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For Our Veterans: Waveland, American Legion Post 77, re-dedicate memorial
The city of Waveland and American Legion Post 77 on Saturday celebrated the rededication of the city’s Veteran’s Memorial at Coleman and the beach, as well as a flag retirement.

The city of Waveland and American Legion Post 77 on Saturday hosted a sunset ceremony to rededicate the veterans' memorial monument at the foot of Coleman Avenue.
"It is a tremendous accomplishment to have this beautiful new monument," Waveland Mayor David Garcia said. "It is something the city can be proud of and a great thing for our veterans."
The memorial was damaged two years ago during Hurricane Isaac.
Garcia said that when the city decided to repair it, upgrading the site was an important consideration.
"We are very pleased with the way it has turned out so far," Garcia said. "It is beautiful."

Sep 16, 2014, 19:25


Supers approve tax hike, not raises
The Hancock County Board of Supervisors on Monday approved its 2014-2015 budget which included a 3.21 mil increase in ad valorem taxes.
The board, however, did not authorize raises for county employees, something several members had indicated there were going to do this year.
The board voted 3-2 to approve the budget with the 3.21 mil increase.
Supervisors Lisa Cowand and Kenny Hoda cast "no votes."
Supervisors have not raised millage in nearly two decades. On several occasions, previous boards have lowered millage when the value of a mil has risen.
Last year, supervisors cut several departments, including a massive $400,000 cut to the sheriff's office, in an attempt to avoid a millage increase.

Sep 16, 2014, 19:24


Bay approves $12M budget summary for FY2014-15
Bay St. Louis Municipal Clerk David Kolf on Monday presented the city council with the budget for fiscal year 2015, which reflects the 5 mil increase in property taxes passed by the council on Thursday, Sept. 4.
The new budget projects total revenues at $12,192,453 and expenses at $11,689,341, resulting in an expected overall surplus of $503,112. The council unanimously approved the budget summary.
The summary is a one-page overview of the line-item budget showing breakdowns of general fund categories. The state recommends adoption of the budget at the summary level. The entire line-item budget will be published on the city's website. Copies of the complete budget are available at the council chambers and at city hall.

Sep 16, 2014, 19:23


Battle for the Paddle moved to HHS
Bay High's football game Friday evening against the Hancock Hawks will be moved to Kiln because renovations at J.D. McCollough Stadium will not be completed in time, officials said Tuesday.
The renovations, which include the installation of a new turf field, are expected to be complete in time for the Tigers next home game versus St. Stanislaus on Oct. 10, officials said Tuesday.
Renovations at Bay High stadium hit a snag in July when problems were discovered with the water table under the field.
The issue forced Bay High to host its first home game against Purvis at Hancock two weeks ago.

Sep 16, 2014, 19:22


Hope Haven dream unfulfilled
Hurricane Katrina washed away many dreams that people had here on the coast. However, for one organization, Hope Haven, the storm ended one dream but gave birth to another.
The community nonprofit had operated a State licensed emergency shelter for abused and neglected children for ten years. Hurricane Katrina wiped that out in one day. Although the structure was rebuilt quickly, reopening it as an emergency shelter was a much more difficult endeavor.
“The State of Mississippi changed the rules and regulations on how shelters were to be staffed and run.” commented Terry Latham, Hope Haven’s Director.

Sep 16, 2014, 19:21


Diamondhead Arts & Crafts Show is Saturday
The annual Diamondhead Ats and Crafts Show is a great place to both look at and learn about art, with dozens of booths, exhibits and hands-on activities for kids and adults alike.

The Diamondhead Arts & Craft show will be making its 30th appearance under the beautiful oak trees on the Diamondhead Country Club grounds on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 9:30 to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A shuttle bus will be available from the shopping center in Diamondhead to the country club on Saturday. Parking is very limited around the country club so we advise visitors to take the shuttle.
Signs will be posted from Interstate 10 exit 16 to the show.
Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Diamondhead Continuing Education adult school.
Pat Sheehy, president of the DCE, is at the helm of this year’s event.

Sep 16, 2014, 19:20


Herb Willey: Artist of the Month
Pelicans by artist Herb Willey

The readers of the Sea Coast Echo and seacoastecho.com have selected Herb Willey as our Artist of the Month for August 2014.
Herb lives in Bay St. Louis with his wife Serena.
“I worked as a commercial illustrator for many, many years,” he said, “then I decided I wanted to get back to ‘real’ art and do that full-time,” which he says was “scary and exciting at the same time.”
Willey owned and operated Willey Advertising for 45 years, much of that time working exclusively for Oreck Vacuum company founder David Oreck.

Sep 16, 2014, 19:18


Stennis helping pave way to Mars
A test of the Saturn V first stage, S-1C-5, is conducted on Aug. 25, 1967 on the B-1/B-2 Test Stand at NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center.

America's space program will go to Mars, NASA officials said yesterday, and will travel through Hancock County's Stennis Space Center to do it.
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, Jr., and Associate Administrator Robert Lightfoot both visited Stennis on Friday during a day of Louisiana-Mississippi Gulf Coast Activities.
Earlier in the day, they visited the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans to cut the ribbon on its new Vertical Assembly Center.
Bolden, Lightfoot and other NASA representatives spoke briefly to media at the base of Stennis Space Center's historic B-2 Test Stand. The B-2 Test Stand was used to test the S-1C stage on the Saturn V moon rocket and the Main Propulsion Test Article, the configuration of three main engines flown on space shuttle missions.

Sep 13, 2014, 01:08


BridgeFest continues in Bay today
The Rochelle Harper Band performs Friday during the first night of the BridgeFest Music Festival at the Bay St. Louis Municipal Harbor. The event continues Saturday.

The Rochelle Harper Band and Flathead Ford kicked off the 2014 Bay BridgeFest in style Friday night, but there's still plenty more in store today.
Today marks the second and final day of the eighth annual music festival, which is scheduled to take place entirely on the grounds of the new Bay St. Louis Municipal Harbor.
Today's festivities begin at 7 a.m. with a triathlon, followed by an awards ceremony.
The Second Saturday Artwalk – operating in conjunction with BridgeFest – officially begins at 4 p.m. (see page 1B of today's edition for more details).
Gates open at the harbor for today's concerts at 5 p.m.

Sep 13, 2014, 01:07


















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