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MPB special tells Mississippi's side of the Katrina story

Mississippi Public Broadcasting has produced a documentary about Mississippian's experiences during and after Hurricane Katrina.
“Rising Above the Surge: The Post Katrina Coast” documentary focuses on the changes to today’s Gulf Coast and how the community is dealing with the ongoing issues in the aftermath of the devastation. The program opens with a look at Hurricane Katrina and its devastation to show how far the Mississippi Gulf Coast has come in its recovery.
"This is a story of Mississippians’ perseverance over catastrophe," according to MPB.
The documentary will air Saturday at 7 p.m. on MPB stations.
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Aug 27, 2015, 11:55

Ponderings: Another lost opportunity
Sometimes it seems the surest bet turns out to be all wrong. Things and events get hyped and our expectations soar. And when the big event really misses the mark, we are all disappointed.
In my opinion this was the case with the Robin Roberts documentary on the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina which aired Sunday night.
Roberts is a Pass Christian native and was the producer of the show. Expectations were running wild that finally someone in the national media would shine a light on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and the fact it was all but wiped from the face of the Earth by one of the nation's worst natural disasters.
Waveland, Bay St. Louis and Pass Christian in particular were hard hit.
In the immediate days and weeks following the storm, many references were made that the gulf coast looked eerily similar to Hiroshima after it was destroyed by the first atom bomb or to the aftermath of a great tsunami.

Aug 26, 2015, 09:01

Darrin 'Bo' Ladner defeats incumbent Tony Wayne Ladner for Dist. 5 supervisor's nomination
Darrin “Bo” Ladner with his family Tuesday evening after learning he had won the Republican nomination for Hancock Co. District 5 Supervisor.

Darrin "Bo" Ladner was at his daughter's high school volleyball game Tuesday when he heard the news that he had won the Hancock County District Five Supervisor's Republican runoff.
Ladner said there was no question where he would be, even if he was running for public office.
"I've never missed one of my daughter's games and I'm not going to start now," Ladner said. "I have a shot at making all of Hancock County my family now and I'm going to treat them the same way."
Ladner on Tuesday downed incumbent Supervisor Tony Wayne Ladner 686 votes to 535 to claim the District Five Republican nod.
He will take on Independent candidate Hunter Adam in the November general election.
"Wow, I'm just very excited and humbled by all of the support today," Bo Ladner said. "First off, I want to thank my opponent. It was a tough race, but I'm ready to try to get past the next hurdle in November. I want to work with the new board and help bring some economic development to this county."

Aug 25, 2015, 22:30

Capital murder suspect pleads not guilty
Oren Lewis

Capital murder suspect Oren Lewis on Monday pled not guilty at an arraignment hearing in Hancock County Circuit Court.
Lewis, 33, was indicted in May in connection with the death of his daughter, 23-month-old Maleah "Gracie" Bush, in 2013.
Lewis chose to have a formal arraignment hearing on Monday.
The hearing consisted of the assistant district attorney reading the indictment aloud in court and Lewis entering a not guilty plea.
Lewis was represented by attorney Jim Davis.
Lewis, a Hancock County native, is a former stand-out college football player at Pearl River Community College and Louisiana Tech. He also was an assistant coach at Hancock High.
Authorities said that Lewis was with Garcie at a residence on Amar Street in Waveland on Aug. 25, 2013.

Aug 25, 2015, 22:10

Stennis marks mlestone in return to deep-space mission
A recent image shows the new profile of the B-1/B-2 Test Stand. The white framework structure on the left is needed to accommodate the large Space Launch System core stage, which will be tested at Stennis prior to a scheduled 2018 flight.

NASA moved 100 feet closer to its return to deep-space missions this month with the completion of a steel tower for tests of the world’s most powerful rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS). Engineers completed the addition of about 1 million pounds of structural steel work on the SLS core stage test frame on the B-2 Test Stand at the agency's Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.
The distance may not sound like much, but completion of the steel work marks a major milestone as NASA prepares to test the core stage of the new SLS rocket, being developed to carry humans deeper into space than ever before, including to an asteroid placed in lunar orbit and ultimately to Mars.
“Every step brings us closer and closer to a new era of space exploration,” Stennis Director Rick Gilbrech said. “These are exciting days, and it is critical for Stennis to fulfill our test role on the frontlines. As has been said time and again, the return to deep space goes right through Stennis and south Mississippi.”

Aug 25, 2015, 22:09

Waveland millage hike won’t mean tax increase
The city of Waveland plans to increase millage rates next year, but that does not mean residents will be paying more taxes.
According to a public notice running in today's Sea Coast Echo, the city plans on increasing millage rates from 32 mills to 37.55 mills.
The city receives funding for its general fund from many sources.
One of the main sources is property taxes.
Millage rates are set on a yearly basis, however, the value of a mil often fluctuates according to property assessments.
In this fiscal year, which runs from October to the end of September 2016, the value of a mil in Waveland has decreased by about ten percent, officials said.
To collect the same amount of revenue as before, the city will have to raise millage rates.

Aug 25, 2015, 22:08

Hancock NAACP hosts first ‘Summer Fest’
The Hancock County branch of the NAACP on Saturday hosted its first-ever Summer Festival at the historical Bay St. Louis Depot.
“The event itself was wonderful,” Hancock NAACP President Gregory Barabino said. “The Depot was beautiful. ... We’re definitely going to do a second annual (Summer Fest) – it was nice.
“On a scale of 1-10, I’d have to give it a 9.”
The event featured food, arts and crafts, space jumps and games for the kids and live entertainment from several different groups and performers.
“I had some artists come from New Orleans to perform,” Barabino said. “There were a lot of people from other places that came from other communities.”
Barabino said the event was not only a celebration of the community, but an opportunity to let the public know that the NAACP is for everyone.

Aug 25, 2015, 22:07

Two art exhibits in Waveland for Katrina Weekend
On Friday, Aug. 28, from 4:30-6:30 p.m., Waveland City Hall Gallery will present “Southern Phoenix,” a collection of Katrina-inspired paintings, assemblages, photographs, and poetry from our creative Hancock community.
Musical performance by Cynthia Chen and light refreshments will enhance the reception. The Arts, Hancock County welcomes everyone to the celebration.
On Saturday, Aug. 29 at 6 p.m.,The Arts, Hancock County invites everyone to the auditorium of the Ground Zero Museum for the opening of the “Thank Y’all” exhibit, a collection of paintings from across the United States by artists who sponsored shows for our Hancock County artists devastated by the storm to boost their recovery.

Aug 25, 2015, 22:06

Where Angels Play – Volunteers dedicate playground
Where Angels Play Foundation founder Bill Lavin presents a banner to the Bane family in honor of Edgar, Christina, Edgar Jr. and Carl Bane, who lost their lives in Hurricane Katrina.

Hundreds of people stood shoulder-to-shoulder Sunday at Waveland's Elwood Bourgeois Memorial Park to dedicate the new Bane Family Memorial Playground, built by volunteers from the Where Angels Play Foundation.
It was both a solemn and joyous occasion, honoring Edgar Bane, Sr. and Christina Bane and their sons Edgar, Jr. and Carl, all of whom died in their home on Rue de la Salle in Waveland when Hurricane Katrina struck on Aug. 29, 2005; as well as their surviving family members, who gathered at Sunday's ceremony.
"This story began not from the tragedies," Bill Lavin, founder of the Where Angels Play Foundation, said Sunday., "but rather, from the response to the tragedies."
"We're here not to remember how people left us, but rather how they lived," Lavin said.

Aug 25, 2015, 22:05

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