Holloway remains on the mend

Mayor A.J. Holloway’s office has received e-mails, cards and flowers from a number of local residents and from those as far away as Portland, Maine and Tonawanda, New York.

Holloway, who underwent surgery to repair a perforated colon on Saturday, continues to recuperate in Biloxi Regional Medical Center, where staff is limiting visitors to family. The mayor is expected to be in the hospital for several more days.

“We appreciate all of the prayers and kind thoughts,” said Macklyn Holloway, the mayor’s wife. “A.J.’s getting excellent care and is looking forward to being able to leave the hospital.”

The mayor and his wife would prefer well-wishers make donations to the Nativity BVM Elementary School Endowment Fund, which provides tuition assistance for families. The address is 1046 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi, MS 39530. To learn more about the school, click here.

News and notes

Children’s parade: Children ages 12 and younger can now sign up for the annual Children’s Mardi Gras Walking Parade, which takes place Saturday, Feb. 21 in downtown Biloxi. To read details and see a registration form, click here.

Sculptures Update, Part I: No word yet from NBC News on an airdate for the “Nightly News” segment on the Katrina sculptures. Meantime, you can whet your video appetite by viewing a report from June 2007, when Frank Davis of WWL-TV in New Orleans filed a “Naturally N’Awlins” report about the sculptures. Davis visited Biloxi to view the original five works of art by chainsaw artist Dayton Scoggins, whose city-commissioned work later inspired Marlin Miller to embark on his sculpture odyssey. To see the two-minute WWL video, click here.

Sculptures Update, Part II: Mayor A.J. Holloway used Marlin Miller’s work and words to illustrate how the rest of the country is getting a new look at the people of Biloxi and the Gulf Coast. To read the thoughts, as told in The Final Say column of the current South Mississippi Living magazine, click here.