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Bay back on TV: Popular series returns to Hancock area
Holly Lemoine-Raymond films an episode of the program "You LIve in What?" outside the former gas station on Washington Street in Bay St. Louis, which she bought and renovated, turning it into a private home.

Local real estate agents have been saying for years that the Hancock County area has some of the most beautiful, distinctive properties on the market, and national television producers seem to agree – the Great American Country network will feature some Bay St. Louis residents and their homes this week on "You LIve In What?"
“It's nice for the additional exposure, especially while our real estate values having been increasing steadily for the past few years,” Holly Lemoine-Raymond, broker/owner of HL Raymond Properties, said recently.
One of Raymond's own properties will be featured on the program, a former gas station on Washington Street in Bay St. Louis which she purchased and renovated into a private home.

Jul 18, 2017, 17:41

Supervisors consider ‘canning’ trash board
The Hancock County Board of Supervisors on Monday discussed the possibility of dissolving the Hancock County Solid Waste Authority board.
The solid waste board is made up of representatives from the county and the cities of Bay St. Louis, Waveland, and Diamondhead. It is only a recommending body and it's decisions must be approved by the board of supervisors.
The solid waste authority is primarily funded through a 2.57 mil levy to all tax payers in the county.
Supervisors turn the proceeds of the tax levy over to the authority, which uses it in its yearly budget.
The solid waste authority solicits a contract for garbage disposal, recycling, and landfill services.

Jul 18, 2017, 17:40

Man arrested for allegedly trying to strangle girlfriend
Daniel Lyrock

Waveland police on Saturday arrested a local man who allegedly tried to strangle his girlfriend at his home on Favre Street.
WPD investigator Chris Ory said police received a report of a domestic assault at about 3:24 a.m. Saturday.
Apparently, he said, Daniel Lyrock, 30, and the victim were at a home on Favre Street on Saturday morning, when Lyrock allegedly tried to strangle her, Ory said.
The victim was able to escape from the residence and contact a friend, who brought her to the police department, Ory said.

Jul 18, 2017, 17:39

D’head leaders discussing council raises, benefits
The Diamondhead City Council was expected to start discussions Tuesday about raises and benefits for elected officials and opting city employees into the state's retirement program.
The discussion items were added to Tuesday's agenda by a council member, but no vote was expected to be taken, Mayor Tommy Schafer said prior to the meeting.
"I can see the council is thinking in the right way, provided it is done within the context of the budget," Schafer said.
City councilmen in Diamondhead make $200 per month and the mayor makes $1,000 a month.

Jul 18, 2017, 17:37

Supers rule road is public, man arrested for trespassing
The Hancock County Board of Supervisors on Monday ruled that Range Road was a public road and that gates deny the public's access must come down.
Over the past few months, Pearl River County resident Butch Merrifield and members of the Frierson family have been embroiled in a controversy over Ridge Road.
Ridge Road extends from Texas Flat Road north into Pearl River County.
The Friersons own large tracts of land near the road and have constructed gates on both ends, officials said.
They claim that the road belongs to them because the county agreed to abandon it decades ago and they have maintained it.

Jul 18, 2017, 17:36

OLG’s Knights of Columbus Council 1522 honored
During Friday’s celebratory dinner, members OLG’s Pere Le Duc Knights of Columbus Council 1522 celebrated the installation of the council’s new officers, which includes incoming Grand Knight Michael “Mac” Kersanac.

The Pere Le Duc Knights of Columbus Council 1522 at Our Lady of the Gulf on Friday were honored with a dinner to celebrate their recent strides in membership.
Bryan Cassagne, KOC membership director for the Mississippi Jurisdiction, said Monday that the Bay St. Louis council "met some huge numbers," and was the "highest producing council in the state."
The council recruited more than 20 members during KOC's last fraternal year, which runs from July 1 to June 30, Cassagne said.
That brings Council's 1522's total membership to 128, outgoing KOC Council 1522 Grand Knight Eddie Renz said.
"Recruitment consists of asking someone to join and then they ask someone else," he said. "We had a real growth spurt."

Jul 18, 2017, 17:35

HCLS celebrates ComicCon 2017
More than 530 pop culture enthusiasts on Saturday attended the Hancock County Library System's 2nd annual Comic Con in Bay St. Louis.

More than 530 pop culture enthusiasts on Saturday attended the Hancock County Library System's 2nd annual Comic Con event.
HCLS Executive Director Courtney Thomas said attendance was up from last year's event, which saw about 500 people.
Thomas said the idea was the brainchild of HCLS Youth Services Consultant Anna Brannan.
About two years ago, the summer reading program's theme was comic books, Thomas said. The end-of-the-year party was a comic con, she said.
"It was so popular that we decided to try own little version of a convention," she said. "With this event, we can market to people in bigger cities."
Thomas said people came from New Orleans, Alabama, Gulfport and Biloxi for the event.

Jul 18, 2017, 17:30

One suspect in Facebook live assault has ties to Hancock County
Hudon. Photo courtesy of the Gulfport Police Department

Gulfport police this week arrested three people in connection with an alleged sexual assault and beating that was streamed live on Facebook. One of the suspects is apparently a nursing aid who has worked in Hancock County.

Jul 14, 2017, 16:51

Bay PD hosts cookout for youth
BSL police officers preparing lunch. Echo staff photo by Dwayne Bremer

Members of the Bay St. Louis Police Department on Thursday cooked lunch for more than 200 children at the Bay-Waveland Boys and Girls Club.
Police Chief Daren Freeman said the idea for the cookout came about a few weeks ago when a BPD officer was asked if the police could periodically stop by the club to interact with children.

Jul 14, 2017, 16:33

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