Huge swim meet begins Friday at Natatorium

Forget about world cup soccer!  Competitive swimming gets under way Friday morning at 8 at the Biloxi Natatorium for one of the largest events ever held at the the city’s indoor Olympic-sized swimming pool.

The 6th Annual Splashin’ the Coast swim meet, which has been a popular travel meet for teams from throughout the Southeast, will feature two teams from Texas, seven teams from Louisiana, seven teams from Mississippi, and three teams from Tennessee.

The meet begins at 8 a.m. on Friday, June 27, and continues Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29. Older swimmers will have their preliminary sessions in the morning and come back in the evening for the finals sessions beginning at 6 p.m. Younger swimmers will compete midday.

“This is a very competitive meet we have been hosting for the past few years. ” said Jamie Lee, head coach for the Biloxi Elite Swim Team, which is co-hosting the affair with the city’s Parks & Recreation Department and USA Swimming. “It’s a quality meet when you get teams that want to travel to your area who are more than three to four hours away. This year, we actually had to turn down teams who wanted to attend because of the large number of swimmers entered. Our home team, Biloxi Elite, has over 75 swimmers entered.”

The meet is open to the public with free admission and concessions will be available.

The Natatorium is at 1384 Father Ryan Ave.


Keesler plays ‘Taps’ nightly at 9

Keesler has begun playing “Taps” base-wide each night at 9.

“Taps” in its present form was first played during the Civil War era to signify “lights out” at the end of the day. Early during the Civil War, began the custom of playing “Taps” during military funeral proceedings. Today, it is played to conclude military funerals with honors at Arlington Cemetery, as well as hundreds of other military funerals around the United States. Additionally, “Taps” is sounded during Military Wreath ceremonies and nightly at non-deployed military installations across the globe to signify “lights out.”

Some off-base neighbors may be able to hear the music, and base leaders apologize for any inconvenience.

If you have any questions please contact the 81st Training Wing Public Affairs Office, at (228) 377-2783 or e-mail at


Caillavet, Howard paving set for Friday, Saturday

Contractors on Friday hope to pave Howard Avenue at Caillavet Street and Caillavet Street south to Jackson Street, two thoroughfares adjacent to MGM Park at Beau Rivage. The paving work, incidentally, was postponed today because of inclement weather. Expect more detours in that area Friday.