Police recognize life-saving feats

The Biloxi Police Department today honored a police officer and firefighter who saved lives in two separate incidents over the past several weeks.

The awards, to Police Inv. Nick Sonnier and Firefighter Charlie Hebert, were made during the department’s quarterly awards ceremony at the Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center. Police Chief John Miller also administered the oath to a slate of new recruits during the 45-minute ceremony.

Sonnier was recognized for rescuing a person from threatening suicide, while Hebert was cited for his efforts in pulling a police officer and his family from the Mississippi Sound after their vessel sank.

Said Chief Miller: “We appreciate the professionalism of our men and women in the department, and this is an opportunity to recognize their efforts. It’s also a good chance to thank citizens who have helped us in our efforts to keep Biloxi a safe city.”
See an alphabetical list of the awards
See photos from the ceremony


Oscar Renda: You’ll see pavement next week

Good news from Oscar Renda Contracting, the company overseeing the massive and disruptive infrastructure work in east Biloxi: Motorists and residents should be seeing permanent asphalt going down on Back Bay Boulevard near Oak, and on Crawford Street, and next month on Seal Avenue.

Project manager Joel Murrah made the announcements on these areas and others in a new, two-minute video published today on the city’s website and YouTube page.

Murrah also reported that the installation of a major sewer line on Division Street, a major trunk line that will run the length of the major thoroughfare, is now complete from the Keegan’s Bayou Wastewater Treatment Plant to I-110 on the western end and from Oak to Fountain Lane on the eastern end.

The Division Street work is aiming to meet at Nichols Drive, the highest point of the work, which in some areas is as deep as 25 feet below the roadway.
See the two-minute video of progress


Weekend preview: Shuckers, circus sensation and more

A five-game homestand between the Biloxi Shuckers and Birmingham Barons continues this evening and nightly through Monday at MGM Park, kicking off a weekend of diverse entertainment.

Meantime, Weird Al Yankovic performs at the Hard Rock, IP hosts Dick Fox’s Golden Boys and Anthony Cools, and the theatrical circus opus “BraVeau” continues at the Beau Rivage. On the community theater scene, Biloxi Little Theater hosts its last two summer performances of the teen show “Rebel with a Cause.”
See the complete weekend lineup


News and notes

Splish splash: Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich joined other city and county leaders and residents gathered in the rain this morning to “cut the ribbon” to dedicate the new splash pad at the Popp’s Ferry Recreational Area. To see photos from the gathering, adjacent to the Margaret Sherry Library, click here.

Public meetings: The next scheduled meeting of the Biloxi City Council is Tuesday. To see a list of all Biloxi municipal public meetings and available agendas, and how you can get involved in your city government, click here.

City Desk podcast: Hear the latest on Paul Tisdale, the mayor’s pending nominee to be the city’s new CAO, the PokĂ©mon stir at the Biloxi Lighthouse and a city milestone on this week’s City Desk podcast.  To listen to the program, click here.