Fire Department to present inaugural awards, medals ceremony

The Biloxi Fire Department will conduct its inaugural awards ceremony and medal day during a public gathering Monday evening at the Dr. Frank G. Gruich Sr. Community Center, 591 Howard Avenue. 

The event will begin with hors d’oeuvres and refreshments at 6:30 p.m., and the program at 7 p.m.

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich and Biloxi Fire Chief Joe Boney will recognize dozens of Biloxi firefighters, partner agencies and civilians for acts of heroism and service.

“This is something that I’ve always wanted to do,” Boney said. “It shows the public and our firefighters the value they have in this community. As chief, I’m often told about how good the men and women of this department are, but this public ceremony is important not only for them, but for their families and friends, and the many partner agencies and civilians who assist the Biloxi Fire Department throughout the year.”

This year’s inaugural ceremony also will recognize those who assisted in the response to the deadly train-bus collision that occurred in March 2017 at the Main Street CSX crossing.
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‘MLK 50’ will be weekend of activities

The community’s annual program to honor the life and times of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. begins Friday, Jan. 12 and well be capped on Monday, Jan. 15 with a parade in downtown Gulfport, marking the 50th anniversary of the death of the storied Civil Right leader.

Read the complete story and see the schedule of events. 


Available now: Children’s Mardi Gras Walking Parade applications

Mardi Gras season will officially begin in Biloxi on Friday but the city and the Gulf Coast Carnival Association is now asking for children’s participation.

The annual Biloxi Children’s Mardi Gras Walking Parade, set for Saturday, Feb. 3 at 10 a.m., is open to youngsters age 12 and younger who want to be creative, dress in costumes, and decorate their bicycle, wagons or the like.

Youngsters can walk, skate or be pushed or pulled in strollers or wagons. This year’s theme is The Ride of Your Life, celebrating history making rides such as Charles Lindberg’s Trans-Atlantic flight in the Spirit of St. Louis.

Read the complete story and download the application.


News and notes: Twelfth Night, Christmas tree recycling, and photos 

Twelfth Night celebration: The Gulf Coast will officially change from the holiday season to Carnival season on Friday with the celebration of Twelfth Night beginning with a 5 p.m. at the Biloxi Visitors Center, followed by a parade to the Mardi Gras Museum.  To read more about the event, click here.

City Desk podcast:  Historical Administrator and Biloxi Visitors Center Manager Bill Raymond appeared on the weekly City Desk Podcast, recorded this morning at Biloxi City Hall, to talk about the Twelfth Night celebration.  To listen to the podcast, click here

Christmas tree recycling:  The Harrison County Beautification Commission has set up a recycling station in Biloxi at the Rodenburg Avenue and U.S. 90 parking bay.  The drop-off location will be available through Jan. 19.  Please remember to remove all decorations, lights and stands before dropping off a tree. 

City council meeting: To see more than a dozen images from this week’s Biloxi City Council meeting where the main topic of discuss was the approval to adopt general legislation to authorize the city to make improvements to the Point Cadet property, click here

Water line leak:  Earlier today Public Works crews were making repairs to a 12-inch water line that was leaking at the corner of Keller and Esters, south of the CSX railway in east Biloxi.  The intersection will remain closed to traffic until all repairs are made. To see the images, click here