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Bay council puts moratorium on special events permits
The Bay St. Louis City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a motion to place a moratorium on all special events permits, effective immediately.
According to the motion, all special events permits must have prior council approval. The moratorium will remain in effect until an ordinance regulating special events is approved.

Feb 22, 2017, 14:52

Bon Temps Rouler! Krewe of Nereids celebrates 50th annual parade
Queen Doris L toasts Waveland Mayor Mike Smith on Sunday during the Krewe of Nereids 50h annual Mardi Gras parade in Bay St. Louis and Waveland. The Nereids enjoyed beautiful weather and a near-record crowd of spectators. More photos on page 1B of today's Sea Coast Echo.

Officials estimate that more than 20,000 spectators turned out Sunday in Waveland and Bay St. Louis for the 50th annual Krewe of Nereids Mardi Gras parade.
"It's a beautiful day for a parade," Waveland Mayor Mike Smith said Sunday. “We couldn’t ask for better weather than this.”
The all-women Krewe of Nereids organized in Waveland in 1966, and has grown into one of the biggest Carnival organizations on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
On Saturday, the Krewe of Kids, organized by Lisa Cowand, conducted its 38th annual parade in Bay St. Louis. The toasted the royals at Dunbar Village; and Mayor Les Fillingame toasted Queen Mackenzie Elizabeth Knoblock; King Jason Forte; and Grand Marshal Wendy McDonald.

Feb 21, 2017, 17:22

Diamondhead casino’s fate now up to gaming board
The fate of a proposed casino in Diamondhead is in the hands of the Mississippi gaming commission.
Last week, the gaming commission held a public hearing at D'Iberville City Hall to allow public comment on the proposal.
The group seeking to obtain a casino license is Diamondhead Real Estate LLC. which is apparently affiliated with Jacobs Entertainment.,which unsuccessfully attempted to develop a casino in the city in 2015.
The company is not associated with the Diamondhead Casino Corporation which owns land on Diamondhead's eastern border along Interstate 10.
In 2014, Jacobs proposed a $150 million casino resort, which company officials said would employ up to 550 people and could potentially generate millions in annual gaming tax revenue.

Feb 21, 2017, 17:21

Personnel change at youth court
Hancock County Youth Court is seeking to hire a youth court administrator for the fourth time in the past 16 months.
Youth Court Judge Elise Deano informed the Hancock County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday that administrator Stephanie Stewart had tendered her resignation.
The board then went into executive session to discuss personnel issues at youth court. Stewart's departure marks the third time an administrator at youth court has stepped down since the end of 2015.
Deano did not give a reason for Stewart's resignation, but she asked supervisors to consider hiring extra help due to the large workload at youth court.

Feb 21, 2017, 17:20

Community Leaders Forum at Bay St. Louis Library on Feb. 25
The Community Leaders Forum continues with a focus on the importance of public schools this Saturday Feb. 25 from 10 a.m. until noon at the Bay St Louis Library. The public is invited to this free Education Saturday program, "Our Schools Are Important", featuring presentations by a distinguished panel of educators and involved parents:
• Maurice Singleton, President, Bay-Waveland School Board
• Kelly Schwartz, Special Ed Director, Hancock County Schools
• Holly Dean, Mississippi Parents' Campaign: Better Schools, Brighter Future
The panelists will address how public education is important in creating informed and involved citizens in a democracy, the importance of fully funding public schools, and the need to speak out against attempts to shortchange our schools & the children who attend them.

Feb 21, 2017, 17:19

Volunteers rehabilitate local veteran's home
From left, Scott Gill and Picayune Team Depot volunteer Christopher Cuevas take apart Storms' countertops. Photo by Cassandra Favre

United States Air Force and Vietnam veteran John Storms lives a self-proclaimed life of "penance and humility" in Bay St. Louis.
"I watch mass and say the Rosary every day," he said. "I've got a lot of faith and say a lot of prayers. To me, miracles happen."
He was the recipient of his own miracle the day Angela Eastin, Program Manager at Habitat for Humanity Bay-Waveland Area, Inc., contacted him about Habitat for Humanity's Veterans Critical Home Repair program.

Feb 21, 2017, 17:18

Rotary’s ‘Ripple in the Bay’ to raise funds for three local causes
The Rotary Club of Bay St. Louis has set a fundraising goal of $10,000 to support three local outreach organizations.
Local Rotary president Gary Knoblock explained, “We’re selling 1,000 tickets for a meal of seasoned catfish with dirty rice, grilled green beans, cheese biscuit, and brownie.” Meals will be served during the lunch period on Monday, March 27, for pick-up, dine-in, and delivery (minimum 10 meals). The meal will be prepared by the Starfish Café and features catfish supplied by Simmons Farm Raised Catfish Inc.
Tickets are $10. Thanks to generous event underwriting, 100% of ticket revenues will be donated to three local organizations: Starfish Café, which provides experiential learning and job training for young adults; Brenda’s House, offering temporary emergency shelter to Hancock County children; and Ruth’s Roots, a community garden tended by youths in the Hancock County Juvenile Drug Court system.

Feb 21, 2017, 17:18

Hometown Heroes: Local Iwo Jima veterans honored
WWII veterans Leonard Nederveld, center, were the guests of honor Friday morning at a special breakfast in Diamondhead. Walker and Nederveld both fought at the battle of Iwo Jima in February 1945. Sunday is the 72nd anniversary of the battle. About two dozen former Marines showed up for Friday's event.

When Joe Rosenthal and a small group of U.S. Marines reached the top of Mount Suribachi on Feb. 23, 1945, they had no idea they were about to make history.
After all, the Stars and Strips was already flying over the crest of the volcanic mountain on the island of Iwo Jima.
A few hours before Rosenthal's legendary photo was taken, another group of marines reached the top of Suribachi, and another photographer, Louie Lowery, captured the event, but the flag was not big enough, and another group was ordered to the crest.
As Old Glory was raised for the second time, it now became visible to all marines all over the island began to cheer and sailors on the decks of ships offshore of the Pacific Atoll.

Feb 17, 2017, 19:47

Man gets 10 years for 2014 domestic assault
Todd Ray Bradley

Circuit Judge Chris Schmidt on Tuesday sentenced a Saucier man to ten years in jail for a domestic violence incident that took place in 2014.
Todd Ray Bradley, 23, on Monday pled guilty to one count of aggravated assault.
Schmidt accepted Bradley's plea and sentenced him to 20 years in jail, suspending ten, leaving ten years to serve.
In addition, Schmidt ordered that Bradley complete five years probation after he is released.
Assistant District Attorney Chris Daniel, Tuesday's plea stems from a 2014 incident in Hancock County.

Feb 17, 2017, 19:46

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