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Local schools score well in state rankings
The superintendents of all three local public school districts were singing the praises of their students and staff on Friday after the Mississippi Department of Education official released the latest round of state accountability results.
The Pass Christian School District once again earned a sold "A" ranking, while the Hancock County and Bay-Waveland school districts were not far behind, each earning a solid "B."
"Our district is number 13 out of 151 (in the state), placing BWSD in the top nine percent of all Mississippi school districts," Dr. Rebecca Ladner, superintendent for Bay-Waveland schools, said Friday. "Of the 14 local districts on the coast, we're ranked number four.
 "I'm also thrilled to report that at third out of 151 districts, BWSD continues to have one of the highest graduation rates in the state."

Oct 18, 2014, 01:02

Swarmed! Bay photographer, SSC students take part in world-wide art project
Bay St. Louis photographer is participating in the global “Swarm: World Migration” art project, placing 350 magnetic, hand-made butterflies in local settings and photographing them, such as on the guitar sculpture in front of the 100 Men Hall in Bay St. Louis.

Bay St. Louis photographer Ann Madden is participating in a global art project, and inviting everyone to join in.
New York City artist Tasha Lewis began "Swarm: World Migration," through which 4,000 handmade, cyanotype, magnetic butterflies will travel the globe "in an effort to spread beauty and create community," Madden said.
For her part of the project, Madden has temporary custody of 350 of the butterflies and has spent the past several days working with her children to "swarm" the butterflies at various locations around the Coast, photograph the swarm, then take them down within 30 minutes to move theme elsewhere.
Earlier this week, she put them on the Army tank on display behind War Memorial Park in Pass Christian; at the 100 Men Hall in Bay St. Louis; and at the St. Stanislaus Pier, where she involved the SSC Drama Club in the project.

Oct 18, 2014, 01:01

Seymour a plaintiff in $7.9M suit against 2 attorneys
Hancock County District Four Supervisor Steve Seymour, Diamondhead businessman Kirk Ladner, and Scott Walker--a former Congressional aid who was recently sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for public corruption--last week filed a federal lawsuit against two Texas attorneys who they claim have yet to pay them $7.9 million for securing clients for the attorneys to represent in claims against British Petroleum.
The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Gulfport on Oct. 9, names Texas attorneys Jimmy Williamson and Michael Phol as defendants.

Oct 18, 2014, 01:00

Suspect in Lockhart murder extradited to La.; victim’s friends pray for justice
Terry Speaks was extradited back to La. in connection with the death of Jaren Lockhart.

Murder suspect Terry Speaks, 42, was returned to Louisiana Wednesday to stand trial for the slaying of Jaren Lockhart, whose torso washed up on a Hancock County beach on June 7, 2012.
Speaks has been serving a sentence at a federal prison in New York for failure to register as a sex offender.
He was indicted for murder earlier this year and returned to Louisiana on Wednesday.
His former girlfriend Margaret Sanchez, 30, pled not guilty to charges of second-degree murder and obstruction of justice on Aug. 25.

Oct 18, 2014, 00:59

Harding fined for ‘disturbing’ city hall
Bay St. Louis Judge Steven Maggio on Wednesday found Jeff Harding guilty of "disturbance of a public place" in connection with an incident that happened at city hall on Aug. 28.
Maggio ordered Harding to pay a $500 fine plus court costs, but he suspended $400 on the condition that Harding did not cause any more disturbances in the next six months.
Harding was arrested on Aug. 28 and charged with simple assault by threat, disturbance of the peace, and disturbance of a business.

Oct 18, 2014, 00:58

HMC Prepared for Ebola
Nursing staff Regina Monica, RN, Rose Brooks, RN, and Jennifer Simmons, CNA in an isolation room at Hancock Medical.

The staff at Hancock Medical is prepared every day to fight infectious disease by employing appropriate infection control procedures.
Clinical and non-clinical staff are kept up to date on policies, procedures and protocols in relation to infectious disease. Hancock Medical, personnel are trained in donning and doffing of protective decontamination gear and receive annual training.
The hospital also conducts at least two emergency preparedness drills annually. Should an Ebola case arise in Hancock County, Hancock Medical is fully prepared.

Oct 18, 2014, 00:57

Artist of the Week: Vicki Niolet
Vicki Niolet

Vicki Niolet has been working in mixed media for more than 30 years, drawing on a background of papermaking, photography, and clay. She uses found objects to create shrines and repositories, turning ordinary items into cherished relics. She crafts focal details of lucky charms, faces, and hearts inside the spaces from clay, handmade paper, and photographic images. These elements are combined in altars surrounding castaway treasures with symbolic messages and sarcastic undertones.
In 2008, Niolet received a Mississippi Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship recognizing her three dimensional works. In 1990, she filmed and distributed an instructional video, “Practical Papermaking”, and conducted workshops as well as traveling across the country to fine arts festivals.

Oct 18, 2014, 00:54

Bay St. Louis Municipal Harbor: Council wants to learn how to stop rocking the boats
The Bay St. Louis Municipal Harbor and Jody Compretta Marina looked deceptively calm on Tuesday – Bay council members want a study to figure out the best way to limit wave action in the marina.

The Bay St. Louis City Council said last week that despite the success so far of the city's new municipal harbor, there's an unforeseen problem: Wave action in the marina is rocking the boats a little too much for comfort.
The harbor officially opened in July to great fanfare, drawing a huge crowd and renting out slips even faster than Mayor Les Fillingame had predicted.
Both Fillingame and Hancock County Tourism Development Bureau Director Myrna Green have called the harbor "the economic engine" that will drive rapid growth for the entire county's tourism industry.
However, several boaters have complained about cavitation in the marina.
"It's not a 'hit the panic button' kind of thing," Harold "Buz" Olsen, the city's director of Economic and Community Development, said Monday. "Some wind occurrences do cause a little more wave action than necessary."

Oct 14, 2014, 20:08

Deputies nab two suspects in DH sting
Hancock County sheriff's deputies on Friday captured a couple suspected in a string of recent thefts after authorities set up an elaborate ruse in Diamondhead.
Hancock County Sheriff Ricky Adam said Monday that Clarence Cuevas, 50, and Amanda Baker, 24, were both charged with burglary.
Chief Investigator Glenn Grannan said Monday that deputies had received several reports of stolen lawn equipment in the Diamondhead area in the past two weeks.
"All of the complaints were basically the same," Grannan said. "People with lawn equipment in their trucks or trailers would stop to get something to eat or to go in a store, and when they came back to their vehicles, items were missing."

Oct 14, 2014, 20:07

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