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Bay artist dies after crash
Betty Stechmann

A Bay St. Louis woman died Monday after a car accident on Highway 90.
Hancock County Coroner Jim Faulk said Monday that Leila "Betty" Stechmann, 71, a beloved fixture of the Bay St. Louis arts scene, was pronounced dead Monday afternoon at Memorial Hospital in Gulfport.
Bay St. Louis Police Lt. Robert O'Neal said Tuesday that BPD responded to a report of an accident with injuries at the intersection of Bouslog Street and Highway 90 in front of the Bay post office at 1:49 p.m. Monday.
Apparently, O'Neal said, Stechmann -- who was driving a 2004 Chevrolet -- pulled onto the highway and was struck broadside by a 2003 Pontiac, which was driven by Alvaro Adriane Herrera, 28.

Mar 3, 2015, 10:48

DHS Internal Affairs Joins Sheriff’s Probe
The Hancock County Health and Human Services building in Bay St. Louis, where Hancock DHS is located.

The Mississippi Department of Human Services' internal affairs department has joined the Hancock County Sheriff's Office in an investigation into alleged misconduct at the Hancock County branch of the state agency, officials said Friday.
Hancock County Sheriff Ricky Adam said Friday that an investigator from MDHS has been working alongside his detectives during the past week.
"The state is doing an internal affairs investigation along with our investigation," Adam said. "I want to thank the state for helping out with this case. They have been doing a fine job."
Last week, allegations surfaced that local DHS workers had purposely forged, manipulated, and/or altered documents in child custody cases.

Feb 27, 2015, 21:21

Smith aims to keep museum in Waveland

Waveland Mayor Mike Smith on Friday said he's working on a plan to keep the Ground Zero Hurricane Museum on Coleman Avenue, albeit in a slightly different form.
Controversy erupted earlier this month when the city shut down the museum, padlocking the historic Waveland Civic Center where it's located and taking away volunteer director LiLi Stahler-Murphy's keys.
Smith said at the time he had ordered the building closed because he had heard Stahler-Murphy planned to close it and move out all the exhibits, "and until we can make a determination of what belongs to who ... , we had to put a stop to everything."
Basically, he said, he wanted to protect city property and make sure everything was catalogued before it was removed from the building.
"As mayor, I have to protect city property," he said.

Feb 27, 2015, 21:20

Boudin says he was just trying to protect wife
Joey Boudin

Bay St. Louis City Councilman Joey Boudin said this week that a simple desire to protect his wife led to the incident that prompted assault charges against him this week, but the man he allegedly assaulted says there's a lot more to the story.
Boudin turned himself in at the Hancock County Jail on Monday after an incident the night before in which Steve Shiyou signed charges against him.
Hancock County Jail records show that Boudin was booked on one count of simple assault, one count of malicious mischief. He was released on bail a short time later.
According to Chief Deputy Don Bass, deputies were called to a residence on Lower Bay Road about 9 p.m. Sunday.

Feb 27, 2015, 21:19

Parade fight leads to arrests
The Hancock County Sheriff's Office this week made several arrests in connection with a fight at the Nereids parade and authorities said Friday they are seeking information about several other individuals allegedly involved in the altercation.
The fight took place on Highway 90 near Bay Tobacco on Sunday, Feb. 9.
Sheriff Ricky Adam said Friday that his office is seeking information on the whereabouts of Robert Cassidy of VancleAve, Jason Hayden of Picayune, Thomas Manghelli of Poplarville, Matt Spooner of Kiln, and Cody Waterbury of Biloxi.
"It's an unfortunate truth that any time you mix a large amount of people together and add a catalyst like alcohol and possibly drugs, fights and other incidents will occur," Adam said.

Feb 27, 2015, 21:18

41 candidates qualified for county elections
Hancock County Sheriff Ricky Adam made history Friday, becoming the first Hancock County sheriff in more than 50 years to be unopposed in an election year.
"It's a great honor," Adam said. "I want to thank all of the citizens of Hancock County for their support over the past four years. Our sheriff's office has come a long way and the fact that nobody else choose to run shows that people have faith in our office. We are going to continue to move forward and continue to provide an excellent level of services to our residents."
Friday was the deadline for qualifying for this year's elections.
This year's county and state primaries are scheduled for Aug. 4 and the general election is scheduled for Nov. 3.

Feb 27, 2015, 21:17

HCPHC wins economic development award for recruiting SpaceX
The Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission took home the top award for economic development at the Mississippi Economic Development Council’s Community Economic Development Awards ceremony held Feb. 5 in Jackson. The award recognized the Port and Harbor Commission’s recruitment of SpaceX to Hancock County.
“SpaceX is one of the most innovative and exciting companies in the world today and we are honored that they made the decision to invest in their future by locating to Hancock County,” said Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission Executive Director Ashley Edwards.
Edwards was joined by SpaceX Government Affairs Associate Mike Lapidus in accepting the award.

Feb 27, 2015, 21:16

Donna L. Riviere is Artist of the Week
Donna Riviere

Artist of the Week Donna L. Riviere is self-taught, painting mostly in acrylics with quite a diverse choice of subjects. She is also a photographer with the major theme of her images focusing on the naturally occurring abstractions of nature.
“I am inspired by life’s experiences, my own as well as the ones that affect my circle of family and friends,” Riviere says. “I have more than one medium and do not employ one more than another.
“As a photographer I strive to capture the naturally occurring abstractions of nature, the lines of light and shadow and the beauty of the broken. As a painter I paint the images that play in my imagination and dreams, landscapes of places that may exist, faces of people I may or may not know and emotions in raw color. "

Feb 27, 2015, 21:15

BHS Lady Tigers win Division 8-4A title & first round playoff game
The Bay High Lady Tigers claimed the Division 8-4A tournament title last Friday and followed that up with a win in the first round of the state playoffs on Monday, Feb. 23.
Bay High (24-5) defeated Forrest County AHS on Monday, February 23rd 64-33 in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs in basketball.
The Lady Tigers started out slow taking a 13-6 first period lead. The slow start was attributed to the chase defense put on Jamaya Galloway by the Lady Aggies early on.
Bay High pushed their lead to 25-14 by halftime.
In the third quarter, the Lady Tigers scored 25 points and held Forrest County to just eight.

Feb 24, 2015, 19:22

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