Bay St. Louis business owners prepared for economic boost from passenger trains

The Amtrak passenger rail service is making its way back to South Mississippi in 2022 and some business owners along the planned route said they’re ready for the additional exposure.

Community joins clean up effort in Gulfport neighborhood

  COVID-19 in Mississippi: 549 new cases reported Saturday

  549 new COVID-19 cases, 31 new deaths reported Saturday in Mississippi

  Small businesses continue to grow in Ocean Springs

  Coast Coliseum sees ticket sales soar as Crawfish Music Festival crawls closer

  Mississippi lawmakers considering creation of a conservation trust fund

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  ‘Whoever did it, we’ll be praying for them’: Turkey Creek historical marker vandalized in Gulfport

  Pascagoula-Gautier School District preps for COVID-19 vaccinations for employees

  William Carey nursing students on front line of pandemic

  Mississippi AG opinion rules out D’Iberville candidate

Dr. Horne: Recent drop in Miss. COVID cases may have led to ‘unreasonable optimism’

  Roger Wicker Center for Ocean Enterprise celebrates milestone

  Enviva almost ready to churn out wood pellets from Lucedale

These days all roads, dirt or otherwise, lead in and out of Enviva’s $140 million wood pellet plant construction site at George County’s Industrial Park.

Arkansas truck driver making delivery to Shreveport ends up on ECMO machine for 30+ days

Chane Wells says the last thing he remembers is being brought into Willis-Knighton Pierremont on his stomach, someone taking his work boots off when he got to his room, and him seeing his black socks.

  Pass Christian Elementary honors unsung heroes for Black History Month

Students at Pass Christian Elementary School celebrated Black History Month on Friday with a special performance that paid tribute to the unsung heroes of the African American community.

  Harrison Co. School District partners with William Carey University to help ‘grow’ teachers

Students in the Harrison County School District, interested in becoming teachers, now have a fast track to the profession.

Emergency rental assistance program to be launched in March

  Opry live stream on WLOX CBS to raise money for those suffering from storms, pandemic

Man gets two life sentences for raping children in 2020 home invasion

  731 new COVID-19 cases, 25 new deaths reported Friday in Mississippi

  Ft. Bayou Bridge on Hwy. 609 back open but preparing to close for 45 days

  ‘It was a miracle’: Baby boy comes back to life after being pronounced dead

  Mississippi lawmakers consider doing away with prescription requirement on pseudoephedrine

Mississippi is one of only two states still requiring a prescription for medicines containing pseudoephedrine. That could soon change.

Sumter man charged with exposing children and adults to HIV

He was previously accused of inappropriate acts with children.

  Coast businesses hoping for a boost from passenger trains

Amtrak trains are set to roll from New Orleans to Mobile starting in 2022 and with it comes optimism for businesses in the four cities along the Mississippi Gulf Coast where the trains will be stopping.

  MGCCC opens new performing arts center at Harrison County campus

South Mississippi has a new state-of-the-art performing arts center at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, and it will be the new home of the Gulf Coast Symphony.

Man injured in ultralight aircraft crash in Forrest County

The ultralight aircraft crashed in a field off JC Burt Road in Forrest County.

  Moss Point moving forward with hopes for improvement

The shock waves are still being felt after former Moss Point Mayor Mario King pleaded guilty to a federal charge, and ultimately resigned. However, with Interim Mayor Robert Byrd in charge, the city has no choice but to move forward with the good and the bad.

2 evaluated after Fort Rucker training helicopter crashes

The crash happened around 3 p.m. at Hooper-Stage Field. That’s located between Ozark and Fort Rucker.

Gas prices expected to top $3 a gallon nationally by Memorial Day

Experts are already cautioning drivers to be prepared for a hike in gas prices as we shift into spring and summer.

Black History Month exhibit on display at Hattiesburg Kress building

About two dozen items are on display through Sunday.

  Gulf Coast food pantries see uptick in need, and donations during pandemic

Food pantries have seen an increase in people visiting since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Add in a brutal winter storm, and the numbers are even higher.

  Study: Coast tourism performing among the best in the nation

While COVID-19 hit our tourism industry hard, the downturn has not been as severe as expected. A new study shows coast tourism is performing among the best in the nation.

  920 new COVID-19 cases, 8 new deaths reported Thursday in Mississippi

170 new cases and 2 new deaths reported in South Mississippi on Thursday.

  Memorial’s CEO receives Dr. Felix Dunn Community Leader Award from Gulfport NAACP

The Gulfport NAACP presented Memorial Hospital CEO Kent Nicaud the Dr. Felix Dunn Community Leader Award for his commitment to a diverse employee population.

  Virtual town hall meetings on COVID-19 and the vaccine happening Thursday

Two virtual town hall meetings are being held Thursday, one at 4pm and another at 7pm.

Fort Bayou drawbridge on Highway 609 temporarily closing Thursday night

The Fort Bayou drawbridge on Highway 609 will be temporarily closed Thursday night from 10pm until 5am Friday morning.

Driver killed in Jones Co. crash identified, MHP investigates

The crash happened on State Route 590 at River Road in Ellisville around 6:48 a.m.

Report: Woman uses pistol to stop man attacking her husband during road rage incident on I-85

A woman used her pistol to keep stop a man who was assaulting her husband following a road rage incident on Interstate 85 in Rowan County.

  Amtrak set to return to Gulf Coast in 2022 with 4 stops in South Mississippi

Amtrak is moving ahead with plans to begin service next year from New Orleans to Mobile with stops in Bay St. Louis, Gulfport, Biloxi and Pascagoula.

  Mixed reaction to tax reform proposal moving through legislative process

The tax reform plan may have cleared one side of the State Capitol but as it moves from the House to the Senate, several groups are asking that they pump the breaks.

Officials say they’re making repairs as quickly as possible as Jackson water crisis enters 1 week

Jackson city leaders say they hope to contain enough water leaks to bring pressure to full strength in the coming days.

  Biloxi VA uses robot cleaner to disinfect rooms

It looks like a tanning bed for a hospital room but instead of warming your skin, it’s killing viruses, including the novel coronavirus.

  Moss Point board appoints Byrd as interim mayor after King’s guilty plea, resigation

During a special called meeting held Wednesday, the board of aldermen selected Ward 3 Alderman and Mayor Pro Tempore Robert Byrd as Moss Point’s interim mayor.

‘Unprecedented’ winter storms leave Mississippians facing steep increase in power bills

For those who do have their electricity, the cold weather is expected to deal a blow to their bank accounts.

  Black Greek-lettered organizations carry on the legacy to uplift their communities

More than 100 years ago, young African American women strived to uplift their community in a positive way. Black Greek-lettered organizations known as the ‘Divine Nine’ allowed them to do that.

  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.

  Black-owned spa business celebrates opening during pandemic

The pandemic opened doors for many business owners to become their own boss in South Mississippi. Thanks to that trend, Biloxi residents have a new option to get some massage therapy.

‘He is very possibly going to prison for a very long time’: Picayune teen accused of shooting three juveniles arrested

The teenager accused of shooting three juveniles in Picayune Sunday is in custody as of Tuesday night.

MDOC investigates sudden death of inmate in Rankin County

It stems from the death of 39-year-old Ronald Frederick, who died suddenly Friday night.

SRHS opens vaccine appointments to teachers, first responders

Singing River Health System announced Wednesday that they have opened up their vaccine appointments to teachers and first responders.

  Mississippi to review its public utility infrastructure after winter outages across America

Mississippi’s Public Service Commission announced Wednesday an immediate review of the state’s public utility infrastructure in light of the disastrous power outages across the country with the recent winter weather.

  Gulf Coast volunteers deliver water to Jackson

Volunteers with Extend a Hand Help a Friend left early Wednesday morning to deliver water to Jackson to help thousands of people who still don’t have a steady supply of drinking water.

  Man convicted in 2019 slaying of Biloxi officer sentenced

One of the men involved in the ambush and murder of a Biloxi police officer will spend the next seven years in prison for his part in the crime.

Prosecutors drop drunken driving charge against Springsteen

Springsteen pleaded guilty to consuming alcohol in a closed area.

  ‘Guilty, your honor’: Mario King resigns as mayor, pleads guilty to one federal charge

Moss Point Mayor Mario King has officially resigned as mayor following an appearance in federal court Wednesday.

Amtrak: Passenger trains to return to Gulf Coast in 2022

The route will connect Mobile, Alabama to New Orleans, with four stops in Mississippi: Bay St. Louis, Gulfport, Biloxi, and Pascagoula.

Reeves announces 30k new first-dose COVID-19 vaccination appointments

Gov. Reeves announces 30k new first-dose appointments.

  669 new COVID-19 cases, 28 new deaths reported Wednesday in Mississippi

93 new cases and 2 new deaths reported in South Mississippi on Wednesday.

  Coast teachers compete to win $10,000 by shedding some pounds

A group of teachers on the Coast are competing in a weight loss challenge that could leave them feeling lighter but have their pockets feeling a bit heavier.

ALERT: Statewide tornado drill begins 9:15 a.m. Wed.

Expect to hear sirens all over Mississippi.

  Gulfport Police Chief condemns ‘cowards’ after shooting leaves 2 women, toddler injured

Two women and a toddler were shot Saturday. It's a crime that the Gulfport police chief has said was the act of a coward.

  Mississippi House passes tax reform proposal that includes phasing out state income taxes

The Mississippi House voted to advance a proposal that would phase out the state income tax, reduce the grocery tax and increase the sales tax.

  Reeves: Rollback of some COVID-19 restrictions in Mississippi will begin over next seven days

But the governor offered few specifics on what that might look like.

  Coast educators, first responders relieved that they can now get COVID-19 vaccine

Gov. Tate Reeves announced on Feb. 23 two new groups are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine - educators and first responders.

  Memorial Hospital administers more than 1,000 first dose COVID-19 vaccines, relieving many

Memorial Hospital prepped hundreds of COVID-19 vaccine doses Tuesday at the Lyman Community Center. Many people were able to let out a sigh of relief that they were finally getting their first dose appointment.

Mississippi reportedly losing population while many in nation move south

Bankrate reports that Mississippi lost more than 11,000 residents during the pandemic from mid 2019-mid 2020.

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

Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort has partnered with the Gulf Coast Center for Nonviolence to provide training for employees so they can help themselves and others.

MEMA: 5 deaths in Mississippi now blamed on last week’s extreme winter weather

The Mississippi Emergency Manage Agency initially reported two deaths.

  Tiger Woods was headed to meet Drew Brees before rollover crash

Tiger Woods was on his way to meet Drew Brees and other celebrities for a production shoot Tuesday when he was “seriously injured” in a car crash, according to Brett Baier with Fox News and Shelley Smith on ESPN.

Officials ask for prayers for N.C. trooper battling COVID-19 in ICU for last 12 days

Officials say Trooper James Montgomery, better known as “Brent,” of Troop C District 4 - Vance County has been in intensive care for the last 12 days at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill battling the virus.

  Teachers, first responders can get COVID vaccine starting March 1

Cases have been dropping in the state, a “welcome trend,” according to State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs.

Perkinston man sentenced to 50 years for producing child porn

A Perkinston man received the maximum sentence Tuesday in federal court after pleading guilty to producing child pornography.

  Work on Oak Street rail crossing in Biloxi to continue through Thursday

Work on a rail crossing in Biloxi is causing some issues for local residents and businesses but, luckily, it’s only temporary.

  ‘When we say bloody, we mean bloody’: Reflecting on the Biloxi wade-ins and Bloody Sunday

In a fight against segregation on the beach, the Biloxi wade-ins first began in 1959. At least three other protests would take place between then and 1963.

‘Welcome trends’: Dobbs shares thoughts on shrinking virus data

State Health Officer Thomas Dobbs compared data from May 10, 2020, to February 20, 2021.

  348 new COVID-19 cases, 24 new deaths reported Tuesday Mississippi

65 new cases and 4 new deaths reported in South Mississippi on Tuesday.

  Jackson Co. School District lays out plans for proposed $67 million bond project

The Jackson County School District is moving forward with a bond proposal that would bring several upgrades to schools in Vancleave, St. Martin, and East Central.

  State taxes could be a thing of the past under new bill

The bill is now in the hands of the House for a vote.

Parents are neglecting immunizations amid pandemic, study finds

Parents admit they stopped doctor visits to avoid COVID-19.