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Ground Zero Ceremony: Remembering those who perished during Hurricane Katrina
Hancock Chamber Executive Director Tish Williams speaks Thursday during a ceremony the Waveland Ground Zero Hurricane Museum to commemorate the ninth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

Dozens gathered Thursday at the Waveland Ground Zero Hurricane Museum to commemorate the ninth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and celebrate the lives of those who perished in the storm.
"While we had to recover without these people," Bay St. Louis Mayor Les Fillingame said before reading the names of the victims in the Bay, "we did it for them."
State Rep. David Baria read the names of the fallen in Waveland; state Sen. Philip Moran and Rep. Patricia Willis named those from the unincorporated areas of Hancock County who died; and Diamondhead Mayor Tommy Schafer read the names of the victims from his city.
Waveland Mayor David Garcia and Alderman Mark Kidd unveiled a permanent memorial on the grounds of the museum bearing the names of Katrina's victims in Waveland.

Aug 30, 2014, 01:15

Kiln man indicted for murder & aggravated assault in stand-off
Gary Thomas Topham

A Hancock County Grand Jury recently indicted a Kiln man in connection with the December 2013 murder of Bruce Necaise and the attempted shooting of two Hancock County sheriff's deputies.
Gary Thomas Topham, 55, was indicted on one count of murder and two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.
His trial date has been set for Dec. 1.
Authorities said Topham and Necaise had gotten into a verbal argument at Topham's Deer Park Road residence on Dec. 3, 2013.
During the course of the argument, Topham allegedly shot Necaise in the leg and then barricaded himself in a barn and held police at bay for two hours, officials said.

Aug 30, 2014, 01:13

Supers consider millage increase
The Hancock County Board of Supervisors on Friday appeared to agree in principal to a 2.61 mil tax increase for the upcoming budget year.
Supervisors are expected to vote on the measure at a meeting on Sept. 15.
About 40 residents attended a public hearing Friday which supervisors hosted to discuss the potential tax hike.
County Attorney Gary Yarborough opened the meeting by stating that supervisors publicly advertised a 3.21 mil increase, but that number would be slightly decreased.

Aug 30, 2014, 01:12

Former mayoral candidate arrested
A former Bay St. Louis mayoral candidate was arrested this week for allegedly assaulting a city employee.
Former Bay St. Louis mayoral candidate Jeff Harding on Wednesday turned himself in at the Bay St. Louis Police Department and immediately posted a $1,000 cash bond.
According to court records, Harding was charged with simple assault and disturbing the peace, both misdemeanor offenses.

Aug 30, 2014, 01:11

McDaniel election challenge dismissed
Special Judge Hollis McGehee dismissed the election challenge of State Sen. Chris McDaniel, who was hoping to overturn the results of the June 24 U.S. Senate Republican Primary.
McGehee, who was appointed by the Mississippi Supreme Court to hear the case, gave his ruling at a hearing at the Harrison County Courthouse in Gulfport.
McGeehee cited case law which said candidates only have 20 days after an election to file a challenge with their respective parties.

Aug 30, 2014, 01:10

USDA honors BWSD with healthy school medal
Representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Friday recognized the Bay-Waveland School District with a bronze medal at a ceremony in the Bay High Gym.
Dr. Becky Ladner, Bay-Waveland School superintendent, accepted the award on behalf of the district.
All schools in the district earned the award through the USDA Healthier US School Challenge.

Aug 30, 2014, 01:09

Bay P.D. probes death of man who was found in canal
The Bay St. Louis Police Department is investigating the death of a 23-year-old Petal man, whose body was found in a canal Thursday near Bayou View Drive.
Bay St. Louis Police Chief Mike De Nardo said Friday that Jeremy Jordan was reported missing about 4:30 a.m. Thursday.
Jordan had apparently been hanging out with friends who decided to take a swim in the canal.
When Jordan did not return, his friends called authorities, De Nardo said.
De Nardo said the dive team from the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources was called to assist.

Aug 30, 2014, 01:08

Herb Willey is Artist of the Week
Herb Willey

Herb Willey’s first structured art lessons were in high school in Miami, Florida where he won numerous student art competitions.
While serving in the Navy, Herb attended the University of Hawaii as a part-time student and sold his paintings in the art colony at Ala Moana, primarily cassein and acrylic paintings of tropical subjects. After leaving the Navy he attended USL at Lafayette, Louisiana on scholarship as a fine art major with a minor in advertising art. While attending USL, Herb worked as staff artist at the Daily Iberian in New Iberia, Louisiana. Herb’s collage work was selected by the Louisiana State Art Commission in 1963 for a 1-year traveling exhibit in all the Louisiana State Art Museums.

Aug 30, 2014, 01:07

Bay St. Louis police investigate apparent drowning
The Bay St. Louis Police Department is investigating an apparent drowning which occurred Thursday morning near Bayou View Drive off of the Jourdan River.
Aug 28, 2014, 12:48

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