City to recognize volunteers this evening

Dozens of residents, students and servicemen and women who have worked in all facets of volunteerism in Biloxi will be recognized later today during the 28th annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony.

The program will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Dr. Frank Gruich Sr. Community Center on Howard Avenue.

Family members and friends of volunteers also are invited to attend the free ceremony. A reception will be held afterward.

The program: To see a copy of the program for the ceremony, click here.

Month-long tour through history begins Thursday

Biloxi this week kicks off its annual Thursdays in May series with a salute to Biloxi’s 70-year relationship with Keesler, and a tip of the hat to the city’s military heroes of yesteryear.

The kickoff celebration will be at Glennan/Guice Memorial Park, near the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor, where the the public can get a chance for a close-up look at the restored USS Biloxi mast, the Purple Heart Memorial and other wartime markers.

Other stops in this year’s series are Beauvoir, Biloxi Public Schools and the Biloxi fire museum.

To read details about Thursdays in May and to see the entire lineup,
click here.

Biloxi officers helping in Robinsonville, Tunica flood areas

A half-dozen Biloxi police officers are helping provide police protection in the Robinsonville/Tunica areas that are now facing the threat posed by a swollen Mississippi River.

On Sunday, Biloxi officers Eugene Palmer, Doug DeGeorge and Ramon Castillo joined a contingent of other Coast law enforcers who responded as one of the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security’s Rapid Response Teams.

On Wednesday, Biloxi Police Lt. Bruce Johnson, Sgt. Scott Freeman, and Sgt. Frank McKeny will also deploy to the area.

Sgt. Milton Houseman, Biloxi’s emergency manager, said the effort is a project of the state Department of Homeland Security, which created rapid response teams from the Southern, Central and Northern regions of the state.