Author Archives: Cecilia Dobbs Walton

Christmas events, Popp’s Ferry and more

In Today’s Biloxi A to Z: A sneak peek at Christmas on the Water and your weekend preview. Also, a look at what it’s come to on the Popp’s Ferry bridge, a Public Works crew on an uplifting job, a before and after on U.S. 90, the latest on COVID-19 cases, and a few peaceful […]

Biloxi ushers in Christmas events Thursday at Lighthouse

Christmas events in Biloxi officially begin Thursday evening with the Lighting of the Biloxi Lighthouse. The public is invited to gather at the city’s signature landmark, south of the Biloxi Visitors Center, 1050 Beach Blvd., at 5:30 p.m. Those attending will be treated to hot chocolate and then at 6 p.m., Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich […]

Here’s the 2021 Christmas lineup

Thursday, Dec. 2, 5:30 p.m.: Lighting of the Biloxi Lighthouse Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich and Santa will turn on the Lighthouse Christmas lights at the Biloxi Lighthouse, just south of the Biloxi Visitors Center, 1050 Beach Blvd. Refreshments served. Free admission. Details: 228-374-3105 Dec. 2, 7, 10 & 14, 7-9 p.m.: Winter Magic at BHS […]

Think fire safety this Thanksgiving

Thursday is Thanksgiving Day, which means family gatherings and lots of cooking. It can also mean more fires. In fact, the National Fire Prevention Association says cooking is the leading cause of home fires, and that Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires.   This Thanksgiving, the Biloxi Fire Department wants to remind […]

Police seeking citizens for new academy

The Biloxi Police Department is now accepting applications for its inaugural Citizen’s Police Academy.   The program, which begins Jan. 4, is designed to give citizens insight into how the Biloxi Police Department serves the community. “The CPA program will help to build a stronger bond between the police officers and the department’s personnel with […]

Police getting ready to ‘Feed the Needy’

The Biloxi Police Department, along with Harrison County public safety agencies and donors, again this year will host the “Feed the Needy,” a program to deliver hot Thanksgiving Day meals to the homes of the less fortunate. Meals – which will be delivered – must be requested by 9 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 15. Those […]

Biloxi A to Z: Big weekend; what’s up with 90?

Nice weather will be the backdrop for big happenings this weekend, and there’s an overview on the ongoing landscaping work taking place along U.S. 90 in today’s Biloxi A to Z report. This evening, the New Orleans-based Bucktown All Stars, with cameos by “FoFo” Gilich, will headline Main Street’s First Friday block party in downtown […]

Biloxi A to Z: Project updates, trash, and more

In Today’s Biloxi A to Z: How to make sure your trash is picked up and what to do if it’s not. Community theater is back, with two productions this weekend. You’ll get an update on the robust construction activity, hear Halloween safety tips, see bootlegged video of Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich.and, of course, the […]

Keep safety in mind this Halloween

Halloween is Sunday night, and Biloxi public safety leaders are advising those families who are not participating in organized gatherings to make safety a priority when trick-or-treating in city neighborhoods. The city offers these tips:When trick-or-treating: — A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds. — Use a flashlight to […]

Biloxi A to Z: Halloween, lane closures and more

Two outdoor Halloween-inspired events take place Saturday in downtown Biloxi, and there’s good news for motorists on U.S. 90 in today’s A to Z report. The Biloxi Parks & Recreation Department and Biloxi Main Street host Halloween on Howard, a drive-thru trick or treating event, on Saturday from 5 to 6:30 p.m., and Navy Federal […]

The numbers: Cruisin’, gamin’, debris and more

Today’s Biloxi A to Z video has the final numbers: Cruisin’ The Coast registered cars and how they drive hotel occupancy; a record-breaking, billion-dollar year for gaming in Biloxi; the debris tally and more from Operation Clean Sweep; and new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are on the decline, according to the state health department. You […]

Clean Sweep ends; regular operations resume

The citywide debris removal operation known as Operation Clean Sweep has come to an end and debris removal throughout the city has returned to normal operations. After a two and a half week push to remove excess yard and storm debris thought out the city, debris or yard waste removal has resumed normal operations by […]

Walk with the living dead tonight

By Laurie Rosetti You’re never alone, even during what you think are your weakest moments. You have thousands of years of powerful ancestors within you, the blood of the divine great ones in you, supreme intellect and royalty in you. Infinite strength is always on tap for you. It is with this knowledge the Old […]

Biloxi A to Z: Cruisin’, Clean Sweep, and more

Cruisin’ The Coast organizer Woody Bailey told us a month ago that we could see 9,000 or more registered cruisers for this year’s 25th-anniversary edition. And he was right on the money. Registrations passed 9,000 this week, and they’ve still registering. This week’s Biloxi A to Z video has more on Cruisin’ and the traffic […]

Clean Sweep continues next week

The citywide operation to assist in the removal of yard debris will continue for one more week. Monday through Friday of next week, the city will, for a second week, deploy two large self-loading trucks and trailers to pick up debris. The trucks will travel areas in West Biloxi, North Biloxi, and Woolmarket that have […]

Biloxi A to Z: Cruisin’, Biloxi lighthouse, and more

Biloxi Police Chief John Miller appears in this week’s Biloxi A to Z report to talk about Cruisin’ The Coast traffic for the week-long event and Biloxi’s Block Party. Two big things to remember: be patient and no golf carts allowed. Also in this week’s report: Enhancements at the Biloxi Lighthouse, renovations at the Lighthouse […]

Enhancements underway near Lighthouse

Contractors are working towards a November deadline to complete the expansion of the public parking lot south of the Biloxi Lighthouse. The project, part of Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich’s vision to revamp the area for the Fred Haise monument, will see more than one hundred new public parking spaces and a flag pole. The expansion […]

Shrimply the best weekend

A crowd of seafood consumers will gather at the Biloxi Town Green this weekend for the 40th annual Biloxi Seafood Festival. The two-day festival, which is expected to draw a crowd of anywhere from 20,000 to 50,000, will take place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on […]

Ida in its final rounds for us

“It was, to use one of Mayor Gilich’s boxing analogies, ‘a glancing blow,’” Chief Administrative Officer Mike Leonard said this afternoon of Hurricane Ida. “One of the things that happened was that as it came ashore in Louisiana, the storm took a slight jog to the east, which meant we picked up some winds. That’s […]

COVID-19 hits a new high

This week Mississippi saw its the highest number of new COVID-19 cases, 4,412 in a single day, the largest jump in the 16 months since the pandemic began. The main cause of the surge throughout the state, authorities say, is the Delta variant, said to be more contagious and deadlier than the previous COVID strain. […]

A vexing issue: COVID-19 surging again

Daily coronavirus cases are on the rise, the highest in six months, in fact, while vaccination rates in Mississsippi remain the lowest in the nation. As a result, the Mississippi State Department of Health is issuing new advisories for those most susceptible: Get vaccinated or wear a mask. The increase in the number of cases […]

Biloxi A to Z: The numbers and videos

Today’s report, a 6-minute compilation, has a recap of the inauguration, Scrapin the Coast and COVID-19 by the numbers, the weekend weather forecast, July 4th fireworks and the fireworks free zone, and a moment of Zen at the Biloxi VA.Facebook: See today’s reportYouTube: See today’s reportCOVID-19: By the numbersFireworks free zoneCommunity calendar News & Notes: […]

Flixbus: A green way to travel in Biloxi

Beginning Thursday, visitors and residents will once again have an eco-friendly, inexpensive way to travel in and out of Biloxi. Flixbus, the bright green buses, will offer riders direct connections to Houston, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Atlanta, Mobile, and Lake Charles as well as interconnections to cities such as Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, Miami and […]

Biloxi inauguration replays tonight

The full, 51-minute replay of the inauguration of the Mayor and City Council of Biloxi airs tonight at 7, 8 and 9 on BTV. Tune in to the city’s government channel on Sparklight channel 56 and AT&T Uverse channel 99 in Biloxi or on the city’s website at biloxi.ms.us to watch Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich […]

Inauguration address: The best is yet to come

Here is Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich’s draft of his inaugural address, which he used from the podium during the ceremony on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at the Biloxi Civic Center. See the inauguration video. Good afternoon everyone. Thank you for being with us this day.  This is a very special moment for me.  I consider […]

Inauguration ceremony is Tuesday at Civic Center

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich and the current seven city council members will be sworn in on Tuesday at the Biloxi Civic Center for another four-year term. Doors to Civic Center open at 1:30 p.m. and the public ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. The ceremony will be replayed later on BTV: Biloxi Television. Gilich will […]

Mayor, City Council re-elected to new terms

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich and all seven Biloxi councilmembers have been re-elected to another term. Mayor Gilich, along with Councilmembers Dixie Newman of Ward 3, Robert Deming III of Ward 4, Kenny Glavan of Ward 6 and Nathan Barrett of Ward 7 were all unopposed in today’s general election. According to unofficial results, in Ward […]

Biloxi A to Z: Fireworks, sand, and a water leak

Fireworks, blowing sand and a leaky water main top this week’s Biloxi A to  Z report. This week the Biloxi City Council tabled for the second time a measure that would allow residents to shoot fireworks on the 4th of July and on New Year’s Eve. The shooting of fireworks is still illegal in Biloxi, but […]

City accepting nominations for Sports Hall of Fame

Do you know a retired athlete that contributed to the betterment of athletics in Biloxi or a coach or individual who has played a supporting role for more than a decade? The City of Biloxi is asking you to nominate those individuals for the Biloxi Sports Hall of Fame. The city’s Parks & Recreation Department […]

Swimming lessons return at the Biloxi Natatorium

Living on or near the water means that knowing how to swim is vital, and with the ending of most COVID-19 mandates, the City of Biloxi is resuming swimming lessons, just in time for summer. The city’s Biloxi Parks & Recreation Department will begin registering for its summer swimming lessons at the Biloxi Natatorium, 1384 […]

More COVID-19 mandates eased in Biloxi

Masks are no longer required to be worn by the public and employees while in city facilities but Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich encourages those who feel more comfortable wearing a face mask to continue to do so. Gilich’s latest executive order, his twelfth since the coronavirus pandemic began in March 2020, follows actions by Gov. […]

Biloxi A to Z: Saenger, top-rated school, weekend preview

Workers began removing about half of the 900 seats in the Saenger this week as renovations at the 92-year-old downtown theater shifted from the exterior to the interior. Today’s Biloxi A to Z report gives you an up-close look at the theater work and includes news about Biloxi High’s national attention this week, plus a […]

Chamber audience has breakfast with the mayor

It had been a year and a half since the Biloxi Chamber had its Breakfast with the Mayor gathering, and when the COVID-safe event took place at the IP Casino Resort, Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich was wound up, leading the audience through more than two dozen city projects either completed or underway since the last […]

Fore! Golf carts soon to be rolling in Biloxi

The Biloxi City Council today voted to allow low-speed vehicles such as golf carts on Biloxi roadways that have a speed limit of 25 mph or less. The measure would take effect in 30 days, and operators would be required to register the vehicles with the city.      According to the new city ordinance, low-speed vehicles […]

Three incumbents win in primaries

Two city council seats have been decided tonight — with victories by Robert L. Deming in Ward 4 and Kenny Glavan in Ward 6 — according to unofficial returns from the Republican primary today. Neither of the incumbents face an opponent in the June 8 general election. A third incumbent, Councilmember Paul Tisdale, who was […]

Biloxi A to Z: Road closure update, election reminders and more

April 6 is a big day in Biloxi. At 6 a.m., Shriners Boulevard is set to close for drainage work, and polls open at 7 a.m. for Republican primaries in Wards 1, 4, 5 and 6. Those reminders along with the latest on COVID-19 and vaccinations, and BTV are part of today’s Biloxi A to […]

Shriners Boulevard closure now set to begin April 6

Mother Nature and Father Time have pushed back the closure of Shriners Boulevard to April 6 at 8 a.m. The roadway was originally set to close on April 1 for drainage work but recent heavy rain impeded the completion of a temporary bypass road, which needs to be finished before contractors can close Shriners Boulevard. […]

Biloxi A to Z: Council preview, COVID-19 and more

“Good fences make good neighbors,” poet Robert Frost said, and the Biloxi City Council is going to be discussing what a good fence should look like during the council meeting Tuesday evening at City Hall. The agenda – a lineup of more than a dozen items – will also include another look at the short-term […]

Biloxi A to Z: Waterfront efforts, March news, and more

As a page of the calendar is about to turn, a new BNews Monthly arrives and a new lineup appears on BTV. The details, along with waterfront efforts, spotlight today’s Biloxi A to Z report.  Also in the report: the latest on the COVID-19 and vaccinations, city council, CSX rail crossing at Oak Street, and […]

Two CSX crossings are closing soon; other news and notes

The city’s years-long plan to close rail crossings in East Biloxi will take a major step next week when crossings at Dorries and Nixon streets will permanently close as a new connector road parallel to the CSX railway nears completion. The city’s plan is to eventually close as many as six of the 21 crossings […]

Today’s report: infrastructure, COVID and Charlie Brown

Work on the North contract is complete, but infrastructure work is full speed ahead on Oak Street and areas east and west on Point Cadet. Hear the latest in Today’s “Biloxi A to Z” report. Also, in today’s report, a preview of the safe return of community theater with Biloxi Little Theater’s “You’re a Good […]

MLK Celebration goes virtual this year

Beginning Wednesday, the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be honored through a number of virtual events during a week-long MLK Coastwide Celebration. “Inspire, motivate, and education is what the MLK Coastwide Committee has done for 36 years to honor Dr. King’s legacy and we will not stop now,” states the […]

Debris operations to end; vaccinations to begin

The city’s Zeta debris operation, which has hauled away more than 270,000 cubic yards over 64 days, is scheduled to wrap up this month, debris monitor Jonathan Kiser reports in today’s Biloxi: A to Z report. The 10-minute video also has the latest on the COVID-19 pandemic and available information on vaccinations, city elections and […]

How to apply for a low-interest Zeta loan

The U.S. Small Business Administration is now offering low-interest disaster loans to those impacted by Hurricane Zeta. Residents, homeowners, renters, businesses and private non-profit organizations in Harrison County can now apply online. Applicants must first register with FEMA at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362. Then apply with SBA at SBA.gov/disaster or call 1-800-659-2955 to see […]

Today’s report: Calling all candidates, debris, and more

Would-be candidates face deadline in upcoming municipal election, the final sweep for storm debris, and the latest coronavirus cases headline Today’s “Biloxi A to Z” report. Also in the 10-minute video: An infrastructure update, Mayor Gilich’s announcement of the cancelation of this year’s Mardi Gras parades in Biloxi, where to recycle your undecorated green Christmas […]

COVID claims Biloxi Mardi Gras parades

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, after monitoring the continuing upward trend in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, on Tuesday announced that the 2021 Mardi Gras parades in Biloxi will not roll. Said Gilich,  “With much consideration given to the status of the coronavirus today in our community, it should be no surprise that we announce the cancellation […]

Today’s report: Updates and reminders

Debris removal is not the only project taking place in Biloxi. City Engineering Director Christy LeBatard gives a progress report on some of the city’s current projects in Today’s “Biloxi A to Z” report. Reminders to remove your storm related debris to the curb before Jan. 4, keep bagged leaves and limbs separate, and place […]

Today’s report: Updates, reminders and happenings

The latest information on the debris plan, the next step on the UMusic Broadwater and Tivoli resorts, the rising coronavirus cases, and your weekend preview — including a parade and a marathon — are all part of Today’s report. Facebook: See today’s reportYouTube: See today’s reportSee the overall tracking chartSee the daily comparison chartSee the Harrison […]

Christmas events get a virtual start in Biloxi

In Biloxi, the holiday season is usually marked with hundreds of children marching and gathering through downtown Biloxi in the annual Children’s Christmas parade and Christmas on the Town Green. This year, to help make the season festive yet safe, the City of Biloxi is presenting a virtual lighting event on Friday. Throughout the day […]

Today’s report: Progress continues on Zeta recovery

The biggest questions today: When are they going to pick up my storm debris and when are they going to fix the traffic signals? Those two Zeta recovery topics as well as the latest on the commercial harbor and the coronavirus, and a look back at Biloxi of old are all part of Today’s report.Facebook: […]

Still seeing red at intersections

Biloxi’s Public Works Department this morning assisted Gulfport in restoring traffic signals at Debuys and Pass roads, leaving only seven of Biloxi’s 64 signalized intersections still not fully functioning. Stephen Laiche, of the department’s maintenance division, reports that traffic signals are not working at these intersections: Eisenhower Drive at C.T. Switzer Road, Eisenhower at Rue […]

Today’s report: Debris, traffic signals, parks and more

Debris teams have been on Biloxi streets for four days. Currently, they are focusing on neighborhoods in West Biloxi, where most of the downed tree limbs are located. More than 18,000 cubic yards of debris have been hauled away. That is nine percent of the estimated 200,000 cubic yards of debris throughout the city. Residents […]

Mississippi Power: 95 percent restored by Monday

(From Mississippi Power)Mississippi Power expects power to be restored to 95 percent of customers impacted by Hurricane Zeta by midnight on Monday night About 31,000 customers restored as of 2 p.m. Friday The Mississippi Power Hurricane Zeta storm team has restored service to about 31,000 customers impacted by the powerful storm as of 2 p.m. […]

Contractors must have city license

Property owners are warned to beware of transient contractors who typically set up shop in the wake of disasters such as a hurricane. The City of Biloxi is home to many reputable, licensed building contractors who are qualified to make repairs. However, after a storm, a number of transient contractors set up temporary shop in […]

Today’s Report: The cases, the collision, the storm and more

Mississippi has now identified more than 115,000 cases of the coronavirus statewide and more than 5200 cases in Harrison since the pandemic began. Also, in today’s report, a video clip of a tug boat hitting the Popp’s Ferry Bridge recorded Saturday night by Jimmy Johnson; a reminder about storm prep; the airing of the 14th […]

Today’s report: High numbers, Halloween on Howard and more

Harrison County continues to see an increasing number of coronavirus cases being reported daily, including some record numbers. The Mississippi State Department Health reported a new record high number of daily cases on Thursday with 148 being identified.  Today, the department reports 79 new cases in Harrison County and 795 new cases statewide. Also in […]

Drop off unwanted drugs Saturday at the police department

The Biloxi Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration are offering the public a chance to safely dispose of unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs, which often become sources of abuse. On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the public can visit the Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center on Porter Avenue to drop off the […]

Cemetery tour goes virtual this year

By Laurie Rosetti Preserve Biloxi continues its annual exploration of the colorful warp and weft of Biloxi’s 321-year-old tapestry with “Family Legends and Lore 2.” The Old Biloxi Cemetery Tour, 2020 version, is a slightly-amended event this year. The actual graveside performances will be presented virtually to the public, on BTV, the city’s municipal TV […]

Gilich: The lesson is to be vigilant

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, appearing in today’s Be Prepared report, takes stock of the near-miss storms and ongoing pandemic and has advice: Remain vigilant. The report also includes an update on the coronavirus numbers throughout the state and county, how you can help with Hurricane Sally relief efforts, a reminder on this weekend’s city auction, […]

Be Prepared: The latest numbers and a 9-11 salute

The Mississippi State Department of Health reports 23 new cases of the coronavirus in Harrison County in the past 24 hours, part of the 853 new cases reported across the state. The latest numbers are in today’s report, plus a songful homage to those who rose in service 19 years ago during the Sept. 11 […]

New park to be built in Eagle Point, Woolmarket

Residents in the Eagle Point and Woolmarket areas of Biloxi will soon have a park to call their own. Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, Councilman Nathan Barrett, engineers and other city officials broke ground Wednesday afternoon on the park and to hear Barrett tell it, the new city park could be akin to Hiller Park, the […]

Keep safety in mind this weekend

“In order for us to cruise into October in a safe manner, we need to be careful this weekend,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich says in today’s Be Prepared report, published as the city kicks off a three-day Labor Day weekend. The holiday, which traditionally brings the curtain down on Summer each year, is one that […]

Knock, knock: It’s time to be counted

Right now, you have the opportunity to answer the Census either online or by phone. However, opportunity will be knocking in a different manner – on your door. For Biloxi, a city that is lagging behind the national average, 40 percent of the known residents have not yet responded to Census 2020, which could jeopardize […]

Today’s report: The numbers, safety reminders and more

We’re in the midst of hurricane season and a pandemic, and on this, the 51st anniversary of Hurricane Camille, today’s Be Prepared report includes your guide to storm preparations, safely. Also in today’s report, the latest coronavirus numbers: 276 new cases statewide with 16 in Harrison County. You’ll also see hospitalizations, and a reminder about […]

Biloxi Public Schools: ‘Smiles behind the masks’

The eight locations of Biloxi Public Schools opened their doors this morning and students “were greeted with excited teachers with big smiles behind their masks,” says schools spokesperson Jennifer Pyron. “We’re off to a smooth and safe start,” Pyron adds in an email. “All the students did a great job with wearing masks. We have 5,332 […]

Drive-up COVID-19 testing Thursday

Memorial Physician Clinic will hold a drive-up coronavirus testing on Thursday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Woolmarket Civic Center off Old Woolmarket Road. The testing is open to those who have COVID- or flu-like symptoms such as body aches, fever, coughing, sneezing, chills, or shortness of breath. Face coverings are required and […]

Sports complex open for reservations

The A.J. Holloway Sport Complex is now open for baseball and softball field reservations through the Biloxi Parks & Recreation Department. Any Biloxi team interested in practicing or playing games on one of the baseball or softball fields may submit a reservation to use the turf up to twice a week, Monday through Thursday, from […]

Be prepared: Rising numbers and a few reminders

Sixty-five new positive tests for the coronavirus have been reported in Harrison County in the past 24 hours, a new record high. The Mississippi State Department of Health also reports today that 1,032 cases of the coronavirus have been identified in the past 24 hours statewide bringing the overall total of cases in the state […]

City hall closes temporarily after positive test

Entrances to Biloxi City Hall are closed this morning after a city hall employee tested positive for the coronavirus. All administration staff and city council members were notified of the positive test this morning and those who have come in contact with the employee are being testing or are self-monitoring for any symptoms.    “This […]

City plans for heavy traffic this weekend

Scrapin the Coast, the auto show that some view as a younger cousin to Cruisin’ the Coast, returns to Biloxi this weekend, and city crews are preparing for a smooth-flowing event. In fact, motorists driving U.S. 90 Friday morning will see more than 2,500 traffic cones in or near the center of eastbound and westbound […]

Uptick in local numbers continues

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported a jump in coronavirus cases in Harrison for two days in a row and Mayor Gilich has noticed. On Tuesday, the state department reported 11 new cases and today, 12 new cases were reported. Those numbers, as well as statewide numbers, and the rescue of an unwelcome guest […]

Today’s report: Biloxi Natatorium; rising state numbers

The Biloxi Natatorium will open its doors for adult swimming on Monday but with guidelines. The swimming pool, located at 1384 Father Ryan Ave., has been closed since mid-March because of the coronavirus. The facility will open Monday morning and be open initially only for adult swimming weekdays from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. with […]

Today’s update: Edgewater reports brisk business

Dillard’s, one of the anchors at Edgewater Mall, re-opened its doors today, and Manager Terry Powell says sales have been brisk among the 42 retailers now open at the west Biloxi venue. Powell guests on today’s Be Prepared report, which also features the latest coronavirus numbers: Three new cases reported in Harrison County, meaning the […]

Today’s update: Development meetings to resume

Community Development Director Jerry Creel has announced plans to resume a host of public meetings with social distancing and gathering guidelines. The meetings, set to take place in the auditorium at the Community Development Building on MLK Boulevard, include the Development Review Committee, which begins meetings this week; Community Court with its first session on […]

Today’s update: Pickleball and tennis courts open

As more and more restaurants and retailers are allowed to open, the city is also opening up more recreation opportunities. Today’s Be Prepared report has information on pickleball and tennis courts being open, along with the guidelines for use of the courts. The report also has the latest coronavirus numbers: 262 new cases statewide in […]

Mayor: Guidelines will help keep us safe

As COVID-19 numbers continue to decrease throughout the coastal counties and as Biloxi positions itself to move to the next phase of re-opening on Thursday, Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich speaks today about the importance of adhering to the “Opening up Biloxi Again” guidelines. Also in today’s Be Prepared report: The latest numbers, a nod to […]

Biloxi remembers fallen officer McKeithen

One year ago today the Biloxi Police Department suffered a tragic loss of one of their own and today the department honors the fallen officer, Robert McKeithen. In front of the Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center on Porter Avenue, in the very spot where the officer was shot from behind, the Police Department has created a […]

Today’s report: Looking forward; remembering a hero

As Gov. Tate Reeves announced an easing of restrictions on restaurants beginning Thursday, Biloxi Police Chief John Miller appears on today’s Be Prepared video to talk about the anxiousness of the community and the one-year anniversary of the killing of Biloxi Police Officer Robert McKeithen. The Biloxi policeman was shots and killed in front of […]

Today’s update: Latest numbers, a developing story

The coronavirus numbers continue to provide a mixed bag statewide and locally, but the magic number for the city is more than four dozen. Biloxi Engineering Director Christy LeBatard appears on today’s Be Prepared video to give a progress report on more than 50 public improvement projects across the city. Also reported today are the […]

Today’s update: A step closer

As coronavirus cases continue to be reported around the state, a slowing trend is being seen in Harrison County leading to more talk about opening up Biloxi again. The latest numbers show an additional 183 positives statewide and one new positive in Harrison County, as reported in today’s Be Prepared video. Mayor Andrew “FoFo’ Gilich […]

Today’s video: latest numbers, staying the course

The latest numbers show a downward trajectory of new coronavirus cases in Harrison County, and Gov. Tate Reeves, aware of 281 new cases statewide, announced a Safer in Place order that keeps most protective measures in place. In fact, the governor’s new executive order, which takes effect on Monday morning, presents few if any changes […]

City accepting Sports of Fame nominations

The Biloxi Parks & Recreation Department is accepting nominations for its 2020 class of the Biloxi Sports Hall of Fame and have extended the deadline.  Nominations are open to any athlete or competitor who has been retired at least three years or have completed at least 15 years of service as a coach or supporter […]

Today’s video: Some perspective and the latest

Capt. Matt Powell of the Biloxi Fire Department, fresh from a relief trip to the tornado-stricken areas of central Mississippi, appears on today’s Be Prepared video to help bring perspective to life today. The coronavirus numbers from the past 24 hours: 178 newly identified cases statewide, the fourth day of declining positives statewide; and 10 […]

Block Grant Program: Biloxi residents learn more

The City of Biloxi is preparing its plan for use of community-wide housing and development project funding through the HUD Program and residents are invited to learn more. Each year the city, as a participant in the Community Development Block Grant Program, prepares an action plan for the funding of projects through the grant program […]

Drive-up testing offered in Biloxi Thursday

A drive-up COVID-19 screening and testing will take place in Biloxi Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot of the Biloxi Civic Center, on Howard Avenue. The one-day testing, which is open to all ages, is primarily for those who are experiencing flu-like symptoms, such as body aches, fever, coughing, sneezing, […]

Beware of COVID scams, warns police chief

Biloxi Police are seeing a rise in scams during the coronovirus pandemic and want the public to beware. “There have been several email scams that have been identified where it appears that the information is coming from the CDC,” Biloxi Police Chief John Miller says in today’s Be Prepared video update. “If you need information. […]

FAQs for shelter in place order

Gov. Tate Reeves signed a statewide shelter in place order for Mississippi to begin Friday at 5 pm. But what does that mean? The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has released some frequency asked questions and answers regarding the order.  Questions include “How long will this last?”, “Can I go to work?”, “Can I exerciser or […]

Fred Haise: From Biloxi to space and now cyberspace

April was supposed to be a big month, with the 50th anniversary of Biloxian Fred Haise’s Apollo 13 mission, but with the continuing coronavirus threat, Biloxi’s spaceman is headed to cyberspace. BTV: Biloxi Television today launches two new hour-long documentaries created by August Taconi. “Fred Haise From Biloxi to the Moon,” will air daily in […]

Municipal court closures now extended to May

The Biloxi Municipal Court will not be in session for the month of April. The latest extension is effective through May 1 and is based on the continued risk and increased cases of the coronavirus. An administrative order has been issued to extend the court closure, but judges may still make case-by-case exceptions and consider […]

Curfew, more business closures to begin Thursday

Biloxi is enacting a nightly curfew, from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily, beginning Thursday night. In addition, a host of other non-essential businesses that rely on close contact are being temporarily closed. Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, who taped a daily video message asking residents to limit travel, signed the emergency proclamation in hopes of […]

Community Market to reopen — with restrictions

The Charles R. Hegwood Community Market will re-open offering produce only beginning on Tuesday. The market, which temporarily closed earlier this month because of fears of spreading the coronavirus, will be open to the public Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. under the I-10 overpass off Howard and Hopkins. City staff will […]

Two in fire department test positive

Two members of the Biloxi Fire Department have tested positive for the coronavirus. Neither was admitted to a hospital, but are in self-quarantine at home. “We knew there was a chance of this happening,” Fire Chief Joe Boney said. “We are taking appropriate precautions, and this is in no way impacting our ability to respond […]

Municipal Court extends modified schedule

Biloxi Municipal Court, which has been suspended through March 27, has now postponed in-court appearances through April 10. An administrative order has been issued to extend the court closure, but judges may still make case-by-case exceptions and consider motions when reviewing or considering trials, after consulting with all parties or their counsel of record. The […]

Keesler closes Meadows gate, other precautions

Motorists trying to visit Keesler Air Force Base this morning found the Meadows Road gate closed and heavy, slow-moving traffic at the main gate on White Avenue. The limited access, announced Sunday, is part of the base’s increased health-protection protocol. Keesler officials have closed access through its Meadows gate until further notice but the White […]

Police: Here’s how you can help

By Maj. Christopher DeBack Biloxi Police Department As the nation struggles with current events and the response to the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Biloxi Police Department reminds everyone to stay vigilant.  Be mindful of social distancing and repetitive hygiene to aid in cutting down on cross contamination. We have taken steps to help […]

City announces policy, scheduling updates

Biloxi Chief Administrative Officer Mike Leonard had the following information about the city’s response to the threat of the coronavirus, or COVID-19: Many Biloxi restaurants are advertising take-out services and the mayor will in public statements encourage this option. The Biloxi Parks & Recreation Department has canceled all athletic events on city playing fields through […]

Natatorium, Snyder Center to close temporarily

The Biloxi Parks & Recreation Department has decided to temporarily close two well-used facilities beginning Monday. The Biloxi Natatorium and the Donal M. Snyder Sr. Community Center, facilities that are frequented by people of all ages, will close on March 16 and remain closed until further notice. “We want to be prudent,” said Parks & […]

You made it! It’s First Friday

The March edition of First Friday, the monthly downtown affair, kicks off at 5 today in the Biloxi Downtown Arts District. The event, which takes place along Rue Magnolia, and Water and George E. Ohr streets, will feature discounts from downtown merchants, who expand hours for the event. You’ll also find trivia hosted by Biloxi […]

City seeks volunteer nominations

Do you know a person, organization or business that is always willing to help out? Then nominate them for the 37th annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony. The City of Biloxi will be recognizing those who have volunteered in Biloxi in the areas of community, health, arts and history, education, military, nonprofit organization, youth, sports, adult and […]

Dancing, parading, barking and more this weekend

It’s Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras season in Biloxi. That means more to celebrate and parade about, especially this weekend. The Biloxi Parks & Recreation Department will present its popular annual Daddy-Daughter Sweetheart Dance tonight from 6 to 9 at the Donal M. Snyder Sr. Community Center. All daddys and daughters are invited to dress […]

Mardi Gras happenings in Biloxi

Saturday, Feb. 15: Biloxi Children’s Mardi Gras Walking Parade The annual children’s parade, open to ages 12 and younger, will walk and roll downtown on Saturday at 10 a.m.  This year’s theme is “Carnaval Du Cirque” and celebrates the circus.  The parade begins under the I-110 overpass on Howard Avenue, travels east on Howard to […]

Sign up now for the Children’s Mardi Gras parade

Mardi Gras is only weeks away and the city, the Gulf Coast Carnival Association and the Coastal Mississippi Mardi Gras Museum are now asking for children to join the festivities. The annual Biloxi Children’s Mardi Gras Walking Parade, set for Saturday, Feb. 15 at 10 a.m., is open to youngsters age 12 and younger who […]

City recognizes fourth quarter longevity recipients

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, on Tuesday, recognized 26 employees for their years of service during a longevity awards presentation. 35 years of service: Cheryl Bell, Parks & Recreation Department director 30 years of service: John Rodolfich, Fire Department; and Ronald Lessner, Police Department 25 years of service: Louis Leitenberger and Stephen Strickler, Fire Department; and Michael […]

Carnival season kicks off in Biloxi this weekend

Carnival season will officially kick off in Biloxi on Sunday with the celebration of Twelfth Night beginning at 5 p.m. at the Biloxi Visitors Center, followed by a parade to Biloxi City Hall. The gathering will begin with the Gulf Coast Carnival Association’s 2019 Royal Court parading through the visitors center and out to the […]

Coast leaders file spillway lawsuit

The City of Biloxi has joined other coast leaders in filing a federal lawsuit regarding future openings of the Bonnet CarrĂ© Spillway. The filing, announced today by Marlin Ladner, President of the Harrison County Board of Supervisors, is to compel the Mississippi River Commission to consult with the people of the Mississippi Coast before opening […]

Biloxi’s Holiday Open House is this weekend

Looking for that one-of-a-kind gift to give for Christmas? Look no further. The Holiday Open House at the Biloxi Visitors Center has you covered this weekend. On Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Biloxi Visitors Center will be filled with dozens of artists and craftsmen showing and selling their wares. There […]

Gilich: Kirkland on leave

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich announced this morning that Cliff Kirkland is on leave pending a resolution of criminal charges.  Kirkland, 67, was arrested Tuesday night by Biloxi Police on two counts of allegedly touching of a child with lustful purposes. “As Mayor, I will always put the City of Biloxi’s interest first,” Gilich said.  “These […]

Jack the Fire Dog growing into the job

Jack the Biloxi Fire Dog is learning that everything’s not in black and white. On any given day, he knows not whether he’ll in be in a fire station roaming among firefighters, in front of a classroom of young students, or greetings crowds at a Christmas or Mardi Gras parade. Such is the life with […]

Santa parades through Woolmarket Saturday

Christmas celebrations continue in Biloxi this weekend with the annual Woolmarket Christmas Parade beginning at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. The parade, now in its third year, will include dozens of walking units, floats, golf carts, utility vehicles, corvettes and a Biloxi fire truck.  “Every year this parade has grown,” said Ward 7 Councilmember Nathan Barrett, […]

Christmas parades and festival this weekend

The annual Christmas on the Water Children’s Parade rolls downtown tonight beginning at 6 p.m. The parade, open to children in kindergarten through fourth grade, will begin at the Dr. Frank G. Gruich Sr. Community Center on Howard Avenue, travel west on Howard Avenue, turn south on Reynoir Street, east on Jackson street, south on […]

Police offer holiday safety tips

The Christmas season officially kicked off in Biloxi this week and with more festivities planned, Biloxi Police are asking everyone to keep safety in mind while enjoying the season. “Crime tends to rise as the criminals take advantage of all the hustle and bustle during the season,” Biloxi Police Major Christopher De Back says.  “And […]

Here’s the 2019 Christmas lineup

Sunday, Dec. 1 Gulf Coast Carnival Association Fleur De Lis Children’s Christmas Party, Noon to 2 p.m., Mary Mahoney’s Old French House, 110 Rue Magnolia. See the King, Queen and court of Mardi Gras in a festive affair. $25 per person. Details: 228-432-8806. Thursday, Dec. 5 Biloxi Lighthouse Holiday Lighting, 5:30 pm. Biloxi Lighthouse, south […]

Thanksgiving is prime time for feasting – and fires

Cooking is the most common cause of residential fires, according to the National Fire Prevention Association, and home fires are four times more likely to occur on Thanksgiving Day than any other day of the year. This Thanksgiving, the Biloxi Fire Department wants to remind residents of some safety tips to keep in mind while […]

Mayor’s Cup spills into downtown Saturday

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich will be firing the starting gun to launch the Mayor’s Cup Run on Saturday, an event that is expected to attract dozens of runners to downtown Biloxi for its annual presentation. “It’s one of our larger races,” says longtime Gulf Coast Running Club director Leonard Vergunst, who oversees more than two […]

Christmas City, Fall Festival and more this weekend

You don’t have to look far for something fun to do this weekend in Biloxi. Beginning today, the annual Ron Meyers Christmas City Gift Show, which traces its origins to 1983 and is now touted as one of the largest gift shows in the South, takes place at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum. The three-day holiday […]

Keep safety in mind when trick-or-treating

Halloween is Thursday night, and Biloxi public safety leaders are advising those families who are not participating in organized gatherings to make safety a priority when trick-or-treating in city neighborhoods. The city offers these tips for you to be aware of and share with your children: When trick-or-treating: -A parent or responsible adult should always […]

City recognizes third quarter longevity recipients

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, on Tuesday, recognized 36 employees for their years of service during a longevity awards presentation. 40 years of service: Marilyn King, Community Development Department 30 years of service: Stacy Thacker, Administration Department; Brian Thacker, Parks and Recreation Department; and Lyonel Hodge, Public Works Department 25 years of service: Michael Wills, Police Department […]

Community Festival at Point Cadet this weekend

Dozens of people are expected to gather at Point Cadet Plaza Saturday for the Biloxi Police and Fire departments’ annual Biloxi Community Festival Against Crime.   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 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. […]

Drawdown at the Seafood Museum this weekend

The public is invite to enjoy an evening of festivities at the Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum Saturday for the 34th Annual $10,000 Drawdown. The affair will take place at the museum, 115 First Street, with cocktails and entertainment beginning at 6 p.m. A host of tasty seafood dishes, buffet style, will be available beginning […]

Firefighters on parade and on the run

Firefighters and first responses will be celebrated this weekend during the annual Biloxi Fireman’s Day Parade and the Stephen Siller Tunnels to Tower 5K and Climb. Dozens of fire trucks from across the Coast will parade downtown Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. on Howard Avenue. Teh procession begins at the intersection of Main Street and […]

Seafood galore on Town Green this weekend

If you are looking for something to do in Biloxi this weekend, you don’t have to look too far. The annual Biloxi Seafood Festival – two days of seafood, music, family entertainment, and arts and crafts – takes place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on […]

Learn to overcome your fear of water

Do you or someone you know have a fear of being in the water? The City of Biloxi Aquatics Division wants to help. On Saturday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. staff at the Biloxi Natatorium will open the facility to individuals age 18 and older who want to become more comfortable about being in the […]

Miller addresses Lions Club audience

Biloxi Police Chief John Miller gave an Ocean Springs civic group an idea of how the Biloxi Police Department operates on a daily basis, and he left no doubt about his biggest challenge these days: Dealing with the homeless. “A quarter of my day every day is spent dealing with that issue,” Miller told members […]

Shuckers, Shrimp Bowl and more this weekend

The Biloxi Shuckers return to MGM Park tonight for their final homestand of the season as they take on the Mississippi Braves. First pitch is at 6:35 p.m. and, its Fireworks Friday so the game will be followed by spectacular fireworks display.  Baseball fans will be able to enjoy game night promotions with Shuck Yeah […]

Shuckers vs. BayBears: Promotions, jersey auction and more

By Garrett Greene, Biloxi Shuckers The Biloxi Shuckers return to MGM Park for their penultimate regular-season series as they take on the Mobile BayBears in a homestand that begins tonight and runs through Saturday. Baseball fans will find another T-shirt Tuesday, a jersey auction and a tote bag giveaway as part of a loaded five-game […]

Sports Hall of Fame to welcome 2019 class

High school and college football coach John Williams and former Indians basketball star Seber Windham, who now coaches at Biloxi High School, are unanimous selections to the 2019 Biloxi Sports Hall of Fame. Williams and Windham head an impressive group of 13 inductees, which includes three Biloxi Boxing Club legends, a 165-pound walk-on center on […]

Biloxi Shuckers announce 2020 schedule

By Garrett Greene, Biloxi Shuckers The Biloxi Shuckers have announced their 2020 home schedule, which again includes Opening Day at MGM Park, a July 3 matchup with the Mississippi Braves and 10 Friday home games. The Shuckers will open the 2020 season at home on Thursday, April 9 against the Montgomery Biscuits. This marks the […]

Want to ride along with a firefighter?

Are you interested in a career as a firefighter but unsure of what the job really entails? Maybe you are just interested in what a day in the life of a firefighter is like. Well, now you can find out by applying for the Biloxi Fire Department’s Citizen Ride-Along Program. “We have had individuals express […]

First Friday and more this weekend in Biloxi

The Biloxi Main Street and downtown businesses will host the August edition of First Friday, tonight from 5 to 8 p.m. along Rue Magnolia and Water Street. The affair will include live entertainment by Brandon Kenyon and Nevine Applewhite, and street tacos and cold brews at Makin’ Groceries Taco Pop-Up outside The Threaded Cork. Gallery […]

Biloxi Public Schools registration deadline is Wednesday

Those students who are not yet registered for Biloxi Public Schools have until Wednesday to complete online registration to be able to attend classes on the first day of school, which is Tuesday, Aug. 6. Registration is taking place for public schools across the city and may be done online by clicking here.  A school […]

Seafood museum opens nominations for 2019 hall of fame

The Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum is now accepting nominations for its 2019 Heritage Hall of Fame class. Nominations are open to individuals who have shown dedication to honoring the tradition of the maritime and seafood industry on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in the following four categories: Boat Owner/Captain/Commercial Fisherman, Commercial Seafood Processing Companies, Industry […]

City finances are front and center these days

There’s a story about city finances in the upcoming August issue of the citywide newsletter — “2018 audit: City gets encouraging financial news” — but now Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich and City Councilmembers find themselves in 2019 and working on a 2020 budget that has a host of big-ticket expenses. “We have better news to […]

Shuckers usher in Biloxi series with Generals

The Biloxi Shuckers on Saturday evening launch a five-day series hosting the Jackson (TN) Generals, and it all climixes on Wednesday night with a Biloxi Night. The Shuckers, who are in Jacksonville this evening, will face Jackson at MGM Park on Saturday at 6:35 p.m. Tylers Amazing Balancing Act will headline off-field entertainment Saturday night, […]

Mayor gives progress report to Chamber audience

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich addressed a full house for Breakfast with the Mayor this week, with a recap and update on city projects and issues. “We got a lot of spinning plates right now”, Gilich said during the breakfast, “and were trying to add some more”. Gilich, who spoke to a Biloxi Chamber audience at […]

Cool down on the Biloxi Town Green tonight

The Biloxi Parks & Recreation Department is celebrating National Parks and Recreation Month by hosting a water themed movie night tonight on the Biloxi Town Green. Beginning at 6 p.m., the green space at the corner of U.S. 90 and Main Street will be filled with carnival games and waterslide. Then at dusk, the movie […]

City recognizes second quarter longevity recipients

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, on Tuesday, recognized 14 employees for their years of service during a longevity awards presentation. 35 years of service: Chief Joe Boney, Fire Department director 25 years of service: Tammy McMillan, (Court) Administration Department; and Ernest Thibodeaux, Public Works Department 20 years of service:Gregory Eleuterius Jr. and Joseph Freeman, Parks & Recreation […]

Shuckers, BayBears homestand and promotions begin Sunday

By: Garrett Greene, Biloxi Shuckers As the calendar turns to July, the Biloxi Shuckers return to MGM Park for a four-game series against the Mobile BayBears from June 30 to July 3. The homestand will include an Independence Day Fireworks Extravaganza, another T-Shirt Tuesday and a late afternoon start time on Sunday. Salute Sunday presented […]

Popp’s Ferry Bridge work in final stages

City contractors this week will be finalizing the upgrades to the Popp’s Ferry Bridge and, good news, no other closings are expected. Motorists and marine traffic have seen recent closures to the bridge while repairs and upgrades have taken place. The latest closure was last week, which impacted marine traffic. On Sunday morning, the bridge […]

Gilich reflects on Camille at luncheon today

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich will address a Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum audience at 11:30 this morning during the Lunch and Learn Series. The series, part of the “Camille at 50” exhibit at the museum, takes place in the first floor meeting room and runs until 1 p.m. “Up until Katrina, Hurricane Camille was what […]

Shuckers, Braves at MGM Park and myriad promotions

By Garrett Greene, Biloxi Shuckers  The Biloxi Shuckers open a five-game homestand hosting the Mississippi Braves from tonight to Monday. The first home series against the Mississippi Braves in 2019 will feature a number of fun-filled experiences including golf night, fireworks and a kids backpack giveaway! Golf Night and Double Play Thursday presented by Polk’s […]

All stars take over MGM Park, Hard Rock

The 2019 Southern League All-Star game is just a day away, but activities begins this afternoon at MGM Park. The 2019 Southern League All-Star festivities in Biloxi are underway now with FanFest outside the park, followed by autograph sections with North Division players from 4:15 to 4:45 p.m. and South Division players from 4:45 to […]

Downtown development forum set for Tuesday

With so many opportunities available for new development in downtown Biloxi, the City of Biloxi, Biloxi Main Street, and the Biloxi Chamber of Commerce have decided to hold a Downtown Development Incentive Forum Tuesday morning. The free forum will take place at the Biloxi Civic Center from 8 a.m. to noon with more than a […]

Biloxi Shuckers homestand highlights June 7-11

By Garrett Greene, Biloxi Shuckers The Biloxi Shuckers open a five-game homestand hosting the Pensacola Blue Wahoos from tonight to Tuesday, June 11. The pivotal division clash will continue the Seafood Buffet Rivalry Series, feature fireworks, a giveaway, Saints Hall of Fame Night and Military Appreciation Night!  Fireworks Friday and Saints Hall of Fame Night […]

Saints, Shuckers storm into Biloxi today

The Saints Hall of Famers have arrived. Today, they’re on the golf course, and later today they’ll be at MGM Park and with the Biloxi Shuckers. Newly anointed New Orleans Saints Hall of Famers Reggie Bush and Marques Colston celebrated their ascension with Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich Thursday night at the IP Casino Resort. […]

Bush, Rogers, Colston headline Saints Day

Former Heisman winners George Rogers and Reggie Bush unite with standout receiver Marques Colston and NFL Hall of Famer Rickey Jackson in Biloxi this week when the annual Saints Hall of Fame Weekend returns for the fourth time. An invitation-only reception and silent auction of Saints memorabilia will be held Thursday at the IP Casino […]

Point Cadet Marina abuzz with Billfish preparations

Hundreds of deep-sea anglers and their armada of million-dollar boats are at Point Cadet Marina this week for the annual Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Tournament taking place through Sunday. Teams begin arriving this morning to compete for millions in cash and prizes in six divisions: Catch and Release, Blue Marlin, Tuna, Wahoo, Dolphinfish and Lure […]

R U Ready for hurricane season?

Hurricane season is days old, and the City of Biloxi wants to know if you are prepared. To help residents plan, the city is hosting its annual R U Ready event on Friday. The free, informative event takes place from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum, 115 First St., with […]

90th annual Blessing of the Fleet

The 90th annual Blessing of the Fleet takes place this weekend in East Biloxi. The weekend-long tradition, which officially began Thursday with the Memorial of the Mass for Deceased Fishermen, will continue this weekend with the Great Biloxi Schooner Mayors Cup, Fais Do-Do, and the Blessing of the Fleet. The weekend activities kick off Saturday […]

Senior health expo happening Wednesday

Adults age 50 and older can get a host of free health screenings, demonstrations and tips on leading a healthy lifestyle Wednesday during the Senior Health, Wellness & Fitness Expo. The event is free and takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Donal M. Snyder Sr. Community Center, 2520 Pass Road. “This […]

Shuckers, Smokies and myriad promotions this week at MGM Park

By Garrett Green, Biloxi Shuckers The Biloxi Shuckers open a five-game homestand hosting the Tennessee Smokies from tonight to Saturday, June 1. In the only 2019 clash at MGM Park between the two clubs, the Shuckers will have two giveaways, Double Play Thursday and will also host Pride Night! T-Shirt Tuesday with ‘How I Met […]

Conference USA heading to semifinals this weekend

The Conference USA baseball tournament continues at MGM Park with games tonight and throughout the weekend. The winner of today’s game between Marshall University and the Rice Owls, which began at 3 p.m. today, will take on Southern Miss on Saturday at 9 a.m. in the semifinals. No. 1 seed Florida Atlantic awaits the winner […]

Get a taste of history at the Community Market Festival

The Preservation in May Program joins the Charles R. Hegwood Biloxi Community Market Festival today in Downtown Biloxi. The festival takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Biloxi Community Market under I-110 off Howard Avenue and will feature entertainment by Amber Dawn, lunch provided by Biloxi Main Street and a Preservation in […]

Robert McKeithen: ‘An unbelievably fine policeman’

Update May 8: A conversation with the McKeithen family. See the story and the videoAlso, see the video of the laying of a wreath by city officials and of the vigil. Update: May 7: City officials laid a wreath and prayed for Officer Robert McKeithen near his patrol car and a prayer vigil was held, […]

Preservation in May: Virtual Voices from Our Past

History takes center stage this month with the city’s annual Preservation in May series, and this year there’s a bonus: the introduction of a virtual tour of the Biloxi City Cemetery. Tonight, the 12th Annual Preservation in May series begins with a Biloxi Trivia Night at Southport Line from 5:30 to 7 p.m. where the […]

What you need to know about the air show

Barricades were placed along U.S. 90 intersections earlier this week, and tonight at 10 Biloxi Public Works crews will begin placing traffic cones in the center lanes of the beachfront highway as plans move forward for the Thunderbirds air show this weekend. Fans actually will get their first peek of “Thunder over the Sound: The […]

Here’s your history expo presentation line up

The 2019 Gulf Coast Historical and Cultural Exposition began this morning at the Biloxi Civic Center and includes a dozen presentations and films in the lecture hall. The two-day event continues until 4 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Here is the complete line up for this afternoon and Saturday.  Note, […]

May citywide newsletter on the way

The May issue of BNews, with stories on the Thunder over the Sound air show, Preservation in May and a host of other May happenings, will begin arriving in mailboxes and PO boxes across the city this weekend. The 16-page issue contains two pages of details on the Thunder over the Sound 2019 Keesler and […]

Salvation Army offers more Help Cards

The Salvation Army, after seeing its initial supply of 2,000 Help Cards distributed to businesses and the public in a matter of days, has made another 10,000 of the free referral cards available at the Biloxi Visitors Center, the Kroc Center in Biloxi, or The Salvation Army on 22nd Street in Gulfport. The business-size cards, […]

Celebrate coast history and culture Friday and Saturday

Biloxi has a long history filled with diverse culture and in celebration of the community’s history, the City of Biloxi and Preserve Biloxi hosts the Gulf Coast Historical and Cultural Exposition Friday and Saturday at the Biloxi Civic Center. The free affair, taking place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, is open to […]

City recognizes employees for service milestone

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, on Tuesday, recognized nearly two dozen employees for their years of service during a longevity awards presentation. City employees who were commented for the milestone this quarter are listed below. 40 years of service: Patricia Rose, Community Development Department 35 years of service: Karen Brashier, Council Department 30 years of service: Jill […]

Spring break, eggs hunts and more this weekend

Spring Break weekend is here and the city is preparing for the throngs of visitors and cruisers expected in Biloxi to partake in the festivities. Copies of the Spring Break Traffic Plan have been delivered to the Edgewater Mall, the Biloxi Visitors Center, and many city facilities, and nearly 6,000 traffic cones and barricades have […]

Get ready: Spring Break crowds, traffic coming up

Spring Break weekend, when tens of thousands of college-age visitors descend on Biloxi for the weekend, is upon us in a few days, but innkeepers report this weekend shows only a fraction of the number of reservations seen in years  past. However, motorists on U.S. 90 on Thursday will see Biloxi’s Public Works Department setting […]

Sports Hall of Fame seeks nominees for 2019 class

The Biloxi Parks & Recreation Department is now seeking nominations for its 2019 class of the Biloxi Sports Hall of Fame. If you know a retired athlete who contributed to the betterment of athletics in Biloxi, or a coach or individual who has played a supporting role for more than a decade, nominate them for […]

Shuckers’ 2019 season hits some firsts

The Biloxi Shuckers launched their 2019 season and tonight they end their five-game homestand with the Birmingham Barons. Here’s a recap of the season opening weekend, straight from Biloxi Shuckers Media Relations Manager and Broadcaster Garrett Greene. “Despite Mother Nature throwing the kitchen sink at us (and the first ever fog delay in MGM Park […]

Summer Camp registration begins Saturday

Registration for the city’s popular summer camp – officially known as the Summer Playground and Enrichment Program – begins this weekend and the Biloxi Parks and Recreation leaders want to make sure parents are ready. Registration for Biloxi residents living in the Woolmarket community will be Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Woolmarket […]

Easter Bunny Hops to Town Green this weekend

Youngsters are invited to hop over to the Biloxi Town Green Saturday morning to see the Easter Bunny and enjoy Easter themed activities for the Biloxi Excel By 5 event, Hop the Trail to Bunnyland. From 9 to 11:30 a.m., youngsters age five and younger can participate in fun hands-on activities such as tissue paper […]

Registration now open for kids fire academy

The Biloxi Fire Department is now taking applications for youngsters to attend its hugely popular educational fire camp. Registration for the Academy for Kids Camp is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fire Department Station No. 1 in the Lopez Quave Public Safety Center, 170 Porter Ave., and is available to […]

City requests nominations for Volunteer of the Year

The City of Biloxi wants your help in finding a Volunteer of the Year. If you know someone or an organization or business that always seems willing to help, nominate them now for the 36th annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony. Individuals who have volunteered in Biloxi will be recognized in the areas of community, health, arts […]

Biloxi Shuckers tickets, promotions schedule now available

In the wake of the Biloxi Shuckers’ fifth season at MGM Park, taking place in April, the team has opened up individual ticket sales and announced its 2019 promotional schedule. Tickets for all 70 Biloxi Shuckers home games, the 2019 Southern League All-Star Game and the 2019 Southern League Home Run Derby are now on […]

Gallery 782 celebrates 10 years this weekend

Gallery 782, a local cooperative art gallery (“co-art,” they call it), is celebrating a decade in the Biloxi Arts District, and the public is invited to attend a gala reception on Saturday. The gathering will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the gallery, now at 773 Jackson St., one block north of its […]

GCCA: ‘It’s all on the line’ this year

As Captain of Carnival this year, David Machado is the person responsible for making sure all goes well with Gulf Coast Carnival, from the most minute detail of the planning months ago to the final throw from the final float at this year’s parade. One question Carnival organizers as well as paradegoers want to know […]

Carnival: Let’s get ready to roll

The parade routes have been paved. The barricades and safety ropes are in place. The floats are in town and ready to go. It’s Mardi Gras parade time. The Krewe of Neptune, whose floats made their way from Slidell, La., to Biloxi this week, will roll Saturday at 5:30 p.m. with Grand Marshall John Schneider, […]

Trivia and King Cake, all part of First Friday

Biloxi’s First Friday, returning after a two-month hiatus, kicks off the month with a three-hour event beginning this evening at 5 p.m. The affair, a Biloxi Main Street event taking place downtown throughout Rue Magnolia in the Biloxi Art District, will feature a Downtown Biloxi Trivia Contest for prizes and a King Cake Baby contest […]

Mardi Gras safety, traffic: What you need to know

Thousands of parade goers will be in downtown Biloxi this weekend for the annual Neptune Mardi Gras parade and just as city crews finish their preparations, the Biloxi Police Department asks paradegoers when making their plans, keep safety in mind.  “Our role is to make sure everyone has a safe time,” Biloxi Police Chief John […]

Tickets on sale for high school, college games at MGM 

Seven high school and college games have been set to be played at MGM Park in March and the box office is now selling tickets for each of the games. The slate of games begins with the annual Biloxi High versus D’Iberville High game on Friday, March 1 at 7 p.m. General admission tickets are […]

Second Liners Mardi Gras parade rolls Saturday

The Second Liners Mardi Gras Club will host its annual parade in downtown Biloxi on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. This year’s parade will have a “Mystical Magic of Mardi Gras” theme and will feature more than three dozen units, including seven marching bands. The parade begins at 1 p.m. at Nichols school at the […]

Here’s the list of the Mardi Gras parades in Biloxi

Saturday, Feb. 16: Second Liners Mardi Gras Club Parade The annual parade begins at 1 p.m. at Nichols School at the corner of Division Street and Nichols Drive and travels west to Caillavet Street, south to Esters Boulevard and ends at the Doris C. Busch Park, 645 Esters Blvd.  To see the parade route, click […]

Employees recognized for years of service

Chief Administrative Officer Michael Leonard, on behalf of Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, recently recognized 27 employees for their years of service during a longevity awards presentation at Biloxi City Hall. Those recognized were: 35 years of service: Adam Kozlowski, Public Works Department 30 years of service: Anthony Murphy and Anthony Shook, Fire Department 25 years of […]

Benefit lunch to aid fallen firefighter’s family

Today at lunchtime, the Biloxi Fire Department will be serving fish plates to raise money for the family of fallen firefighter, Darren Endris, who passed away on Jan. 16 from a prolonged illness. Lunch will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those interested can dine at the Lopez Quave Public Safety Center, 170 […]

State of the City 2019: On the move

Here is the prepared text of Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich’s State of the City address, delivered on Jan. 22, 2019 during a Biloxi Bay Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino.  To see the video, click here.   (Opening remarks from podium) HELLO BILOXI.  Welcome to your State of the […]

Twelfth Night celebration ushers in Carnival

Biloxi and the Gulf Coast will officially turn the calendar from Christmas to Carnival on Saturday night with the celebration of Twelfth Night, complete with a parade and outdoor celebration. The gathering begins at 5 p.m. inside the Biloxi Visitors Center, 1050 Beach Blvd. Gulf Coast Carnival Association’s 2018 Royal Court will walk from the […]

2018: A last look at first responders

As the page turns on another year, here’s a look at some of the heroes of the year and those poised to lead in 2019.   Darren Endris received Phil McCabe 5 Bugle Award When the Biloxi Fire Department recognized nearly two dozen acts of bravery and gallantry during its annual awards ceremony, Firefighter III […]

Darren Endris receives Phil McCabe 5 Bugle Award

When the Biloxi Fire Department recognized nearly two dozen acts of bravery and gallantry during its annual awards ceremony, Firefighter III Darren Endris was honored with the chief’s award. “He is the ideal of what a public servant should be, and he possesses a natural ability to inspire others through his gentle, encouraging actions,” Biloxi […]

Keep safety in mind this Christmas season

The Biloxi Police Department wants everyone to keep safety in mind this Christmas and they are reminding residents and visitors of some safety tips. Safety at Home Lock doors and windows when you leave home, even if you plan on being gone for a short time. Have a neighbor or family member watch your home […]

Santa will be dancing, parading and checking his list this weekend

Santa Claus makes many appearances this time a year and this weekend is no exception. Tonight, Jolly Old Saint Nick will be at the City of Biloxi Special Needs Christmas Dance.  The dance, open to all ages with physical and mental disabilities, will be from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Donal M. Snyder Sr. […]

Runners and rain across the coast this weekend

The Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon returns for its third year this weekend and while participants and spectators make their preparations, they should also keep an eye on the weather. Event activities began this morning with the opening of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon Expo at the Mississippi Coast Convention Center. The athletic activities begin on Saturday […]

Biloxi Police announce promotions

More than two dozen police officers were promoted during a ceremony at Biloxi City Hall. Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, Biloxi Police Chief John Miller and other officers and officials recognized 27 officers for earning an increase in rank.  Three captains, eight lieutenants and sixteen sergeants were pinned with their new badges in front of family and […]

Lighthouse lighting kicks off Christmas season

Christmas events in Biloxi officially begin Thursday evening with the Lighting of the Biloxi Lighthouse. The public is invited to gather at the city’s signature landmark, south of the Biloxi Visitors Center, 1050 Beach Blvd., at 5:30 p.m. Those attending will be treated to hot chocolate and then at 6 p.m., Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich […]

Here’s Biloxi’s Christmas event lineup

Thursday, Nov. 29: Lighting of the Biloxi Lighthouse The city ushers in the Christmas season with the lighting of the Biloxi Lighthouse from 5:30 to 7 p.m., south of the Biloxi Visitors Center, 1050 Beach Blvd.  Santa Claus will be on site for a visit and hot chocolate will be available. For more information, call the Biloxi […]

City seeks feedback for housing survey

The public is invited to take part in a gathering to help identify affordable housing needs on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. at the Dr. Frank G. Gruich Sr. Community Center, 591 Howard Ave. The Coast entitlement communities and local housing authorities – which includes Biloxi, Gulfport, Moss Point, Pascagoula, Biloxi Housing Authority, Mississippi […]

New Howard Avenue sees heavy traffic

The new brick-covered section of Howard Avenue between Reynoir and Lameuse streets was a flurry of activity today, with the city testing the capacity of the new downtown roadway. A host of city vehicles – pickup trucks, sedans, SUVs and even a huge fire truck – were positioned on the newly minted thoroughfare this morning […]

Think fire safety this Thanksgiving

Thursday is Thanksgiving Day, which means family gatherings and lots of cooking.  It can also mean more fires. In fact, the National Fire Prevention Association says cooking is the most common cause of home fires, and home fires are four times more likely to occur on Thanksgiving Day than any other day of the year. […]

Biloxi Police to deliver meals on Thanksgiving

Biloxi Police will be delivering 760 meals to the needy on Thanksgiving Day. The department is once again participating in the Gulf Coast Public Safety Feed the Needy program, a collaboration of local public safety agencies, donors and volunteers, to deliver  Thanksgiving meals. “This is something that we have participated in for more than 28 […]

Register now for Biloxi Christmas parades, festival

OK, we’re a week away from Thanksgiving, and that means plans for the holidays are afoot. It’s time to register for some of the most popular Biloxi Christmas events. Organizers of Biloxi’s signature holiday event, Christmas on the Water, are taking applications for participants in the children’s and boat parades, and Biloxi Main Street is […]

Fire chief: Reduce the risk of home heating fires

With frigid temperatures continuing throughout the weekend, the Biloxi Fire Department is reminding residents to take precautions to reduce the risk of home heating fires. “Fire safety saves lives,” said Vincent Payne, deputy chief for fire prevention. “Misuse of portable or electric heaters are a main cause of residential fires in the winter months.” Payne’s […]

Coast Transit expands service for Popp’s Ferry corridor

Coast Transit has expanded its Route 32, serving the Popp’s Ferry Road corridor and now extending into D’Iberville. The 90-minute route, running six days a week, includes stops at Pass and Popp’s, Atkinson Road, the Margaret Sherry Library, Santa Maria Retirement Center, Cedar Lake Medical Center, Walmart Neighborhood Market, two Family Dollar stores, and throughout […]

Dinosaurs, Christmas, and Veterans top this weekend

The big talk at Edgewater Mall, of course has been the new eight-screen movie theater – scheduled to open later this month – and the new trampoline center, but there’s something pre-historic lurking at the mall this weekend. Prehistoric Dinosaur Adventures, a free attraction that began today at the mall, combines a unique mobile prehistoric […]

Biloxi relief groups making progress in Port St. Joe

“So, dark had fallen before we arrived in Port St. Joe, Fla., and as we’re driving an old, familiar scent rudely burrowed its way through. As I did my best to ignore it, I began to feel walls closing in as we traveled further on. Eerie but all too familiar sights began to creep in […]

Downtown events, disc golf usher in Fall

Fall has officially begun and the cooler temperatures today are expected to continue throughout the weekend.  That’s good news because popular outdoor events dominate the weekend. Tonight, the monthly First Friday event takes place along Rue Magnolia and Water Street. From 5 to 8 p.m. the downtown businesses will open their doors and extend their […]

Fire stations receiving hurricane donations through the weekend

Anyone wanting to assist the Biloxi Fire Department with donations for Hurricane Michael victims has until Sunday to drop off items. The department is currently taking part in a Coastwide relief effort, where residents can drop off supplies at any local fire station. The items may include: gift cards for Wal-Mart, Visa, Home Depot, Lowes; […]

Dress up, have tea and get crafty this weekend

Tonight ghosts and goblins will fill the Donal M. Snyder Sr. Community Center for the Special Needs Halloween Costume Ball.  The Biloxi Parks & Recreation Department hosts its annual event from 6 to 9 p.m. The affair is free, includes a costume contest with awards for adults and youths, and food.  All ages with physical […]

Cemetery tour pushed back a week

The second tour of the 12th annual Historic Old Biloxi Cemetery Tour schedule for this evening has been postponed until next week. “Because of the inclement weather, we have decided it best to postpone tonight’s tour,” said Bill Raymond, Preserve Biloxi committee member.  “The free, self-guided tour will now take place on Tuesday, Oct. 30 […]

See what this year’s cemetery tours are all about

The 12th annual Old Biloxi Cemetery Tours are scheduled for Oct. 21 and 23, but the public can get a preview this evening at the Biloxi Visitors Center. Themed “Biloxi Praise: A Presentation of Churches Past and Present,” this year’s tours focus on individuals that made significant contributions to seven of Biloxi’s most notably historic […]

Cruise on down to the Ohr Festival Saturday

The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art is reviving its arts festival with a new name and a Cruisin’ twist, and it all takes place on Saturday.  From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art will be transformed with craft beer tents, arts and craft vendors, vintage campers and more during the George E. […]

Cruisers party in downtown Biloxi Wednesday

Antique and classic cars and RVs began showing up on U.S. 90 late last week, and now it’s official: The 22nd annual Cruisin’ The Coast is underway, and come Wednesday morning cars will fill the streets in downtown Biloxi for a daylong block party, with live entertainment, food vendors and thousands of people. “We’re looking forward […]

Take precautions! West Nile case confirmed in Biloxi

The Mississippi Department of Health has announced that a human case of the West Nile Virus has been confirmed in Biloxi, and those venturing outside are encouraged to take precautions. West Nile is a virus that can be spread to humans and animals by mosquitoes and causes flu-like symptoms. “As with most things we encounter […]

Multicultural Festival and Country Cruise this weekend

The diversity and culture of Biloxi will be on display Saturday during the city’s annual Multicultural Festival on the Biloxi Town Green. From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. the Town Green will be filled with a host of vendors, performances, informational booths, and more as part of the affair. Admission to the festival is free […]

MEMA director sees progress firsthand

Greg Michel, who only 90 days ago was appointed the new head of MEMA, was in Biloxi last week to get a firsthand look at Biloxi’s massive infrastructure work. “This was my first opportunity to view the project in the field,” said Michel, who served for nearly 30 years in Mississippi National Guard and as […]

Biloxi Police host family-friendly festival against crime

The Biloxi Police Department, the Biloxi Fire Department and other first responders will offer home and personal safety tips during a free family-friendly festival on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Point Cadet Plaza. The annual Biloxi Community Festival Against Crime allows the public to get a close-up look at the city’s emergency-response […]

City services, casino resorts re-opening doors

“We ducked a punch,” one-time boxer and Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said this morning of Tropical Storm Gordon, which had been projected to hit Biloxi before coming ashore with 70-mph winds in Pascagoula. “We’re very fortunate, but at the same time we never want to become complacent,” Gilich declared. “Forecasting the weather is not […]

Shuckers play last homestand of the season

Tonight the Biloxi Shuckers play game two of a five game homestand against the Birmingham Barons. This is the last regular season homestand. It is also Fireworks Friday. Here are the promotions for the remaining games of the homestand. Tonight: Fireworks Friday, presented by Alpha Media, with a fireworks extravaganza after the game . During […]

Causeway Park officially opens on Friday

The Popp’s Ferry Causeway Park, a project that’s been three decades in the making, will open to the public Friday morning. Motorists passing on the nearby Popp’s Ferry bridge have watched for months as outdoor pavilions, waterfront piers and marsh overlooks have taken shape, but the city has delayed opening until marsh grass was allowed […]

Shuckers return to MGM Park with myriad promotions

The Biloxi Shuckers return to the MGM Park tonight for an 11-game homestand, six games against the Mobile Baybears and five against the Pensacola Wahoos.  Tonight will be a doubleheader, with the first pitch at 5:30 p.m. followed by a makeup from a missed game on July 2.  Along with the games, comes the promotions, […]

Guns & Hoses is on the way for pickleballers

Registration is now open for the inaugural Guns and Hoses Charity Pickleball Tournament, where pickleballers are challenging first responders. Law enforcers, firefighters, EMTs, paramedics and their supporters are being invited to sign up now for the tournament, which takes place Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Popp’s Ferry Recreational Area. Registration is free to all active first responders […]

Excel By 5 to begin orientation sessions

A new school year has arrived, and Excel by 5 also is ready to begin its year for pre-schoolers. Before preschoolers can attend the many Biloxi Excel By 5 programs, parents and caregivers are required to attend one of the upcoming orientations. Biloxi Excel By 5 is an early learning community-based program designed to improve […]

Sports Hall of Fame to welcome six new members

One of Jackie Laird’s best basketball players and a hard-hitting catcher with join four football legends as the 2018 inductees into the Biloxi Sport Hall of Fame. The Biloxi Parks & Recreation Department announced the Class of 2018 today. Eric Fortenberry, who former Indians basketball coach Laird called “one of the best Biloxi players of […]

Seafood museum opens nominations for hall of fame

The Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum is now accepting nominations for its 2018 Heritage Hall of Fame class. Nominations, open to individuals who have shown dedication to honoring the tradition of the maritime and seafood industry on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, are for the following four categories: Boat Owner/Captain/Commercial Fisherman, Commercial Seafood Processing Companies, Industry […]

What you need to know about the air show

Those are U.S. Navy Blue Angels you hear screeching over the skies of Biloxi this afternoon, as members of the precision flying team begin the first of two days of rehearsals before the Blues Over Biloxi air show Saturday and Sunday. The show will be centered over Deer Island, immediately south of the Great Lawn […]

City recognizes second quarter longevity recipients

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, on Tuesday, recognized 36 employees for their years of service during a longevity awards presentation. 40 years of service: William Wiley, Fire Department 30 years of service: Pinkey Lewis, Administration Department 25 years of service: Clayton Courtney and Michelle Crowley, Fire Department 20 years of service:James Carson, Parks & Recreation Department; and […]

Here’s a heads up on the air show traffic plan

The Blue Angels are renowned for their precision flying, and Biloxi Police are hoping to transfer some of that precion to U.S. 90 motorists on July 21 and 22 when the Navy’s high-flying flight demonstration squadron comes to town July 21-22. For the Blues Over Biloxi air show, motorists can expect to see the two southernmost […]

Irish Hill to see temporary closures

Looks like Irish Hill won’t be your alterate route to escape Scrapin’ traffic this wekeend – at least during the daytime.  Hemphill Construction is closing Irish Hill from Summer Place to St. Paul during daylight hours through Monday to install a new water main along the roadway. The closure, which is actually from 6:30 a.m. […]

Biloxi’s Main Street director honored as best in state

Mississippi Main Street Association has named Kay Miller as the Outstanding Director of the Year. Kay Miller, who serves as the Biloxi Main Street Executive Director as well as the City of Biloxi Downtown Services Manager, was honored with the prestigious award Thursday afternoon during the 29th Annual Awards Luncheon in Jackson. “I was very […]

Scrapers to see familiar traffic plan

Scrapin’ the Coast, the car, truck and bike show that has attracted as many as 16,000 auto enthusiasts in previous years, returns to Biloxi this weekend and Biloxi Police will be using the same traffic plan as for Spring Break.  That means motorists can expect to see U.S. 90 limited to one lane of traffic […]

Woolmarket library temporarily remains closed

The Woolmarket library remains closed while the City of Biloxi complete installation of the fire alarm panel. The branch, original set to open today at the Woolmarket City Center, will officially open its doors to the public later this month. During this time, no fees will be charged on items checked out.  Library staffers remind […]

Saints Day: Here is the lineup

The third annual Saints Day kicks off Friday morning with nearly two dozen Saints Hall of Famers and three current Saint’s players participating in a series of events, including the free clinics. The New Orleans Saints Hall of Famers Rickey Jackson and Willie Roaf, along with current starters Wil Lutz, David Onyemata and Zach Wood, […]

Biloxi Cemetery Tour receives Heritage Award

In recognition for preserving Biloxi’s history, the Mississippi Heritage Trust has awarded the Old Biloxi Cemetery Tour with a 2018 Heritage Award for Preservation Education. For more than a decade, the Biloxi Historic Cemetery Tour has welcomed thousands of visitors to Biloxi’s historic cemetery for tours of re-enactors telling the history of those laid to […]

Woolmarket library to reopen Thursday

The Woolmarket branch of the Harrison County Library System will re-open Thursday in its new location. The library has completed its move into a larger facility and will re-open Thursday at 9 a.m. at the Woolmarket City Center, 13034 Kayleigh Cove Drive. “Staff are very excited to have almost twice the space in the new […]

Billfish tournament, summer fair and more this weekend

Hundreds of fisherman and their armada of million-dollar boats are at Point Cadet Marina this weekend for the annual Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Tournament. With millions in cash and prizes at stake, the anglers are competing in six divisions: Catch and Release, Blue Marlin, Swordfish, Tuna, Wahoo, and Dolphinfish. Scales open from 3 to 6 […]

Saints return to Biloxi for a third year

The Saints Hall of Fame event returns to Biloxi Friday, June 15 with a golf tournament, a kids and parents experience, and a Saints Day with the Biloxi Shuckers. “This year’s Saints Day offers a wide range of events for the whole family,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said. “This event continues to highlight a growing […]

Summer camps have begun in Biloxi

School’s out and hundreds of youngsters have signed up with the City of Biloxi for a fun-filled summer break in the city’s summer camp and fire academy. And the city has announced that the Biloxi Natatorium is going to be open each Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. throughout the summer. This morning, more than […]

Woolmarket library branch to temporarily close

The Woolmaket Public Library branch, which has been housed for years in a small trailer, will be closing to the public Wednesday to begin its permanent move to the Woolmarket City Center. No word yet on when the branch will open at its new location, which is at 13034 Kayleigh Cove Drive. The move, a project […]

Preparations well underway for Alberto

Alberto appears as if he’s going to be an unwelcome visitor this Memorial Day weekend — or at the least drench weekend activities. The subtropical storm, with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and gusts of up to 65 mph, has formed in the Caribbean Sea and is expected to be approaching the north-central Gulf […]

Rain may be a factor this Memorial Day weekend

Local weather authorities are asking the public to closely monitor weather reports throughout Memorial Day weekend. The National Weather Service is predicting a 50 to 90 percent chance of rain throughout the weekend with a chance of flooding in low-lying areas. Forecasters also are monitoring a low pressure system that at 2 p.m. today was […]

Biloxi firefighters receive one-of-a-kind fire safety devices

The Biloxi Fire Department has two new tools to assist with firefighting and fire safety: a truck that can deliver breathing air to firefighters at fire scenes and a trailer that can simulate house fires and other catastrophes. The new air truck, Fire Chief Joe Boney says, is the first-of-its-kind in the state. “This new […]

Wooden boat show this weekend

Historic, antique, classic and contemporary boats will be on display this weekend for the annual Billy Creel Memorial Gulf Coast Wooden and Classic Boat Show. The two-day affair, featuring more than 70 boats, will take place at the Schooner Pier Complex on U.S. 90 in east Biloxi.  The show opens Saturday from 10 a.m. to […]

City recognizes first quarter longevity recipients

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, on Tuesday, recognized 18 employees for their years of service during a longevity awards presentation. 30 years of service: Rayford Broussard, and Mark Dronet Sr., Fire Department 25 years of service: Gerald Rose, Community Development Department; Susan Pickich, Engineering Department; and Rhonda Balius, Parks & Recreation Department 20 years of service:Richard Hill, […]

Gilich Says Sports Betting Will Be Economic Stimulus

Legal sports betting will soon make its way to Biloxi casinos and bring with it a welcome spike in tourism, Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said today after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a 1992 federal law that had prohibited most states from authorizing sports wagering.  “Sports betting will probably result in a boost in […]

Community blood drive scheduled this week

The City of Biloxi and the American Red Cross are challenging residents to roll up their sleeves to save a life for a community blood drive happening this week. The friendly challenge, taking place on two days, will be from noon to 5 p.m. on Tuesday at the Dr. Frank G. Gruich Sr. Community Center […]

Ship Island ferry resumes in Biloxi Saturday

It’s been 22 years since the Ship Island ferry offered regular service from Biloxi, but the boat is back. Beginning Saturday, the Capt. Pete, a 305-passenger vessel, will make a daily 60-minute trip from Margaritaville leaving the dock at 10 a.m. and departing from Ship Island for the return trip at 3:30 p.m. through Aug. […]

Register now for Saints Golf at Fallen Oak in June

Registration is now open for the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame Golf Scramble, which takes place Friday, June 15 at the Beau Rivage’s Fallen Oak Golf Club. The tournament, open to four-member teams, returns for a third year, and this year players will have a chance to play with the New Orleans Saints as […]

Blessing of the Fleet events in offing

The 89th annual Blessing of the Fleet and Shrimp Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3, but organizers have announced a number of related events are coming up. The lineup: –Shrimp Queen Contestants’ photo session, Wednesday, May 16, 4 p.m., Biloxi Visitors Center, 1050 Beach Blvd. — Unveiling of Blessing of the […]

Summertime swimming is here; sign up now

Warmer weather in Biloxi means time on the water and this weekend is full of water activities. The Biloxi Aquatics Division opens registration for is summer swimming lessons and swim team on Saturday morning. From 8 a.m. to noon at the Biloxi Natatorium on Father Ryan Avenue, Biloxi residents can sign up their children or […]

National Day of Prayer is Thursday

Biloxi will mark National Day of Prayer with a multi-denominational observance Thursday at noon at Biloxi City Hall. The hour-long ceremony, organized by Carleen E. Hall, is scheduled to take place on the front steps of City Hall. The event, themed “Pray for America. Unity,” is free and open to the public. Mayor Andrew “FoFo” […]

Preservation series begins Thursday

Preservation in May, the community’s annual month-long salute to Biloxi’s colorful past, kicks off Thursday with a mini-tour of the northern section of the Biloxi cemetery. The Northside Cemetery Tour will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Old Biloxi Cemetery, north of Irish Hill Drive and the CSX railway, where three African-American […]

Gorenflo’s Cobia shootout takes place Saturday

Dozens of anglers will be in town this weekend for the annual Gorenflo’s Cobia Shootout taking place at Point Cadet Marina. The 12-hour fishing event will begin Saturday with a flare gun start around 6 a.m. from the marina. Scales will open from 3 to 6 p.m. and monetary awards will be given for first, […]

City wants to know, R U Ready?

The City of Biloxi’s preparedness outreach event returns for a second year with a one-day educational event next week at the Donal M. Snyder Sr. Community Center. The beginning of hurricane season is just around the corner and the city wants to remind residents about the precautions they should take before, during and after a […]

City honors volunteers in ceremony tonight

The City of Biloxi will recognize dozens of volunteers and name a Distinguished Volunteer of the Year in a free public ceremony this evening at the Biloxi Civic Center, 578 Howard Ave. The 5:30 program will feature free food, a photo montage of volunteers at work in 2017, and recognition of volunteers in the fields […]

Volunteer now for the Great American Clean Up

It’s time to clean up, Biloxi. The City of Biloxi is asking for volunteers, companies and groups to participate in the Biloxi Great American Clean Up going on throughout the community this week. Individuals, families, businesses, organizations, and church and civic groups are asked to “clean up” neighborhoods or areas in the community or select […]

Weekend preview: Crawfish, music, and baseball

Ready for the weekend? The Mississippi Coast Coliseum Crawfish Music Festival kicks off the weekend, and the Biloxi Shuckers return to MGM Park Saturday. You’ll find a host of carnival rides, music headliners, and, of course, mounds of crawfish this evening and through Sunday for the Coliseum’s 26th annual mudbug festival. Live entertainment begins at […]

Spring Break weekend has arrived

Spring Break weekend is here and tens of thousands of visitors are expected in town cruising in cars and on foot along west beach for events in and around the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center. Police, who had originally planned to limit traffic on U.S. 90 to two lanes beginning at noon today, say […]

Weather could be a factor this weekend

The National Weather Service is predicting a 100 percent chance of rain on Saturday, with a “slight to enhanced risk” of severe thunderstorms associated with a slow-moving cold front and squall line. The result could be damaging wind gusts, tornadoes, heavy rainfall with localized flooding and frequent lightning. Forecasters also say there’s a 20 percent chance […]

Shuckers have home opener on Wednesday

The Biloxi Shuckers kick off their fourth season at MGM Park on Wednesday with a five-game homestand that runs through Sunday. The 2018 home opener against the Mississippi Braves will begin at 6:35 p.m. when  Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich tosses out the ceremonial first pitch. The evening will feature a post-game fireworks show, and fans […]

Summer playground registration dates announced

Summer is just around the corner and hundreds of youngster will be out for summer break. The City of Biloxi is preparing to fill their time with fun and creative activities through the Summer Playground and Enrichment Program. Registration for the summer camp will be conducted on two main dates: Saturday, April 14 and Saturday, April 21.  On April […]

Kids fire academy registration now open

The Biloxi Fire Department is now taking applications for its fun and educational fire camp. Registration for the Academy for Kids Camp is open weekdays at the Fire Department Station No. 1 in the Lopez Quave Public Safety Center, 170 Porter Ave., and is available to the first 40 registrants in each the beginner and […]

800 Senior Olympians now in town for Games

The Mississippi Senior Olympics, boasting nearly 800 competitors, are off and running – and walking and rolling and throwing and more. Athletes age 50 and older from 19 states began competing this morning in nearly two dozen events at various locations along the Mississippi Gulf Coast from April 4 through May 26. Games include a […]

Biloxi beachgoers: MSU needs your help

Researchers at Mississippi State, as part of the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, are asking beachgoers to help them by evaluating ocean visits by completing a survey tailored to help ensure that planned outings are truly “a day at the beach.” The survey, conducted by the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System, is anonymous and […]

Community Market season opening is Tuesday

The city’s Charles R. Hegwood Biloxi Community Market kicks off another season Tuesday with a daylong festival. The market officially opens from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a ceremony and festival beginning at 9 a.m. under the I-110 overpass on Howard Avenue.  The festival, hosted by Biloxi Main Street, will include live entertainment by […]

City seeking nominees for Sports Hall of Fame

Do you know a retired athlete that contributed to the betterment of athletics in Biloxi or a coach or individual who has played a supporting role for more than a decade? The City of Biloxi is asking you to nominate those individuals for the Biloxi Sports Hall of Fame. The city’s Parks & Recreation Department […]

Hiller Park to host two egg hunts Saturday

The city’s Special Needs Egg Hunt and Easter Eggstravanza takes place Saturday at Hiller Park. The eighth annual Special Needs Egg Hunt, open to all ages with physical and mental disabilities, takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hiller Park Barbara Ferrill Softball Fields, 1940 Edgers Road. The egg hunt begins at […]

Building permit issued for Edgewater Mall theater

A permit with a construction value of $6.5 million has been issued for Premiere Cinema, the movie theater at the Edgewater Mall. The permit was one of 68 building permits issued last week by the city’s Community Development Department.  In addition, the department issued permits for the remodeling of the Costa Cucina Restaurant at the […]

City to host a free military concert Tuesday evening

The musical ambassadors of the U.S. Army, the 41st Army Band, will present a free concert at the Biloxi Lighthouse Park Pavilion on Tuesday beginning at 6 p.m. The band, which often performs in small teams and can sometimes include as many as three dozen musicians, will perform an array of musical ensembles, from rock […]

Saenger to close for pending exterior renovations

The City of Biloxi announced today that the Saenger Theatre is closing for at least a year, signaling the pending exterior renovation of the 1920s-era downtown showplace. Over the next several days, the city’s Parks & Recreation Department will be working with the 14 groups – mostly dance recitals – that had events planned in […]

BBQ and Bluegrass this weekend at Beauvoir

Looking for a smokin’ good time while celebrating American history and bluegrass? The 2018 Gulf Coast BBQ and Bluegrass Festival at Beauvoir may just be the activity for you. Saturday and Sunday the grounds of Beauvoir, the Jefferson Davis Home and Presidential Library at U.S 90 and Beauvoir Road, will be filled with 50 food […]

Council to eye Howard Avenue widening, rail roads

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich will ask the Biloxi City Council tonight to approve measures involving two major road projects: a $1.52 million, 180-day contract to widen Howard Avenue to two lanes through downtown Biloxi, and a contract to begin design work for new connector roads along the CSX railway in east Biloxi. The City Council […]

City seeks nominations for Volunteer of the Year

Do you know someone that willingly helps out others in the community or an organization that always seems to eagerly participate in community activities? The City of Biloxi is asking you to nominate those individuals and organizations for the 35th annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony. Individuals who have volunteered in Biloxi will be recognized in the […]

Green is the theme for First Friday

In celebration of the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day, Biloxi Main Street is hosting a green-themed First Friday tonight. The affair, taking place downtown throughout Rue Magnolia in the Biloxi Art District from 5 to 8 p.m., will feature a Downtown Shamrock Hunt where visitors can search throughout the area for specially-placed Shamrocks that can lead […]

Errol Bradley named Biloxi’s Outstanding Citizen

Walk into the Errol Bradley State Farm office on Reynoir Street and you are instantly enveloped in the history of Biloxi.  Nearly every wall in the building is lined with framed black-and-white photos of old Biloxi, telling the story of seafood factories, Blessing of the Fleet, the aftermath of Hurricane Camille, and the Hermit of […]

Arbor Day run and tree giveaway this weekend

The 30th Annual Arbor Day 5K Run, 1-mile run/walk/roll and quarter-mile ability challenge takes place on Saturday with the 5K run beginning at 9 a.m. and the 1 mile and quarter-mile beginning at 9:45 a.m. at the corner of Lameuse Street and Highway 90 near the Biloxi Town Green. Late registration will begin an hour […]

Record-setting BEST takes second in state meet

Biloxi Elite Swim Team swimmers, known as BEST, finished second overall and set nearly two dozen team records at the Mississippi Swimming Short Course State Championships. “BEST came extremely close to winning their first state championship,” said City of Biloxi Recreation Superintendent and BEST Head Coach Jamie Lee.  “This meet was really special to us, […]

Military is the theme of Black History Program

The City of Biloxi Parks & Recreation Department, along with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and East Biloxi Community Collaborative, will host the annual Black History Month Program on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. The free affair, taking place at the Biloxi Civic Center, 578 Howard Ave., has a military […]

Expo announces line up of speakers and films

The Gulf Coast Historical and Cultural Exposition, taking place on Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Biloxi Civic Center, 578 Howard Ave., will include the following films and presentations in the lecture hall. Note, the schedule is subject to change. Friday, Feb. 23 10 to 10:30 a.m.; “The History of […]

History exposition takes place Friday, Saturday

Biloxi turned 319 years old on Feb. 13 and the celebration of the community’s history continues with the Gulf Coast Historical and Cultural Exposition Friday and Saturday at the Biloxi Civic Center. The affair – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day – is free and open to the public and will feature displays, presentations, […]

Biloxi Natatorium hosts short course state championships

The Biloxi Aquatics Division, boastful of its Olympic-size swimming pool, will host the Mississippi Swimming Short Course State Championships this weekend at the Biloxi Natatorium. The three-day meet is a USA Swimming event with member swimmers from across the state competing in short course, 25-yard, competition in freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke, butterfly and relays. “We are […]

It may be raining more than beads this weekend

Rain is in the weather forecast for throughout the weekend, but parade organizers say that will not stop them from rolling. The National Weather Service predicts a 70 to 80 percent chance of rain Saturday with a possible thunderstorm and temperatures ranging from 70 degrees to the lower 60s.  “We are rolling rain or shine,” […]

Calling active seniors: Be an Olympian

Are you age 50 or older and want to be part of a healthy lifestyle? Well, the Mississippi Senior Olympics may be for you. Registration has opened for the annual state games, which take place at locations along the Mississippi Gulf Coast from April 4 to May 25. Participants may sign up for one or […]

Mardi Gras safety tips: before, during and after

The Second Liners and the Neptune Mardi Gras parades take place Saturday downtown and the City of Biloxi wants to encourage you to have a spirited-yet-safe time at these and all Mardi Gras parades. In order to make the occasions safe, the Biloxi Police Department asks that you follow these suggestions, which are more than […]

Boats, children and runners on parade this weekend

Mardi Gras is just around the corner, as evidenced by the host of carnival events taking place this weekend, and you could say there’s a parade, of sorts, of boats this weekend at the Coast Coliseum. Doors open at the Coast Coliseum and Convention Center today a noon for the weekend-long Biloxi Boat Show. Touted as […]

Your guide to Mardi Gras happenings in Biloxi

Mardi Gras traffic plan | Things to remember Saturday, Feb. 3: Biloxi Children’s Mardi Gras Walking Parade The annual children’s parade, open to ages 12 and younger, will walk and roll downtown on Saturday at 10 a.m.  This year’s theme is “The Ride of Your Life” and celebrates history making rides.  The parade begins under […]

What you didn’t hear in the State of the City

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, not unlike former Mayor A.J. Holloway, wants a State of the City presentation that is as concise as possible, an economy of words, but still conveying a message. The message this year: Biloxi has a lot happening and it’s “happening now.” Gilich’s presentation – which airs hourly on Cable One Channel […]

The State of the City 2018: Happening now

Here is the prepared text of Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich’s State of the City address, delivered on Jan. 30, 2018 during a Biloxi Bay Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino.  (Opening remarks from podium) It’s great to see the tremendous interest in our City. Thanks again. We’ve already acknowledged and […]

Construction begins on West Biloxi boardwalk

Temporary fencing has been erected on west beach in the area of Sharkheads and restaurant row, signalling the beginning of construction for the new West Biloxi Festival Boardwalk. The new boardwalk, a city-county project using more than a million dollars in Tidelands funds, will be more than 3,000 feet long and 10-feet wide and run […]

Mayor recognizes employees’ longevity

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, on Tuesday, recognized 17 employees for their years of service during a longevity awards presentation. 25 years of service: Gwen Johnson, Parks & Recreation Department; and Craig Upton, Public Works Department 20 years of service: Richard Allen and Wayne Miller, Police Department 15 years of service: Douglas Korbe, David Lemasters, Clifford Sigman, and […]

Freezing temperatures expected tonight, Wednesday

Biloxi and surrounding areas will see another hard freeze  tonight and Wednesday night, with winds creating a wind-chill factor as low as 10 degrees. The bitter cold, which prompted a Winter Weather Advisory, may include a brief period of a possible light mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain, according to the National Weather Service. […]

Available now: Children’s Mardi Gras Walking Parade applications

Mardi Gras season will officially begin in Biloxi on Friday but the city and the Gulf Coast Carnival Association is now asking for children’s participation. The annual Biloxi Children’s Mardi Gras Walking Parade, set for Saturday, Feb. 3 at 10 a.m., is open to youngsters age 12 and younger who want to be creative, dress […]

‘Blues over Biloxi’ airshow coming in July

Soaring high-speed maneuvers from jets operating inches apart will fill the skies off east beach this summer when the vaunted Blue Angels headline the “Blues Over Biloxi” Air Show July 21-22, Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich announced this afternoon. “It’s been too long since we’ve had the excitement of an air show on the Coast, and […]

Ho, ho ho! Holiday fare dominates the weekend

Looking for that one-of-a-kind, local-flavored gift to give for Christmas? Look no further. The Holiday Open House at the Biloxi Visitors Center has you covered this weekend. The annual event, free and open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., is one of three downtown locations that will help showcase dozens of artists […]

CTA, city to unveil new North Bay route

Those who live along or have business on Popp’s Ferry Road will have a new mode of transportation next week when Coast Transit and the city launch a new bus route, with continuous service from Pass and Popp’s Ferry roads to Motsie Road, east of Cedar Lake Road. The new route will begin running on […]

Replica Columbus ships now in Biloxi

The Biloxi schooners have historic company: Replicas of the “Nina” and “Pinta” are now in Biloxi and will be open for tours on Friday. The ships are docked at the Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum schooner pier, 367 Beach Blvd., and open for tours on Friday through Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Both […]

Marathon lures runners from 48 states

Nearly 2,500 runners from 48 states were in Biloxi and on the Gulf Coast Saturday and Sunday to take part in the Gulf Coast Marathon, and police said the event, which took place Sunday morning primarily on U.S. 90, went smoothly. The affair, which traveled from Henderson Point in Pass Christian to MGM Park in […]

Inaugural Woolmarket Christmas Parade rolls this weekend

Biloxi celebrates with parades, on land and on sea, and this weekend ushers in a new parade, the Woolmarket Christmas parade, which rolls Saturday beginning at 2:30 p.m. “This is something that I’ve advocated for some time,” said Ward 7 Councilmember Nathan Barrett, one of the parade organizers.  “I want to start something that is open […]

Brrr. Emergency managers warn of cold-weather hazards

Biloxi and the surrounding area could see a wintry mix of rain and sleet and maybe even snow on Friday, according to emergency managers, and Biloxi Police are warning drivers to watch for frozen bridges and overpasses. A Winter Weather Advisory, which warns of possible snow, freezing rain or sleet in the area, is in […]

Yikes. Cold weather is on the way. Are your ready?

Enjoy the 75-degree temperature outside right now in Biloxi, because the weatherman says we’ll see a 20- to 30-degree plunge in temperatures leading into the weekend, with overnight lows dipping into the 30s and 40s through the weekend. Winds may push the temperature to freezing levels in some cases. This time of year usually means […]

City to preview next phase of infrastructure work

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich has said it more than once before he was elected and several times since: When the city’s massive infrastructure project moves south of the CSX Railway, it’s not going to be as disruptive as the work north of the railway, it’s going to better controlled, and, he’s fond of saying, “it’s […]

Cars, computers, cameras on the block at city auction

Potential bidders have until 4 p.m. today to inspect the array of surplus and seized property – high-end and late-model vehicles, electronics, jewelry – that will be auctioned Saturday morning beginning at 9 at the Public Safety Communication Center on Popp’s Ferry Road, east of Cedar Lake Road. Since 9 this morning, a steady stream of […]

Christmas lights on land and water mark holiday festivities  

The Christmas season officially kicks off in Biloxi on Thursday evening with the lighting of the Biloxi Lighthouse, an event that ushers in a weekend of activities. The public is invited to gather at the city’s signature landmark, south of the Biloxi Visitors Center, 1050 Beach Blvd, to see the cast-iron lighthouse illuminate in 1960s-era […]

Don’t let the Christmas tree burn down the house

Many people are preparing to deck the halls with Christmas decorations and Christmas trees, and the Biloxi Fire Department is asking to keep fire safety in mind while choosing and decorating the tree. “We want people to keep fire safety in mind when setting up their Christmas tree and especially in the weeks leading up […]

More road paving expected by Christmas

More road paving expected by Christmas Oscar Renda will be paving a half-dozen more streets between Thanksgiving and Christmas. These streets include Strangi Avenue south of Division Street, Esters Boulevard from Strangi west to Keller Avenue, Division Street between Penny Avenue and Strangi, Murray Street between Elmer and Nichols streets, and Nixon Street between Murray […]

Your guide to holiday happenings in Biloxi

Thursday, Nov. 30: Lighting of the Biloxi Lighthouse The city ushers in the Christmas season with the lighting of the Biloxi Lighthouse from 5:30 to 7 p.m., south of the Biloxi Visitors Center, 1050 Beach Blvd.  Santa Clause will be on site with cookies and hot chocolate!  For more information, call the Biloxi Visitors Center at 228-374-3105. […]

Biloxi Police Department looking for qualified applicants

The Biloxi Police Department is looking for applicants – entry level or those with experience – to help fill about a dozen vacancies including those of pending retiring veteran officers. “We are looking for individuals that possess dedication, loyalty and honesty as foremost qualities,” Police Chief John Miller said.  “We believe ourselves to be one […]

Running and rasslin’ on tap downtown this weekend

Biloxi’s downtown streets will be filled with runners, walkers and race walkers on Saturday morning when the 34th annual Mayor’s Cup 5K Run, one of the largest local races on the Coast, spills through the streets, and then on Saturday night the Dr. Frank G. Gruich Sr. Center will host an evening of championship wrestling. […]

New Biloxi Christmas ornament focuses on Howard Avenue

Biloxi Main Street has released its 21st Christmas ornament with the new collectable serving as a homage to “Historic Howard Avenue.” The ornament features a rendering of the iconic Victorian-style, cupola-topped building at the corner of Howard Avenue and Lameuse Street, the current site of Ellzey’s Hardware on the ground floor and Dale Partners on […]

Do you have what it takes to be a city lifeguard?

Most people think of swimming as a summertime pursuit, but, the fact is, Biloxi’s two indoor public pools are open year ’round, and the city is always seeking certified lifeguards to staff the Biloxi Natatorium and Donald M. Snyder Community Center. The Aquatics Division maintains the Biloxi Natatorium, an Olympic-size swimming pool with a retractable roof […]

Roof of causeway bait shop to turn blue, royally

The Popp’s Ferry causeway park project, still on track for its April 2018 completion, will take on a new look this week as contractors will be installing the bait shop’s royal blue metal roof. The bait shop, a 1,000-square-foot structure that is elevated 18 feet above the ground, is one of the most imposing features […]

Christmas City, Santa arrival usher in holiday shopping

Two holiday milestones take place this weekend – the Roy Meyers Christmas City gift show at the Coast Coliseum and the arrival of Santa Claus at Edgewater Mall – and Biloxi Police are asking shoppers to remember to take steps to be safe. The 33rd annual Ron Meyers Christmas City Gift Show, touted as one […]

Holiday Safety Tips from the Biloxi Police Department

The Biloxi Police Department reminds you to keep these safety tips in mind.   Safety at Home Lock doors and windows when you leave home, even if you plan on being gone for a short time. Have a neighbor or family member watch your home and collect your newspapers and mail if you’re going to […]

Parents: Sign up your children for the Christmas walking parade

Parades are the big news this week, with the salute to veterans and the Veterans Day parade and festival in downtown Biloxi on Saturday, but attention is already turning to Christmas parades, too. Students in Biloxi Public Schools on Wednesday will be receiving registration forms for the annual Christmas on the Water Children’s Walking Parade, […]

Biloxi Shuckers season tickets go on sale Wednesday

The World Series wrapped up only last week, but baseball is still in the news locally. The Biloxi Shuckers, who kick off the 2018 MGM Park season on April 11, have announced that season tickets go on sale Wednesday. Season ticket packages for the 2018 season, which cover 70 Shuckers home games, will include new seating […]

Yes, it’s that time again. First Friday has arrived

The monthly downtown event, First Friday, takes place in the Rue Magnolia and Water Street area from 5 to 8 tonight. The evening affair is open to the public and will feature live entertainment, area shop specials, refreshments, door prizes and a chance for event goers to win a $100 gift card to a downtown […]

Library’s Local History section to close for two weeks

The Local History and Genealogy Department at the Biloxi Public Library is closing for two weeks to allow staff to conduct a catalog of items. Beginning Monday, the library staff will conduct a fall cleaning, inventory and reorganization of its collections. The department will resume its normal Monday-through-Saturday hours on Monday, Nov. 20. “Our goal […]

Colder weather usually brings a rise to house fires

The Biloxi Fire Department, which sees an increase in fire calls at the outset of winter each year, is reminding residents to take steps to minimize the risk of inadvertently igniting household fires. Tips for protecting yourself and home from cold weather – Wear several layers of loose fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one […]

The Biloxi Natatorium just got more inviting

Visitors to the Biloxi Natatorium will now experience a cooler, or warmer, feel at the city-operated Father Ryan Avenue pool. City contractors have installed new mechanical units on the roof over the office, restrooms and shower areas that produce both heat and air, something the old units could not do. “This helps us to provide […]

City to host Veterans Day festival, parade

The City of Biloxi will host the Red, White, and Blue on the Green festival, in conjunction with the 17th annual Gulf Coast Veterans Day Parade, on Saturday, Nov. 11 on the Biloxi Town Green, 710 Beach Blvd. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the Town Green will be filled with live entertainment and dozens […]

Trick or treaters, keep these safety tips in mind

Halloween is Tuesday night, and Biloxi public safety leaders are advising those families who are not participating in organized gatherings to make safety a priority when trick-or-treating in city neighborhoods. The city offers these tips: When trick-or-treating: — A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds. — Use a flashlight […]

Biloxi, IP hosts fire chiefs training conference

Nearly 100 fire training professionals from across the state are in town this week for the 2017 Training Chiefs Conference. The Biloxi Fire Department is hosting the two day event that began this morning at the IP Casino Resort. “We had a great turn out this morning at the welcome and opening ceremony,” Biloxi Fire […]

City seeks input on updated mitigation plan

The City of Biloxi is seeking public input to help update its Hazard Mitigation Floodplain Management Plan. The hazard mitigation plan identifies and assesses the risks from natural hazards faced by the community and how to best minimize or manage those risks. Having an updated hazard mitigation plan is necessary to qualify for federal mitigation […]

Meet the boosters of Biloxi in cemetery tour

Visitors to this year’s Old Biloxi Cemetery Tours will be able to meet some of Biloxi’s earliest and biggest promoters when the award-winning event kicks off Sunday. “Greetings from Biloxi,” a tip of the hat to prominent tourism leaders of days gone by, will be the theme of the 11th annual walking tour, which takes place […]

Fall Muster, Fall Festival top weekend lineup

Get ready for the cannon fire and skirmishes! Beauvoir, the Jefferson Davis Home and Presidential Library, hosts its 2017 fall muster this weekend. Visitors will be able to experience the sights, sounds and smells of the Civil War-era Saturday and Sunday when the west Biloxi site hosts the 31st annual Fall Muster. The two-day event, taking […]

Fallen firefighters to be honored Friday morning

The Biloxi Fire Department will conduct two graveside memorial services Friday to mark the 31st anniversary of  the deaths of Edwin Kurt Jacquet Sr. and Carl Ohr, two Biloxi firefighters who died in the line of duty. The first service will be at 9 a.m. at the Old Biloxi Cemetery at Jacquet’s gravesite, and those […]

City recognizes third quarter longevity recipients

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, on Tuesday, recognized 16 employees for their years of service during a longevity awards presentation. 25 years of service: Fred Campbell, Parks & Recreation Department 15 years of service: Anita Kay Miller, Administration Department; and Greta Hogsett and Caryle Lena, Community Development Department 10 years of service: Russell Lepoma (Port) and Catherine McMahan, Administration […]

Heads up: Here’s the traffic plan for Halloween at Hiller

One of the city’s most popular Halloween events, Halloween in Hiller Park, is Friday evening and city officials want to remind visitors of the traffic plan. To help keep traffic flowing, there will be one entrance, off Atkinson Road, and one exit, at Hiller Drive. Beginning at 4 p.m. on Friday, all vehicles must enter […]

This year’s cemetery tour sneak peek is Thursday

The city’s annual tours of the old Biloxi Cemetery begin Sunday, but you can get a preview Thursday evening at the Biloxi Visitors Center. “Greetings from Biloxi” is the theme this year, with a nod to the early days of the city’s tourism industry. Visitors will hear from a lineup of period-garbed re-enactors portraying a […]

Mutts for Pink at Hiller Park Saturday

Dogs of all sorts – from AKC-registered pure breeds to the Heinz 57 variety – can prance, run, dress up or just be silly for the second annual Mutts For Pink fundraiser from 9 a.m. to noon on the grass area near the splash pad at Hiller Park. The fundraiser, supporting the American Cancer Society’s […]

Halloween in Woolmarket; fishing and a dog show at Hiller Park

The City of Biloxi Parks & Recreation Department ushers in the Halloween spirit beginning tonight with the annual Halloween in Woolmarket. Beginning at 5:30 p.m. the Woolmarket school grounds, 12513 John Lee Road, will be filled with ghosts, goblins, princesses and more. Children ages 11 and younger can partake in free activities including inflatables, a […]

City damage tab at $2.6 million, mainly on waterfront

The City of Biloxi’s initial estimate of Hurricane Nate damage to city facilities is now at $2.6 million, including $1.5 million to piers and waterfront facilities. “Recovery is in our DNA,” Chief Administrative Officer Mike Leonard said today.  “Piers and fishing in Biloxi all belong together and we will rebuild.” Electricity was restored today to […]

State of emergency declared in preparation of TS Nate

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich and the Biloxi City Council declared a state of emergency in Biloxi this afternoon, a measure that authorizes the mayor to take extraordinary steps to deal with the expected torrential downpour from Tropical Storm Nate. “We have to make preparations and take the necessary steps to protect our citizens and visitors,” […]

Cruisers get the word: Consider leaving early

Clear skies abound at the moment, but the threat of Tropical Storm Nate this weekend is causing emergency managers to ask Cruisin’ the Coast visitors to consider cutting their visit short. In fact, Biloxi firefighters later this afternoon will be delivering a postcard from Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich to the hundreds of RVs and campers […]

Sign up for Start Smart Soccer beginning Friday

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 Friday 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 […]

Biloxi Lighthouse fair is Saturday

More than 50 local artists and craftsmen will be selling everything from jewelry to one-of-a-kind art work on Saturday during the fifth annual Lighthouse Arts and Crafts Fair. The event, which will he on the lawn and inside the Biloxi Visitors Center, will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Visitors Center is at […]

Firefighters want your attention on fire prevention

The Biloxi Fire Department is preparing to observe October as Fire Prevention month by dousing residents with fire safety. Firefighters from the city’s nine fire stations will be canvassing neighborhoods this month in an effort to make sure Biloxi homes have working smoke detectors. The Fire Prevention Month effort, called “Turn Your Attention to Fire […]

Senior Prom tickets go on sale today

Tickets for the 11th Annual Mississippi Gulf Coast Senior Prom on Thursday, Nov. 9 go on sale today. The Senior Prom, open to ages 50 and older will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. at the IP Casino Resort and will include music by the Coast Big Band, a full buffet, a photo booth […]

Community efforts discussed at fair housing workshop

A consensus to better coordinate community awareness efforts regarding residents’ fair housing rights was reached this week during a Fair Housing Act Workshop hosted by the city, the Mississippi Center for Justice and the Biloxi Housing Authority. The city, public and private housing providers, realtors, bankers and disability rights advocates participated in the workshop. John […]

Your guide to fall happenings in Biloxi

Wednesday, Oct. 4: The Cruisin’ The Coast Downtown Biloxi Block Party will take place in downtown from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Cars and car aficionados will line the streets and George Thomas will perform as the King of Rock and Roll on the stage across from Biloxi City Hall. See the flyer Saturday, Oct. […]

Cruisin’ Downtown Biloxi Block Party set for Oct. 4

Cruisin’ the Coast, the weeklong event that sees thousands of vehicles motoring along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, rolls into downtown Biloxi on Wednesday, Oct. 4 when the city hosts the Downtown Biloxi Block Party. Thousands of cars and car aficionados will line the downtown streets from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. as part of the […]

Ohr-O’Keefe plans fall gala for tonight

The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art holds its “Und Ohr the Sea” gala tonight at the IP Casino Resort and Spa. The nautical-themed affair is the museum’s major fundraiser of the year.  It will be from 7 to 10 p.m. with complimentary wine and an array of food and activities.  IP Casino Chef Shannon Johnson will […]

Diversity shines on Town Green Saturday

The city celebrates its diverse culture this weekend on the Biloxi Town Green. On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. a host of vendors and entertainers will fill the grounds for the city’s inaugural Multicultural Festival, an event that brings together the wide-ranging Gulf Coast culture to one spot. More than two dozen food vendors, […]

Ohr, Lighthouse area, harbor launch to see upgrades, repairs

A game plan has been set in motion for upgrades to the Lighthouse Pier parking area and the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor boat launch, and repairs are now in the works for the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art Welcome Center, which was damaged by a fire a year ago. Today, contractors with Twin L will begin […]

First-responders called to second hydraulic spill

Sections of Popp’s Ferry and Atkinson roads were closed for several hours today as first responders worked to clean up a hydraulic spill from a garbage truck, the second such spill in two working days. A Waste Pro truck left a swath of hydraulic fluid from the western end of Atkinson Road and north toward […]

$3 million permit issued for Saltgrass restaurant

A permit with a construction value of $3 million has been issued for the Saltgrass, an upscale steakhouse planned for the northeastern corner of Myrtle Street and U.S. 90 on Point Cadet. The permit was one of 74 building permits issued last week by the city’s Community Development Department. In addition, the department is overseeing the […]

‘Biloxi Blues,’ swimming, running, parading and more this weekend

Center Stage Theatre celebrates the state’s 200th anniversary with its presentation of the Broadway comedy “Biloxi Blues.”  The Neil Simon play centers on the experiences of a young Army recruit, Eugene Morris Jerome, in boot camp in Biloxi during World War II.  Armed with his journal and a sense of humor, Eugene is determined to […]

Museum plans drawdown for Saturday

The Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum’s 32nd annual $10,000 Drawdown will be held on Saturday at the Point Cadet museum. The drawdown is the museum’s major fundraiser of the year. It will begin at 6 p.m., with cocktails and entertainment by Hank Berumen. The buffet, offering many special seafood dishes, will begin at 7 p.m., […]

Biloxi Public Schools planning for homecoming parade

Homecoming is a great way to show school spirit, and this year the Biloxi Public Schools is asking the community to demonstrate Biloxi Indian spirit by participating in the Indian Nation Homecoming Parade. The parade is set to roll at 5 p.m. through downtown Biloxi on Thursday, Oct. 19, the day before the Biloxi High […]

Biloxi Police, Papa John’s to collect hurricane relief items

The Biloxi Police Department is partnering with Papa John’s Pizza to collect items for first responders in Beaumont, Texas. Beginning Friday, the Lopez Quave Public Safety Center, 170 Porter Ave., and all south Mississippi Papa John’s Pizza stores will be accepting hurricane relief items for Beaumont Police Officers and their families. Beaumont, a town of […]

Will Biloxi host playoff games this weekend? We’ll know today

Whether a playoff game is played at MGM Park this weekend will be decided this afternoon in Pensacola, when Jacksonville and Pensacola play Game 3 of a best-of-five series. First pitch is at 1:05 p.m. The Pensacola Blue Wahoos has already won the first two games of the series and with a win todau would […]

City follows up on Esters water loss

Biloxi Public Works staff this morning is working to determine how many city water customers lost service Thursday after an unmarked 12-inch water main was broken on Esters Boulevard. The water main was ruptured when contractors were in stalling sheet piles along the road way north of the CSX railway. Water service was interrupted Thursday […]

MGM Park could host two playoff games

The Shuckers season is over, but Irma may be sending playoff games to MGM Park this weekend. The Southern League has announced that the potential fourth and fifth games of the best-of-five Southern League Division Series, set for Saturday and Sunday between Jacksonville and Pensacola, will be relocated to Biloxi’s MGM Park. The site change […]

Seafood Festival returns to Town Green

The Biloxi Seafood Festival – two days of entertainment, food, and arts and crafts – returns to the Town Green this weekend.  The Biloxi Chamber of Commerce is moving the award-winning festival back the Beach Boulevard location, across from the Hard Rock and near the Beau Rivage, after three years at Point Cadet Plaza. The […]

Fireman’s Day Parade set for Sept. 16

The annual Biloxi Fireman’s Day Parade, a tradition that dates back more than 130 years, rolls through downtown Biloxi on Saturday, Sept. 16. The parade, which is expected to feature nearly two dozen firefighting vehicles from fire departments across the Coast, will begin at 10 a.m. at the foot of Lameuse Street.  It will proceed north […]

Walk, run and climb to remember the fallen of 9/11

Organizers have opened registration for the third annual Tunnel to Towers 5K Run/Walk & Climb, an event that helps remember firefighter Stephen Siller and his FDNY brothers who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. The run, a nationwide effort, is named in honor of a New York Firefighter Stephen Siller who in full gear, […]

Calling all one-kick wonders to Hiller Park

Want a fun way to help out the revitalization of Hiller Park? Well, the Parks & Recreation Department has a kickin’ good way you can do that. Registrations are now being accepted for teams for the department’s Annual Hiller Park Revitalization Kickball Tournament. The tournament will take place Saturday, Sept. 30 at the Barbara Ferrill Softball Fields, […]

City, Cable One look back at Camille, Katrina

The City of Biloxi and Cable One will air a day of special storm-related programming on Tuesday to commemorate the 12th anniversary of Katrina and to help educate residents about the dangers of storms and flooding. Cable One is airing the programs as a public service for its Biloxi customers on Cable 69.  “These programs […]

Rail passengers group checking out Biloxi, Gulf Coast

Daily passenger rail service is still just a dream for Biloxi and the Mississippi Gulf Coast, but the National Association of Railroad Passengers wants to show the rest of the country what they’re missing.  On Thursday, two bloggers interning with the national association will be in Biloxi and on the Gulf Coast to share their […]

Our first and final thoughts on the the eclipse

OK, everyone in the United States has heard about the eclipse this afternoon. You know, the one you’re not supposed to look at unless you have the hard-to-find NASA-approved goggles. Herewith, what Biloxians need to know: “We do not expect total darkness here in Biloxi because we’re not in what they’re calling ‘the path of […]

Yes, it’s a dance celebrating the return of school

Between 150 to 200 mentally or physically challenged youths and adults are expected this evening for the Parks & Recreation Department’s annual Special Needs Back-To-School Hoorah Dance, which takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Donal M. Snyder Sr. Community Center. The affair, which is free and also open to friends of those attending, includes […]

Rodeo organizers seek to round up more visitors

Organizers of a longtime Coast Coliseum event, the Professional Cowboy Association rodeo finals, are looking to beef up their event, maybe even attracting a new herd of visitors to the Mississippi Gulf Coast in January. For two decades, the Professional Cowboy Association finals have been held at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum, attracting about 8,000 people […]

Biloxi High kicks off Shrimp Bowl festivites tonight

The 2017 edition of the Shrimp Bowl gets rolling this evening at 6 with a pep rally at Indian Stadium, on the Biloxi High School campus, off Richard Drive. The pep rally, which is open to the public, will feature the Biloxi High Marching Band, along with performances by cheerleaders and dancers.  Shrimp Queen Paige […]

Plans being drawn up now for Saenger rehabilitation

As part of the City’s efforts to redevelop downtown Biloxi, the Saenger Theater and Community Center is benefitting from a multi-phased, comprehensive rehabilitation.  Phase One, in the design stage, includes ADA access improvements and critically-needed exterior repairs to allow this public resource to serve the needs of area neighbors as a public meeting and activity […]

Awards banquet tonight for B.E.S.T.

The city’s history-making swim team tonight celebrates the end of its successful 2017 long course season with an awards banquet. The banquet for the Biloxi Elite Swim Team, also known as B.E.S.T., will begin at 6 p.m. at the Dr. Frank G. Gruich Sr. Community Center, 591 Howard Avenue, and will honor the over 190 […]

Storm & Flood newsletter arriving in homes this week

It’s August, typically the busiest time of hurricane season, and to help remind residents and business owners about steps to be prepared, the city’s annual Storm & Flood Preparedness newsletter should be arriving in homes and businesses throughout Biloxi this week. The 12-page compendium has tips on how to create a storm plan for your […]

Siblings lead 2017 Sports Hall of Fame inductees

Four sets of brothers head this year’s class of 19 inductees into the Biloxi Sports Hall of Fame. Longtime Biloxi High coaches Joe and Frank Sabbatini will be honored along with legendary BHS football players Clinton and John Tapper, and Gene, Billy Ray and John Allen.  Rounding out the sibling contingent for installation ceremonies Sunday, […]

Registration on tap this weekend for youth leagues

The beginning of the school year means the City of Biloxi’s fall youth sports leagues are just around the corner. On Saturday, the Parks & Recreation Department will hold registration for its football and cheerleading leagues from 9 a.m. to noon at the Donal M. Snyder Sr. Community Center, 2520 Pass Road. Football is open […]

Biloxi gaming industry marks 25 years today

Biloxi will unveil a new $35.5 million state-of-the-art junior high school this Friday, which seems fitting for the same week that the city marks the 25th anniversary of the casino gaming industry, which has helped pay for new schools and fueled so many quality-of-life improvements over the years. It was on Aug. 1, 1992, 25 […]

Annie and Elvis share the theater stages this weekend

Biloxi Little Theatre brings one of American’s popular redheads to the stage. No, it’s not Lucille Ball. It’s Annie. “Annie Jr.,” A Triple Threat Academy Production, opens it three-show run tonight at the Lee Street theater. Based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the Tony Award-winning musical, the performance follows the orphan in her […]

Biloxi Public Schools welcome students next week

Biloxi Public Schools will begin classes at the end of next week, with a new multi-million-dollar junior high school and an upper elementary school awaiting students. “We just finished online registration,” said David Nichols, director of personnel services for the Biloxi Public Schools, “and right now, we are on target with our enrollment numbers.” Registration […]

Shuckers rest before heading on the road

The Biloxi Shuckers, after winning the series finale game Monday night at MGM Park against the Birmingham Barons 8-2, today have their first scheduled day off in 21 days. The respite prefaces  a 10-game road trip against division revivals, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. On Wednesday, Luiz Ortiz will start Game 1 with the first pitch at […]

Snagged trailer closes Iberville crossing for two hours

The railway crossing at Iberville Drive, just west of Keesler Air Force Base, was closed for two hours this morning after CSX made repairs to the crossing after a truck pulling a lowboy trailer became stuck on the rails. The incident was reported to Biloxi public safety dispatchers at 7:19 a.m., and dispatchers immediately notified […]

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 […]

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. Vaccines will […]

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. You’ll find a variety of children’s activities, such as a ghost-themed scavenger hunt, a chance to make […]

Employees acknowledged for years of service

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich recognized a host of city employees today for their  years of service to the city. Those recognized during the City Council meeting this afternoon were: 35 years of service: Alcus Stockstill, Public Works Department 25 years of service: Andrew Balius, Community Development Department; and Nicholas Sonnier, Police Department 20 years of service: Michael […]

Bow-wow! Firefighters save pups from house fire

Biloxi firefighters saved four lives Monday — four caged puppies that were discovered nearly lifeless inside a burning house in east Biloxi. Firefighters found flames and smoke when they responded to the house fire on Crawford Street at 5:30 p.m. Monday. During a primary search of the wood-frame home, Capt. Otto Vuyovich heard what sounded […]

Life size dinosaurs in town this weekend

Thought dinosaurs were extinct? Well, not this weekend! The reptilian creatures will be coming out of extinction and taking over the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center for the life size exhibition, Jurassic Quest. The largest North American exhibition of moving, museum quality dinosaurs will begin today at from 3 to 8 p.m. and runs […]

Trash is the talk of the town

Biloxi residents may soon see changes in solid waste pickup beginning Oct. 1. With the five year contract expiring on Sept. 30, the Harrison County Utility Authority, the organization that manages the contract, has rebid the work and awarded Team Waste as the next trash contractor serving most areas of Harrison County. Under the terms […]

July starts off with a bang

Fireworks, baseball, and fishing brought in record numbers over the, for some, four day weekend. “The warm, summer weather always brings in people,” Biloxi Fire Chief Joe Boney said, “but add the diversity of events that we just had, and the number of people usually increase.” The long Fourth of July weekend in Biloxi featured […]

Biloxi to have tripleheader of fireworks

The long Fourth of July weekend in Biloxi will feature three fireworks shows, one on Saturday night over Back Bay and two on July 4th itself, the annual front beach fireworks and a post-game extravaganza at MGM Park. The Back Bay and front beach fireworks will both begin at 9 p.m. on their respective nights, […]

Inauguration ceremony is Wednesday at Saenger

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich will be sworn in for his first full term of office during a Saenger Theater ceremony on Wednesday where all seven members of the City Council also will be administered the oaths of office. Doors at the downtown theater open at 5:30 p.m. and the public ceremony will begin promptly at […]

Shuckers and Braves: Let’s play two!

The Biloxi Shuckers and the Mississippi Braves will play a doubleheader tonight at MGM Park, and you can bank on it. The series opener between the Shuckers and the Braves, pushed back by Tropical Storm Cindy, begins at 5:35 p.m. with the gates opening at 5 p.m. The twin bill will feature two seven-inning games, about […]

Scrapin’ returns to Biloxi roadways this weekend

Get your motor revvin’, but not too much, police say.  Hundreds of low-ridin’, frame-draggin’ and customized cars and trucks are expected on Biloxi roadways this weekend for the 15th annual “Scrapin’ the Coast,” a show that promoters are billing as “the biggest one yet, guaranteed.” The Coast Coliseum and the Gulfport Dragway throughout the weekend […]

R U Ready? Find out, beginning tonight

The City of Biloxi launches its first of three storm preparedness education events tonight, against a backdrop of forecasts with flood advisories and 80 percent chances of rain over the next three days. “R U Ready?” kicks off this evening from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Dr. Frank Gruich Sr. Community Center on Howard Avenue, […]

Flash flood watch issued; heavy rainfall on the way

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch from Tuesday through Thursday evening for all of Harrison County, with multiple rounds of heavy rain expected as early as overnight tonight as Potential Tropical Cyclone 3 moves through the central Gulf. A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash […]

Fire Department thanks academy supporters

A total of 70 youngsters ages 7 to 12 have graduated from the 2017 Fire Academy for Kids, a free program supported with generous sponsorship.   The program, divided into two five-day sessions with beginners camp from June 5 to 9 and advanced camp from June 12 to 16, was conducted at the Lopez Quave Public Safety […]

Summer Fair, Juneteenth headline weekend events

The 31st Annual South Mississippi Summer Fair rolls into its final weekend at the Coast Coliseum, advertising more rides than ever and plenty of entertainment. Attractions include a petting zoo, Show-Me-Safari Swine racing, Extreme Illusions and Escapes with Josh Knotts and Lea, a family fun tent, local live music and more. Gate admission is $5 […]

Annual Juneteenth celebration takes place Saturday

The City of Biloxi will join more than a half dozen local organizations in hosting the annual Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday from 3 to 8 p.m. at John Henry Beck Park, 671 Division St. The Juneteenth Celebration, which is free and open to all ages, will feature speeches, poetry contests, bounce houses, a health fair, […]

Warning sirens to be tested

Biloxi will soon hear sirens once a month as part of the city’s emergency warning system. The tests of the city’s 10 warning sirens, which begin on July 5, will be conducted the first Wednesday of every month for the tornado sirens and on the first and last day of hurricane season for hurricanes sirens. […]

‘Be our guest’ at the Biloxi Town Green tonight

The Biloxi Parks & Recreation Department will host its Summer Movie Series tonight at the Biloxi Town Green with the showing of the 2017 Disney movie “Beauty and the Beast”. Grab a lawn or blanket and be part of the family fun beginning at 6 p.m. You’ll find a variety of children’s field day games, […]

It’s a Blessed weekend! Plus Shuckers fireworks and more

The 88th annual Biloxi Shrimp Festival and Blessing of the Fleet takes place this weekend in east Biloxi. The weekend-long tradition, which officially began Thursday with the Memorial of the Mass for Deceased Fishermen, will continue this weekend with the Fais Do-Do, Shrimp Festival pageant and the Blessing of the Fleet. The weekend activities kick […]

R U ready? Here’s some help with storm prep

Hurricane season is officially here and the City of Biloxi is asking, “R U ready?” To help you plan for a storm or flood, the city is hosting three preparedness outreach events in June. “We want to offer the community an opportunity to speak with emergency preparedness agencies so that they can be more prepared for […]

Leaders gather to mark Keesler gate project

Local, state and federal officials joined Keesler Air Force Base leaders Thursday to announce an estimated $37 million project to locate a new main entry gate at Division Street and Forrest Avenue. The two-year project includes an expanded and enhanced boulevard along Division from I-110 to Forrest Avenue. “The State of Mississippi is proud to […]

French Colonial cemetery to be dedicated this evening

The Preservation in May celebration continues tonight with a dedication and picnic in the park for the oldest French Colonial cemetery in the south. The City of Biloxi and the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources will hold a dedication for the French Colonial Cemetery Park beginning at 4 p.m. on the west side of the […]

Your guide to the Memorial Day weekend

The City of Biloxi Parks & Recreation Department will hold its annual School’s Out Pool Party for ages 5 to 12 tonight from 6 to 8 at the Biloxi Natatorium, 1384 Father Ryan Ave.  The free pool party will include water games, refreshments and music by a local D.J.  Lifeguards will be on deck and all […]

Be a part of a Memorial Day tradition at Biloxi National Cemetery

Thousands of volunteers – individuals, veterans, families, young and old – will show up at the Biloxi National Cemetery Saturday morning to place small U.S. flags on the graves of those buried in the cemetery. This annual event is expected to begin around 8 a.m. but volunteers are asked to arrive early. And know this: […]

Town Green turns red (and wet) this weekend

A collection of antique and present-day fire trucks, and fun and games for children and adults will be taking over the Biloxi Town Green this Memorial Day weekend.    The Biloxi Fire Department and the West End Hose Co. No. 3 Fire Museum will host the annual Jump into Summer Festival Saturday and Sunday from […]

Wooden & Classic Boat Show returns this weekend

The annual Billy Creel Memorial Gulf Coast Wooden & Classic Boat Show takes place this weekend on the Schooner Pier Complex on U.S. 90 in east Biloxi. The popular boat show includes as many as 50 wooden boats, ranging in size from 6 to 76 feet and dating back as early as 1928. Hosted by […]

Biloxi and Keesler are hosting Olympians this weekend

More than 700 athletes from across the state will be at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi this weekend for the Mississippi Special Olympics Summer Games. The games will begin this evening with the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. “About 10 runners will be at Debuys Road around 4:30 this afternoon to […]

Firefighters respond to three kitchen fires

Last week, Biloxi firefighters were called to four fires: three kitchen fires and one trash fire.  Since cooking fires are the No. 1 cause of home fires and home injuries, firefighters are reminding residents to never leave the kitchen unattended when cooking. According to a 2013 survey by the insurance firm Liberty Mutual, nearly half […]

Sizzlin’ Shuckers return for a 10-game homestand

The red-hot Biloxi Shuckers, who have won 11 of their past 14 games, return to Biloxi Saturday to launch a 10-game homestand at MGM Park, the first of two such homestands this season. The 10-game slate features five games against the Mississippi Braves, an Atlanta Braves affiliate, and five games against the Chattanooga Lookouts, a […]

Summer Movie Series event postponed

Organizers of the “Summer Movie Series,” the fun and games event with the showing of the movie “Moana” planned for tonight on the Biloxi Town Green, have decided to postpone the event until May 20 at Hiller Park because of the inclement weather. The National Weather Service forecasts showers and thunderstorms through the early evening hours, […]

Preservation series launches on Howard Avenue

The 10th Annual Preservation in May series kicks off tonight with a tour of Howard Avenue. Those attending will be able to tour 18 sites along the east Biloxi roadway to learn more about past and present sites along Howard Avenue. “We want people to see what Howard Avenue used to be like,” Biloxi Historic […]

Arts, music and a pinata on tap for First Friday

Biloxi Main Street hosts “First Friday” this evening from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Rue Magnolia and Water Street area. The Cinco de Mayo themed event will feature live entertainment by Colin & Chase, a fun piñata game and downtown area specials.  Visitors will have chance to win a $100 gift card to a […]

Your guide to the new bike share program

The City of Biloxi this afternoon launched its new bike sharing program with Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich and others making an inaugural ride through downtown Biloxi. Two bike sharing stations with five bicycles on each are located in downtown Biloxi, one at the Biloxi Visitors Center and the other at the MGM Park, among the […]

Preservation in May offers a walk through time

This year’s Preservation in May series will feature a walking tours of an historic avenue and neighborhood, a seafood sampling, a park dedication and the Mass of the Deceased Fisherman. The five-week program, taking place Thursday evenings, begins on May 11 and ends on June 1, just in time for  the Blessing of the Fleet […]

Friday, it’s Cinco de Bike-o at Visitors Center

A new service is coming to downtown Biloxi that will take advantage of the growing number of bike lanes in the city.  The Biloxi Visitors Center on Friday will begin offering bike rentals, with bikes available in an automated rental service through the bike share provider Zagster. Initially, the bike share stations, the first of […]

National Day of Prayer ceremony set for Thursday

Biloxi will mark National Day of Prayer with a multi-denominational observance Thursday at noon at Biloxi City Hall. The hour-long ceremony, organized by Carleen E. Hall, is scheduled to take place indoors this year, instead of on the front steps of City Hall, because of the threat of inclement weather. The event, themed “For Your […]

Bishop-elect to be ordained, installed this afternoon

Bishop-elect Louis Kihneman III will be ordained and installed as the fourth bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Biloxi this afternoon at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Cathedral. The ceremony, which is by invitation only, will begin at 2 p.m. and be broadcast live on cable TV’s EWTN and on WLOX.  Kihneman, 65, was […]

Wylie recognized as outstanding volunteer

Patrick Wylie, who has volunteered for a host of activities and helped raise hundred of thousands of dollars to assist those affected by multiple sclerosis,  has been named as Biloxi’s Distinguished Volunteer of the Year. The announcement was made Tuesday night during the 34th Annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony held at the Dr. Frank G. Gruich Community […]

Hundreds turn out for clean-up campaign

Hundreds of individuals and groups volunteered to help keep Biloxi beautiful last week during the Great American Clean-Up campaign. The campaign began on Saturday, April 16 and ended on Saturday, April 22. “We had great support,” Downtown Services Manager Kay Miller said.  “Over the course of the week, we had about 250 participants including about […]

Volunteer ceremony set for Tuesday afternoon

The City of Biloxi will recognize dozens of volunteers and name a Distinguished Volunteer of the Year in a free public ceremony Tuesday afternoon at the Dr. Frank G. Gruich Community Center, 591 Howard Ave. The 5:30 program will feature food, a photo montage, and recognition of volunteers in the areas of health, community, arts […]

Employees recognized for years of service

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich this week recognized 32 employees for their years of service during a longevity awards presentation. Those recognized during the April 18 council meeting were: 20 years of service: Debvie Danilson, Parks & Recreation Department; and Dolores Pizzetta, Police Department 15 years of service: William Fairley, Thaddeus Galle, Charles Hawkins, Anthony McGee, Gregory […]

Absentee voting at City Hall on Saturday

Biloxi City Hall will be open Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon for absentee voting for the May 2 Primary Election. Absentee votes, which is for eligible voters who are unable to be at the polls on election day, also may be cast weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at City Hall, which is […]

Crawfish festival headlines weekend events

The Crawfish Music Festival, held annually at the Coast Coliseum for more than two decades now, continues throughout the weekend with live musical performances, carnival rides and, of course, crawfish. The event, which officially began Thursday with the Miss Crawfish Music Festival pageant, is held over two weekends and includes live entertainment each night and […]

Get involved! Clean-up Biloxi campaign picking up steam

Biloxi’s role in the Great American Clean Up is picking up steam as the movement heads into its home stretch on Saturday. “We just had two more groups sign up this afternoon,” said Downtown Service Manager Kay Miller.  “Today staff from Back Bay Mission helped clean up Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and the […]

Exterior design approved for Mugshots Restaurant

The Architectural Historical Review Commission last week approved the exterior design for Mugshots, a new restaurant being proposed for downtown. The restaurant, which will be north of Patio 44 off Main Street, will include 201 parking spaces to be shared by both restaurants. Plans are now being reviewed by the city building and fire departments […]

Volunteers needed for the Great American Clean Up

It’s time to clean up, Biloxi. The city and county are asking for volunteers, companies and groups to participate in the Biloxi Great American Clean Up during the week of April 16-22. Throughout the week, individuals, families, businesses, organizations, and church and civic groups are asked to “clean up” neighborhoods or areas in the community […]

Sign up now for the kids fire academy

Looking for a fun and educational camp for your child to attend? Interested in having your child learn more about fire safety? Well, the Biloxi Fire Department has your answers. The Biloxi Fire Department is now taking applications for its Fire Academy for Kids Camp. Registration is open weekdays at the Fire Department Station No. […]

Navy Band Southeast performs tonight in Biloxi

Mississippi Gulf Coast Navy Week festivities comes to Biloxi this evening with a performance by the Navy Band Southeast. The Navy Band Southeast’s Ceremonial Band will perform at the Lighthouse Park Pavilion, west of the Biloxi Visitors Center, beginning at 6 p.m.  The performance is free to attend but it is requested that guests bring […]

City celebrates Community Market season opening

The City of Biloxi will celebrate the season opening of the Charles R. Hegwood Biloxi Community Market on Tuesday. The market officially opens from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a ceremony and festival beginning at 9 a.m. under the I-110 overpass on Howard Avenue.  The festival, hosted by Biloxi Main Street, will include cake-themed […]

Bicentennial celebrations kick off Friday

This year marks Mississippi’s 200th anniversary of becoming a state and the state-wide festivities begin this weekend on the Gulf Coast, with Biloxi represented in the affair. The two-day Bicentennial Celebration South event kicks off Friday at 9 a.m. and concludes on Saturday with the Governor’s Concert. The events will be staged at Centennial Park, […]

There’s something fishy at the Biloxi Police Department

“Place your fish fry orders now to beat the rush,” says Biloxi Police Lt. Christopher De Back of Friday’s Special Olympics fish fry. “Orders usually pick up dramatically around the middle of the week.” The 2017 Law Enforcement Torch Run Fish Fry, a benefit for the Mississippi Special Olympics, takes place Friday from 11 a.m. […]

Registration dates announced for summer playground

Soon hundreds of youngster will be out for summer break and the City of Biloxi is preparing to fill their time with fun and creative activities through the Summer Playground and Enrichment Program. Registration for the summer camp will be held on two main dates: Saturday, April 1 and Saturday, April 8.  On April 1, registration will be open […]

City seeks nominations for volunteer awards

The City of Biloxi is seeking nominations for its upcoming 34th annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony, which takes place Tuesday, April 25 at the Dr. Frank Gruich Sr. Community Center, 591 Howard Ave.  The city will recognize individuals who volunteer in the areas of health, community, arts and history, education, military, non-profits, youth, and sports. Also […]

Free weight loss challenge begins next week

It’s time to lighten up, Biloxi. The City of Biloxi is partnering with “Let’s Go! Gulf Coast,” Salvation Army Kroc Center, and the National Diabetes and Obesity Research Center at Tradition for a free eight-week weight loss and health challenge program. The “Lighten Up Biloxi” program, which aims to promote a healthy and active lifestyle […]

Hiller Park splash to open soon

Residents and visitors to Hiller Park will soon have a new way to stay cool while enjoying the outdoors. On Saturday, April 8, city and county leaders will open the community’s newest splash pad, at Hiller Park, with a ribbon cutting beginning at 11 a.m.  The 40-by-50-foot splash pad, which is north of the Hiller Park […]

Pedestrian access soon to increase at Hiller Park

Work is now underway on the latest pedestrian access project at Hiller Park. The project, which begin last week, includes an 8-foot-wide, 1,400-foot-long walkway that will run alongside the bay at the northern end of the park near the Hiller Park Pavilion. “This project advances our initiative of a more walkable community,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” […]

Biloxi pirates to invade D’Iberville to mark bicentennial

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich and a party of marauding pirates, traveling aboard a Jolly Roger-flagged Biloxi schooner, are scheduled to invade the City of D’Iberville’s re-enactment of the Landing of D’Iberville Saturday on the north shores of the Bay of Biloxi. And that’s just the way organizers of “Party with Pierre” want it. “We wanted […]

Easter schedule gets hopping in Biloxi

Here is a list of community Easter events:   Thursday, March 23, 2017: Bunny Day Biloxi Excel by 5, along with the Biloxi Public Schools and the IP Casino Resort Spa, will hold a Bunny Day!  The event begins at 10 a.m. at the Lopez School School, 140 St. John Avenue, is free and open […]

City seeking nominees for Biloxi Sports Hall of Fame

The Biloxi Parks & Recreation Department is now accepting applications for the 2017 class of the Biloxi Sports Hall of Fame. Nominees must meet a criteria and are selected on athletic achievements, advancement in sports and community service.  Applications may be acquired weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Parks & Recreation office […]

St. Pat’s festivities take over downtown Biloxi

Downtown Biloxi will be filled with runners, grillers and parade goers on Saturday as part of this weekend’s St. Patrick’s Day events. The Gulf Coast Running Club will kick off the day of events when it hosts the annual Hibernia Marching Society’s St. Patrick’s Day 5K and 1-mile Health Run/Walk.  The 1-mile begins at 9 […]

NTSB video update from Thursday

Thursday afternoon at about 4 o’clock the National Transportation Safety Board held a press conference at the Hyatt Hotel on Beach Boulvard to give an update on their going investigation of the train-bus collision that occurred at the railroad crossing at Main Street and Esters Boulvard Tuesday afternoon. Here is the video from that press […]

Mayor Gilich teams up with artist to support CASA

We know Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich is skilled in computer software and municipal government but what about art? Well, Mayor Gilich has teamed up with local artist and city employee Tonya Hebert, to present an original work of art at the CASA of Harrison County’s Gala, P’Casa. The benefit, taking place on Thursday, March 16 […]

Forget beads! Balls and strikes to fly at MGM Park

Mardi Gras beads will be flying over the next few days in Biloxi, and at MGM Park balls and strikes will be flying, with a slate of college and high school games scheduled for Friday and Saturday. Jackson State plays Texas Southern in a college baseball game on Friday night at 7:05 at MGM Park, […]

City Council to headline chamber’s ‘Coffee Talk’

The Biloxi Bay Area Chamber of Commerce’s next installment of “Coffee Talk” will be Wednesday morning at 8 at Biloxi City Hall, and it will have all the trappings of a City Council meeting. In fact, it will be an actual meeting of the City Council, with free food. Members of the City Council will […]

Arbor Day run, Children’s parade highlight weekend events

The 29th Annual Arbor Day 5K Run, 1-mile run/walk/roll and quarter-mile ability challenge takes place on Saturday with the 5K run beginning at 9 a.m. and the 1 mile and quarter-mile beginning at 9:45 a.m. at the corner of Lameuse Street and Highway 90 near the Biloxi Town Green. Trophies will be given to overall […]

Biloxi, Keesler participate in joint exercise

The 81st Training Wing of the Keesler Air Force Base and the City of Biloxi will participate in a joint exercise on Thursday from 8 a.m. to noon near the Keesler main gate on White Avenue. The exercise will be isolated to the intersection of Irish Hill Drive and White Avenue causing the closure of […]

Biloxi Pickleballers practice for Senior Olympics

In preparation for the upcoming Mississippi Senior Olympics, the Biloxi Senior Pickleball Program hosted its first tournament over the weekend at the A.J. Holloway Sports Complex. Twenty-three doubles teams participated in the “just for fun” tournament on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 9 a.m. to noon. “No medals were presented, but bragging rights were bestowed upon […]

Blind Tiger opens in Biloxi

Last week, the Community Development Department reported issuing a Certificate of Occupancy for The Blind Tiger leading to the restaurant’s opening on Friday, Feb. 10.  The Biloxi restaurant, a waterside bar and grill located at the western end of the Harrah’s property south of U.S. 90 on Point Cadet, offers 3240-square feet including a covered patio […]

Oh, my! Boats, sharks and dogs converge on Coast Coliseum

It’s a little chilly outside but some people’s thoughts are already turning to warm days on the water! The Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center opened its doors at noon today for the weekend-long Biloxi Boat Show.  The 60th annual event showcases the latest selection of boats, motors, personal watercraft and marine accessories. The event […]

Education is theme of Black History Month program

The City of Biloxi Parks & Recreation Department, along with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and East Biloxi Community Collaborative, will host the annual Black History Month Program on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. The free affair, taking place at the Dr. Frank Gruich Sr. Community Center at 591 Howard […]

Your guide to Mardi Gras in Biloxi

  Biloxi and the Mississippi Gulf Coast are home to myriad Carnival balls, more than 20 family-oriented parades and dozens of special events to herald the approach of Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday,” the last day of the Carnival season.  Fat Tuesday itself falls the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.  Here are […]

Tips for a safe and fun Mardi Gras

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 […]

Firefighters meet increase in emergency medical calls

Last week in his State of the City, Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich reported on the increased number of medical calls received by the Biloxi Fire Department and how this increase is being by firefighers. “Last year the department responded to 6,928 calls for service in 2016, which included a 10 percent increase in emergency medical […]

State of the City 2017: Biloxi, Proud of it!

Here is the prepared text of Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich’s State of the City address, delivered on Feb. 1, 2017 during a Biloxi Bay Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino.  To see the video, click here. (Opening remarks from podium) Good afternoon. Thank all of you for being here for […]

Firefighters seeking names for smoke detector installation

Does your home have a working smoke detector? Well, Biloxi firefighters can assist but you have to call first.  As part of the department’s fire prevention program, firefighters will go to the homes of residents in need of a smoke detector and install one. “The smoke detector is installed free of charge and is maintenance […]

Employees recognized for service milestones

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich this week recognized 26 employees for their years of service during a longevity awards presentation. Those recognized during the Jan. 17 council meeting were: 35 years of service: Jody Ault, Administration Department; and Randy Jenkins, Parks & Recreation Department 20 years of service: Richard Conine, James Davis, Michael Downs, John Giardina, […]

Weekly recap: Fire, Police, Community Development

Every wonder how busy the men and women of the Biloxi Police, Fire and Community Development departments are? It’s relatively easy to find out through the online weekly reports from those departments. Last week, the city’s Community Development Department issued 59 permits with a total valuation 1.45 million  while the Police Department handled 2,839 calls for […]

Safety check, it’s only a phone call away

Biloxi residents who are either alone or feel vulnerable can get a daily “Are You OK?” phone call from the Biloxi Police Department. The system, known as RUOK, is a free service offered to citizens in Biloxi who request a telephone safety check.  The service helps by providing a reassurance call to check on the […]

Biloxi honors Notre Dame coaching legends

Former Notre Dame High School athletes will gather Friday at the old school gym to celebrate the enduring legacy of coaching standouts Charles Hegwood and Tony Cintgran. What started as an idea to informally remember the Catholic boys school’s legendary football coach has mushroomed into an afternoon of celebration of the careers of both Hegwood […]

Steady numbers reported last week

Business remains steady in the Community Development Department last week with the issuing of 32 permits with a construction valuation of $23,000.   Meantime, calls for service in the Police Department, decreased slightly last week with a reported 2,062 calls for service, generating 102 arrests.  The Biloxi Fire Department’s call volume remained steady with 131 […]

Seats now available for the State of the City

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich will present the State of the City report on Wednesday, Feb. 1 in a Biloxi Bay Chamber of Commerce-sponsored luncheon at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino. The mayor’s report will focus on the major accomplishments as well as the ongoing program of work of the city over the past year. […]

Wind advisory, hard freeze warning for this evening

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory from 6 tonight until 9 a.m. Saturday as well as a hard freeze warning from midnight to 11 a.m. Saturday for Biloxi and the surrounding area. Sustained winds of 25 to 30 mph are expected with gusts around 40 mph and temperatures are expected to drop […]

Pepsi truck meets CSX train

“It was a good thing that the train was not going full speed,” says Biloxi Fire Department Deputy Chief Jeff Merrill of this morning’s accident where a CSX train plowed into a Pepsi truck. The call was dispatched around 9:50 a.m., after the driver of an Allen Beverages’ Pepsi delivery truck, traveling north on Main […]

East Biloxi historical public meeting set for Thursday

A public meeting is set for Thursday to receive input on the African-American commercial district in east Biloxi. Beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Our Mother of Sorrows School, 800 Division Street, the public is invited to share information on recently identified buildings for local historic preservation.  “Public comments provide context for a building,” Historic Administrator Bill […]

Residential construction didn’t take a holiday

The holidays are traditionally a slow time of year in the Community Development Department, but the city issued 60 permits with a construction valuation of $990,800 over the past two weeks. In fact, a total of 92 single-family homes are now under construction in Biloxi, reports the city’s Community Development Department. In the past week, the […]

Water-logged weekend had rescues, drenched streets

The Biloxi Fire Department’s swift-water rescue team, which rescued two Woolmarket families trapped by rising waters over the weekend, is prepared today to make more rescues as rivers crest over the next few days, and contractors in east Biloxi are using vacuum trucks to suck up remaining water and heavy equipment to help dry out […]

Average numbers reported for police and construction

The Community Development Department issued 26 permits with a total valuation of just over $540,000 last week.  Meantime, the Biloxi Police Department reported 2314 calls for service, making 142 arrests.  The Biloxi Fire Department report was not available. See the complete weekly report

Heater to be replaced at Natatorium

Swimmers visiting the Biloxi Natatorium may feel that the water is a bit cooler these days, pending installation of a new heater. The twelve year old gas heater at the Olympic-size swimming pool on Father Ryan Avenue has essentially wore out and is excepted to be replaced within the next several weeks. “An inter-pipe has […]

Some water bills going out late

Water bills that the city would have mailed to customers today won’t be mailed until Friday or Tuesday, meaning due dates are being pushed back, too. Those with Jan. 5 due dates will not face late-payment until Jan. 9.  Questions? Email water@biloxi.ms.us or call 228-435-6240.

Mayor Gilich’s Holiday Message

“It is with sincere appreciation for your continued encouragement and support that I take this opportunity to wish each of you the happiest of holidays and the most prosperous new year.  This time of year always brings us closer together and helps us understand the importance of community.  Make sure to share your good wishes […]

First phase of bridge lighting complete

Contractors have completed the first phase of new lighting on the Popp’s Ferry Bridge, installing LED lighting on the eastern side of the quarter mile bridge. The installation, originally planned to end at noon today, continued until late afternoon so that workers could complete the walkway area lighting. “The walkway area is lit by nearly […]

Biloxi among cities to receive passenger rail funds

  The Southern Rail Commission has awarded Biloxi with a grant of more than $250,000 for improvements for passenger rail service on the Gulf Coast. The announcement was made on Monday by the SRC which awarded more than $1 million to four coastal cities: Biloxi, Gulfport, Bay St. Louis and Pascagoula. “This is a big […]

Cedar Lake north of I-10 now open to traffic

Cedar Lake Road, north of Interstate 10, which had been closed for weeks for a major sewer installation project, is now open to traffic.  The closure, which included the Cedar Lake bridge, had forced motorists to take a mile-long detour. “Considering the contractor faced two long rainy periods while working to install sewer manholes and […]

Permit issued for La Quinta Inn

The Community Development Department issued 47 permits with a total valuation of over $2 million last week including a permit for the new La Quinta Inn & Suites.  The proposed four story hotel, to be located at the corner of Hopkins and Beach Boulevards, is to have 67 suites.  Construction is scheduled to begin in mid-January. Meantime, calls […]

Saltgrass Steakhouse project moving forward

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich is hoping to speed up the city’s regulatory process involving the permitting of a new upscale steakhouse on Point Cadet since the development has already been months in the making. The Saltgrass Steakhouse, a “Texas to the Bone” brand owned by Golden Nugget parent firm Landry’s, had its initial appearance before […]

Santa is coming to West End Hose Co. No. 3

Forget the sleigh and North Pole. Santa actually rides a big red fire truck and can be found in an old Biloxi firehouse. With the help of the Biloxi Fire Department and volunteers from the West End Hose Co. No. 3 Fire Museum, Santa Claus will make a visit to the museum Sunday afternoon between […]

The week that was: Construction, police and fire

The Community Development Department issued 62 permits with a total valuation of nearly $235,000 last week.  Meantime, the Biloxi Police Department reported 2,124 calls for service, generating 118 arrests, and the Biloxi Fire Department reported an increase with 152 calls for service, including 100 for medical and five for structure and vehicle fires.  See the complete weekly report […]

Marathon, Smith Family in town this weekend

The inaugural Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon, spanning from Henderson Point to MGM Park, takes place Saturday, after a whirlwind of activities this evening, and, meantime over on Lee Street, you’ll find “A Smith Family Christmas,” helping usher in the holiday at Biloxi Little Theater. The two events highlight this weekend’s entertainment lineup. Events connected to […]

Youngsters can learn with Santa on Saturday

Biloxi Excel by 5 will host its annual holiday event, “Come Learn with Santa,” Saturday, from 10 a.m. to noon at Lopez School 140 St. John Ave. and the Santa Claus will be on site to take pictures, read and sing with children up to age 5.  Holiday craft making will also be part of […]

The week that was: Construction, police and fire

The Community Development Department issued 44 permits with a total valuation of almost $800,000 last week.  Meantime, the Biloxi Police Department reported 2,487 calls for service, generating 146 arrests, and the Biloxi Fire Department reported 130 calls for service, including 81 for medical and seven structure and vehicle fires.  See the complete weekly report   News and notes: […]

Christmas on the Water weekend has arrived

Christmas shoppers looking for local arts and crafts fare, east Biloxi should be your destination this weekend, with a host of open houses and fairs on tap. The festivities actually begin later this afternoon  with the Christmas on the Water Children’s Parade and the Lighting of the Town Green, but, come Saturday, it’s all about […]

Natatorium closes Friday for Santa’s swimmers

The City of Biloxi Aquatics Division will close the Biloxi Natatorium to public swimming at the end of this week and through the weekend to celebrate Christmas in a swimmer’s way, competing in a swim meet. With 550 swimmers from four states expected to take part in the annual Santa’s BEST swim meet, the staff […]

Firefighters seek items for DHS gift drive

The Biloxi Fire Department is teaming up with the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services in collecting gifts for children in Harrison County. As part of the DHS Christmas Gift Drive, firefighters are asking residents to drop off wrapped gifts at any of the nine firehouses in Biloxi between now and Dec. 15. Requested items are […]

Santa Claus is coming to town, and we’ve got a list

Christmas is still nearly a month away, but Santa makes his first appearance in Biloxi this week.  In fact, over the next month, you’ll see Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick nearly everywhere, on land and on sea, in parades and in schools, and even in the Biloxi Lighthouse. In fact, we’ve got a list of his […]

The week that was: Construction, police and fire

The Community Development Department issued 24 permits with a total valuation of nearly $350,000 last week.  Meantime, the Biloxi Police Department reported 2,224 calls for service, making 108 arrests.  The Biloxi Fire Department reported 117 calls for service, including 72 for medical and four for structure and vehicle fires.  See the complete weekly report

It’s the holidays! Bring on the Peppermint Pops

Award-winning soprano Marcia Porter, who made her solo recital debut in 2005 at Carnegie Hall, will be featured this weekend in the Gulf Coast Symphony’s Holiday Peppermint Pops. The performance takes place Friday beginning at 7 p.m. at the Biloxi Saenger Theater,  170 Reynoir St., and will include the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Youth […]

Glass meets art Sunday at Biloxi Visitors Center

Aquatic and nature-inspired hand-painted glass will be the centerpiece of an opening reception Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Biloxi Visitors Center. Biloxi native and artist Deborah Jordan Sackett will display her one-of-a-kind, enchantment-inspired pieces that include functional glassware, serving trays and platters, as well as a collection of holiday items such as […]

Be safe! The holidays usually bring a rise in house fires

The holiday season brings more cooking, holiday decorations, candles, and heating. And it also brings more fires, so Biloxi firefighters are reminding residents to use caution during the holidays. “Many fires can be prevented,” Biloxi Fire Chief Joe Boney said.  “Overall, last year we had 29 structure fires with 11 being kitchen fires.  That means […]

The week that was: Construction, police and fire

The Community Development Department issued 64 permits with a total valuation of almost $100,000 last week.  Meantime, the Biloxi Police Department reported 2210 calls for service, making 145 arrests.  The Biloxi Fire Department reported 127 calls for service, including 89 for medical and 6 for structure and vehicle fires.  See the complete weekly report

Thanksgiving feast for special needs this weekend

The city’s Parks & Recreation Department will host its annual Special Needs and Family Thanksgiving Dinner on Sunday at the Donal M. Snyder Sr. Community Center, 2520 Pass Road. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., all ages with physical and mental disabilities and their families are invited to enjoy an meal filled with all the […]

Your guide to Christmas in Biloxi

Thursday, Dec. 1: Lighting of the Biloxi Lighthouse The city ushers in the Christmas season with the lighting of the Biloxi Lighthouse from 5:30 to 7 p.m., south of the Biloxi Visitors Center, 1050 Beach Blvd.Santa Clause will be on site with cookies and hot chocolate!  For more information, call the Biloxi Visitors Center at 228-374-3105.   […]

The week that was: Construction and police

The Community Development Department issued 34 permits with a total valuation of a little over $11 million last week. Building permits included the conversion of the former Santa Maria Del Mar apartment structure into the Watermark Hotel as well as for a new sales and service building for Camping World RV Center, located at the […]

Weekend preview: Walk, run and shop

Mayor’s Cup, Alzheimer’s walk and Christmas City are all happening this weekend in Biloxi. The 33rd annual Mayor’s Cup 5K Run takes place Saturday in downtown with a one mile at 9 a.m. and 5K at 9:30 a.m. Both races begin and end in front of the Biloxi City Hall, 140 Lameuse Street.  Race fee […]

New Seafood Museum exhibit to focus on the Gulf Coast

The beauty of the Mississippi Gulf Coast will be the focus of a new exhibit being unveiled during an opening reception at the Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum on Tuesday, Nov. 22. From 6 to 8 p.m., visitors to the museum will be able to tour the Bruce Seabolt exhibit, speak with the artist and […]

The week that was: Construction, fire and police

The Community Development Department issued 72 permits with a total valuation of nearly $3 million last week. Permits were issued for the site work of Campers World RV Center and three single family homes. Meantime, the Fire Department responded to 106 calls, including 66 medical emergencies and 7 fires, one of which was a […]

Sold-out crowd to pay homage to fire museum supporter

A sold-out crowd will be on hand Saturday night when members of West End Hose Co. No. 3 Fire Museum present their annual steak fundraiser and honor former Biloxi Mayor Daniel D. “Danny” Guice. Guice, the former Biloxi mayor, state representative and judge has been a faithful supporter of the museum since it opened and has attended […]

New Alex North calendar to be unveiled Sunday

The Biloxi Visitors Center will host the unveiling of well-known Coast photographer Alex North’s 2017 Heaven’s Gateway Calendar on Sunday. The event, which takes place from 2 to 4 p.m., will be in the Visitors Center lobby, where North will sign autographs. A native of the Gulf Coast, and an avid outdoorsman, gardener and photographer, […]

Seafood museum to usher in new Hall of Fame class

Individuals who have helped shape the seafood industry on the Mississippi Gulf Coast will be honored this weekend with induction into the Heritage Hall of Fame. The ceremony, hosted by the Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum, will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Museum, 115 First St., and will include the induction of 44 […]

Children’s Health and Safety Fair set for Saturday

The Fall Into Health and Safety Children’s Health Fair, focusing on ages up to 5, takes place Saturday at the Family Resource Center, Lopez Elementary School, 140 St. John Avenue. From 9 a.m. to noon, children and their parents will be able to enjoy free health screenings for vision, hearing, dental, physical growth and speech […]

The week that was: Construction, fire and police

The Community Development Department issued 65 permits with a total valuation of over $1 million last week. Also, approved were site plans for a proposed Dunkin’ Doughnuts at the northwest corner of Cedar Lake and Popp’s Ferry, Subway in Woolmarket and Waffle House on Beach Boulevard.  Meantime, the calls for service decreases slightly for the […]

Safety tips for during and after Halloween

Halloween is Monday night, and Biloxi public safety leaders are advising those families who are not participating in organized gatherings to make safety a priority when trick-or-treating in city neighborhoods. The city offers these tips: When trick-or-treating: — A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds. — Use a flashlight […]

Strengthening the mind of law enforcers

Today’s police officer is equipped with body armor, sidearms, tasers, body cameras and other physical protection, but a former Army officer and author told a gathering of local law enforcers in Biloxi today that it’s just important to have mental protection, too. More than 350 city, county and federal law enforcers from 50 agencies gathered […]

Encore! Meet the mayors of old again today

If you were not one of 800 visitors to meet some of the spirits of the Old Biloxi cemetery on Sunday, don’t fret.  There’s still another presentation yet. Today from 5 to 7 p.m. the cemetery will again come alive with history, music and characters for the encore presentation of the 10th annual Old Biloxi […]

The week that was: Construction, fire and police

The Community Development Department issued 52 permits with a total valuation of over $1,250,000 last week. Also approved were site plans for the proposed 100 unit Hilton Garden Inn on Beach Boulevard and a zoning change request for property north of Beach Boulevard, which is part of the proposed $140 million Margaritaville family entertainment expansion. […]

Fire Department to honor fallen firefighters

The Biloxi Fire Department will conduct two graveside memorial services Thursday to mark the 30th anniversary of  the deaths of Edwin Kurt Jacquet Sr. and Carl Ohr, two Biloxi firefighters who died in the line of duty. The first service will be at 9 a.m. at the Old Biloxi Cemetery at Jacquet’s gravesite, and those […]

Cemetery tours highlight Biloxi mayors

The award-winning Old Biloxi Cemetery Tours return Sunday, spotlighting prominent historic leaders of Biloxi. “The Mayors of Biloxi” will be the theme of the tenth annual walking tour, which takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday and 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Old Biloxi Cemetery on U.S. 90, midway between […]

Halloween at Hiller to have easier access, parking

Last year’s Halloween at Hiller was so popular with families that organizers are taking steps to make access to the park easier. To help police keep traffic flowing, there’s going to be one entrance, off Atkinson Road, and one exit, at Hiller Drive. If you’re attending Halloween at Hiller on Friday between 6 and 8 […]

Get a sneak peek of this year’s cemetery tour

Want to know more about the city’s mayors or even see a character re-enactment or two? Well, the Local History and Genealogy Department of the Biloxi Public Library will provide all that and more when it hosts the Old Cemetery Tours Sneak Peek on Thursday. As a preview to the 10th annual Cemetery Tours, the […]

The week that was: Construction, fire and police

The Community Development Department issued 49 permits with a total valuation of nearly $600,000 last week. Also, last week, a permanent certificate of occupancy issued for the Hyatt Place Hotel on Beach Boulevard. Meantime, the Biloxi Fire Department responded to 129 calls, including 89 medical emergencies and six fires, while the Biloxi Police Department reported […]

Beauvoir’s Fall muster heralds the season

There’s a battle for your attention this weekend, with festivals full of costumes, games and jack o’lanterns galore, and you’ll also find an actual battle being fought on the grounds of Beauvoir this weekend, with the Jefferson Davis shrine’s annual Fall Muster. Visitors will be able to experience the sights, sounds and smells of the […]

Halloween comes Friday in Woolmarket

The city’s Parks and Recreation Department presents the annual Halloween in Woolmarket on Friday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Woolmarket School grounds, 12513 John Lee Road. Children ages 11 and younger are invited to don Halloween attire and enjoy snacks and games. “This is more of a fun carnival-type event,” Parks and Recreation […]

Seafood Museum hosts ‘Halloween Night at the Museum’

The Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum will host “Halloween Night at the Museum” on  Saturday, Oct. 29 from 7 to 11 p.m. The affair will feature music by blues band Ruffwater, a smorgasbord of “horror’derves,” witches brew with an open bar, giveaways and a costume contest. First-place winner of the costume contest will receive $100, […]

The lineup of city Halloween events

Friday, Oct. 14: The annual Halloween in Woolmarket will take place at the Woolmarket School grounds, 12513 John Lee Road.  The event is open to all children ages 11 and younger from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Admission is free and games and activities begin at 6 p.m.  Food will be available and a costume contest […]

I-110 highrise to close late Tuesday night

The I-110 highrise will close to traffic Tuesday night beginning at 11 so that MDOT crews can conduct roadway repairs. “Work on the drawbridge is expected to take only a few hours to complete,” Transportation Commissioner Tom King said.  “No traffic will be allowed on the bridge to maintain the safety of workers and motorists.” Barricades […]