D’Iberville firefighters give away thousands of face masks

D’Iberville firefighters held a drive-thru mask giveaway at the D’Iberville Community Center. In just a few hours, they gave away more than 2,500 masks.

  Guests required to wear masks at all Mississippi casinos

Netflix deposits millions in Jackson based credit union

Fla. sheriff says he’ll deputize gun owners if protests overwhelm county

Bait shop opens at the Point in Pascagoula

MDES launches ‘ReStart MS’ to help employees return to work

  870 new COVID-19 cases, 10 new deaths reported Thursday in Mississippi

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  28,770 cases of coronavirus identified by Miss. Dept. of Health; 1,092 deaths

Plans for Diamondhead casino are once again dead

Bay Waveland School District offers 2 plans for returning students

Biloxi mom honored by Lions Club as “Mother of the Year”

NASCAR driver to race ‘Trump 2020’ vehicle sponsored by pro-Trump PAC

  State flags moved to Museum of Mississippi History

  COVID-19 hospitalizations, case averages in Mississippi reach all-time high

For weeks, amid steadily increasing coronavirus cases and a vulnerable health care system, Gov. Tate Reeves and the state’s health officer have been pleading with Mississippians to wear masks and practice social distancing.

  Reaction mixed among Coast restaurants as governor considers more restrictions

With the return to stricter protocols a possibility, many Coast businesses have mixed feelings.

  New animal cruelty bill will protect animals in Mississippi like never before

Governor Reeves signed an animal cruelty bill into law Wednesday in an effort to protect cats and dogs and to increase penalties for abuse.

  2 MGCCC squads named MACJC All-Academic Team of the Year

The Bulldogs softball team had a collective GPA OF 3.67, while men's soccer put together a 3.48.

Biloxi City Hall to reopen despite 2 additional employees testing positive for coronavirus

Senate committee confirms appointment for MDHS executive director

  Mississippi state flag officially retired after 126 years

Ginn appointed colonel of Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol

Lightning bolt strikes residence in Harrison Co.; no injuries reported

Inmate found unresponsive in cell; foul play not suspected

Slidell woman pleads guilty after allegedly sawing legs off of dog

Lynnette Victor, 51, was sentenced to seven years in the Department of Corrections, three years of probation, a $5,000 fine, and restitution for veterinary expenses, according to a report.

  Controversial prison reform bill passes legislature despite mixed reviews

Prison reform bill gets mixed reviews

  Businesses take different approach to mask requirements

Health officials continue to push the importance of wearing masks when out in public to prevent the spread of coronavirus. But some businesses are pushing that message more than others.

Gulfport nursing home reports 31 residents, 12 employees testing positive for COVID-19

While Singing River Health System said they’ve noticed an increase in COVID cases among young people, one Gulfport nursing home is bringing their run-in with the virus to light.

  Worthy Stables providing healing through horses

Worthy Stables is a nonprofit focused on therapeutic horsemanship.

  FEMA discusses hurricane season changes amid COVID-19 crisis

The Atlantic hurricane season is already breaking records with several storms named so early this year. With parts of the U.S. battling the wrath of the coronavirus pandemic, experts urge you not to delay in preparing.

  The Big Easy’s Fleurty Girl has arrived in South Mississippi

The original New Orleans boutique, Fleurty Girl, flung its doors open Wednesday morning in Bay St. Louis with the pizzaz and energy of a Mardi Gras parade.

  Summer enrollment increases at MGCCC despite COVID-19 uncertainty

This summer, enrollment has increased at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College by 800 students which is 20 percent more than last summer’s enrollment.

Southern University unveils line of THC-based medical marijuana products, marking historic launch among HBCUs

Southern University’s Agricultural Research and Extension Center on Wednesday, July 1 unveiled a line of THC-derived medical marijuana products that will be available across Louisiana.

  DMR closure creates problems for employees, fishermen

A budget battle in the state legislature left the Department of Marine Resources unfunded, sending employees home Wednesday morning.

Hospitality flag makers add ‘In God We Trust’ to flag design

The group says the flag was designed intentionally not to bear words or seals.

  Biloxi native in New York stresses importance of wearing a mask

Biloxi native Stephen Pitalo’s had an up-close and way too personal look at how COVID-19 has ravaged New York City, a place he’s called home since 1995.

  Officials planned to re-open Mississippi today. That did not happen.

For weeks, Reeves said, the plan was to fully re-open the state of Mississippi by July 1. That is no longer happening.

How the end of the prohibition bills affects South Mississippi

Currently, there are 29 dry counties in the state, including 2 in South Mississippi

  653 new COVID-19 cases, 9 new deaths reported Wednesday in Mississippi

South Mississippi reported 60 new cases of coronavirus and one new death for the six coastal counties.

  Moss Point resident paints over black fist painted by mayor in front of city hall

A Moss Point man says the mayor’s recent painting in front of City Hall is “racist” and that’s why he painted over part of it Wednesday morning.

Legislature approves bill outlining projects to receive RESTORE Act money

The legislature will allocate nearly $86 million this year to projects in South Mississippi.

  Coast has yet to see the worst of coronavirus, warns hospital officials

After the spike in cases that followed Memorial Day and the relentless increase throughout June, hospital officials on the Coast are concerned about the upcoming holiday weekend.

  As the state flag comes down, Mississippi turns its eyes toward the future

The flag that has flown over the Magnolia State for over 125 years is officially retired. Now, state leaders and residents are looking towards the future.

  Gulfport NAACP board charts plan of action for summer and fall

Despite the decision by Mississippi lawmakers to officially retire the state flag, board members of the Gulfport NAACP chapter say there is still much work to be done.

  ‘Mask wearing is more important now’: Singing River Health System seeing spike in COVID-19 cases

Since June 22, Singing River Health System is averaging eleven positive COVID tests per day, with a record 34 positive cases on Saturday.

Netflix to invest $10M in Miss. based credit union

Netflix has announced a $10 million investment in a Mississippi-based credit union to build economic opportunities in Black communities across the Deep South.

MDOC to limit office vistitations in July

The Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) will be limiting office visits in July for individuals on probation, parole, house arrest, or other forms of community supervision.

  History in the Making: State flag comes down along the Coast

The fall of the flag elicited plenty of emotion from across the state but many on the Gulf Coast are hopeful the change will bring the people of Mississippi closer together.

  ‘I never thought I’d see the day that this would happen;’ Miss. actress celebrates state flag change

For years she fought for change even pledging not to work in Mississippi until the flag came down.

Forrest County removes state flags as governor makes flag change official

Just as Gov. Tate Reeves signed the bill officially retiring the Mississippi state flag with a Confederate emblem on it, Forrest County removed the 1894 flags from county buildings.

  WATCH: South Mississippi political, civic leaders react to historic state flag change

As Governor Tate Reeves signed a bill Tuesday to retire the 1894 state flag, Mississippi made history.

Hancock Whitney offering financial assistance to people facing illegal evictions

$720,000 being given to five states in which the bank operates to help in coronavirus relief.

  Jackson Co. School District superintendent surprises students with new suits for work

The lucky students who acquired a new suit and tie are a part of a program called “LINCS”, which stands for Linking Individuals in Community Support.

  History Made: Gov. Reeves signs bill officially changing state flag

History was made Tuesday as Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves signed House Bill 1796 into law.

  Biloxi Shuckers, Minor League Baseball 2020 season canceled due to COVID concerns

Covid-19, plus negotiation war between MLB & the player's association played a factor.

Waveland 4th of July firework show postponed until Labor Day weekend

Amid the COVID crisis, the city of Waveland will not be hosting its fireworks display at the Garfield Ladner Pier on the Fourth of July; rather, city leaders deemed it best to move the show to Labor Day weekend, out of caution.

  Miss. state flag sales spike at Beauvoir due to flag’s retirement

Now that the 1894 state flag, with its Confederate battle emblem, has retired, the old flag— supported by many— could be classified as a collector’s item, a piece of history.

  Harrison Co. beaches nearly ready for 4th of July weekend

Harrison County sand beach crews are still cleaning up the sand since Tropical Storm Cristobal.

  Sheriff: Oklahoma man shoots woman who tried to steal his Nazi flag

A 26-year-old Oklahoma woman was shot after authorities say she was dared to steal a Nazi flag from a man’s front yard.

  City of Jackson to issue citations to people not wearing masks

Lumumba says a new executive order will be put in place soon that will crack down on people wearing face masks in public places. This means police officers will be handing out citations to those not wearing masks in public.

  680 new COVID-19 cases, 14 new deaths reported Tuesday in Mississippi

South Mississippi reported 47 new cases of coronavirus and one new death for the six coastal counties.

  Hancock Whitney helping Gulf Coast residents facing illegal evictions

Hancock Whitney is stepping up once again to help those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mississippians ordered to quarantine if traveling to NY, NJ, CT

Mississippians travelling to the northeast will face a 14 day quarantine.

  Pediatrics group strongly encourages return of in-person school

The American Academy of Pediatrics encouraged schools to have the goal of “having students physically present in school” despite the rising tide of COVID-19 infections nationwide.

  Walmart removes ‘All Lives Matter’ merchandise from website

Walmart is no longer selling “All Lives Matter” merchandise on its website.

George County School District announces reopening plan for students returning in August

Students in George County School District will return to the classroom in August following the traditional option offered by the state Department of Education.

Ingalls awarded $936M contract for new Arleigh Burke class destroyer

Ingalls Shipbuilding has been awarded a $936 million contract for the construction of an additional Arleigh Burke-class destroyer for the U.S. Navy.

  Mobile man arrested for DUI in May death of Keesler airman

A Mobile man is charged with Aggravated DUI in a crash that killed an airman stationed at Keesler AFB.

  Coast hotels, tourism officials hoping for busy holiday weekend despite pandemic

Despite the ongoing pandemic, busy beaches and booked hotel rooms are signs that tourism is picking up on the Coast.

  Coast businesses working to be transparent when it comes to COVID-19 concerns

As the number of COVID cases continues to go up, more South Mississippi businesses and workplaces are being affected.

  ‘He has been taken from me too soon’: Wife hopes to find husband’s killer in road rage shooting

Investigators are still searching for any suspects in the case. Jessica, her family, and the Box family hope that someone comes forward.

One injured in overnight accident after truck crashes into tree

Two people were injured late Monday night after a truck went off the road in Harrison County, causing Canal Road to be closed for a short period of time.

Silver Alert issued for missing Gulfport man last seen in Jackson

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation has issued a Silver Alert for 40 year old Kevin Jarvin Davis of Gulfport.

  Wear your mask or get a citation, Jackson mayor says

Mayor Lumumba said the city has plans to start issuing citations to people who don’t wear their masks in public.

  Senator: Bill to change state flag would have died under then-Lt. Gov. Reeves

While legislators wait for Gov. Tate Reeves to fulfill his promise and sign the bill which will retire Mississippi’s state flag, that same man would have silenced the bill in his former role as lieutenant governor, Senate Minority Leader Derrick Simmons said.

  State flag flying off shelves before it’s retired

The more than 120-year-old current Mississippi Flag is flying off the shelves at A Complete Flag Source in Jackson.

  Former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove reflects on seeing flag change vote 19 years after referendum vote

Former Governor Ronnie Musgrove and the Mississippi Economic Council react to the legislature's vote to change the state flag.

  Legislative Black Caucus applauds historic vote to change state flag

Members of the Legislative Black Caucus are applauding the historic vote to remove the Confederate symbol from the state flag.

  ‘Clearly the main issue is that people have let their guard way down’: Singing River addresses increase in COVID-19 cases

SRHS brought recent trends to the forefront that suggest South Mississippians have stopped staying as diligent when following CDC guidelines.

Radio station knocked off air after tree crashes into power lines in Saucier

The Harrison County fire chief said the fallen tree snapped one pole and caused another one to bend into nearby trees.

  July 4th firework shows creating crowd concerns amid COVID-19

Concerns over social distancing in crowded areas are ramping up as cities across the coast still plan to light up the sky on Saturday night with their annual 4th of July firework shows.

What the blocked Louisiana abortion law means for future of abortions in U.S.

Experts say the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision to strike down a strict 2014 Louisiana abortion law Monday, June 29 may indicate how the latest iteration of the court will rule on future abortion challenges.