Haise to lead Veterans parade through downtown

The Gulf Coast Veterans Parade
will roll through downtown Biloxi Saturday beginning at 11

This is the 10th anniversary of the Gulf
Coast parade and has been recognized by the Secretary of Veterans
Affairs for the past three years as a Veterans Day Regional Site.

The 2010 Grand Marshal is former NASA astronaut and Biloxi native
Fred Haise, who served as Lunar Module Pilot on the
aborted Apollo 13 space mission. This year marks the 40th
anniversary of that historic flight.

The parade — more than 70 units in all — begins at the north end of Caillavet Street, travels east on Esters, south on Lameuse, and passes reviewing stands at City Hall before ending at the Town Green. Among the units will be bands, marchers,
floats and vehicles.

The parade also will include a fly-over salute consisting of eight formations of planes
representing World War II warplanes, active military aircraft, and even some aircraft that have been built in the backyards and garages of

For more information about parade participation or about the Gulf
Coast Veterans Parade, visit http://www.msveteransparade.com.

Weekend preview: For details on the entertainment lineup this weekend — Blues Traveler, Styx, Trace Adkins, the Ron Meyers Christmas City show, and a Center Stage production — click here.

Police news and notes

Drug drop off: Residents can take the American Medicine Chest Challenge on Saturday by removing expired or unused prescription drugs from medicine cabinets and dropping them off at a designated location for safe disposal. Drop-off sites are planned in five Coast cities from 9 a.m.to 2 p.m.: at police departments in Biloxi and Long Beach, Plant Watson in Gulfport, Target in D’Iberville, and Walmart in Pass Christian. Representatives of the Gulf Coast Substance Abuse Task Force will be on hand to answer questions.

Thanksgiving meals: Members of the Biloxi Police Department will be joining with other law enforcers this Thanksgiving to again prepare and deliver meals to the needy. To print a flyer to learn more about the event, click here.

Santa Cops: The Biloxi Police Department will again be undertaking its annual Santa Wears a Badge program, where needy families can receive Christmas presents through the generosity of others. To learn more about how you can be involved in the program, click here.

Other news and notes

Council meeting: A proposal to allow Hidden Springs, a 420-lot residential development in Woolmarket, is among the issues that will be considered during the City Council meeting on Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 at City Hall. To see the complete agenda and available resolutions click here.

Schools accolade: The Biloxi Public School District is in line to receive district accreditation. Learn more about the honor by clicking here.

Speaking engagements: Mayor A.J. Holloway will provide updates on various city projects during presentations on Wednesday. The mayor speaks to the Biloxi Chamber of Commerce’s Breakfast With the Mayor at 8 a.m. at Biloxi Regional Medical Center, and at the Harrison County Republican Club, which meets at lunchtime at the Great Southern Club in Gulfport.

Christmas parade: Christmas on the Water is just around the corner, and organizers of the Children’s Walking Parade are seeking entrants. To read more about the overall celebration and to see how you can be involved, click here.

Bring it: Mississippi Power and the Harrison County Beautification Commission will stage a hazardous household waste drop off on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Plant Jack Watson. Residents can bring batteries, motor oil, paint and other items to the collection point. To learn more, click here.

National press: The New York Times and Los Angeles Times were in town to cover the opening of the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art. To see the NYT story, click here. To see the LAT story, click here.