Reminder: Popp’s Ferry bridge closes at 8 tonight

The Popp’s Ferry Bridge will be closed to vehicular and marine traffic this evening, beginning at 8, and again Tuesday and Wednesday nights to allow workers to continue repairs to the bridge’s fender system.

The bridge will be closed from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. each of the days.

Workers must raise the bridge’s draw in order to drive pilings to reconstruct the wooden fender system, which was heavily damaged by a barge in May. The fender system protects the bridge’s concrete pilings from marine traffic that veers from the navigation channel.

City to mark eighth anniversary of Katrina with ceremony

The Most Rev. Roger Morin, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Biloxi, will join Mayor A.J. Holloway and students from Biloxi High School and St. Patrick for the city’s annual Katrina memorial observance on Thursday at the Katrina memorial on the Biloxi Town Green.

The ceremony, which will also feature Pastor Lindsey Robinson of St. Paul United Methodist Church, will begin at 8 a.m. and should run about 20 minutes.

Students Adrienne Hogue and Shelby Pisarich of Biloxi High School, and Denton Hunter and Tommy Kuluz of St. Patrick Catholic High School will read the names of the 52 Biloxians who died in Katrina, which struck Biloxi and the Mississippi Gulf Coast on Aug. 29. 2005.

Monica Boudreaux will perform the National Anthem and “Amazing Grace” as part of the ceremony, and Biloxi Fire Department Chaplain John Jennings will deliver the closing prayer.

Katrina & Biloxi: Cable One will air the city’s 50-minute documentary, “Katrina & Biloxi: A Story of Resolve and Resilience,” on Thursday, the eighth anniversary of the storm. It will air at 10:30 a.m., 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on Cable 13 in Biloxi The annual offering will help educate residents about the dangers of storms and flooding.

Sports Hall of Fame inducts another group with class

A crowd of about 200 turned out Sunday evening at the Biloxi Civic Center to see seven individuals enshrined into the Biloxi Sports Hall of Fame.

Those inducted are Peter Roy “Lee” Elder, who has won five World Championship rings as a scout for the New York Yankees and San Francisco Giants; former Ole Miss and New Orleans Saints center Wimpy Winther; Kenneth Lyons Sr., Henry “Spud” Wieniewitz, Doug Barber, Howard Battle and Dr. Dennis Malpass.

Photos: To see photos from the induction ceremony for the Biloxi Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2013, click here.

Visit the hall: To read biographies of the Class of 2013, and to read about past inductees, click here.

Do you really LIKE Biloxi? Here’s another way to show it

The city has launched more of a Facebook presence to augment its website and Bmail campaigns.

Now, Bmail and other news also will be passed along on the city’s Facebook platform.

To “Like” the city’s Facebook page – — click here.

Coast’s first Firehouse coming to west Biloxi

Comvest Properties has announced that Firehouse Subs will make its Mississippi Gulf Coast debut at the corner of Pass and Beauvoir Roads in Biloxi.

Work on the second redevelopment phase of Shoppes at Beauvoir, a former Blockbuster building, is moving forward with the construction of an outdoor dining area and facade work. The 1,975 square foot fast casual restaurant joins The UPS Store, which opened last December.

To read more about the Firehouse, click here.

News and notes

Excel-lent health: Excel by 5, the early childhood initiative, hosted dozens of families Saturday at Lopez School for the annual Ready, Set, GO Health Fair. To see photos from the affair, click here.

Meetings, meetings, meetings: The Biloxi City Council will have three meetings on Tuesday, beginning with a 9:45 meeting to discuss avenues to save money on utility bills. Then, at 10 a.m, councilmembers will discuss the city’s spending plan for social service agencies, and at 1:30 p.m., the council has its regularly scheduled meeting. To see agendas and supporting documents for each meeting, click here.

DRC agenda: This week’s Development Review Committee meeting will include plans for a new Waffle House, the city’s fifth. It would be on Myrtle Street on Point Cadet, midway between the Palace and Golden Nugget casino resorts, and a block from the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum and Biloxi Waterfront Park. To see the DRC agenda for Wednesday, click here.