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Bay-Waveland Middle School Students Govern in Capitol
Since November 2017, students at Bay-Waveland Middle School have been preparing for the Junior Youth Assembly program in Jackson, MS. Students are tasked with coming up with bills to tackle problems in our state.
This year students tackled topics such as police officers in schools, requiring public schools to have a school nurse, and drinking and driving. Once the students arrived in Jackson, they immediately began debating and discussing the Bay-Waveland school bills, along with those from other schools. The goal of this program is to have the youth governor sign the bills into “law.”
While not all bills get signed, the students are able to practice debating and defending their beliefs. They also learn about the legislative process and truly get to experience how a bill becomes a law and they see firsthand the amount of work that goes into it.
OLA Student 1st in State Science Fair
Graduates Honored by Chamber
Shoofly Photographer Featured in City Hall Show
NOLA Gallery Owner's BSL Home Featured
New Orleans Magazine Spotlights Bay St. Louis
The Family That Campaigns Together
Managing their dad’s campaign involves organizing events, passing out flyers, t-shirts and information about what their dad stands for. And reading comments that are less than favorable about their dad.
Merritt is a marketing and psychology double major, while Bess focuses on environmental studies. Together, they are a powerful team to help their dad move from Mississippi’s House of Representatives to a possible US Senate seat.
BSL Named National Favorite
Bay St. Louis was named one of 25 "Best Easter Weekend Getaways in the Country" by the Vacation Idea website.
The weekend highlight that got a big shout-out? The Stella Shouting Contest at the BSL Little Theatre, of course.
ational recognition like this is priceless. Bay St. Louis gets this sort of attention because of events the Old Town Merchants Association, the Arts, Hancock County, the BSL Little Theatre, Alice Moseley, and Hancock Tourism put on - mostly with little or no local government assistance. It's a free ride for local taxpayers.
In addition to providing wonderful events for locals and visitors to enjoy, the positive national publicity factor is worth tens of thousands of dollars to the city. So next time you see someone in one of these organizations or one of their very energetic volunteers, you may want to thank them.
Hancock County Honors Exemplary Teachers and Administrators
Pictured from left to right: Pam Evans, South Hancock Elementary; Tammy Estapa, East Hancock Elementary; Tony Adams, Hancock Career Technical Center; Amber Cameron; Hancock North Central Elementary; Ashley Rouse, West Hancock Elementary; Noel Allen; Hancock Middle School; and Heather Spengler, Hancock High School.
Rose Jenkins, principal of South Hancock Elementary School was recently named the School District’s Administrator of the Year! Her mantra is “Excellence is simplicity with diligence,” which moved this school from a “D” level to a “B” level school within a year under her leadership.
Tammy Estapa was named District Teacher of the Year and Teacher of the Year for East Hancock Elementary. A former graduate of Hancock High School, Tammy teaches 5th grade math, science and social studies. Tammy is also the director of AstroCamp at Infinity Science Center.
Amber Cameron was named Teacher of the Year at Hancock North Central Elementary, which is where she began teaching. Amber also graduated from Hancock High School and enjoys making a difference in the lives of young children who have an excitement for learning.
Pam Evans was chosen as Teacher of the Year at South Hancock Elementary and has been teaching for 19 years. Fourteen of those years have been spent in the Kindergarten classroom, which she characterizes as family oriented.
Ashley Rouse from West Hancock Elementary is honored as Teacher of the Year and enjoys teaching Kindergarten in the place where she grew up and learned to love teachers and the education she received. She is a member of Mississippi Professional Educators and serves on the Mississippi teachers Council.
Noel Allen was selected as Teacher of the Year for Hancock Middle School, where she teaches Eighth Grade Integrated Science and is Grade Level Chair. Noel says she knew she wanted to be an teacher from an early age and is now a member of the National Science Teachers Association and Mississippi Professional Educators.
Heather Spengler teaches English at Hancock High School and was awarded Teacher of the Year for her work there. She’s also Student Council Executive Sponsor and organizes Freshmen Orientation every year.
Tony Adams is teacher of the year at the Hancock Career Vocational Technical Center. The Automotive Mechanics Program Tony instructs is the 4th secondary program in Mississippi to earn National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation accreditation. He is also a member of the Mississippi Association of Career and Technical Education and prepares students to attend the Skills USA Competition and other national competitions.
Student of the Month at Ole Miss
Treehouse Yoga Makes State's Top Ten
BSL Women Featured in GC Woman Magazine
Name that House
Hancock County's David Baria Running for U.S. Senate
Lazy Magnolia Brewery Named Best in Mississippi
There’s a New Librarian in Town
Food for our Furry Friends
Serious Bread King Cakes Featured on WGNO
BSL One Of 2018 "Most Affordable Beach Towns"
A Person of Passion
January 26, 2018
During the annual meeting of the Hancock Chamber of Commerce, Leslie Hatcher Henderson of Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company received the 2018 Jody Compretta Person of Passion Award.
Henderson was cited for her
entrepreneurial spirit and passion for improving quality of life in Hancock County and in Mississippi.
The Chamber established this award in 2009 in memory of Jody Compretta, a passionate and visionary leader who led the Chamber, the Rotary, the Hancock Community Development Foundation, and the Bay Area Recovery Team.
Passing the Gavel
Bay St. Louis Named "Most Hippie" Town in State
Receiving shout-outs for major coolness quotient were Gallery 220, Smith & Lens Gallery, The Starfish Café, the Hancock County Farmers Market, the annual Turkey Trot race, the Raw Oyster Marching Club and Shoofly Magazine book columnist Carole McKellar, for her public poetry project last spring.
Shoofly Magazine publisher, Ellis Anderson, donated use of her photography for the online feature.
Read the entire feature on Only in Your State.
The read more about the economic impact of the arts on our Hancock County economy, click here.
Michael Reso Named Diamondhead City Manager
Bay St. Louis Hires New City Attorney
Old Town Shops Featured On WLOX
Bay Bride Featured on Magazine Cover
Kiln Distillery Featured in MBJ
"Food Fight" Generates a "Ton" of Groceries
Governor Appoints Trent Favre Judge
Chamber Helps Net $25,000 Grant For County/Bay-Waveland
Keesler Lends a Hand to Food Pantry
OLA’s Emma Funk Named National Wendy’s High School Heisman Winner
For the past two years, she has been awarded the Sun Herald Player of the Year and the Clarion Ledger First Team All-State.
“Emma is known by the community, her teachers, classmates, coaches and her team for her commitment to excellence and her exemplary character on and off the court. We are honored that a program such as Wendy’s High School Heisman recognizes her accomplishments at this national level,” said Marilyn Pigott, Acting Principal of OLA.
Galin Smith III Commits to Western Kentucky
Smith is a 6-foot-9, 220-pound senior who played at Bay High School in Bay St. Louis, Miss. last year. He visited Bowling Green over the weekend and reportedly holds scholarship offers from WKU, California State Northridge, Southern Mississippi, Jackson State and Jacksonville State.
Read the whole story on the WBKO website.
Local Artist Designs Welcome Sign
Everyday Hero on WGNO
Because she was so selfless, the Waveland Walmart gave Lilly a new little doll as well as a toy horse.
First Curbside Recycling in Hancock
Curbside recycling hasn’t been available in Hancock County since before Hurricane Katrina. The movement away from large waste bins is more convenient for residents, who will likely be more apt to recycle.
“Recycling extends the life of our existing landfill, delays the cost of building expensive new facilities and helps preserve our Coastal environment,” said Hancock Chamber Greenways and Scenic Byways Committee Chair Allison Anderson. “We applaud the city of Diamondhead for taking this proactive step to improve quality of life in our newest city,” she said.
Diamondhead is recognized as the smartest city in Mississippi, the Best Place to Live and one of the Top 10 Livable Cities in the State for its amenities, quality of life, low crime rate, acccess to employment, education and affordable living.
Way to go Diamondhead!
Chef David Brings People's Choice Award Home to the Bay
Waveland's Tiny House Star
OLA Teacher Receives Exceptional Award
BSL Artists Featured on WWL New Orleans
Gallery 220 and Clay Creations (220 Main Street) owners Mark Currier and Jenise McCardell were featured August 2nd in a "Naturally New Orleans" segment on WWL TV. In the video, Kevin Belton gets a tour of Mark and Jenise's ceramics studio - and a lesson on how the popular "Clay Creations" are actually made. Click below to watch to video!
Hancock Residents Nominated For One Coast Awards
The awards will be presented at the Beau Rivage, September 6th at 7:30pm. Register at this link to attend this event and support our local nominees.
BSL Planning & Zoning Board Welcomes New Members
Doescher is a life-long resident of Bay St. Louis, who holds a masters degree in Architecture from LSU and is a certified Construction Document Technologist. She currently works as an intern architect at Leah Watters Architecture in Pass Christian.
According to her application letter, Doescher has "seen the impact of design on the culture of a city and the well-being of its citizens and know how important careful thought and research is in development."
Kyle Lewis, a recent candidate for Ward 4 councilman, is also a Bay St. Louis native. He holds a masters degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Ole Miss and is a licensed nursing home administrator at Boyington Health and Rehab Center in Gulfport.
In his application letter, Lewis pledged to make "prudent decisions while diligently abiding by our zoning laws to create a better tomorrow."
Lewis continued: "The time is now to strategically uphold the unique charm and characteristics that Bay St. Louis offers, while promoting and encouraging positive growth."
Commission member and local realtor Joey Manieri is now chairing the PZB, replacing Gary Knoblock who was elected Councilman-at-large.
Rotary: New Officers and Awards
The Rotary Club of Bay St. Louis presented many awards to those Rotarians whose service and leadership demonstrated their commitment to principles upon which Rotary International was founded.
Allison Anderson received the Vocational Excellence award and the Rotarian of the Year award went to Jenny Bell. (Picture)
During the year, Rotarians work tirelessly to raise money for various organizations, provide public service hours and sponsor International students.
Two Bay Residents Compete in National Senior Olympics
Over 10,000 athletics competed in 19 sports held over a one week period in Birmingham. Qualifying state and regional competition is held each year with the Nationals being held every second year. The next national competition will take place in 2019 at Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Community Partners Offer STEM Field Trip for Youths
“One young man in my group told me excitedly that this outing was the ‘coolest thing ever,’” commented Angela Sallis, NOAA Outreach Coordinator. “I knew then that this program had already made a difference.”
Students also stopped at Dunbar Village at the headwaters of Magnolia Bayou where Richard Brown, senior scientist at Innovative Imaging & Research (I2R), piloted a drone over the Bayou and introduced the teens and pre-teens to this cutting-edge technology.
In addition to I2R and NOAA, the Design Studio has pulled in several other partners to help immerse the students in the science, arts and culture of Magnolia Bayou including:
Crab Fest Named "Can't Miss"
BSL one of state's "Most Charming"
Bay St. Louis Featured in Vogue Magazine
Jimmy Buffett Names Trapani's as a Favorite
BSL one of 'Most Beautiful'
Corks and Cleaver Wine Bistro in Gulfport was also on the list, but will soon call the Bay home as well. The new Corks and Cleaver Italian Bistro opens at 111 Main Street in June. You can learn more about Chef David Dickensauge’s vision for this new incarnation in Bay St. Louis here.
Bay St. Louis is one of the best places for brunch! Here’s the entire list if you’re venturing out of town.
Tennessee Volunteer Team Returns to Brenda's House
Volunteers from Servio Deo, a youth mission group created by Holy Family Catholic Church in Brentwood, Tennessee returned in early June to Brenda’s House in Bay St. Louis. Brenda's House is an emergency home for children in need and is operated by Hancock County.
Servio Deo teams have volunteered in the area before and served at this emergency children’s shelter, as well as with other projects organized each year along the coast.
The youth teams started coming to the Mississippi Coast in 2012 and realized there is still a need, even 12 years after the coast was devastated by Hurricane Katrina.
Haley Handshy has made the trip all six years. She’s helped rebuild a home, put in a deck, and has twice come to Brenda’s House, this time planting shrubs and repainting the fascia and soffit. She describes the volunteer project as one that “helps you connect to a bigger picture of the world.”
When asked how this experience might impact them in the future, volunteer Maggie Feduccia said her work on the coast has made her realize how important it is to help others when they need it most.
Brenda’s House director Lisa Wilbourn was excited to see the team return. “They get along great with everyone and definitely demonstrate their compassion and dedication to serving others.”