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he Hancock County EMA Office in coordination with the Fire Departments and Police & Sheriff’s Department have been checking the roads for street flooding. The Bay-Waveland Tide Gauge was at 4.82 above normal. The approximate number of streets that was flooded was 355 Streets.
Jun 21, 2017, 08:36

Storm updates
City, county offices open
The Hancock County Board of Supervisors and County Administrator is advising all Hancock County Government Offices will be open for business today, June 21, 2017, as regularly scheduled.

Jun 21, 2017, 08:34

Tropical Storm Cindy swirls in Gulf

Tropical Storm Cindy was expected to make landfall near the Louisiana/Texas border on Wednesday, but the Hancock County area was already experiencing heavy rain and minor flooding on Tuesday, with flash-flood warnings in effect until Thursday.
Tropical Storm Cindy, the third named storm of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, has formed over the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Tuesday.
Both the Hancock County Board of Supervisors and the Bay St. Louis City Council declared a state of emergency on Tuesday, due to the "conditions of extreme peril to the safety of persons and property" posed by Tropical Storm Cindy.

Jun 20, 2017, 18:43

County wants new youth court
Hancock County Youth Court Judge Elise Deano on Monday made a passionate plea to the Hancock County Board of Supervisors about the future of youth court. Supervisors are exploring the option of creating a county court system, which could change the current power-structure at youth court.

The Hancock County Board of Supervisors is considering creating a county court system, which would--among other things-- place Hancock County Youth Court under the direct control of judges elected by Hancock County residents.
Supervisors have discussed the idea for several months. On Monday, they hosted a workshop to see if moving forward on the plan is feasible.
County courts are not uncommon in Mississippi.
All counties in the state with populations more than 50,000 are mandated to have a county court system.
Counties with a population under 50,000---such as Hancock County--have their respective youth courts supervised by the senior Chancery Court Judge in its particular district.

Jun 20, 2017, 18:42

Standoff on Firetower Rd.: Two charged with kidnapping
A Harrison County couple on Tuesday was arrested after a man fired two shots at deputies and locked himself and other family members in a bus. Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson said.
According to Peterson, deputies were attempting to serve custody papers Tuesday to Terry Ladner, 32, and Tara Waltman, 34, both of Firetower Road in Pass Christian.
When deputies arrived, Ladner armed himself and moved him and his family into an old school bus on his property, Peterson said.
As deputies approached, Ladner fired a shot at deputies, but missed, officials said

Jun 20, 2017, 18:41

County to discuss library with officials
The Hancock County Board of Supervisors will host a special meeting this Thursday, June 22 at 5 p.m. to discuss a new interlocal agreement concerning the Hancock County Library System.
Prior to the library discussion, there will be a meeting to consider Trash Doctors amendment to the solid waste plan at 4 p.m.
During the June 12 meeting, President Blaine LaFontaine said a copy of the information and a draft of a new interlocal agreement will be submitted to incoming elected officials for discussion at the first meetings in July.
"The new proposal that we've gathered and look to obtain would ask for $1.7 million in funding the first year, FY '18, and reduced to $1.5 million in FY '19," he said at the meeting.

Jun 20, 2017, 18:40

Hancock County Businesses of the Year
INFINITY Science Center, Hancock County Business of the Year.

Hancock Chamber President Cathy Wilson announced Tuesday that four businesses have been elected by the membership from a field of 15 nominees as 2017 Businesses of the Year:
Cuz’s Old Town Oyster Bar & Grill, Bay St. Louis; Beacon Theatres, Waveland; Memorial Physician Clinics & Diagnostic Center, Diamondhead; and, INFINITY Science Center, Hancock County/Kiln.
Businesses of the Year and Outstanding Citizens will be recognized for their contributions to improving quality of life and the business environment in Hancock County during the Chamber’s Annual Salute to Business & Industry Awards Gala on Thursday, August 24th from 5:30pm-8:30pm at Hollywood Casino – Gulf Coast in Bay St. Louis.

Jun 20, 2017, 18:39

Group presents school consolidation report
A local group that wants to consolidate the Bay-Waveland and Hancock County School Districts presented its final report to the Hancock County Board of Supervisors on Monday.
The consolidation committee is made up of 10 local residents.
It includes former teachers, political leaders, government activists, and ordinary residents.
The two school boards chose not to appoint anyone to the committee and neither has expressed support for the plan.
Bay St. Louis resident Ron Thorp, who helped form the group, told supervisors that the committee believes consolidating the two school district's administrations and closing one school could save taxpayers up to $3 million per year.

Jun 20, 2017, 18:37

Bay declares emergency as Tropical Storm Cindy swirls in the Gulf
The Bay St. Louis City Council on Tuesday approved a proclamation of a local emergency due to the "conditions of extreme peril to the safety of persons and property" posed by Tropical Storm Cindy.
Bay St. Louis Mayor Les Fillingame said all city departments have been briefed and the city is mobilizing all high-water equipment.
He said he has also allowed the addition of two firemen for the night shift in the event of a rescue and to monitor high water.
Fillingame said Police Chief Daren Freeman has two extra patrolman to help patrol and monitor street conditions, "especially in Ward 6."
Boat owners have also been notified that if water gets to the height of the pier at the Bay St. Louis Municipal Harbor that the power will be cut off, Fillingame said.

Jun 20, 2017, 13:46

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