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12-year-old Diamondhead girl prepares again for national golf championship

A little over a year ago, Karstyn Altese of Diamondhead was preparing for the Drive, Chip, and Putt national finals at Augusta National.

Madison high schooler builds 7-foot igloo

ESPN to feature JSU on ‘First Take’ for Black History Month

Send free Valentine’s Day e-cards to patients at St. Jude

Wildlife officials spot 50 bald eagles around Miss. lakes

WLBT’s Maggie Wade named ‘Best Urban Warrior’ by Jackson Free Press

Mega Millions player in Copiah County wins $1 million, chooses to stay anonymous

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Miss. native will be first woman to officiate Super Bowl

Stranded woman with no phone or gas finds help from Mississippi State Troopers

‘The Rock’ shouts out small Miss. town in gifting truck to old friend

Mississippian wins $200K on scratch ticket

Five-year-old Gulfport boy celebrates last day of chemotherapy

Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott continues season of giving, gifts $9 million to Mississippi Food Network

Madison boy to compete on Food Network’s Kids Baking Championship

Andrew Clark, an 11-year-old baker from Madison, will be competing on Food Network’s Kids Baking Championship.

  Endangered sea turtles arrive in Gulfport for rescue, rehabilitation effort

Nearly four dozen endangered sea turtles were flown to the Coast to be rehabilitated released by two local conservation efforts.

  Miskelly Season of Giving: Formerly homeless couple surprised with free furniture

A Jackson couple had their dreams come true this holiday season with a newly-renovated house.

Brandon native, Saints LB nominated for Walter Payton Man of the Year Award

Brandon native and New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis is a finalist for the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.

Mississippian becomes youngest African-American Boeing 777 pilot

  WLBT’s Maggie Wade surprised with degree from Mississippi College

Groups distribute some 250 food vouchers in Yazoo City

  Meet the Dolphins: Mississippi Aquarium now the home of 4 bottlenose dolphins

  Letters dropped off here guaranteed an answer from Santa

  Miskelly Season of Giving Campaign: Jackson man’s generosity leads to another blessing for a family

  Miss. students raise money for St. Jude with creative STEM projects

Amid a global pandemic, one Mississippi teacher found a way for her children to raise money for an important group of healthcare professionals--St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

  Miskelly, WLBT team up for holiday furniture giveaway

WLBT and Miskelly Furniture have kicked off the 2020 Season of Giving campaign with two big winners so far.

#JourneyToJourdan: Gulfport woman’s marriage proposal video goes viral

A surprise marriage proposal involving a Gulfport woman has gone viral, helped by national television exposure.

Fire station in North Mississippi boasts first all-woman fire crew

Firefighters are making history in Lafayette County, Mississippi.

  Window washers surprise kids at hospital with Superman, Spider-Man costumes

A couple of real-life superheroes repelled down the sides of Children’s of Mississippi on Friday morning.

  Popular Tchula Police Chief is back and things have changed

“No, I’m nothing like the way I used to be,” said Tchula Police Chief Kenneth Hampton.

Jackson VA Medical Center receives wheelchairs for Veterans

The 18 new heavy-duty bariatric wheelchairs provide extra space and comfort for veterans.

91-year-old celebrates birthday with drive-by parade

Former Meridian chancery judge and district attorney had his birthday celebrated in a special way.

  City unveils newly-repaired Freedom Corner

A new memorial at Freedom Corner was unveiled Friday morning.

’He’s not alone’: Close-knit community replaces teen’s stolen bike after robbery

Three days after 13-year-old Kofi Louis was robbed at gunpoint, an entire community has come together in an incredible act of kindness.

  Junior League of Jackson donates $100K to JPS teachers

Junior League of Jackson donated over $100,000 to Jackson Public School teachers on Tuesday.

Former NBA star Monta Ellis donates $60K to JSU band

The school announced Ellis donated $60,000 to the Jackson State marching band.

Ridgeland firefighter named ‘First Responder of the Year’

Ridgeland Assistant Fire Chief Steve Wilson has been a firefighter in Ridgeland for over 40 years.

Miss. native makes first World Series appearance

In his first season with the Tampa Bay Rays, Mississippi native Hunter Renfroe is looking to become a world champion.

$5.4M in new housing coming to Tchula

Millions of dollars will be invested into the town of Tchula.

  Holiday crafters prepare all year for the holiday season, hope COVID stays home

Crafters and artists are currently in the homestretch of their work season, with holiday markets and crafts fairs being the finish line on what has been a very long year.

MSU homecoming queen is WTOK’s weekend meteorologist

Shelby Mason’s nickname is “Mac.” Her campaign platform was “Back the Mac, Mask up with Shelby Mac.”

Atmos Energy donates $160k across Miss. to help childhood hunger

Seventeen Mississippi organizations received donations from Atmos Energy as part of their Hunger Action Month.

Deion Sanders, OOFOS donate shoes to Jackson teachers

Teachers at Blackburn Middle School in Jackson were treated to new shoes courtesy of Coach Prime.

  One North State Street repaving project finished, one to go

Tuesday, there were engineers on site doing their final inspections of the work, making sure the sidewalks meet handicap accessibility requirements.

Miss. woman wins $1.2M jackpot at casino

The Kosciusko native was stunned to see the prize.

  Brain cancer no match for 7-year-old Aubree Sutton

“I was sad because I lost my hair, but my daddy told me that hair don’t make the person, the person makes the hair,” said the 7-year-old cancer survivor.

  Roofing company donates work to homeless Jackson man

A man who is, for all intents and purposes, homeless is closer to changing that status.

  Local groups collects laptops for JPS students

An old laptop in your home could be an important tool for a child’s education.

Soldiers return home to Miss. after 10 months overseas

The 90 men and women were gone about 10 months before returning to their base in Clinton.

  As anti-cop sentiment mounts, Mississippi-based peer support group saves lives

“We are human, there is a heart behind this badge.”

Family drives hours to see girl’s first day of kindergarten

A photo of little Kinsley Wright’s loved ones peering through a window to see her start her first day of kindergarten shows their dedication, but it fails to reveal the distances they’ll go out of passion for family.

Yazoo City PD recognizes 2 who helped save life after train crash

Officer Ruthie McCoy and Jailor Kortnee Hill were given the Life Saving Award for their efforts.

  Sister Act: Presidential hopeful relies on sister to help execute ‘Operation Restoration'

It’s a dream that now belongs to both of them: To get Jade Simmons on the ballot for the 2020 presidential election.

Belhaven offers free online master’s program for full-time students

Belhaven University is offering full scholarships for online master’s degrees for its students.

  Moo-ving friendship: Calf & cattle dog form inseparable bond

An Oklahoma couple's disabled calf and carsick cattle dog have become best friends.

  Hundreds turn out for peaceful protest in Vicksburg

The march from the Vicksburg Police Department to the Market Place by the river almost seemed to symbolize the march for racial equality over the years.

Man stops to help mom, daughter with flat tire near Baton Rouge, makes two new friends

His random act of kindness is getting praise all across social media.

Sesame Street donate kits to Jackson to help with distance learning

Sesame Street handed down 1,500 distance learning kids to be used by the kids in Jackson.

  Mission Mississippi: ‘Gracism’ can help bridge racial divides

"God doesn’t see blue lives, God doesn’t see black lives, God sees lives. And all of those lives matter."

  Terry woman celebrates 108th birthday with a parade

“Just try to live as along as you can do the best you can while God got you here."

  Oprah gives $12M to ‘home’ cities, including Kosciusko, during pandemic

Oprah Winfrey is giving grants to the cities she’s called home through her $12 million coronavirus relief fund.

  Jackson bond rating looking up despite coronavirus outbreak, mayor says

Jackson's credit rating is looking up, in part thanks to an $89 million settlement with Siemens.

  Rapper overcomes odds to earn master’s from JSU; was declared dead 3 times

Local rapper Kirk Williams earned his degree from Jackson State University at age 36 this year.

  Ridgeland church hands out food for those in need

There’s no qualifications--it’s available to anyone in the area.

Parade shows support for coast veterans

Hot rods, motorcycles, hum-vees, and a fire truck rolled through the front drive in a parade hosted by the staff at the Community Living Center.

  People revive their night lives as some area restaurants open back up

“I’ve been so mad that I could not come and eat at a restaurant or anything for so long that I’m just ready to be out here."

  Jackson teacher loses everything in house fire; 4th graders step up to help

Two unlikely sources of help came out of nowhere for an Obama Magnet School second grade teacher.

Mississippi pastor advances to top 9 on ‘The Voice’

After stunning judges weeks ago in the first audition rounds, Todd has been on a roll.

  Miss. National Guard honors healthcare heroes to kick off Nurses Week

On the first day of National Nurses Week, National Guard members stepped forward to honor healthcare heroes at UMMC for their selfless service.

  Hospital workers celebrate as COVID-19 patient discharged

A Petal woman who battled COVID-19 at a Hattiesburg hospital was released in style Wednesday.

  St. Joseph baseball seniors have special ‘senior night’

The coronavirus outbreak robbed many high school athletes of their senior night, including St. Joesph baseball.

  Church members surprise Jackson pastor with parade

Church members of Greater Mount Calvary in Jackson say they really miss their pastor and first lady, so surprised them with a parade during the coronavirus pandemic.

Chicken giveaway at church a big hit

Jackson Revival Center in South Jackson gave away boxes packed with frozen chicken breasts.

Rankin Co. mom honors senior with “patio prom” amid COVID-19 pandemic

Coronavirus may be changing the way people usually celebrate, but this Rankin County mom knows how to get creative.

Jackson names Friday ‘First Responder Appreciation Day’

The City of Jackson is calling for its residents to show their support for first responders on Friday, April 10.

  Ole Miss student advances to semifinals of Jeopardy! College Championship

Ole Miss sophomore Londyn Lorenz made her way to Jeopardy!

  Clinton community celebrates Holy Week with ‘Stations of the Cross’ trail

Visitors can walk or drive through the 'Stations of the Cross' during Holy Week.

  Why one La. restaurant owner lets couple dine in during coronavirus shutdown

There's always a line outside MePa's Diner in Central, especially since the governor ordered all restaurants to serve take-out only.

Curbside library pickup launches in Jackson

Jackson Hinds Library System is launching curbside book pickup.

  Jackson gas station owner charges $1 per gallon, offers free sandwiches and water

A Jackson gas station owner is giving back to his community during the global pandemic.

  Brandon golf club hands out meals to first responders

Law enforcement and families came from around the area to grab lunch to go Saturday.

  100th birthday celebration goes on despite coronavirus restrictions

She was born while the Spanish Flu was still wreaking havoc across the world. Now, 100 years later, her birthday celebration was interrupted by COVID-19.