A crew from Apple Construction works Tuesday on the security infrastructure in front of Bay High School. The project, which includes a new parking lot, lighting and an iron fence, is expected to be complete by Aug. 24.
Bay High School will be ready to open when the 2014-15 school year begins on Aug. 7, but it's parking lot and football field won't quite be finished yet.
The Bay-Waveland School Board of Trustees met in a recess session on Monday to iron out the details, voting to hire White Construction to help expedite the renovations at both J.D. McCullough Stadium and the entire front of the property at Bay High.
Major renovations have already been completed at J.D. McCullough Stadium, with improved structure and access, and new bleachers on both the home and visitor sides. The field itself was to be replaced with turf, a major upgrade that has been in the works since school ended in May. Over the summer, however, work crews hit a water table under that field and halted installation in June Jul 29, 2014, 20:33
Four years ago, then-Mayor-Elect David Garcia promised the residents of Waveland that he would do his very best to help the city recover from Hurricane Katrina and a major financial crisis.
On Tuesday, Garcia said he believes that his work is done and it is time to retire.
"It is very bittersweet," Garcia said. "I feel like I could cry, but this is the right thing to do. I have 41 years of public service and I think the time is right for me to step away. I want to spend time with my family and do some other things. I think we have accomplished a lot in the past four years and I am proud of that." Jul 29, 2014, 20:29
City and state officials and well-wishers on Saturday cut the ceremonial ribbon to officially open the long-awaited Bay St. Louis Municipal Harbor.
The city of Bay St. Louis on Saturday hosted the long-awaited grand opening of its new municipal harbor, the Jimmy Rutherford Pier and Jody Compretta Marina.
A host of elected and appointed officials showed up Saturday at the harbor to help the city celebrate, including keynote speaker, Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann; Malcolm White, the state tourism director; Loraine Hill, asst. MSRO executive director of FEMA; Myrtis Franks, representing Sen. Thad Cochran; Tish Williams, executive director of the Hancock County Chamber of Commerce; and Jamie Miller, executive director of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources.
Father Cuddy O'Connell gave the invocation and blessed the harbor; Sherry Hill sang the National Anthem; and a team from American Legion Post 139 including former Councilman Bill Taylor presented the colors. Jul 29, 2014, 20:28
Rickey's may soon return to Waveland A popular local restaurant may be returning to Waveland, nearly nine years after it was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
The Waveland Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday, recommended approval of a zoning change for four parcels of property at the end of Terrace Avenue.
The property is owned by Kevin Jordan.
Officials said Monday that Chef Ricky Peters of Rickey's Restaurant is considering building a restaurant on the site.
Attempts to contact Peters nor Jordan were unsuccessful on Tuesday. Jul 29, 2014, 20:27
Waveland P & Z opposes methadone clinic project The Waveland Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday recommended denial of a company's proposal to bring a methadone clinic to the city.
Officials from Colonial Management Group appeared before the commission on Monday and asked for a conditional-use permit for an outpatient methadone clinic which would be placed at the Waveland Professional Plaza, located behind Sonic on Highway 90.
Colonial Director of Development James Skully said that his company operates several methadone clinics across the country.
He said that Colonial had recently been approached by the state to open a clinic on the Gulf Coast.
"Our goal is to facilitate and rehabilitate people who are addicted to opiates or heroin," Skully said. "We are not a pharmacy." Jul 29, 2014, 20:26
Echo staff photos by Geoff Belcher Andrew Stratman & the Dirty Midwest perform Friday evening during the early hours of Bay Harbor Fest 2014. The festival continues through Sunday in honor of the grand opening of the new Bay St. Louis Municipal Harbor and Marina.
With nearly two years of construction and two decades of planning behind it, the city of Bay St. Louis will officially celebrate the grand opening of its new municipal harbor and pier today.
The city will host a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. today as part of the Bay Harbor Fest 2014 events.
"The harbor has been on the city's wish list for a long time," Mayor Les Fillingame said Thursday. "I think the original vision of a downtown marina was in the Sand Beach Master Plan. There was a huge desire at that time to develop our waterfront ... but there was never the funding in place."
Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent federally-funded rebuilding efforts changed all that.
"The possibility is now a reality ...," Fillingame said. Jul 25, 2014, 21:01
Bay audit leads to questions about ’12 payment A $132,900 check the city of Bay St. Louis received nearly two years ago caused a stir this week, leading at least one councilman to demand an investigation and threatening to call the attorney general's office if he does not get answers.
The city council discussed the city's 2013 audit at separate meetings this week.
On Monday, Ward Five Councilman Joey Boudin asked about a $132,900 check that was listed on the audit as an "unearned income and liability."
The check, which the city received on Aug. 27, 2012, was an annual licensing fees check for gaming devices, officials said. Jul 25, 2014, 21:00
Bay High School may have to play some of its home football games at a different location this fall if immediate action is not taken to rectify the situation at Joe D. McCullough Stadium, officials said Friday.
Two weeks ago, the Bay-Waveland School District approved a change order to a contract with Pro Turf, which was awarded a $690,000 contract a few months back for improvement at the stadium, including installation of a new turf field.
Work, however, stopped on June 17 after problems arose with the water table underneath the field.
Since then, the field has remained in a torn-up state.
The Bay-Waveland School board discussed the matter at a meeting two weeks ago and approved a change order to try to get the stadium ready for opening night on Aug. 29. Jul 25, 2014, 20:59
Locals write letters in support of Scott Walker Several local citizens – including a Hancock County supervisor – wrote letters supporting former Congressional aid Scott Walker, who was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison this week for his role in a corruption scheme with the Department of Marine Resources.
Walker, who is the son of former DMR Director Bill Walker, formerly worked as a congressional aid for senators Trent Lott and Roger Wicker.
He became well known in Hancock County circles after Hurricane Katrina, while representing the two senators. Walker was sentenced on Wednesday, and on Thursday, a federal judge released letters written on his behalf to four local media groups which had filed motions to gain access to them. Jul 25, 2014, 20:58