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Former Diamondhead resident jailed for murder in Biloxi
Johnny Mount, Jr.

A former Diamondhead resident was charged with murder Friday in connection with a fatal shooting at a Waffle House in Biloxi.
Friends and acquaintances said Friday that the suspect,
Johnny Max Mount Jr., 45, lived in Diamondhead up a few years ago.
According to a press release from the Biloxi Police Department, Mount was eating at the Waffle House on Beach Blvd. about 1 a.m. Friday when he got into an argument with a restaurant employee, who had asked him to stop smoking in the building.
"Mount, in turn, produced a handgun and shot the employee once in the head," Biloxi PD Sgt. Donnie Dobbs said.
The employee, a 52-year-old woman, was killed by the gunshot, the press release said.

Nov 27, 2015, 19:45

DOJ releases report on probe of Bay funds
A U.S. Department of Justice audit has found improprieties in the way the city of Bay St. Louis accounted for cash.
Just two months ago, controversy developed between city leaders over the accounting of drug forfeiture fund money sparking an investigation by both the DOJ and the state auditor’s office and freezing all funds for the Bay St Louis Police Department pending a full review.
The Justice Department has strict guidelines on forfeiture funds and how they are to be used and accounted for by local agencies.
According to five audit findings, the city's share of proceeds appear to have been commingled with the city's general fund.

Nov 27, 2015, 19:44

Holiday shopping frenzy begins in Hancock
“Black Friday,” the day after Thanksgiving that traditionally signalling the annual huge Christmas shopping push nationwide, brought shoppers to Old Town in droves Pictured above: Jean Ann Thriffiley, left, owner of Jean Ann’s Fashion Express inside Maggie May’s at 126 Main Street, visits with Shoe Boutique owner Joyce Whitfield and shoppers Austin Stanley and Caitlin Stanley of Chattanooga, Tenn.

You know its getting close to Christmas when the Salvation Army volunteers start to ring their bells and accept donations outside of retail stores.
The bells began ringing at the Waveland Walmart on Thursday as the annual tradition of the "Black Friday" weekend began.
For the past few years, Walmart and other large retail stores have been kick-starting the Black Friday weekend by offering Christmas items at sale prices on Thanksgiving evening.
Such was the case at the Waveland store, which started the Black Friday weekend Thursday at 6 p.m.
"It was pretty busy until about 10:30 last night," Waveland Walmart Manager Ray Cox said Friday. "Last year, we had three events. This year it was just one that included everything. I think it cut down on some of the confusion."

Nov 27, 2015, 19:43

DWSD to break ground for new facility
The Diamondhead Water and Sewer DIstrict will break ground on its new multi-million dollar treatment plant on Dec. 7.
The new treatment plant has been a tumultuous issue over the past few years.
After Hurricane Katrina, the Diamondhead Water and Sewer District obtained funding from different governmental agencies to build a new plant.
In the past few years, the district has spent a significant amount of money on planning, engineering and architectural, and site-work for the project.
Many have questioned the need for the project and others have wanted to include the project into the Hancock County Utility Authority's system.

Nov 27, 2015, 19:42

Holiday celebrations & parades about to begin
Santa Claus visits with the youngsters at the Depot last year after the Bay St. Louis Christmas parade.

Now that Thanksgiving is over, Hancock County has turned its attention to Christmas with dozens of local events, parades and celebrations scheduled for the next few weeks.
The Hancock County Tourism Development Bureau's annual "Snowflakes in the Bay" celebration officially begins this Tuesday, Dec. 1, with illuminated snowflakes in the historic live oaks in multiple locations in Bay St. Louis and Waveland.
On Thursday, Dec. 3, the Old Town Merchants will celebrate "Teacher Appreciation Night," with special deals and observances for educators from 3-8 p.m. Also on Thursday, the Friends of McLeod Park will celebrate their annual Old Fashioned Christmas in the Park. Santa is scheduled to arrive by horse-drawn carriage at the park's small pavilion at 5 p.m.

Nov 27, 2015, 19:41

Free Thanksgiving feast in Bay draws more than a thousand
Sally Kelly takes a brief moment to rest Thursday during her family’s free Thanksgiving feast for the community.

You may have had a lot of guests for your Thanksgiving feast on Thursday, but the the Kelly family likely had a few more.
"We served about a thousand people," Nancy Bosarge, one of the "Kelly Girls," said Friday. "It was one of our biggest crowds ever."
Thursday marked the family's 30th annual free Thanksgiving Dinner at American Legion Post 139 in Bay St. Louis, a sit-down, restaurant-style meal that's free for the whole community. Volunteers also delivered meals to dozens of home-bound people who couldn't make it out for the event.
Sally Kelly, the matriarch of the clan, started the tradition 30 years ago at the family's C's Restaurant, which has since closed.

Nov 27, 2015, 19:40

Malcolm White is the Echo Artist of the Week
Malcolm White

Artist of the Week Malcolm White has served as the unofficial ambassador of Mississippi culture for more than 35 years.
White has split his time between Bay St. Louis and Jackson for the past several years. As a creative entrepreneur, White spent years working his way through the ranks of the hospitality industry, leading him and his brother Hal to open Hal & Mal’s, a popular downtown Jackson restaurant and entertainment venue. He is also founder of the Mal’s St. Paddy’s Parade, which benefits the Batson’s Hospital for Children and attracts more than 75,000 visitors from around the country to Jackson each year, and WellsFest, a family festival held each year in Jackson.

Nov 27, 2015, 19:39

Larry the Cable Guy files suit against ‘Giterdone’ market at Diamondhead
The Giterdone C Store at Diamondhead. Larry the Cable Guy has filed a lawsuit against the owners, claiming copyright infringement.

Larry the Cable Guy wants a Diamondhead gas station to say "Lord I apologize," and stop using his famous phrase "Git-R-Done" on advertising and product.
Larry the Cable Guy, whose real name is Daniel Lawrence Whitney, is a world-renowned comedian, actor, and recording artist.
He is especially popular in the southeastern part of the United States.
Last Friday, Whitney -- through his company Git-R-Done Productions Inc.--filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Gulfport against Giterdone C Store, LLC.
According to court documents, Giterdone C Store, located south of Exit 16 in Diamondhead, was opened in 2013.

Nov 24, 2015, 20:49

UPDATE: Bay beach home burns
Bay St. Louis firefighters on Saturday battled a major house fire at 506 North Blvd. The fire also damaged an adjacent home at 504 North Beach Blvd. Nobody was injured in the blaze.

A fire on Saturday morning destroyed a beach-front home and damaged another in Bay St. Louis.
Hancock County Deputy Fire Marshal John Albert Evans said Saturday that the fire began shortly after 5 a.m.
When fire units arrived at the home at 506 North Beach Blvd. near McDonald Lane; it was already fully involved and flames were shooting 20 feet into the air.
The home is owned by Jim Oatis, officials said.
Nobody was apparently home when the fire began and no injuries were reported during the incident, officials said.
Firefighters quickly set up a perimeter to try to stop the blaze from spreading to nearby homes.

Nov 24, 2015, 20:48

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