Editor's note: This is the first installment of a three-part series examining the effects of methamphetamine addiction on Hancock County, its people and economy.
Christie is a 42-year-old single mother who has worked hard most of her life, she says, trying to help others.
However, she adds, "Almost everyone who knows me knows I'm a drug addict."
Now, she is battling a crippling addiction to methamphetamine, trying to put her life back in order, and help others get the aid and advice they need to avoid the mistakes she has made.
"I have used and abused substances since I've been a very young girl," Dec 6, 2013, 21:41
An artist’s conception of the proposed Jacobs Entertainment Group casino complex
The Diamondhead City Council on Tuesday passed a resolution supporting economic development projects, including two proposed casinos south of Interstate 10.
The resolution stated, in part, that the mayor and city council are in initial support of the Diamondhead Casino Corp. and Jacobs Entertainment projects.
Mayor Tommy Schafer said Friday that the resolution is not a final vote on either project.
"The resolution encourages developers to take the initial steps in development," Schafer said. "The first step is applying to the gaming commission." Dec 6, 2013, 21:40
Bay mayor aims to limit council’s interaction with city employees Bay St. Louis Mayor Les Fillingame on Tuesday said he wants city councilmen to go through him, rather than speaking directly with city employees.
The new protocol stemmed from a disagreement Ward Six Councilman Lonnie Falgout had with an un-named employee, which was addressed that night at the city council meeting.
"I would suggest that before you sit down and speak to one of those employees," Fillingame said, "that you go through me."
Falgout said that Fillingame had not been available at the time of the discussion.
"I can ask for documentation," Falgout said. "And I will." Dec 6, 2013, 21:38
City cancels special meet before it even begins Mayor Les Fillingame called a special Bay St. Louis City Council meeting on Thursday, however, the meeting never was never called to order.
On the agenda for the meeting was the purchase of the Bay St. Louis Fire Department's aerial fire truck.
Lana Noonan, chairman for the Hancock County Alliance for Good Government, addressed the council before the meeting began.
She read aloud the Mississippi Ethics Commission definition of open meetings which said that notice of any meetings shall be provided at least five days in advance of the scheduled meeting with date, time, place and location. Dec 6, 2013, 21:37
Falgout, Fillingame face off over city fire truck purchase The purchase of the Bay St. Louis' Fire Department's prospective new aerial truck was once again a matter of debate at Tuesday's city council meeting.
Some councilmen are questioning the protocol followed to order the truck.
Councilman-at-Large Mike Favre and Ward Five Councilman Joey Boudin said on Tuesday that they are not against the fire truck, that the city needs it, but it was never approved by council to begin the purchasing process.
During budget workshops, the council approved allotting $60,000 of capital funds, $48,000 of that being rebate money from the state fire commission for a yearly aerial fire truck payment.
Dec 6, 2013, 21:37
Holiday events: Snowflakes & Sugarplums, tree gala, parades Bay St. Louis will welcome back the Snowflakes and Sugarplums Festival, today from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. at the Depot.
Highlights of the event include an “the World’s Largest Snowman” sponsored by the Bay St. Louis Mardi Gras Museum; an artificial ice skating rink, and live music by Roman Street, the MAP Children’s Choir and the St. Rose Men’s Choir; and the show-stopper, Vince Vance & the Valiants, sponsored by Silver Slipper Casino.
Vince Vance and the Valiants, while a perennial Coast favorite, are famous nationwide for their hit song, “All I Want for Christmas is You,” which has become a traditional classic. The "H&H Express" will offer train rides for the kids. Dec 6, 2013, 21:36
Deer Park family homeless after fire An early-morning fire Sunday has left a Deer Park family homeless for the holidays.
Hancock County Fire Marshal Brian Adam said Tuesday that authorities were notified of a structure fire at 26100 Broadridge Drive in Deer Park about 2:30 a.m. Sunday.
Deer Park is located in the north-west part of Hancock County. Dec 6, 2013, 21:35