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2008-08-02 09:00:14

By Mary Perez, The Sun Herald, Biloxi, Miss. Aug. 2--LONG BEACH -- Gladys McRaney and her husband, Harmon, saw many thousands of people off on their journeys when the couple managed the Continental Trailways Bus Terminal in Gulfport. The McRaneys, who moved to the Coast in the mid-1950s, were happy to stay home in Long Beach and were married for more than 50 years when Harmon died. Gladys died Tuesday at 93. Her funeral will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Home in...

2008-08-01 09:01:04

By Kat Bergeron, The Sun Herald, Biloxi, Miss. Aug. 1--SAUCIER -- Magnolia Diner serves up a taste of rural life and the foods that Southerners hold dear. Grits with your eggs? Which sides with your smoked baby back ribs? Gravy with your roast beef po-boy? Weekday breakfast, lunch and early dinner are served here in Saucier, in the simple small white cinder block building trimmed in green. This site on U.S. 49 has served as a restaurant for eons, although Jeff McDaniels opened his...

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 Melissa M. Scallan, The Sun Herald, Biloxi, Miss. Aug. 1--GULFPORT -- The Harrison County Board of Supervisors on Thursday wrapped up three days of budget workshops and heard from nearly all department heads about their money needs for the next fiscal year. But supervisors won't get what likely will be their biggest budget request until Monday when Sheriff Melvin Brisolara presents his budget to county leaders. The board likely will meet with Brisolara on Tuesday to go over the...

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 18:00:51

By Joshua Norman, The Sun Herald, Biloxi, Miss. Jul. 29--Almost exactly eight months before Hurricane Katrina, Sri Lankans faced one of the worst natural disasters in modern history. About 30,000 Sri Lankans perished when a tsunami created by an undersea earthquake crashed ashore December 26, 2004. Tens of thousands more were injured or lost property. Yet today, nearly all say they have recovered from the trauma of the disaster. The answer to their recovery lies in their community,...

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 09:01:46

By Kat Bergeron, The Sun Herald, Biloxi, Miss. Jul. 28--Mississippi and other Gulf states are participating in a cancer pilot program initiated by one of the lessons of Hurricane Katrina: to be prepared on the personal medical front. Many who lost everything to flood, surge or wind also lost valuable medical information, such as physician phone numbers and prescription names and numbers. In the stress of the aftermath, many could not rely on their memories, compounding the difficulties...


Word of the Day
negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.