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Harding files suit against mayor’s daughter
Former Bay St. Louis mayoral candidate Jeff Harding on Tuesday filed a defamation/libel suit against Mayor Les Fillingame's daughter, Katie Fillingame Stewart, claiming the criminal charges she filed against him last week were false and "a calculated act of character assassination."
Stewart filed affidavits with the Bay St. Louis Police Department last Monday alleging that on the previous Saturday, Harding "did purposely, knowingly and unlawfully attempt to put (her) in fear of eminent serious bodily harm by following her bumper to bumper, blasting horn, putting (her) and her seven-year-old in fear of causing accident or bodily harm."
According to the affidavit, Stewart's "son was in a panic due to the horn and him following so close they felt fear for their life."

Aug 23, 2016, 18:21

Pedestrian hit near bridge in Pearlington
Emergency workers from West Hancock Fire-Rescue survey the scene Monday evening after Anthony Pharrow was struck on Hwy. 90 at Pearlington near the state line bridge. Pharrow had apparently been next to his stalled motorcycle in the middle of the west-bound lane when an oncoming car hit both him and the bike.

For the second time in the past three weeks, a pedestrian was struck near the state-line bridge in Pearlington.
Mississippi Highway Patrol Cpl. Chase Elkins said Tuesday that MHP received a report of an accident on Old Hwy. 90 in Pearlington at about 8:56 p.m. Monday.
According to Elkins, a Honda motorcycle, driven by Anthony Pharrow, age unknown, had broken down in the west bound lane of the state line bridge on Hwy. 90 near Hwy. 604.
Shortly after, a white Ford Explorer traveling west rear-ended the motorcycle and struck Pharrow, Elkins said.
The name of the driver of the Explorer was not released by press time Tuesday.

Aug 23, 2016, 18:20

Hancock supervisors seek to increase millage
The soaring costs associated with Hancock County Youth Court and the reinstitution of a debt service millage are big reasons for a proposed 4.34 mil tax increase for county tax payers this coming fiscal year, officials said Monday.
"For the time being, we have to make sure our expenses do not deplete our cash," board of supervisors President Blaine Lafontaine said Tuesday. "In the past five years, our cash balance has gone from $5.5 million to about $2.2 million."
Supervisors are considering a 4.34 millage increase this year to balance the county's proposed $24.218 million budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.
Fiscal years run from October to the end of September.

Aug 23, 2016, 18:19

Bay council raises eyebrows with extended closed session
The Bay St. Louis City Council went into an unusually lengthy executive session Monday night during a budget workshop, raising some people's concerns about the meeting's legality.
“My general take on it,” Mayor Les Fillingame said, “ is I just don't think that it's possible to stay within the confines of what's allowed in executive session in an extended meeting that's considering budgetary issues.”
Council members, however, said Monday that what they did was legal and that they intentionally limited their conversation in order to stay within legal bounds.
The reason for the executive session council resident and Ward 6 Councilman Lonnie Falgout said, was to discuss salaries, personnel, and personnel eliminations privately – all legal provisions under Mississippi's Open Meetings Act.

Aug 23, 2016, 18:18

Foul play ruled out in strange death
Hancock County sheriff's deputies said Tuesday that they have closed the case in the death of Joseph Willette, 55, and there is no evidence that his death was anything but a tragic accident.
"We have no evidence of foul play," Chief Deputy Don Bass said Tuesday. "Unless we get any new information, the case is closed."
Two weeks ago, deputies responded to a call of a man in distress at Keith's Superstore on Hwy 90 near Lower Bay Rd. Upon arrival, police discovered Willette in a semi-conscious state. Witnesses told police that Willette and another man had gotten into an argument in a parking near the store a few minutes before. Willette apparently "swung and missed" and fell on the ground.

Aug 23, 2016, 18:17

Chamber Awards Gala to honor Outstanding Citizens, Businesses
During the Hancock Chamber Awards Gala Nancy Gex will announce the “secret seven” founders of the Krewe of Nereids, and the organization will receive the Community Award of Excellence.

This Thursday, Aug. 25 marks the 38th Annual Hancock Chamber Business & Industry Awards Gala. The event, co-presented with the Chamber by the Hancock County Port & Harbor Commission, will be held at Hollywood Casino – Gulf Coast.
The event starts at 5:30 p.m. with a networking reception where 500 members of the Chamber will gather to recognize Hancock County’s outstanding citizens and businesses during an Academy Awards style dinner and ceremony.
“We are nearing a sell-out with this event so if you have not yet reserved your seat, you will want to go on line to the Chamber’s website at or call the office at 228-467-9048,” said Tish Williams, executive director of the Hancock Chamber.
During the event, the Chamber will recognize the top ten o

Aug 23, 2016, 18:16

‘State of the County Address’ is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 29
Blaine Lafontaine, president of the Hancock County Board of Supervisors announced that a “State of the County Address” will be held on Monday, Aug. 29 at the Hancock County Performing Arts Center.
The public is invited to meet the board and meeting sponsors during a reception from 5-6 p.m. The presentation will begin at 6 p.m.
Lafontaine represents District 3 and he will be joined by others members of the board: David Yarborough, District 1; Greg Shaw, District 2; Scotty Adam, District 4 and Darrin “Bo” Ladner from District 5. At the conclusion of the address, there will be a question and answer session until 7 p.m.

Aug 23, 2016, 18:14

Katrina Memorial Ceremony and museum open house Aug. 28
Ground Zero Hurricane Museum Founder, LiLi Stahler Murphy, left, with her husband Donald and the new director of the museum, former Coleman Avenue business owner Kathy Pinn.

Leaders in Hancock County are gearing up to welcome the community to a memorial ceremony and open house at the newly re-opened Ground Zero Hurricane Museum on Sunday, August 28th from 4-6pm on Coleman Avenue at the Waveland Civic Center. The ceremony starts at 5pm inside the Civic Center.
“The museum has re-opened with new exhibits about Waveland’s history and the inspiring rebuilding stories of our area since Katrina,” said Kathy Pinn, former Coleman Avenue business owner and now Director of the Museum. Admission to the museum is free and is open to the public on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am – 3pm.

Aug 23, 2016, 18:13

Law Enforcement/Fire Fighter Appreciation Barbecue
The Waveland Community Unity Organization on Saturday recognized law enforcement officers and fire fighters of the year.

The Waveland Community Unity Organization on Saturday hosted its firt annual Law Enforcement/Fire Fighter Appreciation Barbecue.
“We wanted to recognize some of our local law enforcement officers and fire fighter that have gone far and beyond the call of duty,” group President Clarence Hall said.
“The event was a great success. It is the start of something great – it is the first, but not the last. We plan to host this event every year. We would also like to thank all the officers that serve and protect of communities.”
Hall said several local businesses help sponsor the event, including Smoke ‘n Isles, Roger's Bar and Grill, A-1 Automotive, Budget Inn, BB's BBQ, Silver Slipper Casino, Bayou Motors, and Sail Away Skateboards.
Waveland Community Unity Organization 2016 award-winning officers and fire fighters included:

Aug 23, 2016, 18:11

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