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Big changes on Board of Supervisors
Blaine Lafontaine was surrounded by friends, family, and supporters Tuesday when he heard the news that he defeated Lisa Cowand to become the new District Three supervisor. Lafontaine, 28, becomes the state's youngest supervisor.

Blaine Lafontaine and Greg Shaw pulled major upsets on Tuesday, taking down incumbent supervisors in the District Two and District Three Republican primaries.
Neither Lafontaine nor Shaw will face an opponent in the November general election.
Lafontaine, a city councilman in Diamondhead, defeated Hancock Board of Supervisors President Lisa Cowand by collecting 1,047 votes to Cowand's 857 in District Three. Kenny Edmonds finished a distant third with 49 votes.
Hancock County Circuit Clerk Karen Ruhr said Tuesday that about 80 emergency/affidavit ballots remain to be counted, but that number is not enough to change the results in District Three.

Aug 5, 2015, 01:09

Incumbents hold on to county-wide positions
Incumbents Tim Kellar, Alan Dedeaux, and Jim Faulk held on to their respective seats Tuesday in the county's primary elections.
In any other year, Hancock County would see six county-wide races. This year, however, Sheriff Ricky Adam, Circuit Clerk Karen Ruhr, and Tax Assessor-Collector Jimmie Ladner were all unopposed, leaving the chancery clerk, coroner, and superintendent of education positions as the only contested major races.
In the chancery clerk's race, Tim Kellar secured his sixth term in office by downing Kevin Ladner.
Unofficial totals show Kellar collecting 4,091 votes (57 percent) to Ladner's 3,058. After the votes were counted, Keller, choking back tears, said he was "humbled" by the support and his vote total.
"I can't thank the people of Hancock County en

Aug 5, 2015, 01:08

Few changes in other Hancock Co. races
A crowd gathers Tuesday evening in front of the Hancock County Courthouse as primary election results are read.

Other than the Hancock County Board of Supervisors, Primary 2015 was good for most incumbent Hancock County office-holders.
Unofficial results Tuesday showed that in the Republican primary for Justice Court Judge 2, incumbent Judge J.A. "Jay Lagasse" hung onto his seat, winning 1,461 votes, or 53.05 percent of the total, to Teresa Ehrlich's 1,104 votes and Kelly C. Walker's 189. There were no Democratic candidates for the position, so Lagasse in effect won re-election.
"I'm humbled by the support that I received," Lagasse said Tuesday.

Aug 5, 2015, 01:07

Sheriff seeks information in home invasion cases
The Hancock County Sheriff's is asking for the public's assistance in helping to identify several suspects in a recent string of burglaries and home invasions.
Chief Investigator Glenn Grannan said Tuesday that his office is investigating at least three home invasions, which all match similar patterns.
The home invasions occurred in Kiln, Bayside Park and Pearlington, Grannan said.
In each of the incidents, armed men wearing blue bandannas forced their way into homes and robbed the residents inside.
Grannan said the blue bandannas could mean several things, including gang affiliation.

Aug 5, 2015, 01:06

2nd Saturday – An Unbroken Chain
A small group gathered at the foot of Main Street, less than two weeks after Katrina obliterated the beachfront. Their mission? To keep the flame of Second Saturday alive.

For twenty-plus years, the monthly Artwalk has been a community mainstay for fun and fellowship. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, ten years ago, the artwalk became a healing event as well.
Many people attending the Second Saturday Artwalk in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi on Aug. 8 will be celebrating more than art show openings. This month marks the tenth year since the cultural event became one of the community’s psychological and economic lifesavers.
The artwalk has been a tradition in the coastal town for more than two decades. In the mid-90s, locals and visitors from across the region began flocking to “the Bay” on the second Saturday each month for shopping, dining, live music, and festivities with a family-friendly spin.

Aug 5, 2015, 01:05

BW School District releases annual report
Officials at the Bay-Waveland School District this week released a comprehensive report of the district's standing, state rankings, financial assessment, and more.
The report is supported by recent data from the state superintendent office's report, Bay-Waveland Superintendent Dr. Rebecca Ladner said Monday.
On Monday, Ladner and board of trustees President Dr. Sherry Ponder presented the report to the Hancock County Board of Supervisors.
Ladner said the report will also be presented to the Bay St. Louis City Council and Waveland Board of Aldermen.

Aug 5, 2015, 01:04

Break of Dawn Youth Enhancement program wraps up summer
The Break of Dawn Youth Enhancement Facility in Bay St. Louis recently hosted the Timmy Bowers Pro-Skills Basketball Camp at Valena C. Jones Gymnasium.

The Break of Dawn (BOD) Youth Enhancement Facility has wrapped up the summer AAU season with a bang,” club director Galen Smith, Sr., said this week.
“We had an extraordinary summer filled with intense basketball competition, day to day workouts, community service and completion of our book club reading program. Our community youth had a great learning experience, worked hard to improve their skill set not only on the hardwood floor but more importantly in life.”
Break of Dawn recently hosted a youth basketball skills camp with professional basketball player and Mississippi Gulf Coast native Timmy Bowers.

Aug 5, 2015, 01:03

It's election day today – go vote!
Hancock County and state primary elections are scheduled today, Tuesday, Aug. 4. Polls are open now and will remain open until 7 p.m.
Voters who have any questions about where they are supposed to vote can call the Circuit Clerk's office at 228-467-5265.
Click the link for a list of voting precincts.

Aug 4, 2015, 08:47

Election 2015: Updated Candidate Information
Hancock County and state primary elections are scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 4. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Voters who have any questions about where they are supposed to vote can call the Circuit Clerk's office at 228-467-5265.
This year's county races will see a total of 41 candidates vying for county offices.
Running unopposed in this year's races – and therefore, the de facto winners – are several incumbents, including Sheriff Ricky Adam, Tax Assessor/Collector Jimmie Ladner, Circuit Clerk Karen Ruhr, Place One Justice Court Judge Desmond Hoda and Place Three Justice Court Judge Tommy Carver.

Aug 3, 2015, 15:38

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