Christmas trees, lights go up all across South Mississippi

Christmas may still be four weeks away but people across the Coast are already showing their holiday spirit, putting up trees and hanging lights.

  State Representative continues to spread smiles at retirement community

  Community Thanksgiving Dinner feed bodies and souls

  Loaves and Fishes serves Thanksgiving Day dinner to those in need

  Healthcare workers just as thankful for patients this holiday season

  2020 Feed the Needy event has different look; same results

  1,746 new COVID-19 cases, 18 new deaths reported Thanksgiving Day in Mississippi

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Justin Timberlake helps East Tennessee teen get special needs van

Longtime judge, pioneer for Mississippi women leaders, dies

  Feed My Sheep continues to help those in need during Thanksgiving

  South Mississippi caterers busy this Thanksgiving season

  South Mississippi healthcare workers remain thankful this Thanksgiving

  1,092 new COVID-19 cases, 16 new deaths reported Wednesday in Mississippi

  Holiday fitness goals stay intact despite pandemic

Thanksgiving food is awesome, but it can also come back to haunt you when you hit the scales next week, especially during COVID-19.

Parents arrested after seven-month old ingests alcohol

Jefferson County couple facing felony child abuse charges.

  COVID-19 in Mississippi: 147,382 cases, 3,763 deaths reported by health dept.

The number of presumed positive coronavirus cases in Mississippi continues to rise.

South Mississippi Strong: Coast doctor brings people from across the globe together to play soccer

People from all over have spent years gathering at the home of the Pass Christian doctor to play on the "Club Camaro" field.

Victim identified in fatal accident on Biloxi-Ocean Springs Bridge

  Monoclonal antibody treatment showing positive results for South Mississippi residents

  Demand for rapid COVID-19 testing soars ahead of Thanksgiving

  As transition to Biden presidency officially begins, Miss. congressional delegation remains silent

Sharon Nash Barnett wins Harrison County Tax Collector runoff election

Infinity Science Center to close at year’s end with hopes of being back open in April

  Governor Reeves says statewide mask mandate not best approach right now

Reeves doesn't believe a statewide mask mandate is the best way to get compliance with the most Mississippians wearing masks.

  Surgical interns help keep the OR running at Singing River Health System

They say it takes more than one person to make any type of surgical procedure a success. That’s why Singing River Health System’s Surgical Internship program gives hands on training to add to the workforce, and help save lives.

  With little money coming in, one coast business owner found a way to stay afloat

When Shayne Baca noticed foot traffic slowing down at his store, 1 Stop Vitamin Shop, he knew something had to change.

From Rock to Blues, several Mississippians nominated for a Grammy Award

Several Mississippians received Grammy nominations Tuesday morning for their projects in rock and the blues.

Jackson County woman sentenced to life for baby’s death to get new hearing

Amy Danielle Wilkerson was charged with capital murder in 2005 after Tristan Chinn died from injuries consistent with shaken-baby syndrome.

  TeamVR opens from the ashes of a failed business

A coast family that went into business just before the COVID-19 pandemic is showing that resilience and hard work are more important than ever for business success.

MSU, Southern Miss cancel sports events amid COVID-19 concerns

Golden Eagles, Bulldogs cancel events

  Half of Mississippi’s counties now under mask mandate

Tuesday’s 53 deaths marked the third highest single-day total in Mississippi since the onset of the pandemic.

Bond denied for Pearl River Co. man accused of capital murder

A judge denied bond to Dustin Gray, who is charged with capital murder in the death of Willie Jones

  Taylor Swift ‘folklore’ concert film coming to Disney+

The concert film will include guest appearances from Jack Antonoff, Aaron Dessner and Bon Iver — acts who all appear on Swift’s “folklore” album.

Is your home COVID-19 ready? Use these tips from UMMC

In case someone in your home gets sick, make a plan now for isolating those infected, protecting vulnerable relatives from transmission, and making sure the sick get the care they need.

Miss. hospitals see ‘extraordinary rise’ in COVID patients

With 910 confirmed patients hospitalized with COVID-19 and that number rapidly increasing, it’s likely hospitals because more inundated before things improve.

Man identified, charged weeks after he was shot for stealing MHP vehicle

Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is investigating a traffic stop that ended in an officer-involved shooting.

  Grocery pickup, delivery offers alternative to long lines ahead of holiday

Savvy shoppers are finding ways around the long lines at the grocery store ahead of the holiday thanks to services like grocery pickup and delivery options.

  Experts: Putting your dog on a chain can be dangerous

“We’ve actually had cases where dogs were dead on the end of a tether."

  Gulfport-Biloxi International prepares for holiday travel during pandemic

As COVID-19 surges nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning to Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving this year.

  DeSoto County tops state in COVID-19 cases as some officials there downplay pandemic

Dubbed “on fire” with coronavirus infections weeks ago, DeSoto County now leads the state in total positive cases, with some elected officials continuing to question -- without proof -- whether the numbers from the state’s health department are accurate.

  New body cam technology will help Gulfport Police Department be more transparent, says chief

Gulfport Police Department is taking steps to become more transparent. The move comes following two deadly officer-involved shootings in a 24-hour span.

  Wildlife officials again tracking Chronic Wasting Disease in state deer population

Wildlife officials are taking measures to make sure the deer harvested do not contain Chronic Wasting Disease.

  Coast Mardi Gras parade first to be canceled due to COVID risks

As concerns over the rising number of COVID-19 cases continues to grow, at least one Mardi Gras parade on the Coast has already been canceled due to the pandemic.

  Doctors continue to sound the alarm about Mississippi’s COVID-19 trends ahead of Thanksgiving

Doctors are concerned about the COVID-19 trends and say people need to be careful as we approach the holiday.

  Preparing children for Thanksgiving during a pandemic

Health officials also recommend gathering outdoors with children when possible for the holidays.

Hattiesburg bars, restaurants to close in-house service at 10 p.m.

The announcement comes as cases continue to rise in the Hattiesburg Metro area

MDOT suspends work, watches traffic for Thanksgiving travel

Historically, Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel holidays in America. Although COVID-19 is predicted to take a bite out of travel this year, the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) will monitor road conditions and suspend highway construction which could cause traffic delays.

Pearl River County man sentenced to 40 years for wife’s murder

Charles Bowman was sentenced Monday after being found guilty last month of second-degree murder and tampering with evidence in the death of his wife Kathleen.

  Catering services working to get Thanksgiving pre-orders complete on time

Dolce Cafe in Gulfport usually offers desserts, but this year, owner William Rester felt the need to extend the menu since many families probably won’t have a traditional family gathering.

  ‘It feels like we’re sliding backwards’ says Biloxian in NYC during pandemic

Stephen Pitalo has lived and worked there since 1995, and like all of us, he’s ready for the pandemic to be over, but he also understands there’s still a long way to go.

UMMC Vice Chancellor: ‘We could not handle a surge’

UMMC officials voiced their concerns over rising COVID-19 cases.

  699 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths reported Monday in Mississippi

80 new cases and no new deaths were reported in South Mississippi on Monday

  State legislators disagree on need for statewide mask mandate

Governor Reeves first enforced a statewide mask mandate on August 4. The mandate remained in effect until the governor lifted it on Sept. 30.

  Saints fans worry for future of fans in Dome given rising COVID cases

Pouring out of the Superdome was nothing but smiles as Who Dats took home a win against the rival Atlanta falcons.

  Some Coast residents ready, willing to take COVID-19 vaccine

A COVID-19 vaccine could be available as early as the second week of December. Many coast residents we spoke with feel the benefits of getting it far outweigh any concerns.

  Mississippi immigrants cautiously hopeful for Biden administration

While immigration lawyers and activists hope for a better four years under the Biden Administration, some immigrants say they need to see fewer promises and more action.

  Eagle Scout project brings welcome sign to Vancleave

If you take a drive on Highway 57 heading north toward Vancleave, you may notice a new sign welcoming residents and visitors to the city. It’s the brainchild of 17-year-old Avery Higginbotham.

State Treasurer asking Mississippians to check for unclaimed “property”

State Treasurer David McRae is asking Mississippians to check their accounts and other investments to avoid being deemed "unclaimed."

  Gulfport brush fire contained, but caused alarm in neighborhoods

A brush fire near some homes in west Gulfport is contained thanks to quick action from firefighters from Gulfport and Long Beach.

  WATCH: Gov. Reeves talks mask mandates, dumping the state income tax, and the election

Governor Reeves talks about the fight against rising COVID-19 case numbers in Mississippi and how mask mandates might factor in. He also touches on his state budget proposal for 2021 and reacts to the presidential election.

  Things to know when searching for, maintaining the perfect Christmas tree

Many families have made picking out the perfect Christmas tree a tradition; however, there’s a lot of hard work that goes on behind the scenes.

  779 new COVID-19 cases, 19 new deaths reported Sunday in Mississippi

98 new cases and no new deaths were reported in South Mississippi on Sunday

  Coast residents still plan Thanksgiving celebration, but with precautions

While COVID-19 rates are now the worst they have ever been in the state, the Thanksgiving traditions haven’t stopped cold turkey.

Investigators: Electrical issues likely started Gulfport apartment fire

The Gulfport Fire Department is investigating a fire that broke out at the Oxford Point Apartment complex Saturday afternoon.

  Ocean Springs groups hold 5th annual Thanksgiving Food Drive

200 bags of turkeys, mashed potatoes, macaroni and other holiday foods left the Ryan Youth Center with families who are in need.

  Air Force family wins $10,000 Exchange shopping spree from a Subway sweepstakes

The Lala family became $10,000 richer by winning a sweepstakes from simply pulling a tab off a Subway cup back while stationed in Korea.

Teen victim identified in fatal Gulfport shooting

The teen victim has been identified in the fatal shooting that happened early Saturday morning.

  140 graduate from Class 53 of Youth Challenge

A graduation ceremony was held Saturday morning at the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum.

Miss. Gov. urged to enforce statewide mask order by State Rep.

Saturday, the Mississippi State Department of Health reported 1,972 new cases and 15 additional deaths.

  Kappa Alpha Psi feeds hundreds ahead of Thanksgiving

Members of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. fired up the grills on Saturday to feed hundreds of people in need at Feed My Sheep.

Indiana woman finds creative punishment for son with social media help

Linda Hublard was shocked when her son Gavin, 14, was charged with vandalism in November. Now she's making him pay his own fees.

  1,972 new COVID-19 cases, 15 new deaths reported Saturday in Mississippi

237 new cases and 4 new deaths were reported in South Mississippi on Saturday

Brandon man volunteers for Pfizer coronavirus vaccine study

In the race for a COVID-19 vaccine, Pfizer submitted an application to the Food and Drug Administration for an emergency use authorization for its experimental coronavirus vaccine.

State medical leaders warn of staffing shortages and precautions ahead of Thanksgiving

Health leaders warn that Mississippi's trends don't have to follow what we're seeing in other parts of the country.

Lynyrd Skynyrd memorial gets road signs in Pike County

The Mississippi Department of Transportation put up the signs along I-55 directing people to the Lynyrd Skynyrd memorial

  Porch pirates on the prowl for holiday packages

Friday morning, a D’Iberville family became the latest of what is sure to be many victims of porch piracy this holiday season.

  Salvation Army hands out Thanksgiving meal boxes to Biloxi seniors in need

Less than a week from Turkey Day, the charity helped seniors in need throughout Biloxi through meal deliveries.

Gulfport natives, former Olympians join commission

Wicker names Dane and Reese to commission

  Beau Rivage teams up with Extra Table to donate 300 turkeys

The Beau Rivage wanted to make sure that families have what they need to make this a happy thanksgiving.

FCSO: Remains found in Covington Co. could be of woman missing since 2019

Deputies located skeletal remains in southeast Covington County in the Sanford community around 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Illinois teen charged in protest slayings posts $2M bail

Kyle Rittenhouse posted a $2 million cash bond in Kenosha on Friday. Prosecutors accuse Rittenhouse of fatally shooting two people and wounding a third during an Aug. 25 protest against police racism and brutality in Kenosha.