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Litter cleanup tells the story of Mardi Gras

Debris from Tuesday’s weather-hampered Fat Tuesday celebration, much like the Mardi Gras crowd itself, was about half of what it normally is each year, says Mike McDonnell, a supervisor in the city’s Public Works Department, and his crews were able to have most of it up by 11 this morning. A Public Works crew of […]

Parade primer: Weather, route and safety, plus photos

The Gulf Coast Carnival Association parade, boasting a lineup of more than a hundred units, will begin rolling through the streets of downtown Biloxi at 1 this afternoon. The Krewe of Neptune, with 24 floats, rolls immediately afterward, around 3 p.m. The weather: The National Weather Service is forecasting a 70 percent chance of rain, […]

Mardi Gras safety tips: Before, during and after the parade

The City of Biloxi encourages you to have a spirited-yet-safe time at Mardi Gras. In order to make the occasion a safe one, the Biloxi Police Department asks that you follow these suggestions, which are more than suggestions in many cases: Before the parade — Carpool and anticipate traffic delays. Appoint a designated driver. Obey […]

Weekend preview: The march to Mardi Gras

Six Mardi Gras parades roll this weekend as the prelude to the big celebrations on Fat Tuesday. Don’t forget that on Monday, which is also known as Lundi Gras, there’s the Children’s Mardi Gras Walking Parade through downtown Biloxi. To read more about that 11 a.m. parade and see a link to a free registration […]

Economic development: permits, parking and approvals

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director This week the Community Development Department issued 49 building permits including one for the construction of a new parking lot for the Hard Rock Casino/Hotel. The parking lot is to be located on the former Windjammer Condominium property. Also this week, we received the building plans for the Beau […]

Council to get status report on infrastructure work

Mayor A.J. Holloway has called a special meeting for Tuesday at 11 a.m. so City Council members can be briefed on progress with the city’s infrastructure program, and Tuesday afternoon they will be asked to renew the infrastructure management contract with the firm HNTB. And on the agenda for Tuesday afternoon City Council meeting: a […]

Feb. 21: Economic development: Downtown interest

By Jerry Creel, Community Development Director As the Baseball Stadium project moves forward, there continues to be increased interest in development for the downtown area. The Baseball Stadium Design is scheduled to go before Biloxi’s Architectural-Historical Review Commission on Thursday, February 27, at 8:30 a.m. The meeting will be held in the Community Development Building […]

Weekend includes parades, boat show and symphony performance

Eight Mardi Gras parades roll this weekend – seven on Saturday and one on Sunday – all along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and you’ll find a boat show at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum. Also this weekend, the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra presents “Strings on Fire” at the Saenger Theater, Tony Bennett performs at the Beau […]

Winners recognized in shoebox float contest

Mayor A.J. Holloway and Biloxi Public Schools Superintendent Arthur McMillan on Tuesday recognized the Mardi Gras float builders of tomorrow, the winners of the 16th annual Shoebox Float Contest. In the program, students from schools in Biloxi use shoe boxes to construct model Mardi Gras floats. The contest, which is designed to help perpetuate the […]

Yikes! Fire department sets house ablaze

As Biloxi Fire Chief Joe Boney spoke to the Lions Club about professionalism at lunchtime today, a group of his firefighters were setting fire to a house. Relax, it was all planned. After three weeks of training and preparation, the fire department set fire to a vacant house at 335 Main St. as a firefighting […]

School board announces make-up days

The Biloxi school board made it official at its meeting Tuesday night: Students in Biloxi Public Schools will have three make-up days because of the ice storm. New days for class are Friday, April 11; Tuesday, May 27; and Wednesday, May 28.

Children’s parade seeks more entries

The City of Biloxi, the Mardi Gras Museum, and Gulf Coast Carnival Association invite children ages 12 and younger to participate in the annual children’s Mardi Gras walking parade on Lundi Gras, Monday, March 3. “This is a non-motorized parade,” said Kay Carter, the city’s downtown services manager. “Bikes, skates, skateboards, scooters and wagons are […]

Weekend entertainment: Ohr hosts ‘Adopt a Bowl’ Saturday

The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art is teaming with the Humane Society on Saturday for a program that involves local cuisine, music, children’s activities, and adoptable pets. It’s “Adopt a Bowl,” a program where local artists have created unique ceramic bowls that will be filled with food from a participating local restaurant. There’s no admission fee […]

Feb. 14: Economic development update

By Jerry Creel Community Development Director This week the Community Development Department issued a Certificate of Occupancy for the 24-Hour Animal Hospital, a $2.3 million dollar construction project located at 8144 East Oaklawn, just south of I-10. The New Blue Crab Restaurant and The New Firehouse Subs Restaurants are now open for business. $1.6 million […]

State of the City at the halfway point

More than half of the 700 seats have been sold for the annual State of the City luncheon, which takes place March 10 at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino. Typically, a capacity audience is onhand for Mayor A.J. Holloway’s multi-media progress report on the myriad projects and initiatives underway in the city. Said Biloxi […]

Mayor speaks on baseball, bait shop and infrastructure

The new baseball stadium planned for downtown Biloxi is going to be about more than baseball, Mayor A.J. Holloway told a Biloxi Chamber audience this morning as he discussed the potential impact of the venture and updated a couple other city projects. “People talk about baseball, but that’s only part of the story. We need […]

Council to decide fate of proposed MGM Park this morning

The Biloxi City Council, in a special meeting this morning at 10:30, is expected to decide six measures involving the proposed MGM Park at Beau Rivage, including a resolution to borrow $21 million to construct the proposed downtown stadium and entertainment venue. A vote planned for last week was postponed because Councilmember Felix Gines was […]

Baseball group now working on moving team

By Cliff Kirkland With City Council approval of a $36 million stadium project formalized Tuesday, Biloxi Baseball, LLC will immediately begin the year-long process of moving the Hunstville (Ala.) Stars of the Double-A Southern League here in time for the 2015 season. The Stars are owned by Biloxi Baseball, which is headed by majority owner […]

Feb. 7: Economic development continues to flourish

By Jerry Creel Community Development Director This week, economic development in the City of Biloxi continued to flourish with the opening of the New Hard Rock Casino Hotel Tower. The Community Development Department also issued Certificates of Occupancy for the new Blue Crab Restaurant on Beach Boulevard, and the Firehouse Subs Restaurant at Pass Road […]

Community theater, music and more on tap this weekend

You’ll find a host of headliners in town this weekend — Crystal Gayle, Heart, Loverboy, Merle Haggard, and a Garth Brooks tribute show – plus there’s Mississippi Surge hockey, public ice skating and the Top of the Hops Beer festival at the Coast Coliseum. Meantime, two productions are on the boards at Biloxi community theaters: […]

Washington gets inaugural Public Works honor

Willie Washington has been named the inaugural Public Works Employee of the Month in a program where fellow employees vote for the employee that best represents the City of Biloxi’s Public Works Department. Willie has been employed with the city’s Public Works Department since June 1996. He is a valued member of the Janitorial Crew. […]

Asphalt work planned at Lameuse and Jackson streets

Downtown workers and motorists: Be careful where you park and travel Monday and Tuesday. The city’s Public Works Department on Monday morning at 8 plans to begin removing the top layer of asphalt on Jackson Street east and west of Lameuse Street before proceeding to Lameuse Street itself Monday afternoon and Tuesday. The work, weather […]

Jan. 31: Economic development continues to improve

(Henceforth, this report will be included each week in a Friday afternoon Bmail). By Jerry Creel Community Development Director Economic development continues to improve in Biloxi. During January 2014, we issued building permits for 6 new single family houses. Commercial building permits were issued for an addition and site improvements for Jeff Davis Elementary School, […]

BLT offers Boys Next Door; music reigns elsewhere

Biloxi Little Theater raises the curtain on its production of “Boys Next Door” at its Lee Street playhouse this Super Bowl weekend, and you’ll find Vince Gill in concert at the Beau Rivage, Aaron Lewis at the Hard Rock, John Hodges at the IP, and Little Queen, the Heart Tribute band, on stage at Margaritaville. […]

Council to consider stadium issues Tuesday evening

The Biloxi City Council on Tuesday night is expected to decide five measures involving the proposed MGM Park at Beau Rivage, including a resolution to borrow $21 million to construct the proposed downtown stadium and entertainment venue. The stadium issue, which has been intermittently discussed and negotiated for months, will headline the agenda for the […]

Popp’s Ferry Bridge now open to traffic

The Popp’s Ferry Bridge re-opened to traffic at noon, after ice was cleared by city and county crews. Photos: See photos of the bridge-clearing work by clickng here.

All bridges in Biloxi now open

The Lorraine Road bridge is now open, meaning all bridges in Biloxi are now open. The Biloxi Bay Bridge, which connects Biloxi and Ocean Springs, was opened shortly after noon, and the Popp’s Ferry Bridge in west Biloxi was re-opened at noon. Weather forecast: To see the current conditions and weather advisories for Biloxi, from […]

Councilmembers receive reports on Seafood Museum, waterfront part

Architects and project managers for two high-profile Point Cadet projects, the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum and Biloxi Waterfront Park, presented status reports to the City Council this afternoon. To see the museum report, click here. To see the waterfront part report, click here.

Police close 67-15 interchange; other news and notes

Biloxi Police have closed the Mississippi 67 and Mississippi 15 interchange because of hazardous conditions. Public Works Director Dan Gaillet reports that Popp’s Ferry bridge will continue to be closed. Said Chief Administrative Officer David Nichols: “The bridge’s surface is a sheet of ice.” The Biloxi Bay Bridge remains closed, and I-110 south of Division […]

Biloxi municipal offices to re-open Thursday

All Biloxi departments and municipal offices will open at their usual time Thursday morning. Employees are expected to be at work at their appointed time, or as soon as safely possible.

Council to meet twice Thursday afternoon

The Biloxi City Council meeting scheduled for Thursday at 10:30 a.m. to discuss social service spending will instead be held in the afternoon, after the council’s 1:30 p.m. meeting. “Technically, the morning meeting is canceled,” said Chief Administrative Officer David Nichols. “But we’ve scheduled a meeting for immediately after the 1:30 afternoon meeting to discuss […]

Police hope bridges can re-open mid-morning Thursday

The Popp’s Ferry Bridge, the Biloxi Bay Bridge, the Lorraine Road bridge and the section of I-110 south of Division Street will remain closed through the evening and as late as mid-morning Thursday, Biloxi Police Chief John Miller said this evening. “The icy conditions make these bridges impossible to cross safely,” Miller said. “We’re hoping […]

Non-essential employees will not report Wednesday

Chief Administrative Officer David Nichols has announced that non-essential city employees will not report to work Wednesday, and non-emergency city departments and offices will remain closed Wednesday.

Police request residents to stay off roads

Most streets in Biloxi are now iced over, police report, and they are requesting that residents refrain from travel. “In fact,” says Police Chief John Miller, “road workers will not be working after dark, so conditions are only going to get worse. We’re asking people who must travel — and only those who must travel […]

Biloxi Bay, Lorraine Road bridges closed to traffic

The Biloxi Bay Bridge, the bridge that connects Biloxi and Ocean Springs, is now closed because of hazardous conditions. The Lorraine Road bridge has also been closed. Police also report that I-110 is closed south of Division Street. The Popp’s Ferry Bridge will remain closed to vehicular and marine traffic until at least 6 a.m. […]

Crews treat roads; police visiting homeless; residents asked to remain off roads

Biloxi Public Works crews this morning applied a mix of sand and salt to a half-dozen locations susceptible to icing, police officers are shelter rides to the homeless, and city leaders are recommending that motorists continue to limit travel as the city braced for colder weather. The Public Works staff had originally planned to begin […]

Popp’s Ferry bridge repaired, but will remained closed to traffic

City engineers have repaired the Popp’s Ferry bridge, but because of icy conditions, it will remained closed to vehicular AND marine traffic until at least 6 a.m. Wednesday. Barricades are now being installed at the north and south ends of the bridge, and marine interests are being notified of its closure.

City preparing for ice, snow; schools closed Tuesday, Wednesday

Biloxi Public Works crews are expected to begin laying a coat of sand on city bridges and roadways, MDOT plans to lay ice-melting salt on state bridges and overpasses, Biloxi police are beefing up traffic patrols, and the Biloxi Fire Department is positioning more equipment north of the bay to avoid having to cross bridges […]

Weather Service issues Winter Storm Warning

The National Weather Service in New Orleans has upgraded its Winter Storm Watch to a Winter Storm Warning for ice and snow accumulations. The warning, which means significant amounts of snow, sleet and ice are expected or occurring, is in effect from 6 a.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday. The warning also means travel will […]

Boil water notice issued for parts of west Biloxi

Residents on parts of six west Biloxi streets have been notified of a boil-water notice after two water main breaks. Impacted areas are Volterra Circle, Acadian Court, Linda Drive, Greenwood, Sherwood, Atkins, and George Walter Drive. Residents on Atkinson Road have also been notified after a water main break there. The city, following Mississippi Department […]

Biloxi to close non-emergency offices, facilities Tuesday

Non-essential city employees will not report to work Tuesday and all non-emergency city offices will be closed as a result of the expected severe winter weather, and the City Council meetings scheduled for Tuesday will be re-scheduled for later in the week. The decisions were made in a just-concluded City Hall meeting of key city […]

18 crossings to be impacted by work next week

Railway officials today reported to the city the following two-day rail crossing closures as part of railway upgrades: Monday: Eisenhower Tuesday: McDonald and Iberville Wednesday: White, Benachi, Querens, Gill Thursday: Hopkins, Bohn, Reynoir, Magnolia, Lameuse, Main, Nixon, Lee, Holley, Dorris, Oak Each crossing will be closed for two days and reopened on the third day.

Creedence, Pink Floyd tributes highlight weekend

This weekend’s entertainment offerings include Creedence Clearwater Revisited and Pink Floyd Laser shows at the Hard Rock, Plain White T’s at IP, Gallagher at the Golden Nugget and the local group Rhythm and Rain at Margaritaville. To read details on these shows and other entertaining events, as detailed online by the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional […]

Council briefed on status of proposed baseball stadium

The architect and project manager who have been working on the proposed downtown baseball stadium updated City Councilmembers on the status of the project this morning, and one thing was clear: Getting construction underway is important in order to meet the beginning of the 2015 baseball season. “Let’s get out of the dugout,” Councilmember Kenny […]

State of the City seats now available from Biloxi Bay chamber

The Biloxi Bay Chamber of Commerce is now selling seats for the annual State of the City luncheon, which takes place Monday, March 10 at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino. During the annual affair, which typically is presented to a capacity audience, Mayor A.J. Holloway presents information on a variety of city projects and […]

Weekend preview: Coliseum to host rodeo, Running of the Bulls this weekend

The Mississippi Coast Coliseum will borrow a tradition from Spain this weekend when the Biloxi arena hosts its own version of Running with the Bulls, an attraction being produced in conjunction with the annual Professional Cowboys Association rodeo finals. The Coliseum’s extravaganza, where amateurs run with the bulls and professional cowpokes will be competing for […]

Children’s parade seeks registrants

The City of Biloxi, the Mardi Gras Museum, and Gulf Coast Carnival Association invite children ages 12 and younger to participate in the annual children’s Mardi Gras walking parade on Lundi Gras, Monday, March 3. “This is a non-motorized parade,” said Kay Carter, the city’s downtown services manager. “Bikes, skates, skateboards, scooters and wagons are […]

Biloxi Fire Department names deputy chief of operations

Jeff Merrill, who this year marks his 20th year with the Biloxi Fire Department, has been named the department’s deputy chief of operations and combat. Biloxi Fire Chief Joe Boney made the announcement, filling the final position in the command staff of the 148-member department. As deputy chief for operations and combat, Merrill, 48, will […]

Baseball plans expected to move forward next week

Architects and engineers will brief members of the Biloxi City Council about details of the proposed downtown baseball stadium in a special meeting Tuesday at 10 a.m. at City Hall, and on Thursday at 2 p.m. a ground-breaking ceremony is planned at the stadium site, at the foot of Caillavet Street. The Tuesday morning meeting […]

Main Street seeks entries for Grillin’ on the Green

Biloxi Main Street is now seeking entries for the eighth annual Grillin’ On The Green, a daylong festival that takes place Saturday, March 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Biloxi’s Town Green. The event takes place on the same day at the Hibernia Society’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which passes by the […]

Southern League announces Biloxi baseball team

The relocation of the Huntsville Stars to Biloxi took a significant step forward on Friday as the Southern League announced it has approved the sale of the franchise. To become final, the transaction also must be approved by Major League and Minor League Baseball. To read the entire story, from the Southern League baseball site, […]

Meet the director of the city’s Public Works Department

This week’s City Desk webcast introduces Dan Gaillet (say “guy-a”), who, as the new Public Works director, has a wealth of experience and a host of ideas to bring to the department that he says is vital to the quality of life in Biloxi. To hear this week’s nine-minute program, which also features Chief Administrative […]

Weekend preview: A diverse lineup of music and more

Among the headliners in town this weekend are Daughtry, Ron White, Burt Bacharach, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, and Simply Diamond, a Neil Diamond tribute band. To read details on these shows and other entertaining events, as detailed online by the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau, click here. Meet Dan Gaillet, […]

Cold weather causes water issues at east Biloxi resorts

Freezing temperatures caused a sensor at a city water well to malfunction this morning, which led to little or no water pressure at several high-rise hotels in east Biloxi this morning. The drop in pressure was first reported at 6:30 a.m., and Public Works crews had all water pressure restored within a couple of hours. […]

Natatorium re-opens after holiday polishing

The Biloxi Natatorium opened its doors this morning after a three-week holiday sprucing up, but attendance at the city’s indoor Olympic-size swimming pool facility was off this morning. “We haven’t had a whole lot of people today, and we didn’t anticipate having a lot considering the cold weather,” said Parks and Recreation Superintendent Jamie Lee, […]

Re-interment ceremony, statue re-dedication are this morning

Two events that pay homage to Biloxi’s long history will take place this morning on the grounds of the Biloxi Visitors Center. At 10 a.m., a re-interment ceremony will be conducted for remains uncovered during archeological digs at the 17th-century French Colonial cemetery on the Moran site, just west of the Visitors Center. After that […]

Christmas continues at Visitors Center, Beauvoir

The Biloxi Visitors is hosting an open house featuring local arts and crafts Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with wares inside and outside the beachfront center, Christmas movies playing in the center’s theater, and free Biloxi tour train rides. “This is a great opportunity for folks to come see our local talent and […]

Toddlers can meet Santa at Excel by 5 affair Saturday

The Biloxi Excel by 5 Coalition will host its annual holiday event, “Come Learn with Santa,” Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon at Lopez School, which is at 140 St. John Ave. Children up to age 5 can participate in a variety of Christmas-related activities, including photos with Santa, decorating Christmas ornaments, and other age-appropriate […]

Natatorium to close for cleaning, painting

The Biloxi Natatorium will soon be closing for some much needed upkeep. Beginning Saturday, Dec. 14 the facility will close to the public and reopen on Monday, Jan. 6. The three-week closing will allow the staff to spruce up things at the facility. “We need to pressure wash the decks, paint new depth markings around […]

Weekend of Christmas events kick off this evening

The city will again be ushering in the holiday season with a weekend of signature events: the Children’s Christmas Walking Parade and lighting of the Town Green this evening, Christmas in the City arts and crafts show Saturday, and the Christmas on the Water boat parade Saturday evening. This afternoon, you’ll be able to get […]

Columbus’s ships to make stop in Biloxi

On Dec. 11, the “Pinta” and the “Nina,” replicas of Columbus’s ships, will arrive in Biloxi. The ships will be docked at Seafood Industry Museum schooner pier, 367 Beach Blvd. The ships will be open to the public Thursday, Dec. 12 through Jan. 1. The “Nina” was built by hand and without the use of […]

Police Chief: Be patient, be safety-minded

Biloxi roadways will be busy with holiday traffic and Black Friday shoppers, and Biloxi Police Chief John Miller asks motorists to remember to drive defensively. “We’re expecting to see a high volume of traffic in the areas near Edgewater Mall, and we’re planning accordingly,” Miller said. “The best thing folks can do is remember to […]

Visitors Center to host local authors, book signing

Many — if not all — of the authors of a new book, “The Mississippi Gulf Coast and Neighboring Sites,” will be at the Biloxi Visitors Center Sunday, Dec. 1 from 2 to 4 p.m. for a book-signing. The new opus, which sells for $10, features 25 essays about favorite tourist spots on the Mississippi […]

Hard freeze warning issued for this evening

The National Weather Service has issued a hard-freeze warning from 7 o’clock tonight until 9 a.m. Thursday. Temperatures are expected to drop below freezing – as low as 26 degrees — between 7 and 10 this evening, and remain below freezing until 9 a.m. Thanksgiving morning. “We’re asking people to remember the three Ps,” said […]

Christmas at Beauvoir heading into most-popular time

It’s only in its second year, but Christmas at Beauvoir is already coming into its own, attracting twice the number of people as last year at this time, and with big-name entertainers expected to bring even more holiday excitement to the majestic wonderland in west Biloxi. This Friday will see versatile Broadway actor and music […]

Your weekend preview: Music is king

Country and classic music are the big story this weekend, with Dwight Yoakam entertaining at the IP, the Roots and Boots tour with Sammy Kershaw, Joe Diffie and Aaron Tippin at the Golden Nugget, and the Grass Roots & The Buckinghams at Hard Rock. Elsewhere this weekend, you’ll find a comedy show and slugfest at […]

Your guide to city-sponsored Christmas events

Here is a compilation of city-sponsored Christmas events, updated Dec. 6, 2013. Now through Jan. 5: Christmas at Beauvoir Each Thursday through Sunday, the 52-acre beachfront national landmark turns into a holiday wonderland, with 150 lighted live oak trees, a holiday-festooned Presidential Library and mansion, outdoor stages with choirs and performing playing Christmas music, tabletop […]

Lorraine Road bridge re-opened to traffic

The Lorraine Road bridge, which had been closed more than four months ago because of safety concerns, was re-opened to traffic this morning after work by Biloxi and Gulfport Public Works personnel. Biloxi City Engineer Damon Torricelli said workers addressed deficiencies that had been outlined in an engineering report received by the respective cities. New […]

New author to tell Riches to Rags story at Visitors Center

The public is invited to meet new author, Wynona Rogers at the Biloxi Visitors Center located at 1050 Beach Blvd. this evening from 5:30 to 7:30. This Gulf Shores, Ala. resident has released her first novel, “Riches to Rags: One Woman’s Story of Betrayal and Redemption.” “Riches to Rags” is a “true life small town […]

Firefighters seek toys for needy children

The Biloxi Fire Department is asking residents to provide unwrapped toys for needy children for this Christmas. The fire department, along with a group of New York firefighters, the Nativity Men’s Club, and the Biloxi-Ocean Springs Junior Auxiliary, are asking residents to drop off unwrapped toys at any of the nine firehouses in Biloxi between […]

Walkers and runners to descend on downtown Biloxi

Walk or run to downtown Biloxi this weekend, and you won’t be alone. The 30th annual Mayor’s Cup Run takes place throughout downtown Saturday and you’ll see the Alzheimer’s walk taking place on the Town Green. Both events are Saturday morning. Additionally, a safety fair with plenty of first responders and other demonstrations will be […]

Face it: Photos from Breakfast with the Mayor

Dozens of photos from the Biloxi Chamber’s Breakfast with the Mayor presentation are now on the city’s Facebook page. To see the photos and to like the page, click here.

Holloway to nominate new Public Works director

Mayor A.J. Holloway will be asking the Biloxi City Council to hire the former director of the Jackson Public Works Department as Biloxi’s new streets-and-drainage chief when the council meets this afternoon at 1:30. The meeting, which is open to the public and will be held at City Hall, has an agenda of 13 items. […]

Photos from opening of Christmas at Beauvoir

To see photos from this week’s cemetery tour — and for a preview of what you can expect to see during an encore Tuesday from 4 to 7, click here.

Police preparing for ‘Feed the Needy’ program

The Biloxi Police Department is joining with area law enforcement agencies again this year for “Feed the Needy,” a program to deliver hot Thanksgiving Day meals to the homes of the less fortunate. Meals – which can be picked up or delivered – must be requested by Friday, Nov. 22. Those interested should contact their […]

History-making veterans parade rolls Saturday

As many as a thousand active duty and retired members of the military will be involved in the Gulf Coast Veterans parade in downtown Biloxi on Saturday, and one of them – retired Air Force Col. Phyllis A. Luttman – will be making history. This year’s 13th annual veterans parade marks the first year to […]

Bring an unwrapped toy or gift to the Biloxi-Gulfport game

Biloxi Public Schools invite fans attending the November 8th Biloxi-Gulfport football game to bring at least one unwrapped gift to donate to the Gulf Coast Women’s Center for Nonviolence. Receptacles will be placed just inside the gates at the Biloxi Stadium. Officials at Biloxi Schools ask that fans provide gifts that would be appropriate for […]

Police to roll out online crime-mapping information

Residents of Biloxi will be more aware of activities in their neighborhood and throughout the city thanks to a new online crime-mapping program being unveiled today by the Biloxi Police Department. The website, which is online now, will pinpoint crimes reported throughout the city, and will allow residents or business owners to be notified about […]

Biloxi Family Festival Against Crime is Saturday

You’ll have a chance to get a close-up look at emergency response equipment, meet police officers and firefighters, and enjoy free food and games on Saturday when the Biloxi Police Department hosts its annual Family Festival Against Crime on the Town Green. The free festivities will run from noon until 3 p.m. The celebration includes […]

Bigger Christmas at Beauvoir opens next week

Christmas at Beauvoir, the 41-day extravaganza, ushers in the holiday season with a gala on Nov. 7, when Mississippi’s First Lady, Deborah Bryant, will flip a switch to turn on the lights adorning 150 live oak trees on the grounds of the historic Jefferson Davis landmark in west Biloxi. The 2013 Christmas at Beauvoir, the […]

‘Finally First Friday’ is this evening

Biloxi Main Street hosts “Finally First Friday” this evening from 5 to 8 p.m., with live entertainment throughout Downtown Biloxi, featuring Ian Taylor. Gallery 782 is hosting an artist show from Linda and Vern Nix, “The Magic of Sand & Mud,” with entertainment by Richard Shropshire. Those attending Finally First Friday will also have a […]

Council to vote on zoning for new areas of city

Land-use and zoning measures — involving annexation, and bed and breakfasts — are expected to be decided during the City Council meeting Tuesday evening. The agenda includes a measure to amend Biloxi’s land-use and zoning map to add the 2.6-square miles won in the annexation victory over D’Iberville. The Biloxi Planning Commission has worked to […]

Visitors Center to host film screening, performance

Internationally acclaimed percussionist Arthur Lipner will show his music documentary, “Talking Sticks,” Friday at 6 at the Biloxi Visitors Center. After the one-hour showing will be a Q&A with Lipner. The program will conclude with Lipner playing a few pieces on solo vibraphone, and clapping/singing with the audience. Tickets are $7 each, but seating is […]

Twelve Palms memorial to be re-dedicated on Veterans Day

The Biloxi Bay Chamber, which has a history of restoring historic community landmarks in Biloxi, will take another step into history on Veterans Day with the re-dedication of “Twelve Palms Memorial,” a tribute to Biloxi’s World War I casualties. The ceremony will be in Biloxi Businessmen’s Park, at Forrest Avenue and Bayview Drive, on Back […]

Cemetery tour photos

To see photos from this week’s cemetery tour — and for a preview of what you can expect to see during an encore Tuesday from 4 to 7, click here.

‘Halloween at Hiller’ is this evening

“Halloween at Hiller” takes place this evening from 5:30 to 7:30 with family games and contests, hay rides and fire truck rides, face painting and soft drinks, hot dogs and candy. The event is being coordinated by Councilmember Dixie Newman in the huge west Biloxi city park, which is north of Pass Road at Hiller […]

Cemetery tours: Double the history this year

Fans of annual Old Biloxi Cemetery Tour are in for something old and something new this year. First, you’ll be seeing a lineup of 10 re-enactors representing a greatest hits compilation of sorts, with some of the most notable re-enactments from the past several years, and this year’s tour will be offered for two days, […]

Horrors! Biloxi Visitors Center to be Haunted

The Biloxi Visitors Center, with Halloween just around the corner, is hosting a book signing and evening with Barbara Sillery, author of “The Haunting of Mississippi,” this evening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. “The Haunting of Mississippi” is a ghostly guide that takes readers on a tour of more than 20 historical sites the supernatural […]

Travel writers begin gathering this week on Mississippi Gulf Coast

The first wave of 300 travel writers from across the country begins arriving on the Mississippi Gulf Coast today, and local tourism leaders are asking residents and businesses to put their best foot forward for the group’s weeklong visit. The Board of Directors of the Society of American Travel Writers arrives today, signaling the kick […]

Some are receiving late water bills in Biloxi

A third of Biloxi’s water bills are going out late this month, but the bills will also have a later due date to make up for the late bill. The city bills its 13,417 customers in three cycles, and a snag in a computer system caused Cycle 1 — nearly 3,700 bills — to go […]

Development committee to review baseball stadium

The city’s Development Review Committee will get its first look at the proposed downtown baseball stadium and how it will be situated on the Caillavet street site during a meeting Wednesday morning at 9. The DRC meetings, which are held at the Community Development Department, are a one-stop forum for developers to meet with key […]

Special Needs Halloween Costume Ball is tonight

The Parks and Recreation Department will hold its annual Special Needs Halloween Costume Ball tonight from 6 to 9 at the Donal Snyder Community Center, 2520 Pass Road. This free event is open to youths and adults with mental and physical disabilities. A costume contest will be held with 1st, 2nd, 3rd place awards. Food […]

Excel by 5’s annual safety fair this weekend

Excel by 5 will hold its annual Safety Fair Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Biloxi Town Green, 710 Beach Blvd. This free event is open to children from ages birth to five. Participants will be able to meet Spot the Dog and McGruff the Crime dog as well as take part in […]

Police Chief: Relax. Cruise through the weekend, enjoy the view

“It’s been just wonderful,” Biloxi Police Chief John Miller says of Cruisin’ the Coast, which is rolling into its final weekend. Organizers of the 17th annual affair, which began last weekend in the wake of no-show Tropical Storm Karen, report that more than 6,200 vehicles from 40 states and Canada are taking part in this […]

Visitors Center to host inaugural Lighthouse Arts and Crafts Fair

The creations of more than 30 local artists and craftsmen with everything from jewelry to one of a kind wood sculptures will be on display on Saturday for the inaugural Lighthouse Arts and Crafts Fair. The event, which will he held on the lawn of the Biloxi Visitors Center, will be from 9 a.m. to […]

Horrors! Biloxi Visitors Center to be Haunted

The Biloxi Visitors Center, with Halloween just around the corner, is hosting a book signing and evening with Barbara Sillery, author of “The Haunting of Mississippi,” on Thursday, Oct. 17, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. “The Haunting of Mississippi” is a ghostly guide that takes readers on a tour of more than 20 historical sites […]

Cruisin’ party now underway in downtown Biloxi

He was in downtown Biloxi in the 1950s, signing autographs at a shoe store, and Elvis returns today for the Cruisin’ the Coast Downtown Biloxi Block Party. More than thousand cars are now on display throughout the streets of downtown Biloxi now through 2 p.m. for the annual celebration. At 11:30 a.m., Brandon Bennett, “the […]

See dozens of Cruisin’ block party photos

More than a thousand Cruisin’ the Coast cars, hundreds of car enthusiasts, Elvis and even Marilyn turned out for today’s Downtown Biloxi Block Party. To see dozens of photos from the affair, which began before daylight and wraps up shortly, click here.

On deck: A team and approval by Minor League Baseball

David Nichols, Biloxi’s chief administrative officer, will be in the state capital with city financial advisers Wednesday morning, following through on the city’s initiative to borrow $21 million to construct a downtown baseball stadium that will host minor league baseball games and other events. The move comes after the City Council’s 5-2 vote this afternoon […]

Meeting called to consider stadium, baseball proposals

The Biloxi City Council will meet Tuesday morning to consider proposals to lease land from the Beau Rivage for construction of a baseball stadium, lease the stadium to a baseball team, and borrow $21 million to construct the stadium and a parking garage, which then be leased back to the Beau Rivage. The public meeting […]