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Bay named Mississippi’s ‘Pleasure Paradise’
The national website “” has named Bay St. Louis Mississippi’s “Best Pleasure-Seekers Paradise 2014.” Pictured: Visitors and locals alike enjoying Bay St. Louis during Cruisin’ the Coast 2014.

The Hancock County Tourism Development Bureau (HCTDB) announced this week that Bay St. Louis will be featured as “Best Pleasure Seekers Paradise” in a televised "Official Best of Mississippi 2014" travel feature.
"I agree with the choice," Bay Mayor Les Fillingame said Friday, "and I just think that the whole community has worked in tandem to get ourselves where we are, one of the premiere stops on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and, really, the state of Mississippi.
"I'm proud of the people and proud of the effort,"
The half-hour television program will air today (Saturday) at 12:30 p.m. in New Orleans on WNOL-TV, and in Jackson on WLBT-TV at noon.

Dec 19, 2014, 18:56

Old Town eateries debate trash plan
Most downtown restaurant owners are against the idea of the city providing space for Dumpster pads; however city leaders are not ready to trash the idea and some have even called for an expansion of the service.
The Bay St. Louis City Council on Tuesday discussed the so-called "Dumpster-gate."
Over the past two years, the city has allowed at least two restaurants to dump trash into the Dumpster at the north side of the parking garage on Court Street.
The restaurants have additional costs placed on their respective utility bills, however, the city maintains the Dumpsters and provides the space.

Dec 19, 2014, 18:55

Stabbing suspect skips court, goes to jail
A Bay St. Louis woman was arrested Thursday after she apparently skipped a court hearing in October in connection with a stabbing that took place in Aug. 2013.
Hancock County Jail records show that Tina D. Williams, 44, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for aggravated assault.
Williams was indicted in July, but failed to appear in court for an arraignment in October.
According to police, Williams got into an altercation with Shannon Bermond, 39, at the Easterbrook Apartments on Aug. 6, 2013.

Dec 19, 2014, 18:54

Woman jailed after driving into DH pond
Photo by Steve Gibson: Diamondhead police this week arrested Keely Elizabeth Boehl of Bay St. Louis after she allegedly drove her car into the duck pond at the entrance of Diamondhead.

A Bay St. Louis woman was arrested this week after she allegedly drove into the duck pond at the entrance of Diamondhead.
Diamondhead Police Chief Al Hermann said Friday that Keely Elizabeth Boehl, 24, was charged with DUI, child endangerment, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to Hermann, DPD received a report of an accident at the duck pond just past the guard shack at the entrance of the city about 9:20 p.m. Tuesday.
Apparently, Hermann said, a 2001 PT Cruiser, driven by Boehl, had veered off the road and crashed into the pond.

Dec 19, 2014, 18:53

City attorney questions Bay’s social media policy
Members of the Bay St. Louis City Council said this week that they want the city to enact a social media policy which was approved two months ago.
The council recently approved a new social media policy for city workers which says, in part, that employees could be terminated if they post inappropriate remarks about other employees or elected officials on social media.
"Employees of Bay St. Louis are held to high standards of conduct, and they are expected to adhere to these standards both on and off duty," the policy reads. "Employees shall not engage in posting any material which reflects negatively on any other city employee or elected official."

Dec 19, 2014, 18:51

Artist of the Week: Neil Unterseher
Artist Neil Unterseher paints a scene of New Orleans jazz musicians.

The Sea Coast Echo Artist of the Week is Neil Unterseher, an accomplished painter and jazz musician.
A graduate of the University of Texas, Neil received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in painting and drawing.
Upon graduation, he began selling his art to private collections in Houston, TX, New Orleans, Asolo Italy, and Santa Barbara CA. His paintings were displayed in the Joslyn Museum of Art in Omaha, Nebraska.

Dec 19, 2014, 18:50

Hancock County has worst per-capita foster care rate in state of Mississippi
State and county elected officials, law enforcement, healthcare workers and educators meet Tuesday to discuss Hancock’s foster care crisis.

As of Tuesday, Hancock County had 458 children in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Human Services, accounting for a full 10 percent of DHS's wards in all of the state's 82 counties.
"Harrison County has more children custody (869) than any other county in the state," Chancery Judge Sandy Steckler said Tuesday, "but Hancock County's per-capita rate is much worse than Harrison County's."
Together, Hancock and Harrison counties account for 28 percent of the children in the entire state's foster care system.
Dozens of state and local elected officials, law enf

Dec 16, 2014, 19:15

Leaders discuss ‘trashy’ situation
Bay St. Louis city leaders are scrambling this week to rectify a controversy over private businesses being allowed to use tax-payer funded dumpsters in the downtown area.
The fall-out surrounding the issue on Monday prompted Mayor Les Fillingame and three members of the city council to address the Hancock County Board of Supervisors and ask for assistance.
Fillingame acknowledged that for the past year, the Dumpster on the north side of the parking garage on Court Street has been used by at least two beach-front restaurants.

Dec 16, 2014, 19:14

Highway Horror: Four killed, four hurt in I-10 crash
Four people were killed and four more injured Saturday morning after an 11-vehicle crash on I-10 in Hancock County. Law enforcement officials said the accident was one of the worst they have ever seen.

Interstate 10 was the scene of unimaginable horror Saturday morning when an 11-vehicle crash claimed the lives of four people and sent four more to the hospital.
Mississippi Highway Patrol Cpl. Benjamin Seibert said Saturday that MHP received a report of a multi-vehicle accident with injuries on the east-bound lanes of I-10 at the 12-mile marker about 12:11 a.m. Saturday.
The accident apparently began when an 18-wheeler carrying computer equipment veered off the road, Seibert said.
The driver "over-corrected," Seibert said, causing his truck to spill its load of equipment.
Several vehicles then began careering into each other, causing a chain-reaction.

Dec 16, 2014, 19:13

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