Foster honored as volunteer of the year

Jim Foster, whose continuing volunteer efforts have led to the creation of so-called blueways and greenways in Biloxi and along the Gulf Coast, has been named the city’s Distinguished Volunteer of the Year.

Foster led a field of dozens of individuals and groups who were recognized by the city on Tuesday during the 30th annual Volunteer Recognition Awards.

“This is our chance to say thank you for all you do to help make Biloxi a better place to live,” Mayor A.J. Holloway said.

Foster was cited for his volunteer role as director of Heritage Trails Partnership, a non-profit that has advocated and is helping establish such routes as the City of Biloxi Bicycle Route, the Deer Island Blueway, and the Gulf Islands National Seashore Blueway.

Other honorees:

— Community volunteer: Jane French

— Youth volunteer: Reagan Lane Norwood

— Health volunteer: Jennifer G. Ferguson

— Arts volunteer: Dr. Gail Cheney

— History volunteer: Dr. Deanne Stephens Nuwer

— Sports volunteer: Silas Partman

— Education volunteer: Susan Hunt

— Adult group volunteer: Biloxi Regional Medical Center Auxiliary

— Youth volunteer group: Biloxi High School Student Council

— City of Biloxi employee volunteers: Joe Boney, and Brian & Stacy Thacker

— Business group volunteer: Habitat for Humanity of the MS Gulf Coast Americorps members

— Non-profit organization: Excel By 5

— Military volunteer: Tech. Sgt. Brian G. Margavich

— Military group volunteer: Fishbowl Student Ministry Center White Rope Program

— Retired Biloxian volunteer: Bill Raymond Sr.

See Jim Foster: To see a photo of Distinguished Volunteer of the Year Jim Foster receiving his award,
click here.

See all of the photos: To see dozens of photos from the event, click here.

Got old drugs? You can get rid of them Saturday

Biloxi Police are asking residents to drop off unused or old prescription medications on Saturday as part of the DEA’s Drug Take Back Day.

The annual nationwide program is designed to prevent old medications from being used illegally or improperly.

Those interested can drop off medicines at the Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center, 170 Porter Ave., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For additional information about the DEA program and to see additional locations, visit

For more information about Biloxi’s program, contact Sgt. Aldon Helmert at 228-702-3177 or

News and notes

Fighting fires and litter: Members of the Biloxi Fire Department walked city streets, neighborhoods and high-profile areas as part of the Great American Cleanup. To see dozens of photos, click here.

Sporting affair: Know someone who should be in the Biloxi Sports Hall of Fame? It’s nomination time. To find out more, click here.

Back Bay residents: Back Bay residents are reminded that there’s a meeting this evening about a huge infranstructure project that will impact residents along the Bay from Benachi to Keesler. The meeting is at 6 this evening at the Visitors Center. To see a postcard about the work, which was mailed to more than 600 residents more than a week ago, click here.

Late Bmail: This Bmail, originally scheduled for Wednesday, was delayed by spotty internet access at City Hall. Apologies for the delay.