Hancock Utility Authority on the hook for $10M pre-Katrina loan; every home in county could see significant rate increase The Hancock County Utility Authority will soon find out if it has to repay a $10 million loan procured by one of its member organizations before the authority was formed in 2006.
Prior to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the Southern Regional Wastewater District--which covered the cities of Bay St. Louis and Waveland, and Hancock County Water and Sewer-- secured $10.1 million in funding from the State Revolving Fund (SRF), a credit plan administered by the Department of Environmental Quality.
Under the SRF program, DEQ loans money to utility entities and the funds are paid back with little or no interest. Jul 18, 2014, 19:48
Waveland Mayor David Garcia made national news this week when he became the first mayor in Mississippi to publicly endorse same-sex marriages, joining more than 450 mayors nationwide who have done the same.
"I just believe that people should have a right to live their lives the way they want to within the limits of the law," Garcia said. "As mayor of the city of Waveland, I understand that the strength and health of our cities are enhanced when all families are protected and supported. We know many people in loving and committed same-sex relationships who are active participants in improving our community. I believe in fairness for all American families and I support the freedom to marry for same-sex couples willing to take on that commitment." Jul 18, 2014, 19:47
Pass man convicted of murder It took a Harrison County jury about an hour Wednesday to find a Pass Christian man guilty of murdering his girlfriend in June 2012, according to a press release from District Attorney Joel Smith.
Ira Bowser, 35, stabbed Shabree Page 29 times at her home on the morning of June 9, 2012, Smith said. Bowser was arrested a few days later and he has been incarcerated at the Harrison County jail ever since.
"This was a senseless murder of a mother in her home that arose out of domestic violence," Smith said. "I am proud of the citizens in Pass Christian and Gulfport who came forward to testify in this case. They did their part and justice was served for Ms. Page's family." Jul 18, 2014, 19:46
Bay Harbor is paying for itself The Bay St. Louis Municipal Harbor and Marina project is already well on its way to paying for itself, City Clerk David Kolf told the city council Tuesday.
The council met Tuesday in the first of a series of workshops to finalize the city's budget for Fiscal Year 2014-2015.
"We just want to assure people that we're not using taxpayer funds to subsidize the harbor," Kolf said.
Although the harbor only opened to the public on June 28 and won't officially have an official "grand opening" until next weekend, Kolf said, the city has already leased 60 of the marina's slips. "And most of those are long-term," he said. Jul 18, 2014, 19:45
RS-25 rocket engine No. 0525 is positioned onto the A-1 Test Stand at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi in preparation for a series of developmental tests.
Engineers have taken a crucial step in preparing to test parts of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket that will send humans to new destinations in the solar system.
They installed on Thursday an RS-25 engine on the A-1 Test Stand at the agency's Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis.
The Stennis team will perform developmental and flight certification testing of the RS-25 engine, a modified version of the space shuttle main engine that powered missions into space from 1981 to 2011. The SLS's core stage will be powered by a configuration of four RS-25 engines, like the one recently installed on the A-1 stand. Jul 18, 2014, 19:44
Artist of the Week Per-Bonnie Vallery grew up in Maine and Connecticut, but moved to Hancock County, Mississippi in 1988. Today, she and her husband Mark live in Jourdan River Shores. They have three grown children and four grandchildren, ages 2-16.
She spent much of her time up north working on lobster boats with her family. Vallery paints commissioned work, including tableaus and murals and slates. Oils are her preferred medium, but for murals she often uses wall paint.
You can view some of her art at the Waveland City Hall Gallery; Serious Bread Bakery, where various tecniques were applied with paint to create the illusion of wood, brick, and old plaster walls; and at various locations around Bay St. Louis, including People’s Bank. Jul 18, 2014, 19:43
Bay High's Tank Williams Field lay dormant on Tuesday. With less then six weeks before the opening of the 2014 high school football season, a project to install field turf has been delayed due to a drainage problem.
Officials at the Bay-Waveland School District said Monday that there is a genuine concern that renovations at Joe D. McCullough Stadium may not be completed in time for opening night of the 2014 football season.
A few months ago, the school district awarded a $690,000 contract for improvement at the stadium, which included installation of a new turf field.
Work, however, was stopped on June 17 after problems arose with the water table underneath the field.
Since then, the field has remained dormant.
"We have a lot of concerns," school board Trustee Clevand Williams said Monday. "This is not going to be a quick fix. When we start talking about losing all of our home games, that hurts." Jul 15, 2014, 20:51
Number of local sex offenders doubled in five years The number of registered sex offenders in Hancock County has doubled in the past five years, and Hancock County Sheriff Ricky Adam said Tuesday that residents should be aware of who may live near them and not be afraid to report suspected crimes.
In 2008, there were about 50 registered sex offenders in the county.
Today, that number is pushing 100.
Adam said there are several reasons for the increase in numbers.
"The biggest reason, I believe, is that we have had a lot of sex offenders move here from other areas," Adam said. "Another reason is that parents and family friends are more willing to report incidents than they have been in the past." Jul 15, 2014, 20:50
Construction on Waveland’s new police department was halted in 2012 due to a dispute between the city and the contractor.
Construction of the new Waveland Police Department on McLaurin Avenue may resume soon, officials said Monday.
Waveland City Attorney Gary Yarborough said Monday that the city and a bond company representing the original construction team have agreed on a list of repairs to get the project moving once again.
The repair package has been sent to FEMA's hazard mitigation team for approval, he said.
"Hopefully, we can get an answer back pretty soon," Yarborough said.
In 2010, the board of aldermen under the Longo administration authorized a $4 million contract with C. Perry Builders to construct a new police station on property the city purchased near the corners of St. Anthony and McLaurin streets. Jul 15, 2014, 20:49