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St. Clare Seafood Fest continues through Sunday
Hancock Tax Assessor/Collector Jimmie Ladner cooks up a pot of gumbo at the St. Clare Seafood Festival at St. Clare Catholic Church in Waveland. The festival continues today and Sunday with live music, seafood and carnival rides.

The annual St. Clare Seafood Festival will be in full swing today with both local seafood and traditional carnival fare; amusement rides; and one of the biggest entertainment line-ups in the fest’s history.
"It's always a great family event,” Hancock Tax Assessor-Collector Jimmie Ladner – who volunteers at the event every year – said Friday. “Come out and enjoy the food and fun, it's for a great cause."
St. Clare hosted an annual festival for nearly 40 years before Hurricane Katrina destroyed the historic water-side church in Waveland. Once the new church was built, however, organizers added "seafood" to the mix and never looked back. The event has grown every year for the past four years.
Aside from the seafood and carnival treats, there are plenty of activities and concerts planned to entertain the crowds.

May 27, 2016, 20:23

Man who allegedly abducted girlfriend captured
Matthew Thomas Cothard

A man wanted for a 2015 kidnapping, assault, and burglary in Bay St. Louis was arrested this week.
Hancock County Jail records show that Matthew Thomas Cothard, 33, was arrested this week on outstanding warrants for aggravated assault, kidnapping, and burglary.
Cothard was originally arrested in February 2015, after he allegedly held his former girlfriend hostage for nearly 24 hours.
According to police, Cothard on Feb. 4, 2015 went to his ex-girlfriend's home on Cardinal Street; kicked in the front door, and then held the woman hostage.
During the ordeal, he allegedly slashed the tires on the victim's car and threw her cell phone in a canal.

May 27, 2016, 20:22

Neighbors oppose BSL eatery plans
Thirty-two Bay St. Louis residents have filed a "Bill of Exceptions" against the city of Bay St. Louis regarding a variance issued earlier this month for a new restaurant being planned at the corner of North Beach Blvd. and Highway 90.
In March, Melvin Barnes, owner of Cuz's Seafood on Highway 603, requested a variance from the city for a new restaurant and lounge he intends to build on North Beach Blvd. near the Bay St. Louis Bridge.
Barnes sought to have a waiver for a building requirement which does not allow fences to be constructed within 20 feet of intersections.
In his application, Barnes said the restaurant will seat about 50 patrons and only employ about five people per shift.
19 parking spots will be provided for the restaurant, he said.

May 27, 2016, 20:21

Multiple events to commemorate Memorial Day
Clayton Thompson, past commander of the Clement R. Bontemps American Legion Post 139, leads a prayer during last year’s Memorial Day ceremonies at the grave site of the post's namesake.

There will be several events this weekend and on Monday to recognize Memorial Day in Hancock County.
They include:
• Diamondhead will host its annual Memorial Day Weekend Service today, Saturday, May 28, starting at 11 a.m. under the Oaks at the Diamondhead Country Club Circle honoring those heroes who have preserved the freedom we enjoy today.
The guest speaker will be Captain Raymond Delgado, Chief of Staff for the Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, Stennis Space Center. Music will begin at 10:50 a.m. and the Memorial Service will follow at 11 a.m.

May 27, 2016, 20:20

Diamondhead using grant money to improve city facilities & services
Diamondhead has been awarded more than $1.7 million in state and federal grants over the past few years and it is currently in the process of securing more, City Manager Clovis Reed said in a press release Friday.
"These grants were made possible through the efforts of Diamondhead elected officials working in concert with state agencies and the legislature," Reed said. "The city's match for these projects is estimated at only $600,000 for a total project value of $2.3 million."
The grants the city has received include:
*A Hazard Mitigation grant from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency to replace roofing and strengthen the city hall facility.

May 27, 2016, 20:18

No murder charges yet in beating death
Hancock County Sheriff's investigators have yet to file murder charges in the death of a 75-year-old Kiln man who was allegedly "brutally beaten" by at least one of his sons, authorities said Friday.
Hancock County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Don Bass said Friday that the case is "very complex."
"Our investigation is continuing, but we do not have anything new to report at this time," Bass said. "We are sending some evidence off to the crime lab and continuing to interview people."
On May 19, deputies responded to a report of a naked man causing a disturbance on Dogwood Ridge Road in Kiln.
When deputies arrived, they discovered the naked man, Timothy Bosarge, 41, in a neighbor's front yard.

May 27, 2016, 20:17

Helping Keep Waveland Beautiful
Dozens of Volunteers turned out last Saturday to help “Keep Waveland Beautiful” with a volunteer cleanup at Martin Luther King Park.

In an effort to improve and beautify their community and environment hundreds of Waveland residents and Keep Waveland Beautiful volunteers joined in on a Great American Clean-up project Saturday at MLK park in the Middle Town Community.
Organizers of the event say community outreach is the key. Local resident and assistant event coordinator Clarence Hall went door-to-door in his community handing out fliers promoting the special day.
“We need to do our part in the neighborhood to control the litter,” Hall explained. “Not just one day a year, 365 days throughout it to keep it beautiful and inviting.”

May 27, 2016, 20:16

Trent Ladner is the Artist of the Week
Hancock High School student Trent Ladner performs on stage.

While many high school students will be spending the summer sleeping in late and enjoying a little free time, Artist of the Week Trent Ladner, will be on tour, playing to sold-out shows while promoting his new album.
Trent, who will be a 15-year-old junior at Hancock High School when school resumes in the fall, debuted his first album – “Coming Undone” – at the age of 14.
He first started playing music with his brother, Trevor Ladner, at the age of seven. They started out playing around their house as kids having no clue what the future would hold. He played his first show on stage at the incredible age of eight years old.

May 27, 2016, 20:15

Bay High Class of 2016 graduates with more than $10 million in scholarships
Members of the Bay High School Class of 2016 celebrate graduation on Friday, May 20.

Bay High School celebrated the achievements of the Class of 2016 at Friday night's commencement ceremony.
One hundred and eleven seniors walked across the school football field to accept their hard-earned diplomas and academic honors.
“The Bay High School class of 2016 has a personality, work ethic, determination, poise, sense of humor and sense of self that any person would adore,” said Principal Dr. Amy Coyne. “I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of their journey through high school and cannot wait to see what each of their futures hold.”
The class overall earned $10,051,216, topping by $1.6 million last year's school record of $8.4 million. To emphasize the increase, Dr. Coyne, Principal of Bay High, pointed out that in 2009, total scholarship numbers were under $1 million dollars.
Leading the graduat

May 24, 2016, 19:12

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