hancock7pmFriday, September 20BiloxiMoss Point7pmFriday, September 20CathedralResurrection7pmFriday, September 20Forrest County AHSPurvis7pmFriday, September

High School Football Schedule - Sept. 13

DateVisitorHomeTimeFriday, September 137pmFriday, September 137pmFriday, September 137pmFriday, September 137pmFriday, September 137pmFriday, September 137pmFriday, September 137pmFriday, September 137pmFriday,

State records set for cownose ray, spinner shark, gulf kingfish

Three coast anglers set or broke state records in July. The state Commission on Marine Resources certified the recreational conventional tackle records during its August 19 meeting.

MS will have 60 day waterfowl hunting season in 2014

Dates for the 2014-2015 waterfowl hunting seasons have been released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and duck hunters should be happy, according to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks in Jackson.

Fall fishing seminars will return to the Gulf Coast Research Lab

After successful spring and summer seminars on tripletail, cobia and speckled trout, the Gulf Coast Research Lab in Ocean Springs has added two additional events in the fall geared toward helping anglers catch redfish and flounder.

Carl Legett Memorial Fishing Tournament begins in Biloxi

For anglers in South Mississippi, the first of August means the Carl Legett Memorial Fishing Tournament and a chance to earn a little cash. The 20th annual event, one that has drawn anglers from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas over the years, will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Point Cadet Marina in Biloxi.

Hunters can expect changes for the 2014-15 deer season

Deer season in Mississippi starts in less than three months and hunters are looking at two new changes for the 2014-15 season.

Deep Sea Fishing Challenge runs through August 17

The 3rd Annual Mississippi Gulf Coast Charter Boat Captains Deep Sea Fishing Challenge officially kicked off this weekend and runs through August 17 where anglers have a chance to win a share of the $55,000 in prize money. The five-week mini fishing tournament features species like bonito, cobia, king mackerel, redfish, shark, Spanish mackerel and tarpon.

Kids will fish for the win on Saturday in Gulfport

One of the highlights of the Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo each year is the kids fishing rodeo. The rodeo, which draws between 150 and 200 children between the ages of four and 12, is set for Saturday at Jones Park. The weigh scales will be open from noon to 4 p.m., and there is no entry fee.

Additional red snapper season approved for Mississippi

Red Snapper season ended about two weeks ago, lasting only nine days. But as of Thursday afternoon, an additional Red Snapper season is soon to come in Mississippi.

843-pound blue marlin caught at Billfish Classic

At the first day of the Billfish Classic, a massive crowd of fans waited in anticipation of the weighing of a blue marlin that was caught by angler Deb Hebert. The 126-inch long, 843.7 pound fish was reeled onto the Iona Louise after a three-hour fight in the open waters. Hebert was credited with the third-largest catch ever recorded in the state of Mississippi.