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Vietnam Veterans: Homecoming
Vietnam veteran Paul Norvel on Saturday attends the Vietnam Veterans Homecoming and Appreciation event at Pass Christian’s War Memorial Park.

Dozens of Vietnam veterans from all across the Coast on Saturday finally got the thanks they so richly deserved, former U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor said during the Homecoming Celebration at War Memorial Park in Pass Christian.
"For nearly 200 years, you people fought and died for our country ...," Taylor told the vets assembled Saturday, "but because of the times, you did not come home and brag about your bravery. You did not brag about what you had done for us. You kept it to yourself because so many of the veterans were so badly treated when they returned home.
"Thank you for what you did."
Taylor lamented "the horror of warfare, of what happened to you and your friends. I guess the greatest horror at the time was that the nation did not full appreciate your efforts."

Sep 30, 2014, 20:54

Moran, Seymour won’t seek PSC post
Hancock County Board of Supervisors Vice President Steve Seymour said Tuesday he will seek reelection to his District Four supervisors seat next year as a Democrat.
Seymour, a five-term supervisor and the only current Democrat on the board, said Tuesday that he had seriously considered a run at a Mississippi Public Service Commission seat, but family medical issues and loyalty to Hancock County were deciding factors in his decision.
"It's flattering when people come to you and ask that you run for a position," Seymour said. "I thought about it, but in the end, I am staying home."

Sep 30, 2014, 20:53

Supers mum on pay raises
The Hancock County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday finalized its 2013-2014 budget, but took no action on proposed employee raises for next year.
Supervisors met briefly Tuesday to make final amendments to this year's budget.
The county's budget runs from Oct. 1 until Sept. 30 and Tuesday was the final day to make any changes.
Last week, supervisors approved the budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year by a slim 3-2 vote.
Board President Lisa Cowand and District Two Supervisor Kenny Hoda cast "no votes."

Sep 30, 2014, 20:52

Mississippi Power donates Porter paintings to Ground Zero museum
Officials from Mississippi Power and the Waveland Ground Zero Museum on Monday showed off two new paintings which will be displayed at the museum. The paintings are part of the "Backyards and Beyond: Mississippians and their Stories" collection by Mississippi artist H.C Porter. The paintings were loaned to the museum by Mississippi Power.

The Waveland Ground Zero Museum accepted a special gift Monday which will be displayed alongside hundreds of other donations at the Coleman Avenue site.
Mississippi Power loaned the museum two paintings which were part of an exhibit called "Backyards and Beyond: Mississippians and Their Stories" by artist H.C. Porter.
The paintings had been displayed at Mississippi Power headquarters in Gulfport since 2007.
"Many Mississippi Power employees experienced the devastation of Katrina and shared the determination of our neighbors to rebuild our homes and communities," Mississippi Power CEO Ed Holland said in a press release.

Sep 30, 2014, 20:51

Rickey’s comes back to the Bay
Hundreds went into mourning when Chef Rickey Peters retired earlier this year, permanently shutting the doors of his Rickey's Bar & Grill in Bay St. Louis, but Peters said Tuesday that the mourning is over – he and business partner Kevin Jordan are opening a new restaurant this month.
"Rickey's Off the Tracks," will open later this month in the Depot District at 102 Blaize Ave., the former location of Sloppy Dogs. Sloppy Dogs will re-open Friday at 308 Hwy. 90, Suite M and N, Waveland, behind McDonald's and right across from the Choctaw Cinema.
"I got bored," Peters said Tuesday. "I can't believe it's been six months already."

Sep 30, 2014, 20:45

Never Surrender: Civil War comes to life at I-10 Welcome Center
Alan Spence, left, and Daryl Ladner of the Sons of Confederate Veterans Seven Stars Artillery on Thursday demonstrate an 1841 Mountain Howitzer at the I-10 Hancock County Welcome Center.

The earth trembled with the roar of cannon fire on Thursday and the air filled with the acrid stench of black powder as the boys in the butternut and gray brought the Civil War back to the hallowed grounds of the Gainesville Volunteers.
The soldiers were there by invitation, so technically it wasn't so much of an "assault," as it was a "demonstration" of historic artillery at the Hancock County I-10 Welcome Center.
The Seven Stars Artillery, CSA, under the command of Capt. Daryl Ladner and including artilleryman Alan Spence, gave a Confederate living history and artillery demonstration to curious tourists who stopped by the welcome center Thursday.
The event was one of several Coast-wide promotions scheduled over the next few weeks for the Fall Muster at Biloxi's Beauvoir, which will be held Oct. 17-19.
"It's been wonderful," Welcome Center Supervisor Bobbie Tate said Thursday. "There have been people from all over here for this – from Idaho, from Florida, from Buford, S.C. – we even had people here from England today."

Sep 26, 2014, 23:35

Diamondhead Water & Sewer to build new $3.5M office
The Diamondhead Water and Sewer District on Thursday approved plans to construct a new administrative and maintenance facility.
The district's board of commissioners voted unanimously to award a $3.5 million contract to High Point Construction of Gulfport.
The Diamondhead Water and Sewer District (DWD) is an autonomous public entity which is certificated to provide water and sewer services in areas in and around Diamondhead.

Sep 26, 2014, 23:34

Bay rejects bid to buy Court Street property
111 Court St. in Old Town Bay St. Louis.

Bay St. Louis council members rejected the only bid offered Tuesday, Sept. 23 for the purchase of the former city hall annex located at 111 Court Street. The appraised value of the property is $375,000. Attorney Matt Crittenden presented a bid of $225,000 for the 3,882 square-foot two-story building on behalf of Mississippi Select Ridge, LLC, a family-owned real estate investment venture located in Bay St. Louis. The council rejected the offer on a 6-0 vote. (Ward 3 Council Member Jeffery J. Reed was absent from the special meeting.) The council’s advertisement for bids indicated that no offers below appraised value would be entertained.
Crittenden said Mississippi Select Ridge had no specific plans for the property had their bid been successful, but that he would like to speak with the council about other options in purchasing the property.

Sep 26, 2014, 23:33

Waveland man jailed for alleged child molesting
Robert Marsh

Waveland Police on Wednesday arrested a 49-year-old man who allegedly molested an eight-year-old girl.
WPD Investigator Eddie Peterson said in a press release Friday that Robert K. Marsh, 49, of Bay St. Louis was charged with one count of touching a child for lustful purposes.
Marsh was arrested without incident Wednesday at a residence in Bayside Park, Peterson said.
The case stems from a complaint originally filed in March 2013 in which Marsh allegedly molested an eight-year-old girl, Peterson said.

Sep 26, 2014, 23:32

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