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 the champions,” Deonne Linenberger of the Biloxi Senior Pickleball Program said. “The tournament was a good rehearsal for Biloxi’s hosting of the Mississippi Senior Olympics in May.”

Participates in the tournament where from Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Iowa, Michigan and Canada and were complimentary of the facilities.

Pickleball courts are set up for public use Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and Thursday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Donal Snyder Sr. Community Center on Pass Road and daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Popp’s Ferry Recreational Area off Popp’s Ferry Road.

Biloxi Senior Pickleball is open to ages 55 and older and combines elements of tennis, badminton, ping-pong and racquetball played indoors or outdoors with a paddle and a plastic wiffle ball on a court, 20 feet by 44 feet.

Those interested in the program or future tournaments, may call Deonne Linenberger at 228-233-8766.
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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 and panoramic views of the Mississippi Sound.  A crosswalk also connects the restaurant to Harrah’s. 

This is the second location for The Blind Tiger restaurant, with the original opening in 2013 in Bay St. Louis.

Meantime, numbers reported in the Biloxi Fire and Police Departments rose slightly.  The Fire Department responded to 149 calls, including 100 medical emergencies and 5 fires, while the Police Department reported 2,720 calls for service, making 167 arrests.
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News and notes

Council meeting: The Biloxi City Council meets Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Biloxi City Hall.  To see the meeting agenda, click here.

Sweetheart dance brings in hundreds:  More than 600 dads and daughters attended the Parks & Recreation Department’s annual Daddy/Daughter Sweetheart Dance held Friday night at the Donal Snyder Sr. Community Center.  To see photos from the event, click here.

Second Liners parade downtown:  Many gathered in east Biloxi on Saturday to watch the annual Second Liners Mardi Gras Club parade.  To see photos from the event, including Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich as the grand marshal, click here.  

Michiels passes away:  Gary Michiels, the originator of what is today the City Desk podcast and former broadcaster, newspaper publisher and volunteer, passed away on Saturday after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease.  To see the city’s Facebook post, click here