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Destination Waveland
Waveland Mayor Mike Smith, right presented Donna Estopinal with a proclimation. Also pictured, Roger Estopinal, husband of Donna.
Click to check out photos from tonight's "Red, White, and You" event in Waveland. An estimated 50,000 people packed the beachfront in Waveland for the special event. Photos by Echo Staff reporter Dwayne Bremer.

Jul 4, 2015, 23:37


Red, White & You! Prepare for Waveland’s Patriotic Party
Local resident Donna Estopinal stands in front of the Garfield Ladner Memorial Pier in Waveland on Thursday. The pier will be the site of Saturday's "Red, White, and You" celebration. Estopinal wrote the winning contest entry which resulted in Waveland being awarded the party.

Waveland work crews were busy Thursday preparing the beach near the Garfield Ladner Memorial Pier for a special July 4 party like no other ever seen in the city's history.
On Saturday, Waveland will host the "Red, White, and You" party from the Destination America Network.
According to a network press release, “Destination America travels to Waveland for the town’s first Independence Day firework celebration in more than 10 years, since before Hurricane Katrina. Festivities will include all the elements of a quintessential patriotic party: All-American festival foods like hot dogs and ice cream; carnival activities including inflatable tee ball, a moon bounce, and Shark Week-themed face painting; a special appearance by some of the biggest names in professional wrestling; live performances by favorite local musicians; and a dazzling fireworks display to close out the night.”

Jul 2, 2015, 17:36


Alleged child molester arrested
Joshua Lewis

Bay St. Louis Police on Tuesday arrested a Waveland man who allegedly molested at least two underage girls.
Bay St. Louis Detective Lt. Robert O'Neal said Thursday that Joshua Lewis, 23, was arrested Tuesday and charged with two counts of touching a child for lustful purposes.
According to O'Neal BPD received a report Tuesday alleging that Lewis had molested two separate juveniles.
O'Neal said that Lewis knew both of the victims, but he could not provide any additional details because the case was ongoing.
Lewis was arrested the same day and later booked at the Hancock County Jail.

Jul 2, 2015, 17:35


Boy, 13, killed in ATV crash
A 13-year-old boy died Wednesday and his brother was critically injured in four-wheeler accident in Pass Christian.
"Officers of the Pass Christian Police Department responded to a single vehicle accident on Wood Street, just east of Oakland Avenue," Pass Police Chief Timothy Hendricks said in a statement issued Wednesday. "The initial call was that two juvenile males had been involved in a four-wheeler accident and that one of the males was unconscious."
Officers arrived at around 6:33 p.m., Hendricks said. AMR was already on the scene.
"It appears that the driver lost control of the vehicle and ran off the side of the road into an adjacent ditch," Hendricks said.

Jul 2, 2015, 17:34


MS’s settlement with BP means ‘good things’ for Hancock Co.
Frenzied clean-up efforts around the Deepwater Horizon Macondo oil well drilling platform in 2010.

Local officials said Thursday that they're optimistic the state's agreement with BP will result in a huge windfall for Hancock County and its communities.
Gov. Phil Bryant and Attorney General Jim Hood announced Thursday in Biloxi that the state of Mississippi had reached an agreement "in principle with BP to settle claims related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. The settlement will bring approximately $1.5 billion in additional relief to Mississippi over the next 17 years. Combined with $659 million in early funding, Mississippi is receiving a total of nearly $2.2 billion in compensation."
The Deepwater Horizon Macondo oil well drilling platform exploded on April 20, 2010.
“Mississippi suffered tragic losses as a result of the BP oil spill. Eleven men died, including four Mississippians.” Bryant said.

Jul 2, 2015, 17:33


‘Bay Trolley’ service begins
Bay St. Louis Mayor Les Fillingame, left, Coast Transit Authority Mobility Manager Chris Forét and Ward 2 Councilwoman Wendy McDonald on Thursday prepare to board the new CTA Bay Trolley at the city’s municipal harbor parking lot.

Coast Transit Authority's "Bay Trolley" is scheduled to begin regular service from the Bay St. Louis Municipal Harbor to Hollywood Casino today, Saturday.
"I think it's going to be a very good thing for the city of Bay St. Louis," Mayor Les Fillingame said last week.
"This is a first for the Coastal area," Chris Forét, CTA's mobility manager said Thursday during a demonstration for city officials. "Mayor Fillingame actually called everybody together and put together a plan for us. It will be 50 percent funded from the city and Hollywood Casino Gulf Coast, along with 50 percent federal funding through CTA."
“The trolley itself will not cost us anything,” Fillingame told city council members last month.

Jul 2, 2015, 17:32


Germaine O’Donnell is Artist of the Week
Germaine O’Donnell

Artist of the Week Germaine O’Donnell is a long-time Colorado resident, but moved to Bay St. Louis to find the “American Dream,” which she achieved through a different medium than most local artists: She uses tie dye.
“After having my dreams of obtaining a doctorate in astrophysics, 'dashed' by an unfortunate accident when I was 15,” she says, “I tried to make my life better with an attempt of at least partial success at so many different jobs; none of them were able to provide what I needed, to be really happy or to help me feel I was actually accomplishing anything.

Jul 2, 2015, 17:31


Local musicians using "Love" to stop violence.
Local artist Reggie "Phenomm" Williams, from right, poses for a picture with Jason Chess, Gerald Christmas (Young Lion) and John Dorsey during the shooting of the music video "Love." The video was shot at different locations in Bay St. Louis including Martin Luther Park. Williams and Christmas are planning to create a tour to raise awareness for non-volence.
Everyone needs more love and less hate--that's the message local recording artist Reginald "Phenomm" Williams is spreading through his new song and continued civic work in the Hancock County community.

Jul 2, 2015, 13:47


Mississippi reaches landmark agreement in Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill disaster case
Gov. Phil Bryant and Attorney General Jim Hood announced today in Biloxi that Mississippi has reached an agreement in principle with BP to settle claims related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. The settlement will bring approximately $1.5 billion in additional relief to Mississippi over the next 17 years. Combined with $659 million in early funding, Mississippi is receiving a total of nearly $2.2 billion in compensation.

The Deepwater Horizon Macondo oil well drilling platform exploded on April 20, 2010. Eleven men, including four Mississippians, were killed.

“Mississippi suffered tragic losses as a result of the BP oil spill. Eleven men died, including four Mississippians.” Gov. Phil Bryant said. “For months, we battled to protect our shorelines and the unique ecosystems and natural resources of our beautiful Gulf Coast from millions of gallons of oil and chemicals.

Jul 2, 2015, 08:52























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