Murphy family wins $644K judgment in Bay harbor suit A Hancock County jury on Monday awarded brothers Ray, Ken, and Audie Murphy $644,000 after it found the secretary of state's office took their Beach Blvd property without authorization.
The city of Bay St. Louis, which was a co-defendant in the case, was found not liable.
"My clients are very pleased with the jury's decision," Murphy attorney Paul Scott said Tuesday. "This lawsuit was not about the harbor. It was about taking someone's property without compensation. We have been saying all along that the Murphys owned this property." Aug 19, 2014, 20:40
Record 435 Hancock children now in DHS custody Hancock County officials first declared a "foster care crisis" in 2009, with a then-record 162 local children in state custody. As of this Tuesday, there were 435 Hancock County-area children in DHS custody, with no apparent end in sight.
"I've been in the middle of this for about a year-and-a-half," Hancock County Supervisor Tony Wayne Ladner said Thursday, "and I keep wondering, why, why, why?
"Hancock County has more kids in custody than some whole other regions of the state do, and when you look at Atlanta, Ga. – their population is 1.2 million – and we have more kids in custody than they do." Aug 19, 2014, 20:39
Legendary Mardi Gras designer Carter Church, left, with legendary Mardi Gras historian, Arthur Hardy, at the Bay St. Louis Mardi Gras Museum on Saturday.
The undisputed king of New Orleans Mardi Gras media on Saturday came to Bay St. Louis to interview the Bay's own king of Mardi Gras design.
Arthur Hardy, who has become internationally renowned as the go-to Carnival expert thanks to nearly 40 years of publishing his Mardi Gras Guide, met Saturday with designer Carter Church at the Bay St. Louis Mardi Gras Museum, which displays many of Church's wares.
Church and his designs will be featured in the 39th edition of Hardy's guide.
"I've known of Mr. Church since I've been in the business for 40 years," Hardy said Saturday, "He's such a well-known institution in New Orleans and Mobile, anywhere people celebrate Carnival, really." Aug 19, 2014, 20:38
Diamondhead Casino Corp. seeking state approval of site Officials at the Diamondhead Casino Corporation (DCC) are scheduled to appear before the Mississippi Gaming Commission on Thursday to seek site approval for a future casino to be located on the company's property southeast of Exit 16.
DCC is a different company than Jacobs Entertainment, which was denied site approval from the gaming commission in June.
DCC officials have been discussing a casino in the Diamondhead community for nearly two decades.
DCC owns about 400 acres of land about a mile east of Yacht Club Drive in Hancock County. Aug 19, 2014, 20:37
11 candidates so far in Waveland Campaign season is in full swing in the city of Waveland--11 candidates have officially signed up for this year's municipal elections and several others have expressed interest.
Qualifying began on Aug. 5 and it will continue until Sept. 5.
By press time Tuesday, 11 candidates had qualified.
This year there will be three open races in the city.
Mayor David Garcia announced last month that he will not seek reelection. Likewise, Ward One Alderman Lili Stahler is not running in 2014, either.
Ward Four Councilman Mark Kidd is running for mayor, leaving his alderman spot open. Aug 19, 2014, 20:35
Three burned in house fire Three people were hospitalized Monday after a fire broke out at a home on Rocky Hill Dedeaux Road. Hancock County Fire Marshal Brian Adam said Monday. Aug 18, 2014, 10:12
Bay St. Louis Assistant Fire Chief Monty Strong surveys the damage at the Coca Cola Plantation on Thursday.
Part of a historic Bay St. Louis property was razed Thursday when a blaze ripped through a house on the Coca Cola Plantation off Washington Street.
Bay St. Louis Fire Chief Pam San Fillippo said Thursday that she received a report of a fire at the plantation at about 9:37 p.m. Thursday.
There are several structures on the property and the fire was limited to the "small house" or guest house at the property.
For decades, the property was one of the county's jewels along the Jourdan River.
Heavily damaged during Hurricane Katrina, the houses have yet to be renovated, although many local residents often go to the property to take family pictures because of the antebellum landscape. Aug 15, 2014, 22:02
Beck and Angela Usé at the Hancock Chancery Clerk’s Land Records office.
Beck and Angela Usé on Wednesday handed their marriage license to Katie Lee, a deputy clerk in the Chancery Court Clerk’s Land Records office and Lee filed it, making the couple's union the first same-sex marriage ever recorded in Hancock County.
They were followed moments later by Pam Watson and Mary Dirigo.
Both couples were participating in a state-wide effort Wednesday organized by the Campaign for Marriage Equality.
Same-sex marriage is still illegal in Mississippi. Beck and Angela were wed almost a year ago in Connecticut; Pam and Mary married about six years ago in California.
Although both marriages were recorded only in the chancery court's "miscellaneous" file, all four said they viewed the recognition as a victory.
"I'm really relieved we were able to record it," Mary said afterward. "It was easier than we thought it was going to be. It's a small gesture, really, but it means everything." Aug 15, 2014, 22:02
Bay eyes millage increase The Bay St. Louis City Council will likely begin advertising next week for a public hearing to raise the city's millage rate.
"We need to put five mils right there in the reserve fund," Ward One Councilman Doug Seal said Thursday during the council's second budget workshop meeting of the week. "We've got to start adding it somehow."
Two representatives from the independent auditing firm Wright, Ward, Hatten & Guel last month took the council to task for the city's overall cash shortage and lack of an adequate reserve fund.
In its official report, made public Aug. 1, the firm found "The city of Bay St. Louis offers citizens a high level of municipal services and the second lowest property tax levy in the state of Mississippi. With no expected changes to revenue, a cash reserve cannot be generated and the current level of services cannot be maintained." Aug 15, 2014, 22:01