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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 […]

Fireworks-free zone a smash on east beach

Those who watched the Biloxi fireworks show in the fireworks-free zone may have been taking part in something that looks to be the beginning of a new tradition. “I was very happy with the way the fireworks-free zone went,” said Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, adding with a smile, “and my wife was happy with it […]

City’s Fourth will be a weekend of firsts

The “No Fireworks” signs will be going up on east beach in Biloxi today, signaling what could be a new tradition for the city’s annual Fourth of July fireworks show. The fireworks-free zone on the mile-long stretch of the beach from the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor to Oak Street is part of a weekend that […]

Enjoy the Spirit of Summer in downtown

The Biloxi Main Street monthly series “First Friday” will celebrate summer with a themed event in the downtown arts district on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. near Peresich Park, just south of Merit Health. The “Spirit of Summer Block Party” will begin with a ribbon cutting for the area’s newest business, Almost Circle Gallery, […]

Jackson, Andersen bringing teammates to Biloxi

Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Rickey Jackson and future NFL Hall of Famer Morten Andersen head a list of former and current New Orleans Saints stars who will be in Biloxi July 8-9 for the inaugural Saints Hall of Fame Weekend. Jackson and Andersen are two of only four players (Archie Manning and Willie […]

City releases latest audit, financial info

The new Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the City of Biloxi, a report that provides detailed financial information about city operations, is now available online at The 149-page document uses graphics, bar charts and balance sheets to provide an accurate and complete financial position of the city, as of Sept. 30, 2015, the end […]

Seafood Museum reception to showcase images of Lewis Hine

Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum will host a public reception tonight from 5 to 7 to showcase more than two dozen restored images of world renowned photographer Lewis Hine. Lewis Hine, one of the most prolific photographers of the early 1900s, traveled the country for decades documenting child labor in factories, mills, mines, and processing […]

Biloxi unveils fireworks-free zone this Fourth

Longtime Coast tourism leader Linda Hornsby has had the idea rolling around in her head for several years now, and this Fourth of July it will become a reality on east beach in Biloxi. It’s a fireworks-free zone, where fireworks will be prohibited among the public and all eyes will be focused on the $100,000 […]

Saints golf event has few spots remaining

Only a handful of playing spots remain for anyone wanting to play in the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame Golf Scramble at Fallen Oak on Friday, July 8. The golf tournament is the kickoff event of Saints Hall of Fame Weekend in Biloxi. Other events are a Saints Kids Experience at MGM Park Saturday […]

City releases annual 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 […]

Biloxi to see three fireworks shows this year

For the Fourth of July this year, Biloxi will have more fireworks in the sky and less on the ground. That’s because the city will see three fireworks shows – one on Sunday, and two on Monday, the Fourth of July itself. This year, you’ll see fireworks shows on Back Bay, courtesy of the IP Casino Resort […]

Popp’s Ferry Road to see lane shifts

Motorists traveling the Popp’s Ferry Road area where widening is underway will see lane shifts beginning Monday morning, signaling a major milestone in progress. No detours are planned, but traffic cones and barrels will mark shifts of travel lanes, which will take place from Cedar Lake Road to Lamey Street. The Popp’s Ferry work has […]

Nichols accepts schools post; Gilich to nominate Tisdale as CAO

Biloxi Chief Administrative Officer David Nichols has accepted an administrative post with Biloxi Public Schools, and, as a result, Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich plans to nominate City Councilman Paul A. Tisdale to be the city’s new chief administrative officer. Before being elected to represent west Biloxi in 2013, Tisdale led Biloxi Public Schools with a […]

Seniors dance to show patriotic spirit

The Parks and Recreation Department will host a “Salute to the Military” Seniors Patriotic Dance on Friday from noon to 2 p.m. at the Donal Snyder Community Center, 2520 Pass Rd. Adults ages 55 and older are invited to dress in patriotic attire, put on a pair of dancing shoes and enjoy an afternoon of music, […]

Scrapin’ will dominate U.S. 90 this weekend

Electronic billboards and barricades have been positioned at high profile locations and intersections on U.S. 90 signaling the approach of the annual “Scrapin’ the Coast” and heavy traffic. “Scrapin’,” a car show that bills itself as “the wildest show on the Coast,” returns to Biloxi Friday through Sunday, and Biloxi leaders are asking participants to […]

New Lorraine Road bridge opens to traffic Friday

The new Lorraine Road bridge, 10 times longer than the old bridge and twice as wide, opens Friday, months ahead of schedule, and Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich says it’s the bridge to the future. The $7.5 million bridge, which crosses the Biloxi River and connects Biloxi and Gulfport, was funded by the Mississippi Department of […]

City recognizes employees for longevity

The City of Biloxi recognized a host of employees for longevity during the June 21 city council meeting. Those recognized were: 40 years of service: Glenda Carmel, Police Department 35 years of service: Mary Cruthirds, Parks and Recreation Department; and Jasna Yenewine, Public Works Department 25 years of service: Woody Alexander and John McDonnell, Public […]

Council, mayor to discuss La Quinta today

The issue of the La Quinta Inn and Suites, the hotel planned for front beach between Hopkins Boulevard and Seal Avenue, will be discussed this afternoon in a special meeting immediately after the 1:30 City Council meeting. No votes are expected to be taken during the session, which is at City Hall and open to […]

Sun shines on Margaritaville Thursday

The family-oriented destination resort Margaritaville opens on Point Cadet on Thursday and Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich says it will help capture a new audience for Biloxi. “In the two days I’ve been off since I was mayor I visited a family-oriented spot like this, and I have to say this one is very competitive,” said […]

New subsurface going in on Back Bay Boulevard

The reconstruction of Back Bay Boulevard has begun. The four-lane, mile-long boulevard that connects Oak Street with I-110 has been a dusty, unkempt four-lane trail since August of last year when Oscar Renda Contracting says design flaws halted work on the roadway. Today, however, with new sewer and drainage pipes in place, workers have begun […]

Weekend preview: Summertime dance, Juneteenth and more

Weekend events will kick off tonight with an “Aloha to Summertime” dance at the Donal M. Snyder Sr. Community Center.  The Parks and Recreation Department will present a free special needs party and dance this evening from 6 to 9 at the Community Center, 2520 Pass Road. Physically and mentally challenged children and adults and […]

East Biloxi infrastructure work nears halfway point

The east Biloxi infrastructure work, which involves replacing 650,000 feet of water mains, sewer and storm drain lines under 55 miles of streets, is approaching the halfway point. A report issued by the city’s Engineering Department last week showed that as of April 25 contractor Oscar Renda had completed 40 percent of the overall work, […]

Hiller Park playground receives a makeover

Visitors to Hiller Park will soon have a new, larger playgrounds to enjoy. Wednesday morning, members of the Ruiz Contracting Solutions group began dismantling the almost 30 year old playground equipment in preparation for a new accessible play system. “I am beyond elated,” Parks and Recreation Director Cheryl Bell said. “We have received the playground equipment […]

Saints Hall of Fame Scramble Golf Tournament spots available

Some playing spots are still available for the July 8 Saints Hall of Fame scramble golf tournament at Fallen Oak. The cost is $1,000 per four-man team. Each team will also be assigned a Saints Hall of Famer or current Saints player in order to field a five-member team for the 18-hole competition. Food and […]

Saints Experience tickets now on sale

Tickets for the Kids Saints Experience and Saints Hall of Fame Road Show at MGM Park on Saturday, July 9 are now on sale at the MGM Park box office and all Ticketmaster locations. Tickets for the Kids Saints Experience are limited to 500 participants for each of the two 75-minute training camp sessions, which […]

Fire Academy celebrates graduates, sponsors

A total of 73 youngsters ages 7 to 12 graduated on Friday from the 2016 Fire Academy for Kids, a weeklong program where children learn about household safety and firefighting. The free program, conducted at the Lopez Quave Public Safety Center and at the the nearby West End Hose Company No. 3 Fire Museum, would not have […]

Gilich moves forward with Round 2 of Tidelands requests

The city’s initiative to create a string of public waterfront amenities is expected to begin taking shape this summer with a West Biloxi Festival Boardwalk, and Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich on Tuesday will be asking the City Council to reapply to the Mississippi Legislature for nearly $15 million in Tidelands funds. Under the city’s ambitious […]

Hundreds turn out to honor Rodney McGilvary

Former and current mayors and city councilmembers, past and present police chiefs from Biloxi and surrounding areas, and representatives of the FBI, Keesler Air Force Base and the Gulf Coast hospitality industry joined family and friends Friday night to mark the end of Rodney McGilvary’s milestone career with the Biloxi Police Department. Mayor Andrew “FoFo” […]

Billfish, Summer Fair on tap this weekend

A couple of longstanding attractions fill this weekend’s entertainment lineup: the 20th annual Billfish Classic at Point Cadet Marina and the 30th Annual Summer Fair at the Coast Coliseum. You’ll also find a new show at the Beau Rivage and a host of performances and other diversions on stages and venues throughout the city. See […]

Point Cadet Plaza becoming the hot spot for visiting groups

Hundreds of people in town for conventions this week discovered something that locals already knew: Point Cadet Plaza is the place to be for an outdoor event. With its large shade-filled pavilion, breezes wafting across the Biloxi Bay, a nearby splash pad and playground for children, and convenient restrooms, it has everything. And don’t forget […]

We’ve got photos – albums of ’em

A week’s worth of photos galleries from the city’s Facebook page: Oak Street affairs:  A host of city and civic leaders turned out at The Biloxi Lugger restaurant and Le Bakery this week for two ribbon cuttings to mark the paving of Oak Street. Even former Mayor A.J. Holloway was there. To see photos, click […]

Biloxi, IP to host Southeastern fire chiefs

Hundreds of fire chiefs from across the South will be in town next week for the three-day Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs Conference. The 88th annual conference will take place at the IP Casino Resort and Spa Tuesday, with nearly 200 fire chiefs and directors from across 10 Southern states attending. “This conference is usually hosted […]

Ribbon cuttings celebrate Oak Street pavement

“Clear skies and paved roads, can it get any better than that?” asks the Biloxi Bay Chamber of Commerce in its invitation for a dual ribbon-cutting ceremonies on Oak Street this morning. “This is an event worth celebrating.” The chamber will conduct two ceremonial ribbon cuttings this morning, at 11 a.m. at The Biloxi Lugger […]

City to honor longest-serving police officer

After protecting and serving the citizens of Biloxi for nearly 40 years, Biloxi Police Assistant Chief Rodney McGilvary will have the tables turned on him Friday. Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, Police Chief John Miller, countless law enforcement officers as well as numerous city employees and citizens are expected to gather at the Biloxi Civic Center, […]

Street sweeping now underway on Biloxi streets

The city’s new street-sweeping program, which proposes to pick up dirt and debris from 15 major thoroughfares each month, began earlier this week, and the firm cleaning the streets agrees with Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich: It’s going to be a big job at the outset. Sweep Masters, a firm that specializes in cleaning parking lots […]

Biloxi, MGM Park to host Saints Hall of Fame, players

With the opening of 2016 NFL training camps looming, the New Orleans Saints and Saints Hall of Fame will make a special visit to Biloxi July 8-9 for a weekend of activities on the eve of the team’s summer camp. The highlight of the weekend will be two special events at MGM Park on Saturday, […]

Tribe announces plans for Foxwoods at Biloxi Pointe

(From the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation) The Mashantucket (Conn.) Pequot Tribal Nation announces its plans for the development and operation of a Foxwoods-branded, casino resort, to be located at Biloxi Pointe in historic Biloxi, Miss. Through a new strategic partnership, the Mashantucket Pequot Gaming Enterprise will partner with Biloxi Boardwalk Ventures, LLC, Chris Ferrara, sponsor; […]

Summer camp, academies begin in Biloxi

Hundreds of youngster will be enjoying their summer break with the City of Biloxi in a trio of summer camps offered by the city. Nearly 500 children ranging in age from 5 to 14 turned out Monday for the city’s Summer Playground and Enrichment Program – aka “summer camp.” The two-month summer program takes place […]

Court seeks to resolve outstanding cases

Biloxi’s Municipal Court, as part of its settlement agreement with the ACLU, is resetting municipal court cases where defendants owe fines or fees dating back to March 2014. The court is now sending notices to as many as 500 defendants letting them know that any existing arrest warrants against them for non-payment or failure to […]

Shrimp Festival, Blessing headline this weekend

One of city’s most cherished traditions, the Biloxi Shrimp Festival and Blessing of the Fleet, takes place this weekend in East Biloxi. The weekend-long celebration, which dates back to the Old Country, is highlighted by the Sunday afternoon blessing of a brightly decorated shrimping fleet to ask for God’s blessing for a safe and bountiful […]

MDOT to temporarily close I-110 exits next week

MDOT has announced that workers will close the I-110 off ramps at Bayview and Division Street for one night next week to allow the installation of new overhead signage. The southbound exit at Bayview Avenue will be closed Wednesday from 7 p.m. to Thursday 6 a.m. At Division Street, the southbound exit will be closed […]

Tree committee to hold initial session

Biloxi’s tree committee, a new city board that will advise the city on striking a balance between protecting trees and economic development, has scheduled its first session. Committee members will have a training session Friday at 1:30 p.m. at the city’s Community Development Department to review the city’s tree ordinance and discuss procedures. The meeting […]

Preservation program to usher in Blessing weekend

The 2016 Preservation in May program will have a bonus presentation this evening to help launch this weekend’s 87th annual Biloxi Shrimp Festival and Blessing of the Fleet. The bonus event, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Sinking of the Emma Harvey, will begin at 5 p.m. at the St. Michael Parish Life Center, adjacent to […]

Museum offers schooner rides for Blessing

The Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum is offering individuals a chance to ride aboard the Biloxi schooner “Glenn L. Swetman” for the Blessing of the Fleet on Sunday. Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased by calling the museum before Saturday or at the pier on Sunday.  However, tickets will be sold on […]

City receives $9 million for infrastructure work

U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) today announced that the City of Biloxi is receiving a $9 million federal grant to reimburse the city for utility easements that are being purchased across front beach property to make way for new water and sewer lines and improved drainage. The city has already bought […]

Shuckers, family fun usher in Memorial Day weekend

The summer season kicks off this weekend with the Shuckers back in town for a three-game series, a two-day firefighter-headlined fun day on the Town Green, a family fun day at Hiller Park, and such headliners as Charley Pride and Peter Frampton in town. And don’t forget, you’ll see a host of motorcycles and motorcycle […]

Biloxi firefighters test a new firefighting tool

Biloxi firefighters are testing a new tool that may help fight fires more efficiently. F-500 Encapsulator Agent, a liquid that is blended with water running through a fire hose, cools the fire and surrounding structures six to 10 times quicker than with plain water, which offers multiple benefits. “It has the ability, if applied in […]

Bellande cited as Preservationist of Year

Longtime historian Ray Bellande, who has created an online resource about local history that is invaluable to researchers around the world, has been named the city’s Preservationist of the Year. Bellande’s recognition was one of a dozen awards presented this evening as part of the city’s monthlong Preservation in May series. The presentations were made […]

Family fun events at Hiller and Town Green this weekend

There will be plenty of outdoor activities for families visiting Biloxi this weekend with a family fun day at Hiller Park and a summer festival at Biloxi Town Green. At Hiller Park, the Parks and Recreation Department, along with the Friends of Hiller Park, will host Splash into Summer on Saturday from 10 a.m. to […]

Crews back on U.S. 90 sand detail

City and county crews were on U.S. 90 in west Biloxi today, clearing sand from turning bays, parking bays and medians as part of an effort to remove as much sand as possible before the busy Memorial Day weekend. It marks the third time this year that Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich has directed city crews […]

Really! Oak Street all paved north of CSX

“I am so thankful that I had loyal customers who have been making their way through all this since August,” says Sue Nguyen-Torjusen of Le Bakery, as she watched paving crews apply the long-anticipated permanent paving outside her bakery on Oak Street this morning. “And now, the great news is that we have pavement, finally, […]

Have your cake and eat it, too, in downtown Biloxi

Cake, cupcakes and other treats will join fresh produce, jams and jellies at the Biloxi Farmers Market Thursday, when Biloxi Main Street hosts the season’s first installment of the Downtown Farmers Market Festival. The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Howard Avenue at the I-110 overpass. Cake-themed activities, such as a cake […]

Annette Barhonovich: A researcher’s dream

If there was ever a question about where someone was buried in the generations-old Biloxi City Cemetery, the best place for researchers, family members and funeral home directors to turn for answers was Annette Barhonovich. From her desk in the lobby of City Hall, Ms. Annette for the past 16 years has managed records on […]

Wooden boat show floats ashore Saturday

As many as 50 wooden boats, ranging in size from 6 to 76 feet and dating back as early as 1928, will be on display this weekend for the annual Billy Creel Memorial Gulf Coast Wooden Boat Show at the Seafood Industry Museum Pier in east Biloxi. The two-day event is a celebration of historic, […]

Biloxi firefighters turn to pot(s) to relieve stress

Biloxi firefighters are learning about the stress-relieving aspects of pottery this week from a Georgia potter who’s familiar with disaster and the stress-relieving aspects of creating pottery. Fulltime potter Amy Stickland, an artist from Dahlonega , Ga., and aunt of Fire Capt. Jim Davis. saw firsthand the stressful days after Hurricane Katrina and has returned this […]

Longtime housing advocate, community leader Robinson dead

Longtime housing advocate and community leader Delmar P. Robinson, whose efforts led him to be named the city’s outstanding citizen in 2008, has died. He was 78. Robinson served as chairman of the Biloxi Housing Authority after being appointed by Mayor A.J. Holloway in 1997. During his 19 years with the agency, he oversaw the transformation […]

Gilich: We want to be a data-driven city

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, who was sworn in one year ago today before family and friends at the Biloxi Visitors Center (days ahead of his formal inauguration on May 20), spoke about the importance of being a data-driven city during his “Breakfast with the Mayor” presentation this morning. “If you can measure it, you can […]

2016 Legislative session: It’s a start, Gilich says

Biloxi had some successes and disappointments in city-driven initiatives in the 2016 Mississippi Legislative session, according to a report given to the Biloxi City Council this afternoon. “This was a great start,” said Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, who championed a number of issues, including an unprecedented request of $14 million to fund a number of waterfront […]

City, county to save $2.3 million in interest payments

The city and county stand to save a total of $2.3 million in interest payments over the next decade if the Biloxi City Council approves a measure being proposed by Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich. The proposed bond-refinancing is one of a dozen issues on the City Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at […]

Expect delays on Popp’s Ferry bridge this week

Popp’s Ferry Bridge will have intermittent openings and closings on today through Wednesday mornings while crews inspect the drawbridge spans. Openings and closings of the drawbridge can be expected each morning between 9 and 11 a.m. Each opening and closing will be for 15-minutes, nearly the amount of time usually allotted to allow marine traffic. The […]

Baseball gets in full swing Saturday

“Our Love Affair with Baseball,” the Ohr-O’Keefe’s new multi-media exhibition chronicling the history of baseball on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, wraps up its first week Saturday with a day of children’s events and a 1 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony. The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., showcasing a campus-wide exhibit that features […]

Sewer work to begin in Holly-Bluff/Cedar Lake area

The City of Biloxi will hold a public meeting on Wednesday to let residents know about the pending installation of sewer service in the Holly Bluff and Cedar Lake areas. The meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the North Bay Elementary School Gymatorium, 1825 Popp’s Ferry Road. Employees from the City Engineering […]

More temporary paving planned for next week

A new round of temporary paving for streets of east Biloxi is scheduled to begin Monday and be completed several days later. Warren Paving is expected to apply asphalt to Porter Avenue and Bohn Street, south of Division Street; Division Street, from Porter to Forest Avenue; and Main, Lameuse and Reynoir streets, from Division to […]

Oscar Renda: Where we are and how we’re moving forward

Nearly two years into a huge job that contractor Oscar Renda says was beset with multiple engineering issues, progress is being made on installing a main sewer line on Division Street, which will lead to similar, smaller lines being installed on connecting streets. The company, which is constructing a federally funded $119 million project that […]