Jackson County to get $10 million from FEMA for dredging

Jackson County is getting a multimillion-dollar boost from the federal government to help erase the effects of Hurricane Isaac last year.

The Sun Herald reported that the county will receive $10 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for dredging silt that Isaac swept into the mouths of bayous and channels. Matching money from the state and county will pay for an additional $4 million in dredging work.

County Board of Supervisors President Mike Mangum said the work could start in October and take about a year to complete.


1 teen dead, another missing after water sports accident

One Pascagoula High School student is dead and another missing after an incident on the Pascagoula River Sunday. Caleb Sweeten was killed in a water skiing accident while his teammate Brandon Rich remains missing.

According to Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd, the accident occurred about 3:30 p.m. on the Pascagoula River, just north of the U.S. 90 bridge. Byrd says the teens were boogie boarding when one teen fell off and the other went into the water, WCBI reported.

Sweeten was a sophomore, a part-time starter at linebacker and was expected to start next football season, WCBI said. […]

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Inmate charged with homicide after punching another inmate

A 19-year-old Jackson County jail inmate faces up to 20 years in prison after punching another inmate in the face resulting in his death.

Dionte R. Jones has been charged with homicide while in the commission of a misdemeanor assault for a physical assault on 46-year-old Anthony Eugene Moore.

Sheriff Mike Byrd said on Sunday, March 3, Jones was in the day room of the Jackson County jail arguing with a family member on the telephone. Just as the call ended, Moore walked by and Jones allegedly knocked Moore unconscious with a punch to the jaw. […]


Pascagoula man’s disappearance called ‘suspicious’

Authorities in Pascagoula issued a “Be On The Lookout” (BOLO) for a local man Tuesday night calling his disappearance ‘suspicious.”

Lt. James Massey said 50-year-old Lee Alexander McGill left for work on Wednesday, Jan. 2 at 7 a.m., and hasn’t been seen or heard from since. Massey said he could not release the specifics of the case, but police believe foul play may be involved.

Massey said McGill is a self-employed carpenter and left his home, in the 2000 block of 13th Street, in his 2007 Silver Dodge Caravan. […]


Man’s body found on school grounds

Lt. James Massey said a man found dead on the grounds of an elementary school Sunday morning died of natural causes.

Massey said 50-year-old Sidney Jackson was found on the athletic field of Colmer Middle School at 3112 Eden Street in Pascagoula around 8:17 a.m.

Initially described as a “black male”, Jackson was later identified and an autopsy was performed by a local pathologist. […]


Ingalls to add 5,000 jobs over the next 2 years

Ingalls Shipbuilding President Irwin F. Edenzon said the company will hire more than 5,000 workers over the next two years.

Edenzon made the announcement at a recent career fair that drew more than 1,200 students from six counties. He said Ingalls will be hiring 1,200 people through the end of the year and another 4,000 next year. Most of those are craftsman positions.