The Hancock County Fair got under way Wednesday. The four-day event will wrap up today with shows from recording artists John Anderson and Joe Diffie. The fair offers carnival rides, rodeo entertainment, food, live music and more. Thousands are expected to attend the event.
The 2016 Hancock County Fair continues today at the Fairgrounds and Equine Arena in Kiln, and organizers say that it's the biggest and best fair yet.
"It's going wonderfully," MSU Extension Agent Christian Stephenson, one of the fair's organizers, said Friday. "It's going wonderfully. We had a really successful Wednesday night . We had a lot of churches come out, and of course, that was exactly what we'd hoped for. Thursday night, both of our bands put on a really good show. They did a really good job, had people up and dancing.
"We had the barrel races the last two nights, and that was exciting. We're looking forward to two nights of the rodeo, tonight and tomorrow. There's lots of arts & crafts vendors and people seem to really be enjoying the carnival." Sep 23, 2016, 18:57
Woman jailed for spitting on nurse Hancock County sheriff's deputies on Tuesday arrested a Diamondhead woman who allegedly spit in an emergency room nurse's face during a visit to Hancock Medical Center in July.
Hancock Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Don Bass said Thursday that Ruby Bourgeois, 36, was arrested Tuesday on an outstanding warrant for aggravated assault.
Apparently, Bass said, Bourgeois went to the emergency room at Hancock Medical Center on July 16.
Bass said he did not know what Bourgeois was seeking treatment for.
During the visit, however, Bourgeois apparently became angry and intentionally spit in the face of a nurse, Bass said. Sep 23, 2016, 18:50
Bay eyes new noise ordinance, 2015 audit The Bay St. Louis City Council discussed a myriad of topics Tuesday including, the final audit report compiled by Culumber, Harvey & Associates, legal fees, the city prosecutor's contract, a fence variance and a committee to draft a noise ordinance.
Robert Culumber, with Culumber, Harvey & Associates, presented the financial audit for the year 2015.
In the prior year's audit, there was no opinion issued, he said. In an effort to arrive at an opinion for 2015, Culumber said his firm encouraged the city to engage an accounting firm in New Orleans to assist comptroller Sissy Gonzales.
Culumber said the city was given an unmodified opinion, which is the best the council wants to see, he said.
"The bad news, which was still Sep 23, 2016, 18:49
Citizens group wants school consolidation Ron Thorp, a Bay St. Louis resident and member of the Hancock County Alliance for Good Government, on Tuesday presented a proposal outlining the consolidation of the Hancock County and Bay-Waveland school districts at the Bay St. Louis City Council meeting, a move he said could result in a savings of $6 million.
He plans to present the proposal to each governmental entity in the area.
Thorp suggested that the entities create a 90-day committee from Jan.1 to March 31, 2017 to explore the possible cost benefits of consolidation, with results to be made public by April 30. Sep 23, 2016, 18:47
Waveland city leaders will host a grand opening Saturday at the city's new splash pad on Herlihy Street. The splash pad is the first in the city. The grand opening will begin today at 10:30 a.m.
The Waveland Board of Aldermen this week announced the completion of the splash pad project and discussed in length the new lighthouse and restroom facility on Beach Blvd. Today, the city will host a grand opening for it's splash pad at the Martin Luther King park on Herlihy Street.
The splash pad project began earlier this summer. It was the brainchild of Ward Two Alderman Bobby Richardson.
"We began to think about what would be a good project for our ward," Richardson said at the time. "We do not have a splash pad in Waveland, and we said, why not put one in Ward One. The rest of the board and the mayor were very supportive of this project. It is going to be something really nice for the whole community and not just Ward Two." Sep 23, 2016, 18:46
Dozens of volunteers on Friday scoured the bayous, streams, and canals along Henderson Point as part of the 11th annual Renew Our Rivers program. More than three tons of debris--some of which from Hurricane Katrina--was pulled from the waters and shoreline.
More than 50 volunteers on Friday helped clean up the Bay of St. Louis and waterways in Henderson Point as part of the 11th annual Renew Our Rivers project.
The event was hosted by several local businesses and groups including Mississippi Power, Coast Electric, Chemours, Gulf Coast Pre-Stress, the Gulf Coast Land Trust, and the Harrison County Beautification Committee.
"We had two great events in Clermont Harbor earlier this year and it was exciting to be able to cross the bridge and do something in Henderson Point and Pass Christian," Mississippi Power Coast Division West Area Manager Steve Schruff said Friday. Sep 23, 2016, 18:45
Jay Trapani is the new executive director for Hope Haven Children’s Advocacy Center.
For more than 20 years, the Hope Haven Children's Advocacy Center in Hancock County has contributed to the health and well-being of the county's abused and neglected children.
Hope Haven's mission is "to advocate for and support abused, neglected, foster, and at-risk children and to provide prevention programs to the community."
For the past 10 weeks, Hope Haven has been under the leadership of Jay Trapani, the non-profit's new executive director, who intends to carry on that tradition of providing advocacy and assistance for families. Sep 23, 2016, 18:35
MDEQ Lifts Three Water Contact Advisories The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, lifted three water contact advisories Wednesday for sampling stations 1, 7, and 10. Advisories remain in effect for stations 8, 11A, and 12B.
The advisories are lifted for:
►Station 1 -- Lakeshore Beach -- near Lakeshore Dr., Bay St. Louis -- the extent is from the Silver Slipper Casino east to Pointset Ave.
►Station 7 -- Pass Christian East Beach -- from Espy Ave. east to Hayden Ave. Sep 21, 2016, 16:42
Coast native and film-maker Jason Robbins will premiere his new movie, “Monsters Anonymous,” at the Beacon Theatres in Waveland this Saturday.
This Saturday, monsters will be gathering at the Beacon Theatres in Waveland for the red carpet premiere of "Monsters Anonymous," the first short film by producer, co-writer and actor Jason Robbins of Woolmarket.
"I've always been a fan of horror/comedy films and this was one of the stories that kept rolling in my head," Robbins said Tuesday. "I thought a short film would be the perfect medium for the story."
Robbins is a student at the London Arts Acting Studio. His acting teacher is Jeremy London of "Mallrats" and "Party of 5" fame.
In September 2015, Robbins and his classmates got together and decided to create a short film for their group project.
"Monsters Anonymous" was shot entirely at the Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center of Arts and Education in Ocean Springs. Sep 20, 2016, 17:41