Biloxi to mark Juneteenth; other news and notes

The city’s Parks and Recreation Department will mark Juneteenth on Saturday and Sunday with a celebration beginning at 4 p.m. both days at John Henry Beck Park, 671 Division St.

The Juneteenth Celebration, which is open to all ages, features speech contests and poster contests about the meaning of Juneteenth, a parade, picnics, games, and the crowning of Mr. and Mrs. Juneteenth.

Juneteenth is a national celebration established in 1865 in Galveston, Texas to celebrate the freedom of African Americans and emphasize education, fun and unity.

Details: Cheryl Bell at 228-435-6296 or email

Traffic signals on Division, Howard now fully operational

Motorists traveling Howard Avenue and Division Street are reminded that four storm-damgaed traffic signals have been repaired and are now fully operational.

City Engineer Damon Torricelli said the restored signals are on Division Street at Lameuse, Main and Reynoir streets, and on Howard Avenue at Oak Street.

The intersections had been four-way stops since Hurricane Katrina, and the restored traffic signals had been in the flashing mode for the past several days.

Striping work underway on Oaklawn

Workers from the city’s Public Works Department this week began installing centerline striping on a newly paved section of Oaklawn Road, the main thoroughfare into the Eagle Point community.

Motorists are advised to use caution in the work area, which covers a two-mile stretch of Oaklawn, from south of Interstate 10 to Fire Station No. 9.

More online

Traffic update: The Public Works Department each morning posts a Traffic Update on the city web site, notifying residents and motorists of on-going roadwork. To see the latest report, click here.

Eyes on traffic: For a link to MDOT’s real-time traffic cameras, including one showing construction on the Biloxi-Ocean Springs bridge, click here.