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Days of Plunder: Thousands turn out for 3rd annual Pirate Day in the Bay
The Mystic Krewe of Seahorse hosted the third annual Pirate Day in the Bay in Old Town Bay St. Louis on Saturday, drawing thousands downtown to dress up and view the pirate parade.

It was a little overcast – maybe a little rainy – but organizers say the third annual Pirate Day in the Bay this past Saturday was “arrrggh-guably” the best Pirate Day yet.
"Thousands of people turned out," John Rosetti, president of the Mystic Krewe of the Seahorse, said. "The event was great. We had a record turnout, a record number of people show up for the pirate costume contest.
"The bands and the music were great. We met people from all over the country, from places like Ontario and Minnesota, as well as other pirate crews from Louisiana – Slidell and New Orleans. … The weather was cloudy, but it kept it cool."
Organized by the non-profit Mystic Krewe of the Seahorse, Pirate Day in the Bay included live music, a pub crawl, scavenger hunt, a pirate parade, kids' activities and more to celebrate the Bay’s pirate history, dating back over 200 years.

May 23, 2017, 19:00

UPDATE: Police searching for 'drag' bandits
Hancock County sheriff's deputies are searching for this person in relation to a series of vehicle burglaries and credit card thefts.

Hancock County sheriff's deputies are searching for two men dressed in drag who have allegedly been on a multi-state theft and forgery ring.
Sheriff's Investigator A.J. Gambino said Monday that a report of a vehicle burglary--during which a credit card was stolen--outside a home in the Ridgewood subdivision in Kiln was filed last Wednesday.
"The homeowner woke up Wednesday morning and noticed that she had received emails from her credit card company warning her of possible fraudulent activity," Gambino said.
The victim had apparently left her vehicle unlocked, because there were no signs of forced entry into it, he said.

May 23, 2017, 18:59

Man arrested for shooting into Bayside home
Dante Cooper

Hancock County sheriff's deputies last week arrested a local man who allegedly fired two shots into a Bayside Park home that was occupied by three people, officials said Tuesday.
Hancock County Jail records show that Dante Cooper, 22, was arrested last Wednesday and charged with three counts of aggravated assault.
Sheriff's Investigator A.J. Gambino said Tuesday that the sheriff's office received a call on May 16 about a shooting in Bayside.
Apparently, Gambino said, Cooper drove to the residence and then fired two shots from a rifle into the home before driving off.

May 23, 2017, 18:57

St. Clare Seafood Festival set Friday through Sunday
This weekend, St. Clare Catholic Church will host its biggest fundraiser of the year, the St. Clare Seafood Festival.
John Pucheu said he and fellow co-chairman Tommy Kidd have put in a "lot of work" over the past couple of months putting the annual event together.
"It's the church's biggest fundraiser and helps with the church's annual budget," he said.
There will be live music, food and crafts booths at this year's festival, he said.
St. Clare Seafood Festival begins this Friday at 5 p.m. At 7 p.m., Category 6 will perform, Pucheu said. The festival closes at 11 p.m. on Friday.
Saturday's festivities begin with a 5K race at 8 a.m. Runners can register Friday afternoon or Saturday morning, Pucheu said.

May 23, 2017, 18:56

Waveland conducts hurricane exercises
Waveland Police Chief David Allen and investigator Chris Ory on Tuesday test computer equipment in advance of a three-day drill where city leaders will react to the fictitious "Hurricane Annabelle."

Despite the city of Waveland's best plans and preparations in 2005, Hurricane Katrina wiped out the city's facilities, infrastructure, and emergency response ability in a matter of hours.
Today, however, city leaders hope that their lessons learned, new facilities, and live emergency dress rehearsals for emergency events will help make the next disaster more manageable.
The first of a series of practices will begin today when the city will test its new Emergency Operations Center during a three-day practice against the fictitious "Hurricane Annabella."
The Waveland Police Department, which opened in 2016, will be the site for the drill, Police Chief David Allen said Tuesday.

May 23, 2017, 18:55

Gholston retires from Hancock schools
Long-time Hancock County School Assistant Superintendent of Education Donnie Gholston has retired and the Hancock County School District on Monday appointed another long-time administrator to take his place.
Gholston spent most of his education career in Hancock County. Beginning as a teacher, he later became a principal at Hancock High School and was promoted to assistant superintendent under former Superintendent David Kopf.
In the years following Hurricane Katrina, Gholston was one of the major players in the school district's recovery plan, officials said.

May 23, 2017, 18:54

HHS Class of 2017 Grads Celebrate
Members of the Hancock High School Class of 2017 celebrate graduation on Friday, May 19.

Hancock High School Class of 2017 boasts 279 Hawks ready to soar to exciting new adventures.
The administrators and teachers have continued to put much focus on college prep and workforce development while the guidance department and students have been diligent in their efforts to attain scholarships and their efforts have been met with much success.
Besides college scholarships, Hancock students were honored with many academic, leadership and community awards as well. Hancock High acknowledged students chosen for the prestigious Hall of Fame.
Students were recognized for academic achievements such as Mississippi Scholars, Honors and Highest Honors as well as the Valedictorian and Salutatorian. 72% of the senior class received scholarships and 243 received awards.

May 23, 2017, 18:52

Pirate Day in the Bay 2017
A pirate “welcome party” gathers on Beach Blvd. in Old Town Bay St. Louis on Friday before the pub crawl and scavenger hunt.

The buccaneers stormed ashore in droves at the Bay St. Louis Municipal Harbor on Friday afternoon, “taking over” the city’s Old Town district for the third annual Pirate Day in the Bay celebration
"There certainly arrrrgghh a lot of people here today,” pirate Mike Aertker growled.
The pirates threw event organizer Donald Rafferty – standing in for Bay St. Louis Mayor Les Fillingame – into the “brig,” signifying the town’s takeover. Then they spent the rest of the evening in a pub crawl and scavenger hunt.
Organized by the non-profit Mystic Krewe of the Seahorse, the event is packed with music, a pub crawl, scavenger hunt, kids activities and more to celebrate the Bay’s pirate history, dating back more than 200 years.
The past two years' events have drawn visitors from all across the south.

May 19, 2017, 21:24

Bay’s election totals verified: Mike Favre v. Jeff Harding on June 6
The Democratic Executive Committee on Thursday certified the results of Tuesday's Democratic runoff election in Bay St. Louis, Bay St. Louis City Clerk Sissy Gonzales said Friday.
Of the 20 affidavit ballots, Gonzales said, only four were valid.
The official total for mayoral candidate Mike Favre was 1,344 to incumbent Mayor Les Fillingame's 1,228.
In the Council-At-Large race, Mike Weems received 1,245 votes and T.J. Collier received 1,162.
Favre will face candidate Jeff Harding (R) in the general election on June 6.
Weems will face candidates Gary Knoblock (R) and Susan Veglia (I).

May 19, 2017, 21:23

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