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Rising from Ruin

Rising from Ruin is an on-going special report chronicling two coastal Mississippi towns, Bay St. Louis and Waveland, as they rebuild after Hurricane Katrina.

Last Build Date: Tue, 02 Sep 2008 21:23:26 -0400


Let those Republicans keep on partying

Tue, 02 Sep 2008 21:23:26 -0400

Citizen diarist Steve Harper of Bay St. Louis, Miss., writes that no hurricane should stand in the way of a good party.

Not again! Preparing to flee Gustav

Fri, 29 Aug 2008 12:15:16 -0400

Citizen diarist Heather Harper writes that residents of Bay St. Louis and Waveland, Miss., are holding their collective breath as Gustav advances on the Gulf Coast.

History that still hurts

Thu, 28 Aug 2008 20:30:28 -0400

People now talk about Hurricane Katrina as an historic event, but it remains very much a part of the coastal consciousness, citizen diarist Heather Harper writes.

Rebuilding, one house at a time

Thu, 28 Aug 2008 20:27:41 -0400

House by house, street by street, Waveland is coming back to life, citizen diarist Gwen Impson writes.

Celebrating the 'day-after anniversary'

Thu, 28 Aug 2008 20:23:21 -0400

Just as the trees have made a comeback three years after Hurricane Katrina, citizen-diarist Steve Harper's artistic nature has bloomed again after a long dry spell.

Much accomplished; much to be done

Thu, 28 Aug 2008 20:20:49 -0400

Looking back over three years it is striking how much has been accomplished, but complete recovery will take at least a decade, citizen diarist Mary Perkins writes.

Gulf Coast homeowners: Don't Call Henry

Fri, 21 Mar 2008 13:48:10 -0400

Of the dozens of building contractors punished by the state of Mississippi for preying on victims of Hurricane Katrina, one stands out from the crowd of mostly small-time, fly-by-night operators: Call Henry, a Florida-based firm with hundreds of employees that...

Wave from Bush is reward enough for big fan

Wed, 29 Aug 2007 16:09:25 -0400

Donna Armstrong of Diamondhead may be President Bush's biggest fan in Hancock County, Miss. On Wednesday, she waited for more than an hour in blazing heat for a glimpse of the president's motorcade.

Upbeat ceremony marks two-year anniversary

Wed, 29 Aug 2007 11:53:38 -0400

In a ceremony marking the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, elected officials in Hancock County, Miss., praise the area’s emergency workers, volunteers and the “strong, resilient, self-reliant, caring people” of Mississippi.

Recovery leaves thousands in the dust

Wed, 29 Aug 2007 05:01:00 -0400

While many who were dealt blows by Hurricane Katrina are recovered, thousands of hurricane refugees are still living in FEMA trailers without the resources to regain the small shreds of independence they enjoyed before the storm.'s Mike Stuckey has their story.