Preservation series to spotlight Biloxi students; other news and notes

Thursdays in May, the month-long celebration of preservation, moves to Biloxi Junior High School this week, with eighth grade students sharing their research of the school neighborhood.

In a months-long project underwritten by the History Channel and the University of Southern Mississippi-Gulf Coast, 430 eighth graders from Biloxi Junior High School studied the architecture in the neighborhood surrounding the school, an area known as “the Holy Land” since many of its streets are named for saints.

The students will present their findings in a free program Thursday, at 6 p.m. at Biloxi Junior High School auditorium, which is on Father Ryan Avenue.

Heavy rainfall, winds expected during next 36 hours

From Capt. Linda Atterberry, the city’s Emergency Management specialist, passing along info from the Harrison County Emergency Management Agency:

“A slow-moving front will begin to move in our region during the next 36 hours, bringing a threat of heavy rainfall and a slight risk of severe thunderstorms up to Friday morning.

“As of now, rainfall amounts of 2 to 3 inches can be expected, with isolated amounts in the 4- to 5-inch range possible. A few of the thunderstorms may reach severe potential; our primary threat may be damaging straight-line winds with isolated tornadoes.

“Please continue to monitor the weather.”

To see real-time radar, courtesy of the National Weather Service and the city’s Storm & Flood Preparedness website, click here.

News and notes

Agenda change: The city’s Planning Division reports that the Belle La Vie subdivision proposal scheduled to be included on the agenda for the Biloxi Planning Commission on Thursday has been pulled at the request of the developer. To see the agenda for the meeting, click here.

Wooden boat show: Wooden boats of many shapes and sizes will be the main attraction at the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum’s annual Billy Creel Memorial Wooden Boat Show, taking place this weekend on the museum pier. To read more about the event, click here.