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Animal A.I.D. of Mississippi talks about plans to build an animal sanctuary

23 views – Ansley Brent – 2022-09-26 17:39:17

Animal A.I.D of Mississippi is a local dog and cat rescue in .

A.I.D. stands for ‘Angels in Disguise’ which is what they believe dogs and cats are. “Our motto is leaving the past behind. If we can help a dog overcome an abusive situation or one of neglect, then we’re all in.”

The group has a goal to raise enough funds to renovate and build a sanctuary on their property, but for now it is a dream backyard for any cat or dog. Volunteer Lyn Powers said, “We started with a play yard, we thought that was important because there are…

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Classic Country Concert Series Coming to Pascagoula


by Curtis Rockwell, Our Mississippi Home

A trio of legendary Classic Country music artists is coming to the Grand Magnolia Ballroom in this fall.

Lee Roy Parnell, Michel Martin Murphey, and Deanna Carter are all headed to beginning next week. The trio, responsible for over 20 number one hits over the years on the country and pop music charts, form the “Classic Country Concert Series” presented by Grand Magnolia Music and Roy’s Bar in Pascagoula. Tickets for all three shows are currently on sale at

On Thursday, Sept 22, the slide guitar legend, singer/songwriter and classic country hitmaker Parnell returns to Pascagoula for a 7:00 p.m., show.

The critically acclaimed, Grammy Award nominee Parnell, was one of the top hitmakers in country music for over two decades after…

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St. Martin Middle School teacher Leigh Ducharme

79 views – WXXV Staff – 2022-09-15 14:51:37

25’s Grant Chighizola is debuting a new series, highlighting teachers across who are making a difference and changing the game in the field of education.

For this inaugural Class Act, we partnered with Huntington Learning Center to honor a teacher known for her fun approach to math.

St. Martin Middle School’s Leigh Ducharme is only in her second year of teaching numbers and equations as a seventh-grade math teacher and she’s already left a major mark on students. “I don’t even know how to put it into words, that was so sweet, and so…

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228 Sports: (Rock’s Locks) Picking prime prep football games


by Curtis Rockwell, Our Mississippi Home

Rock’s Locks bounced back a bit last week, registering an 11-2 mark after going 8-5 the week before. That puts us at 29-10 overall after three weeks of prep football action.

Once again this week, just like last, we do have a few local teams in the “Southern Six” that are off this week. But the rest across are ready to go. This is the final week of action before region play begins for many teams.

“Take these chances, place them in a box until a quieter time…”

  1. Gautier at After an off week, the Gators head to Dantzler Street to face off with win-less Moss Point in the renewal of this county rivalry. Tiger quarterback Ryan Smith completed 12 of 19 passes for just over 100 yards and two touchdowns in a loss to Vancleave last week. This game…

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[ROCK’S LOCKS] Predicting prime prep games


by Curtis Rockwell, Our Mississippi Home

One of the best ways for a sportswriter to make a fool out of himself is to try and predict the weekly outcomes of any type of sporting event, but especially high school football games.

Not that I need any help, but here goes…

Have no fear, Rock’s Locks is here again y’all.

Yes, Rock’s Locks is back in for yet another prep football season. Rock’s Locks has been a steady feature in several daily newspapers (remember those?) across South Mississippi for much of the past three decades. Each week we will attempt to provide some insight with some prep pigskin prognosticator picks and provide you readers with much material to ridicule me with I am sure.

There has been a lot of talk about Rock’s Locks over the years. But I didn’t care what was said, I…

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A Look Ahead; 7 (or 8) things to watch in week one – Our Mississippi Home


by Curtis Rockwell, Our Mississippi Home

With the start of yet another prep football season across set for this week, it’s time for the first installment of “A Look Ahead” here on 228 Sports.

A Look Ahead has been part of the journalistic fabric of prep football across this region for most of the past twenty years. Each week of the season on Monday we’ll take a look at the action set to kick off on the gridiron in stadiums throughout the “Southern Six” counties of Mississippi.

We’ll get started with a bit of a different take on things, as we focus on seven items (or eight) to keep an eye out for in the 2022 season.

7 Bridges Road: This will mark the 14th season that in the state have been divided into six classifications, but that will all come to an end after the current school…

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Hurricane Camille made landfall 53 years ago- WXXV 25

127 views – Rick Gogreve – 2022-08-17 21:21:17

It’s a somber day of remembrance throughout as today is the 53rd anniversary of Hurricane Camille’s landfall.

For many, August 17th, 1969 was northing short of a nightmare. Since then, those who were affected still remember the horrors they faced that day. Today, those memories are still prevalent as ever as we honor those who we lost through the storm.

Today marks the 53rd anniversary of Hurricane Camille. According to the National Weather Service, Camille generated a storm surge of just over 24 feet in .

The category five storm…

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Allen Beverages celebrates 75 years of business on the Gulf Coast

Biloxi - Local News Feed Images 002 – WXXV Staff – 2022-08-17 17:37:50

Allen Beverages, a family business that’s been alive for three generations, is now celebrating their 75-year anniversary.

Locally owned and operated, Allen Beverages is celebrating 75 years on the Gulf Coast. Allen Beverages Incorporated was founded in August 1947 by Cleve Allen as the Pepsi distributor for and their first delivery followed just a month later.

Keeping it in the family, this business is like a hand-me-down that never goes out of style. Allen Beverages President and General Manager Andrew Allen said, “We’ve made it three…

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MDOT offers preparation tips during peak hurricane season

103 views – WXXV Staff – 2022-08-11 17:53:14

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JACKSON, MISS. — August marks the start of peak Atlantic , and is offering a few tips to help residents, businesses and community organizations prepare before a storm threatens the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

“We’ve had a fairly quiet hurricane season so far, but we can’t let our guard down, especially as peak season is now upon us,” said Commissioner Tom King, Southern Transportation District. “We urge each individual in South Mississippi to prepare now. MDOT offers very helpful free resources to help you make your…

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Burl Cain wants incarcerated people to construct buildings at Parchman


Prisons chief wants incarcerated people to construct buildings at Parchman

Mississippi Department of Corrections Commissioner Burl Cain plans to ask the Legislature to pass a bill to allow incarcerated people to construct buildings as a form of job training, a tie in with the department’s focus on reentry.

Under state law, the Department of Administration and Finance oversees construction, repairs, additions and demolition for all state buildings. The department also reviews and pre-approves all architectural and engineering service contracts for building projects. 

Cain said licensed contractors are required to build any state building, which is why he sees a need for a change in state law. 

“It takes too long and we need to move faster,” he told Mississippi Today about the current process. “Those are the things we can hone our own skills on and have the inmates build the buildings themselves.”

Cain envisions incarcerated people constructing one-story buildings that are no more than 5,000 square feet to house prison programs such as a welding school, carpentry program or a commercial truck driving simulator. 

The buildings would be at the at Parchman, which has the most space to the state’s other prisons. A certified contractor, electrician, roofer and others involved would supervise incarcerated people during construction, he said. 

“You’re teaching an electrician how to be an electrician,” Cain said. “You’re teaching a carpenter how to frame a building. You put a roof on a building, you’re teaching an inmate how to be a roofer.”

The commissioner also believes allowing incarcerated people to construct buildings for prison training programs could help save taxpayer money. That is especially true as construction-related costs remain high, he said. 

A Department of Administration and Finance spokesperson declined to comment. 

During a previous legislative session, Cain said he tried to get a law passed to allow incarcerated people to construct buildings, but he said the timing didn’t work out and the effort didn’t have momentum. 

Now that he has reentry, job training and other programs in place, Cain said he has a way to show the Legislature that it should invest in more of his efforts. 

READ MORE: After 121 scalding Mississippi summers, Parchman prison is getting air conditioning

Since becoming commissioner in 2020, Cain has focused on rehabilitation and reentry as a way to prevent people from returning to prison. Skilled jobs training has been part of those efforts. 

Last year, MDOC debuted a mobile welding training center. It started with a group of women at the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Pearl and moved to the Correctional Institution in Leakesville.

Earlier this year, MDOC accepted a donated tractor trailer from Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey and District Attorney Bubba Bramlett that was seized during a drug transportation arrest on Interstate 20. The vehicle was turned into a simulator to train incarcerated people for careers in commercial truck driving. 

“Now the trend is reentry, and reentry only happens when you send them out with a skill so he can get a job,” Cain said.

Businesses may not want to hire a formerly incarcerated person to sweep the floor, but he said they may be more inclined to if they are certified and have a skill such as welding, truck driving or roofing. 

More than 9,000 people leave the Missisisppi prison system each year, according to a 2021 report by the Corrections and Criminal Justice Oversight Task Force, which Cain is a member of. 

“Let me have the freedom to teach them how to build those buildings and pour the concrete and let them do that and to prove themselves,” Cain said. 

This article first appeared on Mississippi Today and is republished here under a Creative Commons license.

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