Three nights of baseball kicks off this evening at MGM

Shuckers baseball is still a month away, but you’ll have a chance this week to whet your appetite with three days of baseball at MGM Park.

This evening at 7:05, the downtown Biloxi ballpark hosts teams Jackson State vs. Southern. Then on Wednesday at 7:05, it’s Southern Miss vs. South Alabama, and on Thursday at 7 p.m., Biloxi High School hosts D’Iberville High School in the inaugural Battle of Back Bay Tomahawk Cup. The Indians-Warriors matchup will mark the first high school baseball game to be played in MGM Park.

Tonight’s J-State vs. Southern contest is being billed as American Star Urban American Classic.

General admission tickets for this evening’s game are $10, with $8 tickets for those ages 2 to 12. Tickets for Southern Miss vs. South Alabama range from $10 to $25, while general admission tickets for Thursday’s Tomahawk Cup are $10, and can be purchased from Biloxi or D’Iberville athletics boosters or the respective schools.
See a poster about the Urban American Classic
See the Tomahawk Cup flyer
See the Gulf Coast Community College schedule at MGM
See the Shuckers schedule


Police Department hosts accreditation team

A team of assessors from the Mississippi Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission will be in Biloxi Thursday and Friday conducting an on-site assessment to ensure that the Biloxi Police Department is complying with professional standards.

The assessors, who checks the department’s compliance with 140 measured standards, will review agency policies and practices, interview personnel, and examine files kept by the Biloxi Police Department specifically in regard to state accreditation.

As part of the on-site assessment, the public has a chance to comment, either by calling the department on Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. (228-435-6100) or in writing to Mississippi Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission, Attn: Accreditation Alliance Manager, 1025 Northpark Drive, Ridgeland, MS 39157.
Read more about the accreditation commission


City seeks comment on Popp’s Ferry extension routes

The City of Biloxi takes another step in the process to see a new road connecting Popp’s Ferry and U.S. 90 this month when a hearing will be held to gather public reaction to two proposed routes for the new roadway.

The public will have a chance to review and comment on the two proposed routes during a come-and-go hearing on Tuesday, March 22 between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. at the Donal M. Snyder Sr. Community Center, 2520 Pass Road. No formal presentation is planned, a process that allows citizens to speak firsthand with engineers on the design team.

The proposed ground-level roadway – expected to cost $15 million, with anticipated 80 percent federal funding – would be completed in four years, in 2020, in a best-case scenario, once funding is obtained.

The federally mandated process includes a public input evaluation and a final approval on the location and environmental documents (three months), in-field survey work (three months), preliminary design (six months), right-of-way acquisition (18 months) and utility relocation (six months).

Construction will probably take 12 to 18 months, and could begin in late 2018 or 2019, depending on progress with right-of-way acquisition.
See your invitation to comment
See proposed routes


News and notes

Division at Caillavet: A snag in proper location of underground gas lines delayed contractor Jimmy Lane from beginning emergency sewer work on Division Street at Caillavet Street. Work began after the appointed 7 a.m.; motorists are reminded Division is closed at Caillavet. To see an overview of street work citywide, click here.

City Council meeting: The rulers of the Hibernia Marching Society’s St. Patrick’s parade will be formally presented at this evening’s City Council meeting. To see the complete agenda and supporting documents for the meeting, click here.