Camille presentation is Sunday afternoon

“When’s the last time you heard of more than 140 tickets being sold in advance for a movie?” Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art Director Kevin O’Brien says of this Sunday afternoon’s “Camille: The 45th Anniversary Remembrance.”

“We’re expecting to see a really good turnout at the Saenger Theater for something that will be memorable for longtime residents,who went through Camille in August 1969, and it will be educational for those folks who thought Katrina was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Make no mistake: Camille was the original monster storm.”

The presentation, which begins at 2 p.m., will feature a ’70s documentary about the Category 5 hurricane, and a storm-preparation message from Mayor A.J. Holloway that originally aired on Aug. 17, 2005, a mere 12 days before another storm, Katrina, decimated the coastline.

Highlight of the afternoon is expected to be a never-before-seen interview with Daniel D. Guice Sr., mayor of Biloxi when Camille struck. Guice will reminisce about what he saw in Camille and how the city went about recovering.

Tickets for the event are $10 each and can be purchased at the Biloxi Visitors Center or the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art. Said O’Brien: “We’re encouraging folks to drop by the Visitors Center or the Ohr-O’Keefe to get tickets now so they can just walk right in the theater Sunday afternoon.”
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Webcasting: A Camille Sunday 
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Redeemer to host annual memorial Sunday

The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer will host its annual Camille Memorial Service on Saturday, Aug. 17 at 4:30 p.m. at the Camille memorial. To see pictures from years gone by: 2009, 2008  and 2007.

The Camille memorial is at 610 Water St., off U.S. 90 at Bellman Street.


Free Excel by 5 health fair is Saturday at Snyder 

Biloxi Excel By 5 will hold its annual Ready Set GO Children’s Health Fair from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Donal Snyder Community Center, 2520 Pass Road, Biloxi.

The event is designed for children from birth to 5 years of age and will offer free health screenings that are age appropriate. Screenings include eye/vision, physical growth, hearing, speech and language.

Other activities will be a health-and-fitness obstacle course, proper hand-washing techniques demonstrated by Mr. Germ Glow, and families will be able to put their own home first-aid kits together.

Details: Susan Hunt, 297-6808, or; or Emily Burke, 436-1644, or
Biloxi Sports Hall of Fame to add 14 new members

A legendary sports promoter, a highly respected basketball coach, a well-traveled professional boxer and two brothers who starred on the football teams at Biloxi High School and the University of Southern Mississippi head the 14 players elected to the 2014 class of the Biloxi Sports Hall of Fame.

A crowd of more than 300 is expected to attend the induction banquet in the Biloxi Civic Center on Sunday, Aug. 31.

“This may well be the strongest class of inductees since I‚Äôve been in office,” said six-term Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway, also a member of the city‚Äôs Sports Hall of Fame. “The new members come from a wide variety of sports and include several posthumous honorees whose inclusion was long overdue in my estimation.”
Meet the Class of 2014


Kellogg grant to help expand pre-K program at Nichols

More children will be attending pre-K classes at Nichols school in east Biloxi thanks to a half-million-dollar grant the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) has awarded to Biloxi Public Schools.

The grant means that Biloxi Public Schools will be establishing its own four pre-k classrooms to complement the seven Head Start classes that Gulf Coast Community Action Agency inaugurated at Nichols two years ago.

Biloxi’s program will serve four-year old children within the Biloxi Public School District area with a focus on families who do not have ready access to early childhood programs. The school year will begin on Monday, Sept. 8
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Development report: Blind Tiger and more

This week in economic development, there’s news of two West Beach restaurants — ¬†the Blind Tiger and Kelly‚Äôs Seafood and Sports Bar Restaurant — the Wal-Mart neighborhood market on Popp’s Ferry Road, a¬†primitive re-enactment campground at Beauvoir and a development off Popp’s Ferry Road, at Jam Lane.
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News and notes

Council agenda: The agenda for the City Council meeting Tuesday at 1:30 will be posted later today. To see the online archive of agendas, click here.

More memories: WYES in New Orleans will re-air “Biloxi Memories and the Broadwater Beach Hotel” Sunday night at ¬†7 and 10:30. Learn more about the program by clicking here.

Development:  One case is on the agenda for the Development Review Committee meeting next week: Fat Boys of Biloxi convenience store on Pass Road. To see the agenda, click here.