South Mississippi Strong

  WLOX anchor Rhonda Weidner reflects on 32 years of covering the Coast ahead of her retirement

As longtime WLOX anchor Rhonda Weidner prepares for retirement this week, she is taking a look back at some of her favorite moments over the last three decades.

  South Mississippi Strong: The Lord is My Help overcoming challenges to keep serving the hungry

  South Mississippi Strong: Gulfport veteran shares her experiences to remember greater sacrifices

  South Mississippi Strong: Moore Community House serves low-income families with free early childhood education

  South Mississippi Strong: Culinary specialist helping build careers, mentor new sailors

  South Mississippi Strong: Living historians bring the past to life with annual Fall Muster

  South Mississippi Strong: Husband and wife team volunteer at Cruisin' for over a decade

Continued Coverage

  South Mississippi Strong: Community partnerships help Coastal Family Health serve the medical needs of many

  South Mississippi Strong: Pascagoula coach finds, shares strength in a dark time

  Memorial Hospital well prepared for 24-hour lockdown because of Hurricane Sally

  South Mississippi Strong: Firefighter reflects on impact of 9/11 on first responder community

  South Mississippi Strong: Athletic trainers playing important role in the return of football

  Miss Brenda shares smiles, prayers with McDonald’s customers in Ocean Springs

Mississippi Strong: WLOX, Red Cross launch fundraiser for tornado victims

At a time already filled with great uncertainty, many Mississippians are now without a home or dealing with the loss of a loved one.

  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.

  South Mississippi Strong: Coast man using pickleball to help veterans struggling with PTSD

One man has found a way to help his fellow veterans deal with emotional and physical injuries from combat duty through a little sport called pickleball.

  South Mississippi Strong: Going above and beyond to help save animals

Dr. Jason Gulas and Dr. Alice Xenachis are a husband and wife veterinarian team, working together to help animals. Dr. Gulas says it’s like a mission for them.

  South Mississippi Strong: Gulfport native turned social media star brings laughs to thousands

  South Mississippi Strong: Krewe of Neptune’s keen focus on the people

  South Mississippi Strong: Bethel Free Clinic dedicated to providing quality health care to anyone

  South Mississippi Strong: Biloxi crossing guard does more than just direct traffic

  South Mississippi Strong: John McFarland works hard and volunteers even harder

  South Mississippi Strong: Beck’s Confections turn anyone into a baker

  South Mississippi Strong: Mag Holland is an ‘angel’ devoted to helping others

You can always help others. It's a recurring theme Mag Holland has lived by her entire life. And she is showing others that it doesn't have to be hard.

  South Mississippi Strong: Dave Vincent continues to find ways to give back in retirement

What you may not know about Dave is he is a man who has always had a desire to give back to his community, and now in retirement, he’s spending even more time volunteering for others.

  South Mississippi Strong: Moss Point native tackling race in America awarded Key to the City

Moss Point native Dr. Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. is being recognized by his hometown for tackling race issues in America.

  South Mississippi Strong: Twins helping better the Coast on both sides of the bridge

Twins Cynthia and Cecilia each work tirelessly to put out information to the public for the cities of Ocean Springs and Biloxi.

  South Mississippi Strong: Family stays positive after infant is diagnosed with rare disease

Colbi Capuano was born with a rare disease, one that makes life a little more challenging. But her condition isn’t stopping her or her family.

  South Mississippi Strong: Teen entrepreneur on the road to success with global company

At just 15 years old, Hunter Paige is the proud owner of his own online business, Southern Country Jewels and Fashion.

  South Mississippi Strong: Starfish Cafe on mission to help others

After Hurricane Katrina, a woman from New York saw an opportunity to help the coastal community. Now, years later Diana Fillhart is continuing her efforts to make South Mississippi strong.

  South Mississippi Strong: Pass Christian runner sprinting towards the Olympics

Cory McGee is one of the best 1500 runners in the country and her sights are now set on the U.S. Olympic team.

  South Mississippi Strong: Biloxi man refuses to let disabilities stop him, inspires many along the way

Eagle Houston Jr. of Biloxi wants to share his story because he hopes it would inspire at least one person, and those who know him say he’s done just that.

  South Mississippi Strong: Plastic Free Gulf Coast takes action toward a sustainable future

Plastic Free Gulf Coast is on a mission to replace single-use plastics like straws and lids with more earth-friendly options.

  South Mississippi Strong: Never Lose Sight helps blind people live normal lives

David Lancaster founded an organization, Never Lose Sight, to help those who have lost their sight or are seeing impaired regain their independence.

  South Mississippi Strong: Dancing priest goes viral for Jesus

Father Colten Symmes cuts a rug for Christ and for the kids he ministers at St. Patrick High School.

  South Mississippi Strong: Volunteers make the Cruisin’ ride much smoother

Cruisin' the Coast kicks off in a few days but the ones making sure it all runs smooth are the many tireless volunteers who donate their time.

  South Mississippi Strong: One woman’s inspiring journey to recover from a brain tumor

Pam Piaszik has spent years recovering after a brain tumor but continues to devote time to her community in many ways.

  South Mississippi Strong: Ainsley’s Angels push differently-abled people to the finish line and beyond

They push, they pull, they cheer. They do whatever is necessary to help people who differently-abled.

  South Mississippi Strong: John Wilson launches educational engine with INFINITY Science Center

What you see when you step inside INFINITY Science Center today is all thanks to Executive Director John Wilson.

  South Mississippi Strong: Long Beach students use yoga to relax, stay calm

At Reeves Elementary School in Long Beach, yoga is being used not only to promote a healthy lifestyle, but also to improve learning and life experiences.

  South Mississippi Strong: Bay businesswoman a driving force behind Coast tourism for 40+ years

Nikki Moon has been in the tourism and hospitality business for over 40 years. Not only is she the owner of the Bay Town Inn, she's also president of the Hancock County Chamber of Commerce and of the Coastal Mississippi Board of Commissioners.

  South Mississippi Strong: Coast theater teacher inspires children through her work

From the Gulfport Little Theatre to Lynn Meadows and now Gulfport High School, Tonya Hays has taught thousands of children on the Coast the art of theatre.

  Waste Pro’s ‘Superman’ uses job to help others any way he can

“Rain, sleet or snow, trash gotta go,” explained Nelson Ross, a lead driver for Waste Pro.

  South Mississippi Strong: Shelter volunteer fostered over 200 animals

Jeanene Martin is making a positive impact on animals one furry friend at a time.

  South Mississippi Strong: Coach shares love of golf with kids at Diamondhead Country Club

Teachers and coaches play an important role in the lives of kids. PGA professional Hoppy Smith helps young athletes discover the game of golf at Diamondhead Country Club.

  South Mississippi Strong: Lifetime volunteer finds the blessing in being a blessing to others

Ted Hearn's undying devotion to serve through volunteer work has changed hundreds of lives for the better.

  South Mississippi Strong: Running 1.26 miles for 126 days in honor of fallen Biloxi officer

As South Mississippi continues to reel from the loss of Biloxi officer Robert McKeithen, one man is honoring the officer one mile at a time.

  South Mississippi Strong: Entrepreneur provides platform to highlight black-owned businesses

Seeing a need to help black business owners, Alexis Williams created a Facebook page to offer support and resources to entrepreneurs.

  South Mississippi Strong: Biloxi Police Chief symbol of strength, professionalism after officer’s tragic death

The leader of the Biloxi Police Department, Chief John Miller, has been a symbol of strength professionalism since May 5 when Officer Robert McKeithen was gunned down outside the police station.

  South Mississippi Strong: Eddie Holmes puts the pedals to the metal with Gulf Coast Bicycle Club

Eddie Holmes is known by a lot of things - soccer coach, Iron Man, marathoner - but bicycling has always been at his core.

  South Mississippi Strong: Web series gives local unsigned artists a platform to shine

Harris describes the show as “MTV for local unsigned artists,” and they're always looking to discover the next undiscovered group.

  “We’re living happily ever after”: Biloxi couple’s love story endures for 72 years

It’s a love story for the ages, one that has endured since World War II, and one that continues just as strong today as it did 72 years ago.

  South Mississippi Strong: Goodwill wants to end poverty in Mississippi

It’s not charity; it’s a chance. That’s what Goodwill Industries of South Mississippi is founded on.

  South Mississippi Strong: City volunteer is a direct descendant of a founding family

Two of Jimmy Kreb's ancestors served as mayor. And today, he’s making his own mark on the city.

  South Mississippi Strong: MGCCC grad on his way to becoming a physician thanks to scholarship

Nader Pahlevan of Biloxi just graduated from MGCCC and is on his way to achieving his dream of becoming a doctor to help under served communities in Mississippi.

  South Mississippi Strong: Founder, curator of G.I. Museum honors all things military

The G.I. Museum in Gautier stands out like a beacon of hope and honor. The man behind the museum is Doug Mansfield, the founder, curator and visionary who continues to pay tribute to all things military.

  South Mississippi Strong: Women’s Resource Center volunteers change lives through education

At the Women's Resource Center in Gulfport, young mothers can find solid advice, support and services. Ultrasounds are free thanks to donations and longtime volunteers.

  South Mississippi Strong: Upside-down potter teaches innovation, engineering through art

A Hancock County artist with an engineering background is taking an unique approach to pottery and using it as a platform to teach innovation, mechanics, and art.

  South Mississippi Strong: Grieving mother creates Kuddles for others in need of a hug

A grieving South Mississippi mom is honoring her daughter’s memory by providing plenty of love and hugs to others in the form of bears called Kuddles.

  South Mississippi Strong: Retired chef brings fresh food, community to Coast with multiple farmer’s markets

One woman’s vision to bring fresh food to South Mississippi residents has blossomed into multiple farmers markets along the Coast.

  South Mississippi Strong: Eighth grader battles brain cancer with smile, positive attitude

A Biloxi eighth grader and her mom put on a brave smile and a positive attitude each day as the teenager battles brain cancer with the help of St. Jude Hospital.

  South Mississippi Strong: Hospital volunteer uses her dogs to lift the spirits of others

Where you see Abby and Bella, Mary Pecoul can't be far behind. As a volunteer at Garden Park Pecoul leads the hospital's pet therapy program.

  South Mississippi Strong: Studio 601 barbers give haircuts, good advice

Brian Newton and Justin Johnson are brothers in business at Studio 601. They are barbers by trade but they say cuts, shaves, and hot towel treatments are not the only services they provide.

  South Mississippi Strong: Nancy Rogers makes Mardi Gras magic for 23 years

Executive director of GCCA for 23 years, Nancy Rogers knows what it takes to pull off a successful Mardi Gras.

  South Mississippi Strong: Abra Taylor teaches boys to grow into educated young men

Abra Taylor helped form The League of Distinguished Gentlemen, a youth summit that teaches young people life skills, allowing them to learn from local leaders.

  South Mississippi Strong: Pascagoula educator molding successful students

Sixth grade teacher Sharon Thompson teaches reading every day to her students, but she is also using her class as an opportunity to educate and inspire students through the history of black Americans.

  South Mississippi Strong: The History of the 100 Men Hall

The 100 Men Hall in Bay St. Louis is best known for the legendary musicians who have graced its stage. Locals have recalled seeing the likes of Etta James, Guitar Slim, James Brown and many more of note.

  South Mississippi Strong: Bethesda Free Clinic helps people stay healthy, strong

During the past nine years, the Bethesda Free Clinic has offered care to more than 17,000 patients. These are people who might not receive the care they need if not for Bethesda.

  South Mississippi Strong: Archie Holland gives his all to help those in need

Whether a person needs furniture, food, clothes or just a smile, Mr. Archie will find a way to help. That's why he's South Mississippi Strong.

  South Mississippi Strong: Waveland filmmaker helping Coast film industry grow

The state of the Southern States Film Industry is good, but a Waveland filmmaker is working to make it even better. Michael Rechtien sees a lot of potential in the future of film in South Mississippi.

  South Mississippi Strong: Sue’s Home helps women who have nowhere else to turn

When women are homeless or fighting drug addiction and they have nowhere else to turn, they can count on Sue’s Home.

  South Mississippi Strong: Community leader empowers women to reach their goals

Inspiring women of all ages to dream big, helping others to work through their emotions, and establishing herself as a brand -- Jocelyn Lane-Gavin is South Mississippi Strong.

  South Mississippi Strong: Coast cookie company brings Mississippi flavors to the north

Baked and packaged in Pass Christian, Cat Island Cookies and Cracker Company is getting ready to represent South Mississippi on new coasts.

  South Mississippi Strong: SNO brings fun, friendships to people with special needs

South Mississippi SNO never goes away. SNO stands for Special Needs Organization, and it serves special needs clients and their families all across the Coast.

  South Mississippi Strong: Ocean Springs man nominated for a Golden Globe

It's a dream come true for an Ocean Spring native who is now competing with artists like Lady Gaga and Dolly Parton after being nominated for a Golden Globe.

  South Mississippi Strong: Harrison County’s emergency youth shelter gives a safe space to children in need

Harrison County's only emergency youth shelter can house anywhere from 25 to 30 children every month. The shelter staff go out of their way to make the facility feel like a home. Shelter director Dianna Kuns says, that's what the children who end up there, need most.

  South Mississippi Strong: Bringing joy to sick children on the Gulf Coast

In honor of her daughter, Lynette Meyers launched "Meghan's Dream," a non-profit that helps families live and deal with the burden and uncertainty of childhood cancer.

  South Mississippi Strong: Coast trainer turns life low point into inspiration

From despair to serving as an inspiration, personal trainer Sean Fayard has seen both ends of the spectrum. Despite hitting the lowest of lows, he now lives as an example for others making him South Mississippi Strong.

  South Mississippi Strong: Inspiring students with Pathways2Possibilities

For six years. eighth graders on the coast have been given a hands-on look at what their future could be, all thanks to Pathways2Possibilities. It partners students with pathways, in the hopes that it will help the teens find a niche.

  South Mississippi Strong: Heather Eason and the Comeback Coolers phenomenon

Comeback Cooler is Heather Eason's brainchild and the coolest pay-it-forward campaign around. Not only is it helping victims of devastation around the country, it's also making South Mississippi Strong.

  South Mississippi Strong: Guide dog trainer Carla Anderson

Carla Anderson spends thousands of hours a year training and caring for dogs that will go on to help people who are disabled, sick, or blind.