Posts Tagged ‘Hancock County’

Mississippi Coast leads in urban economic growth in 2013

JACKSON — The economy along Mississippi’s Gulf Coast grew rapidly in 2013, while growth slowed in the state’s other metropolitan areas. The figures, released Tuesday by the U.S. Commerce Department, show that gross domestic product expanded by 4 percent in the Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula metropolitan area in 2013. That’s a big pickup from 0.1 percent growth in […] [...]

Ladner appeals conviction for Katrina cleanup kickback

BAY ST. LOUIS — A former Hancock County road department manager is appealing a Mississippi judge’s refusal to throw out his conviction in a Hurricane Katrina kickback case. Roger Ladner, the former road manager, was sentenced to five years in prison in 2012. Ladner also was ordered to pay $1.13 million in restitution. Ladner’s wife […] [...]

Bids are in and being reviewed for new sports complex

BAY ST. LOUIS — Hancock County officials are looking over bids received for a proposed sports complex. Century Construction and Realty of Tupelo submitted a bid this week slightly over $11 million; and Mike Rozier Construction of Hattiesburg submitted a bid of $9.85 million. Supervisors took no action because the bids came in several million […] [...]

Stennis Space Center welcomes SpaceX to test site

by Published: May 2,2014

Tags: Business, Hancock County, Mississippi, NASA, space, technology

HANCOCK COUNTY — Stennis Space Center traces its beginnings back in the 1960s and the Apollo manned lunar missions. Now the Hancock County propulsion facility is on the verge of testing rocket engine technology to propel humans to other planets through a new partnership between NASA and SpaceX. SpaceX announced in 2013 that it would […] [...]

Organizers want new festival on Gulf Coast to go regional

Organizers of ArtsAlive! 2014 are billing their March 22 multimedia event in Bay St. Louis as a new sort of arts festival in this festival-rich coastal region. The daylong program will showcase a blend of art, music, food and literature throughout the historic downtown area, drawing artists and art lovers from all directions. Response to […] [...]

Plans for beach green space unveiled on Mississippi Gulf Coast

by Published: March 20,2014

Tags: BILOXI, Business, Gulf Coast, Hancock County, Mississippi

BILOXI — Land south of U.S. Highway 90 where Harrah’s Entertainment planned to build the original Margaritaville Casino would become green space under a proposal presented this week to Biloxi officials. Jason Wald, a project manager with Yates Construction, met this week with members of the city’s development review committee. Wald said Harrah’s officials want […] [...]

John Ferrucci’a perfect voice is perfect for the Silver Slipper Casino

by Published: February 28,2014

Tags: Business, casinos, gambling, gaming, Gulf Coast, Hancock County, Mississippi

John Ferrucci keeps a high profile as the general manager of Silver Slipper Casino on the beach in Hancock County, but he’s probably better known for his Jersey-tinged voice in the casino’s radio and TV commercials. The ad’s catchy jingle to “Come on down to the Silver Slipper. Pass a good time at the Silver […] [...]

The last FEMA project — Municipal pier in Bay St. Louis had been put off for years

by Published: January 17,2014

Tags: Business, FEMA, Hancock County, Hurricane Katrina, Mississippi, Politics

When the Jimmy Rutherford Pier is completed in the next month or so, it will have the distinction of being the last FEMA project on Bay St. Louis’s long list of almost 70 post-Katrina projects worth around $80.5 million. Mayor Les Fillingame said, “It is very exciting to get to the point where we are […] [...]

New owners renovating Waveland cinema

John Watzke remembers standing in a long line back in the late 1970s to see the action comedy film Smokey and The Bandit at the movie theater in Waveland. He’s hoping the public response is as enthusiastic when he and his brother Charles reopen the cinema they bought last year and are working to restore […] [...]

Work on Bay harbor, pier heading for spring completion

by Published: November 15,2013

Tags: Business, Gulf Coast, Hancock County, Mississippi

Work on the $22-million harbor and pier project in downtown Bay St. Louis is in its final stages, headed for completion in May. Boaters already are asking about slip rentals, said Mayor Les Fillingame, who expects the harbor to “create that destination by the sea that has never existed in Bay St. Louis.” Buz Olsen, […] [...]

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