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Bay Seeks Cause of Crack in Harbor
Bay St. Louis city workers on Friday clear concrete from the Bay St. Louis Harbor. The concrete had apparently separated from the support beam.

Parts of the Bay St. Louis Municipal Harbor appear to be sinking and the city has begun an investigation into what the problems are and who will be responsible to fix them.
The harbor, which opened in the summer of 2014, was the crown jewel of the city's rebuilding effort after Hurricane Katrina.
The $22 million project was paid, in part, through a Community Development Block Grant.
About six months ago, however, city leaders learned that a few areas of concrete had begun to sink slightly into the soft sand below.
One of the main areas is just to the right of the entry bridge and the other is on one of the decks, the concrete apparently separated, causing a two-foot hole.

Jan 13, 2017, 17:31


Violent crime on the rise in Hancock County
Violent crime has increased in America over the past few years, and Hancock County has not been spared.
In the past few years, mass shootings, crimes against police, and other outrageous acts have made headlines on a weekly basis across the nation.
Despite the rise in certain crimes in America and at home, the budgets of at least two law enforcement agencies have been cut.
Even with the cuts, however, all but one of the violent crimes in Hancock County, Bay St. Louis and Waveland have been solved.
The reason for the spike is a combination of many factors.
Some of them can be attributed to the effects Hurricane Katrina had on our community, officials said.

Jan 13, 2017, 17:30


Waveland P.D. probes shooting
For the second time in less than 14 months, the Waveland Police Department is investigating a shooting at a local apartment complex, and once again, no witnesses have come forward.
Assistant Police Chief Mike Prendergast said Friday that WPD was notified of a possible shooting at the Wave View Apartments at about 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
"We were dispatched to the apartments in reference to a fight between two black males and shots fired in the parking lot," Prendergast said.
When police arrived, however, there was nobody in the parking lot, Prendergast said.
Police conducted a search of the area and spoke with several tenants; however, they were unable to learn any more, he said.

Jan 13, 2017, 17:29


Consolidation committee holds first meeting
The committee formed to analyze the potential cost savings of consolidating the Bay-Waveland and Hancock County School Districts on Wednesday held its first meeting.
Last September, Ron Thorp, a resident of Bay St. Louis and member of the Hancock County Alliance for Good Government, presented a proposal to each governmental and school entity in the area.

Jan 13, 2017, 16:01


Officials kick off ReNewMS
State officials on Friday met in Waveland to kick off ReNewMS. From left are Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Dawn Beam, Commissioner of Mississippi Child Protection Services David Chandler and Mississippi's First Lady Deborah Bryant. Photo by Cassandra Favre

Mississippi's First Lady Deborah Bryant, Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Dawn Beam and Commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services David Chandler were in Waveland Friday to kick off one of the state's newest initiatives, ReNewMS.

Jan 13, 2017, 15:58


Heitzmann named NBE Teacher of the Year
Kelly Heitzmann, left, with Brooke Case, who nominated her for Teacher of the Year at North Bay Elementary.

Kelly Brown Heitzmann has been named Teacher of the Year at North Bay Elementary School.
She teaches 3rd grade English and Reading and was nominated by Brooke Case, also a 3rd grade teacher and her former student. “Ms. Heitzmann is an exceptional, devoted teacher,” Case said in the nomination. “While we may be coworkers I still learn from her each day. She emanates leadership and pushes her students for greatness.”
Heitzmann has worked with the Bay-Waveland School District for almost 20 years and has taught 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students in all core curricular subject areas. She has been a mentor teacher to many USM student teachers since 2006.

Jan 13, 2017, 14:35


Old Town becomes 'Dollywood' for 2nd Saturday
For the second year in a row, the Old Town Bay St. Louis Merchants Assoc. will celebrated famed entertainer Dolly Parton’s birthday today as part of the monthly Second Saturday Artwalk. Part of the event includes a Dolly look-alike contest. Above: Some of the “Dollies” at last years event, including Micky Evans, left; Vicki Hughes; Susie Veglia; and Karen West.

A lively and full-bodied Dolly Parton themed Artwalk in January celebrates the iconic queen of country music. Hot Spots: Alice Moseley Museum (128 Depot Way) and Bay Cottages (305 Main Street) are the featured businesses.
The folks of the Bay still think that Dolly should celebrate her January birthday in Bay St. Louis. And so the Second Annual Dolly Should festivities will take place today, Second Saturday, January 14.
"Every year we want to improve it and everyone’s game," organizer Sandy Maggio said. "We want all the shops to do their thing. The running club is going to do their books, boobs and boots - it’s just a little dinky run, but it’s really become the drag race."
The culmination of the day will be the Dolly look-a-like contest at 8 p.m., which will take place on the stage of the Mockingbird Cafe (110 S. Second Street).

Jan 13, 2017, 14:30


Landry named Bay-Waveland superintendent
The Bay-Waveland School District Board of Trustees on Monday approved the appointment of Vikki Landry as superintendent of Bay-Waveland School District through June 2018.
After executive session, the board voted on the matter and the motion made by trustee Joan Thomas and seconded by trustee Mark Kidd passed 4-1, trustee Casey Favre voted no.
The motion also included the wording that the appointment is subject to finalization of a contract. The board directed school attorney Ronnie Artigues to prepare a contract for the board's review.
Landry assumed the role of acting superintendent in August 2016, upon the resignation of former superintendent Dr. Becky Ladner.
Board president Maurice Singleton, Jr. said Tuesday the board conducted an exhaustive search for superintendent and couldn't come to an agreement.

Jan 10, 2017, 16:44


Supers Eye Future of Hancock Medical
The Hancock County Board of Supervisors has scheduled a public hearing on Feb. 6 to get community input on the future of Hancock Medical Center.

The Hancock County Board of Supervisors will host a public hearing on the future of Hancock Medical Center on Feb. 6 at 1:30 p.m. to discuss the future of Hancock Medical Center.
The hearing will take place at the board office at the government complex on Drinkwater Street.
The future of HMC has been a hot topic over the past year.
Currently, the county has a management contract with Oschner, but that contract is set to expire at the end of February.
Supervisors have said they are looking at either a long-term lease or an outright sale of the hospital moving forward.
In order to do either, supervisors must follow state law and request proposals from companies wishing to lease or buy the hospital.

Jan 10, 2017, 16:43






















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