Santa Claus is coming to town, and we’ve got a list

Christmas is still nearly a month away, but Santa makes his first appearance in Biloxi this week.  In fact, over the next month, you’ll see Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick nearly everywhere, on land and on sea, in parades and in schools, and even in the Biloxi Lighthouse.

In fact, we’ve got a list of his appearances and you’re invited, whether you’ve been naughty or nice.

The collection of city-sponsored holiday happenings includes some of the city’s long-standing Christmas traditions such as the children’s walking parade and Christmas in the City, and it all kicks off Thursday with the Lighting of the Biloxi Lighthouse. From there, you’ll see a myriad of events all the way through Dec. 18, with Santa Claus visiting the West End Hose Co. No. 3 Fire Museum.

Additions to the list will be made frequently over the next few weeks.
See the complete list as of today


Firefighters seek items for DHS gift drive

The Biloxi Fire Department is teaming up with the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services in collecting gifts for children in Harrison County.

As part of the DHS Christmas Gift Drive, firefighters are asking residents to drop off wrapped gifts at any of the nine firehouses in Biloxi between now and Dec. 15.

Requested items are for children up to age 16 and may include toys, toiletries, educational gifts, baby wipes and diapers. 

DHS currently has over 774 children in its care. 

“We can all appreciate the importance of family, especially at this time of year,” Biloxi Fire Chief Joe Boney said.  “We have the means to make Christmas a little more special for those children who have been placed in the care of DHS.”

Gifts should be new, wrapped and labeled with the appropriate age and gender.  For more information about the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services’ Gift Drive, call 228-897-5790, ext. 4. For the location of your nearest fire station, call the Biloxi Fire Department at 228-435-6200.


The week that was: Construction, police and fire

The Community Development Department issued 24 permits with a total valuation of nearly $350,000 last week.  Meantime, the Biloxi Police Department reported 2224 calls for service, making 108 arrests.  The Biloxi Fire Department reported 117 calls for service, including 72 for medical and 4 for structure and vehicle fires. 
See the complete weekly report