Quite the Show: On the Fringes of Sally


A number of people were suffering cabin fever, thankful the storm bypassed us here in South Mississippi for the most part, but still curious about how Sally was looking on the outer fringes of the storm in Biloxi.

5 p.m. Tuesday and like most women, Sally was taking her time before her arrival, making landfall, but she made her presence known at the Palace Casino and Resort on Back Bay in East Biloxi where she entertained quite a few spectators including Gulfport resident Kendrick Freeman and his family. “A lot of wind. It looks like it wants to rain. That’s all it’s doing right now, though, is drizzling.  I’m kind of disappointed. I thought it was going to be a little bit more to it-come out, be hanging from the poles, swinging in the wind. None of that. They say there is more coming tomorrow, but I guess we’ll see.”

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Sally wasn’t the only headliner whose name started with an ‘S’ at the show. D’Iberville resident Landon Sapat said, “We basically drove up and there was just a snake in my tire now.”

D’Iberville resident Dequarious Johnson said, “I named him Samuel. What’s up Samuel. Should I grab him?”

And a few people even found time to connect. “Actually, she was kind of worse than a teenage girl on her first drunk, just wondering around, stop looking at me! I’m just going to stay over here. (Do you think she’ll sober up at some point?) “I don’t know. I think she’s good where she is.”

It was relatively quiet on casino row in Biloxi Tuesday evening after South Mississippi casinos in Harrison County shut down on Monday afternoon. The flashing signs at the Beau Rivage and the Hard Rock Casino say it all closed due to Sally, but in true Hard Rock style, Sally did ride off to the east with all of us here in South Mississippi giving collectively a sigh of relief.

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Toni started at WXXV News 25 in December of 2013, just three months after the news was launched. She has served as Assignment Editor, anchored for nearly two years, worked as a reporter for several years and hosted Coastal Connections for more than four years. Toni graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Southern Mississippi where she was editor of the Student Printz. She then did an internship on Capitol Hill, working for a U.S. Senator, then returned to Mississippi as a reporter at WDAM in Hattiesburg. After that, she moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, working as a reporter for FOX 25 in Biloxi, then crossing city lines to work at WLOX-TV news in Biloxi, starting out as a producer, then working as a photographer, reporter, weekend assignment editor and weekend anchor. She was among the station team that won the Edward Murrow and Peabody awards for coverage during Hurricane Katrina. Toni moved to the Lone Star State where she worked as the morning and noon anchor, investigative reporter and live shot reporter for KZTV Action 10 News, then KRIS TV News in Corpus Christi, Texas. Toni moved back to the Magnolia State to be with and take care of her family, working as a multi-media journalist and fill-in anchor at WDBD Fox 40 news in Jackson. After almost completing a second degree in filmmaking at the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, Toni transitioned back to news at News 25. Toni is blessed to have a wonderful support network of close family, friends and mentors, and she hopes to pay it forward. She has a three-legged chiweenie named Rocky Balboa because of his fighting spirit. She loves writing and has completed a novel that has been adapted into a screenplay, and has just finished another screenplay called "Delta Rose." She's currently working on a new legal thriller called "Fall From Grace." Stay tuned.... If you’d like to book a live in studio interview on News 25 Today, just email: tmiles@wxxv25.com. These interviews can have up to two guests, last about two minutes and showcase community events, non-profit organizations and things of interest to people in our area…and they’re FREE! Just send information about your event, including date, time, location, contact number and/or website for viewers wanting more information, along with the proper name and titles of the person or two people who will be interviewed, and Toni or producer Porsha Williams (pwilliams@wxxv25.com) will get back with you via email in a timely manner to book a date. Typical interview times are daily at: 5:45, 6:45, 7:45 or 8:45 am. Guests are asked to arrive about 30 minutes beforehand. You can also ask about booking a live shot on location for news events for our 6 and 7 am newscasts. We look forwarding to having you!


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