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County phone system down
The telephone system at the Hancock County government annex facility is currently down and officials are working to restore it. The office is open for business.
Mar 27, 2017, 11:34

UPDATE: Hearing on medical waste facility today, 4:30 p.m., at the Bay St. Louis Council Chambers
The Hancock County Solid Waste Authority will host a public hearing today, Monday, at 4:30 p.m. at the Bay St. Louis City Hall Conference Center to gather information about a New Orleans-based company named "Trash Doctors" which wants to begin "operating" a medical waste processing business to Port Bienville.
According to the company's website, Trash Doctors LLC. is a waste disposal company based in New Orleans which has several transportation and offshore companies as clients.
The website also states that it will soon be adding medical waste to its portfolio.
The Hancock County Solid Waste Authority (HCSWA) is made up of representatives from Bay St. Louis, Waveland, Diamondhead, and the Hancock County Board of Supervisors.

Mar 27, 2017, 11:28

Marquar suing Bay for $2.5M
A local man is seeking to sue the city of Bay St. Louis, claiming a city councilman used his position to damage the man's business.
The City of Bay St. Louis on Tuesday received a notice of claim regarding L&L Marine Construction and Keith Marquar v. City of Bay St. Louis.
According to the claim, Wayne McCants hired Marquar and L&L Construction to build a bulkhead and pier at 144 Elaine Dr. The claim states that Ward 6 Councilman Lonnie Falgout, who owns the adjacent property at 146 Elaine Dr., opposed the project and filed objections with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and Army Corps of Engineers to halt the project.
The claim states that Falgout attempted to "strong-arm" Marquar and "threatened that he would use his position as city councilman to destroy Mr. Marquar and his business, L&L Construction Services, LLC."

Mar 24, 2017, 17:52

Making Waveland ‘Beautiful Again’
Waveland city workers and volunteers work Friday morning to help clean and beautify the city as part of the "Waveland Cleanup Day."

Waveland city workers and volunteers were busy Friday cleaning the city as part of the "Waveland Cleanup Day."
Mayor Mike Smith said Friday that about two dozen employees and volunteers participated in the event.
"Beautification is very important to us and we have been doing things like this over the past few years," Smith said. "If we want to attract people to the city, then we need to have a good-looking city."
Friday's efforts were spearheaded, in large part, by Litter Control and Beautification Director Don Siebenkittel.
Siebenkittel said Friday that the cleanup is only one part of a seven part plan to clean and maintain the the city.

Mar 24, 2017, 17:51

Lawyer says Bay 2010 zoning law doesn't really exist
The Bay St. Louis City Council on Friday hosted a special meeting to discuss placing a moratorium on the issuance of permits. The move came after the council on Tuesday learned that the city's zoning ordinance adopted in 2010 was not published in the Sea Coast Echo, the publication of record for the city of Bay St. Louis.
The council on Tuesday discussed the zoning ordinance adopted in 2010 when Bill Adam, owner of a business on 309 Third Street, told the council he has no right of uses on his property, which is zoned as a I-1 limited industrial district.

Mar 24, 2017, 17:42

Waveland to build new lighthouse and comfort station at Coleman Ave.
The Waveland Board of Aldermen this week approved advertising for bids for a new lighthouse and bathroom facility which will be constructed between the Municipal Pier and the Veteran's Memorial at the foot of Coleman Avenue.
"This is an important project," Waveland Mayor Mike Smith said Friday. "We are the only city on the Coast without a bathroom facility. It will be a tremendous asset to our beach front."
Smith said the lighthouse will serve both symbolic and practical purposes.
"It will be a functional lighthouse, but it will also help to bring more attention--and hopefully--people to the beach. This is just one of the improvements we want to make on Coleman Avenue.

Mar 24, 2017, 17:41

NASA tests new engine controller for first space launch system flight
Aerojet Rocketdyne technicians inspect the engine controller for the first integrated flight of NASA’s Space Launch System and Orion. The engine controller was installed on RS-25 development engine no. 0528 for testing at Stennis Space Center. The engine controller is a modern version from the RS-25 controller that helped propel all of the space shuttle missions to space.

NASA marked a critical milestone March 23 with a test of the first RS-25 engine controller that will be used on the first flight of the new Space Launch System (SLS), the world’s most powerful rocket.
The new controller or “brain” has the electronics that operate the engine and communicate with the SLS vehicle. Engine Controller Unit-2 (ECU-2) was installed on RS-25 development engine No. 0528 and test fired for 500 seconds on the A-1 Test Stand at Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. Once test data is certified, the engine controller will be removed and installed on one of four flight engines that will help power the first integrated flight of SLS and the Orion spacecraft.

Mar 24, 2017, 17:40

Bay revisits noise ordinance again
The Bay St. Louis City Council on Tuesday revisited the city's proposed noise ordinance.
At its March 7 meeting, the council approved a motion to have a draft of the proposed noise ordinance put on the city's website for public viewing and commentary.
The council on Tuesday discussed more proposed changes.
The council added industrial zones to the table including residential and commercial zones. The table indicates the time frames when certain decibel levels are allowed.
Under Section IV of the ordinance, the council changed the number of feet between a commercial property and residential property from 20 feet to 50 feet.

Mar 24, 2017, 17:39

Absentee voting underway in local elections
Absentee voting began this week in Bay St. Louis, Pass Christian, and Diamondhead for this year's municipal election primaries, which are set for May 2.
Voters who wish to vote absentee can do so by going to their respective city halls during regular business hours on Monday through Fridays.
In addition, absentee voting will be held on Saturday
April 22 and Saturday April 29, from 8 a.m. until noon.
Voters who have not registered can still register in time to cast ballots in May.
The deadline to register to vote is Friday March 31. Diamondhead's city hall will also be open on Saturday April 1 from 8 a.m. until noon to register voters.

Mar 24, 2017, 17:31

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