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Pearlington man arrested for dousing wife with lighter fluid
Glendel Bazor

Hancock County Sheriff's Deputies arrested a Pearlington man this weekend who allegedly doused his wife with lighter fluid during a domestic incident.
Sheriff's Investigator Steve Saucier said Monday that Glendel Bazor, 39, was arrested and charged with aggravated domestic violence and possession of a firearm by a felon.
According to Saucier, Bazor's wife, Karen, called 911 to report a domestic altercation at their Russ Street home on Sunday morning.
"It began with some pushing and shoving, but things escalated," Saucier said. "At some point, Glendel Bazor grabbed a bottle of charcoal lighter fluid and began squirting his wife with it."

Oct 21, 2014, 19:17


Hundreds volunteer for Coastal Cleanup in Hancock County
During Saturday’s Mississippi Coastal Cleanup, volunteers Elizabeth Bettencourt and her grandchildren Laela and Malachi discovered a hidden watermelon patch along the Bay St. Louis Beach Boulevard Scenic Byway.

Nearly 2,000 volunteers – including more than 300 from Hancock County – combed the Coast's beaches, marsh areas and barrier islands Saturday, picking up trash at 47 sites during the 26th annual Mississippi Coastal Cleanup.
Preliminary numbers show that during the three-hour cleanup, 1,616 people picked up 1,603 bags of trash, including 275 bags of recyclables along 100 miles in Harrison, Hancock and Jackson counties.
In Hancock County, groups worked along Beach Boulevard, at McLeod Park, the city of Diamondhead and up and down Washington Street, collecting 178 bags of trash plus a couple of tons of debris.
Bay Mayor Les Fillingame and his wife Barbara reported one of the most unique items found by local volunteers: Elizabeth Bettencourt and her grandchildren Laela and Malachi discovered a hidden watermelon patch along the Bay St. Louis Beach Boulevard Scenic Byway.

Oct 21, 2014, 19:16


Ladner locked in solitary for ‘jeans’ comment
Roger Ladner

A federal prison's discipline officer recently stripped former Hancock County Road Manager Roger Ladner of 54 days of "good time" after Ladner allegedly made "inappropriate" comments toward a female correctional officer.
In September, Ladner filed a Petition for Habeas Corpus in the U.S. Eastern Arkansas federal court.
The petition seeks to reverse the decision of Discipline Hearing officer Michael Melton who took away 54 days of Ladner's good time and placed him in solitary confinement for three months.
Ladner, who has served about two years of a five-year sentence for public corruption, was housed at the federal prison in Oakdale, La. from March 2013 until December 2013.

Oct 21, 2014, 19:15


Man jailed after trying to flee court
Justice Court Judge Jay Lagasse on Tuesday issued a 30-day jail sentence for a Picayune man who attempted to flee court after he learned he had an outstanding warrant.
Hancock County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Don Bass said Tuesday that Joseph D. Jones, 31, was in justice court for a misdemeanor charge on Tuesday.
Authorities had learned that Jones had an outstanding contempt of court warrant from Bay St. Louis, but when they attempted to place him in custody, Jones attempted to escape, Bass said.
Witnesses said Jones made threatening remarks to a court probation officer and then bolted for the door.
"He tried to get out of there, but did not get too far," Bass said.

Oct 21, 2014, 19:14


Lakeshore Baptist Church: Here’s the Steeple
Volunteers and contractors from Glenn Craine & Rigging on Saturday work to install the top section of the new steeple for Lakeshore Baptist Church. The bottom section of the steeple weighs 7,000 pounds. The fiberglass top section that reaches some 80 feet high, was preserved from the church's original building, which was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, Pastor Don A.. Elbourne, Jr., said.

The new Lakeshore Baptist Church is nearly complete, constructed by an all-volunteer crew, according to Pastor Don A. Elbourne, Jr.
The church's congregation has been holding services in a metal building since the church was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
The new church's exterior is constructed with concrete and very large timber supports from the ground up, Elbourne said.
"We now have some finishing work on the sanctuary and front of the church. We are expecting to have our first service in our new church within a few weeks," he said. "The reasons for the the delay in the construction of a new church was because of the need of residents to have a place to live in – many homes in the area were damaged or destroyed by the storm.

Oct 21, 2014, 19:13


Our Lady of Fatima statue on view at OLG
The famed Our Lady of Fatima statue will be available for veneration at Our Lady of the Gulf Church in Bay St. Louis this Friday and Saturday.

The World Apostolate of Fatima will bring the statue of Our Lady of Fatima to Our Lady of the Gulf Church in Bay St. Louis, Oct. 24-26.

Friday, Oct. 24 in the church after 8:15 a.m. Mass until 4 p.m.
Mrs. Judith Studer, a renowned speaker, will be delivering the messages and viewing of the U.N. International Statue of the World Apostolate of Fatima. First class relics will be available for venerations by all visitors, children, and parishioners.
All are invited to submit their written prayer petitions to be placed in a basket at the entrances of the church. These petitions will be hand delivered to Fatima, Portugal, where Our Lady gave her message.

Oct 21, 2014, 19:12


Local schools score well in state rankings
The superintendents of all three local public school districts were singing the praises of their students and staff on Friday after the Mississippi Department of Education official released the latest round of state accountability results.
The Pass Christian School District once again earned a sold "A" ranking, while the Hancock County and Bay-Waveland school districts were not far behind, each earning a solid "B."
"Our district is number 13 out of 151 (in the state), placing BWSD in the top nine percent of all Mississippi school districts," Dr. Rebecca Ladner, superintendent for Bay-Waveland schools, said Friday. "Of the 14 local districts on the coast, we're ranked number four.
 "I'm also thrilled to report that at third out of 151 districts, BWSD continues to have one of the highest graduation rates in the state."

Oct 18, 2014, 01:02


Swarmed! Bay photographer, SSC students take part in world-wide art project
Bay St. Louis photographer is participating in the global “Swarm: World Migration” art project, placing 350 magnetic, hand-made butterflies in local settings and photographing them, such as on the guitar sculpture in front of the 100 Men Hall in Bay St. Louis.

Bay St. Louis photographer Ann Madden is participating in a global art project, and inviting everyone to join in.
New York City artist Tasha Lewis began "Swarm: World Migration," through which 4,000 handmade, cyanotype, magnetic butterflies will travel the globe "in an effort to spread beauty and create community," Madden said.
For her part of the project, Madden has temporary custody of 350 of the butterflies and has spent the past several days working with her children to "swarm" the butterflies at various locations around the Coast, photograph the swarm, then take them down within 30 minutes to move theme elsewhere.
Earlier this week, she put them on the Army tank on display behind War Memorial Park in Pass Christian; at the 100 Men Hall in Bay St. Louis; and at the St. Stanislaus Pier, where she involved the SSC Drama Club in the project.

Oct 18, 2014, 01:01


Seymour a plaintiff in $7.9M suit against 2 attorneys
Hancock County District Four Supervisor Steve Seymour, Diamondhead businessman Kirk Ladner, and Scott Walker--a former Congressional aid who was recently sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for public corruption--last week filed a federal lawsuit against two Texas attorneys who they claim have yet to pay them $7.9 million for securing clients for the attorneys to represent in claims against British Petroleum.
The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Gulfport on Oct. 9, names Texas attorneys Jimmy Williamson and Michael Phol as defendants.

Oct 18, 2014, 01:00

















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