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 and $15 for retired first responders. Others pay $30. Registration forms are available weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Parks & Recreation office at Hiller Park and on the department’s webpage at For a form, click here.

“This event will benefit the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Mississippi and the Biloxi Fire Department and West End Hose Co. No.3 Fire Museum’s Bucks for Bike Christmas Campaign,” Biloxi Police Chief John Miller said.  “It looks to be a fun community event and a friendly challenge between first responders.”

All non-first responders are also invited to participate.  Registration for those individuals begins Sept. 1 and is $30 per person. All participates will receive a t-shirt and lunch.

The tournament is limited to 96 players and all participants will complete for a trophy and pledge allegiance to either Guns (police officers), or Hoses (firefighters). T-shirts and lunch will also be included.

Those interested in pickleball lessons may contact Tom Linenberger at 228-596-4164.
See the flyer
See the registration form


News & notes: Weekend, finances, rails, BEST

Weekend preview:  City of Biloxi cheerleading and football league registration takes place at the Snyder center, the Premier Wedding Show is at the Biloxi Civic Center, and the exhibition “Works from the Tougaloo College Art Collections” completes its run at the Ohr-O’Keefe. In town for shows this weekend are Tanya Tucker, Todd Rundgren, Boyz 2 Men, Ken Jeong and Montgomery Gentry.  To view the Biloxi Community Calendar, click here.  To see a list of weekend happenings, click here.

City budget and rail safety: Mike Leonard, the city’s chief adminsitrative officer, drops by the City Desk podcast to discuss city finances and the city budgeting process, and this week’s ruling regarding the deadly bus-train accident in Biloxi a year ago. To listen to the program, click here

NTSB findings: The city’s public affairs manager appears on WLOX News This Week Sunday at 8:30 a.m. on WLOX ABC to discuss the recent report about the Main Street rail accident. To see the report and the city’s initial response to it, click here.

Swim team tryouts: The Biloxi Elite Swim Team will hold tryouts for its short course season on Monday, Aug. 20 , Wednesday, Aug. 22 and Thursday, Aug. 23 at 6 p.m. each day. Tryouts will be at the Biloxi Natatorium and swimmers must be able to swim 25 yards. To visit the team’s website, click here.