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Jindal Tubular USA acquires PSL plant at Port Bienville
The $6 million expansion of the former PSL North America plant in Port Bienville Industrial Park is moving forward under the new ownership of Jindal Tubular USA.
Jindal Tubular USA acquired the assets of PSL North America for $104 million. The sale, which was approved by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, was announced today.
The manufacturing and coating plant at Port Bienville is capable of producing more than 300,000 tons of pipe a year. ranging from 18 inches to 120 inches and up to 80 feet in length.

Sep 2, 2014, 20:30

BWSD nearing its football ‘field’ goal
Workers once again near completion on the $690,000-plus artificial turf project at Bay High School’s Tank Williams Field. Initially scheduled to be complete by the first game of the year, work stopped on the project in June to drainage issues reportedly caused by a high water-table under the field.

Officials at the Bay-Waveland School District are hope that a new turf field will be installed at Joe D. McCoullough Stadium in time for the school's homecoming game on Sept. 19.
Last week, Bay High School had to play its opening home game at Hancock High in Kiln.
Thanks to a break in the schedule, Bay is not scheduled to play at home again for another two weeks.
In August, the school district agreed to allow additional time for the field turf project after problems with the water table underneath the field were discovered.
Construction crews have excavated soil; added a layer of limestone and installed goal posts in the past few weeks.

Sep 2, 2014, 20:22

Dog nabs suspect after fatal accident
Authorities charged a Pass Christian man Friday in connection with a fatal crash that occurred on Wolf River Road.
According to a press release from the Harrison County Sheriff's Office, Joshua E. Ladner, 27, of Firetower Rd., was charged with felony leaving the scene of an accident.
Jail records show Ladner was previously on probation in Hancock County.
On Thursday, Aug. 28, Harrison County deputies responded to an accident on Wolf River Road near Jake Bell Road, Harrison County Sheriff Melvin Brisolara said.
Melissa Jane Ladner was pronounced dead at the scene, but before authorities could question Joshua Ladner, he fled the scene, Brisolara said.

Sep 2, 2014, 20:21

Stennett will not seek new board term
Hancock County District Five School Board member Pattie Stennett said Tuesday that she will not seek reelection this November.
Stennett, who served the past eight years on the board, said recent medical issues are a factor in her decision not to run for office again.
"My mind wants to continue, but my body won't let me," Stennett said. "It has been a pleasure and an honor to serve on the school board the past eight years. I have worked with a lot of great board members and we have done a lot for our school district. I am still going to be as active as I can and I hope my successor will have the same passion for the position that I have."

Sep 2, 2014, 20:20

Local students get to communicate with astronauts on Space Station
Commander Steve Swanson and Flight Engineer Reid Wiseman on the ISS answer questions from middle school students at INFINITY

Middle school students from Mississippi and Louisiana participated in an extremely-long distance call on Tuesday, conversing with NASA astronauts Expedition 40 Commander Steve Swanson and Flight Engineer Reid Wiseman while the astronauts orbited the Earth aboard the International Space Station, (ISS).
The students were all crowded into the INFINITY Space Center, located in Hancock County.
More than 300 fourth- through eighth-grade students from Hancock, Bay-Waveland, Long Beach, Nicholson, Picayune and Pearl River Central middle schools, and Boyet Junior High in Slidell took part in the event.

Sep 2, 2014, 20:19

Herb Willey is Artist of the Week
Herb Willey

Herb Willey’s first structured art lessons were in high school in Miami, Florida where he won numerous student art competitions.
While serving in the Navy, Herb attended the University of Hawaii as a part-time student and sold his paintings in the art colony at Ala Moana, primarily cassein and acrylic paintings of tropical subjects. After leaving the Navy he attended USL at Lafayette, Louisiana on scholarship as a fine art major with a minor in advertising art. While attending USL, Herb worked as staff artist at the Daily Iberian in New Iberia, Louisiana. Herb’s collage work was selected by the Louisiana State Art Commission in 1963 for a 1-year traveling exhibit in all the Louisiana State Art Museums.

Sep 2, 2014, 01:07

Ground Zero Ceremony: Remembering those who perished during Hurricane Katrina
Hancock Chamber Executive Director Tish Williams speaks Thursday during a ceremony the Waveland Ground Zero Hurricane Museum to commemorate the ninth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

Dozens gathered Thursday at the Waveland Ground Zero Hurricane Museum to commemorate the ninth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and celebrate the lives of those who perished in the storm.
"While we had to recover without these people," Bay St. Louis Mayor Les Fillingame said before reading the names of the victims in the Bay, "we did it for them."
State Rep. David Baria read the names of the fallen in Waveland; state Sen. Philip Moran and Rep. Patricia Willis named those from the unincorporated areas of Hancock County who died; and Diamondhead Mayor Tommy Schafer read the names of the victims from his city.
Waveland Mayor David Garcia and Alderman Mark Kidd unveiled a permanent memorial on the grounds of the museum bearing the names of Katrina's victims in Waveland.

Aug 30, 2014, 01:15

Kiln man indicted for murder & aggravated assault in stand-off
Gary Thomas Topham

A Hancock County Grand Jury recently indicted a Kiln man in connection with the December 2013 murder of Bruce Necaise and the attempted shooting of two Hancock County sheriff's deputies.
Gary Thomas Topham, 55, was indicted on one count of murder and two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.
His trial date has been set for Dec. 1.
Authorities said Topham and Necaise had gotten into a verbal argument at Topham's Deer Park Road residence on Dec. 3, 2013.
During the course of the argument, Topham allegedly shot Necaise in the leg and then barricaded himself in a barn and held police at bay for two hours, officials said.

Aug 30, 2014, 01:13

Supers consider millage increase
The Hancock County Board of Supervisors on Friday appeared to agree in principal to a 2.61 mil tax increase for the upcoming budget year.
Supervisors are expected to vote on the measure at a meeting on Sept. 15.
About 40 residents attended a public hearing Friday which supervisors hosted to discuss the potential tax hike.
County Attorney Gary Yarborough opened the meeting by stating that supervisors publicly advertised a 3.21 mil increase, but that number would be slightly decreased.

Aug 30, 2014, 01:12

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