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Your City at Work

Gilich launches cleaner-Biloxi campaign

“Biloxi is a tourist town and we ought to look like one,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich has said often since his election just over a month ago, and now, on the cusp of a busy Fourth of July weekend, the mayor is launching a campaign with WXXV to help raise awareness of the issue. This […]

Biloxi fireworks: See the show, hear the music

Biloxi’s annual Fourth of July fireworks show has gained a reputation over the years as being one of the biggest in the Southeast, organizers say, but  the annual production is also a musical affair. Admirers of fireworks displays and patriotic music can get both on Saturday night, beginning at 9, when the city’s annual fireworks […]

Gilich seeks to upgrade Biloxi development, key corridors

Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich on Tuesday will ask the City Council to hire a well-known local architect to help developers present more attractive proposals to the city, and to help spur new development and a more inviting appearance in key areas of the city. Gilich is asking the council for approval to hire architect […]

City releases 2015 water quality report

Biloxi residents have known for years that they have some of the lowest water, sewer and garbage rates of any community in the state, and a new report confirms that the city’s drinking water meets or exceeds federal and state requirements. The city’s Annual Report on the Quality of Drinking Water, a scorecard mandated by […]

‘Katrina +10′ sees numbers increasing

The 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina is just over two months away – 64 days, in fact – and this weekend the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art’s “Katrina +10 exhibit” is expected to begin its steady increase in visitors through Aug. 29, says Kevin O’Brien, manager of the east Biloxi museum. The exhibition saw its 10,000th […]

Commission OKs hotel design at Magic site

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, The Architectural/Historical Review Commission voted unanimously to approve the design for the exterior improvements to the former Casino Magic Structure. AHRC approval was necessary since the property is located in the Point Cadet Historic District. Phase 1 of the development will have 373 hotel […]

Biloxi’s Katrina sculptures to get new life

The Ohr-O’Keefe’s “Katrina +10″ exhibition announced today what may be one of its most high-profile undertakings, the restoration of the Katrina sculpture trail in Biloxi. The east Biloxi art museum, along with corporate underwriters and volunteers, is hosting a five-day visit by Marlin Miller, the Fort Walton Beach, Fla., sculptor who created most of the […]

Scrapin’ by: Traffic volume, delays growing on U.S. 90

Heavy, slow-moving Scrapin’ the Coast traffic on U.S. 90 is adding as much as 45 minutes to an hour to travel times, according to Police Chief John Miller, and traffic should be getting even heavier later today. “It’s picked up considerably in the last couple of hours, especially between White Avenue and the Coliseum,” Miller […]

Hiller Park movie, Scrapin’ on tap; other news and notes

The Friends of Hiller Park and the city will present the outdoor movie “How to Train Your Dragon 2″ this evening at Hiller Park, and you’ll find the weekend dominated by Scrapin’ the Coast and the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth. The Hiller Park movie, the first of this year, begins at dusk, or around 7:30 […]

Planning OKs vacation of portion of Anglada Street

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, the Biloxi Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve an application from IP Casino Resort to vacate the northern 507’ of Anglada Street, south of Bayview. The application was approved on the condition that IP would provide an 18 foot wide paved connector road from Fayard street  to […]

City to introduce new logo, branding

The City of Biloxi will be rolling out a fresh new logo over the next several weeks. The new logo uses the city’s signature landmark, the iconic Biloxi Lighthouse, stylized in a modern interpretation with a bold, readable font proclaiming “Biloxi,” with an underline that accentuates the city’s rich history, “established 1699.” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” […]

Biloxi seeks voice in power company rate request

The City of Biloxi has filed a request with the state Public Service Commission asking to have a say in Mississippi Power’s request for rate increases related to the Kemper County project. In the motion to intervene in the power company’s new case, Biloxi City Attorney Gerald Blessey pointed out that the city, its businesses […]

‘K10′ to focus on restoration of passenger rail service

The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art’s “Katrina +10″ retrospective will bring together a group of passenger rail authorities Wednesday evening to discuss the possible return of passenger rail service to the Gulf Coast. The free event, titled “Y’all Aboard,” will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, 386 Beach Blvd. “Y’all Aboard” […]

Summer fair heads into final weekend

The Mississippi Coast Coliseum Summer Fair rolls into its final weekend, with plenty of carnival rides, live shows, contests and headline entertainment. Gate admission is $5 on Friday and Saturday. Gates open at 5 p.m. today and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Meantime, you’ll find the summer show Yaye at the Beau Rivage, the Happy […]

Walmart plans reviewed; other development news

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director The economic development report for this week will actually cover the past two week period. The building plans review for the New Walmart Neighborhood Market on Popp’s Ferry Road has been completed. The contractor is hoping to start the project before the end of this month, with a projected completion date of […]

Gilich committee focuses on new Keesler gate

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich has announced the formation of an ad hoc committee to secure the necessary funding to create a new, secure Division Street gateway into Keesler Air Force Base. “This is No. 1 on my list of priorities,” Gilich said. “We must move the gate to Division Street to strengthen the base’s security […]

City officially dedicates downtown bike lanes

Downtown Biloxi officially picked up 200 new public parking spaces and two miles of bike lanes when Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich cut a ribbon this morning. The city’s Public Works Department, after considering years of studies, recommendations and the arrival of MGM Park, last week began re-striping Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Reynoir […]

Gilich: ‘Thank you for making it a great weekend’

“I thought everything went great,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich says of the Biloxi weekend that saw its share of huge events: the inaugural Shuckers home game at the brand-new MGM Park, the Blessing of the Fleet and Shrimp Festival, an outdoor concert at Harrah’s Great Lawn, and the summer fair at the Coast Coliseum. “I […]

Let the Shuck Dynasty begin

Everything’s a go for Saturday, with the Game Day Experience scheduled for the Vieux Marche throughout the afternoon and the first pitch later that evening in MGM Park,  the new home of the Biloxi Shuckers. The free Game Day Experience, featuring your chance to meet the Shuckers team and coaches, begins at 12:45 and runs […]

MGM Park will host American Star Field

When the Biloxi Shuckers take the field at MGM Park for the first time Saturday night, they’ll be playing on vodka: American Star vodka. Overtime Sports and the city announced today a field naming rights deal in which the field at MGM Park will be known as “American Star Field,” sponsored by American Star Vodka. […]

Meanwhile, down at Point Cadet: A Blessed event

Perhaps overlooked amid the hoopla over MGM Park and the arrival of the Biloxi Shuckers is one of the city’s and state’s most-cherished of traditions:  the Biloxi Blessing of the Fleet and Shrimp Festival. You’ll have a chance to whet your appetite with some of the best seafood dishes around in the Mississippi Department of […]

MGM Park: What you need will be there

So, to be sure, there’s a great deal of interest in the inaugural game at MGM Park, but how much of the park will be open since it’s hosting its first game two months ahead of schedule? Good news, says Tim Bennett: Just about every place the general public needs to go will be open. […]

Georgia visitors put ‘Katrina +10′ past 10,000 mark

Two special education school bus drivers from Georgia pushed the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art’s “Katrina +10″ past the 10,000 mark this afternoon. Tracey Lewis of Grayson, Ga., and Amy Somers of Loganville, Ga., were visitors No. 10,000 and 10,001 and were presented with Ohr-O’Keefe tote bags, posters, and copies of “Katrina +10: The Commemorative Photo […]

Game Day announces musical headliners

Upbeat funk, heavy on brass, will rock Biloxi’s Game Day Experience Saturday afternoon. Two high energy funk bands will entertain an expected crowd of more than 6,000 during Game Day Experience, which is a Main Street Biloxi event presented by the Beau Rivage. Billed as the Ultimate Tailgate Party, the Game Day Experience will be […]

Gilich seeks Council OK for MGM Park deal

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich on Tuesday will ask the City Council to add four items to its meeting agenda to follow up on the agreement to open MGM Park for its first game on Saturday. The mayor is also revising two existing agenda items involving MGM Park – an agreement outlining revenue and maintenance for […]

Family fun day on tap at Hiller

Visitors to Hiller Park on Saturday will find a day of family activities including water slides, bounce houses. It’s all part of Family Fun Day at Hiller Park, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A $5 fee affords unlimited playtime for each child. Additionally, hamburgers, hot dogs, popcorn and other festival fare […]

Businesses, you can be a part of Game Day

Interested business sponsors and vendors who want to participate in Main Street Biloxi’s Game Day Experience on Saturday, June 6 in Downtown Biloxi have until 5 p.m. Monday, June 1 to reserve space. Business sponsorships are $100 and food vendor charges are $75. Sponsors and vendors will be allotted a 10-foot-by10-foot space to provide their […]

Get ready for the ultimate Game Day Experience

Main Street Biloxi announced today that it will celebrate the first home game of the Biloxi Shuckers on Saturday, June 6, by staging the Game Day Experience, presented by the Beau Rivage. Billed as the ultimate tailgate party for the thousands of fans expected to attend the first Shuckers game in MGM Park, the Game […]

Council approves Reunion Place subdivision

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, the city council voted to approve Reunion Place Subdivision-Phase 1. The new development is located on the north side of Brodie Road east of Cedar Lake, and when complete will have 38 single family homes and 46 townhomes. Phase 1 will include 8 single family houses […]

No shucking: Gilich says let’s ‘Play Ball’ June 6

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich announced today it’s time to play ball on June 6. The mayor said an agreement is now in place to open MGM Park for the June 6 Biloxi Shuckers home game against the Mobile Bay Bears. “I’m pleased to announce that we’ve been able to reach an agreement with the Biloxi […]

Biloxi stadium: How we got where we are today

Here is a timeline of events involving construction of the downtown baseball stadium: 2012 – Gov. Bryant works with baseball ownership group to identify suitable site and potential financing for baseball stadium in Biloxi. May 30, 2013 – Gov. Bryant announces $15 million BP grant to the city for construction of a minor league stadium […]

No ‘play ball’ on June 6 for MGM Park

Presented with the prospect of paying at least $300,000 to have MGM Park ready for an early opening June 6 with no guarantee that the work could be done in time, Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich announced today that the City of Biloxi will instead work with Yates Construction toward an opening before Aug 4. “I […]

Council OKs Blessey as city attorney

The Biloxi City Council this afternoon voted 6-0 to approve Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich’s nomination of Gerald Blessey as city attorney. The vote was unanimous, save Councilmember Paul Tisdale, who was absent from the meeting. In his mayor’s report at the outset of the meeting, Gilich outlined his support for Blessey: “As I’ve discussed with […]

‘Katrina +10′ has huge week in offing

The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art’s “Katrina +10″ exhibition, on the cusp of welcoming its 10,000th visitor to the east Biloxi museum, is heading into one of the busiest weeks of its six-month run. This week, the museum hosts presentations by Bay St. Louis native, author and former CNN journalist Kathleen Koch, former Bay St. Louis […]

Gilich, wife welcome governor

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich and his wife Serena welcomed a special visitor to their home Friday. Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant dropped by to meet with the mayor and discuss matters of importance to both Biloxi and the state. Bryant congratulated Mayor Gilich on his impressive victory in the recent special election, and the two spent […]

Holiday weekend fare: Family fun, music and more

West End Hose Co. No. 3 has a weekend of family fun on the Town Green, with a “Jump Into Summer” festival. You’ll find bounce houses, food, carnival games, and, of course, big red fire trucks and real-live firefighters. It all happens Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Meantime, music fills the […]

Gilich nominates Blessey as city attorney

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich next week will ask the Biloxi City Council to approve the appointment of former Mayor Gerald Blessey as city attorney. Blessey has practiced law in Biloxi for 49 years, with several intervals for public service, and received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Mississippi Law School and Master of […]

Gilich gives blueprint for future of Biloxi

Andrew “FoFo” Gilich this evening received four standing ovations from an inauguration ceremony audience of nearly 700, including three former mayors. And then he delivered his speech, which prompted a fifth ovation. Gilich, who succeeds Biloxi’s longest-serving Mayor A.J. Holloway, gave his enthusiastic audience a blueprint of his vision for Biloxi: economic development initiatives, focusing […]

Gilich makes first speech, with capital R

Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich was labeled today in his first speaking engagement  since taking office Monday morning  – and like his childhood nickname, the label stuck. As he was approaching the  podium to speak to Harrison County Republican Club luncheon at the Great Southern Club in Gulfport, advertising executive Ted Riemann, who helmed Gilich’s […]

Biloxi’s new mayor already on the job

His inauguration is not until Wednesday afternoon, but Mayor-elect Andrew “FoFo” Gilich wanted to begin the workweek early, so this morning he became Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich. Clare Sekul Hornsby, a longtime Biloxi attorney and the mayor-elect’s 93-year-old aunt, administered the oath of office to Mayor Gilich this morning shortly after 8, as family, friends […]

City Council meeting: New mayor, new location

Plenty of change will be evident come City Council meeting time Tuesday: Mayor-elect Andrew “FoFo” Gilich will be attending his first meetings as mayor, and the meetings will be conducted at the Biloxi Civic Center while the elevator is repaired at City Hall. The council will have two meetings on Tuesday: a special-called 11 a.m. […]

Hidden Springs gets DEQ approval

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, Hidden Springs received DEQ approval, and obtained the site preparation permit for the proposed 411 lot single family phased subdivision to be located in north Biloxi off Woodland Hills Drive. Infrastructure plans are being finalized and should be submitted to our engineering department sometime next week. Also […]

Seafood museum to host wooden boat show

Nearly 60 wooden vessels, boats of all shapes and sizes, will be on display this weekend for the annual Billy Creel Memorial Wooden & Classic Boat Show. The affair takes place Saturday and Sunday at the Schooner Pier Complex, which is on U.S. 90 in east Biloxi, south of Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art. Hours are […]

History program to visit Lodge, French Club

This week’s “Thursdays in May” offering will focus on two Point Cadet cultural institutions: the Slavic Benevolent Association of St. Nikoli and the Fleur de Lis Society, or, as locals know them, the Slavonian Lodge and the French Club. Thursday’s free affair, which is scheduled to run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., will be a […]

Gilich appoints Kirkland to oversee transition

Mayor-elect Andrew “FoFo” Gilich has named F. Cliff Kirkland as head of his transition team. Kirkland is a former newspaperman, Biloxi city administrator and casino executive. He is a consultant specializing in government affairs, development and marketing/public relations. Kirkland also is the current president of Main Street Biloxi and is under contract with the city […]

Gilich wins mayor’s election with 60 percent of vote

“FoFo” Gilich captured 60 percent of the 7,253 votes counted in today’s special election to succeed A.J. Holloway, Biloxi’s longest-serving mayor. Gilich won nine of the city’s 10 voting precincts, losing only Woolmarket by two votes to W.S. “Windy” Swetman III. The numbers – without affidavit ballots included – were 4,319 votes (59.54 percent) for […]

Shuckers may have been premature in June 6 date

Biloxi Acting Mayor Robert L. Deming III believes that the Biloxi Shuckers may have jumped the gun in announcing a June 6 start date for baseball games at MGM Park. Deming this afernoon said he was surprised by the announcement, and that there are no guarantees of having the stadium play-ready for June 6 without […]

Final preparations underway for election

Municipal Clerk Stacy Thacker today has been checking and re-checking voting supplies that will be used at the city’s 10 polling places in the mayoral election on Tuesday. Voting precincts will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the election where “FoFo” Gilich faces W.S. “Windy” Swetman III in a runoff to succeed […]

Katrina Conversation: The state of gaming

The Gulf Coast gaming industry has witnessed its share of expansions and contractions before and since Katrina, and the changes are continuing to occur. Find out where we were, what happened and where we’re headed in a special Katrina conversation, “All bets are …,” on Wednesday, May 13 at 7 p.m.  at the IP Casino […]

Last round of absentee voting is Saturday

City Hall will be open Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon for the final round of absentee voting for the runoff election for mayor on Tuesday, and any absentee ballots that are being mailed to City Hall must be received by 5 p.m. Monday. Biloxi voters, electing a new mayor for the first time in […]

Council OKs Boomtown RV park

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, the City Council voted unanimously to approve the expansion of the Boomtown Casino RV park. The 49 proposed  RV sites in the expanded park were designed around the existing trees and will have extensive landscaping. Each site will have individual utility hookups for electricity, water and […]

Weekly history series kicks off Thursday

Biloxi launches a month-long trip down memory lane on Thursday  with the kickoff of the eighth annual Thursdays in May program. This event, held annually in observance of National Preservation Month, takes place each of the five Thursdays in May, and kicks off with a scavenger hunt in downtown Biloxi. You’ll also find events on […]

Biloxi casinos pass $2 billion mark in taxes paid

Biloxi’s casino gaming industry, which marked its 20th anniversary in 2012, achieved a milestone without much fanfare last month: The industry crossed the $2 billion-dollar mark in taxes paid to state and local governments. Gaming figures compiled by the city, based on state collection of $16.6 billion in revenue from Biloxi casinos, show the casino […]

Council adds Magic site to tax abatement zone

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development the Biloxi City Council voted unanimously to add the former Casino Magic property and structure to the tax abatement district. This action will allow the developers of the property to apply for a tax abatement on any improvements made to the existing structure that will increase the […]

City Hall open Saturday for absentee balloting

City Hall will be open Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon for absentee voting to be conducted for the May 12 runoff election for mayor, according to Municipal Clerk Stacy Thacker. Absentee votes also may be cast Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at City Hall, which is at 140 Lameuse St., […]

911 tapes to help tell the Katrina story Friday

Biloxi Police Chief John Miller will use actual 911 tapes from the height of Hurricane Katrina during his Katrina Café presentation Friday at lunchtime, but, more importantly, Miller will tell audience members what the department learned from those experiences and how it is better prepared today. The luncheon, part of the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art’s […]

Fire Academy for Kids now accepting registrants

The Biloxi Fire Department’s Fire Academy for Kids is coming up in June, and the department is now seeking registrants for the program, which is open to children ages 7 through 12. The free program is designed to increase children’s fire safety and first-aid knowledge, and to provide them with a better appreciation of firefighters […]

Affidavit ballots slighly increase vote totals

The number of ballots cast in the special election for mayor on Tuesday nudged up by less than a percent last night after the Biloxi Municipal Election Commission validated 65 votes cast by affidavit. With the new numbers, leader “FoFo” Gilich, who faces W.S. “Windy” Swetman III in a runoff on May 12, picked up […]

Gilich, Swetman headed for runoff

The field of 10 candidates for mayor of Biloxi was narrowed to two this evening, with top vote-getter “FoFo” Gilich scheduled to face runner-up W.S. “Windy” Swetman III in a runoff election on Tuesday, May 12. A total of 7,605 votes were cast in the special election to replace A.J. Holloway, with Gilich capturing 2,207 […]

Biloxi elections: The big races of late

Voting in the mayoral special election continues until 7 p.m., and while Municipal Clerk Stacy Thacker reports voter turnout is heavy, here are some numbers from past Biloxi mayoral races: There were three other recent instances where mayoral elections were hotly contested. 2001, general election: A total of 9,966 votes were cast in a race […]

Heavy turnout seen at Biloxi polling places

Municipal Clerk Stacy Thacker, who is responsible for overseeing municipal elections in Biloxi, says voter turnout has been heavy in Biloxi since the city’s 10 polling places opened this morning at 7. Voting will continue until 7 this evening. Biggest issue Thacker has seen, especially at the Donal M. Snyder Sr. Community Center, is voters […]

Election 2015: What you need to know

Biloxi’s 10 polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday for voters to cast their ballots for their choice of the 10 candidates for mayor. Voters are reminded vote at their municipal polling place and to bring a valid photo ID when them to the polls. Municipal Clerk Stacy Thacker reports […]

Indian Nation run headlines weekend

“We think the bad weather will be behind us, and we’re going to have a sea of red in downtown Biloxi Saturday morning,” Biloxi Public Schools chief Arthur McMillan says of the second annual Biloxi 5K Run and 1-mile trek. “We’re looking forward to a great event. We’re reminding people to mark their calendars and […]

Downtown to turn into a sea of red Saturday

“We think the bad weather will be behind us, and we’re going to have a sea of red in downtown Biloxi Saturday morning,” Biloxi Public Schools chief Arthur McMillan says of the second annual Biloxi 5K Run and 1-mile trek. “We’re looking forward to a great event. We’re reminding people to mark their calendars and […]

‘Katrina +10′ honors 5,000th visitor

Paul and Sylvia Ely, visitors from Norman, Okla., today became the 5,000th visitors to the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art’s “Katrina +10″ exhibit. The Elys were visiting Biloxi and the Mississippi Gulf Coast and decided to stop by to see the multi-media exhibit, which opened 34 days ago at the east Biloxi museum. “This is so exciting! […]

Tulane moving to Edgewater Village

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development came the announcement that Tulane University will be relocating from Edgewater Mall to Edgewater Village, into the former Books-A-Million location. This relocation will add  a solid anchor to Edgewater Village, allowing Tulane to double in size, and will free up space at the mall for additional retail […]

Katrina documentary premieres Sunday

A new documentary about the inspirational recovery from Hurricane Katrina makes its debut Sunday afternoon at 2 at the Saenger Theater. The documentary, titled “Katrina +10,” features interviews with leaders of Coast cities, tourism and gaming analysts, volunteers and others who witnessed Hurricane Katrina and have been a part of the rebuilding and recovery in […]

Last call for city’s summer camp

The City of Biloxi Parks and Recreation Department is allowing late registrants as well as non-Biloxi residents to sign up through Friday, May 8 for its Summer Playground and Enrichment Program. Individuals may register children, ages 5-14, with and without disabilities, by visiting the Parks and Recreation office at the Hiller Park Armory, 377 Hiller […]

Newsletter shows municipal polling places

Residents of Biloxi will be receiving a reminder of municipal polling places in a Voter Information newsletter arriving in homes this week. The newsletter, which is being mailed to all homes and businesses in Biloxi, is designed to make sure Biloxians know where to vote in the special election for mayor on Tuesday, April 28. […]

City Desk: Infrastructure, mayors past and future, and more

This week’s “City Desk” webcast, a 20-minute presentation that is more than double its usual length, is chockfull of timely  information: Among the topics: –Infrastructure: How much time this week’s rainfall has taken from the ongoing infrastructure work, how contractors plan which streets they work on. Hear from Tony Morrow of Oscar Renda Construction Co. […]

Shaggy’s to expand beachside deck

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week in economic development, the final building permit was issued to Shaggy’s Restaurant to  complete the new kitchen and deck addition.  Also issued this week was a building permit for renovations to the Golden Nugget Casino, to include the addition of new restrooms. Building plans were received for a new […]

Pass, Popp’s Ferry signals remain down

Traffic signals at Popp’s Ferry and Pass Roads, downed yesterday by a vehicle accident, are not expected to be fully operational until around noon today. The intersection has been converted to a four-way stop until repairs are completed. Police also may be at the intersection, helping to keep traffic moving safely and efficiently. Motorists should […]

Gines: April 28 meeting will go on as planned

Council President Felix O. Gines has said that the council meeting scheduled for April 28 will indeed take place, contrary to assertions by Acting Mayors Kenny Glavan and Robert L. Deming III that it would be postponed because of mayoral elections that day.    

Program to spotlight desegregation of Biloxi schools

A free public program to mark the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of Biloxi Public Schools will be presented Thursday, April 23 at the Biloxi Visitors Center. Seating will begin at 5 p.m. and the program will begin at 5:30 p.m. “Biloxi School Desegregation: A Historic First” will feature a panel of regionally known Civil […]

City seeks to get water-logged infrastructure work back on track

The city’s infrastructure work has been impacted significantly by this week’s rainfall, according to Acting Mayor Robert Deming, and the city’s Public Works Department has had to focus its attention on making sure ditches and catch basins were clear of debris and able to handle as much rainwater as possible. More than 9½ inches of […]

Holloways to be honored Sunday

The public will have a chance to celebrate the career of former Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway during a reception for Holloway and his wife on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Biloxi Civic Center. The casual gathering will feature free food and refreshments and is being billed as “A Celebration of a Lifetime […]

City seeks nominations for Sports Hall of Fame

The Biloxi Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting applications for the 2015 class of the Biloxi Sports Hall of Fame, which will be inducted in August. The department is seeking nominees whose playing career is completed but may still be coaching or volunteering in Biloxi. The inductees will be selected on athletic achievements, advancement […]

Glavan names Deming as acting mayor

Acting Mayor Kernny Glavan announced this afternoon that he is appointing Ward 4 Councilmember Robert L. Deming III to serve as acting mayor while he campaigns to be elected mayor in the special election on April 28. Deming’s appointment by Glavan is effective today and runs through April 28. Glavan, who was appointed as acting […]

Blessey to lead east Biloxi, Point Cadet discussion

Former Biloxi Mayor Gerald Blessey, who in the 1980s led a move to draft a Point Cadet Waterfront Master Plan, will lead a “Katrina +10″ discussion this week on the future of east Biloxi and Point Cadet. “The Future of East Biloxi and Point Cadet,” which is free and open to the public, will be […]

Expect busy roadways in Biloxi this weekend

John Miller has been in the Biloxi Police Department for 25 years, five years as chief, and he says this weekend has the potential to be one the busiest he’s ever seen. “We’ve checked with the hotel-motel association, and we’re at 96 percent occupancy across the Coast,” Miller said. “We’re expecting big spring break crowds […]

Glavan to toss first pitch at Shuckers debut

Kenny Glavan, Biloxi’s acting mayor, will throw out the first pitch in Pensacola this evening when the Biloxi Shuckers launch their 2015 Double A-baseball season. “I’m going to give it all I have,” Glavan said with a laugh. “This is going to be an historic moment for Biloxi, and I’m sure I can hit the […]

Glavan, Bull join race for mayor

Two more mayor hopefuls – Kenny Glavan and David Bull – filed their paperwork this afternoon to be candidates for mayor, bringing the candidate count to 10 for the April 28 special election. Potential candidates have until 5 p.m. today to file with the city their Qualifying Statements of Intent along with the signatures of […]

Mardi Gras Museum to host book signing

The public is invited to a book signing for a new book by Biloxi native Danny Holley at the Biloxi Mardi Gras Museum, at 119 Rue Magnolia (next to Mary Mahoney’s Old French House Restaurant) Thursday  from 5 to 7 p.m. The book, “‘Cappi’ — The Alabaster Boy,” was written by Holley to create an […]

Deadline nears for volunteer nominees

Those interested in nominating an individual, organization or business for the upcoming Volunteer Recognition Ceremony have until Friday to turn in forms. The city will recognize individuals and groups for  their volunteerism in the 32nd Annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony on Wednesday, April 22 at 5:30 p.m. at the Biloxi Civic Center, 578 Howard Ave. See the nomination […]

Lott to discuss Katrina challenges, successes

Trent Lott, who as a U.S. Senator helped secure $24 billion in Katrina relief funds for Mississippi, will tell the inside story of those efforts duirng “An Evening With Trent Lott” this evening at 7 p.m. at the Biloxi Civic Center. The presentation marks the first appearance by a national figure for the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum […]

Biloxi Brigade, police funding on agenda today

The Biloxi City Council this afternoon will consider a measure by Acting Mayor Kenny Glavan that will create the “Biloxi Brigade,” a group of Keesler volunteers that will help revitalize parks in the city. The resolution is one of nearly two dozens meausres the City Council will review during a 1:30 meeting this afternoon at […]

City to conduct lifeguarding class

The city’s Parks and Recreation Department will conduct a lifeguarding class this afternoon and Thursday afternoon to certify individuals who want to work either this summer or throughout the year as a lifeguard. Interested individuals must be at least 15 years old and must complete a pre-test at the Natatorium either this afternoon or Thursday at […]

Mayoral hopefuls now up to eight

Another office seeker, Victor Ainsworth, has filed his paperwork to be a candidate for mayor, bringing the candidate count to eight for the upcoming April 28 special election. Potential candidates have until April 8 at 5 p.m. to file with the city their Qualifying Statements of Intent along with the signatures of 50 registered Biloxi […]

Farmers Market closed until April 7

The City of Biloxi’s Charles R. Hegwood Farmers Market, located at the I-110 overpass off Hopkins Boulevard and Howard Avenue, is closed until April 7. The Parks and Recreation Department is improving the site for the market’s annual grand opening ceremony on April 7. “We will be repainting the lines, cleaning up the trash cans […]

Council OKs revision to baseball agreement

The Biloxi City Council this morning approved an amendment to the MGM Park lease with Biloxi Baseball and Overtime Sports that would set forth terms of how the $925,000 being provided by the baseball partners would be spent and outlined how the city would repay the money. The agreement, which also was OK’d by site […]

Ohr-O’Keefe to launch K10 special events Thursday evening

The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum’s “Katrina +10″ exhibit, which has been seen by nearly 2,000 people since opening 10 days ago, will kick off its array of special events Thursday evening with a fast-paced presentation on April 2 that will examine the way things have changed since Hurricane Katrina. On Thursday, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., the […]

Hiller Park to host Easter egg hunt Saturday

The city’s Easter Eggstravanza, including an Easter egg hunt and family-oriented activities, takes place Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. at Hiller Park. The actual Easter egg hunt begins at 3 p.m., but you’ll find a carnival, the Easter Bunny, and a refreshments booth, with proceeds to benefit the fund to revitalize Hiller Park. The […]

Caranna, Morris bring mayoral total to seven

Two more mayoral hopefuls – Cono Caranna and Pat Morris – have filed with the Municipal Clerk their intentions to be candidates for mayor of Biloxi in the upcoming April 28 special election, and the deadline for voter registration is Saturday at noon. Caranna and Morris today filed Qualifying Statements of Intent along with 50 signatures […]

Tisdale files paperwork; voter deadline approaches

A fifth candidate – Paul Tisdale – has filed with the Municipal Clerk his intentions to be a candidate for mayor of Biloxi in the upcoming April 28 special election, and the deadline for voter registration is Saturday at noon. Tisdale this afternoon filed his Qualifying Statement of Intent along with 50 signatures of registered Biloxi […]

160,000 expected for Keesler air show

Keesler Air Force Base expects to host 160,000 people or more this weekend for the  air show and open house headlined by the Air Force Thunderbirds. To help move visitors on and off the base, Keesler will offer free shuttle service beginning at 8:45 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Best place to park to catch the shuttle: […]

Newman files intent; voter registration deadline is Saturday

Another candidate – Dixie Newman – has filed with the Municipal Clerk her intentions to be a candidate for mayor of Biloxi in the upcoming April 28 special election, and the deadline for voter registration is Saturday at noon. Newman on Tuesday filed her Qualifying Statement of Intent along with 50 signatures of registered Biloxi voters, […]

Nichols to see more students, more classes next year

Biloxi Public Schools plans to double the number of students at Nichols beginning next school year by offering more pre-K classes, and moving kindergarten and first grade classes to Nichols from nearby Gorenflo Elementary. Gorenflo Elementary School will host Grades 2 through 5 next school year.  “We’re seeing increases in the numbers of students attending […]

Biloxi makes another vacation list

A new online travel report pegs Biloxi as the third best cheap summer vacation spot in the country, although Acting Mayor Kenny Glavan says he’d prefer “affordable” to “cheap.” U.S. News used “expert insight along with an assessment of affordability and traveler appeal”  to determine “the best summer vacations to take on the cheap.” Says […]

It’s official: Three now intend to run for mayor

Two more would-be candidates have filed with Municipal Clerk their intentions to be candidates for mayor of Biloxi in the upcoming April 28 special election: W.S. “Windy” Swetman III and Felix O. Gines. Swetman filed his Qualifying Statement of Intent and Candidate Petition on Monday afternoon, and Gines filed his paperwork this morning. The two […]

Popp’s Ferry widening work set to begin

The city will hold a ground-breaking ceremony this week for the last phase of widening Popp’s Ferry Road, from Cedar Lake Road to Lamey Street, the city limits with D’Iberville. The ceremony, to be conducted Thursday at 4 p.m. in front of the First Baptist Church of Biloxi, signals the $6.5 million construction of the […]