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Coast students go hands-on & learn building blocks of construction

On Thursday, some St. James Elementary School students took on that challenge in the Block Kids annual competition.

  Pascagoula native to make history as first woman to referee Super Bowl

  South Mississippians gather to remember lives lost from COVID-19

  For some South Mississippians, lottery winnings are already spent

  Buskin’ the Coast: Blackwater Brass Band bringing Mardi Gras music to South Mississippi

  Homeless man died in the cold in Biloxi three days before getting an apartment

Volunteers help clean up Gulfport for MLK Day

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  MLK parade in Picayune goes on despite COVID-19

  Biloxi-based company helps employ people amidst pandemic

  Coast Democrats excited about presidential inauguration

  Northwood Church launches Ocean Springs location

  South Mississippi small business owner receives Beyoncé, ‘Bey-Good’ COVID-19 relief grant

  Mississippi Coast photographers try to stay afloat during pandemic

VFW Post 5699 holds successful food drive

Cars were wrapped around the parking lot, and even into the street waiting patiently for free food. Volunteers were moving back and forth with only one goal, feeding the community.

  Pirates take over Beauvoir and win over first-time visitors

Pirates have taken over Beauvoir this weekend, but instead of robbing, they’re bringing in money, by attracting people who may not have ever come to the museum dedicated to Jefferson Davis, the only Confederate president.

  CRAWFISH SEASON: Prices hike while supplies are limited

Crawfish season is here, but supplies are limited. That’s causing a price hike to around $7 a pound, that’s $2 more expensive than the average.

  Superhero 5K raises money, awareness for Mississippi Heroes

Superheroes made a visit to the Coast on Saturday for a good cause. The nonprofit Mississippi Heroes held its first ever Superheroes 5K Run for Caregivers.

Mississippi Power receives 2020 Emergency Response Award

  Community reacts to latest mask mandate extension

  Pass Christian Elementary Schools participate in kindness challenge

  Governor Reeves announces two judicial appointments for South Mississippi

  Lottery ticket sales triple as Powerball, Mega Millions jackpots climb to $1.39B

  Firefighters remember former Gulfport Fire Chief James White

Miss. helping send first woman, next man to space after final launch test Sat.

The world will be watching the John C. Stennis Space in Mississippi, Saturday, for the final test of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket in the Artemis mission.

  Faith, family defined iconic bakery owner David Mohler, says his family

WLOX talked with the Mohler family on Wednesday about David and what made him special.

  Port of Gulfport still searching for new director as new research center rises

It’s been more than six months since Jonathan Daniels left as executive director of the Port of Gulfport, and port commissioners are still in the process of interviewing candidates.

  Coast mourns loss of Ocean Springs icon David Mohler

The Ocean Springs community is mourning the passing of an icon. David Mohler owned and operated Tatonut Donut Shop for decades.

  Stone County’s Our Daily Bread Food Pantry celebrates 15 years of service

Our Daily Bread Food Pantry is officially 15 years old. The pantry is still going strong, especially with more people relying on it during times of hardship.

  City of Moss Point raises new state flag as symbol of inclusion

It’s been three years since the City of Moss Point flew the state’s flag. On Tuesday, that changed when Mayor Mario King and other city leaders came together to raise the new state flag at City Hall.

  Fire does not deter motel owner trying to help the homeless

No good deed goes unpunished. A Gulfport motel owner may be feeling that way on Monday after a fire was set in one of the rooms he rented to a homeless woman at a discount rate.

  Many still have questions about Gulfport’s water bills

Changes to modernize the water billing process in one Coast city have left some residents confused.

  ‘Who dat!’: Fans cheer on Saints in South Mississippi

With limited seats available in the Superdome, South Mississippi fans stayed coastal and rooted for the black and gold right here on the Gulf Coast.

  ‘It’s time for us to start exemplifying more love’: Pastor responds to recent Capitol Hill riot

The recent Capitol protest that turned violent has a pastor preaching a similar message, love.

  No spectators will be allowed at Gulf Coast Winter Classics due to COVID-19

The annual six-week horse show brings in people from across the country, but this year, COVID 19 is forcing some changes. The biggest change - spectators won’t be allowed.

Demetropoulos will not seek reelection as mayor of Pascagoula

Dr. Steve Demetropoulos, mayor of Pascagoula, recently announced his Facebook page that he would not be seeking reelection this year.

  Long Beach fitness instructor helping others mentally and physically

The pandemic combined with the world wide lockdown forced a lot of us onto our sofas, followed by Netflix binges and snack consumption. That lack of activity can be dangerous.

Officers from the Pine Belt speak about Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

Several Pine Belt officers spoke about what Law Enforcement Appreciation Day means to them.

  As temps drop, business gets hot for cold-weather items

It’s cold, but business is hot for items to keep the chill at bay. Fazzio’s Home & Farm Center in Lizana has been stocking up on typical cold-weather items most people may need like pipe insulation, heat lamps and plastic sheeting.

  Pascagoula Police hold golf cart inspection

New regulations are now in place for golf carts in Pascagoula, and the police department held a drive-thru inspection event to make sure citizens were up to code.

  Hundreds compete in Biloxi Bijou gymnastics competition

Young athletes from all over the southeast made their way to the Gulf Coast today for a chance to compete in the Biloxi Bijou gymnastics competition.

  Pandemic gives military veteran push to finally open dream bakery

The pandemic has caused many businesses to close but it has also helped some people fulfill their dreams to start one. Stefanie Jantz is an eight-year military veteran who has always had a passion to bake.

  D’Iberville duo leaves lasting legacy in world of youth sports

Billy Forehand and Alan French were two D’Iberville sports stewards, cherished community members who were taken too soon and abruptly by heart attacks within two hours of one another.

  Picayune businesses feeling impacts of Highway 11 construction

It will be more than a year until drivers can travel down four lanes along a portion of Highway 11 through Picayune.

  East Central High football coach, players remember teammate killed in car crash

Collin Stockman died on New Year's Eve in a head-on collision.

Assocation cancels Long Beach Mardi Gras parade

The Carnival Association of Long Beach announced Tuesday members had voted to suspend the parade for this season.

  South Mississippi bakeries prepare rosca de reyes for Carnival season

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic canceling most of the typical Carnival activities, it hasn’t derailed bakeries across South Mississippi from creating their traditional cakes.

  Panaderías del South Mississippi preparan rosca de reyes para Carnaval

A pesar de que la pandemia de COVID-19 canceló la mayoría de las actividades típicas del Carnaval, no ha impedido que las panaderías de todo el sur de Mississippi creen sus pasteles tradicionales.

  No Mardi Gras parades? You can still let the good times roll in 2021

With no Mardi Gras parades this Carnival season thanks to COVID-19, the Coastal Mississippi Mardi Gras Museum and the Gulf Coast Carnival Association have come up with a fun way to celebrate without catching beads.

  Stone County school nurse helps save teacher’s life

Thanks to quick action from a Perkinston Elementary School nurse, a teacher and mother of three is alive and well.

  Mississippi first responders among those next in line for COVID-19 vaccine

Mississippi health officials say the next group of people will be offered the vaccine in just a few weeks.

Coastal Family Health on the road offering free mobile flu shots

During this time in the pandemic, we’re also entering the peak of flu season. Health officials have been encouraging people to not put their flu shots on the back burner.

Krewe of Gemini Mardi Gras parades canceled in Gulfport

The Krewe of Gemini announced Monday they are canceling both their day and night parades in Gulfport for the 2021 carnival season.

  Old Markham Hotel finally getting new renovations

An eye sore in downtown Gulfport has become a sight for sore eyes. After sitting for years in a dilapidated state, the former Markham Hotel no longer looks its age.

  Gulfport Museum of History hopes for a better year after rough 2020

Museums typically document history instead of living through it, but that wasn’t the case for the Gulfport Museum of History while facing the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Woman thankful to make it to 2021 after startling cancer diagnosis

Sitting on the newly established Biloxi boardwalk, a young woman gathered with her family. Her name is Amiee Carter, and it’s a miracle she’s here to smile in the first few days of 2021.

  Families are making it back home after traveling for the holidays

Many families spent the day saying their goodbye’s as loved ones departed to return back home. Families were in and out of the Gulfport-Biloxi International.

  Mardi Gras decorations selling at one Gulfport store despite 2021 cancelations

Carnival 2021 won’t look like the celebrations in years past. Cancellations over COVID-19 safety concerns have left some cities without any parades or other typical festivities.

  Coastal residents enjoy traditional New Year’s dishes for good luck

Coastal residents flocked to restaurants hungry for one of their first meals of the new year.

  ‘I believe commitment is the key’: Reaching fitness goals in 2021

2021 means time to set those New Year's resolutions. For many, that includes exercise goals.

Mega Millions, Powerball jackpots getting customers’ attention

The rising Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots are getting the attention of residents on Coast.

  Gulf Coast bars expected to be busy for New Year’s Eve

Many are set to celebrate not only the beginning of 2021, but the end of 2020. True to the rest of the year, nothing will be normal on the final day of 2020. This could be perhaps the most a unique night for bars in South Mississippi history.

  South Mississippians, tourists offer a few last words on 2020

2020 is a year that will go down in history for many things, most of them unpleasant. Some are calling it the worst year ever, for others, at least the worst in a generation.

  Downtown Gulfport CTA hub ready to open Monday

The old Harrison County Library has been transformed into a CTA hub. And it will officially open for business in its new capacity on Monday.

  Lynn Meadows celebrates new year early with ‘Countdown to Noon’

The children at Lynn Meadows Discovery Center beat everyone in their New Year’s Eve celebrations by about 12 hours. They had their own called ‘Countdown to Noon.’ But for a moment, it looked like it might not happen.

  ‘God has my back on this’: Father loses daughter in recent fire

Investigators are still working to determine what sparked the fire in an area above the Koi Sushi Restaurant in Biloxi. A father is now grieving after his daughter passed away due to that blaze.

  Jocelyn’s owner remembered for her food, love of family

Faith, Food & Family: That summed up the life of Jocelyn Seymour Mayfield, a devout Catholic and eldest of eight who grew up in the Depression and made her mark in life in the kitchen.

  Gulfport Police, Unity March organizer look back on the good that came from June’s march

Even though the Unity March is behind us, work is still being done to help the community stand together as one.

  Biloxi Mardi Gras parades canceled for 2021

Biloxi Mayor FoFo Gilich announced Wednesday that Mardi Gras parades will not roll in his city in 2021.

Mississippian wins $200K on scratch ticket

A Tupelo woman took home a massive prize after buying a scratch-off ticket.

  Memorial opens larger COVID-19 test site in D’Iberville

Memorial Hospital’s COVID-19 testing site in D’Iberville opened Wednesday just off Automall Parkway, which meant business was back to normal at Memorial’s Popp’s Ferry Road clinic in Biloxi.

  Pascagoula & Gautier cancel 2021 Mardi Gras parades

Every Mardi Gras season, people line the parade route in Pascagoula to watch the floats roll down Ingalls Avenue, but this Mardi Gras season the sidewalks will be empty.

  Coast residents weigh in with New Year’s resolutions

Friday is New Year’s Day, and it’s a day that a lot of people have been looking forward to, as a year of change and of hope. But for big things to happen, some changes need to be made individually.

  People reflect on a memorable 2020 days before the new year

It’s hard to describe a year that started off with Australian wildfires and a fatal U.S. airstrike in Iraq and ended with socially distant holiday celebrations, but a handful of South Mississippi beach goers try and reflect on the most memorable moments of 2020.

  Six-year-old Coast girl set to appear in thriller flick

Recently, six-year-old actor, Addison Ross was chosen out of nearly 1,000 submissions to star in a film, “Goodbye Butterfly.”

  Community in Jackson lights candle for the first night of Kwanzaa

Though Kwanzaa stretches over 7 days, the group believes the spirit and teachings are to be remembered and practiced all year long.

  Pyrotechnic fans load up to send 2020 out with a bang

Fireworks sales could be much better, but they are pretty good for a pandemic year. Dedicated pyrotechnic fans loaded up their supplies for what promises to be a big celebration to send 2020 out with a bang.

  Shoppers rush to spend money the day after Christmas

Monetary Christmas gifts led people right back into stores. Some families hit downtown Ocean Springs with hopes to find some good deals.

  Gulfport attorney John Harral passes away at 72

Gulfport attorney John Harral passed away Saturday morning at the age of 72.

  Harrison County Christmas recycling program aims to help the environment

With soaring highs, come plummeting lows as South Mississippi families break away from the excitement of Christmas to clean up what’s left over. And this year, there’s a lot left over.

  Harrison County law enforcement agencies hand out 1,000 meals

Law enforcement agencies in Harrison County were glad to continue a 30 year tradition this Christmas by helping others in-need.

  Pass Christian church makes sure families are fed for Christmas

Generous portions were being served by volunteers on Christmas morning in Pass Christian.