Shuckers offer Phillips-‘possum bobblehead

Shuckers, Barons and a bobblehead? Tonight, when the gates open at 5:30 for the Biloxi Shuckers vs. Birmingham Barons game, fans will get a chance to receive a part of the team’s history.

The first 1,500 fans through the gate will receive a one-of-a-kind bobblehead of former Shuckers outfielder Brett Phillips and a ‘possum.  This bobblehead commemorates the Minor League Baseball’s 2016 blooper of the year when Philips chased a wayward ‘possum from the outfield field during an April 2016 game.

In addition, tonight will be Seat Belt Awareness Night at MGM Park.   The Mississippi Highway Patrol’s rollover car will be on site for pre-game demonstrations to help draw attention to the new state law that requires all passengers in a vehicle – even those in the back seat – to wear seatbelts. 

The game is set to begin at 6:35 p.m. when WLOX Sportscaster A.J. Giardiana will be among those tossing out the first pitch in the game, which is the second of a four-game series with the Alabama team. The game Saturday night, of course, will be capped with a fireworks show.

Tickets are available online through Ticketmaster or, or at the MGM Park box office. 
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Visit the Biloxi Shuckers website


Movie fans: Don’t be ‘fraid of no ghost!

The Biloxi Parks & Recreation Department will once again host Summer Movie Series tonight at the Biloxi Town Green with the showing of the 2016 film “Ghostbusters.”

Grab a lawn chair or blanket and be there at 6:30 p.m.
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Immunization fair begins this weekend in Biloxi

Do you need to get you child immunized for school? Well Biloxi Excel By 5 can help.

Beginning Saturday, Biloxi Excel By 5, along with a host of sponsors, will kick off its second annual immunization fair series from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Coastal Family Health Center, 715 Division St.
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Elsewhere the weekend: The Biloxi Little Theatre will perform Dearly Departed as its 21st annual Summer Teen Show, Ron White will be at the Beau Rivage, Dwight Yoakam at the IP Casino, and Rock Bottom at the Boomtown Casino.
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See and speak on the downtown restoration plan

It’s been months in the making, and now the public will have its chance to comment on the city’s downtown restoration plan.

A draft of the plan will be unveiled and a public hearing will be held during the City Council meeting on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at Biloxi City Hall. Among the other issues on the agenda Tuesday: a proposal for a new street-sweeping agreement, and a measure to convert city tennis courts to pickleball courts.
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See the City Council agenda and supporting documents



News and notes

Traffic counts: Motorists on some major thoroughfares in Biloxi may notice those small black traffic counters stretched across the travel lanes. Gulf Regional Planning Commission is updating its traffic counts, which help guide community planning efforts. You can find a link to the existing traffic counts and other traffic information on the city’s Traffic page. To go there, click here.

Podcast encore: This week’s City Desk podcast, a 26-minute report focusing on development in Biloxi, will be broadcast by iHeart radio on its “Gulf Coast Issues” program. The radio show, hosted award-winning iHeart News Director Kelly Bennett, airs Sunday at 6:30 p.m. on 92.5 The Beat, at 10 p.m. on Magic 93.7, and at 10:30 p.m. on K99. The program also will air sometime Sunday morning and Sunday evening on NewsTalk 104.9.  To see the podcast page now, click here.