Sunday, August 31 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-31 19:28:29 GMT
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online.More >>
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online. Friends and family of a Pascagoula kindergarten student have created a Facebook page and GoFundMe.com account claiming the girl was attacked on the playground this week by another student.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 4:52 PM EDT2014-09-01 20:52:33 GMT
The Mississippi Highway Patrol has issued an Amber Alert for 17-year-old Katelyn Beard. She was abducted Saturday morning from between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. from 4244 Lynda Street in Jackson. BeardMore >>
Her Nissan Altima was discovered behind a vacant building. We are told that officers are searching the area now.
Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:53 PM EDT2014-08-19 20:53:02 GMT
A cross was burned in the yard of a Smith County man after what his family is referring to as a vicious hate crime occurred. Family members say that Craig Wilson was beaten with brass knuckles and shotMore >>
A burning cross, a Smith county man beaten and shot by a family member, and in critical condition. We are told this is much more than a family feud, and outraged family members are calling it a "hate crime."
Northwest Ohio just finished "the biggest week in bird watching in America." It was an unqualified success. Hotels, restaurants, shops all enjoyed the bounty of having tens of thousands of visitors spending days in our area. And these bird enthusiasts came from all over the world. It was an excellent week to improve the image of northwest Ohio. I got to believe the visitors left impressed.
On another note, an obvious takeaway is that we need to do everything possible to protect our bird sanctuaries and nesting areas. And, if infrastructure like walkways and raised platforms in viewing areas need repaired or rebuilt, this is money well spent.
Hopefully the value of this natural asset can be conveyed to local, state and federal government agencies. Estimates indicate this week brought in millions of dollars in commerce. That is significant and worth fighting for.
Now, take a moment to appreciate the financial value to our area from bird watching, fishing, vacationing, and boating and hunting. It is billions of dollars. Billions! Then realize that this all goes away in a hurry if we fail to protect Lake Erie and its surrounding ecology. Even if you never do any of the above, the math is still obvious, simple and irrefutable. We need a healthy lake and unspoiled wetlands.
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