Friday, May 17 2013 11:23 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:23:44 GMT
A Hattiesburg High School senior will soon be on his way to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Parker Krag has received an appointment to the academy. He got his acceptance packet Friday morning.More >>
A Hattiesburg High School senior will soon be on his way to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.More >>
Wednesday, May 15 2013 10:08 AM EDT2013-05-15 14:08:44 GMT
ORLANDO (WFTV/CNN) – Hurricane season is almost here and the National Hurricane Center has released its annual list of storm names. The list alternates between boy and girl names. The list kicks off withMore >>
Hurricane season is almost here and the National Hurricane Center has released its annual list of storm names.More >>
Monday, May 13 2013 12:24 PM EDT2013-05-13 16:24:04 GMT
MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come. According to Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall, the drug raid is the result of severalMore >>
A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 4:04 PM EDT2013-05-17 20:04:23 GMT
Grant Matheny with Arinder Logging says, "Used to it was all cut down by saws and pulled up with cable skidders. It's changed a lot but its still easy to get hurt if you don't pay attention." No betterMore >>
No better start to Pinebelt Tough than its own namesake. Agriculture is the number one Mississippi industry and forestry brought in more than $1.3 billion to the state in 2012. Our story begins with the loggers.More >>
South Korea says North Korea has fired three short-range guided missiles into its eastern waters. Pyongyang routinely test-launches such missiles.More >>
North Korea fired three short-range guided missiles into its eastern waters on Saturday, a South Korean official said. It routinely tests such missiles, but the latest launches came during a period of tentative diplomacy...More >>
What began as any other Friday for the Richton High School baseball team, and the Richton community, became the unthinkable.
Normally, the Rebels run sprints or run the bases for offseason conditioning. Instead, they decided to play touch football. Senior Landon Mayo threw a pass to his classmate and life-long friend, Alex Lott. "He went to run, and when I looked up, he landed flat on top of his head and rolled over," Mayo recalled of that Nov. 2 afternoon on the Richton baseball field.
Michael Banes was working in his office at the time of the accident. "Something actually just kind of hit me, that I need to go check," said the Rebels head coach, "and I met someone coming in the door as I was going out who said, 'Alex got hurt.'"
Lott lay on the ground, and told his coach he couldn't feel anything. "I reached down, grabbed his hand, and asked him to make a fist, and he didn't move very much at all," Banes said. He then took out his cell phone and called for an ambulance, but not before texting Lott's father and calling Lott's mother.
The volunteer fire department rushed Lott to Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg. "By the time we got over there, we found out that he had broken his neck," said Banes. But scans revealed things to be much worse.
"It kind of seemed like it was probably a stinger...or something that was going to resolve with some surgery," recalled Penny Lott, Alex's mother, who's also a nurse, "but when I looked at that scan, I knew it was not going to be good."
With his teammates now at the hospital, doctors rushed Lott to surgery, after which his condition appeared to be improving. "I was hoping he was going to pull through," said Mayo, "Everybody was praying. Everybody had confidence that he was going to come through."
The team stayed at the hospital overnight and left Saturday morning, but immediately turned around when they heard their friend and teammate took "a turn for the worst." He suffered two strokes, and passed away Sunday morning.
"I am grateful for the fact (the nurses and doctors) did everything right because it allowed me 20 minutes or so with my son; to assure him and to tell him that I loved him and to hear him tell me that he love me again," said Penny Lott.
Lott's loss touched everyone in Richton, whether it be a teammate, a friend, a sister, a mother or a father. "It didn't seem real," said Lott's father Jason, as he held back tears, "It was like, I couldn't believe this was happening.
"You think about all his hopes and dreams, all he wanted to do, how full of life he was. How it could just end so suddenly."
At age 16, when Lott registered for his driver's license, he asked for two words that would save the lives of five other people around the world:
"I (asked him), ‘Is it your decision, or is it because I've harped on it forever?' said Penny Lott.
"He said, ‘No. It's my decision, because I won't need them where I'm going.'"
On Nov. 30, Jason and Penny received a letter from the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency.
Lott's lungs saved the life of a little girl from St. Louis.
His right kidney made it to a 12-year old Mississippi girl.
His left kidney and his pancreas went to a 29-year old Louisiana woman, who's suffered from type-one diabetes her entire life.
His liver saved the life of a 52-year old woman from Puerto Rico.
And his heart saved a 46-year old Florida man's life.
Lott is gone, but because of his choice, five others will live. "Honestly, it gives me something to hold on to knowing that I couldn't have my child, but through his loss, five other people have life," said Penny Lott.
"It's an honor to know that I have a child who thought that way at the age of 16," said Jason Lott, "It says a lot for him.
Saturday, May 18 2013 10:08 PM EDT2013-05-19 02:08:12 GMT
Officials with the Jackson County Sheriff's department say the body of Timothy Gordon, Sr. was found just after 12 p.m. Saturday on the Escatawpa River. Friday evening around 5:30, Gordon and anotherMore >>
The search in Moss Point is over. The body of 55-year-old boater Timothy Gordon has been pulled from the Escatapwa River. Now investigators are saying marijuana may have been involved in the accident.
Saturday, May 18 2013 10:00 PM EDT2013-05-19 02:00:02 GMT
Observers are predicting a speedy confirmation to the federal bench for Jackson attorney Debra M. Brown. If confirmed, Brown would become the state's first black female district judge. Carl Tobias, aMore >>
Observers are predicting a speedy confirmation to the federal bench for Jackson attorney Debra M. Brown.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 7:29 PM EDT2013-05-18 23:29:38 GMT
A local patriotic organization has honored the Covington County men who were killed in action in the Vietnam War. In a ceremony Saturday, the Covington County Genealogical and Historical Society SocietyMore >>
In a ceremony Saturday, the Covington County Genealogical and Historical Society Society unveiled a monument on the grounds of the county courthouse.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 4:16 PM EDT2013-05-18 20:16:49 GMT
The North Lamar Water Association has issued a boil water notice for all of Bellewood Subdivision until further notice. It was issued just before 3 p.m. Saturday. Officials with the association sayMore >>
Officials with the association say a break in a main water line prompted the notice.More >>
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