Lorraine Road bridge re-opened to traffic

The Lorraine Road bridge, which had been closed more than four months ago because of safety concerns, was re-opened to traffic this morning after work by Biloxi and Gulfport Public Works personnel.

Biloxi City Engineer Damon Torricelli said workers addressed deficiencies that had been outlined in an engineering report received by the respective cities.

New author to tell Riches to Rags story at Visitors Center this evening

The public is invited to meet new author Wynona Rogers at the Biloxi Visitors Center, at 1050 Beach Blvd., this evening from 5:30 to 7:30.

The Gulf Shores, Ala. resident has released her first novel, “Riches to Rags: One Woman’s Story of Betrayal and Redemption.”

“Riches to Rags” is a “true life small town big crime” story.

Rogers saw her empire, worth nearly $4 million shrivel to 68 cents. The story includes investigations by the Alabama Insurance Department, the IRS, and the U.S. Secret Service.

Rogers will be signing books and sharing her story so that what happened to her doesn’t happen to anyone else.

The event is free and refreshments will be served. For more information, or to reserve a copy, call the Visitors Center at (228) 374-3105.

The cover: To see the cover of “Riches to Rags,”
click here.

Firefighters seek toys for needy children

The Biloxi Fire Department is asking residents to provide unwrapped toys for needy children for this Christmas.

The fire department, along with a group of New York firefighters, the Nativity Men’s Club, and the Biloxi-Ocean Springs Junior Auxiliary, are asking residents to drop off unwrapped toys at any of the nine firehouses in Biloxi between now and Dec. 11.

Firefighters in the Fire Department of New York, who have been delivering toys to Gulf Coast children each Christmas since Katrina, will be coming to the Gulf Coast to visit with children in the area and distribute toys on Dec. 14.

For more information call (228) 324-7461.

Print it: To print a flier about the toy drive,
click here.

News and notes

Traffic update: To see the road construction update from the city’s Public Works Department, click here.

Planning agenda: the proposed baseball for downtown Biloxi will be the big talk at this afternoon’s meeting of the Biloxi Planning Commission. To see the agenda for the public meeting, click here.