Development Authority to visit east Biloxi; other news and notes

The Mississippi Development Authority will have staff members in east Biloxi next week to accept applications and provide grant status updates for homeowners who experienced flood-surge damage as a result of Hurricane Katrina.

The three-day visit, which was arranged after a request by Ward 1 Councilmember George Lawrence, will be at the East Biloxi Coordination Relief and Redevelopment Agency, 425 Division St., on Thursday and Friday, Jan. 10 and 11, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

MDA staff advises that applicants should bring some form of identification, along with any documentation regarding their request. Interpreters also will be on hand.

Holloway on speaking circuit

Mayor A.J. Holloway will deliver the commencement address to the graduates of Virginia College’s Biloxi campus this weekend, and on Tuesday the mayor will give members of Biloxi Rotary a progress report on city projects.

Meantime, the Biloxi Bay Chamber of Commerce this week mailed invitations to the annual State of the City address, which takes place Feb. 11 at Beau Rivage Resort & Casiino. Seats to the luncheon are $25 each or a reserved table of 10 for $300. Details: Biloxi Bay Chamber, 435-6149.

News and notes

Weekend preview: For a look at the entertainment lineup for this weekend ‚Äď Balagan at the Beau Rivage, Sea Wolves at the Coliseum and Showtime Fight Night at the Hard Rock, to name a few ‚Äď click here.

Council meeting: Members of the Biloxi City Council will gather Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at City Hall to open bids from area banks hoping to serve as the city’s municipal depositories.

Coleman finale: Gene Coleman, departing editor of The Biloxi-D‚ÄôIberville Press, hosts a discussion of municipal issues, including re-districting, in his final stint on the ‚ÄúCity Desk‚ÄĚ weekly webcast. To listen to the 26-minute program, taped this morning, click here.