The 271 members of the Hancock High School Class of 2016 march out onto Brett Favre Field on Thursday evening for a bittersweet graduation ceremony.
Nearly 300 Senior Hancock High School Hawks nested together on Brett Favre football field late Thursday evening for a unique graduation ceremony honoring one of their own.
An empty chair draped with a purple cap and gown sat open in memory of their late classmate Glenda Rockwell, who died of cancer last year.
The chair for Glenda came as the result of two senior wishes. Hancock High School has a tradition of allowing seniors to make wishes for something they want to come true before they graduate – something that their faculty, staff and fellow classmates can make happen.
"They are always very creative with their wishes,” explained Principal Tara Ladner. “We have had everything from water balloon fights with teachers, to a kid bringing his horse up here and asking his girlfriend to prom, to even more touching ones.”
At the beginning of the school year, Senior Shelby Anderson was granted her wish of a "Purple Out Pep Rally," football game and more to honor her friend Glenda, who bravely fought Hodgkin's Lymphoma for 16 months. May 20, 2016, 18:38
Hancock County Sheriff's Deputies on Thursday arrested three brothers who are accused of "brutally beating" their 75-year-old father, who is currently in critical condition at the University of South Alabama Hospital in Mobile.
Hancock County Sheriff's Investigator Brandon Normand said Friday that deputies received a report of a naked man outside a residence on Dogwood Ridge Road at 5:30 a.m. Thursday.
When deputies arrived, they discovered a naked man--later identified as Timothy Bosarge, 41,--was causing a "disturbance" at the residence, Normand said.
Deputies then went to Bosarge's property where they then encountered two of his brothers, Ferlin Ray Bosarge, 47, and Cartis Bosarge, 46, attempting to start a car, Normand said. May 20, 2016, 18:37
Bay St. Louis Councilwoman Wendy McDonald is reportedly making progress in her recovery everyday since her hospitalization in New Orleans after being struck by a car just weeks ago, family members said this week.
In fact, McDonald was moved from the hospital to Touro Rehabilitation Center on Friday for specialized impatient rehabilitation treatment. She will undergo speech, physical and occupational therapy with doctors who specialize in brain injuries family members said.
“We are grateful for and are still in need of your continued prayers and support for her recovery.” her husband, Henry Winters, said Friday.
McDonald was critically injured in the parking lot of Our Lady of the Gulf Church on May 2 while attending a funeral. May 20, 2016, 18:36
Local law enforcement officers on Thursday held their annual Fallen Officers ceremony at the Hancock County Courthouse. Representatives from the Hancock County Sheriff's Office, Bay St. Louis, Waveland, and Diamondhead Police Departments and the Mississippi Highway Patrol all participated. Above: Waveland Police Chief David Allen, left; Hancock County Sheriff Ricky Adam; Bay St. Louis Police Chief Mike De Nardo; Diamondhead Police Capt. John Luther; and Mississippi Highway Patrol Trooper Dale DeCamp. Below: The Hancock High School JROTC Color Guard and North Bay Elementary teacher Tammy Raymonds class. The children sang the National Anthem.
May 20, 2016, 18:35
Festival promoter sued for non-payment of security contract A local security company has filed a lawsuit against Bay Harbor Festival and promoter Michael Rosato claiming, that the festival has yet to pay the company more than $7,500 it owes for security services at last year's event.
The lawsuit, Bay Event Staffing and Security LLC (BESS) vs. Michael Rosato and Bay Harbor Festival LLC, was filed in Hancock County Circuit Court on May 6.
Bay Harbor Festival, LLC has hosted a music festival in downtown Bay St. Louis for the past three years.
Last year's event was held July 17-19.
BESS is a local security company which provides security staffing and other services at festivals and events across the Gulf Coast and in Louisiana.
According to court documents, the company is owned by State Rep. David Baria of Bay St. Louis and Curtis Rockwell of Jackson County. May 20, 2016, 18:34
County receives no proposals for beach vendors The Hancock County Board of Supervisors changed its sand-beach ordinance two years ago to allow beach vendors, but none of the vendors who requested the change seemed to be interested in providing services.
Over the past few years, supervisors have received several requests from people and businesses who wished to offer supplies or rent recreational equipment on Hancock County's beaches.
In response, the former board of supervisors last year amended its ordinance to mirror the one adopted by Harrison County. May 20, 2016, 18:33
271 Hancock Hawks Soar to Graduation Hancock High School Class of 2016 boasts 271 Hawks ready to soar to exciting new adventures after graduation ceremonies on Thursday evening.
The administrators and teachers have continued to put much focus on college prep while the guidance department and students have been diligent in their efforts to attain scholarships and their efforts have been met with much success.
Besides college scholarships, Hancock students were honored with many academic, leadership and community awards as well. Hancock High acknowledged students chosen for the prestigious Hall of Fame.
Students were recognized for academic achievements such as Mississippi Scholars, Honors and Highest Honors as well as the Valedictorian and Salutatorian. May 20, 2016, 18:31
Our artist of the Week is homegrown songbird Sarah L. Buras, a.k.a. “Sista Sera,” and “Serabee.”
"I was born on Saturday and singing on Sunday," as Sera so aptly puts it. “Music is in my blood, and the road I’ve traveled can’t help but form my music.”
Sera hails direct from the Kiln, with the wandering strains of roadhouse blues and rollicking revivals psychically embedded in her songs. Irresistible, pop, country and R&B adorned in her soulful vocal presence and piano playing.
As a singer, songwriter and musician, the creative edge of Sera points to this soulful artist deep roots and colorful background in the American South.
Growing up the daughter of a Pentecostal minister father (always a bluesman at heart) and singer/songwriter mother, Sera was raised on the music of Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Sam Cooke, Bob Dylan, Dolly, Aretha and of course, good ole gospel music. May 20, 2016, 18:30