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UPDATE: Man hit by train in Bay St. Louis
First responders administer medical treatment to the 28-year-old male who was struck by a train Monday afternoon in Bay St. Louis. Photo by Cassandra Favre

On Monday afternoon, a train struck 32-year-old Clifton McKay, Jr. at the railroad intersection on Second Street in Bay St. Louis, Bay St. Louis Police Department Capt. Wes Mayley said Tuesday.
CSX Media Relations Manager Laura Phelps said Tuesday the accident occurred at 1:45 p.m.

Dec 6, 2016, 17:19


Waveland drops bid to annex to Slipper
The city of Waveland on Tuesday agreed to drop its annexation claim for parts of Clermont Harbor, including the Silver Slipper Casino.
The city filed an annexation request in March in Hancock County Chancery Court.
Afterwards, the Hancock County Board of Supervisors and the casino had filed oppositions to the plan.
A status conference was set for Friday in chancery court; however, on Tuesday, the city, county, and casino apparently agreed to have the case dismissed.
A "stipulation of dismissal" filed Tuesday specifies that each party will pay its respective legal fees associated with the case.
A chancery court judge has yet to sign the order of dismissal, but that should take place before the end of the week, officials said.

Dec 6, 2016, 17:18


Holiday Cheer: Christmas events keep on rolling in Hancock County
Hundreds turned out Saturday for the ninth annual Bay St. Louis Christmas Parade, followed by the Snowflakes & Sugarplums Festival at the Depot. Santa rode in the parade, then visited with the kids for more than an hour at the festival.

Bay St. Louis burned the Christmas candle at both ends over the weekend, with the ninth annual Bay Christmas Parade and Snowflakes & Sugarplums Festival on Saturday and the 22nd annual Hancock County Library Tree Gala on Sunday.
“We totally appreciate all the community support and everyone who participated,” Myrna Green, manager of the Hancock County Tourism Bureau – which helped organize both the parade and the festival – said this week. “I hope everyone enjoyed it. We had a great turn-out.
“We had more than 40 units in the parade, including the marching groups and classic cars.”
The Snowflakes & Sugar Plums festival at the Depot drew a festive crowd for the "Dream Castle Bounce Village,” Hollywood Casino’s “Sugarplum Village,” and a live performance by Roman Street.

Dec 6, 2016, 17:16


Hancock Farmers’ Market sees fruitful opening day
Officials with the Hancock County Farmer's Market hope that the third time is the charm, and if their opening weekend is any indication, the market could succeed this time around.
"I thought it went very well," volunteer David Kenny said Tuesday. "We had 17 vendors and the community came out to support it."
The farmer's market opens every Saturday at 8 a.m. at the site of the former government complex on Longfellow Avenue.
Twice since Hurricane Katrina, a farmer's market has opened at the site, but ultimately shut down.
Kenny said he believes this time may be different.
"We already have five new vendors committed for this week," he said. "The key will be if the community supports it. So far, it has."

Dec 6, 2016, 17:15


Pass condo settles Disability Act suit
The Inn by the Sea condominium in Pass Christian.

A Pass Christian condominium complex will pay $350,000 as part of a settlement in a federal lawsuit which claims it and five other South Mississippi housing developers violated the Fair Housing and Americans with Disabilities Act.
According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday, the Inn by the Sea Condominiums along with complexes in Long Beach, Biloxi, Ocean Springs, Hattiesburg and Ridgeland--will each pay $350,000 as part of the settlement.
In May 2014, the USDOJ filed suit against the six developers after receiving complaints from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
According to the suit, the developers built units that were inaccessible to people with disabilities.

Dec 6, 2016, 17:13


MDA, Bay commission will offer free historic preservation workshop
The Mississippi Development Authority has teamed up with the Bay St. Louis Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) to offer a free workshop in the city on Friday, Dec. 9, from 9:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. The event will be held at the Bay St. Louis library, 312 Hwy. 90 and includes a catered lunch by Trapani’s Eatery.
The workshop, “The Bay St. Louis Historic District: Community Asset + Economic Driver” will feature a roster of five speakers, all well known throughout the state for their expertise in historic preservation, city planning and economic development.
The workshop is limited to 40 people and as of press time December 5th, only 18 slots were still available. Attendees can register at www.historicbsl.com . Continuing education credits are available for municipal officials and architects.

Dec 6, 2016, 17:10


State Superintendent visits "A" rated Pass Christian School District
The Pride of the Pass Marching Band and varsity cheer team performed during the state superintendent's visit on Tuesday. Photo by Cassandra Favre

The Pass Christian School District on Tuesday rolled out the red carpet to welcome Mississippi State Superintendent Dr. Carey Wright to Pass Christian High School.
As part of an initiative to recognize the achievements of Mississippi's 14 "A" rated school districts, Wright will be visiting each of the state's highest-ranking districts, according to a release from the Mississippi Department of Education.

Dec 6, 2016, 16:49


Mystic Krewe of Seahorse to host ball this Friday
The Mystic Krewe of the Seahorse will hold it's annual Inspection Ball this Friday, Dec. 9 at the Bay St. Louis Community Hall, 301 Blaize Avenue. Tickets are $35 each for members / $40 for non-members. Pictured here are the outgoing King and Queen, Jim “Bubba” Wyly and Yuki Northington.

This Friday night, Bay St. Louis' pirate krewe will host it's annual Inspection Ball at the Bay St. Louis Community Hall located at 301 Blaize Avenue. Krewe members and the public are invited for an evening of music, food and holiday good times.
The Mystic Krewe of the Seahorse royalty from 2016, Queen Tethys Yuki Northington and King Oceanus Jim “Bubba” Wyly, will pass the honor to this year's pirate king and queen.
The 2017 King is Al Copeland, who owns The Purple Banana with his wife Robin. Queen is Sam Walley, owner of Comcepts Business Support Services. Said the 2014 queen of the Seahorse Krewe Nikki Moon, “This promises to be a great night and a peaceful transition of power.”

Dec 6, 2016, 15:09


UPDATE: Harding found not guilty of assaulting mayor's daughter, grandson
Jeff Harding's customized "Les Fillin-machine."

Bay St. Louis Municipal Judge Stephen Maggio on Tuesday found local businessman and political activist Jeff Harding not guilty of two counts of simple assault by menace and a charge of following too closely after a four-hour trial in city court.
Maggio found Harding guilty of reckless driving and issued him a $243 fine.
The charges against Harding were filed by Katie Stewart, the daughter of Bay St. Louis Mayor Les Fillingame.
Stewart testified Wednesday that she and her eight-year-old son had been visiting the cemetery on Highway 90 on the afternoon of Aug. 13.
On their return home, Stewart said, she noticed a van, and recognized its driver, Harding.
Stewart said Harding began honking a loud horn and following her very closely--and, a few times--"bumper to bumper."

Dec 2, 2016, 17:45






















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