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Your City at Work

Gilich welcomes new Point Cadet agreement

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich is hailing Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann for a new agreement that in the past several weeks has seen the city receive more than half of the rent due from a Point Cadet casino lease with a plan for monthly payments to begin Oct. 1 with the new fiscal year. The […]

Podcast: A double feature of huge issues

Mayors Andrew “FoFo” Gilich of Biloxi and Billy Hewes of Gulfport have been working with their colleagues and other elected leaders from across the Coast to build consensus for a plan that would see real, measurable economic benefits from the $750 million in BP economic damages money. And, remember, you heard it here: June 2018 […]

Health department gives city water department perfect score

Billy Ray Allen, a veteran Public Works employee who became the department director 10 months ago, received an important report card this month: a perfect score from the Mississippi State Department of Health regarding oversight of the city’s water department. The state health department, in a new report, gives the city a perfect 5.0 score […]

City seeks youngsters for Start Smart program

The Parks & Recreation Department has 20 openings for a free program designed to help prepare youngsters to participate in soccer. Registration for the Start Smart Soccer Program begins Monday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will continue weekdays at the Recreation office, 377 Hiller Drive, until the participant limit is reached. The program […]

Community Festival Against Crime is Saturday

The public will get a close-up look at the city’s emergency-response equipment, meet police officers and firefighters and receive safety tips on Saturday, when the Biloxi Police Department hosts its annual Biloxi Community Festival Against Crime. The free festival will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Point Cadet Plaza. “Our goal is to […]

You can cruise back in time, to the Isle of Caprice

The Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum, which several weeks ago unveiled its exhibit about the storied Isle of Caprice, will celebrate the 90th anniversary of the island resort with a history cruise. The Captain Pete passenger ferry will set sail from the Point Cadet Marina at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9 and cruise the […]

Biloxi First to roast Jaye Gilich Brice

Biloxi civic leader and former school board member Jaye Brice, sister of Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, will be the roastee for the 14th annual Biloxi First Roast, which will take place Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 6 p.m. at the IP Casino Resort Spa. The event is the major annual fundraiser for Biloxi First, a non-profit […]

Firefighters promote fire safety

Biloxi firefighters are preparing for their annual October campaign, “Turn your Attention to Fire Prevention” where they will be canvasing neighborhoods in an effort to make sure Biloxi homes have working smoke detectors. “Every year we partner up with the American Red Cross to install free smoke detectors”, Deputy Chief Vincent Payne said.  “We will […]

Permanent paving in the works for Back Bay, Division

Oscar Renda Contracting, the firm that’s rebuilding infrastructure on 55 miles of streets in east Biloxi, reports that permanent asphalt will be on Back Bay Boulevard from Oak to Lee in the next week and you can expect to see asphalt going down on Division Street beginning in the middle of October. The milestones on […]

The inside story on the new city budget

Kenneth McKeown, who as director of Administration is the go-to numbers guy for the City of Biloxi, discusses the just-approved municipal budget in this week’s City Desk podcast. The good news: City property taxes will not be increasing and no city services will be reduced. The bad news: Expenditures for the next fiscal year are […]

Weekend preview: Rummage sale, live entertainment

Bargain hunters will have a change to shop for a host of items, including furniture, small appliances, clothing and kitchen items Saturday at the City of Biloxi annual rummage sale, which benefits the city’s Heart Walk Team. The event, which features items donated by city employees, begins at 8 a.m. at the Donal M. Snyder […]

Cruisin’, Lighthouse fair highlight October lineup

October is shaping up to be a gangbusters month, with the annual Cruisin’ the Coast Downtown Biloxi Block Party, the Fourth Annual Lighthouse Arts and Crafts Fair and a host of other special events. Cruisin’ the Coast will enjoy two days in downtown Biloxi: the traditional block party that consumes the entire downtown area on […]

Semper Fi! Biloxi native, Marine OK’d as new CAO

Mike Leonard, the Biloxi native and Marine whom George Lawrence says “has more degrees than a thermometer,” has been approved as Biloxi’s next chief administrative officer. The Biloxi City Council voted 6-1 this afternoon to approve the nomination by Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich. Councilmember Robert L. Deming III casting the lone dissenting vote. Councilmembers also […]

Gilich to nominate retired Marine commander as CAO

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich has nominated Mike Leonard, a “proud son of Biloxi and decorated Marine veteran with a wealth of management experience, for Chief Administrative officer. The appointment is subject to confirmation by the members of the Biloxi City Council at their meeting on Tuesday. “I’m confident that the majority of the City Council […]

Innovation topped breakfast discussion

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich emphasized his innovation vision for Biloxi during his “Breakfast with the Mayor” presentation this morning. Gilich, who addressed a Biloxi Chamber audience of about 150 at the Innovation Center, spoke on technological opportunities in Biloxi. “We recently held a technology summit in Biloxi,” Gilich said.  “Where we looked at opportunities to bring leading […]

What you need to know about construction debris disposal

When residents and business owners hire contractors to make repairs or alterations to their property, the disposal of that debris is the responsibility of the contractors. Under the terms of the trash pickup contract, construction debris or construction vegetation such as trees and limbs will not be picked up at tax payers’ expense. The waste must be […]

Biloxi, Golden Nugget to host P&R conference

More than two hundred parks and recreation professionals from across the state will be in town next week for the 2016 Mississippi Recreation and Parks Association Conference. The City of Biloxi Parks and Recreation Department will host the three day conference taking place at the Golden Nugget beginning Monday. “The theme for this year’s conference […]

Fire prevention education to ignite

National Fire Prevention Month is just around the corner and Biloxi firefighters are preparing to douse the public with fire safety tips. Thanks to a recent contribution, the department will be able to provide even more fire prevention education. On Monday, Jeff Chambers, a representative of FM Global, presented a $2,500 grant to the department. […]

Biloxi Seafood Festival headlines weekend activities

As many as 25,000 seafood and music lovers will gather at Point Cadet Plaza this weekend for the Biloxi Chamber of Commerce’s 35th Annual Biloxi Seafood Festival. This year’s festival, which opens Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m., will again feature myriad seafood dishes, live entertainment, and nearly a hundred arts and crafts vendors. Country, […]

New fiber project may advance Gulf Coast Broadband Initiative

A year-long effort of the Gulf Coast Broadband Initiative to establish timely, redundant, universal and affordable ultra-high speed Internet connectivity has stimulated a large scale infrastructure investment that could eventually provide between one-third to one-half of the public fiber network. At a news conference this morning in Biloxi City Hall, InLine, an Internet Service Provider, […]

Here’s a chance to register your pooch for training

Those interested in attending the Pet-Agree Canine Training Classes at Hiller Park now have additional time to register.  The deadline, originally set for Friday, has been extended to next Friday. “Extending the registration through Sept. 16 gives pet parents more time to sign their puppies and dogs up and allows us to move the class […]

City, Police Department honors retiring K-9s

Two retiring Biloxi Police K-9s, Diesel and Samson,  were honored this week for their service to the community, a career that some could argue spanned a collective 133 years, in the oft-quoted dog years calculation. Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, Police Chief John Miller, Sgts. Jason Gruich and Eugene Palmer and family members and friends of […]

Voice of Shuckers to speak at ‘Baseball’ luncheon

Chris Harris, the voice of the Biloxi Shuckers, will update the team’s standing during this week’s “Our Love Affair With Baseball” exhibition, and Harris will arrive at the Ohr-O’Keefe Friday bearing gifts. He’ll be presenting a check to the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, proceeds from the August  auction of “Mad Potter” jerseys at a Biloxi […]

Tunnel-to-Towers race begins and ends at Margaritaville

Margaritaville Resort in Biloxi is going to be the starting and finishing point for the second annual Tunnel to Towers 5K Run and Walk, an event that helps provide funding for the organization of New York firefighters who have delivered Christmas gifts to the Mississippi Gulf Coast annually since Hurricane Katrina. The run, in its […]

Fireman’s Day parade is Sept. 17

The annual Biloxi Fireman’s Day Parade rolls through downtown Biloxi on Saturday, Sept. 17. The parade, which will feature firefighting vehicles from responding fire departments Coastwide, will begin at 10 a.m. at the foot of Lameuse Street. The parade will proceed westward on MLK Boulevard to Howard Avenue and end at the West End Hose […]

Biloxi-themed artwork unveiled at the Biloxi Visitors Center

Coast writer, editor and artist Karen Bryant unveiled a new collection of “word map” T-shirts, bags and aprons today at the Biloxi Visitors Center. And each piece makes prominent use of the names “Biloxi,” “Harrison County” or “Mississippi,” and boundaries of those areas. Bryant’s mix of design and words, especially the name “Biloxi,” is a follow-up […]

Weekend preview: Paul Jr., bikes, arts, and soul

Bikers and fans of everything on two or three wheels have a new way to celebrate this Labor Day weekend, and meet the younger star of cable TV’s “American Chopper.” The inaugural Bike the Beach, billed as the largest bike event ever held on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, is a four-day, family event that benefits […]

Gilich proposes new roles for Abide, Blessey

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich is proposing longtime Biloxi attorney Peter Abide and his firm, Currie Johnson, be named the new city attorney. The appointment would allow Gerald Blessey and his firm to step away from the day-to-day running of the Legal Department and serve as an outside counsel focusing on economic development issues and specific […]

Ocean Springs, Biloxi to host Tunnel to Towers run, walk

The second annual Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk will take place on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 6 p.m., beginning at Fort Maurepas on Front Beach in Ocean Springs and ending at Margaritaville in Biloxi. The announcement was made by the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, established by Siller’s family in honor of the […]

Gilich to summit: ‘High-tech will bring in more high-tech’

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich unveiled his newest economic development initiative Wednesday at the first-ever Biloxi Technology Summit before an appreciative audience of Coast industry leaders. “We’re working to bring new, cutting-edge, high-tech industry to Biloxi, and when we do, it will attract more high-tech industry,” Gilich said after the five-hour event at the Biloxi Civic […]

Biloxi relief group making an impact in flood areas

The mayor and City Council of Independence, La. will be serving steak dinners tonight to a group of off-duty and retired Biloxi firefighters who have cooked and served meals and gutted nearly a dozen homes in and around the small flood-stricken town. The Biloxi contingent, which arrived in Independence on Aug. 25, spent their first […]

Sign up and get your kicks at Hiller Park

The City of Biloxi is now registering teams for its Annual Hiller Park Revitalization Kickball Tournament. The tournament will take place on Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Barbara Ferrill Softball Fields, 1940 Edgers Rd. with two games played by each team.  Teams are to be made up of 9 to 13 players ages 14 and older […]

TD9 will push tides above normal today, Thursday

Tropical Depression 9 is looking better organized and now moving slowly north at 2 mph, and is expected to push tides higher than normal today and Thursday. “This may be the long awaited turn toward the north and eventually northeast today,” Harrison County Emergency Manager Rupert Lacy said this morning. “Once it completes its turn, […]

Biloxi to host inaugural Technology Summit

Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich will up the ante on his innovation push Wednesday when the city hosts its first Technology Summit at the Biloxi Civic Center. The summit is being held to focus on two development opportunities created over the past six months. “We have an opportunity to bring leading edge technology to Biloxi […]

TD 9: Still disorganized, still expected to turn

Tropical Depression 9 is still somewhat disorganized and moving slowly west-northwest through the eastern Gulf of Mexico, acco rding to Harrison County Emergency Manager Rupert Lacy. The forecast track for the next couple of days, Lacy said this morning, is a continued slow track to the west and then slow turn to the north-northwest later […]

Visitors Center unveils 2016 Christmas Ornament

The Biloxi Visitors Center has unveiled its 2016 Christmas Ornament featuring the Biloxi Lighthouse and Visitors Center. This year’s ornament, third in a series, highlights Biloxi’s oldest landmark and one of the city’s most symbolic buildings representing Biloxi’s resolve after Hurricane Katrina. It went on sale in the Biloxi Visitors Center Monday, the 11th anniversary of […]

TD 9 expected to turn to Northeast mid-week

National Weather Service forecasters, in an overview released this morning, say Tropical Depression 9 is expected to move northwesterly in the Gulf of Mexico and be in the mid-Gulf in the next two days before curving to the Northeast later in the week. However, the same report says the track and intensity “still has a […]

City crews focusing on sand, edging on U.S. 90

The city on Tuesday morning will have multiple crews working on U.S. 90 to remove sand and trim medians on east and central beach in Biloxi, working their way to DeBuys Road later this week. A Parks & Recreation crew of 14 laborers will be focusing on the northern median from Oak Street working westward, […]

Huge throng turns out for Sports Hall of Fame ceremony

A record crowd of about 450 turned out Sunday evening to help celebrate the latest entries into the Biloxi Sports Hall of Fame, a collection of 17 stars representing an array of sports. Five former Biloxi Dodgers, three local club boxers and a nationally renowned boxing referee were among those honored during a two-and-half hour […]

ACLU to honor mayor for court reforms

The American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi has selected Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich as a 2016 Criminal Justice Reform honoree. The ACLU is recognizing the first-year mayor for the city’s “involvement and commitment to destroying the practice of modern-day debtors’ prisons” as well as making “systematic upgrades concerning the jailing of people unable to pay […]

Weekend preview: Hall of fame, baseball and a gun show

The City of Biloxi honors the exceptional athletic contributions of a new group of individuals this weekend during the annual Biloxi Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony. On Sunday, beginning at 5 p.m., the Class of 2016 will be honored at the Biloxi Civic Center, 578 Howard Ave., during a reception that is free and […]

Fire damages Ohr; Murphy luncheon moved to Saenger

Former Atlanta Braves baseball player Dale Murphy, arguably the biggest speaker in the Ohr-O’Keefe’s weekly Friday luncheon series, is going to get a big room – the Saenger Theater – after a fire has caused smoke damage at the museum’s Mississippi Sound Welcome Center, site of the weekly luncheons. Murphy’s sold-out luncheon, with a crowd […]

City begins process for dredging permits

The City of Biloxi is seeking permits to dredge seven sites along the peninsula, including two public boat docks and the Hiller Park boat launch and bayou. The $355,000 project, which would be paid for with Tidelands funds, proposes deepening the water at seven locations: a canal near the Sherman L. Canaan Back Bay Fishing […]

Keesler Joint Land Use Study meeting is Thursday

Interested residents and businessowners have a chance to learn more about land use plans and how to minimize the impact on Keesler’s current and future missions during a public workshop Thursday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Municipal Building in downtown Biloxi. The meeting is part of the Keesler […]

The obituary of Jerry O’Keefe

Here is the obituary of War War II hero, former mayor, legislator, and community leader Jeremiah J. “Jerry” O’Keefe, as released by Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Homes: Jeremiah Joseph O’Keefe, III July 12, 1923 – August 23, 2016 Jeremiah Joseph “Jerry” O’Keefe, III, 93, of Biloxi died August 23, 2016. Mr. O’Keefe was born in Ocean Springs […]

Blessey: ‘It’s time for me to slow down a bit’

Biloxi City Attorney Gerald Blessey, who reconstituted the city’s Legal Department and helped generate millions of dollars in grants and funds recovered for the city over the past year, plans to step down in September, at the end of the current fiscal year. Blessey, a former Biloxi mayor and state legislator, notified Mayor Andrew “FoFo” […]

Gilich: Biloxi lost a great one, America lost a hero

“We’ve lost a great Biloxian, someone who did so much for this community in so many ways, and the country has lost an American hero,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich says of the passing of former Mayor Jeremiah J. “Jerry” O’Keefe. O’Keefe, the country’s youngest World War II flying ace, former state legislator, two-term Biloxi mayor, […]

New walkway, ramp taking shape at Hiller Park

A new $405,000 walkway and overlook at the western entrance to Hiller Park is headed toward an October completion. The 10-foot-wide, 1,700-foot walkway, which runs alongside a bayou at the western end of the park, is the last phase of a sidewalk project that connects Popp’s Ferry Road to Hiller Park. The project includes a […]

City, Cable One to mark Katrina anniversary

The City of Biloxi and Cable One will air a day of special storm-related programming on Monday to commemorate the 11th anniversary of Katrina and to help educate residents about the dangers of storms and flooding. “These programs are designed to tell the story of Biloxi, how we’ve weathered the storms and moved forward,” said Mayor […]

Shrimp Bowl, dances, music headline weekend events

It’s back-to-school time, which brings football, dances and plenty of evening activities. The Shrimp Bowl kicks off the 2016 Biloxi High School football season tonight with a doubleheader at the Biloxi campus. Play begins at 5 when the Long Beach Bearcats take on the Gulfport Admirals. The Biloxi Indians face the St. Stanislaus Rockachaws at […]

A glimpse into Biloxi’s future

The arrival Wednesday of the 130 foot yacht Days Like This at Point Cadet Marina is providing a glimpse of what the Biloxi waterfront could look like if the city’s waterfront master plan – expanded marinas, restaurants, boardwalks, etc. – continues to move forward. The Days Like This, based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is the […]

MDOT to temporarily close lanes on I-110 next week

MDOT has announced that workers will temporary close lanes on I-110 beginning next week at nighttime to allow for inspection of the span of the high-rise bridge. Sections of the northbound and southbound lanes at the I-110 draw bridge will be closed Monday, Aug. 22 through Thursday, Aug. 25 from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Work […]

City recognizes second quarter longevity recipients

The City of Biloxi recognized a host of employees for longevity during the August 17 city council meeting. Those recognized were: 25 years of service: Keith Capehart, Fire Department 20 years of service: John Hargrove, Public Works; and Aldon Helmert, Elizabeth Manna, Michael Mason, and Bryan Vincent, Police Department 15 years of service: Robert Jolly, Vickie Lee-Fletcher, and Jay Morgan, […]

Shrimp Bowl queen visits City Hall

Talk of the municipal budget dominated the City Council meetings yesterday, but amidst the long discussions, Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich welcomed new royalty to Biloxi City Hall. Gilich introduced 2016 Shrimp Bowl Queen Savannah Goolsby Belcher, who dropped by City Hall to promote plans for this week’s high school football classic at Biloxi High School. […]

Storm & Flood newsletter also talks about trash pickup

The city’s annual Storm & Flood Preparedness newsletter should be arriving in homes and businesses throughout Biloxi today and Wednesday, and this year’s edition has information about garbage, recycling and trash pickup. The 12-page compendium includes a storm tracking map; information on evacuation routes and shelters; tips on how to create a storm plan for […]

Budget discussions to begin Tuesday

Members of the Biloxi City Council will get their first look at parts of Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2017 during a special meeting Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at City Hall. The mayor and councilmembers are expected to hammer out a spending plan for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1 […]

Fire Museum seeks online donations for Louisiana relief trip

Fire Chief Joe Boney says that the all-volunteer West End Hose Co. No. 3, more popularly known as the Biloxi fire museum, has activated its online GoFundMe account and is seeking donations for a relief trip in the works to help flood victims in Louisiana. Boney says money is needed to help feed the five […]

Weekend preview: Football, softball and MMA

Reports of the Great Flood notwithstanding, looking for something fun to do this weekend? Football, softball, and mixed martial arts highlight a list of activities happening in Biloxi. The Biloxi Indians prepare for their 2016 football season by hosting a jamboree this evening at the Biloxi High stadium beginning at 6.  The jamboree between Biloxi […]

So far, it’s been confined to a nuisance storm

For all the reports of torrential downpours and widespread flooding, Biloxi Police Chief John Miller says roadways in Biloxi have remained passable and without many traffic incidents. So far. Flood advisories remain in effect for Biloxi and the surrounding area, with the National Weather Service continuing to forecast numerous showers and thunderstorms that could produce […]

Flood watch upgraded to flood warning

Biloxi and all of Harrison County are now under a flood warning until 4:15 this afternoon, meaning flooding is imminent or occurring in the area and property owners should take appropriate action. Earlier, the National Weather Service had issued the warning for the southwestern areas of the county. A warning means conditions favorable for flooding […]

Biloxi Dodgers, boxers headline 2016 Hall of Fame class

Five former Biloxi Dodgers, three local club boxers and a nationally renowned boxing referee are among a list of 17 inductees into the Biloxi Sports Hall of Fame this year. The newest class will be honored Sunday, Aug. 28 in a 5:30 p.m. ceremony at the Biloxi Civic Center. The program, which will feature the inductions […]

Gilich, others host Air Force inspection group

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich underscored Biloxi’s strong support for, and commitment to Keesler AFB’s mission Tuesday night when he hosted a dinner at Mary Mahoney’s for visiting U.S. Air Force dignitaries. Gilich, Chief of Civic Innovation & Development Cliff Kirkland and City Attorney Gerald Blessey used the occasion to lobby a site review team that […]

Weather Service issues flash flood watch

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch through Saturday morning because of heavy rainfall expected for Biloxi and surrounding areas. The greatest chance of increased rainfall and flooding begins Friday in the Biloxi area. Local emergency managers report that weather models show as much as 3 to 8 inches of rainfall may […]

Seafood Museum to explore Isle of Caprice

Longtime Biloxian Susan Hunt, whose family owned and operated the fabled Isle of Caprice casino resort, will be one of the featured speakers Thursday when the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum unveils an exhibit focusing on the island that was 12 miles off the Coast of Biloxi. The free reception will be from 5 to […]

It’s official: Gilich to nominate Tisdale as CAO

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich is ready to move forward with his announced plans to nominate City Councilman Paul A. Tisdale as the city’s new chief administrative officer, now that the state Attorney General and Ethics Commission both have signed off on the idea, and Tisdale has agreed to work with no compensation. Gilich made the […]

Relive a golden era, go fishing and more this weekend

A sold-out tribute to a community leader and impresario, a fishing tournament, and seasonal sports registrations are among the list of events happening this weekend. Tonight at the Slavonian Lodge on Maple Street, the community will gather to celebrate one of Biloxi’s favorite sons, F. “Yankie” Barhanovich. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the program for […]

Football, cheerleading, swimming and more, oh my!

Looking for youth activities outside of school, well look no further! The Parks and Recreation Department this weekend will soon be conducting registration for football, cheerleading and  later on you’ll see registration for swimming as well as tryouts for the swim team. On Saturday, Aug. 6 and Saturday, Aug. 13, registration for youth football and […]

Are you’re getting timely Biloxi updates on Facebook?

The city now has a Facebook audience of 25,000, and, as a result more and more timely news updates are posted on the city Facebook page to augment news on the city website. Just this week, Facebook followers were updated on a late-night ammonia leak in downtown Biloxi, and traffic updates are frequently posted. A […]

Visitors Center offers a taste of moonshine Thursday

The Mississippi Gulf Coast has a colorful past with some of that history hidden in the woods with early settlers and their moonshine stills.  Local author, historian, and storyteller Al Saucier provides glimpses of that history in “Kiln Moonshine,” the eighth edition of his successful book which tells the story of the wilderness families of […]

Major projects dominate City Council agenda

Four major projects, some that have been in the works for years, are expected to take another step forward when the City Council meets Tuesday night. The four projects – a new main entrance for Keesler, a beachside boardwalk in west Biloxi, a second pedestrian walkway over U.S. 90 and repairs to the Saenger Theater […]

The Vieux Marche goes green for Shrek on Saturday

On Saturday, the Vieux Marche will become a street fair full of activities throughout the day before being transformed into a nighttime cast party for “Shrek the Musical,” which is playing this weekend at the Saenger. Beginning at noon, more than a dozen arts and crafts and food vendors, numerous children’s activities and entertainment will […]

Summer camp season ends

The Parks and Recreation department wraps up its 2016 summer camp season today. A total of 510 campers, ages 5 to 14, have spent nine weeks enjoying the summer, participating in arts and crafts, field trips and other hands on activities that have challenged their minds. “Through this program, we provide wholesome leisure time programs,” […]

Music, history take center stage at Slavonian Lodge

He was the man who brought Elvis to Biloxi just before he rocketed to stardom, and, just as importantly, he brought James Brown to Biloxi Municipal Stadium where a diverse audience gathered in an otherwise turbulent Civil Rights era. And, now, on the 50th anniversary of Soul Brother No. 1’s appearance in Biloxi, the City […]

Farmers Market introduces loyalty card

Laura Gnuschke is the July winner of the Farmers Market Card drawing! By shopping at the Charles R. Hegwood Biloxi Farmers Market and completing a loyalty card, the Farmers Market regular was able to enter the monthly drawing and become the winner of a prize basket. All shoppers at the Farmers Market also now have the chance to win a monthly […]

City seeks to resolve casino rent issue

The city has filed a motion in Harrison County Chancery Court in an effort to recoup Point Cadet casino rent money that the state had inadvertently moved into its general fund. The city is hoping to recoup $1.18 million on top of the $1.3 million that was recovered from the state a few weeks ago. The […]

City to re-bid next phase of infrastructure work

The city must re-bid the multi-million-dollar project to rebuild and repair infrastructure work south of CSX railway because a Harrison County judge has found there was not substantial evidence to accept the bid and award a contract to Hemphill Construction. The city in January had rejected an apparent low bid from Oscar Renda of $82.9 […]

Vieux Marche Street Fair is this weekend

There’s a new downtown street fair this weekend in the Vieux Marche that will combine daytime arts and crafts, live music and food booths with a nighttime cast party for “Shrek the Musical.” The Vieux Marche Street Fair takes place Saturday from noon to 7 p.m. with daytime activities, and a cast party for “Shrek […]

New Back Bay Boulevard expected to be in place in 60 days

Oscar Renda Contracting began paving on Back Bay Boulevard last week, and the company hopes to have the entire roadway rebuilt and repaved within 45 to 60 days. The four-lane boulevard, which travels along Back Bay and connects Oak Street to I-110, would serve as a detour route around the infrastructure work.  The work now impacts about 55 miles […]

See the dinosaurs Saturday on the Town Green

The City of Biloxi and Friends of Hiller Park have teamed up with Navy Federal Credit Union to host an outdoor family movie night on the Town Green on Saturday. Beginning at 6 p.m. families will be able to fill the green space with lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy activities such as inflatables and […]

Biloxi hosts inaugural STEM Summit

Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, continuing the innovation and development initiatives that have underscored his first year in office, today hosted a STEM Summit at City Hall to stimulate a greater dialogue about the necessity of promoting science and technology education in the modern classroom. “Encouraging our children to embrace science, technology, engineering and math […]

Keesler gate funding draws approval of breakfast crowd

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich this morning sounded familiar themes on his vision of Biloxi – “friendly, safe and beautiful” – and drew a round of applause when he mentioned the $5 million in state funding that has been committed toward a new main entrance for Keesler Air Force Base. Gilich spoke to a Biloxi Chamber […]

Council OKs new AHRC members

The City Council approved three new members of the city’s Architectural and Historical Review Commission today and also set up the advisory body to consider one of its biggest cases, the proposed La Quinta Inn and Suites, off Seal Avenue. Councilmembers OK’d Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich’s nomination of Wallace Barnes, Mary Wallace Boles and Anthony […]

Immunization fair set for school-age children

Biloxi Excel by 5 is looking to help parents who may have to take their children to Gulfport or Pascagoula to get state-required immunization shots since the health department office in Biloxi has closed. Beginning Saturday, the Biloxi Excel by 5, along with a host of sponsors, will launch the Biloxi Excel by 5 Immunization […]

Gilich seeks OK for $5 million for Keesler gate project

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich on Tuesday will ask the City Council to approve a memorandum of understanding with State Treasurer Lynn Fitch that is expected to lead to the city receiving $5 million in funding toward a project for a new main entrance at Keesler Air Force Base. The Keesler issue is one of two-dozen […]

Salvation Army seeks city property to build gym

A request by the Salvation Army to acquire the former Lee Street ballpark site to construct a new gymnasium will be part of the discussion this week when the City Council holds a special meeting to consider an affordable housing initiative in east Biloxi. The Lee Street site, immediately south of the Army-owned Yankie Stadium, […]

Police recognize life-saving feats

The Biloxi Police Department today honored a police officer and firefighter who saved lives in two separate incidents over the past several weeks. The awards, to Police Inv. Nick Sonnier and Firefighter Charlie Hebert, were made during the department’s quarterly awards ceremony at the Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center. Police Chief John Miller also administered the […]

Weekend preview: Shuckers, circus sensation and more

A five-game homestand between the Biloxi Shuckers and Birmingham Barons continues this evening and nightly through Monday at MGM Park, kicking off a weekend of diverse entertainment. Meantime, Weird Al Yankovic performs at the Hard Rock, IP hosts Dick Fox’s Golden Boys and Anthony Cools, and the theatrical circus opus “BraVeau” continues at the Beau […]

Oscar Renda: You’ll see pavement next week

Good news from Oscar Renda Contracting, the company overseeing the massive and disruptive infrastructure work in east Biloxi: Motorists and residents should be seeing permanent asphalt going down on Back Bay Boulevard near Oak, and on Crawford Street, and next month on Seal Avenue. Project manager Joel Murrah made the announcements on these areas and […]

Trio of popular city facilities marks fifth anniversary

Today marks the fifth anniversary of the dedication of three of the city’s high profile post-Katrina projects – the Biloxi Visitors Center, the Biloxi Civic Center and the Biloxi Public Library. Together, the three represent an investment of about $35 million in federal funds in the city’s rebuilding effort and have become shining examples of […]

Biloxi makes Mississippi Magazine’s ‘Best of’ List

Less than a month after USA Today told a national audience about the growing allure of Biloxi and the Mississippi Gulf Coast, now comes Mississippi Magazine touting Biloxi as one of the top places to enjoy a weekend trip. Biloxi was bestowed an M-List award certificate this week for “Best Weekend Trip” as voted by the […]

Police: Pokemon players should practice prudence

The Pokemon Go craze, which has attracted a steady stream of mobile game players to the Biloxi Lighthouse, hit a zenith last night when dozens of players gathered at 2 a.m. on the lawn of the Biloxi Visitors Center. The lighthouse, the city’s signature landmark, has become a local focal point of the location-based reality […]

New splash pad to open in Sunkist area

Residents and visitors in West Biloxi will soon have a new way to stay cool and enjoy the outdoors. On Friday, city and county leaders will celebrate the opening of a new splash pad at the Popps Ferry Recreational Area. Festivities will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a ribbon and continue until 1 p.m. “I […]

U-Haul seeks to convert vacant Walmart on Pass Road

U-Haul has approached the city with an idea to convert the former Walmart on Pass Road into a retail outlet and interior storage facility for boats, RVs and individual storage units. The proposal had its first airing last week before the city’s Development Review Committee, a multi-departmental city body that looks at various issues of new construction. […]

Gilich pleased with Ethics opinion on CAO nominee

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich says he was encouraged by an Ethics Commission ruling that says current City Councilman Paul Tisdale could serve as the city’s new chief administrative officer, if he worked without compensation. “We’ve known from Day 1 that salary might be an issue,” Gilich said, “but our primary question to the Ethics Commission […]

Police, Keesler security gather for prayer service

About three dozen members of the Biloxi Police Department and representatives of the military police at Keesler gathered today on the steps of the Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center to answer the call for prayer from Dallas Police Chief David Brown. Pastor Lindsey Robinson of St. Paul United Methodist Church offered a prayer and called for […]

Saints Alive! They’re here for the weekend

The big Saints weekend has arrived. As many as a thousand youngsters ages 6 to 15 will have a chance to take part in the Saints Kids Experience Saturday at MGM Park and then on Saturday night the park hosts the inaugural Saints Hall of Fame Road Show, a collection of Saints memorabilia. Events kicked off […]

Council to discuss housing proposal for east Biloxi

The Biloxi City Council has called a workshop for July 19 to discuss a proposal by a nationally award-winning housing developer to construct 125 affordable single-family homes in east Biloxi on four sites of vacant land in a deal that could net the city more than half a million dollars. The public session will be […]

Saints jerseys, tickets up for grabs this weekend

Saints jerseys and helmets signed by head coach Sean Payton and Drew Brees, and two club level tickets and two sideline passes for the Aug. 26 preseason game against Pittsburgh in the Mercedes Benz Superdome are among the items being offered in a silent auction Saturday night during the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame […]

It’s your chance to meet Saints Hall of Famers

Saints fans young and old have a chance to meet a who’s who of Saints lore this weekend:  Rickey Jackson, Morten Andersen, Bobby Hebert, Deuce McAllister, Dalton Hilliard, Vaughan Johnson, Jim Dombrowski, Tyrone Hughes, Joe Johnson, Michael Lewis, Derland Moore and Jim Wilks. It’s the inaugural Saints Hall of Fame Weekend, with a golf tournament Friday […]

City, county save nearly $3 million in debt restructuring

Biloxi saved nearly $3 million for city and county coffers Tuesday with the refinancing of $28 million in debt that had been incurred years ago to widen and improve Caillavet Street, Back Bay Boulevard and Popp’s Ferry Road. The City Council unanimously approved Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich’s proposal to move the bonds from variable rates […]