Weekend preview: Hall of fame, baseball and a gun show

The City of Biloxi honors the exceptional athletic contributions of a new group of individuals this weekend during the annual Biloxi Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

On Sunday, beginning at 5 p.m., the Class of 2016 will be honored at the Biloxi Civic Center, 578 Howard Ave., during a reception that is free and open to the public.

The list of inductees include five former Biloxi Dodgers, three local club boxers and a nationally renowned boxing referee. To see the complete list of 2016 inductees, click here.

Elsewhere: The Shuckers play the Mississippi Braves tonight at MGM Park before starting a nightly five game homestead with the Jackson Generals on Saturday.  Over at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum and Convention Center, individuals can buy, sell, trade, and browse hundreds of items and vendors booths at the Classic Arms Productions – Biloxi Gun & Knife Show Saturday and Sunday.  Entertain at the Golden Nugget will feature Tanya Tucker and the Asian Show and at the IP, Three Dog Night will perform.
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Gerald Blessey on Biloxi, past, present and future

Gerald Blessey, who this week announced his pending resignation as city attorney, drops by the City Desk podcast this week for a wide-ranging interview.

Among the topics in the half-hour discussion: Reconstitution and reorganization of the city’s Legal Department, economic development successes over the past 15 months, Mayor Gilich’s waterfront vision, the push for Tidelands and BP funds, and the Biloxi of the past and future.
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ACLU to honor mayor for court reforms

The American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi has selected Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich as a 2016 Criminal Justice Reform honoree.

The ACLU is recognizing the first-year mayor for the city’s “involvement and commitment to destroying the practice of modern-day debtors’ prisons” as well as making “systematic upgrades concerning the jailing of people unable to pay municipal court ordered fees and fines.”

In fact, the ACLU now holds Biloxi’s municipal court, which was reorganized as part of a settlement of an ACLU lawsuit, as a model nationally.

The ACLU honor will be presented Saturday, Sept. 17 during a ceremony in Jackson.

“I am proud Biloxi is being honored for its reforms,” Gilich said,  “but I’m also proud of the work our entire courtroom staff and our police are doing in making sure that the rights of all individuals are protected.”


News and notes

Katrina TV:  The City of Biloxi and Cable One will present a daylong of Katrina programming on Cable One Channel 69 on Monday, the 11th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.  The series of documentaries begins at 10 a.m. To see more about special storm-related programming, click here.

Budget meeting: The City Council has called a special meeting for Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 to continue discussions of the municipal budget for FY 2017, which begins Oct. 1. Among the scheduled topics for Tuesday: Public Works and Engineering departments, water and sewer operations, and the port division.