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2008-08-01 09:00:36

By Ryan LaFontaine, The Sun Herald, Biloxi, Miss. Aug. 1--GULFPORT -- Before the federal government gives Gulfport the 92-acre Veterans Affairs site, U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor wants to make sure the gift forever remains public property. The government vowed after Hurricane Katrina to donate the beachfront land to the city, which would be the largest gift in the history of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Federal leaders are working to shore up the property, conducting environmental...

2008-08-01 09:00:35

By Ryan LaFontaine, The Sun Herald, Biloxi, Miss. Aug. 1--A good performance by Gulfport Mayor Brent Warr can really shake things up. Warr was in Los Angeles County this week giving a presentation to California officials on how best to respond to a disaster when all hell broke loose. "I literally just finished with the last sentence of the speech and the ground started shaking," Warr said. "Everyone in the room knew exactly what to do, except for me -- the guy giving the presentation...

2008-07-30 09:00:45

By Mary Perez, The Sun Herald, Biloxi, Miss. Jul. 30--BILOXI -- Taxes in Biloxi will likely remain at the same rate as they have for the past 16 years, but the council is considering raising fees for water, sewer and garbage to offset the costs of providing those services. The public got a first look Tuesday at the $615.5 million budget for the 2009 fiscal year. This proposed budget compares to $148 million pre-Katrina and includes $417.9 million in FEMA-funded capital projects and $26.3...

2008-07-30 09:00:40

By Kat Bergeron, The Sun Herald, Biloxi, Miss. Jul. 30--A Mississippi Coast church that itself has recovered from a 1970s firebombing and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina is holding a solidarity candlelight vigil tonight in support of the Knoxville church that lost two members last weekend. Police believe the killer gunman targeted the church for its liberal social policies. "We are inviting the Coast's interfaith community to send a message of solidarity and support, that we will...

2008-07-29 09:00:45

By Mary Perez, The Sun Herald, Biloxi, Miss. Jul. 29--BILOXI -- Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said he didn't contradict the Mississippi Gaming Commission's ruling and RW Development doesn't have control of the sand beach to build South Beach Casino. "I see it as public property," he said of a strip of land between the property owned by RW Development south of U.S. 90 and the water. "My position is and will be that the sand beach is public." Back from a brief vacation, Hosemann said...

2008-07-28 09:01:26

By Melissa M. Scallan, The Sun Herald, Biloxi, Miss. Jul. 28--GULFPORT -- For years, tourism officials and some educators wanted school to start after Labor Day to help businesses keep their workers longer and let students have an extended summer. Now, with fuel and utility costs rising practically every month, there may be another reason to do it. Some school superintendents believe that if school started in September, it would save money on utility bills because August is one of the...

2008-07-28 09:00:55

By Mary Perez, The Sun Herald, Biloxi, Miss. Jul. 28--BILOXI -- The traditional Air Force blues have taken on a shade of green as Keesler Air Force Base looks out for the environment and our tax money while protecting the nation's freedom. Ride around the 2.63-square mile base, the most densely populated in the Air Force, and it resembles a college campus with its Live oak trees, green lawns and manicured golf course. Look closer and you'll see recycling bins, police patrolling on...

2008-07-27 12:00:28

By Al Jones, The Sun Herald, Biloxi, Miss. Jul. 27--The recent Midwest flood continues to dampen the South Mississippi fishing report, but things are getting better. Toss in Hurricane Dolly making landfall near the Texas/Mexico border, and things should continue to improve through Labor Day. Before Dolly and the arrival of flood waters through the Mississippi River, speckled trout were plentiful from the Louisiana Marsh through Chandeleur Island as well as Cat Island. Chandeleur,...

2008-07-26 18:00:22

By Robin Fitzgerald, The Sun Herald, Biloxi, Miss. Jul. 26--GULFPORT -- Arson is suspected in an early-evening fire that destroyed a North Gulfport home, Fire Chief Pat Sullivan said. The blaze Friday on Ganges Street devoured a vacant wood-frame house. Sullivan said the house had no gas or electrical service and no one has lived there since the owner died about a year ago. The house was near Magnolia Avenue off Martin Luther King Boulevard. "We were told someone was seen going in the...

2008-07-23 12:00:48

By Mary Perez, The Sun Herald, Biloxi, Miss. Jul. 23--BILOXI -- The cranes were motionless Tuesday afternoon, but Harrah's Entertainment says it's not stopping work on the Margaritaville Casino, just slowing it down. The credit crunch has squeezed even the world's largest casino company and Harrah's put an end to rumors about the Margaritaville building site in East Biloxi by releasing details. "Over the next few weeks, residents of Biloxi will notice less activity and fewer workers at...