Sizzlin’ Shuckers return for a 10-game homestand

The red-hot Biloxi Shuckers, who have won 11 of their past 14 games, return to Biloxi Saturday to launch a 10-game homestand at MGM Park, the first of two such homestands this season.

The 10-game slate features five games against the Mississippi Braves, an Atlanta Braves affiliate, and five games against the Chattanooga Lookouts, a Minnesota Twins affiliate. The Shuckers lead the all-time series against their Magnolia State rival 23-20 over the first two seasons.

The game on Saturday night, at 6:35, will feature a post-game fireworks show presented by Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Then, it’s Family Fun Day and Superhero Day for the Shuckers’ Mother’s Day celebration on Sunday at 1:05 p.m.

“The Shuckers are averaging 2,785 fans per game through the first 14 home games this season,” said Director of Media Relations and Broadcasting Chris Harris.  “This is a 15 percent increase over the first 14 games in 2016.”

On the field, the Shuckers have moved into a first-place tie atop the Southern League’s south division standings by winning 11 of their past 14 games, including four straight on their current road trip in Jacksonville.
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Oscar Renda: All of east Biloxi paved by end of August

With the east Biloxi infrastructure project about 13 months away from its contracted end, Oscar Renda announced today that all streets east of Lee Street should be paved by the end of August.

Project Superintendent John Cowart, appearing in a monthly progress video published today on the city’s YouTube channel, also reported that Graham, Iroquois and Thelma streets should be paved in the next month, and drainage lines on Nichols Drive also should be in place by the end of this month.

By the end of summer, the new sewer system is expected to be in place for the entire 2.2-mile length of Division Street, where paving is already in place from Oak Street to Penny Street.

At the west end of the project, drainage on several streets off Porter Avenue, including Cherokee, Columbus and Balboa, and Circle Park, should be completed by the end of summer.

The $124 million infrastructure project, which is seeing 55 miles of roadways rebuilt in east Biloxi north of the CSX railway, has a contracted completion date of June 24, 2018.
See the video of progress


Summer Movie Series event postponed

Organizers of the “Summer Movie Series,” the fun and games event with the showing of the movie “Moana” planned for tonight on the Biloxi Town Green, have decided to postpone the event until May 20 at Hiller Park because of the inclement weather.

The National Weather Service forecasts showers and thunderstorms through the early evening hours, with large amounts of rainfall producing ponding of water and possible damaging wind gusts. 

Meantime, the multi-platinum international music sensation Celtic Women will present their Voices of Angels show at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum, Smokey Robinson will be at the Beau Rivage and Bill Engvall at the IP Casino Resort.
See the Summer Movie Series flyer
See the overall weekend lineup


News and notes

Howard Avenue tour:  To see images from the Preservation in May Howard Avenue tour, click here.

It’s April in May: Paula K. April, a longtime tourism leader whom Father Paddy Mockler recognized for instilling values of love and respect into her children, was named Biloxi’s Mother of the Year this week during a Biloxi Lions Club luncheon. To see photos, click here.

Council meeting:  The Biloxi City Council will not meet next week.  Because of the municipal elections held earlier this month, the meeting schedule is as follows: Tuesday, May 23 with a special called meeting at 11 a.m. and regular meeting at 1:30 p.m. and Tuesday, May 30 at 1:30 p.m.  Each meeting will be held at the Biloxi City Hall and is open to the public.  To see more about the city council, click here