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‘Bring him back:’ Long Beach family pleas for stuffed puppy’s safe return

On Monday, Viator came home from work and discovered the stuffed animals missing. She and her sons were devastated.

Top cop says shelter-in-place, curfews are not reasons for additional enforcement

  Businesses, snowbirds use downtime to make masks to keep people safe during COVID-19 outbreak

  Pass Christian feeding program temporarily suspends service

National Doctors’ Day celebrated by Coast hospitals

  Drive-in movies keeping families entertained at a safe distance

  Latimer residents creating smiles with chalk art

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  Pastor felt it was time to get his service back to the church

‘We are going to have to step it up a notch,’ said Moss Point mayor

  Biloxi dance instructor steps up her act with online classes and competition

  100th birthday celebration goes on despite coronavirus restrictions

  Treehouse Yoga takes its class to the beach

  Healthcare heroes across Gulf Coast step up to combat COVID-19

  ‘Bear hunts’ bringing neighborhoods together while social distancing

People are putting teddy bears up in their windows and outside their home to give little ones a little fun during this time of social distancing.

  Coronavirus changes course of Saucier couple’s cross-country trip

A Saucier couple were on board the last Carnival Cruise ship left at sea as the coronavirus pandemic was growing in the United States.

  LIST: Meals for children being offered by school districts, volunteers, businesses

With schools currently closed over coronavirus concerns, districts and volunteers are teaming up around South Mississippi to make sure no child goes hungry.

  ‘It’s going to take an army': Hancock Co. volunteers team up to mass-produce homemade face masks

A Hancock County Facebook group is working hard to mass produce hundreds of homemade masks to donate to nursing homes, healthcare facilities, and soup kitchens.

  Biloxi business helps community with toilet paper, food giveaway

  Gulfport youth comes to work to help his mom, family

Animals still available for adoption at Humane Society of South Mississippi

  Teachers parade at a safe distance just to wave at students

  Local health systems open drive-thru clinics for COVID-19 testing

  Harrison County curfew recommendation getting mixed reviews

  Gulfport church holds drive-in service during coronavirus outbreak

Fresh Oil Ministries in Gulfport carried on with church service just as any other Sunday, but outside in the parking lot.

HSSM asks for fosters, adoptions amid COVID-19 pandemic

The Humane Society of South Mississippi is having a rare Monday opening to give people across the Gulf Coast a chance to adopt a new fur-ever friend.

  Volunteers sew, donate face masks to help keep people safe during COVID-19 outbreak

The number of COVID-19 cases is growing, and the supply of medical gear like masks is dwindling. So some volunteers are stepping up to do their part to help with the shortage.

Other Coast cities set to shut down bars and restrict restaurants to offer only dine-out options

Long Beach, Pass Christian, Bay Saint Louis, Gautier, and Diamondhead all passed resolutions to follow CDC guidelines as well as the State Department of Health, outlining their intent to ensure the public’s overall safety.

  Bar Owners stepping up and closing down due to COVID-19 concerns

Over the last week, many bars and restaurants in Ocean Springs have considered closing due to COVID-19 concerns. On Friday, many made the decision to close their doors for the safety of their employees and for their patrons.

SBA approves disaster aid for small businesses affected by COVID-19

Businesses are feeling the wrath of the coronavirus pandemic more than ever. People are leaving their houses less, while social distancing is being practiced more.

Businesses, volunteers give back to community during COVID-19 pandemic

In D’Iberville, the Scarlet Pearl Casino, Infinity Church and the city’s police department combined to provide more than 300 meals to those in need Friday.

  Keeping pets and people healthy at Jackson County Animal Shelter

Continuing to match pets with forever homes is the goal of Jackson County Animal Shelter but so is keeping people safe.

  Coast community theaters among those shutting their doors due to coronavirus

COVID-19 has quieted the stages along the Gulf Coast that usually help to relieve the stresses of the world.

  Gulfport woman helps her senior community in time of need

Residents of Saraland Manor apartments are relaxed despite being among those considered most at risk to the novel coronavirus.

Volunteer group focuses on feeding seniors during COVID-19 outbreak

A group of volunteers the Climb CDC Family Enrichment Center in Gulfport was finishing putting together another 50 fresh salad and fruit plates to deliver to area senior citizens.

Biloxi crossfit gym offers virtual classes during coronavirus outbreak

There are no excuses for not working out at Bandit Crossfit, even during a global coronavirus pandemic.

  South Mississippi finds ways to keep busy as they social distance from others

Thousands of South Mississippians are searching for fun ways to stay entertained as we deal with the new normal of social distancing.

  Area food pantries reap reward from closed casinos

The Beau Rivage and Palace casinos donated more than 25,000 pounds of fresh food to food pantries across the Coast Wednesday after being ordered to shut down.

  As coronavirus continues to negatively impact businesses, one coast restaurant turns other cheek

As coronavirus continues to negatively impact businesses, one coast restaurant turns the other cheek

  Gulfport officials thinking creatively to help city through crisis

Mayor Billy Hewes says stability and not just the image of it— is what the city needs to maintain.

  Gulfport father hoping his daughter in Peru will return home soon

Patrick Collins said the trip was going well until Peru shut down its borders due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Nonprofits struggle after canceling fundraising events because of coronavirus

Back Bay Mission in Biloxi recently canceled their biggest annual fundraiser, Musicians with a Mission, to follow recommendations to limit large gatherings. The fundraiser is what helps Back Bay stay afloat each year.

Coast police departments address community challenges amongst coronavirus pandemic

Multiple police departments in South Mississippi are announcing changes to the way officers respond as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  South Mississippi Strong: Harrison Co. teacher uses her own story of loss and perseverance to inspire students

The U.S. history teacher has won the hearts of students, using her bold looks and her personal story to help young people.

  Recreational and entertainment facilities in Harrison County are now closed

Now that the coronavirus has been confirmed in the county, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to make the changes.

  Salvation Army continues to help homeless amid virus concerns

The Salvation Army is continuing to help the homeless and people in need as coronavirus concerns grow.

South Mississippi brewery now making hand sanitizer

While Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company is known for its beer and its pizza, they’re now rolling out two new items: rain water, and hand sanitizer.

  Air Force vet opens jujutsu classes for disabled vets, law enforcement and people with special needs

A disabled Air Force veteran is offering free Japanese jujutsu lessons to military veterans, law enforcement, and people with special needs.

  Beachgoers flock to the Coast’s white sandy beaches to enjoy the weather

With 10 presumed cases now in the state, this isn’t a normal spring break, but don’t tell the folks out enjoying the beautiful weather.

  Volunteer programs in Ocean Springs to help feed students during school closures

School closures are creating another problem for students who depend on them for healthy meals.

  Biloxi Catholic church holds Sunday Mass with coronavirus prevention

As schools and places of worship close due to virus concerns, Catholic churches in South Mississippi went on with Sunday Mass with added safety measures.

Coast churches cancel Sunday services, move online amid coronavirus pandemic

This Sunday morning, many churches along the Coast were empty. Even though church buildings were closed, their virtual doors were still open.

  Barbashela BBQ & Music Festival doesn’t miss a beat amid COVID-19 concerns

At least one festival didn’t miss a beat or a chord on Saturday in the middle of the coronavirus anxiety. For Beauvoir management, allowing the Barbashela BBQ & Music Festival to go on was an easy call to make.

  Community groups encourage Census 2020 participation

The U.S. government is taking a digital-first approach to the 2020 Census. The online survey now allows residents to respond in 59 languages.

  Coast Coliseum cancels all Spring Break events

All of the events set to take place at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum for Spring Break weekend have been canceled.

  Jackson County drug court graduates see hope after hard work

Family, friends and advocates crowded into the Jackson County Courthouse Thursday morning to witness the graduation and to listen to guest speaker state Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Randolph.

  George County says goodbye to beloved coach after his sudden death

The tight-knit community of George County is mourning the loss of one of their own after a middle school coach died suddenly last week.

  Biloxi-born astronaut honored nearly 50 years after Apollo 13 moon mission

Once Houston realized there was a problem, mission control aborted the trip to the moon and worked with the astronauts to get the three men back home in the lunar module that was only designed to fit two.

Teens, senior citizens team up to share memories and life lessons

Students at Ocean Springs High were paired with seniors at Lighthouse Assisted Living Center as part of a program called “Paired Memories: The Art of Storytelling.”

  Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport set to host event to ease stress of flying for austisic children

To help parents and children will all of the extra stress that comes with flying, the Gulfport Biloxi International Airport is hosting an event to help give autistic children a chance to practice going through the steps of flying.

  Early spring celebration includes building an herb garden

Courtney Farms in Ocean Springs is now offering gardening workshops for those advanced and those just starting out.

  CoastConbrings science fiction fans and cosplay to Biloxi

Hundreds of fans dressed as characters from their favorite movies, comics, TV shows, and more were in Biloxi this weekend for the 43rd annual CoastCon.

  Rescue dog show highlights support for stronger animal abuse laws

Senate Bill 2658 would ensure maliciously torturing or killing a domesticated dog or cat could be charged as a felony on a first offense and would allow officers to charge more than one count per incident.

  Long Beach Wheel Way helps those with disabilities enjoy the beach

A day of fun in the sun where no one is left out; that’s the goal of the wheel way in Long Beach.

  Iconic Friendship Oak showing signs of resilience

The Friendship Oak has stood for an estimated five centuries, and now two and a half years after possibly its biggest struggle, the iconic symbol of Coast strength is poised to thrive for centuries more.

  New GPD outreach combines haircuts, hamburgers and healthy conversation

This first-of-its-kind community outreach by the Gulfport Police Department is called Choppin’ with Twelve. It’s a way to combine haircuts and hamburgers with a side order of healthy conversation.

  Volunteers restore hope by building ramps for those with disabilities

Volunteers with Volunteers of America Southeast and the Jackson County Baptist Association were hard at work Friday morning building a wheelchair ramp at a Vancleave home.

  Comeback Coolers team heads for Tennessee

Encouraging words, well-wishes and motivational phrases are written all over a new batch of Comeback Coolers set to be delivered this weekend to storm victims in Tennessee.

  Preparations underway ahead of next month’s Spring Break events

Staff at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Black Beach promoters have been planning ahead to make this year’s spring break a success on the Gulf Coast.

  Gulfport Fire Department helps rescue stranded baby owl

The baby great horned owl apparently fell out of its nest during last night’s storm, and the fuzzy bundle was discovered uninjured huddling against a car tire this morning.

  Students in Biloxi Public School’s Excel by Five program got a special visitor for storytime

The story, "Curious George Saves His Pennies," teaches the value of saving your money and sharing with others.

  Ocean Springs honors people making a difference in the city

Many people receive praise Wednesday night during the Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet to honor those making a difference in the city.

Multiple CSX crossings across South Mississippi to close over the next few weeks

The CSX rail replacement project has begun, which means multiple residents across the Gulf Coast have already had to change up their daily commuting routes.

  Sports tourism, recreation big part of Gulfport’s strategic plan

The message was brought before community leaders on Wednesday at the Gulfport Chamber of Commerce's “Gulfport Reports.”

KISS members to attend ribbon cutting at new Rock & Brews in Biloxi

Do you ever want to rock and roll all night with a good brew in hand? If so, the perfect event for you may be in sight.

  Drugs surround teens each day but places like Boys and Girls Club give them a place to get away from it

While the magnitude of these crimes is still being felt by many, teens say the prevalence of drugs and illegal activity is rampant in their schools. That's why they go to the Boys and Girls Club to get away from it.

  First Baptist Gulfport opens new youth ministry center

The Amp is a 6,500 square foot facility that is built to host activities for students in grades 7-12.

  D’Iberville Police Department helping another department in need

When the call came in for two patrol cars from the Lucedale Police Department, Chief Wane Payne came to the rescue.

  Triplett Day plans to close downtown Gulfport drug store

After 65 years in business, Triplett Day Drug Store in downtown Gulfport has announced that it will be closing its doors at the end of this month.

  Heroic 10-year-old saves mom’s life after medical emergency while driving

Her mom was driving when she went into shock. Jami-Anne, 10, immediately jumped into action to save her.

  THIS WEEKEND: Prom closet open to Coast teens looking for the perfect dress

The Junior Auxiliary of Biloxi and Ocean Springs is hosting its annual prom closet once again this year to make sure every girl gets the chance to sparkle in a beautiful dress at an affordable price.

  Friends and family gather to celebrate life of Biloxi shooting victim

Friends and family came out in droves to the Biloxi Lighthouse to honor 16-year-old Madison Harris.