Friday, May 24 2013 7:37 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:37:25 GMT
The City of Hattiesburg is increasing the sewer rates for Petal and some Lamar County customers who use their wastewater lagoon. Petal residents are concerned and voicing their opinions after finding outMore >>
Petal and Hattiesburg residents are voicing their opinions after finding out the City of Hattiesburg is increasing sewer rates. More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:09 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:09:56 GMT
It is official, Boy Scouts of America must accept all male youth no matter their sexual orientation. On Thursday, more than 60-percent of the Boy Scouts of America's 14-hundred-members voted for theMore >>
It is official, Boy Scouts of America must accept all male youth no matter their sexual orientation.More >>
Dan Sligh and his wife were in their pickup truck on Interstate 5 heading to a camping trip when a bridge before them disappeared in a "big puff of dust."More >>
The trucker was hauling drilling equipment when his load bumped against the steel framework over an Interstate 5 bridge. He looked in his rearview mirror and watched in horror as the span collapsed into the water behind him....More >>
The Junior Mart in Maringouin sees a steady line of customers everyday.
"We sell a lot of beer in this town. It's amazing," said one of the clerks at the store. Workers say a lot of those who come in reach for one of the brown bottles, in the beer case. "He would come into the store, buy his beer and cigarettes and that's it." The store was pretty much a daily stop for one man in particular.
"Bin Laden," the clerk said. "I know I've heard they call him that."
"That's Leon," said Jackie Wesley.
Leon Wesley got that nickname because of his long beard. But family say he's nothing like America's former number one enemy.
"He stood six feet seven and a half inches tall. He was a comedian, loved to make you laugh all the time," said Wesley, Leon's younger sister. "He would always put his foot behind his head and we were always so afraid it would get stuck and we'd have to call the paramedics to take it down."
Jackie says her brother was rarely without his red cup.
Her brother died Sunday, after battling prostate cancer. But his sister, who runs a funeral home in Maringouin, promised to honor his dying wish.
"When they hear about the casket, they going to be curious to come see about that," she said.
Leon's casket was specially ordered to fit his long frame and covered with the log of his well known drink of choice, Budweiser beer.
Jackie says her brothers request never seemed odd because she's been asked to honor similar wishes before, from other families.
"One family years ago wanted their father in a bed. So we brought in a bed, with his pajamas and robe on. With a Butterfinger in his hands," Wesley said.
Now she says her brothers wish is also fulfilled.
The family also says Leon will be buried in that casket, holding a Budweiser. They're expecting a crowded church at his funeral on Saturday, in Maringouin, La.
Friday, May 24 2013 5:52 PM EDT2013-05-24 21:52:06 GMT
The eight Marion County law enforcement officers who've lost their lives in the line of duty were remembered in an annual ceremony Friday morning. It included the laying of a wreath at a fallen officersMore >>
The eight Marion County law enforcement officers who've lost their lives in the line of duty were remembered in an annual ceremony Friday morning. More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 4:45 PM EDT2013-05-24 20:45:22 GMT
First responders from in Laurel and Jones County were treated to Lunch Friday by the Wayne Farms Laurel facility. As part of National Emergency Service Week, for the last 12-years Wayne farms has hostedMore >>
First responders from in Laurel and Jones County were treated to lunch Friday by the Wayne Farms Laurel facility. More >>