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Today’s report: High numbers, Halloween on Howard and more

Harrison County continues to see an increasing number of coronavirus cases being reported daily, including some record numbers. The Mississippi State Department Health reported a new record high number of daily cases on Thursday with 148 being identified.  Today, the department reports 79 new cases in Harrison County and 795 new cases statewide. Also in […]

Drop off unwanted drugs Saturday at the police department

The Biloxi Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration are offering the public a chance to safely dispose of unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs, which often become sources of abuse. On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the public can visit the Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center on Porter Avenue to drop off the […]

Today’s report: Latest numbers, Beauvoir and more

Harrison County is continuing to see an average of nearly four dozen new cases of the coronavirus each day, according to today’s Be Prepared report, and Mississippi saw 586 new cases in the past 24 hours. The latest numbers, along with advice from the Centers for Disease Control, are included in today’s report and a […]

Cemetery tour goes virtual this year

By Laurie Rosetti Preserve Biloxi continues its annual exploration of the colorful warp and weft of Biloxi’s 321-year-old tapestry with “Family Legends and Lore 2.” The Old Biloxi Cemetery Tour, 2020 version, is a slightly-amended event this year. The actual graveside performances will be presented virtually to the public, on BTV, the city’s municipal TV […]

Alarming! Another spike in local numbers

The average daily number of new cases of the coronavirus in Harrison County continues to skyrocket, with a record 113 new cases reported locally in the past 24 hours and a daily average that has doubled, to 47 new cases a day, in the past two weeks.Facebook: See today’s reportYouTube: See today’s reportSee the overall […]

The story of UMUSIC and why Biloxi and Mississippi are first

Here, from Robert Lavia, chairman of Dakia UVentures, is the story of UMUSIC Hotels and why Biloxi and Mississippi were chosen as the first out of the gate, with UMUSIC Broadwater Hotel. These are the remarks by Lavia during the announcement of the $1.2 billion, 266-acre resort development at the Broadwater site in West Biloxi. […]

See the UMUSIC Broadwater announcement

Representatives of UMUSIC Broadwater will be in Biloxi this afternoon to join Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves and Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich for the formal announcement of plans for a $1.2 billion, 266-acre development at the Broadwater site in West Biloxi. You can see the 2 p.m. announcement in a City of Biloxi live stream. […]

COVID numbers continue upward trajectory

Harrison County is now averaging 36 new coronavirus cases a day, double the number of cases just two weeks ago. The latest COVID-19 numbers, along with news coming this week of a “transformational” development planned for the Broadwater site in West Biloxi, are the highlights of today’s Be Prepared report. Also today: Rockin’s Ray Founier […]

Biloxi to be site of $1.2 billion UMUSIC Broadwater Hotel

— Universal Music Group, Dakia U-Ventures announce announced UMUSIC Hotels — First music-based experiential hotel properties slated for Atlanta, Biloxi and Orlando (From Universal Music Group) SANTA MONICA, CA (October 9, 2020) — Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based entertainment and Dakia U-Ventures, the entertainment impact investment group, today announced the launch […]

Today’s report: Cruisin’, Delta and COVID-19

Biloxi Chief Administrative Office Mike Leonard appears on today’s Be Prepared report to discuss the events du jour: the success of Cruisin’ the Coast, the diminished threat of Hurricane Delta, and significant public improvement projects approved during the City Council meeting Tuesday. Also in this 13-minute report: The coronavirus numbers are on the increase in […]

Weather may prevent use of traffic cones

Biloxi Police may not be able to use one of their traffic tools this weekend, the orange traffic cones that separate lanes on U.S. 90 during special events, because of expected wind gusts from Louisiana-bound Hurricane Delta. The cones have been deployed annually on U.S. 90 during special events such as Cruisin’ the Coast in […]

Gilich: Storm expected to cruise by

Three years ago at this time, Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich had the Biloxi Fire Department visiting hundreds of RVs along the front beach telling owners in town for Cruisin’ they might consider leaving town early because Hurricane Nate was threatening. Today, with Hurricane Delta expected to make landfall in Louisiana Friday as thousands of visitors […]

Delta now a Cat 4 storm

Hurricane Delta, now a Category 4 storm, was moving across the western Caribbean Sea at 16 mph with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph this morning. Continued strengthening is expected and Delta will be a major hurricane before reaching the Yucatan Peninsula near Cancun and crossing into the southern Gulf of Mexico, the National Hurricane […]

Evacuation recommended for marinas, harbors

Owners of vessels in Biloxi’s four harbors and marinas have been notified that they should consider moving their vessels to safer locations ahead of turbulent weather possible with Hurricane Delta. “Although evacuation is not mandatory at this time, it is highly recommended that vessels be relocated well in advance to safer locations in order to […]

Today’s report: Cruisin’, stormin’, COVID-19 and more

News flash: Expect heavy, slow-moving traffic all this week along U.S. 90 and other thoroughfares throughout the city this week for Cruisin’ The Coast. And, just for good measure in the Year 2020, it’s Cruisin’ The Coast in a pandemic, and a storm headed for the Gulf of Mexico mid-week. Cruisin’ organizers report that 6,400 […]

COVID-19 numbers spike in Harrison County

Harrison County reported 78 new positive tests for the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, and Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich has a reminder: “This thing is still out there. Please remain vigilant. Please take precautions. Do it for yourself, your family and friends.” The 78 new COVID-19 cases, the most reported in a single day […]

Masks continue to be required in city buildings

Gov. Tate Reeves on Wednesday relaxed the statewide mask mandate, but face masks will continue to be required inside municipal buildings in Biloxi to help stem the spread of the coronavirus, Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich announced today. “We’re going to continue to ask everyone to wear a face mask in city buildings,” Gilich said this […]

Cruisin’: The wheel fun is on the way

You can see the telltale signs that Cruisin’ is rolling into town soon: Public Works crews are hanging Cruisin’ the Coast pole banners throughout downtown. Another crew upgraded the high profile White House fountain on U.S. 90. City, county and state crews are brushing up medians along the highway. And classic cars are beginning to […]

October events are in the air

October generally means a few things in Biloxi: Cruisin’ the Coast, billed as “America’s Largest Block Party,” the Old Biloxi Cemetery Tour, and Real Men Wear Pink, the monthlong fund-raising event for the American Cancer Society.  The October issue of BNews Monthly, arriving in homes and businesses across the city Tuesday and Wednesday, has the […]

Don’t blink. You might miss the water bill increase

Nobody likes a rate increase, but the new rates going into effect Oct. 1 for Biloxi water and sewer service and garbage collection might not even be noticed by the vast majority of the city’s 15,000 customers. The new water rate increases by 2 percent, or about 3 cents a month per thousand gallons for […]

Be prepared: Numbers and important reminders

Harrison County reported two dozen new cases of the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, the same number as the day before, while they reported 722 new cases in the past 24 hours. The latest numbers — along with reminders about free public transit on Saturday, an upcoming VA job fair, and the final days […]

Come on and take a free ride, says CTA

You can step on a CTA bus anywhere in Biloxi for free on Saturday, as part of Coast Transit’s Last Stop for our Ride Free Summer Shopper’s Day. The public transit agency is introducing Ride Free Summer Shopper’s Days, with free fares in one city CTA serves each month. First stop: Biloxi. “Here at CTA […]

COVID-19 cases continue downward trend

The number of reported new cases of the coronavirus continues to trend downward, averaging 15.43 each day in Harrison County. In today’s Be Prepared report, you’ll see the numbers as well as information on a new restaurant in the works for downtown and video salute to the Biloxi Lighthouse.Facebook: See today’s reportYouTube: See today’s reportSee […]

Gilich: The lesson is to be vigilant

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, appearing in today’s Be Prepared report, takes stock of the near-miss storms and ongoing pandemic and has advice: Remain vigilant. The report also includes an update on the coronavirus numbers throughout the state and county, how you can help with Hurricane Sally relief efforts, a reminder on this weekend’s city auction, […]

City auction coming up Saturday

“There’s no doubt about it,” says Biloxi Police Chief John Miller of the city auction this weekend: “Some people like to come to these city auctions just to watch, to listen to the auctioneer, to see the deals and see what’s going on. There is a definite entertainment value.” The city will hold an absolute […]

Gilich: Be thankful and thoughtful

“We’re very thankful today,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said to a host of interviewers seeking comment on Biloxi’s near-miss with Hurricane Sally, which devastated Pensacola, Fla., with 100 mph winds and nearly 25 inches of rain. “And while we’re thankful,” Gilich added, “we’re also thoughtful, for our neighbors in Mobile and Pensacola, and the Florida […]

Slow-moving Sally still an issue

Slow-moving Sally, the hurricane with winds of 85 mph and 55 miles east of the Mississippi River, may cause concern for Biloxi residents for the next couple of days, says Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich. “There’s no doubt that this storm is still a threat,” Gilich said today. “Projections have taken it from the west to […]

City prepares for imminent winds, rain

Gulf Coast casino resorts were ordered closed by 4 p.m., city crews have been making storm preparations throughout the day, and now the City of Biloxi is bracing for Hurricane Sally, expected to have winds of nearly 100 mph, a 7-to 11-foot storm surge and 24 hours of rain. Hurricane conditions are expected later tonight […]

Gilich: Wrap up your preparations now

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich met with key department heads this morning for an update on storm preparations in city departments and divisions. Said Gilich after the meeting: “We’re asking people to do the same things that we’re doing: Make the preparations. Secure your property. Monitor the weather reports, have a hurricane kit and supplies to […]

Sally expected to have 100-mph winds

Boaters streamed up the Bay of Biloxi today, under sunny and clear skies, and ahead of the expected 100-mph winds and 7 to 11 foot storm surge with the approaching Sally, now a tropical storm less than 300 miles east-southeast of Biloxi and moving west-northwest at 13 mph. The storm is expected to make landfall […]

Don’t forget the sandbags

The City of Biloxi’s six sandbag locations for residents are Beck Park, 671 Division St.; Migues Park, 425 Parker St.; Cavalier Park, 2059 Lawrence St.; Popp’s Ferry Soccer Fields, 2150 Popp’s Ferry Road; Fire Station 8, 8479 Woolmarket Road; and Fire Station 9, 9370 Oaklawn Road. These are self-serve sites, meaning residents need to have […]

City orders evacuation of harbors, marinas

The city has ordered owners of vessels in Biloxi’s municipal harbors and marinas to have those vessels moved to safer areas by Sunday at 3 p.m. because of the pending threat from Tropical Storm Sally. The evacuation order comes as the National Weather Service this afternoon issued a hurricane watch and storm surge watch for […]

Be Prepared: The latest numbers and a 9-11 salute

The Mississippi State Department of Health reports 23 new cases of the coronavirus in Harrison County in the past 24 hours, part of the 853 new cases reported across the state. The latest numbers are in today’s report, plus a songful homage to those who rose in service 19 years ago during the Sept. 11 […]

New park to be built in Eagle Point, Woolmarket

Residents in the Eagle Point and Woolmarket areas of Biloxi will soon have a park to call their own. Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, Councilman Nathan Barrett, engineers and other city officials broke ground Wednesday afternoon on the park and to hear Barrett tell it, the new city park could be akin to Hiller Park, the […]

Snyder Center re-opens to public

The Donal M. Snyder Sr. Community Center, with its fitness equipment, basketball and pickleball courts, and indoor walking track, re-opened to the public today with a new air-conditioning system and pools that will be ready to open in a couple of weeks. The re-opening of the Snyder Center is one of the updates included in […]

Keep safety in mind this weekend

“In order for us to cruise into October in a safe manner, we need to be careful this weekend,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich says in today’s Be Prepared report, published as the city kicks off a three-day Labor Day weekend. The holiday, which traditionally brings the curtain down on Summer each year, is one that […]

Seafood museum plans virtual drawdown

The Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum’s 35th Annual $10,000 Drawdown will be a virtual affair on Saturday, Sept. 19.   Because of COVID-19, the drawdown, which is the museum’s major fundraiser of the year, will be held between 7 and 9 p.m. on Sept. 19 on the museum’s Facebook and Instagram pages. The silent auction, […]

Supplies needed for Laura victims

The city is gathering supplies for the Cameron Parish, La., community, which was decimated by Hurricane Laura. Supplies are being accepted primarily at three Biloxi fire stations: Station 1, Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center, 170 Porter Ave.; Station 5, Bay Vista, 2499 Pass Road; and Station 7, Cedar-Popp’s, 1672 Popp’s Ferry Road. “We’ve been talking to […]

Knock, knock: It’s time to be counted

Right now, you have the opportunity to answer the Census either online or by phone. However, opportunity will be knocking in a different manner – on your door. For Biloxi, a city that is lagging behind the national average, 40 percent of the known residents have not yet responded to Census 2020, which could jeopardize […]

Be Prepared: Mask, other mandates extended

Gov. Tate Reeves has extended until Sept. 14 the mandate to wear masks in public and an 11 p.m. last call in bars and restaurants. The action comes as Mississippi saw 1,382 new cases of the coronavirus in the past three days, bringing the statewide total to nearly 83,000 cases since the crisis began in […]

Governor, mayor mark Katrina anniversary

Gov. Tate Reeves and Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, with Hurricane Laura victims on their minds, marked the 15th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina by placing a wreath today at the Katrina Memorial in Biloxi.Facebook: Watch the nine-minute ceremonyYouTube: Watch the nine-minute ceremonyGallery: See photos from the virtual event

On the 15th anniversary of Katrina

Here are remarks Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich wrote and delivered during a ceremony today to mark the 15th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The virtual ceremony was at the Katrina Memorial on the Biloxi Town Green and involved Gov. Tate Reeves and Biloxi State Rep. Kevin Felsher. Welcome everyone to this ceremony marking the 15th Anniversary […]

Today’s report: COVID-19 update; how to help Laura victims

Plans are being made now for a contingent of volunteers from the Biloxi Fire Museum and Biloxi Fire Department to help victims of Hurricane Laura. Biloxi Fire Chief Joe Boney, who said donations are being accepted through a GoFundMe page, discusses the Laura relief effort in today’s Be Prepared report, which also includes the latest […]

Biloxi firefighters part of Laura response

Three members of the Biloxi Fire Department – a deputy chief and two firefighters – are being deployed to the Hurricane Laura disaster zone today as part of Mississippi Task Force 3. Laura grew today into a Category 4 hurricane. Forecasters feared a 20-foot storm surge that would be “unsurvivable” and capable of decimating entire […]

New fire trucks will be lean and ‘green’

Two new fire trucks will be joining the Biloxi Fire Department fleet in a couple of months, and although they’ll be red on the outside, they’re actually “green trucks.” The trucks, at a half-million dollars each and scheduled to go in service downtown and in West Biloxi in November, are part of the fire service […]

The latest on Laura: ‘Nothing extreme for us’

You see the warnings and the advisories: Two storms in the Gulf. Marco moves on and Laura in the wings, they say. Here’s the latest from Biloxi Emergency Manager Nick Geiser: “For Hurricane Laura, most models agree on the projected landfall near the Louisiana-Texas border. “The City of Biloxi does not anticipate any extreme conditions […]

September newsletter goes on the road

The September issue of BNews Monthly, due in homes and businesses across the city on Friday and Saturday, has a two-page map with details on nearly a hundred public improvement projects across the city. “Right now, we have an $80 million capital projects budget with over 45 projects either in design or construction phases,” City […]

Be Prepared: COVID-19, Marco 0, and Laura TBD

Today’s Be Prepared report has the latest on COVID 19 – the Harrison County average has dropped to below three-dozen new cases a day – as well as the latest word on Marco, which is still expected to bring rain, and Laura, which continues to churn in the Gulf. You’ll also take a trip up […]

Marco will bring rain; Laura in the wings

Biloxi Police and Fire stood down their water-rescue teams today, as Marco seems to have fizzled out, but Emergency Manager Nick Geiser says the rains will come later today. Skies were clear this morning, turning overcast this afternoon, with breezy conditions, a northeast wind 15 to 20 mph. However, forecasters expect rain – a 90 […]

City opens six sandbag sites

The City of Biloxi has opened six sandbag locations for residents: Beck Park, 671 Division St.; Migues Park, 425 Parker St.; Cavalier Park, 2059 Lawrence St.; Popp’s Ferry Soccer Fields, 2150 Popp’s Ferry Road; Fire Station 8, 8479 Woolmarket Road; and Fire Station 9, 9370 Oaklawn Road. These are self-serve sites, meaning residents need to […]

All eyes on Marco for now

“Yes, there are two storms out there right now,” Biloxi Emergency Manager Nick Geiser said this afternoon, “and while Laura will be later in the week and is on our minds, we’re focusing on Marco right now. “People can expect Marco to be another Cristobal for Biloxi, if the current track continues,” Geiser said, referring […]

City recommends boaters move craft

Owners of vessels in the city’s public harbors and marinas were notified this morning that it’s “highly recommended” that their craft be relocated to safer locations. The announcement, from Port Division Manager Larry Sablich, was made as Tropical Storms Laura and Marco are expected to enter the Gulf of Mexico, and as the National Weather […]

Today’s report: Be watchful of the weather

National weather authorities months ago predicted that the 2020 storm season would be a busy one, with as many as two dozen named storms during the six-month season. And while the season has lived up to its billing – Laura makes it a dozen named storms so far this year – no one predicted two […]

Today’s report: The numbers, safety reminders and more

We’re in the midst of hurricane season and a pandemic, and on this, the 51st anniversary of Hurricane Camille, today’s Be Prepared report includes your guide to storm preparations, safely. Also in today’s report, the latest coronavirus numbers: 276 new cases statewide with 16 in Harrison County. You’ll also see hospitalizations, and a reminder about […]

Today’s report: A visit to the hospital and more

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich thanked frontline healthcare workers at Merit Health Biloxi today, as the average number of new cases of COVID-19 hovers at 46 a day. Today’s report, which includes a look at 14-day trends statewide and locally, also features a segment on why August is such a milestone for Biloxi, and an important […]

Biloxians say it again: ‘Mask up, Biloxi’

Dozens of Biloxians from all walks of life have come together for a new city public outreach video, “Let’s Do This Again: Mask Up, Biloxi.” The five-minute video, set to a light-hearted Western Swing musical track, features nearly 70 Biloxians and “some guy from Gulfport” asking their fellow Biloxians to mask up to prevent the […]

City seeks proposals for Moon Building

The City of Biloxi, which saved several homes on Division Street and gave new life to the former Magnolia Hotel, is seeking potential interest in a storied location on Lameuse Street. The two-story concrete block and brick veneer structure, at 282 Lameuse Street, just south of Division, was constructed in 1974 by local contractor and […]

‘Let’s do this again: Mask Up, Biloxi’

Dozens of community leaders take part in today’s Be Prepared report with an important message: Mask Up, Biloxi. The numbers, however, continue to drive the report: 476 new positives statewide in the past 24 hours, along with 16 new deaths attributed to the coronavirus. There were 1,210 cases on Saturday and 527 on Sunday. Locally, […]

Be Prepared: The latest on COVID-19

It’s been a dubious week for new coronavirus cases: 308 in Harrison County since Monday, including a record-setting 91 positives reported Thursday. Today, there were 1,036 new cases reported statewide and 23 new deaths. Today’s Be Prepared report has the latest numbers, the big picture, the advice and more.Facebook: See today’s reportYouTube: See today’s reportSee […]

Biloxi Public Schools: ‘Smiles behind the masks’

The eight locations of Biloxi Public Schools opened their doors this morning and students “were greeted with excited teachers with big smiles behind their masks,” says schools spokesperson Jennifer Pyron. “We’re off to a smooth and safe start,” Pyron adds in an email. “All the students did a great job with wearing masks. We have 5,332 […]

Mayor: 11 p.m. is last call for alcohol in bars, restaurants

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich today issued an executive order designed to make sure local restaurants and bars were adhering to the intent of the governor’s mandate to end alcohol sales at 11 p.m. In his new executive order, Gilich acknowledges that some restaurants and bars “have continued to do so under the ruse of pre-sold […]

Councilman tests positive for COVID-19

Ward 2 Councilmember Felix Gines has tested positive for the coronavirus, becoming the eighth person in his family to contract the virus. Gines, who learned of the Sunday test results this afternoon, said he does not currently have symptoms but will quarantine at home for the prescribed 14 days. “I felt like I had the […]

Be Prepared: Numbers, election, roads and more

Today’s Be Prepared video has the latest on the coronavirus numbers, news of an election taking place Tuesday in Biloxi, and an update on infrastructure work.Facebook: See today’s reportYouTube: See today’s reportSee the overall tracking chartSee the daily comparison chartSee the Harrison County 14-day chart Mask Up, Biloxi (face covering required): Print your own sign (8.5 x […]

Power company franchise vote is Tuesday

The City of Biloxi will conduct a special election on Tuesday, and, if history is an indication, turnout will be low. Biloxi voters on Tuesday will cast ballots on whether to renew an existing franchise agreement with Mississippi Power. City polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Those voting must wear […]

BTV: Katrina through the eyes of the Army

What began as a look back at Hurricane Katrina through the eyes of the Salvation Army on the 15th anniversary of the monster storm this month quickly turned into something else when filming began in July. Instead, it turned into a heartfelt story about the people behind the shield, those who serve the Salvation Army […]

Be Prepared: The numbers and more

Harrison County is now averaging 50 new cases of the coronavirus each day, and drive-through testing is coming up next week in east Biloxi. Also in today’s Be Prepared report, Councilmember Felix Gines has a preview of the testing along with a backpack giveaway taking place this weekend.Facebook: See today’s reportYouTube: See today’s reportSee the […]

Drive-up COVID-19 testing Thursday

Memorial Physician Clinic will hold a drive-up coronavirus testing on Thursday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Woolmarket Civic Center off Old Woolmarket Road. The testing is open to those who have COVID- or flu-like symptoms such as body aches, fever, coughing, sneezing, chills, or shortness of breath. Face coverings are required and […]

August BNews has murals and more

The new issue of BNews Monthly, the city’s compendium of All Things Biloxi, will be arriving in homes and businesses across the city Wednesday and Thursday. The 24-page, advertiser-supported city newsletter includes updates on Biloxi’s need to respond to Census 2020, the “Mask Up Biloxi” COVID-19 initiative, the Biloxi Main Street murals project, city finances, […]

Be Prepared: The latest on COVID-19

Wearing masks or face coverings in public places continues to be the message to help stem the spread of the coronavirus, as Harrison County reported more than a hundred new cases of the coronavirus and three new deaths over the weekend. Statewide, 653 cases of the coronavirus were reported in the past 24 hours, but […]

Governor limits alcohol sales at bars, restaurants

Gov. Tate Reeves announced today that bars can now only sell alcohol to seated customers, and no alcohol can be sold at restaurants or bars from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. The governor, in a briefing this afternoon, also announced that 29 of Mississippi’s 82 counties are now under a mask mandate. The governor’s new […]

Be Prepared: The numbers and what you can do

Harrison County has seen 66 new cases of the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, part of the 1,610 new cases the Mississippi State Department of Health reported across the state. As hospitals continue to report more hospitalizations for COVID-19, state and local leaders continue to stress the basics, especially the mandate to wear a […]

Biloxi, are you in that number?

Census 2020, the once-a-decade snapshot of the United States, is falling short in Biloxi, and city leaders are asking for help. “Right now, 58 percent of the people in Biloxi have responded, and we need to do better,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said. “At least 42 percent of the people in Biloxi who were mailed […]

Sports complex open for reservations

The A.J. Holloway Sport Complex is now open for baseball and softball field reservations through the Biloxi Parks & Recreation Department. Any Biloxi team interested in practicing or playing games on one of the baseball or softball fields may submit a reservation to use the turf up to twice a week, Monday through Thursday, from […]

Big issues before mayor, council

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich has now crafted five municipal budgets since he was elected mayor just before budget time in 2015, but he readily admits it’s a little different this year. “Sure, the revenue situation has been fluid,” Gilich said, “especially since the COVID-19 diminished our two major revenue streams, gaming and sales taxes, but […]

It’s time to register for Biloxi Public Schools

Parents and guardians of students in the Biloxi Public School District: Have you completed online registration for your child yet? The 2020-21 school year begins Aug. 5, and online registration must be completed by Friday. If you are choosing distance learning for your child, you still need to register online for the school year. For […]

Mask mandate extended until Aug. 3

Gov. Tate Reeves today announced that the statewide mask-up mandate has been extended until Aug. 3, and Memorial Hospital has announced more drive-up COVID-19 screening and testing for those who have COVID- or flu-like symptoms is coming up in Biloxi. It’s all part of today’s Be Prepared report, along with the latest numbers: Statewide, 1,251 […]

Be prepared: Rising numbers and a few reminders

Sixty-five new positive tests for the coronavirus have been reported in Harrison County in the past 24 hours, a new record high. The Mississippi State Department of Health also reports today that 1,032 cases of the coronavirus have been identified in the past 24 hours statewide bringing the overall total of cases in the state […]

Popp’s Ferry bridge re-opens after barge collision

The Popp’s Ferry Bridge, a north-south connector used by nearly 20,000 motorists a day, was closed for nearly four hours today after a tugboat pushing three barges struck the bridge’s bumper system just before 1 this afternoon. The two-lane bridge re-opened to vehicular traffic at 4:45 p.m. today but remains closed to marine traffic. And […]

Be Prepared: Keeping count of COVID and the citizenry

It’s Day 1 for the mask mandate, and, yes, people have questions about the policy. Those questions and the numbers for today — 393 new positive coronavirus tests in 24 hours statewide, including six in Harrison County — are in today’s Be Prepared report. You’ll also hear about an important constitutional consideration: Census 2020.Facebook: See […]

Biloxi Police launch new camera-registry initiative

The Biloxi Police Department is inviting business and residential video camera owners to register their security camera locations with the department as part of a new public safety initiative. This will enable Biloxi Police, with the permission of the camera owner, to quickly and securely obtain recorded video in the event of an incident near […]

Be Prepared: Masks, other restrictions in the works

Signs alerting the public to the new facemask policy in Biloxi municipal facilities went up in buildings across the city today, as Harrison County reported a record-breaking 56 newly identified cases of the coronavirus and Gov. Tate Reeves has sounded an alarm: Tighter restrictions involving masks and groups are on the way for Harrison and […]

Facemasks now required at city buildings

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, who a week ago announced that city employees dealing with the public should wear facemasks, has made it official: Anyone entering a municipal facility in Biloxi must wear a face covering — visitors and employees. In an executive order issued today, his ninth since the COVID-19 crisis began in mid-March, Gilich […]

Hiller Park gets a new garden Friday

The Mississippi Urban Forest Council will dedicate a newly established pollinator garden at Hiller Park in Biloxi on Friday at 10 a.m. The 1,400-square-foot garden, which is situated in a grassy wetland swale a stone’s throw from the children’s splash pad, is planted predominately with flowers that provide nectar or pollen for a range of […]

Remains to be formally removed from U.S. 90 site

The northernmost lane of U.S. 90 will be closed south of the Biloxi City Cemetery Wednesday through Friday as archaeologists and anthropologists begin the process to remove skeletal remains that were discovered more than two years ago during work on a federally funded infrastructure project. The righthand, westbound lane will be closed south of the […]

Be Prepared: The numbers and a reminder

The Mississippi State Department of Health says 357 new cases of the coronavirus have been identified in the past 24 hours statewide, including 21 new positive tests in Harrison County. The latest on the numbers – along with a reminder of the guidelines from the Opening up Biloxi Again plan – are in today’s Be […]

Mask giveaway: 27,000 in four hours

The City of Biloxi distributed 27,000 masks in four hours this morning, in a “Mask, up Biloxi” initiative that Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich announced in an appeal Wednesday night. The program, designed to help stem the spread of the coronavirus, was supposed to run from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at five drive-through locations […]

The latest numbers; Mask up, Biloxi

Fifty new positive tests for the coronavirus have been reported in Harrison County in the past 24 hours in a two-week span that has seen the daily average nearly triple, and on Friday, ahead of the Fourth of July weekend, the city is hoping to give away thousands of facemasks to help slow the spread. […]

The sky lights up Saturday night

“Oh, say can you see?” Yes you can. Biloxi’s annual Fourth of July fireworks show is set to take place Saturday beginning at 9 p.m. The city-sponsored front beach show, which is supported by a host of businesses through the organizing Boom Boom Committee, takes place on Independence Day from a barge just south of […]

Gilich: Face it, Biloxi. It’s time to mask up

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich today announced that when City Hall re-opens to the public Thursday morning, city staff working with the public will be wearing facemasks. In fact, Gilich said, he has advised city department directors to make sure that all frontline city workers wear masks to help avoid the spread of the coronavirus. And […]

Point Cadet Fishing Bridge to go LED

All 91 lights on the 4,700-foot long Point Cadet Fishing Bridge are being replaced with sturdier, more weather-resistant LED lights. In fact, the manufacturer of the fixtures is now designing mounting brackets specifically for the bridge, which is a popular daytime and nighttime fishing spot. “This pier is probably the most-used and most popular pier […]

City Hall to remain closed for 24 to 48 hours

The State Department of Health reported 675 new cases of the coronavirus statewide in the past 24 hours, 46 in Harrison County, and Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich says City Hall will remain closed to the public for another 24 to 48 hours, after an employee tested positive for the virus. Since Friday, the state […]

City hall closes temporarily after positive test

Entrances to Biloxi City Hall are closed this morning after a city hall employee tested positive for the coronavirus. All administration staff and city council members were notified of the positive test this morning and those who have come in contact with the employee are being testing or are self-monitoring for any symptoms.    “This […]

BNews arrives Saturday, Monday across city

The July Issue of BNews Monthly will be arriving in Biloxi mailboxes on Saturday and Monday. Among the stories: Safety reminders about the coronavirus, Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich on the issues, storm and flood preparation information, the city’s water quality report, the inside story on the Broadwater proposal, info on the city’s Fourth of July […]

Be Prepared: COVID numbers and more

Motorists and fans of Scrapin the Coast, the two-day auto show at the Coast Coliseum, were already lining up and lining a coned U.S. 90 this afternoon as the two-day event unfolds against a backdrop of increasing coronavirus cases. Today’s Be Prepared report has insight into the newly identified COVID-19 cases — 25,066 statewide, and […]

City plans for heavy traffic this weekend

Scrapin the Coast, the auto show that some view as a younger cousin to Cruisin’ the Coast, returns to Biloxi this weekend, and city crews are preparing for a smooth-flowing event. In fact, motorists driving U.S. 90 Friday morning will see more than 2,500 traffic cones in or near the center of eastbound and westbound […]

Barhanovich Park getting a makeover

For years it’s been called Circle Park because it’s rounded by Porter Avenue. A sign says it’s Bay Terrace Park, and for new generations of children growing up near the north end of Porter Avenue near Back Bay, it’s also known as Mark Barhanovich Memorial Park, named for a late civic leader who played in […]

Back Bay boardwalk moving forward

The city is a step closer to launching its next waterfront improvement project, a 1,700-foot concrete boardwalk, pavilion with lookouts and benches in the area along Back Bay, west of the Forrest Avenue pier and boat ramp. The $3 million project, part of Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich’s initiative to make the Biloxi waterfront more inviting […]

BTV, live stream just got easier to see

Sharp-eyed viewers of the city’s website, that archive of All Things Biloxi, may have noticed the addition of two new icons at the top right of the page. The BTV icon now makes it easier to get to the online simulcast of BTV, the city’s municipal channel also carried by Sparklight and AT&T UVerse, and […]

Today’s report: Five days of numbers

The Mississippi State Department of Health, plagued by technical issues since last week, today released five-day totals of new coronavirus cases: 1,646 cases statewide since Wednesday, including 71 in Harrison County. The new numbers bring the totals to 22,287 cases identified statewide since Day 1, and 978 deaths. In Harrison County, the 71 new cases […]

Council to consider tidelands applications

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich on Tuesday will be seeking council approval to apply for about $8.5 million in tidelands grants for public improvement projects in Biloxi. The seven grant applications make up a large part of the 19 measures on the agenda for the City Council meeting on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at City Hall. […]

Unity March kicks off day of events Saturday

An event billed as a “Unity March & Prayer” on Saturday morning will usher in a day where Biloxi celebrates two of its annual events: Juneteenth and the beachfront wade-ins. The trio of events arrive against a backdrop of nationwide racial tensions, exacerbated in Mississippi by the move to change the state flag. In Biloxi, […]

Biloxi High School named best on Coast, No. 4 in state

Biloxi High School has been named the No. 1 high school on the Coast and the No. 4 high school in the state by U.S. News & World Report, whose website has 42 million visitors a month. This annual ranking is based on six factors: college readiness, reading and math proficiency, reading and math performance, […]

Trio of events planned for Saturday

Biloxi has a tripleheader of events Saturday: a unity march, a Juneteenth observance and a wade-in memorial, and city leaders are encouraging the public to gather safely. Two of the events are longstanding annual city observances, Juneteenth, which takes place at Beck Park, 671 Division St., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the wade-in […]

Dakia Entertainment Hospitality, Broadwater group eye transformational development at historic Biloxi site

Dakia Entertainment Hospitality and Broadwater Development, LLP announced today the signing of a formal letter of intent, subject to finalizing financial commitments, to redevelop the historic, former Broadwater Beach hotel, marina and golf course site into a $1.2 billion, 266-acre, world-class entertainment complex on U.S. 90 in Biloxi, Miss. The project has a projected opening […]

Coronavirus cases climbing in Harrison County

Harrison County coronavirus numbers are headed in the wrong direction — up and in record-setting fashion. A total of new 48 cases were reported over the past three days, including 23 cases in the past 24 hours in Harrison County. The 23 new cases was the largest one-day total since counting began in March. And […]

Be Prepared: Splash pads and news of Merit

The four splash pads in the City of Biloxi will open to the public Saturday morning and will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. The opening of the splash pads – at Hiller Park, Point Cadet, Margaret Sherry and John Henry Beck Park – is one of the announcements in today’s Be […]

City seeks CDBG applications from agencies

The City of Biloxi is in the process of developing its 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan and 2020 Annual Action Plan, required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the City’s Community Development Block Grant Entitlement Program. Biloxi receives an annual CDBG funding allocation, which is $462,382 for Program Year 2020.  These funds must […]

Uptick in local numbers continues

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported a jump in coronavirus cases in Harrison for two days in a row and Mayor Gilich has noticed. On Tuesday, the state department reported 11 new cases and today, 12 new cases were reported. Those numbers, as well as statewide numbers, and the rescue of an unwelcome guest […]

State sets a new daily coronavirus record

The state set another dubious record today, announcing the largest number of new coronavirus cases since counting began. A total of 498 cases were identified in the past 24 hours, says the Mississippi Department of Health, following up on a weekend that saw 501 new cases over two days. Harrison County is also seeing an […]

Cristobal proves a persistent nuisance

“It was a little bit more than I thought it would be,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said of Tropical Storm Cristobal today, after a weekend of tropical winds and more than seven inches of rain closed many of the city’s roadways. “I think many people were surprised by the strength of the storm, considering how […]

Be Prepared for heavy rain this weekend

Tropical storm conditions from Cristobal are forecast as early as Saturday, and city leaders are reminding citizens to prepare. Biloxi Emergency Manager Nick Geiser advises in today’s Be Prepared video report to not be alarmed but take precautions. “We are not expecting to see a hurricane-strength storm make landfall,” Geiser said. “But it does mean […]

Scaled-back Blessing to cover two weekends

The annual Blessing of the Fleet, originally scheduled to take place this weekend, will be a two-weekend affair this year because of inclement weather expected from Tropical Storm Cristobal this weekend. The Blessing scheduling updates, along with a report on Cristobal and the latest coronavirus numbers, are among the topics in today’s Be Prepared report. […]

Be Prepared: Coronavirus updates, Cristobal

Today’s “Be Prepared” report has the latest on the coronavirus numbers – 302 new cases statewide, including two in Harrison County – and while there’s no cause for alarm, there’s a storm expected to be in the central Gulf of Mexico this weekend.Facebook: See today’s reportYouTube: See today’s reportSee the overall tracking chartSee the daily […]

Today’s report: The charts, the numbers

Mississippi has now identified more than 16,000 cases of the coronavirus since this pandemic began. The Mississippi State Department of Health today reported that 268 cases statewide in the past 24 hours, driving the total number of cases since counting began in March to 16,020. In Harrison County, two new cases were reported in the […]

City ready to see OK’d project move forward

Construction plans have been approved and a permit is ready to be issued for one of the first cases reviewed since Development Review Committee meetings resumed a couple of weeks ago. “We are simply waiting on the contractor to come in and pick up the plans,” said Community Development Jerry Creel, referring to a project […]

U.S. 90 lane closure expected to end Friday

The lane closure on U.S. 90 south of the Biloxi City Cemetery, bottlenecking some of the 41,000 vehicles that pass the site on an average day, may be ending this Friday. This week, infrastructure workers are expected to pull a 16-inch, 750-foot lone pipe through a small tunnel that was bored 12 feet below the […]

Today’s report: Biloxi Natatorium; rising state numbers

The Biloxi Natatorium will open its doors for adult swimming on Monday but with guidelines. The swimming pool, located at 1384 Father Ryan Ave., has been closed since mid-March because of the coronavirus. The facility will open Monday morning and be open initially only for adult swimming weekdays from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. with […]

Today’s report: A perspective from the gaming industry

As more of the Biloxi economy roars back from the coronavirus threat, the city and its casino industry have a unique opportunity, says longtime local gaming leader Keith Crosby in today’s Be Prepared report. “Right now, the issue is rebuilding confidence in our customer base that it’s safe to come here, which it absolutely is, […]

Be Prepared: Numbers, news and observations

The June issue of BNews Monthly should begin arriving in homes and businesses across the city on Saturday, the state has now passed the 14,000 mark on coronavirus cases, including eight in Harrison County in the past 24 hours, and the city has updated its Opening up Biloxi Again guidelines online. Those are the topics […]

City saves $1.5 million with timely move

It’s an issue that Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich had been monitoring behind the scenes for months, and now, in the midst of the coronavirus and as interest rates have fallen dramatically, he’s done the deed. The city will save nearly $1.5 million over time, including nearly $400,000 in the next year, by partially refinancing two […]

Big weekend arrives amid backdrop of new spike in state

Today’s Be prepared report is a mixed bag: The state reports a huge number of new coronavirus cases — 402, the second highest since counting began — and tourism leader Kenny Glavan reports brisk business as Biloxi heads into the Memorial Day weekend. Locally, the Mississippi State Department of Health reports Harrison County reported six […]

And now, we’re off and rolling

The city’s economic engine, the casino resort industry, opened its doors today, also bringing almost 5,000 hotel rooms online as well. Seven of the city’s eight casinos began opening this morning with all open by mid-afternoon, except for the Beau Rivage, which opens June 1. The move also puts thousands of employees and suppliers back […]

Today’s report: Let the games begin — safely

Casinos in Biloxi and across the state have the green light to open Thursday morning at 8, with guidelines from the Mississippi Gaming Commission. Locally, Golden Nugget, Harrah’s and Treasure Bay are expected to open at 8 a.m., followed by the Palace Casino Resort and Boomtown at 10 a.m., Hard Rock at 11 a.m., and […]

Today’s report: Visitors Center, churches to open

The Biloxi Visitors Center on Friday morning will open its doors for the first time in two months, a day after the re-opening of Biloxi casinos. The center, located just north of the Biloxi Lighthouse, will be open initially only for informational purposes; galleries, exhibits and the theater will remain closed, Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich […]

West Beach Boardwalk makes a tern

The small-but-spirited Least Tern has done something the coronavirus couldn’t do: It’s shut down part of a city project. Workers on the West Beach Boardwalk expansion between Veterans and Camellia avenues had to move to another part of the mile-long project after a Least Tern nest was found adjacent to a piece of earthmoving machinery. […]

Gilich: Eyes will be on us next week

“The entire country will be watching us and how we handle this,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said today after the Mississippi Gaming Commission unveiled guidelines to re-open the state’s casinos, including eight in Biloxi, which have been closed since for two months. “There are national implications to how we do this,” Gilich said, “and it’s […]

Increase in local cases draws Mayor’s attention

Thirteen new cases of the coronavirus were reported in Harrison County in past 24 hours, drawing a statement from Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich. “We re-opened some things last week, right?” Gilich says in today’s Be Prepared report. “Last Friday, there was clearly a downward 14-day running average. Is that still the case? The next days […]

Coronavirus: Is the first wave over?

There was a bump in new coronavirus cases today locally – nine cases, representing the largest number since April 15 – but a local healthcare leader says he believes that Biloxi and the Gulf Coast are on the backside of the first wave of the virus. “We saw the curve earlier here in the state […]

Today’s update: Edgewater reports brisk business

Dillard’s, one of the anchors at Edgewater Mall, re-opened its doors today, and Manager Terry Powell says sales have been brisk among the 42 retailers now open at the west Biloxi venue. Powell guests on today’s Be Prepared report, which also features the latest coronavirus numbers: Three new cases reported in Harrison County, meaning the […]

Today’s update: Development meetings to resume

Community Development Director Jerry Creel has announced plans to resume a host of public meetings with social distancing and gathering guidelines. The meetings, set to take place in the auditorium at the Community Development Building on MLK Boulevard, include the Development Review Committee, which begins meetings this week; Community Court with its first session on […]

Barbershops, salons, gyms and court open Monday

You can get a haircut or go to the gym beginning Monday. More openings take place this week — salons, barbershops, gyms and municipal court — as Mississippi today reported 123 new cases of the coronavirus after a rollercoaster week. Gov. Tate Reeves and Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich signed orders on Friday opening hair salons, […]

Gilich: Let’s aim to open churches, safely

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, who has long said he thinks people want to have a meal in a restaurant and a chance to go to church, said he hopes places of worship can open in Biloxi two weeks from today. The mayor set the goal of May 23-24 after meeting on Friday with a host […]

Gilich OKs Monday opening of barbershops, gyms

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich this afternoon signed an order allowing salons, barbershops and gyms to open on Monday at 8 a.m., in accordance with an Executive Order issued by the governor today. However, Gov. Tate Reeves’s order places a host of restrictions on salons, barbershop and gyms, some more detailed than the city’s Opening Up […]

Municipal Court resumes Monday morning

Biloxi Municipal Court, which has been postponed since mid-March because of the coronavirus threat, will resume court proceedings Monday beginning at 9 a.m. Court Administrator David Leckich said only people with immediate and direct business with the court will be allowed into the courtroom, in order to comply with social distancing and to maintain a […]

Only half of Biloxi has responded to Census so far

The U.S. Census Bureau, in coordination with federal, state and local health officials, has begun a phased restart of some 2020 Census field operations in select geographic areas, including south Mississippi. And it’s a good thing for Biloxi, where the Census Bureau reports just over half of the households have responded. The national count, which […]

Today’s update: Pickleball and tennis courts open

As more and more restaurants and retailers are allowed to open, the city is also opening up more recreation opportunities. Today’s Be Prepared report has information on pickleball and tennis courts being open, along with the guidelines for use of the courts. The report also has the latest coronavirus numbers: 262 new cases statewide in […]

Restaurants getting a final briefing

Staff from the city’s Community Development Department are visiting the city’s 171 licensed restaurants in the city today and over the next day or two to make sure operators are aware of the guidelines for reopening. Department Director Jerry Creel said Code Enforcement officers are confirming that new temporary occupancy limits are displayed and followed […]

Mayor: Guidelines will help keep us safe

As COVID-19 numbers continue to decrease throughout the coastal counties and as Biloxi positions itself to move to the next phase of re-opening on Thursday, Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich speaks today about the importance of adhering to the “Opening up Biloxi Again” guidelines. Also in today’s Be Prepared report: The latest numbers, a nod to […]

Biloxi remembers fallen officer McKeithen

One year ago today the Biloxi Police Department suffered a tragic loss of one of their own and today the department honors the fallen officer, Robert McKeithen. In front of the Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center on Porter Avenue, in the very spot where the officer was shot from behind, the Police Department has created a […]

Today’s report: Looking forward; remembering a hero

As Gov. Tate Reeves announced an easing of restrictions on restaurants beginning Thursday, Biloxi Police Chief John Miller appears on today’s Be Prepared video to talk about the anxiousness of the community and the one-year anniversary of the killing of Biloxi Police Officer Robert McKeithen. The Biloxi policeman was shots and killed in front of […]

Today’s report: Lower state, local numbers; looking at trends

The Mississippi State Department of Health this afternoon says there have been 109 new cases of the virus reported in the past 24 hours throughout the state, but none locally. Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich says he expects to return publoic parks to their normal operating hours this week; however, parks remain open only walking, jogging […]

Today’s update: It’s the last night of curfew

Biloxi’s 11 p.m.-to-5 a.m. curfew ends after tonight, as the downward trajectory of cases continues locally. However, the Mississippi State Department of Health, which reported a record 397 new cases of the coronavirus on Friday, says there have been 229 new cases of the virus reported in the past 24 hours statewide. In Harrison County, […]

City issues new safety guidelines

As the state reported its largest number of coronavirus cases, Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich today announced new safety standards designed to protect public health and safety in Biloxi businesses. The set of guidelines — called “Opening up Biloxi Again” — does not open any businesses not already authorized to open by the governor, but sets […]

Today’s update: Latest numbers, a developing story

The coronavirus numbers continue to provide a mixed bag statewide and locally, but the magic number for the city is more than four dozen. Biloxi Engineering Director Christy LeBatard appears on today’s Be Prepared video to give a progress report on more than 50 public improvement projects across the city. Also reported today are the […]

Today’s update: Another bump, a look at progress

Harrison County saw another slight uptick in numbers today, and although the pandemic has devastated the economy, construction continues in Biloxi. Community Development Director Jerry Creel discusses the development underway in Biloxi in today’s Be Prepared report. Facebook: See today’s updateYouTube: See today’s updateSee the overall tracking chartSee the daily comparison chartSee the Harrison County 14-day chartSee […]

An uptick in numbers, an uptick in patience

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich met with a group of restaurteurs today, continuing to familiarize the local business community with expectations that will be in place when operations resume. The mayor also saw the latest numbers – an uptick in the state and in Harrison County in the daily positive cases of the coronavirus – and […]

Today’s update: A step closer

As coronavirus cases continue to be reported around the state, a slowing trend is being seen in Harrison County leading to more talk about opening up Biloxi again. The latest numbers show an additional 183 positives statewide and one new positive in Harrison County, as reported in today’s Be Prepared video. Mayor Andrew “FoFo’ Gilich […]

Today’s update: A new week begins

The state today reports a decrease in new positive coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours while the numbers in Harrison County continued to show a downward trajectory. City employees will be returning to work Monday morning, but non-emergency municipal offices will remain closed to walk-in traffic. Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich plans to have meetings […]

Today update: Seeing the trends, steady as she goes

The latest numbers are out – increases statewide and decreases locally – and the mayor has begun the process of meeting with various segments of the Biloxi business community to set expectations for “Opening Up Biloxi Again.” Today’s Be Prepared report shows the trends in the numbers, the mayor’s views, and there’s a reminder: It’s […]

Today’s video: latest numbers, staying the course

The latest numbers show a downward trajectory of new coronavirus cases in Harrison County, and Gov. Tate Reeves, aware of 281 new cases statewide, announced a Safer in Place order that keeps most protective measures in place. In fact, the governor’s new executive order, which takes effect on Monday morning, presents few if any changes […]

Gilich: We must stay the course right now

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, agreeing with a sentiment that “it’s time to start getting back to normal,” appeared on today’s Be Prepared report with a message: We must stay the course right now. “It’s just like the doctor tells you,” Gilich declared in the five-minute update: “Don’t stop taking your medicine because you’re feeling better. […]

City accepting Sports of Fame nominations

The Biloxi Parks & Recreation Department is accepting nominations for its 2020 class of the Biloxi Sports Hall of Fame and have extended the deadline.  Nominations are open to any athlete or competitor who has been retired at least three years or have completed at least 15 years of service as a coach or supporter […]

Today’s video: Some perspective and the latest

Capt. Matt Powell of the Biloxi Fire Department, fresh from a relief trip to the tornado-stricken areas of central Mississippi, appears on today’s Be Prepared video to help bring perspective to life today. The coronavirus numbers from the past 24 hours: 178 newly identified cases statewide, the fourth day of declining positives statewide; and 10 […]

Keesler maintains coronavirus restrictions

Here’s the latest from Col. Heather W. Blackwell, commander of the 81st Training Wing at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi: The base has had mitigation measures in place the past seven weeks. We have been deliberate in the actions we’ve taken to restrict the base and do our part to slow the spread of […]

Gilich: It will not be ‘business as usual’

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich told the Biloxi City Council today that the plan was to consider the guidelines needed to re-open such venues as restaurants and churches as leaders continue to look for a downward trajectory in newly identified cases of the coronavirus. Gilich was involved in an hourlong teleconference with fellow mayors and other […]

Block Grant Program: Biloxi residents learn more

The City of Biloxi is preparing its plan for use of community-wide housing and development project funding through the HUD Program and residents are invited to learn more. Each year the city, as a participant in the Community Development Block Grant Program, prepares an action plan for the funding of projects through the grant program […]

Builders moving forward despite COVID-19

Commercial and residential construction continues to move forward despite the coronavirus threat. In fact, in a five-week period from when the pandemic began shutting down the local economy — March 16 through April 20 — the city’s Community Development Department has issued $6.57 million in construction permits. The construction numbers, along with the latest coronavirus […]

Today’s update: A mixed bag of numbers, looking forward

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported a new high water mark – 300 newly identified cases of the coronavirus in the past 24 hours – but no new cases were reported in Harrison County. Today’s Be prepared update has the latest on the numbers, statewide and locally, along with a new graph that compares […]

Today’s update: Remain vigilant

Non-emergency city departments will remain on reduced staffing next week, and today the state reported 181 new cases of the coronavirus were identified in the past 24 hours, including seven in Harrison County. Those are the key messages in today’s Be Prepared video, recorded this afternoon at City Hall. The video also includes Councilmember Paul […]

Governor: Beaches open Monday morning

Gov. Tate Reeves announced today that beaches would open to the public Monday morning, but Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich reminds residents that social distancing should continue to be a part of their routine. The Mississippi State Department of Health, meanwhile, reports today that 169 new cases have been identified statewide in the past 24 hours, […]

Beware! Stimulus checks attract the scammers

Now that federal stimulus checks are beginning to arrive in banks accounts or mailboxes, the Biloxi Police Department is reminding residents to beware of scams. Biloxi Police Chief John Miller, appearing on the city’s daily Be Prepared video, said police have already received a report of an individual trying to cash a bogus $3,600 stimulus […]

Today’s update: Higher numbers, testing and Biloxi

Mississippi saw 273 new COVID-19 cases identified in the past 24 hours, the largest increase since counting began, and there were 25 new cases in Jackson County, according to the latest from the Mississippi State Department of Health. The latest numbers and tracking chart are included in today’s Be Prepared video update, along with information […]

Drive-up testing offered in Biloxi Thursday

A drive-up COVID-19 screening and testing will take place in Biloxi Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot of the Biloxi Civic Center, on Howard Avenue. The one-day testing, which is open to all ages, is primarily for those who are experiencing flu-like symptoms, such as body aches, fever, coughing, sneezing, […]

Fire Department nearly back to full staff

The Biloxi Fire Department, which had as many as two dozen firefighters out because of the coronavirus, is expected to be back to full staff this week, except for one firefighter who has recently tested positive for the virus. Biloxi Fire Chief Joe Boney made the announcement this morning during a weekly teleconference among city […]

Today’s update: Still waiting on the eye to pass

The number of coronavirus cases has increased statewide by 139 in the past 24 hours and by more than 1,100 in the past week, bringing the statewide total to 2,781, as the state of emergency, nightly curfew and other measures continue. “We’re waiting on the eye to pass,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich has said, but, […]

An important message on a proud anniversary

It was a proud time for Biloxi on this day 50 years ago, when Apollo 13 lifted off from Kennedy Space Center, with Biloxi native Fred Haise aboard as the Lunar Module Pilot. The mission, which lifted off at 1:13 (“13:13” in military parlance) on April 11, 1970, captured the attention of the nation, when, […]

Increase in COVID cases continues statewide

The number of coronavirus cases statewide has increase by more than 460 over the past two days, now up to 2,469, and 82 deaths across the state. Those are the latest numbers included in today’s Be Prepared video update, which also includes a conversation with Pastor Eric Dickey of First Missionary Baptist Church and a […]

The latest: A spike in statewide numbers

The latest numbers show a statewide spike of 257 positive coronavirus cases reported in the last 24 hours, bringing the new total to 2,260 positive cases statewide, and 76 deaths, including nine reported since Wednesday. Those numbers – along with a look at numbers from the three Coastal counties – are among the new information […]

BPD: Property crimes down 51 percent

The Biloxi Police Department reports a 51 percent drop in property crimes compared to this time last year and a 38 percent below the average over the past five years. The nightly curfew and additional police patrols, says Biloxi Police Chief John Miller, are working. “People are staying off the streets,” Miller said, “and that […]

Construction projects humming along

“Both commercial and residential construction continue to boom in Biloxi,” Community Development Director Jerry Creel says, “and as long as construction is continuing, we will issue permits and perform inspections.” The city, despite fears of the coronavirus threat, issued $1.7 million in construction permits two weeks ago, and $2.1 million last week, including permits for […]

Beware of COVID scams, warns police chief

Biloxi Police are seeing a rise in scams during the coronovirus pandemic and want the public to beware. “There have been several email scams that have been identified where it appears that the information is coming from the CDC,” Biloxi Police Chief John Miller says in today’s Be Prepared video update. “If you need information. […]

City Council meets Tuesday evening

The Biloxi City Council conducts its first-of-the-month night meeting on Tuesday at 6, with an agenda of more than two dozen measures. The meeting, which will be limited to elected leaders and staff as needed, will be streamed live on the city’s website. At the outset of the gathering, Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich will update […]

Today’s update: A look at the numbers

“We haven’t seen the peak yet,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich says in today’s Be Prepared video message, “but praying it comes sometimes in the next few weeks.” Gilich, marking the two-week point since the city began the social-media and BTV video updates, today revealed a graph that shows the daily increase in coronavirus cases, statewide […]

Work continues with scaled-back city staff

The city transitions to its emergency staffing levels Monday, with about half of its 650-employee workforce at home on paid administrative leave, and most departments, except for public safety, operating at reduced levels. Many city facilities — recreation centers, public pools, libraries and parks — closed, and other city facilities, such as City Hall, Community […]

Biloxi, others push back on spillway operation

The City of Biloxi is among seven south Mississippi local governments and trade groups pushing back on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ claims that it has no obligation to look for ways to avoid the shocking environmental damage caused by the recent back-to-back openings of the Bonnet Carre Spillway.  In 2019 the spillway was […]

Police arrest Hiller Park party organizer

Night 1 of the curfew on Thursday night — when travel is supposed to be limited — prompted a number of traffic stops and the dispersing of a crowd at Hiller Park gathered for a party, which was later moved to a residence where Biloxi Police arrested an organizer. Biloxi Police Chief John Miller, appearing […]

City to reduce staffing levels Monday

The City of Biloxi on Monday is shifting to its emergency staffing plan, with about half of the city’s 650 employees sheltering at home on paid administrative leave until recalled to work. However, staffing of first responders in the Biloxi Police and Fire departments and dispatchers in the city’s Communications Center will remain at normal […]

Today’s update: What you need to know

The nightly curfew begins at 11 tonight in Biloxi and surrounding communities, and Biloxi Police Chief John Miller appears on today’s video update to tell you what you need to know. Also, beginning Friday at 5 p.m. with the governor’s order, beaches will be closed; boardwalks and walking trails will be open to individuals. Hear […]

FAQs for shelter in place order

Gov. Tate Reeves signed a statewide shelter in place order for Mississippi to begin Friday at 5 pm. But what does that mean? The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has released some frequency asked questions and answers regarding the order.  Questions include “How long will this last?”, “Can I go to work?”, “Can I exerciser or […]

Mayor on curfew, other issues

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich discusses the upcoming curfew and closures of additional businesses, what it all means, and what he’s seeing, in today’s video message, which was recorded this afternoon at 3:30 at City Hall.Facebook: See the mayor’s messageYouTube: See the mayor’s messageSee the city’s coronavirus updates

Fred Haise: From Biloxi to space and now cyberspace

April was supposed to be a big month, with the 50th anniversary of Biloxian Fred Haise’s Apollo 13 mission, but with the continuing coronavirus threat, Biloxi’s spaceman is headed to cyberspace. BTV: Biloxi Television today launches two new hour-long documentaries created by August Taconi. “Fred Haise From Biloxi to the Moon,” will air daily in […]

Municipal court closures now extended to May

The Biloxi Municipal Court will not be in session for the month of April. The latest extension is effective through May 1 and is based on the continued risk and increased cases of the coronavirus. An administrative order has been issued to extend the court closure, but judges may still make case-by-case exceptions and consider […]

Now is the time to be counted

By Nick L. Shrimp “You know,” Slim Smith once said in a previous life, “they talk about the guy who invented the wheel. They say he was pretty smart. I don’t know. I think the guy who invented the axle was pretty smart, too.” And so it is, we come to Census 2020, on this […]

Curfew, more business closures to begin Thursday

Biloxi is enacting a nightly curfew, from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily, beginning Thursday night. In addition, a host of other non-essential businesses that rely on close contact are being temporarily closed. Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, who taped a daily video message asking residents to limit travel, signed the emergency proclamation in hopes of […]

Video update: Latest from mayor and police chief

Biloxi Police are continuing to make extra patrols of closed businesses, Police Chief John Miller says in today’s video update, and police are also looking to disperse any crowd they may encounter. Miller joins Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich in today’s Be Prepared video update, a four-minute report recorded this afternoon at Biloxi City Hall. The […]

Community Market to reopen — with restrictions

The Charles R. Hegwood Community Market will re-open offering produce only beginning on Tuesday. The market, which temporarily closed earlier this month because of fears of spreading the coronavirus, will be open to the public Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. under the I-10 overpass off Howard and Hopkins. City staff will […]

Fire Chief: The virus has hit home for me

The authorities are advising no groups of 10 or more, but Fire Chief Joe Boney, in today’s video update, has a question: Why would you want to be in ANY group at this time? Boney said the three Biloxi firefighters who have been found to have the virus are recovering at home. “As I knew […]

Third in fire department tests positive

A third member of the Biloxi Fire Department has tested positive for the coronavirus, Biloxi Fire Chief Joe Boney announced today. “We knew there was a chance of this happening,” Fire Chief Joe Boney said Friday when two initial positives were announced. “We are taking appropriate precautions, and this is in no way impacting our […]

Be careful what you flush

It hasn’t been an issue here, but with the run on toilet paper, paper towels and hand wipes, it’s worth mentioning: “Don’t be tempted to flush those wipes, paper towels, or napkins down the commode,” says Billy Ray Allen, Biloxi’s Public Works director. “They’re likely to clog your sewer pipes, creating a yucky — and […]

Biloxi VA announces two positives

From the Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System: On March 27, two Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System employees at the Biloxi VA tested positive for COVID-19. In accordance with CDC guidelines and the employees’ status, the individuals are currently in home isolation, mitigating further risk of transmission to other patients and staff. The Gulf […]

Podcast: Inside the decisions

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich stopped by the recording of the “City Desk” podcast this afternoon and had answers for lingering questions: Why no curfew? What do you tell people who are feeling stressed? How are YOU handling things? To listen to the 13-minute program — Gilich joins midway through — click here.

Mayor: ‘Act as if you have this virus’

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich has advice for everyone worried about contracting the coronavirus: Act is as if you already have it. “Everyone, of all ages,” Gilich says in today’s video message, “must act as if they had this virus and stay clear of people and things that could transmit it to others.” The comment was […]

Two in fire department test positive

Two members of the Biloxi Fire Department have tested positive for the coronavirus. Neither was admitted to a hospital, but are in self-quarantine at home. “We knew there was a chance of this happening,” Fire Chief Joe Boney said. “We are taking appropriate precautions, and this is in no way impacting our ability to respond […]

Edgewater Mall to close Sunday

Edgewater Mall will close at the end of business Sunday, with tentative plans to re-open Monday, April 13, 2020. The mall, which had been open to only a handful of its stores, announced that Dillard’s will remain open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Chick-Fil-A will […]

Mayor’s daily update: Police patrols, latest numbers

The Biloxi Police Department has developed a new team that monitors social distances on the beach during the day and turns into a business watch during the night, making sure that closed businesses are secure. The measure, which police have had in place for a week now, is one of the announcements in Mayor Andrew […]

Keesler confirms three COVID-19 cases

Here is a Keesler status report for Mayor Gilich and other community leaders provided Wednesday at 1 p.m. by Col. Heather W. Blackwell, commander of the 81st Training Wing at Keesler: Before it hits the news, I wanted to let you know Keesler has its first cases of positive COVID-19: an active duty member, a […]

Signs going up; council affirms closures

The Biloxi Fire Department today was posting notices on businesses that social-distancing practices must be respected in order for businesses to remain open.  The signs amplify the message from Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich in his daily video, and follow up on the City Council’s confirmation on Tuesday of an emergency declaration identifying critical infrastructure. “We […]

Gilich: ‘We want to smash that curve’

New signs will be showing up in businesses across the city warning owners and customers that social distancing must be practiced, Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich reported today. Say the signs: “This business is open and will remain so, if these directives are followed: + Practice social distancing (6 feet or more) + No gatherings of […]

Municipal Court extends modified schedule

Biloxi Municipal Court, which has been suspended through March 27, has now postponed in-court appearances through April 10. An administrative order has been issued to extend the court closure, but judges may still make case-by-case exceptions and consider motions when reviewing or considering trials, after consulting with all parties or their counsel of record. The […]

Keesler closes Meadows gate, other precautions

Motorists trying to visit Keesler Air Force Base this morning found the Meadows Road gate closed and heavy, slow-moving traffic at the main gate on White Avenue. The limited access, announced Sunday, is part of the base’s increased health-protection protocol. Keesler officials have closed access through its Meadows gate until further notice but the White […]

Today’s update from Mayor Gilich

The beaches remain open, with limitations, the idea of a round-the-clock curfew has been rejected for the time being, and it’s “business as unusual,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich reports in his daily message, recorded this afternoon at City Hall. “Concern about the spread of COVID-19 is still high all over,” Gilich said in the brief […]

Local COVID-19 testing locations identified

The Mississippi State Department of Health has released a list of statewide testing locations. Requirements: These providers require that you have symptoms of COVID-19 in order to be tested: a fever of 100.4 or greater and severe cough or chest pain. Here are the south Mississippi locations: Gulfport Memorial Gulfport 228-867-5000 Memorial Drinkwater Internal Medicine Walk-In Clinic Bay Saint Louis […]

Mayor Gilich has a message for you

The City of Biloxi has launched a new communications tool, “Be prepared,” a daily video message that will be shown on social media platforms and on BTV, the city’s TV channel. “We want to give you accurate information, the things you need to know,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said in the first video message, which […]

The latest from Keesler

The latest from Col. Heather Blackwell, commander of the 81st Training Wing at Keesler. We’ve made some major decisions over the weekend in an effort to keep Keesler’s posture in a proactive stance against the coronavirus.  These changes will have a significant impact on retirees coming onto Keesler so I wanted to ensure you were […]

Unemployment benefits available for impacted workers

Workers in Mississippi unable to work because of the coronavirus will be eligible to file for unemployment benefits, the Mississippi Department of Employment Security has announced. In fact, those displaced can call Sunday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. if they have questions. The agency has modified its existing unemployment compensation rules to also allow […]

Talk of curfew making the rounds

Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson and police chiefs in Harrison County are recommending a two-week, 24-hour curfew beginning Monday night, and Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said he expects the issue to come up during a Harrison County Board of Supervisors meeting Monday morning. Peterson and the police chiefs suggest the curfew run through April 6 […]

April citywide newsletter online early

“This, too, shall pass, but not just yet,” is the front-page headline in the new issue of the city’s monthly newsletter, which features the latest on coronavirus-related announcements from the city. The April issue of BNews Monthly also contains an explanation of the need for social distancing, the latest on local emergency-response protocols, how to […]

Gilich: Bars, dining rooms must close by midnight

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich has announced that bars, taverns, lounges and dining rooms of restaurants must close tonight by midnight and until further notice. Gilich made the announcement this evening after teleconferences with mayors and other leaders this afternoon. Other nearby cities have also announced similar measures. Restaurants would be limited to take-out, pickup, delivery, […]

City limits traffic to public buildings

All non-emergency City of Biloxi facilities are essentially closed to walk-in traffic, but city business is being conducted by phone or email. City staff remains working in respective departments, but access to buildings is limited. The Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center and other public safety centers remains open for emergency issues. “These are extraordinary steps, but […]

Council meetings: Watch online only

The City is Biloxi has announced that attendance at meetings of the City Council will be conducted with limited attendance. City Council meetings, which have traditionally been posted online within an hour after their conclusion, will now also be streamed live online, with replays on BTV at 9 a.m., 9 p.m. and 3 p.m. “In […]

Police: Here’s how you can help

By Maj. Christopher DeBack Biloxi Police Department As the nation struggles with current events and the response to the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Biloxi Police Department reminds everyone to stay vigilant.  Be mindful of social distancing and repetitive hygiene to aid in cutting down on cross contamination. We have taken steps to help […]

City announces policy, scheduling updates

Biloxi Chief Administrative Officer Mike Leonard had the following information about the city’s response to the threat of the coronavirus, or COVID-19: Many Biloxi restaurants are advertising take-out services and the mayor will in public statements encourage this option. The Biloxi Parks & Recreation Department has canceled all athletic events on city playing fields through […]

Biloxi identifes positive Coronavirus case

Merit Health in Biloxi announced this morning that a patient has been confirmed as having Cornoavirus or COVID-19 The hospital’s statement: “For the last several days, our hospital has been working collaboratively with the Mississippi State Department of Health while testing was completed for a patient who presented our facility with risk factors and symptoms consistent […]

Keesler seeks to limit base traffic

Keesler Air Force Base is asking retirees and veterans to limit travel to the base for essential medical appointment only. “Keeping our training pipeline open is essential to the success of our Air Force,” said Col. Heather Blackwell, commander of the 81st Training Wing. “Stopping the spread of this virus will enable us to continue […]

First responders develop new protocols

Two-thirds of the 7,000 calls to the Biloxi Fire Department in a typical year are medical emergencies, and the threat of the coronavirus means 911 dispatchers will be asking more questions as they roll first responders to calls for help. “It’s really a matter of protecting our first responders and making sure we don’t do […]

City eyes impact of casino closures

“We’re evaluating every aspect of our city finances,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said today, hours after casino resorts in Biloxi and across the state closed to minimize the threat of spreading the coronavirus. The city’s annual budget — about $66 million for operations and another $18 million for water and sewer services — had projected […]

Council meeting to have restricted attendance

The Biloxi City Council will meet Tuesday at 1:30 p.m., but city leaders are asking that only those with pending business before the council attend the meeting since seating will be restricted. The restricted seating also will be enforced during a noon special meeting to consider funding for Coast Transit Authority. All meetings of the […]

Municipal Court cancels sessions for two weeks

Biloxi Municipal Court will not be in session this week, however, the court itself remains open for those scheduled to make payments or perform court-appointed work. An administrative order issued by the court today continues all cases for at least two weeks, through 5 p.m. on Friday, March 27. The order also notes that judges […]

City to declare state of emergency

The City of Biloxi plans to declare a state of emergency during a City Council meeting on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. The state of emergency and the city’s continuing assessment of standard operating procedures are steps designed to minimize the expected increase in cases of the Coronavirus. The state of the emergency, a measure typically […]

Monday will bring closures, schedule changes

Classes will not be in session this week at Biloxi Public Schools and a number of city facilities, including the Biloxi Natatorium and Donal M. Snyder Sr. Community Center, will be closed as well, as local leaders attempt to reduce the chance for the spread of the coronavirus. Leaders of Biloxi Public Schools, after a […]

Podcast: A rollercoaster of a week

This week’s City Desk podcast reviews the week — huge back-to-back crowds at the ballpark, followed by postponement of weekend events — as community leaders continue to work to diminish the chance of the Coronavirus spreading. The weekly public affairs program, which also focuses on Census 2020 this week, was recorded this afternoon at City […]

Natatorium, Snyder Center to close temporarily

The Biloxi Parks & Recreation Department has decided to temporarily close two well-used facilities beginning Monday. The Biloxi Natatorium and the Donal M. Snyder Sr. Community Center, facilities that are frequented by people of all ages, will close on March 16 and remain closed until further notice. “We want to be prudent,” said Parks & […]

Census questionnaires arriving now. Do your part

Official questionnaires from Census 2020 began arriving in mailboxes in Biloxi this week, and Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich is asking Biloxians to make time to respond, either online or using the self-enclosed envelope. The white 10-inch-by-six-inch envelope contains a letter from Census Director Steven D. Dillingham, a Q&A about the census, multi-lingual explanations on how […]

With spike in interest, Biloxi postpones parade, Grillin’

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, after consulting with organizers of two weekend events, has announced that the Hibernia Marching Society St. Patrick’s parade and Grillin’ on the Green will be moved to the Fall. Gilich made his decision after organizers of both events reported a significant spike in interest from potential visitors and vendors because other […]

St. Paddy’s parade, Grillin’ remain on schedule

The Hibernia Marching Society’s annual St. Paddy’s Day parade and Main Street’s Grillin’ on the Green are still on schedule for this weekend, but Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich says the city will continue to monitor directives from public health leaders, and the public should continue to take common-sense steps to diminish the spread of the […]

State-Texas Tech attracts 5,700 to MGM Park

Wow. What a way to launch the baseball season at MGM Park. A throng of 5,752 fans were in Biloxi’s downtown ball park Tuesday evening to see the 13th-ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs best No. 2 Texas Tech 6-3. “We put a lot of work into making this happen,” said Hunter Reed, general manager of MGM […]

Ball park opens at 5 for State-Texas Tech

Gates open in less than an hour, at 5 p.m., at MGM Park for the opening game of the Hancock Whitney Classic, with Mississippi State facing Texas Tech, and Biloxi Shuckers GM Hunter Reed says baseball fans will like what they see as Biloxi’s downtown ball park ushers in another season of baseball. “We’ve been […]

State-Texas Tech at MGM Park this week

Baseball returns to MGM Park Tuesday and Wednesday when two perennial powerhouses, Mississippi State and Texas Tech, take part in the Hancock Whitney Classic. The matchup features two teams that have each reached the College World Series in back-to-back season and enter 2020 with high expectations, as the Red Raiders were ranked sixth in the […]

New VA protocols tie up Monday morning traffic

Traffic headed into the Biloxi Veterans Administration grounds was slow-moving and backed up the length of Veterans Avenue, to U.S. 90, at one point this morning as the VA introduced new protocols with the coronavirus in mind. Under the plan, VA staff is questioning those entering the federal grounds about their health, whether they’ve traveled […]

Ward meetings in the works for March

Councilmen Kenny Glavan and Felix Gines have ward meetings coming up. The Ward 6 meeting will be Monday, March 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the Innovation Center, Popp’s Ferry Road. The Ward 2 meeting will be Thursday, March 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the Gruich Center, Howard Avenue. Ward 3 Councilmember Dixie Newman has a […]

You made it! It’s First Friday

The March edition of First Friday, the monthly downtown affair, kicks off at 5 today in the Biloxi Downtown Arts District. The event, which takes place along Rue Magnolia, and Water and George E. Ohr streets, will feature discounts from downtown merchants, who expand hours for the event. You’ll also find trivia hosted by Biloxi […]

Fred Haise: From Biloxi to the moon – and back

Apollo 13 astronaut and Biloxi native Fred Haise has received numerous awards during his storied career, including a Presidential Medal of Freedom, and he says the ones that mean the most to him are those that come from pilots or test pilots, his peers. And some of his most-cherished peers – family and friends from […]

CTA faces key city funding vote Tuesday

Coast Transit unveiled two new trolleys for its East Biloxi Casino Hopper line the other day thanks to $500,000 in state and federal grants, but the agency worries it may have to cut back its Beachcomber line from six days to two days a week if it doesn’t get full funding from the City of […]

BTV: Out with the old, in with the new

March 1 is Sunday, which means a new month of programming on BTV, the city’s municipal TV channel. That also means that the programs airing throughout February will now be available exclusively on the city’s YouTube channel. Among the new programs making their debut on Sunday are a behind-the-scenes story on the events to honor […]

March: St. Paddy’s, Grillin’ and a whole bunch more

The Mardi Gras beads and trinkets have barely been put away, if at all, and it’s time for another parade – with a cookout, to boot. You’ll get a preview of the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Grillin’ on the Green, which take place March 14, in the March issue of BNews Monthly, which […]

Mardi Gras 2020: The follow up

A total of five people – from among a crowd of “every bit of 80,000” – were arrested on Fat Tuesday, reports Police Chief John Miller. “The low number of arrests for a crowd of that size is fantastic,” Miller said. “Over the years, the city has worked to promote our Mardi Gras parades as […]

Gulf Coast Carnival rolls at 1 p.m.

Gulf Coast Carnival Association, with a scheduled lineup of 112 units, rolls at 1 p.m. through downtown Biloxi on Tuesday, Mardi Gras Day, and Biloxi Police Chief John Miller has some advice for paradegoers: “Be safe,” he says. “Be courteous. Be patient. Stay behind the barricades, and if there aren’t any barricades, stay on the […]

Beads and love were in the air for Neptune

Gerald Everett, an officer of the Krewe of Neptune, decided to throw his girlfriend something more than Mardi Gras beads during the krewe’s parade Saturday night in downtown Biloxi. A costumed Everett, standing on the reviewing stand at City Hall, tossed a small black box to his girlfriend, Farris Kay, as her Krewe of Sirens […]

Second Liners roll; Neptune in the wings

The Second Liners parade rolled through downtown Biloxi today in a route that circled dozens of Neptune floats readying for the carnival crew’s 5:30 parade. “It was perfect weather for the parade,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said. “The Second Liners group has come a long way and is celebrating 25 years this year. The members […]

Here’s the traffic plan for Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras weekend has arrived, with two parades in downtown Biloxi on Saturday, leading to the Gulf Coast Carnival Association parade on Tuesday. Biloxi Police, mindful of the tens of thousands of paradegoers in downtown Biloxi, have announced the traffic plans for the parades, and this year the city is publishing the hourly milestones of […]

Safety tips for before, during and after the parades

The Second Liners and the Neptune Mardi Gras parades take place Saturday in downtown Biloxi, and Gulf Coast Carnival rolls on Fat Tuesday. “Mardi Gras is one of our great cultural celebrations in Biloxi, and we want everyone to have a spirited-yet-safe time,” says Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich. “We ask people to make sure they […]

Nina, Pinta now at Schooner pier

The Nina and Pinta, replicas of Columbus’s ships of discovery, are now available for tours at the Schooner Pier and will be open daily until their departure March 2. Both ships tour together as a “sailing museum” for educating the public and schoolchildren on the “caravel,” a small, fast Spanish or Portuguese sailing ship of […]

Fat Tuesday: Closer by the day

More and more news is coming out about Mardi Gras 2020. The Krewe of Neptune, which rolls Saturday evening, has announced the Ying Yang twins, yes, those of “get Kronk” fame, will be parade grand marshals, and Gulf Coast Carnival Association has begun its preliminary court announcements. Fat Tuesday, of course, is Feb. 25, less […]

City seeks volunteer nominations

Do you know a person, organization or business that is always willing to help out? Then nominate them for the 37th annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony. The City of Biloxi will be recognizing those who have volunteered in Biloxi in the areas of community, health, arts and history, education, military, nonprofit organization, youth, sports, adult and […]

Children’s parade rolls through downtown

Record crowds lined Lameuse Street and Howard Avenue this morning to witness the annual Children’s Mardi Gras Walking Parade, where more than 300 children were registered to ride decorated bikes, trikes and other non-motorized vehicles through downtown to City Hall. And youngsters were recognized from more than nearly 50 who registered for the post-parade costume […]

Shoebox float creators honored at City Hall

The winners of the annual Shoe Box Float Contest were recognized at Biloxi City Hall. The annual contest, conceived by the Mardi Gras promoter and educator Ruth Hunt 22 years ago, is designed to spur interest among youngsters in the history and traditions of Carnival. First place winners and their respective schools: Allison Otahal, fourth […]

Dancing, parading, barking and more this weekend

It’s Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras season in Biloxi. That means more to celebrate and parade about, especially this weekend. The Biloxi Parks & Recreation Department will present its popular annual Daddy-Daughter Sweetheart Dance tonight from 6 to 9 at the Donal M. Snyder Sr. Community Center. All daddys and daughters are invited to dress […]

Short-term rental operators closed, fined

Operators of four unlicensed short-term rentals were fined a total of $200 in Biloxi Community Court this week and ordered to cease operations. Four other cases were resolved before court proceedings began, and three other cases face court dates. “The city took assertive steps to ensure that operators of short-term rental units are complying with […]

It was a week 321 years in the making

Biloxi observed the 321st anniversary of its founding this week, with the day named in honor of longtime local historian Edmond Boudreaux. History and culture were celebrated throughout the week. Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, in one of the widest ranging interviews of his 56 months in office, spoke about old and present-day Biloxi in an […]

City to pursue short-term rental cases

The City of Biloxi’s Community Court on Wednesday will hear eight cases involving unlicensed short-term rentals operating in the city. The cases involve short-term rentals on Lickskillet Road, Lameuse Street, Southern Avenue, St. Paul Avenue, Kimbrough Boulevard, Gill Avenue, Todd Cove and Howard Avenue. All are either operating in neighborhoods zoned for single families or […]

Tonight, get a sneak peek at history expo

Aficionados of Biloxi and Gulf Coast history are in for a treat. This evening from 5:30 to 7 will be an opening reception for the Art of Keesler and the History of Keesler AFB exhibits at the Biloxi Visitors Center, a pre-cursor to the Gulf Coast Historical and Cultural Expo on Friday and Saturday. All […]

New drainage system handled torrential downpour

More than 4½ inches of rain fell in Biloxi Wednesday, which would have been catastrophic on the muddy streets of east Biloxi a year ago, but city leaders say there were no major drainage issues in the new drainage system under 55 miles of paved streets north of the CSX Railway. Keesler Air Force Base […]

Mardi Gras happenings in Biloxi

Saturday, Feb. 15: Biloxi Children’s Mardi Gras Walking Parade The annual children’s parade, open to ages 12 and younger, will walk and roll downtown on Saturday at 10 a.m.  This year’s theme is “Carnaval Du Cirque” and celebrates the circus.  The parade begins under the I-110 overpass on Howard Avenue, travels east on Howard to […]

City seeks bids to remove Division Street structures

The city is taking bids on the demolition and removal of nine properties on the west end of Division Street to make way for the new development corridor that will serve as the gateway to Keesler’s new main entrance. “There’s no doubt this new Keesler main entrance is necessary for many reasons,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” […]

State of the City: Pick your topic

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich covered nearly two dozen topics during his 28-minute State of the City video presentation last week. Here’s a quick reference to take you directly to the topic: Biloxi Public Schools Boardwalks Bonnet Carre spillway issue Census 2020 Closing credits Daily passenger rail Departmental highlights Downtown restoration Eagle Point Park East Biloxi […]

Sign up now for the Children’s Mardi Gras parade

Mardi Gras is only weeks away and the city, the Gulf Coast Carnival Association and the Coastal Mississippi Mardi Gras Museum are now asking for children to join the festivities. The annual Biloxi Children’s Mardi Gras Walking Parade, set for Saturday, Feb. 15 at 10 a.m., is open to youngsters age 12 and younger who […]

BTV: A parade of history in February

February 13 marks the 321th anniversary of the explorer Pierre Le Moyne, Sieur d’Iberville setting foot on the shores of present-day Biloxi, and history is front and center this month on BTV, with new and old programs dotting the programming schedule. August Taconi, the longtime photographer and videographer of Biloxi events, dipped into his archives […]

Gilich delivers a 2020 Vision for Biloxi

Biloxi leaders of the past used the year 2020 as a planning benchmark, and now that we’ve reached 2020, Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich told a State of the City audience today, you can see the vision from the past plans becoming reality today. Gilich, in a 28-minute presentation, spoke of new hotels, new restaurants, multi-million-dollar […]

Clydesdales return to Downtown Biloxi Wednesday

The Budweiser Clydesdales will be in Biloxi on Wednesday, and you can get a close-up look at the stately horses and their shiney red beer wagon when the team arrives at City Hall between 6:30 and 6:45 p.m. The Clydesdales, world-renowned as the ambassadors of Budwesier, will be greeted at City Hall by Mayor Andrew […]

City recognizes fourth quarter longevity recipients

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, on Tuesday, recognized 26 employees for their years of service during a longevity awards presentation. 35 years of service: Cheryl Bell, Parks & Recreation Department director 30 years of service: John Rodolfich, Fire Department; and Ronald Lessner, Police Department 25 years of service: Louis Leitenberger and Stephen Strickler, Fire Department; and Michael […]

City to consider Sound, spillway resolutions

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich will be asking the City Council next week to approve four measures designed to help avoid a repeat of last summer’s disastrous spillway opening. The mayor also wants to see civic and community groups get involved. The four resolutions have been recommended by the Mississippi Sound Coalition, a group of community […]

MLK celebration marching to Monday

The Coastwide Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, which began Thursday with a “Power in Pumps” women’s symposium at the Biloxi Visitors Center, continues its march through the weekend with events leading up to Monday, with the MLK parade and Battle of the Bands at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum. “We try to move events around […]

Sound Coalition seeks new legislation

The Mississippi Sound Coalition, a group of local leaders working to avoid a repeat of last summer’s disastrous spillway opening, is asking its member cities and counties to lobby Mississippi’s congressional delegation for help. The coalition, which met Wednesday at the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport, voted to ask local governments in the […]

Cedar-Popp’s fire station to be dedicated Saturday

“Some people may be worried about the weather,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich says of the Saturday morning dedication of the city’s new fire station at Cedar-Popp’s, “but, let me tell you, it’s going to be inside, and this station can hold half of Keesler field.” The city on Saturday at 10 a.m. will formally dedicate […]

Carnival season kicks off in Biloxi this weekend

Carnival season will officially kick off in Biloxi on Sunday with the celebration of Twelfth Night beginning at 5 p.m. at the Biloxi Visitors Center, followed by a parade to Biloxi City Hall. The gathering will begin with the Gulf Coast Carnival Association’s 2019 Royal Court parading through the visitors center and out to the […]

States of the City: A look back

It’s the first of the year, which means it’s State of the City time, when the Biloxi mayor reports to the public on the city’s program of work. The annual presentation, which Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich will make Jan. 30 in a Biloxi Bay Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon, will be replayed Jan. 31 at […]

A Sound idea: Cities, counties form coalition

By Gerald Blessey Our coastal way of life is threatened. We must stand united to protect it. The 2019 openings of the Bonnet CarrĂ© Spillway caused great damage to the Mississippi Sound and our fisheries, tourism and coastal culture. Recognizing the threat of future openings and other man-made damage, Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich asked me […]

New BNews Monthly arrives this week

The city ushers in the New Year this week with the arrival of a January issue of “BNews Monthly” that’s chockfull of news and information about city projects, upcoming special events, and the January lineup for BTV, the city’s municipal TV channel. The 24-page advertiser-supported newsletter, which begins arriving in homes Tuesday, features stories on […]

Gilich praises Congressional delegation for FEMA help

The citizens of Biloxi received a major Christmas present the other day — FEMA reinstating $8.8 million for infrastructure work — and Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich says Mississippi’s Congressional delegation played a major role in the issue. FEMA reinstated $8.8 million in Katrina disaster funds for Biloxi’s infrastructure projects, after the city in August appealed […]

Coast leaders file spillway lawsuit

The City of Biloxi has joined other coast leaders in filing a federal lawsuit regarding future openings of the Bonnet CarrĂ© Spillway. The filing, announced today by Marlin Ladner, President of the Harrison County Board of Supervisors, is to compel the Mississippi River Commission to consult with the people of the Mississippi Coast before opening […]

Kirkland resigns from city post

Cliff Kirkland, who worked for three mayors in his 30-year association with Biloxi City Hall, has tendered his resignation in the wake of being arrested for two counts of allegedly touching a child with lustful purposes. Kirkland had served as the city’s Chief of Innovation and Economic Development under Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, and he […]

Biloxi’s Holiday Open House is this weekend

Looking for that one-of-a-kind gift to give for Christmas? Look no further. The Holiday Open House at the Biloxi Visitors Center has you covered this weekend. On Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Biloxi Visitors Center will be filled with dozens of artists and craftsmen showing and selling their wares. There […]

North contract: The end is near. Really.

It was a quiet-yet-significant milestone this week when Oscar Renda paving crews laid down the last stretch of base course of asphalt in the nearly 55 miles of infrastructure work north of the CSX railway. The work was at the north end of Forrest Avenue, the several blocks between Bayview and the Keesler gate at […]

Gilich: Kirkland on leave

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich announced this morning that Cliff Kirkland is on leave pending a resolution of criminal charges.  Kirkland, 67, was arrested Tuesday night by Biloxi Police on two counts of allegedly touching of a child with lustful purposes. “As Mayor, I will always put the City of Biloxi’s interest first,” Gilich said.  “These […]

Jack the Fire Dog growing into the job

Jack the Biloxi Fire Dog is learning that everything’s not in black and white. On any given day, he knows not whether he’ll in be in a fire station roaming among firefighters, in front of a classroom of young students, or greetings crowds at a Christmas or Mardi Gras parade. Such is the life with […]

Santa parades through Woolmarket Saturday

Christmas celebrations continue in Biloxi this weekend with the annual Woolmarket Christmas Parade beginning at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. The parade, now in its third year, will include dozens of walking units, floats, golf carts, utility vehicles, corvettes and a Biloxi fire truck.  “Every year this parade has grown,” said Ward 7 Councilmember Nathan Barrett, […]

Gulf Coast Marathon in town this weekend

About 3,500 runners are expected to take part in the Gulf Coast Marathon Sunday morning, and police will have a number of roadways or traffic lanes closed as the 26.2-mile race makes its way on U.S. 90 from Henderson Point in Pass Christian to Biloxi’s MGM Park. The run, which takes place in the southernmost […]

Christmas parades and festival this weekend

The annual Christmas on the Water Children’s Parade rolls downtown tonight beginning at 6 p.m. The parade, open to children in kindergarten through fourth grade, will begin at the Dr. Frank G. Gruich Sr. Community Center on Howard Avenue, travel west on Howard Avenue, turn south on Reynoir Street, east on Jackson street, south on […]

Police offer holiday safety tips

The Christmas season officially kicked off in Biloxi this week and with more festivities planned, Biloxi Police are asking everyone to keep safety in mind while enjoying the season. “Crime tends to rise as the criminals take advantage of all the hustle and bustle during the season,” Biloxi Police Major Christopher De Back says.  “And […]

Mason, firefighters honored for heroics

Deputy Chief Andy Mason, a 24-year veteran of the Biloxi Fire Department, has been awarded one the department’s highest honors, the Phil McCabe Five Bugle Award, an honor named for the department’s first chief and recognizing a member who exemplifies the department motto of “Always Ready with Willing Hearts.” Mason’s award, announced during the fire […]

Holidays, heroes highlight BTV lineup

BTV ushers in the holiday season with a new 20-minute program that gives you a preview and background on the city’s time-honored holiday traditions. The traditions are not unlike the programming on BTV this month – some old and some new. “Christmas Traditions in Biloxi” will tell viewers the story behind the story on the […]

Here’s the 2019 Christmas lineup

Sunday, Dec. 1 Gulf Coast Carnival Association Fleur De Lis Children’s Christmas Party, Noon to 2 p.m., Mary Mahoney’s Old French House, 110 Rue Magnolia. See the King, Queen and court of Mardi Gras in a festive affair. $25 per person. Details: 228-432-8806. Thursday, Dec. 5 Biloxi Lighthouse Holiday Lighting, 5:30 pm. Biloxi Lighthouse, south […]

Infrastructure work returning to Howard Avenue

Business owners, residents and those who travel Howard Avenue between Porter Avenue and Hopkins Boulevard can see the telltale signs of road work coming up. City infrastructure contractors last week cut into the asphalt in preparation for the installation of a major sewer line under a 1,500-foot section of the southernmost lane of Howard, in […]

Thanksgiving is prime time for feasting – and fires

Cooking is the most common cause of residential fires, according to the National Fire Prevention Association, and home fires are four times more likely to occur on Thanksgiving Day than any other day of the year. This Thanksgiving, the Biloxi Fire Department wants to remind residents of some safety tips to keep in mind while […]

World War II hero to speak at Gold Star ceremony

The city wraps up its three days of ribbon-cutting ceremonies with an event on Saturday that will feature a national hero. World War II Medal of Honor recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams, a Marine corporal who saved countless American lives with his flamethrower in the Battle of Iwo Jima, will be the speaker at the dedication […]

It’s a 10! City puts newest fire station in service

City leaders gathered this morning to formally open the city’s newest fire station, Station 10, which is on Old Highway 67 and will serve the Cedar Lake and East Woolmarket areas. The new station, which is expected to reduce response times north of the Bay, will currently be manned ’round the clock by three firefighters […]

Trio of ribbon cuttings planned this week

World War II Medal of Honor recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams, a Marine corporal who saved countless American lives with his flamethrower in the Battle of Iwo Jima, will be the speaker at the dedication this week of the Gulf Coast Gold Star Families Memorial Monument on Saturday at Guice Veterans Memorial Park in Biloxi. The […]

Mayor’s Cup spills into downtown Saturday

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich will be firing the starting gun to launch the Mayor’s Cup Run on Saturday, an event that is expected to attract dozens of runners to downtown Biloxi for its annual presentation. “It’s one of our larger races,” says longtime Gulf Coast Running Club director Leonard Vergunst, who oversees more than two […]

Coast developer seeks casino resort OK for Tivoli site

Biloxi Capital, a firm involving Coast developer Danny Conwill, today published its Notice of Intent to apply for gaming site approval for a 30-acre tract of land in East Biloxi that it purchased in 2005-2006 for more than $40 million.  In 2007, the city designated this beachfront property on U.S. 90 as zoned for gaming. […]

Hard Freeze Warning issued for this evening

The cold blast Biloxi residents woke up to today will cause a hard freeze this evening and into the morning, with temperatures as low as 24 expected overnight. The National Weather Service has issued a Hard Freeze Warning, from 8 this evening until 8 Wednesday morning. The freeze, forecasters say, is expected to last 10 […]

Point Cadet Marina project awarded $3 million grant

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich’s proposed expansion and upgrade of Point Cadet Marina received a major boost from Gov. Phil Bryant Tuesday when the governor announced a $3 million RESTORE Act grant to help jumpstart the project. Bryant announced 15 Coastwide grants totaling $53.2 million, and cited Biloxi’s award as an important piece of Gilich’s East […]

City seeks to save oak in Azalea neighborhood

The city is hoping to save a decades-old live oak that residents had wanted removed while infrastructure workers were in the area. Over the years, the tree on Azalea Drive just south of Irish Hill had begun to encroach on Azalea Drive and limited the line of sight at the intersection. In fact, the issue […]

Christmas City, Fall Festival and more this weekend

You don’t have to look far for something fun to do this weekend in Biloxi. Beginning today, the annual Ron Meyers Christmas City Gift Show, which traces its origins to 1983 and is now touted as one of the largest gift shows in the South, takes place at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum. The three-day holiday […]

Gilich updates status on Popp’s Ferry corridor

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich spoke about the city’s efforts to see a new Popp’s Ferry bridge during his Breakfast with the Mayor presentation this week, and, like clockwork, hours later phones began ringing in the city’s Engineering Department, a clearinghouse for all public and private construction undertakings in the city. “People who live on Popp’s […]

New sidewalks being installed along Southern Avenue

City contractors are installing about a half-mile of new sidewalks along Camellia, Southern and Iris in West Biloxi. The four-foot sidewalks will be from U.S. 90, along the west side of Camellia Avenue to Southern Avenue, on the south side of Southern Avenue to Iris, and on the east side of Iris to just south […]

Infrastructure work expands to area of Point Cadet

The city’s massive infrastructure project, which is in the final phases on the $130 million north contract and midway through $25 million worth of infrastructure work in neighborhoods south of the railway just west of downtown, is expanding to the east end of Biloxi’s peninsula. A $10.5 million, 550-day contact has been awarded to Lane […]

Weekend preview: First Friday, Peter Anderson and more

It may be a bit nippy outside, but it’s also First Friday, signaling the first-of-the-month gathering in downtown Biloxi, and there’s hot chili. During the 5:30 to 8 p.m. downtown street party, primarily on Rue Magnolia, visitors will find a chili cookoff, as well as music by Brandon Kenyon and Nevin Applewhite. There’s also a […]

BTV’s November lineup now playing

Three new programs – the storied history of Edgewater, a preview of the new Mardi Gras Museum and a tour of the Kroc Center – make their debut today on BTV: Biloxi Television and will run daily throughout the month. The trio of programs join updates of monthly segments on infrastructure work in East Biloxi […]

Plan in works to bore under burial site

Federal environmental and historic preservation authorities, engineers and contractors met Wednesday at the site of human bones discovered a year and a half ago just south of the Biloxi City Cemetery and decided that the large water line being installed north of U.S. 90 must be installed below the known grave site and 10 other […]

Keep safety in mind when trick-or-treating

Halloween is Thursday night, and Biloxi public safety leaders are advising those families who are not participating in organized gatherings to make safety a priority when trick-or-treating in city neighborhoods. The city offers these tips for you to be aware of and share with your children: When trick-or-treating: -A parent or responsible adult should always […]

November newsletter due out this week

Biloxi’s eight casinos took in $883.5 million in the just-concluded fiscal year, the highest gross gaming revenue figure in a decade. That news, which caught the attention of columnist Nick L. Shrimp, is one of the dozen or so features in the November issue of the citywide newsletter, BNews Monthly, which is due this week […]

Weather service: A wet weekend on tap

The National Weather Service is warning of a risk of heavy rainfall across south Mississippi through tonight. They issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook, a Coastal Flood Advisory, and, for a period earlier this morning, a tornado watch was in effect. Forecasters say the wet conditions — 2 to 4-inch rainfall totals expected – will continue […]

Openings, closings for White Avenue, Forrest gates

Keesler has announced that its main gate at White Avenue will be open to traffic beginning Monday, and motorists who use the Forrest Avenue gate at Meadows Drive will face a detour that is expected to last a month. Forrest Avenue will be closed from Meadows to Bayview as city contractors install new water, sewer […]

Cemetery tour encore is this evening

More than a thousand people turned out Sunday for the annual Old Biloxi Cemetery Tour and organizers say the turnout for the second tour, which is this evening from 5 to 7, is typically larger than the Sunday audience. “It was great to see the interest people had on Sunday,” said Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, […]

City recognizes third quarter longevity recipients

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, on Tuesday, recognized 36 employees for their years of service during a longevity awards presentation. 40 years of service: Marilyn King, Community Development Department 30 years of service: Stacy Thacker, Administration Department; Brian Thacker, Parks and Recreation Department; and Lyonel Hodge, Public Works Department 25 years of service: Michael Wills, Police Department […]

City may sell vacant Magnolia Hotel

The Magnolia Hotel, which has been called “the oldest tangible reminder of the early days of the resort industry in Biloxi, and, as such, one of the most historic buildings on the Mississippi Gulf Coast,” is going back on the tax rolls. The city, which has leased the vacant three-story wood-frame structure to a developer […]

Enter Hiller from Atkinson for Halloween gathering

One of the city’s most popular events, Halloween at Hiller Park, takes place this evening from 6 to 8, and those attending must use the Atkinson Road to enter the park. “We want everyone to enjoy the event, but you must enter from the west end of the park, at Atkinson Road,” said Sherry Bell, […]

Keesler: White Avenue gate closed until Oct. 28

White Avenue is open to two-way traffic from Irish Hill to U.S. 90, city infrastructure contractors report, but Keesler says the base’s main gate will remain closed to motorists and pedestrians until Oct. 28. To accommodate increased traffic at other gates, Keesler is keeping the Pass Road and Meadows Road gates open 24 hours a […]

Get a preview tonight of upcoming cemetery tours

The annual Old Biloxi Cemetery Tours will be Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and Tuesday, Oct. 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. However, you can get a preview of this year’s tour in a free program this evening at 5:30 at the Slavonian Lodge, 159 Maple St., Biloxi. Theme of the program this evening, […]

Relax. Know it’s going to be a slow-moving weekend

“We’re hoping people are going to be calm because it’s going to be slow-moving traffic on Highway 90 and other major thoroughfares this weekend, and it’s going to be all weekend,” Biloxi Police Chief John Miller said today as another record-breaking Cruisin’ The Coast heads into the final weekend. Miller said Biloxi Police expect between […]

Active shooter drill planned at North Bay

Residents and businesses near North Bay Elementary School may hear a commotion – fire alarms, sirens and possibly gunfire – Friday morning as part of a Biloxi Public Schools training exercise to help keep schools safe. Students will not be on campus Friday because of a fall holiday. The active shooter drill is scheduled to […]

Cruisin’ 2019: Earlier arrivals and smoother rides

It’s that time of year again when thousands of cars and car aficionados saturate the beachfront highway and adjoining thoroughfares for the fun-filled, week-long event, Cruisin’ The Coast. Car enthusiasts parade their antique, classic, hot rod and custom vehicles along U.S. 90 and stop at various venues to enjoy entertainment, cruise-ins, sock-hops and more for […]

Ohr Fest celebrates a Biloxi genius

Festivals and community gatherings come and go with any given weekend on the Biloxi Town Green, but this weekend it promises to be “unequaled and unrivaled.” It’s Ohr Fest 2019, the event that pays tribute to the life and times of George Ohr, Biloxi’s and the world’s most famous potter and promoter, self-proclaimed, of course. […]

Community Bank begins construction at new downtown site

The city issued a $5.8 million building permit to Community Bank last week, and time is not a wastin’: A construction trailer has been moved on the prominent downtown site at Lameuse and Howard, and construction fencing is going up. “I would consider the bank ‘under construction’ at this point,” said Leslie Kelley, senior vice […]

Frustration continues at Popp’s Ferry Bridge

Wow, so what’s up with this Popp’s Ferry Bridge, besides the span? The bridge has had four traffic-detouring issues in the past nine days, frustrating many of the 20,000 motorists who travel the West Biloxi roadway on an average day. The bridge caused traffic detours in two instances today, once for a span stuck in […]

Seats now available for Biloxi First roast of Tisdale

Paul Tisdale, a longtime education leader and civic leader and second-term Biloxi City Councilman, will be the honoree at this year’s Biloxi First Roast, which takes place Oct. 24 at the IP Casino Resort. Reservations – $50 for individuals or up to $1,000 for a reserved table of 10 – are now being taken. Deadline […]

BTV unveils October lineup on Tuesday

By Nick L. Shrimp So, have you figured out BTV yet? We’re still working on it ourselves, this two-month-old municipal TV channel. To be sure, it’s a government channel, with a healthy dose of replays of City Council meetings and other public affairs programming, but you’ll also see a slant towards Biloxi’s history and culture. […]

Governor awards $5.9 million for Biloxi waterfront projects

Governor Phil Bryant this afternoon directed $5.9 million of Mississippi oil and gas royalties to the City of Biloxi to fund ambitious waterfront enhancement projects on east beach and Back Bay. Biloxi’s two grants are part of Bryant’s 2019 GOMESA projects funded by the state portion of leases for energy exploration in the Gulf of […]

Oscar Renda seeks final OK for all areas east of Lee

OK, so what’s up with the “north project,” where Oscar Renda Contracting has been pushing for a November or December “substantial completion,” and some had hoped for Thanksgiving as a fitting conclusion? It’s looking more like the end of the year, the contractor says, before pipes on the four remaining streets can be installed and […]

Citywide newsletter has your October preview

The October issue of the city’s monthly newsletter will be making its way to mailboxes across the city Saturday and Monday, and it’s a capacity of 24 pages, with more than a dozen stories and features about community events, issues and history. BNews Monthly has previews of Cruisin’ The Coast, the downtown Biloxi Block Party […]

Congressional delegation: FEMA reversal is ‘unacceptable’

Mississippi Sens. Roger F. Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith, and Reps. Steven M. Palazzo of south Mississippi and Benny G. Thompson of the Delta have all notified FEMA that the decision to retroactively deny $15.5 million in infrastructure funding for Biloxi is “unacceptable” and should be reversed. The letter, dated Sept. 13 and sent to Acting […]

Biloxi houses saved from wrecking ball

The commercial corridor on Division between I-110 and the new Keesler gate at Forrest means some decades-old Biloxi houses on Division have to be demolished. “Or do they?” asked Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich. Instead of demolishing five vacant houses — one without a roof — the Gilich Administration floated the idea of relocating the homes. […]

Community Festival at Point Cadet this weekend

Dozens of people are expected to gather at Point Cadet Plaza Saturday for the Biloxi Police and Fire departments’ annual Biloxi Community Festival Against Crime.   The public will get a close-up look at the city’s emergency-response equipment, meet police officers and firefighters and receive safety tips on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. […]

Drawdown at the Seafood Museum this weekend

The public is invite to enjoy an evening of festivities at the Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum Saturday for the 34th Annual $10,000 Drawdown. The affair will take place at the museum, 115 First Street, with cocktails and entertainment beginning at 6 p.m. A host of tasty seafood dishes, buffet style, will be available beginning […]

See 1951 Biloxi on the silver screen Thursday

The monthlong, modern-day history lesson involving the 1951 Biloxi-set, half-hour documentary “Social Change in a Democracy”, is beginning to reveal more information about the production, which today showcases rare video of myriad Biloxi locales and people. The black-and-white documentary, which a five-man film crew shot in Biloxi over three week in July 1951, was actually […]

New Biloxi schools program has the inside story

Students attending Biloxi Public Schools can earn 36 hours in college credits, they’ll also see the benefits of a new cafeteria program called “farm to school,” and they have a chance to take part in a wealth of fine arts programs in all schools in the district. Those are the highlights of a new program […]

Biloxi schools excel in state accountability results

The Mississippi Department of Education accountability results are in and the Biloxi Public School District remains one of the top achievers in the state.  The district has again achieved an “A” rating, with Biloxi Junior High School being ranked the highest in south Mississippi. A host of other Top 10 and Top 5 rankings were […]

Bay Vista tank repairs begin, end this week

A city contractor this week is expected to patch a dime-size hole causing water to escape from the city’s million-gallon elevated water tank on Pass Road at the Bay Vista Fire Station. The leak was reported Wednesday to the city’s Public Works Department, and a contractor is expected to begin work on repairs as early […]

Firefighters on parade and on the run

Firefighters and first responses will be celebrated this weekend during the annual Biloxi Fireman’s Day Parade and the Stephen Siller Tunnels to Tower 5K and Climb. Dozens of fire trucks from across the Coast will parade downtown Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. on Howard Avenue. Teh procession begins at the intersection of Main Street and […]

Seafood galore on Town Green this weekend

If you are looking for something to do in Biloxi this weekend, you don’t have to look too far. The annual Biloxi Seafood Festival – two days of seafood, music, family entertainment, and arts and crafts – takes place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on […]

Learn to overcome your fear of water

Do you or someone you know have a fear of being in the water? The City of Biloxi Aquatics Division wants to help. On Saturday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. staff at the Biloxi Natatorium will open the facility to individuals age 18 and older who want to become more comfortable about being in the […]

FY 2020 budget: Inside the numbers

Here are the documents associated with the FY 2020 municipal budget. The City Council approved the budget during a special-called, 28-minute meeting Tuesday evening. Overview by Chief Administrative Officer Mike LeonardCombined Funds StatementCapital projectsDepartmental summariesDiscretionary spendingVideo: See the City Council meeting

Be a part of the home-field advantage tonight

By Hunter Reed, Biloxi Shuckers General Manager The Shuckers are back in the Southern League Championship with a chance to achieve something no prior Shuckers team has done, win a title, but we’ll need a real home-field advantage tonight and tomorrow to help make that happen.  We need you, everyone reading this, to come out […]

Shuckers launch title run Tuesday at MGM Park

By Garrett Greene, Biloxi Shuckers With their season on the line, the Biloxi Shuckers (85-59, 3-2 Playoffs) put together a five-run rally in the bottom of the eighth inning to top the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (78-66, 2-3) 8-4 Sunday evening at MGM Park and win the 2019 South Division Title. Biloxi secures its second consecutive […]

Council to revisit city budget Tuesday

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich on Tuesday will again be asking the Biloxi City Council, which has final say on city spending, to OK a municipal budget for Fiscal Year 2020, which begins Oct. 1. Gilich had hoped the budget would be approved at a meeting earlier this week, but councilmembers wanted to take another look […]

Community breaks new ground in downtown

Community Bank has broken ground on its new Biloxi presence, a three-story, 15,000-square foot facility that will be in the heart of downtown Biloxi, at Lameuse Street and Howard Avenue. “It’s exciting to see this much anticipated plan take the next step in coming to fruition,” said Eric Chambless, president of Community Bank’s Mississippi Coast […]

Shuckers host Blue Wahoos tonight in Game 1 of playoffs

The Biloxi Shuckers, wrapping up the regular season with a franchise record 82 wins, begin the 2019 Southern League Playoffs tonight, facing the Pensacola Blue Wahoos in the best-of-five South Division Championship Series. The Shuckers will host the Wahoos in a second game Thursday before the series moves to Pensacola. First pitch for the MGM […]

City seeks proposals for removal of Division Street structures

The city is giving a few more days to those interested in either demolishing or moving six structures on Division Street west of I-110. The city is seeking proposals for six structures – five houses and one office building – which have been acquired by the city as part of the commercial corridor that is […]

September newsletter arrives Friday, Saturday

The latest issue of BNews Monthly, the citywide newsletter, begins arriving in homes and businesses across the city on today and Saturday. The 20-page publication devotes nearly five pages to the East Biloxi infrastructure project, including nine detailed maps showing the progress. Also included is a four-page September community calendar, which spotlights the upcoming Biloxi […]

Camille documentary debuts tonight on MPB

That new documentary about Hurricane Camille, “Camille: The Original Monster Storm,” has its world television premiere on Mississippi Public Broadcasting Television this evening at 8, with an encore presentation on Sunday afternoon at 4. The hour-long documentary, which had its world premiere in Biloxi a week ago, was produced for the Southern Documentary Project at […]

BTV marks Katrina anniversary with ‘new’ video

A host of never-before-aired Katrina video will be included in special programming airing on BTV today, Thursday and Friday to mark the 14th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which decimated Biloxi and the Mississippi Gulf Coast on Aug. 29, 2005. The city’s award-winning “Katrina & Biloxi,” its follow-up “Katrina +10,” and “RU Ready,” the city’s storm-preparedness […]

Sports Hall of Fame welcomes new class — 2019

A crowd of more than 500 was on hand Sunday at the Biloxi Civic Center to see the city induct 13 new members into the Biloxi Sports Hall of Fame. High school and college football coach John Williams and former Indians basketball star Seber Windham, who now coaches at Biloxi High School, were among an […]

Rail crossings on agenda Tuesday

The Biloxi City Council on Tuesday is expected to formally approve an agreement that will see the Nixon and Delauney streets rail crossings closed in several weeks, but that didn’t keep an 18-wheeler from becoming snagged at the Nixon Street crossing this morning, blocks from the deadly Main Street train-bus collision a year ago. Biloxi […]

Miller addresses Lions Club audience

Biloxi Police Chief John Miller gave an Ocean Springs civic group an idea of how the Biloxi Police Department operates on a daily basis, and he left no doubt about his biggest challenge these days: Dealing with the homeless. “A quarter of my day every day is spent dealing with that issue,” Miller told members […]

Shuckers, Shrimp Bowl and more this weekend

The Biloxi Shuckers return to MGM Park tonight for their final homestand of the season as they take on the Mississippi Braves. First pitch is at 6:35 p.m. and, its Fireworks Friday so the game will be followed by spectacular fireworks display.  Baseball fans will be able to enjoy game night promotions with Shuck Yeah […]

White House to present interactive Biloxi history lesson

Principal photography was completed this morning at the White House Hotel for a month-long BTV presentation premiering in September, a 90-minute special involving the 1950s documentary filmed in Biloxi called “Social Change in a Democracy.” The presentation, which will be multi-media and interactive, will ask viewers to help identify people and places in the nearly […]

North contract continues down home stretch

By Nick L. Shrimp OK, it’s a dumpster fire. We get that. But there’s no denying that this massive project known as “the North Contract,” where these 55 miles of roads have been in turmoil, some would have you believe, since before construction began five years ago, is near the end. Here’s a fact: There […]

School board seeks input in superintendent search

The Biloxi school board wants feedback from all stakeholders in the search for a new superintendent to lead Biloxi Public Schools, and the board’s search consultant, the Mississippi School Boards Association, will facilitate three stakeholder meetings on Sept. 5. The meetings are to gather input from specific groups regarding the qualifications and characteristics that the […]

Community Bank ready to break ground

Community Bank has set Thursday, Sept. 5 as the day ground will be broken on its new Biloxi presence, a three-story, 15,000-square foot facility that will be in the heart of downtown Biloxi, at Lameuse Street and Howard Avenue. “We are proud to be a part of Biloxi, having been a member of this community […]

Council faces full agenda this afternoon

The Biloxi City Council faces an agenda of more than three dozen issues when members gather this afternoon at 1:30 at City Hall. Among the measures: first reading of ordinances to create an historic district on Division Street from I-110 to the new Keesler gate and to expand downtown zoning to stretch to Porter Avenue, […]

Camille at 50: Something old, something new

Memorials, gatherings, TV specials and the world premiere of a new Camille documentary will help mark this weekend’s 50th anniversary of Hurricane Camille decimating Biloxi and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. It was on a Sunday night, just before midnight, on Aug. 17, 1969, that Camille, a Category 5 storm, came ashore, killing 143 people along […]

Shuckers open BayBears series

The Biloxi Shuckers return to MGM Park for their penultimate regular-season series as they take on the Mobile BayBears in a homestand that begins tonight and runs through Saturday. Baseball fans will find another T-shirt Tuesday, a jersey auction and a tote bag giveaway as part of a loaded five-game series at MGM Park. See […]

Shuckers vs. BayBears: Promotions, jersey auction and more

By Garrett Greene, Biloxi Shuckers The Biloxi Shuckers return to MGM Park for their penultimate regular-season series as they take on the Mobile BayBears in a homestand that begins tonight and runs through Saturday. Baseball fans will find another T-shirt Tuesday, a jersey auction and a tote bag giveaway as part of a loaded five-game […]

Sports Hall of Fame to welcome 2019 class

High school and college football coach John Williams and former Indians basketball star Seber Windham, who now coaches at Biloxi High School, are unanimous selections to the 2019 Biloxi Sports Hall of Fame. Williams and Windham head an impressive group of 13 inductees, which includes three Biloxi Boxing Club legends, a 165-pound walk-on center on […]

City updates gaming revenue figures

The city’s Finance Division has released the latest gaming report, a compilation based on collections made by the state. Since July of 1992 (licensing fees were collected a month before the first casino opened), the Biloxi casino market has generated: $20.2 billion in gross gaming revenue $2.47 billion in total state and local taxes […]

U.S. 90 asphalt work completes Week 1

“It’s going real well so far,” Joel Moody of Warren Paving said today of Week 1 of paving work on U.S. 90 in Biloxi. “We’re exceeding our baseline production, almost doubling it in fact.” Moody, however, knows more labor-intensive work is ahead, especially from I-110 to the Biloxi Bay Bridge, which will begin in a […]

A video primer: Inside the city budget talks

The City Council, winding down the process to draft a 2020 spending plan, will conduct another in a series of budget meetings Monday at 1:30 at City Hall. During the session, which is open to the public, councilmembers and Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich will work to draft a 2020 budget, a blueprint that guides city […]

Biloxi Shuckers announce 2020 schedule

By Garrett Greene, Biloxi Shuckers The Biloxi Shuckers have announced their 2020 home schedule, which again includes Opening Day at MGM Park, a July 3 matchup with the Mississippi Braves and 10 Friday home games. The Shuckers will open the 2020 season at home on Thursday, April 9 against the Montgomery Biscuits. This marks the […]

Want to ride along with a firefighter?

Are you interested in a career as a firefighter but unsure of what the job really entails? Maybe you are just interested in what a day in the life of a firefighter is like. Well, now you can find out by applying for the Biloxi Fire Department’s Citizen Ride-Along Program. “We have had individuals express […]

U.S. 90 paving work begins tonight at DeBuys

Warren Paving, the firm that is putting tons of asphalt on city roadways in East Biloxi, has also begun a project to pave all of U.S. 90 in Biloxi. Joel Moody, Warren’s Gulf Coast division manager, reports that paving is scheduled to begin this evening on U.S. 90 at DeBuys Road, eastbound lanes. The plan […]

First Friday and more this weekend in Biloxi

The Biloxi Main Street and downtown businesses will host the August edition of First Friday, tonight from 5 to 8 p.m. along Rue Magnolia and Water Street. The affair will include live entertainment by Brandon Kenyon and Nevine Applewhite, and street tacos and cold brews at Makin’ Groceries Taco Pop-Up outside The Threaded Cork. Gallery […]

BTV now in Sparklight and Uverse homes

It’s official: Every morning at 6 o’clock, Rockin’ Ray Fournier and his rendition of his original tune “Down in Biloxi” launch BTV: Biloxi Television, the city’s new government channel, which is carried in Biloxi on Sparklight 56 on Uverse 99. “We kick off the day at 6 a.m. (and every day of the month) with […]

Biloxi Public Schools registration deadline is Wednesday

Those students who are not yet registered for Biloxi Public Schools have until Wednesday to complete online registration to be able to attend classes on the first day of school, which is Tuesday, Aug. 6. Registration is taking place for public schools across the city and may be done online by clicking here.  A school […]

Seafood museum opens nominations for 2019 hall of fame

The Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum is now accepting nominations for its 2019 Heritage Hall of Fame class. Nominations are open to individuals who have shown dedication to honoring the tradition of the maritime and seafood industry on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in the following four categories: Boat Owner/Captain/Commercial Fisherman, Commercial Seafood Processing Companies, Industry […]

Batter up! Biloxi Night is Wednesday at MGM Park

The Biloxi Shuckers celebrate all things Biloxi this Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. when the City of Biloxi is featured as part of the minor league baseball team’s One Coast series. Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, former Major Leaguer Barry Lyons and local root beer scion “Bones” Barq will toss ceremonial first pitches. Hundreds of airmen […]

August newsletter arrives this week across Biloxi

The city’s August newsletter arrives in home and businesses across the city in the next day or two, and it’s chockfull of news about a variety of major projects and the most advertising in the newsletter’s 18 months. BNews Monthly for August, at 20 pages, includes a status report on East Biloxi infrastructure (Oscar Renda […]

Budget workshop planned for Monday

City leaders will conduct their third budget workshop Monday at 3 p.m. in a drive to craft a budget to fund city operations for the next year, come Oct. 1. During the Monday session, which will be at City Hall and is open to the public, councilmembers and Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich are expected to […]

BTV weekend: The ‘B’ is for budget

More than five hours of City Council meetings will be playing on BTV daily through the weekend on BTV at these times: 12:30 p.m. – Initial budget meeting, from July 15, where revenue projections were discussed. (66 minutes) 8:30 p.m. – Tuesday’s regular council meeting, with issues of panhandling, infrastructure. (54 minutes) 9:25 p.m. – […]

Oscar Renda: Thanksgiving may be D-Day

Oscar Renda Contracting says it’s aiming to have the “north contract” substantially complete around Thanksgiving, meaning “all major items of work to be complete.” “I’d like to see us reach the substantial completion point in November and certainly no later than December,” said Jennifer Matranga of Oscar Renda Contracting. The $128 million project began five […]

City finances are front and center these days

There’s a story about city finances in the upcoming August issue of the citywide newsletter — “2018 audit: City gets encouraging financial news” — but now Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich and City Councilmembers find themselves in 2019 and working on a 2020 budget that has a host of big-ticket expenses. “We have better news to […]

Shuckers usher in Biloxi series with Generals

The Biloxi Shuckers on Saturday evening launch a five-day series hosting the Jackson (TN) Generals, and it all climixes on Wednesday night with a Biloxi Night. The Shuckers, who are in Jacksonville this evening, will face Jackson at MGM Park on Saturday at 6:35 p.m. Tylers Amazing Balancing Act will headline off-field entertainment Saturday night, […]

Dirt turned at future spot of Gold Star Families monument

Ground was broken this morning for the new Gold Star Families Memorial Monument during a ceremony at Guice Park, north of the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor. “We are excited to add another monument to the park and to honor those who lost loved ones in combat,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said. “Through the partnership with […]

Mayor gives progress report to Chamber audience

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich addressed a full house for Breakfast with the Mayor this week, with a recap and update on city projects and issues. “We got a lot of spinning plates right now”, Gilich said during the breakfast, “and were trying to add some more”. Gilich, who spoke to a Biloxi Chamber audience at […]

Cool down on the Biloxi Town Green tonight

The Biloxi Parks & Recreation Department is celebrating National Parks and Recreation Month by hosting a water themed movie night tonight on the Biloxi Town Green. Beginning at 6 p.m., the green space at the corner of U.S. 90 and Main Street will be filled with carnival games and waterslide. Then at dusk, the movie […]

City recognizes second quarter longevity recipients

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, on Tuesday, recognized 14 employees for their years of service during a longevity awards presentation. 35 years of service: Chief Joe Boney, Fire Department director 25 years of service: Tammy McMillan, (Court) Administration Department; and Ernest Thibodeaux, Public Works Department 20 years of service:Gregory Eleuterius Jr. and Joseph Freeman, Parks & Recreation […]

Barry expected to soak the weekend

Get ready for a wet weekend, as Tropical Storm Barry is expected to continue its movement toward the west-northwest today before making an eventual turn to the north-northwest early Saturday. “We’re expecting this to primarily be a rain event for Biloxi, so prepare accordingly and continue to monitor your local weather reports,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” […]

Registration coming up for Biloxi Public Schools

By Jennifer Pyron, Biloxi Public Schools It’s registration time for Biloxi Public Schools. We’ve gathered all the important info that you’ll need to make sure your student is ready to go on the first day of school.  Online registration begins Monday, July 15 and is available on the Biloxi Public Schools website.  Returning students should […]

Sparklight giving away $3,000 in student aid

Sparklight, formerly Cable ONE, is giving three service area residents $3,000 to use toward Fall 2019 tuition through its Going Places social media campaign. Students ages 17 and older enrolled in an institution of higher education for Fall 2019 and who either live in or attend school in Sparklight communities can enter simply by sharing […]

Biloxi declares state of emergency

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich and the Biloxi City Council declared a state of emergency in Biloxi this afternoon, a measure that authorizes the mayor to do all things necessary to deal with the expected torrential downpour from Tropical Storm Barry. “We’re expecting more severe thunderstorms,” said Andy Mason Biloxi Fire Department Deputy Chief of Operations. […]

First responders, council meetings highlight BTV lineup

The city’s Police and Fire departments are in the spotlight this week on BTV: Biloxi Television, the city’s municipal TV channel, and you’ll also find a trio of recent City Council meetings where several major issues were discussed. Every day this week, BTV carries replays of the annual awards ceremonies for the Biloxi Police and […]

Threatening weather may be on horizon

They say there’s an 80 percent chance of tropical cyclone development in the northern Gulf later in the week — and it’s coming from Georgia. Local weather authorities, who advise caution in the continuing 90-degree temperatures, say a trough of low pressure over central Georgia will move southward toward the northeastern Gulf later this week, […]

Gold Star Families Memorial headed for Guice Park

Biloxi’s Guice Park, located on U.S. 90 at the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor, will soon have a new monument.  Joining the current World Wars monument, Purple Heart monument and USS Biloxi memorial will be the Gulf Coast Gold Star Families Memorial.  The Gold Star Families Memorial honors the patriotism and sacrifice of the families who […]

City receives East Biloxi convention center report

The City of Biloxi on Monday afternoon received a 146-page analysis of whether a convention center should be considered for East Biloxi, amidst thousands of existing hotel rooms, and where it should be located. The 146-page report was commissioned by Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District and compiled by Conventions, Sports & Leisure International. The […]

Take 2: Another night of BTV testing

Biloxi native Mary Ann Mobley, Miss America 1959, tells the story of the Biloxi Lighthouse in a 2004 documentary airing this evening on BTV: Biloxi Television, the city’s burgeoning TV channel now carried on Sparklight (formerly Cable One) Channel 56 in Biloxi. In all, nearly six hours of programming are scheduled to air as part […]

Council to get new look at Margaritaville

It probably won’t be discussed when the City Council meets Tuesday night, but the council’s agenda includes an update on plans for the much-anticipated expansion of Margitaville resort and hotel property in East Biloxi. Developers, in their first official notice to councilmembers, are seeking a Master Plan Amendment, which will outline locations of the new […]

July Fourth: Fireworks lineup and other info

A trio of fireworks shows will herald the Fourth of July in Biloxi. The first show will be on Wednesday at MGM Park, when the Shuckers, who will be wrapping up a homestand against the Mobile BayBears, will present their largest fireworks show of the year. The city-sponsored front beach show, which is supported by […]

BTV testing: A night of programming tonight

Biloxi native Mary Ann Mobley, Miss America 1959, tells the story of the Biloxi Lighthouse in a 2004 documentary airing this evening on BTV: Biloxi Television, the city’s burgeoning TV channel now carried on Sparklight (formerly Cable One) Channel 56 in Biloxi. In all, nearly six hours of programming are scheduled to air as part […]

What? Biloxi’s closed? Au contraire, mon ami

(The writer is a columnist in BNews Monthly, the citywide newsletter mailed to all Biloxi residents and businesses. The nom de plume is a homage to the late Walter Fountain, original olde crab, longtime editor of the Biloxi-D’Iberville Press, and longtime Biloxi Chamber of Commerce manager.) By Nick L. Shrimp So I’m minding my own […]

Shuckers, BayBears homestand and promotions begin Sunday

By: Garrett Greene, Biloxi Shuckers As the calendar turns to July, the Biloxi Shuckers return to MGM Park for a four-game series against the Mobile BayBears from June 30 to July 3. The homestand will include an Independence Day Fireworks Extravaganza, another T-Shirt Tuesday and a late afternoon start time on Sunday. Salute Sunday presented […]

City issues latest water quality report

The latest report card on the quality of water the city delivers to its customers is out, and it’s good news. Annual testing of the city’s water systems over the past year shows that municipal water customers in Biloxi are receiving water that “meets or exceeds all federal and state requirements.” The annual report, mandated […]

Unregistered trash, recycling carts to vanish

The city months ago rounded up more than a hundred residential garbage carts because they were not associated with an account, and more unregistered carts will be removed as early as this week, says Biloxi Chief Administrative Officer Mike Leonard. The city collects $14.33 a month for weekly garbage, trash and recycling service from about […]

WLOX to recognize Biloxi police chief

Biloxi Police Chief John Miller, who WLOX says has been “a source of compassion and strength not only for Biloxi but all of South Mississippi” in the wake of the tragic murder of Biloxi Police Officer Robert McKeithen, will be profiled tonight as part of the TV station’s “South Mississippi Strong” series. The segment will […]

Municipal league in town, aiming for a home run

More than 3,000 people, elected leaders from across the state, exhibitors and presenters are in town for several days for the annual Mississippi Municipal League summer conference, one of the state’s largest annual conventions. “The MML Annual Conference is the largest association conference held in the state each year,” said Shari T. Veazey, executive director […]

Popp’s Ferry Bridge work in final stages

City contractors this week will be finalizing the upgrades to the Popp’s Ferry Bridge and, good news, no other closings are expected. Motorists and marine traffic have seen recent closures to the bridge while repairs and upgrades have taken place. The latest closure was last week, which impacted marine traffic. On Sunday morning, the bridge […]

Scrapin: Another year in the books

Scrapin the Coast bills itself as “the wildest show on the Coast,” and Biloxi Police say the 2019 edition, which attracted tens of thousands to Biloxi roadways Friday through Sunday, lived up to the billing. The crowd count is not in yet – police forecasted 25,000 beforehand, while the promoter predicted 40,000 – but Mike […]

Cones down; 25,000 expected for Scrapin

Public Works crews this morning placed traffic cones in the center lanes of U.S. 90 in the 7 miles from I-110 and DeBuys Road signaling the big news for beachfront motorists: Scrapin the Coast 2019 has arrived. The annual three-day show, now in its 17th year at the Coast Coliseum, attracts a decidedly younger demographic than […]

City opens door to private interest in Saenger

The Gilich administration, following up on suggestions from the public and members of the City Council, is seeking proposals from the private sector as an option to move forward with restoration and operation of the city-owned historic Saenger Theatre. The city this week published a Request for Proposals seeking interest from developers who could be […]

Gilich reflects on Camille at luncheon today

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich will address a Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum audience at 11:30 this morning during the Lunch and Learn Series. The series, part of the “Camille at 50” exhibit at the museum, takes place in the first floor meeting room and runs until 1 p.m. “Up until Katrina, Hurricane Camille was what […]

Summertime means more paving in east Biloxi

The East Biloxi infrastructure work — the arduous process of replacing, restoring, relocating and repaving about 60 miles of city streets — continues its grueling pace. Oscar Renda Contracting, the firm responsible for about 55 miles of work north of the CSX railway, has asphalt going down on two dozen streets, while also continuing to […]

Shuckers, Braves at MGM Park and myriad promotions

By Garrett Greene, Biloxi Shuckers  The Biloxi Shuckers open a five-game homestand hosting the Mississippi Braves from tonight to Monday. The first home series against the Mississippi Braves in 2019 will feature a number of fun-filled experiences including golf night, fireworks and a kids backpack giveaway! Golf Night and Double Play Thursday presented by Polk’s […]

In East Biloxi, summertime means faster pace of paving

The East Biloxi infrastructure work — the arduous process of replacing, restoring, relocating and repaving about 60 miles of city streets — continues its grueling pace. Oscar Renda Contracting, the firm responsible for about 55 miles of work north of the CSX railway, has asphalt going down on two dozen streets, while also continuing to […]

All stars take over MGM Park, Hard Rock

The 2019 Southern League All-Star game is just a day away, but activities begins this afternoon at MGM Park. The 2019 Southern League All-Star festivities in Biloxi are underway now with FanFest outside the park, followed by autograph sections with North Division players from 4:15 to 4:45 p.m. and South Division players from 4:45 to […]

BTV moves a step closer on Cable One

Testing of BTV: Biloxi Television, the city’s burgeoning government channel, continues on Channel 56 on Cable One in Biloxi. Here is the programming scheduled today through Monday: “RU Ready,” the storm-preparedness presentation held this month at the Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum, airs each day at 8:30 a.m., noon, 3:30 and 7 p.m. The program, […]

Tree Committee seeks members from Wards 6, 7

The City of Biloxi Tree Committee is seeking representatives for Wards 6 and 7, as Representatives Bernie Marinovich and Brian Lamar are stepping down. Tree Committee members say the ideal candidate understands Biloxi’s need to balance tree conservation with development. Requirements include attendance at regular monthly meetings either in person or telephonically, participation in site […]

Delegation discusses spillway issue in White House meeting

Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich joined four other Coast mayors and several municipal leaders in a White House meeting Wednesday afternoon to discuss impacts to the Mississippi Sound caused by the ongoing intrusion of river water through the Bonnet Carre Spillway. Gilich and the Coast contingent met with representatives from the Administration, the U.S. Army […]

MDOT begins U.S. 90 work in Biloxi

MDOT crews closed the westbound left lane of U.S. 90 today at White Avenue for drainage improvements as part of a repaving project on the state highway. Work and the lane closure at White Avenue are expected to continue until Friday, followed by similar pipe replacement work on U.S. 90 at Acacia Drive, Rodenburg Avenue […]

Council approves Bertucci Park development

The Biloxi City Council today OK’d Phase 1 of a 43-acre mixed-use development that will be on Popp’s Ferry Road at Atkinson Road, after weeks of discussion and comments from nearby residents. The project, known as Bertucci Park, will provide 107 market-rate homes, 60 condominium units, and 70,000-square feet of commercial and retail shopping space. […]

Downtown development forum set for Tuesday

With so many opportunities available for new development in downtown Biloxi, the City of Biloxi, Biloxi Main Street, and the Biloxi Chamber of Commerce have decided to hold a Downtown Development Incentive Forum Tuesday morning. The free forum will take place at the Biloxi Civic Center from 8 a.m. to noon with more than a […]

Latest state report shows impact of Biloxi casinos

Ever wonder how much money the Biloxi casino market generates in gaming taxes? And where that money goes? The latest numbers are in, and have been published by the city’s Finance Division. Last month, according to the report public today, Biloxi’s casinos had gross gaming revenue of $78.1 million. Taxes paid: $6.2 million to the […]

Daily Amtrak service: 24 months away?

Daily passenger rail service between New Orleans and Mobile could begin in 24 months, thanks to a $33 million grant announced today by Sen. Roger Wicker. The $33 million will join the $30 million in pledges the Southern Rail Commission has assembled to make the $60 million in rail improvements needed to accommodate passenger rail […]

Biloxi Shuckers homestand highlights June 7-11

By Garrett Greene, Biloxi Shuckers The Biloxi Shuckers open a five-game homestand hosting the Pensacola Blue Wahoos from tonight to Tuesday, June 11. The pivotal division clash will continue the Seafood Buffet Rivalry Series, feature fireworks, a giveaway, Saints Hall of Fame Night and Military Appreciation Night!  Fireworks Friday and Saints Hall of Fame Night […]

Saints, Shuckers storm into Biloxi today

The Saints Hall of Famers have arrived. Today, they’re on the golf course, and later today they’ll be at MGM Park and with the Biloxi Shuckers. Newly anointed New Orleans Saints Hall of Famers Reggie Bush and Marques Colston celebrated their ascension with Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich Thursday night at the IP Casino Resort. […]

Six Shuckers named to all-star squad

The clouds are out today, but the stars will be shining next week. Six Biloxi Shuckers have been named to the 2019 Southern League South Division All-Star team, the Southern League announced today. First baseman Patrick Leonard, third baseman Weston Wilson, shortstop Luis Aviles Jr. and designated hitter Trent Grisham will be part of the […]

Take heed; wet weather delays Billfish

Biloxi and the surrounding area are under a host of weather advisories until later this evening, and the dreary weather, which is expected to continue through the weekend, is changing plans for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic Tournament, the upscale deep-sea fishing event hosted at Point Cadet Marina. A flash flood watch is in […]

Bush, Rogers, Colston headline Saints Day

Former Heisman winners George Rogers and Reggie Bush unite with standout receiver Marques Colston and NFL Hall of Famer Rickey Jackson in Biloxi this week when the annual Saints Hall of Fame Weekend returns for the fourth time. An invitation-only reception and silent auction of Saints memorabilia will be held Thursday at the IP Casino […]

Point Cadet Marina abuzz with Billfish preparations

Hundreds of deep-sea anglers and their armada of million-dollar boats are at Point Cadet Marina this week for the annual Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Tournament taking place through Sunday. Teams begin arriving this morning to compete for millions in cash and prizes in six divisions: Catch and Release, Blue Marlin, Tuna, Wahoo, Dolphinfish and Lure […]

R U Ready for hurricane season?

Hurricane season is days old, and the City of Biloxi wants to know if you are prepared. To help residents plan, the city is hosting its annual R U Ready event on Friday. The free, informative event takes place from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum, 115 First St., with […]

90th annual Blessing of the Fleet

The 90th annual Blessing of the Fleet takes place this weekend in East Biloxi. The weekend-long tradition, which officially began Thursday with the Memorial of the Mass for Deceased Fishermen, will continue this weekend with the Great Biloxi Schooner Mayors Cup, Fais Do-Do, and the Blessing of the Fleet. The weekend activities kick off Saturday […]

Oscar Renda hits paving milestone

Oscar Renda Contracting, the firm overseeing the lion’s share of infrastructure work now underway in East Biloxi, says a record 8,500 tons of asphalt was placed on the streets of East Biloxi this month. Jennifer Matranga, Oscar Renda’s project manager, says the amount — which required over 566 dump truck loads of asphalt — is […]

City newsletter, storm season on the way

June 1 marks the beginning of hurricane season each year, and Biloxi residents and business owners will be receiving a host of preparedness information in the new edition of the city’s monthly newsletter. The June issue of “BNews Monthly,” with 24 pages of information, is expected to arrive in mailboxes and PO boxes across the […]

Senior health expo happening Wednesday

Adults age 50 and older can get a host of free health screenings, demonstrations and tips on leading a healthy lifestyle Wednesday during the Senior Health, Wellness & Fitness Expo. The event is free and takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Donal M. Snyder Sr. Community Center, 2520 Pass Road. “This […]

Shuckers, Smokies and myriad promotions this week at MGM Park

By Garrett Green, Biloxi Shuckers The Biloxi Shuckers open a five-game homestand hosting the Tennessee Smokies from tonight to Saturday, June 1. In the only 2019 clash at MGM Park between the two clubs, the Shuckers will have two giveaways, Double Play Thursday and will also host Pride Night! T-Shirt Tuesday with ‘How I Met […]

Gilich, mayors discuss Bonnet Carre issue

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich told a meeting of Coast mayors this morning that a united front is needed to work with state and federal partners on solutions to the negative impacts from unprecedented dual openings of Louisiana’s Bonnet Carre Spillway. “We’re looking for facts and solutions, and we’re going to work together to find a […]

Conference USA heading to semifinals this weekend

The Conference USA baseball tournament continues at MGM Park with games tonight and throughout the weekend. The winner of today’s game between Marshall University and the Rice Owls, which began at 3 p.m. today, will take on Southern Miss on Saturday at 9 a.m. in the semifinals. No. 1 seed Florida Atlantic awaits the winner […]

Get a taste of history at the Community Market Festival

The Preservation in May Program joins the Charles R. Hegwood Biloxi Community Market Festival today in Downtown Biloxi. The festival takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Biloxi Community Market under I-110 off Howard Avenue and will feature entertainment by Amber Dawn, lunch provided by Biloxi Main Street and a Preservation in […]

A farewell video: ‘Salute to a Fallen Brother’

You’ve heard about the heartfelt eulogy by Biloxi Police Chief John Miller and the 11-mile long funeral procession of police vehicles for slain Biloxi Police Officer Robert McKeithen, and now you can appreciate the emotion of the day in a farewell look published by the city today. Videographer Renny Sherman interviewed many of the visiting […]

Funeral home announces program for McKeithen service

Here is the program for the funeral of Patrolman Robert McKeithen, as announced by Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Homes. Public visitation is from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Biloxi, where the funeral begins at 12:30 p.m. The procession is scheduled to leave First Baptist Church between 1:45 p.m. and 2 p.m., for […]

Roadway closures announced for McKeithen procession

A number of roadways will be closed Monday during the funeral procession for Biloxi Police Officer Robert McKeithen. The procession could have as many as a thousand vehicles and will use two lanes of traffic. It is expected to begin between 1:45 and 2 p.m. It will travel from First Baptist Church on Popp’s Ferry […]

Thousands expected for McKeithen services Monday

Biloxi is expected to come to a standstill Monday afternoon when as many as a thousand police vehicles move through the city as part of the funeral procession for slain police officer Robert McKeithen. Public visitation for the fallen officer will be from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 1560 Popp’s Ferry […]

‘ReUnion at the Union’ on tap for May 17

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich’s vision for the “new” Howard Avenue has compared the brick-covered street to “a parquet dance floor,” and on May 17, the public will get a chance to try it out. The city, Main Street and Merit Health Biloxi will formerly mark the re-opening of Howard Avenue on Friday, May 17 with […]

A conversation with the McKeithen family

Robert McKeithen, the 24-year Biloxi police officer who died after being shot in front of the city’s public safety center Sunday night, had told Police Chief John Miller he planned to retire at the end of the year, but family members question whether that was really going to happen. “He always talked about retiring. But […]

Wreath, vigil turn attention to officer, community

“We’ve had the tragedy, the accused have been captured, and now the attention returns to healing and the memory of a well-liked Biloxi police officer,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich says of the candlelight vigil planned for this afternoon at the Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center and the pending funeral services for Biloxi Patrolman Robert McKeithen. The […]

Warrant issued in death of Biloxi police officer

A capital murder warrant has been issued for 19-year-old Darian Tawan Atkinson of Biloxi in the shooting death of Biloxi Police Officer Robert McKeithen. The announcement was made late this afternoon during a briefing by Gulfport Police Chief Leonard Papania, Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson and Biloxi Police Chief John Miller. See the video: To […]

Robert McKeithen: ‘An unbelievably fine policeman’

Update May 8: A conversation with the McKeithen family. See the story and the videoAlso, see the video of the laying of a wreath by city officials and of the vigil. Update: May 7: City officials laid a wreath and prayed for Officer Robert McKeithen near his patrol car and a prayer vigil was held, […]

Rain threat aside, air show remains on schedule

The National Weather Service says there’s an 80 percent chance of rain Saturday, mainly after 1 p.m., right about the time the Thunder over the Sound air show is scheduled to begin over the Biloxi Beach, but as of right now, the air show remains on schedule. Any changes in the air show schedule will […]

Preservation in May: Virtual Voices from Our Past

History takes center stage this month with the city’s annual Preservation in May series, and this year there’s a bonus: the introduction of a virtual tour of the Biloxi City Cemetery. Tonight, the 12th Annual Preservation in May series begins with a Biloxi Trivia Night at Southport Line from 5:30 to 7 p.m. where the […]

Fire museum to host fish fry Friday

Sure, the Thunderbirds are in town this weekend, but there’s no better way to kick off the weekend with a fish fry at the Biloxi Fire Museum. West End Hose Co. No. 3, as the museum is officially known, will host a fish fry Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can dine in […]

What you need to know about the air show

Barricades were placed along U.S. 90 intersections earlier this week, and tonight at 10 Biloxi Public Works crews will begin placing traffic cones in the center lanes of the beachfront highway as plans move forward for the Thunderbirds air show this weekend. Fans actually will get their first peek of “Thunder over the Sound: The […]

Playing spots available in Saints Hall of Fame golf tournament

Biloxi once again welcomes legends from the New Orleans Saints to the Mississippi Gulf Coast June 6-8 when the annual Saints Weekend returns for a celebrity-packed golf tournament at the Jack Nicklaus-designed Grand Bear and an autograph-photo session during a Biloxi Shuckers home game. Two of the most outstanding offensive stars in Saints history will […]

Busy, high-flying times ahead for U.S. 90

Biloxi Public Works crews began positioning barricades alongside intersections on U.S. 90 today, signaling what will be a busy time on the beachfront roadway over the next seven days. Thunder Over the Sound: The Keesler & Biloxi Air and Space Show doesn’t take place until Saturday and Sunday, but you can expect to see crowds […]

Here’s your history expo presentation line up

The 2019 Gulf Coast Historical and Cultural Exposition began this morning at the Biloxi Civic Center and includes a dozen presentations and films in the lecture hall. The two-day event continues until 4 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Here is the complete line up for this afternoon and Saturday.  Note, […]

May citywide newsletter on the way

The May issue of BNews, with stories on the Thunder over the Sound air show, Preservation in May and a host of other May happenings, will begin arriving in mailboxes and PO boxes across the city this weekend. The 16-page issue contains two pages of details on the Thunder over the Sound 2019 Keesler and […]

Salvation Army offers more Help Cards

The Salvation Army, after seeing its initial supply of 2,000 Help Cards distributed to businesses and the public in a matter of days, has made another 10,000 of the free referral cards available at the Biloxi Visitors Center, the Kroc Center in Biloxi, or The Salvation Army on 22nd Street in Gulfport. The business-size cards, […]

Celebrate coast history and culture Friday and Saturday

Biloxi has a long history filled with diverse culture and in celebration of the community’s history, the City of Biloxi and Preserve Biloxi hosts the Gulf Coast Historical and Cultural Exposition Friday and Saturday at the Biloxi Civic Center. The free affair, taking place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, is open to […]

City recognizes employees for service milestone

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, on Tuesday, recognized nearly two dozen employees for their years of service during a longevity awards presentation. City employees who were commented for the milestone this quarter are listed below. 40 years of service: Patricia Rose, Community Development Department 35 years of service: Karen Brashier, Council Department 30 years of service: Jill […]

Short-term rental debate may be decided Tuesday

The years-old issue of short-term rentals – where dozens of properties have taken advantage of renting out properties for discerning visitors – may be fine tuned on Tuesday. The City Council will conduct a special meeting Tuesday morning at 10:30 and the issue is scheduled for a vote during the council meeting Tuesday afternoon at […]

OK, parents, Saturday is registration day

A host of Biloxi parents are expected to line up Saturday morning at the Donal M. Snyder Sr. Community Center as citywide registration takes place for Biloxi’s popular summer camp – officially known as the Summer Playground and Enrichment Program. Registration – Biloxi residents only – will be Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at […]

Spring storm, strong winds expected today

Biloxi and the surrounding area could see sustained winds from 20 to 30 mph between noon and 10 p.m. as a vigorous spring storm is expected. City leaders have announced that non-emergency municipal offices are closing at 1 this afternoon. The National Weather Service says wind gusts could be as high as 45 mph. “We’re […]

Broussard named Distinguished Volunteer of the Year

Pete Broussard, a retired letter carrier who was described as “a silent hero, a sincere helper and truly one of the ‘good guys,’” was named as the city’s Distinguished Volunteer of the Year in a ceremony Tuesday evening. Broussard was among the dozens of individuals, businesses and groups recognized during the city’s annual Volunteer Recognition […]

Raymond earns certification in historic redevelopment finance

Bill Raymond, the City of Biloxi’s historic administrator, has received certification as a Historic Real Estate Development Finance Professional from the National Development Council. The certification is a professional credential given to individuals who have successfully completed the National Development Council’s intensive historic real estate development finance training series. The training provides professionals working in […]

Spring Break: Traffic plan kept traffic moving

There’s no doubt about it, Police Chief John Miller says regarding the Spring Break weekend: The city’s traffic plan keeps traffic moving, has reduced the number of traffic tickets and accidents, and is working. The issue, Miller says in a video released today on the city’s YouTube channel, is that you’re going to have issues […]

Hydrant testing to get underway in west Biloxi

The Biloxi Fire Department, as part of the citywide fire-rating process, will be conducting inspections of fire hydrants Tuesday in the neighborhoods around the fire stations at the Margaret L. Sherry Memorial Library and stations at Veterans and Pass Road. Tests will involve testing water pressure at the hydrants by having them run for five-minute […]

Shuckers kick off Blue Wahoos homestand this evening

By Garrett Greene, Biloxi Shuckers After a five-game road trip to Montgomery, the Biloxi Shuckers return to MGM Park for 10 games, beginning this evening at 6:35 p.m. when the Shuckers kick off a homestand by hosting the Pensacola Blue Wahoos for a five-game series. The Blue Wahoos series is also the first games the […]

City rolls out East Biloxi facade grant program

The city’s Federal Programs Division on Thursday will begin accepting applications for a façade program that offers grants of up to $20,000. The program initially targets owner-occupied businesses east of Caillavet and north of the CSX railway. The grants, administered under the city’s Community Development Block Grant program, have stipulations: Businesses on Caillavet and Division […]

Spring break, eggs hunts and more this weekend

Spring Break weekend is here and the city is preparing for the throngs of visitors and cruisers expected in Biloxi to partake in the festivities. Copies of the Spring Break Traffic Plan have been delivered to the Edgewater Mall, the Biloxi Visitors Center, and many city facilities, and nearly 6,000 traffic cones and barricades have […]

Shuckers, Shrimp and Wahoo begin seafood rivalry

By Garrett Greene, Biloxi Shuckers Three Southern League franchises, all connected by I-10 and seafood-related mascots, are partnering for a round robin competition throughout the 2019 season. The Biloxi Shuckers, Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp and Pensacola Blue Wahoos will vie for the Seafood Buffet Rivalry Series, bringing the winning team one pound of seafood from each […]

Get ready: Spring Break crowds, traffic coming up

Spring Break weekend, when tens of thousands of college-age visitors descend on Biloxi for the weekend, is upon us in a few days, but innkeepers report this weekend shows only a fraction of the number of reservations seen in years  past. However, motorists on U.S. 90 on Thursday will see Biloxi’s Public Works Department setting […]

Sports Hall of Fame seeks nominees for 2019 class

The Biloxi Parks & Recreation Department is now seeking nominations for its 2019 class of the Biloxi Sports Hall of Fame. If you know a retired athlete who contributed to the betterment of athletics in Biloxi, or a coach or individual who has played a supporting role for more than a decade, nominate them for […]

Shuckers’ 2019 season hits some firsts

The Biloxi Shuckers launched their 2019 season and tonight they end their five-game homestand with the Birmingham Barons. Here’s a recap of the season opening weekend, straight from Biloxi Shuckers Media Relations Manager and Broadcaster Garrett Greene. “Despite Mother Nature throwing the kitchen sink at us (and the first ever fog delay in MGM Park […]

Doubleheader, fireworks to open Shuckers season

By Garrett Greene, Biloxi Shuckers The rain on Thursday means more excitement for this evening’s opening of the Biloxi Shuckers season: The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader at 5:35 p.m. with drink and hot dog specials, a magnet schedule giveaway and postgame fireworks. The Shuckers and Barons will play two […]

Shuckers open 2019 campaign Thursday

Who could forget the 2018 Shuckers season? A league-record number of wins, South Division champions, a host of individual awards, and a chance to watch a number of former Shuckers playing in the bigs with Milwaukee. And now, the 2019 campaign is upon us. Shuck Nation is back at MGM Park in a big way […]

Summer Camp registration begins Saturday

Registration for the city’s popular summer camp – officially known as the Summer Playground and Enrichment Program – begins this weekend and the Biloxi Parks and Recreation leaders want to make sure parents are ready. Registration for Biloxi residents living in the Woolmarket community will be Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Woolmarket […]

11 return from 2018 Shuckers lineup

By Garrett Greene, Biloxi Shuckers The first Biloxi Shuckers roster for 2019 was announced earlier this week by the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday, including 11 players returning from the 2018 season. The 27-man roster will be brought down to 25 players before the Shuckers Opening Night game against the Birmingham Barons on Thursday. The Shuckers […]

Gilich outlines citywide program of work

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich showed progress on a host of city projects citywide this morning with his Breakfast with the Mayor presentation and the crowd broke out in laughter when he arrived at a photograph of the new brick-surfaced Howard Avenue, lined with parked vehicles and cars traveling the roadway. Said Gilich to a roomful […]

Shuckers announce opening weekend fan promotions

By Garrett Greene, Biloxi Shuckers For just the second time in franchise history, the Biloxi Shuckers will begin their Southern League campaign at MGM Park when the team opens the season on Thursday at 6:35 p.m. against the Birmingham Barons. The Shuckers will begin the season with five games at home from Thursday to Monday, […]

Renaissance Garden group seeks volunteers

The Renaissance Garden Foundation is asking for volunteers or interested groups to help achieve the vision of a botanical garden in Hiller Park, one of the city’s most popular and spacious parks. The garden, which is on the eastern side of the 99-acre city park, would be for the propagation and cultivation of specimens of […]

Salvation Army unveils the ‘Help Card’

Next time you’re approached by a panhandler seeking money for food, a bus ticket or even a beer, the Salvation Army has a suggestion: Make it a thoughtful gift, a help card. Salvation Army leaders announced the new program during a media gathering this morning at the Biloxi Visitors Center. The Army, not unlike many […]

Easter Bunny Hops to Town Green this weekend

Youngsters are invited to hop over to the Biloxi Town Green Saturday morning to see the Easter Bunny and enjoy Easter themed activities for the Biloxi Excel By 5 event, Hop the Trail to Bunnyland. From 9 to 11:30 a.m., youngsters age five and younger can participate in fun hands-on activities such as tissue paper […]

Registration now open for kids fire academy

The Biloxi Fire Department is now taking applications for youngsters to attend its hugely popular educational fire camp. Registration for the Academy for Kids Camp is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fire Department Station No. 1 in the Lopez Quave Public Safety Center, 170 Porter Ave., and is available to […]

New look, expansion in works for Woolmarket City Center

A new façade and expansion are in the offing for the Woolmarket City Center, where a county library and city community center opened months ago. This month, the city will receive bids on the new façade, which will also include expanding the community center portion of the facility to include a stage and other amenities. […]

Seafood museum to mark 50th anniversary of Camille

The Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum has unveiled the logo for “Camille at 50,” a six-month, multi-media exhibition that will mark the 50th anniversary this summer of what many call the original monster storm, Hurricane Camille. It was late in the evening of Aug. 17, 1969 when Camille made landfall along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, […]

City water, sewer now at Woolmarket Plantation, Larkin

The city is notifying residents of the Woolmarket Plantation and Larkin Subdivision in Woolmarket that now that water and sewer service has been made available in those areas, it’s time for residents to connect to the services. The services are now available to 117 parcels of land, 109 of which have homes on them. With […]

Get ready: Spring Break crowds, traffic coming up

It’s that time of year again: Spring Break, when tens of thousands of college-age visitors descend on Biloxi for a weekend of fun. And cruisin’ along U.S. 90, primarily in the area of the Coast Coliseum. This year, judging from online traffic, Spring Break is scheduled to take place April 12-14, with visitors arriving as […]

Howard Avenue: Enjoy the asphalt for a few more months

So Jack Gratwick and his crew at Hemphill Construction were able to have temporary pavement on Howard Avenue east of Porter Avenue in place in time for the Mardi Gras parades weeks ago. That was welcome news for carnival krewes, paradegoers, motorists and businesses alike, but now, the big question: How long will the temporary […]

Here’s the story on the lane closures in West Biloxi

No doubt motorists have noticed the fiber optics work along major thoroughfares across the city, especially in those areas, such as Pass Road where traffic has been limited to one lane in some cases. The boring work, which involves installing underground cable sleeves, is making way for new high-speed fiber optics cables to be installed […]

Info-filled April newsletter on the way

The April issue of BNews, the citywide monthly newsletter, will be arriving in mailboxes and PO boxes across the city in the next couple of days, with 20 pages of news from across the city. Biggest news is that the Biloxi Shuckers kick off their season April 4 at MGM Park, a game that launches […]

City requests nominations for Volunteer of the Year

The City of Biloxi wants your help in finding a Volunteer of the Year. If you know someone or an organization or business that always seems willing to help, nominate them now for the 36th annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony. Individuals who have volunteered in Biloxi will be recognized in the areas of community, health, arts […]

Have your say Thursday on short-term rental issue

The Biloxi Planning Commission, which in the past couple of weeks has seen 165 applications filed for short-term rentals, wants public input on where the vacation rentals should or shouldn’t be, and any other regulations that should be considered. The commission will conduct a Public Hearing on the issue Thursday at 2 p.m. in the […]

St. Paddy’s, Grillin’ take center stage

The Biloxi Town Green lives up to its name this weekend, with grillin’ and green galore. St. Patrick’s Day festivities take place Saturday with a run, a grilling competition and a parade. The Gulf Coast Running Club will kick off the day with the annual Hibernia Marching Society St. Patrick’s Day 5K and 1-mile Health […]

Biloxi Shuckers tickets, promotions schedule now available

In the wake of the Biloxi Shuckers’ fifth season at MGM Park, taking place in April, the team has opened up individual ticket sales and announced its 2019 promotional schedule. Tickets for all 70 Biloxi Shuckers home games, the 2019 Southern League All-Star Game and the 2019 Southern League Home Run Derby are now on […]

Gallery 782 celebrates 10 years this weekend

Gallery 782, a local cooperative art gallery (“co-art,” they call it), is celebrating a decade in the Biloxi Arts District, and the public is invited to attend a gala reception on Saturday. The gathering will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the gallery, now at 773 Jackson St., one block north of its […]

Following up: CSX rail crossings, Howard Avenue and more

Thursday, March 7, 2019 marked the second anniversary of the deadly train-charter bus collision at the Main Street crossing, where four people died when a freight train collided with a charter bus carrying 48 passengers that had become hung up on the rail at the crossing. In the wake of the tragedy, the city upgraded […]

Police officer and queen have their moment

For Biloxi Police Maj. Larry Murphy, it was “just another Yeti sighting online,” but for a Meridian mom at Biloxi Mardi Gras with her young daughter, Murphy’s actions during the Krewe of Neptune parade brought tears to her eyes. Murphy, a towering veteran of the Biloxi Police Department (he stands 6-6 at 325 pounds), was […]

GCCA: ‘It’s all on the line’ this year

As Captain of Carnival this year, David Machado is the person responsible for making sure all goes well with Gulf Coast Carnival, from the most minute detail of the planning months ago to the final throw from the final float at this year’s parade. One question Carnival organizers as well as paradegoers want to know […]

Carnival: Let’s get ready to roll

The parade routes have been paved. The barricades and safety ropes are in place. The floats are in town and ready to go. It’s Mardi Gras parade time. The Krewe of Neptune, whose floats made their way from Slidell, La., to Biloxi this week, will roll Saturday at 5:30 p.m. with Grand Marshall John Schneider, […]

Trivia and King Cake, all part of First Friday

Biloxi’s First Friday, returning after a two-month hiatus, kicks off the month with a three-hour event beginning this evening at 5 p.m. The affair, a Biloxi Main Street event taking place downtown throughout Rue Magnolia in the Biloxi Art District, will feature a Downtown Biloxi Trivia Contest for prizes and a King Cake Baby contest […]

Mardi Gras safety, traffic: What you need to know

Thousands of parade goers will be in downtown Biloxi this weekend for the annual Neptune Mardi Gras parade and just as city crews finish their preparations, the Biloxi Police Department asks paradegoers when making their plans, keep safety in mind.  “Our role is to make sure everyone has a safe time,” Biloxi Police Chief John […]

Special Tactics ruck march to pass through Biloxi

Residents of Biloxi and the Gulf Coast will be able to watch a unique military tradition Friday afternoon and evening as two Special Tactics Airmen ruck along U.S. 90. In Biloxi, on Friday night the duo will be joined by about 50 Keesler officers and airmen at White Avenue.  A “ruck” or load march, by […]

Humphrey named BPD’s Officer of Year

Police officer Eli Humphrey, who saved the life of a fellow officer while working a traffic accident last year, has been named the Biloxi Police Department’s Officer of the Year. The incident occurred while officers were working a traffic accident in January 2018 on Interstate 110, and it demonstrated the quick thinking and pro-activeness exhibited […]

‘March Madness’ is just around the corner

The March issue of BNews Monthly, dubbed “March Madness,” will be arriving in mailboxes and P.O. boxes across the city in a day or two, with a preview of the approaching Mardi Gras parades and a heads up on what else is in store for March.  Of course, the biggest question is answered right away: […]

Infrastructure: The dirt on the North Contract

Each month, the city’s Engineering Department publishes a host of maps showing progress on the infrastructure work taking place north and south of the CSX railway in East Biloxi.  The detailed maps – eight of them in all – show water, sewer, drainage and paving status as of Feb. 13 on Oscar Renda’s work on 55 […]

Children’s parade rolls downtown Saturday

There’s a Mardi Gras parade in downtown Biloxi Saturday morning – and it’s rolling on paved streets, some of them stylishly paved, too. While some have worried about pending parades and downtown road construction, the Biloxi Children’s Mardi Gras Walking Parade, which begins Saturday at 10 a.m. at Howard Avenue and I-110, will be one […]

Tickets on sale for high school, college games at MGM 

Seven high school and college games have been set to be played at MGM Park in March and the box office is now selling tickets for each of the games. The slate of games begins with the annual Biloxi High versus D’Iberville High game on Friday, March 1 at 7 p.m. General admission tickets are […]

Arbor Day run, tree giveaway is Saturday

Several varieties of trees will be given away during the city’s Arbor Day 5K Run Saturday morning on the Biloxi Town Green. The event also will include a one-mile run-walk-roll and a quarter-mile challenge. City Arborist Eric Nolan reports that the city will be distributing about 300 trees to runners, participants and the public. Runners, […]

Second Liners Mardi Gras parade rolls Saturday

The Second Liners Mardi Gras Club will host its annual parade in downtown Biloxi on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. This year’s parade will have a “Mystical Magic of Mardi Gras” theme and will feature more than three dozen units, including seven marching bands. The parade begins at 1 p.m. at Nichols school at the […]

Here’s the list of the Mardi Gras parades in Biloxi

Saturday, Feb. 16: Second Liners Mardi Gras Club Parade The annual parade begins at 1 p.m. at Nichols School at the corner of Division Street and Nichols Drive and travels west to Caillavet Street, south to Esters Boulevard and ends at the Doris C. Busch Park, 645 Esters Blvd.  To see the parade route, click […]

Biloxi celebrates 320 years next week

Biloxi marks its 320th birthday Wednesday with a host of activities to commemorate the day – Feb. 13, 1699 – when the French explorer Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville first set foot on the shores of present-day Biloxi. The occasion, which amplifies the point that Biloxi is one of the oldest communities in the country, is […]

Southland Designer Homes breaks ground at Hidden Springs

Southland Designer Homes, a company owned by second-generation builder Phil Frisby, has broken ground for its model home in the first phase of the Hidden Springs subdivision. Hidden Springs represents 166 acres of the 1,478-acres Belle la Vie master-planned community, which will be about three miles north of Interstate 10, with easy access to Mississippi […]

‘Bo Duke’ to headline Neptune parade

John Schneider, who rose to fame in TV’s “Dukes of Hazzard,” will be the 2019 Grand Marshal for the Neptune Parade. The actor, musician and filmmaker will ride in the March 2 downtown Biloxi parade, continuing a tradition that began a few years ago, when Neptune moved its parade to the Saturday night before Fat […]

Employees recognized for years of service

Chief Administrative Officer Michael Leonard, on behalf of Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, recently recognized 27 employees for their years of service during a longevity awards presentation at Biloxi City Hall. Those recognized were: 35 years of service: Adam Kozlowski, Public Works Department 30 years of service: Anthony Murphy and Anthony Shook, Fire Department 25 years of […]