21st Century

                              21st Century                           
     
The first decade of the 21st Century at Biloxi was indelibly marked by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005.  The Category Three tempest came ashore in the early morning of August 29th near the Pearl River delta in Hancock County, Mississippi.  Although hurricane force winds lasted along the MIssissippi Gulf Coast for more than ten hours, it was the large storm surge exceeding twenty-five feet in some areas that devastated the entire Mississippi Gulf Coast.  Katrina trailers and later Katrina cottages became the domiciles for those unfortuante ones who lost their homes in the monster tempest.                      
    
Population at Biloxi in 2000 was 50644 people and by 2010 had decreased to 44,054 people due in a large part to the loss of homes and businesses from Katrina.  With insurance litigation, FEMA, and other onerous issues, rebuilding of the Katrina decimated waterfront at Biloxi proceeded very slowly and by 2010 some notable progress had been made.
        
2001
The Tradition, a master planned community of 4642 acres situated in T5S-R10W, T5S-R11W and T6S-R10W of Harrison County, Mississippi, was platted by Columbus Communities, LLC in February.  Joseph Canizaro, a Biloxian and New Orleans resident, was the prinipal investor, with Gerald H. Blessey, another Biloxian, involved in the management and ownership of this impressive project.[Harrison Co., Mississippi Chancery Court Land Plat Bk. 43, p. 20A]
 
William Paul Shelton (1910-2001), local jeweler, who opened his first store at Biloxi in 1945 and Ocean Springs in 1972 expired on February 16, 2001.(The Ocean Springs Record, March 1, 2001, p. 3)
 
Robert 'Bob' L. Garrison (1931-2001), born August 16, 1931 at Fort Wayne, Indiana and basketball coach at Biloxi High School in the late 1950s and 1960s expired on April 15th at Raymond, Mississippi.  Gaynell Sumrall Garrison (1934-2003), his spouse, expired on September 19, 2003. (The Sun Herald,  April 18, 2001, p. A-7 and September 21, 2003, p. A9)
     
Charles R. Hegwood (1914-2001), long time Notre Dame High School football coach and athletic director, expired at Houston, Mississippi on July 23, 2001.(The Sun Herald, July 26, 2001, p. A6)
     
John Lee 'Jake' Scott (1915-2001), Mississippian whose life work was with the State Education system and who was instrumental in creating the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory at Ocean Springs and name sake of the J.L. Scott Marine Education Center and Aquarium at Biloxi, expired at Jackson, Mississippi on April 25th.(The Biloxi-D'Iberville Press, April 25, 2001, p. 7A)
    
William H. 'Billy' Creel (1943-2001), Biloxi native and 1961 BHS alumni and longtime hotelier, Biloxi tourism promoter, and Isle of Capri Casino, executive expired on November 24th.
 
 
 
Arthur J.M. "Bubba" Oustalet Jr. (1922-2001), Gulfport and Jennings, Louisiana automotive dealer and civic leader, died on November 26th.
 
                                                                              
 
2002
Napoleon 'Nap' Cassibry II (1918-2002), Gulfport native and attorney and historian and genealogist, died at Bay St. Louis on March 21st.  Mr. Cassibrey wrote The Ladner Odyssey (1987) and Early Settlers and Land Grants at Biloxi (1986).(The Sun Herald, March 23, 2002)
 
Ralph L. Engelstad (1930-2002) expired at his Las Vegas home on November 26, 2002 after batting lung cancer. He was born January 28, 1930 and reared in Thief River Falls, Minnesota. Ralph graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1954, where he was a talented hockey goalie. Engelstad moved to Las Vegas in 1959, using the profits from his construction company and real estate investments to buy a Strip motel on the site of what is now the Imperial Palace. Engelstad built and opened the new property in 1979, and the property now has 2,700 hotel rooms and 2,600 employees, the second-largest sole proprietorship hotel in the world. Engelstad opened an Imperial Palace resort in Biloxi, Mississippi in 1997.(The Las Vegas Review-Journal, November 28, 2002. p. 1A and December 4, 2002, p. 1D)
 

                                                                              
2003
Joseph 'Joe' Elder (1931-2003), native of Little Rock, Arkansas, expired at Biloxi on March 30th.  Joe was an artist who painted historical sites of Biloxi and Ocean Springs.(The Sun Herald, April 1, 2003, p. A5)
   
Joan Beverly Mansfield Kroc (1928-2003), wife of Ray Kroc (1902-1984), owner of McDonald's, died on October 12th.  Mrs. Kroc became a 'friend of Biloxi' and bequeathed a large sum of money to the Salvation Army.  In September 2011, the Ray Kroc and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center of the Mississippi Gulf Coast opened on Lee Street and Division Street.(The Sun Herald, September 19, 2011, p. A1) 
   
J. Boyce Holleman (1924-2003), native of Wiggins, Mississippi, and Gulfport attorney, thespian, and bon vivant, expired at Houston, Texas on November 21st.
     
Walter F. Fountain (1920-2003), journalist, historian, and longtime Chamber of Commerce employee and general manager, expired on December 30th.(The Sun Herald, January 2, 2004, p. A5)

                                                                               
2004
 
 
Superintendent Larry Drawdy was verbally attacked by Gerald H. Blessey, newly hired Biloxi School Board attorney, alleging that Mr. Drawdy had mismanaged the school district and had kept salient infomation from school board members.(The Sun Herald March 2, 2004, p. A1)
 
James R. McElroy Jr. (1917-2004), founder of the local A&W Root Beer which evolved into McElroy's Seafood Restaurant at Biloxi's small craft harbor, died on August 3rd.(The Sun Herald, August 6, 2004)
 
William “Will” Lyman Denton (1941-2004), Biloxi attorney and native of Brooklyn, Forrest County, Mississippi and the son of William R. Denton (1906-1977) and Virginia Gillis (1916-1992), died at Houston, Texas on December 3, 2004.  Mr. Denton was survivied by his wife, Lucy Kathleen Conner (b. 1946) and four children.(The Sun Herald, December 5, 2004, p. A10)  
    
On December 26th, a 9.1-9.3 temblor occurred in the Indian Ocean that created a tsunami condition resulting in the deaths of over 230,000 people in Indonesia [primarily Sumatra], Sri Lanka, India and Thailand.     
                                                                                
2005
 
Purple Heart Memorial at Glennan Park and PFC George J. Higginbotham (1921-2014)
The memorial to local recipients of the Purple Heart was given by George J. Higginbotham (1921-2014), USMC veteran of WW II and wounded at Okinawa in June 1945.  The dedication and parade took place on January 23, 2005.  Mr. Higginbotham did not receive his medal until 1995.(The Sun Herald, July 31, 2014, p. A-6)
   
 
Annalyn Swan
In April, Annalyn Swan (b. 1951), daughter of George A. Swan (1907-1991) and Ethelyn Cooper Swan (1921-2011) and a 1969 BHS graduate, was awarded the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in Biography for de Kooning: An American Master (Knopf).  She co-wrote this treatise with Mark Stevens, her husband.(The Sun Herald, November 7. 2011 and November 13, 2011, p. C10)
     
Hurricane Katrina slamed into the Mississippi Gulf Coast on August 29th with storm surge over twenty-feet.

                                                                               
2006
 
 
 
Lt. General Clark Griffith was named Outstanding Citizen of Biloxi by the Lions Club.
     
On June 11, 2006, the “Golden Fisherman” was stolen from Point Cadet Plaza where it had lain since being toppled by Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005.  Mayor A.J. Holloway proposed a $15,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of the object d’art and conviction of the perpetrator of the theft.  Biloxi’s City Council must approve this proposed appropriation.(The Sun Herald, June 12, 2006, p. A1)
       
The Golden Fisherman was discovered in a field in rural Mobile County, Alabama on June 13, 2006.  An informant, the neighbor of Herman Allen Hicks of Semmes, Alabama, will receive $15,000, if Hicks, the accused thief, is convicted of the crime.  By Mississippi state law, a reward of this nature cannot exceed $2500, but Mayor A.J. Holloway guaranteed $12,000 and others in the community contributed as well.  The Reeks sculpture, made of scrap metal, was cut into seven pieces and the face destroyed by the thief.  It was returned to Biloxi and locked in a storage shed.  Mayor Holloway related that the statue’s condition will be evaluated before a decision is made to restore it for public display.(The Sun Herald, June 14, 2006, p. A1, June 15, 2006, p. A1, and July 9, 2006, p. G1)
     
Dr. Gilbert R. Mason, Sr. (1928-2006), civil rights and  "wade-in" activist and physician, expired at Biloxi on July 8th.
     
Gerald R. Ford (1913-2006), 38th American President, died on December 26th.
                                                                              
2007
 
 
Judy Toups (1930-2007), Massachusetts native and longtime avian advocate and nature writer for The Sun Herald and 'the mother of bird watching in Mississippi" expired at Decatur, Alabama on February 27th.(The Sun Herald February 28, 2007, p. A5)
 
he Dukate Room, once a part of the Dukate Theatre erected in 1895 by W.K.M. Dukate (1852-1916), and  located on the second floor of the Bancorp South building on West Howard Avenue was dedicated on July 13th.(The Sun Herald, July 14, 2007, p. B8)
      
St. Patrick's High School located at the Tradition was dedicated on August 11th.(The Sun Herald, August 10, 2007, p. A2)
      
The Harrah's $700 million dollar, Margaritaville Casino at Point Cadet broke ground on August 13th.(The Sun Herald, August 14, 2007, p. A2)
       
Tonsie Gaude' (1903-2007), longtime volunteer and icon of the Biloxi Regional Medical Center, died at Biloxi on August 25th, at the age of 104 years.(The Sun Herald, August 28, 2007, p. A4)
       
 
 
Dr. Frank G. Gruich (1920-2007), long time Biloxi OBGYN, expired on September 1st.(The Sun Herald, September 2, 2007 and September 3, 2007, p. A4)
      
Clement Roy Dellenger Jr. (1942-2007), football coach and star athlete at Tulane University, expired at Saucier, Mississippi on September 16th.  Coach Dellenger was a Notre Dame High [Biloxi] school graduate and coached at MGCCC Perkinston for twenty-five years.(The Sun Herald, September 18, 2007, p. A6 and p. B1)      
 
The Biloxi City Council voted 4-3 to rezone the Tivoli Hotel tract for casino gaming.  Mayor A.J. Holloway vetoed the proposal.(The Bay Press, September 21, 2007, p. 1 and The Sun Herald, September 28, 2007, p. A1)
       
The Biloxi-Ocean Springs east bound land opened for traffic across Biloxi Bay on November 1st.(The Sun Herald, November 2, 2007, p. A    )       
      
The Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art hosted a 'pod party' for the public on December 1st.(The Sun Herald, November 27, 2007, p. A2)
       
C. Trent Lott (R-Mississippi) announced his retirement from the US Senate on November 26th.  Senator Lott has served Mississippi for thirty-five years in the House and Senate.  U.S. Representative Roger Wicker (R. Ms.) was appointed to replace Senator Lott by Governor Barber until the November 2008 Election.(The Sun Herald, November 27, 2007, p. A1 and January 1, 2008, p. A1)
       
Richard Scruggs, prominent attorney of Pascagoula and Oxford, Mississippi and three other defendants pleaded not guilty on federal charges of fraud and conspiracy to bribe a North Mississippi judge with $50,000 cash.  A December 15th fund raiser for Hillary Clinton at the Oxford home of Scruggs was subsequently cancelled.  Mr. Scruggs also withdrew his law firm from the Scruggs Katrina Group (SKA), which was representing about 500 law suits in litigation with insurance companies over Hurricane Katrina related storm damages.(The Sun Herald, November 30, 2007, p. A1 and p. A8 and December 5, 2007, p. A1)
        
Jeremiah J. 'Jody' O'Keefe IV (1946-2007), former State representative and president of the O'Keefe Foundation, expired at Ocean Springs on December 3rd.(The Sun Herald, December 5, 2007, p. A4 and p. A8 and December 6, 2007, p. A8)
       
Ruth Huls Hunt (1918-2007), long time Biloxi activist and humanitarian, expired on December 12th.(The Sun Herald, December 13, 2007, p. A6 and  December 14, 2007, p. A)
        
Arlene Canaan was named Outstanding Citizen of Biloxi by the Lions Club.(The Biloxi D'Iberville Press, February 7, 2008, p. 1)
                                                                               
 
2008
Moody Grishman (1913-2008), native of Houston, Texas, and long time Biloxi realtor and founding member of the Beth Israel Congregation of Biloxi expired on January 7th at Biloxi.(The Sun Herald, January 8, 2007, p. A4)
         
Ron Peresich of Biloxi and Annie Rachel Anderson of Gulfport ruled as King d'Iberville and Queen Ixolib, at the Centennial Mardi Gras fete on February 5th.(The Sun Herald, February 3, 2008, p. F1)
         
Howard LeRoy Hobbs (1935-2008), former Harrison County Sheriff, expired on March 3rd.(The Sun Herald, March 4, 2008, p. A1 and March 5, 2008, p. A10) 
        
 Brett Favre (b. 1970), former USM and Green Bay Packer football star quarterback, announced his retirement from the NFL on March 4th after seventeen successful seasons.(The Sun Herald, March 5, 2008, p. A1 and p. B1 and March 7, 2008, p. C1)
         
Ground broken for major addition to the Coast Convention Center on March 10th.(The Sun Herald, March 11, 2008, p. C8)
         
Super-attorney, Richard 'Dickie' Scruggs, pleaded guilty to judicial bribery charges on March 14th.(The Sun Herald, March 15, 2008, p. A1 and p. A11)
        
Monsignor James Joseph Hannon (1920-2008), native of Galway County, Ireland, died at Ocean Springs on March 16th.(The Sun Herald, March 18, 2008, p. A2 and P. A4).
        
Rushing & Guice, a Biloxi-based legal firm named for its founders, Charles Latham Rushing (1881-1923) and William Lee Guice, celebrated their centennial anniversary in March.(The Sun Herald, March 25, 2008, p. C8.)
       
Thomas J. Rodi, Bishop Diocese of Biloxi, was named Archbishop of Mobile.(The Sun Herald, April 3, 2008, p. A1)
         
The pedestrian walkway across the new Ocean Springs-Biloxi Bay Bridge opened on April 3rd and all traffic lanes opened on April 7th.(The Sun Herald, April 3, 2008, p. A2)
        
William Carey University broke ground on its new Gulf Coast Campus at Traditions in Harrison County on April 7th.(The Sun Herald, April 7, 2008, p. A1 and April 8, 2008, p. A2)  
        
C.F. Gollott & Son Seafood celebrated its 75th anniversary in April.(The Biloxi-D'Iberville Press, April 24th, 2008, p. A1)
        
Ohr-O'Keefe Museum awarded a $17 million dollar contract to the Roy Anderson Corporation to build Phase 1 of its museum..(The Sun Herald, May 22, 2008, p. A1)  
       
Ronald J. Baker (b. 1943), native of Deer Island, was named Shrimp King for the 2008 Blessing of the Fleet.(The Sun Herald, May 25, 2008, p. A1)  
       
Beauvoir opened on June 3rd, the 200th natal anniversary of Jefferson Davis (1808-2008), the first and only president of the CSA.(The Sun Herald, June 4, 2008, p.A1)
 

                                                       2011 BYC [image made October 2011]
       
The Biloxi Yacht Club broke ground for their new 12,400 sq-ft. edifice on June on June 22nd.  The structure will cost about $4 million dollars.(The Sun Herald, June 21, 2008, p. C1)
       
Dr. Gilbert R. Mason Sr. (1928-2006), Biloxi physician and civil rights activists, was honored by having a section of U.S. Highway 90 named the 'Dr. Gilbert R. Mason Sr. Memorial Highway', between Porter Avenue and Rodenberg Avenue.(The Bilozi-D'Iberville Press, June 26, 2008, p. A1)
       
Biloxi celebrated the 100th anniversary on June 30th of its City Hall on Lameuse Street, formerly the Federal Building and U.S. Post Office.(The Sun Herald, July 1, 2008, p. A2)
      
Lawrence Semski (1926-2008), former City attorney and Harrison County Family Court Judge, expired on July 5th.(The Sun Herald, July 7, 2008, p. A4)
      
The Promenade, a 700,000 sq.-ft. power shopping center, broke ground in D'Iberville.(The Biloxi-D-Iberville Press, July 17, 2008, p. A3)
      
Hurricane Gustav, a category II cyclone, struck the coast of Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana on Labor Day, September 1st.  Storm surge at Biloxi about 3-5 feet.
      
Denny Mecham, a North Carolina potter and museum director, was named director of the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art.  She replaced Marjorie Gowdy who retired in August.  Ms. Mecham begins her tenure on October 15th.(The Sun Herald, September 9, 2008, p. A6)
       
Hurricane Ike, a category II tempest, struck the Upper Texas Coast near Galveston on September 13th causing catastrophic damage in the billions of dollars.
      
The replica of the Pleasant Reed House, the original was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, opened on the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum campus on September 29th.(The Sun Herald, 28, 2008, p. F1 and September 30, 2008, p. A2)
      
The Dow Jones Industrial average fell 778 points to 10,3645 on September 29th.(The Sun Herald, September 30, 2008, p. A1)
      
Ground was broken for the $1.2 billion dollar LNG terminal at Pascagoula on October 15th.(The Sun Herald, October 16, 2008, p. B10)  
       
Leo W. Seal II (1924-2008), Mississippi Gulf Coast banker and philanthropist, expired on November 18th.(The Sun Herald, November 18, 2008, p. A1, p. A4, p. A9)
       
Delmar Robinson was named Outstanding Citizen of Biloxi by the Lions Club.(The Sun Herald, February 11, 2010, p. A5)                                                                             
 
2009
Joel Richard 'Rick' Carter Sr. of Gulfport and Dewey Elise Brashier of Biloxi ruled the Biloxi Carnival Association's Mardi Gras on February 24th.(The Sun Herald, February 22, 2009, p. F1) 
       
Retired Fire Chief Guy B. Roberts (1926-2009) expired at Biloxi on February 24th.  He was with the Biloxi Fire Department for 32 years and retired as Fire Chief in 1988.  Guy was a former Deputy for the Harrison County Sheriff's Office; a charter member of the Moose Lodge; member of the Back Bay Volunteer Fire Department; and served in the National Guard.  Chief Roberts was married to the former Iris Dubaz (1929-2014).
 
Paul Harvey Aurandt (1918-2009), national news commentator and talk-radio innovator, died on February 28th.(The Sun Herald, March 1, 2009, p. C1)
      
The new D'Iberville High School on Lamey Bridge Road opened on February 25th.(The Sun Herald, February 26, 2009, p. A1)
      
The Popps Ferry Bridge was hit by a barge on March 20th dropping a sixty-foot span into Biloxi Bay.  No injuries occurred.  It reopened for road traffic on April 25th.(The Sun Herald, March 21, 2009, p. A1 and April 25, 2009, p. A1, and April 26, 2009, p. A2)
       
The new $4 million, Biloxi Yacht Club opened in on April 4th.  Walter 'Buzzy' Thetford Bolton, architect.(The Sun Herald, April 5, 2009, p. A7)
 

        
Most Reverend Roger Paul Morin (b. 1941), native of Massachusetts, was consecrated as Bishop of the Diocese of Biloxi on April 27th.(The Sun Herald,  April 26, 2009, p. A13, and April 28, 2009, p. A1)
        
The Kroc Center had its ground breaking on April 30th.(The Sun Herald, April    , 2009, p. A  )
       
May 15th-May 17th commemoration events were held honoring the 50th anniversary of Dr. Gilbert Mason (1928-2006)  attempt to integrate the beach at Biloxi with a small group of protestors.(The Sun Herald April 27, 2009, p. A1 and May     , 2009, p. A1) 
       
Victor Boyd Pringle II (1938-2009), Biloxi attorney, expired on May 24th.(The Sun Herald, May 27, 2009, p. A6)
        
Mayor A. J. Holloway was re-elected on June 2nd.  The new Biloxi City Council is composed of:  Ward I-George Lawrence; Ward II-Bill Stallworth; Ward III-Lucy Denton; Ward IV-   ;Ward V-  ;Ward VI-Tom Wall; and Ward VII-David Fayard.
        
Nicholas 'Corky' Hire (b. 1922) was named Shrimp King for the 80th Annual Blessing of the Fleet which was held on June 6th.  Stevie Cantrell (b. 1992) sponsored by Desporte & Sons Seafood was the Shrimp Queen.(The Sun Herald, May 31, 2009, p. F1)
         
Ray Mabus, former Governor, was formally sworn in as the 75th Secretary of the Navy at the Washington Navy Yard on June 18th.  Mabus was Governor from 1988-1992 and ambassador to Saudi Arabia from 1994-1996.(The Sun Herald, June 19, 2009, p. A7)  
         
Ed McMahon (1923-2009), TV personality and celebrity, expired on June 23rd.
         
Farrah Fawcett (1947-2009), actress, and Michael Jackson (1959-2009), mega-rock star, both died on June 25th.
         
Walter Cronkite (1916-2009), CBS news anchor, died on July 17, 2009.(The Sun Herald, July 18, 2009, p. B1)   
        
 
1848 Biloxi Lighthouse

[Left image made circa 1937 depicts repainting by the Hall Bothers of Ocean Springs.  Right image made August 20, 2009 show beginning of $400,000, post-Katrina refurbishments.  Images courtesy of Ronald  'Bo' Hall and Ray L. Bellande]
        
Post-Katrina repairs began on the Biloxi Lighthouse by Collins Construction in early July.  A visitors center will be erected in the fall of 2009 opposite the structure north of US Highway 90.
        
The US Postal Service and philatelists held a 'first day of issue' ceremony on July 23rd at the Biloxi Lighthouse for the new Gulf Coast Lighthouse series of $.44 stamps.(The Sun Herald, July 1, 2009, p. A5 and July 24, 2009, p. A2)
        
Glen Nardi was named new Publisher of The Sun Herald, a McClatchy Company journal.  He replaced Ricky Matthews, who had been with the newspaper since 1982.(The Sun Herald, August 16, 2009, p. A1)
         
Jacob Davis Guice (1915-2009), Coast attorney, expired at his Lover's Lane residence on August 24th.  Joelean Ann Hornsby (1927-2010), daughter of Andrew Reese Hornsby and Sadie Virginia Hornsby and his spouse of sixty-three years died on November 21, 2010.(The Sun Herald, August 25, 2009, p. A4 and November 23, 2010, p. A4)
        
Edward 'Ted' Kennedy (1932-2009), Massachusetts senator, died on August 26th.(The Sun Herald, August 27, 2009, p. A1)
         
Jack Nelson (1929-2009), Pulitzer Prize winner, 1993 Biloxian Made Good, and long time journalist for the Los Angeles Times, died on October 21, 2009 in Bethesda, Maryland.  A memorial service was held at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Biloxi on May 30, 2010.(The Sun Herald, October 22, 2009, p. A1 and May 31, 2010, p. A4, and January 13, 2013, p. A1 and p. A9)
        
Edward 'Eddie' Bellman (1920-2009), Biloxi entrepreneur who befriended Elvis Presley, while the nascent star vacationed at Gulf Hills and Biloxi in the early 1950s, expired on November 6, 2009.(The Sun Herald, November 8, 2009, p. A12 and p. A 13)
         
John Thomas "Tommy" Munro (1931-2009), Biloxi businessman, entrepreneur, and former politician, expired on November 20, 2009.(The Sun Herald, November 21, 2009, p. A1 and November 22, p. A 12)
         
John Miller was nominated for Biloxi Police Chief by Mayor A.J. Holloway and accepted by the City Council in late November  , 2009.(The Sun Herald, November 21, 2009, p. A1 and December 2 , 2009, p. A2)
         
Lyle Bonge' (1929-2009), photographer, sailor, bon vivant, expired at Biloxi on December 7th.(The Sun Herald, December 9, 2009, p. A64)
         
Elmer 'Eddie' Lemien (1925-2009), native of Deer Island, local historian, and long time Latimer resident, expired on December 16th.(The Sun Herald, December 20, 2009, p. A12)
         
Umar Farouk Abdulmutalab, Nigerian national, attempted to destroy NorthWest Airline Flight 253-Amsterdam to Detroit, on Christmas Day.  Sentenced to life in prison in February 2012.
         
J.B. Richmond published World War II: Combat Wooden Boats Built at Westergard Boat Works of Biloxi, Inc.-A Historical Pictorial Narrative.
       
Kathy Springer was named Outstanding Citizen of Biloxi by the Lions Club.(The Sun Herald, February 11, 2010, p. A5)
 
       
2010
The Ray and Joan Kroc Center bids were open in early January and a contract to build the structure could be awarded by February.(The Sun Herald, January 5, 2010, p. A6)
      
Haiti was devasted by a mega-earthquake magnitude 7.0 on January 12th, killing over 100,000 people and severely damaging Port-au-Prince, the national capitol.
      
The Antiques Road Show announced that their production taped in the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center on July 24th.(The Sun Herald, January 5, 2010, p. A1)
       
The Ohr-O'Keefe Museum planned to move from the Swetman House in West Biloxi to the Pleasant Reed Interpretive Center at 386 Beach Boulevard before January 16th.(The Sun Herald, January 6, 2010, p. A7) 
 
 
 
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade
[Division Street near Lee Street.  Image made January 18, 2010 by Ray L. Bellande]     
 
The New Orleans Saints won the NFC Championship in the Superdome on January 24th with a 31-28 victory over the Minnesota Vikings in overtime.  They will meet Indianapolis in Super Bowl XLIV [44] at Miami on February 7th.  The SAINTS won 31-17.(The Sun Herald, January 25, 2010, p. A1 and February 8, 2010, everypage)
       
The Biloxi First United Methodist Church broke ground for their new sanctuary at 14220 Mississippi Highway 67 leaving their long time location on Hopkins Boulevard.  Strorm damage from Hurricane Katrina and escalating insurance premiums were some factors precipitating the move from the Biloxi peninsula north of U.S. Interstate 10.(The Sun Herald, January 25, 2010, p. A1)
        
The New Orleans Saints won the 44th  SuperBowl on February 7th with a 31-17 victory over the Indianapolis Colts at Miami.(The Sun Herald, February 8, 2010, p. A1)
         
Gerald H. Blessey (b. 1942), former Mayor, was named as the 22nd recipient of the Pat Santucci "Spirit of the Coast" Award on February 3, 2010 by the Mississippi Coast Chamber of Commerce.(The Sun Herald, February 4, 2010, p. B8 and February 10, 2010, p. A10)
          
Philip Martin (1927-2010), former leader of the Mississippi Band of Choctaws, expired on February 4th.(The Sun Herald, February 10, 2010, p. A10)
          
William 'Billy' Burdin Jr. (1928-2010), "unofficial town historian of Pass Christian, Mississippi", expired there on February 5th.(The Sun Herald, February 7, 2010, p. A16 and p. A17)
       
Jim E. Brashier, insurance executive, was named president of the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum Board succeeding Larry D. Clark.(The Sun Herald, February 10, 2010, p. A8)
 
Kathryn Anne Bailey and John M. Hairston, both of Gulfport, ruled the 2010 Gulf Coast Carnival Association Mardi Gras on February 16th.(The Sun Herald, February 14, 2010, p. F1)
 
The BYC initiated a 'change-of-watch ceremony in mid-February 2010.  Gaylord Wilson, Commodore; Rocky Rhodes, Vice Commodore; and Jeffrey Ellis, Rear Commodore.  Board members: Barry Barq; Patrick Diaz; Mike Murray; Lois Richardson; Ronnie Tootle; and Jerry White.(The Sun Herald, February 13, 2010, p. A)
 
Glenn Edwin Endris (1938-2010), long term District 117 State representative, school teacher and restarateur, expired on February 13th.(The Sun Herald, February 17, 2010, p. A4 and February 18, 2010, p. A5)
 
The $400,00 restored Biloxi Lighthouse was relit on February 19th.  FEMA and insurance funds paid for the refurbishment.(The Sun Herald, February 20, 2010, p. A1)
 
The CanCan Casino's gaming site at D'Iberville was approved  by the Mississippi Gaming Commission on February 25th.(The Sun Herald, February 26, 2010, p. A1)
 
Chilean Earthquake 8.8 on February 27, 2010 killed about 500 people and damaged over 370,000 homes.
 
The Hibernia Marching Society chose Sarah Gant-Holleman and Ms. Senator Billy Hewes III, as Colleen and Grand Marshal of the St. Patrick's Day parade on March 13th.(The Sun Herald, March 7, 2010, p. F1)
 
Mark M. Seymour Sr. (1936-2010), former City engineer, civil engineering consultant andD'Iberville casino promoter, expired on March 7th.(The Sun Herald, March 8, 2010, p. A  )
 
 
 
Bellande and Sullivan recognized by Mississippi Historical Society
 
        
On March 6th, the Mississippi Historical Society, at its annual meeting held in Gulfport, Mississippi, awarded Ray L. Bellande of Ocean Springs its Award of Merit for his contribution to the history of Ocean Springs.  Charles L. Sullivan, emeritus history professor from MGCCC Perkinston, was awarded the prestigious Dunbar Rowland Award for his lifelong contributions to the preservation, study and interpretation of Mississippi history.(The Sun Herald, March 7, 2010, p. A 8)      
        
In early April, the Biloxi Maritime History and Seafood plan to open a temporary museum and gift shop in the Edgewater Mall.  Dr. Val Husley creator of the Katrina destroyed seafood museum on Point Cadet is building exhibits for the temporary 4500-square-foot mall space.(The Sun Herald, March 17, 2010, p. A2)
      
 
John Paul Gimma (1929-2010), native of Brooklyn, New York, sportsman, and automobile dealer on the Coast and in Louisiana, expired on March 27th at the Village, Lake County near Summerfield, Florida.(The Sun Herald, April 6, 2010, p. A4)        
      
British Petroleum No. 1 OCS Mississippi Canyon Block 252, Macondo Prospect, an 18,000 foot exploratory well blew out in 5000 feet of water on April 20th.  The rig burned and sank andsubsequently oil began flowing into the Gulf of Mexico creating a massive oil seep which seriously threatened the environment from Louisiana to Florida.[see The Sun Herald for daily reports on oil pollution and capture from April 20th to August      , 2010.]
    
On April 24th, Beauvoir celebrated Confederate Memorial Day with the dedication of a statue of Jefferson Davis with his two sons, Joe and Jim Limber.  The statue was created by Gary Casteel of Pennsylvania who was commissioned by the National Sons of Confederate Veterans in 2008.  They had the intention of installing it in the American Civil War Center in Richmond, Virginia. When the Sons of Confederates couldn't decide on an appropriate site within the Civil War Center complex, they offered it to Beauvoir.(The Sun Herald, April 20, 2010, p. A2) 
 
On June 1st, Steven Palazzo of Biloxi defeated Joe Tegerdine of Petal in the Republican primary for US Representative.  He will face Gene Taylor, incumbent, in November.(The Ocean Springs Record, June 3, 2010, p. A1)
 
Sherman V. Canann (b. 1938) was chosen 2010 Shrimp King for the 81st Blessing of the Fleet held on June 5th.  His queen was Brooke Kuluz. (The Sun Herald, May 30, 2010, p. F1 and June 6, 2010, p. A2) 
 
John Wooden (1910-2010), the Wizard of Westwood and UCLA's immensely successful basketball mentor, died at Los Angeles on June 4th.
 
Lester J. Thompson (1941-2010), former Biloxi Chief of Police from 1963 to 1976, died on June 4th.(The Sun Herald, June 5, 2010, p. A4 and June 6, 2010, p. A12)
 
 
 
BILOXI COMMUNITY CENTER
[Under construction on East Howard Avenue-July 2, 2010]
    
Harold Conner Cain (1927-2010), native of Perkinston, Mississippi and long-time Coast businessman with interest in nursing homes, healthcare, hotels, touring and travel, expired at Gulfport on July 3rd.(The Sun Herald, July 7, 2010, p. A4)
     
Joseph Augustus 'Joe' Bosco (1948-2010), author, writer and college professor, died on natural causes on July 8th in Beijing, China.  Joe was born at Biloxi, Mississippi on August 30, 1948 to Frank A. Bosco (1919-1975) and Wilma Annetta Snyder Bosco (1926-2006).  He graduated with the 1966 class of Ocean Springs High School and left this forward in The Greyhound, the school annual: "Beware! I may yet do something sensational."  Joe matriculated to USM and UNO where he earned Fine Arts degrees in 1972 and 1976 respectively.  His published works were: The Boys Who Would be Cubs: A Year in the Heart of Baseball's Minor Leagues" (1990); Blood Will Tell:A True Story of Deadly Lust in New Orleans (1993); and A Problem of Evidence: How the Prosecution Freed O.J. Simpson (1996).  Joe Bosco resided in New Orleans and Los Angeles before his demise in China.  While in Los Angeles, he reported on the ludicrous, O.J. Simpson Trial for Penthouse Magazine.  He had also written of the murder of Ennis Cosby (1969-1997), son of Bill Cosby, comedian and actor, as "In the Face of Death" for Nation  magazine (June 2, 1997).  Joseph A. Bosco,  a favorite son and friend of Ocean Springs, is survived by Linda Powajbo Bosco, a former wife, Joseph A Bosco II, a son, and Sylvia A. Bosco, his sister and a special education teacher at OSHS.[Ray L. Bellande, August 7, 2010]
    
Recreational fishing halted in the Mississippi Sound by the BP exploration well blow-out in Mississippi Canyon Block 252 resumed on July 20th.(The Sun Herald, July 20, 2010, p. A1 and August 1, 2010, p. A2) 
    
By mid-July, City employees began to reoccupy Biloxi's renovated City Hall on Lameuse Street.  The 9 month refurbishment of the old federal building was commenced by J.O. Collins in the fall of 2009.  The City Council Meeting Room was dedicated on August 23rd.(The Sun Herald, July 21, 2010, p. A2, August 19, 2010, p. A7 and ) 
    
Garry Marshall Welford (1946-2010), Sheriff of George County, Mississippi was killed in the line of duty on July 21st.(The Sun Herald, July 22, 2010, p. A1 and July 24, 2010, p. A4)
      
Larry L. 'Butch' Brown, MDOT Director, was arrested at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi on July 23rd for public intoxication and disorderly conduct.(The Sun Herald, July 24, 2010, p. A2) 
      
Michelle Obama, First Lady, christened the USCG Dorothy C. Stratton, a national security cutter, on July 23rd at Northruff-Grumann, Pascagoula, Mississippi.  The vessel is 418 feet in length.(The Sun Herald, July 24, 2010, p. A1) 
     
'Antique Road Show', a PBS production, appeared at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum on July 24th.  Three shows were developed to be aired between January 2011 and May 2011.(The Sun Herald, July 24, 2010, p. A12) 
     
British Petroleum's static kill procedure was successful in arresting the flow of crude oil into the Mexican Gulf on August 4th.  The exploration well blew out on April 20, 2010.(The Sun Herald, August 5, 2010, p. A1) 
    
The 5th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina of August 29, 2005 was remembered coast wide.  Governor Haley BarbourUS Senator Roger Wicker, and US Representative G.E. 'Gene' Taylor made appearances in Gulfport, while Wicker and Taylor also came to Biloxi.  President Obama was in NOLA.(The Sun Herald, August 30, 2010, p. A1)  
     
Victor Mavar received the Mississippi Medal of Service on September 28, 2010.(The Sun Herald, September 28, 2010, p. A6)
 
Jerry O'Keefe (b. 1923), native of Ocean Springs, former Mayor of Biloxi and key player in the development of the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art, was honored with the Blossman YMCA Humanitarian of the Year award.(The Sun Herald, October 13, 2010, p. A10)  
     
Margaret M. Migues and Willie Doris Burneyco-conspirators in embezzling $2,386,452 from the Ocean Springs Branch of the Hancock Bank, were sentenced on October 12th in Federal Court at Gulfport, Mississippi to  8 1/2 years in Federal prison and pay more than $3.4 million in restitution.(The Sun Herald, October 13, 2010, p. A1) 
    
Grady Bird's Lill Cruso
[image made October 2010 by Ray L. Bellande]
 
Greg Moran, metal sculpture, was honored at Biloxi on October 14th for his for his bronze castings created from drawings made by fourteen local artists for the Biloxi Bay Bridge.  Wayne Brown, MDOT Southern District Commissioner suggested that metal from the old span be utilized for the castings.(The Sun Herald, October 15, 2010, p. A8)
  
[Images made October 23, 2011]
     
Ground breaking for the new $23.35 million Santa Maria del Mar apartment complex off Popp's Ferry Road occurred on October 15th.  Eley Guild Hardy, Gulfport architects designed the 210 structure to accommodate senior citizens.(The Sun Herald, October 16, 2010, p. A5)
   
St. Patrick's Catholic High School was named one of the fifty best Catholic High Schools in America.(The Sun Herald, October 16, 2010, p. A1)
   
The post-Katrina demolition of structures at the William Carey College Campus in Gulfport continues.(The Sun Herald, October 19, 2010, p. A2)
    
William Michael 'Mike and Fitz' Fitzpatrick (1938-2010), accountant and former, three term, Ward 4 Councilman, expired on October 21st.(The Sun Herald, Ocotber 22, 2010, p. A1 and October 24, 2010, p. A14)
    
Mildred Johnson (b. 1943) was named first female Commander of Biloxi's Charles L. Baudry American Legion Post No. 0033.(The Sun Herald, October 26, 20101, p. A1) 
   
Republican Steven Palazzo ambushed incumbent US Representative Mississippi District Four Gary Eugene 'Gene' Taylor on Novemeber 2nd to capture 52 % of the vote and send the 11 term U.S. Congressman back to Bay St. Louis.(The Sun Herald, November 3, 2010, p. A1)
  
Frank Gehry, architect, and Betty Bellande, patron
[image made November 6, 2010]
    
The Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art was dedicated on November 6th.(The Sun Herald, November 5, 2010, p. A1, p.B1, p. B3)
    
T.J. Smith (1933-2010), former BHS educator and guidance counselor, football and tennis coach, Principal [1969-1975] and Jeff Davis Jr. College dean, expired on November 15th.(The Sun Herald, November  17, 2010, p. 11A)
   
The new $3 million Lodge of the Slavonian Benevolent Association of St. Nikolai, located near Howard Avenue and Oak Street,was dedicated on November 27th.(The Sun Herald, November 26, 2010, p. A2)
   
Mary Mercer Carpenter (1920-2010), native of Georgia and Biloxi resident since 1954, and former City Council person [1981-1988], expired at Biloxi, Mississippi on December 3rd.(The Sun Herald, December 5, 2010, p. 2A and December 6, 2010)
  
George Louis Simon Sr. (1921-2010), longtime Biloxi businessman, died on December 15th.(The Sun Herald, December 17, 2010, p. 4A and p. 5A)
  
In December, Hancock Bank and Whitney Bank agreed to merge.  The integration of the companies will form a bank with about $20 billion in assets with 305 branches in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.(The Journal of South Mississippi Business, January 15, 2011, p. 2)
  
Nash Roberts (1918-2010), NOLA meteorologist and legendary hurricane track forecaster, died on December 19th.(The Sun Herald, December 21, 2010, p. A2 and December 22, 2010, p. C4)
   
Biloxi will acquired the 'Old Public Library' at 124 Lameuse Street from Taylor Properties for $600,000.  It will be restored for utility as City offices now located in City Hall Annex also on Lameuse Street, which will be demolished.(The Sun Herald, December 22, 2010, p. A6)
  
The Biloxi School Board decided not to apply to the Kellogg Foundation for a $4.5 million grant to reopen Nichols Elementary School.  Paul Tisdale, superintendent said that the decision was based on budget concerns and lack of enrollment in this facility.  Race was not a factor.(The Sun Herald, December 22, 2010, p. A5)
 
 
2011-2020
   
The second decade of the 21st Century commenced with meterological and riverine woes. The Spring of 2011 saw the Mississippi River reach flood stages not seen since 1973. Both the Bonnet Carre and the Floodways were open to relieve pressure on levees above Baton Rouge and New Orleans.  In April, NE Mississippi and NW Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, and Virginia saw killer tornadoes responsible for the demise of nearly 200 people.  SW Missouri [Joplin] was devasted in May with one twister killing over 140 people and damaging over 7000 homes.  In the War on Terror, Osama bin Laden (1957-2011), leader of al-Qaeda, was killed in Pakistan by US Navy Seals in May.  
 
2011
Jimmy Buffet, singer, songwriter, author and well-know entertainer, and Tom Brosig, Biloxi casino consultant, announced plans for their Margaritaville Casino, a $48 million dollar casino-resort, to be built in the East Harrison County Industrial Park on Biloxi's Point Cadet.  In February, they will present plans for this development to officials of Biloxi and the Mississippi Gaming Commission.  The Biloxi Planning Commission unanimously approved the plans for the Margaritaville Casino on February 3rd.(The Sun Herald, January 6, 2011, p. A1, January 13, 2011, p. A1, February 4, 2011, p. A6)
 
The Charles Redding Building
The Charles Redding building on West Howard Avenue was fatally damaged by a large conflagration around midnight of January 18th. Three businesses, Up Stairs, Down Stairs; the Spanish Trail Bookstore; and Adventures Bar and Grill were the tenants.  Arson was not believed to be the cause of the fire.(The Sun Herald, January  , 2011, p. A1)
    
Casey Eure defeated Jim Atkinson in the February 1st runoff for the Mississippi House District 116 post.  Mr. Eure will replace  Steven Palazzo who was elected to Congress in early November 2010 beating long-time incumbent Gary Eugene 'Gene' Taylor.  Less than 15% of the registered voters turned out for the runoff.(The Sun Herald, February 2, 2011, p. A8 and Februay 4, 2011, p. A6)
   
Population of Biloxi estimated by 2010 Census at 44,054 persons, as compared with 50,644 in 2000.  Harrison County population was estimated at 189,601 people in 2000 and 187, 105 in 2010.(The Sun Herald, Febraury 4, 2011, p. A1) 
    
Green Bay defeated Pittsburgh 31-25 in Super Bowl XLV on February 6th at Dallas, Texas.
  
President Hosni S. Mubarak (b. 1928) was ousted after 18 days of demonstrations during the 2011 Egyptian revolution.  On 11 February, Vice President Omar Suleiman announced that Mubarak had resigned as president and transferred authority to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.  On that day Mubarak and his family left the presidential palace in Cairo and moved to Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.
      
Republican Dave Dennis, businessman of Gulfport, commenced his campaign for Governor on February 14th.(The Sun Herald, February 14, 2011, p. A1 and February 15, 2011, p. A1)
      
Libyan Civil War-Security forces of Colonel Muammar Qaddafi (b. 1942), who took power in Libya after a bloodless coup in September 1969 and has ruled with an iron fist, seeking to spread Libya’s influence in Africa, on February 25th used gunfire to try to disperse thousands of protesters who streamed out of mosques after prayers to mount their first major challenge to the government’s crackdown in Tripoli. Rebel leaders said they were sending forces from nearby cities and other parts of the country to join the fight.  By early March, rebel forces had control of Eastern Libya, including the major oil exporting port on the Gulf of Sirte.
    
Frank Buckles (1901-2011), the last American veteran of WWI passed in late February.(The Sun Herald, March 1, 2011, p. A2) 
    
On February 28th, Mayor Holloway gave his 17th State of the City address and boasted that 2011 willl be the year that Biloxi will cut ribbons on the Library, Civic Center, and Lighthouse Visitor's Center.  In addition, $355 million dollars of repair and replacememnt of Biloxi's infrastructure which was damaged or destroyed by Katrina [2005] will commence.(The Sun Herald, March 1, 2011, p. A1)
    
Biloxi City officials reviewed the $16.9 million dollar Kroc Center on Lee Street which is planned to open by mid-September.(The Sun Herald, March 2, 2011, p. A1)
  
 Democrat Connie Marie Moran, Mayor of Ocean Springs, announced her candidacy for State Treasurer.(The Ocean Springs Record, March 2, 2011, p. 1)
  
The Dusti [Swetman] Bonge' Gallery opened at 132 Magnolia on March 3rd.(The Sun Herald, March 1, 2011, p. B5)
    
Laurel McKay Luckey, Queen Ixolib, and Butch Oustalet, King D'Iberville, ruled the Gulf Coast Carnival Association Mardi Gras celebration at Biloxi on March 8th.(The Sun Herald, March 6, 2011 and The Ocean Springs Gazette, March 9, 2011, p. 1)
    
Sendai, Japan Earthquake 9.0 and killer tsunami on March 11, 2011 kills thousands and critically damaged several nuclear reactors in northeastern Japan.
    
Emily Cutrer and Danny O'Keefe were Collen and Grand Marshal of the Hibernia Marching Society's St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 19th.(The Sun Herald, March 13, 2011, p. F1)
    
Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor (1932-2011), Academy Award winning actress and humanitarian, expired on March 23rd.
    
Geraldine Anne Ferraro (1935-2011), 1st woman vice-presidential candidate on a major political party ticket, expired on March 26th.  In 1984 she and Walter Mondale, both Democrats, ran unsuccessfully for the leadership of the American people.
    
In mid-March, Directors of the Northrop Grumman Corporation decided to 'spinoff' their shipbuilding division and called it Huntington Ingall Industries.  Shareholdres with six shares of NGC received one share of Huntington Ingalls.  Michael Petters was named CEO of the new company which was expected to commence trading on the NYSE on March 31st.(The Mississippi Press, March 16, 2011, p. 1)
   
In early April, British Petroluem acquired from the Boddie family, the eastern shore face of Cat Island to facilitate their clean-up following the Macondo oil spill of April 2010.(The Sun Herald, April 8, 2011, p. A1)
Margaritaville [image June 20, 2011 by Ray L. Bellande
 
Margaritaville Casino & Restaurant approval granted by Biloxi City Council in mid-February and by Mississippi Gaming Commission on April 7th.(The Sun Herald, February 15, 2011 and April 8, 2011, p. A1)    
Mike Sekul under construction at Clay Point in February 1992.  [Ray L. Bellande image]
   
Nelious Clarence "Neil' Covacevich (1920-2011), last of a long time family of Biloxi boat builders, expired on April 6th.  Neil's last vessel was the Mike Sekul, a Biloxi schooner, created for the Biloxi Seafood and Maritime Museum.(The Sun Herald, April 10, 2011, p. A and April 11, 2011, p. A4)
    
US District Judge Dan M. Russell Jr. (1913-2011) expired on April 16th at Gulfport, Mississippi. He served in the Southern District of Mississippi from 1965-1983.  The Federal Courthouse at Gulfport was dedicated in his honor on November 14, 2003.(The Sun Herald, April 17, 2011, P. A1 and April 19, 2011, p. A6)
    
Roy Anderson Jr. (1929-2011), Gulfport contractor who erected many Gulf Coast Casinos, expired on April 20th.(The Sun Herald, April 22, 2011, p. A1 and p. A4)
    
Dr. Lionel N. Eleuterius (1936-2011), retired botanist from the GCRL, expired on April 24th.(The Sun Herald, April 26, 2011, p. A6 and April 29, 2011, p. A4)
   
On April 27th, viloent tornadoes struck the southeast USA and left tremedous destruction and over 300 people killed in Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia.
   
In Late April, Biloxi's City Council approved construction of a $7.8 million Walmart Super Center in West Biloxi and that Yankee Stadium on Lee Street would be torn down because it was structurally unsafe.  The property is now owned by the Salvation Army and a part of the Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center.  The Salvation Army related that they do not have the money to spend on Yankee Stadium at this time.(The Sun Herald, April 27, 2011, p. A1 and April 28, 2011, p. A5)

PALACE CASINO [2010-2011 addition]
[image made April 28, 2011 by Ray L. Bellande]
 
Osama bin Laden (1957-2011), Muslim revolutionary and matermind of many terrorists attacks against America, was killed by US Navy Seals in Pakistan on May 1st.(The Sum Herald, May 2, 2011, p. A1)
      
Patricia Diane Carpenter (1943-2011)-Known to all of us as Diane, passed on at Biloxi, Mississippi on May 4, 2011.  Diane had matriculated to USM after graduation.  She began raising horses and later became a trainer of thoroughbreds.  Diane ran the Sundance Stable at Churchill Downs, Lexington, Kentucky from the late 1970s to the late 1980s. Her ability to train and her alent to evaluate the potential of throughbred colts led to her success in the competitive world of horse racing.  Diane among her many career racing successes, had two horses run in the Kentucky Derby: Biloxi Indian in 1984 and Kingpost in 1988.  They  finished this classic event 12th and 14th respectively.  Diane was elected a Beauty in her 1961 Senior year at BHS.  In addition, she was secretary of Student Council, National Honor Society member, Vocal Music Club member, member of the Future Homemakers club and was co-captain of the Pep Squad.[Ray L. Bellande and Jackie Tabb-May 2011 and The Sun Herald, May 20, 2011, p. D1]
     
In May 2011, Brooke Orrison Lewis and Brad Orrison, her brother, and proprietors of the Shed Barbeque & Blues Joint in Ocean Springs/Vancleave, appeared on the nationally cable televised Food Network on May 8, 2011 to compete against nationally acclaimed pit masters in the $50,000 "Best in Smoke" challenge.(The Sun Herald, May 7, 2011, p. A2)
     
On May 18th, the Sandy Point, a 163-foot menhaden fishing boat, working for Omega Protein, Moss Point, Mississippi sank in 25-feet of water off the west end of Ship Island after colliding with the Eurus London, a 660-foot container ship en route to Freeport, Texas.  Three seamen from the fishing vessel were missing after the tragedy and later found dead.  The bow section of the vessel was raised in mid-June and by June 20th the complete vessel had been salvaged and brought ashore at Gulfport, Mississippi.(The Sun Herald, May 20, 2011, p. A1, June 13, 2011, p. A1, June 21, 2011, p. A9, April 21, 2012, p. A4)    
     
Victor Mavar Sr., Shrimp King, and Mallory Gilson, Shrimp Queen, ruled over the annual Blessing of the Fleet on June 5th.(The Sun Herald, May 29, 2011, p. F4, June 12, 2011, p. F3 and June 19, 2011, p. F4)
     
Henry Francis 'H.F.' "Buddy" Fountain (1924-2011), architectural engineer, expired on June 5th.  Buddy was a 1951 LSU graduate, US Navy WWII veteran, and began his career as a professional architect in 1955.  His design work was responsible for: Mississippi Coast Coliseum; Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church; the 1961 BHS; the Biloxi Public Safety Complex; and many more.(The Sun Herald, June 7, 2011, p. A4)
     
 On June 14th, Arthur McMillan was hired for three years at $139,000 per year to replace Paul Tisdale as the Superintendent of the Biloxi School System.  He comes to Biloxi from the Enterprise School District, Clarke County, Mississippi.(The Sun Herald, June 15, 2011, p. A11)
       
In June 2011, Larry Echo Hawk, assistant secretary for the Bureau Indian Affairs rescinded the 2008 moratorium issued during the Bush presidential administration which blocked an attempt by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians to open a casino on their lands in Jackson County, Mississippi.  Mr. Hawk stated.  "The 2008 guidance memorandum was unnecessary and was issued without the benefit of tribal consultation.  We will proceed to process off-reservation gaming applications in a transparent manner, consistent with exisiting law."(The Sun Herald, June 18, 2011, p. A1)
     
Vancleave icon, Clifton 'Kipp' Malachi Dees (1927-2011), creator of the Vancleave Special, a crabmeat po-boy with cheese that was first made at Rosetti's on the Point in Biloxi, expired in Gulfport on June 16th.(The Sun Herald, June 19, 2011, p. A12)
     
On June 17th, Final Fantasy, a 54-foot, sports fisherman caught fire and sank in the Gulf of Mexico about 150 miles off of Biloxi and 7 miles north of the Ursa oil platform.  Ursa Field is located in Mississippi Canyou Block 854 at N 28.154 latitude and W 89.103 longitude in about 4000 feet of water and is operated by Shell Oil from a tension-legged platform. Edison Chouest Offshore Company rescued Jamie Sablich, his two sons, and Jordy Pitalo and his son.(The Sun Herald, June 20, 2011, p. A4)
     
On June 19th, Rory McElroy (b. 1989), Northern Ireland, won the US Open at Congressional in Bethesda, Maryland with a record setting 16 under par.  Lane Pippin won his second straight Coast Amateur Championship at the Grand Bear Golf Club.(The Sun Herald, June 20, 2011, p. B1)
   
The Gaslog Singapore delivered the first shipment of liquefied natural gas from Algeria to Gulf LNG at Pascagoula on June 18th.  El Paso Natural Gas operates the $1.1 billion facility.(The Sun Herald, June 21, 2011, p. A5)     
Dr. Malcolm L. Latour (1933-2011), a Louisiana native, resident of Gulf Hills and Coast psychiatrist since 1977, and former chief of staff at the Biloxi Hospital, expired on June 28, 2011.(The Sun Herald, June 30, 2011, p. A4 and July 1, 2011, p. A3)
     
Phyliss J. Anderson was the first woman elected a Chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaws defeating Mingo Beasley Denson with 55% of the vote on July 5, 2011 in the run-off election.  Unofficial returns had Anderson with 1741 votes and Denson garnering 1408.  On July 8, 2011, the Mississippi Choctaw Tribal Council voted to hold another election after Chief Beasley Denson lot to Phyliss J. Anderson.  Voting line and timing irregularities of a prior election were cited as the reason for another election.(The Sun Herald, July 7, 2011, p. A5 and July 9, 2011, p. A3)
     
Elizabeth 'Betty' Ann Bloomer Ford (1918-2011), former First Lady and widow of Gerald R, Ford  (1913-2006), 38th US President, died on July 8th.(The Sun Herald, July 9, 2011, p. B1)
   
   
    The Biloxi Lighthouse Visitors Center and the Biloxi Civic Center and Public Library, representing $31 million dollars in new post-Katrina construction, were dedicated on July 14th.(The Sun Herald, July 15, 2011, p. A1) 
   
David Perkes (b. 1957), architect and associate professor at Mississippi State University and founding director of the Gulf Coast Community Studio Design, was invited to the White House to be recognized through the Champion of Champions program for his efforts to lead 13 designers, post-Katrina in planning and designing affordable and sustainable housing initiatives in Biloxi while working with local, State, and Federal partnerships.(The Sun Herald, July 15, 2011, p. A2)
   
Lyle Page (1932-2011), senior partner of Page, Mannino, Peresich and McDermott, a Biloxi law firm, expired on July 22nd.  Lyle was Biloxi's City Procecuting Attorney from 1961-1971 and was active in the banking, civic and social affairs of Biloxi.  The Lighthouse and Visitors Center was designed by Dale Partners Architects to resemble the Robinson-Dantzler House, which formerly occupied the same site.(The Sun Herald, July 24, 2011 and July 27, 2011, p. A9)   
Maritime Industry and Seafood Industry Museum [Edgewater Mall] 
[image by Ray L. Bellande-August 18, 2011]
 
   
Edmond Boudreaux author of The Seafood Capital of the World-Biloxi's Maritime History (2011) had his book signing at the Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum in the Edgewater Mall on August 18th.  Mr. Boudreaux released Legends and Lore of Mississippi's Golden Gulf Coast in February 2013.(The Sun Herald, August 17, 2011, p. C9 and The Biloxi-D'Iberville Press, February 7, 2013)
   
Joseph F. Baricev (1927-2011), long-time, Biloxi restaurateur, died on August 24th.(The Sun Herald, August 25, 2011, and August 26, 2011, p. A8)
   
On August 25th, William Wade Guice (1927-1996), former Harrison County, Mississippi Civil Defense Director, was the first person's name placed on the Mississippi Civil Defense-Emegency Management Association's Wall of Remembrance.  The Wall of Remembrance is located in Pearl, Mississippi at the MEMA State Emergency Operations Center.  Mr. Guice served his fellow citizens from 1961-1996 and is best remembered for his work before and post-Hurricane Camille of August 1969.(The Sun Herald, August 26, 2011, p. A1)
 
Tropical Storm Lee (TS-Lee) caused widespread flooding and wind damage from Florida to SW Louisiana between September 2-6. Rainfall totals ranged from eight to fourteen inches in the Mississippi coastal counties.
 
The $11 milion Biloxi Boardwalk Marina and Dry Storage on Back Bay at Point Cadet plans to open in November 2011.  It is being developed by Chris Ferrara of Holden, Louisiana.(The Sun Herald, September 3, 2011, p. A1)
  
The 10th Anniversary of 9/11, the Islamic terrorist destruction of the World Trade Centers at NYC was solemnly and emotionally remembered nationally and locally.
   
YANKEE STADIUM
   
Biloxi's Yankee Stadium dedicated in 1959 on Lee Street was demolished in September 2011 by the Salvation Army.
   
By September 2011, post-Katrina development at Biloxi saw $311 million in construction projects underway or permitted.  Among those in progress were: Walmart's SuperCenter in West Biloxi; Margaritaville Casino in East Biloxi; McElroy's Harbor House at the Small Craft Harbor; Sharkhead's Souvenier Shop; the Beauvoir Library; Biloxi Boardwalk Marina; $24 million Santa Maria senior apartments off Popp's Ferry Road; and the Salvation Army's Kroc Center on Lee Street and Division.  A five-story, Comfort Inn and Suites Hotel east of the Lighthouse Visitors Center was under review by City planners.(The Sun Herald, September 15, 2011, p. A1).
   
The Salvation Army's $16 million, Ray Kroc (1902-1984) and Joan Kroc (1928-2003) Corps Community Center of the Mississippi Gulf Coast opened on September 18, 2011.(The Sun Herald, September 19, 2011, p. A1)
   
Health Management Associates [HMA] announced that a $132 million medical center will be built in North Biloxi on a 35-acre site at the termination of Tommy Munro Avenue.  It will be ajacent to the Cedar Lake Medical Plaza and the Santa Maria del Mar senior housing complex.(The Sun Herald, October 5, 2011, p. A1)
   
Charles T. Simon (1916-2011), Biloxi businessman and local historian, expired on October 4th.(The Sun Herald, October 6, 2011, p. A4)
 
 Steve Jobs (1955-2011), co-founder of Apple Computer and Chairman of the Board, expired on October 5th.
   
Bayou Bridges, a new retail center proposed by the Woodmont Company and situated on the SE/C of Lamey's Bridge Road and US Interstate 10, was announced by the City of D'Iberville.(The Sun Herald, October 6, 2011, p. A5)
   
Libyan dictator, Colonel Moammar Gadhafi (1942-2011), was killed in Sirte, Libya on October 20th by Libyan insurrectionists to culminate a national revolution in the country which commenced in February 2011.(The Sun Herald, October 21, 2011, p. C1)
   
The John C. Stennis Space Center in Hancock County, Mississippi celebrated its 50th Anniversary on October 25th.(The Sun Herald, October 23, 2011, p. A1)
   
Charles Thomas Harrison (1943-2011), Biloxi realtor and civic leader, expired on October 21, 2011.(The Sun Herald, October 23, 2011, p. A11 and October 24, 2011, p. A. 6)
   
The $53 million Palace Casino expansion was dedicated on November 11th with Mayor A.J. Holloway cutting the ceremonial ribbon.  Keith Crosby is the general manager of the casino.(The Sun Herald, Novemebr 12, 2011, p. C6)
   
In November, Annalyn Swan (b. 1951), a 1969 BHS graduate and 2005 Pulitzer Prize co-winner in Biography for de Kooning: An American Master [Knopf], was named the 19th 'Biloxian Made Good'.(The Sun Herald, November 7, 2011 and November 13, 2011, p. C10)
 
Gerald H. Blessey (b. 1942), former Biloxi Mayor, State Representative and is currently the Gulf Coast Housing Director, was named the Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA John R. Blossman Humanitarian Award recipient on November 17th at the annual banquet held in the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino.  Mr. Blessey was the 3rd winner of the annual award.(The Sun Herald, November 18, 2011, p. A2)
   
Former Mississippi Governor (1972-1976), William Lowe Waller (1926-2011), expired at Jackson, Mississippi on November 30th.(The Sun Herald, December 1, 2011, p. A1)
  
The USS MISSISSIPPI, SSN-782 and a $2 billion, Virginia-Class, fast attack, nuclear submarine, was christened at the General Dynamics Electric Boat yard in Groton, Connecticut on December 3rd.  The vessel was planned to be commissioned at Gulfport, Mississippi, but the site was changed for June 2, 2012 at Pascagoula, Mississippi.(The Sun Herald, December 3, 2011, p. A1, December 4, 2011, p. A7, and February    2012)      
    
Phase I of Ocean Expo, D'Iberville's marine mammal institute, broke ground on December 9th.(The Sun Herald, December 10, 2011, p. A2)
    
The new, $14 million, 65,000 sq.-ft. Jackson County, Mississippi Services Complex was deidcated on December 15th.(The Sun Herald, December 16, 2011, p. A2)
   
The Iraqi War ended on December 15, 2011.(The Sun Herald, December 16, 2011, p. A1)
 
2012
Phil Bryant (b. 1954) was sworn in as Mississippi's 64th Governor on January 10th.  Jonathan Tate Reeves (b. 1974) was the Lt. Governor.(The Sun Herald, January 11, 2012, p.A1)
 
Biloxi Council approved tax abatement for Golden Nugget, which is investing $100 million to renovate and enlarge the former Isle Casino Biloxi. (The Sun Herald January 17,2012  p.2A)
 
Coast casinos end year strong with the best December in four years; pushing revenue to just $2 million behind the total for 2011. (The Sun Herald January 25,2012  p.6D)
 
John McFarland, SunHerald MultiMedia executive and publisher of The Journal of South Mississippi Business et al, was named as the 24th recipient of the Pat Santucci "Spirit of the Coast" Award on February , 2012 by the Mississippi Coast Chamber of Commerce.(The Sun Herald, February 4, 2012, p. A1)
 
Christina Ann Carter and Mark Donlon Mavar ruled as Queen Ixolib and King d'Iberville on February 21st as The Gulf Coast Carnival Association celebrated Mardi Gras in Biloxi.(The Sun Herald, February 19, 2012, p. F1)
 
The week of March 5th brought exciting casino industry news to the Mississippi Coast as Golden Nugget announced that they were acquiring the Isle Casino Biloxi.  Margaritaville Casino  held a job fair that attracted about 2000  individuals hoping for the 1000 positions that they were seeking to fill before their May 2012 grand opening. The CanCan Casino, later known as Land Holdings I LLC, was promised by the City of D'Iberville that $24M in tax increment bonds would be issued for infrastruture to assit their locating on Biloxi's Bay Bay.  In addition, Rotate Black officals announced a new casino for Gulfport.(The Sun Herald, March 11, 2012 p. A1)
 
Denise Dunnaway of Gulfport and Leo 'Chipper' McDermott of Long Beach were the Coleen and Grand Marshall of the 34th Annual Hibernia Marching Society parade at Biloxi on March 17th.(The Sun Herald, March 11, 2011, p. F1)
 
Curtis Lee Davis Sr. (1927-2012), native of Vancleave, Mississippi and first dean of the Jackson County Campus of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College [1964-1991] and long time Mississippi junior college educator [1950-1991], died on March 23rd.  Mr. Davis also coached junior college tennis and won many awards for his success in this endeavor.  His corporal remains were interred in the Ramsay Cemetery at Vancleave.(The Sun Herald, March 26, 2012, p. A6)
 
Gary 'Bubba' Watson, Bagdad, Florida won The Masters at August, Georgia on Easter Sunday.
 
Biloxi's new Super Walmart situated on C.T. Switzer Road west of Eisenhower Drive opened on April 11th.(The Sun Herald, March 15, 2012, p. A and April 11, 2012, p. A1)
 
The Infinity Science Center on US Highway Interstate 10 in Hancock County, Mississippi opened to the public on April 11th.(The Sun Herald, April  11, 2012, p. A1 and April 12, 2012, p. A2)
 
Rachel Nuwer, daughter of David Nuwer and Deanne Stephens Nuwer, Phd. and a 2003 graduate of BHS, was listed on the Scientific American Incubator, a blog dedicated identifying future, high potential science, health, and environmental writers.  Miss Nuwer earned science and journalism degrees from Loyola (NOLA), University of East Anglia (England), and NYU.  She interned at Audubon Magazine, the Scientist Magazine and the NY Times environmental desk.  Rachel now writes frrelance articles for: Scientific American, Popular Mechanics, Science NOW, and The New York Times.(The Sun Herald, April 22, 2012, p. A2)
 
Zan L. Skelton (1928-2012), native of Shubata, Clarke County, Mississippi and former BHS English teacher and author, expired on May 15th.  Mr. Skelton taught at BHS from 1953 until his retirement in 1986.  Zan L. Skelton was a true gentleman and excellent instructor in the English language and its literature.(The Sun Herald, May 20, 2012, p. A13.
 
 
128 Rue Magnolia
[Image made June 28, 2012 by Ray L. Bellande] 
 
On June 28th, the Mississippi Craftmen's Guild opened a satellite store in the Henriques-Slay House at 128 Rue Magnolia.  The circa 1902 cottage was relocated from Reynoir Street and restored.(The Sun Herald, June 27, 2012, p. A1) 
 
The Biloxi Lions Club announced this year's recipient of the Father of the Year award, newly inducted Lion President Dr. Carl O. Nehlig.  He is a proud father of three.(The Biloxi D'Iberville Press June 28,2012  p.1)
 
Matt Stebly, Ocean Springs'l artist, wins Biloxi Seafood Festival poster contest for second consecutive year.(The Sun Herald, July 19, 2012, p. A1)
 
The Eight Flags displayis back on US 90 at the entrance to Rue Magnolia where it often was photographed before Hurricane Katrina. The city spent about $7,000 for the flagpoles and installation that showcases the flags that have flown over Biloxi since 1699. The flags are the French, English, Spanish, Republic of West Florida, United States, Mississippi State Magnolia, Confederate First National and Mississippi. (The Sun Herald August 4,2012  p.D1)
 
" White House Hotel deserves a reprieve" Officials with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History are among those who have asked Biloxi officials not to order the demolition of White House Hotel.(The Sun Herald August 4,2012  p.2C)
 
Biloxi Lighthouse Visitors Center marks first year. It has hosted weddings, business receptions and live radio broadcast. In the first year, 55,994 people came through the doors. (The Sun Herald August 10,2012  p.2A)
 
"Casino 'Cutie' is 'stable and alert' after accident" Margaritaville Casino & Restaurant(The Sun Herald August 12,2012  p.2A) "Casino's 'Biloxi Beauty' still in hospital" The women's injuries were not life-threatening, but Margaritaville wants to make sure the safety of our employees comes first.(The Sun Herald August 14,2012  p.2A)
 
The Salvation Army cut the ribbon on the New Yankie Stadium in Biloxi which is also home to the Kroc Community Center.(The Sun Herald August 15,2012  p.3B)
 
Oscar Russell was awarded France's Legion of Honor medal for his part of the perilous first wave of sailors storming Normandy, France on June 6, 1944.  Nearly 70 years later, representatives of the French government has honored Russell, 88, with that country's highest military decoration for his part in liberating France from Nazi tyranny. (The Sun Herald August 16,2012  P.A1)
 
Bright casinos confuse loggerhead turtle hatchlings; Institute for Marine Mammal Studies steps in to help newly hatched turtles.(The Sun Herald August 17,2012  p.2A)
 
"Casino could be back on the table today" - Rotate Black MS (The Sun Herald August 16,2012  p.5A)
"After past ventures fail, Rotate Black bets on casino in Gulfport"(The Sun Herald August 16,2012  p.1A)
"Rotate Black ready to build - Gaming Commission give go-ahead to build Gulfport casino"(The Sun Herald August 17,2012  p.1A)
 
"Gulfport hails 'magnificent' casino location"(The Sun Herald August 17,2012  p.1A)
 
"All coast casinos closed - mandatory evacuation ordered due to Hurricane Isaac"(The Sun Herald August 29,2012  p.2A)
 
"After the storm, Beau Rivage hustles to get reopened"(The Sun Herald September 1,2012  p.8C)
 
"Margaritaville Casino laying off 200 at end of summer-After May opening, it's been a bumpy three months"(The Sun Herald September 7,2012  p.1A)

David Staehling, principal adviser to Mayor A.J. Holloway will retire at the end of the year. (The Sun Herald, September 14, 2012, p. 2A)

 
 
 
On September 17th, Mayor Holloway ordered  that flags at all City buildings be flown at half-mast in respect for the recent deaths of two notable Biloxians-Mark A. Barhanovich (1957-2012)  and Sherman V. Canaan (1938-2012).(The Sun Herald, September 18, 2012, p. A2 and p. A4)

University of Southern Mississippi marks 100 years of classes at Hattiesburg, MS campus.( The Sun Herald, September 20, 2012 p. 2A)

"St. Pé saluted at his last Gaming Commission meeting - Wally Carter to replace him as chairman" (The Sun Herald September 21,2012  p.1A)

"Casino gets Planning Commission Approval in D'Iberville"(The Sun Herald September 25,2012  p.9A)

Nearly 90 WWII veterans take Honor Flight to Washington. The group made up the fourth Mississippi Gulf Coast Honor Flight.(The Sun Herald September 26,2012  p.1A)

Biloxi native, Chris LeDoux will get marker on music trail. The second marker on the Country Music Trail will be dedicated at the Biloxi Town Green. The first marker honors Nashville singer/songwriter Paul Overstreet in his hometown of Vancleave. (The Sun Herald September 26,2012  P.2A)

"Silver Slipper become a Full House casino" Sale of Silver Slipper Casino to Full House Resorts was finalized October 1, 2012.(The Sun Herald October 2,2012  p.11A)

 
Gary Collins, (1938-2012), native of Venice, California and an actor and television personality, died on October 13, 2012 at his Cherokee Street rental in Biloxi.  Collins was married to former Miss America (1959), Mary Ann Mobley, from 1967 until his death in 2012; they were separated in 2011,[3] but reconciled and he moved to her home state of Mississippi to be with her in 2012, while she battled breast cancer. They had one child: a daughter, Mary Clancy Collins. Collins was formerly married to Susan Peterson, with whom he had two children: Guy William and Melissa.(The Sun Herald, October 14, 2012, p. A1)
 
Hard Rock Hotel-April 20, 2013
 
In October, the Hard Rock Casino began construction on a $32.5 million, 12-story hotel.  Target opening December 31, 2013.(The Sun Herald, October 24, 2012, p. B6.
 

Biloxi Council member, Tom Wall, will not seek 6th term. Paul Tisdale, former Superintendent of Biloxi School District is among the first to announce he intends to run for the Ward 5 seat in the 2013 municipal election. (The Sun Herald, October 24, 2012, p. 2A)

 
Plans for the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum and Biloxi Waterfront Park need to be scaled back. The City has $8.2 million in combined funding to build but the bids came in $1.5 million over budget.(The Sun Herald November 10,2012  p.1A)
 
"Works in Progress-Biloxi has $80 million in construction, and more to come"(The Sun Herald November 15,2012  p.1A)
 
White Pillars owner recognized for tourism efforts. John Mladinich wins Don Jacobs Tourism Award in recognition of more than 40 years in the hospitality industry in South Mississippi.(The Sun Herald November 25,2012  p.2F)
 
"Biloxi's Isle Casino to become Golden Nugget - $45M Landry's purchase finalized."(The Sun Herald November 30,2012  p.1A)
 
"Rotate Black finalizes financing for Gulfport casino"(The Sun Herald December 8,2012  p.8B)
 
 
The commemorative sign for the Sherman V. Canaan Fishing Dock on the north end of Lee Street on Back Bay was unveiled on the afternoon of December 13, 2012.(The Sun Herald, December 13, 2012, p. A2)

David Nichols will return as Chief Administrative Officer for Mayor AJ Holloway. Nichols was CAO in Biloxi from 1994 to 2001 and Director of Community Development from 1991 to 1993.  He also served as CAO to Gulfport Mayor Brent Warr in 2006.( The Sun Herald, December 7, 2012 p.8A ),

David Nichols approved as new Biloxi Chief Administrator Officer.(The Sun Herald, December 12, 2012, p. 2A )

The Bolton property on US 90, across from the Biloxi Lighhouse, will be purchased for $1.7 million. The Mississippi Development Authority will reimburse the city next week with Community Development Block Grant money. (The Sun Herald, December 12, 2012, p.2A)

The Mississppi State Department of Health has approved a certificate of need to build a new medical center in North Biloxi. Harrison health Management Associates, owners of the old Gulf Coast Medical Center were given state approval December 20, 2012. The new hospital will be just off Interstate 10 in North Biloxi and will be known as The Hospital at Cedar Lake. (The Sun Herald, December 21, 2012, p.1A)

2013
 
 
"Legal dispute grounds airplane bound for casino - Flight to Beau Rivage back on schedule after stop. (The Sun Herald January 9,2013  p.1A)
 
Biloxi will host a joint groundbreaking ceremony on February 1st for Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum and Biloxi Waterfront Park.  The two projects are side by side on Point Cadet at the eastern tip of the city.(The Sun Herald January 19,2013  p.2A)
 
"Out with the old, and in with the gold - Golden Nugget gives peek into Isle renovations"(The Sun Herald January 15,2013  AtThe Casino, p.8)
 

 
Biloxi City Councilman [Ward 5], Paul Thomas 'Tom' Wall (1937-2013), expired on January 7th.  Tom was born at Indianapolis, Indiana and a 22-year USAF veteran.  He was the proprietor of the Classy Chassis Car Wash, which had operations in several Coast cities.  Arlene Wall, Tom's widow, was appointed to assume his civic duties as Biloxi's Ward 5 Councilman.(The Sun Herald, January 9, 2013, p. C4, January  10, 2013, and January 12, 2013, p. A1 and The Biloxi-D'Iberville Press, January 10, 1973, p. 1 and January 17, 2013, p. 3)
 

Mayor A.J. Holloway announced he will nominate Arleen Wall to fill the unexpired council term of her late husband, Tom Wall.  Tom Wall died January 7, 2013.(The Sun Herald, January 16, 2012, p.2A)

 
Dr. William Walker, executive director of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, was fired by his governing board on January 15th.  Walker had been suspended without pay earlier following internal audits into the spending practices of the organization.(The Sun Herald, January 16, 2013, p. A1)
 
"Rotate Black needs more time to proceed with casino"(The Sun Herald January 16, 2013  p.6B)
 

Biloxi Council hired Jimmy Gouras, Urban Planning Consulting to ask the federal government to forgive Biloxi's $11 million disaster loan from Hurricane Katrina. Until Katrina, the government never required municipalities to repay such loans.(The Sun Herald, January 16, 2012, p.2A)

White Pillars restoration nearly complete; Marketing will begin soon to find restaurant operator.(The Sun Herald February 1,2013  p.6D)

"IP gives $200K to local foundation"  IP Casino Resort Spa present a check to Bacot/McCarty Foundation.(The Sun Herald February 5,2013  p.2A)

 

 
 
Maritime and Seafood Museum board members break ground on Point Cadet
[Ray L. Bellande-February 1, 2013 and April 26, 2013]
 
The Biloxi Maritime and Seafood Museum ground breaking was held at Point Cadet on February 1, 2013.(The Sun Herald, January 19, 2013, p. A2 and February 2, 2013, p. A1)
 
The Gulf Coast Carnival Association announced its royalty for 2013, the organization's 105th year. King d'Iberville is James K. "Jimmy" Wetzel and Queen Ixolib is Analise Brashier. (The Sun Herald February 10,2013  p.F1)
 
Hattiesburg, Mississippi was hit by a tornado on February 10th damaging some buildings on the USM campus.(The Sun Herald, February 11, 2013, p. A1)
 
 
2013 King Iberville
 
Linda Analise Brashier and James K. 'Jimmy' Wetzel ruled as Queen Ixolib and King d'Iberville as the Gulf Coast Carnival association celebrated its Mardi Gras parading the streets of Biloxi on February 12th.(The Sun Herald, February 10, 2013, p. F1)
 
The City of D'Iberville celebrated its 25th incorporation anniversary [February 10, 1988] on February 19th.(The Sun Herald, February 16, 2013, p. A2)
 
Bill Holland, master boat builder, has built over 50 boats in his life. He built his first skiff at age 9 and his first cat boat at age 12. He continues to work on two cat boats whose elegance and craftsmanship draw the admiration of wooden boat aficionados everyone. His work, along with his crew and a few others along with the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum helps preserve the maritime history of Biloxi. (The Sun Herald March 12, 2013  p.7B)
 
On March 13th, Jorge Bergoglio (b. 1937), Argentine Cardinal, was elected Pope and chose the name Francis.
 
35th annual Hibernia Marching Society's St. Patricks's Day parade was held March 16, 2013. King Tim C. Holleman andQueen April Leigh Bullock. (The Sun Herald, March 10, 2013, p. F1 and March 17, 2013, p. 2A)
 
 
John M. Mladinich (1928-2013) died at Biloxi on March 28th.  He was the son of Croatian immigrants and made his livelihood in the restaurant, real estate and entertainment business.  John's Fiesta Club, The Hot Stop, and White Pillars Restaurant were very popular for several decades in the mid-late 2oth Century.(The Sun Herald, March 31, 2013, p. A  )
 
Charles E. Voivedich
Charles E. Voivedich (1938-2013), 'Charley V.', died on April 2nd at Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Charley V. was one of the Coast's better known musicians and its ambassador singing our 'Coast National Anthem'-"Cherry Pie"!(The Sun Herald, April 7, 2013]
 
Keesler Air Force Basehas been named Best Air Force Base in the nation. A few examples of Keesler's efforts include expanding the recycling program, renovating dormitories, improving the medical evaluation board case completion time, and reducing errors in deployment out-processing by 20 percent.(The Biloxi D'Iberville Press April 11,2013  p.1)
 
Dr. Harry Johnson Schmidt Jr.  (1936-2013), native of NOLA and son of  Dr. Harry J. Schmidt (1905-1997) and  Margaret Mary Heath Schmidt (1908-1983) died on April 22, 2013 at Ocean Springs.  Harry practiced medicine in Biloxi with his father, and two brothers, Dr. Robert J. Schmidt (1937-2000) and Dr. Richard C. Schmidt, at the Schmidt Clinic on Lameuse Street.  Ann Baltar Schmidt (1937-2012),  Harry's spouse, died at Biloxi on April 22, 2013.(The Sun Herald, April 24, 2013, p. A4 and April 25, 2013, p. A4)
 
 
The White House Hotel was acquired by Barrington Development LLC of Ridgeland, Mississippi and they plan a $7 million renovation and restoration of the 48,000 square-foot, historic structure.(The Sun Herald, April 24, 2013, p. A1)
 
Peter Halat Jr., former Biloxi Mayor, was released from the federal prison at Montogomery, Alabama in March 2012 and from a halfway house at Hattiesburg, Mississippi on April 24th.  Mayor Halat was incarcerated for nearly 16 years for his conviction in the 1987 murder plot of Judge Vincent Sherry and his spouse, Margaret Sherry.(The Sun Herald, April 25, 2013, p. A1)
 
KAFB won a $1 million and a 2013 Commander-in-Chief Award declaring Keesler AFB as America's best.  Brigadier General Brad Spacy, Commander of the 81st Training Wing, accepted the award.(The Sun Herald, April 30, 2013, p. A1)
 
The Point Cadet fishing pier was dedicated on April 30th.  Mayor Holloway recommended that the new facility be named in honor of Nicholas "Corky" Hire (b. 1922), a local fisherman of Croatian ancestry.(The Sun Herald, April 30, 2013, A3 and May 1, 2013, p. A2)
 
Coast casinos get new amenities and makeovers. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino  is adding a 150 room hotel tower that they hope to open by New Year's Eve.  The Isle Casino is undergoing a transformation and expansion. When Phase I is complete this summer, the resort will be rebranded by the new owner, as Golden Nugget Biloxi.(The Sun Herald May 5,2013  p.10B)
 
Officials from William Carey University and state legislators were guest speakers at a press conference to announce a new Health Care Industry Zone in the community of Tradition. (The Sun Herald May 14,2013  p.2A)
 
Jeanette Cerinich Capuanoreceives the Mother of the Year award from Biloxi Lions Club. A mother of five children. Jeanette Cauano was nominated by her sister, Patricia Powell; daughter, Laurie Erring and grandson, Jason Balius. Laurie Cauano Herring said “My mother is Mother of the Year because of her selflessness and unconditional love for her family, friends and community. She is married to the late Louis E. Capuano. She is employed part time at Sekul, Hornsby, Tuisdale Law Firm. She is an active and practicing member of the Cathedral of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Biloxi. . She is described by her family as someone who always puts other before herself. She followed in her mother’s footsteps and cooks and delivers food to people she knows cannot do so for themselves. She is also the first to deliver her chicken soup and a card to those who are sick. (The Biloxi D'Iberville Press May 16,2013  p.1)
 
Pan American Clipperto celebrate 76th birthday at Wooden Boat Show. The Pan American Clipper is a 1937 65' Biloxi Lugger/Excursion boat built by John Toche, Sr. Included in the show is a 1939 Covacevich built 56' Biloxi Lugger/Chandeleur boat. (The Biloxi D'Iberville Press May 16,2013  p.1)
 
Biloxi High Schoolwill become the first school in Mississippi to become a member of The National Math and Science Initiative, a non-profit organization launched in 2007  to transform math and science education in the U.S. (The Biloxi D'Iberville Press May 16,2013  p.1)
 
Gerald 'Jerry' Piltz (1925-2013), native of Greenwood, Mississippi and Biloxi accountant and civic leader, expired at Biloxi on May 24th.  Jerry was King Iberville of the 1976 Mississippi Gulf Coast Mardi Gras Association festivities.(The Sun Herald, May 27, 2013, p. A4)

A year after thousands danced at the May 22, 2012 opening of Margaritville Casino crowds have thinned and management has changed. Now Margaritville is moving aggressively with major additions, the first of which is a hotel and new slot games. (Mississippi Press May 28,2013  p.10M)

State of Mississippi pitches in $15 million for new baseball stadium with BP grant money. (The Sun Herald May 31,2013  p.1A)

AJ Hollowayfaces Jess Kennedy in bid for 6th term Mayor of Biloxi.(The Sun Herald June 1,2013  p.2A)

 
Richard Gollott and Laura Weems ruled over the Blessing of the Fleet at Biloxi on June 2nd.(The Sun Herald, June 2, 2013, p. A11 and The Biloxi-D'Iberville Press, June 6, 2013, p. 1.)
 
Mayor A.J. Holloway was re-elected for a 6th term on June 4th easily defeating Jess Kennedy 2280 votes to 804.(The Sun Herald, June 5, 2013, p. A10)
 
Former North Biloxian and Notre Dame High School graduate, Gordon Gollott, was elected Mayor of Gautier, Mississippi garnering 88% of the vote.(The Sun Herald, June 5, 2013, p. A10)
 
Sue Burlesonof Long Beach is the first member from the Paul Lacoste Sports "100-Pound Club" from the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Before she began to lose weight, she weighed 311 pounds. She now weighs 205.(The Sun Herald June 8, 2013  p.2A)
 
St. Paul United Methodist Churchat 696 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Blvd is celebrating 150 years on the Coast.(The Sun Herald July 13,2013  P.4C)
 
Coast has history of UFO sightings.  Almost 40 years after two men said they were abducted by a UFO over the Pascagoula River, Coast residents still occasionally spot strange objects in the sky.(The Sun Herald July 21, 2013  P.2A)
 
Matt Stebly became the first person to win the competition for the Biloxi Seafood Festival poster for three consecutive years. (The Sun Herald July 25, 2013  P.3A)
 
One of the city's most colorful characters, Jean Guilhot, the "Hermit of Deer Island", was buried in an unmarked grave at the Old Biloxi Cemetery when he died in 1959. Five decades later, the Biloxi Bay Chamber has raised the money to erect a tombstone which will be dedicated October 22, 2013, before the Old Biloxi Cemetery Tour.(The Sun Herald August 8,2013  p. 1A)
 
Silver Slipper Casino Hotel on the way. $17.5M building to have 140 rooms. John Ferrucci, General Manager expects permission to proceed in the next 30 days. Full House Resorts is the parent company.(The Sun Herald August 9, 2013  p.1A)
 
Biloxi Visitors Center marks 2 years. The city is acquiring more property to the east of the Visitors Center to provide outdoor space for special events as well as to the west across Porter Avenue, the city plans to have greenspace and trails and additional parking.(The Sun Herald August 9, 2013,  p. 2A)
 
The University of Southern Mississippi in Long Beachsays the completion of five building projects on its Gulf Park campus in Long Beach signifies the return of the beachfront campus from the damage it sustained from Hurricane Katrina in 2005.(The Sun Herald August 9, 2013  p.2A)
 
Professional baseball team and Caillavet Park planned for downtown Biloxi.  Johnson Consulting of Chicago relates that proposed site is one of the best in nation.(The Biloxi D'Iberville Press, June 6, 2013, p. 1 and The Sun Herald, June 26, 2013, p. A1 and July 30, 2013, p. A1 and August 21, 2013, p. A1)
 
 
Santa Maria del Mar and plaque-[images made June 17, 2013]
 
The Most Rev. Roger Paul Morin on June 5th blessed the Santa Maria del Mar Retirement Community off of Tommy Munro Drive, which was rebuilt nearly eight years after Hurricane Katrina destroyed it. It is sponsored by the Catholic Diocese of Biloxi and Morin said it is a symbol of the diocese's "ongoing commitment of our service to our community and a testament to care and concern for our sisters and brothers, who long for a place to call home in a residential community designed with them in mind." The new $26 million retirement community was moved from the beach to Medical Park Drive behind the Diocese's Pastoral Center on Popp's Ferry Road. There are 208 units in the twin six-story towers, including 134 studio apartments and 74 one-bedroom apartments. The units are unfurnished but contain a stove and refrigerator. [The Sun Herald, June 6, 2013 and The Biloxi-D'Iberville Press, June 13, 2013, p. 1.]
 
Paul Delcambre Sr. (1926-2013), native of Choate, Vermilion Parish, Louisiana and Biloxi resident since 1946, expired at Biloxi on June 6th.  Delcambre was owner of Del's Seaway Shrimp & Oyster Company and Seaway Freezing Company.  He was president of the local American Shrimp Processors and Canners Association and a member of the Mississippi Restaurant Association.(The Sun Herald, June 11, 2013, p. A7)
 
 
The Isle-Golden Nugget  during its makeover and renovation.[image made mid-June 2013]
 
Artists Die Best in Black, a Hollywood-type motion picture, with local financing began shooting at Biloxi on June 17th.(The Sun Herald, June 18, 2013, p. A1 and The Ocean Springs Gazette, June 20, 2013, p. 1)
 
On June 21st, the Golden Nugget Casino, formerly the Isle and Isle of Capri, celebrated its Grand Opening of the completion of its $100 million dollar first improvement stage.(The Sun Herald, June 16, 2013, p. A1 and The Sun Herald, June 22, 2013, p. A1 and The Biloxi D'Iberville Press, June   , 2013, p. 1)
 
Isaiah Canaan, Biloxi native, was selected by the NBA Houston Rockets in the 2nd round [34th overall selection] of the 2013 NBA draft.  Canaan prepped at Biloxi High School and averaged 21 ppg and 4 assists per game at Murray State University in Kentucky.(The Sun Herald, June 28, 2013, p. D1)
 
138 Lameuse Street-August 5, 2013
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In early August, the City of Biloxi demolished their former Annex Building at 138 Lameuse Street.  The  two-story structure was erected in 1953 by the Lyman C. Bradford Veterans of Foreign Wars [VFW] Post No. 2434 at 212-214 Lameuse Street.  It was dedicated in late July 1953.  The building housed the Southern Life & Insurance Company and Barton, Pile & Wermuth on the first floor while the VFW occupied the second floor. (The Daily Herald, July 9, 1953, p. 8)
 
Robin Roberts, calling Pass Christian, Mississippi home and Good Morning America [ABC] co-anchors, accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPY Awards in Los Angeles on July 17th.(The Sun Herald, July 18, 2013, p. A1)
 
Julia Marie Cook Guice
Julia Cook Guice (1928-2013), author, 1st Civil Defense Director of the City of Biloxi [1957] and 1st Director of the Harrison County Civil Defense Council [appointed by Dewey Lawrence in September 1960] and Biloxi City Historian, expired on August 5th.(The Daily Herald, September 17, 1960, p. 1 and The Sun Herald, August 6, 2013, p. A4)
 
Harrison County supervisors agreed with Assessor Tal Flurry the Casino Magic tower on the beach has no value. The tower, which was valued at $40 million before Hurricane Katrina. The assessment on it was dropped to $9 million in 2006 and to zero from 2007 on. (The Sun Herald August 28, 2013  p.2A)
 
2013 Biloxi Sports Hall of Fame inductees: Doug Barber-BHS-1969Howard 'Dickey' Battle-MC-1990Peter Roy 'Lee' Elder-BHS-1964;Kenneth Lyons Sr.-BHS-1947Dennis Malpass-ND-1961; Henry 'Spud' Wieniewitz-MP-1970; and Richard Lew "Wimpy" Winther-BHS-1966.(The Sun Herald, August 25, 2013)
 
The Breakers Inn on Beach Boulevardwas destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.  The City Council voted to rezone the 7-acre site at 2506 Beach Blvd as requested by Anthony Lee and Lee Brothers LLC. They plan to develop the Beach View Apartments and Hotel.(The Sun Herald August 28, 2013  p.2A)
 
Plans for Oyster Bay Casino are off the table according to the developers, who say they are working to get a casino approved at the Back Bay Site by the end of the year. Pivotal Group Inc. is working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the state Department of Environmental Quality to get a permit for the use of the property, the wetlands and drainage.(The Sun Herald August 28, 2013  p.2A)
 
Charles 'Dixie' Hollis (1928-2013)
Charles 'Dixie' Hollis (1928-2013) expired at Biloxi on September 6th.  Dixie was the son of Dr. Daniel L. Hollis (1893-1975) and Vola Elizabeth Cummings Hollis (1897-1994). He graduated from BHS with the Class of 1946 where he played football and ran track.  Dixie matriculated to the University of Alabama and graduated from Ole Miss where he lettered in track.  Mr. Hollis was active in the civic and social life of Biloxi and was Commodore of the BYC in 1964.  He worked for the Veterans Admnistration from 1955 until his retirement in 1992.(The Sun Herald, September 8, 2013, p. A12)
 
Beau Rivage hires veterans through Boots to Business, a 10 week employment training program. The Beau Rivage is working with American Red Cross to offer the program which currently has 12 veterans employed at other jobs in the area and 60 more veterans are becoming involved in the program. MGM Resorts International, Beau Rivage's parent company, provided a $250,000 grant to expand Boots to Business in Las Vegas and now at other MGM properties.(The Sun Herald September 6, 2013  p.2A)
 
Phase two of Golden Nuggett's renovations reveals Michael Patrick's Sports Café & Grille and concert venue.(The Sun Herald September 6,2013  p.8D)
 
 
 
Billy Ray Quave (1933-2013), former City Editor of The Daily Herald, expired on September 14th.  He was an Army veteran and graduate of Biloxi High School, Perkinston JC, and USM.(The Sun Herald, September 17, 2013)
 
Developers want to build a $220 million casino west of Interstate 110 on the Back Bay - what many consider "sacred ground" that can't be a casino site. Property owners are requesting a zoning change. (The Sun Herald September 17, 2013  p. 1A)
 
Edgewater Mall to mark 50 years. In 1963, it was the first mall between Miami and Houston.(The Sun Herald September 19, 2013  p. 1A)
 
Insurer USAA loses wind vs. water case.  Minor family wins $1.56M Katrina verdict.(The Sun Herald September 21, 2013  p. 1A)
 
The Biloxi City Council voted 5-2 to back a $21 million dollar GO bond issue to fund a minor league baseball stadium on Caillavet and Beach Boulevard.  The State of Mississippi will contribute $15 million dollars from a British Petroluem grant for the project.(The Sun Herald, October 9, 2013, p. A1 and A10)
 
D'Iberville statue back in Biloxi. The statue of explorer Pierre LeMoyne, sieu d'Iberville is back overlooking the water near the Biloxi Lighthouse. The statue, created by local artist Mary Ott Tremmel Davidson, was hoisted into place on its new concrete base on the west side of the Biloxi Visitor Center.  The statue was sent off for refurbishment "to get rid of the Katrina scars" and will be dedicated in December.(The Sun Herald November 1, 2013,  p. 3A)
 
 
 
The Biloxi Bay Chamber of Commerce through its Cultural and Heritage Committee re-dedicated the Twelve Palms Memorial on Veteran's Day 2014 in Business Men's Park on Back Bay Forrest Avenue.  The original Twelve Palms Memorial was created to honor the twelve Biloxians who lost their lives during World War I.  The Biloxi Cleophan Club in March 1919, planted twelve palm trees in the L&N Park on the SW/C of Reynoir and Railroad Street, now called Esters Boulevard.(The Biloxi-D'Iberville Press, November 7, 2013, p. 1 and The Sun Herald November 6, 2013,  p. A2)
 
Logan Skelton (b. 1961), son of Zan L. Skelton (1928-2012), a native of Shubata, Clarke County, Mississippi and former BHS English teacher and author, was named the 21st Biloxian Made Good.  Logan graduated from BHS in 1979 and studied at Loyola University. University of Rochester, and the Manhattan School of Music.  He has received international acclaim as a pianist, teacher and composer.  Logan has worked on the faculties at the Manhattan School of Music, Missouri State University and is presently Proffesor of Piano and Director of Doctoral Studies in Piano Performance at the University of Michigan.(The Biloxi-D'Iberville Press, November 7, 2013, p. 1)
 
Croatian folk and dance group of Biloxi-circa 1930
[courtesy of the Biloxi Public Library archives]
 
The Slavic Benevolent Association of St. Nickolai celebrated its 100th anniversary on December 7th at the new Croatian-American Cultural Center at Maple and 3rd Street on Point Cadet, once called 'Little Austria'.(The Sun Herald, December 3, 2013, p. A5)
 
2014
 
 
 
 
Father Peter F. Mockler (1948-2014), native of Woodbrook, Newbridge, Ballinasloe, County. Galway, Ireland died on January 30, 2014 at Lizana, Harrison County, Mississippi.  He studied at St. Patrick College, Carlow, Ireland and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Natchez-Jackson on June 10, 1973. He arrived in Mississippi on Aug. 26, 1973.(The Sun Herald, February 1, 2014, p. A-4)
 
 
 
Fabin Joseph Ladnier (1926-2014), Biloxi native and longtime community volunteer and founder of St. Joseph's Community Meal service and who assisted in the development of the Twelve Baskets Food Bank and The Lord Is My Help soup kitchen and St. Vincent de Paul's Pharmacy, died at Ocean Springs on February 12, 2014.  Fabin Ladnier day was celebrated at Biloxi on February 10, 2009.(The Sun herald, February 13, 2014, p. A5)
 
Demolition of the Singing River Mall at Gautier, Mississippi commenced on February 26th.  It opened in 1980.(The Sun Herald, April 5, 2014, p. A-1)
 
Hibernia Marching Society St. Patrick's Day Parade
 
 
 
 
Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic-March 21-March 23, 2014
[L-R: Jeff Maggert, caddy, Fred Couples and Kenny Perry-image March 22, 2014 at Fallen Oaks CC]
 
Jeff Maggert [-11] in his first Champions Tour event won the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic over Billy Andrade [9]; Jay Hass [-8]; Bernard Langer [-8]; and Fred Couples [-6].(The Sun Herald, March 24, 2014, p. A-1 and B-1)
 
James B. 'JB' Richmond Sr. (1925-2014), local historian, died on March 29, 2014.(The Sun Herald, April 2, 2014, p. A-4)
 
Emile L. Desporte Jr. (1926-2014), Biloxi retail seafood dealer, expired on March 30, 2014.(The Sun herald, April 1, 2014, p. A-1 and p. A-6)
 
 
Doris Cordelia Busch
 
Doris C. Busch (1906-2014), native of Natchez, expired on April 11, 2014.  She received her B.A. in Chemistry from Dilliard University and furthered her studies at Southern University, Atlanta University and Tougaloo College. An outstanding teacher and educator, Miss. Busch taught at Florida Memorial Junior College, Nichols High School and Biloxi Colored High School and was Librarian at Nichols High School and Bay St. Louis High School. Ms. Busch served as Service Club Director for a number of years at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi. Her internment was in Biloxi Cemetery.(The Sun Herald, April  16, 2014, p. A-)
 

James H. “Jim” Neirynck (1928-2014), native of Bloomington, Illinois, passed on June 2, 2014 in Biloxi.  He graduated from Quincy College in Quincy, Illinois, then served as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He was a longtime general contractor who built numerous homes and businesses on the Gulf Coast. Jim was a member of the Biloxi Yacht Club for more than 35 years where he was an avid sailor and served as Commodore for 2 years. Jim was also a member of the Mississippi Home Builders Association, Ocean Springs Rotary and St. Alphonsus Catholic Church.(The Sun Herald, June 11, 2014, p. A-4)

Andrew M. Gilich Sr. (1923-2014) passed away on Friday, June 27, 2014.  He was preceded in death by wife of 58 years Jacobina Sekul Wetzel Gilich; his parents Mike Gillich Sr. and Rosa Guich Gillich; his brothers, Joseph Gillich, Rudolph Gillich and Mike Gillich Jr.; his sisters, Anna Mae Gilich and Mary Agnes Gilich; son, Stephen K. Wetzel; and a grandson, Gregory Marco Gilich. Mr. Gilich was survived by sons, Jim Wetzel and Andrew “FoFo” Gilich (Serena); daughters, Andrea “Tot” Gilich Sr. and Jaye Gilich Brice (C.A. “Buddy”); daughter-in-law, Brenda C. Wetzel; sister, Lucille Gilich Barq, all from Biloxi; and sister, Frances Gillich Duke of St. Paul, Minnesota. Andrew was an avid golfer and with his spouse were the proprietors of Foodland Supermarket.  He was a truly good father, friend and Biloxian who was proud of his Croatian heritage.(The Sun Herald, June 28, 2014)

The Scarlet Pearl Casino in D'Iberville broke ground on July 13th.  Roy Anderson Corporation is erecting the $250 million structure on Central Avenue east of I-110.(The Sun Herald, July 15, 2014, p. A-1)

Margaritaville Casino at Point Cadet announced that it would close in September.  The casino opened for business on May  22, 2012.(The Sun Herald, July 22, 2014, p. A-1)

 Donald Rupert Green (1926-2014)

Donald R. 'Don' Green (1926-2014), native of Sherwood, North Dakota and Coast resident since 1952, expired at Ocean Springs, Mississippi on July 19, 2014.  Don was a veteran of the USAF and graduate of Michigan Technical University.  He joined Ferson Optical at Ocean Springs after completing his military service and became president of the company in 1962.  In 1976, Don and Janet Swan Ferson Green, his spouse, founded PFG Optics, and he retired in 1996.  Mr. Green was active in civic affairs at both Biloxi and Ocean Springs.  He was a director of the Hancock Bank and the Jackson and George County Salvation Army.  Don was a fine athlete and participated in ball room dancing, tennis, golf, and skiing. He won a national ski event, gold medal in 2012 claiming the giant slalom title in his age group.  Mr. Green was an aviator and had flown in Canada, Mexico, the Bahamas and Central America.(The Sun Herald, July 22, 2014, p. A-6 and July 23, 2014, p. A-8)

Dr. Thomas 'Tonk' Ransom Compton (1943-2014), Biloxi native and architect, passed on August 1st. Thomas held degrees from LSU and USM.  He was a principal in Compston, Bolton & Associates and an Architect Emeritus with the AIA.(The Sun Herald, August 5, 2014, p. A-6)

Lawrence C. 'Larry' Corban (1929-2014), age 85 years, life-long Biloxi resident and son of Judge Lawrence C. Corbanand Gene Sulivan Corban, died on August 4th.  Larry was an attorney educated at the University of Mississippi.(The Sun Herald, August 6, 2014, p. A-)

Dale M. Titler Sr. (1926-2014), author, miltary historian, and Historian at KAFB from 1978-1989, died at Gulfport on August 20th.(The Sun Herald, August 22, 2014, p. A-5)

Margaritaville on Point Cadet closed it doors on September 15, 2014.(The Sun Herald, September 16, 2014, p. A-1 and September 17, 2014, p. A-1.