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Bay High Class of 2016 graduates with more than $10 million in scholarships
Members of the Bay High School Class of 2016 celebrate graduation on Friday, May 20.

Bay High School celebrated the achievements of the Class of 2016 at Friday night's commencement ceremony.
One hundred and eleven seniors walked across the school football field to accept their hard-earned diplomas and academic honors.
“The Bay High School class of 2016 has a personality, work ethic, determination, poise, sense of humor and sense of self that any person would adore,” said Principal Dr. Amy Coyne. “I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of their journey through high school and cannot wait to see what each of their futures hold.”
The class overall earned $10,051,216, topping by $1.6 million last year's school record of $8.4 million. To emphasize the increase, Dr. Coyne, Principal of Bay High, pointed out that in 2009, total scholarship numbers were under $1 million dollars.
Leading the graduat

May 24, 2016, 19:12

Man dies after beating -- son may be charged for murder
Timothy Bosarge

A 75-year-old Kiln man who was assaulted by one of his sons last week died Tuesday at a hospital in Mobile.
Hancock County Sheriff Ricky Adam said Tuesday that Lester Bosarge, 75, died at about 2 p.m. Tuesday.
Last Thursday, deputies responded to a complaint of a naked man causing a disturbance on Dogwood Ridge Road in Kiln.
After making contact with the naked man, Timothy Bosarge, deputies discovered two of his brothers, Ferlin Ray and Cartis Bosarge, attempting to take Lester to the hospital, but their vehicle had broken down.
Lester Bosarge had apparently been severely beaten, authorities said.
Hancock County Coroner Jim Faulk said Tuesday that he died as the result of "blunt force trauma" to the head.

May 24, 2016, 19:03

BHS Class of 2016: Grads select Ivy as ‘Super hero’
A total of 111 students graduated in the Bay High Class of 2016 on Friday, earning more than $10 million in scholarship offers.

The 111-member Bay High School Class of 2016 celebrated its graduation in style on Friday evening, granting one classmate his greatest wish.
“I would love to play a super hero, Christian Taylor Ivy wrote in this year's Tiger yearbook. "I wish I could be in 'The Avengers,' kicking butt.”
While he may not have been made an official Avenger, Christian – who has autism – was recognized at graduation as Bay High School's “Super Hero.”
During the ceremony, Principal Dr. Amy Coyne presented him with the award, along with a shield and cape.
Coyne said the Super Hero Award is a reminder of what one strives to be. It demonstrates perseverance and courage to overcome great obstacles in order to achieve one's goals and to always keep a positive outlook.

May 24, 2016, 19:02

Two killed in separate wrecks on Hwy. 53
Michael Hornberger, age 26, of Gulfport, died Saturday in this fiery crash on Hwy. 53 in Hancock County.

Two people were killed this weekend in separate accidents in almost the exact same place on Highway 53 in Hancock County.
Mississippi Highway Patrol Trooper First Class Chase Elkins said Monday that the first accident occurred at about 2:30 a.m. on Saturday.
According to Elkins, a 2006 BWM 32I, driven by Michael Hornberger, 26, of Gulfport was traveling on Highway 53 near Crane Creek Road, when the vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree.
Hornberger was trapped inside the vehicle, which caught on fire, officials said. He was the only person in the vehicle, Elkins said.
Hancock County Coroner Jim Faulk later pronounced Hornberger dead at the scene.

May 24, 2016, 19:01

Bay official pleads ‘no contest’ to DUI charge
Bay St. Louis Building Official Charles Oliver on Tuesday pled "no contest" to a DUI charge in Hancock County Justice Court, Court Clerk Lisa Guidry said.
Guidry said Oliver plans to appeal the case in circuit court. If he appeals within 30 days, his driver's license will not be suspended, pending the outcome of the appeal hearing.
Oliver was arrested in October 2015 after a multiple-car accident on Hwy. 90 near the Washington Street intersection.
Two people suffered minor injuries in the crash, officials said.
In order to avoid any conflict of interest, Bay police officers called in the Hancock County Sheriff's Office DUI officer to make the arrest. Deputies then drove Oliver to Hancock Medical Center to have blood drawn for evidence.

May 24, 2016, 19:00

New MEMA director says we’re ‘due’ for a major named storm
The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has a new director, but its message in advance of the 2016 Hurricane season has remained the same.
"We do not want people getting complacent or getting 'hurricane amnesia,' MEMA Director Lee Smithson said Monday. "It's time for people to work on their plan."
Smithson took over in February, just in time for a very unusual Spring.
In the past few months, MEMA has had to deal with several flooding events, tornado outbreaks, and an unusually rainy past few months.
"It's been a strange year for weather patters so far," he said. "The main culprit is the 'El Nino' cycle. El Ninos are historically bad for hurricane development, but very conducive for heavy thunderstorms."

May 24, 2016, 18:59

St. Clare Fest serves up seafood, live music, carnival rides & more
St. Clare Seafood Festival organizers are anticipating another huge turn-out this Memorial Day weekend with three days of great food, carnival rides and one of the biggest entertainment line-ups in the fest’s history.
St. Clare hosted an annual festival for nearly 40 years before Hurricane Katrina destroyed the historic water-side church in Waveland. Once the new church was built, however, organizers added "seafood" to the mix and never looked back. The event has grown every year for the past four years.
Aside from the seafood and carnival treats, there are plenty of activities and concerts planned to entertain the crowds.
On Friday, May 27, Brandon Tingstrom & Exit 13/Ross Grisham will perform from 6-11 p.m.

May 24, 2016, 18:57

Man killed in Highway 53 crash
A Gulfport man was killed Saturday morning after a single-car crash on Highway 53 in Hancock County.
May 21, 2016, 08:07

Hawks Class of 2016: Graduating seniors honor late classmate at ceremony
The 271 members of the Hancock High School Class of 2016 march out onto Brett Favre Field on Thursday evening for a bittersweet graduation ceremony.

Nearly 300 Senior Hancock High School Hawks nested together on Brett Favre football field late Thursday evening for a unique graduation ceremony honoring one of their own.
An empty chair draped with a purple cap and gown sat open in memory of their late classmate Glenda Rockwell, who died of cancer last year.
The chair for Glenda came as the result of two senior wishes. Hancock High School has a tradition of allowing seniors to make wishes for something they want to come true before they graduate – something that their faculty, staff and fellow classmates can make happen.
"They are always very creative with their wishes,” explained Principal Tara Ladner. “We have had everything from water balloon fights with teachers, to a kid bringing his horse up here and asking his girlfriend to prom, to even more touching ones.”
At the beginning of the school year, Senior Shelby Anderson was granted her wish of a "Purple Out Pep Rally," football game and more to honor her friend Glenda, who bravely fought Hodgkin's Lymphoma for 16 months.

May 20, 2016, 18:38

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