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Gautier Rotary Club hosts the Battle of the Badges Blood Drive

Organizers said that goal of the drive is to help those in need of blood, as well as inform others about driving safely.

  In effort of prevention, Scarlet Pearl employees learn about domestic violence

  Gulfport High School celebrates the best of the best

  Diamondhead Fire Department gets new equipment thanks to Firehouse Subs

‘It was blood everywhere’: Apartment resident recounts Saturday night shooting that left three injured

  South Mississippi business leaders starting Black-owned co-op

  MSDH continues outreach in minority communities during COVID-19

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  Residents volunteer time to clean up Moss Point

  New Life Disaster Relief headed to Texas to help residents

  Mississippi Coast Model Railroad Museum preps for its expansion

  Biloxi moves forward with next Boardwalk project

  Baseball tournament brings crowd to Pascagoula Sports Complex

  Ocean Springs senior living staff delivers lunch to frontline workers

  St. Rose De Lima Church hosts drive-thru fish fry in Bay St. Louis

The St. Rose de Lima Church sold plates of fried catfish, potato salad, green beans and a slice of cake for $10.

  Southern Outreach Christian Academy hosts Black History celebration program

Students in Pre-K through fifth grade were able to give presentations of their favorite historical figure in front of the school.

  Southern Outreach Christian Academy hosts Black History celebration program

Students in Pre-K through fifth grade were able to give presentations of their favorite historical figure in front of the school.

  SLS Core Stage ready for second Hot Fire Test on Feb. 25

If all goes well Feb. 25, more cheers and that high decibel roar from four RS-25 engines will again echo across South Mississippi.

Some power outages in Mississippi could stretch into next week, says Entergy spokesperson

  Pearl River County officials excited about possibility of more bridge money

  Gulf Coast Winter Classics back again for 23rd year

  DONATE NOW: March of the Mayors Food Drive targets 8 coast cities

  Salvation Army in need of volunteers for cold weather shelter

Lines grow at some seafood restaurants as Lent begins

  Great Southern Club allowing non-members to help mitigate losses

The kitchen at Great Southern Club can get pretty busy, but it’s been much busier. While the name alone suggests financial stability, the pandemic has hit the restaurant hard.

  Former track star shares history of her career, including Olympics tryout

71-year-old Molly Hence is able to look back in history and smile from all of her accomplishments. Hence said it wouldn’t have been possible without her community and most importantly her parents.

  2021 Crawfish Season: Off to a hot start on Gulf Coast

The supply and demand are there for crawfish as we look toward the spring, but will people be able to go out and enjoy the mudbugs this despite COVID-19?

  Ash Wednesday services slightly different in 2021 due to COVID-19

You could call Lent a 40-day mental and spiritual retreat. Today, of course begins the first day of many days full of fasting and abstinence before Easter.

Lineup announced for 2021 Crawfish Music Festival

Officials at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum have announced the concert lineup for this year’s Coast Crawfish Festival.

  Blackwater Brass keeps Mardi Gras spirit alive on Fat Tuesday

The band hosted a multi-stop tour across the Coast on Tuesday, bringing the music of carnival to many.

  Bethel Free Clinic is there for patients with no insurance

The number of uninsured Mississippians has been on the rise since 2016. In Biloxi, there is a place for those without insurance to go.

  Mardi Gras Museum serves up Carnival history for Coast visitors

The absence of Mardi Gras parades during Carnival season has been a downer for many, but on Feb. 15 some did what they could to get in some Fat Tuesday spirit without the marching bands, floats and beads.

  Cold weather shelters open, but space limited to help the homeless

Homeless people in South Mississippi have struggled to find shelter from the cold in the last few days. The limited number of available beds has homeless advocates worried about the people they care for.

LIST: Cold weather shelters now open across South Mississippi

With freezing temperatures across South Mississippi, shelters across the Gulf Coast are opening their doors to those in need of a warm place to go.

  ‘It’s special every year’: Valentine’s Day for some means more than a trinket

The décor of the Almanett Hotel and Bistro in Gulfport may say Mardi Gras, but the vibe says Valentine’s Day.

  Pearl River County family credits at-home fire safety drills after escaping house fire

One Pearl River County family is thankful to be alive tonight, after their home was destroyed in a blaze.

  ‘Enough is enough’: South Mississippi man creates desk to keep children safe during school shootings

Ever since the Parkland shooting in 2018, Todd Drummond has worked to build and perfect his desk design, all in the hopes of helping keep children safe.

  South Mississippi gardeners keeping plants safe during cold weather

Although much of South Mississippi might have been spared from an incoming winter storm, Cathleen Smith isn’t taking any chances with the cold weather.

St. Paul Carnival Association still looking for donations despite no parade

Although you won’t find revelers and floats rolling down the Pass Christian streets, that isn’t stopping the St. Paul Carnival Association from holding some of their carnival traditions.

COVID-19 causa problemas en el proceso de inmigración de los Estados Unidos

Después de un 2020 con políticas de inmigración en constante cambio durante la pandemia de COVID-19, los inmigrantes y los solicitantes de asilo ahora tienen órdenes adicionales de la Administración Biden para mantenerse al día.

  COVID-19 causing issues in U.S. immigration process

After 2020 with ever-changing immigration policies during the COVID-19 pandemic, immigrants and asylum seekers now have additional Biden Administration orders to keep up with.

  Members of 403rd Wing return home to their loved ones

It’s a day that any military family member awaits, the day their loved one returns from deployment. That was the scene at Keesler Air Force Base Saturday as members of the 403rd Wing returned home.

  Valentine’s Day helps salvage loss from parade-less Mardi Gras in Gulfport

The Krewe of Gemini would have rolled through downtown Gulfport on Saturday, but the parade - along with all the others - canceled because of COVID-19.

Gulf Coast florists work hard to finish up Valentine’s Day orders

Roses, teddy bears, and heart shaped balloons fill floral shops for one of the busiest holidays of the year, Valentine’s Day. Amy Cruse, Flower Basket manager, said that she’s been swamped preparing perfect arrangements for couples and families.

Volunteers buy motel rooms to house homeless during winter storm

A group of Tyler volunteers is trying to make sure everyone has a warm place to stay during the winter storm. The group has bought motel rooms that will house the homeless who have nowhere else to go and can’t stay at the Salvation Army.

  Veterans head to vaccination site at Mississippi Coast Coliseum

After the Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System received 2,500 COVID-19 vaccines for the week, organizers and health care officials sprung into action to organize mass vaccination sites in Pensacola, FL and the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi.

  Veterans head to vaccination site at Mississippi Coast Coliseum

After the Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System received 2,500 COVID-19 vaccines for the week, organizers and health care officials sprung into action to organize mass vaccination sites in Pensacola, FL and the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi.

  Home of Grace celebrates successful graduation class amid ongoing pandemic

Despite the struggles of 2020 and the coronavirus pandemic, Home of Grace still managed to successfully move clients through its recovery programs.

  Central Elementary School hosts inaugural International Festival to celebrate diversity

The Gulfport School District added some educational fun for some students on Friday to celebrate diversity.

  Proponents of medical marijuana angry over Senate bill

Supporters of Initiative 65 are upset over a Senate bill designed to protect medical marijuana in case the initiative is ruled unconstitutional by the Mississippi Supreme Court.

  Customers eat their final plates at Palace Grill

Loyal customers from across the region flocked to the Palace Grill for one last meal and one final cup of coffee due to their final day of business.

  Junior Auxiliary of Gulfport spreads kindness on Gulf Coast

The organization’s Provisional Class of new members hosted a Random Acts of Kindness Week in over 20 classrooms across the county.

  ‘Instead of getting, I want to give people stuff’: 12-year-old boy’s birthday wish was to give

Instead of receiving gifts for his birthday, 12-year-old Jaylen Finley gave out at least 30 breakfast presents to those in need. It’s the latest humanitarian idea from a young man who’s known for his generosity.

  Coast Candymakers busy hours ahead of Valentine’s Day

We’re less than 48-hours away from Valentine’s Day and Coast Candymakers is busy at work creating tasty treats to tempt any would-be Valentine.

  South Mississippians react to CDC’s double-masking recommendation

Recently, the CDC said that double masking can significantly improve protection from COVID-19. Researchers also said that double masking can block 92.5% of potentially infectious particles.

Hattiesburg moose lodge supports first responders with free meals, stuffed toys

A Hattiesburg Moose Lodge supported local first responders Thursday with free food and free toys.

  Bay Waveland School District administrators relieved to return to in-person learning

Bay Waveland School District started its second semester February 2nd. When the new semester began, the district ended the virtual learning option and had all children return to their classrooms. So far, it's worked the way administrators hoped.

  Hotels hope Valentine’s Day stays can help make up for lost Carnival season

The cancellation of official Carnival celebrations because of the pandemic has hurt some businesses that cater to the season.

  GCCA float den quiet due to parade-less 2021 Mardi Gras season

It's usually a bee-hive of activity. But this year, the Gulf Coast Carnival Association's float den is quiet thanks to COVID.

  ‘I’m glad now things are better’: Two Coast women in their 90s say they’ve lived to see better days

Both 95-year-old Thelma Simmons and 98-year-old Annie Burton said they have witnessed the bad and ugly times growing up as an African American, but are proud they’ve lived to see better days.

  MGCCC, Memorial Hospital sign agreement for new health care training

Administrators of both Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and Memorial Hospital at Gulfport celebrated an agreement Wednesday to create more ways to meet the need for trained healthcare professionals locally.

  Coast senior citizen ready for ‘new beginning’ as The Blake sets to open

If all goes as planned, next week some Coast senior citizens will have a new assisted living option to ponder. The Blake, a $25 million assisted living facility on Popp’s Ferry Road in Biloxi is set to open Feb. 15.

Biloxi VA to administer COVID-19 vaccinations at Coast Coliseum on Feb. 13

The Biloxi Veteran Affairs Medical Center is scheduling COVID-19 vaccination to veterans on Feb. 13.

  With limited indoor capacity, tributes take place outside Lt. Michael Boutte’s funeral

A crowd of family, friends and loved ones packed the Bay St. Louis Community Hall for the visitation and funeral of Lt. Michael Boutte, the Hancock County Sheriff’s deputy who was shot and killed while on duty. While most of the crowd honored Boutte indoors, tributes also happened outdoors.

  Boutte procession both emotional and educational in Bay St. Louis

Tuesday’s procession for Lt. Michael Boutte was an experience that will be remembered for a long time for those who knew him and those who didn’t get the honor.

  WATCH: Funeral for Lt. Boutte features full honors with 21-gun salute, end of watch call

Family, friends, and law enforcement officers from across Mississippi and Louisiana said farewell to Lt. Michael Boutte, who was killed in the line of duty Feb. 1st.

  Funeral procession for Lt. Boutte to stretch from Bay St. Louis to Biloxi

From Bay St. Louis to Biloxi, cities are preparing to honor Lt. Michael Boutte with a large funeral procession on Tuesday.

  ‘He has always been my hero’: Children of slain deputy share memories of their father

Jessica Boutte and Michael Boutte Jr. say it was their dad’s life mission to love and protect people, and that started first and foremost at home with his kids and his seven grandchildren.

  ‘I saw death there’: Biloxi residents fine with closing rail crossing

Beginning Monday, Biloxi will close the dangerous Nixon Street crossing, and residents in the neighborhood are just fine with that.

USM students help local church choir during COVID-19 pandemic

The choristers have earned the approval of the church’s congregation, staff and Dr. Susan Hrostowski, a professor of social work at USM.

  South Mississippians rush to get last minute Super Bowl party food

Many South Mississippians flocked to grocery stores, searched the shelves, stocked up on food and snacks to enjoy during the big game.

  Mississippi Spanish-reading program takes a hit during COVID-19

Luciérnagas, a bilingual counterpart to their Family Reading Project, has been hold now for almost a year because of the pandemic.

  Long Beach resident’s documentary halted due to COVID-19

Over a year ago, Benjamin Crew, a Long Beach resident and documentary enthusiast, set a goal to travel the world and enquire about 9/11 from different people.

  Friends remember Boutte as fun-loving but serious about helping people

It’s an open-and-shut case. Lt. Michael Boutte had a lot of friends, and his photographs and texts are evidence that will be cherished for a long time, especially one Boutte sent to Pearl River County Coroner Derek Turnage.

  Science lovers visit INFINITY Science Center pop-up event

The INFINITY Science Center hosted its first event since it closed in March of 2020. Administrators said the science center has held virtual activities since then, but people wanted in-person interaction.

  3-year-old girl battling leukemia receives community support in Ocean Springs

On Saturday, the Ocean Springs community came together to support 3-year-old Ocean Springs native, Harper Andrew. Harper was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia last year, which is a form of blood cancer.

  Legal maneuvers keep Ocean Springs development on hold for years

Michael Butler, owner of Butler Homes, shares his tale of trying to build on a prime piece of real estate on Front Beach in Ocean Springs.

  ‘All over people are just showing their love’: Grieving Boutte family feeling the love and support from community

Lt. Mike Boutte's family said the outpouring of support from the community wasn't surprising, but it was far bigger than they anticipated.

  ‘It’s a good feeling in all the midst of turmoil’: College Park Elementary celebrates ‘Love Big’ movement

College Park Elementary has pink and red all over the school, but instead of it being for Valentine’s Day, it’s for KJ North.

  Gulfport PD’s new canine cop sniffs out potential trouble

The Gulfport Police Department needed a new officer on the force to help them with sniffing out explosives and gunpowder, so they recruited a cunning canine to handle the job.

  Tampa Bay cheerleader from Biloxi ready to cheer on Buccaneers in Super Bowl

Hannah Miller started our her dance and cheer career at Biloxi High. Now, she's cheering on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

  Black History Month: Remembering Freedom Summer of 1964 and its impact on Mississippi

Today in 2021, there are more than 20 active Freedom Schools throughout the state stemming from the Mississippi Freedom Summer Project of 1964.