Thursday, May 23 2013 7:31 PM EDT2013-05-23 23:31:22 GMT
The pastor and members of a Jefferson county church make the gruesome discovery of a body on the way to Bible study Wednesday evening. Sheriff Peter Walker said a woman's body was found just before 6:30More >>
Jefferson County Sheriff Peter Walker has identified the woman found dead in the cemetery of East Mount Olive Baptist Church Wednesday night.
For nearly eight years, the first building guests at Beauvoir see coming through the gates is a FEMA trailer. But in just days, the trailer will be hauled off and guests will be greeted inside the brand new Jefferson Davis Presidential Library.
"We have been working to get into the building since Katrina," Executive Director Bertram Hayes-Davis said. "We did the house, the two cottages. The library has taken about four years to build and it's in its final stages of completion."
Workers are eager to take over the building. They came ready to work Monday hauling boxes and unloading items into the new gift shop.
"It is an exciting day for us. This is the first time we are moving some of the stuff out of the FEMA trailer and into the library and into the gift store," Hayes-Davis said.
The 24,000 square foot state of the art building also has other features that are not quite ready to show off yet.
"It includes an event room which is behind us, we have administrative offices behind us. We have three galleries upstairs which will be a rotating gallery, a Jefferson Davis gallery, a confederate soldiers gallery, also a library," Hayes-Davis said.
As always the rich history of Jefferson Davis will attract visitors, but for the first time, the director believes, the present day building will also be a draw.
"This is an exquisite architecture wonder and I think people will come just to see the building. It will be what we consider a jewel on the Gulf Coast," Hayes-Davis said.
Beauvoir is closed to guests until Wednesday. By then, workers hope to have the admissions office and the gift shop ready for guests. The director hopes to open the rest of the building and have an official grand opening sometime this summer.
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 >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:42 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:42:16 GMT
The Hattiesburg City Council is expected to vote soon, possibly as early as next week, on its preferred method to upgrade the city's sewer lagoon system. The two options on the table are to build a newMore >>
In order to be able to pay for their new wastewater treatment facility, Hattiesburg is increasing sewer rates for Petal and Lamar County customers.More >>
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