Cemetery tour to spotlight war veterans

This year’s Old Biloxi Cemetery Tour, which takes place Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m., will be themed “Honoring our Heroes,” celebrating the lives of Biloxians who participated in conflicts from the War of 1812 through the Vietnam War.

The free event is a self-guided, continuously performed affair, so attendees may arrive anytime between 4 and 7 to see all eight re-enactments. An opening ceremony will take place at 4 p.m., followed by graveside re-enactors garbed in period costumes. The actors include Biloxi Little Theater and area high school students.

Those portrayed this year are Lt. John Nixon and his daughter, Pinkey (War of 1812, Battle of New Orleans); Charles Albert Bessey and his daughter, Lorena (The Indian Wars); Henri Eugene Tiblier (Civil War); Francis Crofton Duncan, (Spanish American War); Lyman C. Bradford (World War I); John Narcise, (Korean War); Julius J. Sablich III (WWII); and Timothy O’Dell, (Vietnam War).

Thoswe attending the tour should park at the Biloxi Elks Lodge, immediately west of the cemtery, and enter the cemetery by either its south or north gates.

Details: Biloxi Main Street, (228) 435-6339 or kmiller@biloxi.ms.us.

‘Haunted’ book signing is Monday at Visitors Center

Author and avid ghost hunter Bud Steed leads a haunted journey with stops in Pascagoula, Biloxi, Gulfport, Waveland and all points in between during a book signing on Monday at the Biloxi Visitors Center.

Steed will be signing copies of “Haunted Mississippi Gulf Coast” Monday from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Council seeks input on proposed ward lines

The Biloxi City Council will hold its final scheduled hearing on Tuesday afternoon to hear public input on the proposed boundaries for Biloxi’s seven wards.

Councilmembers will be elected from those seven wards in the 2013 municipal elections.

The public hearing will be Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at Biloxi City Hall. A previous hearing, on Oct. 16, generated no public input.

The council is seeking input on three maps, known as Plan 5, Plan 6 and Plan 7.

— To see the Plan 5 map,
click here.

— To see the Plan 6 map,
click here.

— To see the Plan 7 map,
click here.

Incidentally, the current ward lines were drawn in 2004 and are based on the city’s population as reflected in Census 2000. To see those pre-Katrina lines, which were used in municipal elections for 2005 and 2009, click here.

Have a minute? Take this online survey about the hazards you face

The City of Biloxi is seeking public input to help update its Hazard Mitigation Plan.

The hazard mitigation plan identifies and assesses the risks from natural hazards faced by the community and how to best minimize or manage those risks. Having an updated hazard mitigation plan is necessary to qualify for federal mitigation funds.

As part of the update, Biloxi residents are being asked to take part in a 10-question, anonymous survey online.

The questions ask respondents to identify and assess hazards you face in your neighborhood.

To take the survey, click here.

News and notes

Indians finale: The Biloxi Indians will honor high school seniors this evening during their final home game of the football season. To read more about the game, click here.

Community party: The city’s Police, Fire and Parks & Recreation departments will present the annual Biloxi Community Festival Against Crime on Saturday, Nov. 3 from noon to 4 on the Town Green. To print a flier about the free event,
click here.