Miller addresses Lions Club audience

Biloxi Police Chief John Miller gave an Ocean Springs civic group an idea of how the Biloxi Police Department operates on a daily basis, and he left no doubt about his biggest challenge these days: Dealing with the homeless.

“A quarter of my day every day is spent dealing with that issue,” Miller told members of the Ocean Springs Lions Club this week.

Miller spoke about the issue and how the department is dealing with them in a wide-ranging, 45-minute address that is appearing BTV tonight at 9:30 and tomorrow morning at 10:30. You can also watch the presentation on the city’s YouTube Channel.
See the presentation

North contract continues down home stretch

By Nick L. Shrimp

OK, it’s a dumpster fire. We get that. But there’s no denying that this massive project known as “the North Contract,” where these 55 miles of roads have been in turmoil, some would have you believe, since before construction began five years ago, is near the end.

Here’s a fact: There are only six streets awaiting their initial coat of asphalt: Parker, which is scheduled to be paved by Sept. 1, Lameuse north of Elder, Reynoir, Couevas south of Division, Forrest and Benachi.

They’re far from proclaiming “mission accomplished,” but the construction teams working north of the CSX railway say they’re getting closer and closer each day to the goal of a Thanksgiving gift to the residents, businesses and motorists in East Biloxi. All roads paved!

Says Jennifer Matranga of contractor Oscar Renda: “We’re certainly in the home stretch. Despite all the challenges our team continues to face, including working in record heat, they’re giving 100 percent every week to get this project completed. I couldn’t be more proud of them.”
Video: See the new video of progress
See detailed status maps for north and south projects

Shuckers, Shrimp Bowl and more this weekend

The Biloxi Shuckers return to MGM Park tonight for their final homestand of the season as they take on the Mississippi Braves. First pitch is at 6:35 p.m. and, its Fireworks Friday so the game will be followed by spectacular fireworks display.  Baseball fans will be able to enjoy game night promotions with Shuck Yeah Saturday and the 2nd annual Shucktoberfest during Saturday’s game, Salute to the military on Sunday, Barks and Brews on Monday, and Fan Appreciation and T-shirt Day on Tuesday.

Also this weekend, the Biloxi High Varsity Football will play Greene County tonight in the Shrimp Bowl and the Biloxi Parks & Recreation Department will host its annual Biloxi Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Sunday where they will honor the 2019 Class.  Over at the casinos, Purple Reign, the Prince Tribute show, will be at the Hard Rock.
Visit the Biloxi Shuckers website
See the Biloxi Community Calendar
See a complete weekend lineup

News & notes: City Desk, B-Alert, Weekend destination

Podcast: Fire Chief Joe Boney is the guest on this week’s City Desk podcast. Recorded Thursday morning at the Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center, Chief Boney talks about the Citizen Ride Along Program as well as the new fire stations. To listen, click here.

B-Alert: Stay in the know about road closures, road re-openings, and other traffic advisories by signing up for B-Alert.  It’s a real-time, on-the-go messaging system that brings advisories directly to your cell phone.  Just text BILOXI to 888777.

Biloxi, the state’s best weekend getaway: Travel Pulse has listed Biloxi as Mississippi’s best weekend getaway destination. To see the mention, click here.