City water bills still playing catch up

Those Biloxi water customers who would have received their monthly bill on Aug. 30, with a due date of Sept. 15, will be receiving those bills late, with a due date of Sept. 25.

Bank draft customers will be drafted on the 25th, not the 15th.

The late bills, which are going to a third of the city’s water customers, were caused by a staffing change at the company that mails the monthly city water bills.

Biloxi bills its 14,000 customers in three cycles. The staffing changed caused a previous billing cycle to be several days late, which also pushed back the current cycle.

If the next cycle is also late, the due date will be pushed back accordingly.

Said Dianne Merrill of the city water department: “The local company that mails our bills is working to get the billing cycles back on track. We apologize for any inconvenience, and, rest assured, anytime we’re responsible for the bill going out late, the due date is adjusted accordingly.”


Biloxi Police, Papa John’s to collect hurricane relief items

The Biloxi Police Department is partnering with Papa John’s Pizza to collect items for first responders in Beaumont, Texas.

Beginning Friday, the Lopez Quave Public Safety Center, 170 Porter Ave., and all south Mississippi Papa John’s Pizza stores will be accepting hurricane relief items for Beaumont Police Officers and their families.

Beaumont, a town of 118,000 residents located 84 miles east of Houston, sustained devastating amounts of rainfall and widespread flooding that lasted for several weeks after Hurricane Harvey moved over the area Aug. 25. 
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Coast chefs to gather at Civic Center event

Feeding the Gulf Coast will host the first-ever Mississippi Chef Challenge – A Challenge to End Hunger – on Thursday, Sept. 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Biloxi Civic Center.

The event is Feeding the Gulf Coast’s fundraiser, bringing together some of the area’s most celebrated chefs for an evening of food and drink, live music from Roman Street, and a vast silent auction, all in the name of ending hunger.
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Biloxi Public Schools planning for homecoming parade

Homecoming is a great way to show school spirit, and this year the Biloxi Public Schools is asking the community to demonstrate Biloxi Indian spirit by participating in the Indian Nation Homecoming Parade.

The parade is set to roll at 5 p.m. through downtown Biloxi on Thursday, Oct. 19, the day before the Biloxi High School Homecoming game where the Indians will host the Pascagoula Panthers at Indian Stadium, on the Biloxi campus.

Meantime, the school district is inviting all groups and individuals to apply to participate.  Groups can participate by entering a float, vehicle, marching group, walking squad, or other entry.
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John Miller: My how the department has grown

Biloxi Police Chief John Miller hosts the City Desk podcast this week and opines of a host of issues: the budget of the Biloxi Police Department and how it has grown, along with the department’s challenges, relief efforts for hurricane victims in Texas and Florida, and this weekend’s Community Festival Against Crime.  The program was recorded this morning at the Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center. 

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News and notes: Shuckers award, Keesler drones, pool party

Harris named Broadcaster of the Year:  The “Voice of the Shuckers” Chris Harris has been named the 2017 Southern League Broadcaster of the Year. To see the story, click here

Keesler town hall meeting:  Keesler Air Force Base will hold a town hall meeting tonight at 6 at the Biloxi Visitors Center to discuss drones and their impact near the base.  To see more about the meeting, click here

Back to school pool party:  The Parks & Recreation Department will hold its annual Back to School Pool Party on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Biloxi Natatorium.  The event is free, and hot dogs, chips and drinks will be provided.  All children under the age of 10 who can not swim must be accompanied by an adult in the pool and everyone must have the proper swimsuit.  To see the flyer, click here