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Hancock County has worst per-capita foster care rate in state of Mississippi
State and county elected officials, law enforcement, healthcare workers and educators meet Tuesday to discuss Hancock’s foster care crisis.

As of Tuesday, Hancock County had 458 children in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Human Services, accounting for a full 10 percent of DHS's wards in all of the state's 82 counties.
"Harrison County has more children custody (869) than any other county in the state," Chancery Judge Sandy Steckler said Tuesday, "but Hancock County's per-capita rate is much worse than Harrison County's."
Together, Hancock and Harrison counties account for 28 percent of the children in the entire state's foster care system.
Dozens of state and local elected officials, law enf

Dec 16, 2014, 19:15

Leaders discuss ‘trashy’ situation
Bay St. Louis city leaders are scrambling this week to rectify a controversy over private businesses being allowed to use tax-payer funded dumpsters in the downtown area.
The fall-out surrounding the issue on Monday prompted Mayor Les Fillingame and three members of the city council to address the Hancock County Board of Supervisors and ask for assistance.
Fillingame acknowledged that for the past year, the Dumpster on the north side of the parking garage on Court Street has been used by at least two beach-front restaurants.

Dec 16, 2014, 19:14

Highway Horror: Four killed, four hurt in I-10 crash
Four people were killed and four more injured Saturday morning after an 11-vehicle crash on I-10 in Hancock County. Law enforcement officials said the accident was one of the worst they have ever seen.

Interstate 10 was the scene of unimaginable horror Saturday morning when an 11-vehicle crash claimed the lives of four people and sent four more to the hospital.
Mississippi Highway Patrol Cpl. Benjamin Seibert said Saturday that MHP received a report of a multi-vehicle accident with injuries on the east-bound lanes of I-10 at the 12-mile marker about 12:11 a.m. Saturday.
The accident apparently began when an 18-wheeler carrying computer equipment veered off the road, Seibert said.
The driver "over-corrected," Seibert said, causing his truck to spill its load of equipment.
Several vehicles then began careering into each other, causing a chain-reaction.

Dec 16, 2014, 19:13

Water board declines county study
The Diamondhead Water and Sewer District (DWSD) on Thursday voted to decline a request by the Hancock County Board of Supervisors to check the pros and cons of constructing a new treatment plant.
Thursday marked DWSD's first meeting since Diamondhead Mayor Tommy Schafer and Dick Nolan were appointed to the board last month.
Supervisors had previously requested that DWSD allow for a feasibility study to be conducted about the proposed treatment plant.
Nolan and Schafer voted to allow the study. Commissioners Charles Johnson, Shane Finley, and Michael Schaefer voted "no."

Dec 16, 2014, 19:12

Echo Editorial: Board members must be aware of their responsibilities
Board: "a group of people constituted as the decision-making body of an organization."

All the current news about the Singing River Hospital retirement system's debacle should serve as a wake up call to individual members on all various local civic and governmental boards:You will be held accountable if the wheels come off.
Private sector boards are just that, private. But all public boards must conduct the people’s business in the open for all to see and hear. We strongly believe that the entirety of every board meeting should be conducted in a public setting. Going behind closed doors leads to mistrust and erosion of the public's faith in their elected or appointed leaders.

Dec 16, 2014, 19:11

Battle of the Bay draws huge crowd
The Biloxi Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum schooners Mike Sekul and Glenn L. Swetman prepare to leave the Bay St. Louis Municipal Harbor to reenact the historic Battle of the Bay of St. Louis.

Cannons roared by land and by sea on Saturday as the Mystic Krewe of Seahorse celebrated the 200th anniversary of the historic Battle of the Bay of St. Louis.
"It was a great weekend and I am so happy that there was such a good turnout.," Margaret Rafferty Cantrell, marketing director for the krewe, said. "The Mystic Krewe of the Seahorse wants to thank everyone that participated and came out. We have such a great organization and can’t wait for next year’s celebration."
The Mystic Krewe of the Seahorse gets its name from the USS Seahorse and the Battle of the Bay between the United States Navy and British Navy on Dec. 13, 1814.

Dec 16, 2014, 19:11

Feds say two Diamondhead residents part of meth ring
Federal narcotics agents this week arrested several people, two of whom hail from Hancock County, in connection with an alleged large-scale narcotics distribution ring operating on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Federal court records show that Angel Case and Delano Lewis, both of Hancock County, Kenneth Casey and Thomas Bernard of Harrison County, and Tonya Winn of Louisiana have all been charged with conspiracy to possess and deliver in excess of 50 grams of methamphetamine.
According to a sworn affidavit from Homeland Security Agent Benjamin Taylor, the drug ring has been operating on the Gulf Coast for several years.

Dec 12, 2014, 18:08

Bay-Centennial: 200th anniversary of ‘The Battle of the Bay’
The Biloxi Maritime Schooner Glenn L. Swetman on Friday motors out of the Bay St. Louis Harbor on the first tour of the day as part of the Mystic Krewe of Seahorse’s celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of St. Louis Bay. The battle is credited with helping Gen. Andrew Jackson win the Battle of New Orleans in 1814

Get ready for fireworks – and a fire fight – on Saturday on the Bay of St. Louis
The Mystic Krewe of Seahorse's celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of St. Louis Bay is scheduled to continue today with a reenactment of the historic battle, schooner tours, a professional fireworks display and more.
"We're hoping for a really great crowd," Margaret Rafferty Cantrell, director of marketing for the krewe, said Friday. "We have over 600 members and if each of them comes and brings just one other person, that's well over a thousand people.
"I would love to see 5,000 pirates, Indians and peasants running around downtown Bay St. Louis."
The Krewe of Seahorse is the brainchild of brothers Donald and Rory Rafferty. The Krewe is named after the U.S.S. Seahorse, a War of 1812 schooner, which valiantly fought a British Fleet on Dec. 14, 1814 during the Battle of Bay St. Louis, a precursor of the Battle of Lake Borgne and the Battle of New Orleans.

Dec 12, 2014, 18:07

Jury finds for local woman in assault case
A Hancock County Jury on Thursday ruled in favor of a local woman who was the defendant in an assault case stemming from an alleged incident at a Florida night club in January 2011.
The case, Victoria B. Rhett versus Farrah J. Seal, was filed in Hancock County Circuit Court in January 2012.
In late 2010, Seal and her husband Leo had traveled to Florida to attend the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville.
In her complaint, Rhett claimed that Seal had assaulted her with a beer bottle while at a nightclub the evening before the game. She had sought an unspecified monetary award including punitive damages.

Dec 12, 2014, 18:06

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