Football fans, get your sneak peek this evening

Biloxi high school football fans will get a chance to preview the 2013 Indians this evening at 7 when the squad hosts Gautier in a football jamboree.

The display will feature two quarters of play for varsity players, and two quarters for junior-varsity players.

“We’ll put kids in game situations and see where they are with their assignments,” coach John Shannon told the Sun Herald. “The varsity will compete in full-game situations. The junior varsity will compete in a controlled scrimmage.

“We’re looking to see how the kids react. We want them to play hard. There will be some learning out there and there will be some mistakes. We will be running our base offense.”

Reminder: Meet the teams, see the movie Sunday

The Biloxi football program will host a Meet the Teams night on Sunday, Aug. 18 at 5 p.m. at the Biloxi Junior High School auditorium, and those attending will be able to see the premiere of the movie “Mississippi Gridiron Gold: Small Towns, Big Teams.”

The evening will have an admission fee of $8, with tickets available at the door or in advance from coaches or parents of players, or at the high school athletic office.

Coaches and players from the 7th, 8th, 9th, junior varsity and varsity football teams will be on hand to meet and greet those attending.

Flyer: To print a flyer about Meet the Teams night, click here.

‘Camille,’ ‘Katrina’ meet Saturday at Visitors Center

Two of the worst storms to ever strike Biloxi and the Mississippi Gulf Coast – indeed, to ever strike the United States – will be the subject of documentaries to be re-shown Saturday at the Biloxi Visitors Center.

The presentations, in the Visitors Center’s second-flood theater, will be free and open to the public.

“A Lady Called Camille,” which features the legendary Civil Defense Director Wade Guice, will be shown the Visitors Center Saturday at 9 and 11 a.m., and at 1 and 4 p.m. to help mark the anniversary of the 1969 hurricane.

For years the city had annually shown the 30-minute documentary to Cable One audiences to mark the the anniversary of the killer storm.

In fact, the “Lady Called Camille” being shown on Saturday features an introduction by Mayor A.J. Holloway that was filmed at the Camille memorial, outside the Church of Redeemer bell tower, days before it was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

In addition to the Camille documentary, the city’s award-winning “Katrina & Biloxi,” a 50-minute film about the impact of Katrina, will be shown at its regular time at the Visitors Center, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Camille observance: The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer will host its annual Camille Memorial Service on Saturday, Aug. 17 at 3 p.m. at the Camille memorial. The memorial is at 610 Water Street, off U.S. 90 at Bellman Street. To see photos from the 2009 Camille observance, click here.

Storm info: See the latest storm advisories and real-time radar in the city’s online Storm & Flood Preparedness center. To go there, click here.

Reader on the record: WLOX Meteorologist Mike Reader tells Biloxians why they need to be especially prepared for storms and floodign this time of year in the city’s 2013 Storm and Flood Preparedness Guide. The 12-page publication is arriving in homes and businesses throughout the city today and Saturday. To see an online version and to read Reader’s column, click here.

Excel by 5 health fair just around the corner

Biloxi Excel By 5 will hold its annual Ready Set GO Children’s Health Fair on Saturday, Aug. 24, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Biloxi Resource Center, Lopez School, 140 St. John Ave.

To read the full story about the event, click here.

Back-to-school pool party, special needs dance coming up

The City of Biloxi’s Parks and Recreation Department will host two upcoming back to school events: a Back to School Hoorah Pool Party and a Special Needs Back-To-School Hoorah Dance for children and adults.

The pool party will be on Friday, Sept. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Biloxi Natatorium, and the Special Needs
Back-To-School Hoorah Dance for children and adults will be Friday, Aug. 23, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Donal M. Snyder Sr. Community Center, 2520 Pass Road.

To read the complete story on both events,
click here.

News and notes

Weekend preview: To see the weekend entertainment lineup, as compiled by the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau, click here.

Webcasting: Chief Administrative Officer David Nichols discusses hurricane preparations, baseball and budgeting — and even has a geography lesson — in this week’s City Desk webcast. To listen to the 12-minute program, click here.

Special meetings: The Biloxi City Council meets Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. for its second in a series of budget meetings, and councilmembers will gather at 11 a.m. to discuss a state-supported project to extend Back Bay Boulevard to Fifth Street in east Biloxi. Both meetings will be at City Hall and are open to the public.

Regular meeting: Zoning issues will dominate the agenda when the City Council holds its regular meeting Tuesday afternoon. To see the complete agenda and supporting documents,click here.

Firefighters to the rescue: Deputy Chief John Jennings of the Biloxi Fire Department reports that firefighters and interested volunteers will gather again on Saturday morning at 7 to again help with the clean-up of a burned home at 345 Randall Ave. The work, Jennings said, ought to be completed well before noon, and all volunteers are welcome.

Bike Biloxi: The next Bike Biloxi Dinner Ride takes place Tuesday, Aug. 20 at 6 p.m., beginning at ecoGeno at the Biloxi Transit Center. The ride takes place the third Tuesday of every month and is sponsored by Main Street, Gulf Coast Bicycle Club, Gulf Coast Heritage Trains, the Biloxi Bay Chamber and the city. Details: 228-435-6339, or

DRC agenda: To see the agenda for the next Development Review Committee meeting,
click here.