Relive a golden era, go fishing and more this weekend

A sold-out tribute to a community leader and impresario, a fishing tournament, and seasonal sports registrations are among the list of events happening this weekend.

Tonight at the Slavonian Lodge on Maple Street, the community will gather to celebrate one of Biloxi’s favorite sons, F. “Yankie” Barhanovich. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the program for the event, titled “The Music Mogul: Frank ‘Yankie’ Barhanovich Sr. Tribute and 50th Anniversary of the Biloxi Municipal Stadium Concerts,” will begin at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free but space is limited.

Meantime, just a little further east, at the Point Cadet Marina, the 22nd Annual Carl Legett Memorial Fishing Tournament takes place today through Sunday offering a $26,500 guaranteed payout, a kid’s fishing rodeo on Saturday, a shrimp boil on Sunday, and weekend-long entertainment by Gary Geno and the Crawlers.

Lastly, the Parks and Recreation Department will be registering youth for football and cheerleading on Saturday at the Donal M. Snyder Sr. Community Center, 2520 Pass Rd. Parents need to have proof of residency and their child’s birth certificate with them during registration, 9 a.m. to noon.

Elsewhere in Biloxi, the American rock band Boston performs at the Beau Rivage, country singer Dwight Yoakam is at the IP, and the Biloxi Shuckers play a five-game homestead against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos at MGM Park.
See a complete weekend lineup
See the football and cheerleading flyer


Are you’re getting timely Biloxi updates on Facebook?

The city now has a Facebook audience of 25,000, and, as a result more and more timely news updates are posted on the city Facebook page to augment news on the city website.

Just this week, Facebook followers were updated on a late-night ammonia leak in downtown Biloxi, and traffic updates are frequently posted. A while back, Facebook changed the way it chooses the posts you see – and you may need to take a few seconds to make sure you’re getting your news updates in a timely manner.

Here’s all you need to do:  Go to the city’s Facebook page by clicking here. Once there, make sure you Like the page by clicking Like. You’ll then see “Follow,” “Following” or “See First.” Click “See First.” On Notifications, click “All.” You’re done.

If you already Like the city Facebook page, you’ll find either “Following” or “Follow.” Click on whichever you see and then click on “See First.” You’re done. And if you already see “See First,” make sure Notifications says “All.” Then, you’re good to go.


News and notes

Podcasting:  David Nichols, personnel director for Biloxi Public Schools, drops by the City Desk podcast with schools publicist Jennifer Pyron to talk about the new school year. Also, hear updates on major city initiatives and road work. Listen to the program, taped this morning, by clicking here.

Traffic watch: To see the latest status reports on streets and drainage work throughout the city, click here.

Status report: “WLOX News This Week” hosts a segment this weekend on several of Biloxi’s ongoing initiatives and where they stand today. Learn more about Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich’s vision for the Biloxi waterfront, hear about the new Keesler gate, upcoming work at the Saenger Theater, and, yes, PokemanGo. It’s all in the opening segment of the program, which begins Sunday at 8:30 a.m. on WLOX ABC. And by the way, to see the city’s Tidelands grant applications, which are mentioned in the program, click here.

Mark your calendars: The Biloxi City Council has called a special meeting for Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 10:30 a.m. to discuss the municipal budget for FY 2017, which begins Oct. 1. The meeting is open to the public.

Up, up and away: To see a fresh bash of aerials of the north Bay and Biloxi Peninsula, click here.

Council photos: To see photos from the City Council meetings on Tuesday, click here.

The gov and mayors: Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich hosted Gov. Phil Bryant and a number of local leaders, including mayors of Gulfport, Long Beach and Pass Christian, at Biloxi City Hall this week. To see images from the session, click here.