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Hancock Middle School closed after sprinkler system soaks interior
Hancock Middle School will be closed on Tuesday and possibly longer because of water damage caused by the facility's sprinkler system, officials said Monday.
Hancock County Superintendent of Education Alan Dedeaux said Monday that the sprinkler system was activated before classes began Monday.
The exact cause of the activation is still under investigation, but officials said they believe a piece of equipment malfunctioned, creating smoke that caused the system to kick in.
Many of the classrooms and offices sustained water damage that will have to be cleaned up before classes can resume, Dedeaux said.
"We have been calling our insurance company and trying to determine what the next step will be," Dedeaux said.

Jan 23, 2017, 15:11


Man identified in death investigation
Officers of the Hancock County Sheriff's Office and Waveland Police Department on Sunday investigate the death of Benjamin Billodoux, whose body was found in a parked car at a Waveland gas station.

Hancock County Coroner Jim Faulk on Monday identified the man who was found dead in the Circle K parking lot Sunday as Kenneth Benjamin Billodoux, 29, of Mandeville.
According to Faulk, preliminary findings suggest Billodoux died as the result of a drug overdose.
Hancock County Sheriff's Chief Investigator Glenn Grannan said Sunday that the sheriff's office was notified by the Waveland Police Department that a man had been discovered deceased in a car at the gas station.
The Waveland Police Department originally began investigating the case, but authorities later learned that Billodoux had last been seen at a friend's home in the unincorporated area of the county, Grannan said.
"They had came over here to hang out with some friends," Grannan said.

Jan 23, 2017, 10:01


Bay eyes harbor lease changes, repairs
Bay St. Louis city workers clear concrete from the Bay St. Louis Harbor earlier this month. The concrete had apparently separated from the support beam.

The Bay St. Louis City Council on Tuesday discussed modifying the harbor lease with the Mississippi Secretary of State and further studied problems with the harbor.
Mayor Les Fillingame told the council he believed it would be in the city's best interest to let the Secretary of State modify the city's harbor lease and let the state take over management of the green space.
"We've been stuck in the middle of trying to work with property owners and trying to work with some assurance as to what we think the Secretary of State would do," Fillingame said.
The city was included in the first lawsuit over property ownership and that is going to be repeated across other green space properties, Fillingame said.
"We felt like it would reduce the city's exposure quite a bit to let the Secretary of State take that out of the lease for now," he said.

Jan 20, 2017, 17:47


Company wants to take over Hancock libraries
A nationwide library group will be conducting an independent study into the Hancock County Library System and may attempt to make a pitch to manage it.
Officials from Library Systems and Services (LS&S) on Tuesday made a brief presentation to the Hancock County Board of Supervisors, saying in part that their company could save tax-payers between $1 million to $1.5 million over a five-year period if it was managed the library system.
Board of Supervisors President Blaine Lafontaine said Friday that the board contacted LS&S last year.
"Our goal is to be able to have a sustainable library system for years to come," he said. "As we have done with other services, we just wanted to take a look at the options."

Jan 20, 2017, 17:46


"Egg"cellent Taste: Hancock Juvenile Drug Court helping the community
From left, Starfish Cafe owner Di Fillhart serves fresh deviled eggs to Paula Crider and Catchie Crider. Photo by Cassandra Favre

Patrons of Bay St. Louis' Starfish Cafe on Friday feasted on an "egg"cellent menu of egg-related entrees made with fresh eggs collected by members of the Hancock County Juvenile Drug Court Garden, which has been dubbed "Ruth's Roots."
Hancock County Youth Court Judge Elise Deano said she got the idea for the garden after reading about a youth court in California that had done the same thing.
The garden was established in the spring of 2016.
Ruth's Roots is located on the property of Jim and the late Ruth Thompson and was the former home of Ruth's Cakery, Deano said, hence the garden's name.
There are 14 children ages 13 to 18 currently enrolled in the program, Deano said.

Jan 20, 2017, 17:45


St. Paul Carnival Assoc. changing Pass parade
The St. Paul Carnival Association is instituting some changes for its 2017 Mardi Gras parade which is scheduled to roll on Feb. 26, officials said.
Parade board member Anne James said Thursday that Pass Christian Police Chief Tim Hendricks recently approached the board with several ideas on how to make the parade safer.
The board agreed on some recommendations, but others, such as changing the route and limiting the number of floats and vehicles were not, she said.
The changes come after a tragic shooting at the end of last year's parade which left two people dead and two others hospitalized.
The biggest change this year is the start time.
According to James, the parade will roll at 11:30 a.m., instead of the traditional 1 p.m. start.

Jan 20, 2017, 17:42


CASA kicks off Carnival Season
rewe of CASA Mardi Gras gala royals, King Myron Labat, Sr., and Queen Elise Deano.

CASA of Hancock County is gearing up to host its 6th annual Krewe of CASA Mardi Gras Gala on Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Bay St. Louis Community Center, 301 Blaize Avenue.
The event is largely regarded as the “kickoff of the carnival season” in Hancock and attendees come from the entire Gulf Coast and even from New Orleans. Each year CASA recognized a CASA advocate and a community supporter and they reign over the festivities as King & Queen. CASA’s 2017 King is Myron Labat, Sr. and his Queen is Youth Court Judge Elise Epperson Deano.
“CASA of Hancock County relies heavily on the Krewe of CASA Gala to continue the organization’s work with abused and neglected children,” Cynthia Chauvin, executive director of Hancock CASA, said.

Jan 20, 2017, 17:40


UPDATE: Bay seafood distributors charged for 'fishy' sales
Lonnie Ray

A federal grand jury has indicted the owners of a local seafood distribution company on charges involving the illegal sale of red drum and spotted sea trout to Louisiana businesses in 2014 and 2015.
Lonnie M. Ray and Shelley H. Ray face the charges in U.S. District Court in Gulfport.
The indictment, which was made public Thursday, shows both face charges of conspiracy to violate the Lacey Act, which makes it illegal to sell fish taken in violation of state laws and to cross state lines with those fish.
Both face two counts each of Lacey Act violations.
The Lacey Act regulates the import, export, selling and purchasing of fish, wildlife and plants.

Jan 20, 2017, 16:21


St. Stanislaus class of '92 announces scholarship endowment
It's a special year for the St. Stanislaus Class of 1992, and in honor of its silver anniversary, members of the class have helped create a new scholarship fund to help provide financial assistance to current and future students.
The scholarship, named the Class of 1992 Men of Character Scholarship Fund, will be a $50,000 endowment.

Jan 18, 2017, 11:00






















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