South Mississippi is back open for business


It’s hard to believe, but Christmas is just a little more than two months away and you know what leads up to that: the season for shopping!

South Mississippi retailers want to make sure everyone knows their shelves are stocked and they are open for business.

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Local businesses are also getting a helping hand, thanks to the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber has been giving signs out to local stores and restaurants to help get the word out that South Mississippi businesses are open and welcoming shoppers.  MS Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce CEO Adele Lyons said, “Most of our Chamber members have gotten those. If you’re a Chamber member and you haven’t, please give us a ring. If you’re another business in the community that hasn’t yet taken advantage of becoming a Chamber member, give us a ring and we’ll try to accommodate you as well.”

If you’d like more information or would like to join the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce just head over to their website at

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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....