Biloxi to honor Fallen Officers with run, program

The Biloxi Police Department’s annual Fallen Officers Memorial, part of National Police Week, is typically a somber mid-week event, but this year the department ushers in its weeklong observance on Saturday with a family fun day on the Town Green and a 5K run that will feature as many as 800 participants.

The activities will begin at 3 p.m.¬†on the Town Green, where a¬†bounce house and activity booths will be set up.¬† At 4:30 p.m. a fallen officer ceremony will take place with the honor guards from Biloxi and Gulfport Police departments.¬† The inaugural Fallen Officer Memorial 5k will begin at 6 p.m.¬† The 800 runners and walkers — registration is closed — will navigate a course lined with blue lights.

Then on Tuesday at 10 a.m., members of the Biloxi Police Department will join others for a public ceremony on the front steps of the Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center, 170 Porter Ave.,  to pay homage to all law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. Biloxi will be honoring three officers who have died in the line of duty over the years: David Higginbotham, Michael Meaut and Nathan Mitchell.

Cake, coffee and soft drinks will be served at the end of the 30-minute ceremony.
See photos from last year’s ceremony


News and notes

Shuckers ball: The Shuckers host Game 3 of a five-game homestand against the Jackson (Tenn.) Suns this evening at 6:40. The series continues through Friday. To read more about the Shuckers, click here.

College ball: So what’s up with the baseball programs at Ole Miss, State and Southern Miss? How’s Delta State? Get the inside story from this week’s “Our Love Affair with Baseball” speaker, the award-winning sports columnist Rick Cleveland, Friday at noon. Lunch is only $10, which includes a free ticket to see the multi-media exhibition. Reservations must be made by 5 p.m. Thursday. Call 374-5547 now or click here.

Barry Ball: Barry Lyons, the Biloxi-born major leaguer, kicks off a weekly Wednesday segment, “The Inside Pitch” this evening at 5:30 on WXXV NBC. The former New York Met will speak about the Ohr’s baseball exhibit, Shuckers baseball and, actually, All Things Baseball.