The City of Biloxi is now seeking nominations for the 2013 class of the Biloxi Sports Hall of Fame, which will hold induction ceremonies during an August weekend that will include a Shrimp Bowl football doubleheader.
The 2013 inductees follow-up on last year's tremendously successful induction ceremony, where more than 300 people turned out to see a class of nearly three dozen inducted into the hall. The ceremony at the Biloxi Civic Center marked the first time in 23 years that the city had added to the roster of 104 individuals who were already in the Biloxi Sports Hall of Fame.
This year's ceremony will take place on Sunday, Aug. 25 at the civic center. The day before, the Shrimp Bowl will be at Milner Stadium in Gulfport.
Nominations for the 2013 hall of fame class must be submitted no later than May 1.
Said Parks and Recreation Director Sherry Bell: "There will be a limited number of inductees this year. We're asking people to nominate individuals – athletes, coaches, officials or anyone – who have contributed to athletics in Biloxi."
Sports Hall of Fame members: To see the online hall, click here.
See the 2012 photos: To see photos from last year's induction ceremony,
Nominate someone: To see a nomination form, click here.
Popp's Ferry fields to close for overhaul
The four sports fields at the Popp's Ferry Recreation Complex, the site across from the Margaret Sherry library, are closed until at least May 15 while grass is being replanted, but the adjoining dog park will remain open.
Biloxi Parks & Recreation Director Sherry Bell reports that Harrison County workers will be top dressing the fields and planting grass seed.
"It's basically a major overhaul," Bell said of the fields, which have become popular with adult soccer players. "We're hoping the work will be completed by May 15."
Meantime, the dog park, which is the first such public area in south Mississippi, will remain open, along with the nearby tennis courts and basketball courts.
Seeing blue? It's not just you
Motorists on U.S. 90 may notice a blue tint in the lantern room atop the Biloxi Lighthouse nightly through Sunday as the city's signature landmark does its part in the national effort to recognize April as autism awareness month.
This year's theme: "Shine a Blue Light on Autism Awareness."
Three LED lights inside the roof of the lighthouse create the blue effect, which is limited to the lantern room.
Incidentally, the Biloxi Lighthouse is observing its 165th anniversary this year. To see background on the icon -- including tour info, online video documentaries and tributes, and photos -- click here.
News and notes
Yard sale: In conjunction with the Great American Clean-up and Earth Day, the City of Biloxi is hosting a Yard Sale on Saturday, April 20. Spaces will be 15 x 15 for $20, with rental tables also available. Deadline to apply is April 15. For more information go to www.mainstreetbiloxi.com or call (228) 435-6339.
Volunteers needed: Know someone who should be recognized for their volunteer efforts in Biloxi? You can nominate that person to be recognized in the city's upcoming Volunteer Recognition Awards. But the deadline for nominees is rapidly approaching. To learn more,