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9th-grader busted for HHS bomb threat
Hancock County sheriff's deputies on Thursday arrested a ninth-grade Hancock High School student who is believed to be responsible for Tuesday's bomb threat, which closed the school for more than two hours.
Sheriff Ricky Adam said Friday that a male juvenile was arrested Thursday in connection with the bomb threat.
The child is a student at HHS, Adam said.
Authorities did not release the student's name.
According to Adam, school officials became aware of a message which said a bomb was in a school building about 11:45 a.m. Tuesday.
The message was written on a wall in the boys bathroom in the main building.

Jan 23, 2015, 19:55

Mardi Paws: Krewe of Pupseidon kicks off Carnival season
Diamondhead Mayor Tommy Schafer on Friday toasted King Marley and Queen Sadie of the Krewe of Pupseidon, which conducted its first annual "meeting of the court" at Harbor House. Marley is the companion of Liz Singley and Sadie is owned by Michael Casano. The krewe's parade will take place today beginning at the country club at 1 p.m. Residents can register their dogs at the event starting at 11:30 a.m., officials said.

The Mystic Krewe of Pupseidon is scheduled to kick off today’s 2015 Carnival parade season today at 1 p.m., marching from the Diamondhead Country Club to the water tower.
The krewe bills itself as “the Mississippi Gulf Coast’s first all-canine krewe.
Diamondhead Mayor Tommy Schafer on Friday toasted the krewe’s King Marley and Queen Saide at a “meeting of the court” at the Harbor House restaurant, granting the furry pair a “key to the city.”
Despite the cold, wet weather on Friday, krewe organizer Kathy Wilkinson was excited.
“King Marley is here with all the dukes and duchesses,” she said. “We’re anticipating great weather and a huge turn-out for Saturday’s parade.”
The theme is "Diamonds Are a Dog's Best Friend.” Participants are invited to bring their canine companions dressed in Mardi Gras regalia.

Jan 23, 2015, 19:54

4th suspect arrested in fire fighter scandal
Hancock County Sheriff's deputies on Thursday arrested another local volunteer firefighter in connection with a recent arson investigation.
Hancock County jail records show that O.J. Smith, of the Clermont Volunteer Harbor Fire Department, was arrested Thursday and charged with being an accessory to arson.
Smith's arrest is the fourth in the scandal, and sheriff's department officials said Friday that more arrests may be forthcoming in the next few days.
Details have been sketchy so far about the nature of the alleged crimes.
Sheriff's Investigator A.J. Gambino said Friday that investigators have been conducting numerous interviews and gaining new information.

Jan 23, 2015, 19:53

Critics take complaints over city clerk’s raise to Waveland aldermen
The Waveland Board of Aldermen is still dealing with fall-out over its decision earlier this month to give its city clerk a $7,000 pay raise.
The board voted earlier this month to increase wages for City Clerk Lisa Planchard, Fire Chief Tony Mallini and Police Chief David Allen.
No one complained about the raises for Mallini or Allen, but social media lit up shortly after that meeting ended, with one person even forming a Facebook group called "Citizens of Waveland Outraged at the Unjustified City Clerk's Pay Raise!"
Mikelle Tingstrom Williamson was one of the most enthusiastic critics and took her complaints directly to the board at its second meeting of the month on Wednesday, as did a few other Waveland residents.

Jan 23, 2015, 19:52

Bay harbor commissioner resigns
The Bay St. Louis City Council on Tuesday accepted the resignation of Rod Ward from the city's harbor commission.
Ward, who has become increasingly outspoken about city politics lately, said Friday that his decision to step down came after becoming disillusioned with the way the city and harbor commission interact.
"I was almost powerless," Ward said. "The commission is supposed to speak as one voice. In respect for the commission, it would be inappropriate for me to speak out as just one commissioner. I was torn between being a commissioner and being a citizen. I have more power to speak my mind as a citizen."

Jan 23, 2015, 19:51

Where Angels Play: ‘Paying it forward’ in honor of a Waveland family lost in Hurricane Katrina
MaryKate Lavin, executive director of the Where Angels Play Foundation, left; Tammy Raymond, North Bay Elementary Teacher; and Bill Lavin, founder of the foundation.

This is a story that had its origins in devastation and unimaginable tragedy, Blll Lavin said, but "we feel like it has come full circle now – this is where the hope and recovery started."
And it started, he said, here in Hancock County.
Lavin, founder of the Where Angels Play Foundation, on Wednesday asked the Waveland Board of Alderman for permission to build a new playground at Ellwood Bourgeois Memorial Park, at no cost to the city.
Lavin is a retired firefighter from Elizabeth, New Jersey who first came here with several fellow firemen in the early days after Hurricane Katrina to help build playgrounds for the Coast's children who had lost everything.
Lavin was one of the first-responders working to help rescue people after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack at the World Trade Center in New York City.

Jan 23, 2015, 19:50

Echo Artist of the Week is Carter Church
Carter Church, left, with renowned Mardi Gras historian Arthur Hardy. Church is featured in Hardy’s 2015 Mardi Gras guide.

Just in time for Carnival, our Artist of the Week is acclaimed Mardi Gras designer Carter Church.
Church is a 57-year veteran of the Mardi Gras costume design business and said, "I'll be doing this until the day I die, probably, until they put me in that coffin or urn or whatever."
His Carnival couture has achieved international fame, and is worn by the royalty of the Krewe of Nereids, as well as many Louisiana krewes, such as Iris, Sparta and Noblesse.
Church was born in Jackson, but his parents moved him to New Orleans when he was about 10 months old.
"When I was 17 or 18 I went to the Traphageni School of Design in New York," Church said. "I stayed there for seven months, then returned to New Orleans because of a ruptured appendix.

Jan 23, 2015, 19:49

Bay Middle bomb threat cleared
Students at Bay High, North Bay Elementary and Bay Middle School students returned to class at around 11:35 Wednesday after a thorough sweep found no explosives anywhere on school grounds.
Students at all three schools had been evacuated after a bomb threat at Bay Middle at 8:50 a.m.
Dr. Rebecca Ladner, district superintendent, said a full investigationis underway.

Jan 21, 2015, 12:05

UPDATE: Three schools evacuated after bomb threat at Bay Middle School
Students were evacuated from Bay-Waveland Middle School on Wednesday morning after the school district received a bomb threat.

The lock-down at Bay-Waveland Middle School should be over shortly, district Superintendent Rebecca Ladner said at 11:16 a.m. Wednesday.
"The dog has finished his search and has not found anything."
District officials evacuated the school at about 8:50 a.m. Wednesday after finding a note that said there is a bomb in the school.
At the urging of Bay St. Louis Police Chief Mike De Nardo, Ladner said, school officials also evacuated nearby Bay High School and North Bay Elementary, just as a precaution. Bomb threat protocol prescribes a distance of at least 1,000 feet from a structure, Ladner said.

Jan 21, 2015, 10:11

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